Department of Sociology

Robert L. Reece


Ph.D., Duke University

Assistant Professor
Robert L. Reece

Contact

Interests


race; colorism; slavery; fatness and weight stigma

Biography


I am interested in pushing race scholarship past the point of simply mapping racial inequality onto a set of taken-for-granted racial categories. My research asks the question "what is race" and explores themes related to the origins of racialization and racialized social outcomes, the slipperiness of racial categories, and how physical appearance maps on to and intersects with race. I explore the origins of racial inequality, the origins of colorism, and draw empirical connections between historical origins and contemporary forms of racialized inequality. Moreover, I am investigating racial differences in health outcomes related to body weight discrimination and the intersections of fatness, race, and skin tone.

A list of my publications is below:

Reece, Robert L. Accepted for Publication. "The Future of American Blackness: On Colorism and Racial Reorganization" Review of Black Political Economy.

Reece, Robert L. Accepted for Publication. “Freedom to Resist: The Story of John Henry Sylvester and Strike City, Mississippi.” Journal of Mississippi History.

Reece, Robert L. 2020. "The Gender of Colorism: Understanding the Intersection of Skin Tone and Gender Inequality" Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy.

Reece, Robert L. 2019. “Coloring Racial Fluidity: How Skin Tone Shapes Multiracial Adolescents’ Racial Identity Changes.” Race and Social Problems.

Reece, Robert L. 2019. “Whitewashing Slavery: Legacy of Slavery and White Social Outcomes” Social Problems

Reece, Robert L. 2018. "Color Crit: Critical Race Theory and the History and Future of Colorism in the US." Journal of Black Studies

Reece, Robert L. 2018. “Coloring Weight Stigma: On Race, Colorism, Weight Stigma, and the Failure of Additive Intersectionality." Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

Reece, Robert L. 2018. “Genesis of U.S. Colorism and Skin Tone Stratification: Slavery, Freedom, and Mulatto-Black Occupational Inequality in the Late 19th Century.” Review of Black Political Economy 

O'Connell, Heather A. and Robert L. Reece. 2018. "Quantitative Studies of Place and Spatial Regression Analysis: A Study of the Legacy of Slavery in the U.S. South." Sage Research Methods Cases.

Reece, Robert L. and Maggie Hardy. 2017. "Moving Beyond Metrics: A Primer for Hiring and Promoting a Diverse Workforce in Entomology and Other Natural Sciences." Annals of the Entomological Society of America.

Reece, Robert L. and Aisha A. Upton. 2017. "How Skin Tone Shapes Civic Engagement Among Black Americans." Pp. 157-177 in Color Struck: How Race and Complexion Matter in the "Color-Blind" Era edited by L. L. Martin, H. D. Horton, C. Herring, V. M. Keith, and M. Thomas.

Reece, Robert L. 2016. “What Are You Mixed With?: An Analysis of Perceived Attractiveness, Skin Tone, and Mixed Raciality.” The Review of Black Political Economy.

Reece, Robert L. and Heather A. O’Connell. 2016. “How the Legacy of Slavery and Racial Composition Shape Public School Enrollment in the American South.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

Reece, Robert L. 2015 “The Plight of the Black Belle Knox: Race, College, Web Cam Models, and the Internet.” Porn Studies

Reece, Robert. 2014. “Blacking Up Critical Whiteness: Dave Chappelle as a Race Theorist.” Pp. 69-90 in (Re)positioning Race: Prophetic Research in a Post-Racial Obama Era edited by S. Barnes, Z. Robinson, and E. Wright III. New York: SUNY Press.

Reece, Robert. 2014. “Sex as Subversion: The Ethnosexual Protestor and the Ethnosexual Defender” Pp. 105-116 in Routledge International Handbook of Race Class and Gender edited by S. Jackson. New York: Routledge.

