Courses in Sociology (Division 482)

Introductory Courses

100. Principles of Sociology. Open to freshpersons and sophomores. Juniors are strongly encouraged to enroll in Soc. 400. Seniors must elect Soc. 400. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 195 or 400. No credit for seniors. (4). (SS).
Section 001.
This course is intended to introduce the sociological perspective as a useful tool for understanding many of the basic processes and institutional characteristics of modern societies. Students will be exposed to the contending schools of thought that have evolved to explain the sources of inequality, power, and social change. While the course will focus on the contemporary United States, comparative and historical perspectives will also be employed. Grades are based largely on three in-class exams. WL:4 (Kimeldorf)

101. Person and Society: An Introduction to Sociology Through Social Psychology. Open to freshpersons and sophomores. Juniors are strongly encouraged and seniors must take Soc. 400, 401, 452, 463, 464, 465, 470, 481, 482, or 486. No credit for seniors. (4). (SS).
Section 001.
An introductory study of the interrelationships of the functioning of social systems and the behavior and attitudes of individuals. WL:4 (Vogal)

102. Contemporary Social Issues: An Introduction to Sociology. Open to freshpersons and sophomores. Juniors are strongly encouraged and seniors must take Soc. 302, 303, 400, 401, 423, 444, 447, 450, 460, or 461. No credit for seniors. (4). (SS). Credit is granted for a combined total of 8 credits elected through Soc. 102, 202, 203, and 401, provided that the course topics are different.
Section 001 Introduction to Sociology Through Social History.
This course examines key developments in American Society since World War II. It uses them as a basis for exploring the interplay of social structure, politics and culture in shaping patterns of class and status, power and authority, ethnicity and race relations, gender roles, community and social change. Selected issues highlighted include: the ideology of the "Cold War", and McCarthyism, the changing American Presidency, the Civil Rights and Women's movements, the War in Vietnam, liberal stasis and the challenge of the "New Right," deindustrialization and the problem of scarcity, and rise of religious fundamentalism . (Vogel)

Section 009 Introduction to Sociology Through Childhood and Adolescence. This course will introduce students to basic sociological theories and methods by studying the social worlds of children and adolescents. We will ask: How are children socialized in families and in institutions? Are children social actors? Do children have a culture or social world of their own? Is adolescence a "natural" stage of development or a social one? How do race, class, and gender shape peoples' experiences of childhood and adolescence? We will also examine contemporary issues such as child abuse, teen sex, teen suicide, and teen violence. We will engage empirical studies about children and adolescents as well as classic ideas by Mead, Erikson, and Durkheim. WL:4 (Martin)


111/UC 111/AOSS 172/NR&E 111. Introduction to Global Change II. No credit for seniors. (4). (SS).

See UCourses 111. (Killeen, Allan, Abreu)

122/Psych. 122. Intergroup Dialogues.
Permission of Instructor. Intended primarily for first and second year students. (2). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of four credits.

See Psychology 122.

400. Sociological Principles and Problems. For juniors, seniors, and graduate students with no background in sociology. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 100 or 195. (3). (SS).

An introduction to the mode and procedure of sociological explanation in its major fields of theory and application. WL:4 (Goodkind)

401. Contemporary Social Issues III. (2-4). (Excl). Credit is granted for a combined total of 8 credits elected through Soc. 102, 202, 203, and 401, provided that the course topics are different.
Section 001 Focus on Poverty.
This class will examine poverty in the contemporary United States. We will address a wide array of specific questions such as: What is poverty? What is the underclass? What are the historical roots of society's view of the poor? How has the view changed over time? Will welfare reform ("workfare") have beneficial effects? This class should be especially engaging for those of you interested in issues like welfare reform, changes in families and gender roles, single parenthood, social class, and the ways economic forces are altering society. WL:4 (Smock)

Primarily for First- and Second-year Students

For Undergraduates Only

210. Elementary Statistics. Sociology Honors students should elect this course prior to beginning the Honors Seminar sequence. Sociology concentrators must elect this course prior to their last term. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Poli.Sci. 280, Stat. 100, 402, 311, or 412, or Econ. 404 or 405. (4). (Excl). (BS). (QR/1).

