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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 2013. Roy Partridge. (Same as Africana Studies 1010 {10}.)

Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Courses

1101 {101} b. Introduction to Sociology. Fall 2013. Susan Bell and Shaun Golding. Spring 2014. Ingrid Nelson.

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 2014. 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 Field and laboratory exercises that include observation, interviewing, use of available data (e.g., historical documents, statistical archives, computerized data banks, cultural artifacts), sampling, coding, use of computer, elementary data analysis and interpretation.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 2013. 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.

2206 {206} b - ESD. Sociology of Education. Fall 2013. Ingrid Nelson.

Examines the ways that formal schooling influences individuals and the ways that social structures and processes affect educational institutions. Explores the manifest and latent functions of education in modern society; the role education plays in stratification and social reproduction; the relationship between education and cultural capital; the dynamics of race, class, and gender in education; and other topics. (Same as Education 2206 {206}.)

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

2208 {208} b. Race and Ethnicity. Fall 2013. Ingrid Nelson.

The social and cultural meaning of race and ethnicity, with emphasis on the politics of events and processes in contemporary America. Analysis of the causes and consequences of prejudice and discrimination. Examination of the relationships between race and class. Comparisons among racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. (Same as Africana Studies 2208 {208} and Latin American Studies 2708 {278}.)

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

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

Postwar U.S. 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. Using David Simon’s epic series, The Wire, as a critical source on postindustrial urban life, politics, conflict, and economics, covers 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 2014. 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. Fall 2013. Nancy Riley.

An introduction to the major issues in the study of population. Focuses on the social aspects of the demographic processes of fertility, mortality, and migration. Also examines population change in Western Europe historically, recent demographic changes in Third World countries, population policy, and the social and environmental causes and implications of changes in births, deaths, and migration. (Same as Environmental Studies 2332 {222} and Gender and Women’s Studies 2224 {224}.)

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

2224 {224} b - IP. Global Health Matters. Spring 2014. Susan Bell.

Introduces students to international health, healing, and medicine from individual experiences in local contexts to global practices. Locates health and health care within particular cultural, social, historical, and political circumstances. How do these diverse forces shape the organization of healthcare providers and systems of health care delivery? How do these forces influence people’s symptoms, health beliefs, utilization of healthcare, and interactions with healthcare providers? How are local practices of health and healthcare linked to large-scale social and economic structures? Topics include structural violence; global pharmaceuticals; the commodification of bodies, organ trafficking, and organ transplantation; pregnancy and reproduction.

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

2240 {240} b - ESD. Social Class in Popular Culture. Fall 2013. Shaun Golding.

In contemporary American society, we are surrounded by imagery that reflects and reinforces hierarchical divisions amongst us. Applies sociological theories of class in examining artifacts of popular culture that emphasize these social divisions. Drawing from popular television, film, and literature, pursues an academic understanding of how social class is portrayed in and projected upon society and contemplates explanations and repercussions of those processes. Requires periodic and mandatory evening film viewings.

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

[2244 {244} b - ESD. Migration, Work, and Inequality in the Global Economy.] 

[2250 {250} b - ESD. Epidemiology: Principles and Practices.]

[2265 {265} b. Gender and Family in East Asia. (Same as Asian Studies 2101 {264} and Gender and Women’s Studies 2265 {265}.)]

2266 {266} - ESD. Asian America: History, Society, Literature. Fall 2013. Connie Chiang, Belinda Kong, and Nancy Riley.

Focuses on Asian American experiences from an interdisciplinary perspective, including history, English, Asian studies, and sociology. Examines major issues in the experience of Asian Americans including immigration, the politics of racial/ethnic formation and identity, the political and economic forces that have shaped the lives of Asians in the United States, historical experiences and influences on today’s situation, and ways that Asian Americans have resisted and accommodated these influences. Uses a variety of lenses to gain critical perspective, including history, social relations and practices, and cultural production. (Same as Asian Studies 2805 {251}, English 2757 {275}, and History 2162 {268}.)

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

2370 {237} b. Immigration and the Politics of Exclusion. Fall 2013. Marcos Lopez.

The United States, like other nations in the global north, relies on immigrants. Looks at comparative lessons in global immigration to understand the political, economic, and social causes of migration—the politics of immigrant inclusion/exclusion—and the making of diaspora communities. Specific topics will include: the politics of citizenship and the condition of illegality; the global migrant workforce; and how class, gender, race, and sexuality influence the migrant experience. (Same as Latin American Studies 2746 {246}.)

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

[2519 {219} b - ESD. Sociology of Gender. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 2208 {216}.)]

[2575 {275} b - ESD. Cultural Encounters with/in Hawai`i.]

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 2014. Ingrid Nelson and Nancy Riley.

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.

[3116 {316} b. Transitions to Adulthood: From Sweet Sixteen to Reality Bites.]

3400 {314} b. Big Pharma, Big Medicine, and Technoscience. Fall 2013. Susan Bell.

Explores from a sociological perspective the global circulation of pharmaceuticals and medicine from the 1960s to the present. Begins by looking at how and why more and more problems have become defined in medical terms, usually as illness or disorders, and treated with medical interventions (e.g., hyperactivity, aging, sexual dysfunction, restless legs, shyness, sadness, sleepiness, and wakefulness). Also gives attention to what some call the over-medicalization of some societies and the under-medicalization of others. Considers the growth of the pharmaceutical industry, strategies for regulating the development and distribution of pharmaceuticals nationally and globally, and the role of pharmaceuticals in the medicalization process. Finally, focuses on the coproduction of science and technology in fields such as molecular biology, genetics, transplant medicine, and computer and information sciences. Explores how these technoscientific changes since the 1980s have affected the expansion of medicine, distribution of pharmaceuticals, and the health of populations, and the meaning of health itself. Students will participate in a two-day symposium at Bowdoin organized concurrently with the course.

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

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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