Note: Course details for Summer 2018 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2017 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.
Principles in Sociology
CAS SO 100
An introduction to the major theories and basic principles of sociological analysis. Subjects include culture, media, socialization, inequality, race and ethnicity, globalization, gender stratification, and health and medicine from a social perspective. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
CAS SO 207
Social definition of race and ethnicity. The adjustment of different ethnic groups and their impact upon U.S. social life. How prejudice and discrimination create class identities and how caste relations have affected patterns of integration during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.
Sociology of Health Care
CAS SO 215
Social, cultural, and intercultural factors in health and illness. Training and socialization of medical professionals, roots of medical power and authority, organization and operation of health care facilities. U.S. health care system and its main problems. Comparison of health care systems in the U.S. and in other countries. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.
Sexuality and Social Life
CAS SO 240
Introduction to sociological perspectives on gender and sexuality. Historical comparative analysis of sexuality, with a focus on the social, cultural, political, and economic institutions and processes that shape sexuality in the contemporary social world. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.
CAS SO 244
An analysis of cities and urban phenomena in preindustrial, industrial, and postindustrial societies with an emphasis on European and U.S. urbanization. A comparison of social scientific "theories" used to explain these same phenomena. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.
Sociology of Popular Culture
CAS SO 253
Examines the development of sociological perspectives on popular culture and consumption, with a goal of analyzing contemporary culture, fashions, and trends. The role of consumption and everyday cultural practices in larger systems of inequality is examined, with a focus on consumer identities and the fields of food, art, music, and film. 4 cr.
CAS SO 352
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. 4 cr.
Special Topics in Sociology
MET SO 501
Topic for Summer 2017: A Social History of Boston's North End. A socio-cultural history of Boston's North End that examines changes in the area from the first Puritan settlement to the current period of gentrification, with central attention given to the dynamics of culture change among the Italian immigrants. Covers the impact of global changes on local processes, changes in American notions of identity and inclusion, and ethnic succession and competition; religious change, social organization, and Catholic festivals; William Foote Whyte's "Street Corner Society"; the image of Italians as criminals, and myths and realities of "the Mafia"; the impact of drugs and drug violence in the North End in the 70s and 80s; demographic change, tourism, food marketing, and gentrification. Course includes two visits to the North End, including dinner in a North End restaurant on the final night of the course. 4 cr.