Courses


SOC 321K • Race, Science And Race Science

43920 • Spring 2022
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM RLP 0.106
CDWr

Description:
This course is designed to explore the broad history of how race has shaped the development
of science in the United States from the 1800s to the present, including medical treatments,
diagnostic criteria, technological developments, and business ventures. We will examine how
people of color suffered experimental practices that furthered medical science in particular (such
as birth control experiments in Puerto Rico), and through a reading of defunct theories of
inherent racial difference, we will examine how an obsessive focus on biological ideas of race
stunted scientific progress. Moreover, we will examine how ideas built on racial difference
shaped how Americans viewed their bodies and science (such as how the early weight loss
industry targeted white Americans). Finally, we will discuss the reemergence of old ideas about
racial difference through industries such as genetic ancestry testing and pharmaceutical use of
racialized medicine.

Required Texts
Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts
The Social Life of DNA by Alondra Nelson
Fearing the Black Body by Sabrina Strings
Medical Bondage by Deirdre Cooper Owens

Grading Policy
Students will be graded based on short weekly response papers that evaluate their critical
understanding of that week’s texts, a mid-term research paper on a relevant topic of their choice
where they will be given in-depth feedback on their writing and analysis in preparation for a final
term paper and an accompanying in-class presentation.

SOC 344 • Racial And Ethnic Relations

44030 • Spring 2022
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM RLP 0.128
CD

This course will introduce students to the sociological study of race and ethnicity. It is designed to help students understand and learn to interrogate the origins and social production of race and racial inequality and how both continue to shape the world that we all live in. Topics will range from the multiplicative origins of the idea of race and racial classification to the breadth and depth of racial inequality and how even racial inequality is stratified further by skin shade to theories and speculations about the future of racial demographic change. This is an upper division course that has been designed to be collaborative and student led. Although I offer a scaffolding for the course and will serve as a guide and moderator, the specific directions of the learning will rely heavily on student input.

This course carries the flag for Cultural Diversity in the United States. The purpose of the Cultural Diversity in the United States Flag is for students to explore in depth the shared practices and beliefs of one or more underrepresented cultural groups subject to persistent marginalization. In addition to learning about these diverse groups in relation to their specific contexts, students should engage in an active process of critical reflection. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one underrepresented cultural group in the U.S.

You must have completed 60 hours of coursework to enroll in this course.

Attendance Policy

I encourage you all to attend class each day. I do not track attendance; however, studies show that class attendance is highly correlated with grades so it is in your best interest to log on every day.

Course Materials

I will provide all of your readings through Canvas. Please pay attention to page numbers! Videos listed on the syllabus are available online through the library website with your UT login. SYLLABUS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITH FAIR NOTICE

Assignments and Grading (all assignments will have a Canvas submission portal; please do not email them to us)

Summary of Recommended Readings (once per semester) – 10%

You will each be assigned one week where you are responsible for reading and writing a 300 word summary of one of the recommended readings of your choice for that week. Your summary is due at the beginning of Tuesday’s class for that week. You will then also give a quick verbal summary to the class and field their questions.

Discussion Questions – 25%

Every week you will be responsible for completing a two part assignment worth a total of 100 points. 50 points will be based on your submission of three discussion questions by midnight on Tuesday. The questions should demonstrate your knowledge of that week’s material or ask for a deeper discussion of one of the week’s topics. Avoid generic questions that do not apply specifically to the course material. For example, you may ask which of the social theories we discussed that week seem more relevant to a current event or how that week’s topic ties in with a previous week. We will use these questions to guide class on Thursday. The remaining 50 points depend on your attendance and participation in Thursday’s class. You must submit the questions and participate in class to earn full credit for the week.

Weekly Quizzes – 25%

Each Friday you will be given a quiz consisting of five short answer questions. We will post the quiz to Canvas Friday morning and you will have until midnight to complete it. You are welcome to use your readings and notes to answer the questions.

Policy Proposal and Presentation – 40%

A substantial portion of your grade will come from a policy proposal and presentation that you will complete in assigned groups. While you will need to complete a fair amount of work for this project outside of class, we will also carve out class time for you to work on it. This will allow us to offer guidance and answer questions as you work. The parameters of the project are as follows. Refer to the rubric at the end of the syllabus for specific grading criteria.

