Courses in Sociology (Division 482)


Introductory Courses

100. Principles of Sociology. Open to first- and second-year students. 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 familiarize students with the sociological perspective. The first unit introduces the contending schools of inequality, power, and social change in modern societies. In the second and third units of the course, these clashing perspectives are employed to understand many of the basic processes and institutional features of the United States, including the general character of social stratification, the persistence of poverty, the nature of race relations, the impact of schooling on equality, the extent and type of political democracy, and the distribution of economic resources. While focusing on the contemporary United States, comparative and historical perspectives are also utilized. Grades are based largely on three in-class exams. WL:4 (Kimeldorf)

Section 024. Sociology is the systematic study of human behavior, social relationships, and societies. This course focuses on various theoretical explanations for social inequality in the United States and empirical research about such inequality. Specifically, how do class, race-ethnicity, gender, and/or sexual orientation shape our lives and our social institutions? How does one use a "sociological imagination" to study families, schools, religions, and workplaces? These are some of the issues we will be addressing in this course. Course requirements include five quizzes, a take-home midterm examination, and an in-class final examination. WL:4 (Hasso)
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101. Person and Society: An Introduction to Sociology Through Social Psychology. Open to first- and second-year students. Juniors are strongly encouraged and seniors must take Soc. 400 or 401. No credit for seniors. (4). (SS).
This course introduces students to the field of sociology by focusing on the subfield of social psychology. Social psychology spans the disciplines of sociology and psychology; this course will emphasize the sociological approach. Four major themes within social psychology will be examined: (1) the impact that one individual has on another individual; (2) the impact that a group has on its individual members, (3) the impact that individuals have on the group; and (4) the impact that one group has on another group. The themes, concepts, theoretical approaches, and research methods within social psychology will be presented. Specific topics to be covered include socialization, the self, perception and cognition, attitudes, interpersonal relationships, small group behavior, altruism and aggression, deviance and conformity, and collective action. WL:4 (Carr)
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102. Contemporary Social Issues: An Introduction to Sociology. Open to first- and second-year students. Juniors are strongly encouraged and seniors must take Soc. 400 or 401. No credit for seniors. (4). (SS). Credit is granted for a combined total of eight credits elected through Soc. 102, 202, 203, and 401, provided that the course topics are different.
Section 001 Images and Realities: An Introduction to Sociology through the Mass Media.
In this course we will examine several social issues using both mass media and sociological sources. We will explore some of the major topics in sociology (e.g., social stratification, race relations, gender, deviance, etc.) through creative use of various forms of mass media: excerpts from popular books, newspaper articles, magazine pieces, TV shows, and videos. We will focus on how images we receive through the mass media differ from sociological "realities." For example, how do media portrayals of women and racial minorities reinforce stereotypes? How "true" is the picture of welfare mothers that we get from the news media? Are crime rates really skyrocketing or just our perceptions of crime (and if the latter, how is such an image created and reproduced)? In short, how do mass media sources reproduce dominant ideologies and reinforce sources of power? Rather than using a traditional textbook, we will primarily use a course pack of articles from sociological journals and mass media publications so students can get an understanding of the very different approaches and methods used. This course will meet for one two-hour lecture and one two-hour section per week. Course requirements include attendance and participation (20%), three exams (20% each), and three short papers (20% total). WL:4 (Honeycutt)
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Primarily for First- and Second-year Students

105. First Year Seminar in Sociology. Freshmen; sophomores with permission of instructor. (3). (SS).
Section 001 Social Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships.
You are undoubtedly aware of the importance in your own life of relationships, whether it be parenthood, friendship, business associations, kinship, or love and marriage. Perhaps you only take notice of the importance of these relationships when you have experienced a loss (a parent dies, a friend moves away, you break up with a love), or when you lack social or emotional ties to others (loneliness). In this class, we will focus on research conducted on the topic of the social psychology of interpersonal relationships. We will concentrate on how scholars have attempted to investigate relational phenomena; how relationships develop, are maintained, and dissolve; how these relationships affect individuals; relational or couple processes; and how these relationships are influenced by factors such as social networks, societal norms, gender, ethnicity, and social structure. Active participation and considerable writing will be required. WL:4 (Orbuch)

