Sociology & Social Work
W40 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 multiple genres of social forecasting, including but not limited to 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. This course may fulfill an elective in the Sociology major. M. Hughes. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
CANCELED W41 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. 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. Students will be evaluated on the basis of 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 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W32 Race, Class, Gender and Migration in the US. G. Heffner, L. Schwander.