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Undergraduate Record 2017-2018 
    
Undergraduate Record 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Course Descriptions


 

Sociology

  
  • SOC 2950 - “The Wire” - Sociology Through TV & Film


    This course uses HBO’s series “The Wire” (2002-2008) as the course “text” to illustrate and analyze the intersection of economy, education, class, race, crime, and politics within the lives of the urban underclass. Special emphasis is placed upon the significance of television and film as a form of communication that illustrates the complex interplay of social structure and social problems.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3020 - Introduction to Social Theory


    Introduces the major theoretical issues and traditions in sociology, especially as developed in the writings of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim. Sociology majors are expected to take this course in their third year.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3056 - Culture and Power


    This course examines sociological theories of power and their intersections with culture. It focuses on oppression and social change in the 20th and 21st century U.S. through the lens of cultural expression, beliefs and meaning. It includes close reading of social theories of power and empirical studies of social institutions and social identities. Prerequisite: Six credits in Sociology or permission of instructor



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3059 - Sociology of Science & Knowledge


    Ideas refer to anything which is said to exist, from people to planets to God. Sociology of knowledge describes and explains variation in ideas across different social settings. This course will familiarize students with theoretical and empirical work on the behavior of ideas, and convey the major accomplishments, shortcomings, and prospects of the subfield using the history & philosophy of science, and the workings of science as an institution.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3060 - Sociological Perspectives on Whiteness


    This course examines the social construction of race through an exploration of white identity, both theoretically and empirically. Topics include the historical genesis of white identity; its intersection with political movements and organizations; the relation of whiteness to race, ethnicity, class, gender and nation; representations of whiteness in popular culture; the sociological mechanisms by which it is reproduced, negotiated, and contested.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3090 - Philosophical Foundations of Social Theory


    This course pursues the question of the ways in which classical social theory is rooted in, and indebted to, philosophy and metaphysics. This will be shown through four cases: Kant’s ‘Critique of Pure Reason’, Hegel’s ‘Phenomenology of Spirit’, Nietzsche’s ‘Will to Power’, Heidegger’s ‘Being and Time’. Problems central to all sciences and modes of cognition, such as knowledge & truth, theory & ideology, and agency vs. causality will be covered.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3100 - Feminist Theory


    Feminist Theory offers a focused exploration of ways that late 20th Century and early 21st Century feminist theorists challenge, alter and deploy central concerns and paradigms of Western cultural assumption. Although Feminist Theory as a category incorporates interdisciplinary and global perspectives, the slant of this course is a focus on Western culture and Feminist Social Theory.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3110 - Introduction to Survey Research Methods


    Surveys are everywhere these days, but good surveys are not easy to do. Learn how to conduct a successful, high-quality sample survey. Understand the main sources of survey error and learn about ways to achieve high quality measurement and representative results. Learn best practices in designing samples, writing questions, constructing questionnaires, conducting interviews and implementing surveys via mail, telephone, or the Internet.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3120 - Sociology Research Workshop


    Introduces data analysis and data processing, as well as the conceptualization of sociological problems. Emphasizes individual student projects.



    Credits: 4
  
  • SOC 3130 - Introduction to Social Statistics


    Studies elementary statistical methods for social science applications. Topics include summarizing data with graphs and descriptive measures, generalizing from a sample to a population as in opinion polls, and determining the relationship between two variables. No special mathematical background is required, and students will be taught basic computer techniques. Three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory work. Majors are expected to take this course in their third year. Prerequisites: SOC 3120



    Credits: 4
  
  • SOC 3180 - Sociology of Emotions


    The course explores the role of emotions in social interaction as well as how societies and cultures shape emotional expression. The objective is to decode the subtle rules of emotional display implicit in many social interactions and excavate the cultural meanings of particular emotions such as love, sympathy, shame, boredom, and sadness. Readings include theoretical and empirical work from sociologists, anthropologists,and social psychologists.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3290 - Sociology of Childhood


