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                                                                        DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

                                                                                FALL 2016 COURSES
                                                                *All courses are 3 credits except where noted*


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 and Justice] LA SS 1
MWF 9:00-9:50 AM (01); MWF 10:00-10:50 AM (02)
INSTRUCTOR: Sergio Cabrera, 307 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-7968,
ENROLLMENT: 30 students per section
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                                                                                                                                                                                                           COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Your grade will be based upon your papers, examinations, and participation.

SOCI 10100-03 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY [Theme: Power and Justice] LA SS 1
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM
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 creative activities.                                                                                                                                                        COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Papers, exams, group discussion, and research project.

SOCI 10100-03 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY [Theme: Power and Justice] LA SS 1                                                                                                                                             MWF 10:00-10:50AM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Grunberg, 111 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-7717,                                                                                                                                           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                                                                                                                                                                                                             COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Your grade will be based upon your papers, examinations and participation.

SOCI 10100-04, -05 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY [Theme: Power and Justice] LA SS 1
MWF 1:00-1:50 PM (04); MWF 2:00-2:50 PM (05)
INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Grunberg, 111 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4 – 7717,                                                                                                                                       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                                                                                                                                                                                                          COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Your grade will be based upon your papers, examinations and participation.

ICSM 10500-35 IF YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT, I’M PIZZA: EXPLORING FOOD IN EVERYDAY LIFE                                                                                                                            12:00-12:50 PM AND TR 1:10-2:25 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                      INSTRUCTOR: Joslyn Brenton, 112 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-7384,                                                                                                                                               ENROLLMENT: 22 students per section                                                                                                                                                                                                             PREREQUISITES: None                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will explore our experiences with food, at the individual level of consumption and at the larger level of food production. Food is necessary for survival, an important symbol of our identity, and it is also big business in the United States, with lots of players. Throughout the semester we will examine our own histories and experiences with food. How does what you eat say something about who you are? In this course we will learn about the personal and social dimensions of the contemporary food landscape. We will look at the social, environmental, and economic aspects of food, asking questions like: Who are the winners and losers in the modern eating world, and what are the steaks? (pardon the pun). We will explore these topics through reading, discussion, film, reflective writing, debate, and sharing our personal stories.                                                 COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar, discussion, film, food diaries, reflection papers                                                                                                                                                COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: A willingness to engage and become part of a learning community. This process requires your commitment to attending class, doing 100% of the reading before you come to class, and a willingness to listen, share, and develop your critical thinking skills. Students learning is assessed from written work, projects, and class discussion.

TR 1:10-2:25 PM AND F 12:00-12:50 PM        
INSTRUCTOR: Alicia Swords, 109 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-1209,                                                                                                                                             ENROLLMENT: 22 students per section                                                                                                                                                                                                            PREREQUISITES: None                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                COURSE DESCRIPTION: Stories make us who we are. Some stories are so powerful that telling them can change how people treat each other.  This course asks how people use stories to change the world.  Students analyze mainstream and alternative narratives that shape our society and learn techniques for telling their own stories in written and oral form.  We practice gathering stories through interview techniques and media analysis.  We examine and reflect on how stories shape public opinion and government policies, from the marketing of cars and toothpaste to testimonies of human rights violations.                                                                                                                                                              COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar                                                                                                                                                                                                                              COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Essays, midterm, in-class exercises, homework, projects and participation.

SOCI 13000-01, -02 YOUTH AND YOUTH CULTURES 1 LA SS [Theme: Identities]                                                                                                                                                 MWF 9:00-9:50 AM (01); MWF 11:00-11:50 AM (02)                                                                                                                                                                                              INSTRUCTOR: Jim Rothenberg, 108 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-1251,                                                                                                                                            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, 327 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-3520,
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 2:00-2:50 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Phuong Nguyen, 101 Center for Health Sciences (CHS), 4-1158,
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: Lecture, discussions, films

SOCI 20700-02, -03 RACE AND ETHNICITY LA SS 1, h [ICC: Diversity / Theme: Power and Justice]                                                                                                                       TR 10:50 AM-12:05 PM AND 1:10-2:25 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                      INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Grunberg, 111 Mueller Faculty Ctr., 4-7717,                                                                                                                            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: Critical analysis of race and ethnic relations in the United States from assimilationist, pluralist, and Marxist perspectives. Comparative analysis of black, Latino, and white racial/ethnic experiences. Examinations of race and ethnicity as dimensions of social stratification and control. Specific concepts include prejudice, discrimination, institutional racism, internal colonialism, and ethnic identification. This course counts toward the inequality core area requirement for sociology majors and minors.                              COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, discussions, films                                                                                                                                                                                           COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Your grade will be based upon you papers, examinations, engagement with the course readings, and participation.

