Spring 2016

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
SOCI 110-01 Social Analysis
Instructor: Anthony Barnum
Course Description:
Selected topics in the empirical study of the ways in which people's character and life choices are affected by variations in the organization of their society and of the activities by which social arrangements varying in their adequacy to human needs are perpetuated or changed.
0830:MWF   DENNY 110
SOCI 110-02 Social Analysis
Instructor: Michael Stambolis-Ruhstorfer
Course Description:
Selected topics in the empirical study of the ways in which people's character and life choices are affected by variations in the organization of their society and of the activities by which social arrangements varying in their adequacy to human needs are perpetuated or changed.
1130:MWF   DENNY 304
SOCI 228-01 Sociology of Sexualities
Instructor: Amy Steinbugler
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGST 202-04.Permission of Instructor Required. This course explores the social origins of sexual behaviors, identities, and desires. We will investigate how sexuality intersects with other social hierarchies including race, gender, and class. Our current frameworks for understanding sexuality and sexual identity are the product of social, political, and economic forces, and reflect the common sense of a particular historical moment. We will consider a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of sexuality and explore more closely how these perspectives inform the analysis of contemporary sexual issues. Offered every two years.
1330:MR   DENNY 313
SOCI 230-01 Global Urban Poverty
Instructor: Anthony Barnum
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 200-02. Global Urban Poverty is designed to provide a view of major social problems facing humanity in developing urban environments. Understanding that there is one planet and that what happens to peoples in one location affects peoples in another is an important part of living in the 21st century. As developing nations undergo a demographic shift from rural to urban majority populations, the stresses placed on government infrastructure in the areas of sanitation, housing, education, safety and security are immense. Urban poverty affects not only the poor, but also the affluent, as cities become contested sites. This course examines major social problems within the context of developing world urban poverty and seeks to stimulate students to evaluate their own lives in the context of larger social forces.
1030:MWF   DENNY 211
SOCI 230-02 Mediterranean Migrations
Instructor: Marcelo Borges, Susan Rose
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 215-01.Permission of Instructor RequiredPart of the Mediterranean Migrations Mosaic. 1 credit course cross-listed in History and Sociology will focus on the development of migratory flows between Morocco and southern Europe in the context of trans-Mediterranean migration history. In addition, the course will place migration from Morocco within the larger historical contacts between Europe and Moroccoincluding colonialism and its aftermathand it will consider the impact of larger socioeconomic and political changes on geographic mobility across the Mediterranean. The course will address the interplay of structural socioeconomic and political factors with individual trajectories of migrant men and women, and the impact they have on families and communities.
0900:TR   CMST SEM
SOCI 230-03 City, Suburb, Inequality Place
Instructor: Amy Steinbugler
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required.In the United States, where we live has a profound effect on our life chances. It shapes the schools we attend, the safety of our families, and our exposure to environmental hazards. It also influences the composition of our social networks and the resources those networks confer. This course explores the significance of place, especially neighborhoods, in the reproduction of racial and social class inequalities. Specific issues include: race and residential segregation, suburbanization, social capital, education, sexual communities, gentrification, and 'stop and frisk' policies.
1030:TR   DENNY 311
SOCI 230-04 Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Instructor: Shalom Staub
Course Description:
Conflict seems to be an inescapable aspect of social life. Are we, as human beings, predetermined to live in conflict? Yet as social beings living in mutually dependent social groups, we have developed various simple and complex strategies for managing and resolving conflicts. We will explore these mechanisms to manage or resolve conflicts of different kinds-- inter-personally, in families, workplace-based, among ethnic, racial, and religious groups, and internationally. This course will examine the growing literature on conflict studies, and will draw on inter-disciplinary perspectives to examine conflict and conflict resolution processes and strategies.
1500:MR   EASTC 300
SOCI 230-05 Environment and Society
Instructor: Heather Bedi
