Sociology

Students may complete a major or minor in Sociology.

Faculty

David Karen, Chair and Professor of Sociology (on leave semester II)
Erika Marquez, Visiting Assistant Professor
Bridget R. Nolan, Visiting Assistant Professor
Mary J. Osirim, Interim Provost and Professor of Sociology
Robert Washington, Professor of Sociology
Nathan Daniel Wright, Associate Professor of Sociology

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 connections to culture and power. 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 (Junior Seminar), which fulfills the College writing intensive requirement, 398 (Senior Seminar), 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). In addition, the student must take two additional courses in sociology or an allied subject; the allied courses are to be chosen in consultation with the faculty adviser. The department strongly recommends that majors take a history course focused on late 19th and 20th century American history. Students with an interest in quantitative sociology are encouraged to elect as allied work further training in mathematics, statistics and computer science. Those with an interest in historical or theoretical sociology are encouraged to elect complementary courses in history, philosophy, and anthropology. In general, these allied courses should be chosen from the social sciences.

Senior Experience

The Senior Seminar is required of all senior sociology majors regardless of whether or not they wish to do a thesis. Depending on the number of students, in some years the Senior Seminar will have two sections. The content of the two sections may differ, but the structure of the seminars will be the same. Students will focus on their writing in a series of assignments, emphasizing, as the new college-wide writing requirement suggests, the process and elements of good writing.

Senior Thesis

Procedures and Substance:
Juniors will have the option of doing a one-semester thesis in the fall, a one-semester thesis in the spring, or a two-semester thesis (one grade for the year). To become eligible to write a senior thesis, a student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in sociology (this will also be the minimum GPA for a student to do an independent study in sociology). Students will need to approach a faculty member as early as possible about the possibility of advising their thesis and will need to indicate in their thesis proposal their “preferred adviser.” The department will attempt to follow these preferences but will take responsibility for assigning an adviser.

Students who wish to write a senior thesis will need to submit by June 30 to the Chair of sociology a 1-2 page thesis proposal that includes the following information:

 

  • Proposed term of thesis-writing: fall semester; spring semester; both semesters
  • Timeline: brief indication of when the data will be collected, when/how it will be analyzed, when the write-up will take place, etc.
  • Preferred adviser
  • Thesis proposal (should include the research question, its sociological significance, the proposed method, plan of analysis, and anticipated value)

The thesis proposal should also state clearly whether the research will require IRB approval, if approval has already been secured, or when it will be secured

Please indicate if you have any previous preparation/work in the thesis topic area

The chair will distribute the proposals to department members, collect their comments, and inform the student of a yes/no decision by July 15. Please note that students who are not selected to do a senior thesis may still pursue independent work with a faculty member (if their GPA in the major is 3.0 or above). If you are unsure of whether your topic is really “THESIS,” you should discuss this with a faculty member. The following broad categories of work have been considered in the past to be theses: students conduct an analysis of empirical data (this can be qualitative or quantitative; collected by the student or by someone else; contemporary or historical; etc.) or students undertake to research a question using already published evidence (so the thesis could be a very focused, extensive literature review). Students would be welcome to propose developing further a research paper that they wrote in a course. This kind of proposal needs to be very specific as to what the new/additional goals are.

The Department of Sociology offers concentrations in gender and society 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.

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.

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; International Studies Major
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Karen,D.
(Fall 2014)

SOCL B130 Sociology of Harry Potter
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is a worldwide phenomenon that has sold hundreds of millions of books and been translated into dozens of languages. Over the last decade, academic studies of Harry Potter have taken root in English and Theology departments, but very few sociologists have taken a scholarly look at the rich society Rowling has created. This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of sociology using the lens of the Harry Potter series. We will explore questions of hierarchy, inequality, terrorism, consumption, race, class, and gender, and we will discuss the ways in which stratification in the wizarding world compares and contrasts to similar issues in the Muggle world. Class discussions and exercises will assume that students have read all seven Harry Potter books.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Nolan,B.
(Fall 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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Wright,N.
(Spring 2015)

