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Politics of Sociology

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Introduction: Members of the Sociology Department at a local college are brainstorming about the course offerings for next semester.

Steve: That was a great brainstorming session. And I really want us to now get down to the business of coming up with specific courses that we’re willing to eliminate and that we’re willing to add. We need to balance off the integrity of our department and our offerings with the needs to bring in more students and the need to develop a stronger curriculum.

Trevor: But we don’t want enrollment to dictate, you know, what

Teacher: Right.

Ellen: Oh, here we go. Here we go. Trevor, you need to look at the numbers. It’s indicative of

Trevor: I understand that.

Ellen: certain trends of the student population. And I think we need, right now is the time to address these things.

Trevor: I’m not advocating

Teacher: Speaking of trends, Ellen, Trevor, I have an exciting idea. I think we should teach a course and I’ve already set up all the entire coursework of the sociology of time. Sociology of time, the understanding of time as a commodity, the understanding of an individual’s strive and drive

Trevor: That’s the Dearborn book?

Teacher: Exactly. The Dearborn book that you gave me

Ellen: Oh he is brilliant.

Trevor: It’s very interesting, but I don’t know that

Teacher: [indiscernible] acceleration of time in history?

Trevor: I mean, you have a reading list or anything in mind?

Teacher: Yep, yep, entire reading list, of course starting with Dearborn’s book. It’s a phenomenal piece of work. It really builds upon the foundations of the institution and trying to remain on the edge, trying to lead the pack of [indiscernible] sociology. As everybody knows, our numbers have been down in a number of the courses. That’s why one of the reasons we’re here is to decide which courses we should possibly move away from or evolve into something else.

Ellen: Which is going to be a difficult task.

Teacher: Yes.

Trevor: But I think this is premature as far as that particular course goes. I mean, we’d have to think that through.

Ellen: Well, think about it because students from other concentrations might very well be attracted

Teacher: Exactly.

Ellen: to that concept.

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