J-TERM CLASSES

SOC 2498 - Prozac Culture
Davis, enrl 30, MTWRF 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The pharmacological revolution, symbolized by drugs such as Prozac and Ritalin, is a cultural as well as a medical phenomenon. The course explores the history of the revolution and the confluence of social changes driving it forward. Also considered are its implications for self, the definition of psychic distress, and the norms and values that structure how we live.

SOC 3056 - Culture and Power
Mullins, enrl 20, MTWRF 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

This course examines sociological theories of power and their intersections with culture. It focuses on oppression and social change in the 20th and 21st century U.S. through the lens of cultural expression, beliefs and meaning. It includes close reading of social theories of power and empirical studies of social institutions and social identities.

 

Spring 2021 Undergraduate Courses

Course Descriptions

SOC 1010 – Introductory Sociology (3)

Buckelew, enrl 240, TR 9:30am – 10:20am

The fundamental concepts and principles of sociology with special attention to sociological theory and research methods. Survey of the diverse substantive fields in the discipline with a primary emphasis on the institutions in contemporary American society.

Dependent section required.

SOC 2052 – Sociology of the Family (3)

Wilcox, enrl 180, MW 2:00pm – 2:50pm

Comparison of family organizations in relation to other social institutions in various societies; an introduction to the theory of kinship and marriage systems.

Dependent section required.

SOC 2056 – The Sociology of Culture (3)

Reed, enrl 60, MW 10:00am - 10:50pm

Examines the role of meaning in social life, with a focus on how different theories of culture allow analysis of the relationship of culture to exchange, authority, solidarity, and domination. Analysis of key cultural artefacts (movies, texts, monuments, etc.) is combined with the study of theories of social performance, fields of cultural production, and semiosis. The role of culture in social transformation is also considered.

Dependent section required.

SOC 2220 – Social Problems (3)

Sullivan, enrl 60, MW 12:00pm - 12:50pm

An analysis of the causes and consequences of current social problems in the United States: Race and Ethnic relations, poverty, crime and delinquency, the environment, drugs, and problems of educational institutions.

Dependent section required.

SOC 2280 – Medical Sociology (3)

Aviles, enrl 60, MW 1:00pm - 1:50pm

This course examines how the medical system is shaped by cultural and societal forces, analyzing unique dimensions of medicine from varying perspectives prominent in the discipline of Sociology.  Topics will focus upon the interaction of social categories (e.g., socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality) upon the distribution of diseases, experiences of illness, and relationships between patients and medical professionals.

Dependent section required.

SOC 2320 – Gender and Society (3)

Skubby, enrl 60, MW 9:00am - 9:50am

This course emphasizes gender in the United States in today’s world.  We begin with how gender role socialization, education, language and the media teach us our places as female and male.  Then we go on to examine how the genders fare in the major social institutions of our society: the family, the economic sector, the polity, the military, the criminal justice sector, the religious sphere and the health/sports sector.  We examine how we got to where we are and how we compare with other women and men in other ages and other places.  We conclude by assessing where the genders are heading in the 21st Century.

Dependent section required.

SOC 2442 – Systems of Inequality (3)

Hoosier, enrl 60, MW 4:00pm-4:50pm

This course will examine various types of inequality (race, class, gender) in the US and abroad. We will discuss sociological theories covering various dimensions of inequality, considering key research findings and their implications. We will examine to what extent ascriptive characteristics impact a person's life chances, how social structures are produced and reproduced, and how individuals are able or unable to negotiate these structures.

Dependent section required

SOC 2520 – Topics in Death and Dying – The Medicalization of Death (3)

Aviles, enrl 35, MW 3:30pm – 4:45pm

This course explores transformations in the social meanings surrounding death, with a focus on how death has increasingly become associated with medicine in the United States. We will explore ways the medicalization of death has changed how Americans think about and experience dying as a social event. Additionally, we will focus on how death has been integrated into the distinctive political and economic configurations of medicine in the US.

SOC 2680 – Introduction to Demography (3)

Sullivan, enrl 25, MW 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Demography is the scientific study of human populations. We will emphasize fertility, mortality, and migration, and the social and economic factors that affect them.

