*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 [Theme: Power and Justice] LA SS 1
MWF 2:00-2:50 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Joslyn Brenton, 112 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-7384,
ENROLLMENT: 30 students per section
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 10100-02, -03  INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY LA SS 1 [Theme: Power and Justice]

MWF: 9:00-9:50 AM (1); MWF: 10:00-10:50 AM (2)
INSTRUCTOR: Sergio A. Cabrera, Muller 109, 4-7968,
ENROLLMENT: 30 students per section
STUDENTS: Freshmen and sophomores only.

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 9:00-9:50 AM (1); 10:00-10:50 AM (2)
INSTRUCTOR: Jim Rothenberg, 108 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-1251,
ENROLLMENT: 30 students per section
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.

TR  1:10-2:25 PM

INSTRUCTOR: Andrew Thompson, Muller Faculty Ctr., 329, Ext 4-7791,
PREREQUISITES: One course in Sociology.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The study of society is inevitably the study of social change. Studying social change means paying attention to three distinct but interrelated dynamics. These concern the changes that are enacted by those in positions of social power, the changes that arise from tensions within a society’s structural organization, and the changes that erupt through the self activity of the oppressed. In this course, students shall explore these dynamics as they find expression in a variety of manifestos written to address historical developments including industrialization, colonialism, the advent of consumer society, and the recent commodification of social movements. Following the genre conventions of the manifesto, students shall consider:  (i) how opportunities for change are identified; (ii) how collective actors are constituted; and (iii) how the tasks assigned to these actors are conceived in relation to both objective considerations and to other players engaged in the social field. Combining lectures, case studies, and interactive dialogue, this course requires that students commit to active participation, careful reading, and ongoing reflection.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE:  This course brings together lectures, discussions, written assignments, case studies, and exams. Classes scheduled on Tuesdays shall begin with a lecture devoted to the exploration of assigned readings. It is expected that students will have read the assigned material prior to the class during which it is considered. Following the lecture, students shall have the opportunity to explore how the assigned material might be used to analyze contemporary phenomena. Thursday classes shall be devoted to a student-led review of the week’s readings and to the collaborative analysis of a case study introduced at the end of Tuesday’s class.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Class Participation 20%; Midterm 30%; Final Paper Proposal 20%; and Final Paper 30%.

SOCI 21400-01  DEFINITIONS OF NORMALITY  LA SS 1 [ICC: Ithaca College Seminar]
MWF  2:00-2:50 PM

INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Dunning-Lozano, Muller 115, 4-7490,
ENROLLMENT: 25 students per section
PREREQUISITES: One 100-level sociology course

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Using our sociological imagination we will be curious about what it means to be considered an outsider. We will think critically about the “social forces” and “coercions”, in particular historical moments, that define what is normal and what is not. In so doing we will reveal the power relations that define and control individuals and groups as “bad”, “mad”, “sad”, and “awe”-ful.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion/lecture.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Readings, daily engagement, facilitation of readings, discussions, analytic essays, exams.

MW 4:00 – 4:15 (PM)

INSTRUCTOR: Julian Euell, Muller Faculty Ctr., 114, Ext. 4-3522,

PREREQUISITES: One course in the social sciences or sophomore standing
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a course on changing Culture. It is an exploration in Social Artistry and radicalism. Social Artistry includes imagining and a discovery of alternative individual functioning, moral agreements and alternative social structures.
We will examine Pragmatics-Practices based on human possibilities for evolution or post-conventional existence. So the series of work will be on Social Artistry and Post-conventional practice. This is a movement of consciousness not simply an oppositional voice. The first is evolutionary and is vertical movement; the second is horizontal and tends to rely upon conventional ideas of economy, politics and relationship. We will have Thursday conversations [salons] based upon the class preparations requested.  I want you to play an active role in seeking plausible alternatives in the areas of:

  • The Personal: Everyday Practices
  • The Arts in Social Artistry
  • Polities and world governance
  • Localized economies—slow food movement
  • Alternatives to Capitalism
  • Living on the Land

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: 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 topic 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.

TR: 9:25-10:40 AM

INSTRUCTOR: Katherine Cohen-Filipic, Muller 113, Ext. 4-5122,
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.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: The course grade is based on journal and critical reflections, attendance and informed participation, an intergroup collaboration project, and a final paper. 

TR:  9:25-10:40 AM
INSTRUCTOR: Julian Euell, Muller 114, ext. 4-3522,
PREREQUISITES: One course in the social sciences
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course we study techniques of observing to develop a cultural therapeutic through ways of describing social things. We will use methods of photography, model building, making things that are representations of social relations. We are going to utilize visual explanation to express connections between human beings in social action. We ask ‘what does it mean to describe things?” What can be said that words cannot say? How may socially oriented projections aide in community discourse?
We will inquire about awakened knowing by exploring the ways in which artfulness and empiricism can meet. Visual sociologists are interested in producing sociological information and representations that cannot be easily told through written forms.
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.

