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SOCI W 1000xy The Social World

Identification of the distinctive elements of sociological perspectives on society. Readings confront classical and contemporary approaches with key social issues that include power and authority, culture and communication, poverty and discrimination, social change, and popular uses of sociological concepts.
Corequisites: Discussion Section Required. General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: SOCI W1000
SOCI
1000
15764
001
TuTh 8:40a - 9:55a
209 HAVEMEYER HALL
P. Bearman 108 / 181 [ More Info ]
Spring 2015 :: SOCI W1000
SOCI
1000
21783
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
417 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
S. Khan 224 [ More Info ]

SOCI V 2208y Culture in America

The values and meanings that form American pluralism. The three sections explore taste, consumption, and art; moral conflict, religion and secularism; identity, community and ideology. Examples range widely: Individualism, liberalism and conservatism; Obama's "transracial" endeavor; the food revolution; struggles over family and sexuality; multiculturalism; assimilation and immigration.
Corequisites: General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).
3 points

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Autumn 2014 :: SOCI V2208
SOCI
2208
05710
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
202 ALTSCHUL HALL
J. Rieder 127 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 2220 Evaluation of Evidence

Discussion of the logic and procedures of social science research and standards for the critical evaluation of that research based on a careful reading and analysis of significant studies exemplifying the use of different kinds of social science data and methods (field observations, historical archives, surveys, and experiments). No mathematical or statistical background is required. Discussion Section Required.
Corequisites: There will be discussions. Registration for sections will take place during the first week of classes. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

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Autumn 2014 :: SOCI W2220
SOCI
2220
14700
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
313 FAYERWEATHER
J. Whitford 32 / 40 [ More Info ]

SOCI V 2230y Food & The Social Order

Instrumental in the formation and transformation of the social order, food is an indicator of collective as well as individual aspirations and assumptions. We shall look at the production and consumption of food, both material and symbolic, from the eating in the Bible to globalization in the 21st century.
3 points

SOCI W 2240y Economy and Society

Introduction to economic sociology. Economic sociology is built around the claim that something fundamental is lost when markets are analyzed separately from other social processes. We will look especially at how an analysis of the interplay of economy and society can help us to understand questions of efficiency, questions of fairness, and questions of democracy.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI W 2400y Comparative Perspectives on Inequality

Analysis of the contours, causes, and consequences of social inequality in the contemporary United States through systematic cross-national and historical comparisons. Topics include the distribution of social and economic resources by class, race/ethnicity, and gender and the role of institutions such as families, schools, labor markets, and governments.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI V 2420x Race and Place in Urban America

Analyzing the relationship between race/ethnicity and spatial inequality, emphasizing the institutions, processes, and mechanisms that shape the lives of urban dwellers. Surveying major theoretical approaches and empirical investigations of racial and ethnic stratification in several urban cities, and their concomitant policy considerations.
3 points

SOCI W 3000x and y Social Theory

Required for all sociology majors. Prerequisite: at least one sociology course of the instructor's permission. Theoretical accounts of the rise and transformations of modern society in the19th and 20th centuries. Theories studied include those of Adam Smith, Tocqueville, Marx, Durkheim, Max Weber, Roberto Michels. Selected topics: individual, society, and polity; economy, class, and status: organization and ideology; religion and society; moral and instrumental action.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: SOCI W3000
SOCI
3000
11945
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
501 NORTHWEST CORNER
T. Sharpe 87 [ More Info ]
Spring 2015 :: SOCI W3000
SOCI
3000
07492
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
TBA
Instructor To Be Announced 61 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 3010xy Methods for Social Research

Required for all Sociology majors. Introductory course in social scientific research methods. Provides a general overview of the ways sociologists collect information about social phenomena, focusing on how to collect data that are reliable and applicable to our research questions. - C. Kesler
Prerequisites: SOCI W1000 The Social World or Instructor Permission BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
4 points

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Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: SOCI W3010
SOCI
3010
06191
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
324 MILBANK HALL
J. Suh 33 [ More Info ]
Spring 2015 :: SOCI W3010
SOCI
3010
68575
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
TBA
V. Tran 67 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 3020x and y Social Statistics

This course will teach the fundamentals of analyzing numerical data in a social science context. Students will learn effective ways of presenting informational summaries, the use of statistical inference from samples to populations, and the linear model which forms the basis of much social science research. Emphasis will be on an intuitive understanding of statistical formulae and models, and on their practical application.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)..
3 points

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Spring 2015 :: SOCI W3020
SOCI
3020
13643
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
TBA
Y. Lu 23 [ More Info ]

SOCI BC 3087x-BC3088y Individual Projects for Seniors

The instructor will supervise the writing of long papers involving some form of sociological research and analysis.
Prerequisites: Meets senior requirement. Instructor permission required.
4 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: SOCI BC3087
SOCI
3087
07768
001
TBA D. Becher 0 [ More Info ]
SOCI
3087
05344
002
TBA E. Bernstein 0 [ More Info ]
SOCI
3087
09774
003
TBA C. Kesler 0 [ More Info ]
SOCI
3087
06814
004
TBA D. Minkoff 1 [ More Info ]
SOCI
3087
02034
005
TBA Instructor To Be Announced 0 [ More Info ]
SOCI
3087
04740
006
TBA J. Rieder 2 [ More Info ]
Spring 2015 :: SOCI BC3088
SOCI
3088
05961
001
TBA D. Becher 0 [ More Info ]
SOCI
3088
05012
002
TBA E. Bernstein 3 [ More Info ]
SOCI
3088
09398
003
TBA D. Minkoff 3 [ More Info ]
SOCI
3088
05155
004
TBA J. Rieder 2 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 3190y Introduction To Historical Sociology

How can we understand such major social forces as nationalism, Islam, and class conflict by combining historical analysis and sociological theory? Can these two disciplines take us further than either one alone?
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI W 3201 Elites in Democratic America

The aim of this course is to provide you with the tools to think about elites within democratic societies. What is the place of an elite within a democracy? What roles have they traditionally played? How have they supported or undermined democratic institutions? And how have elites worked for and against the reproduction of social inequality.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI BC 3207y Music, Race and Identity

Analysis of the complex relationship among race, art, organizations, economics, social movements and identity. Emphasis is on shifting conceptions of identity and changing roles of race and racism in the spirituals, gospel music, minstresy, rhythm and blues, rock'n'roll, soul music, Hip Hop and contemporary popular music.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART)..
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: SOCI BC3207
SOCI
3207
01764
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
J. Rieder 68 / 70 [ More Info ]

SOCI BC 3211y Quantitative Methods

Introduction to statistical methods emphasizing their application to practical research problems. Topics include frequency distributions, cross-tabulations and correlation, basic concepts of probability, hypothesis testing, and the analysis of variance. Students will learn to execute basic statistical analyses on a personal computer.
Prerequisites: One introductory course in Sociology suggested. Recitation Section Required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

SOCI BC 3214y Sociology of African American Life

Emphasizes foundations and development of black communities post-1940, and mechanisms in society that create and maintain racial inequality. Explores notions of identity and culture through lenses of gender, class and sexual orientation, and ideologies that form the foundation of black politics. Primarily lecture with some discussion.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

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Spring 2015 :: SOCI BC3214
SOCI
3214
03603
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
Instructor To Be Announced 15 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 3214y Immigration and the Transformation of American Society

In 2010, one in eight residents of the United States was born outside the country. This course will consider why people move and the policies that let some people in while keeping others out, assimilation and incorporation, the experiences of the immigrants and their U.S.-born children, and how sociologists theorize, measure, and evaluate immigrant incorporation. We will also look at the challenges immigrants bring to American society: post-9/11 concerns about security, questions about democracy, participation and language use, and debates about tolerance and multiculturalism. The course focuses on receiving countries and the lives of immigrants, not the impact of migration on those left behind.
4 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: SOCI W3214
SOCI
3214
27982
001
MW 8:40a - 9:55a
TBA
V. Tran 45 [ More Info ]

SOCI BC 3215y Sociology of Crime and Punishment

This course provides an overview of both crime and its control within the US. Beginning with an examination of mass incarceration, the course details issues of race, class, and gender in relation to crime, policing, and representations of criminality. Is there justice within the criminal justice system?
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI V 3217x Law and Society

Examines how people use law, how law affects people, and how law develops, using social scientific research. Covers law in everyday life; legal and social change; legal subjects such as citizens and corporations, and the legitimacy of law. Recommended for pre-law and social-science majors. No required prerequisites or previous knowledge.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

