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Spring 2017 Courses

SOCI 111   Introduction to Sociology (SS)

MWF      9:10 am-10:05 am              Dr. Michael Rosenbaum                 

MWF     11:30 am-12:25 pm              Dr. Michael Rosenbaum                

TR            9:35 am- 10:55 am              Dr. Sheila Nelson                                       

Enter the fascinating world of Sociology.  This course provides a great introduction to the many intriguing subjects that sociologists study.  We look at a whole range of topics-from what the self is, how it develops, how the process of socialization works... to the  major institutions in society like education, the political system, and the economy... to the major forms of inequality affecting our lives in this society-race/ethnicity, gender, and class.  You will come to understand the science by which sociologists gather and analyze data, how they know what they know.  In the process, you will begin developing your own sociological imagination.  You'll be surprised how much you've always taken for granted about society... in better understanding how our world works, you'll be better able to take an active role in your own life. 


SOCI 121 Introduction to Anthropology (SS)  (IC)

TR      9:35 am- 10:55 am                  Dr. Ellen Block   

TR      2:20 pm- 3:40 pm                  Dr. Ellen Block   

Anthropology is very broadly defined as the study of humankind across space and time.  The course units include four-field examinations of culture, race, human evolution, family and kinship, gender and sexuality, social hierarchy, nation-states, politics and violence, progress, and development.


SOCI 304 Contemporary Sociological Theory

              TR  11:10 am- 12:30 pm              Dr. Michael Rosenbaum               

Major 20th century American and European developments in the social sciences. Central ideas and assumptions of the founders of modern sociology, anthropology and psychology: Durkheim, Weber, Mead and Freud. A survey of recent schools of thought and a consideration of the social sciences in society.


SOCI 322 Transnational Anthropology  (IC)

              T TR  12:45 pm-2:05 pm                               Dr. Ellen Block                    

Cultures and cultural groups have always been in movement, learning from people outside their cultural groups, and hybridizing ideas and ways of life. This course uses ethnographic manuscripts about Hmong, Somali, and Mexican people to study topics including ethnicity, migration, refugeeism, tourism, nomadism, political economy, and medical anthropology.


SOCI 329 Family & Society     

MWF  1:50 pm -2:45 pm   Dr. Sheila Nelson    


Most of us will spend most of our lives in families-but in a society where so many families are "broken," what does it take to make families strong?  Why is it that some families, despite all kinds of challenges from the society-poverty, racism, unemployment, etc.-are able to provide a secure foundation for both children and spouses while other families struggle with  relationship problems, violence, and divorce?  In this course we'll look at a variety of family forms and backgrounds.  We'll explore both macro issues like the economy and immigration, and micro issues like parenting styles and communication.   Each student will also interview 3 generations of family members to learn how attitudes and behaviors have changed over the years, even within the same family.   Whether your interest in families is personal or professional, this course has much to offer you.


SOCI 337B Wealth & Poverty 

              MWF 11:30am -12:25pm  Dr. Jeff Kamakahi                                   

Social and economic inequality is receiving increased attention in recent years with the      Occupy protests, films like Inside Job, and best-selling books like Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century. This class will explore a range of issues and research related to    inequality. These questions include: Is economic and social inequality necessary? How does inequality overlap with race, gender, religion, and other demographic characteristics? How does inequality shape everything from the things we buy to how long we live? How does the United States compare to other nations in regards to inequality? Although some class days will involve lectures, many class days will examine these questions through discussions, films, and other activities.


SOCI 337 Anthropology of Politics and Power

  TR          9:35am-10:55 am    Dr. Ted Gordon               

Why does Minnesota co-manage fishing with Ojibwe tribes?  How do Somali refugees navigate life outside their homeland?  How do the Hmong and other stateless nations respond to pressures from state governments?  This course addresses these and other pressing questions where politics and intercultural knowledge meet.  Political Anthropology began as the study of societies that live without a state government, such as tribal and egalitarian nations.  Today, the field has grown to include the intercultural dimensions of state governments, especially the impacts of colonialism, migration, and war. 


SOCI 342 Social Psychology

  MWF    10:20am-11:15am     Dr. Jeff Kamakahi                 

Micro-sociological analysis of interaction in social settings. Varied topics considered with special emphasis upon research findings as illustrations of theories considered. Perspectives could include symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, dramaturgy, as well as some exercises in exchange theory and phenomenology.