An exploration of a timely topic in sociology, sometimes interdisciplinary in nature, that is not offered in the formal sociology curriculum. Topics may include: Sociology of Education, Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Immigration, and other topics. The course may be repeated with different topics. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or sophomore standing.
|SOC 100 or sophomore standing||1/2-1 course|
Fall Semester informationJaclyn Tabor
201A: Persp:Global Families
This course travels across geographic, cultural, and historical boundaries to explore the diversity of the world's families -- in structure, in relationships, and as a globally changing social institution. We draw from sociological perspectives in examining the concepts, theories, and methods that help us answer questions about families as we and others know them. Class sessions include discussions of family life in different countries, cultural activities, film screenings, and student presentations.
Fall Semester informationLeigh-Anne Goins
201A: Persp:Media and Marginalized Bodies
(New) Media and Marginalized Bodies examines the representations of groups and bodies in media. Through a critical historical lens, we focus on representations of those who experience social marginalization (e.g. gender, sexuality, religion, race, nationality). Each week, students will interrogate social constructions, patterns of representation, and discourse(s) to outline the role of power/knowledge, discourse and discursive formations on perceptions of bodies. We begin our analyses with art, newspapers, comics, and radio, transition to television and streaming media (e.g. Hulu and Netflix originals), and conclude with examinations of media in the digital sphere and negotiations of representation in social media (e.g. Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram).