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Fall 2017 Courses

SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology (SS)

MWF 9:10 am-10:05 am - Dr. Michael Rosenbaum Simons G10

MWF 11:30 am-12:25 pm - Dr. Michael Rosenbaum Simons G10

T TR 9:35 am-10:55 am - Dr. Jim Makepeace Simons G30

T TR 12:45 pm—2:05 pm - Dr. Jim Makepeace Simons G30

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)

MWF 10:20am-11:15am - Dr. Megan Sheehan Simons G40

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 205 Quantitative Methods & Analysis Social Science        

           T TR 8:00am—9:20 am   - Dr. Jeff Kamakahi   Simons G10

This course will use a “hands on” approach by students to grapple with the quantitative analyses of data in the social sciences. Students will learn about the operationalization, computation, and transformation of variables. Students will create and test hypotheses  using SPSS. They will also write up their results using a journal article format and give presentations of their results.


SOCI 330 Family Violence (GE)                                 

      Wednesday night 6:15pm-9:15pm - Dr. James Makepeace      HAB102B                       

Analysis of incidence, causes and treatment of major forms of family violence. With  respect to child maltreatment (abuse, neglect, and exploitation), we will look at general theories, historical and cultural differences, sub-group variations, child protective services and legal perspectives, treatment, causation, and consequences. With respect to domestic (couple) violence, we will look at general theories, cultural and subcultural differences, incidence, dating and courtship violence, gender differences, therapeutic approaches, and social policies.


SOCI 351 Race and Ethnic Groups in the United States

      T TR    9:35 am—10:55 am  - Dr. Jeff Kamakahi      Simons G10

Is racism increasing in the U.S. or is it just becoming more apparent? Is all the talk about diversity just palliative discourse that masks long-standing prejudices? What kind of a racial or ethnic category does “White” represent? We will examine the official slate of racial and ethnic rubrics in terms of the history, diversity, contentiousness, and problems of associated with their creation and maintenance.  What cultural assumptions and political forces underpin these processes? In the course, we will look at how popular DNA testing has influenced discussions of race. In addition, we will look at some groups that often fly “under the radar” of such courses: e.g., Native Hawaiians, Hmong, Native Americans.


SOCI-337C Anthropology Africa (IC)

              T TR 12:45 pm—2:05 pm - Dr. Ellen Block      Simons 360

Africa is an immense continent of strikingly rich and diverse geography, politics, and cultures.  This course explores many of the central issues and debates in the anthropological study of contemporary Africa, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.  Media representations of Africa often focus solely on suffering, poverty, disease and corruption. African life is also frequently portrayed as a singular unified experience.  Yet, African societies and communities are dynamic: both in their cultural, political and historical diversity, and in their responses to the legacies of colonialism and the challenges of the contemporary global context.  While this course will examine many of the problems that contemporary Africans face, we will also contextualize these problems and counter prevailing narratives about Africa by exploring the resilience and rich cultural life on the continent.  Topics will include: colonialism and post-colonialism, political economies, kinship and social organization, religion, health, gender, globalization, sexuality, and arts.

SOCI 340 Criminology and Corrections 

              T TR 11:10 am-12:30pm - Dr. Sheila Nelson       Simons G10

This course examines the nature and extent of criminal behavior in our society, and focuses on various       theoretical explanations for criminal behavior.  We will also explore the programs and policies that develop out of various theoretical perspectives, and examine their effectiveness, their strengths, limitations, and most pressing challenges.  By linking cause and effect, we will critically evaluate policies and programs intended to alleviate the current U.S. crime problem. Whether you see the field of criminology (policing, crime scene investigation, criminal profiling, corrections) as a potential career direction or you’re simply concerned about making our society safer for yourself and your children, you’ll find this course interesting and eye-opening….


SOCI 337  Food, Culture, and Society

              MWF 9:10 am—10:05 am  - Dr. Megan Sheehan  Simons 360

Food is central to human life, but how food is defined, acquired, and consumed varies widely throughout the world. This class will explore how food nourishes and shapes our bodies; how historical    changes in food acquisition have shaped society; how human – environmental relationships are embodied in food systems; and how globalization is re-shaping what and how we eat. The social and cultural importance of food will be emphasized in this class, and we will examine the role of food in building identity, making meaning, organizing society, and creating social practices. This course will draw on anthropological theory and methods to understand the importance of food in shaping and giving meaning to human life.


 SOCI 396  Sociology Capstone (EL)

       MW  1:50 pm- 3:10 pm  - Dr. Sheila Nelson             

An integrative academic experience which engages majors in key debates and issues of concern to sociologists. Preparation for the transition to graduate school and/or exploration of the applicability of sociology in the workplace.