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DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
FALL 2013 COURSES

(course details 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 (THEME: POWER & JUSTICE) LA SS 1
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Bhavani Arabandi, Muller 111, Ext. 4-7024, barabandi@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 30 students per section
PREREQUISITES: None
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: Lecture/discussion on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Your grade will be based upon your papers, examinations and participation.

SOCI 10100-03, 04 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (THEME: POWER & JUSTICE) LA SS 1
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Laura Ford, Muller 115, Ext. 4-7384
ENROLLMENT: 25 students per section
PREREQUISITES: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Basic scientific concepts related to social systems, recurring social processes, cultural factors, and social factors in the development of personality.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture/discussion on Tuesday/Thursday.

SOCI 10100-05 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (THEME-BASED) LA SS 1
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Julian Euell, Muller 114, Ext. 4-3522, Euell@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Basic scientific concepts related to social systems, recurring social processes, cultural factors, and social factors in the development of personality.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture/discussion on Tuesday/Thursday

SOCI 10100-06 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (THEME-BASED) LA SS 1
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: John Muschko, Williams 119H
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Basic scientific concepts related to social systems, recurring social processes, cultural factors, and social factors in the development of personality.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture/discussion on Monday/Wednesday

SOCI 10200-01, 02 CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES LA SS 1
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Mindi Townsend, Muller 115, Ext. 4-1085
ENROLLMENT: 30 per section
PREREQUISITES: None
STUDENTS: Recommended for students new to sociology who have not taken another college level sociology course. Freshmen and sophomores only.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, we examine a variety of contemporary social issues. We do this from a sociological perspective, while utilizing our sociological imagination. Issues include those related to culture and values, social institutions, stratification and inequality, crime and social control, gender roles, family, and religion in society.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, interactive discussions, readings, films, and videos.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades are determined through papers, exams, group work, class attendance, and participation in discussions.

SOCI 20300-01 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY LA SS
3 credits
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 21200-01 CHANGING CONTOURS OF WORK LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Sweet, Muller 107, Ext. 4-3910, ssweet@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25 per section
PREREQUISITES: One course in the social sciences or permission of instructor.
STUDENTS: Those with interest in work, occupations, inequality, and career success.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines the variety of jobs performed in society, the historical transformation of the workplace, and the impact of workplace practices on individuals and the larger social order. Students will learn core sociological concepts and perspectives that underpin the study of work, as well as methodological concerns relevant to studying industries and workers. The course addresses four big questions: 1) What have been the major historical transformations of work? 2) How do gender, race, class, age and disability intersect with work? 3) What are the characteristics and experiences of workers in different professions, and what does the future hold for these workers? 4) What are the implications of working in a global economy?
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: We will investigate work through a number of different media-lectures, films, student reports, discussions.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Regular attendance and participation, papers, group presentations.

SOC 21300-01 SOCIOLOGY OF SEXUALITIES LA SS 1
3 credits
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 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.

SOCI 21700-01, -02 MENTAL HEALTH IN HISTORICAL AND SOCIAL CONTEXTS LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Katherine Cohen-Filipic, Muller 113, kcohenfilipic@ithaca.edu, Ext. 4-5122
ENROLLMENT: 25 per section
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 22800-01 MEN’S LIVES 1 LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Plante, Muller 110, Ext. 4-3311, rplante@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: One course in the social sciences or sophomore standing
STUDENTS: Curious, hard-working, engaged social science and women’s studies students will benefit most
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class is an introduction to the sociology of gender with masculinities as our focus. We will explore life experiences, emotions, bodies, identities and social context of men (primarily North American). Because masculinities are constructed in context with femininities, we will discuss gender more broadly from time to time. Race, class, sexual orientation, and ethnicity, and social institutions 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.

SOCI 24602-01 SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIAL CHANGE: CRISIS & OPPORTUNITY
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Phuong Tran Ngugen
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: One social science course
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores the importance of the crisis as a means to mobilize popular support for sweeping reforms. Throughout the course, students will learn about this model of change (often spearheaded through campaigns labeled as "wars" or "movements") through case studies for progressive reforms such as labor laws and civil rights and some of the faux crises that resulted in imperialist wars, police states, disaster capitalism, and immigration restrictions.

