Faculty Profile

J Daniel Schubert

Associate Professor of Sociology (1996)

Contact Information

schubert@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 314
717.245.1227

Bio

He is interested in social theory, cultural studies, gender, health and illness, and the sociology of knowledge. Publications have focused on the ethics of academic practice and poststructuralist thought. Current research focuses on the lives of adults with long-term chronic illness.

Education

  • B.A., Towson State University, 1983
  • M.A., University of Maryland, 1989
  • Ph.D., 1995

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

AMST 200 Crime & Punishment in America
Cross-listed with SOCI 230-06.This course is concerned with a wide range of issues surrounding crime and punishment in society. Our main focus will be prisons and punishment, but we will also address issues such as the demographics, image, patterns, and consequences of crime and punishment in contemporary society. We will consider the ways in which society and social factors influence crime and punishment, as well as the ways in which crime and punishment impact various components of society. Our approach will be interdisciplinary, drawing materials from sociology, philosophy, economics, history, psychology, American Studies, and criminal justice. The course will likely include a weekday visit to the State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill and a Saturday visit to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.

SOCI 230 Crime & Punishment in America
Cross-listed with AMST 200-06.This course is concerned with a wide range of issues surrounding crime and punishment in society. Our main focus will be prisons and punishment, but we will also address issues such as the demographics, image, patterns, and consequences of crime and punishment in contemporary society. We will consider the ways in which society and social factors influence crime and punishment, as well as the ways in which crime and punishment impact various components of society. Our approach will be interdisciplinary, drawing materials from sociology, philosophy, economics, history, psychology, American Studies, and criminal justice. The course will likely include a weekday visit to the State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill and a Saturday visit to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.

SOCI 313 The Reproduction of Inequality
Permission of Instructor Required.This is a course run through the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program. The class will meet in a local correctional facility. Half of the students will be from Dickinson (the outside students) and half will be from the correctional facility (the inside students). The class will explore how inequality is reproduced in the United States, with a particular focus on institutions of education and incarceration. In significant ways, schools and prisons are parallel institutions that serve different populations. Access to quality grade schools, high schools, and colleges and universities is too often the privilege of middle-class or wealthy Americans. The majority of people housed in jails and prisons are poor, and disproportionately Black and Latino. From another perspective, these institutions are deeply connected, with well-worn pathways leading from educational facilities to correctional facilities. In this class we examine the historical origins of these divisions as well as the current social and economic realities that surround education and imprisonment in the United States.

SOCI 330 Classical Sociological Theory
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.

Spring 2016

HEST 201 Introduction to Health Studies
Introduction to Health Studies is a multi-disciplinary course that explores various theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of health. In addition to providing the overall framework for the materials covered, the faculty-convener of the course will draw on speakers from Dickinson faculty who will present health studies materials relevant to their respective areas of special expertise. Faculty speakers will be drawn from a range of disciplines at the college, including American Studies, Anthropology, Biology, History, International Business and Management, Philosophy, Policy Studies, Psychology, and Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies.Normally offered spring semester.

SOCI 331 Contemp Sociological Theory
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.

SOCI 405 Senior Thesis
Permission of Instructor Required

SOCI 500 Independent Study

PSYC 550 Independent Research