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Sociology

Chair: John A. Hall

Professors J. L. Campbell, J. A. Hall, M. Parsa; Associate Professors D. L. Anthony, D. K. King; Assistant Professors M. R. Herman, M. N. Hollister , K. J. Lively; Visiting Assistant Professor C. Gomez; Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow L. R. Clawson; Post-Doctoral Fellow M. E. Wooten; Adjunct Professor A. B. Flood.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE STANDARD MAJOR

The standard major in Sociology consists of ten courses, to be selected as follows:

1. Prerequisite: one introductory level course, either Sociology 1 or 2.

2. One theory course: Sociology 11 or 12.

3. One methods course: Sociology 10, 16 or 17. With approval of the Chair, a major may substitute one of the statistical analysis courses offered by the other social science departments or programs.

4. Seven additional courses in Sociology numbered 10 or higher. Majors are encouraged to identify an area of concentration within Sociology.

5. Standard majors must satisfy the culminating experience requirement by successfully completing any one of the following three options: Senior Independent Study Project (Sociology 90), The Sociological Imagination (Sociology 91) or Honors Thesis (Sociology 98). Brief descriptions of each option may be found under the course listings. Please consult the Department regarding specific procedures for each option. The culminating experience may be counted as one of the seven additional courses in Sociology numbered 10 or higher that are required for completion of the major. Note: Senior fellows who elect to complete a sociology major may fulfill this requirement through the successful completion of the senior fellow project.

Major schedules must be approved by a department faculty member.

NOTE: Except for introductory-level courses, higher course numbers DO NOT necessarily correspond with more advanced courses.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MODIFIED MAJOR

The modified major in Sociology consists of twelve courses, to be selected as follows:

1. Prerequisite: one introductory level course, either Sociology 1 or 2.

2. One theory course: Sociology 11 or 12.

3. One methods course: Sociology 10, 16 or 17. With approval of the Chair, a major may substitute one of the statistical analysis courses offered by the other social science departments or programs.

4. Five additional courses in Sociology numbered 10 or higher. Majors are encouraged to identify an area of concentration within Sociology.

5. Modified majors, must satisfy the culminating experience requirement by successfully completing any one of the following three options: Senior Independent Study Project, The Sociological Imagination or a Honors Thesis. Please consult the Department regarding specific procedures for each option.

6. Four related courses taken in one or more departments or programs.

Students establishing a modified major must submit a written statement of the proposed field or topic, plus a list of all courses to be taken for credit toward the modified major. The proposal should address the intellectual coherence of the proposed course of study. All modified majors must be approved by the Chair of the Sociology Department; and, when modified by a single department or program, by the chair of that department or program.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BASIC MINOR

The basic minor in Sociology consists of six courses, to be selected as follows:

 

1. Prerequisite: one introductory level course, either Sociology 1 or 2.

2. Five additional courses in Sociology numbered 10 or higher.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR IN MARKETS, MANAGEMENT AND THE ECONOMY

The Minor in Markets, Management and the Economy consists of six courses, to be selected as follows:

1. One introductory course, either Sociology 1 or 2.

2. Five of the following courses, two of which must be Sociology 22, 27, or 66

20 Sociology of Law

  22 Markets and Management

  23 Power, Politics and the State

  27 Organizations in Society

  28 Health Care and Health Care Policy

  41 Capitalism, Class and Race

  62 Urbanism and Urbanization

  66 The Sociology of International Development

  80 Independent Study (in Markets, Management and the Economy)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR IN SOCIAL INEQUALITIES

The Minor in Social Inequalities consists of six courses, to be selected as follows:

1. One introductory course, either Sociology 1 or 2.

2. Five of the following courses, one of which must be Sociology 40, 41, or 42

(courses must be taken from at least two subtopics):

12 Sociological Classics

20 Sociology of Law

40 The Structure of Inequality

41 Capitalism, Class and Race

42 Constructing Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.

43 Dangerous Intersections: Race, Class and Gender

44 Complexities of Latino Identity in the U.S.

45 Educational Issues Among Immigrant Children

46 Constructing Black Womanhood

60 Gender, Marriage and Brave New Families: Sociology of Reproduction

61 Women, Society and Change

62 Urbanism and Urbanization

63 The North American City

64 Immigration, Race and Ethnicity

67 Social Movements

78 Advanced Course: Intergroup Conflict in Multinational States

80 Independent Study (in Social Inequalities)

Subtopics: Class and General Inequalities:

Sociology: 20, 40, 43, 63, 67, 78

Ethnicity: Sociology 42, 44, 45, 46, 64

Gender: Sociology 46, 60, 61

All minors must be approved by a departmental faculty member.

OFF-CAMPUS STUDY

Off-Campus Program in Copenhagen

Students in any social science major may apply to participate in the Sociology Department's off-campus student exchange program, which is held during the Fall term at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. The University of Copenhagen offers a special set of social science courses taught in English by Copenhagen faculty. Students may choose courses in sociology, anthropology, government and economics, and take the normal course load of a full-time student. Applications are received in early February and selections are made during that term. Students who apply are required to have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0. For further information, see Professor Campbell.

