Sociology Course Offerings, Summer 2014

Registrar’s List of Summer Courses

Soc. 014, Deviance & Social Control
Online Course Jun 16, 2014 - Jul 11, 2014
Prof. Lutz Kaelber
This course aims to identify, analyze, and explain different forms of deviant behavior, and how society creates, or responds to, it. It considers a wide variety of issues, such as different theoretical approaches to deviance and social control, empirical patterns of deviant behaviors, and temporal, spatial, and cultural variations in these patterns. Topics include disability as deviance, obedience to authority, sex work, pornography, eugenics, the Holocaust and Nazi medical crimes, and same-sex marriage.


Soc. 019, D1: Race Relations in the US
9:00 am - 12:45 pm TWR TERRILL-HOME EC 308 May 19, 2014 - Jun 13, 2014
Prof. Nikki D. Khanna
Does race matter in America today? Since the election of our first black President, many have called America a "post-racial" society, implying that race is a "thing of the past." The main purpose of this course is to examine race and ethnic relations in the US through a sociological lens. Students will examine patterns of race relations, learn about the histories of key ethnic/racial groups within the United States, and engage current debates about race in American society.

Soc. 029, Sociology of the Family
Online Course May 19, 2014 - Jun 13, 2014
Prof. Jennifer Anne Strickler
This course will introduce students to a sociological perspective on intimate and family relationships. We will begin by looking at the changes in family structure and culture over time, and introduce sociological perspectives and methods of research on the family. After locating the family in the social structure, and considering the macro-level forces on families, we will examine micro-level processes and dynamics within families, such as parenting, marriage and divorce, and family violence.

Soc. 101, Development of Sociological Theory
Online Course Jun 16, 2014 - Jul 11, 2014
Prof. Lutz Kaelber
This course offers a survey of the origins, content, use, and current relevance of classical sociological theories (until about 1930). Among the most important contributors to classical sociological theory are Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber, but the course also considers other contributions to theory, such as by the pioneering scholars Harriet Martineau and W. E. B. Du Bois.

Soc. 154, The Social Organization of Death and Dying
1:00 pm - 4:45 pm TWR 31 S PROSPECT ST 100 May 19, 2014 - Jun 13, 2014
D. Brookes Cowan

Soc. 195, Z1, Sociology of Suburban Schools
8:30 am - 12:00 pm MTWRF LAFAYETTE HALL L311 May 19, 2014 - May 30, 2014
Kieran M. Killeen
Suburban schools have an elevated and often, poorly justified mystique. Scholar Delores Hayden argues that there are 8 historical types of suburbs in the US, though many people understand these communities as edge cities or doorsteps to rural isolation. Interestingly, widespread and largely positive assumptions exist about the performance and equity issues evident in suburban schools. Many of these assumptions are untrue and being challenged by rapid demographic change across metropolitan areas. This course seeks to identify the historical basis for these assumptions, discuss contemporary social processes the affect the suburbs and third discuss how these forces interact with suburban schools in important ways.

Through a seminar style class, students will read and discuss the history of suburban communities, their schools and contemporary demographic changes as well as complete a qualitative research project that involves interviewing suburban families and writing a case report.

A draft syllabus is available upon request.


Soc. 195, Z2, Women & Crime
9:00 am - 12:45 pm TWR VOTEY BLDG 361 May 19, 2014 - Jun 13, 2014
Eleanor M. Miller
The critically acclaimed Netflix series, "Orange Is the New Black" has focused attention on the criminality of women and raised questions about how accurate the series is in portraying the typical female offender in the United States. This course will use episodes from the series to complicate that question and, combined with a rich array of academic readings, will introduce students to the realities of the lives of female offenders both historically and currently. The course will use FBI Uniform Crime Reports data, victimization data, and other official data to explore just who the typical female offender in this country is and how her profile has changed over time. An exploration of these data will reveal the most critical fact about gender and crime, that women are, in general, incredibly law-abiding, and explore current thinking about why they are rarely found either among the membership of the U.S. Congress or among the ranks of mass murderers or serial killers. At the same time, there are crimes in which women are well-represented. What are those crimes? Why are they more likely to be committed by women than other crimes? How do theories about the factors that produce criminal behavior in general predict or fail to predict the pattern of crime by gender that the data reveal. What is the relationship between the patterns of female criminality, poverty and drug use? Finally, what are the realities of criminal justice responses to the criminality of women and what should they be like in the future? Sociologist, Dr. Eleanor Miller, specialist in deviance/criminology and gender and author of the award-winning study of women and crime, Street Woman, will teach this thought-provoking course for the first time at the University of Vermont this summer.