FYSP 163. She Works Hard for the Money: Women, Work and the Persistence of Inequality
Current U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports indicate that women in the U.S. who are employed full-time earn 80.2% of what men who are employed full-time earn. In this course, we will explore the causes and consequences of gender based wage discrepancy. Topics to be covered include: occupational segregation, comparable worth, shift work, "the Mommy Track", gender based job queuing, career trends, unpaid labor, and globalization. In addition to class reading, each student will choose an occupation and research it throughout the semester. Consent of the instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 14.
122. Introduction to Sociology: Principles of Sociological Thinking - 3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the discipline that will acquaint students with sociological concepts and methodology. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the components of society: from institutions to individuals, in keeping with Mills' "sociological imagination". Important issues addressed include the relationship between economy and institutions, stratification, and gender/racial-ethnic/class divisions. Current sociological literature is used to both introduce concepts and help students interpret scholarly writing. Emphasis will be placed on understanding social inequality and the link between the individual and social structure. Enrollment Limit: 45.
211. Social Research Methods - 4 Credits
4SS, QPh, WR
This course introduces students to the analytical logic and skills required for research in sociology. Emphasis is placed on teaching and executing the research process. Information literacy goals are addressed, such as evaluating the appropriateness, reliability and accuracy of different types of information; developing familiarity with sources of available data; generating new data; and interpreting empirical information within a theoretical framework. As groups, students work on research projects throughout the semester. Students must also enroll in the lab section. Prerequisite: one introductory sociology course. Enrollment Limit: 40
224. Sociology of Sport - 3 Credits
This course will focus on sport as a social institution and cultural phenomenon. Using an intersectional framework, students will learn to critically assess sport in the areas of identity, education, the body; fandom and economy. The goals of the course are to understand sport as an institution, develop critical analytical skills by examining issues relevant to sport and to understand how sport is an area where inequality and power can be examined. Prerequisite: one introductory sociology course. Enrollment Limit: 30
235. Gender Stratification - 3 Credits
3SS, CD, QPh, WR
This course is intended to introduce students to the sociological study of gender. Many areas relating to gender inequality will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on the social production of gender as well as how structural forces shape the experiences of women and men with emphasis on race, ethnicity, economy, and institutions. The goal of the course is to give students general knowledge in the area of gender stratification and allow them to understand how and why gender inequality pervades social existence. Prerequisites: One course in Sociology or consent of instructor. Enrollment Limit: 35.
264. American Families: Comfort, Conflict, and Criticism - 3 Credits
This course forcuses on the diversity of families in the United States and incorporates an intersectional framework for understanding class, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality within the context of family. The work family nexus is investigated in order to understand how these institutions are reciprocally related. The conflict that surrounds many family forms is examined through public policy debates as well as ethnographic accounts of families and experiences. Enrollment Limit: 30
314. Unequal Educations - 3 Credits
This course focuses on education as a social institution and the inequalities structured within it. Using theory and empirical evidence, education in the United States will be examined from pre-school through post-secondary levels. The intersections of education and other institutions, (e.g. political, economic and familial) are analyzed and include discussions of race/ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality. Further, the role of education in social reproduction and social control will be examined.
443. Generations of Youth: Relationship, Work, Culture, and Communication - 3 Credits
This seminar will focus on several birth cohorts in the U.S. We will examine issues concerning relationships and sexuality, employment, underemployment and unemployment, cultural contributions, communication and social concerns of youth. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how youth experience differs from others and what implications this has for quality of life and social policy. Texts, video, music and the World Wide Web will be used as supplemental materials in this class. Prerequisites: Three courses in Sociology or consent of instructor. Enrollment Limit: 12.