Undergraduate Bulletin 1996-1998

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0150. Modern Slavic Literature in Translation (3 s.h.) S

Survey of East, West, and South Slavic literature; reading of representative works from Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Serbian, and Ukrainian literature.


0232. Culture and Civilization (3 s.h.) F

(Formerly offered as Russian 132.) Prerequisite: Russian 062 or the equivalent. Survey of Russian culture and civilization from its beginnings to the present. Oral and written reports.

0295. Independent Study I (3 s.h.) F

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

0296. Independent Study II (3 s.h.) S

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

0356. Dostoevsky (3 s.h.) S

Reading and analysis of selected major works.

0371. Russian Drama (3 s.h.) F

Reading and analysis of selected significant plays, each placed in an appropriate cultural or historical context.

0395. Advanced Independent Study I (3 s.h.) F

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Area of study determined by student and instructor.

0396. Advanced Independent Study II (3 s.h.) S

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Area of study determined by student and instructor.

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150. Modern Slavic Literature in Translation (3 s.h.) S

Survey of East, West, and South Slavic literature; reading of representative works from Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Serbian, and Ukrainian literature.

0295-0296. Independent Study I-II (3 s.h. each) FS

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

0395-0396. Independent Study I-II (3 s.h. each) FS

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

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C050. Introduction to Sociology (3 s.h.) (IN/D3) FS

(Formerly 0001.) NOTE: Not open to students who have taken Sociology 0001. An introduction to the systematic analysis of societies. How societies evolve and change, what we can learn from comparing them, how they make us into the kinds of people we are, and which facts either sustain or shatter everyday life. What deviance, bureaucracy, racial discrimination, inequality, sexual and social conflict have in common. Students learn about themselves by exploring the hidden roots of the world around them.

X051. Comparative Societal Development (3 s.h.) (IS) FS

Such questions as "What is National Development?" and "How do we define the 'Good Society'?" will be discussed. We will emphasize developing nations in our study of different models of development. Our readings will include testimonies of families who struggle to survive in the difficult conditions of the Third World as well as writings which challenge the consumption goals of developed countries. Such topics as agrarian reform, migration and urbanization, class structure, and revolutions will be included.

0052. Sociology of Jazz (3 s.h.) FS

(Formerly 0180.) Not open to students who have taken Sociology 0180. A detailed view of the social interaction relevant to the beginnings and continued development of America's only unique art form—jazz. Subject matter is approached through historical, ethnographic, and sociological techniques, exposure to the literature of the field, recordings, and tapes.

C059/X059/R059. The Sociology of Race and Racism (3 s.h.) FS

This course examines patterns of race and racism with emphasis on the United States. Topics include: the meaning of race and racism; origins of U.S. racial dynamics; experiences of various racial minorities; race, class, and gender; race and ethnicity; movements for racial equality; current issues; affirmative action and "reverse discrimination"; the "underclass"; urban Eurocentrism in U.S. culture, and patterns of immigration to the U.S.

C064/X064/R064. American Ethnicity (3 s.h.) (AC/D3) FS

The history, cultures, and communities of racial and ethnic minorities in America are examined. Particular attention is paid to identifying the unique position and contribution of various groups to American culture in different historical periods. The course is based upon sociological and historical research, as well as novels and short stories documenting the lives of different groups.

C067. Social Statistics (3 s.h.) (MB/D4) FS

The objective of the course is to teach students how to understand data and to explain statistical information. The emphasis will be on applications, with examples taken from a variety of sources including the mass media. We take a critical attitude in the reception of statistical information, and methods are covered for discovering how statistical information might be distorted.

C081/X081. Men and Women in American Society (3 s.h.) (AC) FS

(Formerly 0147.) The course considers the evolution of gender roles in the U.S.: how children learn to be boys or girls in their families, through play, at school, and in media images; how men and women live and interact together in courtship, marriage, and divorce; how men and women work, and the advantages of being a man in our economy. The focus is on how society shapes the personal lives of men and women and their relationships, as well as the changes women and men can bring about.

0082. Human Sexuality (3 s.h.) FS

Studies sexual behavior as a social phenomenon through historical and cross cultural data. Examines the ways in which individuals learn to become sexual beings and the ways in which the social structure both limits and exploits sexual expression. Discusses both the different sexual careers of men and women and the varieties of sexual expression found in contemporary society.


0107. Leisure in America (3 s.h.) S

Examines changes in the way Americans have spent their time and money in pursuit of fun—from puritanical and pastoral ideals to recreation, commercial amusement, and professional sport. The diversity of leisure in our mass-consumption society and alternative futures are considered. Adopts an interdisciplinary approach that draws upon resources from literature and the social sciences.

0145. Marriage and Family (3 s.h.) FS

NOTE: Not open to those who have taken Sociology 0080 or 0245. While this course covers some comparative topics, the major emphasis is on the American family. Taking a life cycle approach, the course looks at the structure of family relationships from childhood through adolescence, courtship, and marriage, and ends with the effect of aging on the marital relationship. It examines differences in the life cycle of families by educational levels, income levels, and ethnic/racial categories, and also how the life cycles have changed historically.

0163. Area Studies; Latin American Development (3 s.h.) 96-98

Prerequisite: Admittance to Latin American Studies Semester. This course examines patterns of socioeconomic and political development in different parts of Latin America. Topics to be studied include: agrarian reforms, patterns of industrialization and urbanization, financial dependency, military regimes, revolutionary movements, and transitions to democracy. This course is taught in Spanish for the LASS program.

0201. Statistical Methods in Sociology (4 s.h.) (D4) FS

(Formerly 059.) Prerequisite: Sociology C050 or X051; Math A and Math B. An introduction to statistical analysis for students with limited math backgrounds. Univariate and bivariate description and selected inferential techniques. NOTE: This course is required of majors in sociology and it is recommended that they take it as early as possible. Not open to students who have not taken Psychology 0122.

0203. Deviant Behavior (3 s.h.) (D3) F

Prerequisite: Sociology C050 or X051. NOTE: Not open to students who have taken Sociology 0103. The major theoretical perspectives developed by sociologists to analyze deviance as a social phenomenon. The ways in which deviance is socially created by persons in interaction with one another. Comparisons between the way people in their daily lives create and cope with deviant labels, and the ways in which labeling is done by those who officially "process" deviants.

0205. Sociology of Education (3 s.h.) F

Prerequisite: Sociology C050 or X051. Why is schooling in chaos in American society in the 1990s? What do we expect of our educational systems? In what ways are they falling short of our expectations? In this course, we will examine educational systems from the perspective of educators, students, families, and the larger economy. We will focus in particular on the role that education plays in structuring individual potential and national development.

0212. Introduction to Small Groups (3 s.h.) F

Prerequisite: Sociology C050 or X051. We study small face-to-face groups such as friendship groups, work groups, committees, and gangs. The determinants of group solidarity, the beneficial and harmful aspects of group conflict, group reaction to deviance and lack of commitment, the dangers of group-think (over conformity), self-presentation and the maintenance of self-esteem in groups, the function of body language.

0215. Society and Personality (3 s.h.) F

Prerequisite: Sociology C050 or X051. Forces in contemporary society which promote and retard the development of a healthy, creative personality. How various institutions in bureaucratic society influence our behavior through face-to-face encounters in everyday life. Includes a self-analysis, utilizing systematic methods of self-observation and incorporating the assigned reading material.

0218. Socialization (3 s.h.) FS

(Formerly Sociology 0275.) Prerequisite: Sociology C050 or X051. Not open to students who have taken Sociology 0275. Socialization is the process by which individuals learn the "rules" of their social system. We will look at socialization as an ongoing process, from infancy to old age. This implies constant resocialization and a discussion of the impact of early childhood socialization on adult behavior. Special attention will be paid to differences in socialization by sex, race, and class, and to the important socializing institutions in our society, e.g., home, school, workplace.

0241. Development of Sociological Thought (3 s.h.) F

Prerequisite: Sociology C050 or X051. Required for all majors in sociology. Ideological orientations, substantive findings, theoretical systems, and methodological approaches of European and American scholars who contributed the most influential ideas to modern sociology.

0245. Comparative Family Studies (3 s.h.) FS

Prerequisite: Sociology C050 or X051. Compares families in different cultures and social groups, and examines changes in the American family over time. Topics covered are: the impact of industrialization on the family; family life in different social classes and among different ethnic groups; the recent development of alternatives to the traditional American family.

0246. Sexuality and Gender (3 s.h.) F

This is a historically oriented course focused on competing views of sexuality, in particular, the essentialist approach. The first part of the course will lay the groundwork for the analysis of particular areas of sexuality by focusing on the transition from nineteenth century views of sexuality to the twentieth century and on the learning of sexual scripts. The second part of the course will apply these perspectives to a variety of issues including rape, pornography, abortion, and prostitution.

W248. Sociology of Organizations (3 s.h.) F

Prerequisite: Sociology C050 or X051. The course examines competing visions of organizations: Does bureaucracy promise prosperity for all or pose a threat to personal freedom? Do organizations exist to make profits or to produce social goods? The course first traces the historical development of organizational theory, including the work of Max Weber, Frederick Taylor and Scientific Management, the Human Relations Movement, and Classical Management Theory. The second part of the course looks at organizations from the inside, the third part from the outside.

W249. Class in Modern Society (3 s.h.) S

Prerequisite: Sociology C050 or X051. Class is a fundamental dimension of inequality in our society. What is the nature of this inequality? Where does it come from? How deeply does it affect the lives of individuals? We will investigate these topics and also examine the intersection of class with other forms of social inequality, in particular race, in the context of the U.S. Finally, we will explore how the new global economy affects the reality and the injuries of class. This writing course stresses participation, group work, and personal research on topics of interest to the student.

0251. Urban Sociology (3 s.h.) F

Prerequisite: Sociology C050 or X051. The city will be studied as a form of social organization. Looking at the developmental pattern of a variety of cities, we will try to understand how and why cities have developed as they have, emphasizing the symptoms and causes of the modern urban crisis, and the patterns of change that are likely for the future.

0252. Health and Disease in American Society (3 s.h.) S

Prerequisite: Sociology C050 or X051. The focus of this course is the social context and construction of health and disease in the United States. The course covers three substantive areas: (1) reproduction and health, (2) the re-emergence of epidemic disease in the spread of AIDS, and (3) health issues evolving from the aging of the American population. Examines the role of changing technology, the process of medicalization and demedicalization, and the influence of gender and class on the definition and prevalence of health and disease.

0255. Volunteerism and Community Organization (3 s.h.) S

This course focuses on the principles and practices of volunteerism as expressed in one broad category of philanthropy—community based, self-help efforts. Through a series of public lectures and group discussions, we will explore the ethical basis of volunteer activity in relation to community self-help initiatives, the political environments in which such organizations exist, and the factors that make their activities effective. Students will select an internship placement in which they shall spend 10 hours a week.

W256. Political Sociology (3 s.h.) F

Prerequisite: Sociology C050 or X051. This course analyzes the social basis of political institutions and political action, stressing the importance of both in the life of communities and individuals. Our emphasis is on the influence that social classes, professional and occupational groups, political parties, social movement organizations, and other notable interest groups have on the political system. We discuss the formation and organization of political activity and its varied outcomes.

0258. Women and Work (3 s.h.) S

Prerequisite: Sociology C050 or X051. Women's work will be defined in the fullest sense. We will examine the division of labor between the sexes and changes in women's production in the labor force and in the home from both the historical and cross-cultural perspectives. We will discuss trends in the employment of women by race, marital status, etc., and trends in household work.

0260. Research Design and Methods (4 s.h.) FS

Prerequisite: Sociology C050 and 0201. Required for majors in sociology. Techniques of data collection, experimental and non-experimental designs, measurement procedures, and sampling methods.

0265. Society, Art, and Power (3 s.h.) 96-98

Of all the courses we offer, this one directly contributes to what sociologists call your "cultural capital." From the Italian Renaissance to the extravagant expenses of corporations and billionaires, from official White House art to the latest art scandals, find out why art has always been a central element of power and status in Western societies. Discover how the domination of men over women is expressed in Western art, how artists may be considered a glorified sort of craftsmen by their patrons, how they answer back, and what all this means to you sociologically and personally. This course will involve field work and field trips through which you will discover a Philadelphia you do not suspect exists.

0270. Sociology of Law (3 s.h.) F

Prerequisite: Sociology C050 or X051. The law is approached in this course as a special institution. The uniqueness of the law's features and the scope of its functions in society are examined and compared with other institutions, by looking at societies and periods other than our own. Considers legal institutions as the live product of actions and interactions of both specialists and ordinary citizens; the role of the law as a potential vehicle and agent of change. A practical sociological introduction to the professional study of law.

0279. Racial and Ethnic Stratification (3 s.h.) (D3) FS

Prerequisite: Sociology C050 or X051. The nature of racism, discrimination, racial oppression, and racial conflict. The American situation is addressed within a broader comparative perspective. Considers both genocide (as the culmination of racist politics) and the efforts by political, social, racial, and ethnic movements to improve their social conditions in an unequal society. Thus, for instance, the Civil Rights Movement is studied together with the problems faced by specific groups (in this case, African-Americans) in the U.S. today. Solutions to the problems caused by racial and ethnic inequality and the social roots of tolerance are an important theme of discussion.

0283. Social Movements (3 s.h.) S

Prerequisite: Sociology C050 or X051. The central theme is conflict as a basic process. The organization of mass movement to alter political and social conditions as proposed solutions to societal problems. Consideration of nationalist, social revolutionary, messianic, social reformist, and populist movements; organizational strategies and the social psychology of leaders and followers.

0293-0294. Independent Study (3 s.h.) FS

Open only to seniors or honors students with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in sociology. See departmental advisers. Intensive study in a specific area of sociology. The proposal outlining the work to be completed must be filed in the department office before the end of the first two weeks of the semester. May not be used as a substitute for required sociology courses.

0295. Internship in Sociology (3 s.h.) FS

Prerequisite: Permission of Department Adviser. Students spend a semester working in a public or private agency or organization where they can gain sociologically relevant experiences. Interns will be required to write a term paper which includes a review of the sociological literature relevant to the internship and an evaluation of the experience. Students are to choose a faculty member to supervise the internship.

0301. Doing Sociological Fieldwork (4 s.h.) F

Prerequisite: Sociology 0201, 0260. This course is designed to provide the student with skills in a variety of qualitative research techniques. Among these are participant observation, interviewing, running focus groups, and the analyses of documents. Students will practice these skills by taking part in an on-going research project directed by the instructor.

0302. Data Analysis (4 s.h.) S

Prerequisite: Sociology 0201, 0260. The logic and method of data analysis. We will start with a specified research question, find some data which are pertinent to this question and analyze them. The analysis will proceed first by studying the univariate statistical distributions of relevant variables, then will move on to bivariate and multivariate methods. Students will write about their research question; emphasis will be placed on the interaction between the results of data analysis and the revision of the research question.

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