Sociology

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Sociology

Departmental Representative:
Dr. Van Tran
606 Knox Hall
vantran@columbia.edu

SOCI S1000Q The Social World. 3 points.

Identification of the distinctive elements of sociological perspectives on society. Readings confront classical and contemporary approaches with key social issues that include power and authority, culture and communication, poverty and discrimination, social change, and popular uses of sociological concepts.

Summer 2018: SOCI S1000Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 1000 001/61247 M W 9:00am - 12:10pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Adrianna Munson 3 16

SOCI S3218D Race, Crime, and Law. 3 points.

This course critically examines the interplay between crime, law, and the administration of justice in the United States and how these issues are shaped by larger societal factors. Students will receive a theoretical and empirical overview of the American legal and criminal justice system, emphasizing such issues as: the function and purpose of crime control; the roles of the actors/subjects of the criminal justice system; crime and violence as cultural and political issues in America; racial disparities in offending and criminal justice processing; and juvenile justice.

Summer 2018: SOCI S3218D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3218 001/17906 T Th 1:00pm - 4:10pm
318 Hamilton Hall
Brittany Fox-Williams 3 5

SOCI S3265D Sociology of Work and Gender. 3 points.

Women perform slightly better than men while in college but they quickly fall behind in the workforce. Just one year after graduation, women working full-time earn 80% of what their male counterparts earn. Ten years out of college the numbers are worse: Women earn 69% of what men earn. What is happening after students leave campus and enter the workforce? Are women and men paid differently for similar work? Are employers discriminating against women? Are women and men making different choices? How do race and class qualify our understanding of

gendered effects? This course explores questions such as these and addresses how gender and gender identities are constructed in the workplace. Theorizing gender as a flexible but persistent boundary that organizes our work lives and our home lives (and the relationship between the two), we will read studies that explain how workplaces draw upon and create notions of gender difference. We will learn that work, like every other part of our social world, is shaped by our cultural understandings of gender.

Summer 2018: SOCI S3265D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3265 001/28496 T Th 9:00am - 12:10pm
103 Knox Hall
Kathleen Griesbach 3 1/20

SOCI S3671Q Media, Culture, & Society in the Age of the Internet. 3 points.

This course examines social relations through culture embedded in media. The focus will be on how our behavior is shaped by the symbols and stories we encounter and share through information technology. We will consider the impact of interactive and social media on our experiences, decisions, and work. What are the politics of data? Does technology isolate or connect us? Does media consumption enrich or sap our creativity? Our intellect? The goal of the course is to arm students with conceptual tools to think critically about the role of technology and mediated culture in society.

Summer 2018: SOCI S3671Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3671 001/25601 T Th 1:00pm - 4:10pm
318 Hamilton Hall
Anthony Urena 3 9

SOCI S3675D Organizing Innovation. 3 points.

This course will explore the tensions between creativity and control, and structure and agency, in organizations engaged in the development of innovative ideas. What is innovation? How does it emerge and diffuse? How might organizations support or hinder the development of novel ideas? What role does technology play in the pursuit of innovation? We will apply a critical lens to the organization of innovation, recognizing that innovation-although a popular buzzword in the business world-implies a variety of outcomes that may solve previously intractable problems on the one hand, but may have unintended social consequences on the other. The goals of the course are to provide students with a broad overview of the existing literature on the sociology of innovation at both the macro- and micro-level and to support students in future careers in management, engineering, academia, or any field that involves the organization of groups of individuals toward creative ends.

Summer 2018: SOCI S3675D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3675 001/68942 M W 1:00pm - 4:10pm
318 Hamilton Hall
Moran Levy 3 12

SOCI S3980Q Immigrant New York. 3 points.

Over the course of the twentieth century, New York City has witnessed two major waves of immigration. From the Irish, Italian and Jewish immigrants who arrived at the turn of the twentieth century to the Chinese, Jamaican and Mexican immigrants who now constitute the majority of the city’s immigrant population, New York City has a long tradition of integrating new immigrants.


How has immigration transformed New York City, both in the past and in the present? What are the major ethnic groups in the city? How are immigrants and their U.S.-born children incorporated into the city’s schools, workplaces and neighborhoods? How will their integration reshape patterns of ethnic and racial inequality in the city? This course answers these questions by focusing on New York City as a case study to highlight how immigration has transformed the city’s demographic, political, socioeconomic and spatial landscape. On the one hand, the influx of immigrants has brought about economic revitalization of many neighborhoods from Jackson Heights to Washington Heights, lowering the crime rate and stimulating business growth. On the other hand, immigration and diversity have raised concerns about social cohesion and security. 


The course welcomes students from a range of disciplinary background, including sociology, urban studies, social anthropology, political science, and history. There are no prerequisites to the course and it is open to all undergraduate students, although no auditors will be allowed. 

Summer 2018: SOCI S3980Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3980 001/78298 M W 1:00pm - 4:10pm
104 Knox Hall
Dialika Sall 3 4/20

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