SOC 120 — MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

3-4 credits.

Sociology of the family. Demographic, social-psychological, economic, and historical aspects. Union formation and dissolution. Childbearing and childrearing. Social stratification and the family. Intergenerational support. Social consequences of family behaviors.

SOC 125 — AMERICAN SOCIETY: HOW IT REALLY WORKS

3-4 credits.

Explanation of US performance in realizing the values of freedom, fairness, and democracy. Topics include markets, capitalism, democracy, capitalist democracy; class, race, and gender inequalities; militarism and US international role; and US electoral politics, media, and social mobilization.

SOC 130 — SOCIAL PROBLEMS

3 credits.

Conditions and processes in personal and social maladjustment; nature of social disorganization and social problems; their relation to social change and basic ideological, technological, and institutional structures and processes.

SOC/​LEGAL ST  131 — CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA

3-4 credits.

Day-to-day functioning of the elements of the criminal justice system in the U.S. Nature of crime in the U.S., ideas about causes and solutions. Emphasis on the sociology of the components of criminal justice system--organization and roles of police, lawyers, court and correctional personnel.

SOC 134 — SOCIOLOGY OF RACE & ETHNICITY IN THE UNITED STATES

3-4 credits.

The nature of inter-group relations; emphasis on various forms of racism, discrimination, and white privilege; historical background and characteristics of American Indians, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities; a consideration of economic, housing, political, legal, educational, familial, and health challenges faced by minority groups in US society.

SOC 138 — THE SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER

3-4 credits.

A sociological examination of the status and roles of women and men in society, including the experiences of marriage, parenthood, employment and occupational attainment, socialization into sex roles and cultural reinforcement of these. Attention will be given to both existing patterns and change in those patterns.

SOC/​C&E SOC  140 — INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY

4 credits.

Sociological examination of the linkages between the social and biophysical dimensions of the environment. Key topics include community organizing, local food systems, energy transitions, environmental justice, resource dependence, and sustainable development.

SOC/​PSYCH  160 — HUMAN SEXUALITY: SOCIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES

3-4 credits.

Biological, psychological and sociological aspects of sexual relationships and behavior. Presents theoretical and empirical materials on sexuality throughout the life-course, including childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and later life. Attention is given to gender, religion, education and the law as they relate to sexual expression in society.

SOC 170 — POPULATION PROBLEMS

3-4 credits.

Social, economic, and political problems affected by birth and death rates, population size and distribution, voluntary and forced migration. World ecology, limits to growth, economic development, international conflict, environmental quality, metropolitan expansion, segregation by age, race, and wealth. Policies affecting reproduction, nuptiality, morbidity, mortality, migration.

SOC 181 — HONORS INTRODUCTORY SEMINAR-THE SOCIOLOGICAL ENTERPRISE

3-4 credits.

An introduction to the paradigms, methods and substance of sociology.

SOC 198 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-3 credits.

Program of study devised by a student in collaboration with a faculty member. Open only to freshmen and sophomores.

SOC 199 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-3 credits.

Program of study devised by a student in collaboration with a faculty member. Open only to Freshmen and sophomores.

SOC/​GEN&WS  200 — INTRODUCTION TO LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER AND QUEER+ STUDIES

3-4 credits.

A multidisciplinary introduction to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ (LGBTQ+) studies, including theories of identity formation, different societal interaction with LGBTQ+ communities, LGBTQ+ cultures in history, and contemporary legal and political issues. Course materials explore the intersections between LGBTQ+ identities and other socially marginalized identities, including (but not limited to) those based on race, ethnicity, religion and disability.

SOC 205 — INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUES

3 credits.

Promotes diversity by bringing students of different backgrounds together for discussion, projects, and gatherings. Gain intergroup and critical thinking skills to promote diversity and equity in classroom and professional settings. Introduces sociological analysis of race, ethnicity, and other intersecting categories.

SOC 206 — LEADERSHIP IN INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUES

3 credits.

Gain skills for designing and facilitating effective dialogue on topics pertaining to race, ethnicity, and other categories of social difference as a facilitator and/or apprentice for SOC 205. Completion of SOC 205 required.

SOC/​C&E SOC  210 — SURVEY OF SOCIOLOGY

3-4 credits.

Introduction to the field of American sociology, its subfields and specialized areas of research, theoretical traditions and research methods.

SOC/​C&E SOC  211 — THE SOCIOLOGICAL ENTERPRISE

3 credits.

Basic principles and definitions of sociology. Readings and discussion of the perspectives of sociology, the individual and society, groups and social process, stratification, organizations and power, demography, and social change.

SOC/​C&E SOC/​GEN&WS  215 — GENDER AND WORK IN RURAL AMERICA

3 credits.

Sociological dimensions of men's and women's work in nonmetropolitan areas of the United States. Examines gender divisions of "work" in its fullest sense: paid work in formal and informal economies, self-employment, and nonmarket work such as housework.

SOC/​ASIAN AM  220 — ETHNIC MOVEMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES

3-4 credits.

