Sociology Department

Professors: William Hoynes, Eileen Leonardb, Marque Miringoff; Associate Professors: Pinar Batur, Diane Harriford, Robert McAulay (Chair), Seungsook Moon, Leonard Nevarez; Assistant -Professor: Light Carruyo; Visiting Assistant Professor: Gayle Sulik; Visiting Instructor: Gayle Green.

Requirements for Concentration: 101/2 units, including Sociology 151, 247, 254, 2 units at the 300-level, and Sociology 300a-301b.

After declaration of major, no NRO work is permissible in the major.

Senior-Year Requirements: Sociology 300a-301b (for a total of 1 full unit of credit), a senior thesis under the supervision of a member of the department.

Recommendations: Field Work 290.

Advisers: The department.

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I. Introductory

[140b. The Reinvention of Community] (1)

The “end of community” is a key theme in the sociological tradition. Contemporary worries about the decline of trust, and everyday civility, as well as the problems of social isolation and polarization all have a lineage extending back to before the industrial revolution. More recently, proponents of a “community reinvented” have countered the apocalyptic “end” scenario, by showing the many different places and sources where community is being newly reconceptualized. In the course, the class examines competing ideas about the nature of community, and how the concept is used and abused in contemporary American discourse.

Not offered in 2007/08.

151a or b. Introductory Sociology (1)

An introduction to the concepts of sociology rooted in the ideas and thinkers of the classical tradition, exploring their historical meaning and contemporary relevance. The department.

Open to all classes. Required of majors.

II. Intermediate

Sociology 151 is a prerequisite for all intermediate courses.

206b. Social Change in the Black Community (1)

(Same as Africana Studies 206b)

[210b. Domestic Violence] (1)

This course provides a general overview of the prevalence and dynamics of domestic violence in the United States and its effects on battered women. We examine the role of the Battered Women’s Movement in both the development of societal awareness about domestic violence and in the initiation of legal sanctions against it. We also explore and discuss, both from a historical and present day perspective, ways in which our culture covertly and overtly condones the abuse of women by their intimate partners. Ms. DePorto.

Not offered in 2007/08.

215a. Perspectives on Deviant Subculture (1)

Sociology as a discipline offers a variety of perspectives on deviance. In recent years mainstream approaches—Functionalism, Conflict Theory, Social Constructionism and Labeling Theory—have been supplemented by Cultural Studies (Gramscian Marxism) and Post Structuralism (including the ideas of Michel Foucault). These different ways of seeing, analyzing, and interpreting “deviance” are deployed in this course by focusing on various marginal communities and deviant subcultures. In particular we look at traditional as well as new religious movements, bohemian subcultures, and music- centered youth culture (punk, hip hop). Other relevant examples and case studies are explored on a selected basis. Mr. McAulay.

[216b. Food, Culture, and Globalization] (1)

This course focuses on the political economy of and the cultural politics of transnational production, distribution, and consumption of food in global cities of the world to understand the complex nature of cultural globalization and its effects on the national, ethnic, and class identities of women and men. Approaching food as material cultural commodities moving across national boundaries, this course examines the following questions. How has food in routine diet been invested with a broad range of meanings and thereby served to define and maintain collective identities of people and social relationships linked to the consumption of food? In what ways and to what extent does eating food satisfy not only basic appetite and epicurean desire, but also social needs for status and belonging? How have powerful corporate interests shaped the health and well being of a large number of people across national boundaries? What roles do symbols and social values play in the public and corporate discourse of health, nutrition, and cultural identities. Ms. Moon.

Not offered in 2007/08.

221a. Feminism, Knowledge, Praxis (1)

(Same as Women’s Studies 221a) How do feminist politics inform how research, pedagogy, and social action are approached? Can feminist insights into issues of power and knowledge, intersecting inequalities, and human agency change the way we understand and represent the social world? We discuss several qualitative approaches used by feminists to document the social world (e.g. ethnography, discourse analysis, oral history). The relationship between knowledge and action is a central concern throughout the course. Ms. Carruyo.

