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Fall 2019

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
SOCL B102-001Society, Culture, and the IndividualSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHDalton Hall 119Cox,A.
SOCL B201-001The Study of Gender in SocietySemester / 1Lecture: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTHDalton Hall 2Baldor,T.
SOCL B205-001Social InequalitySemester / 1Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWDalton Hall 119Cox,A.
SOCL B229-001Black America in Sociological PerspectiveSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 2Washington,R.
SOCL B235-001Mexican-American CommunitiesSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHTaylor Hall DMontes,V.
SOCL B264-001Sociology of ChildhoodSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHOld Library 104Cox,A.
SOCL B265-001Quantitative MethodsSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWDalton Hall 119Wright,N.
SOCL B302-001Social TheorySemester / 1Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWDalton Hall 1Washington,R.
SOCL B303-001Junior Conference: Discipline-Based Intensive WritingSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MDalton Hall 6Montes,V.
SOCL B331-001Global Sociology: Capital, Power, and Protest in World-Historical PerspectiveSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WDalton Hall 212AMontes,V.
SOCL B398-001Senior ConferenceSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM MDalton Hall 1Dept. staff, TBA
SOCL B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
SOCL B420-001Praxis Fieldwork SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM TDalton Hall 6Wright,N.

Spring 2020

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
SOCL B102-001Society, Culture, and the IndividualSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWInterim,R.
SOCL B225-001Women in SocietySemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHMontes,V.
SOCL B246-001Sociology of Migration: A Cross-Cultural Overview of Contemporary ChallengesSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHMontes,V.
SOCL B258-001Sociology of EducationSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHKaren,D.
SOCL B302-001Social TheorySemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHInterim,R.
SOCL B303-001Junior Conference: Discipline-Based Intensive WritingSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WWright,N.
SOCL B309-001Sociology of ReligionSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MWright,N.
SOCL B398-001Senior ConferenceSemester / 1Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWDept. staff, TBA
EDUC B266-001Critical Issues in Urban EducationSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAZuckerman,K.
Laboratory: Date/Time TBA
Laboratory: Date/Time TBA
POLS B374-001Education Politics & Policy in the USSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM WGolden,M.

Fall 2020

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2019-20 Catalog Data

SOCL B102 Society, Culture, and the Individual
Fall 2019, Spring 2020
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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SOCL B130 Sociology of Harry Potter
Not offered 2019-20
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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SOCL B201 The Study of Gender in Society
Fall 2019
The definition of male and female social roles and sociological approaches to the study of gender in the United States, with attention to gender in the economy and work place, the division of labor in families and households, and analysis of class and ethnic differences in gender roles. Of particular interest in this course is the comparative exploration of the experiences of women of color in the United States.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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SOCL B205 Social Inequality
Fall 2019
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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SOCL B217 The Family in Social Context
Not offered 2019-20
The family represents a fundamental and ubiquitous institution in the social world, providing norms and conveying values. This course focuses on current sociological research, seeking to understand how modern American families have transformed due to complex structural and cultural forces. We will examine family change from historical, social, and demographic perspectives. After examining the images, ideals, and myths concerning families, we will address the central theme of diversity and change. In what ways can sociology explain and document these shifts? What influences do law, technology, and medicine have on the family? What are the results of evolving views of work, gender, and parenting on family structure and stability? Prerequisite of one Social Science Course
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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SOCL B218 Sociology of International Development
Not offered 2019-20
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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SOCL B225 Women in Society
Spring 2020
In 2015, the world's female population was 49.6 percent of the total global population of 7.3 billion. According to the United Nations, in absolute terms, there were 61,591,853 more men than women. Yet, at the global scale, 124 countries have more women than men. A great majority of these countries are located in what scholars have recently been referring to as the Global South - those countries known previously as developing countries. Although women outnumber their male counterparts in many Global South countries, however, these women endure difficulties that have worsened rather than improving. What social structures determine this gender inequality in general and that of women of color in particular? What are the main challenges women in the Global South face? How do these challenges differ based on nationality, class, ethnicity, skin color, gender identity, and other axes of oppression? What strategies have these women developed to cope with the wide variety of challenges they contend with on a daily basis? These are some of the major questions that we will explore together in this class. In this course, the Global South does not refer exclusively to a geographical location, but rather to a set of institutional structures that generate disadvantages for all individuals and particularly for women and other minorities, regardless their geographical location in the world. In other words, a significant segment of the Global North's population lives under the same precarious conditions that are commonly believed as exclusive to the Global South. Simultaneously, there is a Global North embedded in the Global South as well. In this context, we will see that the geographical division between the North and the South becomes futile when we seek to understand the dynamics of the "Western-centric/Christian-centric capitalist/patriarchal modern/colonial world-system" (Grosfoguel, 2012). In the first part of the course, we will establish the theoretical foundations that will guide us throughout the rest of the semester. We will then turn to a wide variety of case studies where we will examine, for instance, the contemporary global division of labor, gendered violence in the form of feminicides, international migration, and global tourism. The course's final thematic section will be devoted to learning from the different feminisms (e.g. community feminism) emerging out of the Global South as well as the research done in that region and its contribution to the development of a broader gender studies scholarship. In particular, we will pay close attention to resistance, solidarity, and social movements led by women. Examples will be drawn from Latin America, the Caribbean, the US, Asia, and Africa.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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SOCL B229 Black America in Sociological Perspective
Fall 2019
This course presents sociological perspectives on various issues affecting black America as a historically unique minority group in the United States: the legacy of slavery and the Jim Crow era; the formation of urban black ghettos; the civil rights reforms; the problems of poverty and unemployment; the problems of crime and other social problems; the problems of criminal justice; the continuing significance of race; the varied covert modern forms of racial discrimination; and the role of race in American politics. Prerequisite: at least one additional sociology course or permission of instructor. Course is not available to freshmen.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Child and Family Studies