This course introduces to the student three important aspects of statistics. (1) Data collection: the methods through which researchers gather data, such as opinion polls, surveys, experiments, and sampling. (2) Data description: graphical and numerical procedures for summarizing and describing a data set. (3) Data analysis: ways in which data can be used to make decisions, to make predictions, and to draw inferences. Problem sets emphasize hands-on experience in working with data, and provide opportunities to apply and interpret statistical procedures and results. Microcomputers will be used for some assignments, but no prior experience with microcomputers is necessary. No prior exposure to statistics or mathematics (aside from arithmetic and basic algebra) is assumed. Grading will be based on three exams (including the final) and problem sets. Class time includes lectures as well as discussion/laboratory sessions. WL:4 (Takata)

212. Sports and Society. (3). (Excl).

American society has had a long love affair with sport. The number of sport participants has increased tremendously over the last decade, as has the proliferation of sports facilities and organizations. Larger proportions of our population than ever before are now directly and indirectly participating in sports activities. Spectator participation in the traditional sport events such as baseball, football, and basketball has also increased the hours of exposure to these events on television where twenty-four hours of sports broadcasting is now easily available on cable sports channels. Not only is there increased media exposure to the traditional sports events, but now tennis, golf, and gymnastics also enjoy national as well as international prominence. WL:4 (Deskins)

231. Investigating Social and Demographic Change in America. Restricted to first- and second-year students. (4). (SS). (QR/2).

This computer-based course is for first- and second-year students. It will allow participants to investigate how major social, economic, and political changes have affected the demographic structure of the national population in the last four decades. How greatly have Black-White income differences become reduced since the 1960s? To what extent has the traditional family disintegrated? Do service industries continue to dominate the nation's labor force? Through readings, lectures, and exercises on the Apple Macintosh computer you will learn how to examine such questions using U.S. census data and simple statistical analyses. In the process you will come to understand how major dimensions of the nation's social and demographic structure have changed from 1950 to the present. WL:4 (Frey)

303/CAAS 303. Race and Ethnic Relations. An introductory course in Sociology or CAAS. (4). (SS). (This course meets the Race and Ethnicity Requirement).

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the social history (past and present) of racial minorities in the United States. We will begin by defining the principal concepts that sociologists use in their analysis of race relations. Central to this discussion will be the understanding of "racism" NOT as "prejudice," "ignorance," an "attitude," or a "set of beliefs" but rather as a comprehensive historical system that changes over time. After this theoretical discussion, we will survey the historical experiences of five racial minorities, namely, African-Americans, Chicanos/Mexican Americans, American Indians, Puerto Ricans, and Asian Americans. The course will conclude with a discussion of possible solutions to the racial dilemmas faced by the U.S. WL:4 (Bonilla-Silva)

305. Introduction to Theories of Social Organization. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 405. (3). (Excl).

An introduction to various problems in the analysis of social organization as they are treated in the works of several seminal figures in sociological thought. The course will ask how these thinkers accounted for the emergence, growth, and ordering of social organization, and how they accounted for social change. In the context of this analysis the student will be introduced to various accounts and uses of such theoretical concepts as structure, function, norm, power, solidarity, integration, differentiation, communication, stratification, adaptation to environment, social control and deviance. Attention will also be given to the way in which the organizational concepts developed in sociological theory have been used in modern sociological research. WL:4 (GoÁek)

320/Psych. 310. Training in Processes of Intergroup Dialogues. Permission of Instructor. Open to Juniors and Seniors. (3). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL).

