Sociology & Social Work
W40 Organized Crime. Organized crime has become a major cause of political instability throughout the world. This interim examines the causes of organized crime, its impact, and the relationship between organized crime and the other social institutions. It also examines current policies and emphases of law enforcement in the U.S. –such as the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations statute, the Criminal Forfeiture Act, the Money Laundering Control Act, etc. In addition, it investigates the role of various policing organizations in the U.S. such as the DOI, the DEA, the FBI, the INS, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the role of the O.C. Crime Strike Task Force. Finally, this course helps students develop a Christian perspective on social institutions, especially how they can diminish the strength of organized crime and help defeat it. Students learning will be evaluated by tests, short papers, and class discussions. H. Holstege. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W41 The Body and Being Human. New technologies in exercise, medicine, genetic engineering, reproduction, and organ transplantation allow us to overcome bodily limitations and to enhance our bodies' aesthetics and performance. These new techniques of aesthetics, performance, and enhancement have changed the body's symbolic significance–which has given rise to a variety of social, legal and political controversies. The new social constructions have left us uncertain about how to regard the body and what it means to be human. Students will learn to assess and ask hard questions about the directions of social change. Students will better understand the body-related challenges that will face citizens in a variety of disciplines. Students will gain a greater understanding of the construction of their identity and roles in society by examining the social meanings attached to human embodiment. Students should come to realize that their opinions about various body issues may be due, in part, to the context in which they were raised and their position within larger social structures. Students will begin to see themselves not only as individuals, but how even their most unconscious assumptions are shaped by our times. In coming to know the specific characteristics of their identity and situation, students will acquire a better understanding of the shape of God's calling to act as redemptive agents in a society shaped by such foundational shifts in understanding of what it means to be human and embodied. Students work in a study groups to focus on a topic of their choice, such as ideals and implications of beauty standards, human genetic engineering, new medical technologies, markets for body tissues or the right to die. Each group makes a final presentation based upon the group's findings. Evaluation is based on the group presentations as well as participation, journals, and quizzes. J. Tatum. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W42 Legal Aid. A study of civil legal issues that disproportionately effect vulnerable populations in American society, including eviction, termination of public benefits, divorce and custody involving domestic violence, predatory lending, and many others. Taught by a local legal aid attorney, this course provides practical knowledge of relevant law and the legal process to students interested in human services work. Students review statutes and court decisions, learn how to access laws and court forms, evaluate case studies, and observe hearings in local courts. Student learning will be evaluated on the basis of daily writing assignments (i.e., short research and opinion papers, case study analysis, etc.) and class participation. P. Hoekwater . 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W43 WONDER WOMAN: Sociological Perspective on the Female Body. This course explores the wonders of the female body from a medical sociological perspective. The course begins with a socio-historic examination of the female body and is followed by an analysis of each phase of the female life course, using various topics as exemplars of medical sociological concerns. Topics include gender socialization, sexual perversions and abuse, the beauty mandate, eating and cutting disorders, pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, health care access, and frailty. Objectives of this course include (1) increased understanding of and ability to use a medical sociological framework in analyzing the female body; (2) increased knowledge of social injustices that shape women's health over the lifespan; and (3) increased understanding of the wonders of the female body and the realities of each life phase. Class sessions include lectures, videos, guest speakers, and student discussion. Students will be evaluated on the basis of daily participation, quizzes on comprehensive readings, class presentations, and a journal that includes both academic interpretation and personal reflection. S. Bluhm Morley. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
SOWK 381 Integrative Studies. Integrative Studies Seminar (4 semester hours). This course requires students to integrate the content of courses in the social work major and the practicum experience. Students draw on core concepts and principles from the profession and from the Christian faith as they discuss issues associated with professional role and identity. Prerequistites: Social Work 371, 372, 373, admission to the B.S.W. program, and satisfactory completion of the practicum admissions process. R. Chamiec-Case, P. de Jong . 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W16 Mexico : Culture, Family Life and Social Services. J. Bouman, B. Hugen.
IDIS W17 Honduras : Poverty and Hope . R. Hoksbergen, K. Ver Beek, J. Van Engen.
IDIS W19 The Jamaican Journey . L. Schwander, T. Vanden Berg.
IDIS W38 Social Justice, Spiritual Longing and U2. M. Mulder.
IDIS W41 The Globalization of Christianity. P. Freston.