SOC604 Culture and Socialization
Lead Faculty: Dr. Margaret J. Greer
Course DescriptionAn in-depth examination of the concepts of culture and socialization, this course analyzes the socialization process as the key means through which culture is reproduced. Through a critical engagement with competing theories of socialization, students undertake advanced research projects, oral presentations and written assignments. Lecture and discussion topics include issues of ethnic identity and cultural diversity, socio-economic, gender and racial stratification, media representations, dress, language and religion and schooling and the reproduction of inequality. Issues are explored from a cross-cultural perspective.
- Actively analyze the continuous process of socialization in daily life.
- Examine critically the concept of cultural and the nature of its linkages with the social world.
- Understand and interpret seemingly structural issues such as gender roles, class position or ethnicity by applying cultural analysis to these issues.
- Broaden cultural and social horizons so that students can operate effectively in the global economy and international cultural of the twenty-first century.Skills: A. Reasoning: The ability to identify and evaluate assumptions, evidence, inferences, and inductive and deductive forms of reasoning in the arguments of others; the ability to compare and critique arguments. B. Reflection: The ability to apply reasoning skills to identify and question oneandapos;s own assumptions, opinions, and conclusions. C. Revision: The ability to evaluate and revise oneandapos;s own opinions and arguments, both oral and written, to accommodate new evidence and reflection, and to work towards more precise and complex formulations of oneandapos;s thoughts and opinions. D. Research: The ability to determine what evidence might be relevant to an argument; to use available textual, library, on-line, and field resources to research relevant facts and opinions, and to evaluate the validity of such evidence. E. Problem-solving: The ability to apply or adapt learned problem-solving models to new situations. F. Language: sensitivity to the role of language and other forms of representation in determining and limiting points of view; the ability to produce persuasive oral and written arguments reflecting the skills described above.
- Writing assignments (in-class or take-home).