SOC 33001 - Sociology, Self, and Catholic Social Tradition
What's Catholic about sociology? What's sociological about Catholic Social Tradition? What does all this mean for sociology majors, what they study, and how this may affect their careers and lives after graduation? This course is a critical examination of the links between Catholic social thought and sociology as a discipline. We will engage these ideas through an experimental, team-taught seminar format. Readings will include core statements of Catholic social tradition, critiques thereof, and autobiographical essays written by sociologists and others who are dedicated to social justice. An experiential community-based learning dimension is a requirement for this course. All students are to make at least 10 two-hour weekly visits to the Center for the Homeless in South Bend and write a seven page account of their experiences indicating what they learned or wish they had learned and how their experiences impacted their thinking about Catholic Social Tradition.