SOCI 20800-01 SOCIAL CHANGE SS 1 H LA [Theme: Power and Justice]                                                                                                                                                                  TR 9:25-10:40 AM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            INSTRUCTOR: Alicia Swords, 109 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-1209,                                                                                                                                    ENROLLMENT: 25                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     PREREQUISITES: SOCI 10100 or SOCI 10200                                                                                                                                                                                                  STUDENTS: This is a sociology foundations course                                                                                                                                                                                                 COURSE DESCRIPTION: How do societies change? This course studies social changes in historical context, examining industrialization, urbanization, innovation and technology, colonialism, the creation of wealth and poverty, demands for rights, international development, global health epidemics, and protest. We examine debates about social change through case studies, historical accounts, biographies, ethnographies and film. We reflect on the possibilities and limitations on our own involvement in making changes.           COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture, discussion, in-class interactive exercises, films, and guests                                                                                                                         COURSE REQUIREMENTS/GRADING: A-F, only 3 absences allowed.

MWF 2:00-2:50 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Katherine Cohen-Filipic, 113 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-5122,
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: Elizabeth J. Bergman, 216 Job Hall, 4-3859,                                                                                                                                     ENROLLMENT: 25                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             PREREQUISITES: One 100-level Sociology course or 100-level Gerontology Course                                                                                                                                            COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course presents the prominent sociological theories and research about aging and the ways in which the experience of aging is socially constructed. Cross-listed with GERO 22000. Students may not receive credit for both SOCI 22000 and GERO 22000. This course counts toward the social institutions and organizations core area requirement for sociology majors and minors.                                                                                                                                                                                                            COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture                                                                                                                                                                                                                             COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Two examinations, paper, brief assignments, and participation.

TR 1:10-2:25 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Julian Euell, 114 Muller Faculty Ctr., ext. 4-3522,
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 about and revealing practices of everyday life or ‘operations’ of living.  We are going to utilize methodologies that include visual projections.  We will employ injunctions to discover and uncover forms of relational bridges so that we might 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. We ask ‘what does it mean to discern things, to make story?” What can be said that words cannot say? How may socially oriented projections aide in or to continue community discourse?  You will wonder about the qualities of intentionality. Consciousness contains both an act of consciousness and the products of consciousness and through the activity of consciousness, ‘a’ world is possible.  We will inquire about awakened knowing by exploring the ways in which artfulness and empiricism can meet.  We will engage in poises.                                                                 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.                                                                          COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Project based—grades will be based on portfolio.

SOCI 23502-01, -02 SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS: SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION                                                                                 TR 1:10-2:25 PM (01); TR 2:35-3:50 PM (02)                                                                                                                                                                                                       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 your 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, 108 Muller Faculty Ctr., Ext. 4-1251,
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.

MW 4:00-5:15 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Laskowitz, 327 Muller Faculty Ctr., Ext. 4-3520,
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 30500-01 PRACTICUM IN SOCIAL CHANGE I NLA 1.5 credits                                                                                                                                                                             TR 4:00-5:15 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       INSTRUCTOR: Belisa Gonzalez, 112 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-3921,                                                                                                                                  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.

