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Fall 2015 Class Schedule - updated February 9, 2016 at 11:00 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
SOCI 110-01  Introduction to Sociology
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm CARN 06A Laura Backstrom
SOCI 180-01  Sociology of Culture: The Fine Arts
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm CARN 105 Terry Boychuk
What is a fine art? What are social aims and consequesnces of artistic endeavors? Does art bring us together? Or, divide us? In other words, is art merely an instrument of social control and pacification, a weapon of social conflist, or a symbolic marker of status groups? And lastly, what are the implications of corporate control of artistic fields under late capitalism? Highly specialized professions who create, finance, produce, market, and distribute cultural objects have emerged in tandem with the corporate re-organization of social life. How has this elaborate division of labor transformed artistic production and mediated the relationships between artists and their publics?

SOCI 190-01  Criminal Behavior / Social Control
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm CARN 105 Erik Larson
*First Year Course only* The use of imprisonment as a form of criminal punishment is only about as old at the United States. Currently, 1 in 100 adults in the United States are in prison or jail. How should we understand the growth of this form of criminal punishment? How is it similar to other methods to react to and to attempt to control unwanted behavior? What are the social consequences of these formal institutions of social control? In this course, we examine these developments in the processes and organization of social control, paying particular attention to criminal behavior and formal, legal responses to crime. We study and evaluate sociological theories of criminal behavior to understand how social forces influence levels of crimes. We examine recent criminal justice policies in the United States and their connections to inequality, examining the processes that account for expanding criminalization. Finally, we compare the development of formal, bureaucratic systems of social control and informal methods of social control, paying attention to the social and political implications of these developments.

SOCI 210-01  Sociology of Sexuality
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 206 Laura Backstrom
In this course, we will explore sexual attitudes, behavior, and identity, as well as the diversity of sexual expression across dimensions of age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, and class. The course will be divided into three parts. First, we will focus on the cultural history of sexuality in the United States from 1600-present. Second, we will look at sexuality across the life course from childhood socialization through sex in later life. The final portion of the course will be dedicated to discussing current hot topics in sexuality. We will cover a wide range of topics throughout the semester including the media, religion, political sex scandals, sex education, romantic relationships, and the diversity of sexual expression, among others. This course will give you a basic understanding of the sociological implications of sexuality in the United States.

SOCI 220-01  Sociology of Race/Ethnicity
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm ARTCOM 202 Lesley Kandaras
SOCI 230-01  Affirmative Action Policy
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 208 Terry Boychuk
SOCI 270-01  Interpretive Social Research
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 208 Erik Larson
*Registration for declared Sociology Majors only; first day attendance required*

SOCI 294-01  Food/Culture/Social Justice
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm CARN 06A Laura Backstrom
The expression “you are what you eat” commonly refers to a healthy diet, but sociologists argue that our identities are indeed very much tied to the food we eat. In this course, we examine how our personal identities and social groups are formed based on food production, preparation, and consumption. We also explore how our broader social contexts impact what we eat and our food practices. Why do we eat what we eat and with whom? How do food beliefs and taboos impact our diets? How do food consumption and preparation vary by social class, ethnic group, religion, and gender? We will also examine how food is a political and social justice issue. Students will have the opportunity to become involved with a community-based food justice organization and conduct their own inquiry into food-related social movements at the local, national, and international levels.

SOCI 294-02  Macro-Sociology and Social Inquiry
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm ARTCOM 102 Chaitanya Mishra
*Cross-listed with ANTH 294-03 and POLI 294-04* By juxtaposing and contrasting it with the micro, agency-centered and rational-actor approaches, this course elaborates the two branches of macrosociological inquiry: the world-systems approach and the comparative historical approach. The body of the course focuses on how the macrosociological lens can be utilized to comprehend a variety of social subjects, institutions and processes, e.g. nature of households, migration, ethnicity and ethnic upsurge, and knowledge and social science as well as the rise of revolution and democracy. The course will draw on ideas from Karl Marx, C Wright Mills, Immanuel Wallerstein, Anthony Giddens, Theda Skocpol, Andre Gunder Frank, George Marcus, and other social scientists. The classes will be run in a seminar format. Students are expected to decipher, reflect upon and elaborate personal, familial, gender, class, and ‘race’ related experiences, events and processes by implicating the texts to comprehend everyday ‘personal’ life and the way it is structured.