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SOCL B235 Mexican-American Communities
Fall 2019
For its unique history, the number of migrants, and the two countries' proximity, Mexican migration to the United States represents an exceptional case in world migration. There is no other example of migration with more than 100 years of history. The copious presence of migrants concentrated in a host country, such as we have in the case of the 11.7 million Mexican migrants residing in the United States, along with another 15 million Mexican descendants, is unparalleled. The 1,933-mile-long border shared by the two countries makes it one of the longest boundary lines in the world and, unfortunately, also one of the most dangerous frontiers in the world today. We will examine the different economic, political, social and cultural forces that have shaped this centenarian migration influx and undertake a macro-, meso-, and micro-levels of analysis. At the macro-level of political economy, we will investigate the economic interdependency that has developed between Mexico and the U.S. over different economic development periods of these countries, particularly, the role the Mexican labor force has played to boosting and sustaining both the Mexican and the American economies. At the meso-level, we will examine different institutions both in Mexico and the U.S. that have determined the ways in which millions of Mexican migrate to this country. Last, but certainly not least, we will explore the impacts that both the macro-and meso-processes have had on the micro-level by considering the imperatives, aspirations, and dreams that have prompted millions of people to leave their homes and communities behind in search of better opportunities. This major life decision of migration brings with it a series of social transformations in family and community networks, this will look into the cultural impacts in both the sending and receiving migrant communities. In sum, we will come to understand how these three levels of analysis work together.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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SOCL B246 Sociology of Migration: A Cross-Cultural Overview of Contemporary Challenges
Spring 2020
The twenty-first century began much as the twentieth century did for the United States with high levels of immigration. This has affected not only the nation, but the discipline of sociology. Just as early twentieth century Chicago School sociology focused on immigration and settlement issues, so too the first decade of the twenty-first century shows a flurry of sociological imagination devoted to immigration scholarship. This course will center on the key texts, issues, and approaches coming out of this renovated sociology of immigration, but we will also include approaches to the study of immigration from history, anthropology, and ethnic studies. While we will consider comparative and historical approaches, our focus will be on the late twentieth century through the present, and we will spend a good deal of time focusing on the longest running labor migration in the world, Mexican immigration to the U.S., as well as on Central American migrant communities in the U.S. Students with an interest in contemporary U.S. immigration will be exposed to a survey of key theoretical approaches and relevant issues in immigration studies in the social sciences. Current themes, such as globalization, transnationalism, gendered migration, immigrant labor markets, militarization of the U.S.-Mexican border, U.S. migration policy, the new second generation and segmented assimilation, and citizenship will be included.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SOCL B248 Sociology of Bioethics
Not offered 2019-20
This course is a study of the field of bioethics using the tools of sociology. The study of bioethics as a discipline and as a profession will be explored by addressing a series of topics that have been prominent in the field. We will use sociological concepts and theory to investigate American bioethics, rather than conduct a study of the merits of the debates themselves. This approach will consider the cultural, social, political, and symbolic meanings of these bioethical issues. We will address questions about the stakeholders in the debates, the timing of the debates, the rise and fall of certain issues, and the charismatic influence of key players. A key component in the readings will be the connections to bio-medicine and issues of treatment versus enhancement. Readings will be drawn from philosophy, bioethics, sociology, feminist studies, and sociology of medicine. Suggested: One course in the social social sciences and freshman students require permission from the instructor.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Health Studies

