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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Welcome Spring Students!

Here's to a great semester. Still cannot believe that it is 2012.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Sunday, May 01, 2011


Before you contact me about your grade, please reflect on the following to see if your AB was up to par:

The AB has three parts: summary, evaluation, and reflection.

Summarize: What are the main arguments? What is the point of the book or article? What topics are covered? If someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say?
When appropriate, describe the author's methodology or approach to material. For instance, you might mention if the source is an ethnography or if the author employs a particular kind of theory.

Evaluate/Assess: After summarizing a source, evaluate it. Is it a useful source? How does it compare with other sources in your bibliography? Is the information reliable? Is this source biased or objective? What is the goal of this source?

Reflect: Explain how the source fits into your research. Was this source helpful to you? How does it help you shape your argument? How can you use this source in your research project? Has it changed how you think about your topic? Explain how researching this material assisted your own project.

Here is one example (among many others you can find, from

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. New York: Anchor Books, 1995.

Lamott's book offers honest advice on the nature of a writing life, complete with its insecurities and failures. Taking a humorous approach to the realities of being a writer, the chapters in Lamott's book are wry and anecdotal and offer advice on everything from plot development to jealousy, from perfectionism to struggling with one's own internal critic. In the process, Lamott includes writing exercises designed to be both productive and fun.

Lamott offers sane advice for those struggling with the anxieties of writing, but her main project seems to be offering the reader a reality check regarding writing, publishing, and struggling with one's own imperfect humanity in the process. Rather than a practical handbook to producing and/or publishing, this text is indispensable because of its honest perspective, its down-to-earth humor, and its encouraging approach.

Chapters in this text could easily be included in the curriculum for a writing class. Several of the chapters in Part 1 address the writing process and would serve to generate discussion on students' own drafting and revising processes. Some of the writing exercises would also be appropriate for generating classroom writing exercises. Students should find Lamott's style both engaging and enjoyable.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sunday, December 05, 2010

gender norms and exam schedule

One more week of class! Everyone should check their grades on Blackboard to be sure there are no errors.

Here are the final exam procedures for each class:

SOC 201: The final exam is cumulative and consists of 60 multiple choice questions. Your exam date is listed below. The exam can be taken online or in class. Regardless of which you choose, the exam must be completed within the exam time. This time slot is different from the university exam period (the exam is at 9:30 in the morning rather than 8:30). Also, UNlike the format for previous tests in class, the final exam must be completed between 9:30 and 11:30 AM on test day. The test will NOT be open all day like other tests have been.
If you are choosing to come to class to complete the final exam, send me an email and let me know. I will see you at 9:30 on test day.
If you are choosing to take the exam online, the test will open at 9:30 and will only be open for a two hour window. Good luck.

9:00 class - exam Wednesday, December 15 from 9:30 to 11:30
10:00 class - exam Friday, December 17 from 9:30 to 11:30

SOC 340: If you have a grade average of 90% or better (once all grades have been posted, divide your total points by 380 to get your grade), then you are exempt from taking the final. If you are happy with your grade (either an A or A-), then email me to let me know you are not taking the exam.
If you are taking the final, it is cumulative and consists of essay questions for you to answer as a take-home. It is due Thursday, December 16. The final will be posted on Blackboard one week earlier, this Thursday on December 9. The exam must be typed and turned in to me as a hard copy. If you would like to turn it in early, this is possible, but not by email. Contact me.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Class Dismissed

Here are the links to the video we began watching in class (SOC 201), in case anyone is interested in finishing it. Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class (2007):

Part one:
Part two:
Part three:
Part four:
Part five:
Part six:
Part seven:
Part eight:

SOC 340 class: you may want to enjoy this movie, too! Part four features an emphasis on women.

Monday, September 27, 2010

gendered occupations

From a 1970s children's book (click to enlarge):

Thanks to Dianne. I love you guys are noticing class-related material in the world around you!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

SOC 201: the dangers of humor

Here is an article from Science Daily that discusses how telling jokes can have negative social consequences.

"A research project led by a Western Carolina University psychology professor indicates that jokes about blondes and women drivers are not just harmless fun and games; instead, exposure to sexist humor can lead to toleration of hostile feelings and discrimination against women."

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Welcome Fall Students

This is a supplementary website. You can browse this page for additional information that may be of interest to you.

Any class news, cancellations, etc. will be posted here during the course of the semester.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

SOC 201: race

It is generally agreed among sociologists that race is socially constructed based on the social realities, norms and group experiences within society at a particular time.

