Sociology

Colleges: College of Arts & Sciences | Metropolitan College

Note: Course details for Summer 2019 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2018 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.

College of Arts & Sciences

Principles in Sociology

CAS SO 100

An introduction to the major theories and basic principles of sociological analysis. Explores culture, media, socialization, race and ethnicity, globalization, capitalism, gender and sexuality, inequality and poverty, power in American society, and health and medicine from a sociological perspective. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Critical Thinking. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 22-June 26)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)

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American Families

CAS SO 205

Examines the family as a historically and geographically contingent social construction. How families in the U.S. are organized. Considers diverse family formations and intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the operation of family dynamics and politics. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Critical Thinking. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 2-August 8)

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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. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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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. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Ethical Reasoning. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 22-June 26)

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Sexuality and Social Life

CAS SO 240

Introduction to sociological perspectives on sexuality. Historical and comparative analysis of sexuality, with a focus on the social and cultural institutions that shape sexuality in the contemporary U.S. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Critical Thinking. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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Sociology of Race, Class & Gender

CAS SO 335

Prereq: at least one prior 100- or 200-level sociology course, CAS WS 101/102, or consent of the instructor. 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. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)

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American Masculinities

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. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 22-June 26)

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Metropolitan College

Special Topics in Sociology

MET SO 501

Topic for Summer 2019: 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"; myths and realities of "the Mafia" and impact of urban decline and drug violence in the North End in the 70s and 80s; 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. Tuition: $2800; additional fee: $100; total charge: $2900

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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