Fall 2011

This fall semester, I will be teaching both Sociology of the Family and Deviant Behaviors.

Deviant Behavior will introduce students to sociological concepts and contemporary issues within the sociological field of deviance: labeling, embodiment, identity, behaviors, and criminality. We will analyze the labeling process of behaviors that fall outside of the statistical norm and the sociological impact of being so labeled. Students will learn how to analyze academic articles, documentary film, lead classroom discussions, write critical short essays, and utilize web 2.0 tools to facilitate discussions and contribute content for the course. Sociology of the Family will introduce students to sociological concepts and contemporary issues within the sociological field of the family such as defining the family structure, media representations, identity, sexuality, domestic violence, immigration, and globalization. We will analyze the family as a social institution that is mediated by other institutions such as the state, the medical establishment, the law, the media, and culture. Students will learn how to analyze academic texts, documentary film, lead classroom discussions, write critical short essays, use visual methods, and utilize web 2.0 tools to facilitate discussions and contribute content for the course.

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