Social Inquiry

Mission Statement Top of Page

The Social Inquiry Department fosters intellectual growth and career preparation within a liberal arts tradition that emphasizes individual attention and embodies respect for diverse cultures and multiple voices. Through its contribution to the University's general education program and its major and minor curricula, the department helps students to become life-long learners who seek understanding as a valuable end in its own right. In particular, the department encourages students to apply reflective and systematic thought to the social world using the methodological tools of the social sciences and humanities. Our goal is to produce graduates who approach their lives, both as professionals and as responsible members of local and global communities, with reason and creativity. The Department offers majors and minors in Sociology, Political Science, History and Broad Field Social Studies, along with minors in Anthropology, Philosophy and Gender Studies.

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

Augsburger, Deborah - Associate Professor, Anthropology
Bahm, Karl - Professor, History
Dokhanchi, Khalil (Haji) - Professor, Political Science
Edwards, Eric - Associate Professor, Sociology
Evans, Brianna - Senior Lecturer, Gender Studies and Sociology
Fredericks, Trudy - Academic Department Associate
Gan, Cheong Soon - Assistant Professor, History
Krausch, Meghan - Assistant Professor, Sociology
LaChance Adams, Sarah - Associate Professor, Philosophy
Mansbach, Daniela - Associate Professor, Political Science
Riker-Coleman, Erik - Senior Lecturer, History
Sipress, Joel - Professor, History
Starratt, Priscilla - Professor, History
Torgerson, Tim - Senior Lecturer, Philosophy
Von Hagel, Alisa - Associate Professor, Political Science

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ANTH - Anthropology
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
ANTH 101The Human Experience3.00
Introduction to the principles, concepts and methods of cultural anthropology. Consideration of the ways in which cultural anthropology contributes to the understanding of human diversity.
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ANTH 104The History of Human Origins3.00
A history of human origins from the fish who crawled out of the sea to early hominids to the peopling of the continents. Uses fossil, archaeological, experimental archaeological, linguistic, oral narrative and genetic evidence. Honors the origin narratives of diverse peoples. All religious views welcome. Many films. Cross-listed as ANTH/HIST 104. Code 4
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Humanities - History
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
ANTH 175Superior Historic Archeology1.00
Students will learn about historic archaeological methodology by taking part in an archaeological excavation of the Old "Firehouse and Police Museum in Superior, WI. The goal of the course is to expose students to archaeological excavation methods and theory in conjunction with study of the historic archeology of Superior. Student findings will be kept on file with the Superior Public Museum.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ANTH 189Anthropology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ANTH 289Anthropology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ANTH 301Study Abroad0.00 - 6.00
Field trips designed by the faculty.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ANTH 310Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective3.00
Examines the cultural construction of gender from an anthropological, cross-cultural perspective. Attention is paid to sociocultural factors such as kinship, colonialism, industrialism, and economic development which influence gender definitions, roles, and the structure of gender relations. Cross-listed as ANTH/GST 310.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Global Awareness
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
ANTH 315Cultural Anthropology3.00
Detailed study of the human condition by focusing on a selection of specific cultures.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
ANTH 320Environmental Anthropology3.00
Exploration of human-environment interactions across time, space, and diverse cultures. Considers environmental relations involving indigenous, non-Western, and Western groups. Readings address traditional environmental knowledge, changing patterns of subsistence, population, sustainability, urbanism, politics, debates over resources, and more.
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
ANTH 325Food, Culture and Society3.00
An examination of food's role and uses in distinct communities. Topics may include gender, the body, ethnicity, class, belonging, meaning, culture change, ideology, food movements, and food and inequality.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
ANTH 333The History of Indigenous Peoples3.00
A course on a global history of Indigenous Peoples which will explore the history of conquered and marginalized societies in a world systems context. The course examines their loss of economic resources, environmental security, cultural, linguistic and political sovereignty and their strategies for survival and reemergence as re-empowered peoples. Examples from many regions of the world with many films. Examples may change but the learning goals remain the same. Cross-listed as ANTH/FNS/HIST 333. Code 4. RE.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Global Awareness
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
ANTH 340Language, Culture, and Society3.00
The study of language and language use as essential elements of human culture, connected to thought, experience, identity, power, and social relations.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
ANTH 368Cultures of Mesoamerica3.00
Investigates current and past cultures of Mesoamerica (located in present-day Mexico, Guatemala, and neighboring areas), both past and present, and their transformations and influence across time and borders. Employs archaeological, historical, and ethnographic data in a lecture, readings, film and discussion format. Cross-listed as ANTH/HIST/FNS 368. ANTH 101 highly recommended. Code 2.
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
ANTH 389Anthropology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ANTH 489Anthropology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-S course.
ANTH 490Selected Topics in Anthropology3.00
In-depth study of specialized current topics in Anthropology selected by the instructor. May be repeated once for credit when instructor and/or topics are different.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ANTH 499Independent Study1.00 - 4.00
Supervised independent study and/or research in Anthropology. Prior contract with instructor is required.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
 
ENST - Environmental Studies
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
ENST 200People and the Environment: Challenges & Actions3.00
This course builds on knowledge of physical processes of human-environment interactions, such as climate change and freshwater depletion, to learn about the social and cultural processes that are crucial for understanding the environmental challenges that human beings face and our best means of dealing with them. The course includes lecture, discussion, experiential learning, and student research.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
 
GST - Gender Studies
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
GST 150Introduction to Gender Studies3.00
Introduction to Gender Studies explores various answers to the question: How does gender influence the way in which we interact with and are impacted by society? To that end, this course introduces students to feminist perspectives and challenges students to incorporate self-exploration with academic skill to analyze one's personal experience, and the experience of others, within social institutions such as family, government, employment, religion, and education through the lens of gender. We will examine how issues of gender within our society intersect with race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, differing abilities, and age to perpetuate a system of oppression.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
GST 189Gender Studies Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
GST 210Sociology of Gender3.00
Introduces the social construction of sex and gender. It focuses on both local and international materials, with particular attention to gender inequality in contemporary societies. Intersections with class, race, nation and other social categories are also explored. Cross listed with SOCI/GST 210.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
GST 255Gender and Sexuality in Writing3.00
Explores writing on gender and sexuality with a focus on texts by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex (LGBTQI) and allied writers from diverse cultures, classes, races, and ethnicities. Students discover and deepen their own perspectives through writing and reading. Students of all genders and gender identities are welcome. Cross listed as WRIT/GST 255. Course includes Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) high-impact practice.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
GST 258Gender, Psychology and Society3.00
Discussion and study of development of gender roles across the lifespan. Topics include the social construction of sex and gender differences, status and power, feminist psychology, childhood and adolescence, relationships, family, work and achievement, and diversity. Meets the Diverse Perspectives requirement for Psychology major. Meets a requirement for the Gender Studies minor. Qualifies as an Academic Service-Learning course, involving a 15-hour community placement commitment (see Academic Service-Learning for more details). Cross-listed as PSYC/GST 258.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