Section 002 People and Global Environmental Changes. Changes in the natural and human-made environment are occurring on the scale of continents or larger, and over time spans of decades to centuries. These changes include the emissions of greenhouse gases, depletion of the ozone layer, acid precipitation and deposition, and loss of biodiversity. Human action to satisfy human needs and wants is the prime cause of almost all theses changes. The changes are incontestably real, and some of them began several centuries ago. What is uncertain is the magnitude of the changes, their future course, and their affects on human beings, and what, if anything, humans can do to avert them or to mitigate their affects. This seminar will explore a variety of environmental changes, the human role in causing them, and the possible impact of these changes on humans and their societies. Students will read from a number of sources. At midterm students will submit a brief factual report on a selected environmental change and its human dimensions. At the end of the term students will submit a research article, probably on the same topic. There will be few or no lectures, and no examinations; class discussion of reading material will be the primary mode of instruction. Attendance is mandatory, and effective participation in class discussion is strongly encouraged. WL:4 (Rockwell)
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111/UC 111/AOSS 172/NR&E 111. Introduction to Global Change II. No credit for seniors. (4). (SS).
See University Courses 111. (Killeen/Abreu)
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122/Psych. 122. Intergroup Dialogues. Permission of instructor. Intended primarily for first and second year students. (2). (Excl). May not be included in a concentration in Psychology or Sociology. May be repeated for a total of four credits.
See Psychology 122.
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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)
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For Undergraduates Only

210. Elementary Statistics. Sociology Honors students should elect this course prior to beginning the Honors Seminar sequence. Sociology concentrators should elect this course prior to their last term. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Stat. 100, 402, 311, or 412, or Econ. 404 or 405. (4). (MSA). (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)
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302/Amer. Cult. 302. Introduction to American Society. (3). (Excl).
This course offers a broad overview of American society aimed at identifying the possible connections between domestic and foreign policy arenas. The first half of the course examines the social structure of the United States, using a political economy perspective to map out the changing relationship over time between the upper class, the state, and large corporations. With this domestic "map" as a guide, we then look overseas, exploring how these same social forces have shaped our nation's foreign policy since World War II. The course, while focusing on the United States, is broadly comparative, historical as well as contemporary in approach. Grades are based on three exams. WL:4 (Kimeldorf)
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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)
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310. Introduction to Research Methods. One introductory course in sociology; or completion of one social science course in economics, anthropology, political science, psychology or other sociology course. Sociology Honors students should elect this course concurrently with Soc. 397. (4). (Excl). (BS). (QR/1).
The objective of this course is to introduce you to sociology of knowledge issues and the basic research methods used by social scientists observation, survey, experimentation, interviews, and archival research. We will cover a great deal of material in a relatively short period and students will be required to complete a number of "hands-on" research assignments. WL:4 (Hasso)
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321/Psych. 311. Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues. Sociology 320 and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). A combined total of 8 credits of Sociology 321, 389, and 395 may be counted toward a concentration in Sociology. (EXPERIENTIAL).
See Psychology 311. (Beale)
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389. Practicum in Sociology. Permission of instructor. (2-4). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. Up to four credits of 389 may be included in a concentration plan in Sociology. A combined total of eight credits of Sociology 321, 389, and 395 may be counted toward a concentration in Sociology. Laboratory fee ($22) required. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a total of eight 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. Permission of Instructor required; Contact Project Community (1024 Hill Street, 763-3548) for information, section descriptions, and overrides. WL:4 (Chesler)
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393/Hist. 333/Pol. Sci. 396/Slavic 396/REES 396. Survey of East Central Europe. (4). (SS). Laboratory fee ($10) required.
See Russian and East European Studies 396. (Eagle)
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397. Junior Honors in Sociology. Soc. 210; prior or concurrent enrollment in Soc. 310 or 512; and Honors standing in sociology. (3). (Excl).
A seminar devoted to the study of significant theoretical positions and issues through the reading and discussion of original sources. WL:4 (Martin)
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399. Senior Honors in Sociology. Honors standing in sociology. Soc. 210 and 310, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Prerequisite: Sociology 398. 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. WL:4 (Martin)
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For Undergraduates and Graduates

