Course Descriptions

HIST/SOC 216a Migration, Dislocation and Dispossession in North American History 
Prerequisite for undergraduates: A course on immigration.
Explores migration, displacement of Native Americans and Civil War refugees within North America. It examines contests over land, movements of people, patterns of settlement, senses of home, the meanings of dispossession, and debates over empire and citizenship. Special one-time offering, fall 2015.
Ms. Cooper and Ms. Hansen

SOC 201a Classical and Critical Theory 
Examines major contributions in the history of sociological thought and identifies critical connections between the classical statements and the modern complex reality; new critical theory and identity, social movements and globalization: from Hegel and Weber to Habermas, Marcuse, Foucault, Luhmann, Kellner, Melucci, Frazer, and others. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Strand

SOC 203b Field Methods 
Provides an introduction to the methodology of sociological field research in the Chicago School tradition. Readings include theoretical statements, completed studies, and experiential accounts of researchers in the field. Includes exercises in specific methods and procedures of data collection and analysis. Each student will design and conduct his/her own independent research project. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Cadge or Ms. Shostak

SOC 204a Foundations of Sociological Theory 
Studies classic theoretical texts that have been foundational for sociology. Particular attention is paid to works of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. Identifies questions and perspectives from these theorists that continue to be relevant for sociological thinking and research. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Miller or Mr. Strand

SOC 206b Advanced Topics in Family Studies 
This course counts toward the completion of the joint MA degree in Sociology & Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Studies Western European and American families and the historical processes that have shaped them, especially industrial capitalism, slavery, and immigration. Explores various controversies regarding the family: the family as an economic unit vs. a group of individuals with varying experiences; the shift of activity from primarily production to consumption; increased privatization vs. increased public intervention; recent changes in family structure and fertility patterns; and resolution of the double burden associated with the second shift for women. The course will take a different topical focus each time it is taught. Usually offered every third year.
Ms. Hansen or Ms. Villalobos

SOC 208a Social Problems Theory and Research 
Explores the role of social problems theory, with a strong emphasis on social constructionism. Also examines the development and dilemmas of constructionism and aligned approaches. Students are required to undertake independent studies of particular social problems. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Conrad

SOC 209b Social Movements 
Provides a detailed examination of the literatures related to social movements and collective action. The focus is on reviewing past and current attempts to explain various aspects of contentious political activity, as well as introducing newly emerging explanatory models. Usually offered every third year.
Ms. Vijayakumar

SOC 210b Gender, Class, and Race 
Examines primarily gender, class, and race, but also addresses inequality as structured by citizenship status and sexuality. Examines how U.S. and other societies distribute resources accordingly, shape discourse and ideology, and foster individual and group identities. Usually offered every third year.
Ms. Hansen

SOC 217a Problems and Issues in the Sociology of Health and Illness 
Offers a sociocultural-historical-political perspective on the study of problems of health and illness. Accomplishes this by examining some of the basic assumptions underlying the way people conceive of and study issues in health care. Usually offered every third year.
Mr. Conrad

SOC 218a Inequality and Health 
Analyzes quantitative and qualitative studies of health outcomes, the social conditions that are related to the health of populations, and some of the mechanisms through which these patterns are produced. Explores implications for both research and policy. Usually offered every third year.
Ms. Shostak

SOC 221b Sociology of Culture 
Surveys theoretical perspectives and substantive concerns in sociological studies of culture. Examines debates regarding how to define and study culture, and considers the ways in which culture is related to power, stratification, integration, identity, and social change. Usually offered every third year.
Ms. Miller

SOC 222a Graduate Seminar on American Immigration 
Provides graduate students with a sociological understanding of American immigration and frames this national experience within a broader framework of global migration. Graduate students design their own research agenda related to the topic of immigration. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Lucken

SOC 225b Environmental Sociology, Politics, and Policy 
Examines an array of social movements, civic and nonprofit organizations, professional and trade associations, and institutional and policy subfields within environmentalism, especially but not exclusively within the United States. We examine perspectives from sociology and related disciplines. Usually offered every third year.
Mr. Sirianni

SOC 230a Readings in Sociological Literature 
Usually offered every year. Specific sections for individual faculty members as requested.
Staff

SOC 230b Readings in Sociological Literature 
Usually offered every year. Specific sections for individual faculty members as requested.
Staff

SOC 250a Master's Program Proseminar 
Provides students in the Sociology MA program with professional workshops, talks given by visiting speakers, and opportunities to discuss research. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Miller

SOC 292a Master's Graduate Internship 
Usually offered every year.
Staff

SOC 294a Exam Preparation 
Exam preparation course for students preparing for the MA exam. Spring semester only. Usually offered every year.
Staff

SOC 294b Paper Preparation 
Independent study for MA students working on a final paper or project. Usually offered every year.
Staff

SOC 300a Approaches to Sociological Research 
Yields half-course credit. Required of graduate students for six semesters during the first three years of their course of study. Formerly offered as SOC 240a.
A seminar designed to guide graduate students through the process of producing sociological research. The course will be based on students' development of their own independent research and on considerations of larger professional issues related to research and publication. Usually offered every semester.
Ms. Cadge, Ms. Hansen, or Mr. Strand

SOC 392a Graduate Internship 
Graduate internship for PhD candidates. Usually offered every year.
Staff

SOC 401d Dissertation Research 
Independent research for the PhD. Specific sections for individual faculty members as requested.
Staff

 

Joint Graduate/Undergraduate Seminars

Joint graduate/undergraduate seminars are courses on advanced topics in sociology limited to 12 students — half graduate and half advanced undergraduate students. Permission of the instructor is necessary for undergraduates. Courses designated as joint seminars change from year to year.