TR  10:50 AM–12:05 PM

INSTRUCTOR: Alicia Swords, Muller 109, Ext. 4-1209,
PREREQUISITES: One social science course
STUDENTS: This course is recommended for students who wish to explore the intersections of social and environmental issues.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores the interconnections between gender and human relations with the environment. We study the histories and contemporary realities of patriarchy, colonialism, capitalist development, globalization, and environmental crises. Authors include historians, ecologists, feminists, and social and environmental activists. Special focus is on US and international case studies of social movements that propose alternatives to current gender hierarchies and environmental degradation, including feminist, indigenous, food justice, and environmental justice movements.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, discussion, in-class interactive exercises, films.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Attendance and participation, midterm exam, reflective and analytical essays and mini-projects.

MWF 1:00 – 1:50 PM

INSTRUCTOR: Sergio Cabrera, Muller 109, 4-7968,
PREREQUISITES: One social science course

STUDENTS:  All are welcome.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Over the last three decades the gap between the very rich and everybody else has grown dramatically. In this class we will explore several broad questions concerning the nature and reproduction of class inequality in the U.S. We will ask, for example: What is unique about the inequality we live with today? How does social class structure our everyday lives? How, in a purportedly democratic and meritocratic society, is class inequality sustained across generations? What institutions and beliefs systems are involved in this reproduction? How do the rich and poor make sense of their place within the distribution of wealth and power? How is it that our society has become simultaneously more open (in terms of race and gender) and unequal? What does all this mean for the viability of a democratic society? And why should we turn to sociologists to help us answer these questions? By exploring these questions I hope to help you develop a toolkit for critical thinking about the complexities of social class in the U.S., as well as an understanding of how your own experiences are the products of systems of stratification.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE:  Lecture/Discussions

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING:  One course in the social sciences or sophomore standing. Grading based on active reading and participation; exams; and occasional quizzes.

MWF 11:00-11:50 (1); 12:00 – 12:50 PM (2)
INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Dunning-Lozano, 115 Mueller Faculty Ctr., 4-7490,
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.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Essay exams, in-class assignments, and engagement.

TR 1:10-2:25 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Sociology Chair, Muller 110, Ext. 4-3311,
PREREQUISITES: One 100-level sociology course; three courses in the social sciences.
STUDENTS: Sociology majors and minors only.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Who are we? How did we get here? sang 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 is on 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 highly engaged student discussions
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Regular readings in primary texts; active participation, attendance, and preparation; critical thinking exercises; application papers and occasional quizzes.


MWF  1:00-1:50 PM

INSTRUCTOR: Jim Rothenberg, Muller 108, 4-1251,


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.                                                   



T  4:00-6:40 PM

INSTRUCTOR: Julian Euell, Muller 114, Ext. 4-3522,

PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Sociology (SOCI-10100) or Contemporary Social Issues (SOCI-10200) and two additional social science courses or waiver by the professor.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores how culture influences social reasoning and social interactions. It examines how cultural ideas are performed and constructed by groups, for example, in public demonstrations, in public discourses about race, in parades, consumption patterns, hip-hop, lifestyles, social class and gender. The course poses the question: What are the cultural currencies used by participants in discourses about race, clothes or culture itself? We begin with the questions: “What is culture and what does it do?” and “How is culture to be studied?”

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: I would like students to inquire how cultures are perspectives constructed in/as situations. We will read Richard Sennett’s “The Craftsman”, Elijah Anderson’s “Code of the Streets”, Michele Lamont’s “The Dignity of Working Men”, Erving Goffman’s “Frame Analysis” and Joseph Gusfield’s “The Culture of Public Problems: Drinking-Driving and the Symbolic Order”.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: 2 papers, 2 application projects


MW 4:00-5:15 PM (1); MW 5:25-6:40 PM

INSTRUCTOR: Leo Barrile 327, Ext. 4-3520,



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.


