21:920:201 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY, I (3)
Study of society: social structure, culture, and social interaction; the nature and historical developments of modern forms of social organization and social relationships.
21:920:209 CRIME AND JUSTICE (3)
Analysis of major criminal justice institutions in American society; the function of courts, police, and judicial systems in helping or impairing the fair administration of criminal law.
21:920:275 POPULAR CULTURE (3)
21:920:285 DRUGS AND SOCIETY (3)
An examination of the socio-cultural contexts, results, and realities of psycho-active drugs both legal and otherwise. The course considers drugs in both a current and an historical context as well as being comparative when possible. Issues such as narco-trafficking and “drug legalization” are considered in both a local and global context.
21:920:301 SOCIAL RESEARCH I (3)
Lec. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: 21:920:201, 202, or equivalent. The art and the science of doing research; how to develop a researchable question (hypothesis construction and causal modeling); how to collect (observation, surveys, experiments, and secondary analysis) and analyze data (statistics); and how to write a scientific report. Independent research project required.
21:920:302 SOCIAL RESEARCH II (3)
Lec. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: 21:920:201, 21/62:920:301. Students will gain a practical understanding of statistics for quantitative analysis of social science data. Students will learn: 1. to produce descriptive and inferential statistics; 2. to interpret univariate, bivariate, and multivariate statistics; 3. to construct tables and graphs for a presentation of data; 4. to select the appropriate type of statistical procedure to summarize data and test hypotheses; 5. to use statistical software to manage and analyze a large data set.
21:920:303 SOCIAL CHANGE (3)
Causes and consequences of change, as it touches individuals, small groups, communities, organizations, and societies; analyzes intended and unforeseen changes in both current social relations and the history of social structures.
21:920:304 SOCIAL PROBLEMS (3)
Social problems facing Americans today; causes and processes underlying these problems; evaluation of proposed solutions.
21:920:306 MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY (3)
The institution of the family; emphasis on the modern American family and the current search for alternatives to the traditional monogamous family.
21:920:307 SOCIAL PROTEST AND REVOLUTION (3)
Problem of order in social groups and entire societies; the production and enforcement of norms; the role of authority in social life; institutional integration and disintegration; oppression, revolution, and normative reconstruction.
21:920:308 SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
The manifestations of social change as they appear in diffuse collective behavior and subsequent reintegrative social movements.
21:920:310 OCCUPATIONS AND PROFESSIONS (3)
Variations in cultural definitions of work, attitudes toward careers, and the social environment of work; the development of professions; occupational and professional recruitment.
21:920:311 SOCIOLOGY OF THE ECONOMY AND INDUSTRY (3)
Development and significance of modern industry and bureaucracy; division of labor; growth of corporations; interplay of formal and informal organization; sources of labor supply; the role of labor unions in industrial conflict; economic classes and status positions in large-scale organizations.
21:920:313 SOCIOLOGY OF CRIMINOLOGY (3)
Crime and criminals in modern society, including causes of crime; machinery of justice; penal and correctional institutions; probation and parole; theories of crime and punishment.
21:920:314 BUREAUCRACY AND SOCIETY (3)
Causes and consequences of organizations; internal arrangements; effects of environment; organizational performances and effects on people.
21:920:315 THE PERSON IN SOCIETY (3)
The interaction between the development of the self and the social environment in which it occurs.
21:920:316 RACE AND ETHNICITY IN MULTICULTURAL SOCIETIES (3)
Comparative view of ethnic relations; origins in migration and mixture of populations; social-psychological consequences of stratification along racial and ethnic lines; prejudice; special emphasis on black Americans.
21:920:318 SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH CARE (3)
The health care system in the U.S.; social behavior of patients and providers within the system; the role of the patient in the delivery of health care; the health professions; health service organizations.
21:920:321 URBAN SOCIOLOGY (3)
The city as a mosaic of communities; persistence and change in the structure of urban neighborhoods; city life and the urban personality; the sociology of community planning; the future of neighborhood, suburb, and city.
21:920:324 INEQUALITY (3)
In this course we’ll ask specific questions about inequality, regarding its origins, the shapes and forms it takes in everyday life, its consequences, and the overall impact it has on society. We’ll explore how social scientists interpret and explain inequality mainly from sociological perspectives, but we’ll also include some political and economic perspectives. We’ll consider inequality as a result of race, ethnicity, and gender divisions. We’ll include the historical roots of social organization and consider problems related to inequalities in industrialized as well as less developed countries. We’ll study the institutionalization of inequalities and the patterns that reproduce and maintain them. Finally, starting from the question why we go along with inequalities, we’ll explore some approaches that aim to address and challenge inequalities in our society.
