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Welcome to Sociology 134!

Wednesday, April 30

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

Friday I will review for the final exam. The review sheet is here.

The final exam will be Monday, May 5, in 127 Curtiss.

Tuesday, April 29

The final exam will be Monday, May 5, at 2:15 p.m. in 127 Curtiss. The review sheet is here.

Monday, April 28

Friday we began looking at the male-female pay gap. The PowerPoint slides are available in color and black & white.

Today we finished our discussion of the male-female pay gap and then began looking at demography. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will continue looking at demography. The assigned reading is pp. 482-501.

Recall that the chapter 13 mini-essay is due Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 23

Monday we finished our look at the black-white pay gap and then began examining gender and language. We watched the video The Fairer Sex? The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Today we concluded discussing gender and language and then looked at the second shift. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will discuss the male-female pay gap. The assigned reading is pp. 455-460.

Recall that your chapter 12 mini-essay is due Friday.

Friday, April 18

Wednesday we continued looking at the social construction of race. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday we turned our attention to white privilege and the black-white pay gap. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Monday we will conclude are examination of race and turn our attention to gender. The assigned reading is pp. 426-439.

Monday, April 14

Today we began our week-long look at race by examining its social construction. We also 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 examining race. The assigned reading is pp. 391-421.

I will not be holding my regular Wednesday office hours this week due to hosting Stefan Timmermans during his visit to ISU.

I recommend Dr. Timmerman's lecture on "Getting Away with Murder: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths" on Wednesday, April 16, at 8 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.

Friday, April 11

Wednesday we concluded our look at class stratification with an examination of poverty and homelessness. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

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

Monday we will turn our attention to race. The assigned reading is pp. 377-390.

Monday, April 7

Today we looked at how economic resources are distributed in the U.S. and examined how corporations may make money for themselves and their CEOS without producing valued goods and services. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will turn our attention to the poor and the homeless. The assigned reading is pp. 366-376.

Your chapter 10 mini-essay is due Wednesday. The final part of your course project is due Friday.

Saturday, April 5

One of the mini-essay options is to write about a campus lecture. (This can be done twice during the semester.)

I recommend Stefan Timmerman's lecture on "Getting Away with Murder: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths" on Wednesday, April 16, at 8 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.

Some other upcoming lectures this money you might consider are:

Friday, April 4

Wednesday we examined many resources that are stratified over the life course. The PowerPoint slides are available in color and black white.

Friday we looked at some basic stratificiation terms and some explanations for stratification. The PowerPoint slides are available in color and black & white.

The assigned reading for Monday is pp. 346-366.

Your chapter 10 mini-essay is due Wednesday. The final part of your course project is due Friday.

Wednesday, March 26

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

I then discussed the final exam. The review sheet is here.

Friday the Sociology Central TAs will hold an exam review session.

The second exam is Monday, March 31, during the regular class time.

Monday, March 24

Today we began looking at social movements. The PowerPoint slides are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will conclude this topic. The assigned reading is pp. 524-535.

Recall that your chapter 14 mini-essay is due Wednesday.

Friday we will have a review session for the exam. The exam will be Monday at the regular class time.

Friday, March 14

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

Today we discussed the social organization of religious conversions with an examination of Billy Graham rallies. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Monday after the break we will begin looking at social movements. The assigned reading is pp. 502-524.

Your chapter 14 mini-essay is due Wednesday.

The second exam will be Monday, March 31.

Monday, March 10

Friday we finished our examination of deviance and social control. The PowerPoint slides are available in color and black & white.

Monday we discussed social dilemmas and bureaucracy. The PowerPoint slides are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will discuss McDonaldization. The assigned reading is pp. 298-325.

Recall that your chapter 9 mini-essay is due Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 5

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

Friday we will conclude the topic of deviance. The assigned reading is pp. 268-284.

Recall that your chapter 8 mini-essay is 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 this money you might consider are:

Monday, March 3

Today we finished our look at the social organization of sex and then began discussing deviance. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will continue examining deviance. The assigned reading is pp. 263-268.

Friday, Feb. 29

Wednesday we looked at the social organization of sex, drawing from the National Health and Social Life Survey. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white. We will return to this topic Monday.

Friday Megan Nielsen lectured on the American family. The PowerPoint slides from her lecture are available in color and black & white.

Monday we will continue looking at the social organization of sex and then take up the topics of deviance and social control. The assigned reading is pp. 248-263.

Monday, Feb. 25

Today we concluded our look at impresssion management and mismanagement with an examination of David Luckenbill's study of homicide. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Recall that your chapter 6 mini-essay is due today.

Wednesday we will look at the social organization of sex. The assigned reading listed in the syllabus is pp. 206-247; however, we won't address the topic of the American family until Friday.

Friday, Feb. 22

Today we concluded the social construction of beauty and began examining impression management. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are availble in color and black & white.

Monday we will continue looking at impression management. The assigned reading is pp. 197-205.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

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

Friday we will continue this topic and look at other aspects of impression management. The assigned reading is pp. 176-197.

Monday, Feb. 18

Today we took the first exam. If you missed the exam and have a legitimate excuse, contact Sociology Central ASAP to schedule a make-up exam.

Friday, Feb. 15

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

Then we reviewed for Monday's exam. The review sheet is here.

The exam will be Monday during the regular class time and place. Have a good weekend of study.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

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

Friday we will conclude this topic and review for the exam. The exam will be Monday, Feb. 18, during the regular class time. The review sheet is here.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

The review sheet for the exam is here.

If you want credit for taking the class survey on WebCT, you must do so by Friday. The survey is worth the same as a mini-essay (5 points).

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

Monday, Feb. 11

Today we concluded our look at the social construction of sex and then had an introduction to socialization featuring Howard Becker's "Becoming a Marihuana User" study. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will look at gender socialization. The assigned reading is 146-169.

Recall that your chapter 5 mini-essay is due Wednesday.

The first exam will be Monday, Feb. 18, during the regular class time. The Sociology Central TAs will hold a review session Thursday at 5 p.m. in East Hall 111. I will hold a review session Friday in class.

Friday, Feb. 8

Today we began a third topic related to culture: the social construction of sex. We watched the video Is It a Boy or a Girl? The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 6

Today we concluded our look at historical monuments as material culture and then examined the sociology of emotions, which I illustrated with Arnold Arluke's study of emotion management in an animal shelter. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will examine the social construction of sex. The assigned reading is pp. 115-132.

I noticed that the syllabus mysteriously skips pp. 111-114 from the reading assignments. That was a typo. Material from those pages may be on the exam.

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

Monday, Feb. 4

Today I used examples from James Loewen's book Lies Across America to illustrate material culture. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wedneday we will conclude this topic and then discuss nonmaterial culture by examining the sociology of emotions. The assigned reading is pp. 106-110.

Friday, Feb. 1

Today we concluded an overview of the social construction of reality and had a quick introduction to the nature of social science research. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Monday we will take up the topic of material culture by examining historical monuments. The assigned reading is pp. 97-105.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Today we looked symbolic interactionism--the third major sociological perspective--and then began examining the social construction of reality. The PowerPoint slides are available in color and black & white.

Friday we will conclude are look at the social construction of reality and then take up the art of social research. The assigned reading is pp. 80-96.

Your chapter three mini-essay is due Friday.

Monday, Jan. 28

Today we began looking at three major perspectives of sociology. We examined structural-functionalim and conflict theory. The PowerPoint slides from lecture are available in color and black & white.

Wednesday we will look at the final perspective--symbolic interactionism--and then examine the social construction of reality. The assigned reading is pp. 53-79.

Recall that your chapter 2 mini-essay is due today.

Friday, Jan. 25

Today we examined societal influence by looking at its continuing power in emergency situations. The PowerPoint slides are available in color and black & white.

Monday we will look at three major perspectives of sociology. The assigned reading is 45-51.

Your chapter 2 mini-essay is due Monday.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Today we examined Stanley Milgram's Obedience to Authority experiment as an example of social influence. The PowerPoint slides are availble in color and black & white.

Friday we will examine social order in emergency situations. The assigned reading is pp. 25-45.

Monday, Jan. 21

I hope you're having an enjoyable Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The above poster (larger version available here) was designed by ISU sociology professor Dan Krier. He also created posters for sociology majors Ronald Reagan, Robin Williams, and Dan Ackroyd (version 1 and version 2).

Friday, Jan. 18

Today we continued examining the course theme. The PowerPoint slides are available in color and black & white.

Because the course WebCT site is no up yet, the chapter 1 mini-essay will be due Tuesday. See the syllabus for details.

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

Wednesday, Jan. 16

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

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

Your chapter one mini-essay is due Friday. You should post it on the WebCT site, which should be available shortly. See the syllabus for details.

Monday, Jan. 14

Today I gave an overview of the class based on the syllabus, which is available here.

The PowerPoint slides from lecture lecture are available in two formats, color (1 slide per page) and black & white (6 slides per page).

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. 12

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, 6th edition.

On the first day of class, Monday, Jan. 14, I will be going over the syllabus.

I'll see you in class on Monday.

134 Note Book

Wednesday's slides are here.

The final exam will be Monday, May 5, at 2:15 p.m. in 127 Curtiss.

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.