SOCIOLOGY


SOCI 101: Sociological Perspectives

Currently Offered:
1st Summer Session 2019  (5½ weeks: May 15- June 20)
Spring Semester 2019 (January 9 - May 7)

SOCI 101 is an introduction to sociology as a discipline that includes study of differences and equality, social structure and institutions, culture, social change, individuals and populations, and social psychology.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Laura Krull, MA
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit Hours: 3
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SOCI 112: Social Interaction

Currently Offered:
1st Summer Session 2019  (5½ weeks: May 15- June 20)
2nd Summer Session 2019 (5½ weeks: June 24–July 30)
Spring Semester 2019 (January 9 - May 7)

This is an introductory course in microsociology. This means that we will look closely at social interaction, rather than focusing on the abstractions of social structure examined by most macrosociology courses. We will go “inside social life” to explore the ways that people create, make sense of, reproduce, and/or challenge the meaning and experience of everyday life. We will use a theoretical perspective known as symbolic interactionism, which views humans as continually engaged in the process of seeking and creating meaning through interaction with others. Our starting point will be the social construction of “the self.” However, as we move through the course, we will give increasing attention to the ways that individual action both shapes and is shaped by social contexts and institutional structures.

Ultimately, the goal of this course is to provoke thought about what we take for granted as “natural” about the social order of everyday life, in order that we may think more critically about the ways our own social interactions both reinforce and challenge the cultural practices and social institutions that constrain those very interactions.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Nathan Dollar, MA
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit Hours: 3
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SOCI 122: Race and Ethnic Relations

Currently Offered:
1st Summer Session 2019  (5½ weeks: May 15- June 20)
Spring Semester 2019 (January 9 - May 7)

This course is designed to introduce you to the topic of race and ethnic relations from a sociological perspective. The first part of the course is devoted to becoming aware and conscious of the place and importance of race and ethnicity in our culture. The second part addresses brief histories of the relationships between and among different racial and ethnic groups in the United States, and, more importantly, the conditions under which those relationships originated and developed. The third part addresses institutional discrimination by discussing different aspects of how racial and ethnic relationships develop (or not) within the context of social institutions such as the family, education, the economy, the government, and even the media and entertainment.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

 

Course Details

  • Instructor: Brionca Taylor, MA
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit Hours: 3
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SOCI 131: Social Relations in the Workplace

Currently Offered:
1st Summer Session 2019  (5½ weeks: May 15- June 20)
Fall Semester 2018 (August 21–December 14)
Spring Semester 2019 (January 9 - May 7)

This course considers several sociological approaches to rational, capitalist work structures, and how human beings experience them. This is mostly a theory-based course. Because it is also a sociology course, however, plenty of empirical examples—both from published sources in the discipline and from your own experiences—will inform our semester-long inquiry.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Joseph Bongiovi, MA
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit Hours: 3
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SOCI 250: Sociological Theory

Currently Offered:
1st Summer Session 2019  (5½ weeks: May 15- June 20)

This course is a study of theoretical perspectives in sociology, their relation to contemporary social issues, and their roots in classical social thought. Required for sociology majors.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Didem Turkoglu, MA
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Prerequisite(s): SOCI 101
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SOCI 410: Formal Organizations and Bureaucracy

Currently Offered:
1st Summer Session 2019  (5½ weeks: May 15- June 20)

In every moment of every day, organizations and bureaucracies affect life in countless subtle and obvious ways. In our post-industrial Western society, formal organizations order our lives and fulfill our needs. Despite their immense influence, most understandings of organizations are vague, shallow, and unspecific.

This course aims to provide you with a thorough sociological understanding of organizations. We will look at where organizations come from, how they change, and how they die. We will examine the ways organizations are structured, the ways they act, and the relationships between individuals in organizations, between individuals and organizations, and between organizations.

A critical and rigorous understanding of organizations and organizational behavior underpins our understanding of the world around us. This course will give you the tools to apprehend organizational forms and processes at work in your life and in your world.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Joseph Bongiovi, PhD
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit Hours: 3
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SOCI 415: Economy and Society

Currently Offered:
1st Summer Session 2019  (5½ weeks: May 15- June 20)
Fall Semester 2018 (August 21–December 14)
Spring Semester 2019 (January 9 - May 7)

Society and the economy intersect in many ways. The economy – the set of institutions plus the market governing the exchange of goods, services, information and financial products – affects countless aspects of our lives, from practical details such as whether we have a job, house or car to more long-term, and sometimes abstract, considerations such as our job quality, career prospects, spending habits, financial well-being and more. The main question this course asks and answers is “How does society shape the economy?” We will study the social dimensions and practices of economic institutions in terms of markets, organizations and institutions, and we will use our knowledge of these to analyze inequality and socioeconomic policy.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Other Requirements

  • You will submit a few short videos responding to discussion questions over the course of the semester, so you must have access to a video camera. A webcam or a video camera on your phone will work fine.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Katherine Tait, MA
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit Hours: 3
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Online Orientation

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