222a. Sociology of Sport (1)

This course examines the role of sport in society, both in the United States as well as in other countries. We begin with an examination of the relevance of sport to both society as a whole, through the creation of group identity and solidarity and its importance to the construction of gendered identity in individuals. Other topics include studying how an activity comes to be defined as a sport, using competitive cheerleading as an example; the relationship of sports to violence, using soccer hooligans in the UK as well as the recent spate of violent acts committed by parents of children involved in competitive sports as case studies; the Olympics as a site where national identity and position in the world ‘pecking order’ is both contested and reified; and the complex relationship of sport to masculinity, using the recent scandal in Major League Baseball regarding steroids as one example. Ms. Green.

229b. Black Intellectual History (1)

(Same as Africana Studies 229b.) Ms. Harriford.

[230a. Women and Work] (1)

In this course, we explore women’s role in the workplace; how it has evolved since the advent of the women’s movement; why women have had trouble breaking through the glass ceiling of the corporate world; and how the work/life conflict has impacted women’s ability to move up the career ladder. We do this by exploring a variety of theorists, from Rosabeth Moss Kanter’s classic, Women and Men of the Corporation, to Jerry Jacobs’ Revolving Doors, to most recently, Joan William’s, Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It, as well as many others. We also examine a variety of court cases that have attempted to remedy the inequalities in the American workplace. Students are encouraged to study the issues not only from a sociological standpoint, but from a legal and cultural point of view as well. Ms. Green.

Not offered in 2007/08.

[231a. Sociology of Breast Cancer] (1)

Centering on breast cancer as a case study, this course offers an analysis of cultural, social, and social-psychological factors affecting health status and women’s response to this illness. Placing breast cancer within an historical context, we examine the social transformation of medicine and the history of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. In part two we discuss women, their bodies, and the illness experience. Part three addresses the politics of breast cancer, including policies and controversies, the role of economics and pharmaceutical companies, and health care reform as a breast cancer issue. In the final part of the course, we look at the role of women in social change: social movements, representations of survivorship, the role of the ‘survivor,’ and the union of “women, science, and society.” Course material includes scholarly work on the sociology of health and illness, press releases and position statements from the National Breast Cancer Coalition, personal accounts of breast cancer experiences, and representations of breast cancer in the media. Ms. Sulik.

Not offered in 2007/08.

[232. Cultural Sociology] (2)

Drawing on classical and contemporary social and cultural theory, this course explores the importance of culture as a dimension of the social world in which meanings are structured and socially produced at both individual and collective levels. Because culture is always closely intertwined with the patterning of social organization, the course is also concerned with institutional life and the intersection of culture with social structure. Beginning with key theorists, we establish the importance of culture as a vital aspect of the social world. Topics include: The Social Construction of Meaning and Social Distinctions, The Social Construction of Moral Universals and Collective Sentiment, and The Discourse of Civil Society. Ms. Sulik.

Not offered in 2007/08.

[233a. Latino Identity Formation in the US] (1)

(Same as Urban Studies, Latin American and Latino/a Studies 233a) This course examines the development of Latinos as a distinct group out of the highly diverse population of Latin American background in the US, paying particular attention to the social processes that are shaping and fueling the merging identity. It provides an examination of the processes of cultural creation, and the forces “both global and local” that are fueling an American latinidad. We start by exploring the economic and political factors that have historically fueled the immigration of Latin American peoples to US cities and shaped their incorporation into US society as “Latinos.” We also examine differences among different social and cultural formations among emerging Latino communities in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York.

Not offered in 2007/08.

234b. Disability and Society (1)

(Same as Science, Technology and Society 234b) The vision of disability has changed radically over the past twenty years. Public policies have been legislated, language has been altered, opportunities have been rethought, a social movement has emerged, problems of discrimination, oppression, and prejudice have been highlighted, and social thinkers have addressed a wide range of issues relating to the representation and portrayal of people with disabilities. This course examines these issues, focusing on the emergence of the disability rights movement, the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the various debates over American Sign Language, “deaf culture,” and the student uprising at Gallaudet University and how writers and artists have portrayed people with disabilities.

