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DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
FALL 2015 COURSES

*All courses are 3 credits except where noted*
(course descriptions will be updated as information becomes available)

We have an interest in providing experience that permits students to examine social forms of life, and at the same time explore their values and beliefs. One of our interests is to help students begin to participate in the public domain. We will do this by assisting students in identifying coursework, internships, research, and other intentional experiments that can provide the fundamental theoretical and research tools for roles in intervention.

SOCI 10100-01 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY  LA SS 1 [Theme: Power and Justice]
TR 10:50 AM-12:05 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Bhavani Arabandi, Muller 111, Ext. 4-7024, barabandi@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 30
PREREQUISITES: None
STUDENTS: Freshmen and sophomores only
COURSE DESCRIPTION: To understand the relations between our personal lives (biography) and history through the exploration of the sociological imagination. To see the ways our lives and history intersect within a society and have different consequences depending on our position within that society. This kind of study has been called "a terrible and a magnificent lesson." By looking at the development of and the major theoretical perspectives within sociology, we will focus these "lessons" on various forms of oppression, crime, race/ethnicity, work, war, intimacy, gender, inequality, health, families and "deviance."
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Readings, lecture, discussion, and films.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Your grade will be based upon your papers, examinations and participation.

SOCI 10100-02, -03 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY LA SS 1 [Theme: Power and Justice]
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM (02); MWF 9:00-9:50 PM (03)
INSTRUCTOR: Joslyn Brenton, Muller 112, Ext. 4-7384, jbrenton@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 30 students per section
PREREQUISITES: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Sociology is the scientific study of human social behavior. In this course you will be introduced to sociological theories, methods of inquiry, and concepts that will help you cultivate a sociological perspective—the ability to see how your personal experiences are shaped by the way your society is organized. Together we will identify and examine how durable patterns in the organization of daily life give us freedom to act as we want, but also constrain our behaviors (for example, do you ever wonder why you do not see boys wearing skirts to class?). In this course we will focus on how multiple inequalities along the lines of race, class, gender, and sexuality shape our experiences and understanding of the self as well as the reproduction of inequality. It is my hope that the topics and readings discussed in this course will complicate some of your prior assumptions and knowledge about the social world, as this is part and parcel of the learning process.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion, films, and small group activities, creative activities
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Papers, exams, group discussion, and research project.

SOCI 10100-04, -05 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY LA SS 1 [Theme: Power and Justice]
MWF 9:00-9:50 AM (04); MWF 10:00-10:50 AM (05)
INSTRUCTOR: Sergio A. Cabrera
ENROLLMENT: 30 students per section
PREREQUISITES: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course we explore what sociology (the study of the relationships between individuals and social structures) is and how it matters in your life. I think that the best way to learn about sociology is by applying a “sociological imagination” to various dimensions of our everyday lives. Therefore, in this course we will explore questions such as: Why do we feel so viscerally about some things, such as our families, sports teams, and religious beliefs? Why do different groups of people enjoy—and reject—the same music (or dress styles, movies, art, etc.)? How does power work, and who has the power to define what is just? And why are there such predictable trends in how many of us get married, have kids, or commit suicide each year?
Through readings and conversations about pop songs, love stories, smoking pot, ghosts, and beyond, in this course you will (1) develop awareness for the enormous influence that society has on us; (2) learn how to see structural forms of power and inequality; and (3) learn how to ask questions and evaluate claims about society.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion and lecture on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Your grade will be based upon in and out of class assignments, examinations, and engagement.

