2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog

Sociology

Students may complete a major or minor in Sociology.

Faculty

David Karen, Chair and Professor
Erika Marquez, Visiting Assistant Professor
Mary J. Osirim, Interim Provost and Professor
Ayumi Takenaka, Associate Professor
Robert Washington, Professor
Nathan Daniel Wright, Associate Professor (on leave semesters I and II)

The major in Sociology aims to provide understanding of the organization and functioning of modern society by analyzing its major institutions, social groups, and values, and their interrelations with culture and personality. To facilitate these analytical objectives, the department offers rigorous preparation in social theory and problem focused training in quantitative as well as qualitative methodologies.

Major Requirements

Requirements for the major are SOCL 102, 265, 302, 303, Senior Seminar (398), five additional courses in sociology (one of which may be at the 100 level and at least one of which must be at the 300 level), and two courses in an allied subject. Allied courses can be chosen from a list provided by the department. Some courses offered by the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) may be eligible for major or minor credit in Sociology. However, no more than two courses from GSSWSR can count for the major or minor in Sociology.

After completing SOCL 303, in which she will write a research proposal during her junior year, the student may submit that proposal to the department for permission to write a senior thesis. If her proposal is accepted, she will enroll in the thesis-oriented senior seminar where she will focus on researching and writing her thesis.

Students who choose not to write a thesis will enroll in the non-thesis senior seminar, which will explore selected issues in a major substantive area of sociology—such as culture, social class, social conflict, power, or contemporary social theory. This seminar will require each of the enrolled students to write a term paper.

The Department of Sociology offers concentrations in gender and society, Asian American studies and African American studies. In pursuing these concentrations, majors should inquire about the possibility of coursework at Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges and the University of Pennsylvania.

Minor Requirements

Requirements for the minor are SOCL 102, 265, 302, and three additional courses within the department. Students may choose electives from courses offered at Haverford College. Bryn Mawr majors should consult their department about major credit for courses taken at other institutions.

Honors

Honors in Sociology are available to those students who have a grade point average in the major of 3.5 or higher and who write a senior thesis that is judged outstanding by the department. The thesis would be written under the direction of a Sociology faculty member. Students are required to submit a thesis proposal which must be approved by the department in the semester prior to writing the thesis. Students should have prior course work in the subject area in which they plan to write a thesis.

Concentrations Within the Sociology Major

Gender and Society

Three courses are required for this concentration—at least two of these courses must be in sociology. The remaining course can be in sociology or an allied social science field. Students who pursue this concentration are required to take at least one of the core courses in this area offered by the department: The Study of Gender in Society (SOCL 201) or Women in Contemporary Society: The Southern Hemisphere (SOCL 225). The department encourages students in this concentration to take courses that focus on the study of gender in both the Global North and the Global South. In addition to taking courses in this field at Bryn Mawr, students may also take courses towards this concentration in their study abroad programs or at Haverford, Swarthmore, and the University of Pennsylvania. Any course taken outside of the Bryn Mawr Department of Sociology must be approved by the department for concentration credit. Majors are urged to consult Mary Osirim about this concentration.

Asian American Studies

Students pursuing this concentration are required to take Asian American Communities (SOCL 249), in addition to two other courses. One of them must be either Challenges and Dilemmas of Diversity (SOCL 215) or Immigrant Experiences (SOCL 246). The other course can be in anthropology, East Asian studies, or any other relevant field, and must be approved by the department for concentration credit. Please contact Ayumi Takenaka for further information.

African American Studies

Three courses are required for this concentration—at least two of these courses must be in sociology. The remaining course can be in either sociology or an allied field. Students who pursue this concentration are required to take the core course offered by the Bryn Mawr Department of Sociology: Black America In Sociological Perspective (SOCL 229). Students are encouraged to take courses on Black America listed under the Bryn Mawr and Haverford Africana Studies Programs. Courses taken outside the Bryn Mawr Department of Sociology must be approved by the department for concentration credit. Majors interested in this concentration should consult Robert Washington for further information.