 

Stage One – Identify a COVID-19 race related problem

•Examples here include racial disparities in fatalities, harassment of Asian Americans, infections of incarcerated people, etc.

Stage Two – Identify relevant data and research to describe the scope of the problem

•Peer reviewed data may not be available yet, but look for policy reports, investigative reporting, data from organizations like the CDC and World Health Organization, etc.

•Write 400 words describing the scope of the problem; provide relevant data, examples, sources.

•Use a citation style of your choice

Stage Three – Identify the historical and contemporary factors that set the stage for this problem

•A virus doesn’t express biases so describe the social forces that led to a racialized problem

•Write 500 words explaining these factors; this should include more peer reviewed sources

•Use a citation style of your choice

Stage Four – Develop policy solutions

•What should the government do to fix this problem?

•How can those solutions be implemented?

•Write 500 words explaining your policy and plan for implementation

State Five – Presentation

•Prepare a 10 minute presentation using PowerPoint to highlight the main points of your proposal

•Use clean, legible slides and graphics, tables, and images where relevant

 

Late Work and Makeup Policy

I understand that sometimes things happen, particularly in the middle of a global pandemic. If you need to makeup an assignment, contact us as soon as possible and we will try to make accommodations.

 

Grading Scale

A   94%

A-  90%

B+ 87%

B   84%

B-  80%

C+ 77%

C   74%

C-  70%

D   65%

F< 65%

SOC 321K • Race, Science And Race Science

44810 • Fall 2021
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM RLP 1.102
CDWr

Description:
This course is designed to explore the broad history of how race has shaped the development
of science in the United States from the 1800s to the present, including medical treatments,
diagnostic criteria, technological developments, and business ventures. We will examine how
people of color suffered experimental practices that furthered medical science in particular (such
as birth control experiments in Puerto Rico), and through a reading of defunct theories of
inherent racial difference, we will examine how an obsessive focus on biological ideas of race
stunted scientific progress. Moreover, we will examine how ideas built on racial difference
shaped how Americans viewed their bodies and science (such as how the early weight loss
industry targeted white Americans). Finally, we will discuss the reemergence of old ideas about
racial difference through industries such as genetic ancestry testing and pharmaceutical use of
racialized medicine.

Required Texts
Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts
The Social Life of DNA by Alondra Nelson
Fearing the Black Body by Sabrina Strings
Medical Bondage by Deirdre Cooper Owens

Grading Policy
Students will be graded based on short weekly response papers that evaluate their critical
understanding of that week’s texts, a mid-term research paper on a relevant topic of their choice
where they will be given in-depth feedback on their writing and analysis in preparation for a final
term paper and an accompanying in-class presentation.

SOC 344 • Racial And Ethnic Relations

44915 • Fall 2021
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM RLP 0.102
CD

This course will introduce students to the sociological study of race and ethnicity. It is designed to help students understand and learn to interrogate the origins and social production of race and racial inequality and how both continue to shape the world that we all live in. Topics will range from the multiplicative origins of the idea of race and racial classification to the breadth and depth of racial inequality and how even racial inequality is stratified further by skin shade to theories and speculations about the future of racial demographic change. This is an upper division course that has been designed to be collaborative and student led. Although I offer a scaffolding for the course and will serve as a guide and moderator, the specific directions of the learning will rely heavily on student input.

This course carries the flag for Cultural Diversity in the United States. The purpose of the Cultural Diversity in the United States Flag is for students to explore in depth the shared practices and beliefs of one or more underrepresented cultural groups subject to persistent marginalization. In addition to learning about these diverse groups in relation to their specific contexts, students should engage in an active process of critical reflection. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one underrepresented cultural group in the U.S.

You must have completed 60 hours of coursework to enroll in this course.

