Courses

Fall 2015

  • SOAN 100: 9-5 and then Bye Bye: Working Across our Lives

    We spend a substantial portion of our lives at work, and the jobs we hold shape our daily activities, personal identity, and social interactions. This course explores the meaning and experiences of work at four key life stages: adolescence, young adulthood, mid-life, and the elder years. At each stage we examine questions such as: is paid employment in the teenage years a good idea? If so, how does it affect schoolwork and well-being? Do the occupational aspirations of today's college students match the jobs available? How do people in mid-career balance work and family? What makes for a good retirement?  6 credit; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Fall 2015 · A. Nierobisz
  • SOAN 110: Introduction to Anthropology

    An introduction to cultural and social anthropology which develops the theoretical rationale of the discipline through the integration of ethnographic accounts with an analysis of major trends in historical and contemporary thought. Examples of analytical problems selected for discussion include the concepts of society and culture, value systems, linguistics, economic, social, political and religious institutions, as well as ethnographic method and the ethical position of anthropology. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016 · J. Levi, C. Ocampo-Raeder
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 110

    Syllabus Fall 2011 (Feldman-Savelsberg)

    Syllabus, Fall 2014 (Levi)

    Syllabus, Winter 2015 (Ocampo-Raeder)

  • SOAN 111: Introduction to Sociology

    An introduction to sociology, including analysis of the sociological perspective, culture, socialization, demography, and social class and caste institutions in modern industrial societies and cultures; stability and change in societies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Pros and cons of various theoretical strategies will be emphasized. 6 credit; Social Inquiry; offered Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016 · Staff
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 111

    Syllabus, Winter 2015

    Syllabus, Spring 2015 - Fuller

  • SOAN 203: Anthropology of Good Intentions

    Is the environmental movement making progress? Do responsible products actually help local populations? Is international AID alleviating poverty and fostering development? Today there are thousands of programs with sustainable development goals yet their effectiveness is often contested at the local level. This course explores the impacts of sustainable development, conservation, and AID programs to look beyond the good intentions of those that implement them. In doing so we hope to uncover common pitfalls behind good intentions and the need for sound social analysis that recognizes, examines, and evaluates the role of cultural complexity found in populations targeted by these programs. Prerequisites: The department strongly recommends that 110 or 111 be taken prior to enrolling in courses numbered 200 or above. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2015 · C. Ocampo-Raeder
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 203

    Syllabus, Fall 2014

  • SOAN 204: Media and Society

    Do you feel lost without your iPhone? Did you feel empty when Breaking Bad ended? Have Twitter and Instagram improved your life? In this course we critically examine the socio-cultural origins and impact of media technologies. Using perspectives from sociology, critical theory and cultural studies, we investigate the ways in which media of communication help shape ourselves and our social world. From mass media to social media, we focus on issues of power and inequality to understand and evaluate our media-saturated world. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2015 · B. Fuller
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 204

    Syllabus, Fall 2014

  • SOAN 330: Sociological Thought and Theory

    Classical sociological theory has been concerned with at least three fundamental questions. They are the nature of the historic transition from feudalism to capitalism, the appropriate method of social studies, and the form of a rational society. Beginning with the Enlightenment and romanticism, we study nineteenth century positivism, liberalism, Marxism and nihilism, and investigate the ideas of Weber and Durkheim at the turn of the century. Prerequisites: The department strongly recommends that 110 or 111 be taken prior to enrolling in courses numbered 200 or above. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2015 · B. Fuller
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 330

    Syllabus, Fall 2014

  • SOAN 333: Environmental Anthropology

    Can we learn to use resources sustainably? Are there people in the world that know how to manage their environment appropriately? What are the causes behind environmental degradation? These questions are commonly asked in public and academic forums but what discussions often overlook is the fact that these are fundamentally social questions and thus social analysis is needed to understand them fully. This course aims at exploring key issues of human/nature interactions by using anthropological critiques and frameworks of analysis to show how culture is a critical variable to understanding these interactions in all their complexity. Prerequisites: The department strongly recommends that 110 or 111 be taken prior to enrolling in courses numbered 200 or above. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2015 · C. Ocampo-Raeder
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 333

    Syllabus, Winter 2014

  • SOAN 396: Advanced Sociological and Anthropological Writing

    This course explores different genres of writing and different audiences for writing in the social sciences, focusing particular attention on scholarly articles published in professional journals in sociology and anthropology. To that end, students both analyze sociological and anthropological articles regarding commonalities and differences in academic writing in our two sister disciplines. Students work on their own academic writing process (with the help of peer-review and instructor feedback). The writing itself is broken down into component elements on which students practice and revise their work. Prerequisites: Completion of Sociology/Anthropology 240 or submission of a topic statement in the preceding spring term and submission of a comps thesis proposal on the first day of fall term. Senior Sociology/Anthropology major or consent of the instructor. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2015 · P. Feldman-Salvelsberg
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 396

