Annual 2019-20 Class Schedule
**All listings tentative until courses go live for registration in Caesar**
|Course #||Course Title||Fall||Winter||Spring|
|SOCIOL 101-6||First Year Seminar: Animals and Society||Wendy Griswold|
SOCIOL 101-6 First Year Seminar: Animals and Society
This seminar explores the relationship between humans and non-human species from a sociological viewpoint. Topics include: the history of animal-human relations; the moral status of animals; how gender, class, and race-ethnicity impact our dealings with animals; zoos and shelters; the relationship between violence toward animals and toward people; animal rights movements; animal therapy; and the question of whether animals are part of society.
|SOCIOL 101-6||First Year Seminar: Teens, Tweens and Adolescents||Karrie Snyder|
SOCIOL 101-6 First Year Seminar: Teens, Tweens and Adolescents
This course examines the experiences of young people today and how the experience of being a young person varies greatly by socio-economic status, gender, and race/ethnicity. We will also spend time looking at how life stages associated with youth (such as tween, teenager, and emerging adulthood) have evolved and why the road to adulthood is often longer today. We will also think about how the media shapes societal views of young people and how young people use social media. Finally, we will consider how the lives of young people today (Millenials) compare to earlier generations (including Baby Boomers and Generation X) and we will look at intergenerational interactions at home, in school, and in the workplace.
|SOCIOL 101-6||Birthright Citizenship: Race, Law, and Belonging in the United States||Albert Hunter|
SOCIOL 101-6 Birthright Citizenship: Race, Law, and Belonging in the United States
|SOCIOL 101-6||Chicago Landscapes: Place, Space and the Creation of Community||Wendy Espeland|
SOCIOL 101-6 Chicago Landscapes: Place, Space and the Creation of Community
Chicago has played a prominent role in the literary and social imagination. This course will explore (1) how community is created, imagined and remembered in Chicago, (2) how Chicago has shaped our thinking about what it means to live in a modern city, and (3) the significance of place for people's identity. The course will include some basic concepts and strategies for analyzing urban life and we will compare sociological, historical and fictional approaches. Students will also learn several methods used by sociologists to collect evidence. In addition to introducing students to a fascinating city and some core sociological ideas, my goal is for students to learn to think and read more critically, and to communicate your ideas more effectively, both as speakers and writers.
|SOCIOL 110-0||Introduction to Sociology||David Schieber||David Schieber||David Schieber|
SOCIOL 110-0 Introduction to Sociology
Sociology is a huge field of study, and includes and enormous variety of topics and methods. Each week, we will focus on a specific area of sociological study (Culture, Gender, Race, Family, Money, Deviance, etc.) with the goal of offering you a general overview of the types of questions sociologists ask and how they answer them. By the end of the quarter, you will be able to think sociologically about your own world, and hopefully develop a budding interest in one or more of the areas we discuss in class.
|SOCIOL 201-0||Social Inequality: Race, Class, and Power||Beth Redbird|
SOCIOL 201-0 Social Inequality: Race, Class, and Power
This course examines causes and consequences of inequality in American society. Lectures emphasize the mechanisms through which inequality develops and comes to be seen as legitimate, natural, and desirable. We will also examine the economic, social, and political consequences of rising inequality.
|SOCIOL 202-0||Social Problems||Margarita Rayzberg||Margarita Rayzberg|
SOCIOL 202-0 Social Problems
|SOCIOL 206-0||Law and Society||Laura Beth Nielsen||Meghan Dawe|
SOCIOL 206-0 Law and Society
|SOCIOL 208-0||Race and Society||Quincy Stewart||Quincy Stewart|
SOCIOL 208-0 Race and Society
|SOCIOL 212-0||Environment and Society||Susan Thistle|
SOCIOL 212-0 Environment and Society
|SOCIOL 215-0||Economy and Society||Bruce Carruthers|
SOCIOL 215-0 Economy and Society
|SOCIOL 216-0||Gender and Society||Julia Behrman|
SOCIOL 216-0 Gender and Society
The course introduces students to the sociological analysis of gender as a central component of social organization and social inequality primarily in the contemporary US context. We start by reviewing key sociological concepts that will guide the rest of the course including the social construction of gender, how people “do gender,” gender binaries and borders, intersectionality, and sexualities. Next, we explore the causes and consequences of gender inequalities in key social institutions (e.g family; education; the labor market). We conclude by considering gender inequality in an international comparative context to understand cross-cutting similarities and differences between the US and both high- and low-income contexts. This will also allow us to highlight of role social policies in the social construction of gender and in perpetuating and/or mitigating gender inequalities.