This course is designed to give students a foundation in the skills and knowledge needed to facilitate multicultural group interactions, including structured intergroup dialogues. Topics include: basic group facilitation skills and their applications to multicultural settings; social identity group development; prejudice and stereotyping and their effects on groups; the nature of social oppression; facilitation of intergroup communication; conflict intervention skills; techniques of community building; and surveys of some contemporary intergroup topic areas (e.g., affirmative action, sexual assault, separation/self-segregation). Students who successfully complete this training may apply to act as peer facilitators for the course Psychology 122/Sociology 122, "Intergroup Dialogues." Recent trainees have facilitated dialogues with groups such as Blacks/Jews; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and heterosexuals; white women/women of color; Blacks/Latinos/as; men/women. WL:4 (Chesler)

321/Psych. 311. Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues. Sociology 320 and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL).

See Psychology 311.

330. Population Problems. (3). (SS).

This course focuses on a selection of population issues that relate to social and economic problems. Some time at the start of the course is spent reviewing the overall world demographic situation and basic demographic measures. Causes of change in population growth rates and the consequences of population change for individuals and society are also considered. The course has an international focus. Much of the material relates to the Third World; some topics relate specifically to the United States. Students are expected to master a modest amount of technical material, learn some basic demographic facts and concepts, and develop an understanding of the major viewpoints and theories concerning the population problems covered. Students are encouraged to develop a critical perspective on why certain population trends become defined as problems and why analysts disagree on the existence and nature of these problems. WL:4 (King)

331. Population Trends in the United States: Their Economic and Social Consequences. (3). (Excl). (QR/1).

The United States in the 1990s is strikingly different from what it was just forty years ago. Gone is the idealized vision of a two-parent, father-supported "Ozzie and Harriet" society where paychecks increased annually and where every generation had a much higher standard of living than the previous one. In its place is an America of varied races and ethnicities where families take on many forms and mothers frequently work outside the home, even while they are raising young children. This country now provides opportunities for a much broader array of individuals than ever before, but new social and economic trends provoke apprehension and frustration in many who thought that their futures were secure since they worked hard and "played by the rules." WL:4 (Farley)

389. Practicum in Sociology. Permission of instructor. Up to 4 credits may be included in a concentration plan in Sociology. A combined total of 8 credits of Sociology 389 and 395 may be counted toward a concentration in Sociology. (2-4). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. Laboratory fee ($22) required. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

This course provides for sociological analysis of designated practical experiences working in social institutions and with the examination of social theory in the light of these experiences.

393/Hist. 333/Pol. Sci. 396/Slavic 396/REES 396. Survey of East Central Europe. (4). (SS). Laboratory fee ($10) required.

See REES 396. (Verdery)

397. Junior Honors in Sociology. Honors standing in sociology. Soc. 210 or permission of instructor. Prior or concurrent enrollment in Soc. 310 or 512. (3). (Excl).

A seminar devoted to the study of significant theoretical positions and issues through the reading and discussion of original sources. (Rose)

399. Senior Honors in Sociology. Honors standing in sociology. Soc. 210 and 310, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

The objective is preparation of a significant research paper. Possible projects are canvassed in fall seminar meetings; students then do research under a faculty member until March; papers are presented to the seminar for criticism in the Spring. (Rose)

For Undergraduates and Graduates

404/Am. Cult. 404. Hispanic-Americans: Social Problems and Social Issues. Junior or senior standing. (3). (Excl).

Hispanic-Americans share a cultural heritage yet they comprise variegated experiences in the U.S. Both their reasons for migration and their processes of incorporation vary widely. To understand these we will use various theoretical perspectives and we will seek to understand the social problem and social issues Hispanic-Americans serve to exemplify, such as political vs. economic migration, the ethnic enclave, ethnic identity, social movements, cultural vs. structural assimilation. WL:4 (Pedraza)

