SOCI 301 - Social and Cultural Theory

This course explores influential classical and contemporary theories regarding society and culture. Students will assess the utility of different theories in addressing key enduring questions regarding human behavior, the organization of society, the nature of culture, the relationship between the individual and society, social control and social conflict, social groups and social hierarchy, the operation of power, cultural and social change, and the interplay between the global and the local. Theories will be marshaled to shed light on contemporary social and cultural phenomena and problems such as crime, violence, exploitation, modernity, and globalization. Cross-listed with SOCI-301. (Prerequisites: ANTH-102 or ANTH-102H or ANTH-103 or SOCI-102 or SOCI-103 or INGS-101 or equivalent course.) Units 3 

SOCI 302 - Qualitative Research

Learning about social and cultural groups is a complex and ethically sensitive process. We explore common qualitative research methods for social and cultural research. We evaluate the utility of such methods for different purposes and contexts, including cross-cultural contexts. We consider common ethical dilemmas in research with human subjects, the ethical responsibilities of researchers, and common techniques for minimizing risks to subjects. Counts toward the international and global studies degree; sociology and anthropology degree; sociology and anthropology minor. Cross-listed with SOCI-302. (Prerequisites: ANTH-102 or ANTH-102H or ANTH-103 or SOCI-102 or SOCI-103 or INGS-101 or equivalent course.) Units 3

SOCI 303 - Quantitative Research

The research conducted by sociologists and anthropologists generates large, complex data sets that are difficult to interpret subjectively. We review the basic techniques of quantitative research in sociology and anthropology: how to craft a research question and research design that utilize quantitative data, how to select appropriate quantitative techniques and apply them, how to present results, and how to critically evaluate quantitatively based knowledge claims. Counts toward the sociology and anthropology degree; sociology and anthropology minor. (Prerequisites: ANTH-102 or ANTH-102H or ANTH-103 or SOCI-102 or SOCI-103 or INGS-101 or equivalent course.) Units 3

SOCI 310 - U.S. Housing Policy

Housing is a critical component in assuring basic survival. Through the design, sale, and development of housing in the United States, many Americans' lives are shaped by their residence. In response, this course examines the role of American housing policy in its relationship to other social issues, including racial segregation, endemic poverty, educational and economic inequality, sprawl and traffic, and environmental degradation. Special emphasis will be paid to explain how current housing policy both creates and eliminates housing options and their related social issues. Units 3 

SOCI 315 - Global Exiles of War and Terror

Daily we watch, seemingly helplessly, as people are displaced from their communities, homelands, and countries and subsequently seek asylum around the world, sometimes within our own local communities. Causes of displacement include war, violence, persecution, and modes of terror that increasingly affect the lives of women and children. In addition to the loss of human life and potential, the ensuing consequences of violent displacement include poverty, disease, physical and psychological trauma, hopelessness, and vulnerability to human rights abuses. In this course, we explore how the rights and dignity of refugees can be protected. We also examine resettlement processes and, for those who are eventually repatriated, we address how they can successfully reintegrate into reconstructing societies that remain barely functional. Most importantly, we consider how the trauma of displacement can be minimized. Units 3

SOCI 320 - Population and Society

This course examines systematic theories of population dynamics, and considers demographic changes as causes and consequences of social processes. Students will participate in group projects that synthesize related material, complete written responses to reading assignments, and participate in class discussions. Counts toward the Sociology and Anthropology major (Soc track), International and Global Studies major (Sustainable Futures track). Units 3 

SOCI 325 - Community Economic Development: Rochester

The City of Rochester will serve as a dynamic laboratory for applying perspectives and insights in community planning, with a particular focus on community economic development. The course requires students to conduct extensive field studies so as to gain first-hand knowledge of such urban forms as neighborhoods and commercial centers, to examine and assess policies formed to address the City's past and present challenges, and to formulate alternative policies. The City's industrial transformation, especially since 1945 from an economic and industrial powerhouse to a community of secondary importance will be examined and will provide the context for the field studies and stakeholder meetings. Comparative research on cities experiencing similar changes may be included. Units 3

SOCI 330 - Urban (In)Justice

With a focus on crime in urban communities in the United States, we investigate the impact of race, class, and gender inequalities on patterns of crime, and the responses of the criminal justice system. Specific topics include both historical and contemporary perspectives on urban crime and the impact of crime, violence, inequality, and policing on people in urban neighborhoods. (Prerequisite: SOCI-103 Urban Experience or SOCI-102 Foundations of Sociology) Units 3

SOCI 331 - Honors Sociology of Human Rights

This honors course examines various sociological concepts that are central to the subject of international human rights, including genocide, crimes against humanity, and attempts at fulfilling post-conflict justice claims by societies, groups, and communities. During the study abroad experience in Europe, students will learn to use a sociological perspective for examining human rights institutions, with a specific focus on international criminal tribunals, such as the Nuremberg and other post-WW II tribunals. Informed by sociological frameworks for understanding group, institutional, governmental, and organizational relations, the course makes connections between the European and African experiences with view to the humanitarian, local, and social implications of international human rights charters: the ex-Yugoslavia Tribunal; the Rwanda Tribunal; and the Special Tribunal for Sierra Leone. Students will engage in the sociological study of contemporary human rights issues, including the problematic matter of human rights enforcement in the contemporary societal context. (Prerequisite: SOCI-102 or ANTH-102 or INGS-101 or ANTH-210 or equivalent course.)

SOCI 335 - Urban Cultures

American cities attract diverse populations whose members prefer to live in an environment which is fast-paced, change-oriented, privacy-protecting and open to social and cultural experimentation. We investigate how the vibrancy of creativity fuels innovation and provides the city with the energy and stimulation to meet the needs of a vast array of citizens while remaining ever open to the contributions of newcomers. Units 3 

SOCI 340 - Urban Planning and Policy

American cities and suburbs have undergone tremendous change in the post-World war II era as a result of changing policies and planning decisons. Land use decisions have favored suburbs over cities and the subsequent loss of tax base has impacted these cities' ability to perform basic functions for their citizens and federal and state government policies and programs have had adverse impacts on the functionality of urban areas and the efficiency of local governments. We will examine case studies and conduct field research on governmental structures and policies that will enable us to develop alternative strategies and policies. Units 3 

SOCI 345 - Urban Poverty

Urban poverty has been recognized as a persistent problem in the United States since the middle of the last century. In many cities, poverty is associated with high levels of teenage pregnancy, low levels of employment, limited educational attainment, chronic community-based health problems, and high levels of crime. This course examines causes, consequences, and proposed policy solutions to urban poverty. Special emphasis will be paid to U.S. urban poverty. Units 3 

SOCI 350 - Social Change

This course describes and applies competing explanations for major transitions in a variety of institutions, including the economy, work, politics, family and education. These transitions are seen within historical and global contexts, but the interplay of these changing social structures with individual experience is explored as well. Topics include economic, racial and gender stratification, culture, labor-management relations, and the source and consequences of technological change. Students will learn to understand, assess, and manage social change rather than to simply react to it. Counts toward the Sociology & Anthropology degree (Sociology track) and the Minor in Sociology & Anthropology. (Prerequisite: ANTH-102 or SOCI-102 or equivalent course.) Units 3 

SOCI 390 - Marxist Perspectives

This course will provide a critical analysis and historical overview of the Marxist tradition in anthropology and sociology. Special attention will be given to comparing the various Marxist schools as well as outlining the neo-Marxist project and its importance for a cultural refiguration of Marxist perspectives in the social sciences. (Prerequisite: ANTH-102 or SOCI-102 or equivalent course.) Units 3