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Fall 2009-2010
* SOC 205 (SA)   na, npdf

Sociology From E Street: Bruce Springsteen's America

Mitchell Duneier

New Jersey's Bruce Springsteen and his E-Street Band chronicle life in the U.S. focusing on a range of topics from loneliness, happiness, and broken dreams, to immigration, racism, teenage pregnancy, and nostalgia. Each lecture will begin with one or more songs in order to focus on what sociology says about the questions they raise. During most weeks, a guest who has lived a life like one of Springsteen's characters will be interviewed in-class. In keeping with Springsteen's commitment to local community and his home state of New Jersey, this class will have an optional Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) precept.

Sample reading list:
John T. Cacioppo & William Patrick, Loneliness
Douglas Massey, Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era
Elaine Bell Kaplan, Not Our Kind of Girl: Unraveling the Myths of Black Teenage
David Halle, America's Working Man: Work, Home, and Politics Among Blue
Robert Wuthnow, Loose Connections: Joining Together in America's
Paul Attewell and David E. Lavin, Passing the Torch: Does Higher Education for the

Reading/Writing assignments:
100-200 pages of reading per week. Mid-term and final exams.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 50%
Final Exam - 50%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
26497 L01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm T Th   McCosh Hall   50   Enrolled:246 Limit:300
P01 10:00 am - 10:50 am T   McCosh Hall   B11   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P02 11:00 am - 11:50 am T   McCosh Hall   B11   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P02A 11:00 am - 11:50 am T   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P03 9:00 am - 9:50 am W   McCosh Hall   34   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P04 10:00 am - 10:50 am W   McCosh Hall   34   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P04A 10:00 am - 10:50 am W   Friend Center   203   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P05 11:00 am - 11:50 am W   McCosh Hall   34   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P05A 11:00 am - 11:50 am W   Friend Center   203   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P06 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   Friend Center   203   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P07 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Friend Center   203   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P08 10:00 am - 10:50 am Th   McCosh Hall   34   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P08A 10:00 am - 10:50 am Th   Friend Center   306   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P09 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th   McCosh Hall   34   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P09A 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th   Friend Center   306   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P10 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   34   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P11 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Friend Center   305   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P11A 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Friend Center   304   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P12 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   McCosh Hall   B11   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P13 11:00 am - 11:50 am F   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
28703 P13A 11:00 am - 11:50 am F        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
P14 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm F   Wallace Hall   002   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P15 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm F   Wallace Hall   002   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
27795 P16 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
27796 P17 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
27797 P18 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
28465 P19 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
28466 P20 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled