ERIC Number: ED159094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Growing Edge of Sociology: New and Emerging Courses in the Discipline.
Cross, William M.
The emphasis of sociology as an academic discipline tends to reflect social conditions at any given time. This has been especially true since the early 1960s. Sociology course offerings during the period from World War I through the 1960s were theoretical and empirical, with the social problems emphasis placed in areas of social work and related disciplines. When relevance was emphasized during the 1960s courses on poverty, stratification, and mental illness were introduced into the curriculum. Three recently-developed courses in the sociology department of Illinois College reflect this trend. Problems of senior citizens, drug abuse, and alcoholism were treated early in the century by private institutions. However, growing concern by interest groups has brought these problems to widespread public attention, and two courses were recently established at Illinois College to study them. In addition to being relevant to community problems, the courses increase career options for students who take them. A similar course on the sociology of work and industry has been introduced to help sociology majors prepare to seek jobs in the field. In the development of the courses, networks of the author's personal acquaintances in the community and in the sociology profession were integral in locating teaching staff and guest speakers. (AV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society (Omaha, Nebraska, April 12-15, 1978); Not available in hard copy from EDRS due to poor reproducibility of original document