Course Catalog

1 Cooperative Education/Co-op in Community and Environmental Sociology. 1 cr. Full-time off-campus work experience which combines classroom theory with practical knowledge of operations to provide students with a background upon which to base a professional career. Students receive credit only for the term in which they are actively enrolled and working. The same work experience may not count towards credit in C&E Soc 399. P: So st. and consent of supervising instructor and academic advisor.

103 Agroecology: An Introduction to the Ecology of Food and Agriculture. (Crosslisted with Agroecol, Agronomy, Entom, Envir St) 3 cr (B-E). Agroecology has blossomed across the world in recent decades as not only a science, but also a practice, and a movement. This course will challenge students to employ the multiple disciplines and perspectives that Agroecology affords to analyze our agricultural and food systems wihin a broader context of dynamic social and ecological relationships. P: None.

140 Introduction to Community and Environmental Sociology. (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II; 3 cr (S-E). Sociological examination of the linkages between the social and biophysical dimensions of the environment. Key topics include community organizing, local food systems, energy transitions, environmental justice, resource dependence, and sustainable development in the green economy. P: Open to All Undergrads.

210 Survey of Sociology. (Crosslisted with Soc) I, II; 3-4 cr (b-S-I). Interrelations of personality, society and culture; social processes, structures, institutions and functions as they affect the building up and tearing down of society. P: So st. Open to Fr eligible to take Com B courses. Stdts may receive cr for only one of these courses: Soc 181, Soc/C&E Soc 210, 211.

211 The Sociological Enterprise. (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II; 3 cr (S-I). Basic principles and definitions of sociology. Readings and discussion of the perspectives of sociology, the individual and society, groups and social process, stratification, organizations and power, demography, and social change. P: So st. Jrs & Srs must be declared Sociology majors. Stdts may receive cr for only one of these courses: Soc 181, Soc/C&E Soc 210, 211.

215 Gender and Work in Rural America. (Cross-listed with Soc, Women St) I or II; 3 cr (S-I). Sociological dimensions of men’s and women’s work in nonmetropolitan areas of the United States. Examines gender divisions of “work” in its fullest sense: paid work in formal and informal economies, self-employment, and nonmarket work such as housework. P: Open to Fr.

222 Food, Culture, and Society. (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II; 3 cr (S-E). Social and cultural dimensions of the production, preparation, and consumption of food. Uses historical and cross-cultural analytical frameworks. Treats a wide variety of topics including pre-capitalist food systems, hunger, vegetarianism, sustainable agriculture, food and gender, genetic engineering. P: Open to Fr.

230 Agriculture and Social Change in Western History. (Crosslisted with Hist Sci) I or II; 3 cr (Z-E). Agricultural practices and social history from prehistoric times to the present. Topics include origins of agriculture, feudalism, agriculture in the Industrial Revolution, farming in America, and the consequences of the Green Revolution. P: Open to Fr.

245 Technology and Society. (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II; 3 cr (E). Students are introduced to a wide range of work on technology, the social forces shaping its development, and social impacts of its adoption. Students are encouraged to examine their assumptions about technology and its relationship to society. P: Open to Fr.

248 Environment, Natural Resources, and Society. (Crosslisted with Forest, Soc) I or II; 3 cr (S-E). Introduces the concerns and principles of sociology through examination of human interaction with the natural environment. Places environmental issues such as resource depletion, population growth, food production, environmental regulation, and sustainability in national and global perspectives. P: Open to Fr.

260 Latin America: An Introduction. (Crosslisted with Spanish, Anthro, Geog, History, Poli Sci, Afroamer, Soc) I or II or SS; 3-4 cr (S-E). Latin American culture and society from an interdisciplinary perspective; historical developments from pre-Columbian times to the present; political movements; economic problems; social change; ecology in tropical Latin America; legal systems; literature and the arts; cultural contrasts involving the US and Latin America; land reform; labor movements; capitalism, socialism, imperialism; mass media.

289 Honors Independent Study. I, II, SS; 1-2 cr (I). P: Enrolled in the CALS Honors Program & So or Jr st. Inter-Ag 288.

299 Independent Study. I, II, SS; 1-3 cr (I). P: Open to Fr, So or Jr st & written cons inst.

340 Issues in Food Systems. (Crosslisted with AAE) I, II; 3-4 cr (S-I). With primary emphasis on the U.S., the course covers social, economic and biological dimensions of food systems. Using classroom and community experience, the course combines academic approaches with practitioner knowledge. A community project is required. P: Jr st or cons inst.

341 Labor in Global Food Systems. (Crosslisted with Soc) 3 cr (S-I). Provides an overview of our current food system and how new technologies and globalization are reshaping it, focusing especially on the implications for workers throughout the food chain. We will also learn about the ways that social movements are working to reshape commodity chains by promoting local production, fair trade, and labor justice. P: A C&E Soc or Soc course.

357 Methods of Sociological Inquiry. (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II or SS; 3-4 cr (I). Scientific methods and their application in the analysis of society; procedures in testing sociological theory: problem definition, hypothesis construction, collection and evaluation of data. P: So st; not open to stdts who have taken Soc 358.

360 Statistics for Sociologists I. (Crosslisted with Soc) I, II, SS; 4 cr (r-I). Presentation of sociological data; descriptive statistics; probability theory and statistical inference; estimation and tests of hypotheses; regression and correlation and the analysis of contingency tables; lectures and lab. P: So st. Stdts may receive cr for only one of the following courses: Soc/C&E Soc 359, 360.

361 Statistics for Sociologists II. (Crosslisted with Soc) I, II; 3 cr (A). Review of statistical inference; analysis of variance and covariance; multiple regression and correlation; discrete attributes; lectures and lab. P: Soc/C&E Soc 360 or equiv and Jr st.

365 Data Management for Social Science Research. (Cross-listed with Soc) I or II or SS; 3-4 cr (I). The SAS System for statistical analysis and data processing. Also, the UNIX operating system, the EMACS editor, filtering data in UNIX, the SQL database language, and the graphical presentation of data. P: A first course in stats.

375 Special Topics: Expertise and Democracy. Irr.; 1-4 cr. Prerequisites: Consent of Instuctor.

375 Special Topics. Irr.; 1-4 cr. Prerequisites: Consent of Instuctor.

375 Special Topics: Sustainability, Democracy, and Education.Irr.; 3 cr. Prerequisites: Consent of Instuctor.

380 Contemporary Population Problems for Honors. (Crosslisted with Soc, Pop Hlth) I or II; 3 cr (Z-I). This course is designed to identify, examine the nature and evaluate the evidence regarding key population problems affecting modern societies in the developed and developing world. The course emphasizes the development of demographic models as a tool to frame, define and investigate these problems. Examples of problems studied include: relations between population growth and environment, population growth and socioeconomic development, population and emergence of new diseases. P: Course in college level math; course in college level biology; or cons inst. Open to Fr.

399 Coordinative Internship/Cooperative Education. I, II, SS; 1-8 cr (A). P: So, Jr or Sr st and cons supervising inst, advisor and internship program coordinator.

400 Study Abroad in Community and Environmental Sociology. I, II; 1-6 cr. P: Current registration in UW-Madison Study Abroad Program.

405 Education for Sustainable Communities. (Crosslisted with Curric, Envir St) 3 cr (S-I). How can education – for children and adults, in school and out – help to address crucial environmental and social sustainability challenges? What ideas and strategies have guided environmental and sustainability education over the years? What can individual people do to address environmental challenges, and what can only be accomplished by people working together? What does sustainability have to do with justice – and vice versa? Examine the principles behind behavior change and empowerment, community action and whole-scale social reform. Drawing on research and theory from across the social sciences, we will explore the uncertain relationship between education and advocacy, seeking the means by which education can have the greatest impact without compromising the core ideals of a democratic society. P: So st.

434 People, Wildlife and Landscapes. (Crosslisted with Geog, Envir St) I or II; 3 cr (S-I). This course explores the relationship between humans and wildlife amidst diverse landscapes, both historic and contemporary, tropical and temperate. We study how humans shape wild animal populations by modifying physical environments, and by hunting, domesticating and introducing species. P: Geog/Envir St 339.

475 Classical Sociological Theory. (Crosslisted with Soc) 3 cr (S-A). Classical theory; Marx, Durkheim, Weber, and other important classical theorists and schools of thought. Gateway to advanced courses in sociology. P: Completion of introductory Sociology course (C&E Soc/Soc140, Soc 181, C&E Soc/Soc 210, or C&E Soc/Soc 211).

500 Capstone Experience. 3 cr. A capstone experience involving the application of sociological concepts and methods to concrete social and environmental problems. Students work in teams and may engage problems using service learning, community based research, and interdisciplinary approaches. P: Sr st or cons inst.

532 Health Care Issues for Individuals, Families and Society. (Crosslisted with Cnsr Sci, Soc) II; 3 cr (S-I). This course covers issues related to health and health care delivery in our society. Topics include social, cultural and ethical influences on consumer definitions of health and use of medical care, and on the health care system’s responses. P: Jr st.

533 Public Health in Rural and Urban Communities. (Crosslisted with Soc) Irr.; 3 cr (S-A). Sociological approaches to community, rural, and public health. Examines epidemiological evidence for and policy solutions to health issues that impact vulnerable populations in diverse geographic and social settings. Topics include mental health, environmental and occupational health, preventive care, substance abuse. P: Jr st.

540 Sociology of International Development, Environment, and Sustainability. (Cross-listed with Soc and Envir St) 3 cr (S-I). Sociological analysis of relationships among economic growth, environmental sustainability and social justice in the developing world. Considers frameworks for understanding poverty, hunger, educational and technological inequality, and the impact of globalization on prospects for socially and ecologically sustainable development. P: Jr st or cons inst. This class fulfills the CALS International Studies requirement.

541 Environmental Stewardship and Social Justice. (Cross-listed with Soc) Irr.; 3 cr (S-A). Application of sociological theory and analysis to environmental issues. Course examines the ways in which environmental stewardship and conflict are embedded within broader cultural, social, and political contexts. P: Soc/Psych 530 or cons inst.

