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Winter 2015

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Fall 2014

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Spring 2014

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Adolescence Under the Microscope

SOC 281 - Novack / Novack

This course focuses on adolescence through the lens of social psychology. Insights from sociology, anthropology, and psychology are employed to explicate the adolescent experience in the United States in contrast to other societies. Topics include: the impact of liminality on adolescent identity in cross-cultural perspective; adolescence as objective reality or cultural fiction; adolescence and peer relations, gender and suicide; and new technologies and virtual adolescence. Each student engages in a research project focusing on adolescence and identity through either interviews or observational techniques. The final project is a group analysis of adolescence as reflected in Facebook.

Special Topics in Sociology

SOC 290 - Chin

A discussion of a series of topics of sociological concern. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 Topics:

SOC 290-01: Health and lnequality: An Introduction to Medical Sociology (4). An underlying premise of the class is that social factors, not just biological ones, influence health outcomes. We focus on how everyday environments affect health--both through macro-level institutions, such as how the shape of our health-care system impacts the delivery of care, to micro-level interactions, such as how doctor-patient relations vary with socioeconomic status, gender, and race-ethnicity. Questions we address include: How is the medical profession changing? What are the pros and cons of market-driven medicine? Does class have an enduring impact on health outcomes? Students should be willing to engage in sociological analysis and critical thinking about the social construction of inequalities in disease, health, and medicine. (SS4) Chin. Spring 2014 and alternate years

SOC 290-02: Contemporary Polish Politics, Society, and Culture (4). Spring Term Abroad. This topical seminar focuses on an interdisciplinary examination of the Polish society through formal study and direct exposure to its people and culture. It covers social, political, and economic issues related to the transition away from Communism that Poland and other Central European countries have been undergoing over the course of the past 20-plus years. Those issues are examined in a broader historical and cultural context The chief educational objective of the course is demonstrate to American students that the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness can be achieved (1) despite major historical, cultural, and geopolitical adversities, and (2) within a framework of political, social. and economic institutions that are markedly different from those they have known in the United States. (SS4) Jasiewicz. Spring 2014

Seminar in American Social History

SOC 367 - Senechal

An examination of selected topics in the social history of the United States. Requirements include a major research paper based on original source material. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. Spring 2014 topic: SOC/HIST 367: Seminar: 9/11 and Modern Terrorism (4). Terrorism is a form of collective violence famously illustrated in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon near Washington on September 11, 2001. This course provides an intensive interdisciplinary examination of the origins of the 9/11 attacks and the terrorist organization that launched them. The course also addresses the impact of the attacks and the future prospects of mass violence against civilians, as well as the role of the media in covering (and dramatizing) terrorism. Much of the course focuses on the social divisions and conflicts that lead to terrorism and its increasingly lethal nature over time. Topics include "old terrorism" (as seen in Northern Ireland and Algeria), "new terrorism" (such as that associated with Al Qaeda), the logic of terrorist recruitment, and the nature of and spread of weapons of mass destruction. (HU) Senechal. Spring