Annual 2020-21 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
In our College Seminar on Animals and Society, we will explore the relationship between human and non-human species from a sociological viewpoint. We will consider a series questions about this relationship including definition of the human-animal boundary; the history of animal-human relations; how gender, class, and race and/or ethnicity impact human dealings with animals; zoos and shelters; the relationship between violence toward animals and toward people; anti-cruelty and animal rights movements; animal therapies; and whether we might conceive of animals as part of society or outside of it.
|SOCIOL 101-6||The Elusive Right to Health||Carol Heimer|
SOCIOL 101-6 The Elusive Right to Health
|SOCIOL 101-6||Rebellion and its Enemies in China Today||Stefan Henning|
SOCIOL 101-6 Rebellion and its Enemies in China Today
This class will sharpen your writing. You will write and present a seven-to-nine page paper on civic activism in contemporary China. In the process of writing this paper, you will practice identifying a theme you find interesting, formulating an argument, finding data and source material on the internet from China in English translation, and relating your theme to the scholarly literature we read and discuss together in class. Some of the progress you will make in your writing abilities will be technical – what counts as evidence, what is the difference between data and scholarly texts, how do you cite and give credit to those who preceded you; some will be intellectual – how do you refute and how do you prove, how do you evaluate your own argument to be clear about its limitations, how do you assess the political relevance of your theme; and some of it will be emotional – how do you cope with the panic that is welling up when you are expected to tame the chaos of reality into a tidy argument, how do you cope with disappointment and ire when I tell you that your second draft is not good enough, how do you cope with your self-doubts when you are trying to find a needle of evidence in the haystack of the internet under time-pressure?
The Chinese have achieved enormous economic growth over the last forty years which has dramatically raised living conditions in China. The Chinese Communist Party has steered this economic development through authoritarian rule which denies the Chinese liberties you take for granted. Thirty-one years ago, the Communist Party killed Chinese who demanded these liberties by employing the military inside the country. Since the massacre of 1989, protest in the streets has moved to networking on the internet. You will write your paper about this challenge to authoritarian rule by engaging some of the following questions: How have urban Chinese lived with the trauma of the massacre? What exactly happened in 1989? Making and uploading videos to the internet is a crucial weapon for activists. How do you evaluate the power of individual videos to force political change? These videos are documentaries, performance art, interviews, covert recordings of state agents, cries for help of fugitives in real time, and witness testimony. The creators of these videos are prepared to take risks because they feel there is something wrong with China today. These feelings are value judgments, or valuations. How do you tease out the values by which activists judge the state and evaluate their lives in China? What in turn are the value judgments of American reporters who report on Chinese activism to the American public? What are the value judgments of American professors who study Chinese activism? And what are your own value judgments: If it turns out that U.S. capitalism in its combination with democracy cannot economically compete with Chinese capitalism in its combination with authoritarian rule, and you were forced to choose, would you choose capitalism or democracy? What parts of your life would be impossible under authoritarian rule? Which line would populism and neo-authoritarianism in America have to cross for you to fight the government?
|SOCIOL 101-6||Birthright Citizenship: Race, Law, and Belonging in the United States||Quisumbing King|
SOCIOL 101-6 Birthright Citizenship: Race, Law, and Belonging in the United States
Students will learn the history behind granting citizenship to anyone born in the United States. They explore the history of U.S. citizenship law and learn about the interests and justifications for narrower and more capacious definitions of citizenship. Other than birthright citizenship, what regimes for granting citizenship exist? What are the exceptions to birthright citizenship in the United States? How are decisions about and definitions of rights and membership related to ideas of race? Overall, this course will address how the United States has drawn boundaries of membership in racial terms and explore what this means for envisioning future possibilities.
