Don Grant is a Professor of Sociology and a Fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute. In addition to studying the organizational and policy determinants of industrial pollution, he conducts research on inequality, political economy, workplace culture, health care, culture, and religion.
Energy and Climate Change, Environmental Sociology, Economic Sociology, Organizations, Health and Society; Stratification, Research Methods (fsQCA)
ARSC 1480 - MASP Social Science Seminar
Fosters an appreciation of the social sciences. Readings, discussions, cooperative learning exercises, and outside activities illustrate the interconnections between different bodies of knowledge. Emphasizes relationships between the social sciences and the real world. Department consent required. May be repeated up to 4 total credit hours.
SOCY 2022 - Happiness in Society
Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
Examines the measurement, meaning, and causes of happiness and its relationship to social life in the contemporary United States as well as in other countries. Students will also learn about and critically evaluate existing strategies for enhancing happiness in their lives. Formerly offered as a special topics course.
SOCY 2031 - Social Problems
Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
Examines various social problems in the U.S. through a traditional sociological framework focused on race, class, and gender. Considers such problems as economic, racial, and gender inequality as manifestations of broader structural dynamics rooted in unequal relations of power. Addresses topics such as mass incarceration, poverty, segregation, drug use, immigration, and war and terrorism.
SOCY 4062 - Suffering and Care in Society
Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
Examines how modern societies understand and respond to the reality of human suffering, how care systems are organized, and the experiences of professional caregivers.
SOCY 4160 - Designing Social Innovations
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
Introduces students to theory and research on social entrepreneurship with special emphasis on the role of design thinking.
SOCY 4161 - Executing Social Innovations
Introduces students to the skills and strategies involved in developing a business plan for a social business or an organization wanting to increase its social impact.
SOCY 4932 - Internship in Care, Health and Resilience
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Provides an academically supervised opportunity for juniors and seniors interested in the helping professions to work in a job that provides them valuable hands-on experience, allows them to apply insights learned in their formal coursework and helps them make informed career choices upon graduation. This course cannot be applied to the SOCY major or minor requirements.