This class traces the existence of race and ethnicity as social constructions using key events from U.S. history to show how: (1) various racial and ethnic groups were incorporated into the U.S. and (2) those various groups relate to each other in U.S. society. In this class, students will learn about racial and ethnic relations from a sociological perspective: one that is social, historical, (e.g. can change over time) and contextual (varies depending on place). This course is relevant to understanding contemporary racial and ethnic relations in the US as they relate to immigration, ethnic and racial identity, discrimination, and race-based policies (e.g. residential restrictive codes, Jim Crow segregation). This class will help students develop a critical lens from which to observe and interpret the changing racial and ethnic demographics of the U.S.
This course introduces students to the area of Global Sociology. Students methodologically, theoretically, and empirically examine how globalization has influenced society in various ways: social interactions, culture, politics, and economics. The course challenges the “methodological nationalism” prevalent in US sociology and incorporates trans- and supra-national perspectives. The course proceeds in three parts. The first part explores the theories currently used to examine globalization processes in sociology. The second part focuses on cultural, political and economic implications of globalization. The course concludes with a unit examining how globalization has influenced social processes and interactions among individuals and between countries around the globe.
Since the establishment of the United Nations (U.N.) in the closing days of World War II, the organization has been a constant source of intrigue, controversy, and hope. Today, the U.N. sits at. This course introduces students to the intricate functions of the United Nations through exploring the junction of two divergent global processes: the (increasing) universal principles of democracy, human rights, and international rules of law on the one hand, and the (continued) strength of state sovereignty, state politics, and the self-interested priorities of the most powerful states on the other. Students learn about the key issues and debates surrounding many of the world’s most pressing social problems, and gain a unique look into the formal and informal operations of the U.N. as the institution works to solve these problems. The course also intends to familiarize students with perspectives and arguments of people operating at different levels of global political action: from “grassroots” civil society organizing to inter-state diplomacy.
Globalization has had a huge impact on our world with regard to the economy, culture, and social relations, among other things. This course examines contemporary social problems in various countries and how those problems are connected to global processes or institutions. Specifically, we will explore development, trade, gender, race and ethnicity, crime, war, democracy, urbanization, education, health, technology, and climate change. While there will be some focus on the U.S., the primary goal is to explore these topics in a global context. Understanding the connections between these various social problems around the world will be relevant for developing potential solutions to these pressing issues.
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