An introduction to major concepts and various approaches necessary for cultivating sociological imagination.
Globalization is a buzz word used in many forums, including popular culture, academic disciplines, political institutions, and social movements.
Disasters have been much in the news these days, and the evidence suggest their frequency is increasing. It grows ever more important --- as the world becomes more globalized and cultures and ideologies intersect --- to understand what we mean by "justice". In the context of general sociological theory, the course analyzes sex roles in various institutional settings. The course explores the historical and contemporary constructions of race, ethnicity, national and transnational identity. In this course we examine how social prestige and power are unequally distributed in societies of the past and present. The course consists of a consideration of the nature and scope of criminology as well as an historical treatment of the theories of crime causation and the relation of theory to research and the treatment of the criminal. To understand poverty, it is not sufficient to simply know of its existence, its rates, or even its effects. This course joins the ongoing debate about the meaning of press freedom and explores the relationship between news and democracy. This course explores the emerging, multidisciplinary field of working class studies in the current context of the global restructuring of labor and capital; the massive erosion of economic security, and the persisting significance of class as a category of social analysis.
This seminar is intended to provide sociology seniors with a collective and regular learning environment where they can receive systematic guidance from their instructor, and discuss problems they encounter in various stages of thesis writing with both the instructor and their peers. This course examines the social construction of race in the United States from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present. This seminar investigates how corporations exert power over society outside of their place in the market.
This course examines central debates in the sociology of culture, with a particular focus on the complex intersection between the domain of culture and questions of class and power. SociologyDo you ever wonder how men and women choose their mates, or how where you live can predict how long you'll live?
OverviewBegin your sociology education by learning the fundamentals in Allegany College of Maryland's Associate's Degree in Sociology program. A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog.
Career InfoGraduates of sociology programs are in high demand in today's competitive job market. Scrivi una nuova recensione su Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice e condividi la tua opinione con altri utenti. We begin with an exploration of the sociological perspective, and how social problems are defined as such. This class is taught at the Taconic Correctional Facility for Women to a combined class of Vassar and Taconic students. Despite its small territory (equivalent to the size of the state of Indiana) and relatively small population (50 million people), South Korea became one of the major economic powerhouses in the world. This section explores the significance and relevance of foundational thinkers of sociology to the understanding and analysis of contemporary social issues and problems.
The flow of this class will be from the impact of the classical debates on the current discourse of sociology, specifically the debate on social problems and the interpretations of our everyday life.
Ideas about society that we value usually come from the European, the heterosexual, the male or the fully-abled. An introduction to key questions, ideas, and methods used by sociologists to make sense of human interaction and the social world.
This course centers on an array of enduring ideas associated with the classical tradition in Sociology but extended and enlivened in selected essays, empirical studies and ethnographic accounts. This course aims to introduce you to a sociological perspective through an exploration of social justice. This section introduces sociology as a perspective that highlights the connections between individuals and the broader social contexts in which they live. This course examines the multiple voices and actors that make up conversations and processes we refer to as "globalization." How can we make sense of globalization?
Hurricanes, droughts, floods, earthquakes, and heat waves are among the natural disasters we have gone through - while "unnatural" man-made catastrophes are many - including economic meltdowns, nuclear power plant accidents, and toxic contamination. Du Bois pointed out that the expansion of capitalism and the growth of global racism made the color line the problem of the 20th century.
We examine the role of the Battered Women's Movement in both the development of societal awareness about domestic violence and in the initiation of legal sanctions against it. We examine how women's experiences as workers --- across space, place, and time --- interact with larger economic structures, historical moments, and narratives about womanhood. In recent years mainstream approaches---Functionalism, Conflict Theory, Social Constructionism and Labeling Theory---have been supplemented by Cultural Studies (Gramscian Marxism) and Post Structuralism (including the ideas of Michel Foucault). Approaching food as material cultural commodities moving across national boundaries, this course examines the following questions.
It offers approaches to the ways in which black thinkers from a variety of nations and periods from the nineteenth century up to black modernity engage their intellectual traditions. Public policies have been legislated, language has been altered, opportunities have been rethought, a social movement has emerged, problems of discrimination, oppression, and prejudice have been highlighted, and social thinkers have addressed a wide range of issues relating to the representation and portrayal of people with disabilities. Students examine local efforts to revitalize neighborhoods, provide social services, leverage social capital, and promote homeowner and business investment in the contemporary city. This course explores the role Black women played in the development and growth of feminism in the U.S.