TR 2:35-3:50 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Katherine Cohen-Filipic, 113 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-5122,
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-31900-01 CULTURAL SOCIOLOGY LA SS                                                                                                                                                                                                           MWF 9:00-9:50 AM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       INSTRUCTOR: Julian Euell, 114 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-3522,                                                                                                                                                   ENROLLMENT: 25                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             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: How is culture understood, appears and practiced in groups. We will offer some understanding of the ways culture inhabits social institutions and why culture is difficult to change. This course is an inquiry into how social worlds are constructed and how these acts as habituated environments of action. Mostly the concern this semester will be the idea that culture is behavioral and systematic, individual and collective and are forms of practice. This is a two-module course. The first module will focus on how beliefs, values and collective agreements become social agreements that have implications for the planet. The second module will focus on a cultural turn to that might be called the “Symbiocene era”. We will specifically explore an emergent cultural turn to the Symbiocene, a culture that generates collaboration and cooperation with multi-species.  Is it possible that a new cultural emergence via culture of bio -mimicry, permaculture and multi-species understanding will be a new way of human society?  How might we go about developing a cultural sociology after the Anthropocene era? The Anthropocene era is one in which culture, or habituated social worlds and practice have ushered a challenge to us all to become aware of the rest of nature. The Anthropocene era is when humans have had a direct effect on the planetary processes.  How might we initiate a cultural shift by understanding how culture is made and performed and then consciously evolve a new culture. Is culture rational or is it non- rational?   What is the culture of ‘slow food’, alternative cuisine culture movements, bio mimicry, permaculture, my co-culture and community? How might “symbiosis” rather than “competition, and individualism” become our new meta-culture of social practice? What are the implications of a transition sociology that is already present as underground?  We need to inspire a matrix of revolutionary imagination and prefigure livable futures and to inspire generative approaches to imaginative horizons. We will use sci fiction, Afro-futurism, current practices, and current proposals for alternative cultures and other means to investigate tactics to create memes for counter-culture of the Anthropocene era. We will go into inquiries of ways culture inhabits social institutions and why culture is difficult to change. This course is for students who are willing to expand both their theoretical or philosophy of culture and to develop a correlation between that and practice. 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: Application projects in the form of injunctions and thought.

TR 10:50AM-12:05PM
INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Dunning-Lozano, 115 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-7490,
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 de-incarceration 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.

M 4:00-6:40 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Luca Maurer, B16 Hammond Health Center, 4-7394,
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.                                           COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion/ Lecture                                                                                                                                                                                                       COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Based upon class participation, mid-term and finals; group projects; and other assignments.

SOCI 33802-01 SELECTED TOPICS IN INDIVIDUALS, CULTURE & SOCIETY: HUMOR: WAY OF SOCIAL CRITIQUE                                                                                            TR 10:50 AM – 12:05 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          INSTRUCTOR: Julian Euell, 114 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-3522,                                                                                                                                                   ENROLLMENT: 20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             PREREQUISITES: Maturity                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             COURSE DESCRIPTION: We will seek an aesthetic for social change. We will engage and challenge the authority of all discipline and will seek to undermine through a resurrection of the metaphorical power and inevitable authority of an act or actor in comic play--, as a humorist, or a comic.  We shall challenge the drudgery of seriousness with the serious purpose of the anti- structure provided by the funnyman or woman. How does the ‘way of humor’ crash through immunities or resistance to change. We will investigate the role of laughter and awareness and compassion. Every social community develops ideas of environments at risk, and persons who risks. Pollution rules and meaning and their control are attempts to avoid existential crisis. These are mediated culturally through ideas of apocalypse or tragedy and propitiated through humor. These rules and meanings respond to incongruities of explanation and experience. These ideas focus on the incongruities of life and the disparity between the way things are and the way things should be. We will explore the relationship between patterns of the apocalyptic story, and comedy and the social and cultural settings within which they occur.  Much of the time all we let ourselves see is our make believe constructions of reality, may it be a tragic or an apocalyptic sense of reality or a comic sense of reality. Ideas of the apocalyptic or tragedy suggests that we overcome and solve them through pursuit, battle with, and techniques of prevention. Comedy, "encourages emotional disengagement from our own problems... and playfulness and laughter are comic paradigms for responding to real-life incongruities."The paradoxes of our lives are revealed in comedy. We will inquire about social uses of paradox, the social opportunities in the fantastic, in opposition to or in relationship to left-brain’ evidence. We will inquire into the nature of the right brain evidence in parody, humor and apocalyptic stories.  How is and when is comedy taken so seriously that it is viewed as defilement? Is defilement slander? What jokes, jests are taken to be not so funny? We will look at cases whereby a joke “went too far”. What are secret jokes? What is insider’s humor?  We will look at such characters for example, Charlie Chaplin, Dick Gregory, Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart, Saturday Night Live, Key & Peele show, Zen Clowns, ethnic humor such as Black humor, Jewish humor and Red neck humor.  We will seek to understand the cultural sociology of humor, the uses of the joke as derision, and as enlightenment and as educational devices. We will ask: How has/does humor offer or reveal opportunities for social transformation and cultural therapeutics? How may humor and the apocalyptic reveal deeper constructions of reality and how may these cultural mirrors of make believe jolt us into awareness of manifest and latent varieties of hate, rules and their perversions. How may indignity of humor have liberatory effects?  I have always been interested in the funnyman, the trickster, the life of doubleness exhibited by such human beings. Cumulatively students will discover a pattern of work for social change practice--a public sociology. We will uncover the ontological implications to be on call as a trickster, a satirist, a political gadfly or political disrupter, or even a healer through humor.                                                                                             COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lab/workshop/seminar participatory activities in and outside the course.                                                                                                                       COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: This course is for those who are willing to investigate humor as remedy for sorrows of a tragic sense of life and as a tactic or oblique strategy for social change. Please plan if you should choose to participate, to be engaged, to be performative, to be able to clown a bit, so and sometimes be silly to enact your ideas.  Passivity is not possible. Sitting by is not possible either. This is for students who are willing to be satirical, not cynical, flamboyant but and interested in social effectiveness. You will be required to play and to inquire about humor as effective practice by moving into doubleness as public sociology.  Absolute attendance will be necessary. This is a lab or workshop type of course in which presence is our most prized attribute.  You will be required to assemble small projects in a portfolio.

