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SOC135 PO - Beyond the Gates: Life Transitions after College

When Offered: Spring 2019.
Instructor(s): J. Grigsby
Credit: 1

Event-rich and unpredictable, the years immediately after college graduation comprise multiple transitions – from student to worker, from daughter to mother, from son to father, from learner to teacher, from employee to employer.  For many students, the four years of residential college are a liminal time, as they move from adolescence to young adulthood.   What happens over the next two decades?  In this course we will read social science books and articles as well as a selection of memoirs about the transition to parenthood, the transition to marriage or partnering, labor force transitions, as well as residential transitions.  We will also consider what happens when disruptions, such as prison, illness, unexpected pregnancy, or unemployment postpone or prohibit expected life transitions. The readings will be based primarily on U.S. experiences and reflect variations and differences, with respect to gender, race, ethnicity, social class.  Class discussions and papers will analyze universal trends well as patterns of differences in the experience of life transitions.  A writing-intensive course, the assignments will include weekly (ungraded) reflections about the readings, and four formal papers, including one based on student research.  
Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
Area 2; Writing Intensive; Analyzing Difference



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