Sociological analysis of historical and recent ethnic/racial conflict and movements in the U.S., including the relations between European Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans, with additional material on other groups and relations.

SOC/​C&E SOC  222 — FOOD, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY

3 credits.

Social and cultural dimensions of food production and consumption. Uses historical and cross-cultural analytical frameworks. Treats a wide variety of topics including indigenous, racial, and ethnic foodways, industrialized food systems, sustainable agriculture, movements for food justice.

SOC 225 — CONTEMPORARY CHINESE SOCIETY

3 credits.

Basic social science "literacy" of contemporary China: introduction on the main institutions of traditional Chinese society; and the social changes in various aspects of contemporary Chinese society since 1949, including the economy, family, education, social stratification, politics, legal reform, and the urban/rural divide.

SOC 236 — BASCOM COURSE

3 credits.

Developing skills in critical reading, logical thinking, use of evidence, and use of library resources. Emphasis on writing in the conventions of specific fields.

SOC/​ASIAN/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI  244 — INTRODUCTION TO SOUTHEAST ASIA: VIETNAM TO THE PHILIPPINES

4 credits.

As an introduction to Southeast Asia, covers the ethnic, cultural, religious, and political histories of the region from the classical states period to the present, with an emphasis on colonialism, nationalism, decolonization, and the emergence of modern political and social systems into the 21st century, including an exposure to region's contemporary literature. Not open to students who completed LCA 244 prior to Fall 2019.

SOC/​C&E SOC  245 — TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY

3 credits.

Covers technology, the social forces shaping its development, and social impacts of its adoption. Examine one's assumptions about technology and its relationship to society.

SOC/​C&E SOC/​F&W ECOL  248 — ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL RESOURCES, AND SOCIETY

3 credits.

Introduces the concerns and principles of sociology through examination of human interaction with the natural environment. Places environmental issues such as resource depletion, population growth, food production, environmental regulation, and sustainability in national and global perspectives.

SOC/​C&E SOC/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI  259 — FORWARD? THE WISCONSIN IDEA, PAST AND PRESENT

1-3 credits.

Engage in ongoing reflection and dialogue on the Wisconsin Idea and how it informs the mission of the University of Wisconsin. Consider the Wisconsin Idea as it has developed since its beginnings, with a focus on what it means today and what it can mean in the future.

SOC/​AFROAMER/​ANTHRO/​C&E SOC/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​LACIS/​POLI SCI/​SPANISH  260 — LATIN AMERICA: AN INTRODUCTION

3-4 credits.

Latin American culture and society from an interdisciplinary perspective; historical developments from pre-Columbian times to the present; political movements; economic problems; social change; ecology in tropical Latin America; legal systems; literature and the arts; cultural contrasts involving the US and Latin America; land reform; labor movements; capitalism, socialism, imperialism; mass media.

SOC/​AFRICAN/​AFROAMER/​ANTHRO/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI  277 — AFRICA: AN INTRODUCTORY SURVEY

4 credits.

African society and culture, polity and economy in multidisciplinary perspectives from prehistory and ancient kingdoms through the colonial period to contemporary developments, including modern nationalism, economic development and changing social structure.

SOC 320 — RESEARCH PRACTICUM IN SOCIOLOGY

1-3 credits.

Practical experience in techniques of social research through work on a research project for the semester.

SOC/​A A E/​C&E SOC  340 — ISSUES IN FOOD SYSTEMS

3-4 credits.

With primary emphasis on the U.S., the course covers social, economic and biological dimensions of food systems. Using classroom and community experience, the course combines academic approaches with practitioner knowledge. A community project is required.

SOC/​C&E SOC  341 — LABOR IN GLOBAL FOOD SYSTEMS

3 credits.

Overview of our current food system and how new technologies and globalization are reshaping it, focusing especially on the implications for workers throughout the food chain. Learn about the ways that social movements are working to reshape commodity chains by promoting local production, fair trade, and labor justice.

SOC/​C&E SOC  343 — SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND MEDICINE

3 credits.

Social, cultural, and structural factors in shaping definitions of health and illness, distribution of disparate health outcomes, and the organization of health professions and healthcare.

SOC 351 — INTRODUCTION TO SURVEY METHODS FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH

3-4 credits.

Introduction to principles and basic techniques in surveys for social research. Specific topics include the basic concepts of sampling and survey measurement. Learn how survey researchers apply the methods presented and practice applying the concepts and methods learned. The techniques used in this class are relevant for many kinds of data collection and standardized measurement. Provides a substantial experience with practical research skills that are relevant in many academic and private sector contexts.

SOC/​C&E SOC  357 — METHODS OF SOCIOLOGICAL INQUIRY

3-4 credits.

Scientific methods in the study of society; procedures for testing sociological theory: problem definition, hypothesis construction, collection and evaluation of data. Practical experience conducting small research projects.

SOC/​C&E SOC  360 — STATISTICS FOR SOCIOLOGISTS I

4 credits.

Presentation of sociological data; descriptive statistics; probability theory and statistical inference; estimation and tests of hypotheses; regression and correlation and the analysis of contingency tables.