    The class introduces the ‘new social studies of childhood’ and the idea that the experience of childhood is a social construction, not a string of biological facts. Topics include: how caring for children varies across time & space, and considering childhood in the context of Western cultural trends - increasing inequality, unequal distribution of overwork, poverty, war, liberty, decreasing privacy, consumerism, sexualization, networked society.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3306 - Sexuality, Gender, Class and Race in the Teen Film


    The focus of this class will be on viewings and analyses of films featuring images of teens produced between 1930 and the present, focusing on the following questions: what is adolescence (and how has it been defined in American film)? What is the range of experience that characterizes American adolescence across gender, race, and class lines? How does it make sense to think about the social influence of films on individuals and society?



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3310 - Sociology of Self


    What is the difference between individual and self? Do we carry a fixed, unchangeable self inside, or do we have as many selves as the situations in which we commonly find ourselves? Can we go as far as saying that the self comes from the outside, and if so, when do we internalize it? At birth, once and for all? Or repeatedly and in everyday life? We will explore these questions and more as we venture into an exciting field-sociology of the self.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3370 - Schools and Society


    Analyzes the impact of schools on opportunity and inequality, the many determinants of academic achievement, and the nature of schools as a workplace, with special attention to the role of teachers. The effectiveness of school reforms is also considered. This course is intended to provide useful background information, not professional training, to College students contemplating a career in education or ‘late’ entrants to the BA/MT program.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3371 - Merit, Privilege & American Higher Education


    This course examines how merit and privilege intersect at one of our most powerful institutions: higher education. How did we get here? What are we doing? And where are we going? We will address these questions at both individual and institutional levels, exploring how notions and realities of meritocracy and inequality shape experiences within and beyond the classroom. Prerequisites: 3 credits of Sociology or permission of Instructor



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3400 - Gender and Sexuality


    Focuses on the construction of gender and sexuality, and of the many ways human groups regulate and attach meanings to these categories. Some general themes addressed will be: contemporary and historical definitions of gender, sex, and sexuality; gender socialization; the varieties of sexual identities and relationships; embodiment, childbearing, and families in the contemporary United States. Prerequisite: At least 3 credits in Sociology or permission of instructor.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3410 - Race and Ethnic Relations


    Introduces the study of race and ethnic relations, including the social and economic conditions promoting prejudice, racism, discrimination, and segregation.  Examines contemporary American conditions, and historical and international materials.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3440 - Chinese Society


    This seminar provides a survey of Chinese society and social changes in the reform-era (1979 to the present). It uses sociological analysis to comprehensively examine various aspects of contemporary Chinese society including: economic development, social inequality, governance, political reform, nationalism, religion, ethnicity, and popular culture.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3450 - Women, Islam and Modernity


    The global Islamic revival is often considered an obstacle to gender equality. So how are we to understand women’s involvement in Islamic movements? And what can these phenomena tell us about gender and modernity? This class will read ethnographic accounts of Muslim women in various parts of the world. We will discuss these ethnographies with an eye for how they speak to and challenge sociological theories of gender, identity, and globalization. Prerequisites: Student must have taken at least one course on gender, or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3470 - Sociology of Development


    This study of the development of human societies explores the five major ‘techo-economic bases’ that have characterized our species’ history (hunting-gathering, horticultural, agrarian, industrial and information/biotech) and examines how contemporary macrolevel trends affect our lives at the microlevel.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3480 - Sociology of Globalization


    This course will explore the determinants, nature, and effects of the increase in cross-border flows of goods, services, capital and people that we have come to associate with the term “globalization”. We will investigate how globalization affects domestic & world inequality, the role of institutions, and world & local cultures. The course will include readings from economics, history, world-system theory, and cultural analysis.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3490 - Cities and Cultures


