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Summer 2022  |  SOC 1001 Section 001: Introduction to Sociology (82097)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/06/2022 - 07/29/2022
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of society and what sociologists call the "sociological imagination:" a way of viewing the events, relationships and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience. Through the course we will examine some of the central concepts and problems that have preoccupied both classical and contemporary sociologists and gain a sense of how the sociological imagination can illuminate the social forces that have a concrete impact on our everyday lives. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects your life, and how you, in turn, affect society. prereq: Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F
Class Description:
This course introduces the pivotal questions that underpin classical and contemporary sociological perspectives. Analysis of how society is possible and how social order is maintained are core to an understanding of individuals as both agents and objects that shape and are shaped by their membership in society. Examining this close relationship between the individual, society, and social structures permits us to understand the dynamics of social and power relations in everyday living. The course explores diverse sociological theories purporting to explain the social, political and economic structures prevailing in our society. It also centralizes the importance of social change and the forces that drive or/and hinder change. A key objective of this course is to foster students? critical thinking abilities in their analysis of societal issues, and in their articulations of these issues. Students are expected to be able to apply sociological theories and debates into their everyday practices.
Exam Format:
Multiple choice questions, short answer, and definitions of terms
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82097/1225
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 February 2016

Summer 2022  |  SOC 1101 Section 301: Law, Crime, & Punishment (86624)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
College of Continuing Education
Online Course
Pre-Covid
Times and Locations:
Summer Session 14 wk
 
05/16/2022 - 08/19/2022
Off Campus
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Introductory course designed to provide students with a general understanding of the main theoretical perspectives and empirical findings that dominate socio-legal studies and contemporary criminology. We examine the connections and relationships between law, crime, and punishment using an interdisciplinary social science approach.
Class Notes:
For course syllabus, see https://ccaps.umn.edu/credit-courses/law-crime-and-punishment
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/86624/1225

Summer 2022  |  SOC 3246 Section 001: Diseases, Disasters, & Other Killers (82094)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/06/2022 - 07/29/2022
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course studies the social pattern of mortality, beginning with demographic transition theory. Students will study specific causes of death or theories of etiology, including theories about suicide, fundamental cause theory, and the role of early life conditions in mortality. Students learn tools for studying mortality, including cause of death classifications and life tables. Soc majors/minors must register A-F.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82094/1225

Summer 2022  |  SOC 3251W Section 001: Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender (81802)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/06/2022 - 07/29/2022
Tue, Thu 05:30PM - 08:00PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
In the midst of social unrest, it is important for us to understand social inequality. In this course we will analyze the impact of three major forms of inequality in the United States: race, class, and gender. Through taking an intersectional approach at these topics, we will examine the ways these social forces work institutionally, conceptually, and in terms of our everyday realities. We will focus on these inequalities as intertwined and deeply embedded in the history of the country. Along with race, class, and gender we will focus on other axes of inequality including sexuality, citizenship, and dis/ability. We will analyze the meanings and values attached to these social categories, and the ways in which these social constructions help rationalize, justify, and reproduce social inequality. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/81802/1225

Summer 2022  |  SOC 3701 Section 001: Social Theory (82098)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/06/2022 - 07/29/2022
Tue, Wed, Thu 08:45AM - 11:00AM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber and Durkheim to contemporary theories of postmodernism and globalization. We will examine a range of theories with particular attention to their treatments of core sociological questions and concerns. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim to contemporary theories of change, action, identities, and the social self. We will work to understand the social and historical environments in which these theories have developed and focus on how theoretical inquiry can serve as a guide for scientific explanation of human behavior. Some of the questions explored will include: What holds societies together? How do societies reproduce themselves? How does social change take place? How are social identities created, maintained, and transformed? What are features of modern social life and where is society headed in the future?
Exam Format:
Short answer; essays
Workload:
Other Workload: book essay
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82098/1225
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
6 July 2015

Summer 2022  |  SOC 3811 Section 001: Social Statistics (81845)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Summer Session 10 wk
 
06/06/2022 - 08/12/2022
Tue 03:30PM - 05:20PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will introduce majors and non-majors to basic statistical measures and procedures that are used to describe and analyze quantitative data in sociological research. The topics include (1) frequency and percentage distributions, (2) central tendency and dispersion, (3) probability theory and statistical inference, (4) models of bivariate analysis, and (5) basics of multivariate analysis. Lectures on these topics will be given in class, and lab exercises are designed to help students learn statistical skills and software needed to analyze quantitative data provided in the class. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for Soc 5811 (Soc 5811 offered Fall terms only). Undergraduates with strong math background are encouraged to register for 5811 in lieu of 3811. Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/81845/1225

Summer 2022  |  SOC 4149 Section 001: Sociology of Killing (82100)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Enrollment Requirements:
jr or sr or grad student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/06/2022 - 07/29/2022
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 05:00PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will provide a broad overview of the sociology of murder- the intentional, malicious killing of one human by another. This course will go beyond what we see about murder regularly in the media and on popular TV shows and movies. Students will be exposed to a scientific study of homicide. Key topics include the history and laws of murder; information and data sources on murder; demographic attributes of victims and offenders; different types of murder, including among others domestic, serial, mass, and gang-related murder; biological, sociological and psychological theories of the causes of murder; and the strategies involved in the criminal investigation of homicide. prereq: jr, or sr, or grad student, or instr consent; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82100/1225

Spring 2022  |  SOC 1001 Section 001: Introduction to Sociology (52514)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Freshman Full Year Registration
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Willey Hall 175
Enrollment Status:
Open (117 of 240 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of society and what sociologists call the "sociological imagination:" a way of viewing the events, relationships and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience. Through the course we will examine some of the central concepts and problems that have preoccupied both classical and contemporary sociologists and gain a sense of how the sociological imagination can illuminate the social forces that have a concrete impact on our everyday lives. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects your life, and how you, in turn, affect society. prereq: Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jvanheuv+SOC1001+Spring2022
Class Description:
Sociology offers a unique lens through which we can examine the world around us. In this course you will develop a perspective that will allow you to analyze the social world in a way that reveals the hidden and/or overlooked social forces that shape our lives. This approach, the sociological imagination, will enable you to explore how social forces influence the ways we view and navigate our social world. We will discuss how sociologists use theory and research to better understand important social issues such as inequalities of race, class, gender, sexualities and how social order and social change are possible. We will discuss how society affects individuals and in turn how individuals can affect society.
Exam Format:
Multiple choice questions, short answer, and definitions of terms
Class Format:
Classes will consist of a mixture of lecture and discussion.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52514/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
14 October 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 1001 Section 011: Introduction to Sociology (52517)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Freshman Full Year Registration
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 370
Enrollment Status:
Open (132 of 180 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of society and what sociologists call the "sociological imagination:" a way of viewing the events, relationships and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience. Through the course we will examine some of the central concepts and problems that have preoccupied both classical and contemporary sociologists and gain a sense of how the sociological imagination can illuminate the social forces that have a concrete impact on our everyday lives. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects your life, and how you, in turn, affect society. prereq: Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?tswartz+SOC1001+Spring2022
Class Description:
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of society and what Mills calls the "sociological imagination:" a way of viewing the events, relationships and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience. Through the course we will examine some of the central concepts and problems that have preoccupied both classical and contemporary sociologists, and gain a sense of how the sociological imagination can illuminate the social forces that have a concrete impact on our everyday lives. We will first explore the creation and maintenance of the social order as well as the social processes by which people develop a sense of self and negotiate meanings in everyday social interactions. We then take a look at social structure, social institutions and social inequality. Finally, we will explore how, why, and when social life changes. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects your life, and how you, in turn, affect society. Class time will be a mix of lecture, discussion, multimedia, small group work and in-class exercises. The primary course objectives are as follows: (1) Students will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive introductory understanding of key sociological concepts, terminology, theories, approaches, and perspectives. (2) Students will be able to apply sociological analysis to contemporary examples and to their own lives. (3) Students will improve their ability to think critically and to articulate their ideas in written and verbal formats. The course is targeted to undergraduate majors and non-majors and satisfies the Liberal Education Social Science Core requirement.


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Grading:
40% Reports/Papers Other Grading Information: 40% exams/quizzes; 20% class participation/activities/homework/labwork
Exam Format:
multiple choice, short essay, essay
Class Format:
50% Lecture
25% Discussion
25% videos, small group work, in-class activities, homework, other
Workload:
40-60 Pages Reading Per Week
12-15 Pages Writing Per Term
3 Paper(s)
Other Workload: exams/quizzes will be a mix of multiple choice, short essay, essay
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52517/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 February 2016

Spring 2022  |  SOC 1001 Section 021: Introduction to Sociology (52520)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Freshman Full Year Registration
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue 05:15PM - 08:00PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (87 of 120 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of society and what sociologists call the "sociological imagination:" a way of viewing the events, relationships and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience. Through the course we will examine some of the central concepts and problems that have preoccupied both classical and contemporary sociologists and gain a sense of how the sociological imagination can illuminate the social forces that have a concrete impact on our everyday lives. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects your life, and how you, in turn, affect society. prereq: Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This lecture section (1001-21) is completely online in a synchronous format at the posted day/time. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?asalamha+SOC1001+Spring2022
Class Description:

How does it happen that an individual can physically torture another? Why do people discriminate? How do we reason morally? While the course does not fully answer these questions, the course hopes to begin to have preliminary discussions about them. In these discussions, we draw on classical and contemporary sociological perspectives to examine how social order is produced, and how individuals and groups knowingly - and also unknowingly - enable the emergence of the very threats they fear. The course explores sociological concepts by making connections to global social problems such as torture, genocide, inequality, and the displacement of persons. We examine how social conformity creates social stability yet also perniciously enables torture, genocide, and widespread inequality. The goals of the course are to inspire our sociological imagination - our ability to see how social forces permit and hinder the actions of individuals - as well as deepen our understanding about contemporary social problems. The course invites learners to question the ways in which they explain social events, and appreciate the multiplicity of ways - as well as - the challenges and complexity - involved in describing society. Throughout the course, you will be asked to discuss how society individually impacts you, and how you also contribute to the perpetuation - as well as degradation - of society's norms. You are anticipated to discuss readings and contemporary controversies in discussion groups.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Required for sociology majors, open to others. This course meets the requirements of the Council on Liberal Education's Social Science core and Social Justice theme.
Learning Objectives:
To think about the social world and the ways in which the social world shapes human experience.
To ask why individuals and groups behave as they do.
To understand how social problems emerge.
To explore how human thought and perception are by-products of broader social structures.
To engage one's sociological imagination.
Grading:
30% Attendance, Readings, and Journals
70% Quizzes
Exam Format:
Multiple choice questions and short answers (depending on the quiz). All quizzes are conducted online (in class) including the final quiz, which takes place on the last day of classes. Quizzes are cumulative. There is no exam during the exam period. Adequate time would be given for review with teaching assistants.
Class Format:
Lecture and Discussion
There are no textbooks in the course. All readings are anticipated to be available on Canvas.
Workload:
20-30 Pages Reading per Week
4 Quizzes (in-class)
1 Final Quiz (in-class)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52520/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
3 March 2020

Spring 2022  |  SOC 1101 Section 001: Law, Crime, & Punishment (54808)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Freshman Full Year Registration
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 08:15AM - 09:30AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 5
Enrollment Status:
Open (27 of 83 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Introductory course designed to provide students with a general understanding of the main theoretical perspectives and empirical findings that dominate socio-legal studies and contemporary criminology. We examine the connections and relationships between law, crime, and punishment using an interdisciplinary social science approach.
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?ferrales+SOC1101+Spring2022
Class Description:
This introductory course is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the main theoretical perspectives and empirical findings that dominate socio-legal studies and contemporary criminology. Drawing from an interdisciplinary social science perspective, we examine the connections and relationships between law, crime, and punishment with a particular focus on how forms of social control institutionalize, legitimize and perpetuate inequality. The course is comprised of two units. First, we will critically analyze central theoretical traditions in criminology with an emphasis on theories currently shaping research in the field. The second unit will include an examination of contemporary case studies in several substantive areas. Thematic topics to be discussed include law and social control; the impact of criminal record and race on the employment of ex-offenders; the effect of juvenile justice criminal policies on urban youth; and alternatives to policing and police reform.
Grading:
40% Reports/Papers
15% Written Assignments
20% Class Presentations
25% Class Participation
Class Format:
45% Lecture
5% Film/Video
45% Discussion
5% Small Group Activities
Workload:
50 Pages Reading Per Week
2 Papers
1 Reading Reflection
1 Class Presentation
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54808/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
28 October 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 3005 Section 001: Social Science Fiction (65826)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 120
Enrollment Status:
Open (31 of 55 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
This course applies theories, concepts, and principles from social science disciplines such as sociology, political science, and anthropology, to social science fiction novels, stories, and films, to understand how soc-sci-fi contributes to knowledge about current societal conditions. Soc majors/minors must register A-F.
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?knoke001+SOC3005+Spring2022
Class Description:
This course applies theories, concepts, and principles from social science disciplines - anthropology, economics, organization studies, political science, psychology, sociology -
to social science fiction novels, stories, and films, to understand how soc-sci-fi contributes to knowledge about current social problems.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Anyone curious about what social science fiction can tell us about today's social problems.
Learning Objectives:
Understanding social science theories and concepts by working through their implications in unfamiliar contexts of social science fiction.

Acquiring the ability to imagine alternatives to current social problems in order to work toward those alternatives.


Analyzing the prospects for the evolution or devolution of contemporary cultures and societies by using soc-sci-fi imagination


Demonstrating knowledge of how social, organizational, political, economic, cultural, and ethical factors may impact human relations in hypothetical cultures and societies.


Critically analyzing soc-sci-fi with social science principles in shorter writing assignments.


Producing a broader analysis of soc-sci-fi with social science principles in a longer course paper
Grading:
Three shorter writing assignments, each 20% of the course grade. One longer course paper, 40% of the course grade.
Exam Format:
No exams.
Class Format:

Classes use a variety of teaching and learning methods - readings, film clips, lectures, small and large group discussions and debates, role-playing activities, shorter- and longer-form writing assignments - to understand how the social sciences and social science fiction can work together to create a better understanding of human societies.

Workload:
This course is very demanding of students'
outside-of-class time. It involves a substantial amount of reading and writing. University of Minnesota undergraduates are expected to spend 2 hours in out-of-class preparation for each in-class hour, a total of 5 hours per week. You should begin reading the novels at least two weeks before the in-class discussions are scheduled.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65826/1223
Syllabus:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/knoke001_SOC3005_Spring2022.pdf
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
16 October 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 3090 Section 001: Topics in Sociology -- Happiness & Well-Being: Sociological Perspectives (65918)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
6 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
soph or jr or sr
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 155
Enrollment Status:
Open (22 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors must register A-F; cr will not be granted if cr has been received for the same topics title
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?tswartz+SOC3090+Spring2022
Class Description:

Happiness is a shared goal for most Americans and people around the world. Social scientists have become increasingly interested in the subject of happiness. Sociologists have recently entered the field bringing more attention to the relationship between happiness, social context, and social life. In this course we will ask: What is happiness? Does money buy happiness? How does happiness vary across diverse groups and different societies? What social contexts, conditions, and institutions foster happiness and thriving? What stands in the way? What makes for a good life? How can we promote happiness, well-being, and flourishing for individuals and communities?


In thinking through these questions, we will explore some of the factors that contribute to happiness and well-being including social support and connection, purpose and meaning, engagement and activity, culture, stratification and status, health, and social policies and collective life. We will also reflect on and critically evaluate different conceptions of happiness, the ideas and practices involved in "the pursuit of happiness", and the burgeoning "happiness industry." Much of our focus will be on the contemporary United States, but we will also take a look at research and experiences in other countries. As part of the work for this class, students will engage with practical lessons from the scientific study of happiness and human flourishing by applying insights from research to their own lives. For their course projects, students may choose to participate in an optional community-engaged learning experience; try out a new group physical, creative, or other activity; work for a cause that matters to them; or participate in an action project.

Who Should Take This Class?:
There are no prerequisites for this course, and is open to all students. It may particularly interesting to sociology majors, those interested in reflecting on and promoting their own and others' well-being. The course can count toward community-engaged scholar program. The course is open to individual adaptation for Honors credit.
Grading:
Students will be graded based on the following components:
-Class Participation and Engagement
-Field Assignments
-Reflection and Response Papers
-Possible quizzes
-Course Project
-Group Presentations


Exam Format:
No formal exams, potential short quizzes
Class Format:
This course will use a variety of teaching and learning methods including reading, film clips, podcasts, lectures, small and large group discussions, student group presentations/discussion leading, formal and informal writing assignments. Much of the in-class time will be student-centered, active, and discussion based.
Workload:
Students will read approximately 30-60 pages per week or equivalent in podcasts, films, etc. Students projects will involve a semester long engagement in community work, group activity, or other applied or action project.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65918/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
15 November 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 3101 Section 001: Sociological Perspectives on the Criminal Justice System (53537)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Mon 05:30PM - 08:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hanson Hall 1-106
Enrollment Status:
Open (64 of 83 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course introduces students to a sociological account of the U.S. criminal justice system. We will critically examine the components, dynamics, and effects of policing, criminal courts, community supervision, jails, and prisons. Throughout the course, we focus on sociological understandings of these processes, with particular attention to ethnic, racial, class, and gender inequalities as well as long-term problems associated with the high rate of criminal justice supervision in the U.S. prereq: [SOC 1001] recommended, Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?barr0325+SOC3101+Spring2022
Class Description:
This course provides an overview of the American criminal justice system. We will analyze the functions and missions of the police, courts, and corrections agencies. We will think critically about the structure of the criminal justice system and the formal and informal rules guiding criminal justice decision-making. The textbook and lectures are designed to help you understand the organization of the criminal justice system. Films and discussions illustrate current issues and debates in criminal justice. Finally, guest speakers will share their experiences and inform us of the practical challenges they face in their daily work. No prior knowledge of the criminal justice system is required.
Grading:
25% Midterm Exam
25% Final Exam
13% Reports/Papers
12% Quizzes
25% Other Evaluation Other Grading Information: 2nd midsemester exam
Exam Format:
multiple choice, short answer, essay
Class Format:
60% Lecture
30% Discussion
10% Other Style Guest speakers
Workload:
15-20 Pages Reading Per Week
4 Pages Writing Per Term
3 Exam(s)
2 Paper(s)
Other Workload: 2 quizzes
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53537/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
17 February 2016

Spring 2022  |  SOC 3102 Section 001: Criminal Behavior and Social Control (53538)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 10
Enrollment Status:
Closed (83 of 83 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will address the social and legal origins of crime and crime control with a focus on general theories of deviance/crime and present an overview of forms of social control. We will critically examine criminological, sociological and legal theories that explain the causes of crime and other misdeeds. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?walkerml+SOC3102+Spring2022
Class Description:

This course concerns the social and legal origins of crime control. Students will critically examine criminal justice systems from three interrelated themes: status, criminalization, and social control. Specifically, students will respond to the following questions: What role does social status play in our criminal justice system? Who and what gets criminalized and how does this relate to status? How are social controls stratified across the U.S., and how do they relate to status?

Who Should Take This Class?:
Students who performed well in SOC 1101 and who are interested in a deeper understanding of patterns of crime control and subsequent outcomes.
Learning Objectives:
By the end of the semester, students should be able to: (1) critically examine policing, court, and penal practices that lead to patterned outcomes by race, class, and gender; (2) locate current criminal justice trends and practices within a larger historical perspective
Grading:
The grading scale will be from 0 - 100 with each point being one percentage point of the final grade, making it easy for students to calculate their standing at any point during the semester.
There are five essays (20pts/ea)--none of which can be longer than two pages double-spaced, using Times New Roman 12pt font.

Each essay prompt asks students to critically engage a topic covered during the previous weeks. The essays are meant to be concise, well supported with course content and other peer-reviewed research.
Exam Format:
There are no exams for this course.
Class Format:
Class meetings are part lecture and part discussion of course material.

The lectures will marry abstract theories and concepts with practical applications to show how social theory works in real life.

Periodically, we meet specifically to discuss a practical matter--usually a contemporary one--that is occurring in our criminal justice system.
Workload:
​Approximately 90 pages of reading per week
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53538/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
15 October 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 3211W Section 001: Race and Racism in the US (55013)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
AAS 3211W Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 255
Enrollment Status:
Open (37 of 40 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
We live in a society steeped in racial understandings that are often invisible - some that are hard to see, and others that we work hard not to see. This course will focus on race relations in today's society with a historical overview of the experiences of various racial and ethnic groups in order to help explain their present-day social status. This course is designed to help students begin to develop their own informed perspectives on American racial "problems" by introducing them to the ways that sociologists deal with race, ethnicity, race relations and racism. We will expand our understanding of racial and ethnic dynamics by exploring the experiences of specific groups in the U.S. and how race/ethnicity intersects with sources of stratification such as class, nationality, and gender. The course will conclude by re-considering ideas about assimilation, pluralism, and multiculturalism. Throughout, our goal will be to consider race both as a source of identity and social differentiation as well as a system of privilege, power, and inequality affecting everyone in the society albeit in different ways.
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?elogan+SOC3211W+Spring2022
Class Description:

mso-fareast-;Times New Roman";>In this class we will explore the dynamics of race and racism in the 21mso-fareast-;Times New Roman";> century U.S.

We inquire into how race works in the U.S. TODAY, as compared to how it seemed to "work" decades ago -- looking at both points of rupture and continuity.

We'll cover issues such as race and policing, racial identity, race and schooling, race and settler colonialism, race and media, and race and electoral politics. We'll look at how race functions to stratify the society as a whole, and also examine issues salient to the lived experiences of specific racialized social groups.

This term we'll talk about all of this using a mixture of academic writing, documentary films, and video clips. We'll incorporate frequent references to current political and social events, popular culture, and the print and online media.

Grading:
70% Reports/Papers
30% Class Participation
Class Format:
40% Lecture
10% Film/Video
50% Discussion
Workload:
30-40 Pages Reading Per Week
3 Formal Paper(s), ~ 7-9 pages each, and rewrite/ revision
3 Informal Papers (reading or film reflections) 1-2 pages each
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/55013/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
30 September 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 3215 Section 001: Supercapitalism: Labor, Consumption & the Environment in the New Global Economy (65703)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Enrollment Requirements:
soph or jr or sr
Meets With:
GLOS 3215 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 125
Enrollment Status:
Open (6 of 7 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Far-reaching transformations of the global economy over the last seventy years in the realms of labor, consumption and the environment. The movement away from regulated national economies to a more fully integrated global economy; changing patterns and organization of production, employment, consumption, and waste disposal; rise of supercapitalism: a new culture of market rule over society and nature.
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?schurman+SOC3215+Spring2022
Class Description:
Far-reaching transformations of the global economy over the last seventy years in the realms of labor, consumption and the environment. The movement away from regulated national economies to a more fully integrated global economy; changing patterns and organization of production, employment, consumption, and waste disposal; rise of supercapitalism: a new culture of market rule over society and nature.
Who Should Take This Class?:
This class is an upper division course and assumes some prior knowledge of global studies and/or political economy.
Learning Objectives:
Well after this class is over, our goal is that students will be able to utilize the perspectives and knowledge they have acquired during the course to understand the ever-changing nature of the global political economy.
Grading:
Attendance and participation, 20%; Weekly commentaries, 20%; Take home mid-term, 25%; in class oral presentation, 10%; research paper, 25%.
Exam Format:
One take home mid-term.
Class Format:
This course is based on lectures, films, and a lot of in-class discussion. From the outset, I want you to know that (a) this course is very reading intensive, and (b) I expect you to do all of the readings all of the time. Active participation in this class is very important.
Workload:
3-5 hours/week outside of class; see above for content of work.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65703/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
11 November 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 3251W Section 001: Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender (54373)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
AAS 3251W Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 250
Enrollment Status:
Closed (42 of 42 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
In the midst of social unrest, it is important for us to understand social inequality. In this course we will analyze the impact of three major forms of inequality in the United States: race, class, and gender. Through taking an intersectional approach at these topics, we will examine the ways these social forces work institutionally, conceptually, and in terms of our everyday realities. We will focus on these inequalities as intertwined and deeply embedded in the history of the country. Along with race, class, and gender we will focus on other axes of inequality including sexuality, citizenship, and dis/ability. We will analyze the meanings and values attached to these social categories, and the ways in which these social constructions help rationalize, justify, and reproduce social inequality. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?elogan+SOC3251W+Spring2022
Class Description:
In this course, we examine race, class and gender as bases of identity, stratification, and inequality. We explore the social construction of our core concepts in the contemporary U.S., asking how they shape each of our lives, life-chances, and daily interactions. We will divide our time between lecture, small and large group discussion, and viewing segments of documentary films. This is a writing-intensive course, and students will be expected to do a good deal of formal and informal writing! Active participation in discussion and engagement with the ideas is a must. In this class, you will connect the concepts drawn from the materials to your OWN life experiences and thoughts about the world, and learn from the experiences and thoughts of OTHERS. In the first weeks of the class, we examine the Social Construction of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in American society. We then move to look at the workings of these concepts in different interpersonal and institutional settings, such as the Labor Force, Schools, the Family, the Criminal Justice System, understanding Violence, and the politics of Language. In the last week of the class we discuss individual and collective approaches to overcoming injustice.
Grading:

60% Papers (3 papers, 20% each)

20% Final Exam

20% Class Participation

Exam Format:
1 exam, True/False and Short Answer
Class Format:
30% Lecture
20% Film/Video
50% Discussion
Workload:
40 Pages Reading Per Week
1 Exam
3 Papers (8-10 pages each)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54373/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
30 September 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 3452 Section 001: Education and Society (65705)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 10
Enrollment Status:
Open (37 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Everyone thinks they know what "education" is. We've all been in schools, and we think we know how they work. We all have opinions about why some people go farther in school than others and why some people learn more than others. We all think we know what role education plays in shaping who gets good jobs, who has a good life, and who has more knowledge. This course is designed to challenge and expand what we think we know about all of these things. Students (and instructor) will critically engage scientific research in sociology, education, economics, public policy, and elsewhere. The goal will be to educate everyone about the current state of knowledge about how "education" works: what shapes educational achievement; where sex and racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in educational achievements come from; what role education plays in economic development; how and why educational accomplishments result in better social and economic outcomes; and how educational institutions might be improved. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F.
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?cabdi+SOC3452+Spring2022
Class Description:
We have all been through an ‘education system', and our lives have been shaped in multiple and complex ways by this experience. Education is still one of the most complex topics in our society and discussions around its past failures, its present challenges and its future potential remains polarizing. This course is an introduction to the sociology of education. We will examine some of classical and contemporary theoretical and policy debates on education. We will explore the role of education as it relates to various axis of social stratification (race, class, gender, sexuality etc). We will also examine how the educational system interact with other significant institutions in our society (politics, economy, family etc). While the majority of the course will focus on the US educational system, we will touch on other regions of the globe to give us a comparative perspective and an opportunity to critically engage with our own educational practices and policies.

Grading:
Written Assignments: 30%
Exams: 50%
Participation: 20%
Exam Format:
Short essay type questions
Class Format:
Lecture/Student-Led presentations/Videos
Workload:
50-70 pages reading requirement
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65705/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
19 October 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 3461 Section 001: Sociology of Neighborhoods: People, Place, Housing, and Community (66140)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 317
Enrollment Status:
Open (16 of 83 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
This course is an introduction to the sociological study of neighborhoods, exploring how sociologists study people in their local communities. Generally the course focuses on neighborhoods in American society, and may explore broader issues with a research focus on neighborhoods in the Twin Cities area which students can study using a range of sociological research methods. Students will learn about a range of methods for studying neighborhoods including analysis of local area statistics, ethnographies, and interviews, and how to analyze different forms of data to meet the Data Analysis requirements for the BS in Sociology. Important themes which are addressed in the class include the composition and population structure of communities, racial and ethnic segregation, associational and civic life, municipal government and politics, community folklore and memory, housing, and local environmental issues. Soc 1001 recommended; Soc Majors and Minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?eroberts+SOC3461+Spring2022
Class Description:
In Sociology of Neighborhoods you will explore contemporary issues in American cities by studying neighborhood change, diversity, housing and public safety issues in a selection of Minneapolis neighborhoods. We will contrast what we find in observations and interviews of local neighborhoods with reading a selection of recent articles and books about the structure and social patterns of American neighborhoods. The class begins with reading about the theory and historical sociology of American neighborhoods, and the particular neighborhoods we will study as a class. In the second half of the class we will collaborate on a real research project in Minneapolis neighborhoods, with students having the opportunity to interview local residents. We then work as a class to interpret the interview data we have collected, and finish with student led presentations about the neighborhoods we have studied.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students interested in gaining applied experience in interviews and research methods will have the opportunity in this class to work together on a large research project that we achieve collaboratively over the course of a semester. Students interested in social movements, social change, current debates over public safety and housing in Minneapolis will find these topics in the class. Students interested in careers in social organizing, government service, non-profit work, and social research will also benefit from the topics studied and experiences obtained in this class
Learning Objectives:
The two key objectives of the class are for students to 1) become more familiar with current debates in the study of American cities and neighborhoods, and 2) improve their skills in conducting applied social research drawing on quantitative, qualitative, and visual sources.
Grading:
Grading is based on
1) Completion of an interview with a local resident, submitted with a transcript and analysis memo (40%),
2) Statistical profile of demographic change in a Minneapolis neighborhood (20%),
3) Ethnographic observations of neighborhood meetings and events (20%)
4) Documenting your contributions to group work (10%)
5) Poster produced by your group about the neighborhood you studied (10%)
Exam Format:
No exam. Entirely internally assessed.
Class Format:
20% lecture, 60% discussion and work in small groups, 20% external visits to neighborhoods and interviews. Students should be prepared for a flexible class format in which some weeks they spend required time outside the classroom conducting interviews, or observing neighborhood events, while other weeks have a more regular classroom structure. Neighborhood events will often occur in the evenings, and students should be prepared to accommodate attending 2-3 evening events during the semester. We visit Minneapolis neighborhoods that are easily accessible by public transit from campus, and will work as a class to share car rides where possible to make transportation easier.
Workload:
Approximately 60 pages of reading every week
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/66140/1223
Syllabus:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/eroberts_SOC3461_Spring2022.pdf
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
28 September 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 3507 Section 001: Immigration to the United States: Beyond Walls (55501)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 255
Enrollment Status:
Open (30 of 83 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Immigration is one of the most politically and emotionally charged issues in the United States today. It is also poorly understood. Assumptions, myths, and misinformation about US immigration and immigrants are routinely and increasingly manifested in acrimonious political debates, news stories and sound bites, and our daily conversations and interactions with one another in the very communities in which we live and work. At the same time, US immigration and immigrants have been, are, and will continue to be an essential and vibrant part of our lived and shared experiences as individuals and communities, Minnesotans and Americans, and global citizens.
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jdewaard+SOC3507+Spring2022
Class Description:
Immigration is one of the most politically and emotionally charged issues in the United States. It is also poorly understood. Assumptions, myths, and misinformation about U.S. immigration and immigrants are routinely and increasingly manifested in acrimonious political debates, news stories and sound bites, and our daily conversations and interactions with one another in the communities in which we live and work. At the same time, U.S. immigration and immigrants have been, are, and will continue to be an essential and vibrant part of our lived and shared experiences as individuals and communities, Minnesotans and Americans, and global citizens. The aim of this course is to promote an accurate, holistic, and empathic understanding of U.S. immigration and immigrants. As doing so is necessarily an interdisciplinary endeavor, this course embraces and leverages diverse bodies of theoretical and empirical research and knowledge, questions and modes of inquiry, and practices and solutions. As such, this course facilitates a liberal education by inviting students to investigate the world from new perspectives, learn new ways of thinking that will be useful in many different areas of life, and grow as active citizens and lifelong learners.
Who Should Take This Class?:
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Learning Objectives:
1. Mastery of one or more bodies of knowledge and modes of inquiry in social science research on U.S. immigration and immigrants.
2. Ability to creatively and consistently identify, traverse and translate, and ultimately understand the shared themes and threads that connect diverse perspectives, inquiries, and debates on U.S. immigration and immigrants in and across disciplines and areas.
3. Proficiency in locating, critically evaluating, and using data and information on U.S. immigration and immigrants in the process of identifying, defining, and solving existing and emergent problems in innovative and impactful ways.
4. Effective oral and written communication skills on topics and issues related to U.S. immigration and immigrants that are of interest and useful to students in their professional and personal lives as life-long learners.
Grading:

5% = Attendance

20% = Assignments
75% = 3 exams, each with closed-ended (true/false and multiple choice) and open-ended (short-answer and essay) questions, worth 25% each
Exam Format:
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Class Format:
.
Workload:
.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/55501/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
26 October 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 3613W Section 001: Stuffed and Starved: The Politics of Eating (65707)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 150
Enrollment Status:
Closed (58 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course takes a cross-cultural, historical, and transnational perspective to the study of the global food system. Themes explored include: different cultural and social meanings attached to food; social class and consumption; the global food economy; global food chains; work in the food sector; the alternative food movement; food justice; environmental consequences of food production. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?sara0028+SOC3613W+Spring2022
Class Description:

Hamburgers and a Coke, rice and beans, collard greens, "sustainable" sushi. What meanings do these foods conjure up, and for whom? Where are their ingredients grown, and what are the social and environmental impacts? Who prepares these dishes and who eats them? This course is built on two central premises: first, that the production, distribution, and consumption of food is profoundly relational, connecting different groups of people and places; and second, that one can gain great insights into these social relations through a sociological and political-economic analysis of food. This course takes a cross-cultural, historical, and transnational perspective to the study of the agrifood system. Among the themes we explore are the different cultural and social meanings attached to food; social class and consumption; work in the food sector; the global food economy; the idea of "food justice"; and the environmental consequences of food production. We will also study social movements seeking to change the food system. The general objective of this course is to teach you how to view the world of food and agriculture from a sociological and global perspective.
A more specific objective is to get you to think analytically about something that is so "everyday" that most of us take it for granted: where our food comes from and why, why we eat the way (and what) we do, and the kind of social and political-economic relationships involved in our food encounters.
Learning Objectives:

By the end of the term students will:

Utilize sociological theories and concepts to understand, discuss, apply, and create knowledge about society and food in all of the course activities. These concepts are tools for thinking about food in society.


Identify and discuss food topics, problems, perspectives, and solutions


Make connections between individual, local, and global dimensions of the food system through the concepts of positionality, inequalities, identity, culture, economy, and nation. This will be done through course discussions, writing, and film/video reflection assignments.


Locate claims and evidence in media sources on food and develop the skills to assess the influence on public opinion about food topics.


Practice and improve evidence-based communication, drawing on independent research and course material to support analysis of food topics.


Create a final learning product focused on developing personal interests in a specific food topic, conducting individual research, and presenting learning in a dynamic group setting.
Grading:

A-F, no incompletes
Exam Format:
No
exams. Students write papers to demonstrate acquired skills and knowledge.
Class Format:

lectures, films, class discussion.
Workload:

Students can expect to read between 60-80 pages a week, write weekly commentaries that demonstrate their understanding of the readings, write two short papers, and write a 6-8 page, research-based paper on a course-related topic. The writing-intensive course is also heavily discussion-based, and attendance and active participation are required.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65707/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
13 October 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 3701 Section 001: Social Theory (52535)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Mon, Wed 09:05AM - 10:45AM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 330
Enrollment Status:
Open (52 of 83 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber and Durkheim to contemporary theories of postmodernism and globalization. We will examine a range of theories with particular attention to their treatments of core sociological questions and concerns. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
15 seats reserved for sociology majors. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?savel001+SOC3701+Spring2022
Class Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim to contemporary theories of change, action, identities, and the social self. We will work to understand the social and historical environments in which these theories have developed and focus on how theoretical inquiry can serve as a guide for scientific explanation of human behavior. Some of the questions explored will include: What holds societies together? How do societies reproduce themselves? How does social change take place? How are social identities created, maintained, and transformed? What are features of modern social life and where is society headed in the future?

In Spring 2022, the course will be taught by Professor Savelsberg. He describes his particular emphasis thus: "This class seeks to develop an understanding of sociological theory. Theory, together with empirical methods, is one of the pillars on which our sociological work is based, no matter if we deal with questions of criminology, family and the life course, organizations, social movements and politics, education and whatever other themes sociology addresses. In this course, we focus primarily on the questions and ideas that the classical sociologists have provided us with, including Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Georg Simmel and W.E.B. DuBois. Yet we also extend the line of thought to contemporary theory. Crucial questions we will engage with include: What basic changes did societies experience in the modernizing process? What holds society together, in other words: why do things work decently well? Yet, also, why does conflict erupt and how do societies handle it? When does repression and massive social inequality not result in open conflict? What role does "race" play? What role do rituals and symbols play when harmony or conflict unfold? What are social roles? Do we identify with social roles, or do we just perform them? Does the size of a group matter? Is society something outside ourselves, or do humans build (and change) it through their everyday interactions? Are human pursuits driven by rational action of self-interested individuals or by social norms and solidarity? What role do social networks play in which they are embedded?
Who Should Take This Class?:
Sociology (general and LCD) majors
Learning Objectives:
Understand general sociological theories, apply them to specific sociological issues and see how they help us make sense of the world we live in.
Grading:
(1) 20% based on four short quizzes, consisting of short answer and multiple-choice questions. Each quiz is worth 5% of your final grade. This feature is important as it is especially crucial in this course that you stay on top of the readings and do not procrastinate. Keeping up with the course and succeeding would otherwise be very difficult.

(2) 25% based on a midterm exam, consisting of a mixture of short answer and multiple-choice questions.

(3) 35% based on a cumulative final exam, consisting of a mixture of short answer and multiple-choice questions.
(4) 20% based on writing assignments.

