90:155 Social Institutions and Social Processes [Petrella]

Prerequisites: Nil.

Description: This course provides an introduction to the sociological study of social processes and social institutions. In particular, the course aims to develop students’ ability to employ a sociological imagination, so they are able to examine the features of everyday life critically. The course investigates the relations of the individual to society, and the processes by which groups and institutions change in response to a dynamic social structure at times increasing integration, at times tearing people and groups further apart. Those social processes that ensure social stability, those that galvanize change, and those that erode equality and impact the balance of power will be examined. We will also study how these processes are shaped by and in turn shape social institutions, such as the family, the education system, religion, the field of medicine and health, technology and the environment, in local and global settings. This course aims to stimulate thought and discussion on contemporary social issues, through the examination of case studies.

3 lecture hours per week, one term

Successors: 05:376, 36:266, 56:258, 56:260, 88:260, 88:261, 88:352, 90:258, 90:259, 90:260, 90:261, 90:266, 90:271, 90:352, 90:359, 90:365, 90:383, 90:384.

Transfer Equivalents: Look up 90:155 in the BU Course Transfer Database.

Instructor: Serena Petrella