    Explores the ways in which physical environments shape and are shaped by social life.  Examines the relationship between urban space and culture in different historical and social settings, though there is a particular focus on the rise and development of modernity as expressed through the experience of particular cities.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3510 - Topics in Applied Data Science


    This course, broadly speaking, will introduce students to principles of data science through the hands-on study of core problems in social research. This course represents an ideal site for the analysis of the intersection between sociological theory and empirical research, and will include numerous opportunities for hands-on engagement with data.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3595 - Special Topics in Sociology


    Topics vary from semester to semester and will be announced.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3596 - Special Topics in Sociology


    Topics vary from semester to semester and will be announced.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3620 - The Afterlives of Communism


    The course will explore the changes and challenges confronting communist and post-communist countries in different regions of the world. The focus is on the everyday lives of ordinary people. Topics include the changing meanings of work and consumption; family and gender; personhood and identity; memory and nostalgia; and new urban visions in thought and practice.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3640 - Human Society in History


    Human societies exist in time.This course will examine the historical development of a variety of societies from earliest times to the present. Its focus will be on the relation of the West to the rest of the world. The course is particularly intended for social scientists, to make them aware of the historical dimension to human society; but it is open to all.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3700 - Health and Society


    This course explores the social dimensions of health and illness, focusing especially on the social experience of illness, the social determinants of disease, and the role and meaning of medicine and public health in modern U.S. society. The class examines how we define health problems and their solutions, and it considers the ways in which race, gender, class, age, and sexuality matter for understanding health-related experiences and discourses.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3710 - Organizations, Institutions, Markets


    Introduces the study of complex organizations within their institutional and market environments. Emphasis is placed on business and professional organizations, with some attention to government and nonprofit organizations as well. Examines organizational founding, decision-making, and boundary-setting; organizations’ internal structures and practices; inter-organizational relationships; and the impact of organizations on society. Prerequisites: Three credits in Sociology or permission of instructor.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3800 - Social Change


    Analyzes social change in whole societies with a focus on contemporary America. Emphasizes the major theories of social change from Marx and Spencer through contemporary analyzes.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3820 - Social Movements


    Social movements are an historical and global phenomenon of great complexity and variety. Because the topic can be so broad, the course is organized around case studies of civil rights, the industrial workers’ movement, environmentalism, religious fundamentalism, and the counter movements to globalization. These cases will be used to illustrate variety of themes and principles, and you’ll learn about specific events, personalities, organizations, and dynamics that shaped these movements. By this method, you will gain specific knowledge about important social movements, as well as an overview and general orientation to the sociology of this dynamic area of social life. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 3860 - Religion & Secularization


    Are we witnessing today the crisis of secularisms? If so, what are its causes -challenges of revived religions or secularism’s unfulfilled promises? Are the clashes between religions and secularisms inevitable? To address these questions, we’ll discuss the ideas of the prophets of religious decline (Marx, Durkheim, Weber), and consider the problems and the potential of the religious-secular encounters in a global perspective.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4010 - Sociology of Music


    Students will consider ways in which social communities intersect with, respond to, and create musical communities. Musical taste will be interrogated as a point of identification and self-presentation that is neither given nor natural, but contingent and constructed. Students will engage foundational critical texts in the sociology of music, and examine both the continuities and the disjunctures represented by our era of digital social media. Prerequisites: six credits of Sociology or permission of instructor



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4030 - Sociology of Mind


    An introduction to the philosophy and sociology of mind. Reviews Classical Idealism, Phenomenology, existentialism, and the current sociological theories of mind, with an eye toward cognitive science as well. Prerequisite: six credits of sociology of instructor permission



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4050 - American Society


    Studies present and anticipated trends in American institutions and values. Emphasizes contemporary dilemmas such as race relations, poverty, community life, and technological transformations. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4052 - Sociology of Religious Behavior


    Course will focus on established traditions in the United States including evangelical and mainline Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, black Protestantism, and Orthodox Judaism. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4053 - Sociology of Education


