The Individual and Society (SOCY 313, 3 Credits)
Prerequisite: SOCY 100. An examination of changing concepts of the interaction between the individual and society. The objective is to analyze the roles of the individual and society in the creation of and change in persistent social problems, such as poverty and social inequality. Analysis employs the framework of classical functional conflict and social constructivist theories, as well as the context of rapidly changing communication technology and globalization and their impact on the individual. Topics include the construction of social order; the role of trust in social interaction; and work, power, social organization, and the social self. Selected readings are taken from the sociologies of work, gender, modernity, postmodernism, globalization, and social change. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BEHS 312, SOCY 311, or SOCY 313.