Sociology

The Department of Sociology offers courses in statistics and social research, social theory, methods in social research, social movements, the American family, sociology and economics, sociology of culture, race and urban America, inequality and public policy, and organizational analysis.

For questions about specific courses, contact the department:

Departmental Office: 413 Fayerweather
212-854-3686
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Web: www.sociology.columbia.edu


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Fall 2016
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SOCI B3906 Conservatisms. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: SOCI BC1003 or SOCIV3100 or permission of the instructor.

Considering different traditions of conservative social and political thought, examines the history of conservative thinking and the conservative movement in the 20th century. Focus on historical evolution in the U.S., and concludes with an extended look at the rise of ‘neoconservatism’. Selected topics include: the intellectual roots of modern conservatism; conservatism and feminism; black conservatives; neoconservatism and the future of conservatism in America.

SOCI BC3082 Junior Colloquium. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Introductory course in Sociology.

Examines a range of theoretical approaches to the analysis of social life. "Classical" literature such as Marx, Durkheim, and Weber, along with contemporary sociological theories, will be read. Selected topics: the relationship between individual, society, and polity; gender relations, class, and status relations; moral and instrumental action.

SOCI BC3204 Social Theory and Cultural Diversity. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Introductory course in Sociology. Sophomore standing. Enrollment limited to 50 students.

Examines issues, conflicts and ideas regarding cultural diversity, in particular the ‘culture wars’, the politics of identity/recognition, and the ideal of multiculturalism, using tools of classical and contemporary social theory. Case material will be drawn from the Western hemisphere. Selected topics include: multiculturalism and the politics of identity/recognition; the headscarf debate; orientalism; sexuality and culture; ‘excitable speech’; and the ‘culture wars’.

SOCI BC3207 Music, Race and Identity. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II).

Analysis of the complex relationship among race, art, organizations, economics, social movements and identity. Emphasis is on shifting conceptions of identity and changing roles of race and racism in the spirituals, gospel music, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, rock'n'roll, soul music, Hip Hop and contemporary popular music.

SOCI BC3211 Quantitative Methods. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)., Recitation Section Required
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: One introductory course in Sociology suggested.

Introduction to statistical methods emphasizing their application to practical research problems. Topics include frequency distributions, cross-tabulations and correlation, basic concepts of probability, hypothesis testing, and the analysis of variance. Students will learn to execute basic statistical analyses on a personal computer.

SOCI BC3214 Sociology of African American Life. 3 points.

Emphasizes foundations and development of black communities post-1940, and mechanisms in society that create and maintain racial inequality. Explores notions of identity and culture through lenses of gender, class and sexual orientation, and ideologies that form the foundation of black politics. Primarily lecture and some discussion.

SOCI BC3215 Sociology of Crime and Punishment. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course provides an overview of both crime and its control within the US. Beginning with an examination of mass incarceration, the course details issues of race, class, and gender in relation to crime, policing, and representations of criminality. Is there justice within the criminal justice system?

SOCI BC3237 Sociology of Consumers and Markets. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course surveys the ways in which credit has been provided to consumers throughout the 20th century.  Topics include loan sharking, credit cards, microcredit, and subprime mortgages.  We will examine the link between personal indebtedness and economic growth as a key dimension of the current economic crisis.

SOCI BC3253 Sociology of Reproduction. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II).
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course explores reproduction as a form of social contral over women in global context. We review social, technological, political and economic aspects of fertility, pregnancy, birth and parenthood. We investigate how states regulate reproduction and how such policies are embodied and resisted according to class, race and nationality.

SOCI BC3260 Sociology of Education. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course provides an introduction to how sociologists examine education and schooling. It covers a wide range of theories and concepts as well as more historically grounded studies.  Key questions include education and social stratification; the reproduction of class, race, and gender; and politial domination and control.

SOCI BC3903 Work and Culture. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Preference for Barnard Leadership Initiative participants, Juniors and Seniors. Permission of the instructor.

Sociological approaches to understanding work and culture. Theoretical underpinnings of workplace interactions, with attention to ethnographies of work across a range of organizations. Examines changes in work due to technological advances and globalization. Special emphasis on gender.

SOCI BC3905 Funding Social Change: A Research Practicum. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: SOCI BC1003/SOCI V1000.

Examination of debates on social movement and philanthropy combined with independent data collection on foundations and grant recipients. Topics include: the role of foundations in the US; resource mobilization and social movements; consequences of public interest, and new conservative movements.

SOCI BC3907 Communities and Social Change. 4 points.

Examines how changes in the economy, racial composition, and class relations affect community life-how it is created, changed and sometimes lost-with a specific focus on the local urban context. Student research projects will address how contemporary forces such as neoliberalization, gentrification and tourism impact a community's social fabric.

SOCI BC3908 Transnational Social Movements. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: SOCI BC3235 or SOCI W3480 or permission of the instructor.

Examines transnational anti-globalization protest which emerged to fight against free trade, the World Bank and the IMF beginning in the 1990s. Drawing on recent examples of transnational contention, familiarizes students with the current set of debates surrounding contemporary forms of transnational activism and sheds light on its broader historical context.

SOCI BC3909 Ethnic Conflict and Unrest. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing. SOCI BC1003 or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Post-1965 immigration in the U.S. has prompted conflicts between new immigrant groups and established racial and ethnic groups. This seminar explores ethnic conflict and unrest that takes place in the streets, workplace, and everyday social life. Focus is on sociological theories that explain the tensions associated with the arrival of new immigrants.

SOCI BC3910 Research Seminar in Sociology. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: SOCI BC1003 or equivalent; permission of the instructor.

Substantial participation in an ongoing faculty-led Sociological research project. Movement between substantive discussion of theory and methodological study of a specific topic. Coverage of how to frame a research project, using qualitative and quantitative tools to carry out analysis, and how to write up research in conjunction with a substantive literature and topic.  Spring 2010: Where do art prices come from?

SOCI BC3911 The Social Contexts of U.S. Immigration Law and Policy. 4 points.

Examines the historical and contemporary social, economic, and political factors that shape immigration law and policy along with the social consequences of those laws and policies.  Addresses the development and function of immigration law and aspects of the immigration debate including unauthorized immigration, anti-immigration sentiments, and critiques of immigration policy.

SOCI BC3912 Social Media. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Sociological examination and critical assessment of effects of unprecedented levels of connectivity afforded by social media such as Twitter and Facebook. Seminar will be guided by a interest in how social relationships are being redefined as a result of these media and how they are managed, with particular attention to commercial uses of these technologies, especially new ways in which businesses are reaching potential audiences, new roles for consumers in evaluating products and shaping trends, and changes in contemporary business models of both large corporations and smaller firms.

SOCI BC3913 Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in U.S. Law and Society. 4 points.

This class will examine the historical roots and ongoing persistence of social, economic, and political inequality and the continuing role that it plays in U.S. society by examining how such issues have been addressed both in social science and in law.

Spring 2017: SOCI BC3913
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3913 001/05930 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
502 Diana Center
John Salyer 4 29

SOCI BC3914 Ethnic Diversity and the Welfare State. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Examines the relationship between ethnic diversity and the social provision of welfare in historical and cross-national perspective. Topics include the effects of longstanding diversity on the establishment of modern welfare states; the relationship between formal state policies of multiculturalism and welfare provision; the challenges contemporary immigration poses to existing welfare states; and debates about diversity, social solidarity, and social capital. Special emphasis on diversity-related explanations for the United States' exceptionally weak social safety net.

SOCI BC3915 The 2012 Election and Beyond. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

A research seminar that explores the underlying social forces shaping the 2012 U.S. presidential election: political polarization and the nature of "the center"; culture wars and moral conflict; race and the postracial idea; changing political regimes; ideological division; impact of economics, immigration and inequality.

SOCI BC3916 From Rhythm and Blues to Soul and Rock: The Sociology of Crossover Culture. 4 points.

The rise of crossover culture: racially segregated markets and genres; organizational environments and the rise of independent labels; the creative process and black-white conflict and connection; the emergence of rock as a "white" genre; civil rights, Black Power, and the politics of soul; cultural borrowing and the postracial ethos.

SOCI BC3917 Family and Child Welfare Policies in Latin America. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Explores narratives of family, childhood and citizenship constructed in Latin American Welfare Regimes. Considers how Children’s Welfare and Children’s Rights are a cornerstone in the historical building and present reform of social policy and social protection in Latin America. Interdisciplinary focus ranges across anthropology, sociology, history and cultural studies.

SOCI BC3918 Gender and Inequality in Families. 4 points.

Critical exploration of contemporary US families. Analyzes the ways gendered forces structure relations between and among family members. Investigates changes over time in roles and expectation for family members. Topics include social class differences, LGBT families, transnational families, parent-child relationships, domestic violence, racial/ethnic variation in men’s experiences.

SOCI BC3919 Transitions to Adulthood. 3 points.

Prerequisites: SOCI W 1000 and SOCI W3010 or permission of instructor. Meets senior requirement.

Adolescence and early adulthood is a critical period in our lives. This research-intensive seminar explores how adolescent transitions are studied, how they compare across different national contexts, and how individual, family, and community factors affect the type and timing of different transitions.

SOCI BC3920 Advanced Topics in Gender and Sexuality. 4 points.

This research and writing-intensive seminar is designed for senior majors with a background and interest in the sociology of gender and sexuality. The goal of the seminar is to facilitate completion of the senior requirement (a 25-30 page paper) based on “hands on” research with original qualitative data. Since the seminar will be restricted to students with prior academic training in the subfield, students will be able to receive intensive research training and guidance through every step of the research process, from choosing a research question to conducting original ethnographic and interview-based research, to analyzing and interpreting one’s findings. The final goal of the course will be the production of an original paper of standard journal-article length. Students who choose to pursue their projects over the course of a  second semester will have the option of revisiting their articles further for submission and publications.

SOCI BC3925 Advanced Topics in Law & Society. 4 points.

Law creates order. And yet, outlaws or lawbreakers are everywhere. Students will learn to ask and answer questions about living law, understanding that it involves law-followers and law-breakers. Students will read and discuss sociological investigations of the law and perform their own research into a significant question about law-in-action.

SOCI BC3930 Advanced Topics: Race and Ethnicity. 4 points.

Discusses theories of race and ethnicity, distinctions between prejudice, discrimination, and racism, and the intersectionality paradigm. Under instructor’s guidance students design a research proposal, conduct their own fieldwork and write a research paper on a sociological question relating to race and/or ethnicity.

SOCI BC3931 Seminar for Internships in Social Justice and Human Rights. 3 points.

Corequisites: Students must have an internship related to social justice or human rights during

This class is intended to complement and enhance the internship experience for students working in internships that relate to social justice and human rights during the Spring 2016 semester. This course will meet bi-weekly to provide an academic framing of the issues that students are working on and to provide an opportunity for students to analyze their internship experience.

Spring 2017: SOCI BC3931
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3931 001/05209 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
306 Milbank Hall
John Salyer 3 6

SOCI BC3932 Climate Change, Global Migration, and Human Rights in the Anthropocene. 3 points.

While the existence of processes of anthropogenic climate change is well established, predictions regarding the future consequences of these processes are far less certain. In no area is the uncertainty regarding near and long term effects as pronounced as in the question of how climate change will affect global migration. This course will address the issue of climate migration in four ways.  First, the course will examine the theoretical and empirical literatures that have elucidated the nature of international migration in general.  Second, the course will consider the phenomena of anthropogenic climate change as it relates to migration.  Third, the course will consider how human rights and other legal regimes do or do not address the humanitarian issues created by anthropogenic climate change.  Fourth, the course will synthesize these topics by considering how migration and climate change has arisen as a humanitarian, political, and economic issue in the Pacific.  Human Rights elective.  

SOCI BC3933 Sociology of the Body. 4 points.

This seminar examines the ways in which the body is discursively constituted, and itself serves as the substratum for social life. Key questions include: How are distinctions made between "normal" and "pathological" bodies, and between the "psychic" and "somatic" realms? How do historical forces shape bodily experience? How do bodies that are racialized, gendered, and classed offer resistance to social categorization?

SOCI BC3934 Global Activism. 4 points.

This seminar explores social movements and political protest on the global stage. We will bring together the literatures on social movements and the sociology of globalization and transnationalism to explore the emergence, development, dynamics and consequences of global activism.

Spring 2017: SOCI BC3934
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3934 001/02609 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
318 Milbank Hall
Heather Hurwitz 4 12

SOCI BC3935 Gender and Organizations. 4 points.

This course examines the sociological features of organizations through a gender lens. We will analyze how gender, race, class, and sexuality matter for individuals and groups within a variety of organizational contexts. The course is grounded in the sociological literatures on gender and organizations.

