SOC 396P • Public Sociology
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
This course will deal with the various conceptions of what public sociology is and what it should be, focusing especially on the debates that have ensued from disagreements on the topic. Specific issues to be covered include how sociologists should deal with the media, whether or not sociologists should participate in public policy debates, whether or not sociology as a discipline should spearhead movements for social justice, the pitfalls of public sociology for the discipline and for individual participants, and whether or not there should be academic rewards for participating in public sociology.
The grade will be based entirely on a major paper dealing with some aspect of public sociology. (Students enrolled on a Credit-No Credit basis will not be required to write the paper.) A copy of the more expensive ($85) book assigned will be provided to each enrolled student at no cost.
Assigned readings will include two recently published edited books about public sociology and several journal articles.