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.
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
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%)