SOCI G4030 Sociology of Language. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Use of language by actors in social contexts, called "discourse" in English, is the central topic. It concerns the establishment and reproduction of social relations of all sorts, as well as reference to other environments. Discourse grows into, and out of, various sublanguages across social networks, amid struggles for domination and identity.

SOCI G4032 Sociology of Labor Markets. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

We will discuss the main concepts and processes necessary for understanding the functioning of labor markets in rich countries. The main topics to be discussed are: changes in the employment relationships, trends in labor force participation, the dynamics of occupations and industries, unemployment and underemployment, human capital and formal education, wage determination and earnings inequality, information and social networks in the labor markets, segmented labor markets, labor unions, labor market discrimination, ethnic and gender inequalities, and immigrants in the labor market. At the end of the course students are expected to be familiar with the main debates and developments in the field of sociology of labor markets.

SOCI G4042 Economic Sociology Meets Economic Geography. 3 points.

Priority given to sociology graduate students.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

For students interested in economic and organizational sociology, in the interplay of local and global forces, in political economy, and in the intersection of business and policy studies, the course is to be a graduate level seminar tracing the development and future direction of the conversation between the fields of economic sociology and economic geography.

SOCI G4068 The University in American Life. 3 points.

Open to 2nd year law students, juniors, and seniors only.

The 2015 seminar on The University in American Life will address the question: What ought a great university look like 25 years from now?  The United States has the greatest collection of research universities in the world.  We have few challengers for this preeminence.  Why should we look to change our universities?  This seminar will systematically examine the university from bottom to top and explore what changes inside the university and in the larger society are needed to optimize the potential as transmitter and producers of knowledge.   Issues about the structure of knowledge, about admissions, about the cost of higher learning, about the role of government in the university, about graduate schools, about the place of the humanities and social and behavioral science in the new university will be considered.  The seminar will also examine the way universities and the legal system interact – from regulations to policies that government workplace harassment, discrimination, and sexual assault. All aspects of the university will be open for examination – from its administrative to its academic structure; from its relationships among its own units to its relationships with other institutions.  We will consider whether the pipeline feeding these universities is broken and how one might begin to think about repairing it.  Many other topics will be taken up as well.   The requirements for the seminar are simple: full participation and presence at seminar meetings and submission of one 15 page paper on a topic related to those that we will discuss.  One oral presentation of your ideas will also be part of the seminar.

SOCI G4120 Racial and Ethnic Identities. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Seminar analyzes how historical, political, and social contexts shape the meaning of race and ethnicity. Delineates processes of group identity formation, renewal and change among African Americans, Whites, West Indians, Asian Americans, Latinos, American Indians, and racially mixed people.

SOCI G4121 Racial and Ethnic Inequality. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This seminar critically examines how racial/ethnic inequality is generated and maintained in contemporary American society. We will explore the merits and limitations of various paradigms that aim to explain racial inequalities and the concomitant social policies that have been implemented and/or proposed. Major topics include: residential segregation, wealth inequality, educational achievement, employment outcomes, crime & punishment, and culture.

SOCI G4122 Theory and Practice In the Sociology of Culture. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Introduction to the study of culture, cultural products, and practices. The social organization and stratification of cultural products and practices in contemporary society, historical antecedents; tradition vs. innovation, popular vs. high culture, literature vs. the plastic and performing arts; models of cultural and aesthetic change.

SOCI G4130 Sociology of Expertise. 3 points.

A new approach to the classical problems of the sociology of knowledge - the social determination of knowledge and the social roles of those who create, possess, and distribute knowledge. This new approach rejects the current boundaries of inquiry and reunifies them as a network of practices straddling the boundaries of science and the professions.

SOCI G4137 Comparative Perspectives On the State. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

A comparative perspective on issues of state-society relations in the context of theories of state formation, and state intervention in economic development. By moving back and forth between western and non-western models of state formation and development, the course tries to refine as well as to build upon the current state literature in both sociology and political science.

SOCI G4138 Ethno-Religious Identity and Politics in the Middle East and South Asia. 3 points.

This is a comparative course intended to bridge areas and disciplines in the social sciences. Both the Middle East and South Asia are areas of democratization and conflict around issues of ethnic, religious, and communal issues.  The pull and push of democratic politics and conflict along communal dimensions can be studied fron an historical as well as comparative perspective, by looking at India, Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, (and Syria, and Iraq) to understand first the historical legacies of communalisms and then the impact of religious and ethnic politics as they developed in the post democratic era.

SOCI G4215 World-Historical Sociology: Perspectives on Natural Resources and Development. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

We will concentrate on such questions as: What role have natural resources and commodities played in the formation and evolution of the capitalist world-economy? Under what circumstances has natural resource wealth been an economic disadvantage/advantage? In which ways, if any, is the contemporary period of globalization changing the mechanisms linking natural resource wealth and economic development? While the course will focus on questions relating to the political economy of natural resources and development, students will gain an overview of world-historical sociology which can be used to examine a wide range of sociological questions.

SOCI G4220 Comparative Capitalism. 3 points.

A graduate seminar on changes in the social organization of developed world capitalist economies. Readings are drawn from literatures in economic sociology and political economy concerned with the implications of globalization, the weakening of welfare states, and the passing of the "golden age" of Fordist production.

SOCI G4240 Economy and Society: Italy. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course is aimed at two broad and potentially overlapping classes of student.  It is aimed at (i) those interested in Italian culture who would like to learn more about the economic structure of that coutnry from a sociological perspectice; and (ii) students more generally interested in learning how an analysis of the interplay of economy and society can help us to understand questions of efficiency, questions of fairness, and questions of decmocracy, and who would like to do that through the deep examination of an especially interesting case.

SOCI G4260 Race and Ethnic Relations In the United States. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Major theories of race and ethnic relations, drawing primarily from sociology but also from anthropology, social psychology, and economics. Theories and case studies of a variety of racial and economic groups in North America; identity, ethnic enclaves and immigrant enterprise, race and class formation, the nature of prejudice, and ethnic political mobilization.

SOCI G4270 Social Demography. 3 points.

This course introduces the ideas, facts, and materials of demography.  It explores social and economic causes and effects of population growth, composition, and distribution while considering demographic phenomena in both developing and developed countries.  Topics include the history of population growth in the world as well as social science perspectives.  The course includes some discussion of basic concepts in demographic analysis, but does not focus on methods of analysis or research techniques.

Fall 2017: SOCI G4270
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 4270 001/17494 Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Room TBA
Yao Lu 3 3/15

SOCI G4338 Welfare Regimes and Inequality in Europe. 3 points.