SOCI 10100-06, -07  INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY LA SS 1 [Theme: Power and Justice]
MWF 1:00-1:50 PM (06); MWF 2:00-2:50 PM (07)
INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Grunberg
ENROLLMENT: 30 students per section
PREREQUISITES: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Sociology as a field of study examines human social behavior, the causes and consequences of these social behaviors, as well as social change. Sociologists examine how social structures shape our daily interactions, while also exploring how society constructs social categories and cultural meanings.
The course will introduce the relationship between sociological perspectives and the way society is structured by investigating forms of oppression, crime, race/ethnicity, work, war, intimacy, gender, inequality, health, families and "deviance." The course encourages students to be interested in and critical of the world they live in by exploring major theoretical perspectives connected to issues and activities encountered in everyday life.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture/discussion on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Your grade will be based upon your papers, examinations and participation.

SOCI 13000-01, -02  YOUTH AND YOUTH CULTURES 1 LA SS [Theme: Identities]
MWF 1:00-1:50 (01); MWF 2:00-2:50 (02)
INSTRUCTOR: Jim Rothenberg, Muller 108, Ext. 4-1251, rothenbe@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 30 students per section
PREREQUISITES: None
STUDENTS: Freshmen and sophomores only
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The transition to adulthood in western societies has become protracted, and a clearly defined social category, youth, clearly emerged after World War II. Though a transitional status, youth nonetheless has come to be a quite distinctive social category, often evincing distinctive norms and politics. In this course we focus on the forces that have shaped and are continuing to shape the current generation of youth as well as the different experiences that youth have based on variations in social class, gender, race and ethnicity. We also examine the forces that shape student life in colleges and universities and the political activities of contemporary youth.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion, lecture and student presentations.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Based on the quality of assigned papers and projects.

SOCI 20300-01, 02 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY LA SS [Theme: Power and Justice]
TR 8:00-9:15 AM (01); 9:25-10:40 AM (02)
INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Laskowitz, Muller 327, Ext. 4-3520, jlaskowi@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25 per section
PREREQUISITES: One 100-level sociology course
STUDENTS: Those in social sciences, other disciplines and areas of related interest, i.e., PreLaw/Counseling/Psychology/ Sociology/Youthwork/Education/Human Services
COURSE DESCRIPTION: We study juvenile delinquency as intimately connected to the social, political, and economic shape of society. Our critical analysis suggests that juvenile delinquency is a process involving both the behavior of youths and responses of official state and federal agents (i.e., the law, police, courts) who administer social services and punishment.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion/participation, student-led analyses, films and guest discussants.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Participation in class discussions and doing all the reading. Analytic essay, mid-term and final examinations. In-class student-led analysis. You have three unexcused absences in our 14 weeks together; on the fourth absence you will be dropped from our class. Grading is based upon participation, exams and analysis: quality not quantity.

SOCI 20700-01 RACE AND ETHNICITY LA SS 1, h [ICC: Diversity / Theme: Power and Justice]
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM
INSTRUCTOR: Phuong Nguyen, CHS 101, 4-1158, pnguyen@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: One course in the social sciences or sophomore standing
STUDENTS: Individuals who are serious about the subject matter of this course, and who want an increased awareness about living in a society where race is a primary organizing category.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will provide an introduction to concepts, theories, and current research on race & ethnicity on the United States. We will approach the subject through various perspectives including assimilations and pluralist. Race & ethnicity will be examined as dimensions of social stratification and social control. We will examine, analyze and challenge concepts, such as: prejudice, discrimination, institutional racism, internal colonization and ethnic identity.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, discussions, films

SOC 21300-01 SOCIOLOGY OF SEXUALITIES LA SS 1 [ICC: Diversity / Theme: Identities]
MWF 2:00-2:50 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Plante, Muller 110, Ext. 4-3311, rplante@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: One course in sociology or sophomore standing
STUDENTS: Curious, hard-working, engaged social science and women’s & gender studies students will benefit most.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Sexuality fascinates and vexes most of us, whether we are scholars, students, or scientists. Regardless of sexual orientation, preferences, and activities, it impacts us throughout our lives. This course will give students a unique opportunity to explore social scientific frameworks, analyses, and theories. We will examine how individuals are socially contextualized and how something as seemingly personal and individual as sexuality has a much broader framework to consider. We focus on North America, and race, class, gender, and ethnicity are woven throughout.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, structured discussions, in-class activities.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Class participation and attendance, exams, brief analytical papers, critical thinking quizzes. Regular reading is crucial. Students who look for easy classes may not find this to their liking. Work and expectations will be clear to students before the drop deadline.

