This course explores the histories of several “natural disasters” to discover how humans have understood and responded to environmental events beyond their control. The course begins with a conceptual conversation about the relationship between environment and society within the context of disaster, and then proceeds to explore the stories of several events -- such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and fires. We will also consider how disasters are woven into the historical memories of various societies and used as reference points to understand both the past and the future.
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.
This course examines social class and inequality in American society. It draws on sociological understandings of economic stratification, socioeconomic status, class identity, class culture, and social mobility to address a set of big questions. How do people draw and reinforce symbolic boundaries between classes? How is inequality structured, reproduced and experienced through social institutions? What roles do policy, philanthropy, and social movements play in tackling manifestations of economic inequality?
Medical sociology is the study of the socio-cultural factors that affect health, illness, disease, and medical care. Topics include epidemiology, social demography of health, the relationship between social stress and health, health and illness behavior, the physicianpatient relationship, and the organization of health care and medical practice. These topics will be studied through classroom lectures and discussions. This course is recommended for pre-med, health science majors, and social science majors.
This course will focus on Pompeii and Herculaneum, also addressing material from sites like Stabiae, Boscoreale, Boscotrecase, and Oplontis. We will examine these cities as case studies of archaeology, Roman urbanism, and a particular period of Roman art. We will also consider the impact of the rediscovery of these lost cities on the 19th century world. Previous completion of Art 151 or Art 219 is strongly recommended but not required. (Course offered every third year.)