SOCIOLOGY HONORS

The Honors Program in Sociology consists of advanced independent study under the direction of a faculty supervisor, culminating in the completion and presentation to the department of an honors thesis. A major who successfully completes an honors thesis in Sociology will also satisfy the culminating experience in the major. The program is open to any major who satisfies the minimum college honors requirements, including a 3.0 GPA overall, has a 3.3 GPA in the major, and has completed all theory and methods requirements for the major prior to submission of the thesis proposal.

Toward the end of the junior year a prospective honors major should identify a faculty member in the department who is willing to serve as a thesis advisor in order to discuss the proposed thesis. Advisors must confirm that they will be on campus during the two terms in which the student takes Sociology 98 (sociology honors credits) unless other arrangements are made. A written thesis proposal must be submitted to the advisor no later than the end of the third week of the third term prior to graduation (typically fall term, senior year), and preferably earlier. After the proposal has been approved by the advisor and a copy filed with the department the student is accepted into the honors program.

All honors majors must take Sociology 98 twice for thesis credit during the senior year, although exceptions may be permitted. Because only one term of Sociology 98 counts as one of the seven additional courses numbered 10 or higher that are required for completion of the major, taking a second term of Sociology 98 means that Honors students will typically take at least 11 course credits in Sociology. At the end of the first term of Sociology 98 the student's progress toward the completion of the thesis is evaluated by the advisor in consultation with the department. If satisfactory progress is not being made, then the thesis project may be terminated and a grade given for the first term of thesis credit.

A preliminary draft of the thesis must be turned into the thesis advisor no later than the end of the fifth week of the second term of Sociology 98, and preferably earlier. Once revisions have been made, two (2) copies of the completed thesis (one bound and one unbound) must be turned into the thesis advisor no later than the end of the eighth week of the second term of Sociology 98. Another bound copy must be brought to the Rauner Library. The thesis will be graded by the thesis advisor and a second reader appointed by the department. Students receiving a B+ (3.33) or higher on the thesis will receive honors recognition in the major. High honors may be awarded by faculty vote for truly exceptional work.

Students interested in participating in the program should obtain the handout "The Sociology Honors Program" from the Department Office. Students can also consult the website: www.dartmouth.edu/~socy/honors.html.

TRANSFER CREDITS

Upon approval by the Chair, a maximum of two course credits for work taken elsewhere may be counted toward the major and a maximum of one course credit for work taken elsewhere may be counted toward the minor. Modified majors must complete at least five sociology courses at Dartmouth, beyond the prerequisite. Also, certain courses, such as Sociology 1, 2, 10, 11 and 12 are almost always required to be taken at Dartmouth. Typically, transfer credit will only be approved for sociology courses not regularly offered by the Department. Students contemplating taking major, modified major and minor courses elsewhere should thus consult the Chair well in advance, to assure that appropriate transfer credits will be accepted.

I. INTRODUCTORY COURSES

1. Introductory Sociology

06F, 07F: 9

What is Society? How have societies developed historically? How do they distribute wealth, income and other resources? How do they organize political authority and economic power? How do they coordinate work? How do they socialize people to "fit in" with those around them? How do they produce popular culture? This course provides answers to these questions in ways that provide an introduction to the field of sociology. It focuses on a broad range of theory and research showing how sociologists think about and study these questions. In many cases, the topics covered in the course reflect the research interests and course offerings of faculty in the sociology department at Dartmouth. As a result, the course also provides an introduction to some of the curriculum offered in the department.

Open to all classes. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. Campbell.

2. Social Problems

07W, 08W: 10

Daily news reports direct much of our attention to social problems such as crime, poverty, prejudice and political corruption. Yet rarely are such reports accompanied by a discussion of the systematic causes of these problems. More often we become witness to an endless stream of media coverage reporting seemingly isolated incidents. Seldom are we informed of the decision-making process by which some social problems become selected for coverage, while others are ignored. The purpose of this course is to subject the coverage of modern social problems to an in-depth, critical analysis. We will attempt to answer such questions as: "how does a social problem become defined as such?" and "what are the causes or sources of various social problems?" Open to all classes. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. Anthony.

7. First-Year Seminars in Sociology

Consult special listings

II. THEORY AND METHODS

10. Quantitative Analysis of Social Data

06F, 07F: 10A

This course provides an introduction to the methods and statistical techniques of quantitative analysis. The first part of the course deals with the methods of quantitative analysis (research design, conceptualization, operationalization, and measurement). The second part of the course introduces students to parametric and nonparametric statistics (frequency distributions, crosstabulations, measures of association, tests of significance, correlation, and bivariate regression). There is a strong emphasis in this course on applying the methods and techniques learned to actual social science data. No previous statistical or advanced mathematical training is assumed, but solid arithmetic and basic algebraic skills are necessary. Prerequisite: Sociology 1 or 2, or permission of the instructor. Because of the large overlap in material covered, no student may receive credit for more than one of the following courses: Economics 10, Government 10, Mathematics 10, Psychology 10, Social Sciences 10, Mathematics and Social Sciences 15 or Sociology 10 by special petition. Dist: QDS. Hollister.

