2018 Spring Courses Brochure Draft

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Note: Students interested in internships outside of psychology may satisfy

this requirement as ANTH 495, HDFS 495, or SOC 495

Dr. Jacob A. Benfield
Day and time arranged by appointment
1/8 – 4/27
This course will give you hands-on practical experience and the opportunity to design your own game while also seeing novel applications for gaming that include police training or designing for special populations. You will collaborate with students majoring in game development at Abertay University–the UK’s premiere video game program–to develop a social history inspired game as part of a multiple team competition. You will visit historical monuments, battlefields, and highland villages in Scotland while developing stories, characters, and themes for use with your Scottish partners.

Dr. David J. Hutson
MWF, 1:25pm – 2:15pm (Section 01)
MWF, 2:30pm – 3:20pm (Section 02)
1/8 – 4/27
In our everyday lives, as well as through the media, we are regularly exposed to explanations for human behavior that are either biological or psychological. This course, however, will explore
insights into human behavior. In this course, we will ask: how does someone’s gender or sexual orientation influence their interactions with others?

How does race/ethnicity or the social class to which you were born shape your opportunities and life chances? Why is there crime and social deviance? How can we explain stratification, inequality, and poverty in the U.S.? These encompass just some of the topics we will cover, as we ask critical questions about important social issues and learn to think sociologically.

Lori Schreiber
W and Web, 5:30pm – 6:45pm
3/12 – 4/27 (meets in second seven weeks of semester)
This accelerated, hybrid course introduces the student to sociology—the scientific study of society and human behavior. It will present some of the basic terms, concepts, and theoretical perspectives used by sociologists. The student will also explore the importance of social structures and social rules with respect to the historical shifts and cultural changes that have occurred. Because this class is both hybrid and accelerated, it is very fast paced. During the seven weeks of the class, students are expected to be online almost every day on both
Canvas and an additional outside learning technology system. Therefore, students should have some degree of comfort using technology in addition to traditional teaching methods.
Instructor: TBD
TTh, 4:35pm – 5:50pm (Section 01)
TTh, 6:00pm – 7:15pm (Section 02)
1/8 – 4/27
This course is designed to introduce students to the main societal problems facing humanity at the present time and in the foreseeable future. Although the course examines a number of social issues in the United States (such as crime and poverty), the course generally takes an international and inter-cultural perspective.

**Course not taught by core PSS faculty
MW, 8:00am – 9:15am (Section 01)
TTh, 10:35am – 11:50am (Section 02)
M, 6:00pm – 9:00pm (Section 101)
1/8 – 4/27

Criminology is the study of the causes of criminal behavior. As such, this course is an introduction to the topic with special focus on the major theories explaining criminal behavior including differential association, anomie, control theory and labeling theory. Students learn the various research techniques that have been used to study criminal behavior including crime statistics such as the Uniform Crime Report. Several important areas of study that link criminal behavior and its distribution across the social system are investigated including age, gender, race and ethnicity. One goal of the course is to promote a more complete understanding of crime and how it is enmeshed in human social life.

Kyle Derr
M, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
1/8 – 4/27
In this course, we will examine families and family relationships from a sociological perspective. In particular, we will consider how our private, taken-for-granted family experiences are related to social factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, social class, the economy, and cultural attitudes and values. Through this course, students will gain a better understanding of current U.S. family patterns and trends, based on empirical research, and will develop a greater appreciation of the diversity and choices in family life today.
Dr. Beth Montemurro
TTh, 9:05am – 10:20am (Section 01)
TTh, 1:35pm – 2:50pm (Section 02)
1/8 – 4/27
This course is designed to introduce students to the Sociology of Gender. The focus in this course will be in examining the way gender operates and is relevant in everyday life.
Various areas of society and social interaction will be explored such as gender and media, sexuality, gender and body image, gender and identity, as well as the ways in which people of different genders are victimized or oppressed on the basis of gender. Students will develop critical thinking skills as sociologists, and as members of society. Additionally, students will be encouraged to think about the way gender shapes and has shaped their own lives and to understand how both individual and collective behavior can have complex social consequences.

Dr. Laura A. Orrico

TTh and Web, 10:35am – 11:50am (Section 01)
TTh and Web, 12:05pm – 1:20pm (Section 02)
1/8 – 4/27
What is race? Is it
? How does our race and ethnicity influence the way we live our lives?
How have race and ethnic relations come to be this way? This course examines these and other questions through a sociological approach to race and ethnicity in the United
States. Throughout the semester we focus on history and context to make sense of contemporary experience. We explore the ways racial and ethnic inequalities are created and reproduced through our own institutions and structures. We also locate and discuss the various ways racial and ethnic inequalities may be addressed and challenged.
Dr. David J. Hutson
M, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
1/8 – 4/27
Although health is often thought of in terms of biology, this course will provide a sociological framework for understanding medicine and the health care system. To accomplish this, we will explore the history of modern medicine and interactions within health care settings.
Throughout the course, we will take a critical look at debates surrounding definitions of
“health” and how both history and politics shape these debates. Such a perspective will allow us to analyze our taken-for-granted assumptions about the discipline of medicine, and to comprehend how health may be seen as a social phenomenon.
Dr. Laura A. Orrico
TTh, 3:05pm – 4:20pm
1/8 – 4/27

This course explores various topics and approaches related to the development and experience of urban areas. The focus will largely be on the U.S., however we will cover the development of global cities, and I encourage the class to draw comparisons and engage with urban areas around the world. This course will review competing theories of urban development, especially their ability to explain the changing nature of cities under the impact of advanced industrialism. We also cover issues like neighborhood identity and change, immigration, segregation, poverty, crime and policing, and social organization.

Throughout the course we pay critical attention to the ways in which race, ethnicity, gender and class play out in the development and experience of urban environments and their surrounding areas.

Dr. Beth Montemurro
TTh, 3:05pm – 4:20pm
1/8 – 4/27
This course is designed to discuss and analyze the sociology of sexuality. The focus in this course will be in examining the way sexuality is constructed in contemporary society, and the different ways that boys and girls, men and women learn to experience it. Various areas of society and social interaction will be explored such as definitions of sexuality, sexuality and media, the sexualized body image, sexual violence, and sex work. Students will develop critical thinking skills as sociologists, and as members of society. Additionally, students will be encouraged to think about the way their sexuality has been shaped and shapes their own lives.

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