The following is information on two 491/690 courses that will be offered Spring 2014 which will be taught by Dr. Ed Avery-Natale.
Social Movements (SOC 491-01, 16139 and SOC 690-01, 16140)
2:00-4:20 PM Thursday, South Engineering 118
This course will offer students an in-depth and theoretically rigorous understanding of social movements with examples from America and from around the world. While we will begin the semester with a brief section outlining some historical approaches to social movement studies, the majority of the semester will be dedicated to understanding the most current approaches to the study of social movements. Particular attention will be paid to writers such as Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, Alberto Melucci, Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek, Charles Tilly, Frances Fox Piven and Richard A. Cloward, and a variety of theorists of “posthegemony,” though other works will be included as necessary. This course is particularly well suited to graduate students, as many of the readings will be complex, though upper level undergraduates who wish to gain a better understanding of social movements are also welcome.
Political Sociology (SOC 491-02, 16142 and SOC 690-02, 16141)
12:30 - 1:45 Tuesday/Thursday, Dunbar 152
This course will offer students an overview of the general themes important to the study of Political Sociology. Themes covered in the class will include, but are not limited to, the following: the development of and theories of the state and civil society, sociological approaches to democratic and electoral politics, the rise and decline of the welfare state, the role of the media in politics, war and genocide, globalization, revolution and social movements, and theories of ideology and power. This class is particularly well suited for upper-level undergraduates seeking a wide overview of the different topics studied in political sociology, though graduate students are also welcome.
Spring 2012 Newsletter
The following link is the Sociology Advising Newsletter that will help you for Summer and Fall 2012 registration. The occupational tracks can be found under the Careers in Sociology link.