SOCI 24603-01 SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIAL CHANGE: FOOD, ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Marion Dixon, Williams 119H
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: One social science course
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Where does our food come from? In what ways has food production and consumption changed in the modern era? How does the study of food help us understand society and global processes of social change? This course is an introduction to the relationship between food and modern global society.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion, lecture, film, and other interactive learning media
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Attendance and participation, written responses (to readings, films, etc.), exams, and group work

SOCI 24700-01 ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY LA SS
3 credits
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: Environmental sociologists assume that people have different ideas of the environment and that these are connected to different values and beliefs that groups have and that these differences contribute to conflicts about conservation, preservation and the well being of humans, and non-human beings. We will think together about the personal, the cultural and systemic aspects of sociology of the environment.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: We are dealing to the problem of our time: climate change and environmental degradation. We will discuss, discuss and discuss. We will do classroom exercises so that we can also explore our feelings, emotions and our beliefs.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: We will read Weisman’s The World Without Us; Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael; Steingraber’s Living Downstream; and Rhoda M. Wilkie’s The Future of Life.

SOCI 30200-01 SOCIOLOGY OF CRIME LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Laskowitz, Muller 327, Ext. 4-3520, jlaskowi@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: SOCI-20300 OR SOCI-21400
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 30500-01 PRACTICUM IN SOCIAL CHANGE I NLA
1.5 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Belisa Gonzalez, Muller 112, Ext. 4-3921, bgonzalez@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 30
PREREQUISITES: Three courses in the social sciences.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Practicum in Social Change I: 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 disadvantaged youth’s pursuit of higher education.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades will be assigned based on a series of reflection papers and a final group project.

SOCI 30800-01 COUNSELING THEORY AND DYNAMICS LA SS
3 credits
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 31100-01 SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Plante, Muller 110, Ext. 4-3311, rplante@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: SOCI 10100 or SOCI 10200 and three courses in the social sciences
STUDENTS: Sociology majors and minors only
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Who are we? How did we get here? (quoting the band The Talking Heads). In this course we address the fundamentally human process of asking questions about ourselves and our social world. We will explore how we theorize and wonder and speculate and ponder. Our initial focus will be Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, the primary theorists of our field; we progress to and through others' ideas as well. What is the general nature of society, the individual, and the relationship between the two? How do we find ourselves within our bigger contexts, and how do we create good lives?
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and discussion
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Regular readings (primary texts); active participation, attendance, and preparation; critical thinking exercises; application papers and written work.

SOCI 33801-01 ST: SEXUALITY & HEALTH LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Lis Maurer, Ext. 4-7394, lmaurer@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 15
PREREQUISITES: SOCI 10100 or SOCI 10200; 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
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Bhavani Arabandi, Muller 111, Ext. 4-7024, barabandi@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: Introduces students to the research methods used by sociologists. Topics include theories about causation; quantitative and qualitative methods of collecting and analyzing data; and the ethics and politics of social science research. Students conduct several small research projects to practice each of the methods introduced in the course. They also review basic statistical and quantitative analysis. Students take the first steps in conducting an original research project by formulating a research question and reviewing the relevant literature.
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
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Sweet, Muller 107, Ext. 4-3910, ssweet@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 43602-01 ST: INTERGROUP DIALOGUE SS LA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Belisa Gonzalez, Muller 112, Ext. 4-3921, bgonzalez@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 12
PREREQUISITE: SOCI-10100 or SOCI-10200; three social science courses with at least one at level 3; junior standing or above
STUDENTS: Individuals who already have an understanding of how systems of oppression work and intersect. Individuals who are interested in exploring the ways that his/her own positionality influences his/her approach to social problems and by extension social change.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a peer-facilitated course designed to help students develop the skills of dialogue for effective communication across social difference in complex social and institutional contexts. The purpose of the course is to increase understanding of social identities in the context of systems of power and inequalities. Utilizing in-class exercises, written assignments, course readings and collaborative action projects, students will develop a critical awareness of the ways in which sexism, heterosexism, classism and racism disable social justice.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Weekly reflection papers, in-class presentations and a final project.

SOCI 43700-01 ST: ZERO TOLERANCE LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Laskowitz, Muller 327, Ext. 4-3520, jlaskowi@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 12
PREREQUISITES: SOCI-10100 or SOCI-10200; 3 social sciences courses with at least one at level 3; one course in Criminal & Juvenile Justice Studies; Junior standing or above.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This seminar will explore zero tolerance policies and practices in our schools. We will study the criminalization of normal childhood behaviors in this arrest first, racially profiled policy. Our penchant for punishment, guided largely by fear and distorted media coverage of atypical school violence, will frame our studies.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar. Reading, research and discussion.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Student-led classes, research paper. Grading based on quality of weekly work, written work and participation.

SOCI 43802-01 ST: CULTURES OF HEALING SS LA
3 credits
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: Courses offered within the core areas of sociological inquiry. This course counts toward the individuals, culture, and society core area requirement for sociology majors and minors.

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