Sociology | Social Change
S215 | 25926 | Bowman


“Change alone is unchanging.”  –Heraclitus (c. 535–c. 475 B.C.),
Greek philosopher.

In this course we will look at what seems to be a paradox—social
change is a constant.  Societies are never really static, but rather
constantly changing.  We will examine not only how social life has
changed over time, but also the possible causes and consequences of
such change.  We will frame our discussion by exploring sociological
theories of change and by investigating what it is like to 1) face
dramatic changes that seem beyond one’s control and 2) create
changes to bring about desired ends.  In this way, we will consider
both unintentional and intentional social change.  We will pay
particular attention to concepts such as industrialization and
globalization as well as to changes initiated by social movement
organizations.  Other topics we may address include: colonialism,
revolution, modernization, and changes in the family, education,
religion, work, and politics.  Although our primary focus will be on
the United States, we will also analyze changes occurring around the
world.