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DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
SPRING 2014 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, -02 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY SS 1 LA
TR 2:35-3:50 PM (01); TR 1:10-2:25 PM (02)
INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Plante, Muller 110, Ext. 4-3311, rplante@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 30 per section
PREREQUISITES: None
STUDENTS: Anyone will be welcome; seniors should know that they will be quite outnumbered, however!
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Objectives are: to develop tools and skills necessary for seeing 'the big picture' of how United States society is structured; how it is reproduced; and how it affects individuals. To learn how to see ourselves within this broader society. To understand the relationship between self and society. To consider ways to challenge and change ourselves and our world.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture/discussion T/Th.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Exams and brief papers. Engaged attendance and participation in lecture is required and will be graded (no electronics - phones, computers, etc. - are permitted in class).

SOCI 10100-03 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (THEME BASED) LA SS 1
MWF 12:00-12:50 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Grunberg
ENROLLMENT: 30
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 10100-04, -05 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY LA SS 1
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM (04); MWF 11:00-11:50 AM (05)
INSTRUCTOR: Mindi Townsend, mtownsend@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 30 per section
PREREQUISITES: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The goal of this course is to provide the students with a foundation for understanding sociology, its effects on our everyday life, and the trends that shape the world in which we live. Additionally, the student will learn about 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. 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: Lecture/discussion on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Your grade will be based upon your papers, presentations, examinations, and class participation.

SOCI 10100-06 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (THEME-BASED) LA SS 1
TR 4:00-5:15 PM
INSTRUCTOR: John Muschko, jmuschko@hotmail.com
ENROLLMENT: 30
PREREQUISITES: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will examine the basics of sociology. Broadly speaking, sociology is the study of society. More specifically, sociology examines the interactions among social institutions, cultures, groups, and individuals. This course will provide various lenses with which to “see” society and our place within it. We will look at how individuals negotiate their lives in different social and economic contexts while examining basic sociological concepts, theories, and methods.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, class discussions, and collaborative group work. Emphasis will be placed on active participation, rather than passive listening.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Journal Assignments/Readings/Quizzes; Attendance/Class Participation; Papers; Two Research Article/Journal Review/Critiques with Citations.

SOCI 13000-01 YOUTH AND YOUTH CULTURES 1 LA SS
MWF 9:00-9:50 AM
INSTRUCTOR: Jim Rothenberg, Muller 108, Ext. 4-1251, rothenbe@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 30
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 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY LA SS
TR 10:50 AM-12:05 pm
INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Laskowitz, Muller 327, Ext. 4-3520, jlaskowi@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: SOCI 10100 or SOCI 10200
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
MW 4:00-5:15 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Belisa Gonzalez, Muller 112, Ext. 4-3921, bgonzalez@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.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Papers and exams.

SOCI 21400-01, -02 DEFINITIONS OF NORMALITY SS LA 1b
MWF 2:00-2:50 PM (01); MWF 3:00-3:50 PM (02)
INSTRUCTOR: Laura Ford, lrf23@cornell.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25 per section
PREREQUISITES: SOCI 10100 or SOCI 10200
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Have you ever wondered why some people try hard to fit in while other people seem to do everything they can to stand out? Have you ever been unsure about how to interact with someone who is missing a limb or has a noticeable scar/birthmark? Do you want to know why some groups organize and try to pass laws that restrict the choices we make (like who to love or when to have children) while other groups want to eliminate these kinds of laws? All of these issues are connected because they all revolve around our ideas about how people should think, feel and behave. In this class we will seek to uncover how living in society affects both the ways that we act and react to other people.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture - discussion
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING Readings, tests, papers, projects, and facilitate discussions. Tests, papers, projects, group discussion.

SOCI 21600-01 ALTERNATIVE CULTURE 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 or sophomore standing
COURSE DESCRIPTION: We will ask four questions:

  1. What ‘dots’ should we be connecting in the world today? What are the patterns that connect and which ones are transforming?
  2. What would be evolutionary leadership in a complex and changing world?
  3. What is dying and what is ‘wanting’ to be born in our human society?
  4. How can we know ‘what works and what does not work’?

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 question above students will create a project. The form of this project is entirely up to you, you can produce a video, create an art installation, stage a performance or event, curate and critically annotate an online alternative cultural “museum” of textual, visual, and musical objects, and so on. You are welcome to produce more traditional research papers.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Weekly discussion papers and 4 or 5 book reviews.

