Sociology Major

Sociology Minor

Fall 2015

SOCI 111   Introduction to Sociology (SS)

TR           9:55 am-11:15 am             Dr. Jim Makepeace         HAB 120              

TR           12:45 pm-2:05 pm            Dr. Jim Makepeace         Simons G30       

MWF     10:20 am-11:15 am          Dr. Sheila Nelson             Simons G10

MWF     11:30 am-12:25 pm          Dr. Sheila Nelson             Simons G10       

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. 


 SOCI 121 Introduction to Anthropology (SS)  (IC)

           TR            2:20pm-3:40pm                  Dr. Jessica O'Reilly          Simons 360

           MWF       1:50pm-2:45pm                   Dr. Ellen Block                   Simons 360

 Anthropology is very broadly defined as the study of humankind across space and time.  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.


SOCI 205 Quantity Method/ Analysis Social Science         

MWF 8:00 am-8:55 am                   Dr. Jeff Kamakahi            Simons G10

This course will use a "hands on" approach by students to grapple with the quantitative analyses of data in the social sciences. Students will learn about the operationalization, computation, and transformation of variables. Students will create and test hypotheses using SPSS. They will also write up their results using a journal article format and give presentations of their results.


SOCI 204  Contemporary Social Theory         

TR 12:45 pm-2:05 pm                   ­­­­Dr. Sheila Nelson             Quad 252

How would Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Emile Durkheim view the issues of today's world?  Is poverty a matter of  resource shortages or mal-distribution or is it functional for the system?  Has the internet made the classical macro-theories irrelevant?  Are human capital and cultural capital misguided ways of looking at modern serfdom?  Was Post-Modernism just a fad?  Does Mead's view of "the self" have to be revised in the modern world?  Can ethnomethodology work across multicultural interactions?  Does social exchange theory assume an "over-socialized" model of human beings?  Is social media an easy way of distracting the populace from dealing with important issues of social engagement?  Does the discipline need a revised "sociological imagination?"  These are the types of questions that we will confront in the course.


SOCI 340 Criminology & Corrections                     

TR 11:10am-12:30pm                           Dr. Sheila Nelson             Simons G40

Theoretical causes of criminal behavior. Strengths, limitations, and challenges to the effectiveness of police, judicial, and corrections systems in the U.S. Attention to the role of the media and cultural biases in analyzing the "crime problem."


SOCI 330 Family Violence (GE)                                

Wednesday night 6:15pm-9:15pm           Dr. James Makepeace   HAB 120

Analysis of incidence, causes and treatment of major forms of family violence. With  respect to child maltreatment (abuse, neglect, and exploitation), we will look at general theories, historical and cultural differences, sub-group variations, child protective services and legal perspectives, treatment, causation, and consequences. With respect to domestic (couple) violence, we will look at general theories, cultural and subcultural differences, incidence, dating and courtship violence, gender differences, therapeutic approaches, and social policies.


SOCI 337C Anthropology Africa (IC)                                         

MWF 12:40pm-1:35pm                                  Dr. Ellen Block      Simons 360

Africa is an immense continent of strikingly rich and diverse geography, politics, and cultures.  This course explores many of the central issues and debates in the anthropological study of contemporary Africa, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.  Media representations of Africa often focus solely on suffering, poverty, disease and corruption.  African life is also frequently portrayed as a singular unified experience.  Yet, African societies and communities are dynamic: both in their cultural, political and historical diversity, and in their responses to the legacies of colonialism and the challenges of the contemporary global context.  While this course will examine many of the problems that contemporary Africans face, we will also contextualize these problems and counter prevailing narratives about Africa by exploring the resilience and rich cultural life on the continent.  Topics will include:   colonialism and post-colonialism, political economies, kinship and social organization, religion, health, gender, globalization, sexuality, and arts.


SOCI 337J Climate Studies: Culture, Science and Policy in a Changing Environment (Cross listed with Environmental Studies)

TR  11:10 am-12:30 pm                                  Dr. Jessica O'Reilly              Simons 360

This course uses a cultural focus to understand how humans study, experience, interpret, and mitigate global climate change. We investigate climate science, politics, and economics, along with how climate change intersects with matters of justice, gender, globalization, media, development, and higher education. As we learn about these topics, we will conduct applied research on particular climate topics at various scales-local, state, national, and international-to work towards defining solutions and ways forward in a rapidly changing environment.


SOCI 338 World Populations                                      

MWF 10:20am-11:15am                                Dr. Jeff Kamakahi            Simons 310

Analysis of population statistics, population dynamics, the use of socially constructed ways of classifying subgroups, projective models, and social policy. Some topics covered include: immigration policies; the "limits to growth" controversy, analysis of vital statistics.