The course meets for two two-hour sessions each week, one two-hour session is devoted to lecture and discussion of reading materials, the second two-hour session serves as a laboratory for films, speakers, and trips. Ms. Miringoff.

235b. Quality of Life (1)

In a world of cultural diversity, uneven development, and political conflict, enhancing quality of life is arguably the unifying principle in our ambitions for social planning and personal life. But just what does “quality of life” mean? How did it become a preeminent concern for policy-makers and the public at large? And what is at stake if we subordinate other conceptions of the common good to this most subjective and individualistic of ideas? This course takes up these questions through an examination of quality of life’s conceptual dimensions and social contexts. Topics include global development policy, patient-doctor conflicts over the right to die, the pressures of work-life balance, the influence of consumer marketing, the voluntary simplicity movement, the “quality of life city,” and the cultural divides between conservative “Red States” and liberal “Blue States.” Mr. Nevarez.

[237b. Community Development] (1)

(Same as Urban Studies 237b) This course provides “hands-on” lessons in community organization, urban inequality, and economic development that are intended to supplement theoretical perspectives offered in other classes. Students examine local efforts to revitalize neighborhoods, provide social services, enhance social capital among residents, and promote homeowner and business investment in the contemporary city. A community development initiative in the City of Poughkeepsie (to be determined) provides the case study around which lectures, readings, and guest speakers are selected. The course entails a special weekly lab section in which students are required to intern at a local nonprofit, conduct ethnographic fieldwork, or use Geographic Information System analysis in the service of the case study initiative. Students are graded for both their comprehension of course materials (in essays and exams) and their participation in the case study initiative (through fieldwork and reports).

Two 2-hour periods.

Not offered in 2007/08.

[240a. Law and Society] (1)

Law is analyzed in its social context focusing on the relationship between law and social control, and law and social change. Topics discussed include psychiatry and the law, Blacks and the law, and women and the law. The criminal justice system is examined in a comparative framework, emphasizing the role of judges, juries, and particularly lawyers, in society. Ms. Leonard.

Not offered in 2007/08.

247a. Modern Social Theory: Marx, Durkheim, and Weber (1)

(Same as Anthropology 247a and b) This course focuses on a comparison of the principal assumptions and the central concepts contributing to the formation of modern social theory. Readings include selections from Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. Ms. Moon.

250a. Sex, Gender, and Society (1)

In the context of general sociological theory, the course analyzes sex roles in various institutional settings. Topics include: the effect of social, cultural and scientific change on traditional notions of male and female; the social construction of masculine and feminine; implications of genetic engineering; interaction of sexual attitudes, sexual practices, and social policy. Ms. Harriford.

[251b. Development and Social Change in Latin America] (1)

(Same as Latin American and Latino/a Studies 251a.) This course examines the ways in which Latin American and Caribbean nations have defined and pursued development and struggled for social change in the post World-War II era. We use country studies and development theories (including Modernization, Dependency, World-Systems, Feminist and Post-Structuralist) to analyze the extent to which development has been shaped by the tensions between local, national, and international political and economic interests. Within this structural context we focus on people and their relationships to each other and to a variety of issues including work, land, reproductive rights, basic needs, and revolution. Integrating structural analysis with an analysis of lived practice and meaning making allows us to understand development as a process that shapes, but is also shaped by, local actors. Ms. Carruyo.

Not offered in 2007/08.

252b. Race, Representation, and Resistance in U.S. Schools (1)

(Same as Education 252)

[253a. Latina/os in the Americas] (1)

(Same as Latin American and Latino/a Studies 253a) This course begins by tracing the history of Latina/o migrations and exposing this process as intimately linked to US involvement in Latin America and the Caribbean. We are attentive to the diversity of Latina/o experiences including those differences based on region, as well as on class, race, gender, sexuality, and migration histories. We explore the ways in which this diverse, growing, and increasingly visible population is challenging demographics and culture in the United States. The second part of the course examines several key political struggles impacting Latina/os from the Chicano Movement to transnational contemporary issues of labor, education, and environmental justice. Finally, we look at how US Latina/os negotiate issues of identity and create and reshape communities in the US and in Latin America and the Caribbean. Ms. Carruyo.

