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Haverford College

2011-12 Course Catalog

Social Sciences: Sociology, 2011-12

DescriptionFacultyMajor RequirementsMinor RequirementsCoursesDept. Website

Description

Sociology courses help students learn how to “do sociology” by exposing them to exemplars of what sociology has been and by asking them to study micro- and macro-aspects of the “social world.” We believe that there are a variety of legitimate ways to “do sociology,” and we do not seek to privilege any one of them. Our individual courses construct arguments for students to consider, to develop and to argue against, and they provide the analytical and methodological training students need to formulate theoretical arguments and to evaluate those arguments empirically. We want an active engagement from our students as they find their own points-of-view within the discipline, and we expect from them a theoretical and methodological rigor and sophistication within the approaches that they study and adopt.

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Faculty

Professor Mark Gould, Chair
Assistant Professor Lisa McCormick
Assistant Professor Anat Yom-Tov
Visiting ProfessorAnne Kane Associate Professor William F. Hohenstein, Emeritus

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Major Requirements

A total of at least 11 courses, including 155a and 155b (two semesters of Foundations in Social Theory); 215a, Economics 203 or the equivalent (Quantitative Methods, Statistics); 450a and 450b (senior thesis); plus six additional courses in sociology. Students should consult their advisor about the possibility of receiving major credit for sociology courses taken at other campuses, including, but not limited to, Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore and the University of Pennsylvania. Normally, such credit will be granted if the courses enhance the integrity of a program grounded in the Haverford curriculum.

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Minor Requirements

A total of at least six courses, including 155a and 155b (Foundations in Social Theory); 215a (Quantitative Methods, or the equivalent); plus at least three 200 and/or 300 level courses in the department. No more than four courses may be taken with a single professor.

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Courses

110 Sociology and Philosophy SO

M. Gould
An examination of the relationships between normative and empirical theory, focusing on the contribution of empirical theory to the resolution of normative questions. Offered occasionally.

133 Social Problems SO

A. Yom-Tov
This course is designed to identify the nature and severity of social problem and to evaluate proposed solutions to such problems. The goal of this class is to provide basic tools to answer questions such as the following: What constitutes a social problem? Who defines when something is a social problem? Why do some social problems receive so much attention, while others are ignored? Under what conditions do different types of social problems emerge? In this course, students will learn to think critically about a variety of social problems in our society and about the strategies and policies designed to solve problems such as poverty, crime, wage inequality, educational inequality, racism and sexism. Students will learn to criticize popular discourses from a critical sociological perspective and will be encouraged to form their own opinions and critiques.

155 Foundations in Social Theory SO

A.Kane
An examination of classical and Marxian sociological theory as an exemplification of how we might do sociology today. Students may take either semester for credit, but majors must take both semesters of the course. 155a focuses on social structure, emphasizing the work of Marx and Weber. 155b deals primarily with the interrelationships between social structure, personality and culture, focusing on the work of Durkheim, Freud, Mead and Piaget. There is some variation between different sections of the course.

207 Internal Disorder: Deviance and Revolution SO

M. Gould
Offered occasionally.

215 Quantitative Methods SO/QU

A.Yom-Tov
An introduction to the use of statistics in sociological research. Prerequisite: Sociology 155 a or b or permission of instructor.

233 Topics in Sociology: Islamic Modernism SO

M.Gould
Prerequisite: Sociology 155 a or b or permission of instructor.

235 Class, Race, and Education SO (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies, Peace, Conflict and Social Justice Studies, and Peace, Justice, and Human Rights)

M.Gould
An examination of the effects of class and race on educational and occupational outcomes, emphasizing the contemporary United States.

237 Topics in Historical Sociology: Social Movements and Civil Rights in the U.S. SO

A.Kane
Social movements are organized collective efforts by relatively powerless groups of people to affect social change. In this course, we begin by studying major classical and contemporary theories of collective action and social movements. We then delve deep into analysis of the first major social movement in the US after World War II: the Civil Rights Movement. This provides the basis for exploring and understanding the conditions, dynamics and consequences of social movements.

244 Self and Society SO

L. McCormick
An examination of the historical, cultural, embodied and interactional contexts in which selfhood is defined, experienced and enacted. Particular emphasis on the perspectives of symbolic interactionism, social constructionism and ethnomethodology to analyze the processes and settings in which selfhood is constituted, disrupted and transformed. Typically offered in alternate years.

252 Social Change SO

Staff
Prerequisite: Sociology 155a or b, or consent of instructor.

257 Sociology of the Arts SO (Cross-listed in Music)

L.McCormick
An introduction to sociological perspectives on the arts. Topics include the relationship between art and social structure; the social sources of aesthetic meaning; the social consequences of artistic classifications and representations; the use of art to construct and undermine social boundaries; the social relations of creating, producing, evaluating and consuming art; the functions of art in everyday life; and the potential for art to promote social change. Typically offered in alternate years.

260 Contemporary Issues in Immigration SO

A.Yom-Tov
This course is designed to cover the main areas of social science research on immigration. It will advance an understanding of processes of migration and the effects of immigration, while evaluating competing and complementary theoretical frameworks explaining these migratory processes.

266 Inequality in Labor Markets SO

A.Yom-Tov
The course provides a conceptual and theoretical framework for understanding labor market inequality in the United States. Students will compare and contrast sociological theories and arguments with the economic theories that have had an impact on the sociological study of trends in the levels of inequality, the nature of employment, disparities in access to employment, gender and racial inequality.

275 Sociology of Formal Organizations SO

Staff
This course is aimed as an introduction to classical and contemporary sociological research on organizations. Prerequisite: Sociology 155a or b or consent of the instructor. Typically offered in alternate years.

277 Political Sociology SO

M. Gould
An introduction to the study of political systems and the interrelationships between the polity and other societal subsystems. Typically offered in alternate years.

297 Economic Sociology SO (Cross-listed in Economics)

M.Gould
The sociological analysis of economic systems and the sociological reconstruction of microeconomic theory. Prerequisite: Sociology 155a or b, Economics 105, or consent of the instructor. Typically offered in alternate years.

298 Law and Sociology SO

M. Gould
An examination of the jurisprudential consequences derived from the sociological reconstruction of microeconomic and philosophical theories. Topic for Spring, 2012: Islamic Constitutionalism. Typically offered in alternate years.

320 Advanced Quantitative Methods for Sociologists SO/QU

A.Yom-Tov
Advanced statistical methods and regression analyses Prerequisite: Sociology 215 or equivalent. The course assumes knowledge of descriptive statistics, correlations, the theory of estimation and hypothesis testing. Previous exposure to regression would be an advantage.

356 Seminar in Social Theory SO

M. Gould, Staff
Prerequisite: Sociology 155 a or b.

450 Senior Departmental Studies SO

M.Gould/A.Yom-Tov/A.Kane
Thesis work, two semesters required of majors in their senior year.

460 Teaching Assistant SO

M.Gould
Students may act as assistants in certain courses that they themselves have already completed. Responsibilities may include the opportunity to lead discussions, informal teaching assistance, a short list of advanced reading and a paper on an agreed topic.

480 Independent Study SO

M.Gould,L.McCormick,A.Yom-Tov
Research papers and reading courses on special topics related to the individual interests of advanced students. Prerequisite: The instructor' s approval of a research or reading proposal.

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