Senate Document Number 3700S

Date of Senate Approval 3/02/00

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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:

APC Document 32: Addition of SOC 357, 410 and 446

Effective Date: Fall 2000

Add: On page 193, the following course descriptions:

357 Development and Social Change in Latin America (3)
Examines historical, political, as well as socio-economic perspectives of Latin America by focusing on the region's development during the 19th and 20th century. Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile, as well as other countries, will be used as case studies. Also, examines historic relations between the region and the United States. Prerequisites: SOC 100, 225. Fall.

Impact: No impact on staffing needs or other departments. No concurrences required.

Rationale: This course has been offered twice as a special topics course and it was well received by students. Enrollment was approximately 13-15 students, which is good for a University of our size. The analytical and theoretical focus of this course will be historic, socio-economic as well as political. Case studies help students to get a good idea of the rich cultural and historic differences among Latin American countries. This course is also substantially different from the current SOC 350 because of its comparative and theoretical perspective.

410 Sociology of Modern Society (3)
Examines 20th century society and culture as represented by modern film. What are the characteristics of our modern society, and how can we understand and explain them? Who, or where, is the "modern" individual? How do economic, political and cultural forces shape the individual and society? Prerequisite: SOC 310. Spring.

Impact: No impact on staffing needs or other departments. Concurrence sought with Mass Communication and obtained.

Rationale: This course will strengthen the department's electives, particularly at the upper level where in the past we have not been able to offer many courses. It is also a course that helps our students discuss empirical phenomena and try to make sociological sense of them.

446 Working Class Organizations in North America, Europe, and Latin America (3)

How successful have working class organizations been in their attempts to shape socio-political as well as economic conditions of their countries? In looking at comparative cases of working class organizations from the USA, Europe, and Latin America, this course examines how these organizations have influenced the historic course of capitalism and democracy in these regions. Prerequisites: SOC 100 and 225. See Department Chair.

Impact: No impact on staffing needs or other departments. No concurrences required.

Rationale: This course strengthens the department's electives. The course has also international as well as historic elements, which create connectors to our humanities program.