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Woods College of Advancing Studies


FALL 2017

ADSO 100101  Introductory Sociology
ADSO100101 Syllabus
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, Aug 31–Dec 14, Michael Cermak

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 30–Dec 13, Rebekah Zincavage


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