Courses

Fall 2008

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010. Racism
H. Partridge W 1:00 - 3:55
Examines issues of racism in the United States, with attention to the social psychology of racism, its history, its relationship to social structure, and its ethical and moral implications.

101. Introduction to Sociology
Nancy Riley M 8:00 - 9:25, W 8:00 - 9:25
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.

101. Introduction to Sociology
Dhiraj Murthy T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
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.

208. Race and Ethnicity
Seth Ovadia M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25
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.

211. Classics of Sociological Theory
Joe Bandy T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
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.

221. Environmental Inequality and Justice
Joe Bandy T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
This course is a critical examination of the relationships between social inequalities and environmental degradation, both in the U.S. and internationally. Through case studies and comparative literatures, we will survey a variety of topics that reveal the complex interactions between social structures of power and environment, including the distribution of environmental hazards across race and class, natural resource rights and management, urban health and sustainability, as well as energy and environmental security. Throughout the course we also will study critically the development of a broad-based environmentalism of the poor, most notably environmental justice organizations and indigenous struggles over resources, as well as their coalitions and conflicts with mainstream environmental and other social movements.

224. Global Health Matters
Susan Bell T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
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 health care providers and systems of health care delivery? How do these forces influence people's symptoms, health beliefs, utilization of health care, and interactions with health care providers? How are local practices of health and health care linked to large-scale social an economic structures? Topics include structural violence; global pharmaceuticals; the commodification of bodies, organ trafficking, and organ transplantation; pregnancy and reproduction.

278. China, Gender, Family
Nancy Riley M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
Examines issues surrounding gender and family in China, focusing on contemporary society but with some historical work. Topics to be examined include: footbinding, constructions of gender during the Cultural Revolution, the role of family in society and in gender construction, the effect of new economic changes on families and genders.

315. Seeing Social Life
Susan Bell T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55
This is an advanced seminar in visual sociology. In the early twentieth century visual images were included routinely in sociology journals, and photographers worked with sociologists to document rural poverty. In the late twentieth century, sociologists have again begun to employ visual analysis of organizations, institutions, communities, and popular culture; to use sociological theory in making, interpreting, and presenting visual evidence; and to develop a visual sociological imagination by learning how to read photographs, documentary and popular films, and other media. Why did the sociological imagination become text-based? What do visual images do? This course will give particular attention to photography and film as resources and topics of sociological knowledge. Readings will include theoretical works about the sociology of knowledge, including the colonial and ethnographic gaze.