This course employs the sociological perspective to explore a broad range of urban problems in the United States, including crime, urban poverty, residential segregation, education, and health. It examines urban processes in an effort to better understand how social contexts affect people’s lives and how inequality is reproduced and challenged. This course interrogates how certain issues are constructed as social problems, and how these constructions affect our efforts to address these problems.
In this seminar course, students will explore how the socially-constructed catego-ries of race and ethnicity shape the lived experiences of people in the United States. We will address the roots and current expressions of racial prejudice and discrimination, examining how everyday racism and institutional racism produce and maintain inequality. Together, we will work to understand how race and ethnicity influence our identities and opportunities. Along the way, we will also critically assess how our actions can reproduce or work against racial inequality and injustice.
How do we produce knowledge that is useful? The social sciences have a set of powerful tools for investigating the social world. This course provides a general introduction to the sociological research, including research design, data collection, basic analysis and interpretation of data and research ethics. A range of quantitative and qualitative research methods, such as surveys, in-depth interviews and participant observation are covered. Students will translate their substantive interest into an empirical project.
This course offers a critical examination of the interaction between industrial nations of the developed world and indigenous and tribal societies of the Third and Fourth Worlds. Geographical focus will vary according to the instructor’s area of expertise. Topics covered will include most or all of the following: a concept of “progress,” human rights, environmental ethics, indigenous movements, the politics of development, and cultural tourism.
Pre-requistes: Any one of the following: either ANSO 103, or LAS 200, or GSS 200, or permission of the instructor.