Prerequisites: a course in Introduction in Applied Social Statistics (or equivalent).

The comparative welfare regime dynamics is an important field of the contemporary applied sociology, particularly in Europe. The now classic book of Esping-Andersen (1990): "Three world of welfare capitalism" has been an important debated milestone of the comparative sociology, in public policy, inequality/stratification, work, social change. In connection with birth-cohort analysis (Age-Period-Cohort APC), this course covers an important field of macrosociological research and comparative microdata survey analysis.

SOCI G4412 Migration and Mobilities in Europe. 3 points.

Migration studies has become a huge academic industry of late, but it is still often deeply embedded in dominant theories of (im)migration, race/ethnicity and assimilation essentially based on the experience of the United States. Our course takes as its premise the idea of seeing how different these subjects may look when taking Europe rather than the US as the paradigm for (im)migration. The course covers issues such as historical migration patterns in Europe; post-war immigration; citizenship; integration; new migrations and super diversity; mobilities and free movement; and new East-West and South-North migrations. It puts an accent on grounded sociological, geographical and anthropological style work (rather than the politics or ethics of immigration), including ethnographic, qualitative and quantitative approaches. Previous study on immigration or race/ethnicity in the US or elsewhere will be an advantage, but no pre-requisites required.

SOCI G4530 European Construction from 1945 to 2020. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The European integration and its institutional result, the European Union, is one of the most outstanding political constructions of modern history. But geopolitical, social, ecological, conditions have changed dramatically. The aim of the course is to make students familiar with the construction process, exploring internal and external obstacles and deficiencies as well as unutilized potentials.

SOCI G4540 Civil Society, Democracy, Trust: E. Central Europe 1989. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The course will focus on intertwining processes of transformation and the construction and de-construction of social trust in East Central Europe before and after 1989. The introduction to the course clarifies the conceptual and theoretical framework of analysis with special regard to theories of civil society, democracy and social trust and provides a historical background of social and political change in East Central Europe from 1968 through the fermenting decade of the ‘80s to the present.

SOCI G6043 Political Sociology of Science and Medicine. 3 points.

This course explores twin phenomena: 1) the socio-cultural organization of the institutions of science and medicine and 2) the ways in which the biosciences and biomedicine have come to organize the social world. The understanding that science and its medical applications are central to contemporary societies-and indeed are transforming our social landscapes-will underlie our exploration. Themes discussed included medical inequality; biological citizenship; health social movements; race and health; scientific epistemology; genetics and genomics; and the "politics of life itself.

SOCI G6052 Sociology of Higher Education. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The course focuses on relatively recent research, and is intended to introduce you to many of the major themes and findings in this area. As many of the central questions in stratification research are now active research sites for researchers in other social sciences as well as in sociology, the literature on this reading list is interdisciplinary whenever appropriate.

SOCI G6055 Sociology of Law. 3 points.

This course will introduce students to several lines of research in the sociology of law. Students will develop a familiarity with this research that allows them to identify the legal foundations of any aspect of social life. They will also learn to compare and contrast different perspectives on and theoretical approaches to understanding the social dimensions of law. By the end of the course, students should be able to identify areas of research in the sociology of law that are ripe for development.

SOCI G6059 State and Nation In Multi-Ethnic Societies. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

The current theoretical literature on the state, ethnicity and nationalism as it relates to multi-ethnic societies. The decline of three multi-ethnic societies will be analyzed in comparative perspective: Ottoman, Austria-Hungary and the Soviet Empire. The models developed from the first two will be applied to analyze the last case of ethnic and political conflict.

SOCI G6075 Social Movement Strategy. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

Research-intensive seminar on decisionmaking in social movement organizations.

SOCI G6091 Historical Method and Documentary Analysis. 3 points.

Principles and techniques for the qualitative analysis of documents and the application of historical method to sociological research. Major emphasis on classification of sources, process of inference, formulation of problems for investigation, and adequacy of research techniques for the problem being investigated. Analysis of several historical studies.

SOCI G6125 Analysis of Categorical Data. 3 points.

The analysis of categorical data has been an area of great interest to sociologists for over twenty years. Log-linear models have featured prominently in sociological applications. Topics covered will include modeling of categorical data (versus testing for association), logistic regression and multinomial logit models.

SOCI G6160 Special Topics - Israeli Society. 3 points.

This semester the seminar will focus on migration patterns to and from Israel. The seminar has two main parts. The first focuses on immigration patterns to Palestine/Israel from the late 19th century until the present. We will discuss Jewish immigration in the pre-state period, Arab forced migration in 1948, Jewish immigration to Israel until the 1967 war, and migration patterns from the late 1960s until the present. The second part of the course discusses emigration from Israel since 1948, which is viewed as a major social problem. The focus will be on the number of emigrants, their composition, the causes for emigration, return migration, and on the question of the brain drain from Israel.

SOCI G6320 Immigration, Cities, States: Deciphering the Global. 3 points.

Transnational processes such as economic globalization and cross-border migrations confront the social sciences with a series of theoretical and methodological challenges. This course examines these challenges through a focus oon both macro level cross-border flows and micro processes which might take place at a global or at a sub-national level. Particular attention will go to analyzing the challenges for theorization and empirical specification.

SOCI G6600 The Social Life of DNA. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Exploring how social scientists have come to take account of the commercialization and popularization of genetic science and its applications, from the Human Genome Project to direct to consumer DNA testing. While both forensics and biomedicine will be discussed, we will also consider genetic technologies and “the DNA mystique” beyond these traditional domains. Topics examined include genealogy and the family; the “molecularization” of race and ethnicity; “biocapital;” DNA and historical controversy; and “biomedicalization.” Prerequisites: None.

SOCI G6810 Organization Failure. 3 points.

Why and how do organizations fail? This seminar will teach the fundamental principles of organizations by examining how and why organizations fail, producing harmful outcomes. We will examine a range of these incidents as failures of organizational systems. The focus is on a variety of negative outcomes that are the unanticipated consequences of a system of action. Students will learn 1) how organizations work and the causes of organization failure, 2) how to do an organizational analysis, and 3) the connection between causes of failures and strategies for control.

SOCI G8090 Organizational Analysis. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Teaches basic principles of social organization and advanced skills at theorizing and conceptualizing research findings. Prepares students to conduct research in diverse organizational forms (community, social movement, labor union, family, agency, nation state, church, corporation); theorize research findings; critically evaluate theory and research; diagnose problems in organizations.