SOC 3020 – Introduction to Social Theory (3)

Kumar, enrl 60, TR 2:00pm - 2:50pm

An introduction to the major theoretical issues and traditions in sociology, especially as developed in the writings of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, Sociology majors are expected to take this course in their third year.

Dependent section required.

SOC 3056 – Culture and Power (3)

Mullins, enrl 35, TR 2:00pm – 3:15pm

This course examines sociological theories of power and their intersections with culture. It focuses on oppression and social change in the 20th and 21st century U.S. through the lens of cultural expression, beliefs and meaning. It includes close reading of social theories of power and empirical studies of social institutions and social identities.

SOC 3110 – Introduction to Survey Research Methods (3)

Guterbock, enrl 20, TR 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Surveys are everywhere these days, but good surveys are not easy to do. Learn how to conduct a successful, high-quality sample survey.  Understand the main sources of survey error and learn about ways to achieve high quality measurement and representative results.  Learn best practices in designing samples, writing questions, constructing questionnaires, conducting interviews and implementing surveys via mail, telephone, or the Internet.

Combined section.

SOC 3130 – Introduction to Social Statistics (4)

Wilcox, enrl 72, MW 11:00am - 11:50am

Prerequisite: SOC 3120, required core course for SOC major.

Elementary statistical methods for social science applications. Topics include summarizing data with graphs and descriptive measures, generalizing from a sample to a population as in opinion polls, and determining the relationship between two variables. No special mathematical background is required, and students will be taught basic computer techniques. Three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory work. Majors are expected to take this course in their third year.

Dependent section required.

SOC 3310 – Sociology of Self (3)

Skubby, enrl 35, TR 12:30pm – 1:45pm

What is the difference between individual and self? Do we carry a fixed, unchangeable self inside, or do we have as many selves as the situations in which we commonly find ourselves? Can we go as far as saying that the self comes from the outside, and if so, when do we internalize it? At birth, once and for all? Or repeatedly and in everyday life? We will explore these questions and more as we venture into an exciting field-sociology of the self.

SOC 3410 – Race & Ethnic Relations (3)

Vickerman, enrl 35, MW 4:00pm – 5:15pm

Introduces the study of race and ethnic relations, including the social and economic conditions promoting prejudice, racism, discrimination, and segregation. Examines contemporary American conditions, and historical and international materials.

SOC 3470 – Sociology of Development (3)

Blumberg, enrl 35, TR 9:30am – 10:45am

This study of the development of human societies explores the five major 'techo-economic bases' that have characterized our species' history (hunting-gathering, horticultural, agrarian, industrial and information/biotech) and examines how contemporary macro level trends affect our lives at the micro level.

SOC 3480 – Sociology of Globalization (3)

Wang, enrl 35, TR 9:30am – 10:45am

This course will explore the determinants, nature, and effects of the increase in cross-border flows of goods, services, capital and people that  we have come  to associate with the term “globalization.”   We will investigate how globalization affects domestic & world inequality, the role of institutions, and  world & local cultures. The course will include readings from economics, history, world-system theory, and cultural analysis.

SOC 3559 -001 – Future Cities (3)

Makarova, enrl 35, TR 11:00am - 12:15pm

This course conceives alternative possibilities for our cities. It will include such lines of inquiry as the challenges of equality and justice; sustainability and environmental change; the potential and limits of technology; and the impact of the changing global context. We will examine currently emerging urban forms as well as attempts to imagine new forms of urban life.

SOC 3559 -002 – Aging and Society (3)

O’Loughlin, enrl 35, TR 12:30pm – 1:45pm

The world population is growing older and this new paradigm offers exciting opportunities and challenges for society. How can we best prepare for, embrace, and harness the power of a changing demographic? This course draws from grand-unifying social gerontological perspectives, demography, health policy, and economics to enhance student’s understanding of the growing number of older adults in America and around the globe.

