Spring 2020

The Social Construction of American Society

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-201


Pawan H. Dhingra (Section 01)


The goal of this course is to explain how our daily, social environment in the United States is constructed and shapes our lives. We will address such questions as why some succeed at school while others fail; what effect culture has on our behavior; why there are class, gender, and racial inequalities; how socialization takes place; and what role politics plays in our society. This course introduces students to these and other sociological topics as well as to dominant theories and methods used to make sense of such social phenomena. Students are encouraged to bring their own insights to class as we challenge common assumptions of these major issues that refer to all of us.

Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor Dhingra.

AMST 201 - L/D

Section 01
M 02:00 PM - 03:20 PM CONV 302
W 02:00 PM - 03:20 PM CONV 302

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture University of California Press Friedman, Hilary Amherst Books TBD
Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood Westview Press MacLeod, Jay Amherst Books TBD
Mapping the Social Landscape: Readings in Sociology, 8th edition University of California Press Ferguson, Susan Comment: Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2019, Spring 2020, January 2021, January 2022, Spring 2022