    Analyzes education as a social institution and its relationship to other institutions (e.g., the economy, the stratification system, the family). Emphasizes the role of education in the status attainment process. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4054 - Political Sociology


    Political sociology focuses on the social foundations and patterns of political behavior and the socio-historical mechanisms for political stability and political change. Its focus is not restricted to the formal rules that characterize a given political system, such as laws, regulations, or electoral systems: political sociology rather emphasizes how power, in its multifaceted and complex nature, is socially configured and reproduce global power.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4055 - Sociology of Law


    After a brief history of legal sociology during the past century, the course introduces and elaborates a sociological theory of legal behavior. The primary focus is the case, a specific legal conflict. The theory explains the handling of each case with its social structure, such as the social closeness and social elevation of the parties. Although the course is primarily scientific in emphasis, the practical relevance of the theory is addressed. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4057 - Family Policy


    Studies the relationship between family and society as expressed in policy and law. Emphasizes the effects of formal policy on the structure of families and the interactions within families. The American family system is examined as it has responded to laws and policies of government and private industry and to changes in society. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4059 - Conflict


    Theoretical exploration of the social causes of conflict about right and wrong and the social factors that explain the handling of these conflicts in diverse settings across the world. Topics include individual and collective violence, avoidance, third-party intervention such as mediation and adjudication, therapy, and the evolution of conflict and morality across history.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4070 - Sociology of Art


    A discussion-based seminar covering material from a wide range of perspectives in an attempt to understand the social context and effects of visual and other arts. Students are expected to have introductory level familiarity with sociological thinking. Prerequisite: 6 credits of sociology or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4090 - Sociology of Literature


    An upper-level seminar in the sociology of literature. Students should be familiar with general sociological concepts and theory. Covers material from a wide range of perspectives in an attempt to understand the social context of written language and of literature. Student groups will be responsible for leading general class discussion on one or more occasions. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4100 - Sociology of the African-American Community


    Study of a comprehensive contemporary understanding of the history, struggle and diversity of the African-American community.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4140 - Sociology of Consumption


    This course considers the nature and effects of consumer society; it explores the theories, practices, and politics of modern consumption. Topics include the historical development of consumer society; the role of consumption in creating personal and political identities; the cultural and social meanings of seemingly impersonal objects like money; the commodification of social life; and the politics of consumption.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4170 - Theoretical Sociology


    This course surveys eight major strategies used to explain human behavior in sociology and related social sciences. It also addresses several broader issues pertaining to the nature and goals of sociological science. Prerequisite: one course in sociology or permission of instructor.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4190 - Gender and Work


    Considers major theories of gender-based inequality at work. Explores gender, disparities in key dimensions of work, such as entry into occupations and jobs; promotion, rank, and authority in organizations; earnings; and conflicts between work and family. Emphasizes the contemporary United States, but includes some cross-national comparisons. Prerequisite: 6 credits of Sociology or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4200 - Sex and Gender Go To The Movies


    This course will examine the ways in which different mass media help to define our cultural ideas about gender differences and the ways in which feminist scholars have responded to these definitions by criticizing existing media images and by creating some alternatives of their own. The course will examine the notion that the mass media might influence our development as gendered individuals and consider different forms of feminist theory. Prerequisite: six credits of Sociology or permission of instructor



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4220 - Contemporary Social Problems


    Explore the processes by which social problems emerge and are defined by collective social action. Sociological perspective on social problems will be studied through case studies of specific issues including eugenics, physical child abuse, sexual abuse, school misbehavior, drugs, smoking and others. Prerequisite: Six credits of Sociology or instructor permission, SOC 2220 recommended.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4230 - Deviance and Social Control


    Examines a variety of deviant behaviors in American society and the sociological theories explaining societal reactions and attempts at social control. Focuses on enduring conditions such as drug addiction, alcoholism, and mental illness. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4280 - Sociology of Mental Health and Illness