21:920:325 HUMAN RIGHTS IN A GLOBAL WORLD (3)
Since the passage of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), human rights have become a leitmotif of the modern world, the emergence of which is directly bound up with the Holocaust in particular and mass atrocity more generally. This course explores the origin and proliferation of concepts and institutions related to human rights, with an emphasis on the global infrastructures that have emerged to prevent mass human rights violations such as genocide and atrocity crimes. Along the way, we will take up a variety of topics as we explore how human rights ideas, laws, institutions, movements, and practices are enacted, transformed, contested, and understood in contexts ranging from race and slavery in the United States to international criminal tribunals and rural villages in the Global South. Throughout the course, you are expected to continually reflect not just on the readings, but also on how the concepts and ideas we discuss relate to your lives and the contexts of diversity and intercultural complexity through which you move.
21:920:326 AMERICAN SOCIETY (3)
This course provides a survey of sociological theory and research on current prominent aspects of American society. A range of sociological perspectives and methods are used to analyze leading American social institutions and cultural values, social inequalities, and forms of social relationships and interactions.
21:920:327 PUBLIC OPINION AND COMMUNICATION (3)
Content and transmission of popular culture from a sociological perspective; evaluation of selected forms of popular art and their place in American culture; theories on the social evolution of popular forms from folk and elite cultures; methods employed in analysis of mass culture.
21:920:328 GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (3)
This course will provide an understanding of the challenges facing the global community as it contemplates sustainable development and will introduce strategies and instruments for achieving the UN’s ambitious, global sustainable development goals.
21:920:329 SOCIOLOGY OF LAW (3)
This course is divided into two parts. The first part considers sociological theories of the law around two themes. The first theme considers the relationship between democracy and law, comparing and contrasting theories from Marx, Hayek, Polanyi, and Du Bois. The second theme compares theories addressing the question “why do people obey the law?” from the perspectives of Weber, Durkhiem, and Foucault. The second part of the semester focuses on sociological perspectives on different legal domains. Specifically, we will examine sociological perspectives on corporate lobbying, mass incarceration and the war on drugs, white collar crime and economic crisis, critical approaches to aggravated felony deportations, and the relationship between international law and state sovereignty. Students are required to complete two essays (midterm and final) and in-class activities. There is no textbook for the course.
21:920:332 CLASS, STATUS, AND POWER (3)
Theories of inequality, social ranking, and the distribution of resources and opportunity as they affect individuals and groups in terms of crime, health, family life, and value systems.
21:920:336 PUNISHMENT AND PRISONS (3)
Examines and analyzes major types of custodial and community-based criminal corrections in contemporary America. Discusses purposes of corrections, correctional organization, impact of corrections, and contemporary issues facing the field.
21:920:337 SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER (3)
What is gender and why do we need it? How is it shaped and constructed? Does gender rely solely on the dichotomy masculinities/femininities? How does gender help us understand issues of race, class, sexuality etc.? This course explores gender and feminisms from a sociological perspective. It looks at the ways in which gender norms, roles, relations and practices are shaped through social structures, institutions and power relations. It also analyses how gender and sexualities are related to race, class, religion, ethnicity etc. We will also explore feminist theories and concepts such as patriarchy, sexism and intersectionality. The course encourages students to investigate central themes in sociology such as violence, family, education, health, work, state, nation, religion etc.
21:920:338 SOCIOLOGY OF DEATH (3)
Social factors that influence death and dying in the U.S.; characteristics of patients, professional staff, and institutions as these relate to the dying process and the definition of death; the routinization of death; the impact of technology on dying; current issues in the field.
21:920:340 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION (3)
Social influences on religious organizations and religious beliefs; aims and methods in the study of churches, sects, cults, and civil religions.
21:920:344 SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANCE (3)
Forms of social deviance; theories of deviant behavior; the amount and distribution of deviance in society; societal reaction to deviants and deviant behavior.
21:920:345 SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION (3)
The interaction between schools and society; basic social concepts such as stratification, social role, and bureaucratic organization as they relate to the educational system; the system in relation to the larger institutions in the society, with emphasis on both stated objectives and actual social functions.
21:920:346 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY (3)
Perspectives on the nature, organization, and historical development of power in society; social dimensions of the state, democratic politics, and political change; consequences of the social organization of power for other elements of society.
21:920:349 LAW AND SOCIETY (3)
Law as a social institution; social processes in the creation and enforcement of law; the professions of law; law as product and producer of social change; ancient and modern legal institutions; modern societies and their legal systems.
21:920:354 APPLYING SOCIOLOGY (3)
Sociological practicum; the sociological meaning of the practical experiences in work, internships, volunteer programs, and other "real world" organizational settings.
21:920:355 SOCIOLOGY OF MIGRATION (3)
The course is not intended to be a comprehensive overview of the study of migration. Rather, we will use critical sociology to have a rigorous discussion about certain immigration trends in the US, and within a global context. The course is divided into four interrelated topics, they are: (1) rising global inequality and migration from poor to rich countries, (2) the criminalization of migration to the US, (3) the feminization of migration to the US, (4) mass deportations in the US and their social impacts. These topics are analyzed using sociological categories of class, race, gender, culture, citizenship, and their intersections.
