Curriculum

Sociology Major

Sociology Minor

Spring 2014 

 

Monday/Wednesday/Friday

8:00am-8:55am            SOCI 204 CONTEMP SOCIOLOGIC THEORY             Dr. Jeff Kamakahi

9:10am-10:05am           SOCI 111 INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY                                 Dr. Jeff Kamakahi

10:20am-11:15am         SOCI 111 INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY                                 Dr. Chris Scheitle

12:40pm-1:35pm           SOCI 250 SOCIAL PROBLEMS                                       Dr. Jim Makepeace

1:50pm-2:45pm              SOCI 329 FAMILY & SOCIETY                                       Dr. Sheila Nelson

Tuesday/Thursday

9:35am-10:55am           SOCI 302 SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS                   Dr. Jim Makepeace

12:45pm-2:05pm           SOCI 111 INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY                                   Dr. Jim Makepeace

                                             SOCI 335  SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION                            Dr. Chris Scheitle

1:05pm-2:25pm             SOCI 121 INTRO TO ANTHROPOLOGY                        Dr. Ted Gordon

2:20pm-3:40pm            SOCI 341 URBAN STUDIES                                              Dr. Sheila Nelson

 

 Offered Course Descriptions

 SOCI-111 Introduction to Sociology

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. Come join us in the quest!

SOCI-121 Introduction to Anthropology

Anthropology, very broadly defined as the study of humankind, is essentially an interdisciplinary endeavor. Traditionally, anthropology is described as having four major fields of inquiry: cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and anthropological archaeology. More recently, a "fifth field" called applied anthropology has been included in the discipline.

This course introduces the four fields of anthropology, but instead of spending a few weeks learning about each field separately, we will instead focus on some of the key problems that the study of anthropology can help to describe and the ways in which anthropological understandings of such problems can help devise solutions. 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. Throughout this course, you will engage with materials from all fields of anthropology to 1) understand the approaches, methods, and key questions of each field, 2) analyze human problems across space and time, and 3) integrate interdisciplinary approaches to understand human diversity more completely.

SOCI-204  Contemporary Social Theory                                                                                                                                                    

How would Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Emile Durkheim view the issues of today's world?  Is poverty a matter of resource shortages or mal-distribution or is it functional for the system?  Has the internet made the classical macro-theories irrelevant?  Are human capital and cultural capital misguided ways of looking at modern serfdom?  Was Post-Modernism just a fad?  Does Mead's view of "the self" have to be revised in the modern world?  Can ethnomethodology work across multicultural interactions?  Does social exchange theory assume an "over-socialized" model of human beings?  Is social media an easy way of distracting the populace from dealing with important issues of social engagement?  Does the discipline need a revised "sociological imagination?"  These are the types of questions that we will confront in the course.

SOCI-250   Social Problems 

This course provides an overview of the sociological study of social problems, primarily those in the United States, but also employs a global approach with examples drawn from other countries. We hope students will gain a deeper appreciation of how social problems faced by people in the U.S. and abroad are increasingly shaped by our global interconnectedness.  We hope, also, to stimulate interest in the resolution of social problems by examining possible solutions.  Students will learn about the theoretical and methodological tools that sociologists use to study social problems.  Examples of social problems that might be studied include international political violence, interpersonal violence, poverty, terrorism, crime, health care and school quality. 

SOCI-302   Social Research Methods

Learn to design and conduct surveys, observational studies, case studies, evaluation and experimental research. We will consider pertinent social and ethical issues related to research. Students design/conduct research.

SOCI-329   Family and Society (Gender Designation)

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-335   Sociology of Religion

Why are some people more religious than others? Is society becoming less religious? Is religion beneficial or harmful for individuals or societies? Why do people choose to belong to a religious group that is very demanding, strict, or outside the norm? Why do people change religions? This course will explore these and other questions.  Students will gain insight into the structure and influence of religion at the individual, organizational and societal levels.

SOCI-341   Urban Studies

So much of culture, art, technological innovation, and progress toward freedom and equality develops in the urban environment.  At the same time, many of our worst problems are also found in our large cities-poverty, crime, poor schools, the breakdown of community...  Why is the CITY both the source of so much that is good AND of so much that is troubled and broken in society?  The course begins with an overview of what the classical sociologists had to say about cities, and then focus most of the course on varied images of the modern city, the possibility of community in the urban society, major issues impacting today's cities (like reviving downtowns, attracting jobs and people back to the city, aging infrastructure, immigration, and school reform).  Ethnographic studies will provide insight on the varied forms of community found in cities.  We'll end the semester with group case studies of cities students select.  We'll do a field trip to the Twin Cities-and potentially an optional fieldtrip to Chicago.