Not offered in 2007/08.

254b. Research Methods (1)

Examines dilemmas of social inquiry. On what basis are sociological generalizations drawn? What are the ethics of social research? Course includes a critical analysis of research studies as well as an introduction to and practical experience with participant observation, interviewing, questionnaire construction, sampling, experimentation, and available data. Mr. Hoynes.

255a. Sociology of the Family (1)

In this course we study the family as a private as well as a public entity. Some of the topics we cover are theories of family structure and organization, particularly the nuclear family; marriage, divorce, and cohabitation; parenthood and childcare. We also examine recent changes and challenges to the family, in the form of new reproductive technologies, alternate lifestyles, and alternative family forms. We examine these changes in the context of greater economic and cultural changes in our society. Ms. Green.

256b. Mass Media and Society (1)

This course explores media as a social force, an institution, and an industry. We examine what it means to be “mediated,” including how media affects our culture, our choices, and our responses to our media filtered lives. We consider the economics of the media industry, media organization and professional socialization, and media’s influence on the political world and the global media industry. Third, we examine how media represent the social world, i.e., the role of ideology, and how meanings are produced, stereotypes maintained, and inequalities preserved. We reflect on the roles, responsibilities, and interpretive potential of artists, media producers, and media consumers. Fourth, we investigate the nature and consequences of media technology. We end the course with a series of panel presentations in which students present their semester projects. Ms. Sulik.

257b. Reorienting America: Asians in American History and Society (1)

(Same as Asian Studies and American Culture 257b) Based on sociological theory of class, gender, race/ethnicity, this course examines complexities of historical, economic, political, and cultural positions of Asian Americans beyond the popular image of “model minorities.” Topics include the global economy and Asian immigration, politics of ethnicity and pan-ethnicity, educational achievement and social mobility, affirmative action, and representation in mass media. Ms. Moon.

[258a. Race and Ethnicity] (1)

(Same as Africana Studies 258b) An examination of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Focus is on the social forces behind institutional dominance and minority group responses, assimilation versus cultural pluralism, and collective movements for social change. Policy implementation of affirmative action, busing, I.Q. testing, genetic screening and birth control. Ms. Martinez.

Not offered in 2007/08.

[259a. Social Stratification] (1)

In this course we examine how social prestige and power are unequally distributed in societies of the past and present. We discuss how control of property and the means of production contribute to a system of inequality. We also analyze the role of commodities in a consumerist society and the relationship of consumption to stratification. We also discuss the concepts of class formation, class consciousness, and class struggle. Additionally, we examine how race and gender serve to contribute to stratification. Ms. Green.

Not offered in 2007/08.

260a. Health, Medicine, and Public Policy (1)

(Same as Science, Technology, and Society 260a) Health care represents one of the thorniest arenas of public policy today. Current issues include the rising numbers of uninsured, concerns over privacy, protection of the public from emerging infectious diseases, the debate between health care as a right vs. a privilege, and the ways in which we conceive the relationship between health, medicine, and society. This course begins with an analysis of the ‘social construction’ of health, looking particularly at the issue of AIDS, national and international. We then examine policies arising from epidemic or infectious diseases, including the Black Death, the 1918 Influenza epidemic, and Typhoid Mary, as well as contemporary dilemmas over newly emergent diseases. Finally, we consider controversies over national health insurance, and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Canadian health care system, the recent Massachusetts experiment, and the history of Medicare and Medicaid. Ms. Miringoff.