SOCI 21700-01, -02 MENTAL HEALTH IN HISTORICAL AND SOCIAL CONTEXTS LA SS [ICC: Diversity]
MWF 1:00-1:50 PM (01); MWF 2:00-2:50 PM (02)
INSTRUCTOR: Katherine Cohen-Filipic, Muller 113, Ext. 4-5122, kcohenfilipic@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25 per section
PREREQUISITES: One 100-level sociology course or PSYC 10300
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Explores the historical and contemporary contexts of mental health and distress from both sociological and psychological perspectives. Examination of the social construction of mental health through time, and consideration of how social and cultural factors such as race, class, and gender intersect with diagnostic paradigms and clinical treatment models employed by practitioners. Cross listed as PSYC 21700. Students may not receive credit for PSYC 21700 and SOCI 21700.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, discussions, small group activities.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: A wide variety of learning activities, including papers, presentations, exams, and class participation.

SOCI 22000-01 SOCIOLOGY OF AGING LA SS [ICC: Diversity]
TR 10:50 AM-12:05 PM
INSTRUCTOR: John Krout, krout@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 30
PREREQUISITES: One 100-level sociology course or GERO-10100 (Introduction to Gerontology).
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Examination of the prominent sociological theories and research about aging and the ways in which the experience of aging is socially constructed. Cross-listed with SOCI 22000. Students may not receive credit for both GERO 22000 and SOCI 22000. Prerequisites: One 100-level sociology course or GERO 10100. 

SOCI 22200-01 VISUAL SOCIOLOGY LA SS
TR 9:25-10:40 AM
INSTRUCTOR: Julian Euell, Muller 114, ext. 4-3522, euell@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: One course in the social sciences
COURSE DESCRIPTION: We are interested in sociologically imagining, inquiring into sociology as art and craft.  We are to develop a cultural therapeutic through ways of thinking about social things. Relationships are the essence of the living world. We need a language of relationship to understand and to inquire into ‘making as thinking’.  One of the best ways to do so is through making ‘story’ that reveal relationships between social things. We will use methods of illustration, photography, model building, making things that are a series of experiments, in methods of thinking and experiences of thinking about the social world. We are going to utilize methodologies that include visual projections. I will employ injunctions to help you to discover and uncover forms of relational bridges and to have you re-imagine these through metaphorical statements of the explicit and implicit or latent meanings between human beings.  We will be interested in social forms and how communal representations of them establish loops of meaning.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: We will do projects that will center on topics of social concern or community importance. This course is project oriented and less paper oriented. We will explore different ways of connecting social descriptions and representations to community discourse and cultural therapeutics

SOCI 23502-01, -02 SELECTED TOPICS: SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
TR 9:25-10:40 AM (01); TR 10:50 AM-12:05 PM (02)
INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Dunning-Lozano
ENROLLMENT: 25 students per section
PREREQUISITES: One social science course
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course introduces students to key theoretical and empirical work in the sociology of education. Sociology of education is a broad field of research that covers a variety of themes. Ours will be a selective inquiry into the U.S. educational context where we will examine classical and contemporary theories in sociology of education and focus on educational opportunity and school access, educational achievement, and school effectiveness. We will approach schools as key institutions of socialization, social reproduction, and gender, race, and class stratification. In the current era of zero tolerance disciplinary school policies, we will also consider how schools operate as institutions of punitive social control.
     In addition to the main theoretical and research frameworks in the field, each week we will discuss and connect course readings to contemporary issues in education, such as the impacts of the No Child Left Behind Act; controversies surrounding the Common Core Standards Initiative; staggering rates of resegregation in public schools across the country that rival pre Brown v. Board of Education Levels; and the "militarization" of public schools. Lastly, we will examine how schools can operate as sites for social change, equality, and justice.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion/ Lecture
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Your grade will be based upon you papers, examinations, engagement with the course readings, and participation. 

