Courses

GRS SO 701: Advanced Sociological Theory (Classical)fall ’15

Primarily for first-year graduate students. Required for master’s degree in sociology. Advanced survey and review of classical sociological theory and theorists.

Class Section Type Credits Instructor Location Days Times
SO701 A1 Ind 4 Stone TBA F 2:00pm – 5:00pm

GRS SO 702: Proseminar: Sociological Methodsfall ’15

Designed primarily for first-year graduate students. Review of major sociological methods.

Class Section Type Credits Instructor Location Days Times
SO702 A1 Ind 4 Barman TBA M 2:00pm – 5:00pm

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 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 Stratificationfall ’15

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.

Class Section Type Credits Instructor Location Days Times
SO803 A1 Ind 4 Connell TBA T 9:30am – 12:30pm

GRS SO 804: Seminar: The Familyfall ’15

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.

Class Section Type Credits Instructor Location Days Times
SO804 A1 Ind 4 Kibria TBA R 9:30am – 12:30pm

GRS SO 808: Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relationsfall ’15

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 Type Credits Instructor Location Days Times
SO808 A1 Ind 4 Grundy TBA T 12:30pm – 3:30pm

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 Sociologyfall ’15

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.

Class Section Type Credits Instructor Location Days Times
SO818 A1 Ind 4 Guseva TBA W 10:00am – 1:00pm

GRS SO 820: Graduate Study in Women and Social Change
in the Developing Worldfall ’15

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.

Class Section Type Credits Instructor Location Days Times
SO820 A1 Ind 4 Eckstein TBA T 3:30pm – 6:30pm

GRS SO 822: Advanced Seminar in Religion and Social Changefall ’15

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.

Class Section Type Credits Instructor Location Days Times
SO822 A1 Ind 4 Ammerman TBA R 12:30pm – 3:30pm

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 Culturefall ’15

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 Type Credits Instructor Location Days Times
SO837 A1 Ind 4 Greenfeld TBA T 3:30pm – 6:30pm

GRS SO 838: Seminar on International Migration

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: 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 Education

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.

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 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 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.