Coming in Spring 2014.....................
SOCI 111 INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
SOCI 121 INTRO TO ANTHROPOLOGY TR 1:05pm-2:25pm
SOCI 204 CONTEMP SOCIOLOGIC THEORY MWF 8:00am-8:55am
SOCI 250 SOCIAL PROBLEMS MWF 12:40pm-1:35pm
SOCI 302 SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS TR 9:35am-10:55am
SOCI 329 FAMILY & SOCIETY MWF 1:50pm-2:45pm
SOCI 335 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION TR 12:45pm-2:05pm
SOCI 341 URBAN STUDIES TR 2:20pm-3:40pm
Course Offerings in Fall 2013
|8:00 am-8:55 am||SOCI 201/SOCIAL STATS||Dr. Jeff Kamakahi|
|9:10 am-10:05 am||SOCI 111/INTRO SOCI||Dr. Jeff Kamakahi|
|10:20 am-11:15 am||FYS||Dr. Jeff Kamakahi|
|SOCI 340/CRIMIN & CORRECT||Dr. Sheila Nelson|
|SOCI 111/INTRO SOCI||Dr. Chris Scheitle|
|11:30 am-12:25 pm||FYS||Dr. Chris Scheitle|
|3:00 pm-4:20 (Mon/Wed)||SOCI 396/CAPSTONE||Dr. Sheila Nelson|
|6:15pm-9:15 pm(Wednes)||SOCI 337F ENVIRON PERSP||Dr. Jim Makepeace|
|9:35 am-10:55 am||SOCI 337H SAVAGE MINDS||Dr. Jessica O'Reilly|
|9:55 am-11:15 am||SOCI 111/INTRO SOCI||Dr. Jim Makepeace|
|12:45 pm-2:05 pm||SOCI 111/INTRO SOCI||Dr. Jim Makepeace|
|SOCI 337E/CULTURAL ANTHRO||Dr. Jessica O'Reilly|
|2:20 pm-3:40 pm||SOCI 121/INTRO ANTHRO||Dr. Jessica O'Reilly|
Offered Course Descriptions
SOCI-111 Introduction to Sociology
Enter the fascinating world of Sociology. This course provides a great introduction to the many intriguing subjects that sociologists study. We look at a whole range of topics-from what the self is, how it develops, how the process of socialization works... to the major institutions in society like education, the political system, and the economy... to the major forms of inequality affecting our lives in this society-race/ethnicity, gender, and class. You will come to understand the science by which sociologists gather and analyze data, how they know what they know. In the process, you will begin developing your own sociological imagination. You'll be surprised how much you've always taken for granted about society... In better understanding how our world works, you'll be better able to take an active role in your own life. Come join us in the quest!
SOCI-121 Introduction to Anthropology
Anthropology, very broadly defined as the study of humankind, is essentially an interdisciplinary endeavor. Traditionally, anthropology is described as having four major fields of inquiry: cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and anthropological archaeology. More recently, a "fifth field" called applied anthropology has been included in the discipline.
This course introduces the four fields of anthropology, but instead of spending a few weeks learning about each field separately, we will instead focus on some of the key problems that the study of anthropology can help to describe and the ways in which anthropological understandings of such problems can help devise solutions. The course units include four-field examinations of culture, race, human evolution, family and kinship, gender and sexuality, social hierarchy, nation-states, politics and violence, progress, and development. Throughout this course, you will engage with materials from all fields of anthropology to 1) understand the approaches, methods, and key questions of each field, 2) analyze human problems across space and time, and 3) integrate interdisciplinary approaches to understand human diversity more completely.
SOCI-201 Social Statistics
How well can you characterize a group in terms of a simple number? How do you know whether a case is typical or different from expectations? How do you know whether someone else has legitimately summarized their results? Knowledge of statistical analysis can help you become a better communicator and consumer of information. By understanding the basic techniques of statistical analysis, you can better discern bogus, biased, or incomplete claims from supported claims made from actual data. This is an introductory course in statistics that begins at levels of measurement and ends with OLS regression techniques. The course is useful for anyone that is interested in understanding and/or engaging in social science research.
SOCI-337E Cultural Anthropology: Transnational Cultures
Cultures and cultural groups have never been bounded to a single location-people have always been in movement, learning from people outside their cultural groups, and hybridizing ideas and ways of life. This course provides an advanced introduction to cultural anthropology, focusing on transnational cultural groups that are present in contemporary Minnesota. In particular, we will study ethnographic manuscripts about Hmong, Somali, and Mexican people and topics including ethnicity, migration, refugees, tourism, nomadism, political economy, and medical anthropology. Students will be conducting original ethnographic research in a semester-long project that analyzes a particular transnational cultural case study.
SOCI-337F Sociological Considerations of Environmental Issues and Minimalist Lifestyles
Issues such as depletion of natural resources, pollution, loss of habitat, global warming (or not), population growth, urban growth and sprawl, biodiversity, toxic waste management, transportation, energy, vegetarianism, sustainable community development, and globalization will be considered. Aspects of these issues to be covered include: conditions of emergence, theories, applicable social movements and counter-movements, cross-cultural perspectives, and social change. Special attention will be to consideration of low or minimal impact lifestyle efforts.
SOCI-337H Savage Minds
Thinking Ethnographically: How have engagements with cultural "others" helped create knowledge, expand our understanding of ourselves and the world, and inspired us to think about humanity? In this class, we will learn about some of the key theoretical paradigms in cultural anthropology, from its earliest inception through contemporary, experimental anthropological thought. As anthropological theory must be deployed in ethnographic practice to have any effect, theoretical material in this class will be paired with ethnographies-articles, manuscripts, and films-which exemplify, challenge, and build upon abstract concepts. This class is Ideal for upper division students interested in culture, anthropology, sociology, psychology, communications, peace studies, environmental studies, gender studies, political science, and area and ethnic studies, particularly for those who want to hone skills in cultural analysts, intercultural relations, community service work, policy, marketing, International relations, or graduate work in the social sciences or humanities.
SOCI-340 Criminology and Corrections
This course examines the nature and extent of criminal behavior in our society, and focuses on various theoretical explanations for criminal behavior. We will also explore the programs and policies that develop out of various theoretical perspectives, and examine their effectiveness, their strengths, limitations, and most pressing challenges. By linking cause and effect, we will critically evaluate policies and programs intended to alleviate the current U.S. crime problem. Students will have the option to do a Service Learning Project for this course, which meets the Experiential Learning requirement of the Common Curriculum; more importantly, Service Learning gives us the opportunity to apply and test what we're learning. Students in past semesters have worked in the MN Correctional Facility, St. Cloud (the prison), Stearns County Jail, several programs for juveniles in trouble with the law, the Dream Center (a halfway house for recently released convicts), Place of Hope, Community Corrections, and the St. Cloud Children's Home. If Service Learning doesn't fit your schedule or meet your interests, you can do research on contemporary issues relevant to criminology or corrections. Toward the end of the semester, we'll have a panel of professionals working in the area of corrections speak to our class. Whether you see the field of criminology (policing, crime scene investigation, criminal profiling, corrections) as a potential career direction or you're simply concerned about making our society safer for yourself and your children, you'll find this course interesting and eye-opening ....