SOC-S 215 SOCIAL CHANGE (3 CR.)
Introduction to theoretical and empirical studies of social change. Explores issues such as modernization; rationalization; demographic, economic and religious causes of change; reform and revolution.
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Regular Academic Session / In Person
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- COLL (CASE) S&H Breadth of Inq
- IUB GenEd S&H credit
- COLL (CASE) S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit
In this course we investigate a series of major changes that have significantly altered family institutions, inequality and poverty, gender relations, the economy and class structure, government policy, and mass opinion. We also consider in what ways activists have influenced (and might further influence) the trajectory of social change, perhaps enhancing the degree of equality and protection of rights in a turbulent, historical era. A key part of our focus is on the United States since the 1960s. But to fully understand how and why American society has (and has not) changed, we consider in detail a series of important lessons provided by European democracies such as Sweden and the Netherlands, where high levels of economic development coexist with much lower levels of poverty and inequality. This will enable us to appreciate better the remarkable diversity of developed democracies, a phenomenon that continues to be poorly-understood in the media and in many discussions.