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Welcome to Sociology 134!

Friday, April 29

Today we reviewed for the final exam. The review sheet is here.

The final exam will be Monday, May 2, from 2:15-4:15 p.m. in MacKay 117.

If you have a conflict, contact Sociology Central to set up an alternative time.

I have added the overheads from Prof. Cast's guest lecture here.

Have a good weekend of studying.

Wednesday, April 27

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

Friday we will review for the exam. The review sheet is here.

The final exam will be Monday, May 2, from 2:15-4:15 p.m. in MacKay 117.

If you have a conflict, contact Sociology Central to set up an alternative time.

Your extra credit grades have been posted on WebCT. If you did not pass the assignment, you have the option of revising it and submitting it to Sociology Central by Friday.

Monday, April 25

Today we finished discussing demography with a look at some consequences of the demographic transition. Then we began examining social movements. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

The Sociology Central TAs will hold a review session Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. in East Hall 211.

Wednesday we will continue discussing social movements. You should finish reading the Newman textbook. Friday we will have a final exam review session in class.

The final exam will be Monday, May 2, from 2:15-4:15 p.m. in MacKay 117.

Friday, April 22

Today we continued examining demography. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Monday and Wednesday we will discuss social movements. Friday we will have a final exam review session in class.

The Sociology Central TAs will hold a review session Tuesday from 5-6 p.m.

The final exam will be Monday, May 2, from 2:15-4:15 p.m. in MacKay 117.

Wednesday, April 20

Today we concluded our examination of the gender pay gap and began discussing demography. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will continue our discussion of demography. The assigned reading is pp. 483-501.

Monday, April 18

Today we finished discussing gender in everyday interactions and began examining the male-female pay gap. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will conclude discussing the pay gap and turn our attention to demography. The assigned reading is 462-483.

Wednesday, April 13

Today I lectured on campus riots with a focus on the recent history of rioting at Iowa State. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

I also added slides from the two guest lectures by Professor Mulford. The lecture on poverty is available in color and black & white. The lecture on prejudice and discrimination is available in color and black & white.

Monday, April 11

Today we concluded discussing race and begain examing gender with a look at gender in everyday interactions. We also watched the video The Fairer Sex? The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday I will lecture on campus riots.

Friday Prof. Cast will be lecturing on the second shift. The assigned reading is pp. 440-456.

Wednesday, April 6

Today we continued examining the social construction of race and then began looking at the concept of white privilege. The PowerPoint slides are available in color and black & white.

Friday and Monday we will continue examining race and then take up the topic of gender.

Monday, April 4

Today we examined the social construction of race and watched the video The Colors between Black and White. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will continue looking at race. The assigned reading is pp. 381-390.

Wednesday, March 30

Today we went over the exam and discussed homelessness. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Due to my missing some upcoming classes, we are adjusting our schedule as follows:

  • Friday, April 1: Dr. Mulford's lecture on Poverty (pp. 361-380)
  • Monday, April 4: The Social Construction of Race (pp. 381-390)
  • Wednesday, April 6: White Privilege (pp. 391-421)
  • Friday, April 8: Dr. Mulford's lecture on Patterns of Prejudice and
    Discrimination (pp. 421-425)
  • Monday, April 11: Gender in Everyday Interactions (pp. 426-439)
  • Wednesday, April 13: Campus Riots
  • Friday, April 15: Dr. Cast's lecture on the Second Shift (pp. 440-456)

Friday, March 25

Today we concluded discussing explanations for stratification. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

The exam will be Monday, March 28, during the regular class time. The exam will be over chapters 6-9 and pp. 327-340 in chapter 10. The review sheet is here.

Best wishes for good studying this weekend.

Thursday, March 24

The review sheet for the exam is here.

Wednesday, March 23

Today we took a look at some basic stratification terms and examined the functionalist explanation for stratification. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will conclude the topic of stratification by examining the conflict theory perspective. We will also review for the exam.

Friday following class the Sociology Central teaching assistants will hold another exam review session in East Hall 120.

The exam will be Monday, March 28, during the regular class time. The exam will be over chapters 6-9 and pp. 327-340 in chapter 10.

Monday, March 21

Today we began the topic of stratification by examining how this important process affects our lives from cradle to grave. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will continue discussing stratification. The assigned reading is pp. 335-340.

The exam will be Monday, March 28, during the regular class time. The exam will be over chapters 6-9 and pp. 327-340 in chapter 10.

There will be three exam review sessions.The Sociology Central teaching assistants will hold a session Tuesday, March 22, from 7-8 p.m. and another session Friday, March 25, from 12 noon-1 p.m. Meet at the Sociology Central office (East Hall 120). I will hold a review session Friday during class.

Many of you have not picked up the first part of your extra credit project. Some of you failed the first part of the project but don't know it. Pick up your projects ASAP.

Friday, March 11

Today we examined the social organization of religious conversions, looking at two studies of Billy Graham rallies and watching a video clip on Graham's organization. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Have an enjoyable and safe spring break. When we return, we will take up the topic of stratification. The assigned reading for Monday is pp. 327-335.

The second exam will be Monday, March 28.

Many of you have not picked up the first part of your extra credit project. Some of you failed the first part of the project but don't know it. Pick up your projects ASAP.

Wednesday, March 9

Monday we we looked at two concepts: social dilemmas and bureaucracy. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

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

Friday we will examine the social organization of religious conversions.

Friday, March 4

Wednesday we concluded looking at crime statistics and examined labeling theory. The PowerPoint slides are available in color and black & white.

Today we discussed the relationship between power and deviance. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Monday we will begin discussing organizations. The assigned reading is pp. 284-302.

Monday, Feb. 28

Today we concluded our look at the American family and began an overview of deviance. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will continue discussing deviance. The assigned reading is pp. 255-260.

Friday, Feb. 25

Wednesday I began lecturing on the social organization of sex. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday I concluded that topic and began examining the (possible) decline of the American family. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Monday we will begin looking deviance. The assigned reading is pp. 244-254.

Monday, Feb. 21

Today we looked at what happens when impressions are mismanaged. Luckenbill's study of criminal homicide was used to illustrate the possible consequences of people attempting to save face. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will look at the social construction of sex. The assigned reading is pp. 199-210.

Friday, Feb. 18

Today we concluded looking at the social construction of beauty and had an overview of Erving Goffman's dramaturgical perspective. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Monday we will examine mismanaged impressions. The assigned reading is pp. 182-198.

Wednesday, Feb. 16

Today we went over the first exam questions and took up the topic of the social construction of beauty. The PowerPoint slides are available in color and black & white.

Your exam score should be available on WebCT.

Friday we will continue discussing various aspects of impression management. The assigned reading is pp. 168-182.

Friday, Feb. 11

Today we concluded the topic of gender socialization and reviewed for the exam. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white. The review sheet is here.

The first exam will be held Monday, Feb. 14, during the regular class time. Have a good weekend of studying.

Wednesday, Feb. 9

Today I gave an overview of socialization, including a look at Howard Becker's study of drug use socialization. We began the topic of gender socialization, which we will conclude Friday. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will conclude the topic of socialization and review for the exam. The exam review sheet is here. The Sociology Central teaching assistants will hold a review session following class at noon in Sociology Central (East Hall 120).

The exam will be Monday, Feb. 14, during the regular class time.

Monday, Feb. 7

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

Wednesday we will continue discussing socialization. The assigned reading is pp. 140-162.

Friday we will conclude socialization and review for the exam. The exam will be Monday, Feb. 14, during the regular class time.

Sociology Central will hold two review sessions: Wednesday at 6 p.m., location TBA, and Friday at noon in Sociology Central (East Hall 120). Or drop by for personal tutoring.

Friday, Feb. 4

Today we concluded our look at the sociology of emotions with an examination of Arnold Arluke's study of emotion management in an animal shelter. Then we took up the topic of the social construction of sex and watched a video clip from the documentary Is It a Boy or a Girl? The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Monday we will continue discussing the social construction of sex and then take up the topic of socialization. The reading assignment is pp. 127-140.

Friday we will conclude socialization and review for the exam. The exam will be Monday, Feb. 14, during the regular class time.

Wednesday, Feb. 2

Today we explored material culture by looking at James Loewen's study of historical monuments. Then we began looking at the sociology of emotions. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will continue looking at the sociology of emotions and begin an examination of the social construction of the sexes. The assigned reading is pp. 110-126.

Monday, Jan. 31

Today we discussed the nature of social research. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will examine material culture by looking at James Loewen's study of historical monuments. The assigned reading is pp. 102-110.

Friday, Jan. 28

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

Monday we will begin examining the art of social research. The assigned reading is pp. 94-102.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

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

Friday we will continue examining the social construction of reality with a look at self-fulfilling prophecies. We will also take the class survey. The assigned reading is pp. 69-93.

Monday, Jan. 24

Today we began a look at three major perspectives of sociology with overviews of structural-functionalism and conflict theory. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will take up the third perspective, symbolic interactionism, and then examine the social construction of reality The assigned reading is pp.51-69.

Friday, Jan. 21

Today we examined the concept of panic to illustrate how social structure continues to guide people's actions even in emergency situations. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Monday we will look at three major perspectives of sociology, the topic of the assigned reading (pp. 36-49).

Wednesday, Jan, 19

Today we examined the power of social influence by examining Stanley Milgram's Obedience to Authority experiment. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will continue to examine the power of social influence. The assigned reading is pp. 24-35.

The Sociology Central schedule in now on-line. Our TAs are available to tutor you over class material.

Friday, Jan. 14

Today we continued exploring the course theme and examined two key concepts: the sociological imagination and the social construction of reality. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will look at Milgram's Obedience to Authority experiment. The assigned reading is pp. 18-24.

Have a good long weekend.

Wednesday, Jan. 12

Today we began exploring the course theme—people are both cause and consequence of society—by brainstorming about our cultural concept of love. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will continue our overview of the course theme. The assigned reading is pp. 8-17.

Monday, Jan. 10

Today I provided an overview of the course. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

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

Saturday, Jan. 8

Welcome to the Sociology 134 (section 17) 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, 5th edition.

Monday I will be going over the syllabus. In order to read the syllabus and some other documents that will be posted on the site, 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 Mac OS X, I recommend the Schubert-it PDF browser plug-in, available here.

I'll see you in class on Monday.

134 Note Book

The course syllabus is here.

Wednesday's lecture slides are here.

The final exam is Monday, May 2, from 2:15-4:15 p.m. in MacKay 117.

The review sheet is here.

How to contact the prof

Dave Schweingruber

Office: 404 East Hall

Phone: 294-4079

dschwein@iastate.edu

Office hours:

WF 2:10-3 p.m.

Or talk to me after class.

Or make an appointment.

Or just drop by my office.