Interdisciplinary Studies

Comparative Human Societies

Sociology 319

This course is an overview of the field of comparative sociology, focusing on some of the common features and differences among human societies from prehistoric times through the present. The major structural aspects of societies will be emphasized, including patterns of subsistence, political and economic systems, family structure, institutions, social stratification, inequality, religion and social change. The emphasis will be on identifying factors that impact how societies adapt and change, and the relationship between structure and agency.