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|10097||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 century 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|
|Seats filled/limit: 23/24|
|10098||SOCY 106.00||Soc Issues/Cultrl Intersection|
The objective of this introductory-level course is to critically examine social problems in the United States by using sociological perspectives to investigate the cultural and structural foundations of our society. Toward that end, students will learn sociological and criminological perspectives that provide a basic understanding of the principles of social-problems research from a sociological perspective. Accordingly we will discuss the social problems endemic to social institutions in society. Among the topics to be covered are education, crime, the family, and work, using examples from the Age of Enlightenment up to the present day. The most fundamental expectation of students in this course will be to use their sociological imaginations each and every class period to engage in focused discussion of the readings and assignments completed outside of class. This is expected to aid students in the goal of mastering the necessary skills of critical thinking and discussion, both verbally and in their writing about contemporary topics of interest and concern. Students may take only one introductory-level course. Students are expected to take an introductory-level course in order to enroll in area and core courses in sociology. Prerequisite: first-year and sophomore students only. Offered every other year.
|TR||1:10 pm-2:30 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 21/25|
|10617||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 come 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 in order to enroll in area and core courses in sociology. Offered every year.
|MWF||2:10 pm-3:00 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 26/25||Permission of Instructor Required|
|10595||SOCY 223.00||Wealth and Power|
People in the United States are keenly aware of social differences, yet few have a very precise understanding of "social class," the magnitude of social inequality in U.S. society, or why social inequality exists at all. This course provides a semester-long examination of social stratification a society's unequal ranking of categories of people in historical, comparative, theoretical and critical terms. The historical focus traces the development of social inequality since the emergence of the first human societies some ten thousand years ago; the Industrial Revolution; and, more recently, the Information Revolution. The comparative focus explores how and why societies differ in their degree of inequality, identifies various dimensions of inequality, and assesses various justifications for inequality. Attention is also given to the extent of social differences between high- and low-income nations in the world today. The theoretical focus asks how and why social inequality comes to exist in the first place (and why social equality does not exist). This course offers a true diversity of political approaches, presenting arguments made by conservatives, liberals, libertarians and radicals about the degree of inequality in the United States and in the world. This course counts toward the "institutions and change" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course or permission of instructor.
|TR||2:40 pm-4:00 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 20/20||Permission of Instructor Required|
|10614||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|
|Seats filled/limit: 18/20||Permission of Instructor Required|
|10705||SOCY 229.00||Social Movements|
This mid-level course will examine social movements as attempts to bring about social change through collective action. The major goals of the course are: (1) to acquaint students with the sociological literature on social movements; (2) to examine the development, life cycle and impact of several important social movements in the United States; (3) to examine issues of race, class and gender within social movements; and (4) to develop students' skills in thinking sociologically about social discontent and social change. Substantively the course focuses primarily on U.S. social movements from the 1960s through today. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course or permission of instructor. This course may be counted toward the major in American studies. Offered every two years.
|TR||9:40 am-11:00 am|
|Seats filled/limit: 21/20||Permission of Instructor Required|
|10099||SOCY 233.00||Sociology of Food|
This course explores the social world(s) we live in by analyzing what we eat, where it comes from, who produces it, who prepares it and how. In the first few weeks of class, we examine the patterned culinary choices of Americans; how American foodways are differentiated by gender, race/ethnicity, and class; and how political, social and historical forces have shaped these patterns in ways that are not necessarily obvious to the sociologically untrained eye. We then shift our focus away from ourselves and our own sociologically conditioned eating habits to analyze the local, regional and global processes and factors that bring food to our table. A major theme is the greater social and spatial distances our food travels from field, farm or factory to consumers in the United States and in other parts of the western hemisphere, and how these distances complicate and sometimes obscure the unequal power relations at the root of food production and consumption. Our exploration of the global ties that bind consumer and producer ends with a look at how social activists around the world have organized collectively to reduce these distances and inequalities. This course counts toward the "culture and identity" or "institutions and change" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course or permission of instructor. Offered every other year.
|MWF||2:10 pm-3:00 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 22/20||Permission of Instructor Required|
|10103||SOCY 240.00||Sociology of Crime & Deviance|
Our common sense tells us that certain acts are "wrong"; that particular persons who engage in them are "deviant." But common sense suggests little about how and why a particular act or actor comes to be understood in this way. Using a wide range of readings from literature as well as sociology, this course explores the origins and significance of deviance within social life. We carry the distinction between being different and being deviant throughout the semester. Also, we emphasize, the increasing importance of psychotherapy in our response to the deviant. This course provides a substantial introduction to criminology, with consideration of the social characteristics of offenders and victims, crime rates, and various justifications of punishment. This course should be of interest to students within many majors who are concerned with theoretical, practical and ethical questions concerning the concepts of good and evil as foundations of human society. This course counts toward the "culture and identity" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course or permission of instructor.
|WF||2:10 pm-3:30 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 21/20|
|10100||SOCY 242.00||Science and Society|
The first part of this mid-level course will examine the underlying philosophical and sociological foundations of modern science and rationality. It will begin by examining the differences between the ancient Greek and medieval views of physics, causality and organic nature and the modern worldview of natural science in Galileo, Descartes and Newton. We will then turn to the debates within the philosophy of science (Burtt, Popper, Kuhn, Quine, Feyerabend and Rorty) and the sociology of science (Scheler, Ellul, Leiss, Marcuse and Habermas) about the nature of scientific inquiry and the social/political meaning of scientific discoveries. Does science investigate the essential reality of nature, or is it influenced by the wider social relations and practical activities of modern industrial life? Does science reflect the nature of reality or the nature of society? We will deal with the expanded rationalization of modern society: the application of science and technological rationality (efficiency, productivity and functionality) to economic, political and social institutions. We will examine the process of modernization and rationalization in science, labor, politics, the academy and ecology. Finally, we will discuss the debates within the environmental movement between the deep and social ecologists as to the nature and underlying causes of the environmental crisis. Readings will be from T. Kuhn, M. Berman, H. Braverman, E. A. Burtt, M. Horkheimer, C. Lasch, F. Capra, and M. Bookchin. This course counts toward the "culture and identity" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course.
|MWF||1:10 pm-2:00 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 14/14|
|10101||SOCY 251.00||Soc. Change, Dictatorship, Dem|
Why are some countries more democratic than others? What effects have industrialization and colonization had on developing world democracies? This course probes those questions from a comparative and sociological perspective. We will explore the relationship between political regimes and socioeconomic factors, like class relations, state-led development, and racial and ethnic tensions. To do so, we will look at the contrasting political and social trajectories of European nations, the United States, East Asia, and Latin America, using historical texts, sociological theory and in-depth case study research. This course counts toward the "institutions and change" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course or permission of instructor.
|TR||1:10 pm-2:30 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 17/20|
|10102||SOCY 262.00||Classical Trad to Contemp Thry|
The purpose of this course is to guide students to draw linkages from classical theory to the formation of contemporary sociological theory. Discussion will be guided by the personal biographies of the theorists: their family background, where they were educated, and what events or persons they were influenced by as they formulated the theories for which they are known. The emphasis is placed upon acquiring breadth of knowledge, rather than depth. For a more comprehensive understanding of many of the theorists discussed in this class, students are directed to SOCY 361 and SOCY 362. This course is not intended for seniors, although it is required for all 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 "theory" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course or permission of instructor. Offered every year.
|MWF||10:10 am-11:00 am|
|Seats filled/limit: 20/20||Permission of Instructor Required|
|10645||SOCY 291.00||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 “culture and identity” 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|
|Seats filled/limit: 12/12||Permission of Instructor Required|
|10615||SOCY 362.00||Contemporary Social Theory|
Social theories offer systematic explanations of human behavior as well as insights into the historical moments in which they were created. In this course we will investigate some of the last century's major theories concerning the nature of society and the human social process. Most of these sociological theories are American in origin, but some new developments in Western European thought will be included as well. Specific theories to be considered include (1) the functionalist theory of Talcott Parsons; (2) social behaviorism, as articulated by George Herbert Mead; (3) Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann's sociology of knowledge; (4) the critical theory of Herbert Marcuse; and (5) intersection theory, as developed by Patricia Hill Collins. The consideration of the intellectual and social contexts in which these theoretical traditions have arisen will be central to our analysis throughout. This course will be of value to students interested in developing a systematic approach to understanding society and should be especially relevant to those concentrating in the social sciences. This course counts toward the "theory" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: SOCY 262 or permission of instructor. Offered every year.
|TR||8:10 am-9:30 am|
|Seats filled/limit: 6/15|
|10596||SOCY 372.00||Quantitative Research Methods|
Ever wonder how sociologists gather the information upon which they base their claims? Curious about all those charts and graphs in newspapers and magazines? Thinking about a career in marketing, survey research or program evaluation? This course is designed for students who want to become proficient in doing and understanding quantitative social research using SPSS. The focus of this class is survey research and design. Students will learn the basics of data mining, recoding and analysis while also learning to write and present their research findings. This course counts toward the "methods" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: sophomore standing and SOCY 271 or LGLS 371 or permission of instructor. Offered every two years.
|WF||8:40 am-10:00 am||QR|
|Seats filled/limit: 15/14||Permission of Instructor Required|
|10104||SOCY 491.00||Special Topic: Global Cities|
Since the origins of the discipline in the mid-19th century, sociologists have been fascinated with cities, viewing them as icons of modernity and laboratories for studying the forms of human association they believed to be the hallmarks of this new age. Building on this rich but Western-centric history of urban studies, this course examines the urban form and experience today from the perspective of a more geographically and culturally diverse set of cities ranging from Mexico City to Mumbai, from Chicago to Sao Paolo. Drawing on concrete case studies from these cities and others, we will ask what we can learn about the global processes that characterize contemporary human society at large by studying so-called "global cities," "megacities" and "Third World cities." We will pay particular attention to the relationship between globalization and the spatial organization of cities, exploring, for example, how social actors and states in specific places claim, reclaim, purpose, repurpose, surveil, contest and govern public space as part of broader neoliberal social transformation. Students in this course will take an active role leading seminar discussion and, by the end of the semester, produce and present original research on a global city of their choosing. This course counts towards the “institutions and change” and the 400-level seminar requirement for the major. Prerequisite: 100-level course and one 200-level course in sociology or permission of instructor.
|TR||2:40 pm-4:00 pm|
|Seats filled/limit: 11/12|
|10633||SOCY 498.00||Senior Honors|
See the course description for SOCY 497.
|Seats filled/limit: 1/10|