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Social Problems

This seminar deals with the social constructionist perspective in social problems theory. There are three objectives: First, the seminar aims to introduce you to the perspective. We begin by discussing the emergence of the social constructionism in the 1970s, contrasting the new questions the perspective raised with traditions that characterized the study of social problems to that point. Second, the seminar will give you an opportunity to explore the empirical research that social constructionism has generated, and how the perspective has been applied in so many areas of substantive interest in sociology. The third goal is to familiarize you with the theoretical controversies that have arisen around social constructionism. We will discuss the ontological gerrymandering debate, the split between strict and contextual constructionists and new directions in constructionist theorizing and research.


Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Spring, Summer Offered?: No Language?: No

Enrolment is limited with priority given to students in the Department of Sociology. Permission of the instructor is required for non-Sociology graduate students. Please contact the course instructor directly. Please include your student number in your correspondence.