261b. “The Nuclear Cage”: Environmental Theory and Nuclear Power (1)

(Same as Environmental Studies 261 and Urban Studies 261) The central aim of this course is to explore debates about the interaction between beings, including humans, animals, plants, and the earth within the context of advanced capitalism by concentrating on the production, distribution, consumption, and disposal of nuclear power. The first question concerning the class is how does Environmental Theory approach nuclear power and its impact on the environment. The second question deals with how this construction interacts with other forms of debate regarding nuclear power, especially concentrating on the relation between science, market and the state in dealing with nature, and how citizens formulate and articulate their understanding of nuclear power through social movements. Ms. Batur.

[263b. Criminology] (1)

The course consists of a consideration of the nature and scope of criminology as well as an historical treatment of the theories of crime causation and the relation of theory to research and the treatment of the criminal. Ms. Leonard.

Not offered in 2007/08.

[264a. Social Welfare and Social Policy: Perceptions of Poverty] (1)

During the past several years, the foundations of American social welfare policy have changed. New, more restrictive social policies have been implemented, we have “ended welfare as we knew it,” and created a new social landscape. This course is designed to give a social, historical, and theoretical understanding of how these changes came about and what they represent. Questions to be discussed include the following: What are the origins of the welfare state? What are the philosophical debates surrounding helping people in need? How is social policy created? What are the underlying assumptions of different social policies? What have been the key successes and failures of social policy? How are issues such as hunger, homelessness, and the feminization of poverty conceptualized today? How have other nations addressed key policy issues? Ms. Miringoff.

Not offered in 2007/08.

265a. News Media in America (1)

This course joins the ongoing debate about the meaning of press freedom and explores the relationship between news and democracy. It will examine how the news media operate in American society and will assess how well the current media are serving the information needs of citizens. Topics may include: the meaning of “objectivity,” the relationship between journalists and sources, news and public opinion, ownership of news media, the relationship between news and advertising, propaganda and news management, and the role of alternative media. Mr. Hoynes.

267a. Religion, Culture, and Society (1)

(Same as Religion 267)

[268b. Sociology of Black Religion] (1)

(Same as Africana Studies 268 and Religion 268)

Not offered in 2007/08.

270b. Drugs, Culture, and Society (1)

An examination of drug use and its symbolic importance in American society viewed in light of pertinent historical and cross-cultural material. Includes discussion of problems linked with licit and illicit, recreational, social control, and medicinal use of drugs, as well as with political and legal dimension of drug controversies. Mr. McAulay.

[273a. Sociology of the New Economy] (1)

(Same as Science, Technology and Society 273a) The new economy is, in one sense, a very old concern of sociology. Since the discipline’s nineteenth century origins, sociologists have traditionally studied how changes in material production and economic relations impact the ways that people live, work, understand their lives, and relate to one another. However, current interests in the new economy center upon something new: a flexible, “just in time” mode of industry and consumerism made possible by information technologies and related organizational innovations. The logic of this new economy, as well as its consequences for society, are the subject of this course. Topics include the roles of technology in the workplace, labor markets, and globalization; the emerging “creative class”; the digital divides in technology access, education, and community; high-tech lifestyles and privacy; and the cutting edges of consumerism. Mr. Nevarez.

Not offered in 2007/08.

281a. Imprisonment and the Prisoner (1)

What is the history of the prisoner? Who becomes a prisoner and what does the prisoner become once incarcerated? What is the relationship between crime and punishment? Focusing on the (global) prison industrial complex, this course critically interrogates the massive and increasing numbers of people imprisoned in the United States and around the world. The primary focus of this course is the prisoner and on the movement to abolish imprisonment as we know it. Topics covered in this course include: racial and gender inequality, the relationship between imprisonment and slavery, social death, the prisoner of war (POW), migrant incarceration, as well as prisoner resistance and rebellion. Students also come away from the course with a complex understanding of penal abolition and alternative models of justice. Mr. Alamo-Pastrana.

