SOC: 531 Community Organization Fall 2010 Hogan About SOC 531 • This course has been taught for years – by Profesor Emeritus Harold Potter – who is still pursuing research on the origins environmentalism • the environmental movement • environmental science • environmental sociology About 531 (continued) • Why this course is called Community Organization is a mystery to me – but it certainly was part of the old Social Organization (called "Structure and Process" at Purdue) section – when (in late 1970s) all sociology (at least at Michigan and at Purdue) was divided into three parts • social organization • social psychology • demography and ecology SOC 531 (cont) • In keeping with tradition – I have not changed the name or number of this course – I have accepted a cart load of books and videos which my dear friend and colleague, Harry Potter, offered me when he was cleaning out his office – I will continue to focus on the social organization (or macro) aspects of community About 531 (cont) • However, I will give this course my own stamp (or distinctive style) – the approach will be theoretical: what is a community? – the approach will be historical: we will start in the late nineteenth century and proceed to the 21st – we will read and write a lot – and I will try to get you engaged in the course About 531 (cont) • Engaging the student – first, I will try to learn your names and will institute a seating chart for that purpose – second, I will encourage you to talk in class • by asking questions • by enduring awkward silences • by forming small groups for more intimate discussion – third, I will ask you to write about something that interests you About Soc 531 • If you are not interested in these questions – What is a community? – What are community studies? – How are communities established? – How and why do communities change? • Then you should look for a different 500 level SOC course (e.g., 525: Social Movements) SOC 531 (cont) • Alternatively, even if you don't like theory or history • And you don't like the questions • You might be interested in a community – where you live (West Lafayette) – where you grew up (San Diego) – where you would like to visit (Madison, WI) – where your anscestors lived (Limerick, Ireland) SOC 531 (cont) • This course will offer you the opportunity to do some research – you will read classic studies – you will read the best of latest crop of awardwinning community studies people – you will be encouraged to read more of both – you will also be encouraged to gather information on your own SOC 531 (cont) • The rules are simple – read the syllabus for the details – come to class prepared to discuss • assigned readings • topics (four questions and previous discussions) • assigned writing (what you have actually written and I have commented on and returned to you) • your community or community study or whatever you intend to write about for your final paper Questions? • We will populate the website with stuff that you and I produce • I will also ask my students, colleagues, and friends to allow me to share stuff that they have produced • Is there anything else I can tell you today?