SOC/​C&E SOC  361 — STATISTICS FOR SOCIOLOGISTS II

4 credits.

Applied linear regression modeling for social scientists. Bivariate and multiple regression, dummy variables, interactions, nonlinear relationships, indirect effects and omitted variable bias, outliers, heteroskedasticity, and mulitcollinearity; associated diagnostics and corrections. Use of Stata and/or SAS for dataset creation and analysis.

SOC 362 — STATISTICS FOR SOCIOLOGISTS III

4 credits.

Generalized linear models with selected applications to social science data. Topics: Review of multiple regression; properties of estimators; general linear restrictions; instrumental variables; two-stage least squares; panel data; fixed and random effects; logit, probit, and related models.

SOC/​C&E SOC  365 — DATA MANAGEMENT FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH

3-4 credits.

Understanding the structure of different types of social scientific data, techniques for data evaluation, cleaning, documentation and visual display, merging data from multiple sources, restructuring data for analysis.

SOC 375 — INTRODUCTION TO MATHEMATICAL SOCIOLOGY

3 credits.

Explores mathematical models of social structure, focusing especially on social network analysis and related methods. Makes extensive use of matrix algebra and mathematical software.

SOC 376 — MATHEMATICAL MODELS OF SOCIAL SYSTEMS

3 credits.

Explores mathematical models of social process employing dynamical systems, Markov chains, and simulation analysis. Examples will address a wide range of sociological topics including cultural evolution, demography, social influence, social-network formation, religion, residential segregation, and social movements.

SOC/​LEGAL ST  415 — THE LEGAL PROFESSION

3-4 credits.

History, structure, and functioning of legal professions in the United States and in other countries around the world.

SOC 421 — PROCESSES OF DEVIANT BEHAVIOR

3-4 credits.

Factors and conditions that underlie disagreement about fundamental values which inform views and conceptualizations of deviance; their relation to personal and social maladjustment; deviant behavior across different social contexts.

SOC/​SOC WORK  422 — SOCIAL ISSUES IN AGING

3 credits.

Origins, nature, scope and dynamics of the social problems of older adults and their families in the U.S. and to acquaint students with programs and services available to older adults.

SOC/​ILS/​JEWISH  423 — MODERN JEWISH THOUGHT

3 credits.

How do Jews fit into the modern world? While the "Jewish Question" initially referred to debates about Jewish emancipation (the struggle for equal citizenship and social integration that started with the French Revolution), it later served to describe modern Jewish political and social thought about the identity, place, and role of the Jews in the modern world. Beginning in the late 19th century, as cultural assimilation, economic impoverishment in eastern Europe, and rising antisemitism sowed doubts about the viability of emancipation and traditionalism alike, Jewish thinkers proposed new answers to the Jewish question. Learn about some of the major answers they debated, including revolutionary universalistic utopias (socialism and Communism), various forms of Jewish nationalism, hyphenated identities, cultural pluralism, and cosmopolitanism. Work to contextualize these ideas historically while also considering whether and how they remain relevant to the present.

SOC/​GEN&WS/​LEGAL ST  425 — CRIME, GENDER AND JUSTICE

3 credits.

Focuses on the intersection between gender, crime and justice from a cross-cultural perspective. The gendered nature of the criminal justice system, female experiences of crime, prosecution and incarceration as well as the extent to which women are victims, offenders, and participants in the criminal justice system will be explored. Special emphasis will be placed on the theoretical implications of offending behavior and the intersection of gender with sexuality, race, ethnicity and class. The goal of this course is to provide a foundation for critically assessing the often controversial issues surrounding race, gender, crime, and criminal justice in society.

SOC/​CHICLA/​LEGAL ST  440 — ETHNICITY, RACE, AND JUSTICE

3-4 credits.

An examination of ethnicity, race, and justice, with a specific emphasis on US Latinos, the largest minority group in the United States.

SOC 441 — CRIMINOLOGY

3-4 credits.

Theoretical explanations of criminal behavior. Measurement of crime and evaluation of criminological research. Current issues in criminology and crime-related public policy.

SOC/​CHICLA/​LEGAL ST  443 — IMMIGRATION, CRIME, AND ENFORCEMENT

3-4 credits.

A study of immigration, crime, and border enforcement, engaging both historical and present-day debates, focusing on Latino immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border.

SOC 444 — SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY: A SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE

3-4 credits.

The systematic study of the individual in a social context, including social interaction, motivation, attitudes, conformity, communication, leadership, personal relationships, and behavior in small groups.

SOC 446 — JUVENILE DELINQUENCY

3-4 credits.

Concepts of childhood and delinquency. Measurement of delinquent behavior. Application of competing theories to relationships within the family, school, and peer group. Evaluation of programs for treatment, prevention, and control. The rise of the juvenile system.

SOC/​PSYCH  453 — HUMAN SEXUALITY

4 credits.

Provides an interdisciplinary introduction to biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of human sexuality.

