Course Schedule

 

  Topic and Readings
08/25 The first day
08/30 Online class
09/1 Topic 1. Sociological Imagination.

What is Sociology?

Background of Sociology: The Industrial Revolution and Modernity.

Reading assignment

    • Openstax. Why study sociology. In Introduction to Sociology 2e. OpenStax CNX. Dec 18, 2019 https://openstax.org/details/books/introduction-sociology-2e.
    • Openstax. The history of sociology. In Introduction to Sociology 2e. OpenStax CNX. Dec 18, 2019 https://openstax.org/details/books/introduction-sociology-2e..
09/06 Online class
09/08 Topic 2. Sociological Theories.

Classical sociologists and their theories: Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Emile Durkheim

Modern theoretical approaches: functionalism, Marxism, feminism, rational choice theory, and postmodernism

Reading assignment

    • Section 1.3. Theoretical perspectives in sociology. In: Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Open Textbooks. https://doi.org/10.24926/8668.2401

Supplementary reading

09/13 Online class: Plan for your writing assignment 1.
09/15 Topic 2. Sociological Methods

Asking and answering sociological questions.

Why do we need methods?

The difference between quantitative methods and qualitative methods

Reading assignment

Supplementary reading

09/20 Online class
09/22 Topic 3. Culture

Culture and Society

Reading assignment

09/27 No classes scheduled
09/29 Classes follow Monday schedule
10/04 No classes scheduled
10/06 Topic 3. Culture

Culture and Society

10/11 Online class

Documentary 1: BBC: The Price of Fast Fashion, Movie Review 1: by October 16

10/13 Topic 4. Socialization

Continued.

Reading assignment

    • Section 4.1. The importance of socialization. In: Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Open Textbooks. https://doi.org/10.24926/8668.2401
    • Section 4.2. Explaining socialization. In: Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Open Textbooks. https://doi.org/10.24926/8668.2401
    • Section 4.4. Socialization through the life course. In: Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Open Textbooks. https://doi.org/10.24926/8668.2401

Quick midterm review

10/18 Online class
10/20 Midterm exam
10/25 Online class
10/27 Topic 5. Class and Social Stratification

Reading assignment

    • Section 8.1. Systems of stratification. In: Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Open Textbooks. https://doi.org/10.24926/8668.2401.
    • Section 8.2. Explaining stratification. In: Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Open Textbooks. https://doi.org/10.24926/8668.2401.
    • Section 8.3. Social class in the United States. In: Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Open Textbooks. https://doi.org/10.24926/8668.2401.
11/01 Online class
11/03 Topic 5. Class and Social Stratification

Continued

Topic 6. Race and Ethnicity

Reading assignment

11/08 Online class: Documentary 2: My Brooklyn (Movie Review by November 13)
11/10 Topic 6. Race and Ethnicity

Reading assignment

    • Lee, Jennifer, Frank D. Bean, and Kathy Sloane. 2003. “Beyond black and white: remaking race in America.” Contexts 2(3): 26-33 (BB)
    • Chavez, Leo. 2013. “DREAMers and Anchor Babies.” The Latino threat: Constructing immigrants, citizens, and the nation. Stanford University Press (BB)
11/15 Online class
11/17 Topic 7. Gender

Continued

Reading assignment

11/22 Online class: Fieldtrip to your local grocery store (submit your fieldnote). Start writing a draft.
11/24 College closed
11/29 Online class
12/01 Topic 6 & 7: Intersectionality of Race and Gender

White Beauty

Reading assignment

    • Glenn, Evelyn Nakano. 2008. “Yearning for lightness: Transnational circuits in the marketing and consumption of skin lighteners.” Gender & society (BB).
    • Where Beauty Means Bleached SkinThe New York Times, November 26, 2016 (BB)
12/06 Online class
12/08 Topic 9. Urban Issues

Post-war America: Mass Consumption, Suburbia and Class Identity

Reading assignment

    • Textbook Chapter 19

Zukin, Sharon. 2009. “How Brooklyn Became Cool” Naked city: The death and life of authentic urban places. Oxford University Press: Pp35-62

Final exam review

12/13  Online class
12/15 Final exam.