Sociology

 
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118Jj    Individuality and World Traveling    What does it mean to live in a world that many have characterized as postmodern? What does postmodernity imply in terms of attitude toward selfhood, toward interpretation and knowledge gathering, toward crossing boundaries of cultural differences and, finally, toward envisioning social justice? A mixture of scholarly texts, fiction, and film will be employed to explore these questions. Emphasis on cultivating students' skills of critical thinking and expression. Three credit hours.  S.    BLAKE

131fs    Introduction to Sociology    Sociologists study processes by which people create, maintain, and change their social and cultural worlds. They investigate contemporary social issues and strive to explain relationships between what happens in peoples' lives and the societies in which they live. Sociology's research methods and theories apply to the full range of human behavior, from individual acts to global environmental, political, and economic change. An introduction to how and why sociologists study social and cultural phenomena such as inequality, race and ethnicity, gender, power, politics, the family, religion, social and cultural change, crime, and globalization. Prerequisite: First-year or sophomore standing. Four credit hours.  S, U.    ARENDELL, CAMPBELL, GILKES, MAYER

[214]    African-American Elites and Middle Classes    Classical and contemporary sociological theories of stratification and race relations are used to explore the intersection of class and race-ethnicity in the social origins and historical roles of elites and middle classes in the African-American experience. Particular attention to the writings of Du Bois, Frazier, Cox, and Wilson. Biographical and autobiographical perspectives provide rich description of socialization, family contexts, work, politics, ideologies, and the impacts of racism and social change. Three credit hours.  S, U.    

215f    Classical Sociological Theory    The history of sociology, and a critical survey of the systems of thought about society, centered on major schools of sociological theory and their representatives. The place of theory in social research as presented in works of major social theorists, including Comte, Spencer, Durkheim, Weber, Marx, Pareto, Simmel, and Mead. Prerequisite: Sociology 131. Four credit hours.    GILKES

218s    Contemporary Sociological Theory     An exploration and analysis of the contemporary state of sociology as a discipline. Special attention to critical theory, rational choice theory, global systems theory, phenomenology, ethnomethodology, symbolic interactionism, and postmodernists' criticism of modern social science. Formerly listed as Sociology 318. Prerequisite: A 100-level sociology course. Four credit hours.    MAYER

[231]    Contemporary Social Problems    Analysis of selected controversial issues and public problems in the contemporary United States. General theoretical frameworks in the sociology of social problems used to analyze issues from one or more perspectives; areas include alienation, economic and political freedom, the politics of morality, poverty, women's roles, and social inequality. Four credit hours.  S, U.    

233f    Crime and Justice in American Society     An exploration of crime and the criminal justice system in American society. Topics may include the definition of crime, police practices, sentencing practices, penal policy, and crime prevention. In addition, discussions of specific crimes, including drug crimes, domestic abuse, and white-collar crime. Each issue is tied to sociological discussions of the social, economic, and political contexts of crime and criminal justice policies.Formerly offered as Sociology 335. Prerequisite: A 100-level sociology course. Four credit hours.    CAMPBELL

[236]    Sociology of Education    The relationship of educational institutions and the larger society within which they are embedded, with a primary focus on higher education in the United States. A socio-historical analysis of the intersections of class, race, and gender and their educational consequences. Topics include admissions and affirmative action, the role of athletics, and diversity. Formerly offered as Sociology 298. Prerequisite: A 100-level sociology course. Four credit hours.  S, U.    

252f    Race, Ethnicity, and Society    An examination of the roles of race and ethnicity in organizing complex stratified societies, in structuring systems of durable inequalities, and in organizing and shaping communities and enclaves within stratified societies. Using multiple sociological perspectives on race, ethnicity, minority groups, prejudice, discrimination, and institutional racism, special attention is paid to the United States with reference to immigration, slavery, conquest, annexation, colonialism, internal migration, social conflict, social movements, labor, citizenship, transnational adaptation, law, and public policy. Prerequisite: A 100-level sociology course. Four credit hours.  U.    GILKES

[255]    Urban Sociology     An examination of urban social and cultural life in a historical and cross-cultural comparative perspective, with special emphasis on the United States. Explored are social, psychological, political, ethnic, and economic issues pertaining to urbanization and to urban social problems as well as to such topics as urban architecture, urban planning, urban renewal, and neighborhood life in national and global contexts. Students participate in a community-based service learning project as part of the course requirement. Prerequisite: Sociology 131. Four credit hours.    