GST 270Psychology of Men and Masculinity3.00
This course is devoted to exploring men's experience in society, the cultural messages men receive about masculinity, and the implications of these for behavior and mental health. Topics include: ideology about the transition from boyhood to manhood, the privileges and perils of manhood status, men's friendships, work primacy, health issues, intimacy and power issues with women, negotiating male sexuality, male violence, and assumptions regarding men's role in the family unit. This is a course for both women and men about issues related to the social construction of masculinity in our culture. Cross-listed as PSYC/GST 270. Meets the Diverse Perspectives requirement for Psychology major.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
GST 289Gender Studies Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
GST 301Study Abroad0.00 - 6.00
Field trips designed by the department faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. Otherwise the course may not count. For specific degree requirements, consult your advisor. The course can be repeated only if the content is different.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
GST 310Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective3.00
Examines the cultural construction of gender from an anthropological, cross-cultural perspective. Attention is paid to sociocultural factors such as kinship, colonialism, industrialism, and economic development which influence gender definitions, roles, and the structure of gender relations. Cross-listed as ANTH/GST 310.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Global Awareness
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ANTH 101 or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
GST 312Gender,Crime,and Justice3.00
Exploration of the social construction of gender in crime and delinquency as well as in justice systems; analysis of how assumptions about female and male natures, as well as appropriate roles and positions in society affect the interpretation and application of law; comparison of women/girls and men/boys as offenders, victims and practitioners. Cross-listed as CJUS/GST 312.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
GST 317Men and Women in Nazi Germany3.00
In this upper-division examination of the nature of Nazi society and Fascism more generally, the central focus will be on gender--the images of and attitudes towards masculinity and femininity, and alternative sexualities, in the Third Reich. Changes in the role afforded to men and women, and in beliefs about what it means to be male and female, were at the very center of the revolutionary changes that constituted the shift to the "Modern Era." In seeking to understand Fascist attitudes toward gender, therefore, the course is seeking to understand not some peripheral aspect of Nazi society, but its very core, the very essence of modern democracy and its nemesis, Fascism. Much attention will be focused on developing skill in understanding and interpreting films and other visual artifacts and how they reveal ideals and assumptions about gender. Cross-listed as HIST/GST 317. Code 1. G.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
GST 322The Construction of Gender in the United States3.00
An examination of gender and sexual identities and roles in the United States from colonial times through the present. Explores the evolution of these roles and identities and the social, economic, and political forces that shape them. Cross-listed as HIST/GST 322. G.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
GST 329Women In Art3.00
Women's expression in painting and sculpture, primarily of the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
GST 365Philosophy of Love and Sex3.00
In this course we will begin with the assumption that love and sex cannot be reduced to "a commotion of one's anatomy." Instead we will consider them as two of the most meaningful aspects of human existence, as our most intimate and profound ways of relating to others and to ourselves. Cross-listed as PHIL/GST 365.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
GST 374Women and Politics3.00
In the United States, women hold 18% of the seats in the 112th Congress, marking the nation 85th in its level of representation for women. Globally, women constitute 15% of all members of parliament, although significant regional variation persists. How do gendered hierarchies continue to shape and structure political systems? Why have women not yet reached parity in elected office? Should women be represented as women? What difference do women bring to elective office? These and other questions are explored throughout the course, with particular attention to the historical exclusion of women from the public arena, the methods used by women to enter electoral and activist politics, and the current political status of women in the United States and globally. Cross-listed as POLS/GST 374.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
GST 389Gender Studies Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
GST 393Women, Colonialism, and Nationalism in Modern Southeast Asia3.00
This upper-division seminar examines the role women played in Southeast Asian history from the 19th century till the present, specifically as the region confronted the challenges of colonialism and post-colonial nation-building. Among key issues covered are (1) the encounter between Western guns and local political systems; (2) race and racism (or, why the other group is always a barbarian); (3) how Southeast Asia became “modern”; (4) decolonization and/or revolution; (4) political, economic and religious challenges in post-colonial nationalism; (5) the intimate and everyday lives of Southeast Asians; and so on. We will work through these themes through the lens of the role of women and women’s groups, examining Western tourists, governesses and wives; sex, prostitution and the control of VD; colonial-era marriage with “white guys” and the biracial children; Islam and women; and post-colonial women political leaders. We will examine these issues within the framework of the political, social, economic and cultural interactions between Britain, France, Holland, the United States of America, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and Myanmar/Burma. In addition to reading a selection of secondary and primary materials, including poems, biographies, memoirs, and histories, students will also watch music videos and films to understand and analyze the issues. Cross-listed as HIST/GST 393. Code 3. G.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
GST 411Bodies: Sociology of the Flesh3.00
Examines the role of society in understanding and relating to biology, especially the human body. We tend to think of the body as a “given”, but in this class we will explore how the body and our relationship to it has changed dramatically over place and time. We will analyze how bodies are used as grounds for inequality, including not only those rooted in gender but also race, disability, size, and social class. This course also counts for credit toward the Gender Studies minor. Cross-listed as SOCI/GST 411.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
GST 413Complex Identities: Global Race, Class, and Gender3.00
Examines race, class, gender, and other major aspects of social identity as intersecting phenomena, including some of their cousins: colonialism, patriarchy, marginalization, and racism. We look carefully at the ways each of these systems of power shifts and influences the others by assuming an intersectional perspective throughout the course. This course has a specifically global emphasis, looking at how seemingly fixed identities like race change radically in different parts of the globe. This course also counts for credit toward the Gender Studies minor. Cross-listed as SOCI/GST 413.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101, GST 210, or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
GST 456Feminist Theory and Action3.00
Seminar course providing a deeper look at feminist thought, building on the introduction provided in GST 150. Through readings and films, examines conversations, controversies, and connections among a range of feminist thinkers. Students explore the intersections of feminist thought and action, reading a variety of calls to action and articulating their own. Cross-listed as POLS/GST 456.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of GST 150 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
GST 459Philosophies of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Mothering3.00
This course will explore pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering from two perspectives-the embodied experience of women and its political-social context. We will consider how women's firsthand experiences of motherhood are responses to a broader social milieu. This approach will enable us to think about a variety of philosophical themes and questions with regard to our topic including: philosophical method, embodiment, sex and gender, the origins of ethics, moral obligation, virtue, moral luck, intersubjectivity, and oppression. Cross-listed as PHIL/GST 459.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
GST 460The Study of First Nations Women3.00
Exploration of the First Nations woman's social roles and lifestyles from a variety of tribal cultures in North America. Focuses on traditional and contemporary values and roles of First Nations women. Cross-listed as FNS/GST 460.