Take a look at this link:

Sunday, February 21, 2010

the wage gap

Here is a very cool interactive graphic from the New York Times. It breaks down the wage gap for a variety of occupations.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Valentine's Day

Here are those movie posters I was referring to in class (showing the social roles and what's deemed important for men and women). You can click them for better viewing.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

parts of the body in song

fleshmap puts together a unique map of the frequency with which body parts are mentioned in music. the size of a circle corresponds to how often that part is mentioned in each music genre. take a look.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Sneetches

One of your classmates found the full text of The Sneetches online and wanted to share it:

Sunday, November 01, 2009

careers for girls

as i said before, it is all around us!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

happy fall break

there is no class today, but here's a video you may enjoy:

The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

welcome SOC 340 students

Here is a link to the textbook on amazon. It says it is out of stock, but there are used copies, and you may be able to get the book from another online seller.

I have also contacted the bookstore.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

CRJS/SOC 316: Final Exam and Grades

Your exam grades are posted. Everyone got 10 points for free on this one. I will post final grades for the semester Saturday morning, so any issues need to be to me tomorrow.

It was a pleasure in class this semester. Enjoy your summer!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

war on drugs

Our topic for discussion today is the war on drugs. As with many topics, we can only begin to discuss this broad subject. For more, recent, and relevant information, see today's TalkLeft post: Harvard Lecturer: Legalize Drugs to End Border Violence.

Harvard Senior Lecturer Jeffrey Miron argues that prohibition [of drugs] creates violence, produces bribery, erodes our constitutional rights, harms national security and public health, and is a financial drain.

The post also criticizes President Obama's new plan to spend $700 million for border security.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

SOC/CRJS 316: Interim Grades for In-Class Assignments

In case you were wondering about your grade thus far in the category for in-class assignments, I have posted them online into Blackboard. You can check your grade there. The grade is as of today, 3-19-09, and reflects your total for the six assignments thus far (out of 70 points).

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

SOC/CRJS 316: first test

Schedule and status:

Just so that we are all 'on the same page,' your exam is Thursday. It is online, available through Blackboard, and must be completed in 45 minutes.

After you complete the exam, move onto chapter six: gender and delinquency. I have posted an article to read in addition to the chapter.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

SOC/CRJS 316: The Underclass

Students, please read the article on the underclass (William J. Wilson) for class on Thursday, Feb. 5. Be prepared to disucss the article. It is available on blackboard or on the web:

Friday, January 16, 2009

SOC/CRJS 316: more info on the boy who killed his father

In class we mentioned the 8-year-old boy accused of killing his father and another man in Arizona. In case you wanted more info, here are a few links: 8-Year-Old: 'I Shot My Dad'
Child Interrogated Without Legal Counsel Tells Inconsistent Story Prosecutors won't use 8-year-old murder suspect's statements

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Sunday, November 02, 2008

SOC 340: for your schedules

Now that you have turned in your final mini-projects, I hope that you turn your full attention to the major project you have due the beginning of December. For this, you will create a webpage (details are listed on the syllabus). This project may be done with the same partners you have been using, or you can form new groups - you may have up to four people in a group. I am giving two class periods for your group work. The schedule is as follows:

Nov. 10 - This class period we will go over the specifics of creating a webpage for those who need help. We will also discuss any questions you have on the project, so come prepared.

Nov. 12 & 14 - There is no official class these days. Use this time for groupwork and project/website development. (There will be no excuses that you cannot find time to work with your partner due to scheduling conflicts. You are all free during these class periods.)

Monday, September 22, 2008

regarding media messages of gender

As part of Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty, take a look at this video: Evolution

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

SOC 340: clarification on papers

I'm issuing a few clarifications on the assignments:

1- Because you are working in pairs, only one paper needs to be turned in. Put the names of both partners on the paper, and as long as no problems arise, both members will receive the same grade. [If issues do arise and you feel that your partner is not contributing equally, then please see me.]

2- Papers are due on the Friday of the week corresponding on the syllabus. This is true, except where noted [reading logs are due all at once on Nov. 24 and final projects are due on Dec. 1].

2- There is no assigned page length, as mentioned in class. I am expecting 2-4 pages for the first assignment [others may be longer]. That said, please write as much as you think is necessary to communicate your point. Content matters more than length.

3- Regarding the first paper due on gender norms, you can choose any gender norm you wish. I am assuming you have read the materials in the textbook and you should relate your experiences to what is referenced in the book. One group member can choose to violate the gender norm, both members can, or alternative arrangements can be made (like your husband does it, but you should be involved in the planning, execution, and of course, observations and write-up).

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Sneetches

Watch your homework. Someone sent me these links to The Sneetches on video. If you are interested...

Part 1:

Part 2:

Sunday, August 24, 2008

welcome SOC 340 students

This is a supplementary website. Your syllabus and course documents are located here [on blackboard].

You can browse this page for additional information that may be of interest to you.

Any class news, cancellations, etc. will be posted here during the course of the semester.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

If anyone is checking...

I will see you again in the fall.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

If anyone is checking...

I will not be teaching any classes in the fall.