SOCI 29300-01 INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS LA SS 1 [Theme: Power and Justice]
MWF 1:00-1:50 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Jim Rothenberg, Muller 108, Ext. 4-1251, rothenbe@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: One course in the social sciences or sophomore standing or above
COURSE DESCRIPTION: We live much of our lives surrounded by social institutions and within organizations. Institutions are social arrangements which, more or less effectively, serve the interests of one or more groups of people. Social institutions include political, economic, health care and religious systems as well as the family and formal education. Organizations are the structural arrangements by which individuals encounter these institutions. Students in this course explore the parallels and differences between various types of institutions and organizations. They examine issues of power and ideology that affects institutional and organizational actors, including those with formal authority, subordinates, and clients.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, discussion, and exercises.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Based on papers, exams, class participation.

SOCI 30100-01 TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY LA SS
TR 10:50 AM-12:05 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Julian Euell, Muller 114, Ext. 4-3522, euell@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: One course in the social sciences.
STUDENTS: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course we are going to investigate technology as media. We will inquire about that which produces continuity and discontinuity, closeness and distance, control and loss of control, stability and stimulation, gratification and frustration, convergence and dissipation, resistance and domination. We will examine ideas of technology as heaven, technology as hell and technology as convivial.
     Students will be expected to engage in projects of sentepensante- those that emphasize the harmonic, complementary relationship between the sentir of intuition and the pensar of intellect and scholarship. For each section of the course [Technology as media, heaven, hell and convivial] students will have the opportunity to create a project. The form of this project is entirely up to you: you can write science fiction stories, produce a video, create an art installation, stage a performance or event, curate and critically annotate an online Technology “museum” of textual, visual, and musical objects, and so on. You are welcome to produce more traditional research papers.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussions, projects translating reading and or injunctions.

SOCI 30200-01 SOCIOLOGY OF CRIME LA SS
MW 4:00-5:15 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Laskowitz, Muller 327, Ext. 4-3520, jlaskowi@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: One 100-level sociology course; two additional courses in the social sciences; sophomore standing
STUDENTS: This is a course offering recommended to those whose interests are in law, politics, human services and criminal/juvenile justice studies.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: With a critical imagination we analyze the social meaning and problem of crime and law, patterns of criminal behavior, the political reality of crime, and the criminal justice system (police, arrest, trial, and punishment). Law, crime, and responses to them are examined as phenomena intimately connected to and sculpted by historical moment.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion, student-led analysis.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Analytic essays, student-led discussions, final research paper. Grading based on quality of work and participation.

SOCI 30800-01 COUNSELING THEORY AND DYNAMICS LA SS
TR 2:35-3:50 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Katherine Cohen-Filipic, Muller 113, kcohenfilipic@ithaca.edu, Ext. 4-5122
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: Three courses in sociology and/or political science and/or psychology
STUDENTS: Individuals thinking about or intending to enter "helping" or public service professions. Also some para-professionals and volunteers from local helping organizations.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: To learn some theories about how people grow and change while attempting to increase your own awareness of how you grow, act and react in a counseling or "helping relationship." We are also concerned with how concepts in helping people relate to broader societal political issues and how we connect in a political way to the larger society when we engage in a counseling or helping relationship.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, discussions, small group activities.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: A wide variety of learning activities, including papers, presentations, exams, and class participation.

