Fall 2020 Class Schedule
|SOCIOL 101-6||First Year Seminar: Animals and Society||Wendy Griswold||TTH 11:20-12:40|
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||TTH 2:40-4:00|
SOCIOL 101-6 The Elusive Right to Health
|SOCIOL 101-6||Rebellion and its Enemies in China Today||Stefan Henning||MW 10:20-11:40|
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 110-0||Introduction to Sociology||David Schieber||MW 12:40-2:00|
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 206-0||Law and Society||Joanna Grisinger||TTH 9:40-11:00|
SOCIOL 206-0 Law and Society
|SOCIOL 207-0||Cities and Society||Mary Pattillo||MW 2:40-4:00|
SOCIOL 207-0 Cities and Society
|SOCIOL 208-0||Race and Society||Quincy Stewart||TTH 2:40-4:00|
SOCIOL 208-0 Race and Society
|SOCIOL 212-0||Environment and Society||Susan Thistle||TTH 11:20-12:40|
SOCIOL 212-0 Environment and Society
|SOCIOL 215-0||Economy and Society||Bruce Carruthers||TTH 4:20-5:40|
SOCIOL 215-0 Economy and Society
|SOCIOL 216-0||Gender and Society||Julia Behrman||TTH 11:20-12:40|
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||MW 12:40-2:00|
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 302-0||Sociology of Organizations||David Schieber||MW 10:20-11:40|
SOCIOL 302-0 Sociology of Organizations
|SOCIOL 309-0||Political Sociology-Focus on Gender||Ann Orloff||TTH 4:20-5:40|
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||MW 3:00-4:20|
SOCIOL 310-0 Sociology of the Family
|SOCIOL 317-0||Global Development||James Mahoney||TTH 2:40-4:00|
SOCIOL 317-0 Global Development
|SOCIOL 321-0||Social Change and the Environment||Wendy Espeland||TTH 9:40-11:00|
SOCIOL 321-0 Social Change and the Environment
|SOCIOL 323-0||American Subcultures and Ethnic Groups||Al Hunter||TTH 2:40-4:00|
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||TTH 2:40-4:00|
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 336-0||The Climate Crisis, Policies, and Society||Susan Thistle||TTH 2:40-4:00|
SOCIOL 336-0 The Climate Crisis, Policies, and Society
|SOCIOL 376-0||Empire||Katrina Quisumbing||TTH 2:40-4:00|
SOCIOL 376-0 Empire
|SOCIOL 398-1||Senior Research Seminar||Katrina Quisumbing||TTH 6:00-7:20|
SOCIOL 398-1 Senior Research Seminar
|SOCIOL 400-0||Introduction to Statistics and Statistical Software||Jean Clipperton||MF 9:00 - 10:20 am|
SOCIOL 400-0 Introduction to Statistics and Statistical Software
Math refresher for course begins 9/02/20 - contact instructor for details and schedule.
|SOCIOL 406-1||Classical Theory in Sociological Analysis||Wendy Griswold||TTH 8:00am-9:20am|
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 476-0||Gender, Power, Politics||Ann Orloff||TTH 7:40pm-9:00pm|
SOCIOL 476-0 Gender, Power, Politics
|SOCIOL 476-0||Political Sociology||Monica Prasad||TTH 11:20-12:40|
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||TTH 2:40-4:00|
SOCIOL 476-0 Topics in Sociological Analysis: Sociology of Families
|SOCIOL 476-0||Third Year Paper Seminar||Mallory Fallin||MW 10:20-11:20|
SOCIOL 476-0 Third Year Paper Seminar
|SOCIOL 476-0||Teaching Practicum||Susan Thistle||F 9:00 - 11:50|
SOCIOL 476-0 Teaching Practicum
|SOCIOL 476-0||Race and Theory||Quincy Stewart||MW 1:50-3:10|
SOCIOL 476-0 Race and Theory
|SOCIOL 476-0||Case Study and Small N Methods||Jim Mahoney||MW 11:30-12:50|
SOCIOL 476-0 Case Study and Small N Methods
|SOCIOL 480-0||Introduction to the Discipline||Anna Michelson||W 8:30-10:30|
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||M TBD|
SOCIOL 490-0 Research: Second-Year Paper