404/Am. Cult. 404. Hispanic-Americans: Social Problems and Social Issues. Junior or senior standing. (3). (Excl).
Latinos or Hispanics are the second largest minority group in the U.S. Comprised of those whose origins, however near or far, come from the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America, Latinos share a basic culture. At the same time, Latinos comprise very variegated experiences in the U.S. Both the reasons for migration from their countries and their processes of incorporation in American society vary widely. Together we will seek to understand both what they share and what is unique. This course explores the experiences of the major groups of Latinos in the U.S. Chicanos, Mexican immigrants, Puerto Ricans, Cubans both for what it tells us about them and for the social problems and social issues they serve to exemplify, such as issues of political vs. economic migration; poverty and its impact on the family; immigration law and its consequences; the changing nature of work; and the unfolding drama of revolution. In addition, we will utilize different theoretical perspectives to help us explain the contrasting experiences. Among the theoretical models we will examine will be the "push-pull" theory of migration; assimilation vs. internal colonialism as models; the impact of state assistance and immigration laws; middleman minority vs. the ethnic enclave vs. the ethnic economy as models of immigrant adaptation; social movements vs. revolution as major transformations that have shaped the histories of Latinos in the United States. The requirements for this class consist of two exams that will be written tests in class, and one book review of a social science book written on the experience of Latinos in the United States. WL:4 (Pedraza)
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412. Ethnic Identity and Intergroup Relations. Permission of instructor. Students are required to have taken courses in ethnic studies or intergroup relations. (3). (Excl).

This term the course will look at multiracial, multiethnic, and interfaith identities and relationships as a focal point for the exploration of a wide range of questions on racial, ethnic, and religious identity and intergroup relations. It will consider frameworks for community building, taking into account issues of conflict, power and competing social interests. Students will be encouraged to bring personal experience and perspective to enrich the discussion of theoretical readings. Active participation and considerable writing will be required. WL:4 (Schoem)
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434/CAAS 434. Social Organization of Black Communities. (3). (Excl).

This course offers a critical examination of a series of ethnographic studies of African-American urban life in the twentieth century. The ethnographies will be assessed within the context of the development of American social scientific research, and the historical developments that affected the social and cultural spheres of African American urban life throughout the twentieth century. The format for the course will be a combination of lectures and class discussions. Some of the analytical questions that will shape our interrogation of the ethnographies are: (1) What kinds of social organizational patterns exist in the urban communities within which Black Americans reside?; (2) Does a distinctive Black American culture also exist in these communities?; (3) In what ways may Black American social organizational and cultural patterns be perceived as healthy or deleterious, and by what standards?; (4) In what ways, and to what extent, are developments in Black American social organization and culture autonomous from, or dependent upon, developments in American social organization and culture?; (5) What implications for social policy are elucidated in each of the studies?; and (6) What kind of specific methodology or approach to ethnography is articulated by each of the authors? WL:4 (Young)
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435. Urban Inequality and Conflict. Credit is granted for only one course from Soc. 435 and 535. (3). (Excl).

An examination of the social and spatial factors affecting the location, social organization, structure, and functioning of American cities. Although both the internal arrangements and external connections of cities are analyzed, heaviest emphasis is placed on the examination of the internal arrangements and external connections of cities within the context of contemporary urban problems found in the American city will be utilized as example and the basis for discussion. WL:4 (Deskins)
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450. Political Sociology. (3). (SS).

Political sociology is a vast area. Sociology 450 aims to give students a taste of that breadth by exploring a variety of topics, beginning with basic concepts and theories of power, state, and nation. We then use these tools to survey key debates and issues, including the workings of capitalist democracies; changing power dynamics in today's United States; the rise of the modern state; war and revolution; the modalities of political experience, subjectivity, and resistance. We stand at the cusp of the century's end, at a thoroughly unsettled time of epochal political change, so the course concludes on an open note, with the topic of utopias and the political imaginary. Sociology 450 is mainly a lecture class, supplemented by some small-group discussions and occasional films. Students will be evaluated on the basis of two exams and two papers. Can we define the nature of politics? How is the business of rule organized? Why do patterns of political power vary historically and in different social settings? How do ways of structuring power shape routine and extraordinary political action, including war and people's experience of war? What are the implications of social theory for social movements, revolution and other forms of radical political change? These are just some of the issues that we'll explore in this class. WL:4 (Adams)
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454. Law and Social Organization. (3). (SS).

This course is based on research which examines the law and the legal system from a social science perspective. It seeks to understand the nature of the laws and the role that law plays in political and social life. WL:4 (Somers)
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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)
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460. Social Change. (3). (Excl).