SOCI 32600-01 SOCIAL MOVEMENTS LA SS
TR 9:25-10:40 AM
INSTRUCTOR: Alicia Swords, Muller 109, Ext. 4-1209, aswords@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: One 100-level sociology course; two additional courses in the social sciences
STUDENTS: This course is designed for students who wish to understand the impacts of collective efforts to change society.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines the causes and consequences of a range of social movements, from hate movements to human rights movements. We consider historical and contemporary efforts for social change led by students, women, indigenous people, poor people, and workers. We study sociological theories and analyze movement formation, participation and decline, strategies and tactics, successes and failures. Texts include the writings of movement leaders, participants, theorists and critics. By the end of the course, students develop skills to describe, research and analyze social movements in social historical context.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion, lecture, readings, films and in-class exercises.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Attendance and participation; reading reflections; midterm essay; final research paper.

SOCI 33500-01 ST: HEALTH AND THE FAMILY LA SS 1
TR 10:50 AM-12:05 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Joslyn Brenton, Muller 112, Ext. 4-7384, jbrenton@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: One 100-level sociology course; two additional social science courses
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will focus on how health is experienced, produced, and negotiated within the family. In this class, the meaning of family is broadly understood and includes single- and two-parent families, extended family networks, heterosexual and non-heterosexual families, families with disabled members, and more. The emphasis in the course will be on how people experience and produce meanings around health and illness within the family context, paying particular attention to how this process is shaped by a family's particular social location (i.e. racialized, gendered, class, and sexual orientation statuses). We will seek to understand why marriage and family life is generally better for men's health than women's health. We will also discuss how keeping families healthy depends on the unequal division of labor women are expected to perform in the heterosexual family unit. Finally, we will look at how structural inequalities shape the way families experience the body/health.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion, lecture, films, reflective writing, active engagement!
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Group discussion, reflective writing, take-home essays, final interview project

SOCI 33604-01 SELECTED TOPICS: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE US
TR 1:10-2:25 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Dunning-Lozano
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: One 100-level sociology course; two additional social science courses
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Forty years ago prominent criminologists predicted the inevitable decline of the prison system in the United States. However, the U.S. now comprises 25% of the world's prisoners despite accounting for only 5% of the world's population, making it by far the world's most incarcerating nation. The primary objective of this course is to bring context to this drastic shift from a trajectory toward deincarceration to the current era of mass incarceration. The course is designed to aid you in the development of a nuanced and multifaceted understanding of the social, political, and economic factors that have brought about this punitive turn in the criminal justice system. We will examine how prisons as social institutions operate as important sites for the (re)production of class, racial, and gender inequality in an ostensibly egalitarian U.S. society.
     While the course is sociologically centered, we will also engage works in education, history, geography, and ethnic studies to enhance our sociological understanding of the phenomenon of mass incarceration. We will examine the prison as a physical site of confinement and punishment and investigate the enduring social and economic consequences associated with incarceration, such as limited labor market options, felony disenfranchisement, and the extension of the punitive activities of the criminal justice system into the families and communities of the incarcerated.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion/ Lecture
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Your grade will be based upon you papers, group presentations, engagement with the course readings, and participation.

SOCI 33801-01 ST: SEXUALITY & HEALTH LA SS
M 4:00-6:40 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Luca Maurer, Ext. 4-7394, lmaurer@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: One 100-level sociology course; two additional social science courses
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores the intersections of sexuality and health and focuses on both as social concepts. We will investigate the manner in which sexuality and health are shaped by individual, social and cultural factors and how ideas about our bodies and our sexuality are related to ideas about our health.