COURSES

SOCL B102 Society, Culture, and the Individual
Analysis of the basic sociological methods, perspectives, and concepts used in the study of society, with emphasis on social structure, education, culture, the self, and power. Theoretical perspectives that focus on sources of stability, conflict, and change are emphasized throughout.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; International Studies Major
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Marquez,E., Karen,D.
(Spring 2014)

SOCL B165 Problems in the Natural and Built Environment
This course situates the development of sociology as responding to major social problems in the natural and built environment. It demonstrates why the key theoretical developments and empirical findings of sociology are crucial in understanding how these problems develop, persist and are addressed or fail to be addressed.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B175 Environment and Society
Introduces the ideas, themes, and methodologies of the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies beginning with definitions: what is nature? What is environment? And how do people and their settlements fit into each? The course then moves to distinct disciplinary approaches in which scholarship can and does (and does not) inform our perceptions of the environment. Assignments introduce methodologies of environmental studies, requiring reading landscapes, working with census data and government reports, critically interpreting scientific data, and analyzing work of experts.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B175
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B200 Urban Sociology
This course consists of an overview, as well as an analysis of the physical and social structure of the city. The first part of the course will deal with understanding exactly what a city consists of. The second part will focus on the social structure within cities. Finally, in the third part of the course, we will examine patterns of inequality and segregation in the city. Prerequisite: one social science course or permission of instructor.
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B200
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B205 Social Inequality
Introduction to the major sociological theories of gender, racial-ethnic, and class inequality with emphasis on the relationships among these forms of stratification in the contemporary United States, including the role of the upper class(es), inequality between and within families, in the work place, and in the educational system.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B205
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Osirim,M.
(Fall 2013)

SOCL B217 The Family in Social Context
A consideration of the family as a social institution in the United States, looking at how societal and cultural characteristics and dynamics influence families; how the family reinforces or changes the society in which it is located; and how the family operates as a social organization. Included is an analysis of family roles and social interaction within the family. Major problems related to contemporary families are addressed, such as domestic violence and divorce. Cross-cultural and subcultural variations in the family are considered.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Child and Family Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B220 Medicine, the Body and Society
An introduction to the sociology of health and illness with a particular focus on the sociology of the body. Topics include: cross-cultural perceptions of the body and disease; the definition of “legitimate” medical knowledge and practice; social determinants of health and access to healthcare; management of healthcare costs.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B225 Women in Society
A study of the contemporary experiences of women of color in the Global South. The household, workplace, community, and the nation-state, and the positions of women in the private and public spheres are compared cross-culturally. Topics include feminism, identity and self-esteem; globalization and transnational social movements and tensions and transitions encountered as nations embark upon development.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Child and Family Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B227 Sports in Society
Using a sociological, historical, and comparative approach, this course examines such issues as the role of the mass media in the transformation of sports; the roles played in sports by race, ethnicity, class, and gender; sports as a means of social mobility; sports and socialization; the political economy of sports; and sports and the educational system.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B229 Black America in Sociological Perspective
This course provides sociological perspectives on various issues affecting black America: the legacy of slavery; the formation of urban ghettos; the struggle for civil rights; the continuing significance of discrimination; the problems of crime and criminal justice; educational under-performance; entrepreneurial and business activities; the social roles of black intellectuals, athletes, entertainers, and creative artists.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B269
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Washington,R.
(Fall 2013)

SOCL 230 Topics in Comparative Urbanism
This is a topics course.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B229; SOCL-B230; HART-B229; EAST-B229
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): McDonogh,G.

Spring 2014: Current topic description: Comparative Urbanism insists that our understanding of cities must incorporate systematic analysis, testing theory and practice. This year, the class explores questions raised about cities through crime literature, ranging from depictions of criminality (across race, class and gender) to visions of form and movement. The key cities for comparison this year will be Barcelona, Los Angeles, Havana, Buenos Aires and Shanghai. Readings will include literary sources, films and social histories.

