Sociology & Social Work
SOC W40 The Sociology of Law & Order. This course examines a variety of contemporary sociological debates as introduced by the television show Law & Order. The medicalization of behavior, race, and gender bias in capital punishment, as well as the culpability of structural factors in the lives of career criminals, are a few of the topics that will be explored. Students will consider the roles of structure, culture, and human agency amongst the stakeholders involved in each topic to better understand the social aspects and implications of human behavior. Student Learning Objectives include: 1. A command of fundamental sociological concepts; 2. An understanding of the interaction between structure, culture, and human agency in social life; 3. The ability to locate, analyze, and synthesize scientifically sound social research; 4.The ability to make a fact-based argument orally and through writing; and 5. A familiarity with contemporary social issues and debates.
Methods of evaluation include daily homework assignments, one quantitative test, one major research paper, one debate presentation, daily debate contribution assessments, and a final qualitative and quantitative exam. This course may fulfill an elective in the Sociology major. E. Marr. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
SOWK W10 What’s Health Got to Do with It? What is the role of health and health care in overall well-being? In what ways can we promote quality of life among those living with a chronic illness? This class explores concepts of person in environment, showing the interactions between physiological health and psycho-social-spiritual well-being. Students explore these interactions as they learn about the interactions between chronic illness and quality of life. A major part of the course focuses specifically on health disparities and models/interventions that seek to reduce these disparities among those with chronic illnesses (i.e. cancer, heart disease, diabetes). Readings and class discussions explore how systematic oppression and structural barriers contribute to poorer health outcomes, particularly in the area of chronic disease, among vulnerable populations. By the end of the course students will be able to describe the interactions between chronic disease and quality of life, recognize how discrimination and chronic stress contributes to health disparities among people with chronic illnesses, and identify psychosocial interventions that address these health disparities. Evaluation is based on discussions of the readings, reflection papers, and a final project and presentation. K. Admiraal. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
SOWK W11 Human Trafficking . This course aims to help students gain a better understanding of contemporary human trafficking and modern day slavery. Contemporary human trafficking will first be compared to the historic “White Slave Scare” in the United States and Europe. Students will then develop an understanding of the different types of human trafficking as well as efforts to detect the scope and scale of human trafficking domestically and globally. Students will gain awareness of the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual trauma experienced by victim/survivors of human trafficking. The course will also explore the political, social, cultural, and economic context that influences the development and maintenance of human trafficking. Students will identify current anti-trafficking efforts and the role that specific entities, such as government, the media, and faith-based organizations play in these efforts. Student learning will be assessed through two brief papers, daily journaling, and a final presentation. R. Venema. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W47 Development in Jamaica. Course dates: January 3-23. Fee: $2723. L. Schwander, T. Vanden Berg, R. Venema. Off campus.
IDIS W53 NGOs and Grassroots Organizations. J. Kuilema, T. Kuperus. 8:30 a.m. to noon.