Sociology professor Japonica Brown-Saracino has published her second book, How Places Make...
GRS SO 701: Advanced Sociological Theory (Classical)fall ’17
GRS SO 702: Proseminar: Sociological Methods fall ’17
GRS SO 708: Contemporary Sociological Theorysprg ’18
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 Methodssprg ’18
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 Theorysprg ’18
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 Networksfall ’17
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
GRS SO 803: Seminar: Gender Stratification
GRS SO 804: Seminar: The Family
GRS SO 808: Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relationssprg ’18
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’s major themes: civil society, social capital, and nongovernmental organizations.
GRS SO 812: Seminar: Identity, Society, and Religious Life
GRS SO 818: Medical Sociologyfall ’17
GRS SO 820: Graduate Study in Women and Social Change
in the Developing World fall ’17
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
GRS SO 834: Seminar: Mental Illness Fall ’17
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 ’17
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 FallFall ’17
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
GRS SO 840: Seminar: Comparative Political Cultures
GRS SO 847: Seminar: Global Sociology Fall’17
GRS SO 848: Culture, Markets, and Inequality Sprg ’18
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 ’17
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
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.