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Sociology Courses (SOCY) College of Arts and Sciences


Subject Area Course # Course Title Semester Credit Hours Expand
SOCY 1001 Introductory Sociology Fall/Spring/Summer 3
Course Description

This course conveys a sense of the history of sociology and introduces students to the most essential concepts, ideas, theories, and methods of the discipline. Special topics may include interaction in everyday life, sociology of the family, gender roles, race and ethnic relations, and the sociology of work, among others. We will deal with fundamental questions about what it means to be a human being living in a society at a given moment in history. Ordinarily, SOCY1001.01 is reserved for majors and minors. Note that Introductory Sociology is taught by different instructors; check each instructor’s syllabus for a more exact description.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Do not take SOCY1001 if you have already taken SOCY1002. Only one of these courses will count toward the major or minor.

SOCY 1002 Introduction to Sociology for Healthcare Professions Fall 3
Course Description

This course is designed to present the fundamentals of sociology to an audience of future healthcare professionals. Attention is given both to micro-level (interpersonal) and macro-level (organizational) behavior. One of the major goals of the course is to enable students to ground themselves and their families sociologically, by examining their own community and social class origins. It will highlight issues of interest to healthcare professionals, along with sociological concepts that appear on the MCAT exam.


Instructor(s): Department and Lara Birk

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Do not take SOCY1002 if you have already taken SOCY1001. Only one of these courses will count toward the major or minor.

SOCY 1003 Introductory Anthropology Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course introduces students to the main themes, methods, and intellectual traditions of cultural anthropology. We will explore concepts of culture, human origins, food procurement, marriage and the family, gender, political organization, social stratification, and globalization.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): James Hamm and The Department

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1016 Youth in American Society Fall 3
Course Description

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SOCY 1019 The Roots of Racial Wealth Gap in Public Policy Fall 3
Course Description

TBD


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SOCY 1020 Poverty in America Fall 3
Course Description

In this class we will identify and move beyond stereotypes about the poor to look at contemporary lives of those who live at, below, and slightly above the poverty line. We will build understanding of the complexities of low-income lives, the realities of living with minimal resources and the experience of families as they draw on governmental, non-profit and other social supports to supplement those of their needs that cannot be met through their own income. Throughout this class we will consider variations in experience as marked by race, ethnicity, gender, ability, parenting status, and immigration and language issues.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): David Harker

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Satisfies social science core requirement.

SOCY 1021 The Question of Consumer Society: Shop 'Til You Drop Fall 3
Course Description

Consumer culture has become a central focus of US, and global society. After a debt-driven consumption boom, economic collapse has caused consumers to pull back on spending. In this course we look at the history, present and future of consumer culture, addressing questions such as: why and how did consumer culture emerge? How does it reflect and reproduce social inequalities of race, class and gender? What is the role of advertising and marketing? How is consumption affecting climate change, bio-diversity and ecological systems? Readings include Veblen, Bourdieu, Holt, Friedan, McKibben, and Frank.


Instructor(s): Juliet B. Schor

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1024 Gender and Society Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course explores the formation, experience, and change of women's and men's social lives in history. Topics include (1) gendered differences in the organization of power, kinship, economic well-being, race, national identity, and ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and culture; (2) socialization into masculine and feminine social roles; (3) the impact of global economic and technological change on social constructions of gender; (4) gender, popular culture, and the mass media; (5) gender equality and social justice.


Instructor(s): Abigail Brooks and The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: This can be taken as part of the Women's Studies minor.

SOCY 1025 People & Nature: History & Future of Human Impacts on the Planet Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

The twenty-first century opened with combined crises of climate, bio-diversity, and eco-system collapse. This course studies these crises from the dual perspectives of history and sociology. We look at how climate change developed, the shift from sustainable to unsustainable agriculture, the loss of forests around the planet, toxic chemicals, population trends, and other topics. For each section of the course we begin with historical trends before tackling present issues. Throughout, the class we focus not just on problems, but also solutions. This year we are planning to "flip" the class in order to maximize interaction and project based learning. The class will not be offered in 2016-17.


Instructor(s): Juliet Schor and Prasannan Parthasarathi

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: HIST2503

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SOCY 1026 Consumer Society Discussion Group Spring 0
Course Description

This is a discussion group that is taken along with SOCY1021: Consumer Society/Shop 'Til You Drop


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Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1027 Eco-Challenges and Sustainable Solutions Summer 3
Course Description

Climate crisis and ecological overshoot have become humanity's most pressing challenges. Despite the contemporary nature of these problems, human disruption of the natural environment is not new. Environmental historians have identified major human alterations in ecosystems over the last 500 years. This course combines historical and contemporary perspectives to explore both the familiar and the novel as we study forests, climate, agriculture, water, and toxic pollution. We devote substantial attention to solutions and what will be necessary to achieve a sustainable future.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Juliet Schor and Prasannan Parthasarathi

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: HIST2701

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SOCY 1029 People and Nature Discussion Group Fall 0
Course Description

Discussion group for SOCY1025


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Juliet Schor and Prasannan Parthasarathi

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1030 Deviance and Social Control Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course explores the social construction of boundaries between the "normal" and the so-called "deviant." It examines the struggle between powerful forms of social control and what these exclude, silence, or marginalize. Of particular concern is the relationship between dominant forms of religious, legal, and medical social control and gendered, racialized and global economic structures of power. The course provides an in-depth historical analysis of theoretical perspectives used to explain, study and control deviance, as well as ethical-political inquiry into such matters as religious excess, crime, madness, corporate and governmental wrong-doing, and sexual subcultures that resist dominant social norms.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Jared Del Rosso and Stephen J. Pfohl

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Fulfills a requirement in the Women's Studies Program and the Pre-Law Program.

SOCY 1031 Society and Environmental Transformations Spring 3
Course Description

Where do contemporary environmental problems come from? Why is it so hard to resolve serious global environmental issues? Are environmental problems really social problems? This course will compel students to explore these questions, to devise answers to them, and to learn how to understand environmental problems with sociological analytical tools and methods. Students will explore the historical origins of the contemporary world, revisit the social and environmental changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution, the World Wars, and the liberalization of capitalism, and, through first-hand research, ponder how globalization might be the start of a new environmental transformation for society.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Brian Gareau

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1036 Introduction to Latin American Societies Fall 3
Course Description

The aim of this course is to introduce students to sociology while exploring Latin American societies. The course will start with a general presentation of both sociology and Latin America. We will discuss what sociology is, and the different ways of studying societies. We will take some time to study the birth of modern Latin American nations. Relying on this historical background, we will explore Latin American societies through sociological concepts such as race, gender, social violence, religion, sports, and culture. Finally, we will pay attention to U.S.-LA relations and the fact of Latino people living in the United States.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Gustavo Morello

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1037 Introduction to American Indian Societies Fall 3
Course Description

This course examines social institutions in American Indian societies, such as the family, religion, and government. Focusing on southeastern peoples, especially the Cherokee, the course begins with the period of "first contact" and investigates the impacts of European cultures. It pays special attention to the development of the institution of African American slavery in American Indian societies, and the consequences for contemporary legal-political controversies among White, Black, and Native Americans.


Instructor(s): Eva Garroutte

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1038 Race, Class, and Gender Fall 3
Course Description

Viewing race, class, gender, sexuality, and other identities as inseparable from discussions of inequality and power, this course will begin by discussing the social construction of these categories and how they are connected. We will then look at how these social identities shape and are also shaped by four general subject areas: (1) wealth and poverty, (2) education, (3) family, and (4) crime, law, and social policy. Although this course is separated into subject areas, we shall see that these areas greatly overlap and are mutually influenced by one other.


Instructor(s): Shawn McGuffey

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: AADS1138

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SOCY 1039 African World Perspectives Spring 3
Course Description

The aim of this course is to provide a broad overview of how Africa has impacted the world and how the world has impacted upon Africa. The course is divided into six basic topic of "units." Each unit deals with a major area of debate in the field of African studies.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Zine Magubane

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: AADS1139

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SOCY 1040 Global Sociology Spring 3
Course Description

This course introduces a variety of sociological theories and themes through examining the processes of globalization, social change, and the formation of the modern world. Topics covered include colonialism and the rise of the West, economic development, global inequality, race and gender, and social movements. Although we will examine a variety of national experiences, the course focuses particularly on the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.


Instructor(s): Sarah Babb

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1042 Global Sociology Discussion Group Spring 0
Course Description

Discussion group for SOCY1042, Global Sociology.


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Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1043 Introduction to African-American Society Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

In 1896, distinguished scholar W.E.B. DuBois became convinced that the experience of Africans in the Americas was so distinctive that it was imperative to study Black people in order to understand power dynamics at all levels of society. This course will study those power dynamics. While paying particular attention to the many ways that racial power dynamics have impacted all people of African descent in the United States, this course does not assume a uniform Black experience. We shall see that gender, class, and sexuality greatly shape the differing experiences of African-Americans.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): C. Shawn McGuffey

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: AADS1155

Comments: To get Sociology credit for the major or minor (or social science core credit), you must register for SOCY1043 rather than cross-listed course.

SOCY 1049 Social Problems Fall/Spring/Summer 3
Course Description

This course is an exploration of different sociological approaches to the study of social problems and social trends in contemporary society. It examines the linkages between social structures/institutions, culture and human experience. The course emphasizes theoretical research issues, especially how, and to what degree, the understanding of social problems are a direct result of the processes used to define social problems as well as the research methods and procedures used to investigate them. Students will learn to critique popular discourses from a critical sociological perspective and will be encouraged to form their own opinions and critiques.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1058 Sociology of the Family Spring 3
Course Description

In recent years, U.S. public policy has focused on strengthening the nuclear family as a primary strategy for reducing poverty and improving the lives of America's youth. It is often assumed that this type of family is healthy, financially independent, heterosexual, violence-free, normative, and grounded in historical tradition. This course examines these assumptions sociologically while considering systemic variations in race/ethnicity, class, gender, ability, and sexual orientation within and among American families.


Instructor(s): Amy Sousa and The Department

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1059 Religion, Faith, and Social Change Fall 3
Course Description

How does religion relate to social change? This course analyzes the role of religious organizations, movements, and ideals in social reforms, movements, and revolutions. We begin broadly by contrasting classic and recent sociological theories of religion, and then examine the social roots of prophetic religion, the globalization of religious concern, and the modern context of secularism. With this background we examine the religious dimensions of recent social change regarding homosexuality, immigration, and economic inequality. We also consider how social change shapes contemporary religion, especially the growth of new spiritual practices and the reform of religious boundaries.


Instructor(s): Gary John Adler

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1067 Sociology of Education Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course will examine the relationship between education and society through the lens of sociology. Students will develop competency around sociological theories and methods that will allow them to deconstruct some of the perennial questions in education, such as: What is the function of schooling in modern society? Can education be relied upon to facilitate social mobility, or does it create social reproduction? How have changing definitions of childhood and family coexisted alongside education in U.S. society? Should everyone go to college? How will digital media and technological change influence institutional change in education?


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Lindsey Carfagna

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1071 Global Inequalities Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

What is globalization and what are its consequences? This course examines the relationship between globalization and global inequality. This course is divided into four parts. First we ask: who are the beneficiaries of the outsourced economy? Second, we look at the emergence of a new global underclass. Third, we look specifically at the U.S., and ask what the decline of the American manufacturing base. Finally, we return to examine the movement of capital across the globe, and ask: what are the new risks of globalization in the face of systemic financial crises like the banking crisis of 2008?


Instructor(s): Julia Chuang

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1072 Inequality in America Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course examines class inequity in American society. It not only describes how the rich, the poor, and the middle classes live, but also how they relate to one another. Topics include the strategies used by the rich for maintaining the status quo, the hopes cherished by the middle class for improving their position, and the obstacles that keep the poor in their place. Students can choose between readings that emphasize the dynamics of inequality as they are enacted by men or women, and by people of color or Caucasians.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Eva Garroutte and Eve Spangler

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: May be taken as part of the Women's Studies minor.