SOCL B231 Punishment and Social Order
A cross-cultural examination of punishment, from mass incarceration in the United States, to a widened “penal net” in Europe, and the securitization of society in Latin America. The course addresses theoretical approaches to crime control and the emergence of a punitive state connected with pervasive social inequality.
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B231
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Marquez,E.
(Spring 2014)

SOCL B242 Urban Field Research Methods
This Praxis course intends to provide students with hands-on research practice in field methods. In collaboration with the instructor and the Praxis Office, students will choose an organization or other group activity in which they will conduct participant observation for several weeks. Through this practice, students will learn how to conduct field-based primary research and analyze sociological issues.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B242; ANTH-B242
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Takenaka,A.
(Spring 2014)

SOCL B246 Immigrant Experiences: Introduction to International Migration
The course will examine the causes and consequences of immigration by looking at various immigrant groups in the United States in comparison with Western Europe, Japan, and other parts of the world. How is immigration induced and perpetuated? How are the types of migration changing (labor migration, refugee flows, return migration, transnationalism)? How do immigrants adapt differently across societies? We will explore scholarly texts, films, and novels to examine what it means to be an immigrant, what generational and cultural conflicts immigrants experience, and how they identify with the new country and the old country.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B258
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Takenaka,A.
(Fall 2013)

SOCL B247 Environmental Social Problems
This course examines environmental social problems from a constructionist perspective. We will examine how environmental problems become public problems that receive attention, money and widespread concern.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B249 Asian American Communities
This course is an introduction to the study of Asian American communities that provides comparative analysis of major social issues confronting Asian Americans. Encompassing the varied experiences of Asian Americans and Asians in the Americas, the course examines a broad range of topics—community, migration, race and ethnicity, and identities—as well as what it means to be Asian American and what that teaches us about American society.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B249; ANTH-B249
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Takenaka,A.
(Fall 2013)

SOCL B252 Sociology of Popular Music
This course explores the production, distribution, and consumption of popular music, paying particular attention to the interrelationships among artists, fans, the music industry, and the societal context. Themes include the tension between mainstream commercial success and artistic independence, popular music and politics, and music consumption and identity, gender, and sexuality.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B257 Marginals and Outsiders: The Sociology of Deviance
An examination of unconventional and criminal behavior from the standpoint of different theoretical perspectives on deviance (e.g., social disorganization, symbolic interaction, structural functionalism, Marxism) with particular emphasis on the labeling and social construction perspectives; and the role of conflicts and social movements in changing the normative boundaries of society. Topics will include alcoholism, drug addiction, homicide, homosexuality, mental illness, prostitution, robbery, and white-collar crime.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Washington,R.
(Spring 2014)

SOCL B258 Sociology of Education
Major sociological theories of the relationships between education and society, focusing on the effects of education on inequality in the United States and the historical development of primary, secondary, and post-secondary education in the United States. Other topics include education and social selection, testing and tracking, and micro- and macro-explanations of differences in educational outcomes. This is a Praxis I course; placements are in local schools.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B259 Comparative Social Movements in Latin America
An examination of resistance movements to the power of the state and globalization in three Latin American societies: Mexico, Columbia, and Peru. The course explores the political, legal, and socio-economic factors underlying contemporary struggles for human and social rights, and the role of race, ethnicity, and coloniality play in these struggles.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B259; CITY-B220
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Marquez,E.
(Fall 2013)

SOCL B261 Transitions to Adulthood
Adolescence and early adulthood is a critical period in our lives. During this time we experience a number of of major life events that mark the transition into adult roles and relationships, and that are of major consequence for the rest of our lives. We leave school, start working, form romantic relationships, begin sexual activity, leave home, become financially independent, get married, and start having children. This seminar explores how adolescent transitions are studied, how they compare across different national contexts, and how individual, family, and community factors affect the type and timing of different transitions. Prerequisite: one introductory social science class.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B262 Who Believes What and Why: The Sociology of Public Opinion
This course explores public opinion: what it is, how it is measured, how it is shaped, and how it changes over time. Specific attention is given to the role of elites, the mass media, and religion in shaping public opinion. Examples include racial/ethnic civil rights, abortion, gay/lesbian/transgendered sexuality, and inequalities.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B262
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B265 Research Design and Statistical Analysis
An introduction to the conduct of empirical, especially quantitative, social science inquiry. In consultation with the instructor, students may select research problems to which they apply the research procedures and statistical techniques introduced during the course. Using SPSS, a statistical computer package, students learn techniques such as cross-tabular analysis, ANOVA, and multiple regression. Required of and limited to Bryn Mawr Sociology majors and minors.
Requirement(s): Division I or Quantitative
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Karen,D.
(Spring 2014)