SOC 460 — STUDY ABROAD IN DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY

1-6 credits.

Provides a sociology area equivalency for demography and ecology courses taken in study abroad programs that do not equate exactly to existing sociology courses. Enrollment in a UW-Madison resident study abroad program

SOC 461 — STUDY ABROAD IN ADDITIONAL METHODS AND STATISTICS

1-6 credits.

Provides a sociology area equivalency for additional methods and statistics courses taken in study abroad programs that do not equate exactly to existing sociology courses. Enrollment in a UW-Madison resident study abroad program

SOC 462 — STUDY ABROAD IN ADDITIONAL THEORY

1-6 credits.

Provides a sociology area equivalency for additional theory courses taken in study abroad programs that do not equate exactly to existing sociology courses. Enrollment in a UW-Madison resident study abroad program

SOC 463 — STUDY ABROAD IN DEVIANT BEHAVIOR

1-6 credits.

Provides a sociology area equivalency for deviant behavior courses taken in study abroad programs that do not equate to existing sociology courses. Enrollment in a UW-Madison resident study abroad program

SOC 464 — STUDY ABROAD IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

1-6 credits.

Provides a sociology area equivalency for social psychology courses taken in study abroad programs that do not equate exactly to existing sociology courses. Enrollment in a UW-Madison resident study abroad program

SOC 465 — STUDY ABROAD IN SOCIAL ORGANIZATION

1-6 credits.

Provides a sociology area equivalency for social organization courses taken in study abroad programs that do not equate exactly to existing sociology courses. Enrollment in a UW-Madison resident study abroad program

SOC/​CHICLA  470 — SOCIODEMOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS OF MEXICAN MIGRATION

3 credits.

Introduces students to social and demographic analysis and explanations of the historical and present day causes and consequences of migration of the largest immigrant group to the United States in the 20th century.

SOC/​C&E SOC  475 — CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY

3 credits.

Classical theory; Marx, Durkheim, Weber, and other important classical theorists and schools of thought.

SOC 476 — CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY

3 credits.

Norm and norm emergence, Preference formation, Ideology, Bounded Rationality, Rational Choice, Prospect Theory, Framing processes, Models of Collective Behaviors, Symbolic Interactionism, Communicative Action, Game Theory, Processes of Social Influence.

SOC/​GEN&WS  477 — FEMINISM AND SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY

3 credits.

Reviews the ways that feminist critiques have reshaped social theory since 1960. Examines the ways that feminist theorists have reconceptualized classical sociological problems and how this has influenced the ways research in conducted.

SOC 496 — TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY

1-3 credits.

Intensive study of selected topics in sociology.

SOC 497 — STUDY ABROAD IN SOCIOLOGY

1-6 credits.

Provides a sociology area equivalency for courses taken in study abroad programs that do not equate to existing sociology courses. Enrollment in a UW-Madison resident study abroad program

SOC/​C&E SOC  532 — HEALTH CARE ISSUES FOR INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND SOCIETY

3 credits.

Issues related to health and health care delivery in our society. Topics include social, cultural and ethical influences on consumer definitions of health and use of medical care, and on the health care system's responses.

SOC/​C&E SOC  533 — PUBLIC HEALTH IN RURAL & URBAN COMMUNITIES

3 credits.

Sociological approaches to community, rural, and public health. Examines epidemiological evidence for and policy solutions to health issues that impact vulnerable populations in diverse geographic and social settings. Topics include mental health, environmental and occupational health, preventive care, substance abuse.

SOC 535 — TALK AND SOCIAL INTERACTION

3 credits.

Focus on the systematic observation and analysis of face-to-face interaction. Sociological approaches to naturally occurring interaction--i.e., human talk and behavior that has been observed, audiorecorded, or videorecorded--will be explored. The approaches include ethnomethodology, conversational analysis, and Goffmanian sociology.

SOC/​C&E SOC/​ENVIR ST  540 — SOCIOLOGY OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, ENVIRONMENT, AND SUSTAINABILITY

3 credits.

Sociological analysis of relationships among economic growth, environmental sustainability and social justice in the developing world. Considers frameworks for understanding poverty, hunger, educational and technological inequality, and the impact of globalization on prospects for socially and ecologically sustainable development.

SOC/​C&E SOC  541 — ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

3 credits.

Application of sociological theory and analysis to environmental issues. Examines the ways in which environmental stewardship and conflict are embedded within broader cultural, social, and political contexts.

SOC 543 — COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR

3 credits.

Emergence of various forms of collective behavior from social interactions, collective action problem, game theory, prospect theory, social networks, network effects, information cascade, increasing returns, social influence, epidemics, social movements, mass media.

SOC/​C&E SOC  573 — COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION AND CHANGE

3 credits.

Examines theories of community change and different models of community organizing.

SOC 575 — SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE LIFE COURSE AND AGING

3 credits.

Age as a basis of societal differentiation in modern and premodern societies; social psychological, demographic, sociobiological, socioeconomic, and sociohistorical views of age-graded events and behaviors; examination of the life course and aging as sociological variables.

SOC/​AMER IND/​C&E SOC  578 — POVERTY AND PLACE

3 credits.

The allocation of economic and social rewards in the United States; emphasis on persistently poor regions and communities; analysis of selected minority groups and their poverty statuses; poverty programs and their consequences for structural and cultural changes.

SOC/​GEN&WS  611 — GENDER, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

3 credits.

Examination of issues and theories in gender and science. Topics include historical and contemporary studies of technoscientific and medical constructions of sex/gender differences; feminist studies of science, technology, and medicine; proposals of new epistemologies.

SOC/​C&E SOC/​URB R PL  617 — COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

3 credits.

Social, cultural and personality factors influencing community development, with reference to developing countries as well as contemporary rural communities; consideration of theoretical and operational issues.

SOC 621 — CLASS, STATE AND IDEOLOGY: AN INTRODUCTION TO MARXIST SOCIAL SCIENCE

3 credits.

Core theoretical problems and themes of contemporary Marxist social science, focusing on the theory of history, classes, the state and ideology.

SOC/​C&E SOC  623 — GENDER, SOCIETY, AND POLITICS

3 credits.

Examines the relationship between the social structures of gender (e.g., the domestic division of labor, sex-segregated occupational structures, gender ideologies, the social organization of sexuality) and political institutions, political activities, and state policies.

SOC 624 — POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY

3 credits.

Theory of democracy, political culture, comparative studies of voting behavior, political decisions, collective violence, regime breakdowns, social movements, mobilization processes, frame analysis.

SOC 626 — SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

3 credits.

Role of social structure, authorities and movement participants, and leadership in the origins, mobilization, participation, strategy and tacts, and potential for success of social movements.

SOC/​C&E SOC  630 — SOCIOLOGY OF DEVELOPING SOCIETIES/THIRD WORLD

3 credits.

Review of problems and prospects of so-called "developing societies." Includes theory of economic/social development, political economic organizations of "developing" societies, history of colonialism/imperialism, attempts to industrialize and results of those attempts.

SOC 632 — SOCIOLOGY OF ORGANIZATIONS

3-4 credits.

Sociological perspectives on the structures and processes of large-scale formal organizations in Western society; a wide ranging examination of contemporary organizational theory and research, with illustrations from business, governmental, military, political and educational organizations.

SOC 633 — SOCIAL STRATIFICATION

3 credits.

Classical and contemporary theories of the nature of social inequality; recent patterns and trends in inequality in the US; analysis of inequalities based on class, race, gender; the relationship of inequality to globalization, immigration, and politics.

SOC 640 — SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY

3 credits.

Examines family life from a sociological perspective, drawing on insights from demography, economics, history and anthropology. Considers theories and empirical evidence about families as social institutions; patterns of family change; and families and inequality.

SOC/​LAW/​LEGAL ST  641 — SOCIOLOGY OF LAW

3-4 credits.

Theory and research on the social origins, processes and effects of law; examination of law-related behavior, legal institutions, law and social structure, and law and social change; linkage to contemporary theoretical and political debates.

SOC 643 — SOCIOLOGY OF OCCUPATIONS AND PROFESSIONS

3 credits.

Introduction to theories and empirical studies on occupations and professions. Examination of the historical change, social structure, market competition, lifestyles, career path, workplace interaction, and other aspects of professional life from the late nineteenth century to the age of globalization.

SOC/​C&E SOC/​URB R PL  645 — MODERN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES

3 credits.

Relevance of the concept of community to American society. Review of several basic theories of community and analysis of the nature of community in the broader political and economic context.

SOC 646 — RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS

3 credits.

Institutional, ecological, demographic, and social psychological aspects in the United States and elsewhere; historical and contemporary coverage.

SOC 647 — SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT

3 credits.

Sport as a social institution; social characteristics and problems of sport at the youth, school, college, and professional levels.

SOC/​ED POL  648 — SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION

3 credits.

Utilizes a sociological lens to examine American schools and schooling, with a particular focus on social inequality in the U.S. and how class, race, and gender intersect in the experiences of students. Examine how schools and schooling relate to broader social structures, institutions, and practices with a focus on inequality in public education.

SOC/​C&E SOC  650 — SOCIOLOGY OF AGRICULTURE

3 credits.

Introduction to sociology of agriculture in advanced industrial-capitalist societies, including theoretical, historical, and empirical issues of agriculture in the United States.

SOC/​C&E SOC  652 — SOCIOLOGY OF ECONOMIC INSTITUTIONS

3 credits.

Sociological perspectives on the organization of the firm, financial markets, and work, intermediate associations (unions, ethnic economies), the state, and the international economy. Contrast between neoclassical, traditional institutionalist, post-fordist, and neo-fordist perspectives on the nature and evolution of these institutions.

SOC/​C&E SOC  655 — MICROFOUNDATIONS OF ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY

3 credits.

A review and critique of economic theory from a sociological perspective. Reviews central concepts of contemporary microeconomics (e.g., rationality, exchange, strategic interaction, evolution, information), addressing critiques and alternatives offered by economic sociologists, economists, and other behavioral and social scientists.