SOCY 1073 States, Markets, and Bodies Fall 3
Course Description

An introduction to the Political Economy this course will introduce students to theories, concepts and tools for studying relations between states and markets that affects the structure of power relationships. Taking a global approach we will examine the different forms of state repression, the consequences of a neoliberal and decentralized global market, and its affects on individual people/workers. This course is motivated by three inter-related questions: (1) What is the appropriate role of the government in the economy? (2) How should states govern its citizens? (3) What is the role of individuals who make up civil society?


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Kimberly Hoang

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1076 Sociology of Popular Culture Spring 3
Course Description

This course is dedicated to investigating popular culture and its role in American society and abroad. We'll be looking at a variety of sociological perspectives to examine the role of media and popular culture in everyday life, with a particular emphasis on mass media, the relationship between cultural consumption and social status, and the social significance of leisure activities from sports to shopping. We will explore definitions of "popular culture," as well as those who create it and consume it. We'll look at gender, race and ethnicity as they are expressed in mainstream popular culture and subculture.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Johanna Pabst and The Department

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1077 Sociology of HIV/AIDS: Global and U.S. Experiences of Epidemic Spring 3
Course Description

This course explores the social dimensions of global and U.S. experiences of HIV/AIDS. We examine the social forces that impact and determine the course and experience of the epidemic as we also explore the impact that the epidemic has had on communities and cultures worldwide. The course surveys 1) the history and epidemiology of the epidemic; 2) the social construction of the disease; 3) the impact upon and response from particularly affected communities and social groups; 4) social issues in testing, treatment and prevention; and 5) the politics of governmental, non-governmental and grassroots responses to the disease.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Satisfies Social Science Core Requirement

SOCY 1078 Sociology of Health and Illness Fall 3
Course Description

The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. This course will consider this whole-person definition across the human life course using a range of sociological principles and perspectives. Major topics will include the structure of health care systems in the United States and globally, doctor-patient interaction, social and cultural influences on health and disease, and social disparities in the distribution of health and quality health care.


Instructor(s): Sara Moorman and The Department

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1082 Sociology of Happiness Fall 3
Course Description

What is happiness? Can we measure happiness? What are the objections to the study of happiness? Are we getting happier? What makes us happy or unhappy? Does money buy happiness? Should happiness be pursued individually through private lifestyles or collectively through public policy? Does sociology have a clue? Students in this course will learn to find answers to these questions drawing from the sociology of happiness. Contributions from personal experiences and fields such as psychology, economy, psychiatry, theology and neuroscience are considered, but the emphasis is on sociological perspectives.


Instructor(s): Esteban Calvo Bralic

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1084 Mass Media in American Society Fall 3
Course Description

The purpose of this course is to increase the understanding of how the mass communication system operates in American society, and how and why media products take the form that they do. It focuses on the production of news, advertising and entertainment. We will examine how various media industries are organized and how such organization is sometimes transformed by regulation, competition, and/or technology. We will focus on media content and investigate factors that promote stability, change, and diversity. We will address the consumers of mass media products and how they utilize and are affected by media content.


Instructor(s): Johanna Pabst

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1087 Social Movements Spring 3
Course Description

Societies around the world are shaped by a politically diverse array of social movements: the environmentalist movement, the global women's movement, the civil rights movement in the U.S., and the fundamentalist movement to name just a few. This course examines the influence of social movements on policy and culture in the United States and beyond. It provides an introduction to the theoretical literature on social movements and to the specifics of several key movements which we will study more in depth as well as pragmatic discussion about how students can participate in social change through social movements.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1089 Women and the Body Fall 3
Course Description

This course covers Western cultural pressures on women be super-slender. We analyze biological, sociological, and feminist perspectives on the body especially with regard to issues of beauty and body image and sexuality. We analyze how race, ethnicity and class intersect to create differences among womens relationship to their bodies. In what way do biological perspectives illuminate as well as cloud understanding of women's relationship to their bodies? We explore mass-mediated pressures on women's bodies through films, women's magazine, reality TV, and social networking sites. We examine the plastic surgery industry and the growing trend toward "designer bodies."


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sharlene Hesse-Biber

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1092 Peace or War Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

We analyze issues of war and peace before and after the Cold War, focusing on U.S. wars, largely in the Third World. In the first part of the course, we explore core theories of the roots of war. In the second part, we focus on the Cold War era, examining Vietnam, El Salvador, and other U.S. conflicts. In the third part, we focus on more recent wars: Iraq,Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the "war on terrorism" as well as conflicts such as Rwanda and Sudan. The fourth section explores the United Nations, social activism among students, and other routes to peace.


Instructor(s): Charles Derber

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1093 Comparative Social Change Fall 3
Course Description

This course is an introductory level examination of social change, viewed from a theoretical, historical, and contemporary perspective. Significant trends in the United States are analyzed within a world wide context. These issues include the following: the decline of community, the impact of technology, the globalization of the economy, the persistence of inequality, the rise of new social movements, and the end of the Cold War. A critical examination of one's role as worker, consumer, family member, and citizen is encouraged.


Instructor(s): Paul S. Gray

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1094 Social Conflict Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

The end of the Cold War has not put an end to either war or violent conflicts within society. Not only do problems of large scale, violent conflicts remain central in the modern world, but the probability of nuclear proliferation and the possible use of chemical weapons make such conflicts even scarier. The purpose of this course is to increase your understanding of the conditions under which social conflicts tend to become violent and on how they can be resolved non-violently. A highlight around which much of the course is built will be "SIMSOC" a game simulation of a society.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Michelle Gawerc

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1096 Aging and Society Fall 3
Course Description

"Age doesn't matter unless you're a cheese," quipped actress Billie Burke (the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz). Nevertheless, age does matter within societies. This class will cover specific topics in four general areas of sociological study: roles and relationships (e.g., within the family), inequalities (e.g., ageism), institutions (e.g., health care), and social change (e.g., the aging of the population). By the end of the course, you will have acquired a new approach to thinking about how you and others age in the social world and the ways in which age is portrayed in the media.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sara Moorman

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1097 Death and Dying Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

The course presents an overview of the major issues, themes, and controversies in the death and dying literature. Historical, cultural, political, economic, and psychological aspects are considered, but the emphasis is on sociological dimensions and perspectives. Among the issues to be considered are the following: historical trends in attitudes toward death, cross-cultural and historical perspectives on death, the development of children's understanding of death, health care for the dying, hospice, patient-caregiver relationship, the social role of the dying patient, funeral practices, bereavement, truth-telling and the terminal patient, suicide, assisted suicide, genocide, euthanasia, homicide, the death penalty, near-death experiences, brain death, efforts to extend the human lifespan, and social immortality.


Instructor(s): John B. Williamson

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 1123 Nicaragua:Service-Immersion Experience Spring 1
Course Description

This course will provide a basic introduction to Nicaragua: its history, politics, cultures, and institutions such as health care and education. We will look at related themes, such as human rights, liberation theology, US-Nicaragua relations, ethnicity, and gender. We will also explore the nature and meaning of the service component of the trip, and how what we experience in Nicaragua can be brought back to our everyday lives. The course is restricted to participants in the Sociology Department's service-learning-immersion trip to Nicaragua. Grading is Pass-Fail.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Michael Malec

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: This course is open only to those students who are going on the 2011 spring break service-learning-immersion trip to Nicaragua, sponsored by the Department of Sociology.

SOCY 1144 Legal and Illegal Violence Against Women Fall 3
Course Description

This course will analyze the use of violence and the threat of violence to maintain the system of stratification by gender. The focus will be on rape, incest, spouse abuse, and related topics. Strategies for change will also be discussed.


Instructor(s): Lynda Lytle Holmstrom

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Cross listed with Women's Studies
To get sociology credit for the major or minor, you must register for SOCY1144.

SOCY 1148 Language, Memory, and Identity in the Middle East Fall 3
Course Description

A broad-based overview of the role which language-choice plays in the construction of national and cultural identity in the Middle East. The role of Modern Standard Arabic (or Fus-ha) in the elaboration of Arab Nationalism, and the role of local dialects in the conceptualization of competing national identities and territorial nationalisms. In particular. In addition to Arab Nationalism and Zionism, also the ideas of Greater Syria, the Egyptian Pharaonic idea, Lebanonism, Mesopotamianism, and the Canaanite movement in Israel.


Instructor(s): Franck Salameh

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: NELC2061

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SOCY 1150 States and Minorities in the Middle East Spring 3
Course Description

A broad-based overview of the role of language choice plays in the construction of national and cultural identity in the Middle East. We will examine the role of Modern Standard Arabic (or Fus-ha) in the elaboration of Arab Nationalism, and the role of local dialects in the conceptualization of competing national identities and territorial nationalisms. In particular, and in addition to Arab Nationalism and Zionism, we will examine the ideas of Greater Syria, the Egyptian Pharaonic idea, Lebanonism, Mesopotamianism, and the Canaanite movement in Israel.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Franck Salameh

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: To get Sociology credit for the major or minor, you must register for SOCY1150.

SOCY 1501 Global Implications of Climate Change Fall 6
Course Description

Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time. Decisive and swift action to mitigate carbon emissions is needed in order to prevent catastrophic events and unhealthy environments for future generations. Societies worldwide will need to adapt to a new environmental reality. However, the causes, effects, and costs of climate change are not equally distributed, which raises questions about responsibility and justice. This course will encourage critical engagement with and personal reflection on these important issues, covering the science behind climate change, the use of different energy sources and their impact on carbon emissions, and the different roles of governments, businesses, religious communities, and individuals for enacting (and preventing) ambitious solutions to climate change.


Instructor(s): Brian Gareau and Tara Gareau

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: EESC1501

Comments: Core Renewal Course:Complex Problems
Must also register for one of the Global Implications of Climate Change lab sections.

SOCY 1503 Understanding Race, Gender and Violence Fall 6
Course Description

This course explores pressing problems of modern race and gender-based violence across the globe, including domestic violence, youth gangs, police violence, sexual assault, and genocide. Using both historical and sociological perspectives, we will examine the roots of such violence, the ways in which it has been expressed, the meanings attached to it, and its implications for society--particularly for racial/ethnic minorities, women, and LGBT people. The lab for the course will involve students in collaborative work with local anti-violence projects and organizations in the Boston area.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Marilynn Johnson and Shawn McGuffey

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: HIST1503

Comments: Core Renewal Course:Complex Problems

SOCY 1506 Core Renewal Leadership Seminar Fall 3
Course Description


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SOCY 1509 Planet in Peril:The History and Future of Human Impacts on the Planet Fall 6
Course Description

The 21st century opened with crises of climate, bio-diversity, and eco-system functioning. In this class we address ecological overshoot from the perspectives of sociology and history, emphasizing the role of inequality, the state, inequality and power. The course combines contemporary analyses with a long historical record of human impact, considering both the familiar and the novel in the realm of ecological challenges. We devote substantial attention not only to causes but to solutions. Topics to be covered include: the Columbian exchange, forests, agriculture, water, climate change, toxics, and population. Solutions include state policy, social movements, individual action and social innovation.


Instructor(s): Juliet Schor and Prasannan Parthasarathi

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: HIST1505

Comments: Core Renewal Course:Complex Problems

SOCY 1702 The Body in Sickness and Health Fall 3
Course Description

This course explores the central role our bodies play in our perceptions of ourselves, our social roles, and our relationships with others. We will investigate the physiological, psychosocial, and cultural impact of body changes in normal growth and development (including pregnancy and aging) as well as in illness, trauma and disability. Topics may include obesity, pain, the lived experience of chronic illness, the effects of trauma, and end of life issues. The moral and emotional aspects of empathy and caregiving—both for ourselves and for others—will be explored. We will pay particular attention to the perspectives of patients and caregivers (including nurses, family members, social workers and doctors) as well as the supporting research from nursing and other health disciplines.


Instructor(s): Jane Ashley

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Core Renewal Course:Enduring Questions

SOCY 1705 Growing Up Gendered: Contemporary Media Representations Spring 3
Course Description

This course explores how conventional and unconventional views of feminine and masculine behaviors for children, adolescents and adults have been circulated in current popular culture through television, film, and advertising over the past two decades. Starting with an examination of children's media, the course will examine how have different theorists and popular media have created and analyzed patterns of representation related to gender, identity, and cultural expectations. Throughout the course we will explore how the categories of gender and sexuality intersect with other dimensions of individual identity such as race, class, and religion. The course will examine a range of commonly gendered themes in popular culture, including sports culture, girlhood, eating disorders, consumerism, romance/bromance, and gendered violence.


Instructor(s): Lisa Cuklanz

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Core Renewal Course: Enduring Questions

SOCY 1706 Human Rights and Social Welfare Spring 3
Course Description

The course uses the lenses of comparative social welfare and human rights (economic, social, and cultural rights) to explore contemporary welfare challenges in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. Questions addressed include: Are human rights universal or should they be understood within a socio-political context? What is the relationship between attainment of human rights and social welfare? How does the concept of progressive realization of rights fit into this picture? Should government and/or the international community have a role in poverty reduction and realization of socio-economic rights? What role does culture play in influencing welfare? How do human rights relate to this?


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Margaret Lombe

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Core Renewal Course: Enduring Questions

SOCY 1707 Passion, Power, and Purpose: Adolescence in a Digital Age Spring 3
Course Description

Youth are the sparks that keep society moving forward. Whereas adolescents have been stereotyped as restless, vulnerable, and self-centered, this course will take a positive youth development (PYD) lens to understanding biological, cognitive and social transitions of this period in our global present. In contrast to deficit-oriented theories of adolescence, PYD focuses on youths’ passions, power, and purposes, and providing them with the resources needed to achieve their potentials. This course will involve both research and “search”—the scholarly study of diverse paths leading from childhood to adulthood and exploration into one’s own journey.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Belle Liang

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Core Renewal Course: Enduring Questions

SOCY 1708 Growing Up Gendered: Socio-Cultural Perspectives onto Gender in Contemporary Society Spring 3
Course Description

To what extent is anatomy destiny? We discuss key concepts of sex vs. gender. We delve into the critical societal forces that normalize a gender binary “male” and “female.” We address biological, sociological and psychological frameworks that maintain the sex/gender binary across the life cycle (childhood through adulthood). How is our gendered identity constructed? What impacts do families, schools, the mass media and our social relationships on and off-line reinforce or challenge our gender identity? Our sexuality? How does our gender and sexual identity intersect with other dimensions of individual identity such as race, class, ethnicity and sexual preferences? We examine the cultural pressures on women to be slender and men to be muscular body and ways in which conformity to these body image ideals can lead to eating disorders and gendered violence. The class includes lectures, small group discussions, and group reflection projects.


Instructor(s): Sharlene Hesse-Biber

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Core Renewal Course: Enduring Questions

SOCY 2200 Statistics Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course is an introduction to statistics, with some emphasis on the SPSS statistical software. Statistical issues covered include measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, probability and sampling, hypothesis testing, measures of correlation, simple regression, and one-way analysis of variance.


Instructor(s): Michael Malec and The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for the Sociology major

SOCY 2210 Research Methods Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course acquaints students with the range of research methods used in sociological work. We cover the philosophical assumptions which underlie a scientific approach to the study of social life, and consider the interplay of data method and theory. In addition to presentation of specific techniques, we will also consider questions surrounding the politics and ethics of research in the social sciences.


Instructor(s): Paul S. Gray, Sarah Babb, Deb Piatelli and The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for the Sociology major

SOCY 2211 Research Methods Discussion Group Fall 0
Course Description

Discussion group for SOCY2210


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sarah Babb and The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 2215 Social Theory Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course focuses on the major lines of classical sociological theory, especially the writings of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim. The application of these theoretical foundations to contemporary problems (racism, gender inequality, LGBTQ rights, Islamophobia) will draw on commentary from multiple media sources.


Instructor(s): Eve Spangler, Paul Gray, Paul Schervish and The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for the Sociology major

SOCY 2225 Introduction to Feminisms Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This introductory course offers both an overview and a foundation for understanding the various movements that make up what has come to be called the feminist movement in the U.S. Because systems of privilege and disadvantage shape women's and men's identities and social positions in multiple and unique ways, Introduction to Feminisms analyzes gender from an interdisciplinary approach and applies numerous academic disciplinary methods to the study of gender, including history, literature, psychology, and sociology, and explores women's and men's experiences within various cultural contexts, including socioeconomic class, race and ethnicity, religion and spirituality, nations of citizenship, origin, and generation.


Instructor(s): Andrew Owens

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: HIST2502 ENGL2125 COMM2225

Comments: Fulfills Women Writer's requirement for ENGL/LSOE majors.

SOCY 2250 Perspectives on War, Aggression, and Conflict Resolution I Fall 3
Course Description

This course develops an interdisciplinary approach to the study of war and conflict and investigates alternatives to their resolution in contemporary global society. The course is organized along multidisciplinary lines, with faculty members from various academic departments responsible for each topic of discussion. This interdisciplinary approach demonstrates the varied and complex perspectives on the causes of war and conflict and attempts to develop, out of the resources of these respective disciplines, intelligent insights into the resolution of conflicts, and the development of alternatives to war.


Instructor(s): Matthew Mullane

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: PHIL2259 THEO2327

Comments: The Faith, Peace, and Justice Program at Boston College sponsors this course as an introduction to the field of Peace Studies.

SOCY 2254 Community Service Research Seminar Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

CRP is a two-semester program that offers leadership, research, and public policy training for students interested in working with communities of color in Massachusetts. In the fall, students will participate in a seminar to study the process of community-based research and its methodologies and begin to design a research proposal for an independent study with a faculty advisor for the spring semester research project. The seminar will also include a lecture series, in which academic researchers and community professionals will discuss their current work and experiences on issues related to four research-interest communities.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Deborah Piatelli

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: AADS2248 UNAS2254

Comments: Students should contact the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center to obtain permission to register.

SOCY 2255 Advanced Community Service Research Seminar II Spring 1
Course Description

CRP is a two-semester program (SOCY2254 and SOCY2255) offering leadership, research, and public policy training for students interested in working with Latino, Asian American and/or African Diaspora communities. In fall, students in SOCY2254 learn the process of community-based research and its methodologies, and begin to design a proposal for an independent study for spring. In spring, students sign up for SOCY2255 in conjunction with a Readings and Research to conduct their projects. The Spring seminar complements the R&R serving as a forum for students to discuss their research and continue to develop their oral presentation skills.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Deborah Piatelli

Prerequisites: SOCY2254

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 2275 Language and Ethnicity Spring 3
Course Description

An examination of how we use language to regulate power relations among social groups and of how individuals define personal identity through speech. Case studies include: the linguistic representation of social class membership, dialect geography, Native Americans and U.S. language policy, the Ebonics controversy, and arguments for and against maintaining public language standards. Emphasis on the status of language and ethnicity in the United States, viewed in cross-cultural perspective.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL2123 LING2379

Comments:

SOCY 2280 Society and National Identity in the Balkans Fall 3
Course Description

An overview of ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity among peoples of the Balkans (Albanians, Bosnians, Bulgarians, Croats, Greeks, Macedonians, Romanians, Serbs, Slovenes, Jews, Turks, and gypsies [Roma]). It is a study of what constitutes the various parameters of identity: linguistic typologies, religious diversity (Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Islam, and Judaism), culture, and social class. An analysis of the origins of nationalism, the emergence of nation-states, and contemporary nationalism as a source of instability and war in the Balkans will be considered.


Instructor(s): Mariela Dakova

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: SLAV2065

Comments:

SOCY 3303 Social Construction of Whiteness Spring 3
Course Description

This course explores the social construction of race through the lens of whiteness. By examining whiteness as both a race and historical system of privilege, students will gain a deeper understanding of the persistence of racism. We will examine the distribution of privilege within American society at both the interpersonal and institutional levels; as well as consider how whiteness operates within the social constructs of class and gender. Through writing and in-class group discussion, students will examine their own identities and consider how consciously or unconsciously they are affected by these processes, as well as consider strategies for challenging racism.


Instructor(s): Deborah Piatelli

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3304 Race, Ethnicity, and Popular Culture Spring 3
Course Description

This course will examine how racial and ethnic groups have been stereotyped in popular culture and how these stereotypes have changed over time. The course will look at stereotypes of Africans, African Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Americans, Asians, and European Americans. Students will also explore theoretical questions on the relationship between culture, politics, and ideology.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Zine Magubane

Prerequisites: Students taking this course must have taken at least one other sociology course. Familiarity with postmodernism, postcolonial studies, & gender and/or race theory suggested.

Cross listed with:

Comments: To get sociology credit for the major or minor, you must register for SOCY3304.

SOCY 3305 Capstone: Doing Well and Doing Good Fall 3
Course Description

This Capstone prepares you to balance between doing well in life and promoting the good in work, community, intimacy, and spirituality. To answer life's challenges, you need good questions. Our questions will focus on the intersection of personal biography and the context of society. We will learn to steer a course between prejudice and cliche, on one hand, and sound knowledge on the other. Even as we try to do good as informed persons, we will find that most knowledge is incomplete and often contested. A hands-on participatory course project will model a specific plan for fuller living.


Instructor(s): Eve Spangler

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: UNCP5539

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior.
Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail.
You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

SOCY 3306 Capstone: Making History in a Changing World Spring 3
Course Description

The central theme of this class is to consider the dialogue between individual choice and social context as we struggle to construct a life of effectiveness and balance. The course begins with a focus on what makes a good question. Largely, good questions are ones that can produce fruitful answers – answers that allow us to move forward in ways rooted in understanding and yet knowing that most information is incomplete, ambiguous, and contested. We will look at Boston College as a context for social action and then three case studies: Palestine (in which the context poses a single overarching challenge), South Africa (in which most people are struggling to figure out what the next chapter should be) and the U.S. (where we share in a sense that “anything goes.”). Students will be asked to focus on the balance between constructing a private life and participating in the struggle for social justice in each of these very different settings.


Instructor(s): Eve Spangler

Prerequisites: Seniors Only.

Cross listed with: UNCP5540

Comments: Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.

SOCY 3307 Race in the Criminal Justice System Spring 3
Course Description

This class will examine the growth of the prison system and its relationship to structural racism in the United States. Students will examine the historical context in which the prison system expanded and privatized, with specific reference to desegregation and changes in the United States’ immigration and national security policies. A heavy emphasis will be placed on differences in how deviance is defined for peoples of different races, genders, classes and sexual orientations.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Julia Bates

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3308 Crime and Punishment in America Spring 3
Course Description

This course will examine issues of crime and punishment in America. Much of the class will be spent learning about the rapid prison growth that created a system keeping over two million people behind bars. We will read sociological research on mass incarceration that emphasizes the connections between prisons and broader social inequalities. We will also develop a more grounded understanding by reading the work of people directly involved in the system: whether as prisoners, people from the communities most affected by prisons, or researchers on the ground.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Liam Martin

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3309 Restoration and Resistance: International Innovations in Criminal Justice Fall 3
Course Description

This course will enable students to develop sociologically informed, globally situated, and politically meaningful definitions of crime, punishment, and social justice by surveying international social movements and initiatives seeking criminal justice reform. At the conclusion of the course students will be expected to envision and articulate a criminal justice innovation of their own.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Jessica Hedges

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3310 Studies in Crime and Social Justice Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Crime and social justice are considered not as distinct, but indivisible constructs produced through specific knowable institutional/personal practices. Course allows students to analyze perspectives on the process through which laws and criminal justice institutions have been/continue to be constructed; situate crime study within a "power reflexive" framework, while being attentive to the operation of race, class, and gender as features of contemporary social relations/institutions; discuss contemporary intellectual and practical efforts challenging existing conceptual and political structures relating to crime and social justice; and imagine/articulate institutions paralleling the vision of social justice developed throughout the course.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Jessica Hedges

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: AADS3311

Comments:

SOCY 3311 Diversity, Community, and Service Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

What are the roles and responsibilities of individuals in addressing inequality in our society? This course will engage with several bodies of literature, including social movement, service learning, feminist, and critical race studies to better understand the dilemmas facing those working for social change. Drawing on case studies, personal accounts, and research, students explore various historical and contemporary forms of "service" and "activism" as well as reflect upon their own personal experiences with these various social change efforts. We will also explore the influence that various forms of privilege can have on building collaborative relationships that promote structural social change.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Deborah Piatelli and Dave Harker