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SOCL B256 Media, Race and Social Movements
Not offered 2019-20
In 2015, Ava DuVernay's historical drama Selma about the 1960s US Civil Rights Movement was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards. Fifty years after the Selma to Montgomery March, narratives about the movement and its leaders still capture widespread public attention and cultural legitimation. Public figures often appeal to our collective memory of the Civil Rights movements and its leaders when they ask us to take positions on hot-button social issues like school funding, mass incarceration, health care coverage, and reproductive rights. But the median age of the US population is 37.8, meaning that at least half of Americans have no personal recollection of the movement. Instead, we share a collective imaginary of the Civil Rights Movement and other formative historical moments in our national history, based on what we have learned from teachers, books, movies, music and countless other secondary sources. Media provides us access to knowledge - including knowledge about what ideas, institutions, and figures are important to our culture and identities. However, in order to receive that knowledge, we must interpret it through a shared cultural language that is also influenced by the media we consume, the relationships we have, and the institutions we rely upon. In this sociology course, we will work toward a shared understanding of the American media ecosystem by comparing and critiquing coverage of social movements from a range of media sources, including social media and international citizen journalism. We will focus in particular on how racial frames impact this ecosystem.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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SOCL B257 Marginals and Outsiders: The Sociology of Deviance
Not offered 2019-20
An examination of non-normative and criminal behavior viewed from the standpoint of different theoretical perspectives on deviance (e.g., social strain, anomie, functionalism, social disorganization, symbolic interaction, and Marxism) with particular emphasis on social construction and labeling perspectives; and the role of subcultures, social movements and social conflicts in changing the normative boundaries of society. Topics include robbery, homicide, Black inner city violence, sexual deviance, prostitution, white collar crime, drug addiction and mental disorders.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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SOCL B258 Sociology of Education
Spring 2020
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 II course; placements are in local schools.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Education
Counts toward Praxis Program

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SOCL B262 Public Opinion
Not offered 2019-20
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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SOCL B263 Dimensions of Power: Micro, Meso, and Macro
Not offered 2019-20
What is power? How does it operate at different levels in society--through one-on-one interactions, organizational and societal (class, race/ethnic, gender) structures, and cultural norms? In this course, we will explore these questions by reading about sociological understandings of power and applying those theories to our everyday lives. As part of this course, students will collect qualitative data and analyze it based on theories of power. No prior data-collection experience is necessary.
Course does not meet an Approach

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SOCL B264 Sociology of Childhood
Fall 2019
This course will examine childhood from a sociological perspective. We will focus on how children shape and are shaped by their social worlds. We will begin by considering childhood as a historically constructed category that has changed over time and place. We will next focus on three institutions that are key agents of childhood socialization: the family, the school, and peers. Finally, we will study topics that may be considered problems of childhood: commercialization and technology use, the medicalization of aspects of children's life experiences, and delinquency and crime. Throughout the course, we will consider how children's lives are shaped by broader systems of inequality based on race, class, and gender.
Course does not meet an Approach

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SOCL B265 Quantitative Methods
Fall 2019
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 Bryn Mawr Sociology majors and minors. Non-sociology majors and minors with permission of instructor.
Quantitative Methods (QM)
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)

