SOCI 102 - Foundations of Sociology

Sociology is the study of the social world and socialization processes. Sociologists study the broader picture of how societies are structured and organized through a macro-sociological analysis as well as how individuals create their own social reality symbolically through their interactions with others in a micro-sociological analysis. Students in this course will learn the fundamentals of each approach and come away with a sociological framework which they can critically apply to their own lives. Required for the Sociology track of the Soc/Anth program. Units 3 

SOCI 102H - Honors Sociology

This course explores how sociological concepts, theories and research account for such social phenomena as socialization, deviance, social structure, stratification, political and religious affiliation and social change. It will also explore how social factors account for political and economic behavior and the speed and spread of technological change. Units 3 

SOCI 103 - Urban Experience

Cities have an important effect on social interaction. Through their design, they bring together diverse groups of people, in unique spatial settings which can create and maintain opportunities for either interaction or segregation. This course examines theories explaining urban life, the development and growth of cities, their role in shaping human interaction, and the problems that emerge within and surrounding them. Topics covered include education, immigration, residential segregation, poverty, homelessness, crime, sprawl, sustainable development and urban planning. Counts toward Soc/Anth Program (Urban Studies track). Units 3 

SOCI 201 - The Ethnographic Imagination: Writing about Society & Culture

This course explores the politics and poetics of writing about society and culture. Writing is a form of power, in that our representations of people influence the way that others think about and act toward them. The way that social researchers write is therefore shot through with ethical implications and weighty decisions. Critical issues include whether people are objectified, cast as wholly Other, culture-bound or creative, out of the past or coeval, racialized or of a common humanity, problematic or multifaceted, passive or agentive, mystified or perceptive, and mechanical or extraordinary. Writing about society and culture is also poetic. We can convey something of people's life experiences, thoughts, agency, and the constraints within which they lead their lives. How well we do so depends upon our ethical reflexivity and attention to the poetics of language. In this course, we will consider these ethical questions, read experimental texts, and discuss how writing style implicitly conveys social theory. Required for Soc-Anth degree; counts toward Soc-Anth minor. *Note: Cross-listed with ANTH-201* (Prerequisite: Successful completion of one course in Anthropology (ANTH), Sociology (SOCI) or International and Global Studies (INGS) is required.) Units 3 

SOCI 210 - African-American Culture

This course will describe the historical and contemporary conditions that have given rise to the distinctive cultural orientation of African-Americans in the United States. Students will be provided with an explication of African-American culture as it is perceived by the majority of African-Americans. Furthermore, the course will outline an operational articulation of the African-American experience, and analyze the characterological responses that result from it. Counts toward Soc/Anth program (Sociology track). Units 3

SOCI 215 - The Changing Family

Families are the microcosm of society. Sociological concepts and theories define the family as a fundamental institution that both mirrors and propels societal change. The field of family studies explores various parameters of family systems, including gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, division of labor, marriage and divorce, children, and generational relations. In the wake of significant changes in family forms, experiences, and prevailing household arrangements, the scope of sociological inquiry has expanded to meet the new realities of American family life. Counts towards the Soc/Anth program (Sociology track). Units 3

SOCI 220 - Minority Group Relations

The course will provide a context in which to examine the multiple and contradictory social relations of domination, subordination, resistance, and empowerment. The kinds of questions we will explore focus on how power, knowledge, meaning, and cultural representation are organized. We will analyze a variety of political and ideological themes which bear upon the formation of minority group relations, their identity and how these themes complicate the processes by which people construct their understanding of the nation, world, of others, and themselves. Through reflection on theoretical texts and fictional works, as well as film and other popular media, we will consider for ourselves how culture is differently represented and signified, and how the politics of understanding and misunderstanding minority relations work through practices within and outside cultural institutions. Units 3 

SOCI 225 - Social Inequality

This course examines various forms of social inequality, including economic, political, health, higher education, race and sex inequality. It uses a variety of sociology's ideas to explain why these kinds of inequality exist, how they persist and what can be done about them. Required for Sociology and Anthropology majors in the Sociology Track. Units 3 

SOCI 230 - Sociology of Work

This course analyzes and assesses social relations of paid labor. Sociology's major ideas about the ways we work will be examined and applied to numerous important topics such as: workplace organization, unions, labor legislation, health and safety, workplace culture, interplays between work and family, experiences of work as alienating or satisfying, inequalities at work, and social mobility. Counts toward Sociology and Anthropology program (Sociology track). Units 3 

SOCI 235 - Women, Work, and Culture

In this course, we analyze historical and contemporary patterns of gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, and the organization of work. Using the theoretical perspectives we analyze the work historically undertaken by women in societies and its relationship to broader political and economic structures. While our primary focus is on the U.S., we will also conduct a cross-cultural analysis of gender and work in developing and industrializing societies. Specific issues include gender discrimination (e.g., wage discrimination, sexual harassment), sexuality, reproduction, and women organizing to control their work and working conditions. Units 3 

