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Sociology and Anthropology – Sociology Courses

First-Year Seminars

For a full description of first-year seminars, see the First-Year Seminar section.

1010 {10} b. Racism. Fall 2014. Roy Partridge. (Same as Africana Studies 1010 {10}.)

1026 b. Landscape, Energy, and Culture. Fall 2014. Shaun Golding. (Same as Environmental Studies 1026.)

Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Courses

1101 {101} b. Introduction to Sociology. Fall 2014. Shaun Golding and the Department. Spring 2015. Marcos Lopez.

The major perspectives of sociology. Application of the scientific method to sociological theory and to current social issues. Theories ranging from social determinism to free will are considered, including the work of Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Merton, and others. Attention is given to such concepts as role, status, society, culture, institution, personality, social organization, the dynamics of change, the social roots of behavior and attitudes, social control, deviance, socialization, and the dialectical relationship between individual and society.

2010 {201} b. Introduction to Social Research. Spring 2015. Nancy Riley.

Provides firsthand experience with the specific procedures through which social science knowledge is developed. Emphasizes the interaction between theory and research and examines the ethics of social research and the uses and abuses of research in policy making. Reading and methodological analysis of a variety of case studies from the sociological literature. Field and laboratory exercises that include observation, interviewing, use of available data (e.g., historical documents, statistical archives, computerized data banks, cultural artifacts), sampling, coding, use of computer, elementary data analysis and interpretation. Lectures, laboratory sessions, and small-group conferences.

Prerequisite: Sociology 1101 {101} or permission of the instructor.

2030 {211} b. Classics of Sociological Theory. Fall 2014. Marcos Lopez.

An analysis of selected works by the founders of modern sociology. Particular emphasis is given to understanding differing approaches to sociological analysis through detailed textual interpretation. Works by Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and selected others are read.

Prerequisite: Sociology 1101 {101} or permission of the instructor.

2204 {204} b. Families: A Comparative Perspective. Fall 2014. Nancy Riley.

Examines families in different societies. Issues addressed include definition and concept of the “family”; different types of family systems; the interaction of family change and other social, economic, and political change; the relationships between families and other social institutions; the role of gender and age in family relationships; and sources and outcomes of stability, conflict, and dissolution within families. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 2204 {204}.)

Prerequisite: Sociology 1101 {101} or Anthropology 1101 {101}.

[2206 {206} b - ESD. Sociology of Education. (Same as Education 2206 {206}.)]

[2208 {208} b. Race and Ethnicity. (Same as Africana Studies 2208 {208} and Latin American Studies 2708 {278}.)]

2112 {212} b. Gender and Crime. Spring 2015. Janet Lohmann.

Examines how gender intersects with the understanding of crime and the criminal justice system. Gender is a salient issue in examining who commits what types of crimes, who is most often victimized, and how the criminal justice system responds to these victims and offenders. Students explore the social context of crime, as well as how the correctional system and social policy are affected by the issue of gender. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 2112 {212}.)

Prerequisite: Sociology 1101 {101} or Anthropology 1101 {101}.

2220 {220} b - ESD. “The Wire”: Race, Class, Gender, and the Urban Crisis. Spring 2015. Brian Purnell.

Postwar US cities were considered social, economic, political, and cultural zones of “crisis.” African Americans—their families, gender relations; their relationship to urban political economy, politics, and culture—were at the center of this discourse. Uses David Simon’s epic series The Wire as a critical source on postindustrial urban life, politics, conflict, and economics, to cover the origins of the “urban crisis,” the rise of an “underclass” theory of urban class relations, the evolution of the urban “underground economy,” and the ways the “urban crisis” shaped depictions of African Americans in American popular culture. (Same as Africana Studies 2220 {220} and Gender and Women’s Studies 2222 {222}.)

Prerequisite: One of the following: Africana Studies 1101 {101}, Education 1101 {101}, Gender and Women’s Studies 1101 {101}, or Sociology 1101 {101}, or permission of the instructor.

2221 {221} b. Environmental Sociology. Spring. 2015. Shaun Golding.

Applies sociological insights to investigating the ways that humans shape and are shaped by their ecological surroundings. Introduces theories and concepts for exploring how Western society and, more specifically, contemporary American society interact with nature. Reviews central academic questions, including social constructions of nature and perceptions of ecological risks and, drawing from complementary readings and student-led dialogue, examines in greater depth ongoing struggles over conservation, sustainability, development, and social justice. (Same as Environmental Studies 2334 {221}.)

Prerequisite: Sociology 1101 {101} or Anthropology 1101 {101}.

[2222 {222} b - ESD. Introduction to Human Population. (Same as Environmental Studies 2332 {222} and Gender and Women’s Studies 2224 {224}.)]

2223 {223} b - ESD. Cultural Interpretations of Medicine. Fall 2014. Susan Bell.

Explores a series of topics in health studies from the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences: medical ethics, the development and use of reproductive technologies, relationships between doctors and patients, disability, public health, and the experience of illness. Encourages reflection about these topics through ethnographies, monographs, novels, plays, poetry, and visual arts. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 2223 {223}.)