11. Social Organization

06F, 07F: 11

How are societies organized? This course examines how social scientists answer this question by exploring a variety of contemporary theoretical perspectives, including those that focus on how conflict, functional needs, individual self-interest, cognitive perceptions, culture or symbolic interpretations organize society. Students compare, contrast and evaluate these and other theories of social organization in light of empirical studies that have tried to explain the genesis and dynamics of groups, formal organizations, social classes, nation states and global systems. Prerequisite: Sociology 1 or 2, or permission of the instructor. Dist: SOC. Campbell.

12. Sociological Classics

07S, 08S: 10A

This course introduces and criticizes the work of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber, three seminal writers whose ideas are still of enormous significance in shaping perspective and framing terms of argument among many major contemporary social and political thinkers. Among specific subjects to be covered are the following: class and class conflict; culture and ideology; forms and symbols of social solidarity; and questions of how shared ideals or divisive interests affect not just the study of human society, but the course of history itself. Prerequisite: Sociology 1 or 2, or permission of the instructor. Class of 2007 and earlier: Dist: PHR. Class of 2008 and later: Dist: TMV. J. Hall

16. The Logic of Social Inquiry

08W: 10A

This course is designed to provide students with the practical tools of doing social science research and the theoretical background for scientific inquiry into social issues. In the first part of the course we will discuss the research process itself, as well as conceptual issues in theory building and hypothesis testing. In the second part, students will devise and carry out group and individual research projects around a substantive topic. Each project will involve a variety of research techniques, the exact use and applicability of which will be the topic of class discussions. In addition, we will discuss ethical issues and the relevance of social science research for policy making and for advocacy. Dist: SOC. Lively.

17. Survey Methods and Analysis

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

This course covers the conceptual and applied aspects of the survey process. Topics include deriving hypotheses from theories and conceptual models, operationalizing concepts, sampling, survey construction, data management, and statistical analysis. The course will focus on the entire survey process from the initial construction of the survey to the analysis of the survey's data. The course does not require a background in statistical analysis nor more mathematical background than high school algebra. The primary goal of the course is to enable students to be critical users of survey methods. Students will gain both a familiarity with the strengths and weaknesses of these methods and become reasonably proficient with using a statistical package (SPSS) to manage data, analyze, and derive meaningful conclusions about social phenomena. Dist: TAS.

19. Special Topics in Theory and Methods

06F: 2A

In 06F, Selected Topics in Sociological Theory. 'Sociological Theory' is all-too-often taken to mean Marx, Weber and Durkheim. This absurdly narrow focus has been partially addressed in Sociology 12 by including within the classical canon Montesquieu, Smith and Tocqueville. But that change does not exhaust the richness of sociological theory. This course considers various theories, setting each within the context of later empirical research. The thinkers include Edward Gibbon (on empires and on nomads), Karl Polanyi, Ernest Gellner, Fred Hirsch, Georg Simmel, Alexander Gershenkron and Karl Popper. J. Hall.

III. INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS

20. Sociology of Law

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

This course will consider the relationship between law and society, analyzing law as an expression of cultural values, a reflection of social and political structure, and an instrument of social control and social change. Complementing this general perspective will be a more detailed examination of selected legal institutions, such as the court system, the police, regulatory agencies, and the legal profession. Readings will include both theoretical works and empirical studies. Prerequisite: Sociology 1 or 2, or permission of the instructor. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. King.

21. Introduction to Political Sociology

07S: 2A 07F: 10A

This course examines the relationship between the social and political order with a view towards identifying and examining how politics is shaped by other events in societies and in turn shapes them. Readings and discussions will focus on the close connection between the political arena and its actors and social institutions. Attention is given to sociological aspects of the family, communities, economic institutions, and political parties. Special emphasis is placed on the dynamics of political power, participation, socialization, communication, and recruitment. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. J. Hall.

22. Markets and Management

07W: 11

What is money? How do people find jobs? Are markets competitive or cooperative? This course examines these and other questions about how economic behavior is organized, operates and changes historically. It recognizes that economic activity is socially organized and guided by political, cultural and normative as well as economic principles. It explores how economic activity takes many forms, including groups of small competitive firms, large and powerful corporations, and diffuse networks of companies tied together through inter-firm alliances, business associations and other sorts of cooperative and competitive relations with each other, unions, government agencies and universities. It examines the organization and operation of different kinds of markets, different theories of how economic activity is organized, and the social factors that contribute to economic success or failure. It also investigates how managers, unions, policy makers and governments are coping with recent economic challenges, such as those posed by technological change and the globalization of economic activity. Because this is a course in economic sociology-not economics-no background in economics is required. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: EU or NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. Campbell.