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3314 Mental Illness and Society Fall 3
Course Description

Psychiatric disorders are commonly viewed through a purely biomedical and/or a psychological framework. In this course, we will apply a sociological imagination to the topic and interrogate the ways in which mental illness, often seen as a supremely private "personal trouble, is also a "public issue." We will read the works of both classic and contemporary scholars, but we will also use memoirs and films to sensitize us to the experience of mental illness itself. We will explore mental illness as a social construction, stigma, labeling theory, as well as issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality in mental illness.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Lara Birk

SOCY 3317 Social Media and Social Research Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and search engines like Google, have become indispensable in our daily lives. Much of what we do on these sites generates large amounts of data: what we search for, what we "like," whom we "follow." Marketers, journalists, and researchers analyze these data for many different purposes and interests. In this course, we will use a sociological perspective to examine what these new forms of data are, how they are produced through our actions online, and how these data are then used, sometimes in questionable ways.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Margaret Willis

Prerequisites: SOCY2200 (Statistics), SOCY2210 (Research Methods)

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3318 Learning to be Literate in Social Statistics Spring 3
Course Description

Much of social science research is presented using statistics, but understanding and interpreting these statistics can be difficult. This course will cover basic topics in statistical literacy that will help class participants to critically assess and comprehend social science statistics, especially as presented in mainstream media outlets. This is not a statistics course, but rather a general sociology course with a focus on comprehending quantitative research. It is recommended that students take Statistics (SOCY2200) prior to this course. The focus of this course will be on comprehending social science statistical research and its popular presentations.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Jeffrey Stokes

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3319 Living in the Age of Big Data Spring 3
Course Description

We live in a world where every aspect of our lives, from our commute to shopping habits, from our circle of friends to our heart rate, is used to generate “big data.” In this course we will investigate what big data is, how it is collected and by whom, and the ways in which this data is used to impact our daily lives. We will explore examples of its use in diverse areas like marketing, the sharing economy, and healthcare, and seek to understand both the exciting opportunities and ethical challenges of our new quantified reality.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Mehmet Cansoy

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3320 Urban Agriculture in Detroit Summer 3
Course Description

With more than 1400 farms and gardens, Detroit has become a global leader in urban agriculture and symbol of urban sustainability. In this course we will investigate the contemporary urban condition through the eyes of Detroit farmers and gardeners who are creating more equitable communities and sustainable relationships with the land. Daily urban agricultural fieldwork, class discussions, environmental media, and workshops with community partners will facilitate our engagement with Detroit as we reflect on our own relationship to food, ecology, and cities. Course themes include urban planning and racial politics, problems and possibilities of deindustrialization, rise of the environmental justice movement, and community-based strategies for urban transformation.


Instructor(s): Michael Cermak and Matthew Delsesto

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENVS3320

Comments:

SOCY 3324 Social Change in East Asia Fall 3
Course Description

This course charts the socio-cultural and economic changes in East Asia over the twentieth century. It primary focuses on Japan, but also reviews cases from South Korea and China. We will examine social institutions that have produced changes over time in these societies such as gender, nationalism, food, urbanization and agriculture, education, popular culture and consumerism (e.g. beauty and fashion regime), political economy (e.g. the rise of militarism and the regions unique reactions to capitalism). The intention of the class is to gain better understanding of people and societies in East Asia and its contemporary historical transformation.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Rie Taniguchi

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3335 Theorizing Torture Fall 3
Course Description

This course examines the historical uses of torture in order to address its contemporary relevance, as well as the practice of it in democratic societies. In doing so, we will consider important ethical, social psychological, and sociological explanations of torture. We will then evaluate these explanations through close studies of films, documentaries, memoirs, and investigations of historical cases of torture - such as during The Algerian War and at Abu Ghraib.


Instructor(s): Jared Del Rosso

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3342 Faith & Conflict: Religion & Social Change in Latin American Societies Fall 3
Course Description

Liberalism was a major political influence in most of the new Latin American republics during the 19th century. During most of the 20th century, the church stood itself against modernity and fought against progressive and liberal positions. However, during the Sixties, a very important renewal in theology took place in the church. This renewal had political consequences in Latin America, where wide portions of the faithful and clergy supported progressive theology. The seminar will study the progressive theological ideas and their impact in Latin America. We will frame this discussion in the debate about secularization and modernity in the continent.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Gustavo Morello

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: TMST7099

Comments:

SOCY 3343 Meaning and Practice of Philanthropy/Biography and Society Fall 3
Course Description

We examine philanthropy as a way of thinking, feeling, and acting in biography and society. A foundation has provided $10,000 for students to learn how to contribute grants wisely to people and causes they care about. In addition, we will study philanthropy's history; spiritual, philosophical, and sociological meaning; current and emerging patterns; motivations; implications for fund-raising, and effect of methodology on findings.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Paul Schervish

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3346 Environmental Justice Spring 3
Course Description

This course examines challenges and controversies associated with the unequal distribution of environmental hazards across communities. Students will explore the social, industrial, and government forces that create inequitable burdens of environmental pollution as well as movements to reduce such burdens. While a majority of the course will focus on the United States, readings will include cases from around the world. Students will be expected to actively contribute to class discussions and to complete a pilot research project on the environmental justice implications of an area of everyday consumption such as food, clothing, cleaning, transportation, or technology.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Monique Ouimette

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3349 Environmental Studies: Selected Topics Spring 3
Course Description

This course explores how ecology, technology, politics, economics, and culture intersect. By analyzing key contemporary environmental debates, students develop skills necessary for investigating any sophisticated social issue. Topics we cover: the environmental movement (is it effective?); the sustainable development debate (the tension between environmental protection and the plight of developing nations); capitalism and technology (friends or foes of the environment?); global warming (where science, economics, and politics collide). We employ a range of materials, including participant accounts, media coverage, movies, and sociological analyses. This course can build on but does not require prior coursework in environmental studies or environmental sociology.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Brian Gareau

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3350 Black and Green: Race and Urban Ecology Fall 3
Course Description

Race has been a controversial topic for the largely White and affluent environmental movement. In this course we will examine how this racial bias has arisen and what many are doing to promote more diverse and equitable strategies for sustainability. Using a historical and sociological perspective we will cover key modes of environmental thought coming from African American, Latino, Asian, and Indigenous communities. Themes include the legacy of slavery and its effect on participation in the environmental movement, the role of racialized modes of thought such as hip hop, and the environmental justice movement.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Mike Cermak

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: AADS3381

Comments:

SOCY 3351 Food, Power,&Politics Fall 3
Course Description

TBD


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3353 Topics: Non Profit Management Fall 3
Course Description

Students study a specific nonprofit and develop an analysis of important elements, strategies and management techniques. Class discussion, simulations, and lectures provide an opportunity to understand important concepts at a number of levels. Finally, guest speakers offer an opportunity to have contact with nonprofit leaders who function in the real world. The culmination of this work is the production of a strategic plan for the nonprofit that the student has chosen. The plan and a presentation offer the opportunity to integrate course material, demonstrate creativity, and mesh a conceptual understanding with real world issues and challenges.


Instructor(s): Sy Friedland

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: BSLW1150

Comments:

SOCY 3358 Gender and Sports Spring 3
Course Description

This course uses sport to understand gender relations in a society. The course examines the ways that gender and intersections of race, class, sexuality are produced by and within relations of power, and how normative definitions of gender and its intersections underpin normative practices in sport, health, and physical cultural contexts. Drawing on feminist scholarship, this course provides a critical insight into the history of gender relations, and how gender is used to reproduce and resist inequalities in sport, health, and physical culture.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Kyoung-yim Kim

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3359 Sports in American Society Spring 3
Course Description

This course provides a critical entry point into the sociology of sport in American society that examines the sociological role of sport in the making of American society and culture, as well as the reverse. The purpose of the course is to better understand sport as a social institution, and to analyze the dynamic interplay of economic, political, social and other forces within which forms of sport and physical activity have been developed, implemented and contested in America.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Michael Malec and Kyoung-yim Kim

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Sociology Majors Only

SOCY 3360 Animals and Society Spring 3
Course Description

This course considers the social implications of the roles of animals in human societies. We will examine human-animal interactions in historical context and also contemporary social constructions of animals and the human/animal boundary. We will consider several human-animal interactions, such as the use of animals in commerce, scientific research, and pet-keeping, and the implications of such practices on human society. We will also examine links between animal cruelty and human-on-human violence, and how the abuse of animals may reflect or even contribute to systems of oppression and inequality. Finally, this course will explore shifting attitudes, norms, and practices toward animals.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Liz Tov and The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3361 Family and Work Fall 3
Course Description

This course will examine the links between family and work, both paid and unpaid. Social changes of the last few decades radically transformed the nature of work-family balance in the United States. We will consider these historical shifts as well as examine the contemporary patterns, asking: How do people manage multiple responsibilities of work and family and what are the consequences of different arrangements? How do the challenges of balancing work and family vary by gender, race, social class, and age? And how can policymakers, employers, and communities make this balancing act easier?


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Natsha Sarkisian

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3362 Language in Society Fall 3
Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the study of language in its social context, including varieties of language associated with social class, ethnicity, locale, and age; bilingualism; pidgin and Creole languages; proposals about the relationship of language, thought, and culture; and the structure and role of discourse in different cultures. Sociolinguistic issues of contemporary interest, including language and gender, language planning, and language and public policy will be studied.


Instructor(s): Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL2122 LING3362

Comments:

SOCY 3363 Poor Law to Working Poor Spring 3
Course Description

From warning off paupers to getting welfare mothers to work, this course provides an overview of social attitudes, national debates and public policies toward low-income families and their communities. Readings examine relationships between poverty and race, gender, families with children and the low-wage job market. We will consider images and language describing the poor and how these may influence public opinion and social investment. Student research will explore and compare contemporary costs of living, wage levels, and family care needs in middle-class and low-income families.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Lisa Dodson

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3366 Sociology of Race in Latin America Fall 3
Course Description

TBD


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: None

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Comments:

SOCY 3367 Social Justice in Israel/Palestine Fall 3
Course Description

This seminar provides the intellectual underpinnings for an immersion trip to Israel/Palestine in January. Students in this course must commit to the trip and, upon their return, to a project that uses the knowledge they gained in Israel/Palestine. The seminar will include a review of the Israeli and Palestinian history, an analysis of the contested theological claims to the land, and an examination of conflict resolving strategies focusing on cross-border groups operating in Israel/Palestine (e.g., Prime, Combatants for Peace, Parents Circle). Finally, we will consider possible economic futures for the area under both one and two state scenarios.


Instructor(s): Eve Spangler

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: For permission to take this course, email Professor Spangler directly.

SOCY 3368 Masculinity, Sexuality, and Difference Spring 3
Course Description

This course will examine constructions of masculinity and sexuality in Western society from a critical cultural perspective. We will consider the ways in which cultural narratives about “acceptable” masculine behaviors and attitudes catalyze social conflicts, reinforce established power hierarchies, and organize the modes of being available to people of different gender identities and sexual orientations. We will also evaluate the liberatory potential of emergent discourses and practices that seek to cultivate greater acceptance of diversity, and promote social healing. There will be a concentrated focus on popular cultural forms (especially television, film, music, sports, and social media) that are particularly influential to contemporary men and boys.


