Urban Sociology, Rice University Study of urban development and the conditions of life associated with living in cities. Examines the rise of cities, their growth, and purposes in the U.S. and internationally. Examines behavioral adaptations required by city life, and considers urban subcultures.
Sociology of Gender, UCLA Examination of processes by which gender is socially constructed. Topics include distinction between biological sex and sociological gender, causes and consequences of gender inequality, and recent changes in gender relations in modern industrial societies. Also discussed are contemporary international gender-related issues, including women and war, sex workers, and veiling among Muslim women.
Poverty Research in the US and Beyond, UCLA More than 46 million Americans live in poverty, and nearly one-third of them are children. What is daily life like for these Americans? How has social science research contributed to our understandings of their lives? And why do our federal and state poverty programs so often fail to help these Americans get out of poverty? This course is designed to teach undergraduates to think critically about poverty research and antipoverty policy. Students learn to question not only the “facts” about poverty in the U.S. but also how those facts come to exist – as created by scholars, media, and policymakers.