SOCL B266 Schools in American Cities
This course examines issues, challenges, and possibilities of urban education in contemporary America. We use as critical lenses issues of race, class, and culture; urban learners, teachers, and school systems; and restructuring and reform. While we look at urban education nationally over several decades, we use Philadelphia as a focal “case” that students investigate through documents and school placements. This is a Praxis II course (weekly fieldwork in a school required)
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Child and Family Studies; Praxis Program
Crosslisting(s): EDUC-B266; CITY-B266
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Curl,H.
(Fall 2013)

SOCL B267 The Development of the Modern Japanese Nation
An introduction to the main social dimensions central to an understanding of contemporary Japanese society and nationhood in comparison to other societies. The course also aims to provide students with training in comparative analysis in sociology.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): EAST-B267; ANTH-B267
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Takenaka,A.
(Spring 2014)

SOCL B273 Race and the Law in American Context
An examination of the intersection of race and law, evaluating the legal regulations of race, the history and meanings of race, and how law, history and the Supreme Court helped shape and produce those meanings. It will draw on materials from law, history, public policy, and critical race theory.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B273
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B286 Cultural Perspectives on Ethnic Identity in the Post Famine Irish Diaspora
Theoretical perspectives and case studies on exclusion and assimilation in the social construction of Irish ethnic identity in the United States and elsewhere in the Irish diaspora. Symbolic expressions of Irish ethnicity such as St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will consider race, class, gender, and religion. Racism and benevolence in the Irish experience will highlight a cultural perspective through use of ethnographies, personal biographies, and literary products such as novels and films. Prerequisite: introductory course in social science or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B286
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B302 Social Theory
Analysis of classical and modern theorists selected because of their continuing influence on sociological thought. Among the theoretical conceptions examined are: alienation, bureaucracy, culture, deviance, modernization, power, religion and the sacred, social change, social class, social conflict, social psychology of self, and status. Theorists include: Durkheim, Firestone, Gramsci, Marx, Mead, Mills, and Weber. Required of and limited to Bryn Mawr Sociology majors and minors.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Washington,R.
(Fall 2013)

SOCL B303 Junior Conference: Discipline-Based Intensive Writing
This course will introduce students to a range of qualitative methods in the discipline and will require students to engage, through reading and writing, a wide range of sociological issues. The emphasis of the course will be to develop a clear, concise writing style, while maintaining a sociological focus. Substantive areas of the course will vary depending on the instructor. Required of and limited to Bryn Mawr sociology majors.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Osirim,M., Karen,D.
(Spring 2014)

SOCL B309 Sociology of Religion
This course will investigate what sociology offers to an historical and contemporary understanding of religion. Most broadly, the course explores how religion has fared under the conditions of modernity given widespread predictions of secularization yet remarkably resilient and resurgent religious movements the world over. The course is structured to alternate theoretical approaches to religion with specific empirical cases that illustrate, test, or contradict the particular theories at hand. It focuses primarily on the West, but situated within a global context.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B310 Sociology of AIDS
An analysis of major sociological issues related to AIDS, including the social construction of the disease, social epidemiology, the psychosocial experience of illness, public opinion and the media, and the health care system. The implications of political and scientific controversies concerning AIDS will be analyzed, as will the impact of AIDS on the populations most affected in both the United States and Third World countries. Must be taken concurrently with SOCL 315.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B314 Immigrant Experiences
This course is an introduction to the causes and consequences of international migration. It explores the major theories of migration (how migration is induced and perpetuated); the different types of migration (labor migration, refugee flows, return migration) and forms of transnationalism; immigration and emigration policies; and patterns of migrants’ integration around the globe. It also addresses the implications of growing population movements and transnationalism for social relations and nation-states. Prerequisite: At least one prior social science course or permission of the instructor.
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B315 Sociology of AIDS Internship
An internship open only to those who are concurrently enrolled in SOCL 310.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B316 Science, Culture and Society
Science is a powerful institution in American life, with extensive political and personal consequences. Through case studies and cross-disciplinary readings, this course challenges students to examine the social forces that influence how science is produced and used in public (and private) debates. Prerequisite: one course in Sociology, or the consent of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B319 Global Cuisine in Sociological Perspective
This course examines the historical and cross-cultural changes in national cuisines. By exploring how foods cross national boundaries and change, the course aims to explore not only the ritual functions of food, but also its relationship to national, cultural, and political identities within the context of increasing human immigration and globalization. Prerequisites: At least one course previously taken in Sociology or Anthropology.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Takenaka,A.
(Fall 2013)