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENST 311-02. Society defines how collections of humans are organized around shared bonds including cultures, contexts, or identities. Margaret Mead famously warned, we wont have a society if we destroy the environment. This course aims to understand how society is intimately dependent on natural resources, and how human actions alter the environment. Drawing from social science methods, this class highlights how societies are intimately dependent on natural resources, and how human actions alter the environment. Students will examine how collections of humans experience, use, and change the environment. They will gain knowledge in social change, and how social movements and activists frame challenges. Concepts of development, justice, and power will be examined in relation to pressing environment and society challenges.
1330:TR   KAUF 187
SOCI 230-06 Political Sociology: Power, Authority and Practicing Citizenship
Instructor: Katherine Tait
Course Description:
How can sociology explain the politics of the middle class and the one percent, terms we so often hear in discussions among friends, peers and the media, especially during campaign seasons? This course explains the sociological perspective and how it pertains to a broad range of political phenomena, from rhetoric, preferences, interests and behavior to institutions and social movements. By studying the area where the social and political intersect, we can arrive at a useful understanding of power, authority, hegemony, democracy, the state, nationalism and the media (including Facebook and Twitter).
0930:MWF   DENNY 204
SOCI 230-08 The Sociology of Law and Public Policy: Defining Social Problems and Creating Change
Instructor: Michael Stambolis-Ruhstorfer
Course Description:
What is the law and what are public policy interventions? This course invites you to think about these questions by revealing the people and processes behind these institutions integral to contemporary democracies. We will cover the theoretical and methodological foundations of the sociology of law and public policy. You will also learn about the people and groups who produce, dispense, and interpret the law as well as the effects (intentional or not) their actions have on our lives. Finally, through examples of current issues, such as same-sex marriage, sexual harassment, and fatherhood politics, we will explore how people resist laws and policies as they fight for change in an increasingly globalized world.
1330:MW   DENNY 311
SOCI 240-01 Qualitative Methods
Instructor: Michael Stambolis-Ruhstorfer
Course Description:
This course introduces students to the theory and methods of social science research, beginning with an examination of the philosophies underlying various research methodologies. The course then focuses on ethnographic field methods, introducing students to the techniques of participant observation, structured and informal interviewing, oral histories, sociometrics, and content analysis. Students will design their own field projects. Prerequisite: 110 or ANTH 101.
1330:TF   DENNY 104
SOCI 240-02 Research Methods - Mediterranean Mosaic
Instructor: Marcelo Borges, Susan Rose
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 215-02.Permission of Instructor RequiredPart of the Mediterranean Migrations Mosaic. This course introduces students to the theory and methods of social science research, beginning with an examination of the philosophies underlying various research methodologies. The course then focuses on ethnographic field methods, introducing students to the techniques of participant observation, structured and informal interviewing, oral histories, sociometrics, and content analysis. Students will design their own field projects. Prerequisite: 110 or ANTH 101.
1030:TR   CMST SEM
SOCI 331-01 Contemporary Sociological Theory
Instructor: J Daniel Schubert
Course Description:
This course will examine alternative ways of understanding the human being, society, and culture as they have been presented in contemporary sociological theory (1925-present). It will focus on the theoretical logic of accounting for simple and complex forms of social life, interactions between social processes and individual and group identities, major and minor changes in society and culture, and the linkages between intimate and large-scale human experience. Prerequisite: 110 and one additional course in sociology, or permission of instructor. Offered every spring.
1330:MR   DENNY 303
SOCI 405-01 Senior Thesis
Instructor: J Daniel Schubert
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required Independent study, in consultation with a specially constituted faculty committee, of a problem area chosen by the student. The student should, in addition to pursuing his/her own interests, also seek to demonstrate how various perspectives within sociology and, where relevant, other disciplines bear on the topic chosen. Permission of the instructor required.
1330:W   DENNY 203
SOCI 500-01 Mediterranean Migrations
Instructor: Marcelo Borges, Nicoletta Marini Maio, Susan Rose
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required.Part of the Mediterranean Migrations Mosaic.
 
SOCI 500-03 The School to Prison Pipeline
Instructor: J Daniel Schubert
Course Description:
 
SOCI 550-01 Inequality, Education and Social Justice
Instructor: Susan Rose
Course Description: