Winter 2021 Class Schedule
|SOCIOL 101-6||Birthright Citizenship: Race, Law, and Belonging in the United States||Quisumbing King||TTH 3:30-4:50|
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||MW 12:30-1:50|
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||Async|
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||MW 11:00-12:20|
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 277-0||Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies||Beth Redbird||Async|
SOCIOL 277-0 Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies
|SOCIOL 301-0||The City: Urbanization and Urbanism||Al Hunter||TTH 2:00-3:20|
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||MW 9:30-10:50|
SOCIOL 302-0 Sociology of Organizations
|SOCIOL 306-0||Sociological Theory||Wendy Espeland||TTH 9:30-10:50|
SOCIOL 306-0 Sociological Theory
course is to unpack each thinker’s major concepts and consider how he fused them in order to craft a distinctive lens through which to view the social world at his own time and today."Social theory provides a lens to understand how power operates in modern societies. It helps us examine not only the production of socio-economic and political inequalities but also the reproduction of social order, namely, how society holds together despite all the antagonisms such disparities create. In this course, we will study three strands of social theory—emancipatory, positivist, and critical. Emancipatory theorists, most notably Marx, "speak truth to power" to emancipate oppressed groups. They hope their theories will arm the oppressed against their oppressors in their struggles for freedom. Mainstream, positivist theorists, in contrast, take the point-of-view of the social planner and seek to use science to reform society. Finally, critical theorists, such as Frederic Nietzsche, Max Weber, and Michel Foucault, share positivists' skepticism toward emancipatory theorists. Yet, they do not try to base their authority on science, as they see science as just another way power operates. Moreover, they believe power to be intrinsic to social relations and think emancipation is simply not possible. Instead, they seek to reconfigure power relations to create more ethical social structures.
|SOCIOL 307-0||School and Society||Karrie Snyder||MW 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 307-0 School and Society
|SOCIOL 330-0||Law, Markets and Globalization||Bruce Carruthers||TTH 3:30-4:50|
SOCIOL 330-0 Law, Markets and Globalization
|SOCIOL 376-0||Sexuality, Technoscience, and Law||Shelby||MW 9:30-10:50|
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 398-2||Senior Research Seminar||Katrina Quisumbing||TTH 5:00-6:20 PM|
SOCIOL 398-2 Senior Research Seminar
|SOCIOL 401-1||Linear Regression||Lincoln Quillian||TTH 9:30-10:50|
SOCIOL 401-1 Linear Regression
|SOCIOL 406-3||Contemporary Theory in Sociological Analysis||Wendy Espeland||W 11:00-2:00 PM|
SOCIOL 406-3 Contemporary Theory in Sociological Analysis
|SOCIOL 408||Sociology of Law||Robert Nelson||TTH 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 408 Sociology of Law
|SOCIOL 420||Cultural Sociology||Wendy Griswold||W 8:00-10:50|
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 476-0||Topics in Sociological Analysis: Law & Global Capitalism||Bruce Carruthers||M 8:30-11:00|
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||M 7:00-9:50 PM|
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||MF 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 476-0 Neighborhoods and Crime
|SOCIOL 480-0||Introduction to the Discipline||Anna Michelson||F 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 490-2||Research: Second-Year Paper||Mallory Fallin||W 12:30-2:00|
SOCIOL 490-2 Research: Second-Year Paper