Instructor(s): Brett Ingram

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: COMM2180

Comments: Satisfies one of three elective courses required within the Communication major

SOCY 3369 Masculinity, Femininity, and Sexuality Spring 3
Course Description

This course will explore contemporary constructions of gender and sexuality in American culture. How are female and male sexualities enacted and reflected in current social trends? What are the common representations of masculinity, femininity, and male and female bodies in mainstream media and in politics? Students will apply a critical and sociologically informed lens to illuminate and analyze the gendered, raced, and classed aspects of contemporary cultural phenomena, including the increasing availability and prevalence of pornography; the sexualization of fashion; cosmetic surgery and other body-work practices; and patterns of social, romantic, and sexual interaction between women and men.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Abigail Brooks

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3370 Gender, Health and Inequality Fall 3
Course Description

This course explores interactions between gender, health and inequality. Viewing gender (and race, class, sexuality and other identities as inseparable) and as inextricably linked to discussions of health and inequality, this course will discuss social constructions of these categories and how they are connected. For example, what does health even mean and who decides? Are unequal health outcomes due to life chances or life choices? How do we understand nature/nurture debates? While emphasis will be given to sociological approaches, health will be explored holistically and theories will be integrative (e.g. including psychology, biology and epigenetics). Applied topics range from mental and physical paradigms of health, alongside environmental and contested illnesses in a “post-natural” world.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Emily Barko

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3371 Gender, Environmental Health, and New Technologies Spring 3
Course Description

This course explores the different ways that new technologies influence, and interact with, contemporary understandings of health and gender in American society. How does the marketing, prevalence, and use of cosmetic surgery, reproductive technologies, and pharmaceutical drugs both challenge and re-affirm traditional understandings of what it means to be male or female, and what a healthy body feels and looks like? Finally, the reciprocal relationship between new technologies, bodily health, and ecological health will be investigated. Modern agri-business practices, genetically modified foods, and plastics are among several of the technology industries that will be examined through this multi-lensed, sociological perspective.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Abigail Brooks

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3372 Gender and Consumer Society Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

We live in a consumer society, where advertising, shopping, and having and displaying goods is central to everyday life. Society also is gendered - bodies enact masculinity and femininity and life chances are structured and unequal. This course examines the relationships between consumption and gender. Themes include: 1) histories of the gendered divisions of labor in society where "men work and women shop," 2) women's responsibility for family consumption in the (heterosexual) domestic sphere, 3) representations of men and women in advertising, 4) the role of commodities in the embodiment of gender (clothing, cosmetics, etc.) and 5) ecofeminism, consumption, and the environment.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Patricia Arend and The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3373 Sexuality and Society Spring 3
Course Description

This course explores societal understandings of sexuality through examining the ways that sexuality is promoted, repressed, and contested within American society. The topic will be surveyed in terms of social behavior, identity, culture, and power. Course readings will emphasize the influence of culture, institutions, and social interactions on sexuality, as well as explore the role of the state and the power of social norms in constructing sexuality.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Calista Ross

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3375 American Economic Crisis and Social Change Spring 3
Course Description

This course offers a new way to think about America, focusing on our values, our intertwined economic and social crises exploding in the 2008 Wall Street meltdown, and systemic solutions. Our economic problems include growing poverty and inequality, a shrinking job market, and the failure of many of our industries and corporations to compete globally; our social crisis includes the growth of violence, family breakdown, global warming, overweening corporate power and erosion of democracy. We look at new visions and social movements to transform our socio-economic system.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Charles Derber

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: To get Sociology credit for the major or minor, you must register for SOCY3375 rather than the cross-listed course.

SOCY 3377 Sociology of Revolutions Fall 3
Course Description

The word "revolution" is often used metaphorically to emphasize the dramatic nature of certain events, as in "the Reagan revolution," or "the Industrial revolution." However, this course will focus on "revolutions" in the literal sense of the term--that is to say, rapid, fundamental, and violent change in a society's political institutions, social structure, leadership, and government policies. The first two-thirds of the class will be devoted to the causes and consequences of revolutions; the final third will be devoted to in-depth case studies of the Cuban and Mexican revolutions, including the legacies of the Cuban and Mexican revolutions today.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sarah Babb

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3387 Sixties Through Film Fall 3
Course Description

This anthropology course covers the period from the end of WWII to 1973 with the fall of Richard Nixon. This was a time of tremendous change - Vietnam, civil rights, the deaths of President John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, the Great society, Watergate, Sputnik, a man on the Moon, the rise of Rock and Roll, America in revolution. We will cover these topics plus more, bringing out what is anthropologically interesting. The films will be a mix of feature films and documentaries. The reading is fascinating.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): James Hamm

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3388 Culture Through Film Spring 3
Course Description

We will explore contemporary issues, perception and reality, language, race, gender, sexual orientation, indigenous rights, marriage, colonialism, protest and chaos, and attempt to "think outside the box." Each week we will view one or more films that raise questions about the ways we understand these issues. The films have been selected to enable us to experience alternative ways of thinking about concepts with which we probably feel comfortable. The goal of the course is to allow us to realize that many of our beliefs are cultural constructions and in fact are always in the process of revision.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): James Hamm

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3390 Making Popular Culture Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course explores popular goods, television, movies, music, dance, art, sports, festivals, and holidays from a sociological perspective. What is the difference between popular culture and high culture? Where does popular culture come from and what role does it play in society? What do people do with popular culture? How does popular culture intersect with race, class, and gender? The class will be framed around the theoretical traditions of conflict theory (how popular culture influences inequality) and symbolic interactionism (how people construct and interpret popular culture). Students will analyze a popular culture event of their choice through a field assignment.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Danielle Hedegard and The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: AADS3390

Comments:

SOCY 3391 Social Movements Fall 3
Course Description

Social movements have played a major role historically, helping bring about much that is often taken for granted: democratic governance, chattel slavery’s demise, women’s suffrage, the 40-hour work week, and basic environmental regulations. Today, movements remain central to social change, but just as in the past, they are often denigrated, from the left and the right. This course critically surveys movements across time, space, and ideology, though we focus on the US, with particular attention to the modern climate justice movement and conservative countermovement. Students will learn concepts and tools from social movement theory while applying them experientially.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Robert Wengronowitz

Prerequisites: None

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Comments:

SOCY 3392 Contemporary Social Movements Spring 3
Course Description

The course will consist of a review of the social movements in the contemporary global wave. Even though these movements have differences in their grievances and context-specific goals, they also have commonalities. The aim of this course will be to examine one social movement each week, situating the social movement in the country's history and the global context, helping students to think about the global system(s) of power and how they are challenged across different contexts. The course will review social movements and digital culture studies literatures since most of these movements were enabled and/or enhanced by digital media.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Selen Yanmaz

Prerequisites: None

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Comments:

SOCY 3394 Social Conflict Spring 3
Course Description

The end of the Cold War has not put an end to either war or violent conflicts within society. In fact, more than one-third of the world's countries have been directly affected by serious societal warfare since 1990. Not only do problems of large scale, violent conflicts remain central in the modern world, but the probability of nuclear proliferation and the possible use of chemical weapons make such conflicts even scarier. The purpose of this course is to increase your understanding of the conditions under which social conflicts tend to become violent and on how they can be resolved non-violently.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 3397 Social Determinants of Health Across Life Course Fall 3
Course Description

In 2008, the World Health Organization declared that "Social injustice is killing people on a grand scale." Their report continued: "Avoidable health inequalities arise because of the circumstances in which people grow, live, work, and age [because of] the systems put in place to deal with illness. The conditions in which people live and die are, in turn, shaped by political, social, and economic forces." This course examines the effects of a wide range of social forces such as gender roles, cultural beliefs, and poverty in creating and sustaining health inequalities across childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sara Moorman

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 4400 Capstone: The Sociology of the Inner Life Fall 3
Course Description

Capstone and sociology course exploring the joys, hopes, fears, and anxieties of everyday life. Students will investigate aspects of daily life as a spiritual exercise simultaneously involving self, relationships, and community. Topics include unity of thinking, feeling, and acting; meditation; wisdom stories; Ignatian spirituality and discernment, meaning, and practice of care; and archetypal experience of the sacred. Assignments include commentary on readings, a interview and analysis about an other person's spiritual life; writing autobiographical narratives about one's personal history, and Christmas memories. Readings from sociological, theological, literary, and spiritual texts.


Instructor(s): Paul G. Schervish

Prerequisites: Second semester junior or senior status.

Cross listed with: UNCP5520

Comments: Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail.
You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.

SOCY 4901 Reading and Research Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Independent research on a topic mutually agreed upon by the student and professor. Professor's written consent must be obtained prior to registration.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: This is not a classroom course.
No more than two Readings and Research courses can be taken to fulfill the course requirements for the Sociology major.

SOCY 4931 Important Readings in Sociology Spring 3
Course Description

Ordinarily, students will take this course during the spring of their junior year. The purpose of this seminar will be to read and discuss a series of books that are generally thought to be important contributions to the field. The books chosen will reflect a range of substantive issues, methodological approaches, and theoretical perspectives. The abiding question throughout this seminar class will be the following: What are the characteristics of powerful and compelling sociological work?


Instructor(s): Paul Gray

Prerequisites: Permission of the department

Cross listed with:

Comments: This course is designed as the first in the sequence of courses required of students who have been admitted into the Sociology Department's Undergraduate Honors Program.

SOCY 4941 Sociology Senior Seminar Spring 3
Course Description

This seminar will help students to understand the education they have received and provide direction for their career choices. The goals of the seminar are: a) to help students think through the intellectual, ethical and personal meaning of their sociology studies, and 2) to solidify their sociological knowledge. This course is open to all Senior majors in sociology who are not completing Honors theses.


Instructor(s): Gustavo Morello

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 4942 International Studies Senior Seminar Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This seminar is required of seniors majoring in International Studies. It provides participants with a common vocabulary for analyzing the current international environment politically, economically, and socially. It also examines how to integrate cultural questions and expression into the discipline. Students will explore possibilities for future global relationships in an informed and constructive way and exchange their views, questions, and research in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.


Instructor(s): DEPT

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: INTL4941

Comments: Open only to Seniors majoring in International Studies

SOCY 4961 Senior Honors Seminar Fall 3
Course Description

This course is required of participants in the Sociology Department Honors Program. Students develop a research prospectus that is to be the basis of the Senior Thesis. This is an interactive seminar stressing hands-on experience. Skills in topic selection, research design, and theory construction are emphasized.


Instructor(s): Paul Gray

Prerequisites: Permission of the department

Cross listed with:

Comments: Only students who have been accepted into the Sociology Honors Program should enroll.

SOCY 4962 Advanced Independent Research Fall/Spring 6
Course Description

Enrollment limited to candidates for Scholar of The College. This is not a classroom course.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 4963 Senior Honors Thesis Spring 3
Course Description

After having completed their research proposal in SOCY4961, Students in the Undergraduate Sociology Honors Program then complete the data collection, the analysis, and the writing of their senior thesis during the spring of the senior year. In SOCY4963.01 students complete their thesis research under the direction of their faculty advisor. Ordinarily, students are expected to complete their thesis by April 15, approximately two weeks before all senior honors students present the findings of their research in a public meeting.


Instructor(s): Paul Gray

Prerequisites: Permission of the department

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 5508 Applied Sociology: Evaluation Research Spring 3
Course Description

Evaluation research is a powerful tool that supports organizations to strengthen their programs and policies, and secure funding for their work. Part science/part art, evaluation research is driven by the question: Who needs to know what and for what purpose? Funders want data regarding whether their investments are well-spent; organizations want to know if their program goals are being met. This course explores the arc of implementing an evaluation of a program or policy, including creating a Logic Model and research design, collecting and analyzing data, and reporting findings to the organization. Combines in-class work with intensive field research.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Mindy Fried

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 5509 Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology Spring 3
Course Description

This course examines a range of feminist, social science and philosophy of science literature that is concerned with issues of methodology. We address the following: (1) What are the basic assumptions concerning the scientific method in the existing social science literature? (2) Is there a feminist methodology? (3) To what degree is science a cultural institution influenced by economic, social and political values? (4) To what extent is science affected by sexist attitudes and to what extent does it reinforce them?


Instructor(s): Sharlene Hesse-Biber

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: May be taken as part of the Women's Studies Minor. This course was formerly called "Feminism and Methodology" and students need to note that before registration.

