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Spring 2014-2015
* SOC 205 (SA)   na, npdf

Sociology From E Street: Bruce Springsteen's America

Mitchell Duneier
Alessandro Portelli

New Jersey's Bruce Springsteen and his E-Street Band chronicle life in the U.S. focusing on a range of topics from loneliness, community, and freedom, to teenage pregnancy, street car racing, girl watching, and the plight of veterans. Each Monday lecture will begin with one or more songs in order to focus on what sociology says about the issues they raise. During the Wednesday sessions, guests who have led lives like a character in that week's song will be interviewed in class. In keeping with Springsteen's commitment to local community and to his home state of New Jersey, the class will make a required field trip to Atlantic City.

Sample reading list:
Amy Best, Fast Cars, Cool Rides: The Accelerating World of Youth and
Elijah Andereson, Code of the Street: Decency, Violence and the Moral Life of
Carol Brooks Gardner, Passing By: Gender and Public Harassment
Ron Kovic, Born on the Fourth of July
James L. Shulman & William G. Bowen, The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values
Russell and Cheryl Sharman, Nightshift, U.S.A.

Reading/Writing assignments:
100-200 pages of reading per week; 4 brief writing assignments

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Final Exam - 50%
Papers - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
United States Travel Required

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40527 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm M W   McCosh Hall   50   Enrolled:181 Limit:215
43941 P01 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm W   Computer Science Building   102   Enrolled:12 Limit:12 Closed
43942 P01A 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm W   Friend Center   304   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
43943 P02 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Friend Center   202   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
43944 P02A 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Friend Center   304   Enrolled:7 Limit:13
43945 P03 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm W   Wallace Hall   190   Enrolled:9 Limit:13
43946 P04 09:00:00 am - 09:50:00 am Th   Wallace Hall   190   Enrolled:8 Limit:12
43947 P04A 09:00:00 am - 09:50:00 am Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
43948 P05 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Wallace Hall   190   Enrolled:11 Limit:12
43949 P06 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th   Wallace Hall   190   Enrolled:10 Limit:13
43950 P06A 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th   Friend Center   204   Enrolled:7 Limit:12
43951 P07 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm Th   Wallace Hall   006   Enrolled:14 Limit:12 Closed
43952 P08 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th   Friend Center   110   Enrolled:11 Limit:12
43953 P08A 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th   Wallace Hall   006   Enrolled:12 Limit:12 Closed
43954 P09 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Friend Center   110   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
43955 P10 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am F   Corwin Hall   023   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
43956 P11 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm F   Wallace Hall   165   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
43957 P11A 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm F        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
43958 P12 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm F   Wallace Hall   165   Enrolled:3 Limit:13
43982 P13 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm W   Robertson Hall   008   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
44048 P14 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Wallace Hall   006   Enrolled:5 Limit:12
42559 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled