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Sociology of Gender

Feminist theories and methodologies on gender, with an emphasis on contemporary American society and the intersection of gender, race, and class. Topics include socialization, sexual orientation, reproduction, violence, family and household, work and global restructuring, and politics.
Offered on a regular basis. 

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

The relationships of racial and ethnic groups with each other and with social institutions and processes.

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

The relationships of racial and ethnic groups with each other and with social institutions and processes.

Current Trends in Sociological Theory

The concepts of community, authority, rank, the sacred, and alienation to examine conflict and consensus, modernity and postmodernity, classical theory, and the problem of meaning. The role of ideas in social integration and change, the problem of legitimation, civil religion in politics, "postmodern" society, and symbolism and moral order.
Offered on a regular basis.

Structured Inequality

Social stratification in the United States. The perception of class distinctions; prestige and power; the criteria of status evaluation; and the consequences of class for social relationships, lifestyles, and personality development.
Offered on a regular basis.

 

Deviance and Social Control

Theories and research on the nature of deviant behavior and its control by social institutions, agencies, and groups.
Offered on a regular basis.

Studies in Microsociology

Research and theoretical perspectives on how humans are affected by social structures and how they create the structures that shape and direct behavior. Particular emphasis on symbolic interactionism. Perception, identity, socialization, deviance and social control, power and inequality, and the linkage between microscopic and macroscopic levels of analysis.
 

Sociology of the Political Economy

The balance of political power between classes, races, and nations, as it shapes the economic forces that determine social order and the success or failure of social change.

Research Methods

Sociological research methods. Topics include conceptions of research, the philosophy of science, formal and grounded theory construction, and qualitative and quantitative approaches to research design.
Offered spring semester every year. 

The Family

This course is designed to acquaint students with the predominant issues and theoretical perspectives within the sociology of the family. The course will employ a critical focus, analyzing the assumptions and empirical adequacy of the various perspectives and theories extant in the field. Topics include dating and sexual behavior, cohabitation, marital interaction, parenting and child adjustment, divorce, and intimate partner violence.
Offered on a regular basis.

 

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