SOC 321K • Race, Sci And Race Sci-Wb

44690 • Spring 2021
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM
Internet; Synchronous

Description:
This course is designed to explore the broad history of how race has shaped the development
of science in the United States from the 1800s to the present, including medical treatments,
diagnostic criteria, technological developments, and business ventures. We will examine how
people of color suffered experimental practices that furthered medical science in particular (such
as birth control experiments in Puerto Rico), and through a reading of defunct theories of
inherent racial difference, we will examine how an obsessive focus on biological ideas of race
stunted scientific progress. Moreover, we will examine how ideas built on racial difference
shaped how Americans viewed their bodies and science (such as how the early weight loss
industry targeted white Americans). Finally, we will discuss the reemergence of old ideas about
racial difference through industries such as genetic ancestry testing and pharmaceutical use of
racialized medicine.

Required Texts
Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts
The Social Life of DNA by Alondra Nelson
Fearing the Black Body by Sabrina Strings
Medical Apartheid by Harriet Washington
Medical Bondage by Deirdre Cooper Owens

Grading Policy
Students will be graded based on short weekly response papers that evaluate their critical
understanding of that week’s texts, a mid-term research paper on a relevant topic of their choice
where they will be given in-depth feedback on their writing and analysis in preparation for a final
term paper and an accompanying in-class presentation.

SOC 302 • Intro To The Study Of Society

43565-43590 • Spring 2020
Meets MW 12:00PM-1:00PM
SB

Description:

This course will introduce students to the sociological study of society. It is designed to help students understand the larger factors shaping social life and equip them with the tools to interrogate and comprehend the world around them. The course will introduce basic sociological concepts such as the relationship between the individual and society, the social construction of reality, and the causes and consequences of social inequality along with the methods sociologists use to examine these relationships. We will examine major topics in sociological research, including, but not limited to, inequality, mobility, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, crime, punishment and social control, the family, education, and immigration. 
 
 Readings 

I generally try to spare students the high cost of books, so I will provide all of your readings through Canvas.

Assignments and Grading 

Weekly Quizzes – 60% 

Each week, except those indicated on the syllabus, your TA will issue a quiz during your discussion section. These quizzes will be a combination of short answer and multiple choice and measure your engagement with the reading and lecture content. Each quiz will be five questions, and we will issue a total of twelve quizzes over the course of the semester. That means that each question will be worth one percent of your final grade. 

Midterm – 20% 

The midterm will be a comprehensive take home exam consisting of 20 questions, a combination of short answer (1-3 sentences) and multiple choice. The questions will test your knowledge of the core concepts we’ve covered up until this point and your ability to apply them to real-world situations. While I do not issue formal study guides, I will reserve the Monday of the week of the midterm for students to ask any questions they have related to the test or concepts we have covered in class (this is for clarification and elaboration only; do not expect me to repeat an entire lecture because you missed a day of class). Shortly after class, I will issue the exam to students, and it will be due to their respective TAs by Friday at midnight. 

Final – 20% 

The final will also be a comprehensive take home exam of 20 questions, a combination of short answer (1-3 sentences) and multiple choice. It will be issued the last Wednesday (12-6) of class and due to TAs by the following Wednesday (12-13) at midnight. Our review for the final will be the previous Wednesday. 

Late Work and Makeup Policy 

I understand that sometimes things happen. If you would like to makeup work, I expect you to present formal documentation of these things within a week of the assignment’s due date, and we will schedule a time for your makeup. 

Grading Scale A 94% 

A- 90% 

B+ 87% 

B 84% 

B- 80% 

C+ 77% 

C 74% 

C- 70% 

D 65% 

F< 65% 

 

SOC 302 • Intro To The Study Of Society

43595-43620 • Spring 2020
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:00PM
SB

Description:

This course will introduce students to the sociological study of society. It is designed to help students understand the larger factors shaping social life and equip them with the tools to interrogate and comprehend the world around them. The course will introduce basic sociological concepts such as the relationship between the individual and society, the social construction of reality, and the causes and consequences of social inequality along with the methods sociologists use to examine these relationships. We will examine major topics in sociological research, including, but not limited to, inequality, mobility, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, crime, punishment and social control, the family, education, and immigration. 
 
 Readings 

I generally try to spare students the high cost of books, so I will provide all of your readings through Canvas.