23. Power, Politics, and the State

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

Since the 1970s, politicians in the United States have called for tax cuts, less government spending, and fewer regulations-a program that is now known as "neoliberalism." This course explores the rise of neoliberalism in the United States and the political struggles that have emerged around these policy issues and that have persisted into the 21st century. We will study several theoretical perspectives and research findings that show how business, labor, citizen groups, political elites, political action committees, political parties, and political institutions have affected the situation, and how their influence has changed during the last 35 years. In particular, we will focus on reforms in tax policy, social policy, and industrial policy. While the course is largely concerned with the United States, comparisons to other advanced capitalist countries will be explored occasionally to highlight important features of the U.S. case. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. Campbell.

24. Education and Inequality

08S: 2A

This course is a survey of selected sociological concepts, theories, and their applications to problems in the sociology of education. The field of sociology of education is too broad to cover in a single course. Instead we will focus on a few topics in the field.This focus will provide the opportunity to analyze some highly controversial issues in a systematic and rigorous manner, and examine areas of current research interest and activity. Major topic areas include theories of achievement and educational attainment, tracking, inequality in school, inequality in the classroom, school organization, public vs. private: the great voucher debate, and race. Not open to first-year students. Prerequisite: one introductory Social Science course. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. Herman.

25. Democracy and Democratization in Developing Countries

07S, 08S: 2A

The road to democratization in most countries in recent years has been marked by large-scale social movements. This course will begin with an examination of various theories of democracy and democratization. It will specifically analyze the role of class, culture, ideology, and religion in the democratization process. Finally, we will apply the theories to the three cases of South Korea, Indonesia, and Iran, three countries with mixed successes. Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: NW. Parsa.

26. Trust in Society

07W: 12

Social science and popular press literature of the past decade suggests that trust is the cause of many "good" things, such as the source of group cooperation, the basis of democracy, the foundation of the market economy, the source of national economic power, the key, even, to morality itself. Given its relation to all things good, it is not surprising that some commentators speak with alarm when they claim that "trust is declining" in society. Is trust declining? What exactly is trust anyway, and why does it matter? In this course we explore the concept of trust by reading and discussing theoretical and empirical research from across the social sciences. Prerequisite: Sociology 1 or 2 and one other Sociology course. Dist: SOC. Anthony.

27. Organizations in Society

06F, 07F: 12

Much of modern life takes place within a wide variety of complex, formal organizations, from multi-national corporations, to churches, from social service agencies to volunteer organizations. In this course we will learn about the structure, internal processes, and environments of different forms of organization. Our focus is on sociological theories and empirical research, from a macro-sociological perspective. Our objective will be to learn about how organizations work, as well as to gain an understanding of the impact of organizations on society and in our lives. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. Anthony.

28. Health Care and Health Care Policy

08W: 12

This course examines the health care system in the United States, focusing on the roles and operations of health care institutions and providers. The objective throughout the course is to develop a comprehensive and critical perspective on current fields and issues in medical sociology. The course consists of five sections, progressing from macro-level to micro-level analyses of the delivery of health care, and returning to the macro-level to discuss recent policy changes and debates in the health care system. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. Anthony.

29. Sport and Society

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

The sociological study of sport in society can be approached in a number of ways: as a mechanism for the transmission of societal values; as a means of social participation; as a collective symbol and ritual; as an organized pattern of legitimated conflict and violence; as a group boundary reinforcing activity; as an alternate channel of social mobility; and as a social problem. From these general themes specific sociopsychological topics such as leadership, socialization, communication, conflict, and cooperation can be emphasized, along with issues of race, sex, 'sport politics,' and the ubiquitous problem of social inequality. This course examines sport as a complex socio-cultural phenomenon possessing political and economic consequences for individuals, groups, and society as a whole.

Prerequisite: Sociology 1 or 2. Not open to first-year students. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W.

30. Deviance and Social Control

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

Students of society seem always to have been fascinated with explaining why some members deviate from commonly accepted rules. This course examines the major sociological explanations of deviance. We will explore the identification of certain behaviors as deviant, the process of becoming deviant, the management of a deviant identity, and the development of deviant subcultures. The course concludes with an examination of societal reactions to and the treatment of deviance and deviants. Examples of deviant and social control activities that may be considered include prostitution, religious cults, youth gangs, witchcraft, the handicapped, and asylums. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors only. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. King.

31. Prisons: The American Way of Punishment

07S: 11 08S: 12

Prison as a place of confinement, punishment and rehabilitation is the focus of this survey of the history, philosophies, structure and operation of corrections in the United States. The course critically examines the concept of prison as a total institution and its panopticism as a model of social control that extends to other social contexts. The course will explore the world of inmates and their strategies of subcultural adaptations to and resistance against incarceration; as well as the role of the prison staff. Particular attention will be paid to how gender, race, economics and politics structure prison policies and dynamics. Specific topics may include cultural representations of prison life, implications of current sentencing practices, privatization and the prison-industrial complex, incarcerated mothers, capital punishment, juvenile justice, and alternatives to incarceration. Open to all classes. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. King.

