Spring 2022 classes

 SOCI 111 INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (Social World and Truth designation)

Monday/Wednesday/Friday       9:10am-10:05pm              SIMNS-G30         Dr. Michael Rosenbaum

Tuesday/Thursday                           11:30am-12:50pm            HAB-102               Dr. Jake Jantzer

Systematic description and analysis of the creation and composition of groups; development of the sociological imagination as the key to understanding the interconnectedness of individuals, cultures and social institutions. An introduction to sociological theory, methodology, and analysis as well as to the major topics studied by the discipline.


SOCI 121 INTRO TO ANTHROPOLOGY (CSD: Identity designation)

                Tuesday/Thursday                          9:35am-10:55am               SIMNS-360          Dr. Megan Sheehan

                Tuesday/Thursday                          2:20pm-3:40 pm               SIMNS -360         Dr. Megan Sheehan

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.



Monday/Wednesday                     1:50pm-3:10pm                                SIMNS-G10         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.



Tuesday/Thursday                          11:10am-12:30pm            SIMNS-360          Dr. Megan Sheehan

This course offers an introduction to the region of Latin America and to the field of anthropology. Latin America is a vast expanse of geographic extremes from the glaciers of Patagonia to altiplano desert to the Amazon basin. The region is home to more than half a billion people, speaking over eight hundred languages, and living in twenty different nations. It is a region of contrasts, where wealth and poverty are often in proximity. It is the world’s most urbanized region, yet Latin America is often associated with agrarian communities. Using anthropological concepts such as culture, community, identity, and political economy, students will explore Latin America’s great diversity while also identifying the cultural factors that unify and shape Latin America.


SOCI 337T MEN AND MASCULINITIES (CSD: Systems designation)

Monday/Wednesday/Friday       1:00pm-1:55pm                                HAB-118               Dr. Jake Jantzer

This course will offer an exploration of current topics in the field of men’s studies. What is masculinity? How is it formed? Who does it benefit? What are its hazards? Readings from a variety of disciplines will challenge students to analyze the way masculinity functions across cultures and in their own cultural context.




Tuesday/Thursday                          2:40pm-4:00pm                                HAB-102               Dr. Jake Jantzer

Theoretical causes of criminal behavior. Strengths, limitations, and challenges to the effectiveness of police, judicial, and corrections systems in the U.S. Attention to the role of the media and cultural biases in analyzing the "crime problem." Course includes an optional Service Learning component.



Monday/Wednesday/Friday       9:10am-10:05am               SIMNS-360          Dr. Ellen Block

Medical anthropology seeks to understand human health and wellbeing, the experience and distribution of illness, and methods of healing across cultures. While illness and health are universal concepts, the specific conditions that lead to illness and health, and the understanding of what these various states do to one’s body and one’s spirit, vary greatly. In our biomedically-oriented society, we often take for granted the various ways that culture, political economy, social structures, religion, and environment impact health. In this course, we explore the cultural variations that exist in the ways people experience, diagnose, and treat illnesses. We will cover a variety of topics from childhood disease and stress to medical travel and pharmaceutical marketing. The course readings will be rooted in ethnographic inquiry – that is, we will read about the lived experiences of people seeking health and healing, the methods anthropologists use to collect such data, and the theories that help us explain them. Course readings include a graphic novel about medical promise, an ethnography about Malawian medical students, and numerous case studies from all over the world that will bring us closer to understanding the various and complex ways people experience health, illness, and healing.



Monday/Wednesday/Friday       10:20am-11:15am            SIMNS-360          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. Thematic Focus Justice.



Monday/Wednesday/Friday       11:30am-12:25pm            SIMNS-G10         Dr. Michael Rosenbaum

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. Students demonstrate mastery of core concepts, theoretical perspectives, and methods of the discipline through original research. Emphasis placed on critical reading of scholarly journals and on student participation in sociological discourse. Topics determined by expertise of the faculty. Prerequisites: Sociology major and senior standing or consent of instructor.