Tuesday and Thursday 2:15–3:40PM
Room: Wimberly 437K
Social analysis, critical thinking, and problem solving are introduced as basic social science skills. These skills are applied to major contemporary social problems related to deviant behavior, social inequality, social change, and problems associated with major societal institutions. A variety of individual and collective responses and social policy strategies at local, national, and international levels are examined.
Room: Wimberly 137
This course provides an overview of the sociological study of crime in the United States, with a special emphasis on patterns of criminality, competing theoretical explanations of crime, and societal responses to crime. As part of the examination of crime in the U.S., the course explores the definitions, measurement, and patterns of various types of criminal behavior; theory and research on crime; the roles of the victim and offender and the implications of public policy. Specific crimes covered include homicide, hate/bias crime, assault, and white-collar crime. The first part of the semester covers the major sociological theories used to understand “crime” in contemporary society. The class moves on to offer a critique of the field that critically analyzes the nature and meaning of criminal and transgressive behavior in this late-modern world. This involves developing a sociological imagination to understand “crime.” The last part of the semester turns towards a criminological ethnography that applies and critiques various theories to understand crime in the inner city. Students will write a paper showcasing their approach to understanding crime and present it to class.
Tuesday 5:30–8:15 PM
Room: Wimberly 332
This course is designed to familiarize students with the major techniques of qualitative data collection and analysis used by sociologists and other social scientists. These include feminist methods, participant observation, in-depth interviewing, biographical methods, content analysis, archival research, and a variety of nonreactive techniques. This course will also address the links among theory, data, and methods and provide an appreciation for the qualitative tradition in social sciences. Students will learn how to conduct field research. The course will follow a seminar format emphasizing reading, group discussion, in- and out- of class exercises, oral presentations, original research and writing. Prerequisite: SOC 350; SOC 390 or SOC 395.