My Courses

These are my courses. My courses are fun; but they’ll be lots of reading before you are done.

These are my courses. My courses are true.  An Alice brewed bottle to jumbo-fy you.

These are my courses, and this rhyme is done. So ‘scuse me while I go and enjoy the sun.

Sociology 231: Sociology of Religion

Sociology 2231: Sociology of Religion, is a three-credit, junior level course that introduces you to the phenomenon of human religion. Sociology 231 is a critical but sympathetic and unbaised look at the complicated phenomenon of human religion. In this course, you will learn the definition of religion, how religion starts, how it gets used and abused, and what it’s really about.

Table of Contents

  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: The Roots of Religion
  • Unit 3: Modern Religion and Opportunistic Corruption
  • Unit 4: Superstition, Violence, Intolerance and Evil
  • Unit 5: Emergent Religions and Unorganized Belief System
  • Unit 6: Selected Readings
  • Unit 7: Conclusion: Elite religion and the popular mystical core

Sociology 287: Intro to Sociology

Sociology 287: Introduction to Sociology, is a three-credit, junior level companion course to Sociology 288 Introduction to Social Movements. Together, these courses provide a full-year introduction to the study of sociology at the University level.

Sociology 287 introduces students to the critical study of society. In this course, you will learn about socialization, culture, race and ethnicity, gender, and the family. The goals of this course are to increase your awareness of the realities that surround us, and to provide you with the tools you need to move forward with a sensible understanding of the world you live in. Sociology 287 is an excellent, entertaining, and exciting introduction to the fascinating and enlightening study of sociology.

Table of Contents

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • Unit 2: Research Methods
  • Unit 3: Culture
  • Unit 4: Socialization and Social Rules
  • Unit 5: Deviance
  • Unit 6: The Family
  • Unit 7: Social Inequality and Stratification
  • Unit 8: Race and Ethnicity
  • Unit 9: Gender
  • Unit 10: Conclusion

Ben King

I have now taken Intro to Sociology 287 and Sociology 288 and I wanted to reach out to you just to let you know how much I enjoyed both classes. You have made the learning process very enjoyable for me. I appreciate your willingness to create courses that don’t conform to the typical structure. You challenge students to think critically and not to simply accept the social norms that too many people take comfort in. Thank you for opening our eyes. I also thoroughly enjoyed your book “Rocket Scientists Guide to Money and the Economy.” It was an excellent way to simplify our capitalist society. I may disagree a bit on the necessity for spirituality in changing the system but that could be my bias as a non-spiritual person. It was still an exceptional book and I have already lent it out and recommended it to others. 

Anyway, I’m looking forward to more of your courses as I pursue my Sociology degree. I do have Social Statistics starting in March, but am not expecting it to live up to the material in your other classes. Who knows, maybe you have found a way to even make statistics interesting. 

Sociology 288: Social Movements

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Sociology 288: Introduction to Social Movements, a three credit, junior level companion course to Sociology 287 Introduction to Sociology. Together, these courses provide a full-year introduction to the study of sociology at the University level.

This course is designed to introduce you to the study of social movements, with a practical focus on the tools and techniques useful for successful social movement organization.

  1. Understand the significance of ideas, ideology, and communication to the development, establishment, and success or failure of social movement.
  2. Understand what it means to “Manufacture Consent.”
  3. Understand the detrimental impact of ideologies of competition on the formation of local, national, and global social movements
  4. Be able to analyze any social movement in order to determine is source, impact, and the factors leading to its success or failure.

Table of Contents

  • Unit 1: A Rock and Roll Introduction to Social Movements
  • Unit 2: Ideas
  • Unit 3: Ideology
  • Unit 4: Competition and the Manufacture of Consent
  • Unit 5: Global Issues

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