Schedule

This course meets on Tuesdays, 6:30-8:10PM in 3611 James. It is expected that students will meet with the instructor regularly outside of the class meetings.

Our texts will be The Politics of Large Numbers by Alain Desosières [ISBN 0-674-00969-X] and Census and Identity edited by David I. Kertzer and Dominique Arel [ISBN 978-0-521-00427-5]. Additional readings will be assigned.

Topics:
@ 1) T 2/1: Introduction to the social construction of social problems.
2) T 2/8: The politics of large numbers, I. Read PLN 1 & 2.
3) T 2/15: The politics of large numbers, II. Read PLN 3 & 4.
4) T 2/22: The politics of large numbers, III. Read PLN 5 & 6.
5) T 3/1: The politics of large numbers, IV. Read Read PLN 7 & 8.
6) T 3/8: The politics of large numbers, V. Read PLN 9.

Examination 1. The politics of large numbers. Available T 3/8; due T 3/15.

7) T 3/15: Identifying data arguments & finding data.
8) T 3/22: The US Census & global social indicators.

9) T 3/29: Census and identity, I. Read CI 1.
10) T 4/5: Census and identity, II. Read CI 2 & 3.
11) T 4/12: Census and identity, III. Read CI 4 & 5.
No classes on T 4/19 or T 4/26. Spring break.
12) T 5/3: Census and identity, IV. Read CI 6 & 7.

Examination 2. Census and identity. Available T 5/3; due T 5/10.

13) T 5/10: Sociological arguments about social problems: the case of teen pregnancy.
14) T 5/17: Understanding the construction of a social problem.

Term paper due T 5/24.