    Syllabus, Fall 2014

  • SOAN 400: Integrative Exercise

    Senior sociology/anthropology majors fulfill the integrative exercise by writing a senior thesis on a topic approved by the department. Students must enroll in six credits to write the thesis, spread as the student likes over Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. The process begins with the submission of a topic statement in the preceding spring term and concludes with a public presentation in spring of the senior year. Please consult the Sociology and Anthropology website for a full description. 6 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016 · Staff

Winter 2016

  • SOAN 110: Introduction to Anthropology

    An introduction to cultural and social anthropology which develops the theoretical rationale of the discipline through the integration of ethnographic accounts with an analysis of major trends in historical and contemporary thought. Examples of analytical problems selected for discussion include the concepts of society and culture, value systems, linguistics, economic, social, political and religious institutions, as well as ethnographic method and the ethical position of anthropology. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016 · J. Levi, C. Ocampo-Raeder
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 110

    Syllabus Fall 2011 (Feldman-Savelsberg)

    Syllabus, Fall 2014 (Levi)

    Syllabus, Winter 2015 (Ocampo-Raeder)

  • SOAN 111: Introduction to Sociology

    An introduction to sociology, including analysis of the sociological perspective, culture, socialization, demography, and social class and caste institutions in modern industrial societies and cultures; stability and change in societies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Pros and cons of various theoretical strategies will be emphasized. 6 credit; Social Inquiry; offered Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016 · Staff
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 111

    Syllabus, Winter 2015

    Syllabus, Spring 2015 - Fuller

  • SOAN 227: Masculinities and Gender

    In the study of gender, masculinity has been largely hidden as a social construct; yet masculinity informs and shapes nearly all aspects of social life. In this course, we examine how masculinity operates in institutions such as schools, the workplace, sports, and the family; in social interactions and identities in everyday life; and in popular culture, media, and national and social formations. As a socio-historical construct, there is not one, but multiple masculinities. We will therefore adopt a comparative, intersectional lens, examining how masculinity is simultaneously constructed through categories of difference such as race, nationality, class, and sexuality. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2016 · Staff
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 227

    Syllabus, Fall 2014

  • SOAN 240: Methods of Social Research

    The course is concerned with social scientific inquiry and explanation, particularly with reference to sociology and anthropology. Topics covered include research design, data collection, and analysis of data. Both quantitative and qualitative methods are considered. Student will demonstrate their knowledge by developing a research proposal that is implementable. Prerequisites: Sociology and Anthropology 110 or 111; Sociology and Anthropology 239 or Mathematics 115 or Mathematics 215. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Winter 2016 · A. Nierobisz
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 240

    Syllabus, Spring 2015

  • SOAN 241: Guatemala Program: Mesoamerican Cultures

    Mesoamerica, a major area of pre-Columbian civilization, is a region generally extending from around the Tropic of Cancer in Mexico to northwestern Costa Rica. This course will examine both ancient and modern peoples of Mesoamerica, with special reference to the Maya peoples of Guatemala and southern Mexico. Students will cover topics including economic, social, political, and religious organization as well as cosmology and symbolism. Course materials should assist students in selecting a topic for their individual research projects. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2016 · J. Levi
  • SOAN 251: Guatemala Prog: Resource Management and Sustainable Development in the Maya World

    This course explores contemporary strategies for survival in Maya lands in the face of the global economy by examining how community groups, entrepreneurs, peasant organizations, niche markets, social movements, government and non-governmental organizations play important roles in promoting economic betterment, social justice, locally based decision making, and more equitable, environmentally sound, sustainable development. Through readings, lectures, interviews, and community engagement with human rights activists, conservation experts, development practitioners, and farmers and foragers in the Maya tropical forest, students will learn about the complex interplay between cultural ecology, resource management, and community revitalization. Prerequisites: Sociology and Anthropology 110 or 111. 4 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2016 · J. Levi
  • SOAN 262: Anthropology of Health and Illness