SOCY 5510 Approaches to Mixed Methods Research Fall 3
Course Description

Mixed methods research is moving across the social science landscape. Funding agencies now require a mixed methods component in their funding guidelines. This course introduces a range of mixed methods designs approached from a qualitative and quantitative perspective. We introduce a "hands on" approach to explore elements of mixed methods projects - from the formulation of questions to data collection, analysis and interpretation. We utilize a computer assisted program to analyze and interpret mixed methods data. Students will develop a mixed methods research proposal project or conduct a critical review of existing research employing mixed methods designs.This course welcomes graduate students from a range of the health sciences, education as well as the social sciences and humanities. We examine how mixed methods research can promote credibility of evidence within given mixed methods projects.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sharlene Hesse-Biber

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 5511 Ethnography and Field Research Spring 3
Course Description

This seminar-format course explores the theory and practice of ethnography. Students will develop and sharpen analytic and observational skills by doing supervised fieldwork. Topics covered include: gaining access, establishing rapport, creating theory inductively from data, taking and organizing field notes, and developing action research strategies. There will also be a thorough analysis of research ethics.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Paul S. Gray

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 5513 Introduction to Postcolonial Studies Fall 3
Course Description

This course will be a broad exploration of the major issues and themes in the field of postcolonial studies. We will examine such issues as images and representation, gender and sexuality, and resistance. The course will be a broad based exploration of the different theoretical approaches within the discipline of postcolonial studies, as well as the major critiques.


Instructor(s): Zine Magubane

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 5516 Survey Methodology Spring 3
Course Description

This applied course is designed for undergraduate students with a prior background in statistics at the level of SOCY2200 (Statistics) and for graduate students with a prior background in statistics at the level of SOCY7702 (Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis). The course will lead students through the design, collection, and analysis of their own surveys. Major topics will include research ethics, sampling, item selection, modes of response, interviewer effects, nonresponse, and data management and analysis. Qualtrics and SPSS will be used to design internet surveys and analyze the resulting data, respectively.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sara Moorman

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 5518 Craft of Ethnography Fall 3
Course Description

This course introduces students to the craft of sociological ethnography. It has three components. In the first, students learn the basic techniques of three ‘schools’ of ethnography. In the second, students read ethnographies from each approach, seeking to understand which techniques led to the finished text. In the final and main course component, students will put these techniques to practice during the term, as they design and conduct a small-scale ethnographic research project, learning in the process the logistics of selecting a field site, recruiting informants, interviewing, recording and analyzing data.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Julia Chuang

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 5519 Applied Policy Research Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course introduces students to techniques for carrying out public policy research in an applied setting. The course covers a range of qualitative and quantitative approaches to public policy research, providing an overview of experimental design, econometric techniques, and ethnographic practices, and examines how various methodological approaches lend themselves to specific research questions. The course is structured around lectures and case discussions. Student will receive training and practice in the skills of applied policy analysis using practical, real-world examples of public policy research.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Nick Redel

Prerequisites: SOCY7702, SOCY2200 or equivalent statistics coursework

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 5520 Gender and Society Fall 3
Course Description

Although biological and psychological approaches will be considered, this reading and participation intensive course will examine gender primarily as a social and structural construct. The course will begin with central debates in gender studies (e.g., the merits of biological explanations of gender) and how feminisms--mainstream, Black, and others--have shaped theoretical and empirical studies of gender. We will then move into specific topics, such as family and sex work, and students will be required to lead a class discussion. The course will be highly attuned to differences based on race and class.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Shawn McGuffey

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 5525 Social Gerontology Fall 3
Course Description

This course provides thorough coverage of current topics in social gerontology. We'll begin the class by discussing theories of aging and the life course from multiple social scientific disciplines. Then we will cover specific topics in four general areas of sociology: roles and relationships (e.g., within the family), inequalities (e.g., ageism), institutions (e.g., health care), and social change (e.g., the aging of the population). By the end of the course, you will have comprehensive knowledge of classic and current social gerontological literature, and you will be able to identify emerging topics of importance for future basic research and applied practice.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sara Moorman

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 5530 Studies in Crime, Deviance, and Social Control Spring/Fall 3
Course Description

This grad-level class involves a sociological exploration of power-charged rituals of social control and the “deviants” such rituals target, as well as resistance to control by those that power excludes, marginalizes, stigmatizes, or attempts to silence. How do gendered, class-based, and racialized forms of power influence battles between agents of control and those they label as “other?” Drawing on critical theoretical and historical scholarship, we review major religious, legal, medical, social science, and ethical-political approaches to crime, deviance, and social control, paying attention to global digital technologies of control and resistance. Other issues include racialized policing; mass incarceration; the pharmaceutical management of “madness;” surveillance in everyday life; elite and governmental deviance; and the global trafficking of people, sex, drugs, body parts, weapons, terrorism, and mesmerizing media images capable of inducing fascinating and fearful waves of affect.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Stephen Pfohl

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 5532 Images and Power Spring 3
Course Description

This seminar involves an historical sociological exploration of social technologies of image-making in art, science, religion, advertising, politics and everyday life. Of particular concern is the cognitive, moral and bodily power of images in relation to the cultural politics of class, race, sex and gender. Course participants are expected to engage with a wide range of critical literatures pertaining to the material and imaginary power of images and to engage in ethnographic fieldwork, resulting in a mixed-media study of the power of imagery in a particular social scene or institution.


Instructor(s): Stephen J. Pfohl

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: May be taken as part of the Women's Studies Minor.

SOCY 5533 Social Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious of Power Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This seminar explores social psychic repetitions at the heart of everyday life and how unconscious social forces affect the ritual organization of power, culture, and history. Inviting a dialogue between sociology and psychoanalysis, the course encourages a critical examination of suggestive social phantasms and fears, compulsive fascinations and desires, selective memories and forgettings. Intended as an advanced introduction to the theories and methods of social psychoanalysis, the seminar pays particular attention to the unconscious haunts of gendered, racialized, erotic, and class-based forms of power in a global historical context.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Stephen Pfohl

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 5540 Internship in Sociology I Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This internship program is designed for students who wish to acquire practical work experience in a human service, political, social research, or social policy agency--private or governmental, profit or nonprofit. Students have the primary responsibility of locating their own placement setting; however, both the instructor and the BC Internship Program Office in the Career Center can be of help. Students must meet with the instructor before registering to receive permission to register for the course, make sure that they will be available at the time the seminar will meet, and receive the details about the course and placements.


Instructor(s): John B. Williamson

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 5541 Internship in Sociology II Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This internship program is designed for students who wish to acquire practical work experience in a human service, political, social research, or social policy agency--private or governmental, profit or nonprofit. Students have the primary responsibility of locating their own placement setting; however, both the instructor and the BC Internship Program Office in the Career Center can be of help. Students must meet with the instructor before registering to receive permission to register for the course, make sure that they will be available at the time the seminar will meet, and receive the details about the course and placements.


Instructor(s): John B. Williamson

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Previously SC 341

SOCY 5545 Medical Sociology Spring 3
Course Description

In this course, we begin with the idea that we cannot understand the topics of health and illness simply by looking at biological phenomena and medical knowledge, but, instead, we must also consider a variety of social, political, economic, and cultural forces. This course uses sociological perspectives and methods to understand topics such as: social meanings of illness; patterns in the distribution of health and illness; the ways people seek help for and manage their illnesses; the ways doctors, nurses, and patients interact with each other; the cultural, organizational, and economic functioning of various healthcare institutions; and social movements surrounding health.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Wen Fan

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 5552 Social Entrepreneurship Fall 3
Course Description

This course will explore how nonprofit leaders design, grow, and lead mission-driven enterprises. Through a combination of reading, lecture, guest speakers, case discussion, and student presentations, students will achieve the following: explore the historical, theoretical, and legal perspectives on nonprofit organizations, as well as current trends and issues of consequence to nonprofits; develop management techniques, resource allocation strategies, and leadership skills for enhancing the effectiveness of nonprofits; understand board governance, public oversight, and the varied roles of stakeholders in nonprofits; explore ethical issues and decisions in nonprofit management; and develop a business plan for a social enterprise.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Amy Sousa

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 5553 Advocacy in Public Systems Spring 3
Course Description

This course will teach students to promote, organize, and drive action for a mission-driven cause. Critical components of advocacy strategy will be covered such as (1) identifying contemporary models of community organizing and organizer roles; (2) building working relationships with community organizations, coalitions, and boards; (3) drafting case statements, letters, and opinion editorials; (4) conducting legislative and/or administrative visits to practice advocating for their cause of choice; and (5) using media savvy to develop/enhance an online advocacy campaign. Students will apply knowledge and skills gained through reading, lecture, and case discussions to an applied advocacy assignment outside of the classroom.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Amy Sousa

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 5554 Qualitative Methods for Applied Settings Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course situates the researcher as practitioner and provides a foundation in the application of qualitative methods to applied settings. It offers training in social research designs connected to social issues and problems central to public health, clinical, social science and educational settings. It provides a "hands on" approach to learning methods--focus groups interviews, in-depth interviews, case studies and evaluation designs--that are deployed to answer complex social questions and issues. The course introduces mixed methods designs that bring together qualitative and quantitative methods especially as this relates to randomized control trial (RCT) experimental designs.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sharlene Hesse-Biber

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 5558 Qualitative Methods Spring 3
Course Description

This is an upper level research methods course. Students will be introduced to the techniques of carrying out qualitative research. We will compare and contrast the major analytical approaches to different qualitative research designs. Students will carry out a qualitative research project, data collection (e.g., conduct intensive interviews, participant observation) and analysis, and writing/presenting qualitative research.


Instructor(s): Sharlene J. Hesse-Biber

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: This course is an advanced data analysis course and provides advanced training to students in their major.

SOCY 5559 Economic Sociology Fall 3
Course Description

What are markets and how do they work? Whereas economists tend to assume that markets are anonymous, and more or less universal, economic sociologists study how markets are shaped by other social structures, such as law, culture, and social networks. This advanced mixed graduate-undergraduate seminar examines these issues in readings from sociology, economics, anthropology, and history. Some specific themes covered include corporations, social networks, globalization, economic development, the role of race and gender in labor markets, how culture shapes consumption, and how markets and human emotions intersect and collide.


Instructor(s): Sarah Babb

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SOCY 5560 Consumption and Sustainability Fall 3
Course Description

As ecological degradation intensified, this course addresses the role of consumption in achieving sustainability, considering issues such as the scale of consumption in the global north, the spread of consumer culture globally, and the role of damaging goods and services. We begin with social theory and apply it to sustainable consumption practices. While much of the literature is pessimistic, consumer culture is remarkably dynamic. Students will develop a strong analytic context and learn to evaluate the growing literature and applied activity in this field. Readings include Bourdieu, Giddens, Shove, Sachs, Holt, Thompson, Seyfang and others.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Juliet Schor

Prerequisites: None

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Comments:

SOCY 5561 Occupy Economics Fall 3
Course Description

The 2008 global economic collapse, the Occupy movement and the specter of climate change have re-kindled interest in critiques of conventional economics. They are also fuelling interest in “new economics,” which is a small scale, egalitarian, ecologically-light alternative. Occupy Economics will be a collaborative weekly seminar exploring what’s wrong with the dominant brand of economics and what alternatives exist. We will read and discuss classics by authors such as Marx, Keynes and E.F. Schumacher, as well as contemporary writers and thinkers such as Elinor Ostrom, Paul Hawken, Gar Alperovitz, Stephen Marglin and others. Requirements are flexible.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 5562 Environmental Sociology I Fall 3
Course Description

This course reviews some of the major literatures and lines of research in environmental sociology. The literature emphasized here (1) pioneered the formation of environmental sociology, (2) directed its various trajectories, and (3) represents recent developments. Classical readings include the works of Karl Marx, Kautsky, and Adam Smith. Early environmental sociology works include those of Catton, Dunlap, Freudenberg, Buttel, Schnaiberg, Merchant, and others. Contemporary trajectories explored include ecological modernization, treadmill of production, ecology of the world-system, world polity theory, eco-Marxism, eco-feminism, actor-network theory, environmental justice, critical studies of global environmental governance, and political ecology.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Brian Gareau

Prerequisites: None

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Comments:

SOCY 5563 Trauma,Culture and Coping Spring 3
Course Description

This seminar will introduce students to various theoretical approaches to trauma and traumatic impact and examine the sociological, psychological, and service oriented implications of these approaches. Multiple types of trauma will be conceptualized and investigated; from interpersonal level traumas like child sexual abuse and rape, to mass level traumas such as the Holocaust, U.S. slavery, and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack against the U.S. Larger socio-cultural forces will be examined in analyzing both the exposure to and recovery from traumatic events. The course will be highly attuned to differences based on race, class, and gender.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): C. Shawn McGuffey

Prerequisites: None

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Comments:

SOCY 5565 Introduction to Social Work Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Starting with a discussion of its history and the relevance of values and ethics to its practice, the course takes up the various social work methods of dealing with individuals, groups, and communities and their problems. In addition to a discussion of the theories of human behavior that apply to social work interventions, the course examines the current policies and programs, issues, and trends of the major settings in which social work is practiced.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: PSYC2200 SCWK6600

Comments: Available to undergraduate students

SOCY 5567 Urban Dialectology Spring 3
Course Description

A sociolinguistic in-depth and hands-on exploration of language variation in modern cities with an examination of the relationship between language and society in urban areas, and with specific regard to language variation associated with social factors such as socio-economic class and ethnicity, focusing particularly on Boston, but with reference to cities worldwide. A reading of the “classics” of sociolinguistics and building a foundation in sociolinguistic research methodology. As a major component of this course, students design and carry out a research project based on fieldwork in the local Boston speech community


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Bryan Fleming

Prerequisites: LING3101

Cross listed with: LING3363

Comments:

SOCY 5568 Sociology of Education Fall 3
Course Description

This course presents a variety of sociological perspectives of schooling by reviewing contemporary debates in the sociology of education. Schooling reproduces cultural values and transmits cultural norms over generations. Such actions may be examined by analyzing the occupational culture of teaching, the social organization of schools, the linguistic codes, and the reproductive process of social class.