Exam Format:
essay; short answer; multiple choice
Class Format:
lecture, plenary discussion, small group work, occasional film segments
Workload:
Other Workload: book essay
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52535/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
28 September 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 3701 Section 002: Social Theory (55012)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Mon, Wed 12:20PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 155
Enrollment Status:
Open (39 of 45 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber and Durkheim to contemporary theories of postmodernism and globalization. We will examine a range of theories with particular attention to their treatments of core sociological questions and concerns. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
15 seats reserved for sociology majors. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?tgowan+SOC3701+Spring2022
Class Description:
Social theory helps us to make sense from chaos, revealing core logics of development, change, meaning and domination which structure the bewildering, messiness of human experience. This class works closely with texts by a handful of great theorists who have created particularly illuminating, even world-changing ways of seeing. Reading extracts from Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Gramsci, De Beauvoir, Fanon, Patricia Hill Collins, Dorothy Smith, Debord, Foucault, and Baudrillard we will concentrate on readings around notions of power: economic, racist, colonial, patriarchal, bureaucratic, and discursive. You should improve your ability to think, read, and LIVE critically, able to better recognize and evaluate assumptions underlying "common sense" statements about how societies work. I believe that theoretical competence comes when you learn to enjoy intellectual creativity and risk-taking, and so we will spend considerable class time using debate and role-playing to loosen up those Minnesota inhibitions. Reading will not be extensive in terms of number of pages, but I will expect you to wrestle energetically before class with texts that can sometimes be both dense and abstract. Most of the required reading reports and other assignments will be self published by students on the class blog, which will enrich the depth and scope of class debate.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Anyone interested in social theory and up for grappling with these texts. Artists, scientists, cultural studies students, senior students - all are very welcome.
Learning Objectives:
To understand the theoretical roots of primary scholarly traditions and debates shaping contemporary social sciences and humanities. To gain confidence and skill in reading and expressing abstract thought.
Grading:
Other Grading Information: 40% exams, quizzes. 40% Official Blog Entries. 20% class citizenship and blog citizenship. Each absence after three will decrease your grade by .2. E.g. 3.3 > 3.1 (B+ > B)
Exam Format:
Quotation identification and analysis. Comparison of theories and/or application to historical & contemporary phenomena.
Class Format:
50% Lecture
40% Discussion
10% Small Group Activities
Workload:
Other Workload: 15-30 pages of (difficult) reading per week, 25-30 pages of writing per semester.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/55012/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
4 May 2019

Spring 2022  |  SOC 3701 Section 301: Social Theory (55397)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
College of Continuing Education
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Closed (35 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber and Durkheim to contemporary theories of postmodernism and globalization. We will examine a range of theories with particular attention to their treatments of core sociological questions and concerns. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
For course syllabus and details, see https://ccaps.umn.edu/oes-courses/social-theory.
Class Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim to contemporary theories of change, action, identities, and the social self. We will work to understand the social and historical environments in which these theories have developed and focus on how theoretical inquiry can serve as a guide for scientific explanation of human behavior. Some of the questions explored will include: What holds societies together? How do societies reproduce themselves? How does social change take place? How are social identities created, maintained, and transformed? What are features of modern social life and where is society headed in the future?
Grading:
GroupWeight
Reading Journals18%
Discussions12%
Discussion Moderation8%
Midcourse Exam30%
Final Exam30%
RATE2%
Exam Format:
Short answer (90-minute Canvas quiz, taken at any point during the exam week) and Essays (prompts completed over the exam week)
Class Format:
This class is entirely asynchronous. With the exception of some video announcements and review videos on specific concepts, all the material is in text form. Rather than video lectures students receive study notes to guide their reading. The core of this class is close engagement with original texts.
Workload:
The class is broken up in modules that each last a week. Every module runs on the same schedule and includes 1) a discussion board 2) a reading journal 3) an ungraded quiz. Once per semester students moderate one of the discussions, which involves a much more involved post and responsibility to manage the discussion. Midterm and final exams are in their own modules.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/55397/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
14 October 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 3721 Section 001: Principles of Social Psychology (65708)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Closed (83 of 83 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Social psychology is at the intersection of macro and micro sociology, linking social structures, interpersonal relationships and interactions, attitudes, values and the self-concept. Principles of social psychology are drawn from multiple theoretical perspectives, including symbolic interactionism, expectation states theory, social structure and personality, and the life course. This course covers a broad range of topics as well as the diverse methods that social psychologists use to study them (for example, experiments, surveys, ethnographic observation). prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in an asynchronous format. There are no scheduled meeting times. 20 seats reserved for sociology majors. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?austi241+SOC3721+Spring2022
Class Description:
Sociological social psychologists explore the social processes by which people develop a sense of self, negotiate meaning in everyday social interactions and how groups and social institutions influence everyday interactions. This course provides an overview of sociological social psychology and introduces students to the major methods, theories and concepts in the field. Topics include socialization over the life course (including socialization toward work), social inequality (including intersections of social class, gender, race/ethnicity and disability), the social construction of identity, the presentation of self, mental health and illness, social deviance, relationships, the sociology of groups and social change. In addition to developing critical thinking skills, this course enables students to better understand how their own interests, values and social locations shape their attitudes and behaviors.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Everyone is welcome! The concepts discussed in this course can be applied to all areas of your life, including work, identity and social issues. If you have an interest in a specific topic, please let me know and I'll do my best to incorporate it. Contact me with any additional questions!
Class Format:
This course will be completely online, in an asynchronous format. Students will be required to independently read the material. There will not be regularly recorded lectures/presentations.
Workload:
Approximately 9 hours of independent work on reading, research and other course requirements in accordance with UMN guidelines (3 hours per week per credit). Students can expect to read a combination of textbook chapters, academic articles and non-fiction book chapters. Students can also expect to watch videos available online, including, but not limited to, documentaries. Students will be assessed in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, discussion boards, writing assignments/worksheets, reflection papers/journals and a research paper (8-10 pages).
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65708/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
16 November 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 3801 Section 001: Sociological Research Methods (52529)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 5
Enrollment Status:
Open (89 of 150 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introduction to the materials and methods of social science research in a comprehensive and critical way. The course begins by introducing social science research, including philosophical and theoretical foundations. The course then covers the primary components of research design, including conceptualization, operationalization and measurement, primary and secondary data collection and sources, sampling, and the logic of comparison(s). prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jdewaard+SOC3801+Spring2022
Class Description:
This course provides an introduction to the materials and methods of social science research in a comprehensive and critical way. The course begins by introducing social science research and the components of research design, including, for example, conceptualization, operationalization and measurement, indexes and scales, reliability and validity, primary and secondary data collection and sources, sampling, the logic of comparison(s), and research ethics. This is followed by introducing students to research designs used in social science research, including, for example, ethnography, ethnomethodology, case and comparative case studies, comparative historical and archival methods, content analysis, interviews, focus groups, surveys, and experiments and their variants. The course concludes by considering several critical bookends, including data analysis and various tools and tricks of the trade.
Who Should Take This Class?:
.
Learning Objectives:

1. Introduce students to the breadth research materials and methods in the social sciences.

2. Facilitate students' in-depth engagement with research methods in the social sciences in a comprehensive and critical way.

3. Develop students' capacity to traverse and translate across research methods in the social sciences as they and others ask, evaluate evidence for and against, and answer important, timely, and impactful questions about the social world.

4. Provide students opportunities to write professional papers on topics related to research methods in the social sciences that are of interest and useful to them in their current and/or future pursuits.

Grading:

5% = Attendance

20% = Assignments
75% = 3 exams, each with closed (true/false and multiple choice) and open (short-answer and essay) ended questions, worth 25% each
Exam Format:
.
Class Format:
.
Workload:
.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52529/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
26 October 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 3811 Section 001: Social Statistics (52496)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 210
Enrollment Status:
Open (76 of 150 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will introduce majors and non-majors to basic statistical measures and procedures that are used to describe and analyze quantitative data in sociological research. The topics include (1) frequency and percentage distributions, (2) central tendency and dispersion, (3) probability theory and statistical inference, (4) models of bivariate analysis, and (5) basics of multivariate analysis. Lectures on these topics will be given in class, and lab exercises are designed to help students learn statistical skills and software needed to analyze quantitative data provided in the class. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for Soc 5811 (Soc 5811 offered Fall terms only). Undergraduates with strong math background are encouraged to register for 5811 in lieu of 3811. Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F.
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?bianx001+SOC3811+Spring2022
Class Description:
This course will introduce sociology majors to basic statistical measures and procedures that are used to describe and analyze quantitative data in sociological research. The topics include (1) frequency and percentage distributions, (2) central tendency and dispersion, (3) probability theory and statistical inference, (4) models of bivariate analysis, and (5) basics of multivariate analysis. Lectures on these topics will be given in class, and lab exercises are designed to help students learn statistical skills needed to analyze quantitative data provided in the class. In addition to attendance to lectures and labs, students are expected to read 15 pages of the text per week. There will be three exams. Students will need a simple calculator for assignments and exams. This course meets the CLE requirements for the Mathematical Thinking core. We explore the dual nature of social statistics as a body of knowledge with its own logic and way of thinking, and as a powerful tool for understanding and describing social reality. Students in this course are exposed to the mathematic knowledge that underlies key concepts, but they are also shown how each concept applies to real world social science issues and debates. They are asked to demonstrate their mastery of the mathematical concept and its practical application through in-class discussions, problem sets, and exam questions. Students are taught the mathematical foundations of probability and sampling theory; they are taught about sampling distributions; and they are shown the real-world implications of these ideas for how social science knowledge is gained through surveys of randomly sampled observations.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Sociology major.
Learning Objectives:
See full description under Class Description. Briefly, this is a requirement for a sociology major. You will learn basic quantitative analytic skills useful for senior thesis and a future research job.
Grading:
10% Class attendance
50% Problem solving assignments
40% Midterm exam !
05% End of course extra credit
Exam Format:
multiple choice, computational problems
Class Format:
65% Lecture
35% Laboratory
Workload:
10 pages per week reading (textbook and lecture notes)
10 out of 12 assignments and weekly problem solving labs
2 Exam(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52496/1223
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/bianx001_SOC3811_Spring2020.pdf (Spring 2020)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/bianx001_SOC3811_Spring2019.pdf (Spring 2019)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
18 September 2020

Spring 2022  |  SOC 3811 Section 008: Social Statistics (53600)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue 05:30PM - 08:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hanson Hall 1-106
Enrollment Status:
Open (34 of 60 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will introduce majors and non-majors to basic statistical measures and procedures that are used to describe and analyze quantitative data in sociological research. The topics include (1) frequency and percentage distributions, (2) central tendency and dispersion, (3) probability theory and statistical inference, (4) models of bivariate analysis, and (5) basics of multivariate analysis. Lectures on these topics will be given in class, and lab exercises are designed to help students learn statistical skills and software needed to analyze quantitative data provided in the class. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for Soc 5811 (Soc 5811 offered Fall terms only). Undergraduates with strong math background are encouraged to register for 5811 in lieu of 3811. Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F.
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?lars3965+SOC3811+Spring2022
Class Description:
If the intellectual dividing line of the early 20th century was linguistic literacy, in the beginning of the 21st century, it is quantitative literacy. Careers spanning business, politics, law, and journalism increasingly demand skills in the statistical analysis of data. At the
same time, with frequent references to the findings of polls and studies in news reports, quantitative literacy has become essential to informed citizenship. SOC 3811 is a social science data analysis course designed for sociology majors, but is applicable to any student wanting to have an introductory to the statistical analysis of social data. In this course I will introduce students to the fundamental principles of the logic and execution of social quantitative research methods and statistics. You will develop skills in critically analyzing and producing social scientific research by examining issues pertaining to research design, sampling, conceptualization and operationalization of measures, data visualization, and a range of quantitative methods including descriptive, bivariate, and multivariate analyses. In addition to these statistical fundamentals, you will also think about where and when these skills are best put to responsible use. Whether you plan to go to graduate school, go into a data-driven job, or just want to be a better consumer of information, these skills should help students engage critically with quantitative information.
Learning Objectives:
1. Explain how researchers use data and statistical evidence to develop sociological insights.
2. Critically evaluate quantitative claims about the social world.
3. Statistically analyze social data in connection with research questions of interest.
4. Responsibly interpret the results of statistical analyses and summarize results effectively.
Grading:
Labs 20% 100 pts.
Short Papers 20% 100 pts.
Project 50% 250 pts.
"Scholarly Attitude" 10% 50 pts.
Exam Format:
No Exams
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53600/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
26 October 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 4102 Section 001: Criminology (55952)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Meets With:
SOC 4102H Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Thu 05:30PM - 08:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hanson Hall 1-106
Enrollment Status:
Open (23 of 48 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This class seeks to develop an understanding of patterns of crime and punishment in the United States (including American particularities in international comparison), their social, political, economic, cultural, and institutional conditions, and how these patterns relate to broader sociological themes. We will examine a cross-section of most outstanding recent and some (by now) classical criminological and sociological books and a few articles that have attracted much attention among scholars and/or the broader public. prereq: [SOC 3101 or SOC 3102 or instr consent], Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?savel001+SOC4102+Spring2022
Class Description:
This course examines core themes in criminological research, especially innovative ways of thinking about crime and punishment. A cross-section of important criminology books and articles will be discussed that have attracted much attention among scholars and/or the broader public. Examples for crime theories discussed are Messner and Rosenfeld's "Crime and the American Dream," Sampson and Wilson's focus on inner city poverty and dislocation as a central root of crime, Hagan/McCarthy's "Mean Streets" with its focus on homeless youth and crime, Newman's "Rampage," a study on school shootings, and Anderson's "Code of the Street." The punishment side covers sections from books by Beckett on the role of media and politics in creating moral panics, Garland with his focus on punitive responses in times of uncertainty, and texts on international differences in punishment. A new section provides a brief introduction into a much neglected theme: criminal violations of human rights and humanitarian law such as war crimes and genocide as well as other crimes of the powerful and control responses to these types of offenses. Students read chapters from books and articles while lecture provides background information. Lecture is accompanied by discussion and small group work.
Who Should Take This Class?:
This class is of special interest to honors students concerned with issues of crime and punishment. This applies especially to sociology LCJ majors, but also to other sociology students and students beyond sociology. Examining issues of crime and punishment teaches us much broader lessons about American society, its social structure, patterns of inequality, the functioning of its government, law and the enforcement of law (and how the US compares to other countries).
Learning Objectives:
Understanding patterns of crime in the context of a country's structural and cultural contexts (specifically but not exclusively for the US). Understanding the construction of crime and responses to crime, especially criminal punishment, in the context of institutions of government, law and law enforcement.
Grading:
60% six quizzes; 30% final exam; 10% class participation plus a paper of about 12-15 pages is expected (possibly the review of a book on which students agree with the instructor at the beginning of the semester; alternative paper types can be considered).
Exam Format:
essay, multiple choice, short answer
Class Format:
50% Lecture
15% Film/Video
20% Discussion
15% Small Group Activities small group work
Workload:
60 pages reading per week
6 quizzes, one final exam and one paper
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/55952/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
28 September 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 4102H Section 001: Honors: Criminology (65709)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Honors
Enrollment Requirements:
honors student
Meets With:
SOC 4102 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Thu 05:30PM - 08:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hanson Hall 1-106
Enrollment Status:
Open (6 of 7 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This class seeks to develop an understanding of patterns of crime and punishment in the United States (including American particularities in international comparison), their social, political, economic, cultural, and institutional conditions, and how these patterns relate to broader sociological themes. We will examine a cross-section of most outstanding recent and some (by now) classical criminological and sociological books and a few articles that have attracted much attention among scholars and/or the broader public. Additional special assignments will be discussed with honors participants who seek to earn honors credit toward the end of our first class session. Examples of additional requirements may include: Honors students will be expected to interview a current Sociology graduate student working on a LCD topic. Following this, each student will individually be expected to do an in-class power point presentation explaining how the interviewees' research relates with themes presented in the course. Students will also be expected to meet as a group and individually with the professor four times during the course semester. Sign up and prepare 3-4 discussion questions in advance of at least one class session. Work with professor and TA on other small leadership tasks (class discussion, paper exchange, tour). Write two brief (1-page) reflection papers on current news, or a two-page critique of a class reading Attend a presentation, workshop, or seminar on a related topic for this class and write a 2 page maximum reflective paper. prereq: Honors student, [SOC 3101 or SOC 3102 or instr consent], Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?savel001+SOC4102H+Spring2022
Class Description:
This course examines new trends in criminological research, i.e. innovative explanations of crime and punishment. A cross-section of recent criminology books and articles will be discussed that have attracted much attention among scholars and/or the broader public. Examples for crime theories discussed are Messner and Rosenfeld's "Crime and the American Dream," Sampson and Wilson's focus on inner city poverty and dislocation as a central root of crime, Hagan/McCarthy's "Mean Streets" with its focus on homeless youth and crime, Newman's "Rampage," a study on school shootings, and Anderson's "Code of the Street." The punishment side covers sections from books by Beckett on the role of media and politics in creating moral panics, Garland with his focus on punitive responses in times of uncertainty, and texts on international differences in punishment. A new section examines a much neglected theme: criminal violations of human rights and humanitarian law such as war crimes and genocide and control responses to them. Students read chapters from books and articles while lecture provides background information. Lecture is accompanied by discussion and small group work. Honors students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion, depth and to a degree length of writing assignments, presentations, and leadership of the students.
Who Should Take This Class?:
This class is of special interest to honors students concerned with issues of crime and punishment. This applies especially to sociology LCJ majors, but also to other sociology students and students beyond sociology. Examining issues of crime and punishment teaches us much broader lessons about American society, its social structure, patterns of inequality, the functioning of its government, law and the enforcement of law (and how the US compares to other countries).
Learning Objectives:
Understanding patterns of crime in the context of a country's structural and cultural contexts (specifically but not exclusively for the US). Understanding the construction of crime and responses to crime, especially criminal punishment, in the context of institutions of government, law and law enforcement.
Grading:
60% six quizzes; 30% final exam; 10% class participation plus a paper of about 12-15 pages is expected (possibly the review of a book on which students agree with the instructor at the beginning of the semester; alternative paper types can be considered).
Exam Format:
essay, multiple choice, short answer
Class Format:
50% Lecture
15% Film/Video
20% Discussion
15% Small Group Activities small group work
Workload:
60 pages reading per week
6 quizzes, one final exam and one paper
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65709/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
28 September 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 4111 Section 001: Sociology of Deviance (65891)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 317
Enrollment Status:
Open (42 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course considers why and how certain attributes and behaviors are defined as deviant, the consequences of deviant labels, and how norms, values, and rules are made and enforced. We will discuss basic concepts that cut across deviance theories and research, including social control, subcultures and deviant careers. We will explore theories of and societal reaction to deviant behavior. We will also discuss methodology and how the "social facts" of deviance are determined and disseminated. Finally, we will examine case studies addressing crime, organizational and occupational deviance, substance use, sexuality, body image, and more. prereq: Soc 3101 or 3102 recommended; Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?uggen001+SOC4111+Spring2022
Class Description:
Whether something is considered deviant or normative is constantly shifting, as the rapid change in thinking around marijuana legalization, marriage equality, and many other issues illustrates. This course asks why and how certain attributes and behaviors are defined as deviant, the consequences of deviant labels, and how norms, values, and rules are made and enforced. Rather than focusing on deviant behavior(s), this course examines how attributes or behavior come to be defined as deviant, the social consequences of deviant labels, and how social groups create and apply norms, values, and rules. There are four units. We first take up basic concepts that cut across theories and research on deviance, including social control, subcultures, and deviant careers. The second unit is devoted to theories of deviant behavior and societal reaction. We then discuss methodology and how the "social facts" around behaviors considered deviant are determined and disseminated. Case studies in topical areas are the fourth focus, addressing crime, organizational and occupational deviance, substance use, heteronormativity and sexuality, suicide, disability, and mental illness. Course objectives include the following: (1) To understand how deviance is defined and produced; (2) To gain a working knowledge of the key sociological explanations of deviance; (3) To critically apply these ideas to selected case studies; and, (4) To critique and evaluate institutional responses to deviance and control. There is one basic text for the course and supplemental readings available online in Adobe pdf format. The Adler and Adler reader is a collection of excerpts from classic and contemporary writings on deviance, with a much heavier emphasis on the social construction of deviance. If you purchase an earlier edition of the text, please understand that you will be responsible for the material in the most recent editions. Most of the supplementary readings will come from my local work with Minnesota graduate and undergraduate students on topics such as disenfranchisement, sexual harassment, and workplace deviance. This is more difficult material, but I will explain the research during lectures.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Anyone interested in sociology and social definitions of deviant and conforming behavior is welcome. A background in intro sociology or intro criminology is helpful, but not required.
Learning Objectives:
To understand how deviance is defined and produced.

To gain a working knowledge of the key sociological theories of deviance.

To apply the conceptual tools of these theories to selected case studies.

To critically evaluate institutional responses to deviance and control.

Grading:
25% Midterm Exam
30% Final Exam
25% Reports/Papers
10% Special Projects
10% Class Participation
Exam Format:
Mixed -- typically 70% essay
Class Format:
50% Lecture
10% Film/Video
25% Discussion
10% Small Group Activities
5% [optional] Service learning, media, and in-class exercises.
Workload:
70 Pages Reading Per Week
16 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
1 Paper(s)
Other Workload: Service learning is available as an option for the paper assignment.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65891/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
22 October 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 4133 Section 001: Sociology of Gender, Sex, and Crime (66437)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 230
Enrollment Status:
Open (37 of 55 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
Crime and criminal justice is a gendered phenomena. In this seminar course, we will examine the contribution of feminist theoretical work to the field of criminology and to our understanding of how gender prescriptives are embedded in and influence criminal behaviors, the operation of the criminal justice system, and our conceptualizations of both. In so doing, we will critically assess the experiences of women, men and transgender persons in the criminal justice system as victims, offenders, and defendants. The readings are drawn from a broad range of interdisciplinary empirical works. Students should critically assess both the strengths and limitations of the research. Lecture will be accompanied by class discussion, film segments (as well as legal proceedings), and small group work. Soc 1001 or Soc 1101 recommended; Soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?ferrales+SOC4133+Spring2022
Class Description:
Crime and criminal justice is a gendered phenomena. In this seminar course, we will examine the contribution of feminist theoretical work to the field of criminology and to our understanding of how gender prescriptives are embedded in and influence criminal behaviors, the operation of the criminal justice system, and our conceptualizations of both. In so doing, we will critically assess the experiences of women, men and transgender persons in the criminal justice system as victims, offenders, and defendants. The readings are drawn from a broad range of interdisciplinary empirical works. Students should critically assess both the strengths and limitations of the research. Lecture will be accompanied by class discussion, film segments (as well as legal proceedings), and small group work.
Class Format:
45% Lecture
5% Film/Video
50% Discussion
Workload:
75 Pages Reading Per Week
1 Paper
Weekly Reading Reflections
1 Class Presentation
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/66437/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
28 October 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 4147 Section 001: Sociology of Mental Health & Illness (56055)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 10
Enrollment Status:
Open (53 of 83 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to give you an overview of the ways a sociological perspective informs our understanding of mental health and illness. While sociologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and others all deal with issues of mental illness, they often approach the topic in very different ways. In general, a sociological perspective tends to focus on aspects of the social environment that we often ignore, neglect, or take for granted. It calls attention to how society or groups are organized, who benefits or is hurt by the way things are organized, and what beliefs shape our behaviors. In viewing mental illness, sociologists have primarily challenged dominant views of mental illness, examined how social relationships play a role in mental illness, questioned the goals and implications of mental health policy and researched how mental health services are organized and provided. prereq: Soc 1001 recommended, Soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jvanheuv+SOC4147+Spring2022
Class Description:
This course is designed to give an overview of sociological perspectives of mental health and illness. As a part of this course we will critically examine issues surrounding mental health and illness by situating them in a broader social context including: social relationships, social structures, and social institutions. Throughout the semester we will address key topics including how mental health is defined in different contexts, the role of social stigma, and policies and health services surrounding mental health and illness.
Exam Format:
Multiple Choice and Short Answer
Class Format:
Classes will consist of a mixture of lecture and discussion.
Workload:
30-75 Pages Reading Per Week
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/56055/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
14 October 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 4149 Section 001: Sociology of Killing (65720)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Enrollment Requirements:
jr or sr or grad student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Wed 05:30PM - 08:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hanson Hall 1-106
Enrollment Status:
Closed (83 of 83 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will provide a broad overview of the sociology of murder- the intentional, malicious killing of one human by another. This course will go beyond what we see about murder regularly in the media and on popular TV shows and movies. Students will be exposed to a scientific study of homicide. Key topics include the history and laws of murder; information and data sources on murder; demographic attributes of victims and offenders; different types of murder, including among others domestic, serial, mass, and gang-related murder; biological, sociological and psychological theories of the causes of murder; and the strategies involved in the criminal investigation of homicide. prereq: jr, or sr, or grad student, or instr consent; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?barr0325+SOC4149+Spring2022
Class Description:

This class will provide a broad overview of the sociology of murder- the intentional, malicious killing of one human by another. This course will go beyond what we see about murder regularly in the media and on popular TV shows and movies.


This course is about murder - a particularly grisly topic for some. Please be advised that during the semester, students will view/watch gruesome images and discuss graphic portrayals of crimes. This course assumes that students enrolling in this class are capable of tolerating this dark subject matter.

Learning Objectives:
  • To understand biological, sociological, and psychological explanations for the occurrence of homicide in the United States.

  • To understand and be able to critique the various sources of information on homicide as well as what these sources tell us about offenders, victims, weapons, locations, types, and motives of homicide in the United States.

  • To understand the stages, patterns, processes, offenders, victims, and settings of homicide.

  • To understand how society and the criminal justice system react to the occurrence of homicide in the United States.

Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65720/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 July 2020

Spring 2022  |  SOC 4162 Section 001: Criminal Procedure in American Society (55014)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Wed 02:30PM - 05:00PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (37 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
How constitutional democracy balances need to enforce criminal law and rights of individuals to be free of unnecessary government intrusion. prereq: Soc 3101 or 3102 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format at the posted day/time. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jbs+SOC4162+Spring2022
Class Description:

Welcome to our interactive criminal procedure class!

We spend our Wednesday afternoons together interrogating the central promise of US criminal justice: to balance the power of government to protect the safety and security of all persons against those who want to do them harm, while at the same time protecting their right to come and go as they please without government interference, and guaranteeing all persons that the government will enforce the law on the street, at the police station, in the courts, and when punishing criminal wrongdoing. This promise is also the criminal blaming and punishing regime's greatest problem: How close to social reality is the promise of EQUAL rights and justice to every individual. This promise and this problem have fascinated our beloved "U" undergrads--and me--at least once a year since 1971. I promise to work as hard as I can to make our Interactive Criminal Procedure ZOOM 2022 fascinating and valuable too!😺

A final word: You'll probably learn some actual criminal procedure law in our interactive journey through the criminal process. Good for you. But, remember our goal is above all to work on developing YOUR CPI

Who Should Take This Class?:
If you're an Upper Division undergraduate from all majors and you're interested in becoming a more intelligent consumer of our criminal blaming and punishing regime, then you've found the right class. That regime is a very rough engine of social control, a last resort after families, belief systems, schools, and other non criminal justice social institutions fail. It's also the most expensive and most invasive instrument to affect human behavior in the digital age of the US version of a constitutional democracy, committed to the the values of human dignity, individual autonomy, equal justice for all, and social order.
Grading:
90% Other Evaluation Other Grading Information: 90%,13 non cumulative short answer and essay exams; 10%, participation in course surveys
Exam Format:
60% identification, definition; description and explanation of legal concepts and social science findings (no multiple choice); 10% case briefs; 30% discussion reaction essays
Class Format:
15% Lecture
85% Discussion
Workload:
About 35 Pages Reading Per Week. Some weeks are "thicker" than "others."
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/55014/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
22 November 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 4246 Section 001: Sociology of Health and Illness (55926)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Enrollment Requirements:
soph or jr or sr
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 5
Enrollment Status:
Closed (83 of 83 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is an introduction to the importance of health and illness in people's lives, how social structures impact who gets sick, how they are treated, and how the delivery of health care is organized. By the end of the course you will be familiar with the major issues in the sociology of health and illness, and understand that health and illness are not just biological processes, but profoundly shaped by the organization of society. prereq: One sociology course recommended; soph or above; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jvanheuv+SOC4246+Spring2022
Class Description:
What do you do when you get sick? Where do you go? Who provides your medical care? In this course we will discuss why the answers to these basic questions are actually quite complex. This course is designed to introduce students to medical sociology and will examine issues surrounding health, illness and healing from a sociological perspective. Throughout the course we will cover numerous topics including: the social construction of health and illness, healthcare providers, the healthcare system - including contemporary debates regarding healthcare reform - and the social determinants of health inequalities.

Exam Format:
Multiple Choice and Short Answer
Class Format:
Classes will consist of a mixture of lecture and discussion.
Workload:
30-75 Pages Reading Per Week
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/55926/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
14 October 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 4521 Section 001: Love, Sex, & Marriage (67742)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 317
Enrollment Status:
Open (39 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will provide an overview of sociological approaches to intimate human relationships. What can sociology and related disciplines tell us about these seemingly intensely personal subjects? More than you might think! Specific topics we will cover include love and romance, dating and mate selection, sexuality, cohabitation, marriage, and divorce. The focus is on contemporary American society, but current U.S. practices are placed in historical and cross-cultural context. prereq: [1001 or instr consent], soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?lyimo002+SOC4521+Spring2022
Class Description:
This class provides an overview of sociological approaches to intimate human relationships. It aims at understanding what sociology and other related disciplines tell us about these seemingly intensely personal subjects. More than you might think! Specific topics we will cover include love and romance, dating and mate selection, sexuality, cohabitation, marriage, and divorce. The focus is on contemporary American society, but current U.S. practices are placed in historical and cross-cultural context.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Any one interested in intimate human relationships can take this course
Learning Objectives:
This course aims to familiarize you with social scientific approaches to the study of intimate human relationships and increasing your interest in the topic, challenge some of your taken-for-granted notions about what is "natural" or "normal" with regard to love, sexuality, and marriage, stimulate you to think about the impact of broad social forces (particularly the rise of modernity) on beliefs and practices related to intimate relationships, highlight the silences of various social identities-including race/ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and especially gender-to beliefs and practices around intimacy, and introduce you to some of the significant current policy debates regarding intimate relationships , and fostering your ability to critically assess the arguments on all of these debates
Grading:
Final grades will be determined on the following basis;

Mid-term exam 25%

Final exam/paper 25%

Short Quizzes 25% (5 points each)

Discussion question essays and attendance 25%


Additionally, course grades will be on the A-F system. The grading standards are those prescribed by CLA policy as indicated on the syllabus.
Exam Format:
The exams will consist of both short answers, possible multiple choice questions and possible long essay questions
Class Format:
This class is completely synchronous (face-to-face). It will combine the lectures and discussion course supplemented by selected videos.
Workload:
The expectations for students in this course are that you attend class regularly, complete all the readings by the assigned dates and participate in class discussions. You will be required to complete the readings on time (i.e. before the class session for which they are assigned).
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/67742/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 November 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 4881 Section 001: Population Studies Research Practicum (65712)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 215
Enrollment Status:
Open (11 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Students enrolled in this course will gain hands-on experience with population studies research by (1) working under the mentorship of an individual researcher or a research team at the Minnesota Population Center (MPC) and (2) attending and reflecting in writing on MPC's weekly research seminar. In addition, students in the course will meet weekly with the instructor to discuss their research experiences and to develop and present a final research poster.
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?kampdush+SOC4881+Spring2022
Class Description:
(I cannot stop laughing about the thumbnail on this video, hopefully it makes you laugh too)

The University of Minnesota is among the most vibrant and productive research universities in the country. Its faculty are leaders and pioneers in many scientific (including social scientific) fields, and the university annually attracts tens of millions of dollars in federal and private research support. However, undergraduate students often have a hard time connecting to the research going on around them in a way that improves their skills, provides valuable experiences to them, or helps them explore their professional interests.

Sociology 4881 is designed to meaningfully connect undergraduate students to an ongoing population studies research project, to see that project through from the "idea stage" to a finished product, and to explore scientific research as a potential career option. (Population studies, by the way, is an interdisciplinary field of study that uses demographic data and methods to describe, explain, and predict social phenomena.)

Students in Sociology 4881 will be involved in every phase of the project - including problem formulation; literature review and critique; decisions about conceptualization and measurement; empirical analyses; writing; and the presentation and publication of results. Each week, students will also listen to a research presentation at the Minnesota Population Center (MPC) and reflect on the presentation in a way that will further their exposure to all phases of the research process. Along the way, students will also learn about ethical issues as they pertain to population and social scientific research; how research projects are funded; how scientists present, discuss, and critique one another's work; and how scientific publishing works. Finally, students will develop specific skills in the analysis of quantitative data.

SPRING 2021 RESEARCH TOPIC: In spring 2022, students will use the National Couples' Health and Time Study data to examine family relationships during the pandemic. The National Couples' Health and Time Study (NCHAT) is the first fully-powered, population-based study of couples in America that contains representative samples of racial and ethnic diverse and sexual and gender diverse individuals. NCHAT entered the field on September 1, 2020, and data collection completed in April 2021. The sample includes 3,642 main respondents and 1,515 partners. NCHAT is uniquely suited to address COVID, stress, family functioning, and physical and mental health and includes an abundance of contextual and acute measures of race and racism, sexism, and heterosexism.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Do you like writing? Do you like numbers? Do you like figuring out problems? Do you like research? Do you like hands on classes? If so, this is the class for you!!! This course will be especially valuable for students who are (1) interested in learning more about the scientific research process and/or (2) considering careers in scientific research. It might be most valuable for students interested in social scientific, public health, or population studies research. Students considering attending graduate programs in those fields are especially likely to benefit from the course. Students who have not taken undergraduate courses in research methods or statistics may find Sociology 4881 more challenging, but they are still welcome to enroll.
Learning Objectives:
Students in Sociology 4881 will learn how scientific research projects are conceived, defined, funded, and executed and how their results are communicated, evaluated, critiqued, and disseminated. Beyond this, the University of Minnesota has defined several "Student Learning Outcomes" that will be pursued in Sociology 4881. These include:
1. Identifying, defining, and solving problems;
2. Locating and critically evaluating information;
3. Mastering a body of knowledge and a mode of inquiry;
4. Communicating effectively; and
5. Understanding the role of creativity, innovation, discovery, and expression across disciplines.
Grading:
Your grade will comprise of individual and group assignments. You will work with the same group all semester. Assignments are due about every week to two weeks, and there are daily quizzes. I like Canvas, and will be setting everything up in Canvas so you can use the To Do List function to keep track of everything.
Exam Format:
There is no exam, just quizzes.
Class Format:
This class will be taught flipped classroom style. I am not going to lecture readings at you. When we are in class, we are going to have short lectures, lots of discussion, and many activities.
Workload:
Hmm, this is a hard one. I would say the word load is moderate. This is a 4000 level course that involves actually doing research, so you are going to do work. But, hopefully it will be fun and interesting work, rather than several tedious readings that are so jargon-y that you have to re-read each sentence multiple times.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65712/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
26 October 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 4966W Section 001: Capstone Experience: Seminar (52724)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Community Engaged Learning
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 415
Enrollment Status:
Open (31 of 33 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to: a) provide students with an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned as a sociology major; b) use that knowledge to write a sociological analyses - often based on community service learning; and c) think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of the sociological enterprise can be used and applied outside of the University. Through this course sociology majors will emphasize the relationship between a sociological perspective and critical thinking, effective communication, and meaningful civic engagement. This class is the final step in the sociology undergraduate major. prereq: 1001, 3701, 3801, 3811, 12 cr upper div sociology, dept consent
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?mgoldman+SOC4966W+Spring2022
Class Description:
The purpose of this course is to assist students in fulfilling CLA's senior project requirement, the 'capstone' of the undergraduate career, by creating the learning environment to write a final research paper. Enrollment is limited to student majors in Sociology. The class provides a structure and guided format for completing the senior project. Students select a topic, formulate a research question, read on the topic, conduct preliminary research or use already experienced research, analyze your material and locate within existing debates, and write up the materials as a final analytic paper. Students can choose to focus their project on a new topic, or materials from a previous class, or from an already experienced study abroad, service learning, or employment opportunity. Each week we will discuss specific aspects of the research-and-writing process, so that the final paper will be thought through and written, step by step, throughout the semester. Course work requires intensive engagement in the design of a project and active class discussion of the issues students face in the process.
Grading:
75% final paper
25% weekly short assignments and class participation
Class Format:
Class discussion, small group activities, writing exercises, and in-class presentations
Workload:
Weekly readings that are mostly related to your own research project; short writing assignments due throughout the semester as building blocks to your final paper; and the final paper, which will be approximately 15 pages
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52724/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
29 October 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 4966W Section 002: Capstone Experience: Seminar (54892)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Community Engaged Learning
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 155
Enrollment Status:
Closed (33 of 33 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to: a) provide students with an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned as a sociology major; b) use that knowledge to write a sociological analyses - often based on community service learning; and c) think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of the sociological enterprise can be used and applied outside of the University. Through this course sociology majors will emphasize the relationship between a sociological perspective and critical thinking, effective communication, and meaningful civic engagement. This class is the final step in the sociology undergraduate major. prereq: 1001, 3701, 3801, 3811, 12 cr upper div sociology, dept consent
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?liebler+SOC4966W+Spring2022
Class Description:

This course is designed to: a) provide you with an opportunity to reflect on what you have learned as a sociology major; b) use that knowledge to write a portfolio of self-presentation materials and sociological analyses based on community service learning; and c) think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of the sociological enterprise can be used and applied outside of the University. The main goal of the course is to guide you through the process of writing your capstone portfolio by providing structure, advice, and encouragement. Successful completion of the analytic portion of your portfolio shows mastery of the skills and perspectives of your field of study. Along the way, we will emphasize the relationship between a sociological perspective and critical thinking, effective communication, and meaningful civil engagement.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Seniors with a major in Sociology
Learning Objectives:


Grading:

-- Active class participation in activities, discussion, and in-class writing (20% of grade)

-- Capstone Portfolio (60% of grade) -- Includes resume, personal statement, paper analyzing CEL site, and paper analyzing interview

-- Community-Engaged Learning (20% of grade)

Exam Format:
There are no exams
Class Format:
20% Lecture
20% Visiting speakers
60% In-class activities in small and large groups, including writing exercises
Workload:
Students will spend significant time in class and outside of class writing and revising this writing.
Students who chose to do community engaged learning will spend at least 15 hours total on this during the semester, with the hope of 30 hours.
All students can gain points by doing optional career-focused and adulting-focused assignments. People who do not do community engaged learning will need to do a lot more of these.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54892/1223
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/liebler_SOC4966W_Spring2020.pdf (Spring 2020)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 April 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 4966W Section 003: Capstone Experience: Seminar (65701)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Community Engaged Learning
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 415
Enrollment Status:
Open (27 of 33 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to: a) provide students with an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned as a sociology major; b) use that knowledge to write a sociological analyses - often based on community service learning; and c) think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of the sociological enterprise can be used and applied outside of the University. Through this course sociology majors will emphasize the relationship between a sociological perspective and critical thinking, effective communication, and meaningful civic engagement. This class is the final step in the sociology undergraduate major. prereq: 1001, 3701, 3801, 3811, 12 cr upper div sociology, dept consent
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?gerte004+SOC4966W+Spring2022
Class Description:
In this "capstone" version of the course, we will be looking back at what sociology was all about, looking forward to what sociology majors do after graduation. Most important, the course will provide the resources, assistance and encouragement to help majors in the Sociology Department to fulfill this requirement for a paper in the major field during the senior year -- mostly based on observational studies tied to service learning projects. The course is organized as a seminar and workshop. There are no formal lectures, but the instructor will present overviews of the stages of research and writing necessary to complete the senior project paper. Students build their major project through completing guided, periodic assignments. Along the way, we will be reading and thinking about how to apply a sociological eye to understand success, failure, and the world around us.
Grading:
50% Reports/Papers
10% Attendance
20% Journal
20% Class Participation
Class Format:
25% Discussion
25% Small Group Activities
10% Guest Speakers
40% Service Learning
Workload:
20-50 Pages Reading Per Week
25-35 Pages Writing Per Term
3 Paper(s)
Other Workload: Assignments relating to sections of project paper
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65701/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
11 November 2016

Spring 2022  |  SOC 4978V Section 001: Honors Capstone Experience: Proseminar II (52726)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Honors
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol 4977V, honors
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Wed 02:30PM - 05:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 60
Enrollment Status:
Open (14 of 15 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This is the second course in the two-course Honors Capstone Experience. In Soc 4978V, students will complete their data collection and analysis while the focus of the seminar turns to scholarly writing, and particularly to drafting and refining arguments. The Department of Sociology does not make any initial distinction between Honors students who are seeking cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude levels of Latin Honors. Instead, our focus is on helping students to develop ambitious and high-quality original research papers of which they can be justifiably proud and which can serve as testaments to their abilities. The Department of Sociologys approach is to support every Honors student as they plan and conduct summa-level work. The ultimate recommendation for level of latin honors is made by the committee at the time of the thesis defense. In addition to the Honors thesis requirements, the recommendation for summa-level honors is reserved for the papers that demonstrate the following criteria: - Tight integration between a clearly defined question or thesis and the research presented; - Ambitious original research design, with research completed on time and analyzed appropriately; - Integration of ongoing conversations in the research literature into the design and analysis of the data gathered; - Powerful and precise prose which weaves together evidence and argument and which is attentive to both the lessons and limits of the data. Students will do an Oral Defense and participate in a panel presentation at the spring Sociological Research Institute (SRI). The Sociology Department requires completion of Soc 4977V/4978V to graduate with Latin Honors. prereq: 1001/1011V, 3701, 3801, 3811, 4977V, and at least 12 upper-division SOC credits; Sociology honors major & department consent
Class Notes:
15 seats reserved for SOC majors, Jr. or Sr. Honors. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?bianx001+SOC4978V+Spring2022
Class Description:
This is the second course in the two-course Honors Capstone Experience. In Soc 4978V, students will complete their data collection and analysis while the focus of the seminar turns to scholarly writing, and particularly to drafting and refining arguments. The Department of Sociology does not make any initial distinction between Honors students who are seeking cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude levels of Latin Honors. Instead, our focus is on helping students to develop ambitious and high-quality original research papers of which they can be justifiably proud and which can serve as testaments to their abilities. The Department of Sociologys approach is to support every Honors student as they plan and conduct summa-level work. The ultimate recommendation for level of latin honors is made by the committee at the time of the thesis defense. In addition to the Honors thesis requirements, the recommendation for summa-level honors is reserved for the papers that demonstrate the following criteria: - Tight integration between a clearly defined question or thesis and the research presented;
- Ambitious original research design, with research completed on time and analyzed appropriately; - Integration of ongoing conversations in the research literature into the design and analysis of the data gathered; - Powerful and precise prose which weaves together evidence and argument and which is attentive to both the lessons and limits of the data. Students will do an Oral Defense and participate in a panel presentation at the spring Sociological Research Institute (SRI). The Sociology Department requires completion of Soc 4977V/4978V to graduate with Latin Honors. prereq: 1001/1011V, 3701, 3801, 3811, 4977V, and at least 12 upper-division SOC credits; Sociology honors major &
department consent
Who Should Take This Class?:
Those students who were enrolled in Soc4977V during fall semester of 2020.
Learning Objectives:
To complete the student's empirical study and the writing of the thesis paper.
Grading:
100% on the quality of the thesis paper completed.
Exam Format:
No exam.
Class Format:
In class discussions and instructor-student individual meetings.
Workload:
For the whole semester, a completed thesis paper of up to 30 pages. Weekly readings, an empirical study, and the writing of the thesis will vary among students.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52726/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
18 September 2020