TR 2:35 -3:50 PM

INSTRUCTOR: Andrew Thompson, Muller 329, Ext. 4-7791,


PREREQUISITES: Two (2) Level 2 Courses in Sociology or Related Field

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Through this course, students shall become familiar with and critically engage key concepts and themes in social movement studies. After reviewing a range of theoretical traditions and developing an awareness of the discipline, students will consider the central role that Black freedom struggles have played in American history and in the formation of the modern American social movements. Designed as an interactive seminar in which students are encouraged to experiment with the practical application of the material they encounter, this course requires careful reading, writing, and reflection.  Through a critical engagement with course readings, active participation in weekly seminars, and class assignments, students will:
• Cultivate a familiarity with and understanding of key themes and concepts in the field of social movement studies.
• Develop an awareness of the historic role played by Black freedom struggles in the formation of modern American social movements.
• Learn to analyze social movements through comparative analysis and by drawing on the theoretical and practical tools developed by scholars in the field.
• Conduct original research into a contemporary social movement.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE:  Each week's first class will be devoted to a lecture covering assigned readings. During each week's second class, after a student-led review of lecture material, students will analyze a social movement artifact by considering how the themes, theories, research methods, or case studies introduced in that week’s readings might be used to further our understanding. Active student participation in discussion is necessary during both the lecture and seminar discussion sessions. A willingness to take risks and improvise will therefore be considered an asset!

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Class Participation 20% -Students will be evaluated not solely on the basis of their regular attendance, which is expected, but on the basis of their active participation in classroom discussion as well. Receiving full marks requires that students are prepared each week to participate in the lecture review and to identify and analyze that week’s case study artifact.
Midterm 30%-The midterm will cover material from the first half of the course. Drawing on a variety of assessment tools, the Midterm will require that students are able to identify and apply key themes in social movement studies.
Final Paper Proposal 20%-In preparation for their Final Paper, students will produce a Final Paper Proposal that clearly outlines 1) what course material they will be drawing upon, 2) what social movement they will be considering and how they plan to analyze it, and 3) what the significance of their findings might be. 
Final Paper 30%-In composing their Final Paper, students may draw on material covered at any point during the course. The paper will 1) describe a current social movement that can be analyzed using course material, 2) describe how the tools presented in course readings shall be used to analyze that movement, and 3) analyze the movement and 4) speculate about the broader implications of the analysis for the field of social movement studies.

TR 1:10-2:25 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Sweet, Muller 107, Ext. 4-3910,
PREREQUISITES: One 100-level sociology course; two additional courses in the social sciences
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines the interlocking relationships between two key institutions in society: the workplace and the family. We consider three core questions: First, how do jobs and workplaces affect family life? Second, how do family commitments influence the behaviors or workers and their ability to contribute to the economy? Third, to what extent do existing policies meet the needs of working families? Our approach will focus on issues of history, gender, class inequality, the life course, career development, organizational practices, and government policy.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, films, group discussions.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS/GRADING: Class participation, 3 research papers, group presentation and paper, readings. Grading: A-F, based on requirements.


MWF 11:00-11:50 AM

INSTRUCTOR: Belisa Gonzalez, Muller 112, Ext. 4-3921,


PREREQUISITES: SOCI-10100 or -10200 and 2 courses in Social Science

STUDENTS: Students in this class should already have a foundation in the basic concepts related to race and ethnicity, social problems, social inequality and the sociological perspective. Students should be prepared to keep up with the contemporary social world. 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To engage in dialogue about contemporary issues of race and ethnic relations and make connections to historical cycles of: institutional racism, hegemony, economic shifts, immigration policies and other patterns of inequality. To draw on the cumulative knowledge in the room to interrogate “common” topics and questions about contemporary race relations such as: Are we living in a post-racial society?, Can people of color be racist?, I didn’t own any slaves, Where do non-black people of color “fit”?, Reverse racism, some of my best friend are black, The race card, Affirmative Action, etc. Finally, to investigate what can be done to move from our current understanding of race and ethnicity.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar-style discussion, films and some lecture.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades will be assigned based on a series of short papers, leading discussion on assigned topics and a final project. 


MWF 10:00- 10:50 AM (1) & MWF 11:00-11:50 AM (2)

INSTRUCTOR: Joslyn Brenton, Muller 112, 4-7384,

ENROLLMENT: 20 per section

PREREQUISITES: Either SOCI 20500 OR the one-credit course in GERONTOLOGY introducing students to research methods. These courses introduce students to research methods and writing a literature review, which are needed to conduct the final research project in this course.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  In this course, students will be introduced to qualitative research methods commonly used by sociologists. These include: in-depth interviews, ethnography, and content analysis. Students will learn about the theoretical underpinnings and research practices associated with each method and will undertake their own qualitative research project on a topic of their choice. The focused research project allows students to develop skills in sampling and recruiting research subjects, constructing an interview guide, conducting in-depth interviews, coding, and analyzing qualitative data. For the final, students will submit a written research paper about their project and will present their findings to the class.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion, lecture, in-class activities, group workshops, peer review

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades are based on written assignments, completion of multiple in-depth interviews, a written final paper, and level of student engagement and participation.

