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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 [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.


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