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|80428||SOCY 101.00||Powers, Energies and Peoples|
This course introduces students to the field of sociology through the study of energy and power in several of their conceptual forms: as social levers of oppression and inequities, as the physical capacity behind economic development and material accumulation, and as complicated and contested cultural symbols. The course will draw from historical and contemporary case studies in western society. Students may take only one introductory-level course. Students are expected to take an introductory-level course to enroll in an area and core courses in sociology. Offered every year.
|TR||1:10 pm-2:30 pm||Ralston House 100|
|Seats filled/limit: 10/25|
|80429||SOCY 102.00||Social Dreamers|
This introductory course for first- and second-year students traces the development of modern social theory from the 17th to the 20th century. It begins by examining the fundamental social institutions and values that characterize modern society and the Enlightenment in the works of Descartes, Locke, Dickens, Weber and J.S. Mill: (1) rise of modern state, political democracy and utilitarianism; (2) market economy, industrialization and economic liberalism; (3) new class system and capitalism; (4) modern personality (self) and individualism; and (5) principles of natural science, technological reason and positivism. The course then turns to the dreams and imagination of Romanticism in the 19th and 20th centuries with its critique of modernity in the works of Marx (socialism), Freud (psychoanalysis), Camus and Schopenhauer (existentialism) and Nietzsche (nihilism). We will outline the development of the distinctive principles and institutions of modernity in the following works: Dickens, Hard Times; Marx, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844; Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and Science as a Vocation; Locke, Second Treatise of Government; Mill, On Liberty; Descartes, The Meditations Concerning First Philosophy; Freud, Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria and Five Lectures on Psychoanalysis; Camus, The Fall; Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation; and Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols. Students may take only one introductory-level course. Students are expected to take an introductory-level course to enroll in an area and core courses in sociology. Prerequisite: first-year and sophomore students only. Offered every year.
|MWF||10:10 am-11:00 am||Ralston House 100|
|Seats filled/limit: 9/24|
|80430||SOCY 103.00||Society and Culture|
This course introduces students to the field of sociology through studying the role of culture in society. We examine the connections between culture and society by following four major sociological traditions, and we combine theoretical discussions with concrete sociological studies. For the conflict tradition, we read Marx's writing on alienation as well as a study about the complex relationship between domestic help and their employers in contemporary America; for the Durkheimian tradition, we discuss Durkheim's view of religion and morality while reading about why women turn to Orthodox Judaism in New York City today; for the utilitarian and rational choice tradition, we discuss rational choice theory by examining a sociological and historical analysis of the rise of early Christianity; for the microinteractionist tradition, we explore the ideas of Goffman and Bourdieu through reading a French sociologist's ethnographic account of training to be a boxer in an African American gym in Chicago. This course helps students develop a sociological imagination, as well as familiarity with research methods and social theory. Students may take only one introductory-level course. Students are expected to take an introductory-level course to enroll in an area and core courses in sociology. Prerequisite: first-year and sophomore students only. Offered every year.
|TR||2:40 pm-4:00 pm||Ralston House 100|
|Seats filled/limit: 16/25|
|80431||SOCY 105.00||Society in Compar Perspective|
From our vantage point in the 21st century, we perceive that the nature and fate of American society is increasingly connected to the nature and fate of society in other parts of the world. But what is "society" and how does it change over time? How, exactly, does society shape the human experience and human behavior in the United States and elsewhere? And how can we understand the ties that bind society "here" to society "there"? Sociology crystallized in the 19th century to address big questions like these in light of the profound uncertainty and human suffering that accompanied the rise of industrial capitalism, rapid urbanization and the consolidation of the centralized bureaucratic state. This course introduces students to the discipline by revisiting the work of early sociologists, then using the analytical lenses they developed to examine concrete cases of social change and globalization. Students may take only one introductory-level course. Students are expected to take an introductory-level course to enroll in an area and core courses in sociology. Offered every year.