    This course explores mental health and illness in social context, focusing especially on the history, definitions, social and cultural determinants, and consequences of conceptualizations and treatment of mental illness. It includes an examination of perceptions of mental illness in popular culture, and the spread of psychiatric ideas in more global context. Pre-requisite: six credits of Sociology



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4290 - Sociology of Money


    With the expansion of the financial sector as a backdrop, sociology of money has developed two trajectories. This course provides an introduction to both perspectives: money is created by an authority as a system of accounting for value - those who are subject to the authority then have to accept it, and money is created as individuals negotiate the potentially contradictory logic implied by self-interested, market based exchange and morality. Prerequisite: Six Credits of Sociology



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4310 - Sociology of Compassion: Inequality and the Social Heart


    This course will focus on compassion as a cultural practice with political implications. What are the roots of solidarity across social inequalities, occupational groups and political cultures? When does compassion simply stop at feeling, when does it produce individual action, and when might it turn into social change? The course culminates in an analysis of how compassion intersects with social justice and notions of deserving and need. Prerequisite: six credits of Sociology or permission of instructor



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4350 - Comparative Gender Stratification


    Examines gender stratification - the relative level of equality of men and women in a given group - in comparative and cross-historical perspective. Several theories are presented to explain the variations, from gender-egalitarian to highly patriarchal groups. Prerequisite: Six credits of Sociology or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4380 - Violence & Media


    The course takes a theoretical approach to interpreting images of violence in photography, film and written text, following the work of theorists such as Roland Barthes, Mieke Bal, Teresa de Lauretis, Geoffrey Batchen. The course raises questions about differences between representing violence as documentary, testimony, or entertainment, the ethics of representing violence, and cultural patterns for viewing violent images in contemporary society. Prerequisite: 6 credits of Sociology or Permission of Instructor



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4410 - Sociological Phenomenology


    Explores the various ways in which phenomenology has shaped micro-sociological discourse on subjectivity, agency, and the lifeworld. Pre-requisites: Six credits of Sociology or permission of instructor.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4420 - Sociology of Inequality


    Surveys basic theories and methods used to analyze structures of social inequality. Includes comparative analysis of the inequalities of power and privilege, and their causes and consequences for social conflict and social change. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4430 - Love, Sex and Sociology


    This course explores the social construction of love and sexualities. Beginning with historical perspectives, the class also compares the organization of intimate life in the United States and other countries. Students evaluate the impact of social inequalities in gender, class and race on the construction of choice and commitment. The class considers how consumer capitalism, the state, and culture interact to shape our intimate practices.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4510 - Topics in Sociology of Work


    Studies the division of labor, occupational classification, labor force trends, career patterns and mobility, occupational cultures and life-styles, and the sociology of the labor market. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4520 - Topics in Religion and Society


    This course focuses on various aspects of religion and society such as American culture, gender and the family, politics, science, religious diversity and pluralism, violence, and other emerging issues.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4550 - Topics in Ethics and Society


    This course considers various ethical aspects of society in such areas as race, family, work, the economy, and memory. It focuses on sociological approaches to ethical and moral questions in modern society, drawing on empirical examples and case studies. Prerequisite: six credits of Sociology or permission of instructor



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4600 - Gender and Culture


    Studies how the social definition of gender affects and is affected by cultural artifacts such as literature, movies, music, and television. Students are expected to be familiar with general sociological concepts and theory and be regularly prepared for participation in a demanding seminar. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4640 - Urban Sociology


    Examines both classic and contemporary debates within urban sociology and relates them to the wider concerns of social theory.  Topics include public space and urban culture, social segregation and inequality, the phenomenon of the global city, and the effects of economic change or urban social life. Six credits of Sociology or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4660 - Sociology of Power and Authority