Assignments and Grading 

Weekly Quizzes – 60% 

Each week, except those indicated on the syllabus, your TA will issue a quiz during your discussion section. These quizzes will be a combination of short answer and multiple choice and measure your engagement with the reading and lecture content. Each quiz will be five questions, and we will issue a total of twelve quizzes over the course of the semester. That means that each question will be worth one percent of your final grade. 

Midterm – 20% 

The midterm will be a comprehensive take home exam consisting of 20 questions, a combination of short answer (1-3 sentences) and multiple choice. The questions will test your knowledge of the core concepts we’ve covered up until this point and your ability to apply them to real-world situations. While I do not issue formal study guides, I will reserve the Monday of the week of the midterm for students to ask any questions they have related to the test or concepts we have covered in class (this is for clarification and elaboration only; do not expect me to repeat an entire lecture because you missed a day of class). Shortly after class, I will issue the exam to students, and it will be due to their respective TAs by Friday at midnight. 

Final – 20% 

The final will also be a comprehensive take home exam of 20 questions, a combination of short answer (1-3 sentences) and multiple choice. It will be issued the last Wednesday (12-6) of class and due to TAs by the following Wednesday (12-13) at midnight. Our review for the final will be the previous Wednesday. 

Late Work and Makeup Policy 

I understand that sometimes things happen. If you would like to makeup work, I expect you to present formal documentation of these things within a week of the assignment’s due date, and we will schedule a time for your makeup. 

Grading Scale A 94% 

A- 90% 

B+ 87% 

B 84% 

B- 80% 

C+ 77% 

C 74% 

C- 70% 

D 65% 

F< 65% 

 

SOC 302 • Intro To The Study Of Society

43250-43275 • Fall 2019
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM WCH 1.120
SB

Description:

This course will introduce students to the sociological study of society. It is designed to help students understand the larger factors shaping social life and equip them with the tools to interrogate and comprehend the world around them. The course will introduce basic sociological concepts such as the relationship between the individual and society, the social construction of reality, and the causes and consequences of social inequality along with the methods sociologists use to examine these relationships. We will examine major topics in sociological research, including, but not limited to, inequality, mobility, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, crime, punishment and social control, the family, education, and immigration. 
 
 Readings 

I generally try to spare students the high cost of books, so I will provide all of your readings through Canvas.

Assignments and Grading 

Weekly Quizzes – 60% 

Each week, except those indicated on the syllabus, your TA will issue a quiz during your discussion section. These quizzes will be a combination of short answer and multiple choice and measure your engagement with the reading and lecture content. Each quiz will be five questions, and we will issue a total of twelve quizzes over the course of the semester. That means that each question will be worth one percent of your final grade. 

Midterm – 20% 

The midterm will be a comprehensive take home exam consisting of 20 questions, a combination of short answer (1-3 sentences) and multiple choice. The questions will test your knowledge of the core concepts we’ve covered up until this point and your ability to apply them to real-world situations. While I do not issue formal study guides, I will reserve the Monday of the week of the midterm for students to ask any questions they have related to the test or concepts we have covered in class (this is for clarification and elaboration only; do not expect me to repeat an entire lecture because you missed a day of class). Shortly after class, I will issue the exam to students, and it will be due to their respective TAs by Friday at midnight. 

Final – 20% 

The final will also be a comprehensive take home exam of 20 questions, a combination of short answer (1-3 sentences) and multiple choice. It will be issued the last Wednesday (12-6) of class and due to TAs by the following Wednesday (12-13) at midnight. Our review for the final will be the previous Wednesday. 

Late Work and Makeup Policy 

I understand that sometimes things happen. If you would like to makeup work, I expect you to present formal documentation of these things within a week of the assignment’s due date, and we will schedule a time for your makeup. 

Grading Scale A 94% 

A- 90% 

B+ 87% 

B 84% 

B- 80% 

C+ 77% 

C 74% 

C- 70% 

D 65% 

F< 65% 

 

 

SOC 302 • Intro To The Study Of Society

43280-43305 • Fall 2019
Meets MW 11:00AM-12:00PM WCH 1.120
SB

Description:

This course will introduce students to the sociological study of society. It is designed to help students understand the larger factors shaping social life and equip them with the tools to interrogate and comprehend the world around them. The course will introduce basic sociological concepts such as the relationship between the individual and society, the social construction of reality, and the causes and consequences of social inequality along with the methods sociologists use to examine these relationships. We will examine major topics in sociological research, including, but not limited to, inequality, mobility, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, crime, punishment and social control, the family, education, and immigration. 
 
 Readings 

I generally try to spare students the high cost of books, so I will provide all of your readings through Canvas.

Assignments and Grading 

Weekly Quizzes – 60% 

Each week, except those indicated on the syllabus, your TA will issue a quiz during your discussion section. These quizzes will be a combination of short answer and multiple choice and measure your engagement with the reading and lecture content. Each quiz will be five questions, and we will issue a total of twelve quizzes over the course of the semester. That means that each question will be worth one percent of your final grade. 

Midterm – 20% 

The midterm will be a comprehensive take home exam consisting of 20 questions, a combination of short answer (1-3 sentences) and multiple choice. The questions will test your knowledge of the core concepts we’ve covered up until this point and your ability to apply them to real-world situations. While I do not issue formal study guides, I will reserve the Monday of the week of the midterm for students to ask any questions they have related to the test or concepts we have covered in class (this is for clarification and elaboration only; do not expect me to repeat an entire lecture because you missed a day of class). Shortly after class, I will issue the exam to students, and it will be due to their respective TAs by Friday at midnight. 

Final – 20% 

The final will also be a comprehensive take home exam of 20 questions, a combination of short answer (1-3 sentences) and multiple choice. It will be issued the last Wednesday (12-6) of class and due to TAs by the following Wednesday (12-13) at midnight. Our review for the final will be the previous Wednesday. 

Late Work and Makeup Policy 

I understand that sometimes things happen. If you would like to makeup work, I expect you to present formal documentation of these things within a week of the assignment’s due date, and we will schedule a time for your makeup. 

Grading Scale A 94% 

A- 90% 

B+ 87% 

B 84% 

B- 80% 

C+ 77% 

C 74% 

C- 70% 

D 65% 

F< 65% 

 

 

SOC S302 • Intro To The Study Of Society

83825 • Summer 2019
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM GDC 2.410
SB

Description:

This course will introduce students to the sociological study of society. It is designed to help students understand the larger factors shaping social life and equip them with the tools to interrogate and comprehend the world around them. The course will introduce basic sociological concepts such as the relationship between the individual and society, the social construction of reality, and the causes and consequences of social inequality along with the methods sociologists use to examine these relationships. We will examine major topics in sociological research, including, but not limited to, inequality, mobility, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, crime, punishment and social control, the family, education, and immigration. 
 
 Readings 

I generally try to spare students the high cost of books, so I will provide all of your readings through Canvas.

Assignments and Grading 

Weekly Quizzes – 60% 

Each week, except those indicated on the syllabus, your TA will issue a quiz during your discussion section. These quizzes will be a combination of short answer and multiple choice and measure your engagement with the reading and lecture content. Each quiz will be five questions, and we will issue a total of twelve quizzes over the course of the semester. That means that each question will be worth one percent of your final grade. 

Midterm – 20% 

The midterm will be a comprehensive take home exam consisting of 20 questions, a combination of short answer (1-3 sentences) and multiple choice. The questions will test your knowledge of the core concepts we’ve covered up until this point and your ability to apply them to real-world situations. While I do not issue formal study guides, I will reserve the Monday of the week of the midterm for students to ask any questions they have related to the test or concepts we have covered in class (this is for clarification and elaboration only; do not expect me to repeat an entire lecture because you missed a day of class). Shortly after class, I will issue the exam to students, and it will be due to their respective TAs by Friday at midnight. 

Final – 20% 

The final will also be a comprehensive take home exam of 20 questions, a combination of short answer (1-3 sentences) and multiple choice. It will be issued the last Wednesday (12-6) of class and due to TAs by the following Wednesday (12-13) at midnight. Our review for the final will be the previous Wednesday. 