GST 489Gender Studies Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
GST 490Special Topics in Women's Studies1.00 - 4.00
In-depth study of specialized current topics in Women's Studies selected by the instructor. Course may be repeated for credit when instructor and/or topics are different.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
GST 499Independent Study1.00 - 3.00
Supervised independent study and/or research in Women's Studies. May be supervised by any current member of the Women's Studies faculty.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is Women's Study minor, and completion of at least 3 credits in GST and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
 
HIST - History
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
HIST 104The History of Human Origins3.00
A history of human origins from the fish who crawled out of the sea to early hominids to the peopling of the continents. Uses fossil, archaeological, experimental archaeological, linguistic, oral narrative and genetic evidence. Honors the origin narratives of diverse peoples. All religious views welcome. Many films. Cross-listed as ANTH/HIST 104. Code 4
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Humanities - History
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
HIST 111Modern World History3.00
Focuses on themes rather than chronology. Students follow the growing globalization of the world through the study of themes like nationalism, industrialization, imperialism, capitalism, decolonization, technologies, gender, race, everyday lives, world systems, migration and Diaspora. Will employ analysis of primary documents, photographs, maps, music, films or other sources of history and build skills of effective writing, clear presentations, use of convincing evidence, increasing geographic literacy and placing the history of specific regions in a global context. Aims to provide an introduction to the discipline of history and its methods. Emphasis on learning to think globally. Code 4
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Humanities - History
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 112The Ancient Mediterranean World3.00
General-education-level course introducing students to the basic outlines of the history of the Mediterranean region -- including Greece, Rome, Spain, northern Africa, and Palestine -- from the earliest times to the Middle Ages. While investigating some key events and stories from these places and times, students learn to critically evaluate the ways these stories are re-told in our time, using actual texts and documents from the times in comparison to books and movies about those times from our day. Code 1
University Studies Requirements:
Humanities - History
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 113Soccer and identity: A Global History3.00
This course focuses on the social, cultural and political impact of soccer across the world. It tackles issues of racial, ethnic, class and geographic identities as well as gender dynamics through an examination of the development of soccer, and its iconic rivalries. It traces the history and development of the game in various parts of the world – Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Europe. Students engage in critical analysis of a range of sources: academic and popular non-fiction books; scholarly journal articles; newspaper and magazine articles; fan literature (blogs, fanzines, FB groups etc); and audio-visual materials (films, documentaries and matches). Students learn how to use these verifiable historical evidence to construct reasoned interpretations of the human past. In discussion sessions and other classroom activities, students are encouraged to explore how interpretations of the past can be applied to address contemporary issues and problems.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Global Awareness
Humanities - History
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 115World Religions3.00
A course on the history or world religions, some great and some small: Abrahamic, Dharmic, Indigenous faiths and religions of the Tao. The course stresses links between faiths and their historic origins. All faiths are equally respected. It is NOT a debate about which faith is true or better than another. Code 4
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Global Awareness
Humanities - History
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
HIST 119Kings, Concubines, Thinkers, Farmers in East Asia3.00
China, Japan and Korea make up one of the fastest growing regions today. We buy all sorts of stuff made in China; text on our Samsung phones; drive our Hondas, Toyotas, and Hyundais; listen to K-pop; watch Jackie Chan and cheered on Yao Ming; read manga comics and watch anime; consume dim sum and chow mein, ramen and sushi, kimchi and bibimbop. This course seeks to understand what makes these societies tick; societies that share many similarities but are continually asserting their unique linguistic, cultural and political identities. We reach back to the pre-modern period to examine the lives of the elite (emperors, princes, generals, poets, philosophers) and everyday folks (soldiers and samurais, farmers, traders, monks, concubines). The course will use a diverse range of sources, from scholarly articles and memoirs to documentaries, movies and music videos. The course centers on active-dynamic learning such as focused in-class discussion, presentations, critical thinking, as well as short- and medium-length essays. It introduces students to the study and discipline of history. Code 3
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Humanities - History
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 120Conquest and Resistance in Modern Asia3.00
This course examines the impact of one of the key dynamics of late modern history in Asia: colonialism. It takes a comparative look at how imperialism was experienced by the invading power and the colonized people in traditionally lesser-studied regions of the world. We look at a number of case studies of Western and Japanese colonialism from the 19th century onwards, including – (1) the Spanish and the US in the Philippines (2) the British experience in Asia (primarily India but also Burma); (3) the French in Vietnam; (4) The Dutch experience in Indonesia; and finally, (5) the Japanese in China, Taiwan, and Korea, and later during WWII, in Southeast Asia. (Other case studies may also be used.) We examine the social, economic, cultural, political, and personal impact of imperialism on both the metropole and the colony. We will read memoirs, watch music videos and films, and discuss issues such as the nuts and bolts of colonial rule, the role of women, attitudes towards race and identity, indigenous pursuit of modernity, and nationalism among others. Emphasis on learning to think globally and provides University Studies students and majors with an introduction to historical thinking. Code 3
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Humanities - History
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 125Modern Latin America3.00
An examination of issues of development and underdevelopment using Latin America as a case study. Students will explore a variety of theories of underdevelopment and use Latin American History to weigh the merits of these various theories. Code 2
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Humanities - History
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 130Early-Modern Europe/From Medieval to Early-Modern Europe3.00
An introductory course on the idea of Europe’s gradual emergence from the “Middle Ages” into the “Modern” era. Through focus on a few selected topics like peasants’ lives, the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, or the emergence of capitalism, students will gain familiarity with some of the key stories of the early-modern European past, while also developing skill in the basic methods and purposes of historical inquiry. Course activities will focus on close reading of historical documents, discussion, essay writing, and formal oral argument. Code 1
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 131Modern Europe 1789 to Present3.00
An introductory course on Europe's tumultuous "modern" era, from the French Revolution to the present. Focus on a few key topics, like the Liberal revolutions, industrialization, the World Wars, Nazism and totalitarianism, or the efforts to create a European Union, will allow students both to delve deeply into particular episodes of European history and at the same time to develop skill in the basic methods and purposes of historical inquiry. Course activities will focus on close readings of historical documents, discussion, essay writing, and formal oral argument. Code 1
University Studies Requirements:
Humanities - History
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 151History of the United States Through 18773.00
Examination of a series of questions and controversies in United States history from the European conquest to the Civil War and Reconstruction. Explores issues such as the nature of the U.S. Constitution, immigration and industrialization, slavery and emancipation. Provides general education students and majors with an introduction to historical thinking.
University Studies Requirements:
Humanities - History
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 152The United States Since 18773.00
Examination of a series of questions and controversies in United States history from the late 19th Century through the present. Explores such issues as labor and social class, race and civil rights, gender and women's rights, the U.S. as global superpower, the Great Depression and social reform. Provides general education students and majors with an introduction to historical thinking.
University Studies Requirements:
Humanities - History
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 154African-American Voices3.00
Explores the African-American experience over the past two centuries with an emphasis on social and political discourse. The ideas of major political, literary, cultural and intellectual figures, as well as the content of black folk and popular culture, will be examined in a social and historical context. Authors include Douglass, DuBois, Hurston, Garvey, King, Malcolm X, and bell hooks. RE.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Humanities - WLCP
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 181The Muslim World3.00
Survey-level course introduces students to a variety of topics about the Muslim world from multidisciplinary perspectives. The time and life of the prophet Muhammad, the rise of great Islamic empires, Islam and women, the spread of Islam in America and the explosion of Islamic resurgence and extremism are all topics for consideration. Code 4
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Global Awareness
Humanities - History
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
HIST 189History Elective1.00 - 14.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
HIST 223First Nations History I3.00
Examination of the history and culture of the First Nations people from their origin to the Dawes Act of 1887. Cross-listed as HIST/FNS 223.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Humanities - History
HIST 224First Nations History II3.00
Examination of the history and culture of the First Nations people from 1887 to the present. Special attention given to the federal government's role in administering Indian policy. Cross-listed as FNS/HIST 224.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Humanities - History
HIST 256Introduction to Historical Research and Writing-History of Wisconsin3.00
Introduction to basic methods of research and writing in the discipline of history using the History of Wisconsin as a subject matter. Required of all students majoring or minoring in History. Should ordinarily be taken in the sophomore year. Enrollment limited to students majoring or minoring in History or Social Studies, or by permission of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 264War and Peace in Bosnia3.00
This course is an interdisciplinary examination of various theories of the causes of conflict and conflict resolution within the specific historical context of the disintegration of Yugoslavia during the 1990s, and particularly the Bosnian was of 1992-95. Using those historical events and the questions they raise as a test-case, the course will try to come to some general conclusions about the nature and causes of ethnic conflict and how it differs from interstate conflict; the reasons for and methods of international intervention, including negotiation, arbitration, adjudication, and mediation; the factors that contribute to the success or failure of various methods of intervention and conflict resolution; the challenges involved in re-building societies after war; and the long-term prospects for fostering peace, security, justice, and human rights through such efforts. Code 1. RE.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
HIST 266War and Peace in Northern Ireland3.00
