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Welcome to Sociology 134!

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Today we concluded our discussion of social movements. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday will be a review session for the final exam. We will go over the review sheet.

The final exam will be Monday, Dec. 11, from 2:15-4:15 p.m. in Hoover 2055.

If you have a conflict with the final exam, contact Sociology Central to schedule an alternative time.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

The final exam review sheet is here.

The final exam will be Monday, Dec. 11, from 2:15-4:15 p.m. in Hoover 2055.

Monday, Dec. 4

Today we began a look at social movements. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will continue our examination of social movements.

Friday we will review for the final exam.

The final exam will be Monday, Dec. 11, from 2:15-4:15 p.m. in Hoover 2055.

Friday, Dec. 1

Today we concluded our examination of demography. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Monday we will begin our look at social movements. The assigned reading is pp. 502-524.

Wednesday, Nov. 29

Today we began our look at demography. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

We will continue demography Friday. The assigned reading is pp. 482-501.

Monday, Nov. 27

Today we examined campus riots, with a particular focus on the April 18, 2004, riot at Iowa State. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

I was just informed that the next Sociology Club Movie Night is this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in 207 Marston Hall. The film being shown is The Motorcycle Diaries. This is one of the final opportunities to write a campus event essay.

Wednesday we will begin looking at demography. The assigned reading is pp. 461-482.

Friday, Nov. 17

Today we finished our discussion of the second shift and then examined the male-female pay gap. The PowerPoint slides are available in color and black & white.

Have a great break.

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Today we discussed the gendered division of housework and watched the entire The Fairer Sex? video. The PowerPoint slides are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will conclude looking at housework and then discuss the male-female pay. The assigned reading is pp. 439-460.

The final part of your course project and the chapter 12 mini-essay are due Friday.

Monday, Nov. 13

Today we began our examination of gender by looking at how gender beliefs are embedded in the English language. The PowerPoint slides are available in color and black & white.

We also watched part of the video The Fairer Sex? Since your instructor has trouble telling time, the video wasn't finished when class ended, but we will watch its conclusion Wednesday. The assigned reading is pp. 426-439.

Sunday's Des Moines Register has a story on the "Racial Job Divide: Iowa Last in U.S.," which provides some local information on the topic of Friday's lecture. The story features quotes from ISU sociologist Gloria Jones-Johnson.

Friday, Nov. 10

Today we examined white privilege and the black-white pay gap. The PowerPoint slides are available in color and black & white.

Monday we will begin our look at gender.

Thursday, Nov. 9

Sociology Club is sponsoring movie night tonight at 7 p.m. in Coover Hall 2245. I suggest attending and writing a campus event mini-essay.

I am hosting and have selected the movie Lone Star. Following the movie, a panel of sociology faculty, Terry Besser, Brian Monahan, and Steve Sapp, will share their insights and lead discussion.

Lone Star is a murder mystery starring Chris Cooper, Matthew McConaughey, Elizabeth Pena, and Kris Kristofferson and directed by John Sayles.

When a body is discovered outside a Texas border town, Sheriff Sam Deeds (Cooper) undertakes an investigation involving two former sheriffs: his father, the legendary Buddy Deeds (McConaughey) and the corrupt Charlie Wade (Kristofferson), who disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Cutting between the past and the present, the film highlights the changing racial composition and institutional base of the community, and shows how decisions made in the past affect the present. It's a very sociologically astute film.

According to Roger Ebert: "'Lone Star' is a great American movie, one of the few to seriously try to regard with open eyes the way we live now. Set in a town that until very recently was rigidly segregated, it shows how Chicanos, blacks, whites and Indians shared a common history, and how they knew one another and dealt with one another in ways that were off the official map. This film is a wonder -- the best work yet by one of our most original and independent filmmakers -- and after it is over, and you begin to think about it, its meanings begin to flower."

Ebert's review (4 stars) is here. The Lone Star IMB page is here. Rotton Tomato reviews (92% fresh) are here.

Here are some other November campus events you might consider for a mini-essay:

Wednesday, Nov. 8

Today we continued looking at the social construction of race and watched a video titled True Colors. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Monday, Nov. 6

Today we began the topic of race by looking at its social construction. We watched a video titled The Colors Between Black & White. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will continue looking at race. We are running a day ahead of the syllabus, but you should be reading chapter 11.

Friday, Nov. 3

Today we examined the rich, the poor and the homeless. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday, Nov. 1

Today we went over the exam questions and then looked at the distribution of economic resources in the U.S. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will look at the rich, the poor and the homeless. The assigned reading is pp. 366-376. Remember that your chapter 10 mini-essay is due Friday.

I will be hosting Sociology Club movie night Thursday, Nov. 9, in Coover Hall 2245 at 7 p.m. The movie night's film is Lone Star. Following the movie, a panel of sociology faculty members will faciliate discussion with the audience. I encourage you to attend and write a mini-essay.

Wednesday, Oct. 25

Today we completed our look at stratification. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday I will hold a review session in class. The review sheet is here.