    Examines the questions of power and authority in society, with a focus in particular on the historical changes in power relations from the 18th century to the present. Particular foci include: variation in how elites access and justify power; the relationship between culture and interests; power, the body, and the self; and performative approaches to power. Students are asked to write their own analyses of contemporary power relations.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4680 - Sociology of Everyday


    This course explores concepts and theories of the everyday developed in sociology and related disciplines. Drawing on concrete examples it examines how societies are created and reproduced by the apparently mundane practices of everyday life. Among the topics to be discussed are the rules and rituals of everyday life; home, work, and leisure; the temporalities and rhythms of the everyday; patterns of mobility, and power and resistance.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4700 - Medical Sociology


    Sociological orientation to understanding how and why the issues of health and disease have come to occupy such an important role in contemporary American society. Health issues are presented as a consequence of social change with an emphasis on population characteristics, working conditions, education, and mass communication in the United States. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4710 - Sociology of Organizations


    Studies the formal organizations in government, industry, education, health care, religion, the arts, and voluntary associations. Considers such topics as power and authority, communication, ‘informal’ relations, commitment, and alienation. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4740 - Sociol Persp on Trauma, Atrocity, & Responsibility


    Scholars have characterized the 20th century as an epoch of trauma and atrocity. Previous epochs were brutal also, but the nature of brutality and our vocabularies with which to understand it have been transformed dramatically over the last century. This course explores events (e.g. holocaust, genocide, atomic bombings) and institutional factors (e.g. media,law,philosophy) that have transformed our sense of vulnerability and our responses to it. Prerequisites: 6 credits of Sociology or permission of instructor



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4750 - Racism


    Racism, the disparagement and victimization of individuals and groups because of a belief that their ancestry renders them intrinsically different and inferior, is a problem in many societies. In this course we will examine the problem of racism by investigating the workings of these sociological processes theoretically, historically, and contemporaneously.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4800 - Undergraduate Internship Program


    Internship placement to be arranged by the supervising faculty. Students work in various agencies in the Charlottesville community such as health care delivery, social services, juvenile justice, etc. Regular class meetings with the supervising faculty to analyze the intern experience and discuss assigned reading. Only three credits can be counted toward sociology major. Prerequisite: Fourth-year sociology major with substantial completion of major requirements.



    Credits: 4
  
  • SOC 4810 - Undergraduate Internship Programs Seminar


    Internship placement to be arranged by the supervising faculty. Students work in various agencies in the Charlottesville community such as health care delivery, social services, juvenile justice, etc. Regular class meetings with the supervising faculty to analyze the intern experience and discuss assigned reading. Only three credits can be counted toward sociology major. Prerequisite: Fourth-year sociology major with substantial completion of major requirements.



    Credits: 4
  
  • SOC 4820 - Undergraduate Internship Program


    Internship placement to be arranged by the supervising faculty. Students work in various agencies in the Charlottesville community such as health care delivery, social services, juvenile justice, etc. Regular class meetings with the supervising faculty to analyze the intern experience and discuss assigned reading. Only three credits can be counted toward sociology major. Prerequisite: Fourth-year sociology major with substantial completion of major requirements.



    Credits: 4
  
  • SOC 4850 - Media, Culture and Society


    Studies the linkage between mass communications and social life. Particular emphasis will be placed upon how electronic media affect public discourse and how electronic media affect behavior by rearranging social situations. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology courses or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4860 - Sociology of Religion


    This course explores the role of religion in modern societies. It provides a broad comparative cultural and historical perspective, drawing on examples from America, Western Europe, and former communist countries of Eastern Europe. Topics include classic sociological theories of religion, church-state relations, civil religion, and religion and nationalism. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4870 - Immigration


    Examines contemporary immigration into the United States from the point of view of key theoretical debates and historical circumstances that have shaped current American attitudes toward immigration.   Prerequisite: Six credits of Sociology or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4970 - Special Studies in Sociology


    An independent study project conducted by students under the supervision of an instructor of their choice. Prerequisite: Fourth-year students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 in sociology (or overall GPA of 3.2 for non-majors) and instructor permission.