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SOCL B268 Environmental Sustainability
Not offered 2019-20
This course relates a broadly construed understanding of environmental sustainability to the historical development of the major concepts and developments in sociology. It situates the development of sociology as responding to major social problems in the natural and built environment, and demonstrates how 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. Conceptually, it begins with the radical environmental changes at the dawn of modernity that gave rise to European sociology and the massive urban social problems experienced in rapidly changing urban areas that gave rise to American sociology. Empirically, it moves through a series of more contemporary case studies of environmental problems (including both single-event "disasters" and ongoing slowly developing ever-present realities) that demonstrate both the context for sociology's development and the promise sociology offers in understanding environmental problems. The course will have a global focus drawing on case studies from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, with special attention given to East Asia.
Course does not meet an Approach

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SOCL B302 Social Theory
Fall 2019, Spring 2020
This course focuses primarily on the works of classical social theorists. The theorists include: George Herbert Meade, Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, and Max Weber; and secondarily their influences on the works of more contemporary theorists: C. Wright Mills, Shulamith Firestone, Antonio Gramsci, Erving Goffman, Randall Collins, Robert Bellah, Howard Becker, and Pierre Bourdieu. Among the theoretical conceptions examined: culture, religion, the sacred, power, authority, modernization, deviance, bureaucracy, social stratification, social class, status groups, social conflict, and social conceptions of the self.

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SOCL B303 Junior Conference: Discipline-Based Intensive Writing
Fall 2019, Spring 2020
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. Prerequisite: Required of and limited to Bryn Mawr Sociology Major, Junior Standing

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SOCL B304 Sociology of Medicine
Not offered 2019-20
This course is an introduction to major topics in the sociology of medicine, with an emphasis on current American medical practice. A primary aim of the course is to use a sociological perspective to investigate our shared/contested understandings of illness and health, as well as the evolving medical responses to these human conditions. We will discuss the structure of the medical professions, social organization of hospitals, social and cultural influences on doctor-patient communication and decision-making, and the history and social context of bioethics. The course will trace the influence of race, gender and economics on healthcare as we explore issues of legitimacy, training, professional socialization, patient autonomy, and barriers to access and provision of health services. Prerequisite: One sociology course.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Health Studies

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SOCL B309 Sociology of Religion
Spring 2020
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.

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SOCL B313 Sociology of Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Not offered 2019-20
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: One Social Science course: Sociology, psychology, political science, and anthropology (students should assume a lot of sociology knowledge)

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SOCL B317 Comparative Social Policy: Cuba, China, US, Scandinavia
Not offered 2019-20
This course will examine different countries' policy choices to address different societal challenges. Four societal types - socialist (Cuba), post-socialist (China), capitalist (US), and social-democratic (Scandinavia) - will be studies to help us understand how these different kinds of societies conceive of social problems and propose and implement attempted solutions. We will examine particular problems/solutions in four domains: health/sports; education; environment; technological development. As we explore these domains, we will attend to methodological issues involved in making historical and institutional comparisons
Counts toward Education
Counts toward Health Studies

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SOCL B318 Comparative Study of Deviance
Not offered 2019-20
Deviant behaviors are among the most intriguing and controversial aspects of human societies. This course is organized as a theoretically oriented seminar which explores selected topics of deviance. Its aims are threefold: to compare cross national variations in conceptions of deviant behavior such as homosexuality, abortion, prostitution, and domestic violence; to examine the punishments for those behaviors; and to determine how social forces are challenging and changing national conceptions of deviance in the contemporary era of globalization.

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SOCL B322 Thinking with Trans: Theorizing Race and Gender
Not offered 2019-20
In 2017, philosopher Rebecca Tuvel published an article in the journal Hypatia outlining an argument for the existence of transracialism. This article came on the tail end of a great deal of controversy about the outing of NAACP leader, Rachel Dolezal; a woman born to white parents who identifies as black. In this course we will examine the social construction of race and gender as well as critique the biological assumptions that underpin both social structures. We will explore the theoretical power and pitfalls of the terms "transgender" and "transracial"- the similarities, differences, and tensions inherent in questioning taken for granted social structures that are fundamental to social organization and personal identity. We will explore the theoretical context of the terms "transracial" and "transgender," the various arguments for and against identity categories, and the lived experiences of individuals and groups who regularly transgress the boundaries of race and gender.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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SOCL B326 Feminist Perspectives on Hlth
Not offered 2019-20
Increasingly, an individual's sense of self and worth as a citizen turn on their health identity. In this course we will draw on theories of gender, sexuality, medicalization, and biocitizenship to unravel the ways in which gender structures and medical institutions are mutually constitutive and to explore how this relationship, in turn, impacts individual identity. The course will take a global approach to feminist engagement with health issues with an emphasis on human rights and bodily autonomy.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Health Studies

