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248. American Indians: Culture, Activism, and Social Justice
American Indians: Culture, Activism, and Social Justice Distinctive aspects of Native American
tribes and analysis of the ways in which contemporary tribal cultures are influenced by their
unique relationship with the federal government. An analysis of treaty rights, the nature of tribal
self-determination, and the goals of current tribal activism. Topics covered include tribal efforts
to control reservation development, to protect sacred environments, and to preserve tribal
cultures. Prerequisite: Writing Requirement (W), ANT 101, SOC 101, SOC 102, EST 123 or
permission of instructor. This may count toward the EST major. Alternate years. (Social

249. Traditional Culture and Contemporary Issues in Japan
This off-campus course, taught in Japan, examines the interconnections between Japanese
cultural traditions and contemporary issues. Cultural ideologies, social practices, and public
policies related to gender, race/ethnicity, and human rights will be emphasized. Specific topics
may include: gender roles; work and family life; intimate relationships; interpersonal violence;
birthrate and aging concerns; youth culture and the current challenges faced by young adults;
national identity; race/ethnicity, immigration and human rights; historical preservation and
urban development; and the juxtaposition of traditional and popular culture. Initial sessions will
provide an orientation to enduring historical and cultural foundations and values as well as
contemporary issues that inform everyday life in Japan. While in Japan, class members will
participate in a variety of activities and discussions; will complete field excursions to historical,
cultural, educational, and religious settings; and will read materials relevant to these themes.
Students will also explore contemporary culture by observing and interacting with Japanese
citizens and hearing from guest lecturers. The course typically includes travel to and within the
Kyoto-Osaka (Kansai), Kanazawa, Hiroshima, and Tokyo (Kanto) regions of Japan. Same course
as PSY 256. Prerequisites: SOC 101, 102, ANT 101, PSY 161, EST 123, GSS 171, or JPN 102.
(Social Science)

255. Media and the Public Mind
An examination of the underlying organization of the broadcast, print, and electronic media and
their role in shaping perceptions, ideologies, and behavior. May emphasize the news,
advertising, media representations, and the political economy of the media. Prerequisite: SOC
101 or 102. Alternate years. This course may count toward the SOC, SAN, or GSS major. (Social

256-260. Topics in Sociology
Selected topics of current interest in sociology. See Topics Courses.

273. Families and Family Policy
This course examines current public debates and social policies related to “The Family” from a
sociological perspective, with an emphasis on the complex and diverse family experiences and
patterns in the contemporary United States. The course we will explore family meanings,
functions, and structures , the ways that the larger social and cultural contexts impact family
life, and family-related policy initiatives. When in Chicago we will explore the range of services
provided by community organizations to empower youth, families, and communities.
Registration, when the course is taught off campus, entails additional costs. Prerequisite: SOC
101, SOC 102, ANT 208, or GSS 171. Alternate years. This course may count toward the SOC,
SAN, or GSS major. (Social Science)

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