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Courses - Spring 2024
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Open Seats as of
07/18/2024 at 08:30 AM
Selected Topics in Sociology; Explaining Social Change: Fact and Fiction in Understanding Why Our World Looks the Way it Does
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course examines large-scale processes of social change that have produced durable and defining aspects of our contemporary world and asks, How did we get here? It focuses on four key issues: how markets and the pursuit of profit came to organize virtually all aspects of material life and restructured societies around social classes; how democratic forms of governance emerged to direct states and the persistent challenges presented by authoritarian rule; how social revolution erupts and what kinds of changes it yields; and how warfare between states can produce varieties of change not necessarily comprehended in the foregoing domains.