Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Courses

Fall 2020 Courses:

SOCI-111          INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY                                                                                    

- A1 Block - Dr. Michael Rosenbaum                                                                      

- B2 Block - Dr. Sheila Nelson                                                                                            

- C3 Block - Dr. Jeff Kamakahi                                                                                                           

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                                                                                         

- C3 Block - Dr. Megan Sheehan                                                                       

- A1 Block - Dr. Ted Gordon                                                                                                               

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                                                                                                            

- B2 Block - 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                    

SOCI-319          SEX & GENDER                                                                                                                   

- A1 Block - 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.                   

SOCI-326          CULTURAL THOUGHT & MEANING                                                                                                            

- B2 Block - Dr. Megan Sheehan                                                                                       

How have engagements with cultural “others” helped create knowledge, expand our understanding of ourselves and the world, and inspired us to think about humanity? In this class, we will learn about some of the key theoretical paradigms in cultural anthropology, from its earliest inception through contemporary, experimental anthropological thought. As anthropological theory must be deployed in ethnographic practice to have any effect, theoretical material in this class will be paired with ethnographies, articles, manuscripts, and films-which exemplify, challenge and build upon abstract concepts.                                               

SOCI-327          FOOD, CULTURE & SOCIETY                                                                                                          

- A1 Block - 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.

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.                                                                                                                       

SOCI-337S          COMMUNITIES                                                                                                                                

- D4 Block - Dr. Michael Rosenbaum              

Community has always been a central concept in Sociology, and this course will introduce you to the history of sociologists’ analyses of communal life. We will study the relationship between the individual and the community, as well as relationships between communities. We will consider both geographic and relational communities, the degree to which these overlap, and changes in the structure and function of communities over time. The first half of the course will cover the history of sociologists' theoretical and empirical work on community, while the second half of the course will focus on contemporary American communities. Much of our time will be spent studying new, emerging forms of community made possible by technology and mobility.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

SOCI-342          SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY  (SELF & SOCIETY)                                                                                                 

- C3 Block - 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.

SOCI-396          SOCIOLOGY CAPSTONE                                                                                                                  

- C3 Block - Dr. Sheila Nelson     


SPRING 2021 COURSES       

SOCI 111 - Intro to Sociology 

- A1 Block - Dr. Sheila Nelson

- C3 Block - Dr. Michael Rosenbaum

- D4 Block - Dr. Michael Rosenbaum

SOCI 121 - Intro to Anthropology

- A1 Block - Dr. Megan Sheehan

- B2 Block - Dr. Megan Sheehan

SOCI 206 - Qualitative Research Methods

- D4 Block - Dr. Megan Sheehan

SOCI 230 - Family and Society

- C3 Block - Dr. Sheila Nelson

SOCI 277A Global Health

- A1 Block - Dr. Ellen Block

SOCI 304 - Sociological Theory

- A1 Block - Dr. Michael Rosenbaum

This course focuses on the central ideas and assumptions of the founders of modern Sociology: Durkheim, Weber, Marx, and Simmel. We will read these influential theorists’ original work, discuss the epistemological significance of sociological theory, survey recent schools of thought and intellectual trajectories within the discipline, and apply sociological theory to contemporary issues. Prerequisite SOCI 111.

SOCI 324 - Anthropology of Africa

- C3 Block - Dr. Ellen Block

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 334 - Deviant Behavior

- D4 Block - Dr. Sheila Nelson

Definition, causes and theories of deviant behavior in the framework of social norms and institutions. Major deviant identities in American society. 

SOCI 337B - Wealth and Poverty

- B2 Block - Dr. Jeff Kamakahi

Social and economic inequality is receiving increased attention in recent years. 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 338 - World Populations

- C3 Block - Dr. Jeff Kamakahi

Analysis of population statistics, population dynamics, the use of socially constructed ways of classifying subgroups, projective models, and social policy. Some topics covered include: immigration policies; the "limits to growth" controversy, analysis of vital statistics.