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Fall 2014 Class Schedule - updated March 31, 2015 at 09:56 am

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
SOCI 110-01  Introduction to Sociology
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 010 Khaldoun Samman
SOCI 110-02  Introduction to Sociology
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 05 Khaldoun Samman
SOCI 190-01  Criminal Behavior/Social Control
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 305 Erik Larson
*First day attendance required*

SOCI 194-01  Moral Panics and the Other
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 208 Khaldoun Samman
*First Year Course only* This course will focus primarily on how fears spread and become moral panics of our time. We will deal with a number of issues like pedophilia, gangs, and drug scares, but fear of Muslims and Islam will be the most visible example of the course. Through the works of Foucault (discursive formations and incitement), Laclau and Mouffe (hegemony and articulation), and others, this course will attempt to restore the most significant contribution Moral Panic theory offers: the constitutive nature of moral panics in the production of new racial and political identities. A major sub theme of the course will be to trace the incitement process through certain networks and what sociologists call “claims makers” and “moral entrepreneurs” (think tanks, groups like Jihad Watch, the Military Industrial complex), especially right wing groups but also liberals, mainstream feminists, academics, and other experts. We will also look at the construction of crime waves, but of a particular sort, the kind that reconstitutes the way we understand cultural differences, human rights, immigration, culture and crime, gender inequality, patriarchy, domestic abuse, military occupation, and so on.

SOCI 210-01  Sociology of Sexuality
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm CARN 208 Laura Fischer
SOCI 275-01  Comparative-Historical Sociology
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 208 Terry Boychuk
*Cross-listed with POLI 250-01*

SOCI 275-02  Comparative-Historical Sociology
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 208 Terry Boychuk
*Cross-listed with POLI 250-02*

SOCI 287-01  Immigrant Voices
MW 07:00 pm-08:30 pm CARN 105 Mahnaz Kousha
SOCI 294-01  Urban Democratic Engagement and Social Justice
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm CARN 204 Lesley Kandaras
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” ― Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

As Jane Jacobs noted, cities hold a democratic potential because people from a variety of backgrounds live and work in them. Yet, persistent and growing inequalities have left this potential more of an unfulfilled promise. What structures and practices inhibit efforts to achieve social justice in cities? How can contemporary cities in the United States plan for their future in truly democratic, participatory ways?

This course addresses these questions by exploring the intersections of political processes and urban life. The course will draw from urban sociology and closely-related disciplines to understand how urban planning and decision-making are intertwined with power dynamics and inequality. Specifically, this course will examine the conditions needed for effective, inclusive and democratic processes through which governments make plans for a region’s future.

A significant focus of this class is an extended case study and applied research project connected to the Metropolitan Council’s regional planning public engagement efforts in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

No formal prerequisite. At least one course completed in sociology, urban studies, geography, anthropology, or political science will be helpful. Prior research experience is not required, although basic familiarity with research methods will enhance students' experience with the course.

Information about the instructor: Lesley Kandaras is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Chicago, specializing in economic development, political sociology and American Indian studies. Additionally, she works as senior project coordinator in the Metropolitan Council’s communications and government affairs departments.

SOCI 480-01  Senior Seminar
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm CARN 208 Terry Boychuk

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Spring 2015 Class Schedule - updated March 31, 2015 at 09:56 am

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
SOCI 110-01  Introduction to Sociology
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 111 Mahnaz Kousha
SOCI 110-02  Introduction to Sociology
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 111 Mahnaz Kousha
SOCI 175-01  Sociolinguistics
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm OLRI 270 Marianne Milligan
*Cross-listed with LING 175-01;First day attendance required; Instructor is looking for class breakdown to be 4 seats Jr./Sr. 11 seats for Soph/FY students*

SOCI 205-01  Public Schooling in America
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm CARN 05 Terry Boychuk
SOCI 220-01  Sociology of Race/Ethnicity
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 204 Mahnaz Kousha
SOCI 222-01  The Medical Industry
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 208 Terry Boychuk
SOCI 269-01  Social Science Inquiry
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am OLRI 205 Erik Larson
SOCI 272-01  Social Theories
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm CARN 204 Khaldoun Samman
SOCI 283-01  Economic Sociology
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 105 Erik Larson
SOCI 294-02  Global Capitalism
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm CARN 204 Khaldoun Samman
There has been a very significant body of sknowledge that analyzes the historical emergence of the global political economy we have lived under for the past few centuries, how it evolved, expanded, and incorporated the entire spatiality of our planet. In this course we will trace first the mystification of capitalism as a historical system, looking critically at how academics have studied it in fields like economics, political science, and sociology. We will then turn our attention to how we may indeed particularize it as having both a temporal and spatial origin, and that its territorial expansion has had class, racial, and gender implications. We will look at other consequences of global capitalism, with particular focus on how capitalism has much to do with the present ecological disasters, declining food nutrition, and the continued appropriation of indigenous land and subsistence. No prerequisites.

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