Late Work and Makeup Policy 

I understand that sometimes things happen. If you would like to makeup work, I expect you to present formal documentation of these things within a week of the assignment’s due date, and we will schedule a time for your makeup. 

Grading Scale A 94% 

A- 90% 

B+ 87% 

B 84% 

B- 80% 

C+ 77% 

C 74% 

C- 70% 

D 65% 

F< 65% 

 

SOC 302 • Intro To The Study Of Society

44040-44065 • Spring 2019
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:00PM BEL 328
SB

Description:

This course will introduce students to the sociological study of society. It is designed to help students understand the larger factors shaping social life and equip them with the tools to interrogate and comprehend the world around them. The course will introduce basic sociological concepts such as the relationship between the individual and society, the social construction of reality, and the causes and consequences of social inequality along with the methods sociologists use to examine these relationships. We will examine major topics in sociological research, including, but not limited to, inequality, mobility, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, crime, punishment and social control, the family, education, and immigration. 
 
 Readings 

I generally try to spare students the high cost of books, so I will provide all of your readings through Canvas.

Assignments and Grading 

Weekly Quizzes – 60% 

Each week, except those indicated on the syllabus, your TA will issue a quiz during your discussion section. These quizzes will be a combination of short answer and multiple choice and measure your engagement with the reading and lecture content. Each quiz will be five questions, and we will issue a total of twelve quizzes over the course of the semester. That means that each question will be worth one percent of your final grade. 

Midterm – 20% 

The midterm will be a comprehensive take home exam consisting of 20 questions, a combination of short answer (1-3 sentences) and multiple choice. The questions will test your knowledge of the core concepts we’ve covered up until this point and your ability to apply them to real-world situations. While I do not issue formal study guides, I will reserve the Monday of the week of the midterm for students to ask any questions they have related to the test or concepts we have covered in class (this is for clarification and elaboration only; do not expect me to repeat an entire lecture because you missed a day of class). Shortly after class, I will issue the exam to students, and it will be due to their respective TAs by Friday at midnight. 

Final – 20% 

The final will also be a comprehensive take home exam of 20 questions, a combination of short answer (1-3 sentences) and multiple choice. It will be issued the last Wednesday (12-6) of class and due to TAs by the following Wednesday (12-13) at midnight. Our review for the final will be the previous Wednesday. 

Late Work and Makeup Policy 

I understand that sometimes things happen. If you would like to makeup work, I expect you to present formal documentation of these things within a week of the assignment’s due date, and we will schedule a time for your makeup. 

Grading Scale A 94% 

A- 90% 

B+ 87% 

B 84% 

B- 80% 

C+ 77% 

C 74% 

C- 70% 

D 65% 

F< 65% 

 

 

SOC 302 • Intro To The Study Of Society

44110-44135 • Spring 2019
Meets TTH 3:30PM-4:30PM BEL 328
SB

Description:

This course will introduce students to the sociological study of society. It is designed to help students understand the larger factors shaping social life and equip them with the tools to interrogate and comprehend the world around them. The course will introduce basic sociological concepts such as the relationship between the individual and society, the social construction of reality, and the causes and consequences of social inequality along with the methods sociologists use to examine these relationships. We will examine major topics in sociological research, including, but not limited to, inequality, mobility, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, crime, punishment and social control, the family, education, and immigration. 
 
 Readings 

I generally try to spare students the high cost of books, so I will provide all of your readings through Canvas.

Assignments and Grading 

Weekly Quizzes – 60% 

Each week, except those indicated on the syllabus, your TA will issue a quiz during your discussion section. These quizzes will be a combination of short answer and multiple choice and measure your engagement with the reading and lecture content. Each quiz will be five questions, and we will issue a total of twelve quizzes over the course of the semester. That means that each question will be worth one percent of your final grade. 

Midterm – 20% 

The midterm will be a comprehensive take home exam consisting of 20 questions, a combination of short answer (1-3 sentences) and multiple choice. The questions will test your knowledge of the core concepts we’ve covered up until this point and your ability to apply them to real-world situations. While I do not issue formal study guides, I will reserve the Monday of the week of the midterm for students to ask any questions they have related to the test or concepts we have covered in class (this is for clarification and elaboration only; do not expect me to repeat an entire lecture because you missed a day of class). Shortly after class, I will issue the exam to students, and it will be due to their respective TAs by Friday at midnight. 

