An examination of the basic processes that shape social life. Provides an introduction to such areas of study as socialization, culture, social institutions, social stratification, race and ethnicity, gender, politics, education and social change. The aim is to encourage students to engage in critical analysis of society, and to provide them with some of the sociological perspectives and approaches required to achieve this end. Some sections focus on special topics: Hall, "Community and Alienation"; McNamara, "Global Society." Credits: 3 Prerequisites: None
The course will cover certain topics about which psychological theory and data are adduced to affect the deliberations of courts, juries, and other fact-finding or policy-making bodies. Among these topics is the issue of the place of psychological science in the law, illustrated by considering two questions: first, whether psychologists whose expertise is in the field of eyewitness testimony should testify in eyewitness cases; and second, whether attitudes toward the death penalty affect jury decision-making in capital cases. Then we will consider the psychology of sex differences and several issues concerning occupational segregation, pay differentials, sexual harassment, Title IX, etc. Finally, we will choose from among such topics as the accuracy of memory for legally relevant events like abuse, and the relation between neuropsychology and legal concepts of free will and intent. Permission of instructor. Elliott.
This is an advanced conversation course for non-native speakers of English to improve speaking and listening skills while gaining experience in the organization and oral presentation of material for academic work. Pronunciation, including stress and intonation are practiced through drills and exercises in class. Fluency and comprehensibility are the objectives of the student-led classroom discussions and presentations. The student will learn how to prepare speeches and several types of discussions as well as how to present them. Note-taking and other listening skills are included according to the needs of the class. Social rules of spoken American English are also covered. Fifteen hours of individual work in the language laboratory is mandatory-more is recommended.