By studying the evolution of people’s responses to “natural disasters,” this course helps students understand the politics of environmental change. The course begins by developing a conceptual vocabulary drawn from the interdisciplinary field of “disaster studies.” We then explore the governmental, economic, and social contexts and institutional responses to several catastrophic events -- such as volcanoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and fires -- to discover how they reshaped laws, public policy, and urban development.
In this course, we will explore how cities are made, experienced, changed, and contested. We will examine urban processes in an effort to better understand how urban places shape people’s lives and how people shape urban places. We will study how injustices are reproduced and challenged, particularly as they relate to issues of urban development, housing, transportation, poverty, surveillance and safety, immigration, tourism, planning, governance, and neighborhood change.
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.)