SOC 3559 -003 – Gender, Power, Film (3)

Press, enrl 35, MW 3:30pm – 4:45pm

Many argue that popular media have become central to the reproduction of the "sex-gender system" within which we all live, and under whose influence we form our gender identities in this culture.  We will examine the ways in which popular film helps to define our cultural ideas about gender identities and differences.  We will also look at the ways in which feminists and gender and sexuality activists have responded to these definitions.

SOC 3700 – Health & Society (3)

Skubby, enrl 60, TR 12:30pm – 1:45pm

This course explores the social dimensions of health and illness, focusing especially on the social experience of illness, the social determinants of disease, and the role and meaning of medicine and public health in modern U.S. society. The class examines how we define health problems and their solutions, and it considers the ways in which race, gender, class, age, and sexuality matter for understanding health- related experiences and discourses.

Dependent section required.

SOC 3710 – Organizations, Institutions, Markets (3)

Gorman, enrl 35, MW 2:00pm - 3:15pm

This course examines how large organizations-such as corporations, professional firms, and government agencies-interact with environments defined by social institutions and markets.  Topics studied include organizational structure, employment practices, deviance, conflict, networks, and survival or failure.

SOC 4054 – Political Sociology (3)

Wang, enrl 20, TR 12:30pm - 1:45pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

This course studies the relationship between social structure and political institutions. Competing theories about such topics as power structures, political participation, ideology, party affiliation, voting behavior, and social movements are discussed in the context of recent research on national and local politics in the U.S.

SOC 4190 – Gender and Work (3)

Gorman, enrl 20, MW 4:00pm – 5:15pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

Studies the relationship between gender and various work outcomes, including occupational choice, career patterns and mobility, reward and success, interpersonal relationships at work, and the balance between work and family.  The primary focus is on the United states, although some attention is paid to international comparisons.

SOC 4260 – Race, Crime and Punishment (3)

Buckelew, enrl 20, TR 11:00am - 12:15pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

This course is an exercise in critical thinking and writing. We will investigate connections between race and crime in contemporary America.  To do so, we will explore constructions of crime and race and patterns of victimization, criminality and punishment.  We will uncover shifting definitions of crime and the ways that institutions, policies and practices shape patterns of punishment.

SOC 4350 – Comparative Gender Stratification (3)

Blumberg, enrl 20, TR 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

The course examines (1) theories of gender stratification, (2) the extent of, and changes in , gender stratification in the U.S. and (3) a cross-cultural look at the extent of gender stratification from our hunting-and-gathering ancestors to today’s information/biotech society.  The course will also (4) look at contemporary examples of both local level gender equality/near equality and extreme gender inequality (e.g., in Taliban Afghanistan).

SOC 4420 – Sociology of Inequality (3)

Vickerman, enrl 20, MW 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

A survey of basic theories and methods used to analyze structures of social inequality.  Includes comparative analysis of the inequalities of power and privilege, both their causes and their consequences for social conflict and social change.

SOC 4430 – Love, Sex and Sociology (3)

Zeno, enrl 20, TR 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

This course explores the social construction of love and sexualities. Beginning with historical perspectives, the class also compares the organization of intimate life in the United States and other countries. Students evaluate the impact of social inequalities in gender, class and race on the construction of choice and commitment. The class considers how consumer capitalism, the state, and culture interact to shape our intimate practices.

SOC 4550 – Topics in Ethics and Society - Topic: Money and Morality (3)

Polillo, enrl 20, TR 11:00am – 12:15pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

We have an uneasy relationship with money, markets and morality: while we are told that money can buy anything, we think differently about paying for a human organ vs. buying life insurance, or tipping at a restaurant as opposed to, say, at a hospital. In this class, we explore this uneasy relationship through the lens of the sociology of money.