TR  10:50 AM-12:05 PM

INSTRUCTOR: Katherine Cohen-Filipic, Muller 113, Ext. 4-5122,
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Counseling Methods will help students who have a basic knowledge of counseling advance their skills by creating a conceptual framework 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

TR 10:50 AM-12:05 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Leo Barrile, 327 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-3520,

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: This course studies the relationship of police—the first and foremost enforcers of criminal law and maintainers of the social order—to the public.  It looks at the effects that cultural and political beliefs, organizational roles & operational strategies have on the performance of police, and their attitudes toward the people that they are policing and the laws that they are enforcing.  Clearly, race, class, area, and migrant status play central roles in police behavior and the discretion that they use to stop and frisk, make arrests, and use injurious or deadly force.  Also discussed are the effects of the pressures, stress, and dangers of the job, especially policing the crises caused by inequality and racial segregation.    

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Students’ written and oral analytical presentations based on books, research, lectures, and discussion.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Quality of written work and participation.

TR 2:35-3:50 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Leo Barrile, Muller 327, Ext. 4-3520,
PREREQUISITES: SOCI-10100 and three upper level Sociology courses.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course introduces students to the sociological study of law, specifically how the law impacts everyday life. Emphasis is on how the law is used to resolve disputes, to control behavior, and to deliver and maintain justice.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, discussions.



TR 2:35-3:50 PM

INSTRUCTOR: Sociology Chair, Muller 110, ext. 4-3311,


PREREQUISITES: SOCI-10100 and three upper-level social science courses.

OBJECTIVE: This course is designed to further participants’ understanding of a social scientific, interdisciplinary examination of culture; we focus on aspects of human appearance. We will study how appearance is situated within historical, material, and social contexts. Using race, ethnicity, class, and gender as key variables, we may study things like ‘deviant’ bodies, body modification (like bodybuilding, tattooing, and cosmetic surgery), and body/food interactions. Our materials will be somewhat cross-cultural and contemporary; however, the current Western experience is our foundation.

STUDENTS: Social science and women’s studies students will benefit most from this approach. All students are expected to be engaged, enthusiastic readers and participants.

FORMAT AND STYLE: Upper-level, advanced seminar; students be prepared for seminar-style rigor and analysis

REQUIREMENTS: Class participation and attendance, analytical and research-driven papers, critical thinking exercises, in-class data exercises, weekly writing.


TR 4:00 – 5:15 PM

INSTRUCTOR: Andrew Thompson, Muller Faculty Ctr. 329, Ext. 4-7791,



COURSE DESCRIPTION: COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: From the moment of “discovery” to the abolition of slavery, and from the Battle of Blair Mountain to the more recent explosion of riots following Darren Wilson’s exoneration in the shooting death of Michael Brown, the story of the United States is indelibly marked by violence. In this seminar, students will draw upon the insights of Political and Cultural Sociology, Critical Race Theory, and other disciplinary traditions to assess America’s social, historical, and cultural relationship to violence. After reviewing theories of political violence by key thinkers like Walter Benjamin and Carl Schmitt and subjecting foundational texts by figures like Georges Sorel and Louis Adamic to comparative analysis and scrutiny, students will consider important case studies including the historic split between Civil Rights and Black Power in the late 1960s, the legacies of the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969, feminist engagements with violence after the Second Wave, and more recent tactical debates about the role of violence in twenty-first century movements. The course will conclude with an analysis of the ubiquitous and refracted forms of violence that pervade contemporary American culture (e.g. in video games) and an inquiry into recent police and vigilante violence against Black people. On the final day of class, students will present the preliminary findings of research conducted for their final papers in a mini-conference format.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Class Participation 25%; Student Presentations 25%; Final Paper Proposal 20%; and Final Paper 30%

TR  9:25-10:40 AM
INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Sweet, Muller 107, Ext. 4-3910,
PREREQUISITES: Senior standing.  Sociology major.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Course goals are for students to (1) reflect upon and synthesize skills and knowledge learned in their sociology major; (2) anticipate and prepare for future career challenges; (3) enact a dissemination project to spread sociologically informed awareness within and potentially beyond the campus community. The course meets the IC2020 capstone requirement (for all students), though this course is not specifically required for the Sociology major. It will meet one of the 400-level course requirements in the Sociology major. 
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion; team projects; independent work.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING:  Submission of the Ithaca College e-portfolio; career development products; dissemination project.

(Credits vary)
W  12:00-12:50 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Katherine Cohen-Filipic, Muller 113, Ext. 4-5122,
PREREQUISITES: Counseling minors 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. Internship sites should be obtained before the end of the fall semester.
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, weekly journaling, reflective paper