The study of social change includes assessing structural and cultural transformations that occur in institutions, organizations, communities, nation-states, and larger societal contexts. In this course we will consider issues of social and cultural change with respect to one theme (race relations), within the context of one nation-state (the United States), as affected by a specific period of social action (the Civil Rights Movement and its aftermath). This course will explore the events comprising the Civil Rights Movement and its aftermath in order to elucidate how social change emerges and what kinds of enduring effects such change may have. This effort will include a consideration of implicit assumptions about change as they concerned the collective goals and strategies of the Civil Rights Movement, and how mobilization for change was pursued. Specific points of emphasis will be on the levels of social change, the target(s) of social change, and the process of social change. An additional objective of the course will be to create a basis for critical understanding of the changes in Black-white relations in the United States from the 1960s until the present. WL:4 (Young)
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465/Psych. 488. Sociological Analysis of Deviant Behavior. Introductory sociology or introductory psychology as a social science. (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:1 (Modigliani)
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467. Juvenile Delinquency. (3). (Excl).

This course presents an introduction to juvenile delinquency. It explores the historical development of crime and deviance among youth as a social concern. We then examine theoretical explanations of the causes of delinquency (with emphasis on relation to the life course), societal response to delinquency through the juvenile courts, and the dilemmas of treatment. Primary focus is on youth violence, street crime, gangs, graffiti, and drugs. Contours of the troubled lives frequently associated with delinquency are explored through film and biography. Issues examined include: balancing individual rights and community interests; cultural and historical variation in criminal and deviant behavior; processes through which delinquent behavior arises; the role of state power and the limits of the criminal sanction; proposals to try juveniles as adults; and recent challenges to liberal approaches to justice. WL:4 (Vogel)
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468. Criminology. (3). (SS).

This course is an introduction to crime, social control, and the American system of criminal justice. It explores the social construction of crime, problems of measurement, patterns of criminal activity, the contours of criminal careers, the problem of violence, theoretical explanations of the causes of crime, and the state project of crime control and punishment. Thematically, the course will highlight youths, gang activity, and the problem of violence. Major issues to be examined include: the balancing of freedom and security, racial inequality, controversy over the origins of crime, decriminalization, hate speech, mandatory sentencing, the death penalty, and the alleged failure of rehabilitation. Particular attention will focus on the challenges presented by the historically changing social context in which the justice system operates. WL:4 (Vogel)
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472/Psych. 381. Advanced Laboratory in Social Psychology. Stat. 402 and Psych. 380. (3). (Excl).

See Psychology 381.
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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 (Anspach)
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495. Special Course. One introductory course in sociology. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit, provided that the course topics are different.
Section 001 Social Change and Popular Culture in Korea.
This course maps out political, economic, and 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 as well, including the colonialism and nationalism. It also explores North Korea and the Korean diaspora in understanding the Korean nation, its past and present. WL:4 (Park)

Section 002 Women, Body, and Work. This course seeks to understand the systematic but variable ways in which women's identity and their work are shaped by bio-cultural determinism. By juxtaposing different racial and class communities, we will discuss such basic issues 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 decades of development of gender theory, motherhood still remains a contentious issue. Often deployed as a amorphous category within a polemic framework, motherhood holds contradictory implications of the politics of women. Being at the heart of feminism, as the understanding of motherhood shifts, its impact extends to the meaning of women and women's power. In exploring difference and universality of motherhood with readings on women of different class and race, readings and films will be combined for class discussion. WL:4 (Park)
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496. Special Course. One introductory course in sociology. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit, provided that the course topics are different.
Section 001 Contemporary Japanese Society.
This course examines major social institutions of postwar Japan. Possible topics include education, socialization, family, crime and law enforcement, social welfare, minorities, gender roles, popular culture, work and occupation, social stratification and mobility, social movements, and industrial organization. Special attention will be paid to how social institutions compare to their pre-war counterparts and to institutions in the United States and other countries with which students are familiar. The course will be conducted as a seminar. Students will be required to participate in the weekly seminar meetings, write short analyses of readings, present on two topics, and research and write a term paper. (Kinney)
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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)

Section 002 Sociology of the Self. In this course we consider the questions of the social and cultural constitution of the person, with particular emphasis on gender, sexuality, and race/ethnicity, through the study of the contrasting psychoanalytic, sociological, and historical approaches found in the works of writers such as Freud, Foucault, Goffmann, Garfinkel, Fanon, Marcel Mauss, George Chauncey, and Stuart Hall. This is a discussion-based seminar based on reading original texts. Students will write three short papers. Open to third- and fourth-year students. WL:4 (Steinmetz)
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