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Welcome to Sociology 134!

Wednesday, April 29

Today we concluded our look at demography. The Keynote slides are available here.

Friday we will review for the final exam, which will be held Monday, May 4, from 2:15-4:15 p.m. in 125 Kildee.

Tuesday, April 28

The final exam review sheet is here.

Monday, April 27

Today we began an overview of demography by looking at birth cohorts. The Keynote slides are available here.

Wednesday we will examine demography. The assigned reading is pp. 418-435.

Recall that your final mini-essay is due Wednesday.

Friday we will review for the final exam, which will be held Monday, May 4, from 2:15-4:15 p.m. in 125 Kildee.

Friday, April 24

Wednesday we discussed the second shift and watched the video The Fairer Sex? The Keynote slides from lecture are available here.

Today we looked at the male-female pay gap. The Keynote slides are here.

Monday we will begin examining demography. The assigned reading is 405-418.

The final exam is Monday, May 4, from 2:15-4:15 p.m. in 125 Kildee.

Monday, April 20

Today we discussed connections between language and gender. The Keynote slides from lecture are available here.

Wednesday we will discuss the female-male housework gap. The assigned reading is pp. 386-400.

Friday, April 17

Wednesday we discussed white privilege and watched the video True Colors. The Keynote slides from lecture are available here.

Today we looked at the back-white pay gap. The Keynote slides are available here.

Monday we will being looking at gender. The assigned reading is 376-386.

Tuesday, April 14

One of the mini-essay options is to write about a campus lecture. (This can be done twice during the semester.) You might consider attending one of the events celebrating First Amendment Day Thursday:

Some other upcoming lectures you might consider are:

Monday, April 13

Friday I lectured on campus riots. The Keynote slides are here.

Today we examined the social construction of race. The Keynote slides are here.

Wednesday we will continue discussing race. The assigned reading is pp. 347-371.

Wednesday, April 9

I have backlog of lecture slides to post:

Last Wednesday I lectured on stratification from cradle to grave. The Keynote slides from lecture are available here.

On Friday Dan and Genevieve gave a guest lecture on explanations for stratification. The slides are here.

On Monday we discussed the distribution of economic resources in the U.S. and how corporations make money. The slides are here.

On Wednesday we looked at the poor and homeless. The slides are here.

Friday I will lecture on campus riots.

Recall that your course project is due Friday.

Saturday, March 28

Please remember that the exam is Monday during the regular lecture time and location. Friday we had a review session over the review sheet.

If you can't make the exam, please contact Sociology Central ASAP.

Thursday, March 26

The review sheet for the second exam is here.

Wednesday, March 25

Today we discussed social movements. The Keynote slides from lecture are here.

Friday, March 13

Wednesday we concluded our look at bureaucracy and began examining McDonaldization. The Keynote slides from lecture are here

Friday we finished looking at McDonaldization and then had an overview of the social organization of religious conversions featuring studies of Billy Graham rallies. The Keynote slides from lecture are here.

The assigned reading for the Monday after break is chapter 14.

Have a great break.

Monday, March 9

Friday we discussed power & deviance. The Keynote slides are here.

Monday we concluded our look at deviance, examined social dilemmas, and began a discussion of bureaucracy. The Keynote slides are here.

Wednesday we will discuss McDonaldization. The assigned reading is pp. 274-290.

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

Wednesday, March 4

Today we examined crime trends and labeling theory. The Keynote slides from lecture are here.

Friday we will look at deviance from a conflict perspective. The assigned reading is pp. 238-253.

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

I want to especially recommend Joel Best's public talk on "Damned Lives and Statistics" April 1, at 8 p.m., in the South Ballroom of the Memorial Union.

Some other upcoming lectures you might consider are:

Monday, March 2

Today we finished looking at the American family and then began examining deviance. The Keynote slides are here.

Wednesday we will continue on the topic of deviance. The assigned reading is pp. 232-238.

Friday, Feb. 27

Today we finished our look at the social organization of sex and then turned our attention to the American family. The Keynote slides from lecture are availble here.

Monday we will conclude examining the American family and then take up deviance. The assigned reading is pp. 218-232.

Please complete the class survey on the course WebCT site ASAP.

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Monday we looked at managing and mismanaging impressions, which was illustrated by David Luckenbill's study of homicide. The Keynote slides are here.

Today we began looking at the social organization of sex. The Keynote slides are here.

The class survey is available on the course WebCT site this week. Complete it to get credit for one mini-essay.

Friday, Feb. 20

Today we concluded our examination of the social construction of beauty and then began looking at impression management. The Keynote slides are here.

Monday we will look at mismanaging impressions. The assigned reading is pp. 174-182.

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

If you have not turned in the first part of your course assignment, please do that Monday.