SOCL B331 Global Sociology: Capital, Power, and Protest in World-Historical Perspective
This course examines the social, economic and political dynamics underlying globalization. Through an analysis of global capitalism, the inter-state system, and transnational social movements, we will trace the local-global connections at the basis of contemporary issues like natural resource extraction, human rights violations, and labor insecurity.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Marquez,E.
(Fall 2013)

SOCL B335 Community Based Research
This course links each student researcher to a community organization to carry out and complete a research project. Students learn the specific needs of the organization and develop the necessary research skills for their particular project. Projects will be available in a variety of local schools and non-profit organizations in Philadelphia and Montgomery County. Students may contact the department in advance for information about the types of participating organizations during a particular semester. Prerequisite: at least one social science course and permission of the instructor.
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B337 The Genealogical Imagination
Genealogical research focuses on individuals across generations but requires us to understand individual lives in their social context, as Mills argued in The Sociological Imagination. In this course, we will explore how understanding larger social forces and patterns, such as immigration, urbanization, discrimination, religion, and demographic change, helps us uncover and understand individual lives. Prerequisites: one course in Sociology or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B338 The New African Diaspora: African and Caribbean Immigrants in the United States
An examination of the socioeconomic experiences of immigrants who arrived in the United States since the landmark legislation of 1965. After exploring issues of development and globalization at “home” leading to migration, the course proceeds with the study of immigration theories. Major attention is given to the emergence of transnational identities and the transformation of communities, particularly in the northeastern United States.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B338
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B340 Race and Ethnic Relations in Comparative Perspective
This seminar addresses one of the most complex and pervasive problems in the modern world --- the problem of strained racial--ethnic relations within national societies. It begins by examining major theoretical perspectives on racial ethnic relations. Comparing the United States, Brazil, Great Britain, Malaysia, South Africa, and Rwanda, it focuses on the historical backgrounds, current developments (including levels of poverty, education, political representation, social integration, and intermarriage), and government policies, with the objective of identifying the social conditions that have conduced to the worst and the most successful ethnic- racial relations --- in terms of social equality and human rights. Prerequisites: Open to juniors and seniors who have completed at least two courses in Sociology, Political Science, or Anthropology.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Washington,R.
(Spring 2014)

SOCL B346 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B345; HIST-B345
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B350 Movements for Social Justice in the US
Throughout human history, powerless groups of people have organized social movements to improve their lives and their societies. Powerful groups and institutions have resisted these efforts in order to maintain their own privilege. Some periods of history have been more likely than others to spawn protest movements. What factors seem most likely to lead to social movements? What determines their success/failure? We will examine 20th-century social movements in the United States to answer these questions. Includes a film series. Prerequisite: At least one prior social science course or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B354 Comparative Social Movements
A consideration of the conceptualizations of power and “legitimate” and “illegitimate” participation, the political opportunity structure facing potential activists, the mobilizing resources available to them, and the cultural framing within which these processes occur. Specific attention is paid to recent movements within and across countries, such as feminist, environmental, and anti-globalization movements, and to emerging forms of citizen mobilization, including transnational and global networks, electronic mobilization, and collaborative policymaking institutions.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B354
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hager,C.
(Spring 2014)