410. The American Jewish Community. One introductory course in sociology. (3). (Excl).

This course will examine current issues and ongoing controversies within the American Jewish Community as it reviews broadly the sociological literature on American Jewry. Students will study topics such as Jewish identity, intergroup relations, and community structure and organization as the class explores the efforts, conflicts, and struggles of American Jews as they strive to maintain themselves in a pluralistic society. The course will be conducted in seminar style with students contributing to class presentations and leading discussions. Requirements include a research paper and two other papers. WL:4 (Schoem)

415. Economic Sociology. One of the following: introductory economics, psychology, or political science. (3). (Excl).

The field of economic sociology is one of the most vibrant and rapidly growing areas of the discipline. This course presents an introduction to economic sociology. We begin with an examination of sociological perspectives on markets and historical background on the development of capitalist economies. We then focus on the rise of the large American corporation as well as its internal workings. Finally, we turn to the relation between corporations and the larger society, focusing on the issues of corporate social responsibility, corporate control, and the role of business in politics and government. Throughout the course the emphasis will be on the recurring theoretical debates about the role of business in modern society. WL:4 (Mizruchi)

434/CAAS 434. Social Organization of Black Communities. (3). (Excl).

This course offers a critical examination of the diverse ethnographic studies of African-American urban communities throughout the twentieth century. A set of ethnographies will be assessed both within the context of the development of sociological research on African-Americans as well as the historical developments that affected the social and cultural spheres of African-American urban life throughout this century. The ethnographies will be considered for their contributions toward elucidating the cultural, organizational, and social interactive aspects of African-American urban life. The format for the course will be a combination of lectures and class discussions. WL:4 (Young)

444. The American Family. One introductory course in sociology. (3). (SS).

What is a family? What kinds of institutions have people called "families" in America? Why have these myriad family structures changed over time? How do family arrangements relate to broader social trends? How and why are families changing today? These are some of the broader questions Sociology 444 tackles over the course of the term. "The American Family" offers a sociological overview of U.S. family patterns. The first half of the course adopts a historical perspective, taking us up to the twentieth century, while the second half concentrates on specific issues and controversies about contemporary family arrangements and family change. Sociology 444 is primarily a lecture class, with some films and small-group discussions. Student performance will be evaluated by means of two exams (a midterm and non-cumulative final) and two short papers. WL:4 (Adams)

447/WS 447. Gender Roles and Status. (3). (SS).

This course focuses on the inequality between the sexes why it arises, and how it is perpetuated across the generations. While the topics and readings focus on issues which are specific to gender inequality, they are representative of more general substantive areas in the field of sociology, e.g., power, conflict, and stratification. Topics include: the division of labor between men and women; the relationship between social class, gender, and race; the dynamics of occupational sex segregation; gender differences in social mobility, socialization, and educational attainment. WL:4 (Shively)

450. Political Sociology. (3). (SS).

An introduction to political sociology with a particular emphasis on the relationship between economics and politics. Basic concepts such as power, state, nation, and class will be introduced and applied to the analysis of the development and change of political systems in historical and comparative perspective. The course examines (a) the historical origins of democracy, fascism, and communism as political systems, (b) imperialism, development, and revolution in the Third World, and (c) class, class coalitions, and the state in post New-Deal U.S. politics. Introductory courses in sociology or political science desirable but not required. Lecture/discussion; midterm and final. WL:4 (Paige)

452. Law and Social Psychology. (3). (Excl).

This is an upper-level course designed to cover topics of shared interest to lawyers and social psychologists. The course will cover at least five areas of intersection and conflict between law and social science: (1) the memory and perception literature in social psychology and experimental psychology, applied to testimony and eyewitness identification; (2) the attribution of responsibility literature and the clinical psychology literature on insanity, applied to the issue of diminished responsibility before the law; (3) the small groups and groups dynamics literature, applied to jury decision-making; (4) public opinion research applied to the capital punishment debate; and (5) the literature on total institutions, applied to the operation of prison systems. WL:4 (Sharphorn)

455/Rel. 455. Religion and Society. (3). (Excl).