|MWF||2:10 pm-3:00 pm||Ralston House 100|
|Seats filled/limit: 7/25|
|80432||SOCY 222.00||Economy and Society|
What is the relationship between society and value, production, consumption, and exchange? How might a sociological approach to the market reveal insights into its functions, successes and failures? This course probes those questions by bringing to bear a sociological lens onto economic behavior. We will explore the sociological foundations of the value of people and commodities, the logic of social networks and social capital, and the institutional architecture of markets. To do so, we will draw from sociological theory and methods. Along the way, we'll investigate why some communities have seen economic success and others failure, the meaning of consumption for social class, and the causes of the 2008 banking crisis. This course counts towards the "institutions and change" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course.
|TR||1:10 pm-2:30 pm||Graham Gund Gallery 101|
|Seats filled/limit: 8/20|
|80433||SOCY 224.00||Health and Illness|
Critics of the health care system charge that the current system delivers "sick" care, not "health" care. Policies emerging from the 1980s-era opposition to government involvement, the critics argue, have left us with skyrocketing medical costs, increasingly unequal access to health care, little public accountability and increasing rates of chronic illness. This class will examine these charges by first discussing the social context of health and illness: who gets sick, who gets help, and the medicalization of social problems. We will then look at the health care system (historical development, medical education, institutional settings). We also will explore the interaction between people and their health care providers with respect to language, information exchange, and power relationships. We will then look at the advent of managed care and how it has changed the system in the United States. Several administrators and providers from the community will share their perspectives on these trends. The course will close with a discussion of reform and change within the medical institution and a brief look at health care systems in other countries. This course counts toward the "institutions and change" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course. Offered every other year.
|MWF||9:10 am-10:00 am||Graham Gund Gallery 101|
|Seats filled/limit: 19/20|
|80434||SOCY 243.00||Soc Justice:Ancient/Mod Tradit|
This mid-level course will examine the various theories of ethics and social justice from the ancient Hebrew tradition of Torah and the prophets, New Testament writers Luke and Matthew, and medieval natural law, to modern discussions about social, political and economic justice. We will explore how critical social theory has been applied within the political and economic context of modern industrial societies and how biblical and later religious teachings have been used as the basis for social ethics. Questions of justice, freedom, development, individualism and alienation will be major themes in this study of capitalism, Christianity and Marxism. Special emphasis will be on contemporary debates about the ethics of democratic capitalism from within both conservative theology and philosophy and radical liberation theology. Readings will be from the Bible, papal encyclicals, the American Catholic bishops' letter on economics and social justice, Friedman, Wallis, Farmer, Novak, Baum, Miranda, Fromm, Pirsig, Schumacher and N. Wolf. This course counts toward the "culture and identity" or "institutions and change" requirement for the major. This course is the same as RLST 380. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course or 100-level religious studies course or permission of instructor.
|MWF||1:10 pm-2:00 pm||Ralston House 100|
|Seats filled/limit: 10/10|
|80435||SOCY 249.00||Knowledge of the Other|
In this course we deal with some of the fundamental questions in our global age: How do we understand a culture or society that is radically different from our own? This course has two parts. In the first half, we read theoretical texts such as Said's Orientalism, excerpts from Hegel's and Marx's writing on race and world history, recent work on the epistemology of ignorance, studies of religion from the East (Lopez and Masuzawa), as well as debates about the "clash of civilizations" (Huntington) and the "geography of thought" (Nisbett) in order to conceptualize the notion of "the Other" and our relationship with "the Other." In the second half, we focus on writings about Asia (Tibet, Japan and China), such as travel writing, historical analysis and fiction. By analyzing these accounts of the journey to the East, we learn to recognize the complex relationships we have with cultural, religious and social traditions radically different from our own, with the hope that we can develop a meaningful connection with them through reflective understanding. This course helps both sociology and Asian studies students theorize the complex and creative relationship between oneself and "the Other," and it is of use to students who have recently returned from study abroad (particularly Asia), as well as those preparing to go abroad. This course counts toward the "culture and identity" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course or permission of instructor. Offered every other year.