SOCI G8190 Social Movements and Social Change. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

We will engage with some of the main debates in the study of social movements, reading both theoretical analyses of key issues and empirical research on various movements; social change as an outcome of social movements at the local community level, the national level, and the transnational level. The main goal is to help students understand how social movements matter, or how movements affect social and political change.

SOCI G8200 Economic Sociology. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

Focus on social ties and cultural practices. Develops sociological pragmatism that analyzes both networks and narratives. Through their critical reading, engaged discussion, and research papers, graduate students in the course contribute to the development of a sociology of worth.

SOCI G9047 Selected Topics in Stratification Analysis. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: SOCI G4370 or equivalent, and the instructor's permission.

Topics in Stratification Analysis: Examination of socio-economic attainment, intergenerational transfers, and sources of inequality in society.

SOCI G9080 Contextualization of Contexts. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Structure embeds with process and events with networks among observings and signalings, as variously perceived and constituted in levels and extensions. So the central issue is contextualizing contexts wherein social is interdigitated with cultural, narrative with situational.

SOCI G9120 Social Networks. 3 points.

Focus on theoretical and substantive themes within social network analysis, some of which are of general interest, some of which are of specific interest to the instructor. Also stressed are works in progress. Some technical solutions to substantive issues of interest - centrality, blocking, clusters, duality - are presented. Mathematical sophistication is unnecessary.

SOCI GR8405 Sociology of Science, Knowledge, and Technology. 3 points.

How do scientific and technical experts do their work and produce the results that they do? The purpose of this course is to read and critically evaluate the canonical works in the sociology of science, knowledge, and technology and to initiate a research project. The research paper for this course can be tailored to meet the student's long term research or professional interests. The readings are organized chronologically to introduce major works and their authors, present an overview of the development of the field, the diversity of perspectives, turning points, and controversies.

Fall 2017: SOCI GR8405
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 8405 001/16621 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Diane Vaughan 3 5/20

SOCI GU4370 Processes of Stratification and Inequality. 3 points.

The nature of opportunity in American society; the measurement of inequality; trends in income and wealth inequality; issues of poverty and poverty policy; international comparisons.

Fall 2017: SOCI GU4370
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 4370 001/64422 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Seymour Spilerman 3 7/30

SOCI UN1000 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.

Spring 2017: SOCI UN1000
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 1000 001/71003 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
417 International Affairs Bldg
Teresa Sharpe 3 158/180
Fall 2017: SOCI UN1000
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 1000 001/62456 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Teresa Sharpe 3 155/350

SOCI UN2208 Culture in America. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II).

Corequisites: General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).

The values and meanings that form American pluralism. The three sections explore taste, consumption, and art; moral conflict, religion and secularism; identity, community and ideology. Examples range widely: Individualism, liberalism and conservatism; Obama's "transracial" endeavor; the food revolution; struggles over family and sexuality; multiculturalism; assimilation and immigration.

Spring 2017: SOCI UN2208
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 2208 001/01114 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Ll104 Diana Center
Jonathan Rieder 3 50/69

SOCI UN2400 Comparative Perspectives on Inequality. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).

Analysis of the contours, causes, and consequences of social inequality in the contemporary United States through systematic cross-national and historical comparisons.  Topics include the distribution of social and economic resources by class, race/ethnicity, and gender and the role of institutions such as families, schools, labor markets, and governments.

Spring 2017: SOCI UN2400
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 2400 001/07205 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
405 Milbank Hall
Christel Kesler 3 36

SOCI UN3000 Social Theory. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing.

Required for all sociology majors.  Prerequisite: at least one sociology course of the instructor's permission.  Theoretical accounts of the rise and transformations of modern society in the19th and 20th centuries.  Theories studied include those of Adam Smith, Tocqueville, Marx, Durkheim, Max Weber, Roberto Michels.  Selected topics:  individual, society, and polity; economy, class, and status: organization and ideology; religion and society; moral and instrumental action.

Spring 2017: SOCI UN3000
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3000 001/19008 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
717 Hamilton Hall
Gil Eyal 3 50/60
Fall 2017: SOCI UN3000
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3000 001/05710 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Deborah Becher 3 49/68

SOCI UN3010 Methods for Social Research. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA).

Prerequisites: SOCI W1000 The Social World or Instructor Permission

Required for all Sociology majors.  Introductory course in social scientific research methods. Provides a general overview of the ways sociologists collect information about social phenomena, focusing on how to collect data that are reliable and applicable to our research questions.

Spring 2017: SOCI UN3010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3010 001/74470 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
310 Fayerweather
Jacob Boersema 4 62/75
Fall 2017: SOCI UN3010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3010 001/12110 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Maria Abascal 4 70/70

SOCI UN3225 Sociology of Education. 3 points.

All of us have spent many years in school and understand that schools impact our lives in important ways. But how exactly does formal schooling shape young people? And how do students make sense of their lives in the context of schools and educational systems more broadly? In this class we will examine education as a central institution in modern society, and we will grapple with an important question: What role does education play in reinforcing or challenging broader patterns of social inequality and mobility?   Particular emphasis will be placed on higher education as a critical site in which these processes take shape.

Spring 2017: SOCI UN3225
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3225 001/07492 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
324 Milbank Hall
Eleni Natsiopoulou 3 46/66

SOCI UN3235 Social Movements: Collective Action. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).

Prerequisites: One introductory course in Sociology suggested.

Social movements and the theories social scientists use to explain them, with emphasis on the American civil rights and women's movements.  Topics include theories of participation, the personal and social consequences of social movements, the rationality of protest, the influence of ideology, organization, and the state on movement success, social movements, and the mass media.

Fall 2017: SOCI UN3235
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3235 001/01592 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
3 18

SOCI UN3285 Israeli Society and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. 3 points.

The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with Israeli society through the lens of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. The underlying assumption in this course is that much of the social, economic, political, and cultural processes in contemporary Israel have been shaped by the 100-year Israeli- Arab/Palestinian conflict.

Fall 2017: SOCI UN3285
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3285 001/66822 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Yinon Cohen 3 11/50

SOCI UN3490 Mistake, Misconduct, Disaster. 3 points.

How Organizations Fail - the fundamental principles of organizations, examining how and why organizations fail, producing harmful outcomes.  Studying failures opens up parts of organizations for public view that are seldom seen; studying the dark side is especially revealing. Students will examine cases to identify the causes of failures and think about what kind of strategies can be developed that prevent failure.