SOCL B358 Higher Education: Structure, Dynamics, Policy
This course examines the structure and dynamics of the “non-system” of higher education in the US in historical and comparative perspective. Focusing on patterns of access, graduation, and allocation into the labor market, the course examines changes over time and how these vary at different types of institutions and cross-nationally. Issues of culture, diversity (especially with respect to class, race/ethnic, and gender), and programming will be examined. The main theoretical debates revolve around the relationship between higher education and the society (does it reproduce or transform social structure) in which it is embedded.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Karen,D.
(Spring 2014)

SOCL B360 Topics in Urban Culture and Society
This is a topics course. Topics vary. Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B359; CITY-B360; HART-B359
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): McDonogh,G.

Spring 2014: Current topic description: Brazilian metropoles embody multiple tensions between cities and nature mediated by divisions of race, wealth, gender and immigration. While colonial and 19th century foundations speak to slave wealth and exploitation of the land, 20th century Brazil has become a laboratory for social change, and experiments to rethink the relationships of citizens and the environment. Readings will include history, geography, environmental studies, and literature; films will also be regularly screened in class.

SOCL B363 Sociology of Sex and Gender Seminar
We examine the concepts of sex and gender from from a sociological perspective. In the first part of the course, we examine different perspectives on gender, with a particular focus on the social constructionist view. We also explore concepts of feminist epistemology, femininity and masculinity, herernormativity, and intersectionality. In the second part of the course, we focus on gender and inequality within the institutions of family, work, and politics. Prerequisite: one social science course.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B374 Education Politics & Policy in the U.S.
This course will examine education policy through the lens of federalism and federalism through a case study of education policy. The dual aims are to enhance our understanding of this specific policy area and our understanding of the impact that our federal system of government has on policy effectiveness.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B374; EDUC-B374
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Golden,M.
(Fall 2013)

SOCL B375 Gender, Work and Family
As the number of women participating in the paid workforce who are also mothers exceeds 50 percent, it becomes increasingly important to study the issues raised by these dual roles. This seminar will examine the experiences of working and nonworking mothers in the United States, the roles of fathers, the impact of working mothers on children, and the policy implications of women, work, and family.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B375
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Golden,M.
(Fall 2013)

SOCL B393 U.S. Welfare Politics: Theory and Practice
Major theoretical perspectives concerning the welfare state with a focus on social policy politics, including recent welfare reforms and how in an era of globalization there has been a turn to a more restrictive system of social provision. Special attention is paid to the ways class, race, and gender are involved in making of social welfare policy and the role of social welfare policy in reinforcing class, race, and gender inequities. Prerequisite: POLS B121 or SOCL B102.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B393
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

SOCL B398 Senior Conference
This seminar problematizes common sense notions that naturalize culture. From a sociological perspective on culture, it teaches analytical skills for unmasking the social forces underlying cultural constructions of meaning in social life. Its primary objectives are to: (1) examine major theoretical conceptions of culture; (2) explore studies that illustrate hegemonic cultural constructions of historical memory; political events; social problems; racial and ethnic images; gender images; and social class images; (3) and, finally, probe the implications of sub-cultures and counter-hegemonic movements as modes of resistance to cultural hegemony. Open to Bryn Mawr senior sociology majors only.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Washington,R.
(Fall 2013)

SOCL B403 Supervised Work
Students have the opportunity to do individual research projects under the supervision of a faculty member.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dept. staff, TBA
(Fall 2013)

SOCL B403 Supervised Work
Students have the opportunity to do individual research projects under the supervision of a faculty member.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dept. staff, TBA
(Spring 2014)

SOCL B425 Praxis III: Independent Study
Praxis III courses are Independent Study courses and are developed by individual students, in collaboration with faculty and field supervisors. A Praxis courses is distinguished by genuine collaboration with fieldsite organizations and by a dynamic process of reflection that incorporates lessons learned in the field into the classroom setting and applies theoretical understanding gained through classroom study to work done in the broader community.
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)