SOCI 35300-01 RESEARCH METHODS I LA SS
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM
INSTRUCTOR: Alicia Swords, Muller 109, Ext. 4-1209, aswords@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: One 100-level sociology course; two additional sociology courses
STUDENTS: Primarily sociology majors; others who need an equivalent research course
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The first half of a two-semester sequence, this course presents the methods used by sociologists to answer questions. Sociology majors should be familiar with the essential elements of social science research, so they will be well prepared for work or further education, and also so they will be informed consumers of research. After completing this course a student will be able to:
  *Describe the logic of research and theories about causation.
  *Devise a research question and do a review of relevant scholarly literature on the topic.
  *Describe and practice common methods of social science research, including observation and interviewing, survey research, content analysis, and experiments.
  *Develop group problem-solving skills using cooperative learning methods.
  *Discuss crucial controversies in social science research, including the ethics and politics of research and the possibilities for activist research.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: The course uses a textbook and a reader, which will also be used in the second semester. It involves lecture, small group exercises, projects applying the various methods (content analysis, observation, interviews, and quantitative analysis) and library research. Each student will carry out the first two stages of an original research project, to be completed in the second semester of the course sequence. The papers are a statement of the research question and a review of the literature (a major paper involving extensive use of scholarly library sources).
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Attendance, participation; Applications projects; Research Question paper; Literature Review paper and other assignments.

SOCI 35400-01 RESEARCH METHODS II LA SS
TR 1:10-2:25 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Sweet, Muller 107, Ext. 4-3910, ssweet@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: SOCI 35300; passing score on QL readiness exam
STUDENTS: Primarily sociology majors; others who need an equivalent research course.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The second half of a two-semester sequence, this course involves collecting and analyzing data from both qualitative and quantitative sources. A major part of the course is the student’s individual research project involving a proposal, data collection, data analysis, and presentation of research results. After completing this course a student will be able to:
  *Analyze existing survey data, using a computer statistical package.
  *Prepare a research plan including protection of human subjects, instrument design, and sampling plan.
  *Collect original data, probably using an anonymous paper and pencil survey.
  *Analyze original data, including frequencies, percentage tables, correlations, and statistical tests.
  *Write a formal research report and present in a public symposium using slides and tables.
  *Demonstrate the ability to manipulate data by recoding, constructing scales or indexes, and performing bivariate and multivariate analysis.
  *Understand the theory and application of probability sampling and tests of statistical significance.
  *Understand the logic and be able to demonstrate data analysis using linear and logistic regression and the elaboration model.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: The course meets in a computer lab and about half the time is spent on the individual student research projects. In addition, students learn theory and practice and carry out a qualitative study and learn to analyze quantitative data in a more sophisticated way than in their own projects.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Reading, attendance, writing and research.

SOCI 41500-01 SEMINAR: THE POLICE  LA SS
T 4:00-6:40 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Laskowitz, Muller 327, ext. 4-3520, jlaskowi@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 12
PREREQUISITES: One 100-level sociology course; three upper-level sociology courses
STUDENTS: This is a 400 level seminar for those whose interests are in politics, philosophy, law, human services and criminal justice studies.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Police and policing are studied as a ‘window’ that reveals our culture and its arrangements and a ‘mirror’ that reflects our lives inside our social order.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar.  Reading, research and discussion.  Analytic essays, student led classes and a research paper.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Quality of written work and participation.

SOCI 42000-01 SCHOLARSHIP OF AND BY WOMEN OF COLOR LA SS
T 4:00-6:40 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Belisa Gonzalez, Ext. 4-3921, bgonzalez@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 12
​PREREQUISITES: Three social science courses; junior standing or permission of instructor
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Seminar style class that explores the scholarship of and by women of color, with an emphasis on the concept of "intersectionality." Preparation for the course requires familiarity with questions related to the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and citizenship. This course is cross-listed with CSCR 42000; students cannot receive credit for both CSCR 42000 and SOCI 42000.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion based
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: 7 reflection papers; several small assignments building up to a final term paper. Attendance and participation expected. Average of all grades. the perspective of various women of color more specifically. To understand the role of one’s positionality in all of these conversations.