Spring 2022  |  SOC 8001 Section 001: Sociology as a Profession (53348)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
1 Credit
Repeat Credit Limit:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
S-N or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Enrollment Requirements:
Sociology graduate student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue 01:15PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1114
Enrollment Status:
Open (8 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This 1 credit class fosters adaptation to the Graduate Program in Sociology and preparation for a sociological career. In the Fall, we explore professional careers in this field. We discuss the wide range of opportunities in sociology and help students further explore the next steps to becoming a scholar, educator, and member of various professional, intellectual, and social communities. We share practical information about being a student in sociology and about sociological careers, discuss presentations in department workshop seminars, and provide a safe place to discuss issues of student concerns. Students are encouraged to bring to the class their thoughts and reactions to experiences during their first semester in the PhD program. The Spring 8001 class is oriented to particular milestones in the Sociology Graduate Program and important student activities (for example, preparing reading lists for the preliminary exam and then writing the preliminary exam, preparing a dissertation prospectus, writing grant proposals, preparing an article for publication, etc.). Pre-req: Soc PhD students
Class Notes:
10 seats reserved for SOC grad students. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?savel001+SOC8001+Spring2022
Class Description:
This course should help graduate students in the transition from the first part of graduate studies to the second, and the much more independent part, that is driven by your own work. Supplementing the work you will be doing with your advisors (and eventually committee members), this course will provide additional assistance with the production of reading lists and prelims. This structure is flexible, however, and we will adjust based on the needs of the group. We do not have papers, readings or formal graded assignments. The main goal of the course is to provide a structure for what you need to get done, and to encourage peer-review and discussion of work in progress. In addition to practical matters of working toward prelim papers, topics may include: library search strategies; planning for the prospectus; grant proposals; journal submissions; and IRB applications.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Third year graduate students in Sociology (possibly 2nd year, especially if entered the program with an MA in hand).
Learning Objectives:
Students will learn and exchange ideas about strategies of moving toward prelim writing, possibly prospectus work and beyond.
Grading:
S-N
Exam Format:
No exams
Class Format:
We meet one hour per week. Several sessions feature visitors, e.g., a librarian, more advanced students in the ABD stage (or recent graduates, looking back).
Workload:
There are no required readings or exams.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53348/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
29 September 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 8011 Section 001: Teaching Sociology: Theory & Practice (54573)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Enrollment Requirements:
Sociology graduate student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue 02:30PM - 05:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 220
Enrollment Status:
Open (6 of 8 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Social/political context of teaching. Ethical issues, multiculturalism, academic freedom. Teaching skills (e.g., lecturing, leading discussions). Active learning. Evaluating effectiveness of teaching. Opportunity to develop syllabus or teaching plan. prereq: Soc grad student or instr consent
Class Notes:
8 seats reserved for SOC graduate students. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?liebler+SOC8011+Spring2022
Class Description:
This course is aimed at graduate students preparing to become teachers at the college level. We begin by working to understand the social/political context of teaching, including topics such as ethics, multiculturalism, and academic freedom. Students also learn practical teaching skills to be used when lecturing or leading discussions. Active learning strategies are emphasized as effective tools for engaging a wide variety of adult learners. A major part of the course is the independent development of a course syllabus and related lesson plans and exercises.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Sociology graduate students
Learning Objectives:
Develop a sociological understanding of university classrooms
Plan a course to teach in the future, including syllabus, assignments, rubrics, and teaching philosophy
Learn student-centered teaching methods and backward course design for effective day to day life in the classroom
Communicate some aspect of this learning to the broader UM sociology community at SRI
Grading:
To earn an "A" in this course, you must have no more than one unexcused absence; actively partipate during our class sessions, including co-facilitating the discussion twice; turn in all assignments fully complete and on-time; provide thoughtful reviewer comments on your partner's work on time and every time; and your work must show effort and growth. Poor performance on any of these will cause your grade to be lower. You are at risk of failing this course if you have three unexcused absences or do not turn in a major assignment. I will not give an Incomplete except when required by university policy.
Exam Format:
There are no exams in this class.
Class Format:
This course is based on in-class discussion of readings, collaborative preparation of materials such as a teaching statement and syllabus, engagement with guest speakers from around the university, and building a capstone group project to share what we have learned.
Workload:
Over the semester, you will hone your CV, create a teaching statement, develop a syllabus for a future class, and write the guidelines and grading rubric for a major assignment for that class. Multiple drafts of each of these will be due at various times during the semester. You will also provide written feedback to other students on their drafts. We also work as a class to create an interesting and meaningful session at the department's SRI conference.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54573/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
5 October 2018

Spring 2022  |  SOC 8090 Section 001: Topics in Sociology -- Sociology & Its Publics (65713)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
1.5 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Instructor Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Fri 10:00AM - 11:30AM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1114
Enrollment Status:
Open (1 of 7 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: instr consent
Class Notes:
By instructor consent. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?hartm021+SOC8090+Spring2022 http://classinfo.umn.edu/?uggen001+SOC8090+Spring2022
Class Description:


Students in this workshop will serve as the graduate student board for The Society Pages, an online social science journalism project housed at the University of Minnesota. Participation is based on application. In addition to experience and qualifications, the board is selected so as to involve students from different stages in the program, substantive interest areas, and methodological specialties. Most participants are expected to make a year-long commitment to the project, though membership will rotate on an annual basis.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Graduate students in sociology
Learning Objectives:
  • To deepen students' substantive research expertise
    by engaging cutting edge sociological scholarship. Students will unearth the most interesting findings and best evidence from new research in their areas of study. This provides students with a broader vision of the sociological field and offers an opportunity to diversify their reading in the prelim and dissertation processes.

  • To develop writing and communication skills
    in addressing academic and non-academic audiences. Grad board members regularly write for the website, and our supportive, professional editorial team gives direct feedback designed to improve these skills as the pieces are published online.

  • To gain deep, practical appreciation of the process of editorial decision-making
    and public scholarship.
    TSP had almost 11 million unique page views last year. Working with the site allows students to engage in critical and constructive discussion of the field of sociology, while participating in a collaborative public outreach project by shaping and improving the site as an online vehicle to disseminate great research.

Class Format:
Weekly seminar
Workload:
4-6 hours a week
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65713/1223
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/hartm021_uggen001_SOC8090_Fall2021.pdf (Fall 2021)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 April 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 8221 Section 001: Sociology of Gender (65716)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Wed 11:45AM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1114
Enrollment Status:
Open (10 of 12 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
Organization, culture, and dynamics of gender relations and gendered social structures. Sample topics: gender, race, and class inequalities in the workplace; women.s movement; social welfare and politics of gender inequality; theoretical and methodological debates in gender studies; sexuality; science; sociology of emotions.
Class Notes:
3 seats reserved for SOC graduate students. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?cabdi+SOC8221+Spring2022
Class Description:

This course explores contemporary developments in the sociology of gender while also covering some early critical feminist scholarship (Simone de Beauvoir, Patricia Hill Collins, Kimberly Kay Hoang, Tey Meadow…). The aim is to centralize the multidimensional and historically produced practices and performances of gender in social interactions across multiple structural locations. As such intersectional as well as comparative lens will be underscored. We will cover themes on gender politics including bodies, race, sexual boundaries, and families.In practical terms, the seminar provides a community where students enrolled can develop their empirical and theoretical interests in gender scholarship through constructive dialogue with others in the course.

Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65716/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
10 November 2021

Spring 2022  |  SOC 8801 Section 001: Sociological Research Methods (53672)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Enrollment Requirements:
Soc grad
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1114
Enrollment Status:
Open (2 of 8 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Multiple objectives of social research and how they inform research design. Conceptualization and measurement of complex concepts. Broad issues in research design and quantitative and qualitative approaches to data collection and management. prereq: Grad soc major or instr consent
Class Notes:
4 seats reserved for SOC graduate students. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?hull+SOC8801+Spring2022
Class Description:
This is a survey course covering some of the most commonly used research methods in sociology and related disciplines. We will pay particular attention to the relationship between theory and evidence, and how various methods contribute to the development or testing of social theories by gathering and analyzing various forms of evidence. We will also pay attention to the (often implicit) underlying epistemological assumptions or commitments embedded in various methodological approaches. The course seeks to equip students with the ability to evaluate empirical social scientific work based on a range of methodological traditions, but is not focused on detailed training in any individual method. Such training is best obtained through advanced methods courses and/or through active involvement in research projects under the guidance of experienced investigators or mentors/advisors. The course will challenge students to refine their own ideas about how to link their areas of interest with concrete plans for empirical research. Course Objectives o To learn the basics of how research is conducted using different sociological methods. o To develop awareness of the knowledge claims and standards of evidence that underpin various methodological approaches. o To develop the ability to critically evaluate scholarship that uses various methods. o To gain experience in translating general research interests and ideas about research design and evidence into a proposal for a research project that carefully and thoughtfully links research questions, theoretical framing, choice of method(s), and specific plans for data collection and analysis.
Grading:
40% Reports/Papers
40% Written Homework
10% In-class Presentations
10% Class Participation
Class Format:
75% Discussion
10% Student Presentations
15% Guest Speakers
Workload:
100-150 Pages Reading Per Week
50 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Paper(s)
2 Presentation(s)
8 Homework Assignment(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53672/1223
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
14 November 2014

Spring 2022  |  SOC 8811 Section 001: Advanced Social Statistics (52848)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1114
Enrollment Status:
Open (4 of 12 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Statistical methods for analyzing social data. Sample topics: advanced multiple regression, logistic regression, limited dependent variable analysis, analysis of variance and covariance, log-linear models, structural equations, and event history analysis. Applications to datasets using computers. prereq: recommend 5811 or equiv; graduate student or instr consent
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?knoke001+SOC8811+Spring2022
Class Description:
Statistical methods for analyzing social data. Topics for Spring 2012: logistic regression, event history analysis, and multilevel modeling or structural equation models.
Grading:
3 data analysis papers on the three topics, each 33.3% of the course grade.
Exam Format:
No exams
Class Format:
60% Lecture
10% Discussion
30% Laboratory
Workload:
12 Pages Reading Per Week
40 Pages Writing Per Term
3 Data Analysis Paper(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52848/1223
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/knoke001_SOC8811_Spring2016.pdf (Spring 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
17 September 2018

Spring 2022  |  SOC 8852 Section 001: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods: Ethnographic Practicum (66147)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Enrollment Requirements:
Soc 8801, grad student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Fri 11:45AM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1114
Enrollment Status:
Open (5 of 12 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Ethnographic practice involves two core activities: engaging people in their own space and time, and separating yourself enough from the fieldwork site to write about observations and experiences with some degree of analytical distance and theoretical sophistication. Ethnographers are always both participant and observer, although some of them -- often those who start off as insiders at a site from the beginning -- will be more practically or emotionally enmeshed in a fieldwork site than others. This seminar emphasizes both these core activities: students develop the practice of shuttling constantly between fieldwork site and writing field notes and analysis. Complementing the field work will be reading and discussion of classic and contemporary ethnographies. Each student will undertake his or her own fieldwork project, learning how to generate field notes that include rich description and coherent, flexible analysis. These projects should generate a useful body of qualitative data, as well as an intensive, hands-on experience of the design, research process, and analysis of ethnography. Prerequisites: graduate student, and completion of SOC 8801, or instructor consent.
Class Notes:
All 12 seats reserved for SOC graduate students. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?tgowan+SOC8852+Spring2022
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/66147/1223

Spring 2022  |  SOC 8890 Section 001: Advanced Topics in Research Methods -- Sex, Death, and Mobility (65717)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
6 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Wed 04:00PM - 06:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1114
Enrollment Status:
Open (4 of 12 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Advanced Research Methods (e.g., multilevel models), historical/comparative, field, survey research. Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: 8801, 8811, or instr consent. Cr will not be granted if cr has been received for the same topics title
Class Notes:
4 seats reserved for SOC graduate students. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jdewaard+SOC8890+Spring2022
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65717/1223

Fall 2021  |  SOC 1001 Section 001: Introduction to Sociology (18884)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 210
Enrollment Status:
Open (237 of 240 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of society and what sociologists call the "sociological imagination:" a way of viewing the events, relationships and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience. Through the course we will examine some of the central concepts and problems that have preoccupied both classical and contemporary sociologists and gain a sense of how the sociological imagination can illuminate the social forces that have a concrete impact on our everyday lives. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects your life, and how you, in turn, affect society. prereq: Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?tvanheuv+SOC1001+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course introduces the pivotal questions that underpin classical and contemporary sociological perspectives. Analysis of how society is possible and how social order is maintained are core to an understanding of individuals as both agents and objects that shape and are shaped by their membership in society. Examining this close relationship between the individual, society, and social structures permits us to understand the dynamics of social and power relations in everyday living. The course explores diverse sociological theories purporting to explain the social, political and economic structures prevailing in our society. It also centralizes the importance of social change and the forces that drive or/and hinder change. A key objective of this course is to foster students? critical thinking abilities in their analysis of societal issues, and in their articulations of these issues. Students are expected to be able to apply sociological theories and debates into their everyday practices.
Exam Format:
Multiple choice questions, short answer, and definitions of terms
Workload:
30-60 pages of reading per week.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/18884/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
1 November 2019

Fall 2021  |  SOC 1001 Section 015: Introduction to Sociology (18891)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (238 of 240 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of society and what sociologists call the "sociological imagination:" a way of viewing the events, relationships and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience. Through the course we will examine some of the central concepts and problems that have preoccupied both classical and contemporary sociologists and gain a sense of how the sociological imagination can illuminate the social forces that have a concrete impact on our everyday lives. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects your life, and how you, in turn, affect society. prereq: Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This lecture (Soc 1001-15) is completely online in an asynchronous format. There are no scheduled meeting times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?elogan+SOC1001+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course is an introduction to the fascinating field of sociology. The broad aim of the class is for students to learn to develop and deploy their "sociological imagination" in order to better understand and participate in the social world. Sociology is the study of social life, or life in groups. In this class you will read the works of classical and contemporary theorists, view sections of documentary films, and engage in debate and discussion with your peers and professor. You will learn to use a sociological lens in analyzing many of the cultural, economic and political phenomena that surround us every day. You will question things that may have never before seemed strange, and you will begin to make sociological sense of things that you may have always before questioned. By the end of the course, you will be familiar with the sociological toolkit-- the core concepts, methods, and theories of the discipline-- and be able to begin to use this toolkit to make sense of the world around you.
Who Should Take This Class?:
You should take this class if you want to understand the world around you better! A warning however- once you develop and put on your sociological "lenses" you'll never be able to take them off! :)
Grading:
30% Exams (1 midterm & 1 final)
50% Short Writing Assignments
20% Class Participation (discussion and attendance)
Exam Format:
MC
Class Format:
50% Lecture
15% Film/Video
15% Discussion in Lecture
20% Section Participation
Workload:
30-40 Pages reading per week
2 MC Exams
5 Short (3-4 page) writing assignments
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/18891/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
1 April 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 1001 Section 030: Introduction to Sociology (18895)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Wed 05:30PM - 08:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Willey Hall 125
Enrollment Status:
Open (118 of 120 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of society and what sociologists call the "sociological imagination:" a way of viewing the events, relationships and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience. Through the course we will examine some of the central concepts and problems that have preoccupied both classical and contemporary sociologists and gain a sense of how the sociological imagination can illuminate the social forces that have a concrete impact on our everyday lives. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects your life, and how you, in turn, affect society. prereq: Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?cabdi+SOC1001+Fall2021
Class Description:

This course introduces pivotal questions that underpin classical and contemporary sociological perspectives. Analyses of how society is possible and how order is maintained are core to an understanding of individuals as both agents and objects that shape and are shaped by their membership in society. Examining the close relationship of the individual, society, and social structures permits us to understand the dynamics of power relations in everyday living. The course material is chosen to help you develop your sociological imagination, to give you the tools to understand how our lives are linked to larger forces that ultimately shape our individual and collective experiences. We will explore diverse sociological theories purporting to explain the social, political and economic structures prevailing in our society and the forces that drive or/and hinder change.

Learning Objectives:
Students are expected to show a good understanding of core sociological concepts and perspectives.
Students should be able to apply sociological analysis to their everyday experience
Students will be expected to improve their critical thinking skills and learn to better articulate their ideas in both verbal and written formats.

Exam Format:
multiple choice/True-Falso/Short answer questions
Class Format:
Discussion
Lectures, discussions, Videos
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/18895/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
14 August 2020

Fall 2021  |  SOC 1101 Section 001: Law, Crime, & Punishment (21679)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 210
Enrollment Status:
Open (137 of 145 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Introductory course designed to provide students with a general understanding of the main theoretical perspectives and empirical findings that dominate socio-legal studies and contemporary criminology. We examine the connections and relationships between law, crime, and punishment using an interdisciplinary social science approach.
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?walkerml+SOC1101+Fall2021
Class Description:
This introductory course is designed to provide students with a general understanding of some of the main theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in the sociological study of crime control. Students will investigate the relationship between the sociopolitical landscape and the construction and execution of state power. The course is organized thematically: (1) general principles and ideas, (2) policing, courts, and corrections, and (3) reentry. Key readings for each section will be provided.
Who Should Take This Class?:
First year students interested in understanding the relationships between law, crime, and punishment in the United States.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Understand and articulate what social control is and how it matters for understanding crime and punishment; (2) critically interrogate perspectives on policing, courts, and corrections.
Grading:
Grading will be out of 100 points, so students will be able to calculate their individual scores. Assignments generally include short-answer essays (no more than two pages long) and concept-driven quizzes.
Exam Format:
There will not be any exams.
Class Format:
Generally, the course is designed to teach you and not test you. Lectures are teaching-focused. The readings are used to provide a foundation about the themes discussed in the class.
Workload:
There will be weekly readings but none too onerous.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21679/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
10 April 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3090 Section 002: Topics in Sociology -- Wonderful/Wretched: Reading MN's Racial Paradoxes (34418)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
1 Credit
Repeat Credit Limit:
6 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
soph or jr or sr
Times and Locations:
Second Half of Term
 
10/26/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue 04:00PM - 05:40PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 140
Enrollment Status:
Open (20 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors must register A-F; cr will not be granted if cr has been received for the same topics title
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?hartm021+SOC3090+Fall2021
Class Description:
This special 1 cr, seven-week course (SECOND HALF of the semester, 10/26/2021 - 12/15/2021) uses a new book of diverse, first-person essays "Sparked: George Floyd, Racism, and the Progressive Illusion of Minnesota" to reflect on the significance, complexity, and tragedy of race in the wake of the summer of 2020.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/34418/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 April 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3101 Section 001: Sociological Perspectives on the Criminal Justice System (19856)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
SOC 3101H Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 270
Enrollment Status:
Open (98 of 100 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course introduces students to a sociological account of the U.S. criminal justice system. We will critically examine the components, dynamics, and effects of policing, criminal courts, community supervision, jails, and prisons. Throughout the course, we focus on sociological understandings of these processes, with particular attention to ethnic, racial, class, and gender inequalities as well as long-term problems associated with the high rate of criminal justice supervision in the U.S. prereq: [SOC 1001] recommended, Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?phelps+SOC3101+Fall2021
Class Description:
The goal of this course is to introduce students to a sociological account of the criminal justice system. We will critically examine the components, dynamics, and effects of policing, criminal courts, jails, prisons, and community supervision. Specific topics include how certain behaviors are defined as crime, how police and the courts function, and the experience of imprisonment and barriers individuals face after they are released from prison. We will also investigate how police, jails, prisons, and other criminal justice agencies responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the course, we focus on sociological understandings of these processes, with particular attention to ethnic,racial, class,and gender inequality. Assignments will include books, reports, articles, podcasts, and documentaries.

The course meets the Liberal Education requirements of Civil Life and Ethics. Courses with this designation are carefully designed to address the components, dynamics, and philosophical underpinnings of criminal justice through the Liberal Education critical framework.

Honors students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion, depth and to a degree length of writing assignments, presentations, and leadership of the students. Honors students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion and will be assigned additional reading and writing assignments.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students interested in the criminal justice system.
Learning Objectives:
To become familiar with the criminal justice system in the United States.
Grading:
50% Quizzes + Participation
25% Midterm Essay
25% Final Essay or Project
Exam Format:
Multiple choice, short answers, and essays
Class Format:
TBD -- In person if college approves large in person classes
Workload:
50-100 Pages reading per week (+ videos, podcasts, etc.)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/19856/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
11 March 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3101H Section 001: Honors: Sociological Perspectives on the Criminal Justice System (33534)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Honors
Enrollment Requirements:
honors student
Meets With:
SOC 3101 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 270
Enrollment Status:
Closed (15 of 15 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course introduces students to a sociological account of the U.S. criminal justice system. We will critically examine the components, dynamics, and effects of policing, criminal courts, community supervision, jails, and prisons. Throughout the course, we focus on sociological understandings of these processes, with particular attention to ethnic, racial, class, and gender inequalities as well as long-term problems associated with the high rate of criminal justice supervision in the U.S. Additional special assignments will be discussed with honors participants who seek to earn honors credit toward the end of our first class session. Examples of additional requirements may include: Honor students will be expected to interview a current Sociology graduate student working on a LCD topic. Following this, each student will individually be expected to do an in-class power-point presentation explaining how the interviewees? research relates with themes presented in the course. Students will also be expected to meet as a group and individually with the professor four times during the course semester. Sign up and prepare 3-4 discussion questions in advance of at least one class session. Work with professor and TA on other small leadership tasks (class discussion, paper exchange, tour). Write two brief (1-page) reflection papers on current news, or a two-page critique of a class reading Attend a presentation, workshop, or seminar on a related topic for this class and write a 2 page maximum reflective paper. prereq: [SOC 1001] recommended, Sociology majors/minors must register A-F, honors
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?phelps+SOC3101H+Fall2021
Class Description:
The goal of this course is to introduce students to a sociological account of the criminal justice system. We will critically examine the components, dynamics, and effects of policing, criminal courts, jails, prisons, and community supervision. Specific topics include how certain behaviors are defined as crime, how police and the courts function, and the experience of imprisonment and barriers individuals face after they are released from prison. We will also investigate how police, jails, prisons, and other criminal justice agencies responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the course, we focus on sociological understandings of these processes, with particular attention to ethnic,racial, class,and gender inequality. Assignments will include books, reports, articles, podcasts, and documentaries.

The course meets the Liberal Education requirements of Civil Life and Ethics. Courses with this designation are carefully designed to address the components, dynamics, and philosophical underpinnings of criminal justice through the Liberal Education critical framework.

Honors students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion, depth and to a degree length of writing assignments, presentations, and leadership of the students. Honors students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion and will be assigned additional reading and writing assignments.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students interested in the criminal justice system.
Learning Objectives:
To become familiar with the criminal justice system in the United States.
Grading:
50% Quizzes + Participation
25% Midterm Essay
25% Final Essay or Project
Exam Format:
Multiple choice, short answers, and essays
Class Format:
TBD -- In person if college approves large in person classes
Workload:
50-100 Pages reading per week (+ videos, podcasts, etc.)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33534/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
11 March 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3102 Section 001: Criminal Behavior and Social Control (19857)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 5
Enrollment Status:
Closed (83 of 83 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will address the social and legal origins of crime and crime control with a focus on general theories of deviance/crime and present an overview of forms of social control. We will critically examine criminological, sociological and legal theories that explain the causes of crime and other misdeeds. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?ferrales+SOC3102+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course will address the social and legal origins of crime and crime control. We will focus on general theories of deviance/crime and present an overview of forms of social control. We will critically examine criminological, sociological and legal theories that explain the causes of crime. This course covers diverse types of crime, including: street crime, violent crime, white-collar crime, occupational crime, war crimes and torture. In addition, we will examine the punishment of crime, including policing, prosecution, sentencing and mass incarceration. There will be a particular focus on how crime and forms of social control impact social inequality and divisions around race, class, and gender.
Grading:
35% Midterm Exam
35% Final Exam
30% Reports/Papers
Exam Format:
Essay and short answer (1 mid-term, 1 final)
Class Format:
45% Lecture
5% Film/Video
45% Discussion
5% Small Group Activities
Workload:
50-75 Pages Reading Per Week
2 Exams
1 Paper
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/19857/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
10 April 2017

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3201 Section 001: Inequality: Introduction to Stratification (21473)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 250
Enrollment Status:
Open (54 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Why does inequality exist? How does it work? These are the essential questions examined in this class. Topics range from welfare and poverty to the role of race and gender in getting ahead. We will pay particular attention to social inequities why some people live longer and happier lives while others are burdened by worry, poverty, and ill health. prereq: soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?tvanheuv+SOC3201+Fall2021
Class Description:
Who gets what, and why? How are power, privilege, and prestige distributed across individuals and groups, and why is it that some enjoy more than others? We consider how different dimensions of inequality have evolved over time, with special focus on inequalities across race, class, and gender. We assess how inequality shapes the lives of individuals in society, how and why inequality persists, and how people have worked to both challenge and reproduce their places in society.

We approach social inequality from a variety of angles, developing an understanding of how inequality works in and through schooling, labor markets, employment, identity and prejudice, social mobility, and the role of major social institutions such as work, family, education, politics and law. We examine core statements of social stratification from sociology and engage with contemporary theories from sociology, psychology, political science, and economics. By the end of this course, you will have a clearer understanding of the types of inequality that exist in society, how inequality operates through the broader social context, and the constraints and opportunities faced by individuals in different positions in society.
Grading:
Grades will be based on writing assignments and regular quizzes.
Workload:
40-70 pages per week.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21473/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
24 April 2020

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3211W Section 001: Race and Racism in the US (20875)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
AAS 3211W Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 08:15AM - 09:30AM
UMTC, West Bank
Hanson Hall 1-109
Enrollment Status:
Open (38 of 39 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
We live in a society steeped in racial understandings that are often invisible - some that are hard to see, and others that we work hard not to see. This course will focus on race relations in today's society with a historical overview of the experiences of various racial and ethnic groups in order to help explain their present-day social status. This course is designed to help students begin to develop their own informed perspectives on American racial "problems" by introducing them to the ways that sociologists deal with race, ethnicity, race relations and racism. We will expand our understanding of racial and ethnic dynamics by exploring the experiences of specific groups in the U.S. and how race/ethnicity intersects with sources of stratification such as class, nationality, and gender. The course will conclude by re-considering ideas about assimilation, pluralism, and multiculturalism. Throughout, our goal will be to consider race both as a source of identity and social differentiation as well as a system of privilege, power, and inequality affecting everyone in the society albeit in different ways.
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?sara0028+SOC3211W+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course is designed to help students begin developing informed perspectives on American racial "problems" by introducing them to how sociologists deal with race, ethnicity, race relations, and racism. We will cover the core theories that sociologists use to understand race in U.S. society and provide a historical overview of various racial and ethnic groups' experiences to explain racialized groups' present-day social status. We will expand our understanding of racial and ethnic dynamics by exploring the dominant social narratives of race in the United States. Throughout, our goal will be to consider race both as a source of identity and social differentiation as well as a system of privilege, power, and inequality affecting everyone in the society, albeit in different ways.
Learning Objectives:

By the end of the semester, students will be able to:

  • Utilize sociological theories and concepts to understand, discuss, apply, and create knowledge about race and racism in society in all of the course activities. These concepts are tools for thinking about society.

  • Locate claims and evidence in media sources on race and develop the skills to assess public narratives about race topics.

  • Practice and improve evidence-based communication, drawing on theory, course topics, and secondary sources to discuss race topics.

  • Create a final paper focused on developing personal interests in a specific race topic.

Exam Format:
Midterm and final exams are in the form of papers.
Class Format:
Active participation and discussion are encouraged in this class environment. Students should expect in-class activities.
Workload:
Students interested in this course can expect to read 10-30 pages of academic work per week; since this is a writing intensive course, we will be writing and revising paper work over the course of the semester.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/20875/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 April 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3241 Section 001: Sociology of Women's Health: Experiences from Around the World (22905)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 120
Enrollment Status:
Open (53 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Health care is a fundamental right, but access to it is not shared evenly by all. This course considers women's and men's health needs, and how health systems assign priority to those needs. The course also covers how differences in health policy, national medical systems, levels of wealth, and cultural contexts around the world affect women's health and treatment and their experiences of wellness and illness. Women are taking an active role in shaping healthy societies. The final portion of this course looks at the goals and successes of women's movements in the health sphere. Throughout the course, there will be an emphasis on how sociological approaches to health differ from medical or epidemiological approaches, the advantages of the sociological approaches, and the respective advantages and disadvantages of qualitative versus quantitative approaches to studying women's health. Pre-req: Soc majors and minors must register A-F; Soc 1001 recommended.
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?boyle014+SOC3241+Fall2021
Class Description:

This course takes a sociological and global approach to gender, health and illness. It begins by distinguishing sex from gender. We consider how gender expectations vary around the world and over time, and the implications for health. We review global goals (Sustainable Development Goals) for improving health, and ideas to reach those goals. Throughout the course, there is attention to the relative advantages of qualitative and quantitative approaches to studying gender and health. Students are introduced to, and learn to interpret, global health data.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Sociology, Global Studies, and Political Science majors. Students getting a Public Health or Population Studies minor. Students interested in learning how to work with global health data.
Learning Objectives:

-- Develop a sociological understanding of sex, gender, and health

-- Consider how policies, resources, and culture influence the priority given to women's health

-- Learn the relative advantages of qualitative versus quantitative approaches to studying health

-- Become acquainted with important resources to study health globally

Grading:
This may change a bit:

Online reading quizzes (10) 20%

Exams (2) 20%

Country report on women's health based on qualitative sources 15%

Country report on women's health based on quantitative data 15%

Peer reviews (2) 10%

Group presentation of country report 10%

Participation/Attendance/In-class Assignments 10%

Exam Format:
Short answer, multiple choice, and fill-in-the-blank questions with one longer essay question.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/22905/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 April 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3243W Section 001: On Drugs: Pleasures, Panics & Punishments (34915)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 415
Enrollment Status:
Closed (45 of 45 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
In this course we are going to study and reflect on the immense popularity of mood-enhancing drugs, legal and illegal, around the world today. Why do we want to modify our moods, and how do we set about it? Why do some people throw themselves into drug use while others fearfully avoid it? And why do many more of us feel worried about "addiction" to shopping, sex, or gambling? Together we will build a comparative analysis of drug cultures and practices - understanding the place of "journey" and "possession" inebriation across time, and how the temporal and ritual boundaries delimiting substance use get broken down by the mass commoditization of alcohol and other drugs by 19th century capitalism. From there we trace the amazingly confused development of addiction and changing forms of intervention, from alarmist educational campaigns and the militarized maneuvers of the drug war to the drug court movement, and from the twelve-step cure to alternative harm reduction approaches. This class will offer you a mixture of accessible and detailed material, together with some theoretical work which will help you grasp the subject on a deeper level. As a writing intensive class you will develop a three-stage paper with feedback at each stage, producing a strong writing sample. Pre-req: Soc 1001 recommended; Soc majors/minors must register A-F.
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?tgowan+SOC3243W+Fall2021
Class Description:
In this course we examine the immense popularity of mood-enhancing drugs, legal and illegal, around the world today. Why do we want to modify our moods, and how do we set about it? Why do some people throw themselves into drug use while others fearfully avoid it? Why do states and medical authorities promote some mood-changing drugs while waging wars against other, often very similar drugs? Together we will build a comparative analysis of drug cultures and drug regulation. We will start by exploring forms of "journey" and "possession" inebriation across time, learning about how earlier temporal and ritual boundaries limiting substance use get broken down by the modern capitalist commodification of alcohol, tobacco, opium, cocaine, and more. From there we trace how substances shift back and forward between legal, illicit and pharmaceutical statuses, as governments swing between militarized drug wars and more therapeutic controls such as contemporary drug courts and coerced treatment. Throughout the class we will explore the changing meanings of addiction, comparing the twelve-step movement to alternative approaches such as harm reduction. This class will offer you a mixture of accessible and detailed material, together with some theoretical work which will help you grasp the subject on a deeper level.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Take this class if you are interested in drug cultures and addiction, and wanting to move beyond simplistic judgments about "good" vs "bad" drug use!
Learning Objectives:
This class should help you "understand diverse philosophies and cultures within and across societies" (UMN SLO) It should also substantially improve your confidence and skill in qualitative research and writing. Students are expected to complete a research paper that is from 2000 to 2500 words in length, including references. You will use the class qualitative research project to identify a substantive topic or theoretical issue which the interviews illuminate, review important research on that topic, synthesize results, and present an engaging thesis.

NOTE: Students can sign up to make this class satisfy the senior project requirement (instead of taking the capstone class). A senior thesis version of the paper will require a more substantial literature review, addressing their theme across all the class project data, and a paper of 3500 to 4000 words in length, including refs.)
Grading:
The final grade will be weighted
in the following way: 30% term paper (10% for the first draft, 20% for final draft), 30% for moderator posts, 30% for class project participation (15% for interview transcript and profile, 15% for coding and presentations), 10% class and Canvas citizenship.
Class Format:
Short lectures and plenty of discussion, both in small groups and full class.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/34915/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 April 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3246 Section 001: Diseases, Disasters, & Other Killers (22237)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Partially Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 155
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue 11:00AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
UMN ONLINE-HYB
Enrollment Status:
Open (81 of 83 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course studies the social pattern of mortality, beginning with demographic transition theory. Students will study specific causes of death or theories of etiology, including theories about suicide, fundamental cause theory, and the role of early life conditions in mortality. Students learn tools for studying mortality, including cause of death classifications and life tables. Soc majors/minors must register A-F.
Class Notes:
This lecture is completely online. On Tuesdays, the lecture will meet in a synchronous format at the scheduled time. The remaining lecture material will be available online in an asynchronous format. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?ewf+SOC3246+Fall2021
Class Description:
This class is about the past, present, and future of why people die. Why did infectious diseases rapidly seem to disappear--and will they come back? How have historical changes in social organization and interaction with the natural environment changed when and how we die, and what do medical advances, climate change, and persistent inequalities imply for what we might die of in the future?

We will:
* Explore the causes and consequences of a historic worldwide transformation in death and disease
* Analyze how that transformation occurred differently in different parts of the world, and why it matters
* Consider to what extent mortality can--or can't--be further eradicated.
Grading:
Grades will be based on three written essays, regular reading responses, and regular (approximately weekly) reading quizzes.
Class Format:
Lecture and discussion
Workload:
Substantial reading; regular quizzes based on readings (lowest two dropped); three essays
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/22237/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
29 March 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3251W Section 001: Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender (21914)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
AAS 3251W Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue 05:30PM - 08:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hanson Hall 1-104
Enrollment Status:
Open (39 of 40 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
In the midst of social unrest, it is important for us to understand social inequality. In this course we will analyze the impact of three major forms of inequality in the United States: race, class, and gender. Through taking an intersectional approach at these topics, we will examine the ways these social forces work institutionally, conceptually, and in terms of our everyday realities. We will focus on these inequalities as intertwined and deeply embedded in the history of the country. Along with race, class, and gender we will focus on other axes of inequality including sexuality, citizenship, and dis/ability. We will analyze the meanings and values attached to these social categories, and the ways in which these social constructions help rationalize, justify, and reproduce social inequality. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?joh07820+SOC3251W+Fall2021
Class Description:
Numerous scholars in the social sciences have noted pervasive inequalities in the United States. These inequalities often manifest within the realms of education, health, income, wealth (among others) and often cut sharply along the lines of race, gender, and class. This course will examine the cultural processes through which such durable inequality can persist despite widespread (although not-near total) belief in egalitarian ideals in the United States. We will discover, through engagement with scholarly work spanning from the early 20th century until our current moment, how racial, classed, and gendered social positions and identities saturate every aspect of social life - our perception, our routines, our values, and even the way we carry our bodies through the world. Both during class time and within class assignments, students will use such accumulated knowledge to account for why social power remains unequally distributed in the United States.

List of assigned authors in the course include (but is not limited to): W.E.B DuBois, Dorothy Smith, Patricia Hill Collins, Kimberlee Crenshaw, Pierre Bourdieu, and others.

Who Should Take This Class?:
All students who have an interest in grappling with the deep sources/consequences of social inequality, especially if they have already become interested in the sociological discipline, are welcome.

Learning Objectives:
Students will gain an entry-level understanding of essential works in sociology which explain the cultural nature and operation of Race, Class, and Gender in the United States.

In service of the above objective, students will learn strategies for how to digest and comprehend academic texts and their theoretical content.


Students will gain experience in working with other students and the instructor in a discussion (rather than purely lecture) format to review and apply course texts.


Students will develop the ability to translate sociological texts and theory into their surrounding social contexts, using it to analyze a social problem of their choosing in a course paper.


Students will learn how to develop and revise a medium length
(10-12 page) paper, and, consequently, a sociologically-informed argument, throughout multiple drafts and across several weeks.

Grading:
Students will be evaluated on a mixture of class participation, Small, pre-class writing assignments which will prepare you for class, and several graded components (an articulation of topic, an outline with provisional sources, a peer-reviewed draft, and the final paper) of a 10-12 page paper due in segments throughout the term. There will be no quizzes or tests.
Exam Format:
There is no final exam for the class. A final paper will be due during the final exam period of the semester.
Class Format:
Classes will include the following activities (Instruction will be synchronous, meaning students will have to be online at the assigned times) :

-Small group discussion in zoom "breakout" rooms where students will meet regularly with a set of fellow students to respond to questions from the instructor. (The instructor encourages students to "go" to class in spaces where video and audio capture from their chosen device [smart phone or computer] is possible).

-Mini "lectures" where the instructor will pull together, in real time, the contributions of the various breakout groups (the logistics of this will be ironed out early in the term), as well as his expertise, into a shared notes document for the class on the readings for the day.

