Sociology (PASO)

Sociology (PASO)

PASO 2100  Comparative Race & Ethnic Relations  (3)  

In 1903, American sociologist W. E. B. Du Bois made his prescient statement, on the launch of his seminal book The Souls of Black Folk: “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line.” Can we make this claim in the Twenty-First Century? To answer this question, we will compare race and ethnic relations in the United States, with a focus on understanding how race and racism shape our lives. We will discuss historical accounts of the social constructs of race and ethnic groups and examine current issues of individual, institutional, and systemic racism, media representations of race and ethnicity, racialized forms of migration, racial inequalities, and environmental racism. We will also make connections between race, gender, and social class to understand how they work together in creating inequalities and shaping our identities.

PASO 2200  Environment & Society  (3)  

There is no relationship more important to society than the one we have with our natural environment. From how we extract natural resources necessary for everyday life to where we put our waste products, from how we produce our food to where we go on vacation, our dependence on and perceptions of the environment are fundamental to every aspect of our lives. This course focuses on society-environment relations across the globe. We begin by reading about and discussing some conceptual issues that are central to our understanding of society-environment relations. These include the concept of sustainability, environmental resources, political economy, social construction of nature, and environmental justice. We then examine several important society-environment relations, including energy use, agriculture and food, and conservation.

PASO 2912  Special Topics  (3)  

Special Topics in Sociology. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.


Maximum Hours: 99

PASO 2913  Special Topics  (3)  

Special Topics in Sociology. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.


Maximum Hours: 99

PASO 2914  Special Topics  (3)  

Special Topics in Sociology. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.


Maximum Hours: 99

PASO 2915  Special Topics  (3)  

Special Topics in Sociology. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.


Maximum Hours: 99

PASO 3100  Urban Space Place & Inequality  (3)  

This course explores the theoretical and methodological formulations of space and place and their relevance for sociological and social analyses. We will study the relationship of space/place to inequality as manifested in different guises around the world: spatial polarization, architecture, urban planning and design, spatial integration, symbolic space, etc. Throughout the course, we will pay close attention to how space and place intersect with inequality and how challenges to inequality are leveled through spatial approaches. How does the urban experience vary for different groups of people (by gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality)? Why? What explains the processes of urbanization and suburbanization? Who controls public space? How do different cities respond to the needs of the poorest residents, and what shapes these responses? How did (do) cities around the world come to develop and grow? What is the role of gentrification? These are some of the questions we’ll address in this course.

PASO 3200  Sociology of Travel and Tourism  (3)  

This course examines the relationship between tourism and social life from a sociological perspective, the root idea being that it is natural for human beings to make contact with other human beings and societies to create leisure institutions to engage in cultural exchange and enjoyment. This course will examine tourist practices and how they are shaped and made meaningful within a social context. As we investigate why people travel, how they travel, and what they do while they are “on the road,” we will see that tourism is not on the margins of the social world, but rather profoundly interconnected with everyday social life, from the personal to the global. Through readings, discussing, and writing, we will explore the ways tourism is a material, symbolic, and political representation of many of the features of contemporary society’s achievements and ills: modernity and postmodernity, consumption and cultural commoditization, the aestheticization of everyday life, democratization and social inequalities, questions of authenticity, embodiment and identity, gender relations, technology, social mobility and power, and globalization.

PASO 3300  Socio Health & Mental Illness  (3)  

This course offers an introduction to sociological theories and research related to health and illness, with a focus on mental health and mental illness. Although many people think of mental illness as under the purview of healthcare providers (and psychiatrists and psychologists for mental illness), sociologists have made significant contributions to our understanding and conceptions of health, illness, and mental illness.

PASO 3911  Special Topics  (3)  

Special Topics in Sociology. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.


Maximum Hours: 99

PASO 3912  Special Topics  (3)  

Special Topics in Sociology. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.


Maximum Hours: 99

PASO 3913  Special Topics  (3)  


Maximum Hours: 99

PASO 3914  Special Topics  (3)  

Special Topics in Sociology. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.


Maximum Hours: 99

PASO 3915  Special Topics  (3)  

Special Topics in Sociology. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.


Maximum Hours: 99