Spring 2017: SOCI UN3490
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3490 001/27776 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
717 Hamilton Hall
Diane Vaughan 3 41/70

SOCI UN3900 Societal Adaptations to Terrorism. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing

Examines how countries have adjusted to the threat of terrorism. How the adaptation reflects the pattern of terrorist attacks, as well as structural and cultural features of the society. Adaptations by individuals, families, and organizational actors.

Fall 2017: SOCI UN3900
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3900 001/72799 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Seymour Spilerman 4 16/24

SOCI UN3901 The Sociology of Culture. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).

Prerequisites: SOCI BC1003 or equivalent social science course and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Drawing examples from popular music, religion, politics, race, and gender, explores the interpretation, production, and reception of cultural texts and meanings. Topics include aesthetic distinction and taste communities, ideology, power, and resistance; the structure and functions of subcultures; popular culture and high culture; and ethnography and interpretation.

Fall 2017: SOCI UN3901
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3901 001/03482 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Jonathan Rieder 4 40

SOCI V2230 Food and the Social Order. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Instrumental in the formation and transformation of the social order, food is an indicator of collective as well as individual aspirations and assumptions. We shall look at the production and consumption of food, both material and symbolic, from the eating in the Bible to globalization in the 21st century.

SOCI V2420 Race and Place in Urban America. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Analyzing the relationship between race/ethnicity and spatial inequality, emphasizing the institutions, processes, and mechanisms that shape the lives of urban dwellers. Surveying major theoretical approaches and empirical investigations of racial and ethnic stratification in several urban cities, and their concomitant policy considerations.

SOCI V2440 American Society. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course addresses the character of inequality, religion, family, and immigration in contemporary America from a comparative perspective. Our goal is to better understand the nature of American distinctiveness within the broader industrialized world. Through such comparisons, the course will also clarify the potential role that social science evidence can play in policy debates around these issues.

SOCI V3115 Feminist Theory. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited. Introductory course in Sociology.

Analysis of the theoretical assumptions and political implications of liberal, radical, Marxist, and socialist variants of first- and second-wave feminist theory, including recent works in psychoanalytic and postmodern feminism. Also considers the implications of such feminist arguments for debates within contemporary and classical sociological theory.

SOCI V3206 Race, Culture, and Identity in the Contemporary United States. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited.

Impact of race on culture and identity, with emphasis on black-white relations: Is there a "great divide"?; affirmative action, individualism and communalism; imagery of blacks and whites in art and entertainment; Afto-Caribbean/African-American differences; ethnicity and "white" culture; white backlash and racism; integration and black nationalism; the ambiguities of "crossover" culture; new immigration.

SOCI V3208 Unity and Division in the Contemporary United States: A Sociological View. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Conflict and unity in the U.S: the tensions of individualism and communalism; the schism between blue and red states; culture war; the careers of racism and anti-Semitism; identity politics and fragmentation; immigration and second eneration identities; the changing status of whiteness and blackness; cultural borrowing and crossover culture.

SOCI V3217 Law and Society. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).

Examines how people use law, how law affects people, and how law develops, using social scientific research.  Covers law in everyday life; legal and social change; legal subjects such as citizens and corporations, and the legitimacy of law.  Recommended for pre-law and social-science majors.  No required prerequisites or previous knowledge.

SOCI V3220 Masculinity: A Sociological View. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: One introductory course in Sociology is suggested.

Examines the cultural, political, and institutional forces that govern masculinity. Focuses on various meanings of "being a man" and the effects these different types of masculinity have on both men and women. Explores some of the variation among men and relationships between men and women.

SOCI V3227 The Sociology of U.S. Economic Life. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: one introductory course in sociology is recommended.

Examines the social forces that shape market behavior: ideologies of liberalism and conservatism; the culture of commodities and consumption; income, class, and quality of life; the immigrant economy; life in financial institutions; the impact of the global economy.

SOCI V3247 The Immigrant Experience, Old and New. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The immigrant experience in the United States. Topics include ideologies of the melting pot; social, cultural, and economic life of earlier immigrants; the distinctiveness of the African-American experience; recent surge of "new" immigrants (Asians, Latinos, West Indians); and changing American views of immigration.

SOCI V3270 Sociology of Mass Media and Popular Culture. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Contemporary forms of mass media and genres of popular culture, including print and broadcast journalism, television, movies, popular literature, fashion, and music. Issues include the rise of mass society; the role of organizations and institutional environments in shaping the production of mass culture; the role of mass culture in producing and reproducing basic social categories, like racial and gender stereotypes; how the media shapes politics.

SOCI V3285 Israeli Society. 3 points.

The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with Israeli society. The first part of the course will set the historical, social, political, and demographic background which is essential for understanding current processes in Israel. The second part will focus on the main social conflicts and cleavages in contemporary Israel. Patterns of continuity and change in the past sixty years will be analyzed.

SOCI V3318 The Sociology of Sexuality. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Introductory course in Sociology is suggested.

Social, cultural and organizational aspects of sex in the contemporary United States, stressing the plural in sexualities: sexual revolution and post-Victorian ideologies; the context of gender and inequality; social movements and sexual identity; the variety of sexual meanings and communities; the impact of AIDS.

SOCI V3324 Poverty, Inequality, and Policy: A Sociological Perspective. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Introductory course in Sociology is suggested.

Examination of poverty, the "underclass," and inequality in the United States. Part 1: The moral premises, social theories, and political interests shaping current debates about the poor. Part 2: A more concrete analysis of the lives of the poor and the causes of family breakdown, the drug economy, welfare, employment, and homelessness.

SOCI V3902 Institutional Analysis in Organizations. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing; preference to majors.

Introduction to an institutional perspective on organizations, moving between theoretical discussion of institutions and organizations and empirical research. Coverage of the rise of quantification; how comparative political cultures implement industrial policy; how institutional knowledge affects the environment; and how the Civil Rights movement contended with the American political environment.

SOCI W2220 Evaluation of Evidence. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Corequisites: There will be discussions. Registration for sections will take place during the first week of classes.

Discussion of the logic and procedures of social science research and standards for the critical evaluation of that research based on a careful reading and analysis of significant studies exemplifying the use of different kinds of social science data and methods (field observations, historical archives, surveys, and experiments). No mathematical or statistical background is required. Discussion Section Required.

SOCI W2420 Race and Place in Urban America. 3 points.