Instructor(s): Ted Youn

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ELHE6349

Comments:

SOCY 5570 Political Sociology Fall 3
Course Description

An intensive examination of foundational texts representing pluralist, elite, and class theories of the state in industrialized capitalist democracies. The course includes lecture and seminar-style discussion of the historical dimensions of political sociology as well as its application to current areas of inquiry. After revealing its foundations, the course will explore how political sociology is used in studies on governmentality, globalization and state crises, and environmental history. Students will be expected to participate in course discussions, provide weekly write-ups, and write a final paper.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Brian Gareau

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 5572 Sociology of Science Studies Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course offers an introduction to the Sociology of Science Studies in the actor-network tradition. Actor-Network Theory (ANT) is becoming quite influential in many areas, from sociology to techno-science studies, to feminist studies, to economics, to geography/environmental sociology. The course focuses on the contributions of Bruno Latour to ANT, but will include other contributions. Initial readings will follow the trajectory of some of Latour's foundational works. Subsequent readings will include debates in and around ANT as applied to environmental problems from within ANT, and from "ANTish" critical environmental sociology/geography. Final set of readings visits Latour's book, Reassembling the Social.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Brian Gareau

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 5573 Sociology of Culture Fall 3
Course Description

This course has three main foci: (1) to understand what constitutes culture and how it is constructed, (2) to examine how culture influences, or co-constitutes, social processes and structures, and (3) to examine culture as a tool for social action. We will discuss several active debates in the literature on culture: structure vs. agency, form vs. content, and coherence vs. incoherence. Culture touches many sub disciplines in sociology (race, gender, social movements, politics, nationalism, etc.). The theoretical works we will read are broadly oriented towards many areas of social like. The empirical readings emphasize inequality, race, class, gender, and work.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Danielle Hedegard

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 5575 Global and Transnational Sociology Spring 3
Course Description

Global and transnational sociology is the study of social structures and processes that transcend the national level. In this class, we explore such transnational phenomena as immigration, international organizations, social movements, war and conflict, and global production systems. We also review and apply a variety of theoretical approaches to transnational phenomena. This course is designed to provide a broad overview of this important sociological subfield, and is suitable for graduate students planning area exams in global and transnational sociology, as well as advanced undergraduate students able to keep up with graduate-level work.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sarah Babb

Prerequisites: None

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Comments:

SOCY 5577 Sociology of Religion Fall 3
Course Description

This seminar explores major theorists of religious beliefs, experiences, practices, and institutions. We will read original texts from classic thinkers (Durkheim, Weber, Eliade, Geertz, Berger, and Bellah). Concepts will include religious evolution, symbolism, secularization, ritual activity, civil religion, and the role of religion in cultural analysis and social change. Students are encouraged to write a final term paper that applies these theories of religion to contemporary cultural phenomena.


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Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 5578 Corporate Social Responsibility Spring 3
Course Description

Contemporary capitalism is in a crisis because of the general lack of social responsiveness on the part of corporate executives, shareholders, investors, and other economic stakeholders. In response, movements have arisen in recent decades to respond to this crisis including socially responsive investing, shareholder and consumer action, and corporate social responsibility. This seminar, through shared readings and discussions, will consider the ways in which these movements are responding to the crisis in capitalism. We will consider alternative and more productive forms of economic and business conduct.


Instructor(s): Ritchie P. Lowry

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 5583 Postmodernity and Social Theory Spring 3
Course Description

This seminar will examine recent theoretical and historical claims concerning the emergence of postmodern social formations. It will also explore the implications of postmodernity for the practice of sociological theory and methods. Of central concern will be critical theoretical attempts to understand shifting configurations of economic, gendered and racialized forms of power within a global context of information-driven capital.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Stephen J. Pfohl

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 5588 Work and Family Spring 3
Course Description

This course will examine the links between family and work, both paid and unpaid, and the implications of these links for women, men, children, employers, and communities. Social changes of the last few decades radically transformed the nature of work-family balance in the United States. We will discuss these historical changes as well as examine the contemporary patterns, asking: How do people manage multiple responsibilities of paid work and family and what are the consequences of conflicting demands for employers, workers, families, and society? How do the challenges of balancing work and family vary by gender, race, social class, and age? Are the experiences of employees and families in the U.S. similar to, or different from, the experiences of employees and families in other countries, especially in Europe? How can policymakers, employers, and communities make this balancing act easier?


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Natasha Sarkisian

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 5590 Carework and Inequality Fall 3
Course Description

This course explores work and family conflicts and the tension between carework as private responsibility versus carework as a public good. We examine the private cost of motherhood and the social and economic consequences of child-raising, including those faced by low-income parents without public provision of family welfare. We return to the question, does the larger society have care responsibilities for its people? We also focus on purchased care and paid careworkers, exploring the race/class identity of this fastest-growing labor market and their care-impoverished families.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Lisa Dodson

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 5591 From Poor Law to Working Poor: Low-Income America Spring 3
Course Description

From warning off paupers to getting welfare mothers to work, this course provides an overview of social attitudes, national debates and public policies toward low-income families and their communities. Readings examine relationships between poverty and race, gender, families with children and the low-wage job market. We will consider images and language describing the poor and how these may influence public opinion and social investment. Student research will explore and compare contemporary costs of living, wage levels, and family care needs in middle-class and low-income families.


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Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 5593 Advanced Topics in Transnational Feminism Spring 3
Course Description

This course is an advanced seminar restricted to second-semester senior Women's & Gender Studies minors. Enrollment is by permission only.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sharlene Hesse-Biber

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 5596 Black Families and Society Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course will examine Black families within the United States. This reading and participation intensive seminar will analyze family dynamics from a race, class, and gender perspective and will not assume a uniform Black family experience. Although we will pay careful attention to the historical foundations for many of the contemporary issues now facing families of African descent, we will primarily focus on modern day dynamics and debates within and outside of Black families.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Shawn McGuffey

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: AADS5596

Comments: Cross-listed with AADS5596. To get sociology credit for the major or minor, you must register for SOCY5596.

SOCY 5597 Contemporary Race Theory Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This class will explore how various contemporary writers engage with the question of race, both in the United States and transnationally. We will look at social constructionist theories of race, postmodernism, feminist theory, critical legal studies, and the intersection between contemporary race theory and queer theory.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Zine Magubane

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: AADS5597

Comments: To get sociology credit for the major or minor, you must register for SOCY5597 rather than cross-listed course.

SOCY 5598 Politics of Black Sexuality Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Using Black bodies as a focal point, this course will examine the intersections of race and sexuality in the U.S. on both an inter-personal and national level. Although we will pay careful attention to the historical foundations for many of the contemporary issues now facing people of African descent, we will primarily focus on modern day dynamics and debates within and outside of African-American communities. Topics covered include: poverty and social policy, family and sex education, religion, hip-hop, and public health.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Shawn McGuffey

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: AADS5598

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SOCY 6664 Colloquium: Teaching Women's Studies Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Students meet weekly with the faculty advisor to discuss assigned readings - interdisciplinary feminist pedagogy - and with their respective seminar groups from SOCY2255.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Stephanie May

Prerequisites: SOCY2255

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Comments: Course is pass/fail only, so it will not count toward the sociology major.

SOCY 6670 Technology and Culture Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This interdisciplinary course will first investigate the social, political, psychological, ethical, and spiritual aspects of the Western cultural development with a special emphasis on scientific and technological metaphors and narratives. We will then focus on the contemporary world, examining the impact of our various technological creations on cultural directions, democratic process, the world of work, quality of life, and especially on the emergent meanings for the terms "citizen" and "ethics" in contemporary society. Students will explore technologies in four broad and interrelated domains: (1) computer, media, communications, and information technologies, (2) biotechnology, (3) globalization, and (4) environmental issues.


Instructor(s): William Griffith

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: CSCI2267 PHIL6670 ISYS2267

Comments: Satisfies Computer Science Requirement. Satisfies CSOM Computer Science Concentration Requirement and CSOM Information Systems Concentration Requirement.

SOCY 7101 Readings and Research Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Independent research on a topic mutually agreed upon by the student and the professor. Professor's written consent must be obtained prior to registration.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 7102 Research Practicum Fall 6
Course Description

In this apprenticeship-style course, students will do substantive reading, contribute to research design/instrumentation, conduct fieldwork and collaborate in data analysis and writing. With a focus on research about inequality, the professor will work closely with students as they learn about undertaking complicated social inquiry and working on a collaborative research team.


Instructor(s): Lisa Dodson

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Registration requires prior approval of the instructor.

SOCY 7701 Ethnography Practicum Fall 3
Course Description

This is a hands-on practicum. Class participants engage in ethnographic research projects of their own choosing. During the semester, students read and comment on each other's field notes and analyses, as do I. By the end of the semester, everyone produces a research paper based on their ethnographic work. Many of these projects become masters papers or parts of dissertations. During class sessions, we discuss theory and data, fieldwork and writing, emotions and analysis, as required by the specific project at hand.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Leslie Salzinger

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Open to advanced undergraduates with permission of the instructor.

SOCY 7702 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis Fall 3
Course Description

This course will introduce the basic statistical concepts used in social research including centrality and dispersion, correlation and association, probability and hypothesis testing, as well as provide an introduction to the BC computer system and the SPSS data analysis package.


Instructor(s): Michael A. Malec

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Required for graduate students

SOCY 7703 Multivariate Statistics Spring 3
Course Description

This course assumes knowledge of the material covered in SOCY7702; that is, a solid background in SPSS and a relatively recent basic course in basic statistics. We will cover exploratory factor analysis, logistic regression, and maybe discriminant analysis; but our focus, and more than 50% of the course, will deal with multiple regression and related issues and procedures including: data transformations, analysis of residuals and outliers, interaction terms, quadratic regression, dummy variables, analysis of covariance, stepwise regression, and path analysis. This course does not require a knowledge of matrix algebra or calculus.


Instructor(s): John B. Williamson

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Requirement for sociology graduate students.

SOCY 7704 Regression Models for Categorical Data Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This applied course is designed for students in sociology, education, nursing, organizational studies, political science, psychology, or social work with a prior background in statistics at the level of SOCY7703 Multivariate Statistics. It assumes a strong grounding in multivariate regression analysis. The major topics of the course will include OLS regression diagnostics, binary, ordered, and multinomial logistic regression, models for the analysis of count data (e.g., Poisson and negative binomial regression), treatment of missing data, and the analysis of clustered and stratified samples. All analyses in the course will be conducted using Stata, but no previous Stata experience is necessary.