|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||Karrie Snyder|
SOCIOL 202-0 Social Problems
In this course, we will investigate how social conditions come to be defined as social problems. This course will be divided into two sections. The first section will be an overview of how sociologists have approached the study of social problems including theoretical perspectives (symbolic interactionist, conflict, structural-functionalist and constructionist perspectives). In this section, we will also conceptually examine the roles of policymakers, social advocates, and the media in the process of defining social problems. In the second section of the course, we will use the perspectives and conceptual tools from the first part to analyze contemporary social problems including bullying, violence among young people, and the effects of the media on children and teenagers. As a class, we will also examine the debates surrounding several social problems (such as teen pregnancy) to understand how interested parties can define a similar situation as problematic, but do so for very diverse reasons and in doing so suggest very different solutions.
|SOCIOL 206-0||Law and Society||Joanna Grisinger|
SOCIOL 206-0 Law and Society
|SOCIOL 207-0||Cities and Society||Mary Pattillo|
SOCIOL 207-0 Cities and Society
|SOCIOL 208-0||Race and Society||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
Gender structures our daily lives in fundamental ways, yet we are often unaware of its effects. For example, why do we associate blue with boys and pink with girls? Why do most administrative forms only have two categories (i.e. Male and Female)? Why do male doctors, on average, have higher incomes than female doctors? The course introduces students to the sociological analysis of gender as a central component of social organization and social inequality in the US context. We start by reviewing key sociological concepts that are important to the study of gender. Next, we explore the causes and consequences of gender inequalities in important social institutions such as the family, the education system, and the labor market. We conclude by considering gender inequality in an international comparative context to understand crosscutting similarities and differences between the US and both high- and low-income contexts. This allows us to explore the role social norms and policies play 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 276-0||Guns in the United States||Andrew Papachristos|
SOCIOL 276-0 Guns in the United States
|SOCIOL 277-0||Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies||Beth Redbird|
SOCIOL 277-0 Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies
|SOCIOL 301-0||The City: Urbanization and Urbanism||Al 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 306-0||Sociological Theory||Wendy Espeland||Charles Camic|
SOCIOL 306-0 Sociological Theory
|SOCIOL 307-0||School and Society||Karrie Snyder|
SOCIOL 307-0 School and Society
|SOCIOL 309-0||Political Sociology-Focus on Gender||Ann Orloff|
SOCIOL 309-0 Political Sociology-Focus on Gender
The course readings feature different types of materials – original documents, scholarly books and articles, a textbook, policy reports, popular non-fiction work on aspects of gender, policy, politics and society. These are supplemented by films and online resources.
|SOCIOL 310-0||Sociology of the Family||Karrie Snyder|
SOCIOL 310-0 Sociology of the Family
|SOCIOL 317-0||Global Development||James Mahoney|
SOCIOL 317-0 Global Development
|SOCIOL 321-0||Social Change and the Environment||Wendy Espeland|
SOCIOL 321-0 Social Change and the Environment
|SOCIOL 323-0||American Subcultures and Ethnic Groups||Al 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||Monica Prasad|
SOCIOL 324-0 Global Capitalism
This course examines the recent history of capitalism around the world, and is meant to whet your appetite rather than to provide comprehensive coverage. We examine four historical topics: what communism was, and why people fear it; why there is more poverty and inequality in the U.S. than other developed countries, and whether this is a problem; how some developing countries have managed to become rich; and the rise of the financial sector in the American economy, at the expense of manufacturing and services. We then close with an examination of the racialized history of capitalism, and students are asked to use everything they have learned in the course to think through solutions for questions of the current moment.
|SOCIOL 327-0||Youth and Society||Karrie Snyder|
SOCIOL 327-0 Youth and Society
|SOCIOL 329-0||Field Research and Methods of Data Collection||Karrie Snyder|
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 336-0||The Climate Crisis, Policies, and Society||Susan Thistle|
SOCIOL 336-0 The Climate Crisis, Policies, and Society
|SOCIOL 355-0||Medical Sociology||Carol Heimer|
SOCIOL 355-0 Medical Sociology
This course introduces some of the main topics of medical sociology: the social construction of health and illness; inequalities in the distribution of illness and health care; the globalization of health care; and the organization of health care work, the medical professions, and the health care system. Students will learn about variations in who gets sick and why, how the health professions evolved in the United States and how the health care "turf" has been divided among professions, whether and when patients and their families participate in medical decision making, why physicians have more authority and receive higher incomes in the U.S. than elsewhere, what doctors do when interns and residents make mistakes, what the relationship is between hospitals and other health care organizations and how that relationship has changed over time, how the American healthcare system compares to other healthcare systems, how expenditures on preventive medicine compare with expenditures on high-tech cutting-edge medicine, and why the U.S. invests so much in high-tech medicine.
