Sociology & Social Work
CANCELED SOC W40 Sociological Analysis of Popular Culture. In this course a sociological approach considers contemporary cultural issues in historical and contemporary perspectives. Topics include issues especially pertinent to contemporary North American youth culture. A sociological perspective informs 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, sex, contemporary communication forms (internet, email), music, shopping, and gambling. By deconstructing some of these issues using a sociological perspective, students better understand the meanings of mass society and culture. Evaluation is based on class participation, journals, a research paper, and a presentation. This course may fulfill an elective in the Sociology major. M. Mulder. 8:30 to noon.
SOC W41 Sociology of the Future. People have been imagining the future since ancient times. However, what these images look like, how they have been represented, and the purposes for representation are always changing. Some visions are bleak, others are blissful; some are fanciful, others are realistic; some warn or inform, others entertain. This course explores dominant themes and contrasts across three genres of social forecasting: utopian and dystopian fiction of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; “sci-fi” film, radio, and television since 1900; and nonfiction trend studies produced by “futurologists” since 1970. Course participants not only consider the content of these works, but also the works in relation to the society in (and for) which they were produced. The course concludes with student presentations of their own social forecasts. Evaluation is base on group presentations, written responses, and oral presentations. This course may fulfill an elective in the Sociology major. M. Hughes. 2:00 to 5:00.
SOC 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 women of age. Class sessions include lectures, videos, guest speakers, and student discussion. Evaluation is based on daily participation, comprehensive reading, class presentations, and a journal that encompasses both academic resources and personal reflection. This course may fulfill an elective in the Sociology major and the Gender Studies minor. S. Bluhm. 2:00 to 5:00.
SOC W43 Understanding Gangs. This course is a study of the existence of gangs in our society with a focus on the history, identification, social indicators, and criminogenic factors that relate to gangs. Attention is also given to the process of community awareness, analysis, and response as it relates to a strategic plan directed at gang membership. Several guest speakers and an off site visit are scheduled. Evaluation is based on student papers, journals, and a group project. This course may fulfill an elective in the Sociology major. C. Buquet. 2:00 to 5:00.
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.
IDIS W17 Examining the Right to Die. J. Tatum.
IDIS W19 The Jamaican Journey. L. Schwander, T. VandenBerg.
IDIS W46 Gender and Performance in Muslim Societies. M. Ntarangwi.