This course is an introduction to the theories and research associated with the life course perspective in sociology. This perspective incorporates a life-long perspective on human development, in recognition of the developmental processes undergone by individuals throughout their lives, and emphasizes the continuities that exist between early-life circumstances and later-life outcomes. The life course framework is based on four central themes: the intersection of history and biography, the salience of links to significant others and between different life domains (e.g. work, family), the role of individuals in shaping their own life trajectories within social constraints, and the significance of the timing of events. This course is the same as SSC 311, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.