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									                            DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
                                     SUPPLEMENT TO
   FALL 2008 Schedule of Classes and printed GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTION
                                      August 21, 2008
Listed below is an update of all changes to the fall 2008 curriculum since the release of the
fall 2008 On-line Schedule of Classes. Changes are current as of the date above. Specific
changes to each course are listed in bold italics.

All changes to the curriculum will be available 1) through the On-line Schedule of Classes,; 2) via the World Wide Web from the Berkeley Home Page
address; *Please note that the online version of the
Course Descriptions includes all changes listed in this supplement; 4) in the Sociology
Department Office, 410 Barrows Hall. Supplements indicating changes will be posted for
viewing in 410 Barrows Hall but, except for the Sociology Home Page, individual hard
copies will not be distributed until the semester begins, August 27, 2007.

Sociology 200                  Course added
Instructor: Leo Goodman
PRO-SEMINAR: This seminar is designed to familiarize entering Sociology graduate
students with faculty and their various research interests and with opportunities available
for funding via research assistantships. The seminar consists of presentations by
Berkeley faculty on their past, present, and future research and by directors or other
representatives of Organized Research Units on their mission, programs of research and
opportunities for graduate student assistantships.

Sociology 201A                  New Instructor
Instructor: Neil Fligstein

Sociology 202A                  Note added/New time
Note: Official enrollment will only be possible in spring ‘09
New time: 202A meets every two weeks, Wednesday from 12-2.

Sociology 271C                  Time change
New time: Tuesdays              Room: 402 Barrows

Sociology 272I                  Course Cancelled

Sociology 273E             Additional Meeting Time
Time: Mondays & Wednesdays, 4PM-6PM
Location:     Monday – 402 Barrows
              Wednesday – 473 Barrows

Sociology 280J                  Time & Room change
New time: Wednesday, 4-6        New room: 203 Wheeler
Sociology 280M                  Course Description Added; New Time and Room
Time: Monday, 12-2              Room: 180 Barrows
Instructor: Stephen Vaisey
CULTURE: This course will cover major approaches to sociology of culture. In general, we
will alternate between three broad questions: 1) “What is culture?” 2) “Where does it come
from?” and, 3) “What does it do?” The Goal of the course is not to cover everything, but
rather to provide a guided tour that will help students make sense of their future reading and
identify areas where new contributions are needed. The relationship between culture,
cognition, and action will be a recurring theme. We will cover several theoretical
perspectives, examine particular substantive domains (e.g., taste, politics, morality), and
integrate discussions of qualitative, quantitative, and hybrid methods throughout the course.
The main requirement will be a paper suitable for submission to a professional conference.

Sociology 280P.001            Course Description Added
Instructor: Cihan Tugal
This is a broad survey course intended to help students work on their research projects
and develop a better sense of politics, class, and religion in the Middle East. We start the
course with a general look at Middle Eastern political economy and states. We then
cover a variety of perspectives used in studying the Middle East. These include
Marxism, poststructuralism, hermeneutics, and civil society and state-centered
approaches. We also cover several issues including gender, education, social
movements, and democracy as they relate to politics and religion. Students will write
two-page, five-page, and finally 15-20 page versions of their research proposals (or
papers) throughout the semester.

Sociology 280P.002 Sociology 280AA
New Course Number
Course Description Added
Instructor: Martin Sanchez-Jankowski
This course introduces students to the sociology of poverty by understanding its causes
and conditions. Poverty is part of the social stratification system as well as a condition
with properties that characterize the individual living with extreme material scarcity.
Thus, it involves both the social and the physical world. The cours ewill engage a broad
literature on poverty that incorporates research from sociology, economics and
anthropology. We also will consider structure, culture and agency in creating and
maintaining individuals and groups in the condition of poverty.

Sociology 280AA (formerly 280P)         Time change
New time: Monday, 4-6       Room: 180 Barrows

Sociology 280Q                 Course Cancelled

Sociology 280W                 Time Change
New time: Tuesday 4-6PM        New room: 180 Barrows
Sociology 280W                 Course Description Added
Instructor: Krista Luker
SEXUALITY: Thinking rigorously and in a theoretically-informed way about human
sexuality is harder than ever before. What sexuality is and how to study it seems to have
become ground zero for a set of interconnected debates that scholars sometimes call the
"postmodern dilemma." Put in its shortest possible form, this dilemma says that
"modernity" sought to understand social life in "objective", "scientific" and "empirical"
ways. Understanding sex in a scientific and sociological way was therefore the
quintessentially modern project. Sociology itself was born in this matrix of modernity,
and rested on certain assumptions about human nature, social life, history and truth. Now
the postmodernists tell us that precisely because of the circumstances under which
sociology arose, the entire enterprise of studying sexuality sociologically is itself suspect.
Yet in an era in which “sex wars,” the global AIDs crisis and the notion of “sexual
citizenship” have taken center stage, we can ill afford to simply bow out of the task of
understanding sexuality as more than simply individual lived experience. With all due
respect to the “postmodern dilemma,” this course will examine different ways of looking
at sexuality, and provide some theoretical guidelines for future research.

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