Theories of consumption have been a part of the field of sociology since its earliest days, dating back, at least implicitly, to the work of Karl Marx in the mid-to-late nineteenth century.Thorstein Veblen's (1899) The Theory of the Leisure Class is generally seen as the first major theoretical work to take consumption as its primary focus.
Efforts are currently underway to form a section in the American Sociological Association devoted to the study of consumption.
However, over the last twenty years, sociological research into the area of consumption has burgeoned in cognate fields, particularly in global and cultural studies: The processes associated with globalization have created hitherto unimaginable opportunities for cultural forms and practices to travel far beyond the indigenous sites and spaces in which they were first conceived and produced.
While there have always been cultural movements and flows from one space to another, the intensity and extensity of contemporary intersections of the global and the local have forced scholars to look closely at the myriad ways in which culture is consumed – used up, made sense of, embraced, and explored.
(3) The scientific study of society and its structures, culture and its building blocks, and group interactions; the sociological perspective and process; fundamental concepts, principles, and procedures to understand society.
Socialization, self and identity, attitudes, social perception, language, and group processes. Alternative gender models and social movements as vehicles to diminishing gender inequality.
General Education - Writing in the Disciplines (W). Special emphases will be placed on the social impacts of organizations. (3) (W) Cross-Cultural examination of family; socialization and sex roles; love, dating, and mate selection; communication; sexuality; power and decision making; parenthood; childlessness; conflict and violence; divorce, remarriage, and stepfamilies; alternative lifestyles; and future family. How the actual, imagined or implied presence of other people influences a person's thoughts, feelings and behavior. (3) (W) Changing patterns of gender inequality; socialization and social structure as basis of gendered behavior, ideologies, and relationships.
In this course, you will be introduced to some of the basic concepts and topics in organizational sociology. General Education - Writing in the Disciplines (W) SOCY 2132. (3) Cross-cultural examination of family; socialization and sex roles; love, dating, and mate selection; communication; sexuality; power and decision making; parenthood; childlessness; conflict and violence; divorce, remarriage, and stepfamilies; alternate lifestyles; and future family. Sociology of Marriage and Family – Writing Intensive. (3) Prerequisite: SOCY 1101 or permission of instructor.
Emphasis on the wide variation in the aging process and approaches to meeting the needs of the aging population. As one of the most vibrant and fast growing branches of the discipline, organizational sociology provides the conceptual tools to understand a variety of organizational processes. An examination of various world population “problems,” such as growth, migration, fertility, and population aging, in order to learn how cultural, political, economic, and environmental factors influence and are influenced by the population structure of a given society.
Students participate in lectures, discussions and service learning projects designed to give them a broad overview of the field of gerontology. Examines cultural production in Hip Hop in relation to the contemporary global issues that focus on the youth, subalterns, and postcolonial experiences. Today, organizations not only dictate activities at the workplace, but also exert profound impacts on nearly all aspects of modem life.
An interdisciplinary course that examines the phenomenon of aging and its consequences for society from a variety of perspectives. The development and growth of Hip Hop from a US inner city Black expressive culture to a global subaltern social movement. (3) Analysis of popular forms of everyday life in America: fashions, fads, entertainment trends, advertising, television programming, music, myths, stereotypes, and icons of mass-mediated culture. The ubiquity of formal organizations is a distinctively modem phenomenon.
(3) Prerequisite: SOCY 1101 or permission of the instructor.