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__ [1] by Alain Desosières [ISBN 0-674-00969-X] and __Census and Identity__ [2] 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.*