Fall 2018 Courses

SOCI 111      INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (SS Designation)                           [Required for Sociology Majors and Sociology Minor]

     13211   01A    MWF       9:10am-10:05am     SIMNS-G10     Dr. Michael Rosenbaum  

     10881   02A    TR          9:35am-10:55am     SIMNS-G10     Dr. Jeff Kamakahi         

     10883   04A    MWF       10:20am-11:15am   SIMNS-G30     Dr. Sheila Nelson         

     10884   05A    MWF       11:30am-12:25pm   SIMNS-G10     Dr. Michael Rosenbaum  

Sociology is the study of groups and how our membership in groups influences human behavior and interaction.  In this course students will develop their sociological imaginations, learning to see and understand the often invisible social forces that shape our world, our social institutions, and our personal lives. Students will be introduced to sociological theory, methodology, and analysis as well as to the major topics studied by the discipline. Topics include culture, inequality, and current social problems. 


SOCI 121      INTRO TO ANTHROPOLOGY (SS & IC Designations) 

[Required for Sociology Major with Anthropology Concentration and Anthropology Minor]

     13348   01A    TR          11:10am-12:30pm   SIMNS-G60     Dr. Megan Sheehan      

     15368   02A    MWF       9:10am-10:05am     SIMNS-360     Dr. Ellen Block            

This course will provide an introduction to the field of anthropology. Anthropology is a holistic and comparative study of human diversity. Students will examine cross-cultural examples to shed light on all the aspects of human life and culture from language and religion, to technology and medicine, to the study of our human and non-human ancestors.


SOCI 205      QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES               [Required for Sociology Majors and Sociology Minor]

     14522   01A    TR          8:00am-9:20am      SIMNS-G10     Dr. Jeff Kamakahi         

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.



     15367   01A    TR          2:20pm-3:40pm      SIMNS-310     Dr. Megan Sheehan      

This course will take an active approach to learning qualitative research methods, such as participant observation, interviewing techniques, and approaches to analysis. Students will design their own qualitative research, collect qualitative data, and analyze their data in the context of existing literature.


SOCI 319      SEX & GENDER (Gender Designation)                                                    Cross-listed with GEND 360J

     15365   01A    TR          12:45pm-2:05pm     SIMNS-G60     Dr. Sheila Nelson

A survey of sociological knowledge about sex and gender as fundamental organizing principles of our social world. Examines the interplay of sex, gender, and sexual orientation as they change over time and across cultures. Critical analysis of what it means to live as a gendered, sexual being in today's society.



     15366   01A    MW         1:50pm-3:10pm      PENGL-369     Dr. Ellen Block            

This course explores global health from an anthropological perspective. It examines how medical anthropologists attempt to understand global health challenges within a larger historical, cultural, political, and economic framework. This course will cover a wide range of health challenges from a variety of cultural and geographic contexts. We will examine a number of topics and diseases – both infectious and non-communicable – through case studies and ethnographies. Students will consider issues of gender inequality, maternal and child health, humanitarian aid, global mental health, and the bioethics of global health practices. The course emphasizes the numerous political, economic, structural and cultural forces that lead to the unequal distribution of disease globally.



     15125   01A    TR          9:35am-10:55am     SIMNS-G60     Dr. Megan Sheehan      

Food is central to human life, but how food is defined, acquired, and consumed varies widely throughout the world. Drawing from all four fields of anthropology, 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 the course 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 337N    SOCIAL MOVEMENTS (SOCIAL CHANGE)                                                  Cross-listed with PCST 348

     15369   01A    TR          1:05pm-2:25pm      HAB-128B      Dr. Ron Pagnucco

How do social movements emerge and develop? How are they organized? What are the different strategies and tactics groups use for social change? Why are some social movements successful, while others fail to have an impact? This course will attempt to answer these and other key questions about social movements and social change by examining selected social movements in the U.S. and other countries. The course will also explore the globalization of social movements.


SOCI 342      SELF & SOCIETY (SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY)                                                        

     15364   01A    TR          11:10am-12:30pm   SIMNS-310     Dr. Michael Rosenbaum

This is a course on sociological social psychology, with a primary focus on symbolic interactionism as a way to understand the many connections between society and the individual. We will think about the self and social identity, how these things emerge from interaction with others, how we selectively adjust and present ourselves to others, and the implications of these social processes for our individual and collective narratives. We will study how groups and institutions shape our self concept, and also how our ideas about who we are contribute to the creation and negotiation of social reality. Prerequisite: SOCI 111


SOCI 396      SOCIOLOGY CAPSTONE  (EL Designation)                    [Required of Sociology Majors/Limited to Sociology Majors]

     12548   01A    MW         1:50pm-3:10pm      SIMNS-360       Dr. Sheila Nelson