565 The Ethics of Modern Biotechnology. (Cross-listed with Med Hist, Agronomy, Philos) I or II; 3-4 cr (H-I). Study of ethical issues arising from the application of modern biotechnology to microorganisms, crops, and non-human animals. Readings cover moral theory, technology studies, political philosophy, the science used in biotechnology, and current regulations governing its use. P: Jr st & cons inst.

573 Community Organization and Change. (Cross-listed with Soc) Irr.; 3 cr (S-A). Examines theories of community change and different models of community organizing. P: Intro soc or cons inst.

578 Poverty and Place. (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II; 3 cr (e-S-A). The allocation of economic and social rewards in the United States; emphasis on persistently poor regions and communities; analysis of selected minority groups and their poverty statuses; poverty programs and their consequences for structural and cultural changes. P: Jr st & intro course in sociology or cons inst.

610 Knowledge and Society. (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II; 3 cr (S-A). This course examines topics related to what has been called the “knowledge society.” Science and technology have come to be dominant influences on our societies, our social lives, and our economies. This course explores various aspects of the sciences and technologies as they shape and are shaped by post-industrial societies. P: Upper class standing and two semester course in Sociology or C&E Sociology.

617 Community Development. (Crosslisted with Soc, Urb R Pl) I or II; 3 cr (S-A). Social, cultural and personality factors influencing community development, with reference to developing countries as well as contemporary rural communities; consideration of theoretical and operational issues. P: Jr st, intro course in sociology or cons inst.

622 Advanced Topics in Critical Sociology. (Cross-listed with Soc) Irr.; 3 cr (S-A). Topics include: Marxism and feminism; race and class; alternative theories of history; methodological issues in contemporary Marxism. P: Soc 621 or cons inst.

623 Gender, Society, and Politics. (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II; 3 cr (S-A). Examines the relationship between the social structures of gender (e.g., the domestic division of labor, sex-segregated occupational structures, gender ideologies, the social organization of sexuality) and political institutions, political activities, and state policies. P: Jr st.

630 Sociology of Developing Societies/Third World. (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II; 3 cr (S-D). Review of problems and prospects of so-called “developing societies.” Includes theory of economic/social development, political economic organizations of “developing” societies, history of colonialism/imperialism, attempts to industrialize and results of those attempts. P: Jr st.

645 Modern American Communities. (Crosslisted with Soc, Urb R Pl) I or II or SS; 3 cr (S-A). Intensive study of selected aspects of American society viewed from the sociological perspective in a community context. P: Jr st or cons inst.

649 Sociology of Work and Employment. (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II; 3 cr (A). Introduction to key themes in the sociology of work and employment. Uses comparative, historical, and theoretical perspectives to analyze contemporary transformations of work and employment in the ‘new economy’, with particular emphasis on the United States, Western Europe, and Japan. P: Jr st & completion of intro course in Soc/C&E Soc or cons inst.

650 Sociology of Agriculture. (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II; 3 cr (S-D). Introduction to sociology of agriculture in advanced industrial-capitalist societies, including theoretical, historical, and empirical issues of agriculture in the United States. P: Jr st, intro course in sociology, or cons inst.

652 Sociology of Economic Institutions. (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II; 3 cr (S-A). Sociological perspectives on the organization of the firm, financial markets, and work, intermediate associations (unions, ethnic economies), the state, and the international economy. Contrast between neoclassical, traditional institutionalist, post-fordist, and neo-fordist perspectives on the nature and evolution of these institutions. P: Sr st & cons inst.

655 Microfoundations of Economic Sociology. (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II; 3 cr (A). A review and critique of economic theory from a sociological perspective. Reviews central concepts of contemporary microeconomics (e.g., rationality, exchange, strategic interaction, evolution, information), addressing critiques and alternatives offered by economic sociologists, economists, and other behavioral and social scientists. P: Sr st & cons inst.

676 Applied Demography: Planning and Policy. (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II; 3 cr (S-A). Introduction to demographic concepts, methods, data, and trends for application in business, government, planning and other applied areas. Emphasis on U.S. census data and their uses. P: Intro course in stats or cons inst.

681 Senior Honors Thesis. I, II; 2-4 cr. P: Honors program candidacy.

682 Senior Honors Thesis. I, II, SS; 2-4 cr. Continuation of 681. P: Honors program candidacy & C&E Soc 681.

691 Senior Thesis. I, II; 2 cr.

692 Senior Thesis. I, II; 2 cr.

693 Practicum in Analysis and Research. (Crosslisted with Soc) II; 3 cr (A). Practical experience in techniques of social research through assignment to a research project for the semester. Lectures, readings, and discussions of the art and practice of research and the writing of research reports. For undergraduate and graduate students participating in the department’s Concentration in Analysis and Research. P: Jr st & cons inst. Open only to stdts currently enrolled as interns in CAR.

699 Special Problems. 1-4 cr (A). P: Sr st and cons inst.