    Credits: 1 to 12
  
  • SOC 4980 - Distinguished Majors Thesis Research


    Independent research, under the supervision of a DM faculty adviser, for the DMP thesis. Prerequisites: SOC 3120 and Admission to the Distinguished Majors Program in Sociology.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SOC 4981 - Distinguished Majors Thesis Writing


    Writing of the DMP thesis under the supervision of a DM faculty adviser. Prerequisite: SOC 4980



    Credits: 3

South Asian Literature in Translation

  
  • SATR 2000 - Introduction to South Asian Literature


    Surveys classical to contemporary South Asian languages (e.g., Sanskrit, Tamil, Hindi, Urdu) and literature translated into, or written in, English.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SATR 2010 - Remembering India’s Partition through Literature and Poetry


    The readings for this course have been put together with the premise that literature, even that which is written at the height of nationalist struggles, does not relate the exact same story that nationalism does. The readings for this course present a view of pre-partition and post-partition India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, especially through the novels of Muslim South Asian writers like Abdullah Hussein and Intezar Hussain.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SATR 2110 - Cultural Translation: Travel Writing in South Asia


    Travel writing is among the oldest forms of literature, especially in Asia. This course explores depictions of the Indian sub-continent by travel writers from Buddhist pilgrims to Arab geographers to colonial and post-colonial writers.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SATR 2300 - Colonial and Postcolonial Bengali Literature in Translation


    This course is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of Bengali literature as it has developed through the colonial and postcolonial periods. This course critically examines the questions of western literary influences on Bengali literature and their successful/unsuccessful appropriations/adoptions by Bengali writers.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SATR 3000 - Women Writing in India & Pakistan: 1947-Present


    We will read and critique the fiction and poetry of culturally specific regions while reflecting on the assumption that experiences and identities are fundamentally gendered. We will explore issues associated with women writing in regional languages to writing in mainstream languages like Hindi, Urdu and English. We will also examine how the publication and dissemination of women’s texts are related to the women movements in India and Pakistan. Prerequisite: Completion of First Writing Requirement



    Credits: 3
  
  • SATR 3010 - Colors of Loneliness: Literature of Diasporic Imagination


    An upper-level undergraduate seminar on South Asian Literature translated into or written in English that focuses on dislocation both metaphorical and temporal and how the filters of time and memory operate on imagination creating ‘fictions.’



    Credits: 3
  
  • SATR 3110 - Modern Urdu-Hindi Literature


    This upper level course will comprise readings that will cover a broad spectrum of what constitutes the “modern” in Urdu and Hindi Literature. The course will track the historical beginning of Urdu-Hindi as a language, its development as a literary language and the complexities of the divide form one to two distinct languages: modern Hindi and modern Urdu.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SATR 3280 - Poetry of Passionate Devotion:The Ghazal


    In this course we will read selections from some of the best classical Urdu and Persian lyric poetry. we will learn about the conventions of love in Urdu literary culture and the poetics of the ghazal in general. We will explore the different possibilities of interpretation: how the line between sacred and profane love (ishq) is often blurred, the relationship of poetry to mystical inspiration and so on.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SATR 3300 - Literature & Society in South Asia: Breaking the Cast(e)


    Dalit literature is perhaps the most remarkable literary movement to emerge in post-independence India. It is the voice of the most marginalized section of India’s population, those formerly known as untouchables. Until the advent of Dalit literature, the lives of Dalits had seldom been recorded in Indian literature. We will read fictional and non-fictional narratives of Dalit writers, and watch films to visualize and comprehend their lives. Prerequisite: SATR 7300 (graduate section)



    Credits: 3
  
  • SATR 3700 - Medieval Indian Literature: Vernacular and Bhakti Revolution


    This course explores the classic authors and texts of the Indian pre-modern literary period 700 - 1650 CE, which saw the rise of devotional Hinduism, the arrival of Islam in India and its fundamental influence on Indian literature, and the use of vernacular - regional languages in literature.



