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GRS RN 798: Scientific Approaches to Religion
A seminar examining interpretations of religious beliefs, behaviors, and experiences deriving from the biological, evolutionary, psychological, cognitive, neurological, and medical sciences.
GRS SO 699: Teaching College Sociology I
The goals, contents, and methods of instruction in sociology. General teaching-learning issues. Required of all teaching fellows.
GRS SO 701: Advanced Sociological Theory (Classical)
Primarily for first-year graduate students. Required for master's degree in sociology. Advanced survey and review of classical sociological theory and theorists.
GRS SO 702: Proseminar: Sociological Methods
Designed primarily for first-year graduate students. Review of major sociological methods.
GRS SO 708: Contemporary Sociological Theory
Covers the basic elements of the major theoretical paradigms in modern sociology, covering topics and problems in the philosophy of social science and current controversies in the field.
GRS SO 712: Qualitative Methods
Introduces qualitative methods in sociology, highlighting ethnography and interviews. Strengthens students' evaluation skills, enhances understanding of the logic of qualitative design, and allows students to employ qualitative methods and develop a research proposal.
GRS SO 721: Seminar on Social Networks
Undergraduate Prerequisites: GRS SO 702; or equivalent graduate research methods course; or consent of instructor.
Explores the theoretical justifications for the study of social networks using classical and contemporary formulations as well as empirical research. Also covers mainstream methods and computer applications for the visual and quantitative analysis of social networks.
GRS SO 803: Seminar: Gender Stratification
Considers how the social production of gender contributes to various forms of gendered inequalities in employment, the family, dating markets, media representation, etc., with a special emphasis on how race, class, sexuality, and disability mediate the process.
GRS SO 804: Seminar: The Family
Explores the rise of "modern" families and the plurality of contemporary family forms and processes including gay and lesbian families and new reproductive technologies. Particular attention to social and economic inequalities and their implications for family life. Also offered as GRS AA 804.
GRS SO 808: Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations
Formation and position of ethnic minorities in the United States, including cross-group comparisons from England, Africa, and other parts of the world. Readings and field experience.
GRS SO 811: Seminar: Sociology of the Nonprofit Sector
Introduction to sociological research on that part of society known as the nonprofit sector, including nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, voluntary associations, and social movements. Focus on some of the literatureÂs major themes: civil society, social capital, and nongovernmental organizations.
GRS SO 818: Medical Sociology
Sociological factors in physical and mental illness as they operate in the community, hospitals, and interpersonal relations. Current research on selected topics in medical sociology; contributions to sociological theory and their practical application.
GRS SO 820: Graduate Study in Women and Social Change in the Developing World
Studies women in nonindustrial countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Stresses empirical research, theory, and methodology. Comparisons among regions and with industrial countries important. Focus on sex segregation, female labor force participation, migration, fertility, family roles, and women and political power.
GRS SO 822: Advanced Seminar in Religion and Social Change
This seminar examines the tools sociology brings to understanding the relationship between religious ideas and practices and the processes of micro and macro social change. It will cover both major theoretical perspectives and relevant research literature, with focused attention on a variety of historical and contemporary cases.
GRS SO 834: Seminar: Mental Illness
Sociology and social psychology in study of incidence and prevalence of mental illness, organization of treatment institutions, doctor-patient relationships, and community psychiatry.
GRS SO 837: Seminar: Sociology of Culture
Sociology of culture in the twenty-first century. Focuses on the connection between the mind and culture. Examines the interdependence between culture, society, and individuals, and how belief, faith, knowledge, symbol, ritual, and the like both produce and are products of social organization.
GRS SO 838: Seminar on International Migration
Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
Explores the social dynamics of contemporary international migration, ranging from the development of transnational migrant communities to the impact of state policies that strive to regulate migrant labor flows.
GRS SO 847: Seminar: Global Sociology
(Meets with GRS IR 748.) Examines different sociological perspectives on global social dynamics and processes.
GRS SO 852: Contemporary Debates in Sexualities Research
Engages debates about sexual identities, practices, and communities, conceptualizing sexuality as both a social construct and an institution. Students consider how sexualities operate across social contexts, their effects on systems of inequalities, and their intersections with race, class, and gender.
GRS SO 859: Deviance and Social Control
Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
This seminar explores sociological explanations for why and how certain attributes and behaviors are defined as deviant, the consequences of deviant labels, and how rules and sanctions are created and enforced.