2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

SOCI 30543 Unveiled: The Sociology of Weddings

This course will introduce students to the role of the wedding not only as a ceremonial rite of passage, but also as a multi-billion dollar industry in American society. Beginning with a historical overview of the role of the wedding in society, the course will address issues ranging from the emotion work of wedding work, bride power, the role of the wedding industry in a culture of divorce and the impact of the illegal diamond trade on war torn nations in Africa. A global comparison of wedding rituals will be included in the analysis, as well as a cross ritual/industry comparison of the funeral industry.