This course is an interdisciplinary examination of various theories of the causes of conflict and conflict resolution within the general historical context of the rise and demise of the British Empire, and particularly the Northern Ireland question. Using those historical events and the questions they raise as a test-case, the course will try to come to some general conclusions about the nature and causes of ethnic conflict and how it differs from interstate conflict; the reasons for and methods of international intervention, including negotiation, arbitration, adjudication, and mediation; the factors that contribute to the success or failure of various methods of intervention and conflict resolution; the challenges involved in re-building societies after prolonged civil war; and the long-term prospects for fostering peace, security, justice, and human rights through such efforts. Code 1. RE.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
HIST 289History Elective1.00 - 14.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
HIST 301Study Abroad0.00 - 6.00
Field trips designed by the Social Inquiry faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. Otherwise the course may not count. For specific degree requirements consult your advisor. Course can be repeated only if the content is different. (Regular ongoing topics: War and Peace in Bosnia.) Code will depend on the specific program.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
HIST 311The Working Class and the Dream of Equality in Europe3.00
Upper-division seminar in the history of radical egalitarian movements in the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on Europe. Tracing the evolution of the idea of Equality from the French Revolution, Marxist socialism, Soviet communism, to the minority and student revolts of the 1960s, the course will seek to understand this history both as a radical intellectual critique of ordinary working people seeking immediate political and economic benefits. Emphasis will be communication their opinions in formal essays and debates. Code 1
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 314Nationalism and Nationalist Movements3.00
Upper-division seminar on the phenomenon of nationalism and its roles in the history of modern Europe and the modern world. One of the two main foci is on in-depth examination of key nationalist movements in European history like the Irish, German, and Servian. These case studies are paired with an examination of the evolution of Western social scientists; attempts to understand the nature of the phenomenon, from political-intellectual to sociological and anthropological perspectives. Primary emphasis will be placed on students' developing the ability to understand and use academic theories in explaining actual historical events. Code 1. RE.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
HIST 317Men and Women in Nazi Germany3.00
In this upper-division examination of the nature of Nazi society and Fascism more generally, the central focus will be on gender--the images of and attitudes towards masculinity and femininity, and alternative sexualities, in the Third Reich. Changes in the role afforded to men and women, and in beliefs about what it means to be male and female, were at the very center of the revolutionary changes that constituted the shift to the "Modern Era." In seeking to understand Fascist attitudes toward gender, therefore, the course is seeking to understand not some peripheral aspect of Nazi society, but its very core, the very essence of modern democracy and its nemesis, Fascism. Much attention will be focused on developing skill in understanding and interpreting films and other visual artifacts and how they reveal ideals and assumptions about gender. Cross-listed as HIST/GST 317. Code 1. G.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 318The Holocaust in Modern Memory3.00
The Holocaust, which ended more than 70 years ago, has never been more present than it is today, exercising a hold on the imagination, especially in the United States and Western Europe, more powerful even than in the immediate aftermath of the war. But why should that be true? Why is it that the social memory of this particular event should have such power over generations so far removed in both time and space--particularly when other episodes of genocidal violence, similar in scale and historical importance--play almost no role in our collective memories and consciousness? This upper-division seminar focuses attention on those questions by examining the history of the memory of the Holocaust: how it is remembered; what is remembered and what is forgotten; how the memories are shaped; and to what uses they are put. Close readings of survivor memoirs and historical interpretations, and visual analyses of films and monuments will help students learn to critique the ways in which all "history" is socially constructed. Code 1. RE.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
HIST 321The Sixties3.00
Examines the interlocking series of social and political crises that erupted in the United States in the 1960s. Topics include: civil rights and black power, urban unrest, the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement, the youth rebellion, the rebirth of feminism, and the conservative backlash. Studies the underlying causes of upheaval as well as the decade's legacy. The course emphasizes the analysis and interpretation of primary historical sources.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 322The Construction of Gender in the United States3.00
An examination of gender and sexual identities and roles in the United States from colonial times through the present. Explores the evolution of these roles and identities and the social, economic, and political forces that shape them. Cross-listed as HIST/GST 322. G.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 324First Nations Wisconsin History3.00
History of the native peoples of Wisconsin from prehistoric times to the present. Major emphasis on the six federally recognized tribes in Wisconsin. Cross-listed as FNS/HIST 324.
HIST 330Envisioning World History3.00
An exploration of different approaches to the study of World History. Students will look at major issues and controversies in the field of World History and delve into these issues and controversies through an examination of concrete case studies. Normally taken in the junior year. Required for all students majoring or minoring in History.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 333The History of Indigenous Peoples3.00
A course on a global history of Indigenous Peoples which will explore the history of conquered and marginalized societies in a world systems context. The course examines their loss of economic resources, environmental security, cultural, linguistic and political sovereignty and their strategies for survival and reemergence as re-empowered peoples. Examples from many regions of the world with many films. Examples may change but the learning goals remain the same. Cross-listed as ANTH/FNS/HIST 333. Code 4. RE.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Global Awareness
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
HIST 363Civil War and Reconstruction3.00
Examination of the American Civil War and its aftermath emphasizing social and political history. Organized around three main questions: Why did civil war erupt in the United States in 1861? What effect did the wartime experience have on American society? What was at stake in the struggles of the Reconstruction period?
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
HIST 368Cultures of Mesoamerica3.00
Investigates current and past cultures of Mesoamerica (located in present-day Mexico, Guatemala, and neighboring areas), both past and present, and their transformations and influence across time and borders. Employs archaeological, historical, and ethnographic data in a lecture, readings, film and discussion format. Cross-listed as ANTH/HIST/FNS 368. ANTH 101 highly recommended. Code 2.
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 369The Shadow Of Mexican Revolution3.00
Examines the revolution of 1910-1920 and its legacy with particular emphasis upon the ways in which the culture, politics, and society of twentieth-century Mexico evolved in the revolution's shadow. Particular attention is paid to the interrelated development of the state and the nation in modern Mexico. Includes significant attention to art and literature as historical sources. Code 4.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
HIST 385Samurai: A History of Japan3.00
This upper-division course traces the history of Japan through the development of the samurai as a distinct social group over the last millennium. We will focus on the formation of a distinctive Japanese culture and identity through its initial interaction with cultures inhabiting present-day Korea and China; its borrowing and adaptation of political, economic, social, linguistic, religious and educational elements from China and Korea; and the repeated opening and closing of Japan to the outside world over the course of several centuries. We will also look at Japan’s contact with the West, beginning with Dutch traders, the encounter with Commodore Perry’s US naval fleet of Black Ships, and the conflict with the Allies (principally the US) during WWII. We will examine these issues through the lens of samurai culture: exploring the myths and reality of samurais as warriors and bureaucrats, their professional and family lives, and their symbolic meaning within Japanese and popular culture; and so on. We will also consider whether this samurai/Japanese ethos is culturally and geographically specific, or transferable. This seminar-style course uses first person accounts; tales, fables and histories; scholarly articles; and films (not just the great Kurosawa epics, but also lesser-known accounts by Mizoguchi Kenji, Inagaki Hiroshi, Jim Jarmusch, Hirayama, Oshima, Yamada and others). Code 3
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 389History Elective1.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
HIST 393Women, Colonialism, and Nationalism in Modern Southeast Asia3.00
This upper-division seminar examines the role women played in Southeast Asian history from the 19th century till the present, specifically as the region confronted the challenges of colonialism and post-colonial nation-building. Among key issues covered are (1) the encounter between Western guns and local political systems; (2) race and racism (or, why the other group is always a barbarian); (3) how Southeast Asia became “modern”; (4) decolonization and/or revolution; (4) political, economic and religious challenges in post-colonial nationalism; (5) the intimate and everyday lives of Southeast Asians; and so on. We will work through these themes through the lens of the role of women and women’s groups, examining Western tourists, governesses and wives; sex, prostitution and the control of VD; colonial-era marriage with “white guys” and the biracial children; Islam and women; and post-colonial women political leaders. We will examine these issues within the framework of the political, social, economic and cultural interactions between Britain, France, Holland, the United States of America, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and Myanmar/Burma. In addition to reading a selection of secondary and primary materials, including poems, biographies, memoirs, and histories, students will also watch music videos and films to understand and analyze the issues. Cross-listed as HIST/GST 393. Code 3. G.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
HIST 394Interrogating the Vietnam War: A History of Modern Vietnam (1885-1975)3.00
When we think of the Vietnam War, we think of a critical period in 20th century American history: the swinging 60s, napalm bombs, mysterious Viet Cong fighters, campus protests, the peace movement, and America’s defeat. We may even think of Tom Cruise in Born on the Fourth of July, or that famous picture of desperate people climbing up the ladder to a helicopter on the roof of the US embassy. But there is another side to the war: the “Vietnam” side. This course explores the conflict from that other side. To understand why the Vietnamese took up arms, we examine roughly a century of history beginning with the complete loss of independence to the French in the 1880s and ending with the reunification of the country in 1975. We explore why the Vietnamese resented the French, how young Vietnamese broke with their centuries-long traditions and radicalized, how women found opportunities in a new modernity, how Ho Chi Minh made several efforts to ally with America (and why the US said “No”), and how, ultimately, the US got drawn into a war it had little understanding of. Along the way, we will explore the changing nature of what it means to be Vietnamese on a personal, social and national level, as Vietnamese of different ethnic, class, gender and educational groups, from various geographic areas, confront new forces that re-shape their identities. We will read a mixture of primary and secondary materials, including films, memoirs, recollections, newspaper articles and autobiographies by Vietnamese participants. Code 3. RE.
