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Samuel J Clark
SOC 401
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Sociology

Selected topics of contemporary interest taught by a sociologist active in the field. Topics vary and may be substantive, theoretical, or methodological.

Class description

This course introduces issues in African population studies from a demographic perspective. The first half of the course is a brief historical overview of population issues in Africa, and the second half examines the impacts of HIV/AIDS on contemporary Africa.

Student learning goals

Students should come away with a general understanding of population issues in Africa from pre-colonial times to the present, including the recent impacts of HIV.

Critical thinking that integrates multiple perspectives will be highlighted.

Students will have an opportunity to present an oral presentation.

General method of instruction

This is a discussion-based class. Students read and as a group discuss articles. They are encouraged to think beyond the articles and integrate other sources of knowledge in their discussion.

Recommended preparation

Come prepared to use your brain and your communication abilities. Students must read the assigned material and participate in discussions.

Class assignments and grading

This is a seminar-format course in which we will read and discuss articles. There will be four types of assignment: 1) completion of assigned reading, 2) half-page summaries/opinion statements for each article read, 3) an oral presentation and 4) two short essays.

The course grade will consist of four parts: essays (25% each for a total of 50%), oral presentation (20%), opinion statements (20%) and participation (10%).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Samuel J Clark
Date: 01/05/2007