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Pedersen-Gallegos, Liane G Instructor


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  • SOCY 1022 - Ethics and Social Issues in U.S. Health and Medicine
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Explores current ethical and policy issues in U.S. health and medical practices. Includes such issues as alcohol and drug abuse, organ transplants and substitutes, genetic engineering, contraception, abortion, occupational safety and health, and euthanasia.
  • SOCY 2031 - Social Problems
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Examines various social problems in the U.S. through a traditional sociological framework focused on race, class, and gender. Considers such problems as economic, racial, and gender inequality as manifestations of broader structural dynamics rooted in unequal relations of power. Addresses topics such as mass incarceration, poverty, segregation, drug use, immigration, and war and terrorism.
  • SOCY 3045 - Sociology of Death and Dying
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Addresses sociological aspects of thanatology (the study of death and dying). Includes study of the social meaning of death and its normative treatment in western civilization, with a focus on the contemporary United States.
  • SOCY 4063 - Risk and Resilience in Society
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Explores the growing dangers of modern life and the ability of society and its members to recover from epidemics, terrorism, financial disasters, natural catastrophes and other harmful events. Special attention is given to the social (as opposed to the individual) sources of risk and resilience and their implications for the helping professions.
  • SOCY 4121 - Sociology of Religion
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Examines complex interactions between religious and other social structures, such as the economy, government, and the family, and how globalization is affecting religious traditions across the globe. Includes discussion of how various religions are used or misused to justify terrorism and other acts of violence. Recommended prerequisite: SOCY 3001.


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