GRS SO 701: Advanced Sociological Theory (Classical)fall ’20

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 fall ’20

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 716: Macro Organizational Theory

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.

GRS SO 721: Seminar on Social Networks fall ’20

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 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 770: Topics in Sociology fall ’20

Three topics are offered Fall 2019. Topics seminar that takes in-depth look at a social issue. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Section A1: Sex and the City. Draws on sociology, as well as history and memoirs, to explore place and sexualities. Considers how space cultivates community and identity, and how LGBTQIA individuals’ lives vary by nation, region, city and neighborhood. Section B1: Genders, Sexualities, and Youth Cultures. Investigates the social construction of gender and sexuality in adolescence. Engaging critical approaches to youth cultures, the course examines the structural conditions that shape gender and sexuality norms, and the ways youth navigate and redefine their social worlds. Section C1: The Craft of Theorizing Research. Research projects are like gems that need polishing and the craft of polishing them to uncover a theoretical contribution can partly be learned. This intensive course is designed to help participants polish their gems-in-the- making and sharpen their emerging contributions. The seminar is primarily designed for doctoral students who have already collected and/or analyzed data. The common denominator for participants is that they be engaged in research projects reliant on qualitative or quantitative data (e.g., archives, interviews, field observations, and surveys) and be willing to share with the class a draft analytical memo, paper, or chapter from their research.

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 Relations fall ’20

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

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 fall ’20

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 fall ’20

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 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: Comparative Political Cultures

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 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 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 fall ’20

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.

GRS SO 890: Seminar: Global Health: Politics,
Institutions, and Ideology fall ’20

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.