Final – 20% 

The final will also be a comprehensive take home exam of 20 questions, a combination of short answer (1-3 sentences) and multiple choice. It will be issued the last Wednesday (12-6) of class and due to TAs by the following Wednesday (12-13) at midnight. Our review for the final will be the previous Wednesday. 

Late Work and Makeup Policy 

I understand that sometimes things happen. If you would like to makeup work, I expect you to present formal documentation of these things within a week of the assignment’s due date, and we will schedule a time for your makeup. 

Grading Scale A 94% 

A- 90% 

B+ 87% 

B 84% 

B- 80% 

C+ 77% 

C 74% 

C- 70% 

D 65% 

F< 65% 

 

 

SOC 302 • Intro To The Study Of Society

44710-44735 • Spring 2018
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:00PM BEL 328
SB

Description:

This course will introduce students to the sociological study of society. It is designed to help students understand the larger factors shaping social life and equip them with the tools to interrogate and comprehend the world around them. The course will introduce basic sociological concepts such as the relationship between the individual and society, the social construction of reality, and the causes and consequences of social inequality along with the methods sociologists use to examine these relationships. We will examine major topics in sociological research, including, but not limited to, inequality, mobility, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, crime, punishment and social control, the family, education, and immigration. 
 
 Readings 

I generally try to spare students the high cost of books, so I will provide all of your readings through Canvas.

Assignments and Grading 

Weekly Quizzes – 60% 

Each week, except those indicated on the syllabus, your TA will issue a quiz during your discussion section. These quizzes will be a combination of short answer and multiple choice and measure your engagement with the reading and lecture content. Each quiz will be five questions, and we will issue a total of twelve quizzes over the course of the semester. That means that each question will be worth one percent of your final grade. 

Midterm – 20% 

The midterm will be a comprehensive take home exam consisting of 20 questions, a combination of short answer (1-3 sentences) and multiple choice. The questions will test your knowledge of the core concepts we’ve covered up until this point and your ability to apply them to real-world situations. While I do not issue formal study guides, I will reserve the Monday of the week of the midterm for students to ask any questions they have related to the test or concepts we have covered in class (this is for clarification and elaboration only; do not expect me to repeat an entire lecture because you missed a day of class). Shortly after class, I will issue the exam to students, and it will be due to their respective TAs by Friday at midnight. 

Final – 20% 

The final will also be a comprehensive take home exam of 20 questions, a combination of short answer (1-3 sentences) and multiple choice. It will be issued the last Wednesday (12-6) of class and due to TAs by the following Wednesday (12-13) at midnight. Our review for the final will be the previous Wednesday. 

Late Work and Makeup Policy 

I understand that sometimes things happen. If you would like to makeup work, I expect you to present formal documentation of these things within a week of the assignment’s due date, and we will schedule a time for your makeup. 

Grading Scale A 94% 

A- 90% 

B+ 87% 

B 84% 

B- 80% 

C+ 77% 

C 74% 

C- 70% 

D 65% 

F< 65% 

 
 

SOC 302 • Intro To The Study Of Society

45150-45175 • Fall 2017
Meets MW 12:00PM-1:00PM ART 1.102
SB

Description:

This course will introduce students to the sociological study of society. It is designed to help students understand the larger factors shaping social life and equip them with the tools to interrogate and comprehend the world around them. The course will introduce basic sociological concepts such as the relationship between the individual and society, the social construction of reality, and the causes and consequences of social inequality along with the methods sociologists use to examine these relationships. We will examine major topics in sociological research, including, but not limited to, inequality, mobility, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, crime, punishment and social control, the family, education, and immigration. 
 
 

  • Department of Sociology

    The University of Texas at Austin
    305 E 23rd St, A1700
    RLP 3.306
    Austin, TX 78712-1086
    512-232-6300