Prerequisite: Sociology 1101 {101} or Anthropology 1101 {101}.

[2224 {224} b - IP. Global Health Matters.]

2225 b - ESD, IP. Global Politics of Work. Fall 2014. Marcos Lopez.

Globally, a large portion of life is devoted to work. The type of work that people perform reflects global inequalities. Introduces the history of wage-labor and theoretical concepts used to understand the shifting dimensions of work and its implication for the global workforce. Particular focus on labor in the US, Latin America, and Asia; manufacturing and service work; migration and labor trafficking; the body as the site for transforming labor in wage-labor; and forms of labor resistance. (Same as Latin American Studies 2725.)

Prerequisite: Sociology 1101 {101} or Anthropology 1101 {101}.

[2240 {240} b - ESD. Social Class in Popular Culture.]

2250 {250} b - ESD. Epidemiology: Principles and Practices. Spring 2015. Nancy Riley.

Introduces epidemiology, the study of the patterns and influences of disease (and health) in populations and communities. Focusing on the social, political, and economic influences and consequences of patterns of disease and death, considers how these patterns reflect and affect the demographics, social structure, economy, and culture of societies and how societies mobilize to combat disease and promote health. Focuses particularly on the role of socioeconomic inequality—both within and between countries—in how diseases spread and are managed.

Prerequisite: Sociology 1101 {101}.

2253 {253} b - ESD. Constructions of the Body. Fall 2014. Susan Bell.

Explores the body as a reflection and construction of language, a source of metaphor, and a political and social “space.” Cases are drawn from art, sports, medicine, performance, work, and body aesthetics. Draws from and compares theories of the body in sociology, women’s studies, and gay, lesbian, and transgender studies. (Same as Gay and Lesbian Studies 2253 {253} and Gender and Women’s Studies 2253 {253}.)

Prerequisite: Sociology 1101 {101} or Anthropology 1101 {101}, or permission of the instructor.

[2256 b - ESD. Visual Studies of Social Life.]

2320 b - ESD. Latinas and Latinos in the United States. Spring 2015. Marcos Lopez.

Latinas/os are the largest minority group in the United States. Analyzes the Latina/o experience in the United States, with special focus on migration, incorporation, and strategies for economic and social empowerment. Explores diversity within the US Latina/o community by drawing on comparative lessons from Cuban-American, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Chicano/Mexican, and Central American patterns of economic participation, political mobilization, and cultural integration. (Same as Latin American Studies 2720.)

Prerequisite: Sociology 1101 {101} or Anthropology 1101 {101}, or permission of the instructor.

[2340 {234} b - ESD. Tractors, Chainsaws, Windmills, and Cul-de-Sacs: Natural Resource-Based Development in Our Backyard. (Same as Environmental Studies 2340 {234}.)]

2350 b - MCSR. Applied Demography for Planning and Policy Analysis. Spring 2015. Shaun Golding.

An introduction to basic demographic techniques for use in applications related to public- and private-sector planning and policy situations. Students gain skills and analytic insights useful for understanding research, planning, and policy development in government, nonprofits, healthcare, and business. Learning and using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a central component of the course. Also includes readings, lectures, discussions, laboratory sessions, homework assignments, and a final project.

Prerequisite: Sociology 1101 {101} or Anthropology 1101 {101}, or permission of the instructor.

[2370 {237} b. Immigration and the Politics of Exclusion. (Same as Latin American Studies 2746 {246}.)]

2970–2973 {291–294} b. Intermediate Independent Study in Sociology. The Department.

2999 {299} b. Intermediate Collaborative Study in Sociology. The Department.

3010 {310} b. Advanced Seminar: Current Controversies in Sociology. Spring 2015. Susan Bell.

Draws together different theoretical and substantive issues in sociology in the United States, primarily since 1950. Discusses current controversies in the discipline, e.g., quantitative versus qualitative methodologies, micro versus macro perspectives, and pure versus applied work.

Prerequisite: Sociology 2030 {211} or permission of the instructor.

3300 b. Reproductive Health and Politics. Fall 2014. Nancy Riley.

Taking account of the interrelationship of health and politics, examines how community, national, and international policies and social structures (such as gender, race, economy, or health care) link local and global politics to influence practices, beliefs, meaning, and outcomes related to reproduction. Topics include birth planning and contraception, new reproductive technologies, fertility and infertility, AIDS, abortion, issues of parenthood, and stratified reproduction.

Prerequisite: Sociology 1101 {101} or Anthropology 1101 {101}; and a sociology course numbered 2000-2969 {200-289}.

[3400 {314} b. Big Pharma, Big Medicine, and Technoscience.]

4000–4003 {401–404} b. Advanced Independent Study in Sociology. The Department.

4029 {405} b. Advanced Collaborative Study in Sociology. The Department.

4050–4051 b. Honors Project in Sociology. The Department.


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