|SOCIOL 356-0||Sociology of Gender||Ann Orloff|
SOCIOL 356-0 Sociology of Gender
|SOCIOL 376-0||Empire||Katrina Quisumbing|
SOCIOL 376-0 Empire
|SOCIOL 376-0||Sexuality, Technoscience, and Law||Shelby|
SOCIOL 376-0 Sexuality, Technoscience, and Law
Sexuality shapes the cultural, economic, political, and social organization of the U.S. The ways we define and think about sexuality are deeply entangled in science and technology, regulation and governance, and social practices of exclusion and inclusion. This course examines the complex relationships between sexuality, technoscience, and the law—including those that guide sexuality-related identities, meanings, and interactions; sexual citizenship, feminist and queer health movements; investigating and controlling sexual crimes; digital expressions of sexuality, privacy, and algorithmic justice.
|SOCIOL 376-0||Gender-based Violence||Renee Shelby|
SOCIOL 376-0 Gender-based Violence
|SOCIOL 392-0-21||Contemporary Issues in Education||Emily Handsman|
SOCIOL 392-0-21 Contemporary Issues in Education
|SOCIOL 392-0-22||Sociology of Fear||Kat Albrecht|
SOCIOL 392-0-22 Sociology of Fear
|SOCIOL 392-0-23||Latin American Migration to the U.S. Past, Present, Future||Angel Escamila Garcia|
SOCIOL 392-0-23 Latin American Migration to the U.S. Past, Present, Future
|SOCIOL 398-1||Senior Research Seminar||Katrina Quisumbing|
SOCIOL 398-1 Senior Research Seminar
|SOCIOL 398-2||Senior Research Seminar||Katrina Quisumbing|
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 refresher for course begins 9/02/20 - contact instructor for details and schedule.
|SOCIOL 401-1||Linear Regression||Lincoln Quillian|
SOCIOL 401-1 Linear Regression
|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 406-1||Classical Theory in Sociological Analysis||Wendy Griswold|
SOCIOL 406-1 Classical Theory in Sociological Analysis
This seminar, required for and restricted to first-year Sociology students, covers some sociological thinking of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, W.E.B. Du Bois, Georg Simmel, and Jane Addams. The first three wrote what are conventionally seen as foundational texts of sociological theory, while the second three took up specific issues especially relevant today; all six influence contemporary research and sociological discourse. We will focus on how these social theorists conceptualized modernity and how useful the analytic tools developed at the beginning of the twentieth century are for addressing the issues and social configurations of the twenty-first.
Only first-year graduate students in Sociology may enroll.
|SOCIOL 406-3||Contemporary Theory in Sociological Analysis||Wendy Espeland|
SOCIOL 406-3 Contemporary Theory in Sociological Analysis
|SOCIOL 408||Sociology of Law||Robert Nelson|
SOCIOL 408 Sociology of Law
|SOCIOL 420||Cultural Sociology||Wendy Griswold|
SOCIOL 420 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 440||Stratification: Class, Race, Gender||Quillian|
SOCIOL 440 Stratification: Class, Race, Gender
The recent popularity of discussions of "inequality" has pushed what has long been a sociological topic of research into the public arena. "Stratification" is the more general and descriptive precursor to analyses of inequality. Stratification refers to the fact that people (or groups or institutions) are arrayed along some (usually hierarchical) continuum of value, whereas inequality focuses on the size and consequences of gaps between groups. This course will explore the descriptive facts of stratification as well as the normative and political debates that motivate discussions of inequality. Race and gender are key bases of stratification. Class, or socioeconomic status, is both a grounds for stratification as well as a measure of stratification itself (i.e., it is a continuum across which people are arrayed). In this course, we will discuss the theoretical and empirical approaches to studying stratification; consider stratification in comparative perspective; explore five key domains in which stratification is produced, reproduced and manifested: families, schools (2 weeks), the labor market, and neighborhoods (2 weeks); and consider the political responses and debates regarding stratification. All of these topics will pay particular attention to race, gender, and class as key mechanisms of stratification.
