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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Amy Lodge

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Graduate Student
Amy Lodge

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Interests

health and well-being, aging and the life course, family, gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, the body

SOC 308S • Intro To Health & Society

46120 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm WEL 2.246
(also listed as H S 301 )
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Course Overview:

This course explores health, illness, and biomedicine from a sociological perspective. Specifically, we will examine how social forces influence health and disease in U.S. society.  To this end we will consider how and why rates of disease vary among different populations and how cultural and structural inequalities shape access to healthcare and affect morbidity and mortality.  We will also examine how social forces shape the very definitions of health, illness, and disease categories, and thereby medical diagnoses and treatments.  How do economic factors, politics, public perceptions of morality, and historical biases against specific populations shape our modern-day understandings and experiences of health and illness?  After mid-term break, we will spend considerable time examining the medical profession in our society— its historical emergence, how it established (and continues to maintain) professional autonomy, but also how it is now changing to respond to myriad challenges.  We consider the social consequences of the commodification of healthcare, and how new medical and information technologies are transforming our current healthcare system and the nature of the patient-physician relationship. Our course readings and discussions will help us address current bioethical controversies that continue to influence our beliefs about health and illness and shape our very understandings about human rights and personhood. We will conclude the term by focusing on the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the subsequent challenges to this health care legislation, and what it means for the future of health care in the U.S.

Course Goals:

This course has many goals.  By the end of the term, students should be able to:

  • contextualize and analyze contemporary health problems in the U.S. and abroad from a variety of disciplinary and professional perspectives. 
  • explain how social and cultural factors shape contemporary understandings and experiences of health and illness in U.S. society and around the globe
  • critically evaluate the motives and evidence people, professions, agencies, organizations, and corporations, use to make specific claims about health and illness. 
  • recognize the importance of social characteristics in assessing health outcomes for different demographic groups and populations.

 

 Required Reading:

         Course readings include scholarly articles, book chapters, a variety of public health, medical, and popular media publications, and three books, which are listed below.  Readings have been selected to acquaint students with the basic theoretical frameworks and subfields within medical sociology, but also – and perhaps more importantly – to enable them to make their own judgments about contemporary topics in health discourse and public policy.  The majority of the course readings will be available on Blackboard/Canvas.  I reserve the right to make changes to the assigned readings schedule throughout the term.  If and when I add additional readings during the semester, I will post them on Blackboard/Canvas, or in some cases, distribute them in class.  

Fadiman, Anne. 1997.  The Spirit Catches You and Then You Fall Down.  New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Reid, T. R. 2010. The Healing of America: a Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care. New York: Penguin.

Brawley, Otis. 2012.  How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Course Requirements and Grading:

This course is organized in a lecture format, but it is greatly enhanced by your participation.  For variety’s sake, I will often incorporate short video-clips, group activities, and/or writing exercises in our class session.  We will also spend considerable time each week discussing the readings and our own experiences, interests, and knowledge in this area.  Please remember that discussions will only be as rich as you all make them, so it is essential that everyone come prepared to speak about the readings thoughtfully and critically.  Your final evaluation for the course will be broken down as follows:

 

Pop-quizzes and in-class writing exercises                                                           10%

Students are expected to attend class, to read assignments before each class, and actively participate in classroom discussions during the week.  Quizzes will check your comprehension, but also keep you on track.  There will be 4 in-class writing assignments that will ask you to respond to a prompt. After 10 minutes, they will be collected and given a score of full credit, partial credit, or no credit. They each count for 1% of your grade. Three pop quizzes will also be administered during the term. Your two highest quiz grades will count, and each will be worth 3% towards your final grade.

 Exam #1    September 30th                                                                                   20%

 Exam #2    October 28th                                                                                       20%

 Paper Assignment                                                                                                 20%

You will write one paper during the term, choosing between two paper assignments offered during the course of the semester.  The paper will be approximately 5 pages in length (not to exceed 6 double-spaced pages), and will answer a specific question related to course topics.  Specific assignments will be distributed on the dates indicated below. Due dates are firm. Electronic submissions of papers will NOT be accepted. 

