Sociology/Anthropology

SOAN 110. Introductory Sociology (Cohen, Durst, Yalçinkaya)
Systematic study of the social life of human beings. While the particular emphasis varies depending on the instructor, students should obtain (1) an understanding of basic sociological concepts and perspectives, and (2) a rudimentary exposure to an experience with social research techniques and perspectives. F, S. (Group I)

SOAN 111. Cultural Anthropology (Howard, Peoples)
An overview of human cultural diversity, focusing on the peoples and traditional cultures of major world regions. Basic concepts and methods used to describe and analyze cultural differences and similarities are introduced. Focuses on cultural differences in adaptation, economics, marriage, and family forms, gender, political organization, and religion. The relevance of anthropology to contemporary global problems is discussed. The impact of the expansion of industrial societies on indigenous cultures is examined. F. (Group I, Diversity)

SOAN 117. Introduction to Social Problems (Dean)
This course provides an introduction to contemporary social problems by using a sociological perspective to analyze problems depicted in HBO’s The Wire. The focus is on problems in American society, including poverty, racism, gender inequality, gangs, drugs, education, and family. Through heavy use of multimedia (including watching The Wire), students learn basic sociological concepts and the causes and consequences of enduring social problems. F. (Group I)

SOAN 221. Archaeology of North America (Peoples)
(Alternate years; Not offered 2016-2017)
Covers the prehistory of the Americas north of the Rio Grande. Discusses the latest evidence and debates about the initial Native American settlement of the Americas. Most of the course is devoted to three specific regions of North America: the Adena and Hopewell of the Midwest, the Ancient Pueblo Peoples (“Anasazi”) of the southwest, and the Mississippians and Cahokians from the Gulf Coast up to Missouri. The development of complex social and cultural forms in these three areas is emphasized, along with their remarkable subsistence achievements, exchange networks, political organizations, and artistic creations. S. (Group I)

SOAN 242. Self and Society (Durst, Howard)
Social and cultural forces that shape formation of individual identity are considered. Particular focus given to stigma and the management of spoiled identity. Social Service Institutions designed to help or control homelessness, mental illness and mental retardation are critically examined. S. (Group I)

SOAN 279. Methods of Social Research (Cohen)
The logic of scientific inquiry, theoretical considerations fundamental to social research, and selected methods of formulating and conducting social research. Students have the option of taking a second term of this course in which they would formulate and execute supervised research as a means of gaining practical experience with the entire research process. The second term option may be taken with any faculty member in the department. Double majors in politics and government and sociology/anthropology may use PG 279 to satisfy requirement of this course. Prerequisite: SOAN 110 or SOAN 117 plus SOAN 111, SOAN major or minor, or consent of instructor. F. (Group I)

SOAN 291. Perspectives on Africa (Howard)
Examination of a few communities in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. Topics covered include indigenous and subsistence cultures, the impact of European colonialism, economic and political change, urbanization, environmental and health problems, gender and kinship, expressive culture (art, music, literature, religious beliefs). Critical attention is paid to various perspectives on Africa including those of Africans and those found in the West. Prerequisite: SOAN 111. S. (Group I, Diversity)

SOAN 292. Cultures of the Pacific (Peoples)
(Not offered 2015-2016)
The societies and cultures of the islands of New Guinea, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia are examined. We give special attention to the human colonization of the islands of Oceania; male cults and gender relations in New Guinea; relationships between humans and the environment of various islands; the Polynesian cultures of Hawaii and Rapa Nui (Easter Island); and the historic role of the United States in the coral atolls of Micronesia. (Group I, Diversity)

SOAN 293. East Asia Yesterday and Today (Peoples)
An overview of the traditional civilizations and modern nations of East Asia, focusing on China, Japan, and North and South Korea. Provides a broad knowledge of the historical and geographical forces shaping contemporary life in these regions. Specific topics include family structures, gender roles, development, religion, incorporation into global systems, and contemporary social and environmental problems. F. (Group I, Diversity)

SOAN 294. Peoples & Cultures of the Middle East (Yalçinkaya)
(Not offered 2016-2017)
A sociological and anthropological overview of diverse cultures and social structures of the Middle East emphasizing changes in social, political, and economic institutions. The course deals with the role of religion, the modern state, nationalism, political and religious conflicts, social classes, industrialization, modernization, and the impact of the West on the Middle East. Writing Option. (Group I, Diversity)