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
HIST 395Modern India: From Gandhi to Slumdog Millionaire3.00
This course examines the impact of colonialism on the Indian subcontinent and on the formation of the modern India. We will also explore contemporary post-colonial themes such as the urbanization of India, the question of Indian-ness in the face of a growing and prosperous global Indian diaspora (or, why there is an Indian restaurant in just about any town in the US). This course is mainly conducted as a seminar in which students take the lead in presenting and discussing the material. The aim is not just to foster a higher level of critical reading, writing, thinking and speaking, but to also refine professional work habits. Code 3. RE.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 489History Elective1.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
HIST 490Public History Internship3.00
A structured field experience. Students provide 150 hours of museum, archival, or other public history work to a local organization. Students receive training and experience under the supervision of a public history professional. Permission of a supervising faculty member required. See the History Program coordinator for information. No Code
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
HIST 495Special and Student Initiated Seminar1.00 - 3.00
This department offers a specially designed seminar or student-initiated seminar when interest warrants. In certain circumstances this course can be adapted to serve as the capstone experience. For further information see Special or Student-Initiated Seminar in the index of this catalog. Code will depend on topic selected.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
HIST 496Historiographical Research Theories and Methodologies3.00
Advanced seminar in current methodological and historiographical debates and trends in the historical profession. Introduces students both to the ways in which the writing of history has evolved and changed over time, and to the wide variety of theories and methods that dominate approaches to historical research and writing today. Through focused readings and discussions, students learn to recognize and critically evaluate the underlying assumptions, starting questions, methodologies and theoretical models at work in some of the most important historical debates of the past few decades. Individual historiographical research projects serve as the first step toward the students' primary research for their senior theses in HIST 497. Required of all History majors, and ordinarily taken in the fall of a student’s senior year.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of 6 credits of History at the 300-level or above, or with instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 497Senior Thesis3.00
Guided research on a selected historical topic resulting in a thesis paper. Working closely with history faculty, students move beyond engagement with the existing secondary literature on their topic to conduct their own primary research and arrive at their own findings and argument. Individual work in cooperation with a faculty thesis advisor will be balanced with collaborative discussions among all students writing theses. The capstone will be a mini-conference in which each student presents her or his research findings to peers and guests.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of HIST 496.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 498Study Abroad1.00 - 5.00
Field trips designed to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the instructor. With consent of the department chair and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Code depends on region visited.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
HIST 499Independent Study1.00 - 3.00
For advanced students majoring or minoring in History who have shown themselves capable of independent work. Each student is directed by a faculty member chosen by the student. Prerequisite: Approval of the department chair. Code will depend on topic selected.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
 
PHIL - Philosophy
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
PHIL 151Introduction To Philosophy3.00
Philosophy concerns some of the most fundamental questions: Why do human beings exist? Does everything have a cause? Can you think without language? What does it mean to live a good life? What is the nature of freedom? Are humans truly free? We will consider these questions and more through exploring perspectives from around the globe, from the ancient to the contemporary.
University Studies Requirements:
Humanities - WLCP
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PHIL 160Philosophy and Film3.00
In this course we will view films with philosophical themes and pair them with readings that help us to consider those themes more deeply. Readings will be at the introductory level; and films will include everything from the artsy to the absurd.
University Studies Requirements:
Humanities - WLCP
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PHIL 189Philosophy Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PHIL 211Contemporary Moral Problems3.00
Are all acts inherently selfish? Should everyone follow the same moral laws? Do we need God to tell us how to behave? Why should we be good and what does that even mean? Should all living creatures be treated equally? In this course we will entertain questions like these as we apply moral theories to a selection of contemporary issues (for example, human rights, environmental ethics, the global sex trade, the death penalty). A key concern will be our ethical responsibilities in the diverse contemporary global theater. Offered on-line only.
University Studies Requirements:
Humanities - WLCP
PHIL 212Critical Thinking3.00
The central objective of this course is to help students understand a diverse array of critical thinking styles. This course emphasizes that the type of thinking one applies depends heavily on one’s objective, cultural context, and personal style. These goals will be addressed through a series of modules, each one demonstrating different methods of engaging with ideas to determine their value, falsity, and/or truth. Students will be exposed to methods of reasoning in a variety of historical and cultural contexts. Students will be required: to reflect on their own decision-making process; to identify, evaluate and apply diverse perspectives; to connect and contrast different worldviews; and understand the historical sources of, and to demonstrate openness to, dissimilar worldviews.
University Studies Requirements:
Humanities - WLCP
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PHIL 255Environmental Ethics3.00
This course explores different ethical and philosophical approaches to human-environment relations, and their implications for long-term ecological sustainability. Topics include wilderness, climate ethics and politics, food ethics, individual vs. collective action, indigenous relationships to the land, pets, and consumption.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
PHIL 262Introduction to Political Thought3.00
This course exposes students to some of the classic pieces in this field of political theory and teaches them how to work with theoretical and philosophical texts that continue to shape, inform, and challenge the analysis of current political phenomena today. Through these texts, the course introduces questions about the nature of human beings, the roots of government authority, the best regime, and the circumstances of legitimate revolution as well as ideals such as liberty, equality, rights, and justice. Cross-listed as PHIL/POLS 262.
University Studies Requirements:
Humanities - WLCP
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PHIL 289Philosophy Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PHIL 301Study Abroad0.00 - 6.00
Field trips designed by the department faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. Otherwise the course may not count. Also, for specific degree requirements, please consult your advisor. Course can be repeated only if the content is different.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHIL 330Social Justice3.00
Students will investigate what it means to be concerned with social justice, and how to motivate oneself and others to make desired social change. Central concerns will include: identifying and addressing inequalities of power, self-reflection regarding one’s social location, non-hierarchical organizations, and recognizing the value of diversity. This course will be relevant to those with interests in a variety of careers including: education, social work, non-profits, government, and community activism.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PHIL 340Enlightenment, Freedom and Alienation (19th Century Philosophy)3.00
In this course we will read philosophers who are concerned with our liberation from inherited, imprisoning belief systems. As such, special attention will be given to the philosophical question of freedom, its limits, and its use as a basis for rationality, morality, and politics. This course will focus primarily on philosophers from the Enlightenment (Kant) through German Idealism (Hegel) Schelling, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Marx and Husserl.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of any 100 or 200 level PHIL course or POLS 262, or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
PHIL 350The Self-Unconcealed (20th Century Philosophy)3.00
"Know thyself" seems like good advice. But what does it mean to know yourself? Aren't some aspects of ourselves hidden from us? Do others know us in ways that we can never know ourselves? This course is an exploration of (mostly 20th Century Continental) philosophers notions of the self/subjectivity. Interestingly, they consider the self as something fundamentally concealed/hidden/absent from oneself. Our ongoing question will be; how can we have any self-knowledge in light of these ideas? Philosophers we will consider may include: Husserl, Sartre, Levinas, and Derrida.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of any 100 or 200 level PHIL course or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
PHIL 351Selected Topics3.00
In-depth study of a particular problem, philosopher or period of current interest. May be repeated for up to nine credits provided topics are different.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHIL 365Philosophy of Love and Sex3.00
In this course we will begin with the assumption that love and sex cannot be reduced to "a commotion of one's anatomy." Instead we will consider them as two of the most meaningful aspects of human existence, as our most intimate and profound ways of relating to others and to ourselves. Cross-listed as PHIL/GST 365.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PHIL 389Philosophy Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PHIL 459Philosophies of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Mothering3.00
This course will explore pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering from two perspectives-the embodied experience of women and its political-social context. We will consider how women's firsthand experiences of motherhood are responses to a broader social milieu. This approach will enable us to think about a variety of philosophical themes and questions with regard to our topic including: philosophical method, embodiment, sex and gender, the origins of ethics, moral obligation, virtue, moral luck, intersubjectivity, and oppression. Cross-listed as PHIL/GST 459.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
PHIL 489Philosophy Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PHIL 490Independent Study1.00 - 3.00
Individually supervised reading and study of a topic or problem of student interest. A paper is required.
