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Yong-Chool Ha
SOC 590
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Sociology

Examination of current substantive topics in sociology. Content varies according to recent developments in the field and the interests of the instructor. Topics covered in courses with this number lie outside those covered by other special topics courses numbered SOC 581 through SOC 589.

Class description

This course is a new attempt (perhaps the first of its kind) designed to offer students critical ways of thinking about social and institutional change in late industrialization. By suggesting ways to discover alternative ways of looking at social and economic phenomena, the course aims to enhance studentsí ability to think critically. More concretely this course will focus on how to derive implications of economic and other institutional actions for social change in contrast to the past approaches where the link is not clear. The role of the state in social change will be an important angle to understand the linkage between economic and social changes in late industrialization. Students will learn how economic changes are concretely linked to other institutional developments, such as civil society and democratization.

Student learning goals

Interdisciplinary understanding of social changes through the analysis of the patterns of linkage between economic development and social change and gaining knowledge on recent trends in macro sociology

comparative methods and understanding the linkage between micro economic actions and macro social changes

the role of the state in social change: How are economic and social changes linked and understood in the current literature on social changes?: Whether, to what extent and how the role of the state is understood in the current literature on economic development and social changes? How to think about the linkage between micro economic actions and macro social changes?

distinct psychological dispositions of lateness and catching up

the meaning and the role of tradition in late development

Critical comments on the current literature on civil society and democratization based on the understanding of the institutional and social ironies of economic success

General method of instruction

lecture, discussion, writing critical reviews and research paper

Recommended preparation

No specific requirement is necessary but some background in sociology and political economy will be helpful

Class assignments and grading

Reading assigned materials Presentation in class and participation in discussion Writing critical reviews(2) Final research paper

Attendance and class participation(20%) Critical review(30%) Research paper(50%)

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.
Last Update by Yong-Chool Ha
Date: 07/09/2013