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280/380. Internship: See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent Study
Courses 280/380.

290/390. Individual Project: See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent
Study Courses 290/390.

314. Community Organizing, Public Policy, and Social Change
Communities play various roles in perpetuating and challenging contemporary social problems
such as racial segregation, poverty, health disparities, educational inequity, gender/sexuality
discrimination, and environmental injustices. Using Chicago as a case study, this course
examines contemporary debates and social policies affecting cities; investigates the interplay
between policy implementation and local efforts to make change; and explores the role of
governments, non-profits, and individuals in addressing inequality. Typically travels to Chicago
to meet with local organizations working on social change and policy reform related to urban
inequality. Registration, when the course is taught off campus, entails additional costs.

Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 102. Alternate years. (Social Science)

315. Wealth, Power, and Inequality
Emphasizes the importance of socio-economic class by exploring the meaning and measurement
of social class, how social classes are formed, and how they change. Explores issues of social
mobility, investigates the relationship between various forms of inequality (i.e., social class,
race-ethnicity, gender, sexuality) and contemplates the role of culture and social institutions,
(e.g., work, the health care system, schools, families, the political systems, etc.) in perpetuating,
legitimizing, and sometimes challenging social inequality. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 102.
Alternate years. (Social Science)

316. Culture, Meaning-Making, and Distinction in American Society
Theoretical and sociological investigation of the concept of "culture." Explores the connections
between culture, structure, and society as a whole; specifically addresses the ways that symbols,
language, and other forms of knowledge work to create meanings, constitute power, and form
the basis for understanding social life including relationships, politics, sexuality, and work.
Considers the creation and reception of culture; the relationship between culture and inequality;
issues of domination and resistance, and the connections between culture and social/historical
change. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 102 and one additional sociology course. Alternate years.

(Social Science)

317. Reproductive Practices, Reproductive Policies
This course emphasizes the social construction of female reproductive processes and how
culture and institutions shape our understandings and expectations of such processes.
Addresses a variety of reproductive practices, experiences and ideologies. Discusses ideas about
womanhood, motherhood, fatherhood, sexuality, eugenics, and reproductive freedom;
investigates historical role and effect of the state, medical institutions, and women themselves as
they struggle over, and shape such issues. The focus will be on the U.S., but we may also look at
cases from other countries in order to examine our assumptions about reproductive practices
and strategies. Prerequisite: SOC 101, SOC 102, or ANT 312. Alternate years. This course may

count toward the SOC, SAN, or GSS major. (Social Science)

343. Women: Oppressions and Resistances

Consideration of gender inequality as lived reality and locus of struggle. Topics include: cross-

cultural analysis of sexual/racial violence, including violence in war; women's resistances in civil

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