The course analyzes the relationship between race/ethnicity and spatial inequality, emphasizing the institutions, processes, and mechanisms that shape the lives of urban dwellers. It surveys major theoretical approaches and empirical investigations of racial and ethnic stratification in several urban cities, and their concomitant policy considerations.

SOCI W3020 Social Statistics. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA).

This course introduces methods of empirical social research for describing and drawing inferences from quantitative data. Emphasis is on basic but very serviceable methods of statistical analysis for information drawn from surveys or archives. The course includes several exercises in analysis of sample survey data.

SOCI W3190 Introduction To Historical Sociology. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

How can we understand such major social forces as nationalism, Islam, and class conflict by combining historical analysis and sociological theory? Can these two disciplines take us further than either one alone?

SOCI W3201 Elites in Democratic America. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The aim of this course is to provide you with the tools to think about elites within democratic societies. What is the place of an elite within a democracy? What roles have they traditionally played? How have they supported or undermined democratic institutions? And how have elites worked for and against the reproduction of social inequality.

SOCI W3218 Race, Crime, and Law. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

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.

SOCI W3243 China Today: Change, Inequalities, and Social Life. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Comprehensive introduction to the major social issues in contemporary China. Not a survey in general Chinese history, but a discussion of important thematic issues, we will read and discuss with an emphasis on changes in the post-Mao era. Meant to be interdisciplinary, incorporating readings in anthropology, history, economics, political science, a number of important subjects will be discussed: state politics in pre-reform China since the 1949 revolution, shift to market reforms since 1978, rural China, and various population issues.

SOCI W3245 Religions in Chinese Society. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The continuity and discontinuity of the religious ecology and culture throughout the Chinese history, from the Antiquity to the present: how religious changes and transformations were shaped by the state politics, socio-economic forces, and the penetration of foreign religions. Special focus on the religions in the Post-Mao China and how the religious ecology starts to depart from the paradigm crystallized in the past. A comparison with the religious development in contemporary Taiwanese society is used to illustrate the case. Photos and documentary films will provide a visual component.

SOCI W3264 The Changing American Family. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II).
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Examines social forces contributing to changes in U.S. family formation including declines in marriage, increases in nonmarital childbearing, and women's labor force participation. Analyzes forces affecting growth of "non-traditional" families including lesbian/gay, multigenerational families. Particular attention given to urban, suburban, rural contexts of poverty.

SOCI W3265 Sociology of Work and Gender. 3 points.

This course examines gender as a flexible but persistent boundary that continues to organize our work lives and our home lives, as well as the relationship between the two spheres. We will explore the ways in which gender affects how work is structured; the relationship between work and home; the household as a place of paid (and unpaid) labor; and how changes in the global economy affect gender and work identities.

SOCI W3277 Post-Racial America?. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

What is race? Is the US a post-racial society? Is such a society desirable? Is a post-racial society necessarily a just and egalitarian one? We consider these questions from ethnographic, historical, and theoretical perspectives. Topics discussed include intersectionality, multiracial identity, colorism, genetics, and the race and/or class debate.

SOCI W3281 American Society. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Debates about the distribution of income, policies towards the poor, policies towards immigration, and the proper balance between state, religion, and family for addressing important social problems are an endemic feature of American politics and have sharpened considerably in the increasingly polarized condition of American politics. This course addresses the character of inequality, religion, family, and immigration in contemporary America. We will frequently use a comparative perspective to better understand the nature of American distinctiveness within the broader industrialized world. Through such comparisons, the course will also clarify the potential role that social science evidence can play in policy debates around these issues.

SOCI W3288 Social Exclusion and Inclusion in Indian Society. 0 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The course provides an overview of existing structures and processes in Indian society, and of modernization and globalization from the South Asian perspective. It will analyze the specificities of exclusion and inclusion of India's ex-untouchables or Scheduled Castes who are now popularly known as Dalits. It will examine Dalit politics, including the roles of Ambedkar and Gandhi, and examine the full spectrum of Dalit movements: socio-religious reform, literary, women's, NGOs, and the Dalit diaspora.

SOCI W3290 Environmental Sociology. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course is an introduction to the sociology of the environment and technology: a broad overview of the field and six key areas of study, including environmental attitudes, post-materialism, environmental movements, environmental justice, globalization, and resource dependency.

SOCI W3296 Paris: The Making of a Modern City. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

How did Paris become the "Capital of the 19th Century," the paradigmatic modern city? We shall look at some of the paths that Paris took to modernity, focusing on the 19th century city from the French Revolution to the Great War of 1914-1918. Readings include sociological and historical studies as well as the novels that dramatize the experience of a sociologuically imagined city.

SOCI W3302 Sociology of Gender. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II).

Prerequisites: One introductory course in Sociology suggested.

Examination of factors in gender identity that are both universal (across time, culture, setting) and specific to a social context. Social construction of gender roles in different settings, including family, work, and politics. Attention to the role of social policies in reinforcing norms or facilitating change.

SOCI W3315 Sociology of Religion: Religion, Modernity, and the State. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

What is religion? How can religion be studied sociologically? How did religion's significance change as the world enters the modern age? What affects the different importance and position of religions in different societies? The course is designed to cultivate in students an understanding of the distinctively sociological approach to studying religion, and familiarize students with the important theoretical approaches, as well as major findings. problems, and issues in the field.

SOCI W3355 Topics in Religion and Politics. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Exploring the major themes of religion and politics in the contemporary world: how did the major thinkers conceptualize the role of religion in society, the relationship between religion and politics, and state and church? How do different religions conceptualize and give life to these arrangements? After a mix of theoretical and historical readings, we study various substantive examples of the relationship between religion and politics, within differing contexts, different religions as well as different nation-states.

SOCI W3660 Political Sociology. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Contemporary Civilization or one course in sociology, or political science, or European or American history.

The course studies seminal interpretations of democratic politics from the perspectives of sociology, comparative politics and political theory. Theoretical analyses are discussed in the context of illustrative historical documents and accounts, and extended to contemporary concerns involving citizenship, culture, identity, representation and war.

SOCI W3670 Culture, Markets, and Consumption. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: one introductory course in sociology, psychology, or anthropology is advisable, but not required.

An introduction to the cultural aspects of economic sociology. Consumer preferences have social origins, and the patterns of economic self-interest depend on religion, family, the state, shared stories, and social interactions. Students will examine the meanings of money, how some rational people account for their disadvantageous financial decisions, and how social movements and shared meanings affect the emergence of different types of markets.