-Occasional films demonstrating course concepts

-Paper workshops with the students regular breakout groups to hone and revise their paper ideas and paper text.
Workload:
Students should expect to dedicate 4 to 6 hours a week to course readings in addition to several additional hours during weeks before major assignments
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21914/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
13 April 2020

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3322W Section 001: Social Movements, Protests, and Change (33535)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 250
Enrollment Status:
Closed (58 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Focusing on the origins, dynamics, and consequences of social movements, this course explores debates about the dilemmas and challenges facing movement organizations, the relationship between social movements and various institutions, and the role of social movements and protest in bringing about change. The course is organized around general theoretical issues concerning why people join movements, why they leave or remain in movements, how movements are organized, the strategies and tactics they use, and their long-term and short-run impact. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?gerte004+SOC3322W+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course covers the origins, dynamics and consequences of social movements and collective action. This includes the challenges facing social movement participants and social movement organizations, the relationship between social movements and political institutions, and the role of movements in bringing about change. We will explore both theoretical issues and grounded case studies in our discussions and reading.
Grading:
30% Reports/Papers
30% Quizzes
20% Journal
10% In-class Presentations
10% Class Participation
Class Format:
35% Lecture
5% Film/Video
35% Discussion
20% Small Group Activities
5% Student Presentations
Workload:
30-60 Pages Reading Per Week
25 Pages Writing Per Term
2 development papers, leading to 1 final paper.
2 Presentations
10 Quiz(zes)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33535/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
11 November 2016

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3421W Section 001: Sociology of Work: Good Jobs, Bad Jobs, No Jobs? (33536)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 120
Enrollment Status:
Open (34 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Work is central to individuals, economy, and society. This course introduces students to sociological perspectives and analyses of work. We will look at what makes a good job good, a bad job bad, and impacts of joblessness on society. prereq: 1001 recommended, Soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?bianx001+SOC3421W+Fall2021
Class Description:
Work is of centrality to individuals, economy, and society. This course is to introduce students to sociological perspectives and analyses of work. The instructor will give lectures on relevant topics with the assistance of PPT presentation. Students are expected to satisfy three course requirements: (1) read the required and recommended texts and participate in class discussions organized to exchange opinions about issues of work in America today; (2) take in-class quizzes designed to review some of lectured topics and discussed issues; and (3) develop three essays on problems of work described on this syllabus. This is a writing intensive course, and the development of the three essays has a heavy weight in the final course grade. There will not be a cumulative in-class exam. The prerequisite is Soc1001 ?Introduction to Sociology.? Instructor's permission is required if students do not have taken this course.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Any sociology or non-sociology students interested in the class as part of their major requirement. Soc 1001 "Introduction to Sociology" is the prerequisite.
Learning Objectives:
Full version please read Class Description. Briefly, learning about American workplace, sociological perspectives of work and occupation, and kinds of jobs in the USA.
Grading:
60% Reports/Papers
25% Quizzes
15% Class Participation
Exam Format:
Quiz and papers, no exam.
Class Format:
90% Lecture
10% Discussion
Workload:
20 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
3 Paper(s)
5 Quiz(zes)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33536/1219
Syllabus:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/bianx001_SOC3421W_Fall2021.pdf
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/bianx001_SOC3421W_Spring2019.pdf (Spring 2019)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
2 October 2018

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3446 Section 001: Comparing Healthcare Systems (33537)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 330
Enrollment Status:
Open (76 of 83 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Examination of national health systems from an international comparative perspective, emphasizing social, organizational, political, economic, cultural, and ethical dimensions of healthcare policies and programs to deliver services and their impacts on the health of population groups. The comparative approach will enable students to acquire a better understanding of the problems and potential for reforming and improving US healthcare delivery. Pre-req: Soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?knoke001+SOC3446+Fall2021
Class Description:
Examination of national health systems from an international comparative perspective, emphasizing social, organizational, political, economic, cultural, and ethical dimensions of healthcare policies and programs to deliver services and their impacts on the health of population groups. The comparative approach will enable students to acquire a better understanding of the problems and potential for reforming and improving US healthcare delivery.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students in liberal arts, health sciences, business, and related fields who are interested in learning about careers in healthcare, research on interorganizational systems, or public policy making.
Learning Objectives:
This course enables student to develop skills in understanding different sides of controversial issues, to improve their critical reasoning abilities, and to acquire ethical standards for participating in society as thoughtful, well informed, and engaged citizens. Students who successfully complete the course will be able to read, interpret, and understand information and analyses of international healthcare systems. Students will ponder ethical issues of privacy, efficiency, and equity in healthcare systems. They will enhance their abilities to communicate effectively by developing analyses and arguments both orally and in writing. Not least, the course lays a foundation for life-long learning about healthcare and searching for productive strategies to use in their personal and professional lives. The numerous objectives of this course are highly relevant for subsequent careers in a variety of healthcare fields, including management, administration, finance, planning, and policy making. Key learning objectives include:
  • Analyze the historical development, organization, financing, and delivery of public and private health services in comparative international healthcare systems.
  • Identify key components in theories explaining healthcare organizations, professions, and delivery systems of diverse nations.
  • Understand differences in national responses to the 2020-21 global covid-19 pandemic.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the impacts of social, organizational, political, economic, cultural, and ethical factors on international healthcare systems.
  • Critically analyze healthcare system programs and organizations by using international case studies in shorter writing assignments.
  • Produce a broader analysis comparing international healthcare systems in a longer course
Grading:
Three shorter writing assignments (20% each), one course paper (40%).
Exam Format:
No exams!
Class Format:
Classes meet twice a week for 75 minutes are conducted in lecture, discussion, small group activity, and video format. Class meetings consist of four types of activities: (1) an overview of the main aspects of a topic, in formal presentations by the instructor and occasional guest speakers; (2) open discussions among all participants of key issues, applications to empirical research, and potential directions for future developments; and (3) small group exercises such as debates and role-playing activities; and (4) short video clips on healthcare practices and policies.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33537/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 March 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3501 Section 001: Sociology of Families (33538)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 317
Enrollment Status:
Open (53 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Family has long been a significant experience in human societies; much of what we understand ourselves to be, arises in family life. But family also varies widely in composition across time and place. We will learn how sociologists study and understand families theoretically, as social institutions, as well as sites and sources of social problems. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?hull+SOC3501+Fall2021
Class Description:
Sociology of Families is a survey course providing an overview of sociological approaches to theorizing, studying and understanding families. We will cover a range of topics, including defining and researching families, the history of families, romantic and sexual relationships, marriage and divorce, blended families, parenting and the socialization of children, families and work, the impact of social problems on family life, and the future of families. As we explore this broad variety of topics, we will give special attention to a few unifying themes, including the diversity of family forms and practices, the nature of social inequalities within and across families, and the persistence of change over time.
Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course, you will: be able to think critically about families and related issues, including policy questions; have mastery of a significant body of knowledge about how families work, the challenges they face, and family-related trends over time; have awareness of how families are implicated in systems and processes of social inequality, and be able to think creatively about how inequalities might be ameliorated; have the ability to interpret and evaluate your own ideas and experiences related to family within a broader sociological context.

Grading:
Four writing assignments and a final exam
Exam Format:
Short answer.
Class Format:
In person.
Workload:
60-100 pages of reading per week.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33538/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 March 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3505 Section 001: Migrations: People in Motion (33539)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Enrollment Requirements:
soph or jr or sr
Meets With:
GLOS 3705 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 330
Enrollment Status:
Open (19 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Students in this course will tackle debates related to migration from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and will compare and connect diverse migration trends around the world (Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America). Students will critically engage with various paradigms on the geopolitical, racial, and gender power dynamics that anchor migration processes and outcomes. Why would the movement of individuals from some parts of the world (often from the least developed regions to the highly developed Western nations) create such strong and highly charged debates? How are cross border social and economic relations of individuals and households maintained and perpetuated? What are particular governments doing to either encourage or hinder these movements? How are current migrations different from earlier eras? Is this gendered, and if so, how and why? The objective of this course is to explore the above questions through academic and policy published literature. prereq: Soph, jr, or sr
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?cabdi+SOC3505+Fall2021
Class Description:
How is transnationalism or cross border social and economic relations maintained and perpetuated? How are these relations affecting identity? How is current transnationalism different from earlier migration? Is this gendered, and if so, how and why? The objective of this course is to explore these questions through theoretical and case study based literature on the subject. The first part of the course provides a historical overview on migration over the last two centuries. The second section centralizes identity in terms of transnational or dispersed communities. The aim of this section is to introduce the complex web of culture, agency and structure in play when dealing with migration. The third section presents case studies on the social and economic relations of transnational communities. The nature of family connections across borders and the economic ties of those who migrated with their families in the home country is discussed. The role of gender in these relations is also explored. The final section of the course deals with the role of the nation-state in transnational migration.
Grading:
30% Midterm Exam
30% Final Exam
30% Written Homework
10% Class Participation
Class Format:
50% Lecture
20% Film/Video
30% Discussion
Workload:
65 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
1 Paper(s)
1 Presentation(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33539/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
1 April 2013

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3701 Section 001: Social Theory (21683)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Mon, Wed 09:05AM - 10:45AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 317
Enrollment Status:
Open (53 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber and Durkheim to contemporary theories of postmodernism and globalization. We will examine a range of theories with particular attention to their treatments of core sociological questions and concerns. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
15 seats reserved for Soc majors Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?lyimo002+SOC3701+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim to contemporary theories of change, action, identities, and the social self. We will work to understand the social and historical environments in which these theories have developed and focus on how theoretical inquiry can serve as a guide for scientific explanation of human behavior. Some of the questions explored will include: What holds societies together? How do societies reproduce themselves? How does social change take place? How are social identities created, maintained, and transformed? What are features of modern social life and where is society headed in the future?

Social theory has two sides, the analytical and the normative. The analytical seeks to define the principles by which the social world works. The normative seeks to criticize society for its faults and indicate how to correct them, so as to better fulfill human needs and potentials. Sometimes the two sides work well together; other times they draw apart with hopes running faster than evidence. In any case, no matter how much theorists and students may come to sociology out of a desire to fix social problems, their ideas still have to be held to the standard of evidence. That's why sociology is a science and not a set of ethics. If you want to improve society, it helps to first know how society works. But this is not so easy. Society is often pretty confusing and complicated. Even an idea about how society works is basically a theory. To state a problem, why have many societies confined women to household work? Some people might theorize that its due to biological differences from men, but others would counter that its due to cultural norms created by male desire for power. Here are two theories. Which is correct? We would have to look at detailed studies to find the answer. Testing theories is not so much the job of this course. Rather, the job is getting to know the range of theoretical ideas and how they have evolved over time. These ideas have provided the starting points for many long courses of research.

Who Should Take This Class?:

Soc majors/minors and any one interested in the core sociological questions about how society works? What holds society together? How do societies reproduce themselves? How does social change take place? How are social identities created, maintained, and transformed. prereq: 1001 recommended.

Learning Objectives:

The objective of the course is to understand the intellectual and social environment within which various theories and theorists emerged in explaining social change and how society works. The point for us will be to understand the key concepts and ideas from different theorists, not just memorize them. Understanding is when something goes "click!" in your mind and you suddenly see the world in a new way. The "aha!" moment. The aim here is to be able to use various concepts/theories to understand social problems/issues and our own lived experiences outside classroom situation.

Grading:
1 Midterm (25%), two quizzes (30%) 6 Reading Responses (30%), In-class assignments/Participation (15%)
Exam Format:
The mid-term exams will be a combination of multiple-choice, and short answers. The mid-term will cover content from course readings, lectures, films, and in-class discussions and activities. It will cover materials for up to Week 4. The quizzes will cover materials from Week 5 to Week 8. There will not be a final exam.
Class Format:
Class sessions will consist of online lectures, video excerpts, and in-class exercises (through breakout rooms). We will frequently use small-group discussions to give you a chance to discuss the readings in a less structured environment and help you understand the material as we proceed.
Workload:
In addition to weekly reading assignments, students in this class are expected to submit 6 reading responses over the course of the semester. These reading responses are one-paragraph-long reflections that demonstrate your understanding of the assigned material and help you create the habit of forging connections between various readings and ideas. The reading responses will also be used for participation
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21683/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 April 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3701 Section 002: Social Theory (18903)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Mon, Wed 12:20PM - 02:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 250
Enrollment Status:
Open (79 of 83 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber and Durkheim to contemporary theories of postmodernism and globalization. We will examine a range of theories with particular attention to their treatments of core sociological questions and concerns. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
15 seats reserved for Soc majors Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jvanheuv+SOC3701+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim to contemporary theories of change, action, identities, and the social self. We will work to understand the social and historical environments in which these theories have developed and focus on how theoretical inquiry can serve as a guide for scientific explanation of human behavior. Some of the questions explored will include: What holds societies together? How do societies reproduce themselves? How does social change take place? How are social identities created, maintained, and transformed? What are features of modern social life and where is society headed in the future?
Exam Format:
Short answer; essays
Class Format:
Classes will consist of a mixture of lecture and discussion
Workload:
30-75 pages reading per week
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/18903/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
18 March 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3701 Section 003: Social Theory (22412)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Wed 05:00PM - 08:20PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 25
Enrollment Status:
Open (53 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber and Durkheim to contemporary theories of postmodernism and globalization. We will examine a range of theories with particular attention to their treatments of core sociological questions and concerns. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
10 seats reserved for Soc majors Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?pharr004+SOC3701+Fall2021
Class Description:

This course provides a broad overview of the major paradigms of social thought. While we will initially focus on classical theory and the "Big Three"
of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, the emphasis of this course will be on how contemporary thinkers draw upon and modify the classics for modern contexts. With the help of such thinkers, we will tackle such core sociological questions as: What is social theory? How does it differ from the theories applied in "hard" sciences such as physics and biology? What holds society together? How do social networks and institutions endure over time? What is the relationship between the individual and society? How is human thought and behavior shaped by social interaction? What is power, who holds it, and how is it exercised? What are the primary axes of social change? What defines the modernity? Are we living in a post-modern era? Over the course of the semester our goal will be to not only understand a diverse range of theories and thinkers, but to apply them to our own lives and social contexts. In addition to lectures and in-class activities, students will engage in weekly online discussions to hone their own critical sensibilities by identifying and interrogating the key arguments and assumptions of the texts.

Grading:
60% Quizzes
25% Final Exam
15% General Participation (in-class and online)
Exam Format:
Multiple choice; essay
Workload:
30-45 pages reading per week
12 quizzes submitted on Canvas
1 final exam submitted on Canvas
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/22412/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
19 August 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3701 Section 301: Social Theory (23390)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
College of Continuing Education
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Closed (35 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber and Durkheim to contemporary theories of postmodernism and globalization. We will examine a range of theories with particular attention to their treatments of core sociological questions and concerns. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
For course syllabus and details, see https://ccaps.umn.edu/oes-courses/social-theory.
Class Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim to contemporary theories of change, action, identities, and the social self. We will work to understand the social and historical environments in which these theories have developed and focus on how theoretical inquiry can serve as a guide for scientific explanation of human behavior. Some of the questions explored will include: What holds societies together? How do societies reproduce themselves? How does social change take place? How are social identities created, maintained, and transformed? What are features of modern social life and where is society headed in the future?
Exam Format:
Short answer; essays
Workload:
Other Workload: book essay
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/23390/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
6 July 2015

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3801 Section 001: Sociological Research Methods (18901)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 235
Enrollment Status:
Open (49 of 60 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introduction to the materials and methods of social science research in a comprehensive and critical way. The course begins by introducing social science research, including philosophical and theoretical foundations. The course then covers the primary components of research design, including conceptualization, operationalization and measurement, primary and secondary data collection and sources, sampling, and the logic of comparison(s). prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?eroberts+SOC3801+Fall2021
Class Description:
The research methods course teaches you to understand, critique, and plan sociological research. This course introduces you to both qualitative and quantitative research designs. The course is intended for sociology majors and it should be taken before you begin your major project. We will use lectures, discussions, lab exercises, short weekly assignments, and a few small outside-of-class "hands-on" research assignments to get a feel for a variety of research methods. In addition to exams and the activities listed above, students will prepare a research proposal and data collection website as a final project.
Who Should Take This Class?:
This course is a required class for a major in Sociology, and will be of interest to students from other disciplines with interests in social research.
Learning Objectives:
This course is designed to introduce you to how sociologists gather, present, and critique evidence about society. You will gain a working knowledge of common sociological methods including ethnography, archival research, surveys, and experiments. Our emphasis is on developing your ability to effectively critique published sociological research, and understand which research methods you would use to answer your own questions. You will improve your skills in the CLA Core Career Competencies of Digital Literacy, Applied Problem Solving, and Oral and Written Communication.
Grading:
30%: Participation and regular worksheets on readings and lectures
20%: Two short papers
20%: Best of two exams
30%: Citizen social science assignment to propose a research study, and design a data collection tool for a key element of your data.
Exam Format:
Short answer and brief essay.
Class Format:
60% Lecture
5% Film/Video
5% Discussion
20% Laboratory
5% Small Group Activities
5% Guest Speakers
Workload:
30-50 pages of reading per week
10-12 pages of formal writing per semester
Development of a data collection tool
2 papers critically evaluating the evidence for claims made by a professional sociologist
11 homework worksheets based on assigned readings.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/18901/1219
Syllabus:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/eroberts_SOC3801_Fall2021.pdf
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/eroberts_SOC3801_Spring2020.pdf (Spring 2020)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/eroberts_SOC3801_Fall2017.pdf (Fall 2017)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
31 October 2019

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3801 Section 009: Sociological Research Methods (20642)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Closed (120 of 120 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introduction to the materials and methods of social science research in a comprehensive and critical way. The course begins by introducing social science research, including philosophical and theoretical foundations. The course then covers the primary components of research design, including conceptualization, operationalization and measurement, primary and secondary data collection and sources, sampling, and the logic of comparison(s). prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This lecture (3801-09) is completely online in an asynchronous format. There are no scheduled meeting times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?liebler+SOC3801+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course focuses on the effective critical evaluation of sociological evidence. After introducing basic principles of sociological research, we will carefully read and analyze significant studies which exemplify each of four types of sociological research methods: field observations, historical archives, surveys, and experiments. No mathematical or statistical background is required.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Sociology majors and other social scientists hoping to understand how sociological research is created and what questions we might ask of each study to better understand it's strengths and weaknesses.
Grading:
10% Worksheets and other assignments based on lectures
15% Worksheets and other assignments based on podcasts
30% Unit quizzes
30% Two brief papers analyzing the quality of methods used by professional sociologists (as described in the readings)
15% Worksheets based on readings
Exam Format:
The unit quizzes are multiple choice and short answer. There are no exams.
Class Format:
Lectures are available on Canvas and will also be presented live if the student would like to attend.
Podcasts are mostly from Give Methods a Chance -- listen to podcast, read accompanying book, answer accompanying questions, contribute to discussions. Students who attend discussion section will do this work together in real time.
Class is divided into units and each unit has a short quiz.
Deeper understanding and analysis are required to analyze the quality of methods used by professional sociologists (papers are about the assigned journal article reading material only)
Worksheets based on the assigned journal articles, assessing basic understanding, in preparation for the papers.
Workload:
30-50 pages of reading per week
20-40 minutes of podcast listening per week
10-12 pages of writing per semester
5-10 brief quizzes
2 papers critically evaluating the evidence for claims made by a professional sociologist
11 homework worksheets based on assigned readings
Students have options for how to earn points. There are more points available than are necessary for an "A". The only required assignments are the two papers.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/20642/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
14 March 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 3811 Section 001: Social Statistics (18834)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
SOC 5811 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 210
Enrollment Status:
Open (171 of 174 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will introduce majors and non-majors to basic statistical measures and procedures that are used to describe and analyze quantitative data in sociological research. The topics include (1) frequency and percentage distributions, (2) central tendency and dispersion, (3) probability theory and statistical inference, (4) models of bivariate analysis, and (5) basics of multivariate analysis. Lectures on these topics will be given in class, and lab exercises are designed to help students learn statistical skills and software needed to analyze quantitative data provided in the class. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for Soc 5811 (Soc 5811 offered Fall terms only). Undergraduates with strong math background are encouraged to register for 5811 in lieu of 3811. Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F.
Class Notes:
Sociology majors have priority registration for 15 reserved seats through 4/22/21. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?knoke001+SOC3811+Fall2021
Class Description:
This is a social statistics course that emphasizes describing data and testing hypotheses. Lectures expose students to the theoretical bases of statistical methods and how to use them in social research. Laboratory sessions teach computing skills and data manipulation techniques. Test problems and lab assignments help students to gain knowledge of basic descriptive and inferential statistics, including frequency distributions, means tests, correlation and regression. Many examples are drawn from diverse sociological topics and illustrated with national survey data.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Sociology majors and students from other disciplines.
Learning Objectives:
Acquire knowledge of basic statistical principles and computation methods, applied to real social data. Ability to read and understand articles that analyze social data.
Grading:
75% Three Exams
25% Two computer data analysis assignments.
Exam Format:
Computations
Short Answer
Class Format:
60% Lecture
40% Laboratory
Workload:
10-35 PowerPoint slides reading per week; 2 computer problem sets; 3 exams.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/18834/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
4 November 2019

Fall 2021  |  SOC 4101V Section 001: Honors: Sociology of Law (21484)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Honors
Enrollment Requirements:
honors student
Meets With:
SOC 4101W Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 5
Enrollment Status:
Open (4 of 5 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will consider the relationship between law and society, analyzing law as an expression of cultural values, a reflection of social and political structure, and an instrument of social control and social change. Emphasizing a comparative perspective, we begin by discussing theories about law and legal institutions. We then turn our attention to the legal process and legal actors, focusing on the impact of law, courts, and lawyers on the rights of individuals. Although this course focuses on the US legal system, we will explore issues of the relationship between US law and global law and concepts of justice. Additional special assignments will be discussed with honors participants who seek to earn honors credit toward the end of our first class session. Examples of additional requirements may include: - Honors students will be expected to interview a current Sociology graduate student working on a LCD topic. Following this, each student will individually be expected to do an in-class power point presentation explaining how the interviewees? research relates with themes presented in the course. Students will also be expected to meet as a group and individually with the professor four times during the course semester. - Sign up and prepare 3-4 discussion questions in advance of at least one class session. - Work with professor and TA on other small leadership tasks (class discussion, paper exchange, tour). - Write two brief (1-page) reflection papers on current news, or a two-page critique of a class reading - Attend a presentation, workshop, or seminar on a related topic for this class and write a 2-page maximum reflective paper. prereq: honors student, [[SOC 1001] and [SOC 1101 or 3101 or 3102]] recommended, Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?ferrales+SOC4101V+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course will consider the relationship between law and society, analyzing law as an expression of cultural values, a reflection of social and political structure, and an instrument of social control and social change. Emphasizing a comparative perspective, we begin by discussing theories about law and legal institutions. We then turn our attention to the legal process and legal actors, focusing on the impact of law, courts, and lawyers on the rights of individuals. Throughout the course, we will consider the role of law in creating, reproducing, and shaping class, gender, and race inequalities. An array of reading materials will be assigned including: theoretical works, empirical studies, and U.S. Supreme Court cases. Honors students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion and give a class presentation during the course.
Grading:
20% Midterm Exam
20% Final Exam
50% Reports/Papers
10% Class Participation
Class Format:
45% Lecture
5% Film/Video
45% Discussion
5% Small Group Activities
Workload:
50-75 Pages Reading Per Week
2 Exam(s)
2 Paper(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21484/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
10 April 2019

Fall 2021  |  SOC 4101W Section 001: Sociology of Law (20660)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
SOC 4101V Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 5
Enrollment Status:
Open (52 of 53 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will consider the relationship between law and society, analyzing law as an expression of cultural values, a reflection of social and political structure, and an instrument of social control and social change. Emphasizing a comparative perspective, we begin by discussing theories about law and legal institutions. We then turn our attention to the legal process and legal actors, focusing on the impact of law, courts, and lawyers on the rights of individuals. Although this course focuses on the US legal system, we will explore issues of the relationship between US law and global law and concepts of justice. prereq: [[SOC 1001] and [SOC 1101 or 3101 or 3102]] recommended, Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?ferrales+SOC4101W+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course will consider the relationship between law and society, analyzing law as an expression of cultural values, a reflection of social and political structure, and an instrument of social control and social change. Emphasizing a comparative perspective, we begin by discussing theories about law and legal institutions. We then turn our attention to the legal process and legal actors, focusing on the impact of law, courts, and lawyers on the rights of individuals. Throughout the course, we will consider the role of law in creating, reproducing, and shaping class, gender, and race inequalities. An array of reading materials will be assigned including: theoretical works, empirical studies, and U.S. Supreme Court cases. Honors students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion and give a class presentation during the course.
Grading:
20% Midterm Exam
20% Final Exam
50% Reports/Papers
10% Class Participation
Class Format:
45% Lecture
5% Film/Video
45% Discussion
5% Small Group Activities
Workload:
50-75 Pages Reading Per Week
2 Exam(s)
2 Paper(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/20660/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
10 April 2019

Fall 2021  |  SOC 4104 Section 001: Crime and Human Rights (33540)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Meets With:
SOC 4104H Section 001
SOC 5104 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 250
Enrollment Status:
Closed (77 of 77 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course addresses serious violations of humanitarian and human rights law, efforts to criminalize those violations (laws and institutions), and consequences of these efforts. Special attention will be paid to the impact interventions have on representations and memories of atrocities on responses and the future of cycles of violence. Case studies on Holocaust, Balkan wars, Darfur, My Lai massacre, etc. Criminal justice, truth commissions, vetting, compensation programs. prereq: SOC 1001, at least one 3xxx SOC course recommended, Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?savel001+SOC4104+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course addresses serious violations of humanitarian and human rights law, efforts to criminalize those violations (laws and institutions), and consequences of these efforts. Examples are crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. Special attention will be paid to the impact interventions have on memories of atrocities as such memories are likely to affect the future of cycles of violence. Section I provides an overview of the basic themes of this class and their interconnection: atrocities, legal and other institutional responses, and the ways responses mediate memory. Section II addresses a series of cases in which responses to past atrocities included criminal prosecution and trials: the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, the Balkan wars, and the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War. A special focus will be on the violence in the Darfur region of Sudan. Section III will examine cases in which a major response to atrocities was truth commissions, at times combined with trials and compensation programs. Special cases include South Africa, Argentina, and post-Communist Eastern Europe. Section IV addresses the consequences of interventions and memories for ending cycles of violence. Honors and graduate students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion, depth and to a degree length of writing assignments, presentations, and leadership of the students.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students with an interest in issues of crime and human rights. In the past, students in sociology (including LCD), global studies, political science, history, and a variety of other fields have been enrolled.
Learning Objectives:
Learn basic facts about grave violations of human rights; engage with efforts at explaining such events; learn about new types of responses and their consequences.
Grading:
80% Two midterm and one final exams.
20% Attendance, participation and individual contribution to group project
A class paper linking the student's thesis project to concepts and theories addresses in this class.
Exam Format:
Multiple choice and short answer or essay
Class Format:
60% Lecture
15% Film/Video
10% Discussion
10% Small Group Activities
5% Student Presentations
Workload:
About 80 pages reading per week plus exams and writing assignments plus one class paper (reading and writing)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33540/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
18 March 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 4104H Section 001: Honors: Crime and Human Rights (33541)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Honors
Enrollment Requirements:
honors student
Meets With:
SOC 4104 Section 001
SOC 5104 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 250
Enrollment Status:
Closed (4 of 4 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course addresses serious violations of humanitarian and human rights law, efforts to criminalize those violations (laws and institutions), and consequences of these efforts. Special attention will be paid to the impact interventions have on representations and memories of atrocities on responses and the future of cycles of violence. Case studies on Holocaust, Balkan wars, Darfur, My Lai massacre, etc. Criminal justice, truth commissions, vetting, compensation programs. Additional special assignments will be discussed with honors participants who seek to earn honors credit toward the end of our first class session. Examples of additional requirements may include: Honors students will be expected to interview a current Sociology graduate student working on an LCD topic. Following this, each student will individually be expected to do an in-class PowerPoint presentation explaining how the interviewees? research relates to themes presented in the course. Students will also be expected to meet as a group and individually with the professor four times during the course semester. Sign up and prepare 3-4 discussion questions in advance of at least one class session. Work with professor and TA on other small leadership tasks (class discussion, paper exchange, tour). Write two brief (1-page) reflection papers on current news or a two-page critique of a class reading Attend a presentation, workshop, or seminar on a related topic for this class and write a 2-page maximum reflective paper. prereq: SOC 1001, at least one 3xxx SOC course recommended, Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
1 seat reserved for Soc honors until 5/3/21. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?savel001+SOC4104H+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course addresses serious violations of humanitarian and human rights law, efforts to criminalize those violations (laws and institutions), and consequences of these efforts. Examples are crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. Special attention will be paid to the impact interventions have on memories of atrocities as such memories are likely to affect the future of cycles of violence. Section I provides an overview of the basic themes of this class and their interconnection: atrocities, legal and other institutional responses, and the ways responses mediate memory. Section II addresses a series of cases in which responses to past atrocities included criminal prosecution and trials: the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, the Balkan wars, and the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War. A special focus will be on the violence in the Darfur region of Sudan. Section III will examine cases in which a major response to atrocities was truth commissions, at times combined with trials and compensation programs. Special cases include South Africa, Argentina, and post-Communist Eastern Europe. Section IV addresses the consequences of interventions and memories for ending cycles of violence. Honors and graduate students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion, depth and to a degree length of writing assignments, presentations, and leadership of the students.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students with an interest in issues of crime and human rights. In the past, students in sociology (including LCD), global studies, political science, history, and a variety of other fields have been enrolled.
Learning Objectives:
Learn basic facts about grave violations of human rights; engage with efforts at explaining such events; learn about new types of responses and their consequences.
Grading:
80% Two midterm and one final exams.
20% Attendance, participation and individual contribution to group project
A class paper linking the student's thesis project to concepts and theories addresses in this class.
Exam Format:
Multiple choice and short answer or essay
Class Format:
60% Lecture
15% Film/Video
10% Discussion
10% Small Group Activities
5% Student Presentations
Workload:
About 80 pages reading per week plus exams and writing assignments plus one class paper (reading and writing)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33541/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
18 March 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 4106 Section 001: Crime on TV (33543)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Enrollment Requirements:
soph or jr or sr
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 10
Enrollment Status:
Closed (84 of 83 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course uses television shows to explore sociological perspectives on crime and punishment. We will critically examine how (and to what extent) four television series represent or distort prevailing knowledge about crime and punishment. prereq: recommended [1001 or 1011V, 1101 or 3101 or 3102]; Soph or above or instr consent; soc majors/minors must register A-F.
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?page+SOC4106+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course uses television shows to explore sociological perspectives on crime and punishment. The premise of this class is that we can learn a great deal about lawbreaking and social control from watching (and analyzing) television shows. (It is also true that much television misrepresents the nature and consequences of crime and punishment.) We will critically examine how (and to what extent) several television series represent or distort prevailing knowledge about crime and punishment. Topics will include the social origins and functions of crime, causes and consequences of lawbreaking, policing, race and the war on drugs, mass imprisonment, the culture and social relations of prisons, and prisoner re-entry. Featured shows include: The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, The Wire, Orange is the New Black, and Rectify (the exact line up is subject to change). Disclosure. The shows we will watch graphically depict poverty, sexuality, drug-use, and violence. Several of the shows include profanity and vulgar language. As such, students who may be offended or uncomfortable with such language and themes may not wish to take this course.
Exam Format:
35% Midterm Exam
35% Final Exam
25% Quizzes
5% Class Participation
Class Format:
30% Lecture
45% Discussion
25% Small Group Activities
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33543/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
4 March 2020

Fall 2021  |  SOC 4141 Section 001: Youth Crime & Punishment (34172)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Community Engaged Learning
Meets With:
SOC 4141H Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Thu 05:30PM - 08:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 415
Enrollment Status:
Open (24 of 26 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course offers an overview of social theory and research on youth crime, punishment, and delinquency. We start by critically examining the social facts surrounding the measurement, extent, and distribution of delinquency. Next, we study the principal sociological explanations of delinquent behavior. These theories provide conceptual tools for analyzing delinquency and punishment among groups such as gang members. We then trace youth experiences in the juvenile justice system, from policing, to juvenile court, to probation, and institutionalization. Throughout, we analyze the success or failure of key programs implemented in attempts to prevent or reduce delinquency. prereq: Soc 3101 or 3102 recommended; Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?uggen001+SOC4141+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course presents an overview of sociological theory and research on youth crime and punishment, along with discussion of cutting-edge controversies and policy issues. We start with a critical examination of the social facts surrounding the measurement, extent, and distribution of youth crime and punishment. Next we study some of the principal sociological explanations of delinquent behavior. These theories provide conceptual tools for analyzing monographs and meta-analyses regarding delinquency among diverse groups of young people. We conclude by analyzing some of the key policies and programs implemented in attempts to reduce delinquency and mitigate the harms of youth punishment. Course objectives: 1) To understand the way that delinquency is currently measured and the extent and distribution of delinquent behavior according to these measures; 2) To gain a working knowledge of the major sociological theories used to explain youth crime; 3) To apply the conceptual tools of these theories to selected case studies; and, 4) To critically evaluate concrete policy responses to delinquency.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students eager to engage research on youth crime and punishment.
Learning Objectives:
1) To understand the way that delinquency is currently measured and the extent and distribution of delinquent behavior from the perspective of youth, victims, and officials; 2) To gain a working knowledge of the major sociological theories used to explain delinquency; 3) To apply the conceptual tools of these theories to selected case studies; and, 4) To critically evaluate concrete policy responses to delinquency.
Grading:
25% Midterm Exam
30% Final Exam
25% Reports/Papers
10% Special Projects
10% Class Participation
Exam Format:
Mixed
Class Format:
50% Lecture
5% Film/Video
30% Discussion
5% Small Group Activities
5% Field Trips
5% Web Based
Workload:
100 Pages Reading Per Week
20 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
1 Paper(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/34172/1219
Syllabus:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/uggen001_SOC4141H_Fall2021.pdf
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/uggen001_SOC4141_Fall2020.pdf (Fall 2020)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
3 March 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 4141H Section 001: Honors: Youth Crime & Punishment (34173)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Honors
Enrollment Requirements:
honors student
Meets With:
SOC 4141 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Thu 05:30PM - 08:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 415
Enrollment Status:
Closed (4 of 3 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course offers an overview of social theory and research on youth crime, punishment, and delinquency. We start by critically examining the social facts surrounding the measurement, extent, and distribution of delinquency. Next, we study the principal sociological explanations of delinquent behavior. These theories provide conceptual tools for analyzing delinquency and punishment among groups such as gang members. We then trace youth experiences in the juvenile justice system, from policing, to juvenile court, to probation, and institutionalization. Throughout, we analyze the success or failure of key programs implemented in attempts to prevent or reduce delinquency. Additional special assignments will be discussed with honors participants who seek to earn honors credit toward the end of our first class session. Examples of additional requirements may include: Honors students will be expected to interview a current Sociology graduate student working on a LCD topic. Following this, each student will individually be expected to do an in-class power-point presentation explaining how the interviewees? research relates with themes presented in the course. Students will also be expected to meet as a group and individually with the professor four times during the course semester. Sign up and prepare 3-4 discussion questions in advance of at least one class session. Work with professor and TA on other small leadership tasks (class discussion, paper exchange, tour). Write two brief (1-page) reflection papers on current news, or a two-page critique of a class reading Attend a presentation, workshop, or seminar on a related topic for this class and write a 2-page maximum reflective paper. prereq: honors student, Soc 3101 or 3102 recommended; Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
1 seat reserved to Soc Honors until 5/3/21. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?uggen001+SOC4141H+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course presents an overview of sociological theory and research on youth crime and punishment, along with discussion of cutting-edge controversies and policy issues. We start with a critical examination of the social facts surrounding the measurement, extent, and distribution of youth crime and punishment. Next we study some of the principal sociological explanations of delinquent behavior. These theories provide conceptual tools for analyzing monographs and meta-analyses regarding delinquency among diverse groups of young people. We conclude by analyzing some of the key policies and programs implemented in attempts to reduce delinquency and mitigate the harms of youth punishment. Course objectives: 1) To understand the way that delinquency is currently measured and the extent and distribution of delinquent behavior according to these measures; 2) To gain a working knowledge of the major sociological theories used to explain youth crime; 3) To apply the conceptual tools of these theories to selected case studies; and, 4) To critically evaluate concrete policy responses to delinquency.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students eager to engage research on youth crime and punishment.
Learning Objectives:
1) To understand the way that delinquency is currently measured and the extent and distribution of delinquent behavior from the perspective of youth, victims, and officials; 2) To gain a working knowledge of the major sociological theories used to explain delinquency; 3) To apply the conceptual tools of these theories to selected case studies; and, 4) To critically evaluate concrete policy responses to delinquency.
Grading:
25% Midterm Exam
30% Final Exam
25% Reports/Papers
10% Special Projects
10% Class Participation
Exam Format:
Mixed
Class Format:
50% Lecture
5% Film/Video
30% Discussion
5% Small Group Activities
5% Field Trips
5% Web Based Media
Workload:
120 Pages Reading Per Week
20 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
1 Paper(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/34173/1219
Syllabus:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/uggen001_SOC4141H_Fall2021.pdf
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/uggen001_SOC4141_Fall2020.pdf (Fall 2020)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
3 March 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 4161 Section 001: Criminal Law in American Society (21915)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Wed 02:30PM - 05:00PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (51 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Purposes of criminal law and of principles of criminal liability, justification, and excuse. Applications to law of criminal homicide, sexual assault, drugs, and crimes against property, public order, and morals. prereq: Soc 3101 or 3102 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format at the posted day/time. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jbs+SOC4161+Fall2021
Class Description:

All parts of our class aim to help you develop your own "criminal law imagination" (CLI) By this I refer to your ideal blaming and punishing regime. We spend our Wednesday afternoons together interrogating a wide range of topics to help you develop your your CLI: Here are some:


1. What's criminal law and what's it good for?

2. Should we punish people only for what they do? or for what they might do? or even sometimes for who they are?

3. What are the justifications and excuses for committing crimes? Topics include defenses of justification (self-defense, defense of home) and defenses of excuse (insanity, age)

4. Partners in Crime: What should happen when teamwork hurts innocent people?

6. Uncompleted crimes: What should happen when people try to hurt other people but they fail?

5. What's the role of criminal law in unwanted sex?

6. What should happen to government officials sworn to serve and protect us and our constitutional rights, when they abuse their power?

7. How much protection should the Constitution provide to non citizens?

8. Cyberwar: How do we fight wars with malware on the internet instead of traditional weapons of war?


A final word: You'll probably learn some actual criminal law in our interactive journey through the topics in the list. Good for you. But, remember our goal is above all to work on developing your CLI.

Who Should Take This Class?:
If you're an Upper Division undergraduate from any major and you're interested in becoming a more intelligent consumer of our criminal blaming and punishing regime, then you've found the right class. That regime is a very rough engine of social control, a last resort after families, belief systems, schools, and other non criminal social institutions fail. It's also the most expensive and most invasive instrument to affect human behavior in the digital age of the US version of a constitutional democracy, committed to the values of human dignity, individual autonomy, equal justice, and social order.
Grading:

90% Weekly written quizzes that cover reading and discussion

10% Participation measured by having your cameras, taking ZOOM polls, and participation in our ZOOM discussion


Exam Format:

10% analysis of the week's assigned cases due on CANVAS by 230 on Wednesday

30% short answer quizzes on each week's assigned reading

50% reaction essay to what we discussed during ZOOMing, and discussions with others after ZOOMing discussion, due by midnight every Thursday on the day following ZOOMing

10% Cameras on and participation in ZOOMing

Class Format:

15% Lecture

85% Music to make you feel good while you wait for ZOOMing to start, video and audio clips, ZOOM polls, and discussion

10 minute break about 345

Workload:
About 35 pages of reading every week. Hey! There are no research papers, reports, or other writing requirements. This is so you have time to read thoroughly and know well the content of the assigned pages.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21915/1219
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/jbs_SOC4161_Fall2020.docx (Fall 2020)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/jbs_SOC4161_Fall2018.docx (Fall 2018)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 April 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 4190 Section 001: Topics in Sociology With Law, Criminology, and Deviance Emphasis -- Black Lives Matter and the Future of Policing (33874)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
6 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 330
Enrollment Status:
Open (15 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: [1001, [3101 or 3102]] recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F; cr will not be granted if cr has been received for the same topics title
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?phelps+SOC4190+Fall2021
Class Description:
REIMAGINING JUSTICE: BLACK LIVES MATTER AND THE FUTURE OF POLICING

In 2020, the country erupted in Black Lives Matter protests, prompting calls for police defunding and abolition. This class considers social movements over the past 60 years that have challenged criminalization, state violence, racism, and mass punishment to reimagine justice. Key topics include movements for prison and police abolition, alternative responses to criminalization and punishment, and barriers to transformation. We will pay special attention to the case of Minneapolis and the work to transform, defund, and abolish the police in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

Students will complete an independent final class assignment that can be a research paper or collaboration with a local group working to reimagine justice.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Anyone interested in social movements and/or the criminal justice system.
Exam Format:
Take-home essay midterm
Independent take-home final project
Class Format:
In person
Workload:
50-100 pages of reading per week
Documentaries, podcasts, and news articles
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33874/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 July 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 4246 Section 001: Sociology of Health and Illness (33544)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Enrollment Requirements:
soph or jr or sr
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 150
Enrollment Status:
Closed (83 of 83 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is an introduction to the importance of health and illness in people's lives, how social structures impact who gets sick, how they are treated, and how the delivery of health care is organized. By the end of the course you will be familiar with the major issues in the sociology of health and illness, and understand that health and illness are not just biological processes, but profoundly shaped by the organization of society. prereq: One sociology course recommended; soph or above; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jvanheuv+SOC4246+Fall2021
Class Description:
What do you do when you get sick? Where do you go? Who provides your medical care? In this course we will discuss why the answers to these basic questions are actually quite complex. This course is designed to introduce students to medical sociology and will examine issues surrounding health, illness and healing from a sociological perspective. Throughout the course we will cover numerous topics including: the social construction of health and illness, healthcare providers, the healthcare system - including contemporary debates regarding healthcare reform - and the social determinants of health inequalities.

