7346002 Sociology

Numbering Code U-LET30 37346 SJ45 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Seminar
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Thu.2
Instructor name TAROUMARU HIROSHI (Graduate School of Letters Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course We will read important sociology texts and discuss their strengths, weaknesses, and methods for developing similar studies in the future. This will allow us to discuss major sociological issues, as well as how to approach those issues. These tasks will require us to approach each problem from several different angles. Considering issues in a diversified way is not only important for contemplating the issues you will handle in your graduation thesis, but is also useful for thinking about various issues in everyday life.
Course Goals Delve into the questions that interest you and learn to improve your research questions. Specifically, read important works, critically discuss their strengths and weaknesses, and learn to think of ways to improve them. To do this, we will need to both cultivate the insight to differentiate theory from facts/data and understand the difficulty of differentiating them, while also cultivating the imagination for social diversity.
Schedule and Contents Students will choose works of interest from the list of works provided and summarize and present the contents of each. The topics of each class session will differ depending on the works students choose, but the following is an example configuration of the class.

1. Introduction
2. Chrysanthemum and Katana: Urban Japanese People
3. Race and Nationalism: An Imagined Collective
4. A Reckless World: The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism
5. Bowling Alone: Human Relationships in a Vertical Society
6. The Sociology of Science: The Structure of the Scientific Revolution
7. Mass Rebellion: Sports and Civilization
8. The Myth of Motherhood: Gender Troubles
9. Behavior and Performance: A Controlled Mind
10. Second Shift: Another Voice
11. The Structure of Social Issues: Deviation and Medicalization
12. Hammertown Boys: The Gaze of Tourism
13. The Birth of Prison: The Culture of Voice and the Culture of Writing
14. The McDonaldization of Society: Religion of the Tokugawa Period
15 Summary
Evaluation Methods and Policy Class performance (50%), reports (50%).
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) In preparation for the reports, students should continue reading literature in their own field of interest.
Textbooks Textbooks/References None
References, etc. Will be presented in class
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