Sociocultural factors affecting sexual behavior. Changing beliefs about sex; how sexual knowledge is socially learned and sexual identities formed; the relation between power and sex; control over sexual expression.
The biomedical, economic, social, and psychological issues surrounding death and dying in the twenty-first century in America. Religious and cultural perspectives both in the Judeo-Christian ethic and in other religious frameworks. Theories of dying from sociological and social psychological perspectives.
The purpose of this course is to examine the inescapable relationship between growing older and having health problems. Our stereotypes of older adults include several components related to health, and most people in American society look forward to late life with dread because they fear that their health problems will overwhelm them. We will begin the course with a review of the epidemiology of aging and an overall view of health in late life.
Sociological and psychological persepctives on aging, from adolescence through old age and death; demography of human aging; social problems caused by increased longevity; policy issues.
Biological, cultural, behavioral, and social arenas of human development throughout the human life span, with emphasis on the comparison of socially constructed age groups. Examination of age groups in terms of their unique ethical values and challenges, as well as the social dilemmas caused by the extension of life expectancy.
Brief history of hospice movement in US and Russia. Examine key moments in end of life issues in each country; focus on social attitudes to death and dying and their effects on end of life care. Sources include memoirs, fiction, theoretical works, and policy documents.
This course looks at places of religious conflict around the world. Students will work with local refugee populations who have fled from conflict situations as well as Kids 4 Peace, a nonprofit that brings children together from different religious backgrounds.
In this course, students will study the understanding of good, evil, and the moral life in Judaism, and acquire a familiarity with the general Jewish approach to ethics from antiquity to modern times.