Prerequisites:
Consent of cooperating Instructor and Department Chair.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
 
POLS - Political Science
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
POLS 100Introduction to Political Science3.00
Politics is often perceived as cynical and subsidiary from the normative interaction of society. But what is politics? What is the role of politics in society? What is the relationship between politics and government? To what extent does politics influence human relations and the ways in which government and its institutions function? The course will examine these questions by focusing on one topic each semester. Each of these topics--such as the concept of borders, citizenship, globalization, immigration, etc.--represents a central debate in politics, and introduces some of the current concerns in our world today.
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
POLS 101Introduction to Comparative Politics3.00
The recent history of Afghanistan has highlighted the complexities of national and state building. This course explores these two terms and what they mean. Is there a single universal definition and a singular path to modernity or are there multiple definitions and pathways to modernity? The first part of the course will examine the various theories of development with this question in mind. The second part of the course will focus on one developing country. By concentrating on their development pattern we draw out some lessons about tensions and contradictions that accompany development.
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Humanities - History
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
POLS 102Civic Literacy, Engagement and Education3.00
: Examines how civic values, dispositions, and practices affect the quality of a democracy, with attention to democratic participation beyond the ballot box, media literacy, patterns of civic engagement, policy making institutions at the national, state and local levels, creating democratic institutions and procedures, democracy simulations, and decision-making.
University Studies Requirements:
Social Science
POLS 150Sex, Scandal, and Corruption in U.S. Politics3.00
This course examines what constitutes a political scandal, why a certain scandal can become ‘viral,’ and investigate the progression of major scandals throughout American history. Also included is a discussion of the implications for trust and legitimacy, the immediate and long-term consequences of scandal, and the different responses to corruption used by the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Through this lens, students will gain an understanding of the workings of American National Government.
University Studies Requirements:
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
POLS 175The Making of the Modern Global System3.00
Is another world possible? Could we have inherited a different global order? We examine the pillars of current global order, such as the rise of capitalism, emergence of state, violence, imperialism, rise and fall of dominant states, and emergence of democratic values and institutions. We particularly examine how we as individuals interact and help maintain the current global order with an understanding that we can change the current order for a better order in the future. The second part of the course examines various theories of how to understand the global order ranging from realism, liberalism, Marxism, to globalization, human security and feminism.
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Humanities - History
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
POLS 180Public Education Politics and Policy3.00
A study of the importance of public education as a public good and a right; policy making institutions at both the national and state level; and analysis of the output—public education outcomes with an emphasis on how schools are funded in the US and its implications for present and future.
University Studies Requirements:
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
POLS 189Political Science Elective1.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
POLS 230U.S. National, State and Local Government3.00
Structure of American government on the national, state and local levels; federalism; behavior patterns of public officials; modes of citizen participation. Meets DPI requirements. Not open to Political Science majors.
University Studies Requirements:
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
POLS 240Bioterrorism: A Case in Public Policy Making3.00
What role does government play in preparing for a potential biowarfare/bioterrorist act? Preventing such attacks or outbreaks? This course reviews the powers of the state to prevent and respond to attacks, including a background in the history, origins, motivations, and techniques used by terrorists. The course will cover the potential for biowarfare/bioterrorist acts, how destruction is produced, and government preparedness, response, and recovery from such attacks. Bioterrorism and its various dimensions is the primary focus and thus topics covered in this class. For most weeks, however, we will ask (and attempt to answer) the question ‘what role does/should government have in addressing this issue?’
University Studies Requirements:
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
POLS 260Contemporary Issues in American Politics3.00
Same-sex marriage, welfare reform, stem cell research, urban poverty, the legalization of medical marijuana...these and other contemporary issues incite tremendous passion among the public, leading to policy debates, disputes over the role of government in American society and controversial social policy. This course goes beyond the surface-level debates and explores the political and social context of contemporary political controversies as well as the ramifications of government policies.
University Studies Requirements:
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
POLS 262Introduction to Political Thought3.00
This course exposes students to some of the classic pieces in this field of political theory and teaches them how to work with theoretical and philosophical texts that continue to shape, inform, and challenge the analysis of current political phenomena today. Through these texts, the course introduces questions about the nature of human beings, the roots of government authority, the best regime, and the circumstances of legitimate revolution as well as ideals such as liberty, equality, rights, and justice. Cross-listed as PHIL/POLS 262.
University Studies Requirements:
Humanities - WLCP
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
POLS 264War and Peace in Bosnia3.00
This course is an interdisciplinary examination of various theories of the causes of conflict and conflict resolution within the specific historical context of the disintegration of Yugoslavia during the 1990s, and particularly the Bosnian was of 1992-95. Using those historical events and the questions they raise as a test-case, the course will try to come to some general conclusions about the nature and causes of ethnic conflict and how it differs from interstate conflict; the reasons for and methods of international intervention, including negotiation, arbitration, adjudication, and mediation; the factors that contribute to the success or failure of various methods of intervention and conflict resolution; the challenges involved in re-building societies after war; and the long-term prospects for fostering peace, security, justice, and human rights through such efforts. Code 1. RE.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
POLS 265Contemporary Political Thought3.00
Introduces students to the origin and theoretical background of some of the central debates within political theory. Focus is on topics such as power and authority, nation-state in a global world, sovereignty and control, gender and identity and human rights. By analyzing and understanding some of the common underlying assumptions and beliefs about human nature, society, and state, we will learn about the forces that shape our economic, social and political systems today.
University Studies Requirements:
Humanities - WLCP
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
POLS 266War and Peace in Northern Ireland3.00
This course is an interdisciplinary examination of various theories of the causes of conflict and conflict resolution within the general historical context of the rise and demise of the British Empire, and particularly the Northern Ireland question. Using those historical events and the questions they raise as a test-case, the course will try to come to some general conclusions about the nature and causes of ethnic conflict and how it differs from interstate conflict; the reasons for and methods of international intervention, including negotiation, arbitration, adjudication, and mediation; the factors that contribute to the success or failure of various methods of intervention and conflict resolution; the challenges involved in re-building societies after prolonged civil war; and the long-term prospects for fostering peace, security, justice, and human rights through such efforts. Code 1. RE.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
POLS 289Political Science Elective1.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
POLS 299Wisconsin in Scotland1.00 - 17.00
Study Abroad
POLS 301Study Abroad0.00 - 6.00
Field trips designed by the department faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. Otherwise the course may not count. For specific degree requirements, consult your advisor. The course can be repeated only if content is different.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
POLS 302Social Science Research Methods3.00
The course explores research methods used in social science to study human thoughts, behaviors, interaction, institutions, and populations. The study of research is meant to provide students with the practical tools of doing social science research, including formulating their own research questions and developing analytical strategies to evaluate those questions. In addition, the course provides the theoretical background for reading, evaluating and interpreting existing empirical research.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
POLS 330U.S. State and Local Government3.00
Comparative study of the political behavior and institutions of the state and local governments in the United States; current structural and functional problems confronting these political systems.