Wednesday, Feb. 18

Today we went over the exam answers and then took up the social construction of beauty. The Keynote slides from lecture are here.

We will continue looking at beauty and then examine the concept of impression management on Friday. The assigned reading is pp 163-174.

Recall that the first part of your class assignment is due Friday.

Friday, Feb. 13

Today we concluded our look at gender socialization and then reviewed for the exam. The Keynote slides are here. The review sheet is here.

Have a good Valentine's Day weekend, but be sure to leave some time for studying.

Thursday, Feb. 12

The first exam is Monday at the regular class place and time. The review sheet is here.

If you can't take the exam at the regular time, you need to complete and hand into Sociology Central a make-up request form.

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Monday we began examining socialization, which was illustrated with Howard Becker's "Becoming a Marihuana User" study. The Keynote slides from lecture are available here.

Wednesday we turned our attention to gender socialization. The Keynote slides are here.

Friday we will finish gender socialization and review for the exam, which will be Monday.

Friday, Feb. 6

Today we concluded our look at material culture and examined emotions as an example of nonmaterial culture. The Keynote slides are here.

Monday we will turn to the topic of socialization. The assigned reading is 125-135.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Today we examined historical monuments as instances of material culture with examples from James Loewen's book Lies Across America. The Keynote slides from lecture are here.

Friday we will examine the sociology of emotions. The assigned reading is pp. 110-124.

Recall that your chapter 4 mini-essay is due Friday.

Monday, Feb. 2

Today we concluded our discussion of the social construction of reality by looking at self-fulfilling prophecies and then examined the nature of social research. The Keynote slides from lecture are available here.

Wednesday we will examine material culture by looking examples from James Loewen's book about historical monuments, Lies Across America.

Thanks everyone for cheering on the Steelers to the Super Bowl title!

Friday, Jan. 30

Wednesday we concluded our look at three perspectives of sociology and began examining the social construction of reality. The Keynote slides from lecture are here.

Friday we continued looking at the social construction of reality. The Keynote slides from lecture are here.

Please note that the Super Bowl in this Sunday and that all section 17 students should be cheering for the Steelers. Thank you.

Monday, Jan. 26

Today we began looking at three perspectives of sociology, but only got through the first, structural-functionalism. The Keynote slides from lecture are here.

Wednesday we will tackle the next two perspectives and then take up the social construction of reality. The assigned reading is pp. 51-67.

Saturday, Jan. 24

Better late then never, here is the poster I showed in class last week to note that Martin Luther King Jr. was a sociology major.

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).

Also note that a number of items have been added to the web site, including the Sociology Central schedule.

Friday, Jan. 23

Today we concluded our examination of Stanley Milgram's Obedience to Authority experiment. Then we looked at social order in emergency situations. The Keynote slides from lecture are here.

Monday we will begin looking at three major perspectives of sociology. The assigned reading is pp. 44-49.

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

Wednesday, Jan. 21

Today we concluded our look at the course theme and then turned our attention to Stanley Milgram's Obedience to Authority experiment. The Keynote slides from lecture are here.

Friday we will continue looking at social influence and Milgram's experiment. Then we will look at social order in emergency situations. The assigned reading is pp. 24-43.

Your chapter 2 mini-essay is due Monday.

Friday, Jan. 16

Today we continued looking at the course theme. The Keynote slides are available here.

Wednesday we will turn our attention to social influence by looking at Stanley Milgram's Obedience to Authority experiment. The assigned reading is pp. 17-23.

Enjoy the long weekend, Martin Luther King Day, and the Inauguration. And please remember to cheer for the Steelers Sunday evening.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

Today we began looking at the course theme--people are both cause and consequence of society. I illustrated this topic with examples related to love. The Keynote slides are available here.

Friday we will continue discussing the course theme. The assigned reading is pp. 8-16.

Recall that your chapter one mini-essay is due Friday. The essay should be posted on WebCT.

Monday, Jan. 12

Today was the first day of class. I went over the syllabus. The Keynote slides from lecture are here.

Wednesday we will begin discussing the course theme: people are both cause and consequence of society. The assigned reading is pp. 1-7.

Monday your chapter 1 mini-essay is due on the course WebCT site.

Saturday, Jan. 11

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, 7th edition. (I strongly recommend that you get the 7th edition because you may be tested over material that is not in the 6th edition.)

On the first day of class, Monday, Jan. 12, I will be going over the syllabus.

I'll see you in class on Monday.

134 Note Book

The syllabus is here.

The Keynote slides from Wednesday are here.

the final exam is Monday, May 4, from 2:15-4:15 p.m. in 125 Kildee.

How to contact the prof

Dave Schweingruber

Office: 317B East Hall

Phone: 294-4079

dschwein@iastate.edu

Office hours:

MW 2:10-3 p.m.

Or talk to me after class.

Or make an appointment.