We use country studies and development theories (including Modernization, Dependency, World-Systems, Feminist and Post-Structuralist) to analyze the extent to which development has been shaped by the tensions between local, national, and international political and economic interests.
We examine what it means to be "mediated," including how media affects our culture, our choices, and our responses to our media filtered lives.
Focus is on the social forces behind racial group dominance and possible responses to this dominance, including assimilation, cultural pluralism, segregation, migration and social movements.
We discuss how control of property and the means of production contribute to a system of inequality. The first question concerning the class is how does Environmental Theory approach nuclear power and its impact on the environment. We also need to understand the policies and strategies that have attempted to eliminate or ameliorate poverty, and their relative success or failure. It will examine how the news media operate in American society and will assess how well the current media are serving the information needs of citizens. One of the most striking and consistent observations is that racism plays a major role in placing waste in close proximity to those racially distinct, economically exploited and politically oppressed. These students drop out of high school at higher rates, score lower on standardized tests, have lower GPAs, and are less likely to attend and complete college. Relevant conceptional frameworks are used to explore and analyze the impact of new chemical technology, debates regarding the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals, the consequences of globalization on patterns of use, policy and enforcement, as well as the social construction of drugs as a social problem.
We examine core themes in this field including the centrality of the working class globally, historically and in the contemporary U.S.
Class will meet at the scheduled period for roughly half the weeks of the seminar, on dates to be announced in the first class. The focus is on the changing racial meanings and identities of specific socio-historical groups and the ways in which social institutions interpret and reinterpret race over time. We review the evolution of the corporation, from the late nineteenth century concern over "big business" to the present day of global finance, and examine competing theories and methodologies with which social researchers have explained the power of business. Can feminist anti-racist praxis and insights into issues of race, power and knowledge, intersecting inequalities, and human agency change the way we understand and represent the social world?
The act and the meaning of walking have been a conundrum for theorists and dilemma for social thinkers. Drawing upon historical and current analyses, we explore such issues as the relationship between public and commercial space and the role of public discourse in democratic theory. Topics include: the meaning and significance of "cultural capital," the power of ideology, the role of the professional class, working class culture, class reproduction, gender and class relations, and the future of both cultural politics and cultural studies. Nowhere is this challenge more pointed than in the use of evolutionary perspectives to explain patterns of human culture.
The first question is how does social theory approach the construction of the future, and the second question is how has this construction informed the present debates on the impact of industrialization, urbanization, state-building and collective movements on the environment?

This seminar examines meanings, rituals, and quotidian experiences of masculinities in various societies in order to illuminate their normative making and remaking as a binary and hierarchical category of gender and explore alternatives to this construction of gender. Through an examination of knowledge production as well as symbolic and expressive practices, we focus on the ways in which contemporary scholars connect cultural texts to social and historical institutions.
Perhaps these concepts became corrupted, or perhaps this is because these thought-systems have not paid adequate attention to the ethical dimensions of our economic, geopolitical, and social development, and counter cultural movements. Drawing on gender studies, cultural studies, and global political economy, we explore the multiple ways in which women struggle to secure well-being, challenge injustice, and live meaningful lives. Most white students attend schools where 75% of their peers are white, while 80% of Latino students and 74% of black students attend majority non-white schools.
Do you dream of teaching parents how to be better role models, or counseling individuals in challenging situations?
We'll teach you how to objectively study society, social structures, cultural diversity, social problems, and social change. Upon graduation, you may choose a career path in education, social work, nonprofit and government sector, criminal justice, or private industry. We then examine the general issues of inequalities based on economic and employment status, racial and ethnic identity, and gender and sexual orientation. Such rapid economic change has been followed by its rise to a major center of the global popular cultural production.
The flavor of this class will come from the impact of the classical debates on the current discourse of sociology, specifically debates on social problems and interpretations of our everyday life. To examine diverse and contentious voices, we will explore theoretical works with a focus on past, present and future of theory and how it reflects the transformation of society, and ask how can we propose a critical debate for our future to realize theory's promise? In this course we will examine sociological ideas from those who may be overlooked, excluded, othered, minimized or dismissed.
We read classic and contemporary texts to help us examine issues such as community, identity, belonging, inequality and social change. We will examine a variety of concepts including alienation, egoism, anomie and the "iron cage" of rationality, exploring their significance for a contemporary, "post modern" world. We will begin with an analysis of what a sociological perspective entails, including an understanding of the structural and cultural forces that shape our lives and those of the people around us and how, in turn, individuals make choices and influence social change. We focus a sociological eye on the activities and routines of daily life, seeking to illuminate the social foundations of everyday behavior that we often take for granted.
Disasters force us to confront the very nature of our society, including problems of poverty, race, ethnicity, age, and gender.
Racist ideologies and discriminatory practices perpetuated by capitalist institutional racism, and racial inequality, combine into all other forms of inequality globally. The primary aims of the course are 1) to examine how we've come to the contemporary understanding of American childhood as a distinctive life phase and cultural construct, by reference to historical and cross-cultural examples, and 2) to recognize the diversity of childhoods that exist and the economic, geographical, political, and cultural factors that shape those experiences.
We also explore and discuss, both from a historical and present day perspective, ways in which our culture covertly and overtly condones the abuse of women by their intimate partners.
We pay particular attention to the ways in which race, class, gender, sexuality and citizenship intersect and shape not only women's relationships to work and family, but to other women workers (at times very differently geopolitically situated). These different ways of seeing, analyzing, and interpreting "deviance" are deployed in this course by focusing on various marginal communities and deviant subcultures. How has food in routine diet been invested with a broad range of meanings and thereby served to define and maintain collective identities of people and social relationships linked to the consumption of food? This course examines these issues, focusing on the emergence of the disability rights movement, the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the various debates over American Sign Language, "deaf culture," and the student uprising at Gallaudet University and how writers and artists have portrayed people with disabilities. A community development initiative in the City of Poughkeepsie (to be determined) provides the case study around which lectures, readings, and guest speakers are selected. Within this structural context we focus on people and their relationships to each other and to a variety of issues including work, land, reproductive rights, basic needs, and revolution.
Unlike the great migrations from Europe in the late 1800s and early 1900s, most of the immigrants who have arrived in the U.S.
We consider the economics of the media industry, media organization and professional socialization, and media's influence on the political world and the global media industry. The course considers public policies such as affirmative action, immigration law, mass incarceration and gentrification.
We also analyze the role of commodities in a consumerist society and the relationship of consumption to stratification. The second question deals with how this construction interacts with other forms of debate regarding nuclear power, especially concentrating on the relation between science, market and the state in dealing with nature, and how citizens formulate and articulate their understanding of nuclear power through social movements. Topics may include: the meaning of "objectivity," the relationship between journalists and sources, news and public opinion, ownership of news media, the relationship between news and advertising, propaganda and news management, and the role of alternative media. This class examines the destructive global dynamics of environmental racism and resistance, as struggles against it. In this course we examine theories and research that seek to explain patterns of differential educational achievement in U.S. Heroin, Cocaine, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, MDMA, Ayahuasca, ADHD drugs, SSRIs and hormonal Steroids are all of special interest in so far as they constitute strategic sites for the study of social or technological controversy. Contemporary issues addressed include: the construction of "whiteness", the making of model minorities, color-blindness and the post-racial society, and the emergence of the "mixed race" category.
Topics and literatures include corporate citizenship and philanthropy, capitalist networks and organizations, the cult of the "charismatic CEO," and the faultlines of financial capitalism revealed by the Occupy movement. It deals with such issues as substance abuse problems, violence against women, medical care in prison, prison programming and efforts at rehabilitation, legal rights of inmates, and family issues, particularly the care of the children of incarcerated women. We discuss several qualitative approaches used by feminists to document the social world (e.g. From a form of exploration to an expression of protest, from issues regarding stratification to social change, "walking" is not only an act, but an expression, an inquiry, a confrontation, defiance and a demand.
Alternative perspectives -- Darwinian feminism and efforts by transgender biologists to challenge the gender binary -- are also relevant to our conversation.
Case studies investigate such sites as mass media, schools, shopping malls, cyberspace, libraries, and public parks in relation to questions of economic inequality, political participation, privatization, and consumer culture. In this context, the class focuses on how social theory informs different articulations of Environmental Thought and its political and epistemological fragmentation and the limits of praxis, as well as its contemporary construction of alternative futures. Drawing upon cross-cultural and comparative case studies, this course focuses on the following institutional sites critical to the politics of masculinities: marriage and the family, the military, business corporations, popular culture and sexuality, medicine and the body, and religion. Appreciating the relationship between cultural texts and institutional frameworks, we unravel the complex ways in which the cultural practices of different social groups reinforce or challenge social relationships and structures.
On the other hand, movements of dissent have grown up around these ideals since at least the eighteenth century and some argue that if the Anthropocene, "the age of humankind," is to continue, we will have to fundamentally change our thinking. If you enjoy puzzles about the human condition and believe in the power of change and perseverance, Allegany College of Maryland's Sociology program may be your calling.
You'll learn through interactive courses and classes that include lectures, group projects, field trips, and professional guest speakers. We apply these categories of analysis to problems facing the educational system and the criminal justice system.
Using the medium of film, this course examines multifaceted meanings of social change, generated by the Korean War, industrialization, urbanization, and the recent process of democratization, for lives of ordinary men and women.  Seungsook Moon.
Lastly, this course also examines the works of marginalized social thinkers within the classical tradition and considers why they have been silenced, erased and how they can help us to better understand many contemporary social issues. Our special focus will be the challenges of water consumption and distribution in the 21st century.
This may include Ibn Khaldun, David Walker, Maria Stewart, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mother Jones, Marcus Garvey, Jane Addams, Ida B.
In this course, we will provide a context for this debate, by examining a broad range of inequalities, by class, race, and gender. Specifically, we will read studies of emotional labor, youth culture, body building, hip hop, and the break up of romantic relationships, seen through the lens of the Sociological Imagination.
Social justice delineates and describes injustices such as economic inequality, racism, sexism, and homophobia and, by definition, addresses solutions and alternative social systems.
Reading both classical and contemporary texts, we build a sociological imagination and apply sociological theory as we focus our inquiry on issues such as the persistence of inequality, changing patterns of family life, new workplace dynamics, and the power of social networks.
They test the relative strength of our safety net, the viability of our institutions, the elasticity of our resources, and the capacity of our technologies. As racialized spaces globalized through capitalism, so too arose anti-racist struggle against the violence of racism, colonialism and post-colonialist arrangements. We are attentive to the construction of women workers, the work itself, and the meanings women give to production, reproduction, and the global economy.

In particular we look at traditional as well as new religious movements, bohemian subcultures, and music-centered youth culture (punk, hip hop). In what ways and to what extent does eating food satisfy not only basic appetite and epicurean desire, but also social needs for status and belonging?
And what is at stake if we subordinate other conceptions of the common good to this most subjective and individualistic of ideas? Focusing on the (global) prison industrial complex, this course critically interrogates the massive and increasing numbers of people imprisoned in the United States and around the world. The course includes a special weekly lab section during which students volunteer at local organizations, conduct fieldwork, or otherwise independently gather and analyze data in support of the case study. We will pay particular attention to the work of Anna Julia Cooper, Audre Lorde and bell hooks.
Integrating structural analysis with an analysis of lived practice and meaning making allows us to understand development as a process that shapes, but is also shaped by, local actors.
Course includes a critical analysis of research studies as well as an introduction to and practical experience with participant observation, interviewing, questionnaire construction, sampling, experimentation, and available data. We consider too the history and current status of infectious diseases as a public health crisis. However, current interests in the new economy center upon something new: a flexible, "just in time" mode of industry and consumerism made possible by information technologies and related organizational innovations. We continually highlight the role of activism and social movements among working class people and the potential for social change. This course examines "walking" through a spectrum of texts by Simmel, Baudelaire, Benjamin, Harvey, Thoreau, Muir, MLK, and Malcolm X, among others. The goal is neither to celebrate nor to dismiss evolutionary psychology and its allies but rather to play Darwinian insights and potentially questionable claims off against those of feminist, Marxist and sociological critics. Finally, this seminar considers how contemporary manifestations of globalization impact and transform the linkages between race and culture as institutional and intellectual constructs. This course addresses the legacy of progressive "counter-Enlightenment" movements to develop an understanding of their discourse. As we examine specific issues, we discuss political processes, social movements, and individual actions that people have used to address these problems. Our special focus will be the challenges of food production and consumption in the 21st century.
We will look at the "haves" and the "have nots," the 1% and the 99%, from many different angles, drawing on both contemporary and classical materials. This class tacks between the conceptual and the empirical, between social structure (Class, Inequality) and social construction (Identity, Self Presentation), with an eye toward Sociology's (not always consistent) intellectual, personal, and political relevance.
Sociology has a long tradition of commitment to social justice issues and we will consider a wide variety of them including: issues of power, how social advantages and disadvantages are distributed, the relationship between social location and inequality, and the practice of reducing the gap between them at the local, national, and global levels.