Typically Offered:
Fall or Spring Terms
POLS 345Theories of War and Peace3.00
This course examines various political theories in terms of their relevance to the question of war and peace. Specially, how does each theory define peace (negative or positive) what should be done to preserve and maintain peace; whether war is inevitable; and under what conditions is it legitimate to resort to war. The following "traditions" will be covered in the course; realism, liberalism, Marxism, globalization, feminism, post-colonialism, post-colonialism, post-modernism, constructivism, international justice, green, globalization and human security.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
POLS 352Paths to Peace3.00
The first part of the course examines how economic, social, political, environmental and legal policies facilitate movement towards peace in a broad context. The emphasis will be to link policies that enable us to move towards a more just world. The second part of this course examines various approaches to peace from simple peacekeeping to peacebuilding.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
POLS 353International Law3.00
The first part of this course examines how we define human rights by examining the treaties that serve as the foundation of human rights such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This section also examines the various institutions that have been created to monitor and enforce these treaties such as the UN Human Rights Council and the European Court of Human Rights. The second part of the course examines the text of various international treaties that relate to subjects such as war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, torture, gender discrimination, racial discrimination, and refugees. The course will conclude with an evaluation of the emerging institutional framework to better monitor and enforce these laws, most notably the International Criminal Court.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
POLS 361Campaigns and Elections3.00
In a representative democracy, active participation in elections is essential to ensure elected officials remain faithful to constituent interests. Does this ideal adequately reflect the nature of elections in the current political system? This course is designed to expose students to the contemporary state of Congressional and Presidential campaigns in the American political system with focus on campaign strategy, the role of the media and campaign finance. The course also investigates contemporary elections, examining who votes and why, and the mechanics of the electoral process.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
POLS 364Environmental Politics & Policy-Making3.00
This course provides participants understanding of the politics and process of environmental policy-making in the US. The class begins by examining how environmental issues arrive on the public agenda and the role of political institutions – along with scientists, non-profits, and the general public – in crafting environmental policy. This, in the effort, to equip participants with a theoretical understanding of the policy-making process as well as the practical political forces that predominate today. Emphasis is placed on the use – or misuse – of scientific information in the policy making process. This is intended to provide students an understanding of the various approaches used by governmental and non-governmental actors in the creation of environmental policy, and the necessary trade-offs actors must make given the constraints of the system. At the end of the term, students should be able to discuss the circumstances necessary for environmental policy change as well as a better understanding of the current environmental policies concerning the management of the Great Lakes watershed.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
POLS 372Power and Resistance3.00
This course explores the politics of power and resistance. It introduces different concepts of modern and pre-modern power and control, and examines instances of resistance from around the world, traversing different time periods, geographies, and cultures. Examples range from peasant revolts to labor movements, feminist struggles to antiwar mobilizations, prisoner uprisings to popular wars. The course inquires into the social forces involved, what they seek to resist, the methods and goals of resistance, and the reception of this resistance by its purported audience. This course incorporates theoretical and historical texts as well as visual material and movies.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
POLS 374Women and Politics3.00
In the United States, women hold 18% of the seats in the 112th Congress, marking the nation 85th in its level of representation for women. Globally, women constitute 15% of all members of parliament, although significant regional variation persists. How do gendered hierarchies continue to shape and structure political systems? Why have women not yet reached parity in elected office? Should women be represented as women? What difference do women bring to elective office? These and other questions are explored throughout the course, with particular attention to the historical exclusion of women from the public arena, the methods used by women to enter electoral and activist politics, and the current political status of women in the United States and globally. Cross-listed as POLS/GST 374.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall or Spring Terms
POLS 376Theories of Human Rights3.00
This course examines the nature and origin of human rights, as well as the conflicts and debates that result from the different understanding of the concept. We will explore questions such as; Are human rights individual or collective? Are they universal or should instead be understood as culturally sensitive? Do they include positive rights or only negative rights? And what about economic and social rights? Providing answers to these questions will allow us to understand our own political, economic, and social beliefs, as well as approaches that are different from ours. In order to answer these questions, the course will combine discussions about the concept of human rights with analyses of current cases of human rights violations around the world, including the origin of these violations, desired changes, politics, and effective actions.
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
POLS 381Theories of Justice3.00
The course examines the different approaches to the concept of justice, in the attempt to help students develop their own critical thinking about the topic. The course overviews the leading contemporary conceptions and theories of justice - including utilitarian, libertarian, communitarian, deliberative-democratic, and feminist theories -, and focuses on the relationship between theories of justice and concepts of liberty and equality. The aim of this course is to examine the ways in which each of these different approaches to justice provides a different vision for the political, economic, and social life, and shapes different institutions and values.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
POLS 389Political Science Elective1.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
POLS 397American Conservative Thought3.00
The political debates between liberalism and conservatism are ardent. However, while these two terms are used freely and are attached to varied themes, their meaning is uncertain. Hence this class aims to introduce the students to the meaning of American conservatism. While defining conservatism, students will become familiar with the most relevant topics in the American Conservative Thought. The class introduces the political and philosophical heritage of conservatism, as well as examines themes that are relevant to contemporary American politics today. The focus will be on principles of conservatism, not on analyzing policies or proposals. Moreover, aiming to give a balanced view, a variety of perspectives that support and criticize American Conservatism will be presented.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
POLS 420Biotechnology Policy and Ethics3.00
Human reproductive cloning, genetic modification and alteration, personalized genomics, synthetic biology...these are only some of the areas of inquiry in the life sciences that have attracted public interest for their societal, ethical and policy implications. This course examines the political and ethical implications of selected areas of biotechnology that are now a part of the contemporary public debate with particular emphasis on the impact of these technologies on women. Some of the principles examined are legalistic, while others require ethical reasoning evaluating concepts such as human nature, personhood and autonomy. Key questions considered in this course include: Who benefits from these biotechnologies? Who are the primary actors engaged in policy creation? How can emerging technologies best be managed to balance individual freedom and scientific advancement with adequate protections for vulnerable classes? Finally, how do these technologies fit into our belief systems regarding the desirability of emerging biotechnologies in our individual lives and for society more generally?
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
POLS 456Feminist Theory and Action3.00
Seminar course providing a deeper look at feminist thought, building on the introduction provided in GST 150. Through readings and films, examines conversations, controversies, and connections among a range of feminist thinkers. Students explore the intersections of feminist thought and action, reading a variety of calls to action and articulating their own. Cross-listed as POLS/GST 456.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of GST 150 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
POLS 465Congress and the Presidency3.00
How have the contemporary Congress and President changed over the past two hundred years? Are these changes consistent with the intent of the Founding Fathers? Do we have an imperial Presidency? Why do Americans consistently approve of their member of Congress yet revile Congress as an institution? This course is designed to explore the historical evolution of the Executive and Legislative branches of government, while simultaneously considering the intention of the Founding Fathers. The nature of this interbranch relationship is evaluated through examination of the political parties, elections and the changing electoral and partisan environments.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
POLS 485Internship2.00 - 10.00
Structured and focused field experience in a public agency. Students will be assigned duties in various agencies. Prerequisites: Only students with a Political Science major or minor may enroll in this course. Written consent of the instructor must be obtained before registering for this course. Since the internship is an independent learning experience involving the cooperation and assistance of an outside agency, students should notify the instructor in writing of their interest in doing an internship early in the semester before the semester of the actual field experience.