SOCI W3671 Media, Culture, & Society in the Age of the Internet. 3 points.

This course examines writings on "new media" and "social media." The focus will be on the ways that information technology has changed our social relations and experiences. We will examine different kinds of social collectivities, including "virtual communities," "crowd sourced" collaboratives and other kinds of social networks. Particular attention will be paid to the production and consumption of information and image, especially the making of cultural objects.

SOCI W3675 Organizing Innovation. 4 points.

This course examines major innovations in organizations and asks whether innovation itself can be organized. We study a range of forms of organizing (e.g., bureaucratic, post-bureaucratic, and open architecture network forms) in a broad variety of settings: from fast food franchises to the military-entertainment complex, from airline cockpits to Wall Street trading rooms, from engineering firms to mega-churches, from scientific management at the turn of the twentieth century to collaborative filtering and open source programming at the beginning of the twenty-first. Special attention will be paid to the relationship between organizational forms and new digital technologies.

SOCI W3930 Immigration and Ethnicity in Israel. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This seminar will focus on migration patterns to and from Israel and their effect on the ethnic composition and cleavages in Israeli society. We will discuss Jewish immigration and emigration in the pre-state period, Arab forced migration in 1948, Jewish immigration to Israel until the 1967 war, and migration patterns from the late 1960s until the present. In addition, we will discuss Jewish emigration from Israel, which is viewed as a major social problem. The focus will be on the number of emigrants, their composition, the causes for emigration, return migration, and on the question of the brain drain from contemporary Israel.

SOCI W3932 Sociology of the Arts. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

We sketch general keys to socio-cultural construction --sorts of identities and their stories in networks of relations amidst swirling searches for footing and control -- from which emerge realms and languages of all sorts, including arts. The main text - Careers and Creativity: Social Forces in the Arts provides tools and examples.

SOCI W3933 Art and Social Movements. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The interaction of culture and politics: the relations between artistic and social movements, political engagement among artists, the dynamics of the public sphere and civic participation, and the communicative potential of artists and their work within social movements. The use of art as propaganda, counter-cultural expression as resistance, art as a utopian model, and art as a path to participation and collaboration.

SOCI W3934 Religions in Chinese Society. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The continuity and discontinuity of the religious ecology and culture throughout the Chinese history, from the Antiquity to the present:  how religious changes and transformations were shaped by the state politics, socio-economic forces, and the penetration of foreign religions.  Special focus on the religions in the Post-Mao China and how the relgious ecology starts to depart from the paradigm crystallized in the past.  A comparison with the religious development in contemporary Taiwanese society is used to illustrate the case.  Photos and documentary films will provide a visual component.

SOCI W3936 Sociology and the Public. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Sociological Imagination (SOCI V1202) or The Social World (SOCI W1000) (not required).

This course explores how sociologists address pressing public concerns. With a focus on contemporary American issues, we will discuss: (1) how particular problems are identified; (2) what resolutions are put forth, who is likely to achieve them, and how; (3) what the audience is (and should be) for such work.

SOCI W3940 History-Sociology Colloquium. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

For students who are interested in combining sociological theory and methods with historical analysis in their projects. Students writing historical theses in sociology, political science, and anthropology would benefit from thinking about the combination of social scientific analysis with historical settings. Combining readings that are theoretical, methodological as well as excellent examples of essays and books that have succeeded at bridging the gap between disciplines. Class presentations and discussions of student work.

SOCI W3945 Seminar: Inequality and Public Policy. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Economic inequality in the United States; the roles of labor market processes and inheritance with respect to wealth assimilation; assets and the poor; public policies in regard to income redistribution; taxation of income, wealth, and bequests; issues in poverty policy.

SOCI W3950 Ethnographic Imagination: Mapping the Social. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Guided by questions such as "ethnography for what purpose?, to what ends?, in what context?, with what tools?", this course will explore the territory(ies) of ethnograpohy in contemporary sociological research by pairing different kinds and modes of ethnographical research, both within the social sciences (sociology/anthropology/history) and outside (fiction/journalism).

SOCI W3955 Real and Imagined Communities: Sociology in/and/of the Novel. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Given that both the novel and sociology of products of and responses to modern society, this seminar will explore interconnections between the two. We shall read sociological texts and novels against each other to ascertain where and how each connects to the other and where they part.

SOCI W3958 Fact and Fiction. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

"Correct" findings are often mistranslated into "facts" prematurely and lead to misguided social policy.  This course asks how do we become better readers, how do we become better critical analysts, and how do we evaluate evidence that has direct bearing on how we lead our lives?

SOCI W3963 Tracking the Carceral Continuum. 2 points.

Discussion Section Required
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

Focusing on the plight of urban adolescents who confront daily the paradoxes of: neighborhoods that can either nurture or arrest healthy development; school systems that can either educate or criminalize them; police departments that can either protect or harass them; and a justice system that can rehabilitate them or further damage them. Students will directly engage with issues affecting New York City youth-particularly those who are underserved by their schools, lack resources in their communities, and are at great risk of interacting with the juvenile justice system.

SOCI W3964 Tracking the Carceral Continuum. 2 points.

Discussion Section Required
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

Focusing on the plight of urban adolescents who confront daily the paradoxes of: neighborhoods that can either nurture or arrest healthy development; school systems that can either educate or criminalize them; police departments that can either protect or harass them; and a justice system that can rehabilitate them or further damage them. Students will directly engage with issues affecting New York City youth-particularly those who are underserved by their schools, lack resources in their communities, and are at great risk of interacting with the juvenile justice system.

SOCI W3965 Elites in America: Topics in American Studies. 4 points.

Wealth, not poverty, is the engine of inequality. Theoretically, almost all explanations of inequality are relational. Poverty cannot be understood as a thing in-and-of itself. Instead, it must be understood in relation to both wealth and overall social organization. Yet scholars have dedicated almost all their time to the disadvantage side of inequality and spent little time on understanding the "other side" of the relations of inequality: advantages. This class is dedicated to that other side.

SOCI W3975 American Education. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Over the course of the semester, we will cover a set of topics that address the performance of American schools and of students in these schools. We will explore the sources of inequality in school performance by class, race, and gender, the impact of schools on learning, and the ways that schools both succeed and fail to fulfill the mission that Americans want from them.

SOCI W3980 Immigrant New York: The Changing American City. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).

How has immigration transformed New York City? 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 will focus on New York City as a case study to highlight how immigration has transformed the city's demographic, political, socioeconomic and spatial landscape.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.