SOC 101-4. Sociological Thinking (W)
Do you wonder why people do the things they do? Why society works as it does? Ever think the world is “unfair”? Sociologists study people in the world, looking at patterns, at differences, at inequalities. Thinking sociologically is like “entering a new and unfamiliar society--one in which things are no longer what they seem.” It creates “culture shock without geographical displacement.” This course requires us to look at society with a new perspective, to question our taken-for-granted assumptions, to investigate people's actions, and to explore the organization of society. It provides a basis for being engaged citizens, thinking about social alternatives, and imagining possibilities for social justice. Not open to students who have completed their writing course (W) requirement. (Writing Requirement (W)) DAVIS

SOC 350-2. Reading and Writing in the City: Literature and Social Justice in Chicago
The city of Chicago has always been home to writers involved in social justice movements. Using Chicago as a backdrop, this interdisciplinary course will question the relationship between literature and society. Through reading in both disciplines , archival research, and visits to local organizations, students will explore the challenges and constraints faced by individuals and groups seeking social change; the rhetoric used by individual authors and by organizations seeking social change; the construction of identity in social movements; and the role of literature in reform movements. This course counts toward the English major as a Social/Global Concerns course and as a 19th-century group course; This course counts towards the Sociology Major. Cross listed with ENG 373. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or 102 or ENG 201, 202, or 215. At the Chicago -McLennan Center. (Interdisciplinary) ENTEL and BARNES-BRUS

SOC 358-7. Advanced Topics: Environmental Sociology
The course will explore the interactions of human social systems with ecosystems, considering the ways in which people, other animals, and plants, land, water, and air are closely interconnected. It will investigate how human consumption and production, along with technology, population, and health are interwoven with environmental conditions. It will also study how the cultures, ideas, moral values, and social experiences of different human groups, from modern Americans to indigenous populations, influence the way people think about and act toward the environment. Finally, it will contemplate a number of ways in which people might act, both individually and collectively, to bring about a more ecological society. Prerequisite: SOC 101. (Social Science) OLSON