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Woods College of Advancing Studies



Professors:  Daniel W. Chambers, B.S. Notre Dame, A.M., Ph.D. Maryland; Charles Derber, A.B. Yale, Ph.D. Chicago; Judge James Menno, Probate and Family Court, A.B., J.D. Boston College; Anna Nielsen, A.B. Boston College, M.S., Ph.D. Illinios Urbana-Champaign; Eve Spangler, A.B. Brooklyn, A.M. Yale, M.L.S. Southern Connecticut, Ph.D. Massachusetts; Rebekah M. Zincavage, B.A. Wesleyan, M.A. Boston College, M.A., Cand. Ph.D. Brandeis.

SC 07202  Inequality in America
SC07202 Syllabus
Examines class inequity in American society. It not only describes how the rich, the poor, and the middle class live, but also how they relate to one another. Includes the strategies used by the rich for maintaining the status quo, the hopes cherished by the middle class for improving their position, and the obstacles that keep the poor in their place.
Spring, Tues 6:30–9, Jan 14–May 6, Professor Zincavage

SC 12201  Crime and Corrections in America
SC12201 Syllabus
Course explores basic concepts in criminology; how criminal laws are made and enforced by police, courts, prisons, probation, parole and public agencies. Examines criminal behavior systems, theories of crime and delinquency causations, gangs, victimization, perceived notion of dual systems of justice, the impact of technology, alternative correction programs, inequalities in the systems as well as mass media coverage and policy questions.
Spring, Wed 6:30–9, Jan 15–May 7, Professor Condie

SC 20003  Statistics
SC20003 Syllabus
Introductory course in inferential statistics covering description of sample data, probability, binomial and normal distributions, random sampling, estimation, and hypothesis-testing. Illustrated by applications to behavioral sciences.
Spring, Wed 6:30–9, Jan 15–May 7, Professor Chambers

SC 21201  Methods of Social Research
SC21201 Syllabus
This introductory course in research methodology examines issues underlying research from a theoretical and practical point of view. It explores the basic concepts and problems encountered in designing and conducting research and develops the practice of critically thinking about resources located in the research process. Focus is on the tenets of sound research practice to enable students to make reasonable judgements about research read and undertaken.
Spring, Tues 7–9:30, Jan 14–May 6, Professor Anna Nielsen

SC 36501  Law and Society
SC36501 Syllabus
Radical changes in the basic social fabric that dictate how people live, interact, communicate and work with one another create new demands for a legal system obligated to interpret and establish law. Examines emerging challenges to freedom of expression, public and private communication: cyberspace, bullying, the disparity of access to resources, family protection, national security and individual rights, and different ways of representing justice. It also explores how the balance of emotion and reason in our idea of justice “shifts” over time, corporate responsibility/irresponsibility, new definition of guilt and innocence, what is just/unjust social behavior, can citizens depend on the legal system, what holds society together.
Spring, Thurs 6:30–9, Jan 16–May 8, Professor Menno

Anticipated Sociology electives 2014-2015
Introductory Sociology; Cities: A World of Change; Professional White Collar and Organized Criminal Activity