Ultimate reality (the focus of religion) becomes understood quite differently as people pursue religious quests within different social contexts. This course uses sociological methods of inquiry to explore the emergence of new religious movements, the ways that organizations respond to extraordinary experiences like mysticism and the ecstatic, the kinds of impact social forces have on organized religion, and the ways that religion, in turn, affects other areas of social life. WL:4 (McGinn)

463/Comm. 485. Mass Communication and Public Opinion. Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (SS).

See Communication Studies 485. (Craig)

465/Psych. 488. Sociological Analysis of Deviant Behavior. (3). (SS).

The course will examine how people become social deviants and how relevant social institutions contribute to this process. Early portions will examine the legal enforcement, judicial, and corrections systems which together determine who will be designated deviant and with what consequences. Later portions will focus on particular forms of deviance (e.g., delinquency, theft, fraud, rape) with a view to understanding and evaluating the several theoretical perspectives that have been proposed to explain their genesis and perpetuation. WL:4 (Modigliani)

468. Criminology. (3). (SS).

The analysis of criminal behavior in relationship to the institutional framework of society. Emphasis upon the more routinized and persistent forms of criminology along with the joint roles played by victims, the criminal, the police, and all the other relevant parties. WL:4 (Vogal)

472/Psych. 381. Advanced Laboratory in Social Psychology. Stat. 402 and Psych. 380. (3). (Excl).

See Psychology 381. (Burnstein)

475/MCO 475 (Public Health). Introduction to Medical Sociology. (3). (SS).

This course will explore social aspects of health, aging, and the health care system in American society. We will examine such issues as the social causation of disease, relationships between doctors and patients, the health professions, health care among women and the poor, current health care crisis in a national and cross-cultural perspective. WL:4

495. Special Course. One introductory course in sociology. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit, provided that the course topics are different.
Section 001 Korea and the Pacific Rim.
This course maps out political, economic, social, and cultural changes in understanding what Korea has undergone in recent decades and the nature of the society that has emerged as a consequence of this structural change. Given the current literature's fascination with South Korea's economic success and its strong state, this course pays special attention to other important dimensions of modernity, including national partition, nationalism, and democratization movements. This course takes two approaches. First, it connects these Korean developments with the creation and reconfiguration of the Pacific Rim. Second, it explores political, economic, and social ties among South Korea, North Korea, and Korean diaspora. WL:4 (Park)

Section 002 Women, Body, and Work. This course understands the systematic but variable ways in which women's identity and their work are shaped by biocultural determinism. By juxtaposing different racial and class communities, we will discuss such basic ideas as the universality/difference of women's identity embodied in their sexualized and maternalized body, the private/public divide, and the category of women. The understanding of relations of women, body, and work in this course will center on motherhood. After the decades of development of gender theory, motherhood still remains a contentious issue. Motherhood is often deployed as an amorphous category within a polemic framework, motherhood holds contradictory implications for the politics of women; it is understood as a source of oppression or privilege. Being at the heart of feminism, as the understanding of motherhood shifts, its impact extends to the meanings of women's power. In exploring differences and universality of motherhood with readings on women of different class and race, readings and film will be combined for class discussion. WL:4 (Park)

496. Special Course. One introductory course in sociology. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit, provided that the course topics are different.
Section 001 Race, Gender, and Poverty.
For Winter Term, 1997, this section is offered jointly with Afroamerican and African Studies 458.001. (Higginbotham)

497. Special Course. One introductory course in sociology. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit, provided that the course topics are different.
Section 001 Sociology of Human Sexuality.
This course will examine human sexuality from a societal and interpersonal context. The course will cover the following major topics: (1) methods and conceptual issues in the study of human sexuality; (2) cultural influences on human sexuality; (3) sexual development, interaction, and relationships; (4) social aspects of biological issues; and (5) issues and concerns about sexual patterns. A lecture/demonstration/discussion format will be followed for the most part in this class. WL:4 (Orbuch)


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