Explores the relationship between nations/regions and the global economy through discussions of the colonial, development, and globalization projects. Uses select case studies of nations, with a focus on the South. Interrogates the concept of “nation,” and introduces theoretical frameworks to... read more »
Most people grow up in families, but few people know much about them. While today we take for granted that marriages should be based on love, heterosexuality is an obvious identity, and mothers want to care for their children, all of these ideas are recent inventions. Moreover, gender, class, and... read more »
Examines social history of major racial groups in the US and relationships to contemporary standing. Discusses central concepts sociologists use to analyze racial matters. Central theme: "racism" is not mere "prejudice," "ignorance," or intolerance, but a comprehensive historical system of racial... read more »
Introduction to quantitative analysis in sociological research, including principles of research design and the use of empirical evidence, particularly from social surveys. Descriptive and inferential statistics, contingency table analysis, and regression analysis. Emphasis on analysis of data,... read more »
The primary goal of this course is not to furnish answers to contemporary social problems, because there are no easy answers. Rather we will examine the process by which social issues become social problems. This is a dynamic, often reciprocal, process. A process that involves delving into the... read more »
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Research & Teaching Interests: Survey Methods, Experiments with Human Subjects, Cross-Cultural Surveys, Identity theory, and Social Problems
Executive Director of Business & Administrative Affairs, East Carolina University College of Nursing, Greenville, NC "My studies in the field of sociology altered my mindset toward human behavior. I have become much more sympathetic to social structure's role in defining the individual." read more »
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