Fall 2017

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
SOCI 110-01 Social Analysis
Instructor: Amy Steinbugler
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.
1330:TR   DANA 101
SOCI 230-01 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 230-02 Political Economy of Gender
Instructor: Mesude Kongar
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ECON 214-01 and WGSS 202-02.Political Economy of Gender adopts a gender-aware perspective to examine how people secure their livelihoods through labor market and nonmarket work. The course examines nature of labor market inequalities by gender, race, ethnicity and other social categories, how they are integrated with non-market activities, their wellbeing effects, their role in the macroeconomy, and the impact of macroeconomic policies on these work inequalities. These questions are examined from the perspective of feminist economics that has emerged since the early 1990s as a heterodox economics discourse, critical of both mainstream and gender-blind heterodox economics. While we will pay special attention to the US economy, our starting point is that there is one world economy with connections between the global South and the North, in spite of the structural differences between (and within) these regions.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 206
SOCI 230-03 Native American Activism & Resurgence: Red Power to #NoDAPL
Instructor: Nicholle Dragone
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 200-02 and WGSS 202-03.This course will explore the contemporary and historical, intellectual and cultural, political and spiritual foundations of Native American Activism, Survivance and Resurgence in the 20th and 21st centuries, from the Red Power Movement of the 1960s to the #NoDAPL grass-roots resurgence/protests in 2016-2017. While our main focus will be grass-roots movements/events happening in the United States including the Unity Caravans/Convents, the White Roots of Peace, the Fish-ins, Alcatraz, American Indian Movement, Wounded Knee II, the Trail of Broken Treaties -- we will also look at Idle No More Movement that began in Canada in December 2012 and continues to unite Native peoples across the US-Canadian in an ongoing struggle for self-determination, sovereignty, land/water rights and treaty rights. This course will prioritize class discussions in combination with lectures, group work, independent and collective research. We will incorporate relevant current news and social media into the course materials, along with texts, film, videos and audio materials, as appropriate.
1230:MWF   DENNY 212
SOCI 233-01 Asian American Communities
Instructor: Helene Lee
Course Description:
This class is designed to move from theoretical understandings of race, and racial identity as it operates in our everyday lives to larger, structural determinants of race with special attention to the unique position of Asian Americans in U.S. race relations. This course focuses on social relations, political identities and activism, immigration and labor experiences to explore the ways Asian Americans have contributed to our larger histories as Americans. Broken down into three sections, this class analyzes the position of Asian Americans in the following interconnected contexts: (a) Asian Americans in relation to dominant society, (b) Asian Americans in relation to other communities of color, and (c) pan-Asian relations. Offered every year.
1030:TR   DENNY 313
SOCI 237-01 Global Inequality
Instructor: Helene Lee
Course Description:
Exploring the relationship between globalization and inequality, this course examines the complex forces driving the integration of ideas, people, societies and economies worldwide. This inquiry into global disparities will consider the complexities of growth, poverty reduction, and the roles of international organizations. Among the global issues under scrutiny, will be environmental degradation; debt forgiveness; land distribution; sweatshops, labor practices and standards; slavery in the global economy; and the vulnerability of the world's children. Under specific investigation will be the social construction and processes of marginalization, disenfranchisement and the effects of globalization that have reinforced the division between the world's rich and poor. Offered every year.
1330:MR   DENNY 103
SOCI 244-01 Quantitative Research Methods
Instructor: Amy Steinbugler
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required. The quantitative research methods course introduces students to basic principles of social science research methodologies and statistical analysis. Students will use examples from scholarly research to understand concepts related to research design, sample selection, appropriate measurement, and survey construction. Additionally, students will apply these concepts to conduct introductory data analysis. Using elemental tools of descriptive and inferential statistics, students will learn to quantitatively assess social research questions in order to draw meaningful conclusions. Prerequisite: 110 or ANTH 100 or ANTH 101.
1030:M   DENNY 112
1030:R   DENNY 112
SOCI 313-01 From Hegemony to Symbolic Violence
Instructor: J Daniel Schubert
Course Description:
Hegemony, counter-hegemony, anti-hegemony, even post-hegemony. Hegemony is a term we see and hear frequently in the social sciences and humanities. We even see it used sometimes in the popular press. But how many of us have more than a vague understanding of what it means and why it is being used? In this class we will return to the work of Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci in order to better understand how and why he used the term in his attempts to understand the workings of political power. Well then think about it in relation to some more recent attempts to capture similar social phenomena, including the notion of symbolic violence offered by French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu. Along the way well examine and critique the ways in which such terms are used in the social sciences and the popular press, and think about ways in which they capture peoples lived experiences and thus continue to have relevance today.
1500:TR   DENNY 304
SOCI 330-01 Classical 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 classical sociological theory (through 1925). 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 fall.
0900:TR   DENNY 313
SOCI 400-01 Technology and Society
Instructor: Erik Love
Course Description:
How many times today have you checked your phone to see if you had a message waiting? It's likely that your answer to that question will probably be "too many to count." In the past two decades, rapid development of communication technology has transformed how Americans relate with one another. However, recent research questions whether the overall level of social connection in America has actually decreased over the past twenty years. This seminar will consider sociological theories about technology, and look at empirical research on contemporary lived experiences during rapid technological development, with a particular focus on communications technologies.
1330:T   EASTC 312
SOCI 400-02 Sociology of Violence
Instructor: Susan Rose
Course Description:
While dealing with broad conceptualizations of violence, this course will focus on gender and sexual violence in the context of domestic and international disputes. We will examine: the social construction of gender and violence; social policy regarding violence; interpersonal violence: rape in the context of both wartime and peacetime, domestic violence (battering, child abuse, sexual abuse); women's rights as human rights; and the politics of trauma, memory, and denial.
1330:W   CMST SEM
SOCI 550-01 Climate Change and Human Security in Nepal
Instructor: Cornelius Leary, Michael Beevers, Michael Fratantuono
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor RequiredPart of the Climate Change and Human Security Mosaic.
1330:W   KAUF 178