Even though the struggle against global racial inequality grew, the color line is now the problem of the 21st century, manifested as vicious inequalities, destruction, war and genocide.
How have powerful corporate interests shaped the health and well being of a large number of people across national boundaries? This course takes up these questions through an examination of quality of life's conceptual dimensions and social contexts.
The primary focus of this course is the prisoner and on the movement to abolish imprisonment as we know it. Students are graded for both their comprehension of course materials (in essays and exams) and their participation in the community-development initiative (through fieldwork and the final report written collectively by the instructor and students). Film, poetry, music, novels as well as articles and books will be among the texts for the course. New immigration patterns have had a significant impact on the racial and ethnic composition and stratification of the American population, as well as the meaning of American identity itself. We reflect on the roles, responsibilities, and interpretive potential of artists, media producers, and media consumers. Finally, we look at public health and health care policy, their history, Obamacare, and what may come next. The logic of this new economy, as well as its consequences for society, are the subject of this course. The course ends with a consideration of the possibilities of a fundamental change in the current US system of crime and punishment specifically regarding women. Additionally, we explore and engage with contemplative practices such as mediation, engaged listening, and creative-visualization. Board of Education of Topeka and the 60-year struggle to make good on the promises of that ruling. In Part II, we examine current school reform efforts, such as modifications of school structure, curriculum and instruction, and the move to privatize schooling. What roles do symbols and social values play in the public and corporate discourse of health, nutrition, and cultural identities. Topics include global development policy, patient-doctor conflicts over the right to die, the pressures of work-life balance, the influence of consumer marketing, the voluntary simplicity movement, the "quality of life city," and the cultural divides between conservative "Red States" and liberal "Blue States." Leonard Nevarez.
Topics covered in this course include: racial and gender inequality, the relationship between imprisonment and slavery, social death, the prisoner of war (POW), migrant incarceration, as well as prisoner resistance and rebellion. Immigrants and their families are also being transformed in the process, as they come into contact with various institutional contexts that can facilitate, block, and challenge the process of incorporation into the U.S. In this course we will look at the nature of both bottom-up and top-down strategies, as well as the philosophies and ideologies that oppose government intervention.
Our goal is to develop an understanding of the relationship between power, knowledge and action and to collectively envision healing forms of critical social inquiry. In Part III, we discuss the future of education in our increasingly global capitalist society. Students also come away from the course with a complex understanding of penal abolition and alternative models of justice. We end the course with a series of panel presentations in which students present their semester projects. We will explore, as well, the origins, structures, and philosophies of other nations, especially the European welfare states and the world-wide effort to target poverty through the Millennium Development Goals.
Specifically, we look at four wars and their social and artistic interpretations, wrought through memory and metaphor.
In part one, we will study the Brown decision as an integral element in the fight against Jim Crow laws and trace the legal history of desegregation efforts.
We will consider, in particular, the more restrictive policies of the 1990s created by "welfare reform" which sought to "end welfare as we knew it," and look at current policies that help or hinder working families -- including family leave, sick leave, vacation time, etc.
In part two, we will focus on desegregation policies and programs that enabled the slow move toward desegregation between 1954 and the 1980s. In a just society, is it simply enough to guarantee everyone constitutional and legal equality? Finally, we will consider the relative success or failure of specific policies that are aimed at hunger, housing, homelessness, and the feminization of poverty. By looking at both the Sociology of Art and Sociology of War we consider where the crucial intersections lie.
At this point in time, integration efforts reached their peak and 44% of black students in the south attended majority-white schools.
Part three of the course will focus on the dismantling of desegregation efforts that were facilitated by U.S. In this course we study how children of immigrants are reshaping America, and how America is reshaping them, by examining key topics such as the impact of immigration on family structures, gender roles, language maintenance, academic achievement, and identity, as well as the impact that immigration reforms have had on access to higher education, employment, and political participation. The course will provide students with conceptual tools derived from different historical periods and intellectual traditions to highlight the array of possibilities available to imagine a just society. This course provides an overview of the experiences of a population that is now a significant proportion of the U.S. Throughout the course we will consider the consequences of the racial isolation and concentrated poverty that characterizes segregated schooling and consider the implications of this for today's K-12 student population, which is demographically very different than it was in the 1960s, in part due to new migration streams from Latin America, Asia, and the Caribbean.
Over the last 40 years, public schools have experienced a 28% decline in white enrollments, with increases in the number of black and Asian students, and a noteworthy 495% increase in Latino enrollments.

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