    An ethnographic approach to beliefs and practices regarding health and illness in numerous societies worldwide. This course examines patients, practitioners, and the social networks and contexts through which therapies are managed to better understand medical systems as well as the significance of the anthropological study of misfortune. Specific topics include the symbolism of models of illness, the ritual management of misfortune and of life crisis events, the political economy of health, therapy management, medical pluralism, and cross-cultural medical ethics. Prerequisites: The department strongly recommends that 110 or 111 be taken prior to enrolling in courses numbered 200 or above. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Winter 2016 · P. Feldman-Salvelsberg
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 262

    Syllabus Winter 2015

  • SOAN 283: Immigration and Immigrants in Europe and the United States

    Immigration has always been a defining feature of American society, yet in European countries it has also been raising a number of questions about national identity, citizenship, belonging and rights. Who are contemporary immigrants in the United States and Europe? How are they received in host societies? How do they participate in and become incorporated into the host society? What ties do they maintain to their countries of origin? How do policies respond to and shape immigrants and immigration? In this course, we will consider these questions and more from the perspectives of immigrants as well as host societies. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2016 · Staff
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 283

    Syllabus, winter 2015

  • SOAN 290: Guatemala Program: Directed Reading

    2 credit; offered Winter 2016 · J. Levi
  • SOAN 295: Guatemala Program: Field Methods and Individual Research Project

    The first part of the course is designed to prepare students for their individual field research projects. Students will cover participant observation, interview methods, research ethics, and develop a prospectus for their field research. In the second part of the course, students will apply their knowledge of field methods and conduct four weeks of ethnographic research in a highland Maya community in western Guatemala based on their prospectus, followed by a one week period in Quetzaltenango during which students will write their research papers and present their findings in a research symposium. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2016 · J. Levi
  • SOAN 340: Topics in Critical Social Theory

    Within sociology and social science generally, the term "theory" possesses a host of meanings. This seminar moves beyond conceptions of theory as explanation and generalization to explore the idea of theory as critique. Rather than examining the "classical" origins of social critique (Marx, Nietzsche, Freud), we'll choose a significant theme within current debates and explore it though a variety of contemporary critical perspectives. Possible themes include self and identity, equality and difference, class and power, ethics and justice. Schools of thought may include feminism, poststructuralism, postcolonialism, psychoanalysis, queer theory, Marxism. Key thinkers may include Seyla Benhabib, Pierre Bourdieu, Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, Jurgen Habermas, Donna Haraway, Axel Honneth, Julia Kristeva, Paul Ricoeur, Edward Said, Dorothy Smith. Prerequisites: Sociology and Anthropology 330 or permission of the instructor. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2016 · B. Fuller
  • SOAN 400: Integrative Exercise

    Senior sociology/anthropology majors fulfill the integrative exercise by writing a senior thesis on a topic approved by the department. Students must enroll in six credits to write the thesis, spread as the student likes over Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. The process begins with the submission of a topic statement in the preceding spring term and concludes with a public presentation in spring of the senior year. Please consult the Sociology and Anthropology website for a full description. 6 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016 · Staff

Spring 2016

  • SOAN 110: Introduction to Anthropology

    An introduction to cultural and social anthropology which develops the theoretical rationale of the discipline through the integration of ethnographic accounts with an analysis of major trends in historical and contemporary thought. Examples of analytical problems selected for discussion include the concepts of society and culture, value systems, linguistics, economic, social, political and religious institutions, as well as ethnographic method and the ethical position of anthropology. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016 · J. Levi, C. Ocampo-Raeder
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 110

    Syllabus Fall 2011 (Feldman-Savelsberg)

    Syllabus, Fall 2014 (Levi)

    Syllabus, Winter 2015 (Ocampo-Raeder)

  • SOAN 111: Introduction to Sociology

    An introduction to sociology, including analysis of the sociological perspective, culture, socialization, demography, and social class and caste institutions in modern industrial societies and cultures; stability and change in societies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Pros and cons of various theoretical strategies will be emphasized. 6 credit; Social Inquiry; offered Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016 · Staff
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 111

    Syllabus, Winter 2015

    Syllabus, Spring 2015 - Fuller

  • SOAN 202: Girls Gone Bad: Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice

    Criminologists agree that sex is a major correlate of criminal activity. Whether we examine official statistics, self-report data, or victimization surveys, the pattern is strong and persistent: males commit more crime than females and the types of offenses males commit tend to be more serious. While crime is predominantly a male phenomenon, in this course we examine female criminality. In doing so, we learn about the social basis of criminal activity, the assumptions present in criminological theory, and the ways in which criminal justice practices are gendered. Prerequisites: The department strongly recommends that 110 or 111 be taken prior to enrolling in courses numbered 200 or above. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Spring 2016 · A. Nierobisz
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 202