SOC 4559 Sec 001 – New Course in Sociology - Topic:  Race, Medicine and Health (3)

Skubby, enrl 20, MW 3:30pm – 4:45pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

This course takes the perspective that American society is characterized in part by a racial caste system, and that this system has causes and consequences for African Americans in terms of their health, and for African Americans working within the health care system. In the beginning of the course, we will make the case that there is, in fact, a caste system in the U.S. based on racial categories. Then, the course will address a number of topics. First, we will explore how this racial caste system shaped American Medicine’s treatment of African Americans throughout history. Second, we look at the present-day inequalities in the treatment of African Americans within the health care system. Third, we will extend this analysis to the treatment of African American women, especially expectant mothers. The course will next explore how the racial caste system affects workers in the contemporary health care system in the U.S. Finally, we will discuss and analyze the consequences of this racial caste system on the health of African Americans, specifically taking an in-depth look at environmental racism.

SOC 4559 Sec 002 – New Course in Sociology – Topic: Religion in a Global Age (3)

Makarova, enrl 20, TR 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

The course addresses the key debates on the fate of religion in the modern world. It explores new forms of interaction between the secular and the religious in a global context. It will do so through examining specific case studies in different parts of the world, including the reshaping of public culture, nationalism and religious tradition, the relation between gender and religion, and the nature of fundamentalisms. 

SOC 4559 Sec 003 – New Course in Sociology – Topic: Race, Racism and Democracy; Sociology of DuBois (3)

Mullins, enrl 20, TR 11:00am – 12:15pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was a uniquely American scholar and activist whose work has renewed significance today. His analysis of the United States reveals both the social causes and consequences of racial stratification, while his political activism offers possible solutions. A controversial figure in his time, he helped to found the American sociological discipline and yet was marginalized within it; he was a founding member of the NAACP but eventually became one of its fiercest critics. He was deeply committed to both the scientific study of society and a form of democracy that others considered too radical. In this class, students will read Du Bois’s major works to better understand the framework through which he investigated inequality in the United States, the problems of racism that he attributes to the color-line, and whether we can look to his radical form of democracy in order to finally overcome what he referred to as “the problems of the color-line." 

SOC 4720 – Nations and Nationalism (3)

Kumar, enrl 20, TR 9:30am – 10:45am

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

Despite the frequent predictions of its demise, nationalism continues to thrive in the modern world. Why is that so? What is nationalism, and what are the sources of its appeal? This course will consider leading accounts of the origins, growth, and persistence of nationalism. Topics to be considered are: the nation and national identity; ethnicity and nationalism; empire and the nation-state; gender and nation; globalization and the nation-state.

SOC 4850 – Media, Culture and Society (3)

Mullins, enrl 20, TR 9:30am – 10:45am

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

This seminar aims to foster a critical media literacy, whereby students learn to read and criticize the texts of their cultural environment.  It will analyze some alternative approaches to the study of culture, and it will display the merits of a multi-perspective method.  Particular emphasis will be placed upon the issues of success, power, gender, class, race, and ethnicity.  The seminar will use both print and film texts.

SOC 4970 – Special Studies in Sociology (1-6)

Prerequisites: Fourth year students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 in sociology (or overall GPA of 3.2 for non- majors) and permission of instructor.

An independent study project conducted by the student under the supervision of an instructor of his or her choice. Students must complete independent study application form available on Sociology Department website.

SOC 4981 – Distinguished Majors Thesis Writing (3)

Guterbock, enrl 12

Prerequisites: Admission to the Distinguished Majors Program in Sociology & SOC 4980.

Writing of the DMP thesis under the supervision of a DM faculty adviser.

 

 

For more course information please visit the University Registrar, SIS Schedule of Classes or the Summer Session / JTerm Offices.

J-term and Study Abroad courses do not automatically count toward the Sociology major or minor; a student must obtain pre-approval from Professor Thomas Guterbock, Director of Undergraduate Studies. See Sociology Major Handbook for more information.

*If a student neither contacts the instructor in advance nor appears at the first class meeting, the Sociology Department and/or instructor reserves the right to cancel the student's enrollment.

**Additionally, if upon being given ad hoc enrollment permission, a student is told by the instructor to enroll in a specific dependent section, and the student does not enroll in that specified section, the Sociology Department and/or instructor reserves the right to cancel the student's enrollment.

***Undergraduate students may enroll in Graduate Sociology courses at the 5000 level only with instructor permission, and if they have a minimum GPA of 3.4 and fourth year status.