|SOCIOL 476-0||Gender, Power, Politics||Ann Orloff|
SOCIOL 476-0 Gender, Power, Politics
|SOCIOL 476-0||Political Sociology||Monica Prasad|
SOCIOL 476-0 Political Sociology
Political sociologists study the influence of social forces on formal politics, as well as politics in non-formalized settings. In this class we focus on three topics: how social identities and social cleavages affect politics; how money influences politics; and how to define power and understand resistance.
|SOCIOL 476-0||Topics in Sociological Analysis: Sociology of Families||Christine Percheski|
SOCIOL 476-0 Topics in Sociological Analysis: Sociology of Families
|SOCIOL 476-0||Third Year Paper Seminar||Mallory Fallin|
SOCIOL 476-0 Third Year Paper Seminar
|SOCIOL 476-0||Teaching Practicum||Susan Thistle|
SOCIOL 476-0 Teaching Practicum
|SOCIOL 476-0||Race and Theory||Quincy Stewart|
SOCIOL 476-0 Race and Theory
|SOCIOL 476-0||Case Study and Small N Methods||Jim Mahoney|
SOCIOL 476-0 Case Study and Small N Methods
|SOCIOL 476-0||Topics in Sociological Analysis: Law & Global Capitalism||Bruce Carruthers|
SOCIOL 476-0 Topics in Sociological Analysis: Law & Global Capitalism
Globalization entails greater interdependence and less national autonomy. It occurs as international flows of capital, goods, services, and people increase. Economic transactions, interactions and relationships that formerly occurred within national boundaries now occur across them. As part of globalization, legal forms and institutions are also spreading throughout the world. Transactions involving capital, goods, services and people are not self-sustaining, but rather, they are supported and regulated by an institutional foundation that typically centers on the legal system. Because the frameworks that support these transactions exist primarily at the level of the nation-state, a governance mismatch has emerged. We examine the role of law in supporting global markets and the tensions created from this mismatch.
|SOCIOL 476-0||Historical Sociology||Anthony Chen|
SOCIOL 476-0 Historical Sociology
This class explores recent directions in historical sociology. While classical perspectives will be discussed, it stresses coverage of books published in the last ten to fifteen years. Students will gain significant exposure to the most recent trends in the subfield. Among the topics covered will be state formation and institutional change, empire, and race. Assigned books will include Julia Adams’s The Familial State; Julian Go’s Patterns of Empire; Christof Dejung, David Motadel, and Jurgen Osterhammel’s The Global Bourgeosie, and Angel Adams Parham’s American Routes. Strong pedagogical emphasis will be placed on learning how to read books closely and critically. In addition to giving presentations on selected books, students will write two book reviews; there are no long writing assignments.
|SOCIOL 476-0||Neighborhoods and Crime||Andrew Papachristos|
SOCIOL 476-0 Neighborhoods and Crime
|SOCIOL 476-0||Professional Writing Seminar||Charles Camic|
SOCIOL 476-0 Professional Writing Seminar
|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 476-0||States and Inequalities||Ann Orloff|
SOCIOL 476-0 States and Inequalities
|SOCIOL 480-0||Introduction to the Discipline||Anna Michelson||Anna Michelson|
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||Monica Prasad|
SOCIOL 490-0 Research: Second-Year Paper
|SOCIOL 490-2||Research: Second-Year Paper||Mallory Fallin|
SOCIOL 490-2 Research: Second-Year Paper
|SOCIOL 570-0||Seminar on College Teaching||David Schieber|
SOCIOL 570-0 Seminar on College Teaching