SOC/​ECON  663 — POPULATION AND SOCIETY

3 credits.

Social and economic determinants and consequences of contemporary and historical population trends in both developed and developing societies. Fertility, mortality, migration, population distribution, age structure, population growth.

SOC/​HISTORY  670 — CAPITALISM, SOCIALISM, AND DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA SINCE 1890

3-4 credits.

Political institutional arrangements which have emerged since 1890 and how they have influenced social and economic policies implemented since the Second World War. Why the working class has been politically weak in America; policy consequences of this weakness.

SOC 674 — DEMOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES I

3 credits.

Methods of measurement for enumeration and registration data; construction of life tables; measures of fertility, nuptiality and migration; examination of census variables.

SOC/​C&E SOC  676 — APPLIED DEMOGRAPHY: PLANNING AND POLICY

3 credits.

Introduction to demographic concepts, methods, data, and trends for application in business, government, planning and other applied areas. Emphasis on U.S. census data and their uses.

SOC 678 — SOCIOLOGY OF PERSECUTION

3 credits.

Persecution as an object of sociological investigation with special focus on the perpetrators' motivations, the machinery of persecution policies, the behaviors of state agents, and the attitudes and strategies displayed by the potential victims.

SOC 681 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3 credits.

Mentored individual research and study for students completing Honors in the Major.

SOC 682 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3 credits.

Mentored individual research and study for students completing Honors in the Major.

SOC 691 — SENIOR THESIS

2-3 credits.

Mentored individual research and study for students completing a senior thesis.

SOC 692 — SENIOR THESIS

2-3 credits.

Mentored individual research and study for students completing a senior thesis.

SOC/​C&E SOC  693 — PRACTICUM IN ANALYSIS AND RESEARCH

3 credits.

Practical experience in techniques of social research through assignment to a research project for the semester. Focuses on the art and practice of research and the writing of research reports.

SOC/​LEGAL ST  694 — CRIMINAL JUSTICE FIELD OBSERVATION

2-3 credits.

Field placements and seminar sessions to develop sociological understanding of criminal justice processes. Placement in criminal justice agencies and lectures and discussions applying concepts and theories to field experience.

SOC 698 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-6 credits.

Directed study projects as arranged with a faculty member.

SOC 699 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-6 credits.

Directed study projects as arranged with a faculty member.

SOC 700 — INTRODUCTORY PROSEMINAR FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

1 credit.

An introduction to current issues in sociology and its subfields.

SOC/​C&E SOC/​I SY E/​N E  708 — SOCIETAL RISK MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGICAL HAZARDS

3 credits.

Issues involved in decision-making regarding technological risks and risk management in areas such as nuclear power, hazardous waste disposal, and pollution control. Risk perception and cognitive biases; risk analysis and decision analysis; political issues in risk management; regulatory mechanisms; and risk communication. Selected case studies.

SOC/​ENGL  710 — INTERACTION ANALYSIS: TALK AS SOCIAL ORGANIZATION

3 credits.

The study spoken English as a site for social organization. Theoretical foundations and methodological practices for conversation analysis will be explored using videotaped data from English. Content includes current critical trends in analyzing interaction as well as cross-cultural and cross-linguistic perspectives.

SOC/​C&E SOC  724 — INTERMEDIATE POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY

3 credits.

Critical examination of theories and research in political sociology. Topics include: power and interests, state-formation, social movements, class and political behavior, revolutions, ideology, and states and social policy.

SOC/​C&E SOC  730 — INTERMEDIATE SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY: THE INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY

3 credits.

Major social psychological theories and research that focus on the individual in social context. Topics include: perspectives on socialization, the self, social perception and attribution, attitudes, language and nonverbal communication, and attraction and relationships.

SOC/​C&E SOC  731 — INTERMEDIATE SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY: GROUP AND COLLECTIVE PROCESSES

3 credits.

Major social pychological theories and research that focus on interpersonal relations and group processes. Topics include: social interaction (influence, self-presentation, altruism, agression), groups (cohesion, conformity, leadership, problem-solving, decision making), intergroup relations (conflict, stereotypes), n-person games (dilemmas, coalition formation).

SOC 735 — ETHNOMETHODOLOGY & CONVERSATION ANALYSIS

3 credits.

Analysis of everyday, local practices for assembling coherent and stable social environments. The focus on everyday practices derives from both ethnomethodological and conversation analytic literatures and investigations. Instruction will involve both didactic or illustrative presentations and hands-on work with interactional data from a variety of social settings, whether informal telephone calls, or more formal work or organizational settings.

SOC/​C&E SOC  750 — RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIOLOGY

3 credits.

Application of scientific methods to the analysis of social phenomena; methodological orientations in sociology; types of research procedure: nature of sociological variables.

SOC 751 — SURVEY METHODS FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH

3 credits.

Theoretical and practical issues involved in the design of surveys and their components. Apply knowledge of survey research techniques to a specific and complete research project.