Class Format:
Classes will consist of a mixture of lecture and discussion.
Workload:
30-75 Pages Reading Per Week
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33544/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
1 November 2019

Fall 2021  |  SOC 4311 Section 001: Power, Justice & the Environment (22900)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
GLOS 4311 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 5
Enrollment Status:
Open (43 of 45 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course introduces students to the theoretical and historical foundations of environmental racism and environmental inequality more broadly. We will examine and interrogate both the social scientific evidence concerning these phenomena and the efforts by community residents, activists, workers, and governments to combat it. We will consider the social forces that create environmental inequalities so that we may understand their causes, consequences, and the possibilities for achieving environmental justice prereq: SOC 1001 recommended
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?mgoldman+SOC4311+Fall2021
Class Description:

This course focuses on the urgent social environmental-planetary issue of our times, climate crisis. We will tap the latest scientific assessments on the severity of the global crisis; we will explore the historical trajectory that brings us to the ways we produce, consume, travel, and live today; and we will engage with the environmental justice literature that explains why less-powerful populations are targeted by ecologically and socially degrading practices.


We will then look at how social movements respond with creative solutions to meet these social and ecological challenges. Finally, we will integrate these ideas into a holistic framework with which to understand concrete examples from around the world - in India, Brazil, the Arabian Peninsula, Germany, and in the U.S. such as the Twin Cities -- where people are remaking the world into a safer and more just place to live.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Someone who is interested in understanding the pressing social and ecological problems of the world, particularly climate change, its causes and solutions, from a global and sociological perspective that emphasizes power relations, the social-ecological nexus, and global transformation.
Grading:

75 % for papers, short and medium length, and a final project

25% for class discussion, small group work, and short presentations

Exam Format:
no exams
Class Format:

60% Lecture
5% Film/Video and Guest Speakers
25% Discussion
10% Small Group Activities and Presentations

Workload:

30-60 pages per week of reading

25-30 pages written throughout the semester in the form of short and medium length papers and a final project

class discussion, in-class group work, and a few short presentations

Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/22900/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 April 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 4966W Section 001: Capstone Experience: Seminar (19126)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Community Engaged Learning
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 317
Enrollment Status:
Open (65 of 70 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to: a) provide students with an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned as a sociology major; b) use that knowledge to write a sociological analyses - often based on community service learning; and c) think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of the sociological enterprise can be used and applied outside of the University. Through this course sociology majors will emphasize the relationship between a sociological perspective and critical thinking, effective communication, and meaningful civic engagement. This class is the final step in the sociology undergraduate major. prereq: 1001, 3701, 3801, 3811, 12 cr upper div sociology, dept consent
Class Notes:
Must obtain permission number from Department office to register. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?liebler+SOC4966W+Fall2021
Class Description:

This course is designed to: a) provide you with an opportunity to reflect on what you have learned as a sociology major; b) use that knowledge to write a portfolio of self-presentation materials and sociological analyses based on community service learning; and c) think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of the sociological enterprise can be used and applied outside of the University. The main goal of the course is to guide you through the process of writing your capstone portfolio by providing structure, advice, and encouragement. Successful completion of the analytic portion of your portfolio shows mastery of the skills and perspectives of your field of study. Along the way, we will emphasize the relationship between a sociological perspective and critical thinking, effective communication, and meaningful civil engagement.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Seniors with a major in Sociology
Learning Objectives:


Grading:

-- Active class participation in activities, discussion, and in-class writing (20% of grade)

-- Capstone Portfolio (60% of grade) -- Includes resume, personal statement, paper analyzing CEL site, and paper analyzing interview

-- Community-Engaged Learning (20% of grade)

Exam Format:
There are no exams
Class Format:
20% Lecture
40% Visiting Speakers
40% Small Group Activities and writing exercises
Workload:
Students will spend significant time in class and outside of class writing and revising this writing.
Students who chose to do community engaged learning will spend at least 15 hours total on this during the semester, with the hope of 30 hours.
All students can gain points by doing optional career-focused and adulting-focused assignments. People who do not do community engaged learning will need to do a lot more of these.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/19126/1219
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/liebler_SOC4966W_Spring2020.pdf (Spring 2020)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 April 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 4977V Section 001: Senior Honors Proseminar I (19148)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Honors
Enrollment Requirements:
honors student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Wed 02:30PM - 05:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 60
Enrollment Status:
Closed (15 of 15 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Exploring contemporary research for senior thesis. Guidance in defining a problem and reviewing prior theory/research. Presentation/discussion with faculty researchers. prereq: 3701, 3801, 3811, 9 additional upper div sociology cr, sr soc honors major, dept consent
Class Notes:
Must obtain permission number from Department office to register. All seats reserved for Honors students majoring in Sociology. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?bianx001+SOC4977V+Fall2021
Class Description:
This is the first course in a two-semester sequence designed to help honors students majoring in sociology prepare their senior projects research papers. Throughout this semester, we review key issues in the design of social research as students work on their independent projects. Specific activities in this semester of the course sequence include development of a research topic, exploring and reviewing relevant existing literature, applying for human subjects approval, putting together a faculty committee for the project, and completing first drafts of the literature review and methods sections of the research paper. Some students may begin data collection in the fall, but data collection and analysis, as well as the write-up and presentation of the final paper, are the main activities of the spring course. Students must take both courses in the sequence.
Grading:

Class participation 10%, topic statements 20%, review committee 5%, preliminary bibliography 5%, literature review 10%, methods 20%, ethics statement 10%, integrated paper 20%.

Exam Format:
No exams.
Class Format:
15% Lecture
15% Discussion
70% One-on-one meetings
Workload:
30 Pages Reading Per Week
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/19148/1219
Syllabus:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/bianx001_SOC4977V_Fall2021.pdf
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
7 March 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 5104 Section 001: Crime and Human Rights (33542)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Meets With:
SOC 4104 Section 001
SOC 4104H Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 250
Enrollment Status:
Closed (2 of 2 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course addresses serious violations of humanitarian and human rights law, efforts to criminalize those violations (laws and institutions), and consequences of these efforts. Special attention will be paid to the impact interventions have on representations and memories of atrocities on responses and the future of cycles of violence. Case studies on Holocaust, Balkan wars, Darfur, My Lai massacre, etc. Criminal justice, truth commissions, vetting, compensation programs. prereq: at least one 3xxx SOC course recommended
Class Notes:
1 seat reserved for Soc grad to 5/3/21. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?savel001+SOC5104+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course addresses serious violations of humanitarian and human rights law, efforts to criminalize those violations (laws and institutions), and consequences of these efforts. Examples are crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. Special attention will be paid to the impact interventions have on memories of atrocities as such memories are likely to affect the future of cycles of violence. Section I provides an overview of the basic themes of this class and their interconnection: atrocities, legal and other institutional responses, and the ways responses mediate memory. Section II addresses a series of cases in which responses to past atrocities included criminal prosecution and trials: the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, the Balkan wars, and the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War. A special focus will be on the violence in the Darfur region of Sudan. Section III will examine cases in which a major response to atrocities was truth commissions, at times combined with trials and compensation programs. Special cases include South Africa, Argentina, and post-Communist Eastern Europe. Section IV addresses the consequences of interventions and memories for ending cycles of violence. Honors and graduate students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion, depth and to a degree length of writing assignments, presentations, and leadership of the students.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students with an interest in issues of crime and human rights. In the past, students in sociology (including LCD), global studies, political science, history, and a variety of other fields have been enrolled.
Learning Objectives:
Learn basic facts about grave violations of human rights; engage with efforts at explaining such events; learn about new types of responses and their consequences.
Grading:
80% Two midterm and one final exams.
20% Attendance, participation and individual contribution to group project
A class paper linking the student's thesis project to concepts and theories addresses in this class.
Exam Format:
Multiple choice and short answer or essay
Class Format:
60% Lecture
15% Film/Video
10% Discussion
10% Small Group Activities
5% Student Presentations
Workload:
About 80 pages reading per week plus exams and writing assignments plus one class paper (reading and writing)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33542/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
18 March 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 5811 Section 001: Social Statistics for Graduate Students (18840)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Enrollment Requirements:
Exclude fr or soph 5000 level courses
Meets With:
SOC 3811 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 210
Enrollment Status:
Closed (6 of 6 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will introduce statistical measures and procedures that are used to describe and analyze quantitative data in sociological research. The topics include (1) frequency and percentage distributions, (2) central tendency and dispersion, (3) probability theory and statistical inference, (4) models of bivariate analysis, and (5) basics of multivariate analysis. Lectures on these topics will be given in class, and lab exercises are designed to help students learn statistical skills and software needed to analyze quantitative data provided in the class. Soc 5811 is intended for new graduate students, undergraduate honors students, and students pursuing the Sociology BS degree. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for Soc 3811 (Soc 5811 offered Fall terms only). Undergraduates with a strong math background are encouraged to register for 5811 in lieu of 3811. Soc majors must register A-F. 5811 is a good social statistics foundation course for MA students from other programs.
Class Notes:
1 seats reserved for sociology graduate student. 1 reserved for Soc BS major until 5/3/21. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?knoke001+SOC5811+Fall2021
Class Description:
This is a social statistics course for sociology graduate students and undergraduate honors students. It meets for lectures with SOC3811, but has a separate weekly lab session. It emphasizes describing data and testing hypotheses. Lectures expose students to the theoretical bases of statistical methods and how to use them in social research. Laboratory sessions teach computing skills and data manipulation techniques. Test problems and lab assignments help students to gain knowledge of basic descriptive and inferential statistics, including frequency distributions, means tests, correlation and regression. Many examples are drawn from diverse sociological topics and illustrated with national survey data.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Sociology majors and students from other disciplines.
Learning Objectives:
Acquire knowledge of basic statistical principles and computation methods, applied to real social data. Ability to read and understand articles that analyze social data.
Grading:
For SOC 3811:
75% Three Exams
25% Two computer data analysis assignments.

For SOC 5811:
100% Three computer data analysis assignments.
Exam Format:
Computations
Short Answer
Class Format:
60% Lecture
40% Laboratory
Workload:
For SOC 3811:
10-35 PowerPoint slides reading per week; 2 computer problem sets; 3 exams.

For SOC 5811:
10-35 PowerPoint slides reading per week; 3 computer problem sets; no exams.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/18840/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
16 May 2017

Fall 2021  |  SOC 8001 Section 001: Sociology as a Profession (19963)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
1 Credit
Repeat Credit Limit:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
S-N or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Enrollment Requirements:
Sociology graduate student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue 01:00PM - 02:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1183
Enrollment Status:
Closed (3 of 3 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This 1 credit class fosters adaptation to the Graduate Program in Sociology and preparation for a sociological career. In the Fall, we explore professional careers in this field. We discuss the wide range of opportunities in sociology and help students further explore the next steps to becoming a scholar, educator, and member of various professional, intellectual, and social communities. We share practical information about being a student in sociology and about sociological careers, discuss presentations in department workshop seminars, and provide a safe place to discuss issues of student concerns. Students are encouraged to bring to the class their thoughts and reactions to experiences during their first semester in the PhD program. The Spring 8001 class is oriented to particular milestones in the Sociology Graduate Program and important student activities (for example, preparing reading lists for the preliminary exam and then writing the preliminary exam, preparing a dissertation prospectus, writing grant proposals, preparing an article for publication, etc.). Pre-req: Soc PhD students
Class Notes:
All 3 seats reserved for sociology graduate students. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?hull+SOC8001+Fall2021
Class Description:
This class fosters adaptation to the Graduate Program in Sociology and exploration of professional careers in this field.

We will discuss the wide range of opportunities in sociology and help students get started in thinking about becoming a scholar, educator, and member of various professional, intellectual, and social communities.

We will share practical information about being a student in sociology and about sociological careers, discuss presentations in department workshop seminars, and provide a safe place to discuss issues of student concern. Students are encouraged to bring to the class their thoughts and reactions to experiences in the program.

Who Should Take This Class?:
First year graduate students in Sociology.
Learning Objectives:
Students will learn about different types of sociological careers and share experiences that facilitate adaptation to the life of a graduate student.
Grading:
S-N
Exam Format:
No exams
Class Format:
We meet one hour per week. Several sessions feature visitors or panels of sociologists representing different institutional contexts (e.g. R1 university faculty, faculty at a small liberal arts college, sociologists in research organizations, those who work in government agencies, etc.).
Workload:
There are no required readings or exams.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/19963/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
29 March 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 8090 Section 001: Topics in Sociology -- Sociology & Its Publics (33545)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
1.5 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Instructor Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Fri 10:00AM - 11:30AM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1114
Enrollment Status:
Open (5 of 8 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: instr consent
Class Notes:
By instructor consent. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?hartm021+SOC8090+Fall2021 http://classinfo.umn.edu/?uggen001+SOC8090+Fall2021
Class Description:


Students in this workshop will serve as the graduate student board for The Society Pages, an online social science journalism project housed at the University of Minnesota. Participation is based on application. In addition to experience and qualifications, the board is selected so as to involve students from different stages in the program, substantive interest areas, and methodological specialties. Most participants are expected to make a year-long commitment to the project, though membership will rotate on an annual basis.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Graduate students in sociology
Learning Objectives:
  • To deepen students' substantive research expertise
    by engaging cutting edge sociological scholarship. Students will unearth the most interesting findings and best evidence from new research in their areas of study. This provides students with a broader vision of the sociological field and offers an opportunity to diversify their reading in the prelim and dissertation processes.

  • To develop writing and communication skills
    in addressing academic and non-academic audiences. Grad board members regularly write for the website, and our supportive, professional editorial team gives direct feedback designed to improve these skills as the pieces are published online.

  • To gain deep, practical appreciation of the process of editorial decision-making
    and public scholarship.
    TSP had almost 11 million unique page views last year. Working with the site allows students to engage in critical and constructive discussion of the field of sociology, while participating in a collaborative public outreach project by shaping and improving the site as an online vehicle to disseminate great research.

Class Format:
Weekly seminar
Workload:
4-6 hours a week
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33545/1219
Syllabus:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/hartm021_uggen001_SOC8090_Fall2021.pdf
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 April 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 8090 Section 002: Topics in Sociology -- Secrets of Getting Grants: A Hands-On Workshop (33546)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Thu 11:45AM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1114
Enrollment Status:
Open (6 of 8 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: instr consent
Class Notes:
5 seats reserved for SOC graduate students. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?phylmoen+SOC8090+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course provides insights and hands-on help in developing a research proposal requesting funding from an external foundation or agency or a within-university opportunity. This is a learned skill -- you too can write a clear and hopefully compelling proposal! Students taking this course have done well in submitting competitive dissertation proposals, both internally and externally. This is a workshop; we will all collaborate in learning by doing with the goal of a strong proposal draft by the end of the semester.
Learning Objectives:
To benefit most from this course you will need a research topic, and an idea for how you might go about investigating it, but both the exact research question and the methods may well morph as you work on developing them during the semester.
Grading:
A-F
Exam Format:
None
Class Format:
This is a workshop; we will all collaborate in learning by doing with the goal of a strong proposal draft by the end of the semester.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33546/1219
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/phylmoen_SOC8090_Fall2019.pdf (Fall 2019)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/phylmoen_SOC8090_Fall2016.docx (Fall 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 April 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 8090 Section 003: Topics in Sociology -- Sociology of Work: Labor & the New Economy (34807)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Wed 02:30PM - 05:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1114
Enrollment Status:
Open (9 of 12 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: instr consent
Class Notes:
5 seats reserved for SOC graduate students. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?schurman+SOC8090+Fall2021
Class Description:
This graduate seminar will analyze recent shifts in the global political economy (e.g., neoliberal globalization, financialization, the rise of the platform economy), connecting them to changes in labor demand, working conditions, the prospects of labor movement organizing, and the future of work.

Who Should Take This Class?:
This course is aimed at graduate students interested in the changing nature of work and its relationship to contemporary capitalism.
Grading:
A-F, no auditors allowed
Exam Format:
No exams; research papers will be required.
Class Format:
This class will be taught seminar-style, and will be reading and discussion-intensive.
Workload:
Expect to read 7-8 books and various articles over the course of the semester.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/34807/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
7 April 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 8171 Section 001: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives in Human Rights (22911)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Fri 11:45AM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 614
Enrollment Status:
Closed (14 of 14 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This seminar will approach human rights issues from a variety of "disciplinary" perspectives, including history, the arts, law, the social sciences, and praxis. Empirical work in the social sciences will receive somewhat greater emphasis. One key focus will be the unique advantages (and disadvantages) of the different perspectives and fruitful ways to combine them to strengthen action that improves human rights situations in countries around the world, including the United States. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
Class Notes:
2 seats reserved for SOC graduate students until 4/28/21. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?boyle014+SOC8171+Fall2021
Class Description:

How do different disciplines approach human rights? What do human rights mean at global, national, local, and individual levels? Can an interdisciplinary approach strengthen actions that improve human rights around the world (including in the U.S.), and, if so, how? In this course, we focus on the specifics of human rights at multiple levels, and consider the creation, meaning, spread, and translation/implementation of human rights. Although the course is interdisciplinary, there will be a particular focus on social science approaches to human rights.


Learning Objectives:
* Identify (and define) human rights and human-rights problems
* Analyze the multiple challenges that arise in fully recognizing particular human rights in different contexts
* Use an interdisciplinary framework to devise strategies to address human rights challenges
Grading:

Seminar participation (10%)

Reflections on readings (30%)

Student-led class (10%)

First draft of paper (15%)

Peer-review of another student's paper (10%)

Second draft of paper (25%)


Class Format:
Most classes will have short lectures, followed by a discussion of the readings. Some course meetings will be student-led.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/22911/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
1 April 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 8290 Section 001: Topics in Race, Class, Gender and other forms of Durable Inequality -- Contemporary Racializations: From Past to Present (34891)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Mon 11:45AM - 02:15PM
UMTC, East Bank
Social Sciences Building 614
Enrollment Status:
Open (9 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Comparative perspectives on racial inequality; race, class, and gender; quantitative research on gender stratification; stratification in post-communist societies; institutional change and stratification systems; industrialization and stratification. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
Class Notes:
4 seats reserved for SOC graduate students. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?elogan+SOC8290+Fall2021
Class Description:

In this course we consider the contemporary dynamics of racialization in the United States, with particular attention to how the past informs the present. Thus in our inquiry we will trace the line from slavery, settler colonialism and other forms of militarized imperialism to today.

Throughout the class, we think about how the organizing logics of different forms of racialization (such as black racialization as originating in slavery and the permanent dispossession of the black body; and indigenous racialization as originating in settler colonialism and the permanent dispossession of indigenous land) inform racial practices in the present day.

Departing from the premise that race is a social construct, we recognize that there is no objective or universal metric used to determine race and racialization. Rather, processes of racial categorization emerge historically and situationally, responding to the changing needs of empire, white supremacy, and settler colonialism, over time.

Building upon the work of Claire Jean Kim (1999) and others, we also closely attend to the nature of race as a relational construct in this class. This involves the recognition that there are multiple and interrelated axes of racialization in the U.S. (rather than a single black-to-white axis), and that different groups have historically been racialized in dialogue with and in relationship to each other.

The material we will review in this class this class is drawn from sociology and related fields - including indigenous studies, history, anthropology, American studies and political science. We will read academic books, articles, and op-eds by scholars, journalists and activists.

Topics to be discussed in the class include-

  • the case for REPARATIONS for the descendants of enslaved people (i.e. Coates 2014; Darity & Mullen, 2020)

  • the racialization of ARAB and MUSLIM Americans post 9/11 (i.e. Kusow 2006; Selod & Embrick 2013)

  • race and INTIMACY in the age of online dating (i.e. Curington et al. 2021)

  • racial identity and social movements in the age of BLACK LIVES MATTER (i.e. Khan-Cullors & Bandele 2018)

  • the triangulation and INVISIBILIZATION of Asian Americans in U.S. racial discourse (i.e. Kim 1999; Lee & Zhou 2015)

  • ILLEGALITY as an organizing trope of Latinx racialization, and its impact on social exclusion and legal vulnerability (i.e. Cacho 2012; Zamora 2018)

  • the racial quandaries and contradictions of WHITE LIBERALISM (i.e. DiAngelo 2018; Hagerman 2018)

  • the centrality of appropriations of INDIGENEITY to national identity and white masculine identity in the U.S. (i.e. Deloria 1988; Sturm 2011; Colwell 2017)

  • and others!

Students who register for the class in Spring 2021 are welcome to suggest readings and topic areas to the professor for possible adoption.


Who Should Take This Class?:

Graduate students interested in race and racialization, critical theories of race, race as relational, race as a social construct.

The class will be particularly useful to-

  • students wanting to TEACH at the undergraduate or graduate level in this area

  • those who are preparing a PRELIMINARY EXAM with a section or sections on race

  • Students wanting to develop an original RESEARCH PAPER with a major section on race

  • students preparing a MA or PhD THESIS in which race is a primary area of interest

Learning Objectives:
To make critical analytical sense of contemporary racial dynamics, to understand how the racial past informs to present, to understand how racialized groups are "triangulated" in relationship to each other in different (legal, cultural, social, familial/intimate, educational and political) contexts and contests. To understand how different theories of race are related to each other.
Grading:
  • 30% Reading response papers for 8 weeks of the class (students can skip 4 reading response papers)

  • 30% Participation in class discussion, including co-leading discussion 2 weeks of the class and preparation of discussion guide

  • 40% Final Paper, taking the form of a Critical Literature Review, or a Research Proposal

Students will receive feedback from me and from PEERS throughout the class.

Exam Format:
No exams.
Class Format:
Most weeks we will read and discuss a book or set of articles on a specific topic pertaining to racialization in the contemporary U.S. Students will lead class discussion in pairs. Several weeks of the class will be partially or fully devoted to development of the final project/ major paper for the class, including peer review of work-in-progress. Students will also have individual meetings with the professor about their work and ideas.
Workload:
Read ~ 12 books or sets of articles, provide reading response papers for 8 of them. Lead discussion twice, with a peer/ partner each time. Develop a final project consisting of either a research proposal or a critical literature review, over the course of the term.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/34891/1219
Syllabus:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/elogan_SOC8290_Fall2021.pdf
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
2 April 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 8701 Section 001: Sociological Theory (19151)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1114
Enrollment Status:
Open (4 of 8 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Traditions of social theory basic to sociological knowledge, their reflection and expansion in contemporary theory, their applications in selected areas of empirical research. Sample topics: social inequality, social organization and politics, family organization and social reproduction, social order and change, sociology of knowledge and religion.
Class Notes:
3 seats reserved for sociology graduate students Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?savel001+SOC8701+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course offers a graduate level introduction to classical and contemporary sociological theory. Purposes are: (1) to provide an overview of the ideas of leading sociological theorists and schools; (2) to help understand the emergence of oeuvres from a sociological perspective; (3) to examine their theories in terms of current day debates (e.g., general versus situational theory; structure-agency problem; micro-macro link; causality); and (4) to see the potential of sociological theory as it informs empirical sociological research. (5) In addition, the course links together classical and contemporary theorists. This will challenge course participants to recognize continuities and change in the history of sociological theory. Most of all, this course ought to be exciting. Each week we will explore new, challenging, and potentially rewarding terrain. Each unit can, of course, only offer an introduction that will come to fruition after more intense dedication to individual theorists and schools over the years of your graduate training and beyond.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Required for first year graduate students in Sociology. A few seats are open to other students upon request.
Learning Objectives:
See course description above.
Grading:
65% Reports/Papers
15% In-class Presentations
20% Class Participation (and mastery of readings, verified by class discussion and regular short answer quizzes)
Other Grading Information: Attendance and active participation are necessary conditions for anyone striving for a grade of "A-" or better.
Exam Format:
No formal exams, but regular short answer quizzes about recent required class readings.
Class Format:
40% Lecture
40% Discussion
10% Small Group Activities
10% Student Presentations
These are but approximations.
Workload:
120-160 Pages Reading Per Week
30-40 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Papers
2 Presentations
6 Quizzes
Other Workload: These are but approximations.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/19151/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
18 March 2021

Fall 2021  |  SOC 8790 Section 001: Advanced Topics in Sociological Theory -- Transactional Perspectives on Power & Emotion (33548)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Wed 11:45AM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1114
Enrollment Status:
Open (7 of 12 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Sample topics: theories of conflict, theories of purposive action, Marxist theory, and structure-agency debate.
Class Notes:
8 seats reserved for SOC graduate students. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?walkerml+SOC8790+Fall2021
Class Description:
This course will cover general social psychological perspectives of social life with a focus on power and emotion.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Graduate students with an interest in the sociology of emotion and micro-interactional arguments about power.
Learning Objectives:
Students should (1) be able to evaluate contemporary social psychological theories and (2) be able to discuss the relationship between power, emotion, and social psychological theories.
Exam Format:
There will be a single paper due at the end of the semester. Students will be given forty-eight hours to respond to 2 of 4 or 5 questions covering general and specific social psychological concerns. Students will choose a question from the "general" section and one from the "specific" section. The answers cannot be longer than 15pages double-spaced, 1" margins in Times New Roman font.
Class Format:
During seminar, a student will lead the evaluation of the week's reading. We will then discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the reading.
Workload:
Texts: The Managed Heart" by Arlie Hochschild, "Black Skin White Masks" by Frantz Fanon, "Contemporary Social Psychological Theories" edited by Peter Burke, "Behavior in Public Places" by Erving Goffman, "Symbolic Interactionism" by Sheldon Stryker, "The Souls of Black Folk" by Du Bois, and any articles will be provided on the course Canvas page.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33548/1219
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
10 April 2021

Summer 2021  |  SOC 1001 Section 001: Introduction to Sociology (87674)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/07/2021 - 07/30/2021
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (30 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of society and what sociologists call the "sociological imagination:" a way of viewing the events, relationships and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience. Through the course we will examine some of the central concepts and problems that have preoccupied both classical and contemporary sociologists and gain a sense of how the sociological imagination can illuminate the social forces that have a concrete impact on our everyday lives. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects your life, and how you, in turn, affect society. prereq: Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
The online lectures for this class are asynchronous Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?sotox116+SOC1001+Summer2021
Class Description:
This course introduces the pivotal questions that underpin classical and contemporary sociological perspectives. Analysis of how society is possible and how social order is maintained are core to an understanding of individuals as both agents and objects that shape and are shaped by their membership in society. Examining this close relationship between the individual, society, and social structures permits us to understand the dynamics of social and power relations in everyday living. The course explores diverse sociological theories purporting to explain the social, political and economic structures prevailing in our society. It also centralizes the importance of social change and the forces that drive or/and hinder change. A key objective of this course is to foster students? critical thinking abilities in their analysis of societal issues, and in their articulations of these issues. Students are expected to be able to apply sociological theories and debates into their everyday practices.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Sociology is inherently interesting to most people -- it tackles issues that are central to our everyday lives, such as gender relations, racial identities, and religious expression.You are probably already thinking about many of the issues we will cover in this course, and you will walk away from this course with the ability to use sociological concepts and methods to understand these issues.

This course serves as a required prerequisite for admission into the CLA major in Sociology. It can also be used as an elective undergraduate/graduate course.
Learning Objectives:
1. Demonstrate recognition that everyday experiences, from minor thoughts and interactions to sweeping social problems, are socially constructed.

2. Demonstrate, in writing, an understanding of key sociological concepts, terms, theories, and perspectives.

3. Evaluate current events, social policies, and personal experiences using sociological concepts, theories, and perspectives.

4. Critically evaluate written arguments by assessing their evidence, methods, and assumptions.
Grading:
Reading Journal: 130 points - 12%
Discussion Participation: 440 points - 20%
Assignments: 170 points - 17%
Exams: 300 points - 30%
Final Paper: 200 points - 20%
RATE: 10 points - 1%
Exam Format:

The exams are essay in format and will ask you to summarize and synthesize concepts and examples from across the readings. A week prior to each exam, I will post a study guide listing the concepts and topics the exam will focus on. I will also open a study forum where students can ask me and each other questions related to the study guide and the readings. Essay format:


- summary and synthesis

- 5 questions, 20 points each

- Each answer should be 300-600 words.

- Open book, 3 days to complete (Sunday through Tuesday)

- No direct quotes in essays


Workload:
About 50 pages of reading weekly.

Assignments are short (~400 words), and the research paper is 3-4 pages. In the Research Paper assignment, you will consider a public policy issue from a sociological perspective. You will use concepts, research, and theories from the class, along with a few outside sources, to develop an argument for changing a public policy you find problematic or implementing a policy you think would be beneficial. You will also be asked to submit a proposal and outline before submitting the final paper.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/87674/1215
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
30 March 2021

Summer 2021  |  SOC 3243W Section 001: On Drugs: Pleasures, Panics & Punishments (87831)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/07/2021 - 07/30/2021
Mon, Wed 09:30AM - 12:00PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (11 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
In this course we are going to study and reflect on the immense popularity of mood-enhancing drugs, legal and illegal, around the world today. Why do we want to modify our moods, and how do we set about it? Why do some people throw themselves into drug use while others fearfully avoid it? And why do many more of us feel worried about "addiction" to shopping, sex, or gambling? Together we will build a comparative analysis of drug cultures and practices - understanding the place of "journey" and "possession" inebriation across time, and how the temporal and ritual boundaries delimiting substance use get broken down by the mass commoditization of alcohol and other drugs by 19th century capitalism. From there we trace the amazingly confused development of addiction and changing forms of intervention, from alarmist educational campaigns and the militarized maneuvers of the drug war to the drug court movement, and from the twelve-step cure to alternative harm reduction approaches. This class will offer you a mixture of accessible and detailed material, together with some theoretical work which will help you grasp the subject on a deeper level. As a writing intensive class you will develop a three-stage paper with feedback at each stage, producing a strong writing sample. Pre-req: Soc 1001 recommended; Soc majors/minors must register A-F.
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times.. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?steel158+SOC3243W+Summer2021
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/87831/1215

Summer 2021  |  SOC 3246 Section 001: Diseases, Disasters, & Other Killers (87669)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/07/2021 - 07/30/2021
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (30 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course studies the social pattern of mortality, beginning with demographic transition theory. Students will study specific causes of death or theories of etiology, including theories about suicide, fundamental cause theory, and the role of early life conditions in mortality. Students learn tools for studying mortality, including cause of death classifications and life tables. Soc majors/minors must register A-F.
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in an asynchronous format. There are no scheduled meeting times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?tabor027+SOC3246+Summer2021
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/87669/1215

Summer 2021  |  SOC 3251W Section 001: Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender (81387)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/07/2021 - 07/30/2021
Tue, Thu 05:30PM - 08:00PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (31 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
In the midst of social unrest, it is important for us to understand social inequality. In this course we will analyze the impact of three major forms of inequality in the United States: race, class, and gender. Through taking an intersectional approach at these topics, we will examine the ways these social forces work institutionally, conceptually, and in terms of our everyday realities. We will focus on these inequalities as intertwined and deeply embedded in the history of the country. Along with race, class, and gender we will focus on other axes of inequality including sexuality, citizenship, and dis/ability. We will analyze the meanings and values attached to these social categories, and the ways in which these social constructions help rationalize, justify, and reproduce social inequality. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?deorn001+SOC3251W+Summer2021
Class Description:
In this course we examine race, class, and gender as axes of stratification, identity, and experience. More importantly, we learn how these and other crucial aspects of social identity intersect to form a complex matrix of privilege and power. Our goal is to understand the multiple and intersecting ways that these concepts shape American society and influence each of our lives, life-chances, and daily interactions.

Some of the questions we will explore include:

● What's the difference between sex and gender? Money and wealth? Race and ethnicity?

● How and why have these concepts changed over time?

● How are resources like healthcare, education, and housing distributed in U.S. society?

● What is intersectionality and why is it important?

● How does the law define gender? Disability? Indigeneity?

The opening weeks of the class are devoted to a detailed examination of each of our core concepts. We focus on the social construction of these concepts, a departure from the antiquated view of race and gender being rooted solely in biology or nature. We explore what meanings and values are attached to these concepts in the social world, as well as the historical, political, and social factors that shape their meanings and values. In the second half of the course, we move to an analysis of the significance of race, class, and gender in different institutional and interpersonal contexts. These include the labor force, education, healthcare, housing, and athletics.

Grading:

1. Participation and Attendance = 20% (100 points)

2. Five Reading Response Memos = 20% (100 points total/20 points per response)

3. Peer Review = 10% (50 points)

4. Final Paper/Product* = 50% (250 points)

*Your final paper will be broken out into several components that we will work on throughout the course -- do not be worried about one make-or-break grade!

Exam Format:
No exams. Your final paper will primarily be an academic literature review on a social inequality of your choice. You will also turn in one related product, such as brief research proposal, policy brief, op-ed, or short video, to relate your literature review to your personal academic or career goals.
Class Format:
We will meet synchronously on Zoom each class session. But to combat Zoom fatigue we won't spend all 2.5 hours looking at each other on Zoom -- any lecture material will be recorded and available to watch prior to class, and we'll break up Zoom discussions with "in-class" writing activities, social annotation exercises, time dedicated to online discussion boards, and other ways to maximize learning in this weird new space. Each class we will spend some time discussing the readings and some time moving forward on your papers.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/81387/1215
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
2 April 2021

Summer 2021  |  SOC 3701 Section 001: Social Theory (87675)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/07/2021 - 07/30/2021
Tue, Wed, Thu 08:45AM - 11:00AM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (24 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber and Durkheim to contemporary theories of postmodernism and globalization. We will examine a range of theories with particular attention to their treatments of core sociological questions and concerns. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?budhi006+SOC3701+Summer2021
Class Description:
Social theory offers different ways of making sense of the world - we call these theoretical perspectives. These are like the glasses that many of us wear on our eyes. In the way that glasses help us see the world more clearly, theoretical perspectives clarify our understanding of the world. But unlike glasses, we often need a combination of theoretical perspectives. This class will introduce you to a repertoire of theoretical perspectives that clarify how power works in society. By the end of the course, you will become confident interlocutors of these perspectives and know how to use them to critically analyze different social issues.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Everyone! Social theory is not the exclusive preoccupation of a select few. Unconsciously or consciously, it underlies how everyone makes sense of the world. So if you are interested in acquiring some tools to critically understand the world, this class is for you.
Exam Format:
Weekly reflections (70%)
Group project (25%)
Office hours (5%)
No final exam.
Class Format:
Online - synchronous
Workload:
70-90 pages of reading per week
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/87675/1215
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
7 February 2021

Summer 2021  |  SOC 3811 Section 001: Social Statistics (81436)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Summer Session 10 wk
 
06/07/2021 - 08/13/2021
Tue 03:30PM - 05:20PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (33 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will introduce majors and non-majors to basic statistical measures and procedures that are used to describe and analyze quantitative data in sociological research. The topics include (1) frequency and percentage distributions, (2) central tendency and dispersion, (3) probability theory and statistical inference, (4) models of bivariate analysis, and (5) basics of multivariate analysis. Lectures on these topics will be given in class, and lab exercises are designed to help students learn statistical skills and software needed to analyze quantitative data provided in the class. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for Soc 5811 (Soc 5811 offered Fall terms only). Undergraduates with strong math background are encouraged to register for 5811 in lieu of 3811. Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F.
Class Notes:
This lecture is completely online. On Tuesdays, the lecture will meet in a synchronous format at the scheduled time. The remaining lecture material will be available online in an asynchronous format. The lab sections are also completely online and synchronous. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?leves026+SOC3811+Summer2021
Class Description:

What does "data" mean to you, and what can it say about society as a whole? How can you describe, display, analyze, and interpret data to study social topics? And how can you employ these skills to make sound judgements about what's out there in the world? These questions guide our understanding of how to use statistics in this course. While we keep an eye towards sociology in the syllabus, you can also apply this course towards other fields, including non-profit and policy research, journalism, marketing, public health, law, business, and more. Throughout the course, we discuss the practical application of statistical methods as well as the caveats that come with it. While there are no exams, you are expected to complete hands-on learning exercises each week as well as three larger assignments that will develop your statistical and inferential toolkit.


This course will cover: (1) descriptive statistics; (2) cleaning and transforming data; (3) probability theory, population inference, and sampling techniques; (4) principles of causal inference; and (5) data visualization.


Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for Soc 5811 (Soc 5811 offered Fall terms only). Undergraduates with strong math background are encouraged to register for 5811 in lieu of 3811. Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F.
Grading:

45% Data Project Assignments

27% Lab Exercises

28% Lecture Participation & Activities
Class Format:

In Summer 2021, we will meet virtually only. The Tuesday lecture period and the labs will be synchronous. The Thursday lecture period will be asynchronous and can be done at any time between Tuesday lecture periods. Both the Tuesday lectures and labs depend on your participation; attending will not only be part of your grade, but also a way to get practice with help from other students, your professor, and your TA.


50% Lecture and individual/group activities

50% Computer Labs
Workload:

10-35 pages reading per week; weekly lab/lecture exercises; 3 data assignments.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/81436/1215
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
13 February 2021

Summer 2021  |  SOC 4149 Section 001: Sociology of Killing (87681)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Enrollment Requirements:
jr or sr or grad student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/07/2021 - 07/30/2021
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 05:00PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (33 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will provide a broad overview of the sociology of murder- the intentional, malicious killing of one human by another. This course will go beyond what we see about murder regularly in the media and on popular TV shows and movies. Students will be exposed to a scientific study of homicide. Key topics include the history and laws of murder; information and data sources on murder; demographic attributes of victims and offenders; different types of murder, including among others domestic, serial, mass, and gang-related murder; biological, sociological and psychological theories of the causes of murder; and the strategies involved in the criminal investigation of homicide. prereq: jr, or sr, or grad student, or instr consent; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?labra032+SOC4149+Summer2021
Class Description:

To understand killing, we must truly understand the different types of killing and their definitions, and we must understand why some are criminalized and others are not. During this course, we will try to answer these questions. And perhaps more importantly, we will discover why the answer to these questions matter. We will begin by defining and theorizing what killing (and more broadly violence) are, how crime is socially constructed, and the process in which different types of killing have become criminalized throughout history. We will also focus on the definitional and analytic differences behind types of killing and why they matter. We will end the course by examining why individuals kill and consider whether the motivations of killers differ with the type of killing.

Grading:
The grading breakdown will be as follows:
25% Participation (includes asynchronous work)
20% Reading Reflections (2 essays no longer than 3pgs, 10% each)
25% Take-Home/Open Book Exam
10% Assignment
20% Final Project (600-900 word blog post)
Exam Format:
There will be one short-essay exam. This exam will be a take home/open book exam, and students will have a week to complete the assignment.
Class Format:
This class will be both synchronous and asynchronous, with weekly synchronous meetings on Thursdays during the scheduled course time.
Workload:
50-80 pages of reading per week

In place of a synchronous class meeting on Tuesday, students will be asked to complete asynchronous work each week. This content will include mini-lectures, readings, and videos. Students will also complete individual and collaborative activities like reflections, audio/video recordings, and discussion posts.

