SO 330 Sociolog of Yth & Yth Cultures
S1T 2008 DL
Patterson, Christine M.
Ph.D. Sociology, 2007, University of Missouri-ColumbiaM.A. Sociology, 2000, University of Missouri-ColumbiaB.A. Sociology, 1993, University of California-San Diego
By email, discussion link, and phone
01/14/2008 - 03/09/2008
Hine, T. (2000). The rise and fall of the American teenager (1st ed.). NY: Perennial.
Nichols, S. and T. Good. (2004). America’s teenagers: Myths and realities. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Miner, Jr., M. (2004). Freaks, geeks, and cool kids: American teenagers, schools, and the culture of consumption (1st ed.). NY: Routledge.
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Focuses on the social and cultural aspects of development from the onset of adolescents through young adulthood. Examines historical and cultural differences in the concept of "youth." Topics include the effects of family friends and the media on identity and personal decisions; dating and mating; school and work popular culture values and consumerism; violence delinquency sex and risk taking. 3:0:3
I approach teaching in terms of three broad goals: encouraging critical thinking, applying course material to everyday life, and setting high standards. I think the role of the instructor is to facilitate learning. I will do this by posing critical questions and encouraging students to explore their thinking and try on new ways of thinking. My goal is to encourage students to engage course material by thinking through and reflecting upon his/her position in the context of the sociological research provided. This is important, since different disciplines have different conventions and practices. I also believe that applying this material to everyday life is important, because we are all a members of society and help to shape daily practices. Finally, I have high standards and expectations for my students. In my experience, students will rise to the challenge as long as the expectation is an obtainable goal.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Grades for the course will be determined as follows:
Discussion (week 1-8)
Activities (week 1, 3, 6-8)
Reaction Papers (week 2 and 5)
Course Grading Scale:
Your letter grade is determined based on the following scale. No rounding will be used when calculating your grades.
Letter Grade Policy:
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late work will not be accepted.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
This course deals with topics that may be sensitive and perhaps even controversial to some members of the class. This course may challenge the way you look at a variety of issues. My expectation is that you will keep an open mind. We should all work to establish a foundation of respect and trust . In order for us to engage in discussion and debate with each other about issues in this class, everyone is entitled to express her thoughts and reactions. However, one of the responsibilities I feel that we have in this context is to ensure that we are all attempting to move from our individual experiences and “common sense” views to a more critical, complex, and sociological understanding of issues. This means that we may disagree with one another or that we may attempt to push our thinking further, but this should be done in ways that do not involve personal attacks nor dismissing another person’s experience, ideas, and/or feelings.
1 Social History of American Youth to 1900
2 Social History of American Youth from 1900 to the Present
3 Politics, the Economy, and Youth
4 Peers, Families, and Schools
5 Media, Popular Culture and Consumerism
6 Delinquency, Violence and Substance Use
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