21:920:359 RACE, ETHNICITY, SPACE & PLACE: EXCLUSION, CONFINEMENT & TRANSFORMATION (RESPECT) (3)
How have racial and ethnic inequalities in housing and neighborhood development become hallmarks of many U.S. cities? This course focuses on the complex and often misunderstood topics of race and racism from a spatial perspective, paying particular attention to the effects of interlocking systems of oppression on the economic restructuring and spatial transformation of primarily urban African-American communities. However, students will not just examine the built environment of such communities. People shape and are shaped by the places they physically occupy. Students, therefore, also delve into the narratives and everyday experiences of racialized city dwellers through various fields and forms: the social sciences (e.g. sociology, economics, political science, geography), the humanities (e.g. literature, history, anthropology) and media (e.g. music, photography, television, film, podcasts). Students will think critically about the uneven development of US cities through three different lenses: Exclusion, Confinement and Transformation. They represent three crucial and intersecting moments in the physical development of US cities, and the social, economic and political lives of their inhabitants. Students will cover topics such as: residential segregation, the development of the “ghetto” and ethnic enclaves, environmental racism, crime, justice, policing, urban protest, social movements and gentrification.
21:920:360 SOCIOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY ISLAM(S) (3)
21:920:374 ISSUES BEFORE THE UNITED NATIONS (3)
21:920:375 AFRICA, ASIA, & LATIN AMERICA (3)
Comparative study of the developed and the less-developed nations, and of what separates the two; the growth of nationalism; the emergence of new elites; the roles of higher education and the military in development; the sociological determinants of economic growth; modernity as an individual and societal characteristic.
21:920:380 CIVIL CONFLICT AND VIOLENCE (3)
Analyzes conflict as a normal process in social life; the emergence and dynamics of conflict; the effects of conflict on individual values and social structures; the processes of conflict resolution; individual, group, and inter-social conflicts.
21:070:381, 382 INTERNSHIP IN SOCIOLOGY (3)
21:920:385, 386 SOCIOLOGY OF SCIENCE (3)
Social organization of scientific knowledge; organization of scientific communities; inequalities among scientists; effects of scientific knowledge on modern ways of life.
21:920:390 SOCIOLOGY OF PEACE AND CONFLICT (3)
This course provides an introduction to peace and conflict from sociological as well as interdisciplinary perspectives. We will examine issues of peace and conflict, from interpersonal to international. We will think critically about violence, its causes and consequences, and alternatives, both at home and abroad. Violence is conceptualized as direct violence, such as domestic violence, gang violence, police brutality, human rights abuses, genocide, and war; structural violence, such as the violence of social inequalities that prevent people from meeting their basic needs; and cultural violence, which justifies direct and structural violence. By the end of the course, students should understand: 1) the inherency of cooperation and conflict in society; 2) forms and manifestations of violence; 3) psychological, political, and structural bases of conflict; 4) methods of conflict resolution; and 5) nonviolent strategies for conflict transformation.
21:920:393 TOPICAL ISSUES IN SOCIOLOGY (3)
Topics vary each term. Consult department for current information.
62:920:394 TOPICAL ISSUES IN SOCIOLOGY (3)
Topics vary each term. Consult department for current information.
21:920:395 FIELD RESEARCH METHODS (3)
Non-quantitative observational and participant-observational research techniques.
21:920:404 RACE AND ETHNICITY IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (3)
21:920:408 SENIOR READING IN SOCIOLOGY (3)
Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of instructor. Critical reading and discussion of monographs and journal literature dealing with selected issues in the field of sociology.
21:920:409 CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY (3)
Foundations of social theory; Comte, Durkheim, Marx, Weber, and other contributors to major orientations in the nature and historical development of modern society in the Western world.
21:920:415 CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY (3)
Prerequisite: 21:920:409 or permission of instructor. Current modes of theoretical analysis, and contemporary perspectives on the nature and historical development of modern forms of social organization and social relationships.
21:920:420 SOCIAL WORLDS OF THE FUTURE (3)
Robots and the Future of Work. Description pending.
21:920:454 TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)
In-depth exploration of selected issues in criminal justice of general relevance and specific interest to course participants.
21:920:491,492 RESEARCH IN SOCIOLOGY (3,3)
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, and permission of instructor.
21:920:493 SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY (3)
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, and permission of instructor. Individualized study of a sociological topic.
21:920:494 CONFERENCE IN SOCIOLOGY (3)
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, and permission of instructor. Intensive study of one topic of sociology.
21:920:495,496 HONORS SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY (3,3)
Prerequisites: Completion of 24 credits in sociology and selection by the department as an outstanding student. For seniors who intend to pursue graduate training in sociology. Intensive review of general sociology and a practicum in conceptualizing and teaching it.
21:920:499 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIOLOGY (BA)