32. The Social Meaning of Home

07W, 08W: 11

This course is an exploration of the economic, cultural, social and political dynamics of "home" in contemporary U. S. society. The concept, "home" invariably invokes multiple and sometimes conflicting ideas-a physical dwelling, family, economic property, birthplace, nationality, environment, haven, etc. We speak of "home sweet home," "dream home," "home is where the heart is," "sweet home Alabama" "homeland," "there's no place like home," and "homies." In the course, we will consider the home as a social context that profoundly shapes our personal and collective identities, gender roles and interpersonal relationships, class status and divisions, racial-ethnic memberships and conflicts, plus values and political ideals. The course will emphasize the homestead as economic property and the implications of its location, design, artifacts and domestic lifestyles for the cultivation of model subjects, consumers or citizens. Theoretical, empirical and interpretative materials in the course may touch on subjects as varied as housing and home ownership, shopping and hyperconsumption, food and kitchen culture, family values and the modeling of marriage and family life, the home improvement industry, and home and self makeovers on reality television. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. King.

38. Advanced Course: Corporate and Governmental Deviance

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

The purpose of this seminar is to explore the area of social behavior commonly known as white-collar crime. More specifically, the course examines the social, economic, political, and legal dynamics that contribute to the occurrence of professional and organizational misconduct in corporate, governmental, and non-profit settings. The course will also assess various legal and extralegal strategies for controlling such behaviors. Readings will include case studies of antitrust violations, environmental pollution, defective products, political corruption, scientific frauds, and unethical professional behavior.

39. Special Topics in Institutions and Organizations

06F: 10, 2A 07W: 10A, 2A 07F: 10, 12 08W: 10A

In 06F and 07F at 10, Global Health Systems. Health care systems are unique to the culture and history of each nation. However, all face similar challenges. This course examines health systems across developed and developing nations. Comparisons will be made in terms of: (a) population health, (b) health care organization, (c) health care financing, (d) health professionals and their patients, and (e) health system performance and reform strategies. Understanding how health care is delivered around the world will lead to a better understanding of the relative merits and limitations of various systems. The course is structured as a seminar in which students will be expected to discuss course readings in-depth, as well as develop and present their own research on specific countries of interest. Anthony.

In 06F at 2A, Religion and Public Engagement in the United States. Many central debates within American religious groups in the past century have focused on the degree to which religious institutions and people are or are not engaged and the means by which they participate in public and political life. How have broad religious movements, denominations, and congregations dealt with public life and modernity during this period? How have periods of upheaval in the world been reflected in and dealt with by religious groups? How do emerging forms of religious organization, such as the megachurch, shape engagement with public life? Clawson.

In 07W at 2A, Sociology of the Family. This course considers the family as a central social institution structuring our lives. Family life is often considered quintessentially private, but it is also shaped by broader, seemingly impersonal forces. What is the relationship between family life and social arrangements outside the family (e.g. in the workplace, the economy, the government)? How is the division of labor in the family related to gender, class, and racial or ethnic identity or inequality? Topics will include the gendered division of household labor, childrearing, the difficult balance between work and family obligations, single parenthood, and divorce. Clawson.

In 07W and 08W at 10A, Poverty, the New Economy, and Employment Policy (Identical to Public Policy 81.5). The most obvious solution to the problem of poverty is to give someone a job. More than four decades of employment programs have shown, however, that this is not as easy as it sounds. Recent changes in the economy (downsizing, globalization, technological change) make this situation even more challenging. This course examines the past and future of employment policies as poverty alleviation strategies. It brings together theories of poverty and employment, an analysis of current trends in the economy, and an overview of past and current employment programs. Hollister.

In 07F at 12, The Sociology of Work. This course examines the sociological dimensions of work, occupations, and employment relations. Specific topics may include: the structure of work, historical and contemporary changes in the organizational context of work, ways in which work both creates and reflects social divisions, occupations and professions, occupational socialization and choice, and the intersection of work and family. Hollister

IV. INEQUALITY, IDENTITY, CULTURE

40. Identity and Social Interaction of Multiracial Americans (Pending Faculty approval)

08S: 10A

The 2000 Census revealed that nearly 4% of youth and 2% of adult Americans belong to more than one racial category. What are the social, historical, and biological meanings of the term multi-racial? What are the challenges and benefits associated with belonging to more than one race group? How do multi-racial youth negotiate the path to developing a healthy identity differently than mono-racial youth? How has the social context of race changed the way multiracial people identify? We will consider how schools, families, peer groups, and neighborhoods influence the development of biracial Americans. Herman.

41. Capitalism, Class and Race

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

This course will examine the impact of capitalist economic development on class and race in the United States. Topics to be explored in the course include inequality, mobility, and conflict. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W.

