Faculty Profile

Susan Rose

Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, Director of the Community Studies Center (1984), Department Chair

Contact Information

rose@dickinson.edu

239 W Louther St
717.245.1244
http://users.dickinson.edu/~rose/

Bio

Susan Rose is interested in life course studies and systems of socialization (family, education, and religion), with a particular emphasis on comparative family systems and the interaction of gender, class, and race. Her research has focused on cross-cultural studies of the political economy of religious fundamentalisms, gender violence, sexuality education, and immigration. Other areas of interest include: stratification, social policy, and qualitative research methods..

Education

  • B.A., Dickinson College, 1977
  • M.A., Cornell University, 1982
  • Ph.D., 1984

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

SOCI 110 Social Analysis
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. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences and US Diversity requirements.

LALC 200 Global Urban Poverty
Cross-listed with SOCI 230-01.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.

WGST 202 Sex, Gender & Religion
Cross-listed with SOCI 227-01.

SOCI 227 Sex, Gender & Religion
Cross-listed with WGST 202-04.

SOCI 230 Dealing with Data
How does one measure quality of life? If you had a “free” choice, where would you want to live? On what basis would you decide? How does your nationality, race, class, and gender affect your access to health care, prison, higher education, potable water? Or the probability of your dying before age 5 or living beyond age 75? Using a series of case studies, this course will examine demographic and socio-economic data, focusing on the development (and social construction) of social problems and social policy recommendations designed to eliminate or ameliorate those problems. While addressing social problems and policies, the course is skills-based and teaches students how to access relevant and reliable data, and then assess, analyze, and present those data in order to build strong arguments. Work will include short weekly readings and reports that use empirical data to argue points of view on a particular social issue and/or policy, debates, visual presentations, and a final policy brief of the student’s choosing. Issues to be examined are likely to include: wealth and health disparities both within and across countries; crime and incarceration rates by demographic characteristics and across countries; gender inequality and gender violence; teen pregnancy and reproductive health; MDGs and quality of life within and across countries; and immigration.

SOCI 230 Global Urban Poverty
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.

SOCI 236 Stratification
This course takes a critical look at the layers of American society that shape, construct, and inhibit the basic pursuit for equality of opportunity. Students will be asked to examine how the three most fundamental elements of social stratification (race, class, gender) function both separately and in tandem to organize systems of inequality. The course uses theoretical and practical applications of stratification to evaluate how social constructions of difference influence the institutions and social policy. Additionally, class discussions will also consider how the forces of racism, sexism, and classism impact the attainment of basic needs, such as wages, health care and housing. Offered every year.

WGST 300 Sex, Gender, and Religion
Cross-listed with SOCI 327-01. Exploring the interactions between religious and gender and sexuality, this course examines: how various religious traditions perceive sexuality and gender; the ways in which religion influences social policy both within the United States and globally; and the impact this has on individuals, families, and societies. The course focuses on contemporary concerns, while offering a comparative (historical and cross-cultural) introduction to these issues across several religious traditions. Particular emphasis is given to religious fundamentalisms across the three major monotheistic religions:Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

SOCI 327 Sex, Gender, and Religion
Cross-listed with WGST 300-03.