|SOCIOL 226-0||Sociological Analysis||Karrie Snyder||Karrie Snyder|
SOCIOL 226-0 Sociological Analysis
Logic and methods of social research, qualitative and quantitative analysis of social data, and ethical, political, and policy issues in social research. Foundation for further work in social research.
|SOCIOL 227-0||Legal Studies Research Methods||Bob Nelson|
SOCIOL 227-0 Legal Studies Research Methods
|SOCIOL 232-0||Sexuality and Society||Tony Silva|
SOCIOL 232-0 Sexuality and Society
|SOCIOL 276-0||Introductory Topics in Sociology: Neighborhoods and Crime||Andrew Papachristos|
SOCIOL 276-0 Introductory Topics in Sociology: Neighborhoods and Crime
|SOCIOL 288-0||Institutions and Society||Jean Clipperton|
SOCIOL 288-0 Institutions and Society
|SOCIOL 301-0||The City: Urbanization and Urbanism||Albert Hunter|
SOCIOL 301-0 The City: Urbanization and Urbanism
Learn different sociological theories about cities and social life and about research that supports or revises those theories. Topics include physical ecology of cities, political economy of cities, social life among social groups, and the question of community, deviance and social control, and planning for the future.
|SOCIOL 302-0||Sociology of Organizations||David Schieber||David Schieber||David Schieber|
SOCIOL 302-0 Sociology of Organizations
|SOCIOL 303-0||Analysis and Interpretation of Social Data||Jean Clipperton|
SOCIOL 303-0 Analysis and Interpretation of Social Data
|SOCIOL 304-0||Politics of Racial Knowledge||Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz|
SOCIOL 304-0 Politics of Racial Knowledge
|SOCIOL 306-0||Sociological Theory||Wendy Espeland||Onur Özgöde|
SOCIOL 306-0 Sociological Theory
|SOCIOL 307-0||School and Society||Karrie Snyder||Karrie Snyder|
SOCIOL 307-0 School and Society
|SOCIOL 310-0||Sociology of the Family||Karrie Snyder|
SOCIOL 310-0 Sociology of the Family
|SOCIOL 316-0||Economic Sociology||Onur Özgöde|
SOCIOL 316-0 Economic Sociology
|SOCIOL 317-0||Global Development||James Mahoney|
SOCIOL 317-0 Global Development
|SOCIOL 318-0||Sociology of Law||Robert Nelson|
SOCIOL 318-0 Sociology of Law
|SOCIOL 319-0||Sociology of Science||Madeleine Pape|
SOCIOL 319-0 Sociology of Science
This course will explore feminist perspectives on science and technology, also known as Feminist Science and Technology Studies (STS) or Feminist Technoscience. How does gender shape the production of scientific knowledge? How have feminist scholars found ways to interrogate claims about the biological basis of sex and commitments to sex as a binary (female/male) form of difference? How can we rethink our belief in technologies as neutral and value-free? How is scientific knowledge and practice also shaped by histories of colonialism, the contemporary dynamics of race, sexuality, disability, and the queer turn in the social sciences and humanities? The rich interdisciplinary field of Feminist Technoscience opens up new ways to think about the “objectivity” of science, its political underpinnings, and its effects in the world.
