Throughout the course we will explore family change.Specific topics will include dating, “hooking up” and marriage; parents and children; cohabitation, divorce and stepfamilies; and how the family intersects with, is shaped by, and shapes other social institutions, with particular attention to the economy and the world of work as well as state and social policies. Course Description How are our individual choices shaped by society? These are two primary questions we will address in Introduction to the Study of Society.
The second part of the course focuses on inequalities.Stratification takes many forms; we will explore social class, race and ethnicities, and gender.Finally, we examine food production and policies in the US. Writing Flag courses are designed to give students experience with writing in an academic discipline.In this class, you can expect to write regularly during the semester, complete substantial writing projects, and receive feedback from your instructor to help you improve your writing. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.The primary objectives for this course are: • To use a sociological perspective in studying families, with an emphasis on diversity within and between families. • To sharpen critical thinking skills by participating in class discussions and other group activities and completing writing assignments that require analysis and revision. Grading and Requirements: Literature Review and Revision (30% total) Peer Review (10%) Portfolio (25%) Class Presentation (15%) Class Synthesis (10%) Participation (10%) Description This course analyzes the family as a social institution, using the sociological perspective.
Questions we will address include: • What is the definition of family? ) • What social-structural forces shape family processes? Studying the family can be tricky in that we all have our own experiences being part of families.We will use various sociological concepts, methods and theories to explore the institution of education, going beyond our own individual experiences with education.Specific topics include public education; standardized testing; charter schools; and stratification within and between schools with a focus on race, class and gender. Writing Flag courses are designed to give students experience with writing in an academic discipline.Descriptons In this course we will explore the social context of food.Topics will include food and identity, social class and culture.In this class, you can expect to write regularly during the semester, complete substantial writing projects, and receive feedback to help you improve your writing. * A collection of readings available on the Canvas course site.