SOCI 314: Sociology of Culture

SOCI 314-DL1: Sociology of Culture
(Fall 2024)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW


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Section Information for Fall 2024

Sociologists examine culture in a wide variety of forms, exploring beliefs, values, language, norms, customs, rituals, collective memory, art, music, fashion, and architecture, to name a few. The sociology of culture pursues questions about anything made by people, from the food we eat, to the symbols we create, to the ways we interact in a range of settings. The course will begin by considering multiple perspectives on the question: “What is culture?” From there, we will examine the varied approaches sociologists take to study culture. The course will consider both how culture shapes patterns of behavior and action in everyday life as well as how a range of social factors have shaped cultural developments. Course readings cover topics including how culture relates to symbolic and social boundaries, issues of identity formation, trends in cultural production, questions about agency and constraint, and the reproduction of inequality across generations. Over the semester, we will explore some of the major theories, debates, and empirical evidence within the sociology of culture.

SOCI 314-DL1 is an online live video section.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines how culture, encompassing high art or participatory culture, expressive agency or traditional constraint, is produced and reproduced in everyday social practices and across a wide range of social institutions. Explores the role of culture in public life and political discourse. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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