Sociology

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College of Arts & Sciences

Principles in Sociology

CAS SO 100

An introduction to the major theories and basic principles of sociological analysis. Subjects include methods of social research and investigation; role of individuals in groups, organizations, and society; socialization and education; stratification; race and ethnicity; science, culture, and religion; formal and informal organization; and economic and political systems. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 20-June 24)

Summer 2 (June 29-August 5)

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American Families

CAS SO 205

Nature of the American family and its ethnic and class variants. Social changes affecting courtship, mate selection, sexual behavior, reproduction, marital stability, and divorce through the life cycle. Social policies affecting family life. Interrelations of family with economy, state, religion, and other institutions. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 19-June 25)

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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: $2480

Summer 1 (May 20-June 24)

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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. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 20-June 24)

Summer 2 (June 30-August 6)

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Urban Sociology

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. Tuition: $2480

Summer 2 (June 30-August 6)

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Sociology of Popular Culture

CAS SO 253

Sociological perspectives on popular culture and mass media, with a focus on the consumption and production of cultural goods; the effects of popular culture on politics and inequalities; and the mutual interdependence of consumer identities and cultural fields. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 2 (June 29-August 5)

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American Masculinities

CAS SO 352

Prereq: one 100- or 200-level course in either sociology or women's, gender, & sexuality studies. 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: $2480

Summer 1 (May 19-June 25)

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Metropolitan College

Violence in the Family

MET SO 305

Explores American family violence across the life span including child abuse, teen dating violence, wife battering, and elder abuse. Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse are examined. Considers how family violence differs by class and ethnic group and its differential impact on women. Institutional responses to family violence in the legal, medical, and social service systems are included as well as the role played by the women's shelter movement. Ideological supports for family violence in gender expectations, religious teaching, and the media are also studied. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 2 (June 29-August 5)

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Special Topics in Sociology

MET SO 501

Topic for Summer 2015: 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. Tuition: $2480; additional fee: $100; total charge: $2580

Summer 1 (May 20-June 24)

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