SOCI 43601-01 SELECTED TOPICS: GLOBALIZATION OF FOOD LA SS
TR 2:35-3:50 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Bhavani Arabandi, Muller 111, Ext. 4-7024, barabandi@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 12
PREREQUISITES: One 100-level sociology course; three social science courses with at least one at level 3; junior standing or above
STUDENTS: Freshmen and sophomores only
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Food shapes our culture, and us, and we in turn shape food. And yet, one of the paradoxes that we are confronted with today is that hunger, malnutrition, food riots, and food insecurity are persistent problems despite the fact that farmers today produce far more than they have ever produced. In this course, we will examine the global commodity chain of food, from production to consumption, and take a socio-historical perspective to address its impact on the lives of farmers, agricultural workers, and consumers; key to this discussion is the interplay of power between nation-states and corporations in determining policy and food futures. The course will also examine central debates about production, unequal access to food, identity and nationalism, and food activism.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Readings, student-led discussion, films, and some lecture.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades will be assigned based on short papers, leading discussion on assigned topics, and a final project.

SOCI 43805-01 ST: CONSUMERISM AND CONSUMER CULTURE
TR 9:25-10:40 AM
INSTRUCTOR: Sergio A. Cabrera
​ENROLLMENT: 12
PREREQUISITES: One 100-level sociology course; three social science courses with at least one at level 3; junior standing or above.
STUDENTS: This is an upper-level seminar.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Sociologists have long been interested in the relationship between the market and society. In fact, the discipline itself emerged out of attempts to understand the cultural underpinnings of that emerging economic system we now call capitalism. In this course we examine the contemporary iterations of these longstanding sociological questions through analyses of consumerism &  consumer culture. We will ask, for example: What does it mean to say that we live in a “consumer culture”? How is this different from what came before? (What came before?)  What happens when our core social practices, aspirations, and ideals are defined and oriented in relation to what we buy? Why do some people take pleasure in shopping while others reject it? What unique forms do identity, intimacy, authenticity, inequality, and civic behavior take in a consumer culture? And what does all of this have to do with the prospect of a vibrant, democratic society?
    My goals for this course are: (1) to survey recent sociological literature on consumerism & consumer culture; (2) explore uniquely sociological insights on consumerism & consumer culture; and (3) provide you with the theoretical tools for thinking carefully and critically about the relationship between individuals, consumer culture and society.
COURSE FORMAT/ STYLE: Seminar style, discussion and analysis-heavy. Preparation is crucial: reading, writing, and thinking prior to every class are vital for the success of the course.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Your grade will be based upon essay exams, participation and engagement.

SOCI 47601-01 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIOLOGY (Credits can vary from 1 to 4 credits, but typically students do independent study for 3 credits)
     Students will NOT be able to enroll in this course during registration since they will need to submit an application first to the instructor and then to the dean’s office in H&S. Students who are interested in the class should email Jonathan Laskowitz in advance notifying him of their interest.
     Sociology majors and minors will get credit for a 400 level sociology course and they also can get credit for one of the Core Areas of Sociological Inquiry (Social Change, Inequality, Social Institutions and Organizations, or Individual, Culture, and Society). Topics for investigation do not have to fit one of these areas and students may take the course as a general 400 level sociology course. The specific course number will vary depending on which area is chosen for study.
INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Laskowitz, Muller 327, ext. 4-3520, jlaskowi@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 12
PREREQUISITES: Three courses in social sciences; permission of instructor
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students choose a sociologically relevant topic of interest to themselves. Students are expected to do a sophisticated exploration and analysis of their topics based on library research. A proposal for the topic and specific plans must be approved by the instructor early in the semester. During weekly class meetings, students share their ideas and lead discussions about their topics. Students meet individually with the instructor on a regular basis. During the second half of the semester, students read and comment on other students’ chapters.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Meet once a week as a group for discussion and presentations and meet individually with the instructor on a regular basis.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Students are required to write an extensive report based on library research in their chosen topic. Grades are based on the quality of class presentations, drafts of individual sections of the paper turned in during the term, and on the overall quality of the final report.

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