The course is organized around five units: (1) gendering the biology of sex; (2) feminist biology as an alternative science; (3) intersectional perspectives on science and technology; (4) recent work in feminist technoscience; and (5) governing sex and science.
|SOCIOL 321-0||Numbers, Identity, and Modernity||Wendy Espeland|
SOCIOL 321-0 Numbers, Identity, and Modernity
|SOCIOL 322-0||Sociology of Immigration||Héctor Carrillo|
SOCIOL 322-0 Sociology of Immigration
At a time when borders between nations are so heavily defended, how do we understand the flow of people across those divides? This course considers the recent sociological literature on immigration, with a particular emphasis on the transnational movement of Latin Americans. We will examine how sociological scholarship has incorporated changing understandings of Latinx migration, based on consideration of immigrants’ demographics and motivations for relocating, the factors in sending and receiving countries that foster or hinder migration, the processes of incorporation (or rejection) of immigrants in their destinations, and immigrants’ ability to maintain close ties with their countries of origin while simultaneously participating in the social life of their new locations. Finally, we will discuss these various issues in the broader context of shifting U.S. immigration policies and politics.
|SOCIOL 323-0||American Subcultures and Ethnic Groups||Albert Hunter|
SOCIOL 323-0 American Subcultures and Ethnic Groups
In this course, we will explore a diverse set of subcultures that collectively make up the pluralistic fabric of American society. In no way could we possibly explore the numerous and rich diversity of these subcultures so of necessity we will focus on a selected subset of them. These will include subcultures based on youth and age, sexuality, interest and leisure, and ethnicity. You will have the option of selecting a specific subculture of interest to you to study in detail. We will ask a set of sociological questions that are pertinent to all subcultures that will make up the weekly themes of the course. These themes range from identity to language, symbols, beliefs and ideology, ritual practices, types of organization, inequalities of resources, status & stigma, and power and politics.
Each student selects a particular subculture of interest to you to focus on throughout the course and become “the class expert” on that subculture. Your presentation, along with additional readings and resources leads to a final paper.
|SOCIOL 324-0||Global Capitalism||Onur Özgöde|
SOCIOL 324-0 Global Capitalism
|SOCIOL 325-0||Global and Local Inequalities||Margarita Rayzberg|
SOCIOL 325-0 Global and Local Inequalities
|SOCIOL 327-0||Youth and Society||Karrie Snyder|
SOCIOL 327-0 Youth and Society
|SOCIOL 329-0||Field Research and Methods of Data Collection||Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz|
SOCIOL 329-0 Field Research and Methods of Data Collection
|SOCIOL 330-0||Law, Markets and Globalization||Bruce Carruthers|
SOCIOL 330-0 Law, Markets and Globalization
|SOCIOL 332-0||Work and Occupations||Ann Orloff|
SOCIOL 332-0 Work and Occupations
|SOCIOL 336-0||Climate Change, Policy, and Society||Susan Thistle|
SOCIOL 336-0 Climate Change, Policy, and Society
|SOCIOL 355-0||Medical Sociology||Madeleine Pape|
SOCIOL 355-0 Medical Sociology
|SOCIOL 356-0||Sociology of Gender||Ann Orloff|
SOCIOL 356-0 Sociology of Gender
|SOCIOL 376-0||Gangs||Albert Hunter|
SOCIOL 376-0 Gangs
This course explores the modern American urban street gang. It looks at the long sociological tradition of theory and research on such gangs, much of it conducted right here in Chicago. It looks at the structure and activities of such gangs and the response of local community institutions including the police, and national urban and criminal justice policy with respect to street gangs.
|SOCIOL 376-0||Race/Gender/Sex & Science: Identities & Difference||Steven Epstein|
SOCIOL 376-0 Race/Gender/Sex & Science: Identities & Difference
|SOCIOL 376-0||Heterosexualities||Héctor Carrillo|
SOCIOL 376-0 Heterosexualities
How and when did the identities that we know today as “straight” or “heterosexual” come into existence? And how have those identities differed across time and space? Drawing on the academic literature and representations in film and other popular media, we will examine the “invention of heterosexuality” and its transformation and diversification over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries. By paying attention to multiple definitions of heterosexuality—including those that coexist within a single historical moment and location—we will problematize the notion that heterosexuality can be simply conceived as a single, unitary sexual identity. Among other topics, we will discuss the increasingly blurring boundaries between heterosexuality and other sexual identities; heteroflexibility, sexual fluidity, and other challenges to conventional definitions of heterosexuality; the power associated with heterosexuality, masculinity, and femininity; the effects of sexual inequality; contemporary problems and issues, including hookup culture and definitions of sexual consent; and imagined futures of the notions of sexual identity and sexual orientation.
|SOCIOL 376-0||Masculinities||Tony Silva|
SOCIOL 376-0 Masculinities
How do scientific claims and technological developments help transform cultural understandings of race, gender, and sexuality? Conversely, how do cultural beliefs about race, gender, and sexuality influence scientific knowledge and medical practice? This class will take up a series of controversies from the recent past and present to explore the dynamic interplay between expert findings, social identities, and political arguments.
|SOCIOL 379-0||Understanding Genocide||Jeff Rice|
SOCIOL 379-0 Understanding Genocide
|SOCIOL 392-0||Technology, Work, Love, & Life||Instructor TBA||Morgan Clark|
SOCIOL 392-0 Technology, Work, Love, & Life
Can technology end poverty? Is the internet racist? Technology is everywhere and humans have always used technology to shape society and vice versa. How do people relate to technology? How has our culture been affected by technology? In this course we will examine how technology itself been shaped by societal norms, and values. We begin with an examination of what technology is, and is not and continue by examining the role technology plays in shaping different aspects of society - from race, to gender, and surveillance.
|SOCIOL 398-1||Senior Research Seminar||Charles Camic|
SOCIOL 398-1 Senior Research Seminar
|SOCIOL 398-2||Senior Research Seminar||Charles Camic|
SOCIOL 398-2 Senior Research Seminar
|SOCIOL 400-0||Introduction to Statistics and Statistical Software||Jean Clipperton|
SOCIOL 400-0 Introduction to Statistics and Statistical Software
Math camp for course begins 9/16/19 - see instructor for details and schedule.
|SOCIOL 401-1||Statistical Analysis of Social Data: Applied Regression Methods I||Christine Percheski|
SOCIOL 401-1 Statistical Analysis of Social Data: Applied Regression Methods I
|SOCIOL 401-2||Statistical Analysis of Social Data: Applied Regression Methods II||Julia Behrman|
SOCIOL 401-2 Statistical Analysis of Social Data: Applied Regression Methods II
|SOCIOL 403-0||Field Methods||Gary Fine|
SOCIOL 403-0 Field Methods
|SOCIOL 406-1||Classical Theory in Sociological Analysis||Charles Camic|
SOCIOL 406-1 Classical Theory in Sociological Analysis
|SOCIOL 406-3||Contemporary Theory in Sociological Analysis: Modernity||Wendy Espeland|
SOCIOL 406-3 Contemporary Theory in Sociological Analysis: Modernity
|SOCIOL 420-0||Cultural Sociology||Wendy Griswold|
SOCIOL 420-0 Cultural Sociology
This course introduces graduate students to the sociology of culture (understanding social influence on cultural formations) and cultural sociology (understanding cultural influences on social processes). Although the course has no prerequisites, some acquaintance with Weber, Durkheim, and Marx will be helpful. Classes will be roughly half discussion, half lecture. Students must come to class prepared to discuss the readings and their applications, and teams of students will lead each discussion.
|SOCIOL 437-0||Economic Sociology||Bruce Carruthers|
SOCIOL 437-0 Economic Sociology
|SOCIOL 476-0||Political Sociology of the State||Ann Orloff|
SOCIOL 476-0 Political Sociology of the State
The seminar provides an overview of the theoretical and empirical debates focusing on states as institutions engaged in coercion and competition; regulation and redistribution; the classification, stratification and production of citizens/subjects; production and reproduction. We discuss the emergence, development and futures of states and empires, and their (usually uncertain) boundaries. Sociology 476 is a seminar in which students are active participants in discussions of readings.
|SOCIOL 476-0||Sociology of Sexuality||Héctor Carrillo|
SOCIOL 476-0 Sociology of Sexuality
This graduate seminar asks the following questions: What do we learn about society by studying sexuality? What do we learn about sexuality by studying society? We will focus on sociological approaches to studying sexuality and link sexuality studies to broader sociological questions about culture, social interaction, social inequality, globalization, social movements, science, health, political economy, and public policy. We will explore various theoretical and methodological approaches that have been used in sociological studies of sexuality—including those that guide sexuality-related analyses of meanings and identities, practices and behaviors, politics, power, relationships, population movement, collective identities and social movements, globalization, place and space, and morality and social control.
