SOC 205 Introduction to Research Methods

Professor: Warren Goldstein

CRN: 12308

Time: Wed Fr 3:40 pm - 5:10 pm OLIN 310

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.


SOC 206 The Sociology of White Racism

Professor: Amy Ansell

CRN: 12306

Time: Tu Th 9:00 am - 10:20 am OLIN 202

Cross-listed: MES
Over the course of the past several years there has been a veritable explosion of sociological attention to the interrelated issues of white racism, white racial identity, and white racial attitudes. This course will survey this recent theorizing in the sociology of racism. Special attention will be given to: (1) recent development in American race relations; (2) modernizing trends in the expression of racist sentiments and the sanitized nature of racist appeals; and (3) how racial beliefs serve to justify and defend white advantage.


SOC 221 The Holocaust

Professor: Suzanne Vromen

CRN: 12309

Time: Tu 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm OLIN 307 Th 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm OLIN 307

Cross-listed: Jewish Studies, MES
An examination of the sociology of the Holocaust. Topics to be covered include the nature of anti-Semitism as a problem in the sociology of knowledge, evil as a sociological question, the social context of genocide, the social structure of the concentration camp, and the issues of resistance.


SOC 227 Culture Wars

Professor: Amy Ansell

CRN: 12307

Time: Wed 10:30 - 12:30 OLIN 308

Cross-listed: American Studies
Beginning with the end of the Cold War and climaxing during the Republican landslide of the 1994 midterm elections, domestic battles to control American culture--the so-called Culture Wars--have moved to the forefront of public attention. Referred to by one author as "a struggle to define America," the Culture Wars have been waged most fervently by contemporary conservative forces aiming to win control of American culture from their progressive counterparts. This course will examine the historical sources of the moral and cultural conflicts at issue and contextualize them as part of an ongoing contest in American society to define the "we" to whom specific moral obligations apply and the "they" to whom nothing is owed. Course readings will be organized to survey a variety of cultural conflicts and policy arenas targeted by cultural warriors, including matters of sexuality, family, education, and art.


SOC 232 Sociology of Health and Illness

Professor: Randolph Quaye

CRN: 12480

Time: Mon 3:40 pm - 5:40 pm OLIN 307

This course will apply sociological concepts and methods in the study of health and illness. Topics covered include social determinants of health, health related behavior, health care financing, the rise, development and deep professionalization of the medical profession, doctor-patient relations and alternative health-care systems.


SOC 235 State Repression and Redemocratization in Developing Countries

Professor: Randolph Quaye

CRN: 12483

Time: Mon Fr 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm OLIN 205

of related interest: AADS, PIE
The literature on state politics in developing countries has been bleak, with an overwhelming focus on state repression, human rights violations, dictatorship and state collapse. This course seeks to explore the patterns of economic and social and political developments on democracy in developing countries. Rather than focus solely on the collapse of democracy we will examine its success as a viable alternative to authoritarianism. Finally we will examine the emerging role of indigenous social institutions in the overall redemocratization process in the developing world. Case studies will be drawn from Africa, Latin America and Asia.


SOC 304 Contemporary Sociological Theory

Professor: Suzanne Vromen

CRN: 12311

Time: Tu 10:30 am - 12:30 pm OLIN 301

A critical investigation into the development of modern sociological theories in the United States and Europe and their links to the classical theorists. Among others, we will examine symbolic interaction, theories of power, attempts to link micro and macro levels of analysis, and feminist theory. Readings include works by Erving Goffman, C. Wright Mills, Anthony Giddens, Pierre Bourdieu, Jrgen Habermas, Nancy Chodorow, and Michel Foucault. Prerequisite: Sociology 203 or permission of the instructor.


SOC 316 The Culture of Memory

Professor: Suzanne Vromen

CRN: 12310

Time: Wed 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm OLIN 308

PIE core course
The course considers the social dimensions and the wide range of practices dedicated to recalling the past. In contrast to the classical Durkheimian views that memory functions as an instrument of social cohesion, we examine how this social memory, often expressed in commemorations, is in fact a multivocal, dynamic process, not entirely predictable, marked by heterogeneity, creating social cleavages and shaping the formation of contested identities. Among others, the course will focus on sites such as museums, monuments and historical landmarks, and on rituals such as funerals and pilgrimages. In this search for the nature of memory and its place in culture we look at different contexts and genres of memory in light of larger questions such as how are memory and history related? How malleable is the past in the invention of national identity? Whose past is commemorated? What is the place of memory in daily life? What role do institutions play in the production of "collective memories?" Prerequisite: upper-college status or PIE status.