|Course No.||SOC 101|
|Title||Introduction to Sociology|
|Schedule||Tu Th 11:30 am - 12:50 pm OLIN 305|
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.
|Course No.||SOC 205|
|Title||Introduction to Research Methods|
|Schedule||Tu Th 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm OLIN 201|
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.
|Course No.||SOC 217|
|Title||Twentieth Century Italian Society|
|Schedule||Wed Fri 10:00 am - 11:20 am OLIN 204|
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.
|Course No.||SOC 242|
|Title||The Historical Sociology of Punishment|
|Schedule||Mon Wed 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm OLIN 305|
Prerequisite: Soc. 101 or permission of the instructor.
|Course No.||SOC 271|
|Title||An Overview of the American Population: Social Studies meets Demography|
Wed 7:40 pm - 8:40 pm OLIN 204
Th 4:00 pm - 5:20 pm OLIN 204
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.
|Course No.||SOC 304|
|Title||Contemporary Sociological Thought|
|Schedule||Tu Th 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm OLIN 307|
|Course No.||SOC 310|
|Title||Cultural Studies: A Sociological Perspective|
|Schedule||Mon Wed 10:00 am - 11:20 am OLIN 107|