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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Sociology

SPRING 2015

ADSO 112101  Professional Criminals
ADSO112101 Syllabus
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.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 14–May 6, Lois Condie

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.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 15–May 7, James Menno

ADSO 250101  Sociological Theories
Sociological theory explores many complex questions that people have pondered for centuries, including the nature of human interdependence and how it evolves, inequality and why it is tolerated, social change and how it occurs, and social order and how it is maintained. This course introduces students to the major thinkers, classic texts, and relevant theoretical questions that have been and continue to be central perspectives within sociology. Through examining both classic and contemporary schools of sociological thought, we explore the basis for many of the core questions, debates, and methodological approaches within the discipline of sociology. Attention is paid to social and intellectual contexts, conceptual frameworks and methods, and contributions to contemporary social analysis. Throughout this course, we will also consider the application of theory and how these emergent ideas are relevant for contemporary society and current sociological research.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 14–May 6, Rebekah Zincavage

ADSO 285001  Peace or War
ADSO285001 Syllabus
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 15–May 7, Charles Derber