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SOCL B331 Global Sociology: Capital, Power, and Protest in World-Historical Perspective
Fall 2019
The last decades of the 20th century brought about a series of social, political, economic, and cultural changes that have reshaped our ways of understanding and thereby relating to the world. Globalization as a conceptual paradigm has assisted us in comprehending those changes and most importantly the impacts that those changes have brought to our lives individually and collectively. In this sense, globalization has not only stirred up a series of debates within the social sciences about its novelty, but has also become one of the most contested concepts, meaning that there are different and competing understandings of what the term means and how to assess the process. With this in mind, the objective of this course is to explore the distinct themes that make up what is referred to as the sociology of globalization. These include: globalization studies and theories of globalization; the global economy; political globalization; globalization and culture; transnational civil society/transnational social movements; globalization and gender/race/ethnicity; transnational migration; new global division of labor; and human consequences of globalization in the form of the so-called wasted lives (Bauman), to mention just a few. Linkages between social, political, and economic forces that play a role in shaping trends and problems will be analyzed through lectures, readings, discussions, case studies, and films shown in class. An intersectional perspective of race, class, nationality, and gender (among other social axes of oppression) will be used to demonstrate how various historically marginalized groups experience the impact of globalization. Finally, this course adopts a social justice framework with the intent to cultivate students as active agents of change. Prerequisite: Previous course in social science; permission of instructor.

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SOCL B342 Bodies in Social Life
Not offered 2019-20
Can social life exist without bodies? How can attention to the body influence our understanding of social processes of subjectivity, interaction, and practice? While the body has long been an "absent presence" in sociology, multiple approaches to theorizing and researching the body have emerged in recent decades. A sociological approach to the body and embodiment provides an opportunity to bridge the gap between everyday experience and analyses of broad social structures which can seem disconnected from daily life. In this course, we will examine the processes by which individual bodies are shaped by and, in turn, shape social life. Key questions to be explored include: how are bodies regulated by social forces; how do individuals perform the body and how does interactional context influence this performance; what is the meaning of the body in social life; and is there a "right" body? Suggested preparation: At least one course in the social sciences.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Health Studies

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SOCL B350 Movements for Social Justice in the US
Not offered 2019-20
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 toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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SOCL B358 Higher Education: Structure, Dynamics, Policy
Not offered 2019-20
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. Prerequisites: at least one social science course or permission of instructor.

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SOCL B398 Senior Conference
This capstone course for the sociology major focuses on major concepts or areas in sociology and requires students to develop their analytical and synthetic skills as they confront both theoretical and empirical materials. The Key emphasis in the course will be on students' writing. Through a variety of assignments (of different lengths and purposes), students will practice the process (drafts) and elements (clarity and concision) of good writing. Specific topical content will vary by semester according to the expertise of the instructor and the interests of students. Writing Attentive.

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SOCL B403 Supervised Work
Students have the opportunity to do individual research projects under the supervision of a faculty member.

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SOCL B420 Praxis Fieldwork Seminar
Counts toward Praxis Program

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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 toward Praxis Program

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EDUC B266 Critical Issues in Urban Education
Spring 2020
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. Weekly fieldwork in a school required.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Praxis Program

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POLS B273 Race and the Law in the American Context
Not offered 2019-20
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.

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POLS B354 Comparative Social Movements: Power and Mobilization
Not offered 2019-20
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 via social media, and collaborative policymaking institutions. Writing Attentive. Prerequisite: one course in POLS or SOCL or permission of instructor.
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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POLS B374 Education Politics & Policy in the US
Spring 2020
Studying education politics and policy provides insights into some central concerns of political science and highlights some tensions within the American political system such as: power & influence, government v markets, federalism, equity & accountability, and expertise & citizen participation. This seminar uses education politics as a window into these broader concerns

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