SOCI-171-01 Culture and Consumption
Spring for 2017-2018
Faculty:
TR 11:00AM-12:15PM

This course uses sociological theories to explore the production and consumption of culture. It introduces how sociologists answer central questions about the relationships between culture and society with a focus on three issues: institutional fads, how we talk about love, and children’s consumption. We will explore questions such as; What is the relationship between social change (e.g., economic, technological, demographic, geographical…) and the kinds of culture people produce and consume? Is there something unique about the contemporary America that produces a particular set of cultural practices, and if so what do these practices tell us about the immediate and distant futures of this society? How do everyday actions we take and decisions we make reflect and also shape the culture in which we live in? How aware are we of the structural forces and the relational contexts that guide our decisions? The course will primarily focus on the contemporary American culture, but with a keen awareness of how it is situated within a global context. Course readings and writing assignments will encourage students to question what we so often take for granted, or not recognize as being a powerful force that shapes and situates our everyday actions. Finally, the course treats culture as a serious and a concrete topic of academic inquiry, not something that is solely for entertainment and leisure or an abstract concept that cannot be defined or studied scientifically.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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SOCI-171-02 Culture and Consumption
Spring for 2017-2018
Faculty:
TR 12:30-1:45PM

This course uses sociological theories to explore the production and consumption of culture. It introduces how sociologists answer central questions about the relationships between culture and society with a focus on three issues: institutional fads, how we talk about love, and children’s consumption. We will explore questions such as; What is the relationship between social change (e.g., economic, technological, demographic, geographical…) and the kinds of culture people produce and consume? Is there something unique about the contemporary America that produces a particular set of cultural practices, and if so what do these practices tell us about the immediate and distant futures of this society? How do everyday actions we take and decisions we make reflect and also shape the culture in which we live in? How aware are we of the structural forces and the relational contexts that guide our decisions? The course will primarily focus on the contemporary American culture, but with a keen awareness of how it is situated within a global context. Course readings and writing assignments will encourage students to question what we so often take for granted, or not recognize as being a powerful force that shapes and situates our everyday actions. Finally, the course treats culture as a serious and a concrete topic of academic inquiry, not something that is solely for entertainment and leisure or an abstract concept that cannot be defined or studied scientifically.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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