The exam will be Monday, Oct. 30, at the regular class time and place.

Tuesday, Oct. 24

The review sheet for the second exam is here.

Monday, Oct. 23

Today we introduced the topic of stratification by looking at valued resources that are stratified from cradle to grave. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will continue looking at stratification. The assigned reading is pp. 341-346.

The second exam will be Monday, Oct. 30, at the regular class time and place.

Thursday the Sociology Central TAs will hold a review session from 5-6 p.m. (or later if needed) in 119 East Hall.

If you are an athlete with a scoreboard for me to sign, here is how you should figure your approximate current grade: Add up your points from the first exam and all of your essays. If the total is over 85 points, your grade is A; 76-84, B; 66-75, C; 57-65, D; below 56, F.

Friday, Oct. 20

Today we examined the social organization of religious conversions with special attention on sociological studies of Billy Graham. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Monday we will begin examining stratification. The assigned reading is pp. 326-340.

Wednesday, Oct. 18

Today we examined bureaucracy and McDonaldization. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will examine the organization of religious conversions.

Monday, Oct. 16

Today we concluded our look at crime by examining the connection between power and deviance. Then we moved to chapter 9 with a look at social dilemmas. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will look at the concepts of bureaucracy and McDonaldization. The assigned reading is pp. 298-325.

Friday, Oct. 13

Today we continued our look at deviance by examining crime trends and labeling theory. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Monday we will look at power and deviance and then turn our attention to chapter 9. The assigned reading is pp. 286-298.

Wednesday, Oct. 11

Today we concluded examining the social organization of sex and then began looking at deviance. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will continuing examining deviance. The assigned reading is pp. 268-284.

If you received a no pass on the first part of your project, you need to resubmit it by Friday. The chapter 8 mini-essay is also due Friday.

Monday, Oct. 9

Today we examined the social organization of sex. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will conclude this topic and begin looking at crime and deviance. The assigned reading is pp. 263-268.

Friday, Oct. 6

Today Megan Farmer gave a guest lecture on the state of the American family. The PowerPoint slides are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

Today we concluded our look at impression management. The PowerPoint slides are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will have a guest lecture by Ph.D. student Megan Farmer, who knows far more about the sociology of families than I do. Your reading assignment is to finish reading chapter 7. Your chapter 7 mini-essay is also due Friday.

One of the mini-essay options is to write about a campus lecture. (This can be done twice during the semester.) Some upcoming lectures you might consider are:

Tuesday, Oct. 3

Here are some thoughts about interpreting your exam score:

The mean score on the first exam was 35.0 and the median was 36.

Your final grade will be derived from the grade scale in the syllabus. You can use it to learn what scores you will need on the remaining exams to achieve the score you desire.

For instance, assume you got a 35 on the exam. If you are going to complete the course project (20 points) and get the maximum possible on your mini-essays (50 points), that gives you 105 points. You need 195 points to get an A so you need to average 45 points on each of the next two exams. To get a B+ (185 points), you need to average 40.

If you want to look over your exam, you can do so at Sociology Central (East Hall 120).

Monday, Oct. 2

Friday we concluded discussing the social construction of beauty and began looking at the dramaturgical perspective. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Monday we continued examining impression management and the dramaturgical perspective. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

If you are interested in participating in the "hooking up" study for your research participation project, contact Dr. Teresa Tsushima (ttsushim@iastate.edu). Recall that you are eligible for this study if you engaged in sexual activity with someone with whom you had no romantic or emotional attachment. The activity must have occurred no more than three times with the same person.

In order to complete either research participation option, you must also write a paper as described here.

Wednesday, Sept. 27

Today we went over the exam and then began discussing the social construction of beauty. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will continue our examination of impression management. The assigned reading is pp. 176-197.

The first part of your course projects are due Friday. If you are doing one of the research participation options, you don't need to hand in anything then.

In class I promoted the upcoming talks by Helen Sterk as a possible option for the campus event mini-essay option. The talks are:

  • "Masculinity Theory—Secular Meets Sacred," Sept. 28, Cardinal Room of the Memorial Union, 12 noon.
  • "Women and Men: A Culture of Care Perspective," Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Campanile Room of the Memorial Union at 7 p.m.
  • "Who's Having This Baby?", Sept. 29, Catt Hall 353 at 12 noon (co-sponsored by Women's Studies).

More details can be found here.

Friday, Sept. 22

Today we concluded our overview of gender socialization and reviewed for the exam. I also explained two options for the research participation project. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

The first exam will be Monday, Sept. 25, at the usual class time and place. The review sheet is here.

Best wishes for your weekend studying.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Today we discussed Howard Becker's study of learning to smoke marihuana and then began an overview of gender socialization. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are availble in color and black & white.

Friday we will conclude gender socialization and review for the exam. The review sheet is here.

The first exam will be Monday, Sept. 25, at the usual class time and place.

Tuesday, Sept. 19

The updated review sheet is here. The previous one failed to include the additional readings from the textbook web site that I assigned, including these two new ones:

Monday, Sept. 18

Today we discussed the social construction of sex and then began examining socialization. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will continue looking at socialization. The assigned reading is pp. 146-169. Your chapter 5 mini-essay is also due Wednesday

Thursday the Sociology Central TAs will hold a review session for the first exam from 5-6 p.m. in Hoover 1227. The review sheet is here.

Friday we review for the first exam during class time.

The first exam will be Monday, Sept. 25, at the usual class time and place.

Saturday, Sept. 16

The first exam will be Monday, Sept. 25, at the usual class time and place. The review sheet for the exam is here.

If you cannot take the exam during the regularly scheduled time, you must submit a make-up request form to a Sociology Central teaching assistant.

Friday, Sept. 15

Today we concluded our examination of the sociology of emotions by looking at Arnold Arluke's study of emotion management in an animal shelter. Then we began talking about the social construction of sex and watched part of the video Is It a Boy or a Girl? The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Monday we will begin looking at socialization. The assigned reading is pp. 133-146.

Wednesday, Sept. 13

Today we concluded our look at James Loewen's study of historical monuments as an illustration of material culture. Then we began examining the sociology of emotions. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will conclude our look at emotions and take up the social construction of sex. The assigned reading is pp. 115-132.

Remember that your chapter four mini-essay is due Friday.

Monday, Sept. 11

Today I gave a brief overview of the principles of social research. Then we began looking at Jim Loewen's research on historical monuments as an illustration of material culture. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will conclude looking at material culture and then begin examining the sociology of emotions. The assigned reading is pp. 106-110.

Friday, Sept. 8

Today we continued examining the social construction of reality with a special focus on self-fulfilling prophecies. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

The assigned reading for Monday is pp. 97-105.

Wednesday, Sept. 6

Today we discussed the conflict and symbolic interactionist perspectives of sociology and then began examining the social construction of reality. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will continue looking at the social construction of reality and then examine the art of social research. The assigned reading is pp. 80-96.

The class survey is available on the course WebCT gold site through Friday. Taking it counts as a mini-essay.

Friday, Sept. 1

Today we began examining three major perspectives of sociology. However, we ended up only covering the first one, structural-functionalism. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will look at conflict theory and symbolic interactionism and then take up the social construction of reality. The assigned reading is pp. 53-69.

Enjoy your long weekend.

Thursday, Aug. 31

I am assigning some of the additional readings available on the textbook web site:

One of the mini-essay options is to write about a campus lecture. (This can be done twice during the semester.) Some upcoming lectures you might consider are:

Only approved events can be the topic of essays, but you are welcome to suggest events. Essays must be posted within 48 hours of the event.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

Today we concluded our look at Stanley Milgram's Obedience to Authority experiment. Then we examined the resiliency of social order in emergency situations. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will discuss three major perspectives of sociology. The assigned reading is pp. 45-51. Remember that your second mini-essay is due Friday.

Monday, Aug. 28

Today we began examining Stanley Milgram's Obedience to Authority experiment. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday will conclude looking at Milgram's study and then take up the topic of "panic." The assigned reading it pp. 25-45.

Friday, Aug. 25

Today we continued examining the course theme with a discussion of love as a social construction. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Monday we will discuss social influence and watch some video of Stanley Milgram's Obedience to Authority experiment. The assigned reading is pp. 18-24.

Wednesday, Aug. 23

Today we began examining the course theme: people are both cause and consequence of society. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will continue looking at the class theme. The assigned reading is pp. 8-17.

The mini-essays for the first chapter are due Friday. Recall that you need to do 10 total essays.

Your essays should be posted on the WebCT site. Other students will be able to read them and respond. They are NOT anonymous.

Monday, Aug. 21

Today I gave an overview of the course. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color (one slide per page) and black & white (six slides per page).

Most of the information I provided is in the syllabus.

Wednesday we will begin discussing the course theme: people are both cause and consequence of society. The assigned reading is pp. 1-8.

Mini-essays on chapter 1 are due Friday.

Saturday, Aug. 19

Welcome to the Sociology 134 (section 20) web site. Check here throughout the semester for regularly updated information about the course.

The required textbook is David Newman's Sociology: The Architecture of Everyday Life, 6th edition.

On the first day of class, Monday, Aug. 21, I will be going over the syllabus. In order to read the syllabus and some other documents that will be posted on the site in PDF format, you will need the Adobe Acrobat reader, which is a standard tool in many web browsers. If you do not already have it, it is available for free here. If you use a Mac, your Safari browser can read PDFs.

I'll see you in class on Monday.

134 Note Book

Wednesday's lecture slides are here.

The final exam will be Monday, Dec. 11, at 2:15 p.m. in Hoover 2055.

The review sheet is here.

How to contact the prof

Dave Schweingruber

Office: 404 East Hall

Phone: 294-4079

dschwein@iastate.edu

Office hours:

W 2:10-4 p.m.

Or talk to me after class.

Or make an appointment.

Or just drop by my office.