282a. Constructing School Kids and Street Kids (1)

(same as Education 282) Students from low-income families and racial/ethnic minority backgrounds do poorly in school by comparison with their white and well-to-do peers. These students drop out of high school at higher rates, score lower on standardized tests, have lower GPA’s and are less likely to attend and complete college. In this course we examine theories and research that seek to explain patterns of differential educational achievement in U.S. schools. We study theories that focus on the characteristics of settings in which teaching and learning take place (e.g. schools, classrooms and homes), theories that focus on the characteristics of groups (e.g. racial/ethnic groups and peer groups), and theories that examine how cultural processes mediate political-economic constraints and human action. E. Rueda.

290a or b. Field Work ( 1/2 or 1)

Individual project of reading or research. The department.

May be elected during the college year or during the summer.

Special permission. Unscheduled.

298a or b. Independent Work ( 1/2 or 1)

Individual project of reading or research. The department.

May be elected during the college year or during the summer.

Special permission. Unscheduled.

III. Advanced

Permission for 300-level course: Sociology 151 and 1 unit of 200-level work, or permission of instructor.

300a-301b. Senior Thesis ( 1/2)

The department.

[306b. Women’s Movements in Asia] (1)

(Same as Asian Studies and Women’s Studies 306a) This interdisciplinary course examines the reemergence of women’s movements in contemporary Asia by focusing on their cultural and historical contexts that go beyond the theory of “resource mobilization.” Drawing upon case studies from Korea, Japan, India, and China, it traces the rise of feminist consciousness and women’s movements at the turn of the twentieth century, and then analyzes the relationships between contemporary women’s movements and the following topics: nationalism, political democratization, capitalist industrialization, ambivalence toward modernization, and postmodern conditions. Ms. Moon.

Not offered in 2007/08.

308b. Nation, Race, and Gender in Latin America and the Caribbean (1)

(Same as Latin American and Latino/a Studies 308b) With a focus on Latin America and the Spanish- speaking Caribbean this course traces and analyzes the ways in which the project of nation building creates and draws upon narratives about race and gender. While our focus is Latin America, our study considers racial. and gender formations within the context of the world-system. We are interested in how a complicated history of colonialization, independence, post-coloniality, and “globalization” has intersected with national economics, politics, communities, and identities. In order to get at these intersections we examine a range of texts dealing with policy, national literatures, common sense, and political struggle. Specific issues to be addressed include the relationship between socio-biological theories of race and Latin American notions of mestizage, discursive and material whitening, the myth of racial democracy, sexuality and morality, and border politics. Ms. Carruyo.

Prerquisite: Permission of the Instructor.

310a. Comparative Cultural Institutions (1)

This course examines a variety of cultural institutions including the family, religion, education, politics, and art within selected societies. Methods of comparative analysis are examined and applied. Ms. Leonard.

[312b. Corporate Power] (1)

This seminar investigates how corporations exert power over society outside of their place in the market. We review the evolution of the corporation, from the late eighteenth century concern over “big business” to globalization in the present day, and examine competing theories and methodologies with which social researchers have explained the power of business. Topics and literatures include corporate citizenship and philanthropy, capitalist networks and organizations, the cult of the “charismatic CEO,” and the countervailing power of today’s investor capitalism. Mr. Nevarez.

Not offered in 2007/08.

[313b. Women, Science, and Society] (1)

(Same as Science, Technology, and Society, and Women’s Studies 313b) The discourses of science and medicine are a powerful influence on constructions of the female body, and on what it means to be a woman. Within the fields of biology and biomedicine, the notion of the biological body as a universal, stable entity has claimed a neutral status. This course examines the perspectives of feminist scientists, sociologists, and historians who understand science as a fully social process that is culturally and ideologically situated. Key authors include Linda Blum, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Donna Haraway, Sandra Harding, Ruth Hubbard, Barbara Katz-Rothman, Sue Rosser, and Bonnie Spanier. Ms. Sulik.

Not offered in 2007/08.