|SOCIOL 476-0||Teaching Practicum||Susan Thistle|
SOCIOL 476-0 Teaching Practicum
|SOCIOL 476-0||Theorizing Black Genders and Sexualities||Celeste Watkins-Hayes|
SOCIOL 476-0 Theorizing Black Genders and Sexualities
This graduate seminar engages critical texts in the fields of black feminist theory, black queer studies, and queer of color critique. Our emphasis is on treating these fields as neither separate nor mutually constitutive, but instead as engaged in a long-standing rich dialogue. We will read by work scholars including Cathy Cohen, Patricia Hill Collins, Mignon Moore, Marcus Hunter, Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, and Evelynn Hammonds.
|SOCIOL 476-0||Third Year Paper Seminar||Christopher Robertson|
SOCIOL 476-0 Third Year Paper Seminar
|SOCIOL 476-0||Microsociology||Gary Fine|
SOCIOL 476-0 Microsociology
|SOCIOL 476-0||Methods for Cultural Analysis||Wendy Griswold|
SOCIOL 476-0 Methods for Cultural Analysis
|SOCIOL 476-0||Networks||Andrew Papachristos|
SOCIOL 476-0 Networks
Social Network Analysis (SNA) refers to both a theoretical perspective and a set of methodological techniques. As a theoretical perspective, SNA stresses the interdependence among social actors. This approach views the social world as patterns or regularities in relationships among interacting units and focuses on how such patterns affect the behavior of network units or actors. A “structure” emerges as a persistent pattern of interaction that can influence a multitude of behaviors, such as getting a job, income attainment, political decision making, social revolutions, organizational merges, global finance and trade markets, delinquent youth behaviors, the spread of infectious diseases, and so on. As a methodological approach, SNA refers to a catalog of techniques steeped in mathematical graph theory and now extending to statistical simulation and algebraic models. This course surveys the growing field of SNA, emphasizing the merger of theory and method while gaining hands-on experience with network data and software. As such, the course is designed to be (roughly) equal parts theory and methods. Students will leave the course with the ability to understand and apply SNA in a variety of contexts.
|SOCIOL 476-0||Set-Theoretic Methods||Jim Mahoney|
SOCIOL 476-0 Set-Theoretic Methods
|SOCIOL 476-0||Publishing and Writing||Charles Camic|
SOCIOL 476-0 Publishing and Writing
|SOCIOL 476-0||Business and Society||Anthony Chen|
SOCIOL 476-0 Business and Society
|SOCIOL 476-0||Case Study and Small N Methods||Jim Mahoney|
SOCIOL 476-0 Case Study and Small N Methods
|SOCIOL 476-0||Demographic Methods||Quincy Stewart|
SOCIOL 476-0 Demographic Methods
This course aims to introduce students to this way of viewing the world. Namely, it will cover the the principal methodological tools used by demographers for studying changes in population size and composition including: basic measures of mortality, fertility and migration; life table construction; multiple decrement life tables; stable populations; population projections; age patterns of vital events; and event history analysis. Students will learn to apply these and other demographic methods through a series of weekly problem sets.
|SOCIOL 476-0||Health, Illness, and Biomedicine||Steven Epstein|
SOCIOL 476-0 Health, Illness, and Biomedicine
|SOCIOL 476-0||Race and Theory||Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz|
SOCIOL 476-0 Race and Theory
|SOCIOL 476-0||Research Design||Julia Behrman|
SOCIOL 476-0 Research Design
This is a practical course aimed at helping students who are just starting out on a research project. This is not a course in the philosophy of research design and/or research methods. Although students may have a range of backgrounds and expertise we will focus on the fundamentals so that even those early on in their research careers gain familiarity with both the research process and the professional aspects of sociological research.
|SOCIOL 480-0||Introduction to the Discipline||Jane Pryma||Jane Pryma|
SOCIOL 480-0 Introduction to the Discipline
Introduction to the department, faculty, and adjunct faculty. Faculty discuss their research and teaching interests. Mandatory two-quarter weekly seminar for first-year study.
|SOCIOL 490-0||Research: Second-Year Paper||Melike Arslan||Melike Arslan|
SOCIOL 490-0 Research: Second-Year Paper
|SOCIOL 570-0||Seminar on College Teaching||Laura Acosta-Gonzalez|
SOCIOL 570-0 Seminar on College Teaching