Sociology 298. Experimental Courses
Contested Contemporary Social Issues
This course will examine topics that are contested and debated in the contemporary world. Topics may include urban problems, housing and shelter, food insecurity, hunger and inequality, and environment. This course will be interactive and discussion based.
The World on a Screen: Globalization and the Sociology of National Cinema
This course will explore what selected national cinemas reveal about how their societies are coming to terms with their social, economic, political and cultural development. We will view representative films from India, Ireland, Iran, Israel/Palestine and Romania in conjunction with other documents to evaluate how filmmakers treat issues in their fellow citizens lives: including poverty and inequality; gender and family relationships; violence and political conflict; social and cultural change and other problems of living. Attention will also be paid to understanding the evolution of these various industries, their relationship to international cinema, what kinds of impact they may be having on both domestic and international audiences and how feature films can best be utilized as documents in social and cultural analysis.
This course will cover social policy development, trajectories, implementation, and contestation in the United States. We will study how public policy addresses social problems through the main sociological axes of inequality: race, class, gender, ethnicity, and location.