For Saturday, 4/21 (SOC 1103 CN)

April 19, 2018

Prep

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 6 (‘Love and Loving Relationships’), primarily 6.4 (‘The Biochemistry of Love’), 6.7 (‘Jealousy: Trying to Control Love’), 6.8 (‘Love in Long-Term Relationships’), and 6.9 (‘Love Across Cultures’)
  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 7 (‘Sexuality and Sexual Expression Throughout Life’); esp. Sects. 7.1 (‘Sexualiy and Human Development’), 7.5 (‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Sex’), and 7.7 (‘Sexual Infidelity’)

In Class

  • TBA

For Next Time

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 8 (‘Dating and Mate Selection’)
  • Ansari (2015), Chs. 1 (‘Searching for Your Soul Mate’), Chs. 2 (‘The Initial Ask’), 3 (‘Online Dating’), 4 (‘Choice and Options’), 5 (‘International Investigations of Love’), 6 (‘Old Issues, New Forms: Sexting, Cheating, Snooping, and Breaking Up’), and 7 (‘Settling Down’)
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For Friday, 4/20 (SOC 303, Duuuuude)

April 19, 2018

Prep

  • HW due: Design Your Sampling Strategy. This was announced during class. I’ve attached a link to the Blackboard announcement in case you’ve had trouble finding it.
  • Saldaña (2011), Ch. 1. This is an open source textbook and is available free through e-books on the Lehman Library database.

In Class

  • We’ll start by talking about where you are on this week’s HW. 
  • Lab: Up Movies
  • Research Proposal Consultations. We’ll start next week’s HW in class, and I’ll come around to help you get things off the ground.

For Next Time

  • HW due: Choosing a Data Collection Method

For Monday, 4/23 (SOC 1103 MW)

April 18, 2018

Prep

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 9 (‘Singlehood, Cohabitation, Civil Unions, and Other Options’); focus on Sections 9.1 (‘The Single Option’), 9.4 (‘Why More People Are Single’), and 9.6 (‘Cohabitation’), and 9.7 (‘Gay and Lesbian Couples’)
    • Note: There will be a brief quiz on the reading. Watch this space for more details presently.

In Class

  • Review of the Midterm
  • TBA
  • For Next Time

For Next Time

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 11 (‘To Be or Not to Be a Parent’)

For Wednesday, 4/18 (SOC 1103)

April 17, 2018

Prep

In Class

  • Monday’s class was a mélange of mop-up action vis-a-vis Vol. I, on the one hand, and (all-too-brief) discussion of the dramatic twists on which Vol. II (the whole novel, really) hinges. In this, our final discussion, we’ll look at a couple of key scenes as portrayed in various film adaptations (probably just the 1940 version), make sure everybody’s clear on the plot from beginning to end, and then raise some questions concerning Austen’s general views on love and marriage.

For Next Time

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 9 (‘Singlehood, Cohabitation, Civil Unions, and Other Options’); focus on Sections 9.1 (‘The Single Option’), 9.4 (‘Why More People Are Single’), and 9.6 (‘Cohabitation’), and 9.7 (‘Gay and Lesbian Couples’)

For Friday, 4/13 (SOC 303)

April 12, 2018

Prep

We had a very poor turnout on Wednesday, but I elected to go ahead with the lab, since this one is crucial. Fortunately for those of you who weren’t able to make it/got blindsided by CUNY’s gotcha! scheduling, it’s a long one, and we didn’t finish. So we’ll start it up for everybody again on Friday, and I’ll consult with the early finishers on their research questions.

A lot of angst was expressed about the upcoming research proposal deadlines, so I’ll try to make sure I do some consulting with each of you whenever you’re able to wrap up the lab (and I’ve already asked the Wednesday lab veterans to step up and help you guys with it after they finish.)

In Class

  • Lab: Exploring Sampling

For Next Time

  • HW due: Design Your Sampling Strategy

For Saturday, 4/14 (SOC 1103 CN)

April 12, 2018

Most of you (if not all) failed to do the reading over spring break, and thus missed some crucial material. For Saturday, please catch up (somewhat) by making sure you read the Coates essay, as well as a new chapter in the textbook.