All written assignments will be no longer than 3 single-spaced pages
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/87681/1215
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
26 January 2021

Summer 2021  |  SOC 4521 Section 001: Love, Sex, & Marriage (87814)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/07/2021 - 07/30/2021
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (28 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will provide an overview of sociological approaches to intimate human relationships. What can sociology and related disciplines tell us about these seemingly intensely personal subjects? More than you might think! Specific topics we will cover include love and romance, dating and mate selection, sexuality, cohabitation, marriage, and divorce. The focus is on contemporary American society, but current U.S. practices are placed in historical and cross-cultural context. prereq: [1001 or instr consent], soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in an asynchronous format. There are no scheduled meeting times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?lyimo002+SOC4521+Summer2021
Class Description:
This class provides an overview of sociological approaches to intimate human relationships. It aims at understanding what sociology and other related disciplines tell us about these seemingly intensely personal subjects. More than you might think! Specific topics we will cover include love and romance, dating and mate selection, sexuality, cohabitation, marriage, and divorce. The focus is on contemporary American society, but current U.S. practices are placed in historical and cross-cultural context.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Any one interested in intimate human relationships can take this course
Learning Objectives:
This course aims to familiarize you with social scientific approaches to the study of intimate human relationships and increasing your interest in the topic, challenge some of your taken-for-granted notions about what is "natural" or "normal" with regard to love, sexuality, and marriage, stimulate you to think about the impact of broad social forces (particularly the rise of modernity) on beliefs and practices related to intimate relationships, highlight the silences of various social identities-including race/ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and especially gender-to beliefs and practices around intimacy, and introduce you to some of the significant current policy debates regarding intimate relationships , and fostering your ability to critically assess the arguments on all of these debates
Grading:
Final grades will be determined on the following basis;

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Final exam 25%

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Attendance 8%

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Additionally, course grades will be on the A-F system. The grading standards are those prescribed by CLA policy as indicated on the syllabus.
Exam Format:
The exams will consist of both multiple choice and short answer questions
Class Format:
This class is completely online in a synchronous format. It will combine the lectures and discussion course supplemented by selected videos.
Workload:
The expectations for students in this course are that you attend class regularly, complete all the readings by the assigned dates and participate in class discussions. You will be required to complete the readings on time (i.e. before the class session for which they are assigned).
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/87814/1215
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
20 May 2021

Spring 2021  |  SOC 1001 Section 001: Introduction to Sociology (48427)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Freshman Full Year Registration
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (232 of 234 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of society and what sociologists call the "sociological imagination:" a way of viewing the events, relationships and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience. Through the course we will examine some of the central concepts and problems that have preoccupied both classical and contemporary sociologists and gain a sense of how the sociological imagination can illuminate the social forces that have a concrete impact on our everyday lives. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects your life, and how you, in turn, affect society. prereq: Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Discussion sections will meet the first week of class. This lecture is completely online in an asynchronous format. There are no scheduled meeting times for the lecture. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?tswartz+SOC1001+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of society and what Mills calls the "sociological imagination:" a way of viewing the events, relationships and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience. Through the course we will examine some of the central concepts and problems that have preoccupied both classical and contemporary sociologists, and gain a sense of how the sociological imagination can illuminate the social forces that have a concrete impact on our everyday lives. We will first explore the creation and maintenance of the social order as well as the social processes by which people develop a sense of self and negotiate meanings in everyday social interactions. We then take a look at social structure, social institutions and social inequality. Finally, we will explore how, why, and when social life changes. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects your life, and how you, in turn, affect society. Class time will be a mix of lecture, discussion, multimedia, small group work and in-class exercises. The primary course objectives are as follows: (1) Students will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive introductory understanding of key sociological concepts, terminology, theories, approaches, and perspectives. (2) Students will be able to apply sociological analysis to contemporary examples and to their own lives. (3) Students will improve their ability to think critically and to articulate their ideas in written and verbal formats. The course is targeted to undergraduate majors and non-majors and satisfies the Liberal Education Social Science Core requirement.


Please visit: z.umn.edu/seam

Grading:
40% Reports/Papers Other Grading Information: 40% exams/quizzes; 20% class participation/activities/homework/labwork
Exam Format:
multiple choice, short essay, essay
Class Format:
50% Lecture
25% Discussion
25% videos, small group work, in-class activities, homework, other
Workload:
40-60 Pages Reading Per Week
12-15 Pages Writing Per Term
3 Paper(s)
Other Workload: exams/quizzes will be a mix of multiple choice, short essay, essay
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/48427/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 February 2016

Spring 2021  |  SOC 1001 Section 011: Introduction to Sociology (48430)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Freshman Full Year Registration
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (175 of 180 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of society and what sociologists call the "sociological imagination:" a way of viewing the events, relationships and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience. Through the course we will examine some of the central concepts and problems that have preoccupied both classical and contemporary sociologists and gain a sense of how the sociological imagination can illuminate the social forces that have a concrete impact on our everyday lives. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects your life, and how you, in turn, affect society. prereq: Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Discussion sections WILL meet the first week of class. This lecture is completely online in an asynchronous format. There are no scheduled meeting times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?elogan+SOC1001+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course is an introduction to the fascinating field of sociology. The broad aim of the class is for students to learn to develop and deploy their "sociological imagination" in order to better understand and participate in the social world. Sociology is the study of social life, or life in groups. In this class you will read the works of classical and contemporary theorists, view sections of documentary films, and engage in debate and discussion with your peers and professor. You will learn to use a sociological lens in analyzing many of the cultural, economic and political phenomena that surround us every day. You will question things that may have never before seemed strange, and you will begin to make sociological sense of things that you may have always before questioned. By the end of the course, you will be familiar with the sociological toolkit-- the core concepts, methods, and theories of the discipline-- and be able to begin to use this toolkit to make sense of the world around you.
Grading:
40% Exams (midterm & final)
40% Papers (two papers)
20% Class Participation (attendance and engagement in lecture and in section)
Exam Format:
true false and essay
Class Format:
40% Lecture
15% Film/Video
25% Discussion
20% Laboratory
Workload:
30 Pages Reading Per Week
10 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
2 Paper(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/48430/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
6 November 2019

Spring 2021  |  SOC 1001 Section 021: Introduction to Sociology (48433)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Freshman Full Year Registration
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (112 of 116 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of society and what sociologists call the "sociological imagination:" a way of viewing the events, relationships and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience. Through the course we will examine some of the central concepts and problems that have preoccupied both classical and contemporary sociologists and gain a sense of how the sociological imagination can illuminate the social forces that have a concrete impact on our everyday lives. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects your life, and how you, in turn, affect society. prereq: Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in an asynchronous format. There are no scheduled meeting times. Discussion sections WILL meet the first week of class. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?tvanheuv+SOC1001+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course introduces the pivotal questions that underpin classical and contemporary sociological perspectives. Analysis of how society is possible and how social order is maintained are core to an understanding of individuals as both agents and objects that shape and are shaped by their membership in society. Examining this close relationship between the individual, society, and social structures permits us to understand the dynamics of social and power relations in everyday living. The course explores diverse sociological theories purporting to explain the social, political and economic structures prevailing in our society. It also centralizes the importance of social change and the forces that drive or/and hinder change. A key objective of this course is to foster students? critical thinking abilities in their analysis of societal issues, and in their articulations of these issues. Students are expected to be able to apply sociological theories and debates into their everyday practices.
Exam Format:
Multiple choice questions, short answer, and definitions of terms
Workload:
30-60 pages of reading per week.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/48433/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
1 November 2019

Spring 2021  |  SOC 1011V Section 001: Honors: Introduction to Sociology (48440)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Honors
Online Course
Enrollment Requirements:
honors student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 04:10PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (26 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of society and what sociologists call the "sociological imagination:" a way of viewing the events, relationships, and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience. Through the course we will examine some of the central concepts and problems that have preoccupied both classical and contemporary sociologists and gain a sense of how the sociological imagination can illuminate the social forces that have a concrete impact on our everyday lives. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects your life and how you, in turn, affect society.
Class Notes:
3 seats reserved for honors freshman and sophomores; 17 seats for CLA honors freshman; and 8 seats for CLA honors sophomores. This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?cabdi+SOC1011V+Spring2021
Class Description:

This course examines questions that underpin classical and contemporary sociological perspectives. Analyses of how society is possible and how order is maintained are core to an understanding of individuals as both agents and objects that shape and are shaped by their membership in society. The course material is chosen to help you develop your sociological imagination, to give you the tools to understand how our lives are linked to larger forces that ultimately shape our individual and collective experiences. We will explore diverse sociological theories purporting to explain the social, political and economic structures prevailing in our society and the forces that drive or/and hinder change.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Students pursuing any major can benefit from this course as having grounding in social dynamics i(gender, racial, class etc) key to working in any field today .
Learning Objectives:
· To understand and apply sociological analysis to everyday experiences and various social issues.

· To understand the interaction between structure and agency in shaping individual and group experiences.

· To think critically abut social inequality.

· To learn to better articulate ideas in both verbal and written formats.

Grading:
Quizes/exams 50%
30% Response Papers
20% Class Participation
Exam Format:
Short answer/Essay type/Multiple choice
Class Format:
40% Lecture
20% Film/Video
30% Discussion
10% Small Group Activities
Workload:
40-50 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
4 quizzes/Exams One group presentation
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/48440/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 October 2020

Spring 2021  |  SOC 1101 Section 001: Law, Crime, & Punishment (50820)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Freshman Full Year Registration
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (137 of 140 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Introductory course designed to provide students with a general understanding of the main theoretical perspectives and empirical findings that dominate socio-legal studies and contemporary criminology. We examine the connections and relationships between law, crime, and punishment using an interdisciplinary social science approach.
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in an asynchronous format. There are no scheduled meeting times. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?walkerml+SOC1101+Spring2021
Class Description:
This introductory course is designed to provide students with a general understanding of some of the main theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in the sociological study of crime control. Students will investigate the relationship between the sociopolitical landscape and the construction and execution of state power. The course is organized thematically: general principles and ideas; policing; courts and sentencing; and corrections. Key readings for each section will be provided.
Who Should Take This Class?:
First year students interested in understanding the relationships between law, crime, and punishment in the United States.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Understand and articulate what social control is and how it matters for understanding crime and punishment; (2) critically interrogate perspectives on policing, courts, and corrections.
Grading:
Grading will be out of 100 points, so students will be able to calculate their individual scores. Assignments will include one-page response essays and a group project for which students are encouraged to work in groups, but they may do the project alone, too.
Exam Format:
There will not be any exams.
Class Format:
Generally, the course is designed to teach you and not test you. During each class meeting, there will be a lecture and the reading materials will be discussed as is necessary.
Workload:
There will be weekly readings but none too onerous.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/50820/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
19 January 2021

Spring 2021  |  SOC 3090 Section 001: Topics in Sociology -- The Body, Culture & Society (65828)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
6 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
soph or jr or sr
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (45 of 50 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors must register A-F; cr will not be granted if cr has been received for the same topics title
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click on this link for more course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jvanheuv+SOC3090+Spring2021
Class Description:

Many of us think about our bodies from a very personal level. We wonder if our body is too thin or too heavy, whether we are too short or too tall, healthy or unhealthy, and whether or not our body is "normal" or "abnormal." However, questions and answers regarding our bodies are often settled beyond our individual views. In this course, we will take a sociological perspective towards thinking about the body. We will use our sociological imaginations to assess how notions of the body have been shaped by broader societal and cultural processes. We will draw from numerous frameworks and theories to explore the intersection of the body and several topics, including: identity, gender, media, race/ethnicity, sports, medicine, technology and public policy.
Class Format:
Classes will consist of a mixture of lecture and discussion.
Workload:

30-60 Pages Reading Per Week

Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65828/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 October 2020

Spring 2021  |  SOC 3101 Section 001: Sociological Perspectives on the Criminal Justice System (49491)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Meets With:
SOC 3101H Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (102 of 103 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course introduces students to a sociological account of the U.S. criminal justice system. We will critically examine the components, dynamics, and effects of policing, criminal courts, community supervision, jails, and prisons. Throughout the course, we focus on sociological understandings of these processes, with particular attention to ethnic, racial, class, and gender inequalities as well as long-term problems associated with the high rate of criminal justice supervision in the U.S. prereq: [SOC 1001] recommended, Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?page+SOC3101+Spring2021
Class Description:
The goal of this course is to help students develop an introductory understanding of the criminal punishment system in the United States. We study law enforcement, courts, prisons, jails, parole, and capital punishment. Additionally, we analyze the relationships between criminal punishment and social processes, including: ethnic, racial and class inequality; political and economic change; and popular representations of crime and criminals. Honors students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion, depth and to a degree length of writing assignments, presentations, and leadership of the students.
Grading:
30% Midterm Exam,
30% Final Exam,
30% Quizzes,
10% Class Participation
Exam Format:
Essay and short answer (3 quizzes, 1 mid-term, 1 final)
Class Format:
45% Lecture,
5% Film/Video,
40% Discussion,
5% Small Group Activities,
5% Guest Speakers
Workload:
50-75 Pages Reading Per Week
2 Exam(s)
2 Quiz(zes)
Other Workload: There will be three opportunities for extra credit, all of which include writing.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/49491/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 November 2016

Spring 2021  |  SOC 3101H Section 001: Honors: Sociological Perspectives on the Criminal Justice System (50898)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Honors
Online Course
Enrollment Requirements:
honors student
Meets With:
SOC 3101 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Closed (7 of 7 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course introduces students to a sociological account of the U.S. criminal justice system. We will critically examine the components, dynamics, and effects of policing, criminal courts, community supervision, jails, and prisons. Throughout the course, we focus on sociological understandings of these processes, with particular attention to ethnic, racial, class, and gender inequalities as well as long-term problems associated with the high rate of criminal justice supervision in the U.S. Additional special assignments will be discussed with honors participants who seek to earn honors credit toward the end of our first class session. Examples of additional requirements may include: Honor students will be expected to interview a current Sociology graduate student working on a LCD topic. Following this, each student will individually be expected to do an in-class power-point presentation explaining how the interviewees? research relates with themes presented in the course. Students will also be expected to meet as a group and individually with the professor four times during the course semester. Sign up and prepare 3-4 discussion questions in advance of at least one class session. Work with professor and TA on other small leadership tasks (class discussion, paper exchange, tour). Write two brief (1-page) reflection papers on current news, or a two-page critique of a class reading Attend a presentation, workshop, or seminar on a related topic for this class and write a 2 page maximum reflective paper. prereq: [SOC 1001] recommended, Sociology majors/minors must register A-F, honors
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?page+SOC3101H+Spring2021
Class Description:
The goal of this course is to help students develop an introductory understanding of the criminal punishment system in the United States. We study law enforcement, courts, prisons, jails, parole, and capital punishment. Additionally, we analyze the relationships between criminal punishment and social processes, including: ethnic, racial and class inequality; political and economic change; and popular representations of crime and criminals. Honors students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion, depth and to a degree length of writing assignments, presentations, and leadership of the students.
Grading:
30% Midterm Exam,
30% Final Exam,
30% Quizzes,
10% Class Participation
Exam Format:
Essay and short answer (3 quizzes, 1 mid-term, 1 final)
Class Format:
45% Lecture,
5% Film/Video,
40% Discussion,
5% Small Group Activities,
5% Guest Speakers
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/50898/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 November 2016

Spring 2021  |  SOC 3102 Section 001: Criminal Behavior and Social Control (49492)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Closed (110 of 110 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will address the social and legal origins of crime and crime control with a focus on general theories of deviance/crime and present an overview of forms of social control. We will critically examine criminological, sociological and legal theories that explain the causes of crime and other misdeeds. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in an asynchronous format. There are no scheduled meeting times. 1 seat reserved for non PSEO, non admitted student. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?ferrales+SOC3102+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course will address the social and legal origins of crime and crime control. We will focus on general theories of deviance/crime and present an overview of forms of social control. We will critically examine criminological, sociological and legal theories that explain the causes of crime. This course covers diverse types of crime, including: street crime, violent crime, white-collar crime, occupational crime, war crimes and torture. In addition, we will examine the punishment of crime, including policing, prosecution, sentencing and mass incarceration. There will be a particular focus on how crime and forms of social control impact social inequality and divisions around race, class, and gender.
Grading:
35% Midterm Exam
35% Final Exam
30% Reports/Papers
Exam Format:
Essay and short answer (1 mid-term, 1 final)
Class Format:
45% Lecture
5% Film/Video
45% Discussion
5% Small Group Activities
Workload:
50-75 Pages Reading Per Week
2 Exams
1 Paper
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/49492/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
10 April 2017

Spring 2021  |  SOC 3211W Section 001: Race and Racism in the US (51030)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Meets With:
AAS 3211W Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 01/22/2021
Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
 
01/25/2021 - 05/03/2021
Mon 09:45AM - 11:00AM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Closed (44 of 44 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
We live in a society steeped in racial understandings that are often invisible - some that are hard to see, and others that we work hard not to see. This course will focus on race relations in today's society with a historical overview of the experiences of various racial and ethnic groups in order to help explain their present-day social status. This course is designed to help students begin to develop their own informed perspectives on American racial "problems" by introducing them to the ways that sociologists deal with race, ethnicity, race relations and racism. We will expand our understanding of racial and ethnic dynamics by exploring the experiences of specific groups in the U.S. and how race/ethnicity intersects with sources of stratification such as class, nationality, and gender. The course will conclude by re-considering ideas about assimilation, pluralism, and multiculturalism. Throughout, our goal will be to consider race both as a source of identity and social differentiation as well as a system of privilege, power, and inequality affecting everyone in the society albeit in different ways.
Class Notes:
On Wed. Jan. 20, the lecture will meet online synchronously at the scheduled time. After the first week, the lecture will meet on Mondays online synchronously at the scheduled time. The remaining lecture material will be available on line in an asynchronous format. Click on this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?elogan+SOC3211W+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of the contours of race in the post-civil rights era United States. Our goal is to examine the myriad ways that race structures American society and influences the experiences and life chances of all its members. In the opening sections of the class, we study definitions of race and major theories of how race and racism work in the contemporary U.S. The next unit begins with an overview of the concept of racial identity, and asks how social location impacts one's identity and daily interactions. After inquiring into the general process of identity formation, we look at the specific experiences of whites, African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and multiracial Americans. Though our central focus is on race relations in today's society, we also provide a historical overview of the experiences of each group in order to help explain their present-day social status. The next part of the course examines the significance of race in several specific contexts. We look at controversies over race and immigration, race and education, and race and popular culture. We close the class by considering the future of race relations in the U.S., and evaluating remedies to racial inequality.
Grading:
20% Final Exam
60% Reports/Papers
20% Class Participation
Class Format:
40% Lecture
10% Film/Video
50% Discussion
Workload:
30-40 Pages Reading Per Week
3 Formal Paper(s), ~ 7-9 pages each, and rewrite/ revision
3 Informal Papers (reading or film reflections) 1-2 pages each
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51030/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
6 November 2019

Spring 2021  |  SOC 3251W Section 001: Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender (50346)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Meets With:
AAS 3251W Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Tue 01:00PM - 02:15PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (43 of 44 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
In the midst of social unrest, it is important for us to understand social inequality. In this course we will analyze the impact of three major forms of inequality in the United States: race, class, and gender. Through taking an intersectional approach at these topics, we will examine the ways these social forces work institutionally, conceptually, and in terms of our everyday realities. We will focus on these inequalities as intertwined and deeply embedded in the history of the country. Along with race, class, and gender we will focus on other axes of inequality including sexuality, citizenship, and dis/ability. We will analyze the meanings and values attached to these social categories, and the ways in which these social constructions help rationalize, justify, and reproduce social inequality. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This lecture is completely online. On Tuesdays, the lecture will meet in a synchronous format at the scheduled time. The remaining lecture material will be available online in an asynchronous format. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?kampdush+SOC3251W+Spring2021
Class Description:
In this course, we examine race, class, gender and sexuality as axes of stratification, identity, and experience. Our goal is to understand the multiple and intersecting ways that these concepts shape American society and influence each of our lives, life-chances, and daily interactions.
The opening weeks of the class are devoted to a detailed examination of each of our core concepts. In the second half of the course, we move to an analysis of the significance of race, class, gender and sexuality in different contexts including the labor force, the family, schools, the criminal justice system and the dynamics of language. We close the class by asking how the U.S. will be shaped by race, class, gender and sexuality as we continue through the 21st century, and by evaluating solutions to the problem of social inequality. This course will make you think and reflect. Join us!!

Oh, and if you are an AAS student, don't worry, I won't forget about you! You will have some unique options to personalize this course.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Everyone! Everyone should take this class to understand more about themselves, others, and society!
Learning Objectives:
1.1 Actively engage with the professor, TAs, and other students

1.2 Engage in course activities

1.3 Reflect on personal assumptions and values in the context of gender, race, and social class

1.4 Question current knowledge of gender, race, and social class

2.1 Identify societal constructions of gender, race, and social class

2.2 Explore how gender, race, and social class applies to social relationships, communities, societal institutions, and how they could shape the future of society

2.3 Articulate how gender, race, and social class manifest in intimate relationships and in the family

2.4 Identify ways that gender, race, and social class affects the workplace and career advancement

3.1 Contrast opinions and facts in multiple media outlets

3.2 Recognize assumptions and presuppositions in own, peer, and professional opinions

3.3 Develop a clearly articulated argument to support an argument related to gender, race, and social class and use it to justify one or more conclusions related to gender, race, and social class

3.4 Analyze and assess the strength of arguments related to gender, race, and social class and the implications for the course of action and/or assumptions that flow from the argument

3.5 Teach gender, race, and social class concepts to peers inside and outside of the class

3.6 Contemplate how scholars study gender, race, and social class, and the limitations therein

4.1 Describe gender, race, and social class over time and across the life course

4.2 Synthesize gender, race, and social class as interdependent, intersectional concepts

4.3 Identify race, gender, social class, and sexual orientation-related factors that influence communities

4.4 Appreciate the diversity of American family life

5.1 Learn to write clearly and without jargon

5.2 Read the work of peers and provide feedback that is actually useful

6.1 Identify multiple personal identities, including race, social class, gender identity, sexual identity, religion, etc.

6.2 Articulate how own intersectional identities, and the values and beliefs that accompany them, shape own experiences

6.3 Appreciate how others' intersectional identities lead to different values and beliefs and experiences, both personal and professional

6.4 Question the lenses through which American society is viewed and reflect on the origins of these lenses

7.1 Communicate gender, race, and social class topics to peers

7.2 Articulate why gender, race, and social class matters

7.3 Identify a contemporary current event or media story connected to gender, race, and/or social class

Grading:
Your grade will have 7 components:
Prediction Quizzes: pass/fail quizzes that ask you to predict what you will learn the next week (pass/fail)
Quizzes: Online quizzes that cover each module's materials.
Engage Discussions: On Zoom (once per week) or Online (once per week) discussions of that weeks materials
Short Papers: Short papers on various topics.
Reflections: Short, less formal reflection of that week's module.
Blog Project: A gender, race, and social class themed blog post
Final Paper: A final paper on a question related to gender, race, and social class
Exam Format:
There are 14 quizzes (taken in Canvas) in this class. There is no midterm or final.
Class Format:
This class will meet synchronously (live on Zoom) on Tuesday only. The class will meet asynchronously in an online discussion forum on Thursday.
Workload:
This class will require you to read about 30 to 40 pages per week. It will require you to write about one two-page paper per week. It will require you to complete two quizzes (short quizzes, less than 20 minutes), per week. It will require you to complete about one reflection per week. This class is based in active learning. If you are not into doing readings for your courses, not into staying on top of tasks, or not into discussion, this may not be the class for you. Or, maybe you are into these things, but not during a global pandemic. I get it. So, you can decide for yourself whether this is the class for you. I personally think it is awesome and a lot of fun. But I might be biased; I am the professor. Ha!
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/50346/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 November 2020

Spring 2021  |  SOC 3309 Section 001: Atheists & Others: Religious Outsiders in the United States (63642)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Meets With:
RELS 3624 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (33 of 45 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
What does it mean to be an atheist in the United States today? Atheists comprise a small percentage of the American population, but one with an increasingly visible presence in popular culture, political discourse, & everyday life. How do atheists organize into groups oriented toward identity-formation, social connection, and political action? prereq: 1001 recommended
Class Notes:
This lecture is completely online. On Wednesdays, the lecture will meet in a synchronous format at the scheduled time. The remaining lecture material will be available online in an asynchronous format. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?edgell+SOC3309+Spring2021
Class Description:
What does it mean to be an atheist in the United States today? Atheists comprise a small percentage of the American population, but one with an increasingly visible presence in popular culture, political discourse, and everyday life. How do atheists compare with other non-religious Americans? How do atheists organize into groups oriented toward identity-formation, social connection, and political action? What are Americans' attitudes toward atheists, atheism, and non-belief, and are these attitudes changing? The course will promote a critical examination of the changing landscape of religious non-belief in the United States, placing contemporary American atheism in a sociological and historical context. Throughout the course, we focus on the varieties of religious and non-religious experience and engage with sociological debates about secularization in the late-modern context.
Grading:
Discussion/Book group Assignments - 30%
Midterm - 30%
Final - 30%
Participation - 10%
Exam Format:
A combination of short answer and short essay questions.
Class Format:
The class is primarily lecture-based, but with numerous in-class group activities and discussions.
Workload:
In a typical week, there will be 30-50 pages of reading assigned, but a there are few weeks where we will focus on book length pieces and those weeks closer to 80-100 pages will be assigned. There are no full-length papers, but students will be required to summarize some of the readings and help run book group-style discussions two times in the semester.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/63642/1213
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/edgell_SOC3309_Fall2016.doc (Fall 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
3 March 2016

Spring 2021  |  SOC 3452 Section 001: Education and Society (63643)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Tue, Thu 08:15AM - 09:30AM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (53 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Everyone thinks they know what "education" is. We've all been in schools, and we think we know how they work. We all have opinions about why some people go farther in school than others and why some people learn more than others. We all think we know what role education plays in shaping who gets good jobs, who has a good life, and who has more knowledge. This course is designed to challenge and expand what we think we know about all of these things. Students (and instructor) will critically engage scientific research in sociology, education, economics, public policy, and elsewhere. The goal will be to educate everyone about the current state of knowledge about how "education" works: what shapes educational achievement; where sex and racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in educational achievements come from; what role education plays in economic development; how and why educational accomplishments result in better social and economic outcomes; and how educational institutions might be improved. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F.
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?budhi006+SOC3452+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course will deepen our understanding of education and social inequality. We will critically examine how educational systems come to be and scrutinize what happens inside educational institutions. We will also learn about how education has been a site of struggles for equality and how different thinkers have imagined its egalitarian potential. In exploring these various dimensions of education, this course will enable us to think about both how education reproduces and can challenge inequalities of social class, race, and gender.
Grading:
Weekly engagement (20%)
Two assignments (40%)
Group project (40%)
Exam Format:
No exams.
Class Format:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. We will meet online at the scheduled times.
Workload:
To be determined by instructor.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/63643/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 October 2020

Spring 2021  |  SOC 3503 Section 001: Asian American Identities, Families & Communities (65699)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Community Engaged Learning
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Meets With:
AAS 3503 Section 001
SOC 3503H Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (13 of 28 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides a sociological overview of Asian American identities, families and communities. To place these experiences within a broader historical, structural, and cultural context the course will begin with a brief introduction to the history of Asians and Asian Americans in the United States and sociological theories about incorporation and racial stratification. We will then examine the diversity of Asian American communities and families, highlighting ethnic, gender, and class variations. Other topics of focus include racialization and discrimination, education, ethnic enclaves, family and intergenerational relationships, identity, media, culture, and politics and social action. Throughout the course we will consider the ways in which society affects individuals, and how in turn, individuals affect society. Students will have an option to do community-engaged learning or another course project. prereq: SOC 1001 recommended, Sociology majors/minors must register A/F
Class Notes:
This lecture is completely online. On Wednesdays, the lecture will meet in a synchronous format at the scheduled time. The remaining lecture material will be available online in an asynchronous format. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?tswartz+SOC3503+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course provides a sociological overview of Asian American identities, families and communities. To place these experiences within a broader historical, structural, and cultural context the course will begin with a brief introduction to the history of Asians and Asian Americans in the United States and sociological theories about incorporation and racial stratification. We will then examine the diversity of Asian American communities and families, highlighting ethnic, gender, and class variations. Other topics of focus include racialization and discrimination, identity,education, mental health, ethnic enclaves and ethnic economies, family and intergenerational relationships, media and culture, food, and politics and social action. Throughout the course we will consider the ways in which society affects individuals, and how in turn, individual's affect society. Course projects will be utilized to help students gain a concrete appreciation of how a sociological perspective sheds light on the lived experience of contemporary Asian Americans. Students will have an option to participate in community service learning, or do another project that reflects their interests. Honors students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion, depth and to a degree length of writing assignments, presentations, and leadership of the students.
Grading:
40% Exams
40% Papers/Project
20% Class Participation and Presentations
Class Format:
35% Lecture
10% Film/Video
30% Discussion
15% Small Group Activities
10% Student Presentations
Workload:
60-80 Pages Reading Per Week
Quizzes Possible
2 Exams
2 Papers
2 Presentations
1 Special Projects
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65699/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
19 January 2020

Spring 2021  |  SOC 3503H Section 001: Honors: Asian American Identities, Families & Communities (65700)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Community Engaged Learning
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Honors
Online Course
Enrollment Requirements:
honors student
Meets With:
AAS 3503 Section 001
SOC 3503 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (5 of 7 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides a sociological overview of Asian American identities, families, and communities. To place these experiences within a broader historical, structural, and cultural context the course will begin with a brief introduction to the history of Asians and Asian Americans in the United States and sociological theories about incorporation and racial stratification. We will then examine the diversity of Asian American communities and families, highlighting ethnic, gender, and class variations. Other topics of focus include racialization and discrimination, education, ethnic enclaves, family and intergenerational relationships, identity, media, culture, and politics and social action. Throughout the course, we will consider the ways in which society affects individuals, and how in turn, individuals affect society. Students will have an option to do community-engaged learning or another course project. Honors students are expected to demonstrate a greater depth of discussion, depth and to a degree length of writing assignments, presentations, and leadership of the students. Additional special assignments will be discussed with honors participants who seek to earn honors credit toward the end of our first class session. Students will also be expected to meet as a group and individually with the professor four times during the course semester. Examples of additional requirements may include: - Sign up and prepare 3-4 discussion questions in advance of at least one class session. - Work with professor and TA on other small leadership tasks (class discussion, paper exchange, tour). - Write two brief (1-page) reflection papers on current news, or a two-page critique of a class reading - Attend a presentation, workshop, or seminar on a related topic for this class and write a 2-page maximum reflective paper. - Interview a current Sociology graduate student and present briefly in class or write a reflective piece, not more than 2 pages in length, to be submitted
Class Notes:
This lecture is completely online. On Wednesdays, the lecture will meet in a synchronous format at the scheduled time. The remaining lecture material will be available online in an asynchronous format. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?tswartz+SOC3503H+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course provides a sociological overview of Asian American identities, families and communities. To place these experiences within a broader historical, structural, and cultural context the course will begin with a brief introduction to the history of Asians and Asian Americans in the United States and sociological theories about incorporation and racial stratification. We will then examine the diversity of Asian American communities and families, highlighting ethnic, gender, and class variations. Other topics of focus include racialization and discrimination, identity,education, mental health, ethnic enclaves and ethnic economies, family and intergenerational relationships, media and culture, food, and politics and social action. Throughout the course we will consider the ways in which society affects individuals, and how in turn, individual's affect society. Course projects will be utilized to help students gain a concrete appreciation of how a sociological perspective sheds light on the lived experience of contemporary Asian Americans. Students will have an option to participate in community service learning, or do another project that reflects their interests. Honors students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion, depth and to a degree length of writing assignments, presentations, and leadership of the students.
Grading:
40% Exams
40% Papers/Project
20% Class Participation and Presentations
Class Format:
35% Lecture
10% Film/Video
30% Discussion
15% Small Group Activities
10% Student Presentations
Workload:
60-80 Pages Reading Per Week
Quizzes Possible
2 Exams
2 Papers
2 Presentations
1 Special Projects
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65700/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
19 January 2020

Spring 2021  |  SOC 3511 Section 001: World Population Problems (63644)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (75 of 80 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This class is an introduction to the contemporary issues that accompany such dramatic population change, including fertility change, disease experiences, migration as opportunity and challenge and human-environment conflict. Further, we will examine the roles of global organizations, national governments, and culture in shaping and reshaping populations. prereq: [SOC 1001] recommended, Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?meierann+SOC3511+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course explores population dynamics in global perspective. Students will learn major population theories and measures. We will closely examine the ways in which people enter and leave populations -- by birth, death, or migration. To do this, we will read three books, one each about these phenomena in different places around the world: India, Kenya, the U.S. and the Caribbean. We will explore societal differences in forces that shape population and investigate their causes and consequences. In particular, we will explore differences in the population situations in highly developed and less developed nations, and differences between subgroups within societies. Within-country differences in population processes exist along gender, race, and social class lines. Key population policies will be discussed.
Grading:
45% Weekly Quizzes
35% Book Critique (draft + final)
20% Book-related Activities
Exam Format:
no exams, only weekly reading quizzes, book critique papers, and book-related class activities.
Class Format:
50% Lecture
40% Discussion
10% Guest Speakers
Workload:
50-70 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
12 Quizzes Other Workload: weekly quizzes, a book critique (a draft and final for a total of 15 pages, class activities, author questions, etc).
Honors additional workload: write two book critiques (total 30 pages), active class participation, leadership in small-group work.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/63644/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
11 November 2020

Spring 2021  |  SOC 3701 Section 001: Social Theory (48449)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Mon, Wed 09:05AM - 10:45AM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (79 of 80 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber and Durkheim to contemporary theories of postmodernism and globalization. We will examine a range of theories with particular attention to their treatments of core sociological questions and concerns. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
15 seats reserved for sociology majors. This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?pharr004+SOC3701+Spring2021
Class Description:

This course provides a broad overview of the major paradigms of social thought. While we will initially focus on classical theory and the "Big Three"
of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, the emphasis of this course will be on how contemporary thinkers draw upon and modify the classics for modern contexts. With the help of such thinkers, we will tackle such core sociological questions as: What is social theory? How does it differ from the theories applied in "hard" sciences such as physics and biology? What holds society together? How do social networks and institutions endure over time? What is the relationship between the individual and society? How is human thought and behavior shaped by social interaction? What is power, who holds it, and how is it exercised? What are the primary axes of social change? What defines the modernity? Are we living in a post-modern era? Over the course of the semester our goal will be to not only understand a diverse range of theories and thinkers, but to apply them to our own lives and social contexts. In addition to lectures and in-class activities, students will engage in weekly online discussions to hone their own critical sensibilities by identifying and interrogating the key arguments and assumptions of the texts.

Grading:
50% Exams (mid-term and final)
40% Quizzes
10% Attendance, Participation, and Discussion
Exam Format:
Multiple choice; essay
Class Format:
75% Synchronous online class lecture and discussion
25% Asynchronous quizzes, exams, and discussion
Workload:
40-50 pages reading per week
Weekly discussion posts on Canvas
10 quizzes
2 Exams
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/48449/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 March 2021

Spring 2021  |  SOC 3701 Section 002: Social Theory (51029)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (79 of 80 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber and Durkheim to contemporary theories of postmodernism and globalization. We will examine a range of theories with particular attention to their treatments of core sociological questions and concerns. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
15 seats reserved for sociology majors. This course is completely online in an asynchronous format. There are no scheduled meeting times. Click the link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?edgell+SOC3701+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course is designed to provide an overview of the major theoretical traditions in the discipline of sociology. Sociological theory is like an evolving conversation about core questions regarding the nature of society and the individual's role within it. These questions include: Are individuals rational calculators of costs and benefits, or communicators who create and inhabit symbolic universes? Is the social order shaped mostly by the economic system and how it organizes resources (e.g. capitalism), or are technologies of communication and control what matter as we transition from industrial societies to mass societies? How does increasing globalization foster new theories of how societies work? Theories of society are, of course, shaped by the social location of the theorist, so as more diverse voices have joined the conversation, theory has expanded to grapple in new ways with problems of power, difference, and inequality. In this class, we will learn how sociological theory has developed over the 20th century and explore how and why it is useful in understanding the world we live in today.
Grading:
30% Reports/Papers
10% Class Participation
60% Other Evaluation Other Grading Information: 4 mini-exams (short answer/essay/multiple choice)
Exam Format:
short answer and short essay
Class Format:
60% Lecture
40% Discussion
Workload:
35-50 Pages Reading Per Week
10-12 Pages Writing Per Term
4 Exam(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51029/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
6 October 2020

Spring 2021  |  SOC 3701 Section 301: Social Theory (51497)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
College of Continuing Education
Online Course
Pre-Covid
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Closed (31 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber and Durkheim to contemporary theories of postmodernism and globalization. We will examine a range of theories with particular attention to their treatments of core sociological questions and concerns. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
For course details, see https://ccaps.umn.edu/credit-courses/social-theory
Class Description:
This course provides an introductory overview of major social theories ranging from the foundational sociological theories of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim to contemporary theories of change, action, identities, and the social self. We will work to understand the social and historical environments in which these theories have developed and focus on how theoretical inquiry can serve as a guide for scientific explanation of human behavior. Some of the questions explored will include: What holds societies together? How do societies reproduce themselves? How does social change take place? How are social identities created, maintained, and transformed? What are features of modern social life and where is society headed in the future?
Exam Format:
Short answer; essays
Workload:
Other Workload: book essay
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51497/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
6 July 2015

Spring 2021  |  SOC 3801 Section 001: Sociological Research Methods (48443)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (149 of 150 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introduction to the materials and methods of social science research in a comprehensive and critical way. The course begins by introducing social science research, including philosophical and theoretical foundations. The course then covers the primary components of research design, including conceptualization, operationalization and measurement, primary and secondary data collection and sources, sampling, and the logic of comparison(s). prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in an asynchronous format. There are no scheduled meeting times. Click this link for detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jdewaard+SOC3801+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course provides an introduction to the materials and methods of social science research in a comprehensive and critical way. The course begins by introducing social science research and the components of research design, including conceptualization, operationalization and measurement, indexes and scales, reliability and validity, primary and secondary data collection and sources, sampling, the logic of comparison(s), and research ethics. This is followed by introducing students to research designs used in social science research, including ethnography, ethnomethodology, case and comparative case studies, comparative historical and archival methods, content analysis, interviews, focus groups, surveys, and experiments and their variants. The course concludes by considering several critical bookends, including data analysis and various tools and tricks of the trade.
Grading:

10% Attend and participate in class discussion

10% Recall key terms and details

20% Find relevant sources of research

30% Interpret and compare different types of evidence

30% Justify and critique common research practices

Class Format:
Lecture Section:
50% conceptual development
25% participatory activities

25% guest speakers, media, in-class writing, & miscellaneous

Lab Section:
80% Analyze and discuss weekly readings (available online)
20% Workshop term paper

Workload:
20-40 pages of reading per week
2 exams
Daily in-class writing exercises
2 term papers, 5-6 pages each
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/48443/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
30 August 2018

Spring 2021  |  SOC 3811 Section 001: Social Statistics (48409)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Tue 09:45AM - 11:00AM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (128 of 145 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will introduce majors and non-majors to basic statistical measures and procedures that are used to describe and analyze quantitative data in sociological research. The topics include (1) frequency and percentage distributions, (2) central tendency and dispersion, (3) probability theory and statistical inference, (4) models of bivariate analysis, and (5) basics of multivariate analysis. Lectures on these topics will be given in class, and lab exercises are designed to help students learn statistical skills and software needed to analyze quantitative data provided in the class. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for Soc 5811 (Soc 5811 offered Fall terms only). Undergraduates with strong math background are encouraged to register for 5811 in lieu of 3811. Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F.
Class Notes:
This lecture is completely online. On Tuesdays, the lecture will meet in a synchronous format at the scheduled time. The remaining lecture material will be available online in an asynchronous format. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?ewf+SOC3811+Spring2021
Class Description:

Quantitative data can reveal the social world - or disguise it. This class will teach methods of describing, displaying, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative data so that it can reveal, not disguise, social patterns. We will cover: (1) descriptive statistics and principles of good graphing; (2) methods of transforming data to make its patterns visible; (3) the probability theory that lets us use samples to learn about populations; (4) principles of causal inference; and (5) methods for relating multiple variables to understand their relationships.

Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for Soc 5811 (Soc 5811 offered Fall terms only). Undergraduates with strong math background are encouraged to register for 5811 in lieu of 3811. Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F.

