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  
3 0

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  
3 0

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  
3 0

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  
3 0

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