Spring 2018 Courses
SOCI 111 INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
MWF 10:20am-11:15am SIMNS-G30 Dr. Sheila Nelson
TR 11:10am-12:30pm SIMNS-G40 Dr. Jeff Kamakahi
TR 9:35am-10:55am SIMNS-G40 Dr. Jeff Kamakahi
SOCI 121 INTRO TO ANTHROPOLOGY
MWF 9:10am-10:05am SIMNS-360 Dr. Megan Sheehan
MWF 10:20am-11:15am SIMNS-360 Dr. Megan Sheehan
SOCI 304 SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
TR 9:35am-10:55am SIMNS-310 Dr. Michael Rosenbaum
This course focuses on the central ideas and assumptions of the founders of modern Sociology: Durkheim, Weber, Marx, Simmel, and Mead. 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.
SOCI 322 TRANSNATIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY
TR 9:35am-10:55am QUAD-447 Dr. Ellen Block
Cultures and cultural groups have never been bounded to a single location – people have always been in movement, learning from people outside their cultural groups, and hybridizing ideas and ways of life. This course uses cultural anthropology theory and method to study transnational cultural groups that are present in contemporary Minnesota. In particular, we will study ethnographic manuscripts about Hmong, Somali, and Mexican people and topics including ethnicity, migration, refugeeism, tourism, nomadism, political economy, and medical anthropology
SOCI 329 FAMILY & SOCIETY
MWF 1:50pm-2:45pm SIMNS-360 Dr. Sheila Nelson
Examines the historical development of the family as a social institution, the relationship between families and social class, interpersonal relationships within families, changes in family structure, and the impact of public policy on families.
SOCI 337H CULTURAL THOUGHT & MEANING
Wednesday 6:15pm-9:15pm SIMNS-360 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 337M MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
TR 12:45pm-2:05pm 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.
SOCI 341 URBAN STUDIES
TR 12:45pm-2:05pm QUAD-247 Dr. Michael Rosenbaum
Urban Sociology is exactly what it sounds like—the study of the city from a sociological perspective, whether 19th century Berlin, 20th century Chicago, or 21st century Los Angeles. Urbanization was a seminal force in the origin of Sociology as an academic discipline, and there is now a significant history of sociological research investigating urban growth patterns and their effects on community, culture, and interaction. The city is a built environment that lends material form to social relations. We will study how people interact with the city, and how the city structures people’s interactions with others. Liberating for many, the city offers unprecedented access to a cornucopia of subcultures, lifestyles, and communities. For many others, the city constrains opportunity in unprecedented ways.