Special Course Descriptions
POL 394-14 SpTp: Armed Forces and Society (cross-listing of SOC 394-11)
This course focuses on the interactive effects among the military, the state (government),
and society (citizens). Components of the course include examination of social change and
the growth of military institutions, civil-military relations, the changing functions of
the military in (global) society, military service as an occupation versus a profession,
the sociology of military life, and the intersection of the military institution with policy
and practical issues of race, gender, and sexual orientation. The course will also explore
the relationships of foreign militaries to their host societies in a comparative context
with the U.S. The course will run as a seminar.
Prerequisite: Sociology 101 and one other sociology course, or permission of the instructor.