Typically Offered:
Fall or Spring Terms
POLS 489Political Science Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
POLS 494Global Studies Capstone0.00
Required culminating senior year project which integrates and synthesizes the student's coursework (theories, concepts, skill competencies) into a formal project and experience, negotiated with the student's minor advisor and instructor for final consent and approval. Senior capstone is paired with another course in the minor.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
POLS 497Student Initiated Seminar1.00 - 3.00
The program offers a specially designed seminar or student-initiated seminar when there is sufficient interest. For further information, see the program coordinator.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
POLS 499Senior Seminar3.00
Guided research on a selected topic in political science. Each student produces a formal written research paper based on systematic investigation of the question. Individual work in consultation with a faculty thesis advisor will be balanced with collaborative discussions among all students writing theses. The capstone will be a public presentation of each student's research findings.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
 
SOCI - Sociology
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology3.00
General introduction to the study of human relationships, group aspects of behavior and social institutions. Considers basic concepts and theories.
University Studies Requirements:
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SOCI 189Sociology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
SOCI 201Global Social Problems3.00
Why do such profound socioeconomic differences exist among nations, particularly so-called developed and developing countries? Why do these differences seem to be permanent? What keeps developing countries from developing? What is the relationship between development and environmental crisis? In this class, we will explore these questions and more by studying the social relationships behind the production of everyday things.
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SOCI 210Sociology of Gender3.00
Introduces the social construction of sex and gender. It focuses on both local and international materials, with particular attention to gender inequality in contemporary societies. Intersections with class, race, nation and other social categories are also explored. Cross listed with SOCI/GST 210.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SOCI 273Race and Ethnicity3.00
Examines the social production of racial and ethnic categories as well as the practices that enact these categories. After examining the representation of these categories as "natural," the course uses local and global evidence to investigate the institutional and representational processes that historically create and modify race and ethnicity.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SOCI 289Sociology Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
SOCI 301Study Abroad0.00 - 6.00
Field trips designed by the department faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. Otherwise the course may not count. For specific degree requirements, consult your advisor. Course can be repeated only if content is different.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SOCI 369Sociology of Work3.00
Investigate the meaning, opportunities and conditions of work in relation to social processes and institutions. Special attention will be given to the impact of global capitalism and corporate dominance on the value of labor, workplace culture and labor organization. Also explores class implications of work. A research or academic service learning project is expected.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of SOCI 101 is prerequisite for enrolling in this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SOCI 371Social Theory3.00
Inquiry into how social factors influence the thought of human beings; major trends and theorists contributing to the rise of sociological thought. Critically examines the work of classical, progressive, minority, and feminist theorists, looking not only at their conclusions, but also their assumptions, and their applicability to contemporary issues. Required for all majors and minors. We recommend that majors take this class in their junior year.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and 3 additional credits of Sociology.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SOCI 389Sociology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
SOCI 395Sociological Research Methods3.00
Introduction to social science epistemology, the design of research, conduct of research and the analysis of findings. Explores the use of survey, ethnography, in-depth interview, and archival, symbolic, and statistical analytic tools. This course is a prerequisite for the sociology capstone (SOCI 498). We recommend that majors take this class in their junior year.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of SOCI 101 is prerequisite for enrolling in this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SOCI 410Social Movements in Sociological Perspective3.00
Examines the central features of social movements and their critical role in shaping history. We begin by examining the difference between social movements, political campaigns, non-profit organizations, and “grassroots” ad campaigns. We then turn to specific examples of how people have organized for change in the U.S. and abroad, reflecting on the different goals, tactics, and successes of movements throughout history and today. Students in this course will conduct original sociological research into social movements in the Superior/Duluth region and should come away with an understanding of the way that everyday people can and have changed the world.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SOCI 411Bodies: Sociology of the Flesh3.00
Examines the role of society in understanding and relating to biology, especially the human body. We tend to think of the body as a “given”, but in this class we will explore how the body and our relationship to it has changed dramatically over place and time. We will analyze how bodies are used as grounds for inequality, including not only those rooted in gender but also race, disability, size, and social class. This course also counts for credit toward the Gender Studies minor. Cross-listed as SOCI/GST 411.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101, GST 210, or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
SOCI 413Complex Identities: Global Race, Class, and Gender3.00
Examines race, class, gender, and other major aspects of social identity as intersecting phenomena, including some of their cousins: colonialism, patriarchy, marginalization, and racism. We look carefully at the ways each of these systems of power shifts and influences the others by assuming an intersectional perspective throughout the course. This course has a specifically global emphasis, looking at how seemingly fixed identities like race change radically in different parts of the globe. This course also counts for credit toward the Gender Studies minor. Cross-listed as SOCI/GST 413.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101, GST 210, or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SOCI 423Environmental Sociology3.00
Investigation of the relationship between the natural world and social systems. We will place particular emphasis on the effect of growth-based economic systems on ecosystems, environmental social movements, and the structural nature of environmental problems and solutions.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of SOCI 101 is prerequisite for enrolling in this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SOCI 424Sociology of Education3.00
Exploration of how primary, secondary, and higher education systems in the United States are influenced by social, political, and economic factors. We will pay special attention to the role of education in reproducing class, gender, and racial inequality.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SOCI 425Environmental Justice and Sustainability3.00
In this course we will spend the first half of the semester exploring the history and social structure of environmental justice movements. We will discuss both former and current movements. The second half will consist of a discussion of what constitutes a truly ecologically sustainable society and the social changes necessary to bring about sustainability.
Prerequisites:
SOCI 101
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
SOCI 427Sociology of Time3.00
Examination of the ways in which social activity creates kinds of time, experiences of time, as well as the consequences of social time. Emphasizes the ways in which institutions and systems of meaning incorporate ways of being into the body. Students explore time-keeping, calendars, social memory, planning and accounting as a means of understanding how the experiences of past, present and future are created. Students majoring in other disciplines are welcome.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of SOCI 101 is prerequisite for enrolling in this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SOCI 460Social Class3.00
Global examination of systematic social inequality. Core topics include causes, trends and contemporary patterns of social stratification, their effects upon social life, and philosophical perspectives on inequality.
Prerequisites:
Completion of SOCI 101 is prerequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
SOCI 464Social Change3.00
Survey of current sociology thinking concerning the nature and causes of global social change with a focus on the breakdown of the post-WWII compromise and the rise of corporate power. Course counts as a Global Studies Minor elective.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of SOCI 101 is prerequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SOCI 466Social Psychology-Sociology3.00
Examines the social production of perception, cognition, emotion and identity with an emphasis on cultural variation and institutional foundations.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of SOCI 101 is prerequisite for enrolling in this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SOCI 489Sociology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior.
SOCI 490Selected Topics in Sociology3.00
In-depth study of specialized current topics in sociology selected by the instructor. May be repeated for credit when instructor and/or topics are different.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of SOCI 101 is prerequisite for enrolling in this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SOCI 497Practice in Applied Sociology1.00 - 4.00
Integrates and extends classroom learning through a community-based service or work internship. Credit is granted when the student successfully completes an academic-service/work relationship. The academic component is crucial and credit will not be granted for service/work alone. For every one (1) credit, three (3) hours of service/work per week is expected.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SOCI 498Thesis3.00
Guided research on a selected sociological topic. Each student produces a formal written research paper based on systematic investigation of sociological question. Individual work in consultation with a faculty thesis advisor will be balanced with collaborative discussions among all students writing theses. The capstone will be a public presentation of each student's research findings. Required of all Sociology majors.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of 24 credits of Sociology including SOCI 101, SOCI 371, SOCI 395.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SOCI 499Independent Study1.00 - 4.00
Supervised independent study and/or research in Sociology. Requires prior contract with instructor.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand

Social Inquiry Department Contact Information Top of Page

Social Inquiry Department
University of Wisconsin - Superior
Swenson Hall 3061
Belknap and Catlin Ave.
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: 715-394-8487
Email: si@uwsuper.edu