|T||7:00 pm-10:00 pm||Ralston House 100|
|Seats filled/limit: 13/15|
|80436||SOCY 255.00||Women, Crime and the Law|
This course, a mid-level seminar and directed research course, focuses upon the role and status of women within the U.S. criminal justice system. Students will examine the evolution of roles, responsibilities, and treatment of women who occupy various statuses within the system, including that of criminals, victims/survivors of crime, and criminal justice professionals. We will examine contemporary theories of women and crime, especially a growing body of literature in the field of feminist criminology. Using a wide range of texts, monographs, and articles to stimulate critical thinking and discussion about crime and gender, a primary overarching inquiry will be: Does one’s sex or gender affect one’s treatment within, access to, and response from the American criminal justice system? Through exposure to the legislative process, legal policymaking, and the tools of socio-legal research, students will gain an appreciation for the complexity and far-reaching impact that sex and gender have upon the social, political and economic conditions of women who come into contact with the criminal justice system. This course counts towards the law and society concentration. Permission of instructor required. No prerequisite.
|TR||2:40 pm-4:00 pm||Horvitz Studio Arts Building 220|
|Seats filled/limit: 11/10|
|80437||SOCY 271.00||Methods of Social Research|
Knowing how to answer a question, including what constitutes good evidence and how to collect it, is a necessary ability for any sociologist, or for any student reading the sociological research of others. Our primary goal will be to learn to understand when and how to use research strategies such as survey questionnaires, interviews, fieldwork and analysis of historical documents. Students will conduct small-scale research projects using these techniques. This course is not intended for seniors, although it is required for all sociology majors. Students are advised, then, to enroll in this class as soon as they begin to consider majoring in sociology. This course counts toward the "methods" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course. Offered every year.
|TR||9:40 am-11:00 am||Ralston House 100|
|Seats filled/limit: 14/15|
|80438||SOCY 291.01||Special Topic: Social Demography|
This course offers students an introduction to sociological demography paired with training in research methods relevant to applied planning and policy situations. It explores demography’s contributions to the study of race, health, gender, inequality and migration, as well as the central foci of formal demography. The course combines readings and lectures with discussions, laboratory sessions and homework assignments, and integrates Geographic Information Systems (GIS) throughout. The structure of the course will, to the extent feasible, replicate the collaborative, collegial environment of an applied research enterprise, with the hope that students will help each other develop analytic skills and insights useful for their future pursuits. Fifty percent of the final grade derives from a culminating final project. This course satisfies the QR requirement. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course.
|R||7:00 pm-10:00 pm||Chalmers Library 114|
|Seats filled/limit: 15/15|
|80439||SOCY 291.02||Special Topic: Sociology of Sexualities|
Social life is saturated by sexuality in unstable and disjointed ways. From advertisements that promote the use of sexual enhancement pharmaceuticals to laws restricting access to safe and healthy sexual encounters, the sociocultural framing of sexuality is unequal and often illogical. This course examines sexualities as they are constructed, experienced, and regulated across multiple social contexts and institutions. We will explore the history of sexuality and the evolution of its framing in contemporary society; lived experiences of those labeled or identifying as sexual minorities; privileges associated with hegemonic sexual identity categories; the ongoing sociopolitical regulation of sexual identities, communities, and desires; and the history of social activism centered on sexual minorities. This course counts toward the "culture and identity" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course.
