Fall 2021 Class Schedule
|SOCIOL 101-6||Rebellion and its Enemies in China Today||Stefan Henning||MW 9:30-10:50|
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 12:30-1:50|
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 206-0||Law and Society||Nicollette Bruner||TTH 9:30-10:50|
SOCIOL 206-0 Law and Society
|SOCIOL 208-0||Race and Society||Quincy Stewart||TTH 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 208-0 Race and Society
|SOCIOL 215-0||Economy and Society||Bruce Carruthers||TTH 3:30-4:50|
SOCIOL 215-0 Economy and Society
|SOCIOL 226-0||Sociological Analysis||Karrie Snyder||MW 12:30-1:50|
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 301-0||The City: Urbanization and Urbanism||Al Hunter||MW 12:30-1:50|
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 305-0||Population Dynamics||Christine Percheski||MW 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 305-0 Population Dynamics
|SOCIOL 306-0||Sociological Theory||Wendy Espeland||TTH 2:00-3:20|
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 3:30-4:50|
SOCIOL 307-0 School and Society
|SOCIOL 321-0||Numbers, Identity & Modernity||Wendy Espeland||TTH 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 321-0 Numbers, Identity & Modernity
Our world is awash in numbers. In this class we will consider how we make and use numbers, how we know ourselves through numbers, and the particular kinds of authority we grant to numbers. Using a range of examples including the SAT, college rankings, and statistics about race and sexuality, this class will examine what prompts people to produce numbers, what causes them to spread, how they intervene in the worlds they measure, how they inform our ethics, and how we think about ourselves and others differently as a result.
|SOCIOL 324-0||Global Capitalism||Monica Prasad||TTH 3:30-4:50|
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 332-0||Work and Occupations||Ann Orloff||TTH 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 332-0 Work and Occupations
|SOCIOL 398-1||Senior Research Seminar||Bruce Carruthers||W 9:30-10:50|
SOCIOL 398-1 Senior Research Seminar
|SOCIOL 403||Field Methods||Gary Fine||TH 3:30-5:50|
SOCIOL 403 Field Methods
|SOCIOL 406-1||Classical Theory in Sociological Analysis||Charles Camic||TTH 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 406-1 Classical Theory in Sociological Analysis
Against the backdrop of Cartesian reservations about the possibility of a "science" of the social world, this course examines several of the major justifications that social thinkers have offered, historically, for constructing such a science. In the process, the course also considers the different conceptions of the social world that have been part of these justifications. The principal thinkers examined are Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, Max Weber, and W.E.B. Du Bois.
|SOCIOL 476-0||The Sociology of Moral Experiences||Carol Heimer||T 3:30-6:20|
SOCIOL 476-0 The Sociology of Moral Experiences
|SOCIOL 476-0||The Politics of Knowledge||Steve Epstein||M 10:00-12:50|
SOCIOL 476-0 The Politics of Knowledge
|SOCIOL 476-0||Race, Racism and Resistance in Latin America||Mary Pattillo||W 2:00-5:00|
SOCIOL 476-0 Race, Racism and Resistance in Latin America
|SOCIOL 476-0||Research Methods for Cultural Sociology||Wendy Griswold||Tues 8:00-10:50|
SOCIOL 476-0 Research Methods for Cultural Sociology
In this seminar we will consider how one formulates a research questions and puts evidence together in order to investigate specific instances of the culture-society interaction and, from doing so, to assess cultural theory. The course is for students who (1) have some background in cultural sociology (usually by having taken SOC 420), and (2) have in mind a research project involving culture, either one that is already underway or one that is envisioned. All participants will be actively engaged in cultural research (dissertation proposal, second-year paper, pilot study, etc.), at least for the duration of the course itself. The goal is to create a productive interplay between research activities and methodological awareness.
Our emphasis will be on designing research that meets the standards of science while maintaining sensitivity to the peculiar characteristics of culture. We shall be comparing sociological methods with those from the history and cultural studies in terms of the relationship between evidence and argument. We’ll look at the steps of research from topic to question formation to hypotheses to data collection to analysis of findings to issues of reliability and validity to publication. Along the way we shall consider such issues as specifying cultural objects, making appropriate comparisons, assessing evidence, and analyzing social and aesthetic texts. Our emphasis is on research design and logic; we will not cover specific techniques of data analysis or measurement, though you might want to pursue these areas.
|SOCIOL 476-0||Sociology of Development||Monica Prasad||W 2:00-5:00|
SOCIOL 476-0 Sociology of Development
|SOCIOL 476-0||Teaching Practicum||Jean Clipperton||F 2:00-5:00|
SOCIOL 476-0 Teaching Practicum
|SOCIOL 476-0||Sociology of Immigration||Hector Carrillo||W 10:00-12:50|
SOCIOL 476-0 Sociology of Immigration
|SOCIOL 480-0||Introduction to the Discipline||Quincy Stewart||M 1:30-3:00|
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 490-0-1||Research: Second-Year Paper||Monica Prasad||M 2:00-5:00|
SOCIOL 490-0-1 Research: Second-Year Paper
|SOCIOL 490-0-2||Research: Second-Year Paper||Ann Orloff||TH 3:45-6:45|
SOCIOL 490-0-2 Research: Second-Year Paper