“All social problems turn out to be problems of social control” (Park and Burgess 1921).” Social control was the organizing theme for the American Sociological Association conference in 1917. Over a century later, contemporary sociologists still focus on how social control affects social order. Most of us conform to the overarching norms of our society, but why? What happens if we don’t? How do social institutions such as medicine, sexuality, sports, the media, the police and military, work, education and religion affect social structure, relationships, identities, norms and opportunities? How do people reify and resist the myriad sources of social control? How can we use an intersectional approach to understand social control? In the beginning of the semester, we will explore these issues as we gain an understanding of formal and informal social control through the lens of various social institutions. We will also explore how social control is developed and maintained through ongoing socialization. The rest of the semester will mostly be independent work on theses and meetings with me individually along with presentation of your thesis to peers. Drawing on the conceptual resources of the course, each of you will empirically investigate some aspect of social control from a macro and/or micro approach. Your thesis will be based on original data collection methods. Your projects will result in a 25-35 page academic paper (fashioned after a journal article), which you will present at the departmental Senior Symposium on May 4 time 5:15-8:30.
Suarez, Alicia, "SOC 410A Senior Seminar - Social Structure, Social Interactions and Social Control Suarez Spring 2023" (2023). Course Syllabi. 205, Scholarly and Creative Work from DePauw University.