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|80127||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,
|MWF||10:10 am-11:00 am||Ralston House 100|
|Seats filled/limit: 9/24|
|80128||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: 3/25|
|80131||SOCY 107.00||Institutions and Inequalities|
This introductory course will analyze social structures and their impact on the experiences of individuals. We will look at the ways in which social structures construct and constrain reality for individuals and how society and social institutions shape individual values, attitudes and behaviors. The course will examine sociological concepts through an analysis of culture, social inequality, and social institutions. The first portion of the class will focus on understanding culture and how we become social beings. We will then move to an examination of social stratification and inequalities, paying particular attention to the impact of race, class, and gender on the lives of individuals in American society. We will look at recent changes in many social institutions and the impact these changes have had on individuals and society. By the end of the course, you should understand common sociological concepts and perspectives and be able to consider aspects of the social world through the sociological lens. Students may take only one introductory-level course. Students are expected to take an introductory-level course io enroll in area and core courses in sociology. Offered every year.
|MWF||9:10 am-10:00 am||Samuel Mather Hall 306|
|Seats filled/limit: 23/25|
|80133||SOCY 108.00||Public Life|
What forces enable or constrain our successes (and failures) in life? Should what goes on in our intimate relationships be up for public debate? If presented with evidence of a serious social problem, how should we act? The answers to these questions are demonstrably sociological; they require a rigorous and disciplined way to discern private troubles from public issues. This course explores the sometimes obvious and oftentimes hidden nature of our public lives: how we learn to interact and to understand each other, how we navigate life through and with institutions, and how our very essence as human beings is affected by historical and global forces. Through close reading and class discussion, this course introduces the basics of modern sociology and the discipline’s general contributions to our collective knowledge of the human condition.
|TR||1:10 pm-2:30 pm||Ascension Hall 201|
|Seats filled/limit: 17/25|
|80149||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|
|80156||SOCY 250.00||Systems of Stratification|
The primary objective of this mid-level seminar is to investigate systems of stratification through reading texts and empirical investigation. The class will also provide regular opportunities to investigate several different data sets to pursue questions that arise from a reading of the texts we cover during the course of the semester. Stratification topics to be covered include education, gender, class, sexuality and race as they have permeated U.S. society and, therefore, as they have shaped the everyday lived experience of U.S. citizens. With a heavy emphasis upon the critical assessment of quantitative information as presented in the readings for this course, as well as the use of quantitative analysis, this course satisfies the quantitative reasoning requirement. This course satisfies a requirement of the African diaspora studies concentration and may be counted toward the American studies major. This course counts toward the "institutions and change" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course or permission of instructor. Offered every two years.
|MWF||11:10 am-12:00 pm||Chalmers Library 114||QR|
|Seats filled/limit: 18/16|
|80364||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||O'Connor House SEM|
|Seats filled/limit: 12/10||Permission of Instructor Required|
|80135||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||1:10 pm-2:30 pm||Ralston House 100|
|Seats filled/limit: 16/16|
|80158||SOCY 291.01||Special Topic: Sociology of Mental Health and Illness|
Currently, there is in American society much discussion surrounding issues of mental illness and how to deal with those identified as having a mental illness. These discussions are usually framed within psychological and medical discourses. This means that sociological paradigms are left out of most conversations about the causes of mental illness, treatment practices, and the means by which our society can improve the psychological well-being of its individual citizens and the population as a whole. The goal of this course, then, is to provide students with sociological insights into several issues surrounding mental illness, those identified as mentally ill, and the treatment of mental illness by the field of psychiatry. To that end, we will trace the history of the perception of, and treatment practices applied to, the psychologically “deviant;” we will investigate the medicalization (by psychiatry) of psychological deviance and the social construction of mental illness; and we will explore the various treatment practices of psychiatry in the post-war years and the subsequent anti-psychiatry movement of the 1960s and 1970s. In addition, we will discuss many of the social determinants of mental illness, the disparity in the rates of mental illness across the population, and we will seek to understand the lived experience of those with mental illness and the social stigma that is attached to mental illness. This course, then, has been developed in order for students to be able to present a sociological contribution to current cultural debates surrounding mental illness and rationales for psychiatric treatment. This course counts toward the "institutions and change" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course or permission of instructor.
|TR||9:40 am-11:00 am||Cheever SEM|
|Seats filled/limit: 20/20|
|80160||SOCY 291.02||Special Topic: Environmental Sociology|
Environmental sociology embodies a broad, thoughtful application of sociological insights to investigating the ways we shape and are shaped by our surroundings. This course explores through sociological lenses how western society and more specifically contemporary American society interacts with nature. It frames central questions with regard to differentiating between humans and nature and explaining how interactions between the two vary across space and time. In so doing, the course engages with current debates over conservation, sustainability, development and justice. This course counts toward the "institutions and change" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course.
|TR||8:10 am-9:30 am||Ralston House 100|
|Seats filled/limit: 20/20|
|80504||SOCY 291.03||Special Topic: Life Along the Kokosing|
This seminar examines the meaning and significance of connection to place through an intensive investigation of Knox County. We will spend much of our time in the surrounding locale, exploring the landscape and interacting with individuals knowledgeable about community life. Complementing these field experiences, scholarship in the arts, humanities, and sciences will address how natural, economic, social, and cultural conditions inform rural character and personal identity. We will conclude our studies by creating a public project designed to share what we have learned. Taken together, these activities will illustrate the distinctive perspective and power of a liberal education. This course counts towards the "institutions and change" or "identity and culture" requirement for the major. It also counts as elective credit in American Studies and Environmental Studies. Prerequisite: open only to first-year and sophomore students.
|TR||9:40 am-11:00 am||Treleaven House 101|
|Seats filled/limit: 6/12|
|80598||SOCY 291.04||Special Topic: Economy and Society|
What is the relationship between society and production, consumption and exchange? How might a sociological approach to the market reveal insights into its function, successes and failures? This course probes those questions by bringing to bear a sociological lens on economic behavior. We will explore the sociological foundations of value and exchange, the logic of social networks and social capital, and the institutional architecture of markets. To do so, we will draw from tools in sociological theory and comparative-historical analysis. Along the way, we'll investigate why some ethnic enclaves have seen economic success, the meaning of consumption for social class, and the causes of the 2007-2008 global economic crisis. This course counts toward the "institutions and change" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course.
|WF||2:10 pm-3:30 pm||Graham Gund Gallery 101|
|Seats filled/limit: 20/20|
|80161||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: 14/14|
|80162||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.
|W||7:00 pm-10:00 pm||Timberlake House 4|
|Seats filled/limit: 5/15|
|80656||SOCY 491.00||Special Topic: Race, Nation and American Food Culture|
This course explores systems of ethno racial 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.
|T||7:00 pm-10:00 pm||Treleaven House 101|
|Seats filled/limit: 0/15|
|80234||SOCY 497.00||Senior Honors|
This course is for students pursuing departmental honors. Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair.
|Seats filled/limit: 0/10|