Sociology & Social Work
W40 Where It’s At: A Sociological/Anthropological Analysis of Modern Cultural Participation. In this interim course an interdisciplinary approach considers contemporary cultural issues in historical and cross-cultural perspectives. Topics include issues especially pertinent to contemporary North American youth culture. Sociological and anthropological perspectives inform the cultural theory and analysis. In an effort to engage the theory and apply the analysis we scrutinize the following popular cultural phenomena: sport, leisure, food, alcohol, anime, sex, contemporary communication forms (internet, email), music, shopping, and gambling. By deconstructing some of these issues using both sociological and anthropological perspectives, students better understand the meanings of mass society and culture. Students’ grades are derived from participation, journals, a research paper, and a presentation. There are no prerequisites. This course may fulfill an elective requirement in the Sociology major. M. Mulder, T. Vanden Berg. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
W41 Crime Scene Investigation. This course is a study in the theories and techniques related to the discovery and preservation of physical evidence as applied to the criminal justice process. Attention focuses on the legal admissibility of evidence under Michigan law. Students also examine the relationship of science, religion, and faith as applied to the criminal justice process. The course is structured around lectures, off-campus local visits, and a study of an actual criminal investigation, which utilizes the scientific process of forensics and traditional investigative methods. Student evaluation is based on a journal regarding daily lectures and site visits, along with a final examination. This course may fulfill an elective requirement in the Sociology major. C. Buquet. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W42 Wonder Woman. This course explores the wonders of the female body using a medical sociological perspective. It begins with a socio-historic examination of the female body, followed by an examination of each phase of the female life course. Topics include gender socialization, pre-pubescence, the beauty mandate, eating and cutting disorders, pregnancy and childbirth, middle-age, menopause, and the women of age. Objectives of this course are to raise the awareness of the wonders of the female body, study the female life course from a medical sociological perspective, identify social injustices that impact it, and inform participants of 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, comprehensive readings, class presentations, and a journal that encompasses both academic resources and personal reflection. This course may fulfill an elective requirement in the Sociology major. S. Bluhm. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CANCELED W43 Forming the Hollywood Indian. Forming the Hollywood Indian traces the image of the American Indian in cinema since 1960. Students examine the image and the role that American Indians play in the films. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of sociology and learn to use the sociological imagination to deconstruct film image and meaning. Students are evaluated through weekly response papers and one final paper in which students analyze two movies using the readings from the course. There are no prerequisites for this class. This course may fulfill an elective requirement in the Sociology major. K. Huyser. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
SOWK 381 Integrative Studies Seminar (four 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. Prerequisites: Social Work 371, 372, 373, admission to the B.S.W. program, and satisfactory completion of the practicum admission process. L. Schwander. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W44 Globalization of Christianity. P. Freston.
IDIS W62 Spriituality & Religion in the Helping Professions. B. Hugen.