SOAN 295. Native American Cultures of the Southwest (Peoples)
Investigates the prehistory, history, and contemporary cultures of the Native Americans of the four corners region. Describes and interprets archaeological data on the Paleo-Indians, Archaic, and Pueblo periods, focusing on Ancient Pueblo peoples. Impacts of the first Hispanic contacts and settlements are described. Cultures studied from the modern era include the Hopi, Zuni, Rio Grande Pueblos, Navajo, and Apache. Modern issues facing Southwest natives are discussed. F. (Group I, Diversity)

SOAN 315. Society and the Economy (Dean)
A study of contemporary capitalism and market systems. It examines the institutional and cultural contexts of markets, including the role of the modern corporation, consumer society, health care and the economy, the environment, and the Great Recession. Special emphasis is placed on the rise of corporate social responsibility and ethical consumption. Prerequisite: SOAN 110, SOAN 117, or ECON 110, or permission of instructor. (Group I)

SOAN 347. Health, Illness, Disability, Death and Dying (Howard)
Critical examination of economic, social and psychological factors associated with disease and health care in world cultures and in the U.S. Issues explored include death and dying, human adaptation, nutrition and food crisis, the stress response and its impact on health, comparative medical systems including alternative and folk medicines, the impact of modernization on health care. Students do an experiential or service related-project in a mental or physical health care setting. S. (Group I, Diversity)

SOAN 348. Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (Howard)
(Not offered 2016-2017)
Women’s and men’s experience is examined from a cross-cultural and cross-class perspective. The social relations of power, individual and collective identity, and the fabric of meaning and value in society are analyzed through a focus on gender. Ethnocentrism and the intertwining of Western racial and gender biases in the descriptions and analysis of non-European cultures are also considered. Special attention will be given to women’s roles in the agricultural and development process. Fills core requirement for Women’s and Gender Studies major and minor. Prerequisite: SOAN 111. (Group I, Diversity)

SOAN 349. Gender in Contemporary Society (Cohen)
A critical examination of the sources and consequences of gender role differences and gender inequality. Particular attention will be paid to men’s and women’s experiences in families and in educational, political, and economic contexts. Possibilities for changing gender roles and eliminating some of the inequities between men and women will be considered, as well as the cultural and structural obstacles that impede such change. Prerequisite: SOAN 110 or SOAN 111 or permission of instructor. S. (Group I)

SOAN 351. The Family (Cohen)
Examination of the family as both an institution of society and as a social group. Particular attention is paid to historical, cross-cultural, and subcultural diversity in family forms and to gender and class differences in family experiences. (e.g., marriage, parenthood, divorce, domestic violence). Prerequisite: SOAN 110 or SOAN 111 or permission. F. (Group I)

SOAN 352. Urban Society (Durst)
The social organization of the city and metropolitan area, with particular emphasis on world urbanization, urban spatial structure, social institutions, and social problems. Analysis of the concept and components of community and neighborhood. F. (Group I)

SOAN 354. Demography (Howard)
(Not offered 2016-2017)
Both anthropological and sociological methods are utilized to introduce students to the fields of demography and epidemiology. The major determinants of population structure and change, i.e., fertility, mortality, migration, and morbidity, are examined. Topics covered include evolutionary demographic patterns, determinants of health and wealth disparities, birth control, abortion, reproductive technologies, aging in developed counties, education of women, food and hunger, environmental change and emerging diseases, and migration and population policies. Students present in-depth research on population problems within a specific world area. S. (Group I, Diversity)

SOAN 356. Crime and Deviance (Cohen, Durst)
A survey of sociological perspectives on deviant and criminal behavior. Analysis of the causes of both violent and nonviolent deviance, with special attention to social processes through which behavior is defined as deviant. Overview of formal and informal mechanisms of social control. Prerequisite: SOAN 110 or SOAN 111 or permission. F.

SOAN 357. Race and Ethnicity (Dean)
Comparative study of racial and ethnic relations, with a focus on racial and ethnic minorities within the United States. Topics include racial stratification, racial identity, theories of race and ethnicity, intersectionality, contemporary forms of racism, and anti-racist movements. Prerequisites: SOAN 110, SOAN 111, or SOAN 117, or permission of instructor. F. (Group I, Diversity)

SOAN 358. Society, Politics, and Social Movements (Dean)
Is a better world possible? This course examines the sociological foundation of politics in society, social movements, and power. It discusses the nature and inter-relationship of capitalism, socialism, democracy, the state, and civil society. Through a comparison of different social movements and their effects, it analyzes various alternatives for organizing society and its institutions. We draw upon different social movement theories and examples to analyze when and why social movements emerge, what factors influence how and why people engage in collective action, how movements promote change, and what tactics have been successful. Prerequisites: SOAN 110 or SOAN 117, or permission of instructor. S. (Group I)