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 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Wright,N.
(Fall 2014)

SOCL B218 Sociology of International Development
This course examines the persistent gap between the Global North and Global South around problems such as poverty, food insecurity, and access to health and education. We will examine theories and perspectives that address this disparity and explore alternatives to Western models of social organization, as put forth by social movements in the Global South. Throughout the course, we will read key primary texts (manifestos, communiqués, oral histories, and world financial institution reports) to understand the role of different players in the international development field, including global economic and governance institutions, non-governmental organizations, and—most importantly—feminist, afro-descendant, indigenous, and other voices emerging in the Global South.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

SOCL B219 Field Work / Qualitative Methods
Students will learn how to design and conduct a qualitative research study. The course will introduce several types of research approaches (e.g., case study, grounded theory) and provide in-depth instruction in various research methods, especially participant observation, ethnography, and interviewing. Students will read published works that use field work, examining the connections between theories and methods. In addition, each student will design and carry out a field-based study on a topic of her/his own choosing. Students will learn how to collect and analyze qualitative data and write up research findings. Issues of positionality, subjectivity, and representativeness in qualitative research will also be discussed.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Child and Family Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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 2014-2015)

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.
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 2014)

SOCL B230 Topics in Comparative Urbanism
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B229; HART-B229; EAST-B229; ANTH-B229
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): McDonogh,G.
Spring 2015: Current topic description: Probing the relations of power at the heart of power and society in many cities worldwide, this class uses case studies to test urban theory, forms and practice. In order to grapple with colonialism and its aftermaths, we will focus on cities in North Africa (and France), Northern Ireland, Hong Kong and Cuba, systematically exploring research, writing and insights from systematic interdisciplinary comparisons.

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
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

SOCL B238 Perspectives on Urban Poverty
This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to 20th century urban poverty knowledge. The course is primarily concerned with the ways in which historical, cultural, political, racial, social, spatial/geographical, and economic forces have either shaped or been left out of contemporary debates on urban poverty. Of great importance, the course will evaluate competing knowledge systems and their respective implications in terms of the question of “what can be known” about urban poverty in the contexts of social policy and practice, academic research, and the broader social imaginary. We will critically analyze a wide body of literature that theorizes and explains urban poverty. Course readings span the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, critical geography, urban studies, history, and social welfare. Primacy will be granted to critical analysis and deconstruction of course texts, particularly with regard to the ways in which poverty knowledge creates, sustains, and constricts channels of action in urban poverty policy and practice interventions.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B242; ANTH-B242
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B249; ANTH-B249
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

SOCL B253 Fixing Inequality: History/Philosophy of Social Intervention
This course engages seminar participants in critical and historical analysis of state attempts to fix inequality in capitalistic, liberal democratic society. Focusing primarily on the US and secondarily in international contexts, we will trace the evolution of philosophical, moral, ideological, and political-economic forces that have shaped the welfare state-building projects of the 19th and 20th centuries. We will analyze how concepts such as labor regulation, federalism, veterans’ benefits, geopolitics, professionalism, civil society, private benefits, path dependencies, race, class, gender, and modern governance intersect with the formation and reformation of policy and practice interventions designed to fix social inequality.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Washington,R.
(Spring 2015)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B259; CITY-B220
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

SOCL B261 Transitions to Adulthood
Adolescence and early adulthood is a critical period in our lives. During this time we experience a number 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 2014-2015)

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.
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 2014-2015)

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. Prerequisite: Bryn Mawr Sociology majors and minors.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Wright,N.
(Spring 2015)

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)
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): Cohen,J.
(Spring 2015)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B267
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B273
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

SOCL B275 Introduction to Survey Research Methods
The purpose of this course is to give the students the tools necessary to critically evaluate survey collection processes and the resulting data, as well as equip them with the skills to develop, execute, and analyze their own surveys to produce meaningful results. Topics include: proposal development, instrument design, question design, measurement, sampling techniques, survey pretesting, survey collection media, interviewing, index and scale construction, data analysis, interpretation and report writing. The course also examines the effects of demographic and socioeconomic factors in contemporary survey data collection.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Consiglio,D.
(Spring 2015)

