CRN 10389


Course No. SOC 101
Title Introduction to Sociology
Professor Amy Ansell
Schedule Tu Th 11:30 am - 12:50 pm OLIN 305
Cross-listed: CRES

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the sociological perspective. Its goal is to illuminate the way in which social forces impinge on our individual lives and affect human society. The course is organized into four main parts. In the first, key sociological concepts and methods will be introduced via the study of the fathers of sociology: Durkheim, Weber, and Marx. In the second part, we will examine the significance of various forms of social inequality, particularly those based on class, race, and gender. We will then survey several important social institutions: the family, the economic order, the political order, education, and religion. The fourth and final part of the course will focus on the inter-related issues of ideology, social movements, and social change.

CRN 10153


Course No. SOC 205
Title Introduction to Research Methods
Professor Steven Colatrella
Schedule Tu Th 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm OLIN 201
Cross-listed: CRES

The aim of this course is to enable students to understand and use the various research methods developed in the social sciences. The course will be concerned with the theory and rationale upon which social research is based, as well as the practical aspects of research and the problems the researcher is likely to encounter. More specifically, students will learn how to formulate research questions, how to choose the best research method for the problem, and how to maximize chances for valid and reliable findings.

Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or permission of the instructor.

CRN 10304


Course No. SOC 217
Title Twentieth Century Italian Society
Professor Steven Colatrella
Schedule Wed Fri 10:00 am - 11:20 am OLIN 204
Cross-listed: Italian Studies

Few countries have experienced the rapid and profound economic, cultural and political transformations in this century that Italy has undergone. In one sense, Italy stands as a prototype of a "developing" society become wealthy and modern. In other ways Italy is unique - it saw the first Fascist regime, the largest Communist party in the western world, and a series of changes including massive internal migrations, new roles for the Church, a powerful feminist movement and two economic "miracles" in the past 50 years. We will examine these changes to see what they tell us about our century in general through social science, literature, film and other works.

CRN 10346


Course No. SOC 242
Title The Historical Sociology of Punishment
Professor Michael Donnelly
Schedule Mon Wed 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm OLIN 305
The aims of this course are two-fold. It examines first, the character of punishment, and of rationales for punishing, in a variety of different historical circumstances. Cases are drawn from studies of primitive societies, Puritan New England, 18th and 19th century western Europe, the American South, and the recent period in the United States and Britain. Comparisons among such disparate cases are meant to suggest broad development patterns in punishing, and to throw up more specific queries about the connections between culture, social structure, and penal strategies. The case materials should offer, secondly, an historical perspective on such contemporary issues and controversies as the appropriateness of retribution, the declining concern for rehabilitation, the rationales and uses of the death penalty, and the scope of criminal responsibility.

Prerequisite: Soc. 101 or permission of the instructor.

CRN 10335


Course No. SOC 271
Title An Overview of the American Population: Social Studies meets Demography
Schedule Wed 7:40 pm - 8:40 pm OLIN 204

Th 4:00 pm - 5:20 pm OLIN 204

Professor Joel Perlmann
Cross-listed: American Studies

Demographic trends - as they have developed historically, and as they are continuing to transform prospects for the decades ahead - are crucial to understanding our society, or any other. The course introduces basic concepts in demographic analysis and through those concepts illuminates many basic trends in the American population and the policy issues they pose - changing fertility rates and the baby boom; changes in family structure and out of wedlock birth; women and work; poverty and wealth; rising educational levels, immigration and internal migration; the boom in old age (social security, health care, and retirement); racial differences in all these trends. We learn about key changes in most or all of these domains first through tracking the population; and in this season of the decennial American Census the course will also deal with the development and politics of the US Census. Major writing assignments will be on the readings, plus a term paper based on a particular topic of the student's choice.

CRN 10345


Course No. SOC 304
Title Contemporary Sociological Thought
Professor Michael Donnelly
Schedule Tu Th 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm OLIN 307
A critical investigation into the development of modern sociological theories in the United States and Europe. The course will examine, among other schools and traditions, functionalism, confliict theory, exchange and rational choice theory, symbolic interactionism, feminist theory, and critical theory. Readings include works by Talcott Parsons, Ralf Dahrendorf, Jon Elster, George Herbert Mead, Erving Goffman, Harold Garfinkel, Dorothy Smith, Michel Foucault, and Juergen Habermas. Prerequisite: Soc. 203 or permission of the instructor.

CRN 10390


Course No. SOC 310
Title Cultural Studies: A Sociological Perspective
Professor Amy Ansell
Schedule Mon Wed 10:00 am - 11:20 am OLIN 107
Cultural studies is an exciting new interdisciplinary area of study that offers great potential for confronting such important contemporary sociological issues as multiculturalism, nationalism, leisure, media/ideology, and sexuality. Cultural studies meets the sociological perspective in its focus on the link between cultural representations, symbols and practices and the establishment, critique and maintenance of relations of power and inequality. By confronting a wide range of topics - from postcolonialism to youth subcultures, from queer theory to rock-n-roll, from the new racism to the politics of mugging - this course will introduce students to the distinctive theory and method of cultural studies.