Grading:
48% Data Analysis Assignments
45% Quizzes
7% Learning Reflections
Exam Format:
Computations
Multiple Choice
Short Answer
Class Format:
In Spring 2021, we will meet virtually only. The Tuesday lecture period and the labs will be synchronous. The Thursday lecture period will be asynchronous and can be done at any time between Tuesday lecture periods. The Tuesday period will be highly interactive and is a chance to get practice with help from other students and your professor.

50% Lecture and large-group activities
50% Computer Labs
Workload:
10-35 pages reading per week (note: textbook reading is slow because it requires stopping to do practice problems along the way); weekly quizzes; 3 longer analytical memos.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/48409/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 November 2020

Spring 2021  |  SOC 3811 Section 008: Social Statistics (49558)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Tue 05:30PM - 08:00PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (50 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will introduce majors and non-majors to basic statistical measures and procedures that are used to describe and analyze quantitative data in sociological research. The topics include (1) frequency and percentage distributions, (2) central tendency and dispersion, (3) probability theory and statistical inference, (4) models of bivariate analysis, and (5) basics of multivariate analysis. Lectures on these topics will be given in class, and lab exercises are designed to help students learn statistical skills and software needed to analyze quantitative data provided in the class. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for Soc 5811 (Soc 5811 offered Fall terms only). Undergraduates with strong math background are encouraged to register for 5811 in lieu of 3811. Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F.
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The lecture will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?bianx001+SOC3811+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course will introduce sociology majors to basic statistical measures and procedures that are used to describe and analyze quantitative data in sociological research. The topics include (1) frequency and percentage distributions, (2) central tendency and dispersion, (3) probability theory and statistical inference, (4) models of bivariate analysis, and (5) basics of multivariate analysis. Lectures on these topics will be given in class, and lab exercises are designed to help students learn statistical skills needed to analyze quantitative data provided in the class. In addition to attendance to lectures and labs, students are expected to read 15 pages of the text per week. There will be three exams. Students will need a simple calculator for assignments and exams. This course meets the CLE requirements for the Mathematical Thinking core. We explore the dual nature of social statistics as a body of knowledge with its own logic and way of thinking, and as a powerful tool for understanding and describing social reality. Students in this course are exposed to the mathematic knowledge that underlies key concepts, but they are also shown how each concept applies to real world social science issues and debates. They are asked to demonstrate their mastery of the mathematical concept and its practical application through in-class discussions, problem sets, and exam questions. Students are taught the mathematical foundations of probability and sampling theory; they are taught about sampling distributions; and they are shown the real-world implications of these ideas for how social science knowledge is gained through surveys of randomly sampled observations.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Sociology major.
Learning Objectives:
See full description under Class Description. Briefly, this is a requirement for a sociology major. You will learn basic quantitative analytic skills useful for senior thesis and a future research job.
Grading:
10% Class attendance
50% Problem solving assignments
40% Midterm exam !
05% End of course extra credit
Exam Format:
multiple choice, computational problems
Class Format:
65% Lecture
35% Laboratory
Workload:
10 pages per week reading (textbook and lecture notes)
10 out of 12 assignments and weekly problem solving labs
2 Exam(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/49558/1213
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/bianx001_SOC3811_Spring2020.pdf (Spring 2020)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/bianx001_SOC3811_Spring2019.pdf (Spring 2019)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
18 September 2020

Spring 2021  |  SOC 4101V Section 001: Honors: Sociology of Law (50724)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Honors
Online Course
Enrollment Requirements:
honors student
Meets With:
SOC 4101W Section 001
SOC 5101 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (5 of 6 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will consider the relationship between law and society, analyzing law as an expression of cultural values, a reflection of social and political structure, and an instrument of social control and social change. Emphasizing a comparative perspective, we begin by discussing theories about law and legal institutions. We then turn our attention to the legal process and legal actors, focusing on the impact of law, courts, and lawyers on the rights of individuals. Although this course focuses on the US legal system, we will explore issues of the relationship between US law and global law and concepts of justice. Additional special assignments will be discussed with honors participants who seek to earn honors credit toward the end of our first class session. Examples of additional requirements may include: - Honors students will be expected to interview a current Sociology graduate student working on a LCD topic. Following this, each student will individually be expected to do an in-class power point presentation explaining how the interviewees? research relates with themes presented in the course. Students will also be expected to meet as a group and individually with the professor four times during the course semester. - Sign up and prepare 3-4 discussion questions in advance of at least one class session. - Work with professor and TA on other small leadership tasks (class discussion, paper exchange, tour). - Write two brief (1-page) reflection papers on current news, or a two-page critique of a class reading - Attend a presentation, workshop, or seminar on a related topic for this class and write a 2-page maximum reflective paper. prereq: honors student, [[SOC 1001] and [SOC 1101 or 3101 or 3102]] recommended, Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
2 seats reserved for sociology honors. This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?boyle014+SOC4101V+Spring2021
Class Description:
Law is an institution of enormous social impact, where the most pressing and controversial issues of our time are debated (e.g., When is a collection of cells a human being? Should the state be allowed to kill juveniles who commit crimes? Who owns electronic information?). Sometimes people turn to law for protection and relief; at other times, they seek to avoid it at all costs. Law can be a force for achieving equality and redistributing power in society; yet it can also be conservative, rooted in age-old traditions and customs, with tightly controlled boundaries. Law is located in myriad places, from university codes of conduct to international treaties on torture. It permeates every aspect of modern life. In this course, students will learn about the sources, content, and impact of law from a sociological perspective. Graduate students and honors students will meet with the professor outside of class every other week. Graduate students are expected to take a leadership role in the class, read supplemental material, and write a full-length research review on an area of the Sociology of Law that is of particular interest to them.
Grading:
Online reading quizzes (14): 24%
Midterm: 12%
Final: 12%
Paper components (policy brief, annotated bibliography, rough draft): 15%
Final paper draft: 20%
Group presentation: 7%
Participation: 10%
Class Format:
Most classes are a mix of lecture, video, and discussion. Discussion is focused on the content of, and connections among, course readings. Some days toward the end of the semester will be devoted to group presentations of current events related to law.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/50724/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 November 2019

Spring 2021  |  SOC 4101W Section 001: Sociology of Law (49010)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Meets With:
SOC 4101V Section 001
SOC 5101 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Closed (49 of 49 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will consider the relationship between law and society, analyzing law as an expression of cultural values, a reflection of social and political structure, and an instrument of social control and social change. Emphasizing a comparative perspective, we begin by discussing theories about law and legal institutions. We then turn our attention to the legal process and legal actors, focusing on the impact of law, courts, and lawyers on the rights of individuals. Although this course focuses on the US legal system, we will explore issues of the relationship between US law and global law and concepts of justice. prereq: [[SOC 1001] and [SOC 1101 or 3101 or 3102]] recommended, Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?boyle014+SOC4101W+Spring2021
Class Description:
Law is an institution of enormous social impact, where the most pressing and controversial issues of our time are debated (e.g., When is a collection of cells a human being? Should the state be allowed to kill juveniles who commit crimes? Who owns electronic information?). Sometimes people turn to law for protection and relief; at other times, they seek to avoid it at all costs. Law can be a force for achieving equality and redistributing power in society; yet it can also be conservative, rooted in age-old traditions and customs, with tightly controlled boundaries. Law is located in myriad places, from university codes of conduct to international treaties on torture. It permeates every aspect of modern life. In this course, students will learn about the sources, content, and impact of law from a sociological perspective. Graduate students and honors students will meet with the professor outside of class every other week. Graduate students are expected to take a leadership role in the class, read supplemental material, and write a full-length research review on an area of the Sociology of Law that is of particular interest to them.
Grading:
Online reading quizzes (14): 24%
Midterm: 12%
Final: 12%
Paper components (policy brief, annotated bibliography, rough draft): 15%
Final paper draft: 20%
Group presentation: 7%
Participation: 10%
Class Format:
Most classes are a mix of lecture, video, and discussion. Discussion is focused on the content of, and connections among, course readings. Some days toward the end of the semester will be devoted to group presentations of current events related to law.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/49010/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 November 2019

Spring 2021  |  SOC 4102 Section 001: Criminology (65523)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Meets With:
SOC 4102H Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (54 of 56 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This class seeks to develop an understanding of patterns of crime and punishment in the United States (including American particularities in international comparison), their social, political, economic, cultural, and institutional conditions, and how these patterns relate to broader sociological themes. We will examine a cross-section of most outstanding recent and some (by now) classical criminological and sociological books and a few articles that have attracted much attention among scholars and/or the broader public. prereq: [SOC 3101 or SOC 3102 or instr consent], Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?savel001+SOC4102+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course examines core themes in criminological research, especially innovative ways of thinking about crime and punishment. A cross-section of important criminology books and articles will be discussed that have attracted much attention among scholars and/or the broader public. Examples for crime theories discussed are Messner and Rosenfeld's "Crime and the American Dream," Sampson and Wilson's focus on inner city poverty and dislocation as a central root of crime, Hagan/McCarthy's "Mean Streets" with its focus on homeless youth and crime, Newman's "Rampage," a study on school shootings, and Anderson's "Code of the Street." The punishment side covers sections from books by Beckett on the role of media and politics in creating moral panics, Garland with his focus on punitive responses in times of uncertainty, and texts on international differences in punishment. A new section provides a brief introduction into a much neglected theme: criminal violations of human rights and humanitarian law such as war crimes and genocide as well as other crimes of the powerful and control responses to these types of offenses. Students read chapters from books and articles while lecture provides background information. Lecture is accompanied by discussion and small group work.
Who Should Take This Class?:
This class is of special interest to all undergraduate students concerned with issues of crime and punishment. This applies especially to sociology LCD majors, but also to other sociology students and students beyond sociology. Examining issues of crime and punishment teaches us much broader lessons about American society, its social structure, patterns of inequality, the functioning of its government, law and the enforcement of law (and how the US compares to other countries).
Learning Objectives:
Understanding patterns of crime in the context of a country's structural and cultural contexts (specifically but not exclusively for the US). Understanding the construction of crime and responses to crime, especially criminal punishment, in the context of institutions of government, law and law enforcement.
Grading:
60% Midterm Exam (or, of remote teaching, six shorter quizzes, each worth 10%); 30% Final Exam; 10% Class Participation (for students who seek honors credit in this class only: a paper of about 12-15 pages is expected [possibly the review of a book on which students agree with the instructor at the beginning of the semester; alternative paper types can be considered]).
Exam Format:
multiple choice, short answer
Class Format:
50% Lecture
15% Film/Video
20% Discussion
15% Small Group Activities small group work
Workload:
50 Pages Reading Per Week
2 Exam(s) -- or, if taught remotely, six shorter quizzes and one final exam
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65523/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
19 September 2020

Spring 2021  |  SOC 4102H Section 001: Honors: Criminology (66698)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Honors
Online Course
Enrollment Requirements:
honors student
Meets With:
SOC 4102 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Closed (2 of 2 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This class seeks to develop an understanding of patterns of crime and punishment in the United States (including American particularities in international comparison), their social, political, economic, cultural, and institutional conditions, and how these patterns relate to broader sociological themes. We will examine a cross-section of most outstanding recent and some (by now) classical criminological and sociological books and a few articles that have attracted much attention among scholars and/or the broader public. Additional special assignments will be discussed with honors participants who seek to earn honors credit toward the end of our first class session. Examples of additional requirements may include: Honors students will be expected to interview a current Sociology graduate student working on a LCD topic. Following this, each student will individually be expected to do an in-class power point presentation explaining how the interviewees' research relates with themes presented in the course. Students will also be expected to meet as a group and individually with the professor four times during the course semester. Sign up and prepare 3-4 discussion questions in advance of at least one class session. Work with professor and TA on other small leadership tasks (class discussion, paper exchange, tour). Write two brief (1-page) reflection papers on current news, or a two-page critique of a class reading Attend a presentation, workshop, or seminar on a related topic for this class and write a 2 page maximum reflective paper. prereq: Honors student, [SOC 3101 or SOC 3102 or instr consent], Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?savel001+SOC4102+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course examines new trends in criminological research, i.e. innovative explanations of crime and punishment. A cross-section of recent criminology books and articles will be discussed that have attracted much attention among scholars and/or the broader public. Examples for crime theories discussed are Messner and Rosenfeld's "Crime and the American Dream," Sampson and Wilson's focus on inner city poverty and dislocation as a central root of crime, Hagan/McCarthy's "Mean Streets" with its focus on homeless youth and crime, Newman's "Rampage," a study on school shootings, and Anderson's "Code of the Street." The punishment side covers sections from books by Beckett on the role of media and politics in creating moral panics, Garland with his focus on punitive responses in times of uncertainty, and texts on international differences in punishment. A new section examines a much neglected theme: criminal violations of human rights and humanitarian law such as war crimes and genocide and control responses to them. Students read chapters from books and articles while lecture provides background information. Lecture is accompanied by discussion and small group work. Honors students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion, depth and to a degree length of writing assignments, presentations, and leadership of the students.
Grading:
60% Midterm Exam; 30% Final Exam; 10% Class Participation (for students who seek honors credit in this class only: a paper of about 12-15 pages is expected [possibly the review of a book on which students agree with the instructor at the beginning of the semester; alternative paper types can be considered]).
Exam Format:
multiple choice, short answer
Class Format:
50% Lecture
15% Film/Video
20% Discussion
15% Small Group Activities small group work
Workload:
50 Pages Reading Per Week
3 Exam(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/66698/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
25 February 2016

Spring 2021  |  SOC 4105 Section 001: Sociology of Punishment and Corrections (52021)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Mon 05:00PM - 07:30PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (42 of 45 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The purpose of this class is to develop a working understanding of the "sociology of punishment." To that end, the course focuses on three interrelated questions: How do various social factors (the economy, culture, crime, media, race relations, etc.) shape the development of criminal punishment? Why does punishment differ across time and place? How do penal laws, practices, and institutions affect individuals, groups, and communities? The course combines lectures and small and large group discussions. prereq: 3101 or 3102 or instr consent; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?page+SOC4105+Spring2021
Class Description:
0A

The purpose of this class is to develop a working understanding of the "sociology of punishment." To that end, we will focus on three interrelated questions: What are the sources of punishment? Why does punishment differ across time and place? How do penal laws, practices, and institutions affect individuals, groups, and communities? We will also study how the legal system (and non-state organizations) should serve victims of crime. This class combines readings, podcasts, fiction, and films.

Grading:
70% of the course grade will be from the exams;
30% will be from the reaction papers and class attendance.
Exam Format:
Quizzes, reaction papers, and final exam.
Class Format:
40% Lecture
10% Film/Video
35% Discussion
15% Small Group Activities
Workload:
50-74 Pages Reading Per Week.
3 Exam(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52021/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
4 November 2019

Spring 2021  |  SOC 4113 Section 001: Sociology of Violence: Bedrooms, Backyards, and Bars (63646)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Enrollment Requirements:
soph or jr or sr
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (79 of 80 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course looks at violent behavior across a wide variety of social arenas, bedrooms, backyards, and bars, being some common places where violence occurs. Students will wrestle with definitions of violence and the circumstances in which behavior is or isn't categorized as violent. A major theme will be how violence operates as a property of institutional arrangements, organizational practices, and interpersonal situations. Subtopics intersecting violence include cohorts (race, class, & gender), sport, sex, emotion, the State, and the environment. Soc Majors and Minors must register A/F. Pre-req of Soc 1001, Soc 1101, 3101 or 3102 is recommended.
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in an asynchronous format. There are no scheduled meeting times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?walkerml+SOC4113+Spring2021
Class Description:
In this course, we will examine violent behavior across a wide variety of social arenas - bedrooms, backyards, and bars, being some common places where violence occurs. You will interrogate definitions and theoretical perspectives of violence. Our principal concern is with violence as a property of institutional arrangements, organizational practices, and interpersonal situations. Intersecting subtopics include: cohorts (race, class, & gender), sport, sex, emotion, the State, and the environment.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Any student interested sociological perspectives on violence.
Learning Objectives:
    1. Critically discuss perspectives on violence
    2. Differentiate types of violence
    3. Critically discuss social motives associated with violent behaviors and events
Grading:
Exam Format:
One multiple choice exam and several short essays.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/63646/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 October 2020

Spring 2021  |  SOC 4135 Section 001: Sociology of White-Collar Crime (63647)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Meets With:
SOC 4135H Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (46 of 50 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course deals with diverse types of white-collar crime (high status, occupational, organizational crimes), their causation, the damage they cause, and their control. We will read some of the outstanding literature on these issues and explore well-known cases in depth. There will be lectures and discussion in the classroom. We will explore what white-collar crime teaches us about the nature and explanation of crime and about the nature of criminal justice and other government social control. prereq: [SOC 3101 or SOC 3102 or instr consent]; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?savel001+SOC4135+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course deals with different types of white-collar crime (sometimes referred to as "crimes of the powerful") and their control. We will learn from outstanding literature, videos, and guest speakers and explore cases in depth. The course is divided into two parts. Part I. distinguishes different types of white-collar crime (e.g., embezzlement, fraud, conflict of interest, and corruption). We also learn about differences between upper class, occupational, and organizational crimes in private and government sectors. We explore their causation and the damage they cause. We compare white-collar crime with street crime. Do we need special theories to explain white-collar crime? We also take a look at parallels between corporate crime and the involvement of white-collar workers in state organized crimes such as genocide. Part II. deals with the perception, legislation, and control of white-collar crime. How does the public view white-collar crime? What are the chances that legislatures will take steps against white-collar offending? Under what conditions are they likely to criminalize behavior of powerful and prestigous actors? We then follow the criminal justice process, based on a collection of articles and on concrete cases. We look at police and prosecution, the role of defense attorneys, the sentencing decisions of judges, and the way defendants experience the response of the criminal justice system. We finally learn about innovative and alternative strategies and responses to white-collar crime. Honors students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion, depth and to a degree length of writing assignments, presentations, and leadership of the students.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students with a special interest in issues of crime and response to crime, also in the political processes that result in the definition of actions as crimes (or not). This applies to all sociology students, especially--but not only--those with an LCD specialization.
Learning Objectives:
Appreciate the role of "organizations as weapons in crime." Appreciate the role of power in processes that result in the definition of actions as crime. Understande the regulatory state and the role criminal law (and related control mechanisms) play in its context.
Grading:
40% Midterm Exam (or, if taught remotely, four quizzes, each worth 10%)
35% Final Exam
20% Reports/Papers
5%
In-class Presentations --------
In addition, a 10-page paper of high quality to qualify for honors credit
Exam Format:
Combination of multiple choice and short-answer questions
Class Format:
60% Lecture
10% Film/Video
20% Discussion
10% Small Group Activities small group work
Workload:
40 Pages Reading Per Week
2 Exam(s) (one midterm, one final -- or, if taught remotely, four quizzes and one final exam)
2 Paper(s) ---- plus honors credit paper
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/63647/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
19 September 2020

Spring 2021  |  SOC 4135H Section 001: Honors: Sociology of White-Collar Crime (65535)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Honors
Online Course
Enrollment Requirements:
honors student
Meets With:
SOC 4135 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (4 of 5 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course deals with diverse types of white-collar crime (high status, occupational, organizational crimes), their causation, the damage they cause, and their control. We will read some of the outstanding literature on these issues and explore well-known cases in depth. There will be lectures and discussion in the classroom. We will explore what white-collar crime teaches us about the nature and explanation of crime and about the nature of criminal justice and other government social control. Additional special assignments will be discussed with honors participants who seek to earn honors credit toward the end of our first class session. Examples of additional requirements may include: Honors students will be expected to interview a current Sociology graduate student working on a LCD topic. Following this, each student will individually be expected to do an in-class power point presentation explaining how the interviewees? research relates with themes presented in the course. Students will also be expected to meet as a group and individually with the professor four times during the course semester. Sign up and prepare 3-4 discussion questions in advance of at least one class session. Work with professor and TA on other small leadership tasks (class discussion, paper exchange, tour). Write two brief (1-page) reflection papers on current news, or a two-page critique of a class reading Attend a presentation, workshop, or seminar on a related topic for this class and write a 2 page maximum reflective paper. prereq: Honors, [SOC 3101 or SOC 3102 or instr consent]
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?savel001+SOC4135H+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course deals with different types of white-collar crime (sometimes referred to as "crimes of the powerful") and their control. We will learn from outstanding literature, videos, and guest speakers and explore cases in depth. The course is divided into two parts. Part I. distinguishes different types of white-collar crime (e.g., embezzlement, fraud, conflict of interest, and corruption). We also learn about differences between upper class, occupational, and organizational crimes in private and government sectors. We explore their causation and the damage they cause. We compare white-collar crime with street crime. Do we need special theories to explain white-collar crime? We also take a look at parallels between corporate crime and the involvement of white-collar workers in state organized crimes such as genocide. Part II. deals with the perception, legislation, and control of white-collar crime. How does the public view white-collar crime? What are the chances that legislatures will take steps against white-collar offending? Under what conditions are they likely to criminalize behavior of powerful and prestigous actors? We then follow the criminal justice process, based on a collection of articles and on concrete cases. We look at police and prosecution, the role of defense attorneys, the sentencing decisions of judges, and the way defendants experience the response of the criminal justice system. We finally learn about innovative and alternative strategies and responses to white-collar crime. Honors students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion, depth and to a degree length of writing assignments, presentations, and leadership of the students.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students with a special interest in issues of crime and response to crime, also in the political processes that result in the definition of actions as crimes (or not). This applies to all sociology students, especially--but not only--those with an LCD specialization.
Learning Objectives:
Appreciate the role of "organizations as weapons in crime." Appreciate the role of power in processes that result in the definition of actions as crime. Understande the regulatory state and the role criminal law (and related control mechanisms) play in its context.
Grading:
40% Midterm Exam (or, if taught remotely, four quizzes, each worth 10%)
35% Final Exam
20% Reports/Papers
5%
In-class Presentations --------
In addition, a 10-page paper of high quality to qualify for honors credit
Exam Format:
Combination of multiple choice and short-answer questions
Class Format:
60% Lecture
10% Film/Video
20% Discussion
10% Small Group Activities small group work
Workload:
40 Pages Reading Per Week
2 Exam(s) (one midterm, one final -- or, if taught remotely, four quizzes and one final exam)
2 Paper(s) ---- plus honors credit paper
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65535/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
19 September 2020

Spring 2021  |  SOC 4147 Section 001: Sociology of Mental Health & Illness (52068)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (76 of 80 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to give you an overview of the ways a sociological perspective informs our understanding of mental health and illness. While sociologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and others all deal with issues of mental illness, they often approach the topic in very different ways. In general, a sociological perspective tends to focus on aspects of the social environment that we often ignore, neglect, or take for granted. It calls attention to how society or groups are organized, who benefits or is hurt by the way things are organized, and what beliefs shape our behaviors. In viewing mental illness, sociologists have primarily challenged dominant views of mental illness, examined how social relationships play a role in mental illness, questioned the goals and implications of mental health policy and researched how mental health services are organized and provided. prereq: Soc 1001 recommended, Soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This lecture is completely online. On Thursdays, the lecture will meet in a synchronous format at the scheduled time. The remaining lecture material will be available online in an asynchronous format. Click on this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jvanheuv+SOC4147+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course is designed to give an overview of sociological perspectives of mental health and illness. As a part of this course we will critically examine issues surrounding mental health and illness by situating them in a broader social context including: social relationships, social structures, and social institutions. Throughout the semester we will address key topics including how mental health is defined in different contexts, the role of social stigma, and policies and health services surrounding mental health and illness.
Class Format:
Classes will consist of a mixture of lecture and discussion.
Workload:
30-75 Pages Reading Per Week
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52068/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
1 November 2019

Spring 2021  |  SOC 4162 Section 001: Criminal Procedure in American Society (51031)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Wed 02:30PM - 05:00PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (31 of 50 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
How constitutional democracy balances need to enforce criminal law and rights of individuals to be free of unnecessary government intrusion. prereq: 3101 or 3102 or 3111 or instr consent; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click on this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jbs+SOC4162+Spring2021
Class Description:

Welcome to our interactive criminal procedure class!

All parts of our class aim to help you develop your own "criminal procedure imagination" (CPI) By this I refer to your ideal blaming and punishing regime. We spend our Wednesday afternoons together interrogating the central promise of US criminal justice: to balance the power of government to protect the safety and security of all persons against those who want to do them harm, while at the same time protecting their right to come and go as they please without government interference, and guaranteeing all persons that the government will enforce the law on the street, at the police station, in the courts, and punishing criminal wrongdoing. This promise is also the criminal and punishing regime's greatest problem: How close to to social reality is the promise of equal rights and justice. This promise and this problem have fascinated my students at lease once a year since 1971. It stimulates them to think for themselves, discuss them during our class discussions and with their friends and family outside class.

A final word: You'll probably learn some actual criminal procedure law in our interactive journey through the criminal process. Good for you. But, remember our goal is above all to work on developing your CPI

Who Should Take This Class?:
If you're an Upper Division undergraduate from all majors and you're interested in becoming a more intelligent consumer of our criminal blaming and punishing regime, then you've found the right class. That regime is a very rough engine of social control, a last resort after families, belief systems, schools, and other non criminal social institutions fail. It's also the most expensive and most invasive instrument to affect human behavior in the digital age of the US version of a constitutional democracy, committed to the the values of human dignity, individual autonomy, equal justice for all, and social order.
Grading:
90% Other Evaluation Other Grading Information: 90%,13 non cumulative short answer and essay exams; 10%, participation in course surveys
Exam Format:
60% identification, definition; description and explanation of legal concepts and social science findings (no multiple choice); 10% case briefs; 30% discussion reaction essays
Class Format:
15% Lecture
85% Discussion
Workload:
About 35 Pages Reading Per Week. Some weeks are "thicker" than "others."
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51031/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 January 2021

Spring 2021  |  SOC 4190 Section 001: Topics in Sociology With Law, Criminology, and Deviance Emphasis -- Gender, Sex & Crime (65829)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
6 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (21 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: [1001, [3101 or 3102]] recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F; cr will not be granted if cr has been received for the same topics title
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click on this link for more course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?ferrales+SOC4190+Spring2021
Class Description:
This seminar course examines crime and criminal justice as gendered phenomena. It explores how notions of different types of masculinity and femininity are embedded in and influence criminal behaviors, the operation of the criminal justice system, and our understandings of both. Because gender is relational, we will not only focus on women, but the relationship between crime and masculinity drawing on social theories of gender, power, and identity. The readings and lectures will incorporate a broad range of interdisciplinary empirical work and myriad theoretical perspectives.

Grading:
35% Seminar Participation and Moderation 35%
25% Response Papers
20% Presentations
25% Final Paper
Class Format:
80% Seminar Class Discussions; 5 % Film/Video; 15% Class Presentations
Workload:
50-75 Pages Reading Per Week; Response Papers; 1 Presentation; 1 Paper
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65829/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
30 October 2019

Spring 2021  |  SOC 4246 Section 001: Sociology of Health and Illness (51923)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Enrollment Requirements:
soph or jr or sr
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Closed (80 of 80 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is an introduction to the importance of health and illness in people's lives, how social structures impact who gets sick, how they are treated, and how the delivery of health care is organized. By the end of the course you will be familiar with the major issues in the sociology of health and illness, and understand that health and illness are not just biological processes, but profoundly shaped by the organization of society. prereq: One sociology course recommended; soph or above; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This lecture is completely online. On Wednesdays, the lecture will meet in a synchronous format at the scheduled time. The remaining lecture material will be available online in an asynchronous format. Click on this link for more course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jvanheuv+SOC4246+Spring2021
Class Description:
What do you do when you get sick? Where do you go? Who provides your medical care? In this course we will discuss why the answers to these basic questions are actually quite complex. This course is designed to introduce students to medical sociology and will examine issues surrounding health, illness and healing from a sociological perspective. Throughout the course we will cover numerous topics including: the social construction of health and illness, healthcare providers, the healthcare system - including contemporary debates regarding healthcare reform - and the social determinants of health inequalities.

Class Format:
Classes will consist of a mixture of lecture and discussion.
Workload:
30-75 Pages Reading Per Week
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51923/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
1 November 2019

Spring 2021  |  SOC 4305 Section 001: Environment & Society: An Enduring Conflict (51032)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (47 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Examines the interaction between human society and the natural environment, focusing on the contemporary and global situation. Takes the perspective of environmental sociology concerning the short-range profit-driven and ideological causes of ecological destruction. Investigates how society is reacting to that increasing destruction prereq: 1001 recommended or a course on the environment, soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?broad001+SOC4305+Spring2021
Class Description:
The human species has exerted a large and increasing influence upon its surrounding natural environment. In last two hundred years, this influence has mushroomed. The human population has multiplied enormously, as has its consumerism and its use of technology to extract resources and dump waste back into the environment. Our planet is like a spaceship, "Spaceship Earth;" it can only support a limited amount of human activities. Human society is now pushing the limits of the planetary ecological systems. Our impact is so strong that our current geological era is now called the Anthropocene--the era of humans being the most powerful ecological influence. We are causing massive degradation of the water, land, atmosphere and extinction of other species.

Core questions for this class - Why is it so difficult for human society to learn to live with the limits imposed by the ecological systems of the planet? What fundamental changes do we need to make in order to create a type of human society that can co-exist with a healthy ecology for a long time? These are the basic questions asked by Environmental Sociology, the basis of this course. Growth of population, increasing affluence and more effective extractive technology are the immediate material factors of our devastating impact on the environment. But beyond these material factors lie many social causes. Human society has a strong tendency to ignore environmental problems. These denial tendencies are caused by sociological factors such as social organization, political processes, profit-hungry economic production, insatiable consumer demand, and beliefs that ignore science and disregard the environment. The course examines these various sociological factors that drive our environmental impact and considers ways they might be changed to create a more sustainable form of society.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Those with an interest in the sustainability of humanity
Learning Objectives:
Study the interaction patterns between human society and the natural and built environment.
Grading:
Student presentations, exercises, quizzes, midterm and final exam.
Exam Format:
Multiple choice questions and short essays
Class Format:
Lecture and discussion
Workload:
30 pages of reading per week plus occasional exercises and student group presentations.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51032/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
24 October 2017

Spring 2021  |  SOC 4319 Section 001: "Jews will not replace us!" Global Antisemitism from its Origins to the Present (66361)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Enrollment Requirements:
soph or jr or sr
Meets With:
GLOS 4319 Section 001
JWST 4319 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Tue 11:15AM - 12:30PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (12 of 25 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will explore the topic of antisemitism, its history and cultural logic, and the relation to other forms of exclusion tied to race, religion, and citizenship in modern times. Starting with the history of Jewish emancipation in Europe and the subsequent debates about the "Jewish Question," students will learn to identify the key features of political antisemitism and the ways that antisemitism has been explained by different social theories, including Marxism, Functionalism, and Critical theory. The course will examine the differences and continuities between older theological forms of anti-Judaism and modern antisemitism, the connections between antisemitism, nativism, and xenophobia in the US and globally, and engage with current debates regarding the correlation between anti-Zionism and antisemitism. We will also explore Jewish social, political, and ideological responses to antisemitism in Europe and the US, from the Holocaust to the present. Pre-reqs: sophomore or above; Soc 3701 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This lecture is completely online. On Tuesdays, the lecture will meet in a synchronous format at the scheduled time. The remaining lecture material will be available online in an asynchronous format. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?abaer+SOC4319+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course will explore the topic of antisemitism, its history and cultural logic, and the relation to other forms of exclusion tied to race, religion, and citizenship in modern times. Starting with the history of Jewish emancipation in Europe and the subsequent debates about the "Jewish Question," students will learn to identify the key features of political antisemitism and the ways that antisemitism has been explained by different social theories, including Marxism, Functionalism, and Critical theory. The course will examine the differences and continuities between older theological forms of anti-Judaism and modern antisemitism, the connections between antisemitism, nativism, and xenophobia in the US and in globally, and engage with current debates regarding the correlation between anti-Zionism and antisemitism.
Workload:

In addition to regular attendance and active participation in discussions, students are required to complete 3 short writing assignments (quizzes), complete two mid-term exams and write a final paper. To be able to get the most out of this course it is paramount that you attend all classes. In-class and asynchronous activities will be given throughout the semester.

Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/66361/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
27 October 2020

Spring 2021  |  SOC 4451 Section 001: Sport, Culture & Society (65543)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (29 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is intended to stimulate critical, sociological thinking about sport? how it is socially organized, who participates in what and why, what role (or roles) sport plays in society, and what sporting practices tell us about contemporary social life more generally. It begins from and is grounded in the notion that sport is one of the most powerful and paradoxical institutions in the modern world. The course is intended for a wide range of undergraduates, though some familiarity with basic social scientific thinking and techniques will be helpful. prereq: SOC 1001 recommended, Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This lecture is completely online. On Wednesdays, the lecture will meet in a synchronous format at the scheduled time. The remaining lecture material will be available online in an asynchronous format. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?deorn001+SOC4451+Spring2021
Class Description:

Think about all the places you encounter sport. You may participate in sport as an athlete, a coach, or a fan, but you may also see sport in media broadcasts, schools, child development recommendations, health advice, workplace smalltalk, or political language. Even if just through the sport metaphors common in business or politics, all of you will encounter sport through direct participation, spectatorship, or commentary at some point in your lives.

Whether you are new to sociology or not, through this course you will sharpen your sociological ability to evaluate sport in your own life and in our culture at large. Sport is a powerful and paradoxical social institution, and therefore a place where we can see the tensions that define sociology -- tensions between biography and history, agency and structure, social reproduction and social change. In general, how does society impact how sport is played, who has access, and the meanings we attach to sport, and how does sport in turn shape society through understandings of culture, identity, and politics?

We'll explore sport, culture and society via three units:

In unit 1, Linking Sport and Culture, we will develop the theoretical tools for the rest of class and look at how sport, especially school sport, creates (classed) habits, skills, and dispositions.

In unit 2, Sport as Contested Terrain, we will consider how sport helps to define and redefine the cultural categories of sex, gender, and sexuality.

In unit 3, Sport, Race, and Social Change, we will examine the role of sport and athletes in social movements.

The two main assessments -- a final reflection paper and a presentation project on a sport & society topic of your choosing -- emphasize your ability to apply sociological thinking to sport content. We will practice along the way through class discussion and online discussion boards, and scaffolding memos will provide additional practice and feedback as you work on the assessments.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Anyone interested in the social and cultural implications of sport. This may include those for whom sport has played a large role in their lives, but students wondering why we spend so much time talking about sport may also find this course useful. Previous coursework in sociology will be helpful but is not necessary.
Learning Objectives:

Through this course you will:

  • Apply a sociological perspective to sport in a variety of contexts, especially how sport can support both social reproduction and social change.

  • Evaluate and synthesize popular and scholarly "texts" about sport.

  • Reflect on the role of sport in your own life and the life of your community.

  • Grading:
    Weekly activities and discussion boards 40%

    Project Scaffolding Memos 5%

    Topical Project 25%

    Paper Scaffolding Memos 10%

    Final Reflection Paper 20%
    Class Format:
    Lecture material and some discussion activities will be delivered asynchronously. Synchronous class time will consist of discussion, interactive activities, and time for clarification and check-ins.
    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65543/1213
    Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
    9 November 2020

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 4966W Section 001: Capstone Experience: Seminar (48643)

    Instructor(s)
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Credits:
    3 Credits
    Repeat Credit Limit:
    4 Credits
    Grading Basis:
    Student Option No Audit
    Instructor Consent:
    Department Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    Completely Online
    Class Attributes:
    Community Engaged Learning
    UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
    Online Course
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
    Off Campus
    UMN REMOTE
    Enrollment Status:
    Closed (46 of 46 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    This course is designed to: a) provide students with an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned as a sociology major; b) use that knowledge to write a sociological analyses - often based on community service learning; and c) think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of the sociological enterprise can be used and applied outside of the University. Through this course sociology majors will emphasize the relationship between a sociological perspective and critical thinking, effective communication, and meaningful civic engagement. This class is the final step in the sociology undergraduate major. prereq: 1001, 3701, 3801, 3811, 12 cr upper div sociology, dept consent
    Class Notes:
    Must obtain permission number from Department office to register. This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?liebler+SOC4966W+Spring2021
    Class Description:

    This course is designed to: a) provide you with an opportunity to reflect on what you have learned as a sociology major; b) use that knowledge to write a portfolio of self-presentation materials and sociological analyses based on community service learning; and c) think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of the sociological enterprise can be used and applied outside of the University. The main goal of the course is to guide you through the process of writing your capstone portfolio by providing structure, advice, and encouragement. Successful completion of the analytic portion of your portfolio shows mastery of the skills and perspectives of your field of study. Along the way, we will emphasize the relationship between a sociological perspective and critical thinking, effective communication, and meaningful civil engagement.

    Who Should Take This Class?:
    Seniors with a major in Sociology
    Learning Objectives:


    Grading:
    Active class participation in activities, discussion, and in-class writing (20% of grade)
    Capstone Portfolio (60% of grade) -- Includes resume, personal statement, paper analyzing CEL site, and paper analyzing interview
    Community-Engaged Learning (20% of grade)
    Exam Format:
    There are no exams
    Class Format:
    20% Lecture
    40% Visiting Speakers
    40% Small Group Activities and writing exercises
    Workload:
    Less than 25 Pages Reading Per Week, Six assignments that are drafts of final paper sections, Final Paper is 12-18 pages
    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/48643/1213
    Past Syllabi:
    http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/liebler_SOC4966W_Spring2020.pdf (Spring 2020)
    Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
    24 October 2019

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 4966W Section 002: Capstone Experience: Seminar (50905)

    Instructor(s)
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Credits:
    3 Credits
    Repeat Credit Limit:
    4 Credits
    Grading Basis:
    Student Option No Audit
    Instructor Consent:
    Department Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    Completely Online
    Class Attributes:
    Community Engaged Learning
    UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
    Online Course
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
    Off Campus
    UMN REMOTE
    Enrollment Status:
    Closed (46 of 46 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    This course is designed to: a) provide students with an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned as a sociology major; b) use that knowledge to write a sociological analyses - often based on community service learning; and c) think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of the sociological enterprise can be used and applied outside of the University. Through this course sociology majors will emphasize the relationship between a sociological perspective and critical thinking, effective communication, and meaningful civic engagement. This class is the final step in the sociology undergraduate major. prereq: 1001, 3701, 3801, 3811, 12 cr upper div sociology, dept consent
    Class Notes:
    Must obtain permission number from Department office to register. This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?gerte004+SOC4966W+Spring2021
    Class Description:

    This course is designed to: a) provide you with an opportunity to reflect on what you have learned as a sociology major; b) use that knowledge to write a portfolio of self-presentation materials and sociological analyses based on community service learning; and c) think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of the sociological enterprise can be used and applied outside of the University. The main goal of the course is to guide you through the process of writing your capstone portfolio by providing structure, advice, and encouragement. Successful completion of the analytic portion of your portfolio shows mastery of the skills and perspectives of your field of study. Along the way, we will emphasize the relationship between a sociological perspective and critical thinking, effective communication, and meaningful civil engagement.

    Who Should Take This Class?:
    Seniors with a major in Sociology
    Learning Objectives:


    Grading:
    Active class participation in activities, discussion, and in-class writing (20% of grade)
    Capstone Portfolio (60% of grade) -- Includes resume, personal statement, paper analyzing CEL site, and paper analyzing interview
    Community-Engaged Learning (20% of grade)
    Exam Format:
    There are no exams
    Class Format:
    20% Lecture
    40% Visiting Speakers
    40% Small Group Activities and writing exercises
    Workload:
    Less than 25 Pages Reading Per Week, Six assignments that are drafts of final paper sections, Final Paper is 12-18 pages
    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/50905/1213
    Past Syllabi:
    http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/liebler_SOC4966W_Spring2020.pdf (Spring 2020)
    Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
    24 October 2019

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 4966W Section 003: Capstone Experience: Seminar (66596)

    Instructor(s)
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Credits:
    3 Credits
    Repeat Credit Limit:
    4 Credits
    Grading Basis:
    Student Option No Audit
    Instructor Consent:
    Department Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    Completely Online
    Class Attributes:
    Community Engaged Learning
    UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
    Online Course
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
    Off Campus
    UMN REMOTE
    Enrollment Status:
    Open (44 of 46 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    This course is designed to: a) provide students with an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned as a sociology major; b) use that knowledge to write a sociological analyses - often based on community service learning; and c) think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of the sociological enterprise can be used and applied outside of the University. Through this course sociology majors will emphasize the relationship between a sociological perspective and critical thinking, effective communication, and meaningful civic engagement. This class is the final step in the sociology undergraduate major. prereq: 1001, 3701, 3801, 3811, 12 cr upper div sociology, dept consent
    Class Notes:
    Must obtain permission number from Department office to register. This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?bianx001+SOC4966W+Spring2021
    Class Description:
    This course will guide you through the process of writing your senior project paper, a graduation requirement for all Sociology majors. The class will structure your work as you select your topic, write a draft, and polish your paper. In conjunction with Career Services in CLA, the class will also help students to prepare for the job market---thinking through your career goals and career choices, developing resumes, and getting ready for job interviews. Presentations and discussions by students are organized in class to help them learn from each other. This is a writing intensive class with a total of six writing assignments. The class is organized into three parts.