356b. Culture, Commerce, and the Public Sphere (1)

(Same as Media Studies 356a) This course examines the culture and politics of the public sphere, with an emphasis on the changing status of public spaces in contemporary societies. Drawing upon historical and current analyses, we explore such issues as the relationship between public and commercial space and the role of public discourse in democratic theory. Case studies investigate such sites as mass media, schools, shopping malls, cyberspace, libraries, and public parks in relation to questions of economic inequality, political participation, privatization, and consumer culture. Mr. Hoynes.

[357b. Labor, Work, and Social Change] (1)

A sociological analysis of how the global economy has affected the nature of work in modern society. Key issues include downsizing, the increase in service sector employment, the contingent economy, the working poor, sweatshop labor, historical and contemporary issues in labor union organizing, alienation in the workplace, and the current debate over workfare. Ms. Miringoff.

Not offered in 2007/08.

[365b. Class, Culture, and Power] (1)

This course examines central debates in the sociology of culture, with a particular focus on the complex intersection between the domain of culture and questions of class and power. Topics include: the meaning and significance of “cultural capital,” the power of ideology, the role of the professional class, working class culture, class reproduction, gender and class relations, and the future of both cultural politics and cultural studies. Readings may include Gramsci, Bourdieu, Gitlin, Aronowitz, Fiske, Willis, and Stuart Hall. Mr. Hoynes.

Not offered in 2007/08.

[367a. Mind, Culture, and Biology] (1)

(Same as Science, Technology and Society 367a) Increasingly in recent years sociobiology and evolutionary psychology have emerged at the center of modern science‑based opposition to social constructionist and post-modernist thinking. Nowhere is this challenge more pointed than in the use of evolutionary approaches to account for patterns of human culture including standards of beauty, ethical systems, and religious belief. This course examines and analyzes basic arguments regarding the biological basis of deception, self interest, cooperation, and morality. Advanced topics include the feasibility of Darwinian history and literary analysis, the study of Judaism as an evolutionary strategy, challenges posed by evolutionary thinking to the social construction of gender, as well as intriguing efforts to synthesize postmodernist and evolutionary perspectives. Mr. McAulay.

Not offered in 2007/08.

[368b. Toxic Futures: From Social Theory to Environmental Theory] (1)

The central aim of this class is to examine the foundations of the discourse on society and nature in social theory and environmental theory to explore two questions. The first question is how does social theory approach the construction of the future, and the second question is how has this construction informed the present debates on the impact of industrialization, urbanization, state‑building and collective movements on the environment? In this context, the class focuses on how social theory informs different articulations of Environmental Thought and its political and epistemological fragmentation and the limits of praxis, as well as its contemporary construction of alternative futures. Ms. Batur.

Not offered in 2007/08.

380a. Art, War, and Social Change (1)

Can the arts serve as a vehicle for social change? In this course we look at one specific arena to consider this question: the issue of war. How is war envisioned and re- envisioned by art and artists? How do artists make statements about the meaning of war and the quest for peace? Can artists frame our views about the consequences and costs of war? How are wars remembered, and with what significance? Specifically, we look at four wars and their social and artistic interpretations, wrought through memory and metaphor. These are: The Vietnam War, its photography and its famous memorial; World War I and the desolation of the novels and poetry that portrayed it; World War 11 and reflections on Hiroshima; and the Spanish Civil War through Picasso’s famous anti- war painting Guernica, the recollections of Ernest Hemingway, the memories of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, and the photography of Robert Capa. By looking at both the Sociology of Art and Sociology of War we consider where the crucial intersections lie. Ms. Miringoff.

382b. Sociology of the Body (1)

This course explores theoretical approaches to the body. Topics include: 1) Social theory and history of the body, e.g., the mind/body dualism, discourse, and cultural inscriptions on the body; 2) The body and the Self, including woman as body; the male body, sexualities, alter/ed bodies, and the search for identity through the body; 3) The Body in society, e.g., bodies as consumer culture, politics of the body, and regulation of the body, and bodies in social space, and 4) Performing the body, i.e., exploring how the body becomes the site for asserting, imposing, performing, challenging and destabilizing categories of gender, race/ethnicity and sexuality. Students learn to use reflections on their own embodied experience as sources for conceptualization and applied deconstruction. Ms. Sulik

[383a. Community in Theory and Practice] (1)

Community is a fundamental sociological concept. Despite its importance, community remains an ambiguous concept, and within the field there are profound disagreements about defining its attributes, as well as the degree to which it remains relevant in advanced industrial societies. The course explores the “classic” pieces of literature in the field as well as provides an overview of more recent theoretical developments and debates in community sociology. We critically examine “community” as a theoretical concept, and the major paradigms that attempt to analyze the social forces that are currently effecting community change in advanced industrial nations. Finally, we look at the debates over the normative value of community, including the resurgence of communitarian theory, and the poststructuralist challenge to the concept of a unitary community.

Not offered in 2007/08.

[384b. Black Marxism] (1)

The growth of global racism suggests the symmetry of the expansion of capitalism and the globalization of racial hierarchy. In this context, global racism works to shatter possibilities for solidarity, distort the meaning of justice, alter the context of wrong, and makes it possible for people to claim ignorance of past and present racial atrocities, discrimination, exclusion, oppression, and genocide. By concentrating on the works of Black Marxist intellectuals, this course examines the discourse of confrontation, and the impact of Black Marxist thought in contributing to anti-racist knowledge, theory, and action. Ms. Batur.

Not offered in 2007/08.

[385a. Women, Culture, and Development] (1)

(Same as Women’s Studies 385a) This course examines the ongoing debates within development studies about how integration into the global economy is experienced by women around the world. Drawing on gender studies, cultural studies, and global political economy, we explore the multiple ways in which women struggle to secure well-being, challenge injustice, and live meaningful lives. Ms. Carruyo.

Not offered in 2007/08.

386a. Men and Masculinities (1)

This course is intended to be an in-depth view into the emerging field of men’s studies. In pursuit of that goal, we take an interdisciplinary perspective: studying theorists such as sociologists Robert Connell and Michael Kimmel, psychologists such as Joseph Pleck, as well as literary figures such as Robert Bly. We explore popular representations of men, examining such works as the “Rabbit” series by John Updike; as well as studying some recent men’s movements, for example, the Promise Keepers movement. This course should illuminate how gender is salient for men as well as women, making masculinity visible in our studies of the human experience. Ms. Green.

388b. Schooling in America: Preparing Citizens or Producing Worker (1)

(Same as Eduction 388) We consider the role that education plays in US society in relationship to the political economy at different historical periods. In Part I, we examine democratic views of schooling (i.e. schooling functions to prepare citizens for participation in a diverse society) and technical views of schooling (i.e. schools prepare students to participate in the capitalist economy), as well as citiques and limitations of each view. In Part II, we examine current school reform efforts, such as modifications of school structure, curriculum and instruction, and the move to privatize schooling. In Part III, we discuss the future of education in our increasingly global capitalist society. E. Rueda.

Prerequisite: Sociology 151.

389b. Alternative Media: Projects, Platforms and Networks (1)

This course explores films that are beyond the cineplex, radio broadcast by pirates in Yonkers, cell phone video operas, and other forms of communication in our wired and wireless world. The course begins with a brief history of independent media in both the United States and around the globe. Screenings, pod casts, class trips, and Internet exploration weave a broad picture from the many images and sounds that are not mass mediated but created by artists and gamers, collectives and bloggers who are resisting homogenous commercial culture. The course looks at local, national, and global communication policies that either help or hinder independent community expression. Texts include: Halleck, Hand Held Visions: The Impossible Possibilities of Community Media, Rodriguez, Fissures in the Media Scape, Dagron, Making Waves, Lovink, Zero Comments: Blogging and Critical Internet Culture, and Downing, Radical Media: Rebellious Communication and Social Movements. Ms. Halleck.

Prerequisite: Sociology 151.

399a or b. Senior Independent Work ( 1/2 or 1)

Individual project of reading or research. May be elected during the college year or during the summer. The department.

Special permission. Unscheduled.