Prep

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, ‘The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration’ (The Atlantic, October 2015)
  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 5 (‘Socialization and Gender Roles’). We’ll pay special attention to the material on the distinction between sex and gender, so focus on Sections 5.2 (‘The Nature-Nurture Debate’) and 5.5 (‘Gender Ideologies and Traditional Gender Roles’).

In Class

For Next Time

  • The midterm is due by the end of the day (23:59) on Wednesday, 18 April.
  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 6 (‘Love and Loving Relationships’), primarily 6.4 (‘The Biochemistry of Love’), 6.7 (‘Jealousy: Trying to Control Love’), 6.8 (‘Love in Long-Term Relationships’), and 6.9 (‘Love Across Cultures’)
  • Ansari (2015), Chs. 1 (‘Searching for Your Soul Mate’), Chs. 2 (‘The Initial Ask’), 3 (‘Online Dating’), 4 (‘Choice and Options’), 5 (‘International Investigations of Love’), 6 (‘Old Issues, New Forms: Sexting, Cheating, Snooping, and Breaking Up’), and 7 (‘Settling Down’)

For Monday, 9/16 (SOC 1103 MW)

April 9, 2018

A few of you have not submitted your midterms, even though the deadline has come and gone. If you haven’t yet submitted, I can only strongly encourage you to get it in ASAP. If you turn it in after I finish grading, it’s a big, fat zero.

You may remember the class participation essay I mentioned before the break; I’ve now added it as a new writing assignment. It’s not due for a few weeks, but you should try to get this in as soon as you can. The sooner you turn it in, the sooner I can give you feedback on what you should work on going forward.

Finally, speaking of feedback, I’ve also set up a survey so that you can post feedback about the course anonymously. You can find it here.

Prep

In Class

  • Midterm Review: On Reading to Understand the Structure of an Argument.
  • Did Charlotte Lucas Make the Right Choice?
  • Why Don’t More Women Propose?
  • Pride & High School Prejudice: In a Bloomberg Op-Ed piece on ‘closeted’ conservatives in academia, an anonymous literature professor reports suggesting that his department teach Jane Austen in order to increase enrollments, to which one colleague, becoming ‘very upset’, retorted that ‘this was just a way of catering to the prejudices that students learned in high school’. What kind of prejudices might she have been referring to?
  • Midterm Review: On Arguments from Authority

For Next Time

For Monday, 9 April (SOC 1103 MW)

March 28, 2018

Prep

In Class

  • TBA

For Next Time

For Wednesday, 3/28 (SOC 1103 MW)

March 26, 2018

Prep

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 8 (‘Dating and Mate Selection’); esp. Sections 8.3 (‘Meeting Others’), 8.4 (‘Why We Choose Each Other: Some Mate-Selection Theories’), and 8.5 (‘A Multicultural View of Mate Selection’)

Note: We had to drop the excerpts from Sex at Dawn, a speculative and brilliantly provocative book on the evolution of our sexuality, but I will probably make reference to some of these ideas in the future, perhaps even tomorrow. Here are the links again in case you have time and the inclination to check them out:

Again, the link above is optional reading. You might also check out this TED talk by one of the authors, which summarizes many of the central ideas.

In Class

  • Discussion: Sex, Dating, & Mate Selection
  • Review: Midterm

For Next Time

  • The midterm is now due by 11:59pm on Sunday, 1 April. That’s no April Fool’s joke.
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813), Vol. I. Pride & Prejudice is widely available online for free. I think it’s a novel well worth owning, and the version I’ve ordered has the benefit of annotations to bridge some of those cultural and historical gaps in our understanding; but I can understand if you need to save a little dough. Just make sure you borrow a copy from the library or bring a tablet so that you’ll have ready access to the text in class.

 

For Saturday, 4/7 (SOC 1103 CN)

March 26, 2018

Prep

In Class

  • TBA

For Next Time

  • TBA