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  • CAS SO 208: Sociological Approaches to Current Issues
    Topic for Spring 2018: Crime and Justice. Examines sociological research on crime, the social context of violence, and criminal justice policy in the United States.
  • CAS SO 210: Confronting Persistent Social Inequalities in American Schools: Educational and Sociological Perspectives
    Examines issues of race, culture, gender, and identity in urban elementary classrooms. Course taught at the Trotter School; transportation provided. Includes a field placement.
  • CAS SO 211: Confronting Racial, Cultural, Gender, and Social Identities in Urban Classrooms: Educational and Sociological Perspectives
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS SO 210.
    Examines the sociological, cultural, and educational factors that contribute to the achievement gap and what it will take to close this gap. Course is taught at the Trotter School; transportation provided. Includes a field placement.
  • CAS SO 215: Sociology of Health Care
    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.
  • CAS SO 220: The Nonprofit Sector in Society
    Examines the empirical composition and dynamics of the nonprofit sector. Introduces the sociological perspective on this societal space, including debates over its origins, behavior, and purpose in the US and abroad. Provides overview of market-based providers of social benefits.
  • CAS SO 225: Law and Society
    The development of law as an institution of social regulation. Analysis of law and order as pursued in enforcement agencies and courts. The education of lawyers and the ethics of legal practice. Student observations in local criminal courts. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS SO 115. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS SO 230: Crime and Justice
    This course examines sociological research on crime, the social context of violence, and criminal justice policy in the United States. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry II, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Social Inquiry II
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS SO 240: Sexuality and Social Life
    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.
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS SO 241: Sociology of Gender
    An introduction to the social construction of sex and gender with a focus on the economic, political, social, and cultural forces that shape gender relations. Examines gender as a social structure that patterns institutional inequalities and everyday interactions on society. Carries social sciences divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS WS 241.
  • CAS SO 242: Globalization and World Poverty
    (Meets with CAS IR 242.) Globalization and world poverty; how and why over 80% of the world remains poor and inequality increases despite economic modernization and democratization. Addresses urbanization, immigration, religion, politics, development politics, foreign aid, women, drugs, environment, food security. Special attention to Latin American, African, and Asian experiences. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Ethical Reasoning
  • CAS SO 244: Urban Sociology
    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 urban dynamics, processes, and policies. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Individual in Community, Critical Thinking, Social Inquiry I.
    • Social Inquiry I
    • The Individual in Community
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS SO 253: Sociology of Popular Culture
    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. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Individual in Community, Social Inquiry I.
    • Social Inquiry I
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS SO 302: Social Networks
    Examines social networks in the economy, family and community, technology, politics and crime, religious and social movement organizations, and popular culture. Introduces the social network perspective, and its tools of analysis.
  • CAS SO 303: Substantive Themes in Sociological Theory
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS SO 203; or consent of instructor.
    Critique and application of major sociological theories to key themes and topics. Connections between classical and modern arguments, syntheses of alternative perspectives, and gaps between various perspectives. Themes include the maintenance of social order, power and authority, conflict and change, and sources of alienation.
  • CAS SO 306: Boston's People and Neighborhoods
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS SO 244; or consent of instructor.
    A comparison between nineteenth- and twentieth-century neighborhoods, connecting changes in everyday life to larger demographic, economic, physical, and political changes affecting the whole city and immediate suburbs. Includes tours of several Boston neighborhoods and archival research using neighborhood newspapers. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Social Inquiry II, Individual in Community, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Social Inquiry II
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • CAS SO 313: Economic Sociology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: at least one previous Sociology course or consent of instructor.
    Presents the sociological approach to the study of production, distribution, consumption and markets, emphasizing the impact of norms, power, social structure, and institutions on the economy. Compares classic and contemporary approaches to the economy by the social science disciplines.
  • CAS SO 314: Social Problems and Social Change
    Focuses on social problems such as ethnic and sexual discrimination, deviance and crime, and mental disorders. A theoretical approach is taken to identify and interpret changes generated by the contradictions of industrialization and modernization.
  • CAS SO 315: The Social Nature of Technology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: at least one previous Sociology course or consent of instructor.
    Theoretical foundations of sociology of technology from antiquity through the modern age. Explores the paradox of technology as being socially constructed, but treated as similar to nature.
  • 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.