Sociology

Session I  (June 2 - June 27)

 

SOC 190/ECON 103 - Introduction to Probability and Statistical Methods with Lab

Joe Swingle, Senior Lecturer in Sociology

An introduction to the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of quantitative data as used to understand problems in economics and sociology. Using examples drawn from these fields, this course focuses on basic concepts in probability and statistics, such as measures of central tendency and dispersion, hypothesis testing, and parameter estimation. Data analysis exercises are drawn from both academic and everyday applications. Students may register for either ECON 103 or SOC 190. Credit will be given in the department in which the student is registered.

Prerequisite: 101 or 102 or one course in Sociology and fulfillment of the basic skills component of the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement. Not open to students who have taken [QR 199]. Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 220 or PSYC 205.

Times and Locations:

Lectures: M,T,W,TH,F 9:00  - 10:30 am in PNE 339

Labs: T,TH 10:45 am - 12:15 pm in PNE 129

Credit: 1.0 unit (4 sem. hrs.)

Tuition: $2,375

Registration Fee: $50

 

SOC 200 - Classical Sociological Theory

Markella Rutherford, Associate Professor

 

A survey of the origins of sociology through the works of the classical founders of the discipline. Focused attention is given to the writings of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, with emphasis on learning to read and interpret primary texts. Students will understand foundational sociological concepts as used by classical theorists and will also apply these concepts to understand contemporary social life. Students will also explore the development of the canon of classical sociological theory with special emphasis on the place of women and African Americans in the history of that canon.  

 

Prerequisite: 100-level unit or permission of the instructor.

Time: M, T, W, Th (1:30-3:30pm)

Location:  PNE 349

Credit: 1.0 unit (4 sem. hrs.)
Tuition: $2,375
Registration Fee: $50

 

SOC 204 - Social Problems

Ira Silver, Visiting Lecturer

This course investigates why certain problems become matters of significant public and policymaking concern while others do not. We do not focus on a predefined list of social problems but rather on the process by which some issues capture more attention than others. Our discussions analyze the actions of those institutions involved either in calling public attention to or distracting public attention away from particular problems in our society. This focus enables students to acquire a perspective toward social problems that they are unlikely to gain from the many other forums where people discuss social problems, such as journalism or politics.

 

 

Time: M, T, W, Th (9:30-12:00pm)

Location:  PNE 351

Credit: 1.0 unit (4 sem. hrs.)
Tuition: $2,375
Registration Fee: $50

 

SOC 320 - Technology, Society and the Future

Ira Silver, Visiting Lecturer

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Time: M, T, W (1:30-4:00pm)

Location:  PNE 351

Credit: 1.0 unit (4 sem. hrs.)
Tuition: $2,375
Registration Fee: $50

 

SOC 334 - Consumer Culture

Markella Rutherford, Associate Professor

 

How and why does consumerism exercise so great an influence on global culture today? How are our institutions and relationships shaped and transformed by the forces of commodification and consumerism? Are there any realms of life that ought to be free from the market-driven forces of commodification? Can consumerism offer a positive means of cultural critique to processes we wish to resist? In this seminar, we explore the history of consumer culture in the United States and globally, with special attention to understanding the effects of commodification upon the self, human relationships, and social institutions. We will consider both classical and contemporary critiques of commodification and consumerism, as well as arguments for the liberatory dimensions of consumer society.

 

Prerequisite: 100-level unit or permission of the instructor.

Time: M, T, Th (9:30am-12:15pm)

Location:  PNE 349

Credit: 1.0 unit (4 sem. hrs.)
Tuition: $2,375
Registration Fee: $50

 

Contact Us

Summer Session
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
 

Corinne Frazer
Director
cfrazer@wellesley.edu
Tel: 781.283.2200


Sandra Poitras
Assistant
spoitras@wellesley.edu
Tel: 781.283.2756