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ADSO 109201  Peace or War
We analyze issues of war and peace before and after the Cold War, focusing on U.S. wars, largely in the Third World. In the first part of the course, we explore core theories of the roots of war. In the second part, we focus on the Cold War era, examining Vietnam, El Salvador, and other U.S. conflicts. In the third part, we focus on more recent wars: Iraq, Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the "war on terrorism" as well as conflicts such as Rwanda and Sudan. The fourth section explores the United Nations, social activism among students, and other routes to peace.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 19–May 11, Charles Derber

ADSO 113001  Deviant Behavior and Social Control
A look at patterns of deviant behavior such as crime, drug abuse, unconventional sexual behavior, suicide and mental illness. Course examines how people define and respond to deviant behavior, issues of punishment and victim compensation; theories of social control and power; implications for social policy and change.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 18–May 10, Steven Zane

ADSO 136501  Law and Society
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.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 17–May 9, James Menno

ADSO 355801  Qualitative Methods
Students will be introduced to the techniques of carrying out qualitative research. We will compare and contrast the major analytical approaches to different qualitative research designs. Students will carry out a qualitative research
project, data collection (e.g., conduct intensive interviews, participant observation) and analysis, and writing/presenting qualitative research.Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 23–May 15, Rebekah Zincavage and Caliesha Comley


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