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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Sociology


Summer 2017

SOCIOLOGY, USC, COLUMBIA

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

 Summer I, II & III 2017

 

SUMMER I 2017

 

SOCIOLOGY 101.1:  INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY                      MTWR                    12:00PM – 3:10PM                  Adrianne Dues

 

This course will introduce you to the foundations of sociology!  We will examine many of the questions that sociologists ask and the theories that frame these questions.  We will address several questions such as why is there inequality? What role does race play in our society? How is our society changing? The course will specifically look at culture, social class and inequality, race ethnicity and gender, health, social deviance, social movements, and social institutions. Using media and film, the course will also include sociological examples occurring in present day society. Throughout the course of the semester I hope to enhance your ability to think critically, develop your ability to express your thoughts, and give your insight on sociological perspectives.

REQUIREMENTS: Exams, Quizzes, Participation

FORMAT: Lecture, Discussion, Media & Film 

 

 

SOCIOLOGY 101.J10:   INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY                           Online Course        TBA                  Daniela Negraia

 

 COURSE DESCRIPTION: The goal of this course is to introduce students to the study of sociology.  During this course we will learn basic concepts and perspective used in sociological research.  We will examine the nature and characteristics of social behavior and inquire on the role played by groups, organizations, institutions and cultures.  Upon successful completion of this course, students will have a good representation of sociological theories and methods.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

SOCIOLOGY 303.1:  SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS           MTWR              8:30AM – 11:40AM                 Professor Jennifer Augustine

 

You are always observing the world around you. If you’re paying attention, you have questions about why things are the way they are. Why do the rich live longer than the poor?  Why do children of single mothers have lower test scores than children who grow up with two parents? Why are women in the United States paid less than men? These are important questions, but how do we answer them? The aim of this course is to teach you how to investigate such sociological questions by providing you a range of tools for studying the world around you. These tools will encompass the various research methods and skills used by sociologists. Such knowledge and skills will allow you to identify important research questions, design a study that you will carry out, and critically evaluate the research of others.

 

 

                

                                                                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                          

SUMMER II   2017

 

SOCIOLOGY 101.2:   INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY                   MTWR                  11:35AM. – 2:20PM.     Zackery Butler

 

TEXT:  You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist, 4th Edition by Dalton Conley Also required is a digital product from the publisher of the text: “Inquizitive”

CONTENT:  In this course you will be introduced to the discipline of sociology.  By learning about sociological theories, terms, and methods, you can develop your own “Sociological Imagination.” A way of looking at our social world that allows us to go beyond our everyday understanding to reveal the complexity of social processes. 

REQUIREMENTS:  3 Exams (33%) Quizzes (50%) Inquizitive (17%)

FORMAT:   Lectures, class discussions, and online activities

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                           

 

SOCIOLOGY 101.J1I:    INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY                              Online Course                         TBA                          Anna Rogers

 

TEXT: You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist by Dalton Conley

CONTENT:This course will introduce students to sociological theory and major areas of research in the discipline of sociology. Through the use of lectures uploaded online and various forms of media we will discuss sociological facts and principles through an analysis of group-making processes and products. This course will have three major components. The first section of the course will introduce students to sociological theory. The second section of the course will show how these theories are applied to topics such as gender, race, class, religion, deviance, law, and health. The third component of this course includes analysis of popular culture from American society that demonstrates how sociological theory can be applied to everything from every day interactions to larger worldwide networks. This course will show how we shape society and how society shapes us.                                                                                                     REQUIREMENTS: 3 tests, 10 quizzes, and online assignments in Blackboard.                                                                                                               5 Pop Quizzes: 20% of final grade (4% each)                                                                                                                                                                        3 Tests: 60% of final grade (20% each)                                                                                                                                                                         Online Assignments: 20% in total                                                                                                                                                                                FORMAT: Online Video Lectures and Visuals

 

 

SOCIOLOGY 301.J10:    SOCIOLOGY OF SEX ROLES          Online Course                TBA                    Professor Carla Pfeffer

 

CONTENT: In this course, we explore theories, methods, and substantive issues in a sociological approach to sex roles. Topics will include sex role expectations and socialization in contemporary societies, sub-cultural and social class variations, and structural and institutional factors. While our focus will be on sex and gender, we will also study how other identities influence and affect gendered identities and experiences. A primary goal of this course is to introduce you to the perspectives and empirical findings on sex and gender in sociology, as well as to apply this empirical evidence to real-world experiences. Of critical importance is the goal of cultivating skills for analyzing social situations and events encountered in everyday life. Throughout this course, emphasis will be placed on developing critical and integrative ways of thinking about sex and gender as social processes. This is not a course exclusively about women and women’s experiences. In this course, we will consider how sex and gender shape and affect the experiences of women, men, girls, boys, and individuals who live in the spaces in-between these categories (e.g., those who are intersex, transgender, transsexual, etc.).

 

 

 

SOCIOLOGY 320.1:    INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY              MTWR            2:40PM – 5:25PM              Aaron Vincent               

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Selected theoretical orientations, methodological procedures, and illustrative substantive data pertaining to the relations between the individual and society

 

 

 

 

SUMMER III   2017

 

SOCIOLOGY 101.3:  INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY                        MTWR               2:40PM-5:25PM                     Derek Silva

 

This lecture-based course will introduce students to the most important theoretical and empirical developments in the discipline of sociology. Through the use of lectures, discussions, and various forms of visual media, we will discuss major sociological ideas and their usefulness for the study of a variety of social issues. This course will be divided into three sections: (1) theoretical foundations of sociology; (2) discussions of thematic issues relevant to the systematic study of society; and (3) survey of contemporary theoretical and empirical debates in sociology. The first section will introduce students to elements of sociological theory. The second section of the course will show how these theories are applied to topics such as gender, race, class, religion, deviance, law, and health. The third component of this course is designed to introduce students to contemporary debates within various sub-disciplines of sociology. The goal of this course is to challenge students to think critically about society and to introduce students to the ways in which sociologists

scientifically explore a variety of important social issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOCIOLOGY 101.JI2:  INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY          Online             TBA             Professor Andrea Henderson- Platt   

 

CONTENT:: This course offers you an introduction to the theories, methodologies, vocabulary, and themes in the field of sociology.  It will focus on the function and organization of society, as well as how society impacts and influences individual understanding, action, and well-being.  Basic sociological ideas will be explored, such as culture, socialization, gender, race, and inequality.  In addition, we will examine how social institutions, such as religion, family, health, and education, influence everyday life chances.   The purpose of the course is to instill in you a “sociological imagination,” which can be used to decipher current social issues.  The knowledge gained in this course will aid you in future studies in a variety of fields and careers, and encourage the development of critical thinking about important social issues.

FORMAT:  Lecture, films, discussion, exams and quizzes.

 

 

SOCIOLOGY 507.1:    SOCIOLOGY OF SOCIAL CONTROL                MTWR           11:35AM – 2:20PM       Professor Mathieu Deflem

 

TEXTS: Collection of readings posted on Blackboard.

CONTENT: The course reviews the sociological study of social control, i.e., the manner in which a society defines and responds to deviance and/or crime. Specific topics include prisons and punishment; surveillance and policing; international police cooperation; and the policing of terrorism.

REQUIREMENTS: Two tests and one final exam. 

FORMAT: Lecture. 

 

 

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