SOC604 Culture and Socialization

Lead Faculty: Dr. Lorna L. Zukas

Course Description

An 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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 one's own assumptions, opinions, and conclusions. C. Revision: The ability to evaluate and revise one'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 one'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).