SOCL B284 Modernity and Its Discontents
This course examines the nature, historical emergence, dilemmas, and prospects of modern society in the west, seeking to build up an integrated analysis of the processes by which this kind of society developed over the past two centuries and continues to transform itself. Its larger aim is to help students develop a coherent frame­work with which to understand what kind of society they live in, what makes it the way it is, and how it shapes their lives. Some central themes (and controversies) will include the growth and transformations of capitalism; the significance of the democratic and industrial revolutions; the social impact of a market economy; the culture of individualism and its dilemmas; the transformations of intimacy and the family; mass politics and mass society; and the different kinds of inter­play between social structure and personal experience. No specific prerequisites, but some previous familiarity with modern European and American history and/or with social and political theory would be useful.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B284; HIST-B284
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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. Prerequisite: Bryn Mawr Sociology majors and minors.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Washington,R.
(Fall 2014)

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.
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Wright,N., Karen,D.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

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
Instructor(s): Wright,N.
(Fall 2014)

SOCL B313 Sociology of Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Terrorism -- the use or threat of violence to achieve political, religious, or social goals -- is a centuries-old phenomenon, but terrorism has become a distressing feature of social life during the last three decades in particular. Since the early 1980s, the world has seen over 10,000 separate acts of terror that have caused thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in damage. This seminar, taught by a former CIA counterterrorism officer, will give students a sociological perspective on terrorism, including the ways in which the threat of terrorism has changed over time, the motivations of different terrorist groups, and the circumstances under which terrorism succeeds and fails. We will also explore America’s counterterrorism efforts and grapple with some of the most challenging questions facing the U.S. intelligence community today: what are the best ways to combat terrorism? How do we define and recognize success and failure in the War on Terror? Prerequisite: Introductory level social science course.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Nolan,B.
(Fall 2014)

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 and Conflict Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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. Prerequisite: At least one course previously taken in Sociology or Anthropology.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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 2014-2015)

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.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Washington,R.
(Spring 2015)

SOCL B346 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B345; HIST-B345
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Peace and Conflict Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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 2015)

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.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

SOCL B360 Topics in Urban Culture and Society
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B360; HART-B359; ANTH-B359
Units: 1.0
Spring 2015: Current topic description: This course is a social scientific examination of various types of borderlands - spaces of cross-national and cross-cultural exchange - around the world. We will explore the social, cultural, political, and geographic processes and interactions that occur within these spaces. Specific types of borderlands explored in the course may include geo-political borders, bordertowns, suburbs, frontiers, divided cities, and global borderlands.

SOCL B363 Sociology of Sex and Gender Seminar
We examine the concepts of sex and gender 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, heteronormativity, 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 2014-2015)

SOCL B374 Education Politics and 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.
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B374; EDUC-B374
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B375
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Golden,M.
(Spring 2015)

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.
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B393
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

SOCL B398 Senior Conference
This course introduces the fascinating terrain of cultural sociology by focusing on major theoretical perspectives and studies in the field. Ranging from functionalist and materialist to reception, symbolic action and hegemonic perspectives, this seminar explores the dimension of sociology that is most closely related to the humanities. That is the exploration of the origins and impact of socially constructed meanings and images in such spheres as advertising, cartoons, music, movies, television, politics, art, and literature. Through studying the interactions between social structure and cultural constructions, students learn the ways in which cultural products influence and shape human social consciousness by conditioning perceptions of gender, race, and class as well as the broader social reality. Each student will required to write several short analytical essays and a medium length research paper.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Washington,R.
(Fall 2014)

SOCL B403 Supervised Work
Students have the opportunity to do individual research projects under the supervision of a faculty member.
Units: 1.0
(Fall 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 2014-2015)