SOC 752 — MEASUREMENT AND QUESTIONNAIRES FOR SURVEY RESEARCH

3 credits.

Analysis and presentation of survey results through contingency table analysis. Techniques for assessing the quality of data produced by survey methods. Practical application of material to a specific research problem through research reports and other exercises involving data analysis.

SOC 753 — COMPARATIVE AND HISTORICAL METHODS IN SOCIOLOGY

3 credits.

Comparative strategies and historical methods through methodological readings, exercises, and evaluations of exemplary analyses in which investigators of organizational structures, institutional relationships, political conflicts, and cultural patterns bring theory and historical-comparative evidence to bear on one another.

SOC 754 — QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIOLOGY

3 credits.

Teaches how qualitative research can be used to advance sociological theory. Topics include inductive and deductive research designs in qualitative research, conducting and analyzing interviews, content analysis, conducting observations, focus groups and data management in qualitative research.

SOC/​C&E SOC/​ED POL  755 — METHODS OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

3 credits.

Introduces qualitative, or ethnographic, research methods, emphasizing those suitable for educational and other organizational settings. Considers strengths and limitations of qualitative approaches in relation to varied research problems. Explores methodological procedures from entry into the field through writing.

SOC 756 — DEMOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES II

3 credits.

Intermediate to advanced tools used by demographers for studying the behavior of human populations: multiple decrement processes, stable population model, demographic relations in non-stable populations, model age patterns of vital events, indirect estimation methods.

SOC 773 — INTERMEDIATE CLASSICAL THEORY

3 credits.

Intensive and critical examination of the major theoretical traditions involved in sociology's development since the 19th century.

SOC/​POP HLTH  797 — INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY

3 credits.

Design, implementation and interpretation of epidemiologic studies; emphasis on methodologic problems in the measurement of disease frequency, natural history and risk factors.

SOC/​FRENCH/​GERMAN/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI  804 — INTERDISCIPLINARY WESTERN EUROPEAN AREA STUDIES SEMINAR

3 credits.

SOC/​C&E SOC  875 — SPECIAL TOPICS

1-4 credits.

Advanced topics in sociology. Topics vary.

SOC 901 — SEMINAR: TOPICS IN CURRENT SOCIOLOGY

2-3 credits.

Critical review of most recent research in sociology.

SOC/​C&E SOC/​GEN&WS  904 — SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON GENDER

3 credits.

Advanced topics in the analysis of gender relations in society.

SOC/​ED POL  908 — SEMINAR-SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION

3 credits.

Selected topics.

SOC 910 — TEACHING SOCIOLOGY

3 credits.

Alternatives in course organization, instructional methods, and grading techniques with emphasis on teaching basic undergraduate courses.

SOC/​C&E SOC  913 — SEMINAR-SOCIAL CHANGE

3 credits.

Advanced study of current research in social change, e.g., democratization in the Global South, labor movements, urban protests, social media campaigns.

SOC 915 — SEMINAR-SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY

3 credits.

Coordination of current theories and methods of relevance for sociological research.

SOC 918 — SEMINAR IN COMPARATIVE SOCIOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY CAPITALISM

3 credits.

Origins and consequences of inter-regime and inter-temporal variation in the institutions of capitalism. The evolution and current trajectory of contemporary capitalism across North America, Europe, and East Asia. Theoretical debates on the dynamics, contradictions and variations of capitalist systems.

SOC 919 — SEMINAR: TOPICS IN ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY

3 credits.

Explores the frontiers of research in economic sociology, drawing on recently published major work and on ongoing research.

SOC/​C&E SOC  922 — SEMINAR-RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS

3 credits.

Theoretical, methodological, and current research problems.

SOC/​C&E SOC  923 — SEMINAR-SOCIAL STRATIFICATION

3 credits.

Advanced study of current research in social stratification, e.g., historical and comparative studies of inequality; mathematical and econometric modeling of mobility and achievement processes; demographic approaches to power and inequality.

SOC/​URB R PL  924 — SEMINAR-POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY

3 credits.

Selected topics in political sociology, e.g., social movements, citizenship, civic engagement, weakening of postwar "social democratic consensus" under financialized globalization pressures.

SOC/​ANTHRO/​C&E SOC/​ECON  925 — SEMINAR: SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHANGE IN UNDERDEVELOPED AREAS

2-3 credits.

Social and economic factors relating to stability, growth, and change in the non-Western areas of the contemporary world.

SOC/​C&E SOC  929 — SEMINAR: CLASS ANALYSIS AND HISTORICAL CHANGE

3 credits.

Selected topics in Marxist theory and research.

SOC 930 — SEMINAR - SOCIO-LEGAL STUDIES

1-3 credits.

A sociological exploration of work in the interdisciplinary "law and society" tradition. Themes include compliance and resistance, dispute resolution, legal consciousness, legal pluralism, law and politics, the social dynamics of legal institutions, and the allocative and distributive impact of law.

SOC/​C&E SOC  940 — SEMINAR-SOCIOLOGY OF ECONOMIC CHANGE

3 credits.

