SYLLABUS Sociological Perspectives

SYLLABUS Sociological Perspectives - Sociological...

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Sociological Perspectives: SOC 101 Thematic Focus: Criminal Justice & New York State Museum’s 9/11 Exhibition T/R at 8:30-9:50am (SH 123)/11:30-12:50pm (SH 220) Instructor: Sudarat Musikawong Hines 109 Email: smusikawong@siena.edu Office Hours: T/R 10:00-11:30am, 1:30-2:30pm; R 2:30-3:30pm And by appointment You are expected to attend the course time you are enrolled in. Description: This course introduces Sociology by exploring the tensions between the individual and the structuring forces of institutions like the state, the family, and the corporation through the lens of social inequalities. In order to better understand our social worlds, we will consider different theoretical and contemporary events on the interpersonal, social group and network, and structural levels. Themes about meritocracy and citizenship both in a legal and cultural sense are central in understanding race, nation, economic class, sexuality, gender, and difference in the United States, and in many ways internationally. The readings will provide an overview of some of the most pressing social problems faced today regarding the prison industrial complex and national healing from 9/11, providing snapshots of personal experiences, activist and advocacy groups, museum exhibitions, national campaigns and policies from the historical past and in the contemporary present. Final Group Projects: The course considers problems of the prison industrial complex and post-9/11 politics as topical case studies in sociological inquiry. Students will be familiar with introductory concepts in Sociology in practice and theory and will read about the US prison system and our experiences of civil liberties and human rights after September 11, 2001. Applied Sociology: There are two community partnerships for academic learning projects. In partnership with the Center for Law and Justice, student groups will pursue qualitative and quantitative research on post-prison re-entry employment in the Capital Region. In partnership with the New York State Museum, student groups will participate in creating an archive of specific collections that reveal how the people of New York city and its visitors have reacted to 9/11. The 9/11 archive is held in coordination with Social Work 466 Death. Course Goals: Students will explore historical and contemporary issues through sociology as a discipline, examining the distinctions between structural functionalism, conflict theory, and feminism as the discipline’s foundation. Students will workshop how to read academic texts for main arguments and learn to identify sociological theories and methods. The final group research project will provide students with an introduction to identifying the differences between primary data gathered for their research projects and secondary sociological scholarly sources by using library resources. The group research and presentation will challenge students to work together. Required texts: ALWAYS BRING RELEVANT TEXTS TO CLASS FOR DISCUSSION
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