Sociology | Social Problems and Policies
S101 | 3602 | Janney


S101    Social Problems and Polilcies (3CR)
3602   6:30PM-8:45PM    MW 	BH 204  		
Topic:   Freaks, Geeks, Nerds, & Monsters: Socially Constructing the
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ABOVE CLASS IS PART OF THE "TRANSFER INDIANA" (TRANSFER IN)
INITIATIVE.  FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, LINK TO
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What are the uses and problems of social categories that
separate “us” from “them?” How difficult or easy is it to get groups
of people to ostracize or accept other people viewed initially as
different? How easy or difficult is it to get people to see others
as similar or different anyway? In this class we will address race,
ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and social status.  This
course will use sociological concepts to explore how social labels,
scientific categories, and even medical diagnoses have been used to
both hurt and help different groups of people. We will explore how
some categories have been created, deployed, resisted and adopted.
Students taking this class will be expected to keep up with readings
and will be graded on their ability to demonstrate a conceptual
understanding of the information presented in class regardless of
whether they personally agree with all viewpoints.

Students taking this course should also realize that we will be
addressing topics that may be controversial and sensitive in
addition to being timely and sociological. An open mind is not
necessarily required, but a willingness to learn and respect for
others is. And this is true whether students wish to express views
that are conservative, liberal or ambivalent.