259f    Activism and Social Movements     An examination of the goals, ideologies, leadership, and development of reformist and revolutionary mobilization efforts both within and beyond the boundaries of the United States. Prerequisite: A 100-level sociology course or American Studies 271. Four credit hours.    BLAKE

271s    Introduction to Sociological Research Methods    First half: a discussion of basic research concepts, including measurement, operationalization, and the role of values in scientific research. Second half: quantitative methods, including cross-tabulation and linear and logistic regression, with emphasis on data analysis rather than statistical formula. Prerequisite: Sociology 131 and sociology major. Four credit hours.  Q.    CAMPBELL

272f    Qualitative Research Methods and Methodology    The theory, methodology, and methods of qualitative research. Using readings, discussions, and various research activities, students examine the interrelationships of methodological theory and its development, data collection, analysis, and report writing. Prerequisite: Sociology 131 and sociology major. Four credit hours.    MAYER

274s    Social Inequality and Power    A sociological analysis of the structure of inequality in the United States. Surveys the major sociological theories of social class and inequality and applies them to analyze the American power structure, the nature and extent of inequality across the country, and the reasons for the persistence of racial inequality and gender inequality in contemporary society. Prerequisite: Sociology 131 and sociology major. Four credit hours.  U.    MAYER

276s    Sociology of Gender     An introductory survey of the sociological study of gender, using feminist and social constructionist theoretical approaches, investigating the construction and maintenance of gendered identities and a stratified society, focusing primarily on contemporary America. Among topics examined are cultural definitions and expectations, childhood socialization, intimacies and sexualities, gendered activities and gender inequalities in marriage and family, activities and inequities in work and the economy, power and politics, and social reforms and possibilities. Variations by race and socioeconomic class are considered throughout. Four credit hours.  S, U.    BLAKE

297f    Sociology of Mental Health and Illness    An examination of the social conditions that influence mental health and illness. Explores the social, cultural, psychological, and personal meanings of mental illness; developments across the past century and a half in mental illness categories and treatments; impacts of social inequalities on diagnosis and treatment; effects on family; and social policy issues and needs. Prerequisite: Sociology 131. Four credit hours.    ARENDELL

298s    The Sociology of Health and Medicine    How do issues of health and medicine shape our lives, identities, and societies? Drawing upon a range of sociological perspectives, we will explore the ways in which discourses, ideologies, institutions, and practices have affected the ways in which we think about our bodies, health, and illness, and the ways in which we relate to others. Key topics include the culture of biomedicine, hierarchical regimes of power and knowledge, and alternatives and proposals for reform. Four credit hours.    BLAKE

[311]    Topics in Feminist Theory: Feminist Theories and Methodologies    Listed as Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 311. Four credit hours.  U.    

315s    Politics of Social Policy     Citizenship encompasses both the rights and obligations one bears as a member of the national community as well as issues concerning who gets included. Uses the concept of citizenship as a lens to study historical political struggles over the appropriate role of government in providing for community members and in regulating their behavior. How government policies regulate men's and women's participation in domestic and paid work, and how these policies have affected social inequality. Explores U.S. citizenship politics and how recent changes associated with globalization have elicited varying political responses within the United States and other Western democracies. Prerequisite: Sociology 131, 215, or 218. Four credit hours.    MAYER

337s    Childhood in Society    A seminar exploring the social, historical, and cultural constructions of childhoods and children, with a specific focus on the American and Western European contexts, using a sociological perspective, especially the social constructionist paradigm, to explore the relationships between the social order and constructions of childhood, children and their environment, and age categories and social relations. Social policy relevant to childhoods and children. The history and development of child welfare in the United States, and selective contemporary social issues and needs, among them economic provision, education, child care, and health care. Prerequisite: Sociology 131. Four credit hours.    ARENDELL

[339]    Sociology of Music    Sociological perspectives on musical performance, including a critical analysis of what constitutes music. Examination of the roles of both producers and consumers of musical performance. Music training is helpful though not necessary. Formerly offered as Sociology 398. Prerequisite: A 100-level sociology course. Four credit hours.  S.    

[341]    War and Militarism    Addresses questions such as: What are the social causes and consequences of war and militarism? How do societies organize their militarism? What role does war and militarism play in the contemporary world? Under what conditions are wars and the actions of warriors just? Prerequisite: Sociology 131 or equivalent. Four credit hours.    

352s    American Critics of American Society     Sociological criticisms of postwar America. What do American critics think is wrong with America and how do they propose to fix it? Topics may include the role of the power elite in American society, the consequences of increased media concentration, the decline of civil society, consumerism, electoral politics, taxes, welfare policy, the environment, racism, sexism, crime, poverty, sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Prerequisite: A 100-level sociology course or American Studies 271. Four credit hours.    CAMPBELL

[355]    African-American Women and Social Change    Sociological analysis and historical overview of African-American women and their families, work lives, and community (especially religious and political) experience. A focus on the contradictions between lived experience and cultural expectations surrounding gender and on the distinctive experiences of African-American women as a force for social change. Prerequisite: An introductory social science course or American Studies 276. Four credit hours.  U.    

[357]    Civil Rights, Black Power, and Social Change    A seminar examining the impact of the civil rights and black power movements on sociological concepts, theories, and perspectives on race relations, racial stratification, social change, and ethnicity. The PBS series Eyes on the Prize I and II are used to introduce readings and discussions of sociological and ideological texts influenced or produced by activists and activities of the civil rights or black power movements. The connections among civil rights and black power movements and other social movements in the United States and other societies. Prerequisite: An introductory anthropology, sociology, history, or American studies course. Three credit hours.  S, U.    

[358]    The Sociology of W.E.B. Du Bois     Intensive survey of the life and work of W.E.B. Du Bois, prolific scholar, activist, and founder of one of the oldest sociology departments and research centers. Sociology was Du Bois's chosen discipline at the same time he contributed to history, literature, and cultural studies and formed a foundation for African-American studies. This exploration of his sociological imagination includes an overview of his life and work and assesses the importance of his work for understanding racial-ethnic relations and conflict in the United States and the world. Readings include The Souls of Black Folk, The Philadelphia Negro, selected topics from the Atlanta University studies, The Gift of Black Folk, appropriate biographical/autobiographical texts, and critical studies. Prerequisite: A 100-level sociology course or American Studies 276. Four credit hours.  S, U.    

359s    Slavery and Slave Communities in the United States    Listed as African-American Studies 359. Four credit hours.  S, U.    GILKES

375f    Contemporary Family Relations: Mothers and Daughters     An exploration of the mother-daughter relationship as examined in sociological case studies and ethnographies and depicted in myth, fairy tale, memoir, fiction, and poetry. Consideration of racial and ethnic variations, drawing on social science materials and literature representing the experiences and insights of Euro-American, African-American, Asian-American, Latina, Native American, and recent immigrant women. Also considered are alternative family arrangements, such as single-parent mothers and lesbian mothers, and the stresses on contemporary families, families with dependent children, and those consisting of adult relationships. Formerly listed as Sociology 275. Prerequisite: Sociology major and Sociology 276 or 311. Four credit hours.  S, U.    ARENDELL

[377]    Sociology of Sexualities     An exploration of the social aspects of human sexuality and various sexual identities, orientations, or preferences. The social constructionist perspective and feminist approaches frame the course. Topics include human sexual desire, attraction, and gender; the interrelationship between gender and sexuality; sexual behaviors and practices; heterosexuality, lesbianism, gay male sexuality, bisexuality, transsexuality, and transgenderism; intimate relationships; sex and marriage; the politics of sexuality; heterosexism and homophobia; and cultural images of sexuality and sexual behaviors. Overlapping influences of class, race and ethnicity, and religious beliefs and traditions will be considered. Formerly offered as Sociology 278. Prerequisite: One of the following: a 100-level sociology course; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 221, 275, or 276. Four credit hours.  S, U.    

483f, 484s    Honors Project     Prerequisite: Senior standing, admission to the honors program, and permission of the supervising faculty member. Two to four credit hours.    FACULTY

491f, 492s    Independent Study    Individual topics in areas where the student has demonstrated the interest and competence necessary for independent work. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and permission of the department. Two to four credit hours.    FACULTY

493f    Senior Seminar    An examination of the social conditions that influence mental health and illness. Explores the social, cultural, psychological, and personal meanings of mental illness; developments across the past century and a half in mental illness categories and treatments; impacts of social inequalities on diagnosis and treatment; effects on family; and social policy issues and needs. Prerequisite: Senior standing in sociology, and Sociology 215, 271, and 272. Four credit hours.    CAMPBELL