This course provides perspectives and information useful in understanding all societies. The major theories (functionalism, conflict, and symbolic interactionism) and concepts provide the foundation upon which the remaining material rests. In addition we will learn how sociologists do research, explore the nature and reality of culture and social structure, study socialization, explore social interaction, and discuss social control. The course then progresses to considerations of social stratification and inequality, the nature of privilege and oppression, social institutions, and concludes by considering large-scale forces for change.
In this course we will examine families and family relationships from a sociological perspective. In particular, we will consider how our private, taken-for-granted family experiences are related to social factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, social class, the economy, and cultural attitudes and values. Everyone is encouraged to discuss topics and ask questions. Through this course, students will gain a better understanding of current U.S. family patterns and trends, based on empirical research, be able to analyze and interpret family patterns and trends using sociological concepts and theories, evaluate family-related information from multiple perspectives, develop a greater appreciation of the diversity and choices in family life today, and clarify their own values with respect to marriage and family life.
The sociology of aging covers social aspects of aging, including common beliefs about older people, the diversity of the aged, and how institutions such as the economy and family influence the aging process.
This course will focus on better understanding the people of the State of Israel. We will look at what is important to them, how they see and organize themselves, and how they understand and experience the world around them. This course will focus on society and cultures in the State of Israel (the nation-state established in 1948); it will look at thecultural worldviews to be found there and at the social relations among its people.
The primary objective of this course is to inspire you to think critically and actively about issues related to race and ethnicity. Notice that the objective is not to get you to think in any particular way, and it is certainly not to “teach” you to think like the instructor. Just think critically and try to get outside the box—the “box” being whatever it is that you imagine you aresupposed to believe.
Throughout this course you will explore social science research, its history, terminology, and steps in the research process. You are expected to identify research questions relevant to improving social life and become beginning consumers of research by learning steps to critique social research, and apply social research to social problems.
This course is the study of social influence, leadership and status, and social cohesion and commitment processes in small groups.
This course provides an overview of the subfield of work and occupations in the discipline of sociology. Specifically, we will explore the many varieties of work and employment as well as some of the major challenges to workers. At each stage of the course, we will touch on issues of inequality and how they affect the topic at hand. The course also will make reference to the increasingly international context of work. You will come to understand the influences of organizations, social institutions, and social policies on experiences of work for individuals and groups in contemporary society.
Gender refers to the roles, responsibilities, attitudes and opportunities that society assigns to us because we are male or female. This course will examine the impact of gender as a variable on occupations and professions, primarily in the United States. Understanding the impact of gender on society and ourselves is critical to decision-making at all levels individual, organizational, and governmental hence this course. The focus is not only on women; it is about differences in men's and women's experiences in the world of work.
This course will examine the existence, purpose and function of law(s) in our society. We'll examine sociological theories of law, i.e., how law is created, what it does/doesn't do, how it acts to control dissent, to resolve disputes and as an agent of social change. The text for this course will provide us with the sociological background, the instructor will provide a legal view, and you will each bring your unique backgrounds, ideas and experiences. Combining these perspectives will help to give us a well-rounded understanding of law in society.