SOCI 21700-01 MENTAL HEALTH IN HISTORICAL AND SOCIAL CONTEXTS LA SS
MWF 1:00-1:50 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Katherine Cohen-Filipic, Muller 113, Ext. 4-5122, kcohenfilipic@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: SOCI 10100 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 24601-01 SELECTED TOPICS: INTRODUCTION TO GLOBALIZATION: MISSING LINKS IN COMMODITY CHAINS LA SS
TR 1:10-2:25 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Bhavani Arabandi, Muller 111, Ext. 4-7024, barabandi@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: One social science course
COURSE DESCRIPTION: We will begin by understanding some concepts, theories, and processes of globalization such as development, colonization, dependency theory, modernization theory, world systems theory, the Bretton Woods project, and the Washington Consensus. We will then examine questions such as: What is globalization? Have transnational corporations superseded nation-states? Is there space for global governance? Does globalization destabilize or strengthen democratic institutions and processes? With the spread of Western style consumerism around the world, is there a global culture in the making? If yes, is it constructing a homogenous or hybrid culture? Is the “local” being subsumed by the “global?” And finally, what is the role of resistance movements and what can we learn from them? The goal of this class is to give you the theoretical and analytic tools necessary to make sense of the world around us, and become informed global citizens.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, discussions, readings, films, and videos.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades are determined through papers, exams, group work, participation in class discussions, and a final project.

SOCI 24604-01 SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIAL CHANGE: ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES
TR 2:35-3:40 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Phuong Tran Nguyen, CHS 101, pnguyen@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: One social science course
COURSE DESCRIPTION: From rural camps to urban enclaves to suburban sprawl to transnational ethnoscapes, this course traverses the diversity of Asian American ethnicities and community types. We will examine the role of external forces such as racism, capitalism, and gender politics in structuring community formation and life chances for Asians in the United States from 1850 to the present while also exploring strategies of resistance utilized by various Asians to build, maintain, and reinvent communities that reflect cultural adaptation and ensure economic survival. Students will also learn how communities evolve the course of multiple generations. This course requires at least sophomore standing.

SOCI 29200-01, 02 THE CHANGING FAMILY 1 LA SS
MWF 8:00-8:50 AM (01); MWF 9:00-9:50 AM (02)
INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Sweet, Muller 107, Ext. 4-3910, ssweet@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25 per section
PREREQUISITES: One course in the social sciences
STUDENTS: Especially of interest to those concerned with the challenges confronting families.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines the family as a social institution, its relationship to the larger social order, the ways families operate and reproduce themselves, and the ways family life has changed along with other historical changes in American society. What is the shape of the American family? How do families form and dissolve? To what extent is the American family in crisis? How is the family life linked with other institutions? These are a few of the questions we will explore.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, discussion, films, guests, student presentations.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Reading, attendance, writing and research.

SOCI 30100-01 TECHONOLOGY 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: SOCI 10100 or SOCI 10200; three courses 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, lectures, student-led activities.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Weekly single sheet papers and student lead research-presentations.

SOCI 30600-01 PRACTICUM IN SOCIAL CHANGE II NLA (2 credits)
T 5:25-8:05 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Belisa Gonzalez, Muller 112, Ext. 4-3921, bgonzalez@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 30
PREREQUISITES: SOCI 30500; sophomore standing
STUDENTS: Individuals who were involved with the UMI program in the fall.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Practicum in Social Change II: Urban Mentorship Initiative is an academic mentorship program that offers students the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary, coursework and field-based service-learning aimed at supporting urban youth’s pursuit of higher education. Grades will be assigned based on a series of reflection papers and a final group project.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar style, participant driven.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Participation in program activities, class participation & reflections.

SOCI 30900-01 GROUP COUNSELING LA SS
M 6:50-9:25 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Keba Rogers
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: Three courses in sociology and/or political science and/or psychology
STUDENTS: Students who intend to enter some "helping" or public service profession, students engaged in para-professional or volunteer work in "helping" organizations, and/or people interested in personal and professional growth.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course presents an introduction to the practice and experience of leading groups. Students will gain a cognitive and experiential understanding of group dynamics, their own behavior in groups, and how to function as an effective group leader. Students will begin to learn how and when different kinds of helping groups are applicable to different kinds of human problems and experiences, so as to plan and prepare for successful group practice. Students will also begin to develop awareness of how specific aspects of human diversity may impact both their own behavior in groups and group dynamics overall.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Moderate amount of straight lecturing. Moderate amount of small group activity, role-plays and other experiential activities, as well as student-led discussions. Experiential/integrative student papers/homework assignments are a dominant activity in the course. Occasional movie and/or guest lecturer.