    Syllabus, Spring 2015

  • SOAN 217: Capitalism, Consumption, and Culture

    Our contemporary world is importantly structured by the market system. In this course we'll explore the significance of the economy for our everyday lives. Grounding our analysis in political economy and critical sociology, we'll explore the nature and origins of our economic system, and the economic dynamics which help to structure our selves, lives, and communities. Significant themes will include inequality, identity, morality, and freedom. 6 credit; Social Inquiry; offered Spring 2016 · B. Fuller
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 217

    Syllabus, Winter 2015

  • SOAN 225: Social Movements

    In this course we will consider questions of how ordinary women and men have come together to reshape the societies in which they live and the difficult choices they have faced in the process. We will explore factors affecting the emergence, growth, structure and impact of social movements as their participants intentionally attempt to bring about social change, transform social relationships and reshape social values. Major theoretical perspectives (concerning collective behavior, resource mobilization, and new social movements) will be examined in light of some of the most important social movements from around the world. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2016 · Staff
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 225

    Syllabus, winter 2015

  • SOAN 233: Anthropology of Food

    Food is the way to a person's heart but perhaps even more interesting, the window into a society's soul. Simply speaking understating a society's foodways is the best way to comprehend the complexity between people, culture and nature. This course explores how anthropologists use food to understand different aspects of human behavior, from food procurement and consumption practices to the politics of nutrition and diets. In doing so we hope to elucidate how food is more than mere sustenance and that often the act of eating is a manifestation of power, resistance, identity, and community. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2016 · C. Ocampo-Raeder
  • SOAN 250: Ethnography of Latin America

    This course explores the historical development and contemporary experience of selected peoples and cultures of Latin America. We will examine the historical and structural processes that have shaped contact among indigenous, European, and African peoples in Latin America during Conquest and the colonial period, under conditions of global economic expansion and state formation, and in present day urban centers and extractive "frontiers." Special attention will be given to local-level transformations and resistance as well as issues of migration and gender construction. Prerequisites: The department strong recommends that 110 or 111 be taken prior to enrolling in courses numbered 200 or above. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Spring 2016 · C. Ocampo-Raeder
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 250

    Syllabus, Spring 2007

  • SOAN 257: Culture and Politics in India

    India is a region of immense diversity where more than one billion people live. We will explore social structures in India--through a focus on key areas of everyday life such as family, religion, economy, systems of stratification and social movements. Close attention will be given to religious nationalism, globalization and militarism as dominant trends affecting contemporary India. We will consider: How has India been represented in the Western imagination and why do such representations matter? What are the forces of modernity and tradition in India? What are the similarities and differences in systems of stratification in India and the United States? Prerequisites: The department strongly recommends that 110 or 111 be taken prior to enrolling in courses numbered 200 or above. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2016 · M. Sehgal
  • SOAN 331: Anthropological Thought and Theory

    A systematic introduction to the theoretical foundations of social and cultural anthropology with special emphasis given to twentieth century British, French and American schools. The course deals with such seminal figures as Morgan, Boas, Malinowski, Radcliffe-Brown, Levi-Straus, Harris, Sahlins, Bourdieu, Geertz, and Appadurai. The reading strikes a balance between ethnographic accounts and theoretical statements. Prerequisites: Sociology/Anthropology 110 or 111 or permission of the instructor. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Spring 2016 · J. Levi
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 331

    Syllabus, Spring 2014

  • SOAN 395: Ethnography of Reproduction

    This seminar explores the meanings of reproductive beliefs and practices in comparative perspective. Using ethnographies, it explores the relation between human and social reproduction. It focuses on (but is not limited to) ethnographic examples from the United States/Canada and from sub-Saharan Africa (societies with relatively low fertility and high utilization of technology and societies with mostly high fertility and low utilization of technology). Topics examined include fertility and birth, fertility rites, new reproductive technologies, abortion, population control, infertility, child survival and child loss. Prerequisites: Sociology and Anthropology 110 or 111; and 226, 260, or 262; or permission of the instructor. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Spring 2016 · P. Feldman-Salvelsberg
    Extended departmental description for SOAN 395

     Syllabus, Spring 2013

  • SOAN 400: Integrative Exercise

    Senior sociology/anthropology majors fulfill the integrative exercise by writing a senior thesis on a topic approved by the department. Students must enroll in six credits to write the thesis, spread as the student likes over Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. The process begins with the submission of a topic statement in the preceding spring term and concludes with a public presentation in spring of the senior year. Please consult the Sociology and Anthropology website for a full description. 6 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016 · Staff