Intermediate Seminar 2021


1. About the Intermediate Seminar

(1) Textbook
The textbook will be provided to students for free. A DVD that contains the text will be delivered to students. I will attach a case on the door of my office (11-1426). You can take one disc at your convenient time. As for the date of the delivery, I will announce later. Students need to read the assigned part of the textbook before they watch the presentation.
(2) Presentation: Students in charge of the presentation should make and post the video by Monday of the week. For instance, If you are assigned ‘Cities and Urban Life’, please post the video by April 19th.
(3) Uploading: Other students watch the video and have to write a comment on Waseda Moodle by Sunday. For instance, if you watch the video of ‘Cities and Urban Life’, you have to write your comment by April 25th. This is counted as attendance. If you fail to write your comment in time, you are counted as absent.
(4) How to make a video
a. Prepare your presentation using Powerpoint for about 20 minutes (Summary of the assigned part and your comments on the topics).
Then, post it to Waseda Moodle by Monday of the week.
b. How to make and upload your presentation.
First, go to 'My Waseda' and click 'Create Video Contents' on the left of the home page.
Then, click 'Contents Creation Studio'. Then, go to 'My Space' by clicking a red circle on the top of the page. Then, go to 'AppSqure' at the bottom of the page. Download 'EverLec'.
3. Open 'EverLec'. Choose 「ビデオ使用」「PowerPoint 録画画面」
4. When you completed the video, click 'upload to Commons'. Then, your video will be put on 'the Contents Creation Studio'.
5. Go to 'Contents Creation Studio', and then go to 'My Space', then 'Contents List'. There you will find the video you made.
Choose the video and click 「共有」. Then, an address will be displayed.
Copy the address, and paste it on 'The Forum' of the session in which you will make a presentation. When other students click the address, they can see the video.


2. Schedule

As for schedule, please see the one posted on Waseda Moodle.
Below is an old version.

4/05-11 Orientation

4/12-18 Introduction to Sociology

4/19-25 Cities and Urban Life
1. Cities - ancient and modern / Theorizing urbanism:
2. Urban trends and the sustainable city

4/26-5/02 Social Interaction and Daily Life
1. The drama of daily life / Non-verbal communication / Face, body and speech in interaction:
2. The rules of social interaction / The emergent rules of online interaction / Conclusion: proximity and distance in human interactions:

5/10-16 Families and Intimate Relationships
1. 'The family' as institution and ideology / Family practices:
2. Family diversity and intimate relations / Families in global context / Conclusion:

5/17-23 Health, Illness and Disability
1. Sociology of the body / The sociology of health and illness (Defining health, Biomedicine and its critics, Pandemics and globalization):
2. The sociology of health and illness (Sociological perspectives on health and illness) / The social basis of health / The sociology of disability / Health and disability in a changing world:

5/24-30 Stratification and Social Class
1. Systems of stratification / Theorizing social class / Mapping the class structure:
2. Class divisions in the developed world / Social mobility / Conclusion:

5/31-6/06 Gender and Sexuality
1. Sex, gender and sexuality / Social construction of gender and sexuality:
2. Gender inequality / Feminism and LGBT movements / Globalization, human trafficking and sex work / Conclusion:

6/07-13 Race, Ethnicity and Migration
1. Key concepts / The persistence of racism?:
2. Ethnic diversity, integration and conflict / Migration in a global age / Conclusion:

6/14-20 Religion
1. The sociological study of religion / Religious organizations and movements, organizing religion
2. Religious organizations and movements, religious movements / Trends in contemporary religion / Conclusion

6/21-27 The Media
1. Media diversity in the global age:
2. Theorizing the media / Audiences and media representations / Ownership, power and alternatives to the global media / Conclusion:

6/28-7/04 Crime and Deviance
1. The basic concepts / Theories of crime and deviance / Patterns in crime in the United Kingdom:
2.Victims and perpetrators / Prisons, punishment and rehabilitation / Crime in global context / Conclusion:

7/05-11 Politics, Government and Social Movements
1. Political sociology:
2. The global spread of democracy / Social movements and social change / Conclusion:

7/12-18 Nations, War and Terrorism
1. Nations and nationalism:
2. War, genocide and peace processes / Terrorism / Conclusion:


3. Grading

Finale Essay 50%
Attendance and Comments 50%
Your comments to the presentation will be evaluated and graded. Please avoid writing a very short comment. Your comment must be academic and critical. Write more than 10 lines.