SOCI 31100-01 SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY LA SS
MWF 2:00-2:50 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Jim Rothenberg, Muller 108, Ext. 4-1251, rothenbe@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: Sociology majors or minors, SOCI-10100 and three courses in social sciences
STUDENTS: Sociology majors and minors only
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course we will study the major theoretical traditions in Sociology. Among others, we will examine the ideas of Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, and G. H. Mead, the primary theorists on which these traditions are based. We will pose several basic questions about each approach: According to each thinker, what is the general nature of society, the individual, and the relationship between the two? What role do ideas have in shaping society? What are the prospects for human freedom and happiness? We will conclude the course with a look at current theoretical trends, including a brief examination of feminist theories.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and discussion.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Quizzes and papers.

SOCI 31600-01 WOMEN AND HEALTH: From Hysteria to Cybermoms LA SS
T 4:00-6:40 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Nina Cummings, Ext. 4-3153
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: Three courses in the social sciences
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will foster awareness of the political, social, cultural and environmental factors that influence the social construction of women’s health and illness. Particular women’s health concerns will be highlighted by the analysis of women as patients, health care providers, and lay and alternative healers. The course will critically examine and evaluate particular health policies, as well as legal and ethical issues pertaining to women’s health. There will be an emphasis on the disparities of health care provision as it affects disadvantaged and vulnerable women in the U.S. Included is an examination of the women's health care movement and women’s health advocacy within a historical, political, social and feminist framework.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: The course includes lecture, discussion, guest speakers and films.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: A great deal of reading is required, as is participation in class discussions. Each student must complete minor writing assignments, quizzes and a final group project.

SOCI 32200-01 FORMS OF PUNISHMENT SS
MW 4:00-5:15 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Laskowitz, Muller 327, Ext. 4-3520, jlaskowi@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: SOCI 20300
STUDENTS: This is a course recommended to those who are interested in the study of law, criminal and juvenile justice, counseling, social work and history. It is also for those of you who never liked being 'sent to your room', 'docked' and/or 'hit'.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: We make less mysterious the origins of punishment by linking ideas about punishment to the social, political, and economic "moments" out of which they emerge. We are curious about the public spectacle of early forms of punishment: asylums, poor-houses, jails, prisons, and other non-voluntary forms of "treatment." We do not remain restricted to the study of stone walls and iron bars as the architecture of power, control, and punishment takes many surprising forms.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion/lecture/student facilitation.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Lots of reading, 3 analytic essays and a final research paper. Based on quality of work and participation.

SOCI 33802-01 ST: HOOKING UP: THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELATIONSHIPS SS
TR 10:50 AM-12:05 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Plante, Muller 110, ext. 4-3311, rplante@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: SOCI 10100 or SOCI 10200 and two additional courses in the social sciences.
STUDENTS: Intended for juniors and seniors; social science and women’s studies students will benefit most. All students will need to be engaged, enthusiastic readers and participants, ready for a rigorous course.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will allow students to use upper-level social scientific knowledge to explore intimate relationships; the focus is on the United States but cross-cultural data will also be used. We will use gender as the major variable to illuminate the historical, material, and social contexts of intimate relationships, sexuality, and intimacy. Throughout the course, we’ll also address race, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Students will be expected to challenge their taken-for-granted assumptions about the intersections between individuals and broader social structures.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, highly engaged student discussions
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Class participation and attendance, analytical papers, critical thinking exercises, projects.

SOCI 34000-01 ESSENTIAL ISSUES IN MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT LA SS
TR 1:10-2:25 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Katherine Cohen-Filipic, Muller 113, Ext. 4-5122, kcohenfilipic@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: SOCI 21700 or PSYC 21700
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A theoretical approach to counseling and treatment in long-term therapeutic settings. The prevalence and causes of issues such as substance and sexual abuse, trauma and family violence, and eating disorders, are explored, and treatment modalities are considered with attention to social and cultural diversity and ethical concerns.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, discussion, small group activities
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Papers, presentations, exams, class participation

SOCI 35300-01 RESEARCH METHODS I LA SS
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM
INSTRUCTOR: Jim Rothenberg, Muller 108, Ext. 4-1251, rothenbe@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: SOCI 10100 or SOCI 10200, and two other 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 of activist research.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: 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 stages of an original research project, to be completed in the second semester of the course sequence.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Quizzes, application projects, and papers.