SOCI 240 - Deaf Culture in America

This course is an introductory survey of Deaf culture in the United States. Students will study the scholarly literature pertaining to various social groups in the Deaf community and have contact with their members. This course will familiarize students with the characteristics of Deaf Culture, as well as general perceptions of the Deaf community within the dominant mainstream society. Units 3 

SOCI 245 - Gender and Health

This course examines connections between gender and health that are both conceptual and empirical. Students will explore the causes of gender-based differences in health outcomes through case studies of sexual and reproductive rights, HIV/AIDS epidemics and violence. Students will also examine global gender and health trends. The course concludes with an examination of gender inequity in health care and policy implications of these inequities. Counts toward the International and Global Studies program (Transnational Gender Studies track), the Sociology and Anthropology program (Sociology track). Units 3

SOCI 250 - Globalization and Security

This course focuses on the shifting relationships between globalization and security. The emphasis is on security matters that arise with view to effective population management and control over the circulation of people, goods, capital, crime, diseases, and resources. The analytic framework uses the concept of governmentality to examine the management of populations and their welfare on a global scale. Under globalization, people and populations can be managed through security measures that are implemented to address specific cross-border problems, such as immigration and labor migration, terrorism, the flow of drugs, epidemics, human trafficking and control of natural resources. The course examines these security issues in a globalizing world.

SOCI 255 - Disaster, Public Health Crisis, and Global Responses

Disasters as global states of emergency result from complex relationships between human populations and environmental hazards. Disasters threaten sustainable development, especially in the global south and among the world’s most vulnerable people. Global states of emergency incur significant human and economic costs, which, in addition to increasing demographic, environmental, socio-economic and related pressures, result in increasing population vulnerability. Explanations of the causes and consequences of disasters include examinations of how human vulnerability is impacted by interactions among diverse social, economic, and other factors with environmental hazards. We will discuss social vulnerability theories; sustainable development theories; the causes and consequences of disasters and interventions to manage and reduce these risks. Counts toward: Intl & Global Studies degree (Sustainable Futures track), Soc-Anthro degree (Soc track). Units 3

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

SOCI 410 - Diversity in the City

This course examines the city as an amalgamation of diverse communities, with people engaged in interpreting and responding to urban life. It examines changes in the structure of urban neighborhoods, and how these neighborhoods are impacted by social, economic, spatial and political conditions. Issues such as ethnic enclaves, urban poverty, homelessness, unemployment, public and park space and ethnic/racial segregation will be investigated. 

SOCI 451 - Economics of Women and the Family

Women make choices concerning marriage, fertility and labor market participation on the basis of many factors, including government policies targeting those decisions. This course uses economic theory and empirical research in order to describe the changing demographic profile of families, poverty, and the labor force and to explore how economic theory and practice fit into the larger social science goals of describing human behavior by focusing on women and on the family.

SOCI 489 - Special Topics

This course introduces a topic new to the Sociology and Anthropology curriculum. Topic varies by semester. Counts toward the Soc/Anth Minor. Units 3 

SOCI 498 – Practicum

Students will apply the accumulated knowledge, theory, and methods of the discipline to problem solving outside of the classroom. The Practicum may consist of internship, study abroad, or archaeological or ethnographic field school (consisting of at least 160 hours, completed over at least 4 weeks). (3rd year status and permission of instructor) Units 0-16 

SOCI 499 - Co-op

Paid work experience in a field related to sociology or urban studies (at least 160 hours of work, completed over at least four weeks). Students will apply the accumulated knowledge, theory, and methods of the discipline to problem solving outside of the classroom. (3rd year status and permission of instructor) Units 0 

SOCI 501 - Senior Research Project

Students will design and conduct a library-based research project with supervision of a faculty member, bringing to bear the knowledge and theoretical perspectives accumulated during the prior years of study. Required for Sociology and Anthropology majors. (Prerequisite: 4th year status and any one of the following courses: SOCI-201, SOCI-301, SOCI-302, SOCI-303) Units 3 

SOCI 502 - Scholar's Thesis I

This is the first course of a two-semester Scholar's Thesis sequence in sociology or urban studies, in which students will conduct an original research project. In this first course, working with a thesis advisor, students will formulate a research question, conduct a literature review, prepare the research design, and begin data collection, following the conventions of the disciplines. (4th year status, 3.2 gpa, and permission of thesis advisor) Units 3

SOCI 503 - Scholar's Thesis II

This is the second course of a two-semester Scholar's Thesis sequence in sociology or urban studies, in which students will conduct an original research project. In this second course, working with a thesis advisor, students will finalize data collection, analyze the data, write and defend a thesis paper, following the conventions of the discipline. (SOCI-502 Scholar's Thesis I, 4th year status, 3.2 gpa, and permission of thesis advisor) Units 3 

SOCI 599 - Independent Study

The student explores in depth a topic of choice, under supervision of a faculty member. The student will typically meet weekly with the instructor to discuss the readings and will write paper(s) that synthesize and critique them, or the student may work with the faculty member on original research. (Requisite: permission of the instructor) Units 1-12