Teaching

Courses Taught

International Development 

Course Description – This course will examine global patterns of development through a sociological perspective. We will explore how the political economy has changed over time and how globalization plays a role in different parts of the world. This class will look at these changes over time and connect them to world issues such as migration, global health and the environment. The underlying goal of the course is to obtain tools to think critically about international development with sociological theories. You will learn to investigate and critique key processes and institutions of sociological study. Students will take an active role in their learning through investigation of problems over the semester.

Social Research Methods

Course Description – This course examines the logic and methods of sociological research and its application, including project design, and measurement, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data.Students use hands on activities to apply course concepts and learn the process of social research.  The course also includes consideration of ethical implications of social research.

Jobs and Work 

Course Description – This course is meant to introduce you a sociological perspective to understand the labor market, workplaces and the economy. We will also examine how the workplace has changed with new technological advances and globalization. The underlying goal of the course is to obtain tools to think critically about jobs and work with sociological theories. You will learn to investigate and critique key processes and institutions of sociological study. This course is a General Education class. Students will take an active role in their learning through investigation of problems over the semester.

Principles of Sociology 

Course Description – This course is meant to introduce you to the fundamentals of sociology as a scientific discipline. Sociology is the study of social behavior and this class will provide you with an overview of the field of sociology, its major theoretical perspectives, basic social research methods, and key social processes and institutions. You will learn to investigate and critique key processes and institutions of sociological study.  In particular, we will focus on the individual, cultural, and structural components of inequality.

Technology in Society and Culture 

Course Description – In this course we will be exploring the role of technology in society and culture. We will explore our perceptions of technology, discuss how technology changes and grows, and examine the role of technology in different social institutions. We will look at the history of technology as well as the role it plays in our own lives. We will be concluding the semester with presentations where you have the opportunity to apply course concepts to a developing technology of your choice. Regardless if you are taking this class for your major, personal interest, or a general education credit, I believe you will find the material has real life applications.