Nations, Regions, and the Global Economy

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 explain “modernization,” “development and underdevelopment” and “globalization.” Explores local and global inequalities with specific attention to gender, class, and race. Topics covered include labor, migrations, culture, sustainability, and social change. 

Sociology Internship Topic: Stormwater and Society

Students will work with the instructor to develop and conduct formative research on stormwater-related behavior, perceptions, and residential circumstances. Possible areas of inquiry will include public understanding of natural disasters and environmental justice. Open only to sociology majors and minors. Requires eight hours per week working with City of Durham and weekly seminar. Students will reflect on their experiences in regular posts and seminar discussions and will contribute to at least one report for the City of Durham. 

Intimate Inequalities

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 race inequalities exist within and across families. Families feel these inequalities deeply, but they are not only innocent victims – they create inequalities too.

Managing Networks

Managing Networks explores the role that networks play in organizations. It will be useful for those who simply want to understand how networks work and how they affect a large number of behaviors and processes that we all care about. It will also  be useful for anyone who wants to understand and harness the power of social, economic, and political networks for themselves or for the organizations they work with. We will study a large range of organizations including corporations, not-for-profits, hospitals, and others. 

The United States and the Asian Pacific Region

Asian Pacific region is major engine of economic growth in the 21st century likely causing major shift of power and wealth in the world. Study relationships between U.S. and various Asian Pacific nations from the end of World War II to present. Focus on impact of wars, technological development and economic development. Examine differences in various issues such as trade, human rights, environment, territory disputes between U.S. and a variety of Asian Pacific nations. Same as SOCIOL341, with additional work required. Variable credit.

Sociology Internship

Open only to sociology majors and minors. Requires eight hours per week working in a local business or community organization; specific internship placement arranged with instructor to meet student’s interest. Students reflect on their experiences in Blackboard posts and seminar discussions. Topics include sociological issues related to organizations, work, diversity and inequality. Research paper required. One course.

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.