42. Constructing Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. (Identical to Latino Studies 31)

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

What is ethnicity? What is race? What are the boundaries and markers for being a member of an ethnic or racial group? This course examines the development, maintenance and relevance of panethnic groups in the United States. Specifically it focuses on African-Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Americans. The course begins with a review of the theories on ethnic and racial identity. The class will spend several weeks on each panethnic group addressing the following questions: What does it mean to be African-American, Latino, or Asian-American? Who belongs to that group and why? Does the panethnic label capture the complexity of the group? Why is it necessary to construct panethnic identities and who benefits? What are the political ramifications of using panethnicity? Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. Gomez.

43. Dangerous Intersections: Race, Class and Gender

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

Race, class or gender have, to varying degrees, traditionally been employed within the academic disciplines as separate variables or distinct categories of analysis. Increasingly, however, there are calls for and attempts at understanding the relationships among systems of race/ethnicity, sex/gender and class differentiation. Through engaging both theoretical and empirical works, this course will examine the ways in which the simultaneous and interdependent dynamics between these systems shape identity formation and life chances, relationships of marginality and privilege, social continuity and social conflict. It will critically explore the challenges and advantages of intersectional analysis in such contexts as play and leisure, economic roles, sexuality, and law. Dist: SOC. King.

44. Complexities of Latino Identity in the U.S. (Identical to Latino Studies 5)

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

The Latino population currently consists of approximately 30 million people in the United States and by the year 2050 the Census estimates that they will makeup at least 25 percent of the total U.S. population. This diverse group traces its origins to a variety of countries and their experience in the United States is quite varied. This seminar explores issues of race, class, and gender within the Latino community in the United States. The class will spend several weeks on various Latino groups (Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, Central and South Americans) examining their socio-economic experiences. Topics of discussion include issues of pan-ethnicity, representation of group politics, language, gender and class conflicts. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. Gomez.

45. Educational Issues Among Immigrant Children (Identical to Latino Studies 34 and Education 10)

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

This course examines some of the major issues immigrant children, especially Latinos in the United States face in the educational system, including bilingual education, tracking, dropouts/pushouts, retention, and access to higher education. The school as an organization will be analyzed as an institution of socialization, selection, and stratification. Other topics discussed are the nature of interpersonal encounters within the classrooms, the nature of pedagogy, and the opportunities for learning and development. This will be both a lecture and discussion course. Strong participation from students is expected. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W.

46. Constructing Black Womanhood (Identical to African and African American Studies 25 and Women's and Gender Studies 33)

08W: 2

This course is a critical examination of the historical and contemporary status of black women in the United States, as presented in fiction, primary accounts, and social science literature. We will explore the nature, extent, and consequences of the multiple discriminations of race, sex, and class, as the context in which these women shaped their social roles and identities within the black community and the larger society. We will consider the themes of family, motherhood, and sexuality; educational, economic and political participation; aesthetics and religious traditions; self and social images. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: CI. King.

47. Self and Society (title change pending Faculty approval)

07S, 08S: 2A

Social Psychology is the study of the relationships between the individual and society. It is an interdisciplinary field to which the work of sociologists, psychologists, and occasionally scholars from other disciplines is relevant. This course introduces students to social psychology primarily, although not exclusively, from a sociological perspective. First, the course will acquaint students with the range of theoretical perspectives that have been used to study social psychology. Second, it will familiarize students with empirical research that has been done to examine these theories. Third, it will permit students to explore particular social psychological issues in greater depth both within and across particular perspectives within social psychology. Lastly, the course will illustrate the relevance of sociology per se for social psychology as well as the relevance of social psychology for sociology. In sum, this course is a general survey of the field that enables students to develop a critical but constructive sense of the theoretical and methodological issues in social psychology, and an understanding of the relevance of social psychology for other aspects of sociology. Dist: SOC. Herman (07S), Lively (08S).

48. The Sociology of Emotion

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

Most people think of emotions as a purely internal experience, composed solely of physiological elements. Recently, however, sociologists have begun to emphasize and explore the social side of emotion-for example, how emotions are shaped socially and culturally, how emotions are socially controlled, and the consequences of emotion for social life. We will examine these and other sociological aspects of emotional experience in this course, including exploring current debates about the social functions of emotions, especially as they pertain to the substantive areas of work and family. Topics include the social causes of emotion; cultural variations in feeling and expression norms (especially in regard to love and anger); changes in American norms over time; the shaping of children's emotions through socialization; individual and social techniques of emotion management; the social distribution of emotional experience; the social functions of emotion; emotional deviance; and the individual and social consequences of emotional display. Lively.

49. Youth and Society

07S: 10

This course is designed to acquaint students with selected sociological concepts, theories, and their applications to problems in the sociology of developing adolescents. We will focus on a few topics in the field providing the opportunity to analyze some highly controversial issues in a systematic and rigorous manner, and examine areas of current research interest and activity. Major topic areas include theories of achievement and educational attainment, tracking, peer interaction, minority youth, girls, adolescent sexuality, and identity. Dist: SOC. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: CI. Herman.

