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FALL 2016

ADSO 100101  Introductory Sociology
This course introduces students to historic and current topics in sociology.  Sociology is the study of the development, structure, function, collective behavior and collective problems of human society.  The course introduces essential concepts, theories and methods of the discipline. Special topics include group interaction in everyday life, altruism and morality in social contexts, evolving conceptions of the family and other social groups, societal facets of economics, and how group conduct is shaped by conceptions of gender, race, ethnicity and class.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Sept 1–Dec 15, The Department

ADSO 112101  Professional Criminals
Wall Street executives, corporate and government officials, high tech computer wizards give a new focus to white collar crime. Course identifies the various frauds and swindles utilized by professional criminals as well as the rackets and methods of operation conducted by organized crime. Critical readings of Sutherland, Cressey, Ianni and others are contrasted with the more recent perspectives which focus on illegal developments and corporate violations such as corporate dumping and insider trading.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Sept 1–Dec 15, The Department

ADSO 115101  Class, Power and Social Change
Examines the dynamic changes now crafting new definitions of the “elite” social class, the disappearing middle class, and the increasing visible, disenfranchised “other” class.  Investigates the widening gap between the elite and the middle class. Changing social systems and power shifts are analyzed in both local and national contexts. Explores the cultural, medical, social and financial worlds as well as reactions to the power system with respect to ethics, race and gender, and economic opportunities.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Aug 31–Dec 14, Rebekah Zincavage


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