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, http://schedule.berkeley.edu; 2) via the World Wide Web from the Berkeley Home Page address http://www.sociology.berkeley.edu; *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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