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This course is an introduction to the broad range of topics encompassed in the "science of society". Students will be exposed to key sociological theories, as well as major sociological concepts such as culture, social structure, socialization, deviance, social institutions, and social inequalities such as social class, race/ethnicity, and gender. Examples will be drawn from various cultures within the United States and will also be drawn from other contemporary societies. Prerequisite: English and Reading placement at college level, or Permission of Instructor.
This course is an analysis of popular culture. It will examine the role of popular culture in society. It will further examine how the nature of popular culture is shaped by mass media organizations and how popular culture, in turn, shapes the mass media, our perceptions of ourselves, and society. The course will explore various mediums of popular culture: print media, radio, television, films, advertising, and/or popular music. The student will use critical analysis to explore these mediums. No prerequisite.
A sociological analysis of male and female sex roles in contemporary American society. The development of sex roles within the individual and within the society will be explored. This course discusses the impact sex roles have on the lives of men and women in the areas of socialization, education, work, marriage, families, and human relationships. Sexual prejudices and sexual discrimination will be explored, including their impact on both the individual and society. The ramifications of changes in sex-role definitions for both the individual and society will also be discussed. Prerequisite: SOC 103 or Permission of Instructor.
A study of selected social problems which could include poverty, race relations, violence, drug addiction, delinquency, crime, urbanization, or others. Emphasis is on understanding the basic sociological concepts and theories as applied to modern social problems. Prerequisite: SOC 103 or Permission of Instructor.
Just as "beauty is in the eye of the beholder," so deviance depends on the viewpoint of the observer. This course is designed to give the student a general perspective on the "other side" of human behavior by providing examples of particular theories about deviant behavior and examples of research on deviance. Its emphasis is on certain patterns of deviant behavior such as juvenile delinquency, crime, homosexuality, prostitution, suicide, alcoholism, drug addiction and "mental illness". Prerequisite: SOC 103 or Permission of Instructor.
An interdisciplinary investigation of death and dying, emphasizing the sociological perspective. Dying and death are studied as social processes, focusing on the effect these processes have on the lives of individuals and on society. The course will investigate social roles and occupations related to death and dying, death rituals, how concepts of death affect the lives of individuals and of society, and the problem areas related to death and dying. The particular emphasis will be on death as a social phenomenon, shaping and being shaped by society.
The course provides macro-sociological and micro-sociological theories for understanding the social contexts of racial/ethnic relations in contemporary societies. The course will also examine prejudice, discrimination, ethnocentrism, racism, segregation, ethnoviolence, and the social factors that influence the participation of racial/ethnic minority groups in American institutions. While the course will focus on American society, it will not preclude comparison with other contemporary multi-racial/ethnic societies.
Recent sociological analysis has examined the world as a global system characterized by its own political and economic structure, and a system of stratification different from the nation-states that divide the globe. This course seeks to introduce students to the nature of this system and discusses several issues that affect it. It also examines the belief systems that have traditionally shaped our ideas about international relationships and foreign peoples, as well as historical events that created global interdependence and inequality. Topics covered include values and ideologies shaping American perceptions of the global system, historical background of the global system, global stratification and inequalities, and value choices for building a new global system.
An interdisciplinary course which explores contemporary global issues. It surveys themes related to social, political, economic, and cultural processes; global linkages/interdependencies; and power relations that connect individuals, communities, groups, states, and regions across the globe. It examines the values and visions emerging from regional perspectives that lead to conflict and/or cooperation in the international system. It contrasts the increasingly complex problems faced by different regions with the growing integration of the global economy. Open to all interested students. Required course for all students pursuing the International Studies Concentration. Not open to students who have taken POS 214.
The course will explore the structural and cultural relationship of sport to society, paying particular attention to the issues of race, ethnicity, gender, social class, age, economics, and politics as they relate to sport. How sport parallels other social institutions such as the media, family, and schools (particularly college athletics) will be explored. An all-encompassing objective will be to examine how sport is a microcosm of society. By looking at sport we can also look at and learn about society.
Environmental sociology examines the interrelationships between society and the natural environment. This course is designed to provide an overview of environmental problems, to examine the underlying social causes and consequences of environmental change, and to critically evaluate these using the dominant theories in the field. Broadly, this course will consider the impacts of population, consumption, production, and development on the environment. In addition, it will consider the cultural understanding of environmental concern, environmental domination and risk. Finally, the course will consider how to apply the ideas of environmental sociology to develop solutions to social and environmental problems.