59. Special Topics in Inequality, Identity, Culture

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

V. SOCIAL CHANGE

60. Gender, Marriage and Brave New Families: The Sociology of Reproduction (Identical to Women's and Gender Studies 33)

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

In this course we will examine issues concerning reproduction. We will explore and discuss ideas about sexuality, motherhood, birth, eugenics, population control, new reproductive technologies and reproductive freedom as well as uncover the role of the state, medical institutions and women themselves as they struggle over, and shape such issues. Our emphasis will be on understanding the socially constructed nature of these practices as well as the power relations embedded in them. The focus is on the U.S. but we will occasionally look to other countries for examples. Dist: SOC.

61. Women, Society and Change

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

This course will explore the nature, extent, and consequences of sexual inequalities in society. Sex roles will be examined in relation to class and race, the origins of patriarchy, the socialization process, the experience of women in the family, and the experience of women as paid and unpaid workers under both capitalism and socialism. Finally, we shall analyze feminism as a social movement, looking particularly at its history and ideology, its underlying assumptions, and its implications for social structural change. Open to all classes. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W.

62. Urbanism and Urbanization

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

This course examines the causes and consequences of urbanization. Utilizing urban spatial analysis as the principal theoretical model to examine and explain urban dynamics, the primary focus of the course is on American cities, although comparative features of the urbanization process are highlighted as well. Sociological topics addressed include the following: urban theory; American urban history, urban locality groups; urban power structures; 'urban psychology'; urban fiscal policy. Each time the course is given a special urban problem is addressed. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W.

63. The North American City

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

For generations of immigrants America's cities were representative of the American Dream. While its streets may not have been 'paved with gold', they led to factories and jobs and the opportunity to rise up the socioeconomic ladder. The city was America's vehicle for advancement and assimilation - the classic melting pot. Today, most Americans live and work in the suburbs that stretch for miles away from the central city. For that portion of the population denied this opportunity (poor, minorities), the American Dream remains unrealized. This course will examine the North American city, from its poorest and most violent inner city neighborhoods to its most affluent suburbs. Special emphasis will be placed upon the impact that demographic, economic, and technological changes have had upon its spatial and social structure. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W.

64. Immigration, Race and Ethnicity (Identical to Geography 28 and Latino Studies 40)

06F, 08S: 10

This course examines twentieth-century immigration to the United States. This course pays special attention to issues of race and ethnicity. The course begins with a brief history of US immigration and then thematically covers specific topics such as economic impacts and costs, social mobility, citizenship, transnationalism, assimilation, and religious issues and their relationship to the immigrant experience. We highlight differences within and between Latino, Asian, and European groups throughout the course. The class will be a combination of lectures, discussions, and video/film presentations. Class members are expected to have read material thoroughly and be prepared to discuss readings in class. On occasion students will be asked to present readings to the class and prepare discussion questions. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: CI. Wright.

65. Social Conflict in Comparative Perspective

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

This course examines the patterns and processes of the major forms of large-scale social conflict-ethnic, religious, racial, territorial, and linguistic - in a select number of multinational states. In this age of globalization, of modern science and technology, of space exploration, these forms of conflict still account for the absence of peace and the ubiquity of social conflict in the vast majority of nations in the international system. In order to help us better understand social conflict, attention will be given to competing theories of human nature, social and political power, social inequality, resource competition, conflict resolution and so forth. Dist: INT.

66. The Sociology of International Development

08W: 10A

This course will introduce students to the major sociological perspectives on economic and political development, with emphasis on developing countries. Among the views to be considered are modernization, which assumes that later-developing countries will follow paths once traveled by today's advanced countries; and dependency and world system theories, which view the integration of less developed countries into the world market as problematic and, under certain conditions, even disadvantageous. We will test these theories by applying them to specific cases. A major part of the course will focus on the economic 'miracle' of East Asian countries, as well as cases that have not been so successful. Other important topics to be studied include the influence of states, markets, and multinational corporations in economic development; the relationship between different modes of development and income distribution; and political development and the prospects for democratization. Open to all classes. Dist: INT. Parsa.

67. Social Movements

08S: 10A

Social movements are defined as non-institutionalized collective action geared to promote or resist change in social structures. Based on the premise that a large part of significant social change in modern societies stems from collective action, this course starts by examining various theories of social movements. These theories will then be examined in light of specific American social movements, such as the civil rights movement, the labor movement, the women's movement, as well as others such as the KKK and the John Birch Society. For each of these cases, we will analyze the conditions leading to their rise, ideology, composition, course of development, and current status. Finally, the course will analyze conditions that lead to the formation of social movements that attempt to seize state power and transform the entire social structure. As an example, we will study the Russian revolution. Open to all classes. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. Parsa.

