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Sociology Honors Seminar I

Honors seminar for senior sociology major. Intensive research experience including topic selection, research design, data collection and analysis resulting in substantial, original paper. Research guidance and support provided by instructor and faculty advisor. Consent of instructor required. One course.

Research Independent Study

Individual research in a field of special interest under the supervision of a faculty member, the central goal of which is a substantive paper or written report containing significant analysis and interpretation of a previously approved topic. Consent of instructor and Director of Undergraduate Studies required. One course.

Social Conflict and Social Movements

Theories and current research in the United States and Europe on a variety of social movements and cycles of social protest, such as student movements, civil rights, liberation movements, secession movements in Western and non-Western countries, ethnic nationalism, fundamentalism, the women’s movement, and the environmental movement. The values of social movements that are in opposition to the prevalent norms and institutions of society. Research paper required. One course.

Markets and Marketing

Markets as systems of social exchange: their organization and development with special reference to the role of technological change in market evolution in various parts of the industrialized world. Sociological analysis of contemporary marketing including cross-national comparisons and the role of internet technologies; researching and preparing a marketing plan. Coverage of marketing includes attention to issues of values and ethics. One course.

Organizations and Management in Global Capital Markets: an Ethical Perspective

Analysis of financial, political and social consequences of business decisions made by financial institutions. How managers and corporations assess, envision and manage interactions with general, local, internal and natural environments within the current organizational structures of business, with focus on ethical perspectives. Examples and case studies of current decisions made by financial institutions will enhance critical thinking and reasoning to evaluate the process and consequences of these decisions. Offered only in the Duke in New York spring semester program. One course.

Getting Rich: Financial Markets, Household Finance, and Wealth

The functioning of financial markets and their effect on personal wealth and well-being. Comparison of sociological and economic approaches to markets for housing, stocks and bonds, credit, and related instruments. Major topics: market performance, wealth accumulation, social and economic stratification, personal finance, consumption and luxury fever, business cycles, economic booms and crises, and public policy related to financial markets. One course.

Sport and Society

Sport roles and sport institutions examined using the sociological perspective to help explain different patterns of involvement in sport, the social forces that have created sports organizations, and the consequences of sports participation. The ethical consequences of the modern pressures on athletes in schools and colleges and the commercialism of professional sport. Research paper required. One course.

Sociology of Religion

Classic social scientific answers to questions such as: the nature and origin of religion; its fate in modern societies. How social context shapes religious belief and practice, and how religion influences people, institutions, and societies. Attention paid to continuity and change in American religion. One course.

The Changing American Family

The American family, its composition, functions, organization and perceived importance in the lives of people and in society. Changes—especially the separation of marriage, child-bearing, and child rearing—examined with a view toward understanding the social forces behind them and the personal and social problems that arise in conjunction with the changes. Comparisons across social classes and ethnic and racial groups at different historic periods to show variations in their susceptibility to forces of change. One course.

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