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Individualization and Intimacy Instructor: Chris Swader Assistant Professor of Sociology

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1 Individualization and Intimacy Instructor: Chris Swader Assistant Professor of Sociology

2 Key Aims Students understand social theories dealing with individualization, intimacy, and face-to-face communication Students can operationalize research questions related to intimacy and individualization Students can approach scientific questions on intimacy from interdisciplinary and normatively diverse perspectives

3 Key Themes 1)The origins of sociality 2)First modernization: urbanization, industrialization, and economic development 3)First modernization: technological development and rationalization 4)Second modernization: reflexivity and risk 5)The fate of community 6)Intimacy and power 7)Intimacy and social control

4 Assessment 1)Mandatory attendance: Those who miss classes without medical excuse will fail. 2)Participation in Discussion: 20%. Each day of participation will be graded for relevance (following the train of discussion) and quality (knowledge of readings) 3)Critical Review Essay: 20%. Students will critique one of the in-class readings. This will be critiqued by the instructor, and students will adapt it. 4)Presentation: 20%. Presentation of in-class reading and integration with external readings. 5)Fieldwork and report: 20%. Students will observe and report on intimacy in a social setting. 6)Research proposal: 20%. Design, but not carry out, a research project related to the course.

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