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Course Schedule for SOCIOLOGY - Fall 2016
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Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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2242 SOCL-101-01 Principles of Sociology 1.00 LEC Williams,Johnny Eric TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM MECC - 246 SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  NOTE: 20 seats reserved for first-year students.
  The course will deal with questions such as these: What are the underlying causes of our major social problems? Are inequality and the exercise of power by some over others inevitable in all social life? How important in human life are cultural and social factors compared to the influence of biological inheritance, personality and economic constraints? What are the origins of, prospects for, and results of attempts at deliberate social change? To what extent can we realistically expect to achieve our democratic ideals of freedom and equality in contemporary societies? The course addresses the basic concerns, ideas and methods of sociology both as a scientific and a humanistic discipline.
2380 SOCL-101-02 Principles of Sociology 1.00 LEC Tiamzon,Trisha J. MW: 8:30AM-9:45AM AAC - 320 SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  NOTE: 20 seats reserved for first-year students.
  The course will deal with questions such as these: What are the underlying causes of our major social problems? Are inequality and the exercise of power by some over others inevitable in all social life? How important in human life are cultural and social factors compared to the influence of biological inheritance, personality and economic constraints? What are the origins of, prospects for, and results of attempts at deliberate social change? To what extent can we realistically expect to achieve our democratic ideals of freedom and equality in contemporary societies? The course addresses the basic concerns, ideas and methods of sociology both as a scientific and a humanistic discipline.
2278 SOCL-202-01 Clas & Contemp Theory 1.00 LEC Miceli,Melinda S. W: 1:15PM-3:55PM MC - 305 SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  Prerequisite: C- or better in a prior Sociology course or permission of instructor.
  Critical examination of the major theoretical perspectives current in sociology (structure functionalism, interactionism, conflict theory, exchange theory, and ethnomethodology) and consideration of their implications for core problems: such as social order and social change that concern all sociologists. Also, emphasis upon the methods of theory construction, the relationship between theory and research, and the significance of the classic (e.g., Durkheim’s Suicide) for sociologists now.
2668 SOCL-210-01 Statistics for Social Sciences 1.00 LEC Andersson,Tanetta E. TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM LIB - 02 NUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in a prior Sociology course or permission of instructor.
  This course is an introduction to statistical methods, their conceptual underpinnings, and their use in analyzing social science data. Topics include basic presentation and graphing of data, descriptive statistics, probability theory, the normal distribution, one and two sample t-tests and tests of proportions, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, chi-square tests, and an introduction to linear regression. The course will emphasize the logic and practice of statistical analysis as it applies to the social sciences. Students will also learn to carry out basic statistical analysis with the aid of computer software. This course is intended for students who want a practical introduction to statistical methods and who plan to major in a social science.
3477 SOCL-214-01 Racism 1.00 LEC Williams,Johnny Eric MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM 70VS - SEM SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  A cross-national comparison of racial and ethnic differences as sources of conflict and inequality within and between societies. We will also consider the role of race and ethnicity as a basis for group and national solidarity. Topics will include the persistence of ethnic and racial loyalties in regard to language, marital choice, and politics; a comparison of social mobility patterns among various ethnic and racial groups; ethnicity and race as reactionary or revolutionary ideologies; and the issues and facts regarding assimilation and pluralism in different societies.
3124 SOCL-260-01 Sexual Diversity and Society 1.00 LEC Valocchi,Stephen M. TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM MC - 305 SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  Sexuality has often been considered to be a natural, biological instinct-a drive that is fueled by hormones, genes or deep psychic impulses. During the last twenty years, however, scholars (including sociologists) have challenged this view of sexuality. Instead, they argue that how we organize our sexuality-our desires, ideas, value systems, practices and identities-are profoundly shaped by social and cultural influences. Although this course focuses on the social construction of homosexuality, we will also examine the many ways that normative as well as nonnormative sexualities are socially constructed. We will also examine the many ways that the social construction of sexuality is informed by class, gender, race and ethnicity. Using materials from sociology and from the many other disciplines that are working in the areas of lesbian and gay studies and queer theory, we will explore the impact that history, economics, social structure and cultural logics have had on sexual behaviors, identities, and belief systems. Enrollment limited.
3478 SOCL-272-01 Social Movements 1.00 LEC Valocchi,Stephen M. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM LSC - 131 SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  The sociological study of social movements concentrates on collective action by groups that use institutionalized and non-institutionalized action to promote or inhibit social and political change. This course, then, examines collective action as diverse as peasant rebellions against urbanization and commercialization in 18th-century France to the organized militancy of lesbians and gays in 20th-century U.S. We will read historical and sociological research that addresses the following questions: why collective action emerged, how it was organized, what its goals were and if it achieved those goals, how members were recruited and maintained, and how elites and non-elites responded to its activities.
3711 SOCL-280-01 Sel Topics on Chinese Cult 1.00 LEC Fan,Lizhu MW: 8:30AM-9:45AM UNASSIGNED -  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  This is a course on Chinese culture and society as practiced in the traditional and contemporary social contexts. Through reading the assigned readings and other materials, participating presentations and discussions, and writing papers, we will explore several major themes of Chinese culture. Topics to be covered include: Ancient Civilization, Confucian tradition and its vitality in Chinese modernity; some Chinese social institutions (the keju system and traditional festivals); self, Guanxi and social network; and religions and spirituality in Chinese society. This course requires all participants highly involved in the readings and class discussions. While this is a course on traditional Chinese culture and its expression in the present Chinese society, we encourage cross-cultural perspectives throughout the course, which would help deepen our understanding of both Chinese and non-Chinese cultures.
3123 SOCL-316-01 Global Gender Inequalities 1.00 LEC Andersson,Tanetta E. MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM AAC - 231 GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  This course broadly addresses women’s low status and power worldwide. Topics include issues such as son preference, gendered violence, maternal health and reproductive rights, sexual rights, work and household labor, globalization, politics, human rights, and women’s global activism. Utilizing a transnational sociological feminist perspective, students learn how gender inequality intersects with not only culture but also nationalism, racism, and economic injustice in various countries and regions of the world (Southeast Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and South America). At several key points, students engage in critical comparison between examples of gender oppression and exploitation observed in both the United States and other societies (i.e., gendered violence), which reveal a false binary in the discourse of progress often drawn between “us” and “them.”
2844 SOCL-322-01 The Sociology of Food 1.00 SEM Tiamzon,Trisha J. MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM LIB - 103 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Sociology 101 or permission of instructor
  NOTE: This course is not open to first-year students.
  The way we experience food—what we eat, where it comes from, how we eat, who we eat with, why we eat what we do—is social and cultural. This course will introduce and utilize some key cultural perspectives in sociology to help us address these questions about the food/society relationship. In particular we will focus on the development of tastes, the construction of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ food’, the role of food in identity, and the global food system. Our approach will be both theoretical and empirical as we investigate social meanings, practices, and structural conditions surrounding the food/society relationship. As part of the course, students will conduct their own research.
3479 SOCL-342-01 Sociology of Religion 1.00 LEC Williams,Johnny Eric TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM MC - 309 SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in a prior Sociology course or permission of the instructor. This course is not open to first-year students.
  An examination of the significance of religion for social life, using major sociological theories of religion, supplemented by material from anthropology and psychology. The course focuses on how religious beliefs and practices shape the world views and behavior of humans and influence the development of social structure. The following topics are examined: the origins of religion, magic and science, rituals, religion and the economy, women and religion, and religions of Africans in diaspora.
2221 SOCL-399-01 Independent Study 1.00 - 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
2222 SOCL-466-01 Teaching Assistant 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Credit does not count toward the major. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
2241 SOCL-490-01 Research Assistantship 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  From time to time the opportunity exists for students to assist professors in their research. Hours and duties will be determined on the basis of project needs and student interests. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
2279 SOCL-498-01 Senior Thesis Part 1 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Written report on original research project. Students should consult with the faculty supervisor before registration, i.e., during the previous spring term. Required of all candidates for honors; elective for others. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for each semester of this year