68. Social Change: Iran, Nicaragua, and the Philippines

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

This course begins with a theoretical investigation of large-scale social transformations, such as the rise of capitalism, industrialization, and the formation of alternative patterns of political systems. We will then analyze the social structures of three case studies: Iran, Nicaragua, and the Philippines, and the factors that led to change in each. The central themes include the patterns of economic development, the role of the state in promoting social change, the distribution of resources, and the nature of social conflicts and their outcomes. Dist: INT; WCult: NW. Parsa.

69. The Sociology of Globalization

08W: 11

The international scope of political, economic, and cultural activity has increased dramatically during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. But how extensive has the trend toward "globalization" been? Is it really a new phenomenon? Has globalization changed societies? If so, how? If not, why not? Are societies becoming more alike because they experience common globalization pressures or do they retain their unique national characteristics? This course examines these questions and more. Specifically, we will look at how globalization has affected business, states, labor movements, social inequality, social welfare, citizenship rights, the environment, culture, national security, and other aspects of society. Dist: SOC or INT. Campbell.

77. Advanced Course: Collective Behavior

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

Collective Behavior is concerned with those collectivities whose episodes may be distinguished as relatively spontaneous and transitory, falling outside the framework of generally accepted social and institutional behavior. Shared norms and enthusiasm in collective gatherings are among the most important forces affecting individual behavior in contemporary societies. Examples of this behavior are found in riots, crazes, panic flight, mobs, rumor, fashion, public, and mass. Members of the groups in which collective behavior takes place usually lack established procedures for making decisions, selecting members and leaders, and pursuing shared goals. This course will focus on theories and definition of the development, content, and social control of collective behavior. Prerequisites: Sociology 1 or 2 or Psychology 1 or permission of the instructor.

78. Advanced Course: Intergroup Conflict in Multinational States

Not offered in the period from 06F through 08S

This seminar examines the sources of social conflict in multinational states, particularly those composed of multiple ethnic, racial, religious, and linguistic groups. Dist: INT. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: EU or NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W.

79. Special Topics in Social Change

08S: 2A

In 08S, War and Society. Sociologists tend to see social change as the result of socio-economic pressures within societies. This course suggests an alternative: that much social change comes about as the result of geopolitical conflict. Accordingly, one element within this course is the re-analysis of key social concepts, such as revolution, nationalism, welfare, and democracy, in light of geopolitical history. A second element is that of seeing whether sociology has something to contribute to understanding war and peace. Here the argument is simple: it has. Dist: SOC or INT. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: EU. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. J. Hall.

VI. SPECIAL COURSES

80. Independent Study

All terms: Arrange

This course offers the qualified student an opportunity to pursue a subject of special interest, under the direction of a faculty adviser assigned to the student for periodic (usually weekly) conferences. Ordinarily at least one formal paper embodying the results of the reading or research is required. In special situations students may work as a team on a single project. Occasionally credit may be given in Sociology 80 for a research project done in an off-campus term, provided arrangements are made well in advance and adequate off-campus supervision can be assured. Although every effort will be made to accommodate qualified students desiring to carry an independent study, there is no guarantee that independent study can be arranged for any given student in any given term, and preference is given to senior and junior Sociology majors. Normally no student may take Sociology 80 more than twice during the undergraduate career. By permission of a Sociology faculty member prior to registration.

90. Senior Independent Study Project

All terms: Arrange

Independent work under the direction of a member of the Department and with Departmental approval may satisfy the culminating requirement in the major. Those interested should develop their plans with a prospective faculty adviser and must submit and have approved a written proposal at least one term prior to the term in which the course will be elected. Open only to senior majors. By permission of a Sociology faculty member prior to registration.

91. The Sociological Imagination

07S: 3A 08W: 2A 08S: 3A

C. Wright Mills described "the sociological imagination" as that quality of mind with the ability to grasp the interplay of biography and history, of self and social structure, of private troubles and public issues. As we approach the end of the 20th century, various issues of class, race and gender inequalities and conflicts appear to dominate popular discourse and policy debates. This capstone seminar will explore current substantive and theoretical expressions of the sociological imagination for providing critical assistance in understanding some of the major social issues of our time. The seminar is designed to emphasize critical discussion through active participation and class presentations. Each student will complete a significant intellectual project which reflects her or his own sociological analysis about an important social issue. Open to senior sociology majors, and others only by per mission of the instructor. Satisfies the Culminating Experience Requirement. Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. King (07S, 08S), Lively (08W).

98. Honors Thesis

All terms: Arrange

Open only to, and required of all, Sociology honors majors, this course involves independent work under the direction of a faculty adviser, culminating in the preparation and presentation of an honors thesis. Sociology honors majors normally elect Sociology 98 twice: once during the last term in residence and once during a preceding term. Exceptions to this pattern are, however, permitted if circumstances warrant. Honors students are normally expected to publicly present their thesis to the Department during the term in which it is completed.

By permission of a Sociology faculty member prior to registration. See "The Sociology Honors Program" handout in the Main Office (111 Silsby).