Sociology

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  • CAS SO 318: Sociology of Childhood and Youth
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: at least one previous Sociology course or consent of instructor.
    Explores the "social construction" of childhood and youth, and examines ways in which social institutions (family, schools, media, and law) influence children's lives in different social settings. Also examined are social and policy issues surrounding childhood in the U.S. today.
  • CAS SO 323: Markets in Biomedicine and Healthcare
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: at least one previous Sociology course or consent of instructor.
    Complex ways in which market exchange impacts the practice of medicine, the delivery of patient care, and the medical profession; commodification of bodies and emotions; theoretical discussion of the market and overview of US health care system.
  • CAS SO 326: Drugs in the Americas
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one prior sociology course or consent of instructor.
    Introduces the main theoretical approaches used to analyze drugs as social constructions in the social sciences. Explores the basic history of some of the most ubiquitous stimulants of our time. Students practice thinking of social constructions in historical perspective.
  • CAS SO 333: The Workplace
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: at least one previous Sociology course or consent of instructor.
    Investigates the social organization of work. Topics include the history of industrial work, the presence of inequality at work, the impact of the work experience for individuals, and the effects of globalization and the "new economy" on work both here and abroad.
  • CAS SO 334: Sociology of Mental Illness
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: at least one previous Sociology course or consent of instructor.
    An evaluation of current theories and research on the social sources and consequences of mental illness. Featured topics for discussion include social-psychological perspectives on the definition, diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of mental disorders.
  • CAS SO 335: Sociology of Race, Class & Gender
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: at least one prior 100- or 200-level sociology course, or CAS WS 101/102.
    Examines race, class, gender, and sexuality as intersecting axes of stratification, identity, and experience. Draws heavily from feminist theories in both sociology and history in order to analyze how these intersections can be applied to understanding social problems and structures. Also offered as CAS AA 335.
  • CAS SO 352: American Masculinities
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one 100- or 200-level course in either sociology or women's, gender, & sexuality.
    Considers the biological and social organization of masculinities; the ways culture reproduces/articulates masculinities, particularly with regard to race and class; how masculine identities are expressed; male privilege; alternative masculinities; and what is at stake in negotiating contemporary masculinities. Also offered as CAS WS 352.
  • CAS SO 400: Advanced Research Practicum
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS SO 303; and junior standing; or consent of instructor.
    Prepares students planning to conduct honors research project in their senior year. Students interested in developing a research project for alternate purposes will be admitted with permission of the instructor.
  • CAS SO 401: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Undergraduate Program Committee.
  • CAS SO 402: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Undergraduate Program Committee.
  • CAS SO 403: Seminar: Gender Stratification
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous Sociology courses; or consent of instructor.
    Considers how the social production of gender contributes to various forms of gendered inequalities in employment, the family, dating markets, media representation, etc., with a special emphasis on how race, class, sexuality, and disability mediate the process.
  • CAS SO 404: Seminar: The Family
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous Sociology courses; or consent of instructor.
    Explores the rise of "modern" families and the plurality of contemporary family forms and processes including gay and lesbian families and new reproductive technologies. Particular attention to social and economic inequalities and their implications for family life. Also offered as CAS AA 404.
  • CAS SO 408: Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous Sociology courses, at least one of which must be CAS SO 207; or consent of instructor.
    Formation and position of ethnic minorities in the United States, including cross-group comparisons from England, Africa, and other parts of the world. Readings and field experience. Also offered as CAS AA 408.
  • CAS SO 411: Seminar: Sociology of the Nonprofit Sector
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least three previous sociology courses, including CAS SO 203 and a CAS SO 300-level course or higher; or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to sociological research on that part of society known as the nonprofit sector, including nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, voluntary associations, and social movements. Focus on some of the literature’s major themes: civil society, social capital, and nongovernmental organizations.
  • CAS SO 418: Seminar: Sociology of Medicine
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous sociology courses; or consent of instructor.
    Focuses on the medical profession, sources of its power and authority, the effects of recent changes in financing and delivery of healthcare. Medical training and decision-making analyzed. Doctor-patient interaction and the use of alternative treatments.
  • CAS SO 420: Seminar: Women and Social Change in the Developing World
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous sociology courses; or consent of instructor.
    Studies women in nonindustrial countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, stressing empirical research, theory, and methodology. Comparisons between regions and with industrial countries. Focus on sex segregation, female labor force participation, migration, fertility, family roles, and women and political power. Also offered as CAS IR 425.
  • CAS SO 434: Seminar: Sociology of Mental Illness
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous sociology courses; or consent of instructor.
    An evaluation of current theories and research on the social sources and consequences of mental illness. Featured topics for discussion include social-psychological perspectives on the definition, diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of mental disorders.
  • CAS SO 437: Seminar: Sociology of Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous sociology courses; or consent of instructor.
    The sociology of culture in the twenty-first century. Focuses on the connection between the mind and culture. Examines the interdependence between culture, society, and individuals, and how belief, faith, knowledge, symbol, ritual, and the like both produce and are products of social organization.
  • CAS SO 438: Seminar on International Migration
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous sociology courses; or consent of instructor.
    Explores the social dynamics of contemporary international migration, ranging from the development of transnational migrant communities to the impact of state policies that strive to regulate migrant labor flows.
  • CAS SO 447: Seminar: Global Sociology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous sociology courses; or consent of instructor.
    (Meets with CAS IR 447.) Examines different sociological perspectives on global social dynamics and processes.