    Credits: 3

South Asian Studies

  
  • SAST 1100 - Introduction to South Asia


    Introduces South Asian economy and environment, caste and society, gender issues, history and political science, secularism-law-religion, philosophy, languages and literatures, theater-music-dance, and visual arts. Emphasizes the colonial and post colonial periods.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SAST 1300 - Under the Colonized-Gaze: British Empire and its Indian Subjects


    This course focuses on writings by Indians (mainly Bengali writers) during the colonial period to examine the existing relational nature between the colonizer (the British) and the colonized (Indians). In doing so the course also focuses on the wider significance of Bengali writings how they encapsulated discourses on nation, race and gender.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SAST 1600 - India in Global Perspective


    The course will not be a conventional “introduction” to India which customarily emphasizes cultural history. Though there will be a short section at the beginning of the course that provides an overview of India’s history, we will quickly move, after 6 class meetings, to the post-independence era, and focus in on the period since 1990, when India took steps to reform its economic policies and re-set its relationships with other world powers



    Credits: 3
  
  • SAST 2050 - Classics of Indian Literature


    A survey of the foundational, formative and paradigmatic classic texts of the Indian Vedic, Buddhist, Jain, Hindu, Islamic and Sikh religio-literary-cultural traditions.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SAST 2060 - Bollywood Dreams: Indian Cinema


    Survey of Indian (particulary Hindi-language) cinema from ca. 1910 to the present, concentrating on films made after independence (1947).



    Credits: 3
  
  • SAST 2200 - Delhi: The Gateway to India


    The course utilizes the ever changing map of India’s capital and its seven cities to introduce medieval, pre-modern and modern India. Delhi is a microcosm of India’s history. It is also home to India’s most important government and cultural institutions. A visit to the Mughal city of Agra (Taj Mahal) and the Rajput ‘capital’, Jaipur is included.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SAST 2700 - Indian Politics and Society


    The course provides an overview of key issues in the study of contemporary Indian politics. Particular attention is paid to the successes and challenges of Indian democracy. The course examines the historical background to the establishment of democracy; the evolution of political institutions and processes, and foreign and economic policy; and contemporary identity politics (including gender, religion and caste). Cross-listed with PLCP 2700.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SAST 2800 - The World According to South Asia


    This course approaches South Asia and its cultural diversity from the inside out, rather than from an `other’ centered, western viewpoint. This course is not about the history of South Asia. It is about understanding the contemporary cultural milieu ‘the world as seen reflexively and reflectively through a South Asian lens. We will be reading and discussing almost exclusively South Asian voices’ opinions and perceptions.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SAST 3300 - The Pleasures of Bollywood: Melodrama, Realism, Mythos


    This class will focus on cinema produced by the industry in Mumbai, popularly called Bollywood. Topics will include the relationship between fiction and documentation, between melodrama and realism, music and affect. Students will be taught the tools of film analysis and will be expected to watch and unpack films each week. They will also be expected to consider films in the social, political and economic contexts in which they were made.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SAST 3400 - Pop Culture in S. Asia: Advertising, Visual Aesth., Posters & Photography


    This course will examine popular visual aesthetics in South Asia. We will look at the aesthetics of visual culture from the 19th century to the present. Students will be trained to consider popular culture, to think about the relationship between high art forms such as painting and multi-media and the more seemingly mundane aesthetics of press photography, posters, billboards, teaching posters, etc., and the new spate of financial advertising.



    Credits: 3
  
  • SAST 3450 - The Languages of South Asia


    An examination of the phonological, morphological, and syntactic structures of South Asian languages from typological, social, and historical perspectives. No knowledge of a South Asian language or linguistics is required.



    Credits: 3
 

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