SOCI 35400-01 RESEARCH METHODS II LA SS
TR 9:25-10:40 AM
INSTRUCTOR: Bhavani Arabandi, Muller 111, Ext. 4-7024, barabandi@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: SOCI 35300
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 40800-01 COUNSELING METHODS NLA
TR 2:35-3:50 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Katherine Cohen-Filipic, Muller 113, Ext. 4-5122, kcohenfilipic@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 12
PREREQUISITES: SOCI 30800 or PSYC 34100
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Counseling Methods will help students who have a basic knowledge of counseling advance their skills by creating a conceptual ramework while clarifying theoretical orientations. They will develop an integrative approach that pays attention to what clients are thinking, feeling and doing. Combining these three dimensions will be the basis for exploring counseling practice. The student will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the four primary areas of counseling: Establishing an effective therapeutic relationship, understanding assessment and goal setting, the selection and implementation of treatment strategies and evaluating the counseling process prior to termination. A balance of theory, evidence based practice, clinical instruction and engagement activities will create an optimal experience for learning.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, discussion, role plays, small group activities
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Papers, presentations, class participation

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: SOCI 10100 and three upper division 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 43601-01 SELECTED TOPICS: GLOBALIZATION OF FOOD LA SS
TR 4:00-5:15 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Bhavani Arabandi, Muller 111, Ext. 4-7024, barabandi@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 12
PREREQUISITES: SOCI 10100 or SOCI 10200; three social science courses with at least one at level 3; junior standing or above
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 43803-01 SELECTED TOPICS IN INDIVIDUALS, CULTURE AND SOCIETY: BODIES: SOCIOLOGY OF DYING AND DEATH SS LA
MW 5:25-6:40 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Julian Euell, Muller 114, Ext. 4-3522, euell@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 12
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 10100 or SOCI 10200; junior standing or above
COURSE DESCRIPTION: We will explore the keywords: body, embodiment, dying and death as an inquiry into a field of images, as cultural sociology. Keywords offer a way to explore and reflect upon constellations of culture and society. We will explore ways in which these keywords indicate different perspectives of organism and different practicalities or agendas of ‘taking care of body’, healing and death.
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. The form of this project is entirely up to you: you can write short stories, produce a video, create an art installation, stage a performance or event, curate and critically annotate an online “museum” of textual, visual, and musical objects, and so on. You are equally welcome to produce more traditional research papers.

SOCI 45100-01 RESEARCH IN COMMUNITY CHANGE SS
M 5:25-8:05 PM
INSTRUCTORS: Belisa Gonzalez and Sean Eversley Bradwell
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: Senior standing; or with permission of the instructor.
STUDENTS: Individuals who are interested in social justice and community change.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An interdisciplinary seminar style course that explores various approaches to research on community change. Cross-listed with CSCR 45100; students cannot receive credit for both SOCI 45100 and CSCR 45100.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Class participation; critical reflection; final project

SOCI 47601-01 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIOLOGY (Credits can vary from 1 to 4 credits, but typically students do independent study for 3 credits)
TR 9:25-10:40 AM in Friends 303
-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 Jim Rothenberg in advance notifying him of their interest and they MUST come to the first class meeting on Tuesday, January 21 at 9:25 AM in Friends 303.
-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: Jim Rothenberg, Muller 108, rothenbe@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.

SOCI 49801-01 INTERNSHIP IN SOCIOLOGY COURSE NLA (credits vary)
M 4:00-4:50 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Katherine Cohen-Filipic, Muller 113, Ext. 4-5122, kcohenfilipic@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 12
PREREQUISITES: Sociology majors or minors who have completed three-quarters of the major or minor and permission of instructor
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students in this course arrange for internships in local agencies. Students meet as a group each week to share their experiences and report on their progress. Students meet individually with the course professor on a regular basis to discuss their work.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Internship in local agency, including some direct work with clients, weekly internship seminar
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Participation in internship setting and during seminar, Reflective Journaling

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