SOCI 294-03  Social Entrepreneurship
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am Kate Reiling
*Course to meet in basement of Markim Hall; cross-listed with INTL 294-02* This course focuses on theories and applications of Social Entrepreneurship, which mobilizes and adapts an array of new techniques from the business and nonprofit worlds to address diverse social problems around the world. Students will explore debates over Social Entrepreneurship and seek to understand its current global and U.S. contexts, as well as methodologies like Lean Startup, Human Centered Design, Participatory Poverty Assessment, Design Thinking, and Business Model Canvass. In addition, students will spend the semester working in teams to apply the methodologies to identify a problem and develop a solution. For their final project, students will prepare a plan for their project and present it to an external audience.

SOCI 480-01  Senior Seminar
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 204 Erik Larson

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Spring 2016 Class Schedule - updated February 9, 2016 at 11:00 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
SOCI 110-01  Introduction to Sociology
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm CARN 05 Laura Backstrom
SOCI 175-01  Sociolinguistics
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm NEILL 215 Marianne Milligan
*First day attendance required; cross-listed with LING 175-01; Instructor is looking for class breakdown to be 5 seats Jr./Sr. 10 seats for Soph and 5 FY students*

SOCI 194-01  The Origin of Social Problems
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 105 Marci Gerulis-Darcy
How does the organization of production, living arrangements, and relations between people affect our life chances and experiences? How does the structure of key features of our world, such as capitalism and industrialism, affect people? This course analyzes the origins and consequences of social organization and structure as related to a range of social problems. Drawing on evidence from a variety of countries, we will gain insight into various contemporary social problems such as inequitable access to societal amenities, natural disasters, consumer culture, and inequalities in social and community development.

SOCI 205-01  Public Schooling in America
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 208 Terry Boychuk
SOCI 220-01  Sociology of Race/Ethnicity
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm ARTCOM 102 Lesley Kandaras
SOCI 269-01  Social Science Inquiry
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 204 Erik Larson
SOCI 272-01  Social Theories
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm CARN 208 Khaldoun Samman
SOCI 275-01  Comparative-Historical Sociology
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 305 Chaitanya Mishra
*Cross-listed with POLI 250-01*

SOCI 290-01  Colonialism, Modernity, and Identities in the Middle East
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm CARN 208 Khaldoun Samman
SOCI 294-01  Environmental Sociology
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 105 Terry Boychuk
*Cross-listed with ENVI 294-01* This course provides an overview of environmental activism, politics, and policy making in the United States in historical and comparative perspective. Select questions included: Are human societies invariably destined to environmental collapse? What are the fundamental obstacles to sustainable environmental policies in democratic societies? Has consumer activism greened US markets and corporations? How do environmental political lobbies emerge? How do they become institutionalized? Which policy networks have led the campaign to regulate greenhouse gases in US? Why have these political initiatives failed? Who opposes environmental action on climate change, and why? Why have the US and Europe responded differently to the problem of global warming? What are the prospects for a quick transition from a fossil-fuel economy to one based on clean energy?

SOCI 294-02  Migrants, Refugees, and Trafficked Persons
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 204 Vania Cox
The current refugee crisis in Europe has garnered significant attention, but also opens up a host of questions about issues of immigration, refugees, and other border crossings. Which people crossing borders end up in different categories? How do people resettle in new locations? How do power differences affect smuggling of and trafficking in persons? This course explores why and when people migrate across international borders to address these and related questions. We draw on sociological research on the "how" of border crossings – including assisted immigration, smuggling, and trafficking in persons. We build from the empirical data to examine various solutions to or assistance with the problems associated with these border crossings. Within a framework of human rights and harm reduction, each student will design their own "immigration aid" – such as a phone app, supplies drive, or informational campaign. Dr. Vania Brightman Cox wrote her dissertation on a three-year ethnography of a safe house for trafficked women that included observations at the United Nations, in regional anti-trafficking coalitions, and in the safe house.

SOCI 335-01  Families and Social Change
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 105 Laura Backstrom

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