    Part One (weeks 1-3) is a recap of sociological knowledge. What is sociology? What are the key elements of a sociological analysis? What are career choices for a sociology major? These three questions are focused in lectures and in-class discussions. The last lecture is a description of three options from which each student chooses for his/her senior project paper.

    Part Two (weeks 4-6) is focused on expectations and requirements of your major project. This project should be the capstone expression of your "sociological imagination." It should show the knowledge, skills, and ethics that are central to the practice of Sociology. Examples of each of the three different kinds of a major project paper are discussed in lectures.

    Part Three (weeks 7-14) is designed for the development and finalization of your senior project paper. Each student is required to schedule individual meetings with your chosen Instructor to discuss the issues and challenges that the students encounter during their work progress toward the completion of the senior project paper.

    Who Should Take This Class?:
    Sociology major in the senior year.
    Learning Objectives:
    To complete senior project paper, a requirement for graduation.
    Grading:
    60% Six written assignments
    15% Class Participation
    25% Final paper
    Class Format:
    30% Lectures
    20% Writing exercises
    50% Community engagement and major project paper
    Workload:
    Less than 20 Pages Reading Per Week, Four writing exercises (1-5 pages) and One major project paper (12-18 pages).
    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/66596/1213
    Past Syllabi:
    http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/bianx001_SOC4966W_Spring2020.pdf (Spring 2020)
    Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
    24 October 2019

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 4978V Section 001: Honors Capstone Experience: Proseminar II (48646)

    Instructor(s)
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Credits:
    3 Credits
    Repeat Credit Limit:
    4 Credits
    Grading Basis:
    Student Option No Audit
    Instructor Consent:
    Department Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    Completely Online
    Class Attributes:
    UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
    Honors
    Online Course
    Enrollment Requirements:
    Pol 4977V, honors
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 01/20/2021
    Wed 02:30PM - 05:00PM
    Off Campus
    UMN REMOTE
     
    01/25/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Off Campus
    Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
    Enrollment Status:
    Closed (15 of 15 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    This is the second course in the two-course Honors Capstone Experience. In Soc 4978V, students will complete their data collection and analysis while the focus of the seminar turns to scholarly writing, and particularly to drafting and refining arguments. The Department of Sociology does not make any initial distinction between Honors students who are seeking cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude levels of Latin Honors. Instead, our focus is on helping students to develop ambitious and high-quality original research papers of which they can be justifiably proud and which can serve as testaments to their abilities. The Department of Sociologys approach is to support every Honors student as they plan and conduct summa-level work. The ultimate recommendation for level of latin honors is made by the committee at the time of the thesis defense. In addition to the Honors thesis requirements, the recommendation for summa-level honors is reserved for the papers that demonstrate the following criteria: - Tight integration between a clearly defined question or thesis and the research presented; - Ambitious original research design, with research completed on time and analyzed appropriately; - Integration of ongoing conversations in the research literature into the design and analysis of the data gathered; - Powerful and precise prose which weaves together evidence and argument and which is attentive to both the lessons and limits of the data. Students will do an Oral Defense and participate in a panel presentation at the spring Sociological Research Institute (SRI). The Sociology Department requires completion of Soc 4977V/4978V to graduate with Latin Honors. prereq: 1001/1011V, 3701, 3801, 3811, 4977V, and at least 12 upper-division SOC credits; Sociology honors major & department consent
    Class Notes:
    Must obtain permission number from instructor to register. All seats reserved for Honors students majoring in Sociology. On Wed. Jan. 20, the lecture will meet online synchronously at the scheduled time. After the first week, the lecture will move to an asynchronous format (no scheduled meeting times). Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?bianx001+SOC4978V+Spring2021
    Class Description:
    This is the second course in the two-course Honors Capstone Experience. In Soc 4978V, students will complete their data collection and analysis while the focus of the seminar turns to scholarly writing, and particularly to drafting and refining arguments. The Department of Sociology does not make any initial distinction between Honors students who are seeking cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude levels of Latin Honors. Instead, our focus is on helping students to develop ambitious and high-quality original research papers of which they can be justifiably proud and which can serve as testaments to their abilities. The Department of Sociologys approach is to support every Honors student as they plan and conduct summa-level work. The ultimate recommendation for level of latin honors is made by the committee at the time of the thesis defense. In addition to the Honors thesis requirements, the recommendation for summa-level honors is reserved for the papers that demonstrate the following criteria: - Tight integration between a clearly defined question or thesis and the research presented;
    - Ambitious original research design, with research completed on time and analyzed appropriately; - Integration of ongoing conversations in the research literature into the design and analysis of the data gathered; - Powerful and precise prose which weaves together evidence and argument and which is attentive to both the lessons and limits of the data. Students will do an Oral Defense and participate in a panel presentation at the spring Sociological Research Institute (SRI). The Sociology Department requires completion of Soc 4977V/4978V to graduate with Latin Honors. prereq: 1001/1011V, 3701, 3801, 3811, 4977V, and at least 12 upper-division SOC credits; Sociology honors major &
    department consent
    Who Should Take This Class?:
    Those students who were enrolled in Soc4977V during fall semester of 2020.
    Learning Objectives:
    To complete the student's empirical study and the writing of the thesis paper.
    Grading:
    100% on the quality of the thesis paper completed.
    Exam Format:
    No exam.
    Class Format:
    In class discussions and instructor-student individual meetings.
    Workload:
    For the whole semester, a completed thesis paper of up to 30 pages. Weekly readings, an empirical study, and the writing of the thesis will vary among students.
    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/48646/1213
    Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
    18 September 2020

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 5101 Section 001: Sociology of Law (52017)

    Instructor(s)
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Credits:
    3 Credits
    Grading Basis:
    A-F or Audit
    Instructor Consent:
    No Special Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    Completely Online
    Class Attributes:
    Online Course
    Enrollment Requirements:
    Graduate Student
    Meets With:
    SOC 4101V Section 001
    SOC 4101W Section 001
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
    Off Campus
    UMN REMOTE
    Enrollment Status:
    Closed (3 of 3 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    This course will consider the relationship between law and society, analyzing law as an expression of cultural values, a reflection of social and political structure, and an instrument of social control and social change. Emphasizing a comparative perspective, we begin by discussing theories about law and legal institutions. We then turn our attention to the legal process and legal actors, focusing on the impact of law, courts, and lawyers on the rights of individuals. Although this course focuses on the U.S. legal system, we will explore issues of the relationship between U.S. law and global law and concepts of justice. prereq: graduate student
    Class Notes:
    1 seats reserved for Sociology grad students. This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click on this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?boyle014+SOC5101+Spring2021
    Class Description:
    Law is an institution of enormous social impact, where the most pressing and controversial issues of our time are debated (e.g., When is a collection of cells a human being? Should the state be allowed to kill juveniles who commit crimes? Who owns electronic information?). Sometimes people turn to law for protection and relief; at other times, they seek to avoid it at all costs. Law can be a force for achieving equality and redistributing power in society; yet it can also be conservative, rooted in age-old traditions and customs, with tightly controlled boundaries. Law is located in myriad places, from university codes of conduct to international treaties on torture. It permeates every aspect of modern life. In this course, students will learn about the sources, content, and impact of law from a sociological perspective. Graduate students and honors students will meet with the professor outside of class every other week. Graduate students are expected to take a leadership role in the class, read supplemental material, and write a full-length research review on an area of the Sociology of Law that is of particular interest to them.
    Grading:
    Online reading quizzes (14): 24%
    Midterm: 12%
    Final: 12%
    Paper components (policy brief, annotated bibliography, rough draft): 15%
    Final paper draft: 20%
    Group presentation: 7%
    Participation: 10%
    Class Format:
    Most classes are a mix of lecture, video, and discussion. Discussion is focused on the content of, and connections among, course readings. Some days toward the end of the semester will be devoted to group presentations of current events related to law.
    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52017/1213
    Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
    12 November 2019

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 5455 Section 001: Sociology of Education (51929)

    Instructor(s)
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Credits:
    3 Credits
    Grading Basis:
    Student Option
    Instructor Consent:
    No Special Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    Completely Online
    Class Attributes:
    Online Course
    Enrollment Requirements:
    Exclude fr or soph 5000 level courses
    Meets With:
    OLPD 5041 Section 001
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Tue 05:00PM - 07:00PM
    Off Campus
    UMN REMOTE
    Enrollment Status:
    Open (0 of 1 seat filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    Structures and processes within educational institutions. Links between educational organizations and their social contexts, particularly as these relate to educational change. prereq: 1001 or equiv or instr consent; soc majors/minors must register A-F
    Class Notes:
    4 seats reserved for Sociology grad students. This lecture is completely online. On Tuesdays, the lecture will meet in a synchronous format at the scheduled time. The remaining lecture material will be available online in an asynchronous format. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?miksc001+SOC5455+Spring2021
    Class Description:

    This course is designed to introduce you to a specialty field within the discipline of sociology. Education has been an area of focus within sociology since the earliest years of the discipline. Indeed, classical sociology viewed education as integral to the formation and operation of society. Using contemporary literature we build on/critique/reimagine the scholarly understandings of educational institutions.

    The course will use a K-20 approach to explore structures and processes within educational institutions from Kindergarten through college, including how those structures are experienced by groups based on ethnicity, gender identity and class. It also probes the linkages between educational organizations and their social contexts, particularly as these relate to educational change.

    Who Should Take This Class?:
    Students interested in the sociology of education (either with a K-12 focus; postsecondary/higher education focus, or both).
    Grading:
    60% Reports/Papers
    15% Special Projects
    25% Class Participation
    Exam Format:
    There are no exams.
    Class Format:
    15% Lecture
    50% Discussion
    20% Small Group Activities
    15% Student Presentations
    Workload:
    50-100 Pages Reading Per Week
    20-30 Pages Writing Per Term
    3 Paper(s)
    1 Presentation(s)
    1 Special Project(s)
    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51929/1213
    Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
    4 November 2019

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 8001 Section 001: Sociology as a Profession (49287)

    Instructor(s)
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Credits:
    1 Credit
    Repeat Credit Limit:
    3 Credits
    Grading Basis:
    S-N or Audit
    Instructor Consent:
    No Special Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    Completely Online
    Class Attributes:
    Online Course
    Enrollment Requirements:
    Sociology graduate student
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Tue 01:15PM - 02:15PM
    Off Campus
    UMN REMOTE
    Enrollment Status:
    Open (6 of 12 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    This 1 credit class fosters adaptation to the Graduate Program in Sociology and preparation for a sociological career. In the Fall, we explore professional careers in this field. We discuss the wide range of opportunities in sociology and help students further explore the next steps to becoming a scholar, educator, and member of various professional, intellectual, and social communities. We share practical information about being a student in sociology and about sociological careers, discuss presentations in department workshop seminars, and provide a safe place to discuss issues of student concerns. Students are encouraged to bring to the class their thoughts and reactions to experiences during their first semester in the PhD program. The Spring 8001 class is oriented to particular milestones in the Sociology Graduate Program and important student activities (for example, preparing reading lists for the preliminary exam and then writing the preliminary exam, preparing a dissertation prospectus, writing grant proposals, preparing an article for publication, etc.). Pre-req: Soc PhD students
    Class Notes:
    12 seats reserved for Sociology grad students. This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?gerte004+SOC8001+Spring2021
    Class Description:
    The seminar is designed to give you a chance to explore the "hidden curriculum" of graduate school. This second semester will be devoted to planning and developing large writing projects. Students should have a key writing goal in mind -- often this will be the prelim, but may also be a prospectus, a grant application, or an independent research paper. To facilitate a student-centered focus, the seminar is designed to be open-ended, flexible, and interactive. Depending upon student needs, we will spend some of our class time discussing some of the key milestones students face in the program: the reading list, the preliminary exam, the prospectus, and internal and external grant applications. We also use class time for writing and peer editing.
    Who Should Take This Class?:
    The course is designed for graduate students in Sociology working on writing projects. Typically, second-year or third-year students who are working on prelims -- but students at other stages are welcome.
    Learning Objectives:
    Most concretely, the course provides a structured environment for writing and peer engagement of writing projects. Discussion topics depend upon student needs but often involve a) department milestones including the prelim and prospectus, as well as funding applications; b) how to structure and organize large writing projects; c) paper development for conferences and journals.
    Grading:
    The only requirements are to (1) be there each week; (2) participate; and (3) be reflective. Some reading (often example prelims) occurs early the semester, but the bulk of work involves writing and peer editing.
    Exam Format:
    No exams
    Class Format:
    40% Discussion
    60% Writing and peer editing
    Workload:
    Weekly goals for writing and peer editing.
    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/49287/1213
    Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
    18 November 2017

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 8011 Section 001: Teaching Sociology: Theory & Practice (50564)

    Instructor(s)
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Credits:
    3 Credits
    Grading Basis:
    Student Option
    Instructor Consent:
    No Special Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    Completely Online
    Class Attributes:
    Online Course
    Enrollment Requirements:
    Sociology graduate student
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Wed 02:30PM - 05:00PM
    Off Campus
    UMN REMOTE
    Enrollment Status:
    Open (5 of 10 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    Social/political context of teaching. Ethical issues, multiculturalism, academic freedom. Teaching skills (e.g., lecturing, leading discussions). Active learning. Evaluating effectiveness of teaching. Opportunity to develop syllabus or teaching plan. prereq: Soc grad student or instr consent
    Class Notes:
    10 seats reserved for Sociology grad students. This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?liebler+SOC8011+Spring2021
    Class Description:
    This course is for Sociology graduate students (and others with instructor consent) who are preparing to teach college-level courses. The core goal is the development of the syllabus and teaching plan. Along the way we consider practical and ethical issues involved in college teaching, academic freedom, and engaging a diverse classroom. We also engage different models for teaching and learning appropriate for different course formats and sizes: lecturing, leading discussions and active learning exercises. We also consider methods and practices for the evaluation of student learning (testing, assignments) and for assessing the effectiveness of our own teaching. Prerequisite: Soc grad student or instructor consent.
    Who Should Take This Class?:
    Soc grad student in second year or later, planning to teach.
    Learning Objectives:
    Objectives for the class involve: planning of the class goals and scope; syllabus development; teaching approach; evaluation strategies, developing a teaching statement.
    Grading:
    Grades for the course are tied to small weekly assignments (10%) as well as three large projects: the syllabus (45%), the teaching statement (20%), and a collectively developed session on teaching issues at SRI (25%).
    Exam Format:
    No exam.
    Class Format:
    Seminar style organization with weekly discussion and projects.
    Workload:
    Average 30 pages of reading/week
    Small weekly assignments
    Three larger projects (syllabus, teaching statement, SRI session)
    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/50564/1213
    Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
    19 November 2019

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 8090 Section 001: Topics in Sociology -- Sociology & Its Publics (65548)

    Instructor(s)
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Credits:
    1.5 Credits
    Repeat Credit Limit:
    12 Credits
    Grading Basis:
    Student Option
    Instructor Consent:
    Instructor Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    Completely Online
    Class Attributes:
    Topics Course
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Fri 10:00AM - 11:30AM
    Off Campus
    UMN REMOTE
    Enrollment Status:
    Open (4 of 12 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: instr consent
    Class Notes:
    Registration by instructor consent. This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click these links for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?uggen001+SOC8090+Spring2021
    Class Description:


    Students in this workshop will serve as the graduate student board for The Society Pages, an online social science journalism project housed at the University of Minnesota. Participation is based on application. In addition to experience and qualifications, the board is selected so as to involve students from different stages in the program, substantive interest areas, and methodological specialties. Most participants are expected to make a year-long commitment to the project, though membership will rotate on an annual basis.

    Who Should Take This Class?:
    Graduate students in sociology
    Learning Objectives:
    • To deepen students' substantive research expertise
      by engaging cutting edge sociological scholarship. Students will unearth the most interesting findings and best evidence from new research in their areas of study. This provides students with a broader vision of the sociological field and offers an opportunity to diversify their reading in the prelim and dissertation processes.

    • To develop writing and communication skills
      in addressing academic and non-academic audiences. Grad board members regularly write for the website, and our supportive, professional editorial team gives direct feedback designed to improve these skills as the pieces are published online.

    • To gain deep, practical appreciation of the process of editorial decision-making
      and public scholarship.
      TSP
      had almost 11 million unique page views last year. Working with the site allows students to engage in critical and constructive discussion of the field of sociology, while participating in a collaborative public outreach project by shaping and improving the site as an online vehicle to disseminate great research.


    Class Format:
    Weekly seminar
    Workload:
    4-6 hours a week
    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65548/1213
    Past Syllabi:
    http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/hartm021_uggen001_SOC8090_Fall2021.pdf (Fall 2021)
    Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
    10 March 2017

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 8090 Section 002: Topics in Sociology -- Global Health Data Analysis (65549)

    Instructor(s)
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Credits:
    1.5 Credits
    Repeat Credit Limit:
    12 Credits
    Grading Basis:
    Student Option
    Instructor Consent:
    Instructor Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    In Person Term Based
    Class Attributes:
    Topics Course
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Tue 04:00PM - 05:15PM
    UMTC, West Bank
    Blegen Hall 250
    Enrollment Status:
    Open (6 of 8 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: instr consent
    Class Notes:
    1 seat reserved for Sociology graduate student. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?boyle014+SOC8090+Spring2021
    Class Description:
    This seminar will provide an introduction to research on health issues in low-resource countries. Students will craft and carry out their own research projects using global health survey data. Projects can focus on a single country or make comparisons across countries. The course runs for two semesters; at the end of it, students will have created a poster suitable for submission to an academic conference and/or a paper suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. While it is preferable for students to take the two-semester series, they may also choose to take only the first semester.
    Who Should Take This Class?:
    Graduate students or advanced undergraduate students who are interested in health issues in low-resource countries. For undergraduates, the course will satisfy the Senior Project requirement for most departments. Students should have at least a basic familiarity with Stata, R, or another statistical software program; the course will provide extensive training to improve skills in this area.
    Learning Objectives:
    1. Become familiar with key questions and concerns related to health in low-resource countries, with a particular focus on family planning and women and children's health issues.
    2. Learn how to conduct statistical analysis with global health survey data.
    3. Improve skills for presenting findings in writing.
    4. Develop visually clear and appealing graphics and maps that illustrate and explain health disparities.
    Grading:
    A-F or S/N
    Exam Format:
    The course will not have exams.
    Class Format:
    The class will meet once a week. Initially, Professors Boyle and Grace will lecture or bring in guest speakers to lecture on core topics in global health. The lectures will be accompanied by class discussion. After 5 weeks, the classes will become adopt a workshop format, as students develop their research questions and strategies for answering them, and become familiar with health-related survey data.
    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65549/1213
    Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
    7 April 2020

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 8093 Section 001: Directed Study (49118)

    Instructor(s)
    No instructor assigned
    Class Component:
    Independent Study
    Credits:
    1-4 Credits
    Repeat Credit Limit:
    20 Credits
    Grading Basis:
    Student Option
    Instructor Consent:
    Instructor Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    In Person Term Based
    Class Attributes:
    Grade Sort
    Enrollment Requirements:
    Soc grad
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    UMTC, West Bank
    Enrollment Status:
    Open (1 of 10 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    Directed study in sociology. prereq: Grad soc major or instr consent
    Class Description:
    Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/49118/1213

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 8190 Section 001: Topics in Law, Crime, and Deviance -- Race, Crime & Punishment (65553)

    Instructor(s)
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Credits:
    3 Credits
    Repeat Credit Limit:
    9 Credits
    Grading Basis:
    Student Option
    Instructor Consent:
    No Special Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    Completely Online
    Class Attributes:
    Topics Course
    Enrollment Requirements:
    Graduate Student
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Wed 11:45AM - 02:15PM
    Off Campus
    UMN REMOTE
    Enrollment Status:
    Open (8 of 15 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    Advanced topics in law, crime, and deviance. Social underpinnings of legal/illegal behavior and of legal systems.
    Class Notes:
    4 seats reserved for Sociology graduate students. This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?phelps+SOC8190+Spring2021
    Class Description:
    With the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and increasingly loud critiques of mass incarceration and the police, the U.S. criminal system is at a pivotal turning-point. Are we at the "beginning of the end" of mass policing and punishment? This special topics seminar examines social scientific understandings of the relationships between race, crime, and punishment in the U.S. during the 21st century, focusing on recent, path-breaking books (largely written by junior scholars of color).

    The course draws from the sociology of punishment, which sees the criminal justice system as a social institution rather than simply a mechanical response to crime. We focus on a wide array of social control forms (including police, courts, bail, prisons and community supervision, drug treatment, schools, and immigration detention). The core concerns are key questions at the heart of the punishment and society scholarship: What determines the scope and character of criminal punishment? What is the role of crime, the social construction of law, and policing practices? How do policing, imprisonment, and other forms of penal control impact communities? What are the radical potentials of abolitionist movements? For all of these questions, we will pay particular attention to the intersection of punishment and social inequalities, particularly the ways in which punishment reproduces inequities across race, class, gender, and national origin.
    Grading:
    Students' grade will be based on weekly participation in class discussions and a final research paper.
    Exam Format:
    Weekly memos and final research paper
    Class Format:
    Synchronous online discussion
    Workload:
    ~1 book per week
    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65553/1213
    Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
    10 December 2020

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 8551 Section 001: Life Course Inequality & Health (63648)

    Instructor(s)
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Credits:
    3 Credits
    Grading Basis:
    Student Option
    Instructor Consent:
    No Special Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    Completely Online
    Class Attributes:
    Online Course
    Enrollment Requirements:
    Graduate Student
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Fri 11:45AM - 02:15PM
    Off Campus
    UMN REMOTE
    Enrollment Status:
    Open (5 of 15 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    Seminar examines the changing life course in its social and historical context, including theoretical principles, methodologies, and policy implications. Focus on key societal institutions that offer unequal opportunities and constraints, depending on social class, race/ethnicity, and gender. Unequal access to age-graded social roles and resources shape the course of development, and in doing so, they have profound impacts on health. We will consider how inequality in the family, education, work, the military, and in the health care & criminal justice systems influence health behaviors and outcomes at different ages and life stages. prereq: grad student or instr consent
    Class Notes:
    1 seats reserved for Sociology graduate students. This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click on this link for more information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?morti002+SOC8551+Spring2021
    Class Description:

    Description: This seminar examines the life course paradigm, its origins, theoretical principles, methodologies, and policy implications, with special focus on inequality and health. Key societal institutions offer unequal access to age-graded social roles and resources (based on social class, race/ethnicity, gender, and other dimensions of inequality) that shape the course of development, and in doing so, have pervasive impacts on health. We will consider how inequality in the family, education, work, the military, and in the criminal justice system impact long-term cumulative processes that influence health behaviors and outcomes at different ages and life stages. Emphasis is on recent studies inspired by the life course perspective, conceptual and methodological challenges in understanding the nexus of life course inequality and health, and promising directions for future research. Our discussions will also explore the implications of life course studies for social policies intended to reduce the health risks associated with life course inequalities.


    Who Should Take This Class?:
    Graduate students in sociology, demography, social psychology, public health, and related disciplines.
    Learning Objectives:
    Students will gain familiarity with theoretical and empirical literature relating to life course inequality and health, as well as emerging research questions and approaches. The term paper will enable the student to delve deeply into a selected subject of interest, and the student-led seminars will heighten students' skills in leading, and contributing to, small group discussions. This seminar fosters a multidisciplinary orientation, as it draws on literature from multiple fields and typically attracts students from diverse departments in the university.
    Grading:
    Grades will be based on class participation (participation in, and leading some seminar discussions) (50%) and a term paper (10% oral presentation; 40% written document).

    Exam Format:
    None
    Class Format:
    Class Format. Each seminar will be divided into segments:

    (1) An introduction by the instructor, indicating key issues and debates, the broader intellectual context, important works, and implications.

    (2) A student-led discussion. Seminars are the place for lively exploration of ideas. The student leader will bring up issues related to the required readings, and prepare several questions related to the readings and topics for each seminar. They should stimulate critical and evaluative discussion. I provide some examples for illustration (these are general in character; they need to be specified and elaborated for each topic:

    How does the concept in question (e.g., age norm, turning point, etc.) enhance our understanding of life course inequality and health? Is the concept precise and clear? Somewhat vague or ill-defined? How has it been measured or operationalized? How has it stimulated empirical research? How might it be extended or elaborated?

    What examples of historical variability, inter- or intra-societal variation clarify or extend our understanding of life course concepts?

    In addressing the readings, you might ask, is the author's central argument well justified (logically, empirically, etc.)?

    How does the selection help us to understand specific life course inequalities (which you identify) and their consequences for health? How can the concepts be applied to life course phenomena other than those explicitly considered in the selection you read? Can the empirical findings be generalized to other phenomena? To other times and places? Are there gaps or unaddressed issues which should be considered? Does the selection raise questions amenable to future empirical investigation? Does it provide information or data relevant to social policy? How does the reading address your particular interests?

    All students should be prepared to actively participate in the discussion. To do this, it is necessary to read each required selection, consider the issues/questions raised by the seminar leaders, and be ready to bring new questions and issues into the discussion.

    (3) The last 20 minutes of some seminars will be devoted to a discussion of term papers. Early in the semester, these segments will focus on term paper topics and issues to be considered. Presentations of the papers at the end of the term may be in the same format as a round table discussion, or may be a more formal presentation with powerpoint. Allow 20 minutes for the presentation itself; 5 minutes for questions and discussion.
    Workload:
    Approximately 50-60 pages of reading per week, and a term paper.
    Students may choose one of the following term paper options:

    A. An analysis of a life course concept of your choosing (for example, cohort, transition, trajectory, generation, age grading, age norm, age identity pathway, agency, cumulative disadvantage, accentuation, resilience, or others). Trace the development of the concept historically; indicate how it has been useful in promoting understanding of processes relevant to an understanding of life course inequality and health; describe how it has inspired empirical research; discuss its limitations; and indicate the kinds of research that are necessary to further illuminate its application. (approximately 20 double-spaced pages of text; in addition, include an abstract and a reference list).

    B. A journal-type article on a topic related to the study of life course inequality and health, involving the analysis of data of your choice, qualitative or quantitative. (approximately 20 double-spaced pages of text; additional materials include abstract, footnotes, reference list, figures and tables).

    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/63648/1213
    Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
    23 September 2020

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 8607 Section 001: Migration & Migrants in Demographic Perspective (52278)

    Instructor(s)
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Credits:
    3 Credits
    Grading Basis:
    A-F or Audit
    Instructor Consent:
    No Special Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    Completely Online
    Class Attributes:
    Online Course
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Thu 11:45AM - 02:15PM
    Off Campus
    UMN REMOTE
    Enrollment Status:
    Open (9 of 15 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    With fertility and mortality, migration is one of three core population processes. This course provides a graduate-level treatment of major theoretical and empirical debates in demographic/population research on migration and migrants. It examines topics like why and how people migrate, who migrates and who does not, and the effects of migration in migrant-receiving and migrant-sending areas. Along the way, it links to a number of related topics, including the impacts of migration on migrants themselves, the role of the state and policies governing migration and incorporation, and transnationalism. A common thread throughout is connecting these topics to issues of population size, composition, and change. While this course contains "demographic" in the title and fulfills requirements for graduate trainees and the population studies minor in the Minnesota Population Center, it is necessarily interdisciplinary in scope and draws from research in economics, demography/population studies, human geography, history, political science, population health, public policy, and sociology. Credit will not be granted if the student has already completed a Soc 8090 topics course with the same title.
    Class Notes:
    1 seats reserved for Sociology graduate students. This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jdewaard+SOC8607+Spring2021
    Class Description:
    Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
    Learning Objectives:

    The objectives of this course are to:

    1. Introduce students to substantive topics and debates in demographic/population research on migration and migrants.

    2. Develop students' capacity to traverse and translate theoretical and empirical literatures on migration and migrants in and across disciplines and areas.

    3. Promote interdisciplinary, critical, and timely investigations of and conversations about migration and migrants.

    4. Provide students an opportunity to write and present a professional paper on a topic related to migration and migrants that is of interest and useful to them in their current and/or future pursuits.

    Class Format:
    25% Class participation
    25% Class facilitation
    25% Final paper
    25% Final paper presentation
    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52278/1213
    Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
    28 October 2019

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 8735 Section 001: Sociology of Culture (63649)

    Instructor(s)
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Credits:
    3 Credits
    Grading Basis:
    Student Option
    Instructor Consent:
    No Special Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    Completely Online
    Class Attributes:
    Online Course
    Enrollment Requirements:
    Graduate Student
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Fri 02:30PM - 05:00PM
    Off Campus
    UMN REMOTE
    Enrollment Status:
    Open (11 of 15 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    Definition/importance of culture as dimension of social life. Structural/Durkheimian approaches, cultural Marxism, practice theory. Cultural creation/reception. Identities as cultural formations. Culture/social inequality. Culture and race. Cultural construction of social problems. Culture and globalization.
    Class Notes:
    4 seats reserved for Sociology graduate students. This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click on this link for more information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?hull+SOC8735+Spring2021
    Class Description:
    This course provides a general overview of the rapidly expanding field of the sociology of culture. Culture can be broadly conceived as the symbolic/expressive dimension of social life, but there are ongoing theoretical debates about how to define culture and how to use culture in sociological analysis. We begin with the basic conceptual question about the definition and importance of culture as a dimension of social life. We will then explore a series of theoretical and empirical works that address various aspects of the role of culture in social life. We will examine several distinct approaches to investigating and explaining culture, including structural/Durkheimian approaches, cultural Marxism, and practice theory. We will also devote several weeks to processes of cultural creation and reception, and the relationship between culture and social inequality, among other topics. Throughout the course, we will cast a critical eye on the relationship between theories of culture, empirical evidence on cultural processes, and methods of investigating culture. We will also try to think about the sociology of culture in relation to other fields within the discipline, to consider how cultural theories, methods, and findings can contribute to our understanding of diverse social domains such as education, employment, politics, personal relationships, sexuality, morality, race, and urban life.
    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/63649/1213
    Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
    18 September 2020

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 8801 Section 001: Sociological Research Methods (49633)

    Instructor(s)
    No instructor assigned
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Credits:
    4 Credits
    Grading Basis:
    A-F or Audit
    Instructor Consent:
    No Special Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    Completely Online
    Class Attributes:
    Online Course
    Enrollment Requirements:
    Soc grad
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
    Off Campus
    UMN REMOTE
    Enrollment Status:
    Open (8 of 12 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    Multiple objectives of social research and how they inform research design. Conceptualization and measurement of complex concepts. Broad issues in research design and quantitative and qualitative approaches to data collection and management. prereq: Grad soc major or instr consent
    Class Notes:
    6 seats reserved for Sociology graduate students. This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?meierann+SOC8801+Spring2021
    Class Description:
    Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/49633/1213

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 8811 Section 001: Advanced Social Statistics (48772)

    Instructor(s)
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Instructor Consent:
    No Special Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    Partially Online
    Enrollment Requirements:
    Graduate Student
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
    UMTC, West Bank
    Blegen Hall 115
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
    UMTC, West Bank
    UMN ONLINE-HYB
    Enrollment Status:
    Closed (12 of 12 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    Statistical methods for analyzing social data. Sample topics: advanced multiple regression, logistic regression, limited dependent variable analysis, analysis of variance and covariance, log-linear models, structural equations, and event history analysis. Applications to datasets using computers. prereq: recommend 5811 or equiv; graduate student or instr consent
    Class Notes:
    6 seats reserved for Sociology grad students. Some students will be physically present for this in person grad class. The rest will be online synchronous at the scheduled class times via zoom. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?tvanheuv+SOC8811+Spring2021
    Class Description:

    Many of the questions that we wish to answer in the social sciences address outcomes that are limited and fixed in their answer choices. For example, do Americans agree that Atheists share a common vision of American society? How did the Great Recession affect employment inequalities across racial groups? Who do happy people compare themselves to? Which social class does the child of a blue-collar worker end up in? How frequently do adolescents use marijuana? Questions such as these cannot be appropriately answered using linear regression models, requiring more advanced techniques which will be covered extensively in Soc8811.

    This course will focus on applied statistics and primarily deal with regression models in which the dependent variable is categorical: binary, nominal, ordinal, count, etc. As a catalyst for the course, we will consider flexible methods developed for introducing nonlinearities into the linear regression framework. Specific models to be addressed include: logit, probit, generalized ordered logit, multinomial logit, Poisson, negative binomial, zero inflated, fractional response, LOWESS, kernel weighted local polynomial, and mixture models.

    Throughout the course, we will address common statistical issues that require special consideration when applied to nonlinear regression models, including: the calculation of predictions, interpretation of coefficients, interaction, and mediation. We will also become familiarized with techniques developed for applied research: model fit, selection, and robustness, joint hypothesis testing, weighting, clustering, and poststratification for complex survey design, and missing data.

    Soc8811 covers statistical methods for analyzing social data and is designed for graduate students in the social sciences. Students are assumed to have a background equivalent to Soc5811 and thus have familiarity with linear regression models. The course will be taught in Stata, but students will have the opportunity to instead use R if they prefer.
    Learning Objectives:

    1. Produce, interpret, and report results from complex statistical models

    2. Understand how to apply data analysis to substantive research questions, and effectively present results to a general interest academic audience

    3. Develop strategies and competency to conduct future studies of advanced techniques in quantitative methods

    4. Build a robust, reproducible workflow to move from raw data to numerical and visual information placed in a final paper.

    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/48772/1213
    Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
    1 November 2019

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 8851 Section 001: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods: In-Depth Interviewing (63650)

    Instructor(s)
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Credits:
    3 Credits
    Grading Basis:
    A-F only
    Instructor Consent:
    No Special Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    Completely Online
    Class Attributes:
    Online Course
    Enrollment Requirements:
    Graduate Student
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Mon 11:45AM - 02:15PM
    Off Campus
    UMN REMOTE
    Enrollment Status:
    Open (7 of 12 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    Interviewers have opened up other worlds to the sociological imagination and taught us much about the way people think, feel, and make sense of the world as well as of their own identities. We will conduct interviews; transcribe, code, and analyze interview data; and write up interview- based research. We will also consider a range of epistemological, practical, and ethical issues related to interviewing as a research method, reading materials drawn from a broad range of substantive sociological subfields as well as from geography. This course is best suited to graduate students who have an interview-based project in mind and want to acquire the skills for carrying out their research, and students who are considering using interviews in their dissertation research and want to try their hand at interviewing before making a decision. Because this is a hands-on, fieldwork-based course, no auditors are permitted.
    Class Notes:
    7 seats reserved for Sociology graduate students. This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click on this link for more information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?cabdi+SOC8851+Spring2021
    Class Description:
    In-depth interviewing allows us to unveil the complex lived experiences of individuals and communities as a researcher delves deeply into the everyday practices, choices and constraints individuals face in their private and public lives. This course presents to the students techniques as well as interview-based published work. Each student pursues an original project that will be completed over the course of the semester. Students will thus learn about in-depth interviewing [adjusted in light of covid-19 constraints] by designing, executing, coding, analyzing and writing up their own projects. There will be a constant dialogue amongst us on the strengths, weaknesses and the complexity of interviewing as a research method and methodology as we work through students' projects over the course of the semester.
    Who Should Take This Class?:
    This course is appropriate for students whose research project is interview-based or those interested in exploring multiple forms of research methods. As the course requires students to conduct their own independent research, auditing is not allowed.
    Grading:
    20% Research proposal and peer review memo on research proposals
    10% Transcriptions and memo on interviews
    20% Coded interview data and peer review memos on classmates' coded material
    50% Final Paper
    Class Format:
    Zoom live
    Workload:
    50-60 pages of reading per week
    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/63650/1213
    Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
    8 October 2020

    Spring 2021  |  SOC 8890 Section 001: Advanced Topics in Research Methods -- Sex, Death, & Mobility (63651)

    Instructor(s)
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Credits:
    3 Credits
    Repeat Credit Limit:
    6 Credits
    Grading Basis:
    A-F or Audit
    Instructor Consent:
    No Special Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    Completely Online
    Class Attributes:
    Topics Course
    Enrollment Requirements:
    Graduate Student
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
    Thu 04:00PM - 06:30PM
    Off Campus
    UMN REMOTE
    Enrollment Status:
    Open (9 of 15 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    Advanced Research Methods (e.g., multilevel models), historical/comparative, field, survey research. Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: 8801, 8811, or instr consent. Cr will not be granted if cr has been received for the same topics title
    Class Notes:
    4 seats reserved for Sociology graduate students. This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click on this link for more information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?ewf+SOC8890+Spring2021
    Class Description:
    Populations are made up of people whose lives are changing all the time: growing up; moving around; having kids; gaining and losing jobs and spouses; entering and leaving schools and prisons; getting sick; and dying. This course covers population modeling techniques from the demographic tradition, organized around these kinds of life changes. These techniques excel at describing social and epidemiological changes occurring along multiple time scales simultaneously; identifying the inequalities lurking beneath population averages; relating multiple dimensions of population structure; and figuring out what population a research question is really about. The course assumes no prior knowledge of demography and will cover a range of applications from across the social and health sciences.
    Who Should Take This Class?:
    All disciplines welcome. No prior background in demography is required. No prerequisites.
    Class Format:
    In Spring 2021, we will meet online-only, synchronously. Our class time is highly interactive.
    Workload:
    Weekly reading and problem sets; preparing for class discussion and exercises; short research proposals.
    Textbooks:
    https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/63651/1213
    Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
    9 November 2020

    Fall 2020  |  SOC 1001 Section 001: Introduction to Sociology (13542)

    Instructor(s)
    Class Component:
    Lecture
    Instructor Consent:
    No Special Consent Required
    Instruction Mode:
    Completely Online
    Class Attributes:
    UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
    Online Course
    Times and Locations:
    Regular Academic Session
     
    09/08/2020 - 12/16/2020
    Off Campus
    Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
    Enrollment Status:
    Closed (240 of 240 seats filled)
    Also Offered:
    Course Catalog Description:
    This course is designed to introduce you to the study of society and what sociologists call the "sociological imagination:" a way of viewing the events, relationships and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience. Through the course we will examine some of the central concepts and problems that have preoccupied both classical and contemporary sociologists and gain a sense of how the sociological imagination can illuminate the social forces that have a concrete impact on our everyday lives. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects your life, and how you, in turn, affect society. prereq: Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F
    Class Notes:
    This course is completely online in an asynchronous format. There are no scheduled meeting times. Discussion sections will NOT meet the first week of class. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?asalamha+SOC1001+Fall2020
    Class Description:

    How does it happen that an individual can physically torture another? Why do people discriminate? How do we reason morally? While the course does not fully answer these questions, the course hopes to begin to have preliminary discussions about them. In these discussions, we draw on classical and contemporary sociological perspectives to examine how social order is produced, and how individuals and groups knowingly - and also unknowingly - enable the emergence of the very threats they fear. The course explores sociological concepts by making connections to global social problems such as torture, genocide, inequality, and the displacement of persons. We examine how social conformity creates social stability yet also perniciously enables torture, genocide, and widespread inequality. The goals of the course are to inspire our sociological imagination - our ability to see how social forces permit and hinder the actions of individuals - as well as deepen our understanding about contemporary social problems. The course invites learners to question the ways in which they explain social events, and appreciate the multiplicity of ways - as well as - the challenges and complexity - involved in describing society. Throughout the course, you will be asked to discuss how society individually impacts you, and how you also contribute to the perpetuation - as well as degradation - of society's norms. You are anticipated to discuss readings and contemporary controversies in discussion groups.

    Who Should Take This Class?:
    Required for sociology majors, open to others.