Sociology is the scientific study of human social life. Sociologists seek to describe social patterns and to develop theories for explanation and prediction o f social processes of all sizes. Sociology applies objective and systematic methods of investigation to identify patterns and forms of social life and to understand the processes of development and change in human societies. The UNC Charlotte Sociology program offers a comprehensive curriculum of interest to people of various backgrounds. An undergraduate B.A.degree and a graduate M.A. degree are available.
The study of Sociology is attractive to students seeking a liberal education and immediate employment and to those preparing for further study and professional careers. As a liberal arts program, sociology enables students to understand the social contexts in which they find themselves and the social forces that shape individual personality, actions, and interactions with others. The Sociology program includes emphasis on critical thinking, research methods, and quantitative analysis.
Sociology is excellent background for individuals entering a range of employment situations: social work, law, teaching, the ministry, journalism, planning, public relations, and personnel services. The analytical skills acquired in the sociology program are relevant to market research, program evaluation, sales, management, and other business activities.
Sociology faculty at UNC Charlotte are currently working on several research projects, including ones funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Research interests of the faculty include small group interaction, comparative and historical sociology, social factors in education, aging and society, health and mental health services, and family issues. Please consult the faculty list for information about faculty research specializations.
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The peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have failed.
There is a renewed round of increasing violence.
As missiles and bombs fall, and Palestinians and Israelis run for shelter you might wonder:
What are they fighting about?
Who is right? Who is wrong? What should be done?
In this class you will learn the background to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the perspectives of those directly involved, and examine the moral implications emerging from those perspectives.
Narratives and Conflicts (INTL 3000-003/ANTH 3090-003)
Students should sign up for this class if they want to know more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or about why it matters so much what we say and how we say it in situations of national or ethnic conflict. We begin with the Israeli-Palestinian case and work on other recent conflicts as well. This class is useful for students interested in Model U.N., in the role of history in producing and resolving conflicts, in the philosophy of peace and conflict, in the dynamics of ethnicity and nationalism, and in the process of diplomatic negotiation and grassroots peacemaking efforts.