SOCI 35300-01 RESEARCH METHODS I LA SS                                                                                                                                                                                                               TR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Sweet, 107 Muller Faculty Ctr., Ext. 4-3910,                                                                                                                            ENROLLMENT: 20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     PREREQUISITES: One 100-level sociology course; two additional 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 are introduced to 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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: TBA

SOCI 35400-01 RESEARCH METHODS II LA SS [Quantitative Literacy]
TR 9:25-10:40 AM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          INSTRUCTOR: James Rothenberg, 107 Muller Faculty Center, 4-1251,                                                                                                                      ENROLLMENT: 20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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; and 
• 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.

T 4:00-6:40 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Laskowitz, 327 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-3520,
ENROLLMENT: 15                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

M 4:00-6:40 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Alicia Swords, 109 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-1209,
PREREQUISITES: One 100 level sociology course; three courses in the social sciences with at least one at level 3; junior standing or above
STUDENTS: This course is a senior seminar for students who are interested in advanced study about global issues and how global social forces shape our society, our lives, and the future.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course aims for students to develop knowledge and skills for global sociological research and analysis. This course is intended for students who may pursue work in non-profit, public or private sectors in policy design, human rights, or planning. Students study the social processes of colonialism, development and globalization. They identify, apply, compare and critically analyze theories of global development and change. Readings focus on the development of global political, economic, and social institutions, and their social consequences. Throughout the course, students will examine global forces and resistance and consider possibilities for changing current global social dynamics.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: This class is as an upper level seminar based in discussion of readings. Students have considerable responsibility for class discussion. Films and in-class exercises supplement readings.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Attendance and participation; reading assignments; bi-weekly discussion questions; midterm take-home exam and final research paper.

SOCI 43605-01 SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIAL CHANGE: THE MORAL LIMITS OF MARKETS                                                                                                                                 TR 9:25-10:40 AM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 INSTRUCTOR: Sergio Cabrera, 307 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-7968,                                                                                                                                      ENROLLMENT: 13                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             PREREQUISITES: One 100-level sociology course; three additional courses in sociology; permission of instructor.                                                                                                    COURSE DESCRIPTION: The moral limits of markets refer to the cultural boundaries beyond which paying for a good or service becomes unnerving—beyond which buying and selling becomes taboo.  The cultural intersections between markets and morals are an interesting place. By inquiring into why we feel comfortably buying and selling some things and not others we gain insights into a profoundly sociological dimension of contemporary social life: the socially constructed and politically contested nature of our collective values and of the moral categories we use to determine right from wrong and good from bad.  The course leads students to explore the ethical implications of markets and commodification for both groups and individuals. We will ask, debate, and explore, for example: Should families be run like corporations, or vice versa? Can market metaphors help us understand religious preferences? How should we think about the role of money be in politics, romantic relationships, and higher education? Should markets for babies, drugs, sex, human body parts, or genetic material be regulated, and if so how and by whom? Is Kanye’s self-declared war on music pirating justified? How do groups decide whether, when, and how much “pirating” is acceptable? Should you continue to shop at Hobby Lobby? Can and should ethnic or sexual identities be commodified, bought, and sold?  Students should expect to leave the course with a nuanced understanding of the relationship between markets, morality, and social life.                                                                                                                                                 COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture/Discussion                                                                                                                                                                                                         COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Class Participation; Reflection Papers; Exams

SOCI 49801-01 INTERNSHIP IN SOCIOLOGY COURSE NLA (Credits vary)                                                                                                                                                                   M 3:00-3:50 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         INSTRUCTOR: Katherine Cohen-Filipic, 113 Muller Faculty Ctr., 4-5122,                                                                                                                 ENROLLMENT: 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 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. OURSE 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.

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