Sociology & Social Work
SOC W40 Sociology of Hollywood. This course provides students with an opportunity to analyze Hollywood using their sociological imagination. Recognizing that media is a primary source of socialization, as well as an instrumental tool for teaching and inculcation, it is important to academically and critically consider the central source of media production: Los Angeles, California. Students will learn about the frontstage and backstage of Hollywood which involves becoming media literate by gaining a conscientious and deeper understanding of how media is made, how it works, and how it influences people, learning fundamentals of media and Hollywood history, developing a critical lens by learning how to ask key questions that breakdown the frontstage and reveal the backstage, and applying that critical lens to various topics such as media control, demographics (e.g. race, gender), celebrity, and faith. This course may fulfill an elective in the Sociology major. This course is a CCE optional course. Course dates: January 8-28. Fee: $2295. E. Marr. Off campus.
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. K. Admiraal. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
SOWK W40 Development in Liberia. This course examines community development as one way to bring healing to a broken nation struggling to emerge from a lengthy civil conflict. Students listen and learn alongside some of the first social work students in Liberian history, at the Mother Patern College of Health Science in the capital of Monrovia. Together, this cohort spends time in the classroom and in the community, learning theory and witnessing it in practice at agencies throughout the capital and in villages in the interior. The course covers a variety of approaches to the problems of poverty and sustainable development, and focuses on cross-cultural engagement and participatory learning. This course may fulfill an elective in the IDS major.
This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 8-28. Fee: $3750. J. Kuilema, R. Venema. Off campus.