|MWF||11:10 am-12:00 pm||Ralston House 100|
|Seats filled/limit: 19/20|
|80443||SOCY 361.00||Classical Social Theory|
This course examines the development of classical social theory in the 19th and early 20th centuries. First, we will explore the philosophical and intellectual foundations of classical theory in the works of Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Kant and Hegel. We will examine how social theory integrated modern philosophy, classical political science (law) and historical political economy in the formation of a new discipline. Distinguishing itself from the other social sciences as an ethical science, classical sociology, for the most part, rejected the Enlightenment view of positivism and natural science as the foundation for social science as it turned instead to German idealism and existentialism for guidance. It also rejected the Enlightenment view of liberal individualism and utilitarian economics, and in the process united the ancient ideals of ethics and politics (Aristotle) with the modern (neo-Kantian) concern for empirical and historical research. Next we will examine the classical analysis of the historical origins of Western society in the structures and culture of alienation (Marx), rationalization and disenchantment (Weber), and anomie and division of labor (Durkheim). At the methodological level, we will study the three different views of classical science: critical science and the dialectical method (Marx), interpretive science and the historical method of understanding and value relevance (Weber), and positivistic science and the explanatory method of naturalism and realism (Durkheim). This course counts toward the "theory" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: SOCY 262 or permission of instructor.
|M||7:00 pm-10:00 pm||Treleaven House 101|
|Seats filled/limit: 11/14|
|80444||SOCY 374.00||Comptv.-Historical Analysis|
Social scientists have used comparative-historical methods to answer "big questions" about social and political phenomena. Indeed, focusing on historical patterns in small numbers of key cases, scholars have contributed canonical texts about democratization, revolutions, identity formation and economic development (among others). Students will work closely with exemplary texts, learn and apply different techniques of causal inference, and explore the ongoing debate between comparative-historical methods and quantitative analysis. This course counts toward the "methods" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: SOCY 271 or LGLS 371 or permission of instructor. Offered every two years.
|M||1:10 pm-4:00 pm||Treleaven House 101|
|Seats filled/limit: 9/15|
|80445||SOCY 421.00||Gender Stratification|
This upper-level seminar critically examines several genres of literature on the social roles of men and women at both the social-psychological and structural levels of society. We will discuss, in particular, how gender relates to concepts such as socialization, attitudes, interpersonal behavior, work roles and stratification by race, sexuality and class; and social problems that arise as a result of gender inequality. This course counts toward the "culture and identity" or "institutions and change" requirement for the major. This course satisfies a requirement of the African diaspora studies and law and society concentrations and the women and gender studies major. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Offered every two to three years.
|WF||2:10 pm-3:30 pm||Timberlake House 5|
|Seats filled/limit: 13/12|
|80446||SOCY 466.00||Politics of Identity Formation|
Recent years have seen the growing political importance of identity in the global south. Indigenous movements, religious and ethnic nationalism, and class-based identities have impacted the practice of democracy, relations between social groups, and transnational structures of power. But is what we see a detrimental splintering of identities and belongings or a new era of diversity and pluralism? What will latter-day identities do for democratization and social conflict? This course focuses on the political effects of identity in Latin America, Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. This course counts toward the "culture and identity" or "institutions and change" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor.
|W||7:00 pm-10:00 pm||Treleaven House 101|
|Seats filled/limit: 10/15|
|80661||SOCY 491.00||Special Topic: Race, Nation and American Food Culture|
This course explores systems of ethnoracial and national hierarchy through the lens of American food culture. The first part of the class guides students to an understanding of the major theories and debates in the sociology of race, ethnicity, nationality and migration to establish a language for analyzing and understanding the role and meaning of food in American life. We will focus our conversations and analyses on questions of boundaries, categories, and distinctions and how these borders and categories are complicated, blurred, and established. In the second part of the course, we apply the theoretical texts to the empirical case of American food culture to understand how cultural products, practices and discourses are informed by systems of racial/ethnic/national hierarchy. We explore various facets of American food culture, including the history of food and culinary culture in the United States, restaurant work, the meaning of “ethnic” food, fine dining, food media and culinary tourism. Throughout our theoretical exploration, we will also discuss the research process, and students will engage the substantive and theoretical texts we read in class in conversation with a research topic of their choosing. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course or permission of instructor.
|T||7:00 pm-10:00 pm||Treleaven House 101|
|Seats filled/limit: 14/15|
|80447||SOCY 497.00||Senior Honors|
This course is for students pursuing departmental honors. Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair.
|Seats filled/limit: 0/5|