Course Syllabi

FIELD SCHOOL IN TUSCANY, ITALY

SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Department of Sociology courses to be instructed abroad

Summer 2008

SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY

SYLLABUS FOR SOC 475
THE CULTURE AND INSTITUTIONS OF ITALY

Instructor: Drs. Lee Miller and Alessandro Bonanno

Objectives:

Procedures:

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Textbook: A selection of readings on relevant topics will be made available to students before departure. This includes journal articles and book chapters selected by the instructor.

  • SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY

    SYLLABUS FOR SOC 168
    Introduction to Ethnic Studies

    (Not offered in Summer 2008)

    Instructor: Dr. Alessandro Bonanno

    Objectives:

    • This course is designed to introduce students to the topic of ethnic studies in sociology. . Students will become familiar with key concepts - such as culture, minority, ethnocentrism and stratification - and their analytic uses. This is a freshman level course. 
    • To study ethnic and racial social relations, their interpretations, and pertinent debates in current scientific literature
    • To compare racial and ethnic groups, religious groups, and women in Italy the United States.
    • To analyze and compare European and American debates on selected pertinent issues.

    Procedures:

    • The class will normally meet in the Pontremoly castle of Piagnaro. This is a XVI century structure which has been remodeled to accommodate the needs of modern scientific class instruction. Other class meetings will take place in various locations in the areas. Visits to relevant sites and meetings with local scholars are included in the class schedule.
    • The class will be normally held from 2:00-4:00 five days a week from May 11 to May 29 . Additional class meetings will take place in field locations at other available times.

    Evaluation:

    • Students are required to produce two small (4-6 pages) term papers. This assignment will account for 30 percent of the final grade. Moreover, they will be required to generate in class oral presentations on assigned topics. These presentations will be discussed in class and will serve as bases for the assigned term papers. Presentation and class discussion will account for 30 percent of the final grade. A final 12-15 term paper is required and it covers the remaining 40 percent of the final grade.

    Textbook: Selected readings will be provided prior to departure