SOAN 359. Social Inequality (Dean)
Is the American Dream alive or dead? This course examines class inequality, including its causes, characteristics, and consequences. Special attention to trends in contemporary American society, including the economic, social, and cultural dimensions of class. Prerequisite: SOAN 110 or SOAN 117, or permission of instructor. S. (Group I)

SOAN 360. Cultural and Social Change (Yalçinkaya)
(Not offered 2016-2017)
This course focuses on sociological theories on cultural and social change and examples of change from across the world. Topics covered include modernization theory and its critics, world systems and dependency approaches to change, development and underdevelopment. Interactions between technological change and social and cultural change are analyzed. Dimensions and consequences of globalization are explored with examples from Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America as well as the US. Writing Option. (Group I, Diversity)

SOAN 362. Sociology of Knowledge (Yalçinkaya)
(Not offered 2016-2017)
This course investigates how societies define, classify, and produce knowledge. Along with an analysis of concepts such as ideology, worldview, and common sense, it offers insights on how particular forms of knowledge become institutionalized and authoritative while others are marginalized. Based on these insights, it then focuses specifically on science and provides an overview of sociological approaches to science as a social institution, the production of scientific knowledge, expertise, trust, and credibility. The public understanding of science and the relations between science and other institutions such as religion and politics are also discussed. (Group I)

SOAN 363. Organizational Structure and Design (Staff)
(Not offered 2016-2017)
Analysis of organizational structure and processes. The past and present role of management in large organizations receives special attention. Case studies are employed to illustrate and apply organizational theory. Also listed as BUS 363. (Group I)

SOAN 365. Ethnographic and Documentary Film and Filmmaking (Howard)
This course equips students with the basic knowledge and skills to produce their own ethnographic/documentary film. Students explore film theory from the field of visual anthropology and from filmmakers’ written reflections on the processes involved in completing particular film projects. Students view a series of early, classical, and contemporary documentaries to critique filmmakers’ representation of cultural difference, and to consider cinema vérité vs. explicit message, the strengths and limits of the notion of objectivity, the ethics of filmmaking, and concerns about audience reaction. Each student learns camera use and film editing techniques to complete a documentary. F. Honors. (Group I, Diversity)

SOAN 367. Human Ecology (Peoples)
(Not offered 2016-2017)
The diverse ways human cultures interact with their environments, focusing especially on how environmental, technological, and demographic factors affect cultures. The evolution of social/cultural adaptations and their consequences for changes in human ways of life are examined. Impacts of ancient societies and civilizations on the natural environment are covered. The importance of ecological forces and environmental variations in forming the modern world is emphasized. S. (Group I, Diversity)

SOAN 379. Social Theory (Yalçinkaya, Staff)
After over a century from the birth of modern sociology, sociological analysis still relies on ideas and questions posed by founders of the discipline. Much of the conceptualization of contemporary social issues is still grounded in perspectives developed by early social thinkers whose ideas shaped modern sociology. This course is an introduction to both classical and contemporary sociological theorists. It discusses these theorists and their concerns in their social and historical context. It also relates these theories to core controversies in the development of modern society. Prerequisite: SOAN 110 or SOAN 117 plus SOAN 111 and SOAN 279 or permission of instructor. S. (Group I)

SOAN 490. Independent Study (Staff)
Individually supervised projects. Prerequisite: SOAN 110, SOAN 117 or SOAN 111 and at least one upper-level course in the department. Open only to majors. F, S.

SOAN 491. Readings in Sociology and Anthropology (Staff)
Selections are determined by the student and the faculty instructor in relation to a specific topic. Readings are both extensive and intensive. Juniors and seniors only. F, S.

SOAN 495. Apprenticeship Program (Staff)
Opportunity for seniors (except in their last semesters) and possibly juniors to engage in an off-campus work project in areas where they have adequate academic preparation. F, S.

SOAN 499. Seminar in Applied Sociology and Anthropology (Durst and Howard)
Required of all senior majors. Students will undertake a significant project based on either original research or an internship experience. Each student’s project will be decided in consultation with the instructors. Emphasis is placed on applications of sociology and anthropology to significant problems in the United States and abroad. Prerequisite: Declared SOAN major and six (6) SOAN courses before course begins. S.