Instructor(s): Natasha Sarkisian and Sara Moorman

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 7705 Advanced Statistics Fall 3
Course Description

This applied course is designed for students in sociology, education, nursing, organizational studies, political science, psychology, or social work with a prior background in statistics at the level of SOCY7703 Multivariate Statistics. It assumes a strong grounding in multivariate regression analysis. The major topics of the course will include hierarchical linear modeling and structural equation modeling. We will use HLM and LISREL to conduct the analyses.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Natasha Sarkisian and Sara Moorman

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 7706 Longitudinal Data Analysis Spring 3
Course Description

This applied course is designed for students in sociology, education, nursing, organizational studies, political science, psychology, or social work with a prior background in statistics at the level of SOCY7703 Multivariate Statistics. It assumes a strong grounding in multivariate regression analysis. The course will focus on panel data management and analysis, with topics including change models, fixed and random effects models, GEE models, and mixed models. All analyses in the course will be conducted using Stata, but no previous Stata experience is necessary.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Natasha Sarkisian

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 7708 Hierarchical Linear Modeling Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This applied course on hierarchical linear modeling is designed for graduate students with a thorough knowledge of OLS regression. It will cover 2-level models for continuous, categorical, and count outcomes, 3-level models, growth curve models, and models for couple data. The goals of the course are to develop the skills necessary to identify an appropriate technique for multilevel data analysis, estimate models, conduct diagnostics, and interpret results. We will use HLM 6 to perform the analyses; no prior knowledge of this software is required.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Natasha Sarkisian

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 7709 Quantitative Data Management Fall 3
Course Description

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to quantitative data management using Stata; the focus will be on working with complex datasets (both cross-sectional and longitudinal) and preparing them for analysis. This course is intended for students who need to manage data for academic or non-academic projects.


Instructor(s): Natasha Sarkisian

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 7710 Social Inquiry Research Seminar Spring 3
Course Description

This course presents the wide range of alternative research methods available to and widely used by the social researcher. Among those considered are the following: survey research, observational field research, intensive interviewing, experimental research, historical analysis, and content analysis. Considerable attention will be given to comparisons among these alternative methods, to an assessment of the relative strengths and limitations of each, and to issues related to research design and proposal writing. In the context of these alternative research methods, attention will be given to problem formulation, measurement, reliability, validity, sampling, and ethical considerations.


Instructor(s): Paul Gray, Sharlene Hesse-Biber and Shawn McGuffey

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Required for graduate students

SOCY 7711 Empirical Research Seminar Spring 3
Course Description

This course guides graduate students through data collection and analysis, explores techniques and technologies of analysis and interpretation, and discusses research ethics arising in the process of data collection. The course has three components. First, students refine and revise their proposals from SOCY7710, complete IRB approval of their projects, and begin data collection and analysis. Second, students compile and begin to incorporate into their analysis a reading list that will constitute the basis of their literature review for this project. Third, students attend and submit written responses on the departmental seminar series and sessions with invited speakers across the university.


Schedule: Periodically

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Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 7712 Qualitative Data Analysis Spring 3
Course Description

This course is an opportunity for graduate students to engage in structured field research, with an emphasis on qualitative data analysis. Students will work with a nonprofit partner to conduct content and discourse analyses of clinical progress notes for children engaged in school-based, mental health treatment. Student-designed studies may include tracking child symptom reduction, family-therapist engagement, student performance in meeting therapeutic objectives, latent bias in clinical reporting, trends in children’s mental health practice, or other possible themes. Successful students will have excelled in a prior graduate research methods course. Students should be prepared to work independently with instructor guidance.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Amy Sousa

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Interested students who have taken at least one qualitative research methods course should contact Amy Sousa, Ph.D for information and/or permission to register: asousa@wediko.org.

SOCY 7713 Structural Equation Modeling Spring/Fall 3
Course Description

This course focuses on Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) which is a family of statistical techniques integrating path analysis and factor analysis. SEM simultaneously estimates causal processes represented by a series of regression equations, provides the ability to include unobserved (latent) variables, and takes into account measurement error. The course will use Stata and LISREL software. In addition to basic SEM, the course will cover cross-lagged models for longitudinal data, latent growth curve models (trajectories of change over time), models with reciprocal causal relationships, and multigroup models (allowing to compare processes across groups).


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Natasha Sarkisian

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 7715 Classical Social Theory Fall 3
Course Description

Focusing on the work of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber, the course traces the philosophic, intellectual, and social history of the ideas, themes, concepts, and schools of thought we now call "classical sociological theory." Supportive thinkers will also be discussed as they contributed to the emergence and establishment of modern sociological thought.


Instructor(s): Paul G. Schervish and Eve Spangler

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Required for graduate students

SOCY 7716 Contemporary Social Theory Spring 3
Course Description

This seminar is a graduate level introduction to contemporary social theory. It concerns the historical context and development of a wide variety of perspectives used by social theorists to make sense of multiple social worlds. It also concerns the ways in which social theories are themselves sociologically constructed. Theoretical frameworks addressed include: functionalism and cybernetics; symbolic interactionism and pragmatism; exchange, behavioral, and conflict perspectives; feminism; Marxism; phenomenology and ethnomethodology; critical race theory; queer theory; structuralism and poststructuralism; as well as postcolonial and postmodern theories of the subject and power.


Instructor(s): Stephen J. Pfohl, Paul Schervish, Eve Spangler and Zine Magubane

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Required for graduate students

SOCY 7735 Research at the Margins Fall 3
Course Description

This is a graduate-level, social research course focusing on inquiry into the lives and knowledge of low-income people, immigrants, people of color and all others who experience marginalization. We consider methodological, representational, personal and ethical issues. All students should be (or will be during the term) engaged in field research that, along with readings, will be central to a collaborative learning approach.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Lisa Dodson

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 7737 Contemporary Issues in Curriculum & Instruction Fall/Summer/Spring 3
Course Description

The design of learning environments (e.g. curriculum, technology tools, professional development) and individuals’ experiences within those environments significantly impact both teacher and student learning. The learning sciences is an interdisciplinary field of research that draws from a variety of domains such as cognitive science, educational psychology, sociology and education to design effective learning and teaching environments. The goals of the learning sciences are to 1)understand the physical, cognitive and social aspects of learning environments and 2)use these understandings to design more effective learning environments. In this course, we will examine different learning environments. For example, we will examine curriculum to evaluate the scaffolds to support student learning, analyze digital learning environments for professional development to support teacher learning and critique video of classroom discourse to examine student interactions and community development.


Instructor(s): Kristen Bottema-Beutel

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: EDUC9737

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SOCY 7744 Philanthropy in Biography&Society Spring 3
Course Description

An interdisciplinary course designed for graduate students from across the university seeking to understand the personal meaning and financial trends of philanthropy, especially among wealth holders; and for those who may become donors, fundraisers, or nonprofit executives. Philanthropy is one component of moral biography by which individuals freely allocate resources to achieve their discerned vocational purposes. Topics include: the history of philanthropy; its philosophical, spiritual, and sociological underpinnings; its patterns and trends in the U.S. and globally; its motivations; how research methodology affects findings; the daily personal assistance we provide to others; and how to conduct biographical conversations with donors.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Paul Schervish

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: GSOM8844

Comments: This course is cross-listed with EDUC7744, SCWK7730, GSOM8844, and TMCE7116.

SOCY 7751 Quest for Social Justice Fall 3
Course Description

This seminar draws on the literature in political sociology and social movements to address sustained efforts to bring about social and political change. It is geared toward the problems and issues faced by groups involved in such efforts: (1) diagnosing the opportunities and constraints provided by the system in which they are operating; (2) analyzing the problems of mobilizing potential supporters and maintaining their continued loyalty and commitment; (3) devising effective strategies for influencing targets of change; and (4) dealing with counter-efforts at social control.


Instructor(s): William A. Gamson

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: SESJ Program course

SOCY 7753 Organizational Analysis Fall 3
Course Description

The objective of this research is to provide graduate students with an opportunity to conduct research in organizations. To accomplish this objective, this seminar will present principles of theorizing of formal organizations, so that students learn to conceptualize from the assigned readings and develop theoretical explanations. The readings will introduce basic concepts that guide a broad level of understanding of formal organizations and at the same time give practice in applying them to analyses.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ELHE7753

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SOCY 7761 Second Year Graduate Writing Seminar Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

The writing seminar is intended for second year M.A. and Ph.D. students working on their M.A. theses/papers. The 3-credit seminar begins in fall and continues into the spring term. The seminar employs a supportive structure and a collaborative learning environment to help students to carry out their independent projects. Students will be graded on the drafts of their research papers submitted at the end of the spring semester.


Instructor(s): Sarah Babb and Brian Gareau

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: This is a 3-credit, 2-semester course that meets approximately every other week for both terms. Students should contact the professor about attending in the fall, but wait to register until the spring term. In the fall term, they should register instead for an independent study with the faculty member advising their writing project. Note that a completed research proposal is required for entry.

SOCY 7763 Topics in Environmental Sociology Fall 3
Course Description

This course is designed as both a stand-alone class and a follow-on to Brian Gareau’s graduate Environmental Sociology seminar. We will look at a series of topics within environmental sociology, broadly defined. These include the sociology of climate change, food and agriculture, water, environmental activism, sustainable consumption and its politics (including the politics of fair trade), environmental justice, the debate about limits to growth, and the emerging field of “new economics.” Some of the authors we will read include Kari Norgaard (Living in Denial), Julie Guthman (Agrarian Dreams), Goodman, DuPuis and Goodman (Alternative Food Networks), Gibson-Graham (Post-Capitalist Politics), Daniel Jaffee (Brewing Justice), Andrew Szasz (Shopping Our Way to Safety).


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Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 7771 Understanding Consumer Society Fall 3
Course Description

This course is designed to train graduate students in the sociology of consumption and to analyze contemporary contradictions and trends in consumer culture. We begin with the history of consumer culture, then move on to classic authors (Frankfort School, Veblen, Bourdieu, Giddens), as well as more recent versions of these approaches. We pay particular attention to Bourdieu, whose work has been particularly influential. In the last third of the course we consider consumption from the perspective of topical areas: identity consumption, consumption and race, global consumer culture, sustainable consumption and others.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Juliet Schor

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 7779 Environmental Sociology Workshop I Fall/Spring 1
Course Description

Bi-weekly full-year workshop. We will meet and discuss student work and occasionally read recent articles in the field. First year students interested in doing Environmental Sociology are expected to enroll for this one credit version of the workshop.


Instructor(s): Andrew Jorgenson, Brian Gareau and Juliet Schor

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 7780 Environmental Sociology Workshop II Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Bi-weekly full-year workshop. We will meet and discuss student work and occasionally read recent articles in the field. Second and third year students in Environmental Sociology are expected to enroll in the workshop and will be required to present their work on an ongoing basis.


Instructor(s): Brian Gareau, Andrew Jorgenson and Juliet Schor

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 8101 Interim Study Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

Required for master's candidates who have completed all course requirements but have not taken comprehensive examinations. Also for master's students (only) who have taken up to six credits of Thesis Seminar but have not yet finished writing their thesis. Interim Study requires a commitment of at least 20 hours per week working on the thesis.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 8801 Thesis Seminar Fall 3
Course Description

A research course under the guidance of a faculty member for those writing a master's thesis.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 9901 Research Apprenticeship Fall 3
Course Description

By arrangement.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 9981 Dissertation Seminar Fall/Spring 1
Course Description

This is a continuing research workshop which covers all stages of the research process, from conceptualization and theory development through data analysis and writing. The workshop is intended primarily for sociology graduate students working on dissertations. Others will be welcomed on a case-by-case basis. The group meets bi-weekly, with individual meetings with the professor as necessary. All students who are writing dissertations are strongly recommended to enroll in this workshop, at least for one semester.


Instructor(s): Natasha Sarkisian, Juliet Schor and The Department

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 9998 Doctoral Comprehensive Fall/Spring 1
Course Description

This course is for students who have not yet passed the Doctoral Comprehensive but prefer not to assume the status of a non-matriculating student for the one or two semesters used for preparation for the comprehensive.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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SOCY 9999 Doctoral Continuation Fall/Spring 1
Course Description

All students who have been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree are required to register and pay the fee for doctoral continuation during each semester of their candidacy. Doctoral Continuation requires a commitment of at least 20 hours per week working on the dissertation.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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