OPTION 1:  Essay exploring morality and health

                  A detailed assignment will be passed out on October 2.

                  (5 pages, DUE October 16 at the beginning of class)

 OPTION 2:  Essay on contemporary health care challenges      

                  A detailed assignment will be passed out on November 6.

                  (5 pages, DUE November 20 at the beginning of class)

  

Final Exam Friday, December 12th  2-5p.m.                                                         30%

 

 

 

SOC 323 • The Family

46220 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm GAR 1.126
(also listed as WGS 345 )
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This course analyzes the family as a social institution, using the sociological perspective. 

Studying the family can be tricky in that we all have our own experiences being part of families.  It is important, then, to go beyond our own experiences to explore both the private aspects of the family as well as public aspects of the family using various kinds of empirical data.  Shifting definitions of the family are the context for a brief history of the family.  Throughout the course we will explore family change. Specific topics will include dating, “hooking up” and marriage; parents and children; cohabitation, divorce and stepfamilies; and how the family intersects with, is shaped by, and shapes other social institutions, with particular attention to the economy and the world of work as well as state and social policies.

SOC 308 • Gender/Race/Class In Amer Soc

46290 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm CLA 1.106
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Description:

This course is designed to reveal how gender, race, and class intersect to structure individuals and groups’ life advantages and disadvantages in institutional arenas such as work, the family, education, health, the criminal justice system, popular culture and more.  The goal of this course is to learn how to apply a sociological perspective to analyze how individual and group life chances are shaped by broader structures of privilege and disadvantage based on gender, race, and class.

Required Readings:

• The Inequality Reader: Contemporary and Foundational Readings in Race, Class, and Gender 2nd edition. Editors: Grusky & Szelenyi (available at the University Coop and online)

• Course packet of additional readings (available at Paradigm Copies on 24th Street)

Grading and Requirements:

• Class Participation/ Engagement: Students are responsible for reading all assigned materials before coming to class. Once in class, students are required to demonstrate engagement with the material. This means, above all, respect for our learning environment. Please be respectful of others’ opinions and experiences, please arrive on time, and stay the entire class period unless you have informed the Professor that you will need to leave early. Attendance is not required. The use of email, social networking sites, and phones during class are strictly prohibited.

Course Requirements and Evaluation:

 

SOC 308 • Gender/Race/Class In Amer Soc

46070 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm CLA 1.106
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Description:

This course is designed to reveal how gender, race, and class intersect to structure individuals and groups’ life advantages and disadvantages in institutional arenas such as work, the family, education, health, the criminal justice system, popular culture and more.  The goal of this course is to learn how to apply a sociological perspective to analyze how individual and group life chances are shaped by broader structures of privilege and disadvantage based on gender, race, and class.

Required Readings:

• The Inequality Reader: Contemporary and Foundational Readings in Race, Class, and Gender 2nd edition. Editors: Grusky & Szelenyi (available at the University Coop and online)

• Course packet of additional readings (available at Paradigm Copies on 24th Street)

Grading and Requirements:

• Class Participation/ Engagement: Students are responsible for reading all assigned materials before coming to class. Once in class, students are required to demonstrate engagement with the material. This means, above all, respect for our learning environment. Please be respectful of others’ opinions and experiences, please arrive on time, and stay the entire class period unless you have informed the Professor that you will need to leave early. Attendance is not required. The use of email, social networking sites, and phones during class are strictly prohibited.

Course Requirements and Evaluation:

• Exams (60%): There will be three exams in this course, each worth 20% of your total grade. Exams will be multiple-choice format No make-up exams will be given without prior approval from the Professor. 

• Social Issue Papers (30%): Students are required to write two “social issue” papers for the course, each worth 15% of your total grade. Social issue papers are 3-4 page double-spaced papers that address a contemporary social issue or problem related to gender, race, and/or class (i.e. racial discrimination in the criminal justice system; gender tracking in the education system). Roughly one page should consist of a description of the social issue (outside research is highly encouraged). The remainder of the paper should consist of a sociological analysis of the social problem that integrates concepts, theories, and/or readings from the course (i.e. how do social inequalities, institutional factors, and/or social meanings help us to understand the issue).

• Observation Papers (10%): Observational papers will consist of “pop” in-class response papers that relate to course material (readings & lecture). There will ten observation papers throughout the semester, each worth one point each. No makeup papers will be given, barring 1) a religious holiday 2) a serious illness or death in the family (documentation is required)

Final Grades: are based on the standard scale set by the University, whereby: 93- 100%= A; 90-92.9% = A-; 87-89.9% = B+; 83-86.9%=B; 80-82.9%= B-; 77-79.9% = C+;73-76.9%= C; 70-72.9%=C; 67-69.9% = D+; 63-66.9= D; 60-62.9%= D-; <60 = F

*No Extra Credit Opportunities will be given.

SOC F321K • Sex & Violence In Pop Culture

88480 • Summer 2012
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am BUR 108
(also listed as WGS F345 )
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Description

This course is designed to present the familiar world of popular culture in a new light.  From a sociological perspective, culture provides us with a lens to examine our collective values, beliefs, fears, and dreams.  Popular culture reflects, reproduces, shapes, and sometimes challenges our understanding of the world around us and ourselves. Sex and violence are common themes in popular culture, yet the ways in which they are represented reflect larger socio-cultural, historical, economic, political forces.  Students will learn to be become critical and reflective viewers of popular culture by analyzing the larger forces and belief systems that shape cultural representations.  A key focus of this course concerns the ways in which cultural depictions reflect, reproduce, or challenge social inequalities of race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.  

Required Texts 

 Course packet from Paradigm Copies

Grades

Grades will be based on exams, media response papers, and in-class writing assignments. 

 

 

SOC 308 • Gender/Race/Class In Amer Soc

45425 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 900am-1000am BUR 108
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Description:

This course is designed to reveal how gender, race, and class intersect to structure individuals and groups’ life advantages and disadvantages in institutional arenas such as work, the family, education, health, the criminal justice system, popular culture and more.  The goal of this course is to learn how to apply a sociological perspective to analyze how individual and group life chances are shaped by broader structures of privilege and disadvantage based on gender, race, and class.

Required Readings:

The Inequality Reader: Contemporary and Foundational Readings in Race, Class, and Gender 2nd edition. Editors: Grusky & Szelenyi (available at the University Coop and online)

• Course packet of additional readings (available at Paradigm Copies on 24th Street)

Grading and Requirements:

• Class Participation/ Engagement: Students are responsible for reading all assigned materials before coming to class. Once in class, students are required to demonstrate engagement with the material. This means, above all, respect for our learning environment. Please be respectful of others’ opinions and experiences, please arrive on time, and stay the entire class period unless you have informed the Professor that you will need to leave early. Attendance is not required. The use of email, social networking sites, and phones during class are strictly prohibited.

Course Requirements and Evaluation:

Exams (60%): There will be three exams in this course, each worth 20% of your total grade. Exams will be multiple-choice format No make-up exams will be given without prior approval from the Professor. 

Social Issue Papers (30%): Students are required to write two “social issue” papers for the course, each worth 15% of your total grade. Social issue papers are 3-4 page double-spaced papers that address a contemporary social issue or problem related to gender, race, and/or class (i.e. racial discrimination in the criminal justice system; gender tracking in the education system). Roughly one page should consist of a description of the social issue (outside research is highly encouraged). The remainder of the paper should consist of a sociological analysis of the social problem that integrates concepts, theories, and/or readings from the course (i.e. how do social inequalities, institutional factors, and/or social meanings help us to understand the issue).