Theoretical and technical problems in research concerning organizational and socio-psychological aspects of changes in large scale social systems.

SOC/​C&E SOC  945 — SEMINAR-RURAL SOCIOLOGY

3 credits.

Theory and research in alternate semesters in rural aspects of population, stratification, social change, and groups and institutions.

SOC/​C&E SOC  948 — SEMINAR: ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY

3 credits.

Examines topics such as theories of environment and society, the treadmill of production, environmental movements, political ecology, environmental justice, consumption, ecological modernization, sustainability, environmental risk, and the sociology of environmental science.

SOC 952 — SEMINAR-MATHEMATICAL AND STATISTICAL APPLICATIONS IN SOCIOLOGY

3 credits.

Selected topics in measurement and model construction in social research.

SOC/​ED POL  955 — SEMINAR-QUALITATIVE METHODOLOGY

3 credits.

An intensive, practice-oriented exploration of one qualitative research method such as participant-observation, interviewing, narrative analysis, oral history or ethnography. Treatment of the method includes: logics of inquiry, analysis of data obtained through the method, and uses of the method.

SOC/​C&E SOC  960 — SEMINAR-CURRENT METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 credits.

Alternative research designs and processes, measurement, and analytical techniques in social psychology; experience in developing and utilizing research plans and techniques.

SOC/​C&E SOC  961 — SEMINAR-ADVANCED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 credits.

A selected research or theoretical area. Topic varies.

SOC/​C&E SOC  965 — SEMINAR-RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 credits.

Current literature, emphasis on recent journal articles.

SOC/​C&E SOC  971 — SEMINAR-TOPICS IN DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY

3 credits.

Advanced study of selected topics related to population and society, including health and inequality across the life course, environmental and spatial demography, biodemography.

SOC/​C&E SOC  972 — SEMINAR IN POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT

3 credits.

Examine current issues in population and development using conceptual tools of sociology and demography. Critique the motivations of agents and institutions involved in creating population policies and will evaluate the empirical evidence linking population processes and international development in its varied forms. Focus on the impact of international population priorities on the current relationship between population and development, with particular attention to gender, poverty, and health.

SOC/​C&E SOC  977 — SEMINAR-HUMAN ECOLOGY

3 credits.

Review of ecological theory and research; critical assessment of the ecological complex (population, organization, environment, and technology); problems of measurement.

SOC/​HISTORY/​URB R PL  979 — SEMINAR IN URBAN HISTORY

3 credits.

Causes and consequences of urbanization, stressing social and economic aspects of major population movements, with particular attention to the United States.

SOC/​A A E/​ANTHRO/​C&E SOC/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​LACIS/​POLI SCI/​PORTUG/​SPANISH  982 — INTERDEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR IN THE LATIN-AMERICAN AREA

1-3 credits.

Interdisciplinary inquiry in Latin American society and culture.

SOC 983 — RESEARCH: ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY AND COMPARATIVE POLITICAL ECONOMY

1-3 credits.

Presentation and discussion of on-going research in the area of comparative political economy and economic sociology.

SOC 984 — RESEARCH: SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER TRAINEES

1-3 credits.

Workshop featuring presentations and discussion of current debates within the sociology of gender.

SOC/​C&E SOC  985 — RESEARCH: COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY

1-3 credits.

Critical analysis of recent theoretical and methodological issues through presentations of research in progress.

SOC/​C&E SOC  987 — RESEARCH: RACE AND ETHNIC STUDIES

1-3 credits.

Analysis of recent research and theory, based on reviews of literature and presentations of research in progress.

SOC 990 — THESIS

1-12 credits.

Mentored research for the Master's thesis or doctoral dissertation.

SOC 991 — RESEARCH : SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY TRAINEES

1-3 credits.

Critical analysis of recent theoretical developments in social psychology and of research designed by participants.

SOC 992 — RESEARCH: SOCIAL ORGANIZATION TRAINEES POLITICS, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY

1-3 credits.

Workshop on current topics in political, cultural, and comparative historical sociology (e.g., social movements, citizenship, collective identities, political behaviors, attitudes).

SOC/​C&E SOC  993 — RESEARCH: SOCIOLOGY OF ECONOMIC CHANGE TRAINEES

1-3 credits.

Presentations of research in progress concerning social and economic change in developing countries.

SOC 994 — COLLOQUIUM IN CRITICAL SOCIOLOGY

1-3 credits.

Selected topics in critical sociology taught in intensive units.

SOC/​C&E SOC  995 — RESEARCH: METHODOLOGY TRAINEES

1-3 credits.

Workshop on social science research methods and professional development, e.g. ethics, communication, data management, novel research methods.

SOC/​C&E SOC  997 — RESEARCH: DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY TRAINEES

1-3 credits.

Interdisciplinary training workshop on current research in population science from scholars at research and teaching institutions around the world.

SOC 999 — READING AND RESEARCH IN SOCIOLOGY

1-12 credits.

Independent reading and research.