Courses

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 Theorysprg ’16

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.

Class Section Instructor Cr Hrs Type Day Start Stop
SO708 A1 Go 4 Independent Mon 12:00pm 3:00pm

GRS SO 712: Qualitative Methodssprg ’16

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.

Class Section Instructor Cr Hrs Type Day Start Stop
SO712 A1 Brown-Saracino 4 Independent Mon 9:00am 12:00pm

GRS SO 716: Macro Organizational Theorysprg ’16

Doctoral Students only. Students for whom this course is not required as part of their doctoral program must receive consent of instructor before enrolling.
Organization theory aims to explain the origins, persistence, and disappearance of organizations. This seminar introduces the major theoretical approaches and debates in organizational theory. Besides providing a roadmap to the field, it also aims to help generate original research ideas. Cross-listed with GSM DS 911.

Class Section Instructor Cr Hrs Type Day Start Stop
SO716 A1 Anteby 4 Independent Tue 12:00pm 3:00pm

GRS SO 765: The Sociology of Religion

Explores the relationship between religion and society, considering religious language, symbols, communities and practices as social phenomena and the social processes at work in congregations and denominations, new religious movements and conversion, religious communal identity and ethnic conflict.

GRS SO 803: Seminar: Gender Stratification

This course will allow students to further their understanding of the persistence of inequality between women and men in the workforce. What has changed and what has remained the same? We will examine the nature and causes of inequality in post/industrial societies, especially in the United States. Students will have the opportunity to engage in independent scholarship in the seminar, exploring their own questions about gender and work in greater depth.

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.

GRS SO 808: Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relationssprg ’16

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.

Class Section Instructor Cr Hrs Type Day Start Stop
SO808 A1 Grundy 4 Independent Thu 9:30am 12:30pm

GRS SO 811: Seminar: Sociology of the Nonprofit Sectorsprg ’16

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 literature’¬ís major themes: civil society, social capital, and nongovernmental organizations.

Class Section Instructor Cr Hrs Type Day Start Stop
SO811 A1 Barman 4 Independent Thu 2:00pm 5:00pm

GRS SO 812: Seminar: Identity, Society, and Religious Life

Seminar exploring a variety of theoretical perspectives on the social formation of modern persons, asking how those insights inform an understanding of individual and collective religious identity. Students also participate in field research focused on the intersection of religious and social identities.

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 Illnesssprg ’16

Sociology and social psychology in study of incidence and prevalence of mental illness, organization of treatment institutions, doctor-patient relationships, and community psychiatry.

Class Section Instructor Cr Hrs Type Day Start Stop
SO834 A1 Olafsdottir 4 Independent Tue 9:30am 12:30pm

GRS SO 837: Seminar: Sociology of Culturesprg ’16

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.

Class Section Instructor Cr Hrs Type Day Start Stop
SO837 A1 Greenfeld 4 Independent Mon 4:00pm 7:00pm

GRS SO 838: Seminar on International Migrationsprg ’16

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.

Class Section Instructor Cr Hrs Type Day Start Stop
SO838 A1 Stone 4 Independent Wed 12:00pm 3:00pm

GRS SO 839: Seminar: State Building and Failure in the
Developing World

Considers the political significance of failed and fragile states in the developing world in the post-9/11 era. Students analyze historical patterns of state formation and its relevance in contemporary society.

GRS SO 840: Seminar: Political Sociology

Explores the “deep cultural” level behind the daily conduct of politics. A theoretical framework relying upon Tocqueville and Weber is developed and then applied to unveil the political cultures of the United States, Germany, England, Russia, China, Japan, and Mexico.

GRS SO 844: Seminar: Sociology of Educationsprg ’16

Explores how learning is executed in different settings and persons are selected to fit in various parts of our culture and how the institution of education contributes to social stability and change. Contemporary educational reforms are reviewed and their effects are analyzed.

Class Section Instructor Cr Hrs Type Day Start Stop
SO844 A1 Swartz 4 Independent Wed 9:00am 12:00pm

GRS SO 847: Seminar: Global Sociology

Examines different sociological perspectives on global social dynamics and processes. Also offered as GRS IR 748.

GRS SO 848: Culture, Markets, and Inequality

This seminar examines commerce as a cultural process, focusing on cultural production and consumption practices in fields like fashion, music, and bodily goods and services. Traces the cultural construction and maintenance of gender, race, and class inequalities in markets.

GRS SO 850: Seminar: Technology and Society

Technologies in the four areas of knowledge, work, transportation, and biology are discussed in terms of their historical development and social implications. Benefits and costs of technology are examined with reference to current conflicts over use and misuse.

GRS SO 852: Contemporary Debates in Sexualities Researchsprg ’16

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.

Class Section Instructor Cr Hrs Type Day Start Stop
SO852 A1 Connell 4 Independent Tue 12:30pm 3:30pm

GRS SO 862: Seminar: Great Theorists

This seminar examines the ideas of Montesquieu, Saint-Simon, Wollstonecraft, Tocqueville, Martineau, Spencer, Pareto, Veblen, Simmel, and Du Bois through critiques of these seminal concepts: “relative deprivation,” “the survival of the fittest,” “conspicuous consumption,” “the circulation of elites,” and “double consciousness.”

GRS SO 890: Seminar: Global Health: Politics,
Institutions, and Ideology

What is global health? Who are the main actors in global health debates? This seminar explores the politics of global health, providing students with sociological tools, concepts, and knowledge to help make sense of conflict in contemporary global health debates.