Observation Papers (10%): Observational papers will consist of “pop” in-class response papers that relate to course material (readings & lecture). There will ten observation papers throughout the semester, each worth one point each. No makeup papers will be given, barring 1) a religious holiday 2) a serious illness or death in the family (documentation is required)

Final Grades: are based on the standard scale set by the University, whereby: 93-100%= A; 90-92.9% = A-; 87-89.9% = B+; 83-86.9%=B; 80-82.9%= B-; 77-79.9% = C+;73-76.9%= C; 70-72.9%=C; 67-69.9% = D+; 63-66.9= D; 60-62.9%= D-; <60 = F

*No Extra Credit Opportunities will be given.

SOC 308 • Gender/Race/Class In Amer Soc

45262 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm NOA 1.102
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This course explores the ways in which broader structures of privilege and disadvantage in American society intersect to shape individuals’ lives.  We will examine the ways in which inequalities of gender, race, class, and sexuality shape individuals’ experiences in a wide-range of institutional realms: marriage and the family, education, employment, the political system, health care, the criminal justice system, and the media. 

SOC F321K • Sex & Violence In Pop Culture

88535 • Summer 2011
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am PAI 4.42
(also listed as WGS F345 )
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Description:

 This course is designed to present the familiar world of popular culture in a new light.  From a sociological perspective, culture provides us with a lens to examine our collective values, beliefs, fears, and dreams.  Popular culture reflects, reproduces, shapes, and sometimes challenges our understanding of the world around us and ourselves. Sex and violence are common themes in popular culture, yet the ways in which they are represented reflect larger socio-cultural, historical, economic, political forces.  Students will learn to be become critical and reflective viewers of popular culture by analyzing the larger forces and belief systems that shape cultural representations.  A key focus of this course concerns the ways in which cultural depictions reflect, reproduce, or challenge social inequalities of class, race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. 

Required Texts: 

  • Gender, Race, and Class in Media: A Critical Reader 3rd Ed. By Gail Dines and Jean M. Humez (available at the University co-op)
  •  Course packet of additional readings


 

Publications

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES:

Reczek, Corinne, Mieke Beth Thomeer, Amy C. Lodge, Debra Umberson, and Megan Underhill.  Forthcoming. “Diet and Exercise in Parenthood: A Social Control Perspective.” Journal of Marriage and Family.

Lodge, Amy C. and Debra Umberson. 2013. “Age and Embodied Masculinities: Midlife Gay and Heterosexual Men Talk about their Bodies.” Journal of Aging Studies 27(3): 225-232.

Lodge, Amy C. and Debra Umberson. 2012.  “All Shook Up: Sexuality of Mid to Later Life Married Couples.”  Journal of Marriage and Family 74(3): 428-443.

BOOK CHAPTER:

Lodge, Amy C. and Debra Umberson. Forthcoming. “Sexual Intimacy among Mid to Later Life Couples.” To appear in Couple Relationships in Mid and Late Life: Current Perspectives, edited by J. Bookwala. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 

ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS:

Lodge, Amy C. and Debra Umberson. 2014. “Family Status and Mental Health” pp. 1471–1476 in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society, edited by W.C. Cockerham, R. Dingwall and S. Quah. New York: Wiley Blackwell.

Lodge, Amy C. 2014. “Parenthood, Childlessness, and Wellbeing” pp. 4603-4608 in Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research, edited byAlex C. Michalos. New York: Springer.

Lodge, Amy C. and Brandon Andrew Robinson. 2013. “Austin Summit on LGBT Families Report.” Footnotes 41(5): 6.

BOOK REVIEW:

Lodge, Amy.  2009.  Book review of Risky Lessons: Sexual Education and Social Inequality, by Jessica Fields.  Sociological Insight 1(1): 162-165

 

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