SOCI W 3218y Race, Crime, and Law

Critically examines the interplay between crime, law, and the administration of justice in the United States and how these issues are shaped by larger societal factors. Students will receive a theoretical and empirical overview of the American legal and criminal justice system, emphasizing such issues as: the function and purpose of crime control; the roles of the actors/subjects of the criminal justice system; crime and violence as cultural and political issues in America; racial disparities in offending and criminal justice processing; and juvenile justice.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI V 3220y Masculinity: A Sociological View

Examines the cultural, political, and institutional forces that govern masculinity. Focuses on various meanings of "being a man" and the effects these different types of masculinity have on both men and women. Explores some of the variation among men and relationships between men and women.
Prerequisites: One introductory course in Sociology is suggested. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

SOCI W 3225x Sociology of Education

How do schools influence students? How do students make sense of their lives in the context of schools? And what role do schools play in reinforcing or challenging broader patterns of social inequality? This class will draw on multiple sources, from classical sociological texts to ethnographies of schools to our own experiences at Columbia and in this class itself, to examine the school as a central institution in modern society.
3 points

SOCI V 3227x The Sociology of U.S. Economic Life

Examines the social forces that shape market behavior: ideologies of liberalism and conservatism; the culture of commodities and consumption; income, class, and quality of life; the immigrant economy; life in financial institutions; the impact of the global economy.
Prerequisites: One introductory course in Sociology is suggested. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI V 3228y Sociology of Medicine

This course explores the structure, professional and cultural authority and social significance of medicine in the United States. We draw on perspectives from medical sociology, science and technology studies, social epidemiology, social movement theory, and intersectional studies of race and gender to analyze social dimensions of medicine, health and illness.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: SOCI V3228
SOCI
3228
04204
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
TBA
J. Suh 70 / 70 [ More Info ]

SOCI V 3235x or y Social Movements: Collective Action

Social movements and the theories social scientists use to explain them, with emphasis on the American civil rights and women's movements. Topics include theories of participation, the personal and social consequences of social movements, the rationality of protest, the influence of ideology, organization, and the state on movement success, social movements, and the mass media.
Prerequisites: One introductory course in Sociology suggested. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI BC 3237y Sociology of Consumers and Markets

This course surveys the ways in which credit has been provided to consumers throughout the 20th century. Topics include loan sharking, credit cards, microcredit, and subprime mortgages. We will examine the link between personal indebtedness and economic growth as a key dimension of the current economic crisis.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI W 3243y China Today: Change, Inequalities, and Social Life

Comprehensive introduction to the major social issues in contemporary China. Not a survey in general Chinese history, but a discussion of important thematic issues, we will read and discuss with an emphasis on changes in the post-Mao era. Meant to be interdisciplinary, incorporating readings in anthropology, history, economics, political science, a number of important subjects will be discussed: state politics in pre-reform China since the 1949 revolution, shift to market reforms since 1978, rural China, and various population issues.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI W 3245x Religions in Chinese Society

The continuity and discontinuity of the religious ecology and culture throughout the Chinese history, from the Antiquity to the present: how religious changes and transformations were shaped by the state politics, socio-economic forces, and the penetration of foreign religions. Special focus on the religions in the Post-Mao China and how the religious ecology starts to depart from the paradigm crystallized in the past. A comparison with the religious development in contemporary Taiwanese society is used to illustrate the case. Photos and documentary films will provide a visual component.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI V 3247y The Immigrant Experience, Old and New

The immigrant experience in the United States. Topics include ideologies of the melting pot; social, cultural, and economic life of earlier immigrants; the distinctiveness of the African-American experience; recent surge of "new" immigrants (Asians, Latinos, West Indians); and changing American views of immigration.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI BC 3253x Sociology of Reproduction

This course explores reproduction as a form of social contral over women in global context. We review social, technological, political and economic aspects of fertility, pregnancy, birth and parenthood. We investigate how states regulate reproduction and how such policies are embodied and resisted according to class, race and nationality.
3 points

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Location
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Spring 2015 :: SOCI BC3253
SOCI
3253
07185
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
TBA
J. Suh 40 / 40 [ More Info ]

SOCI BC 3253y A Transnational Sociology of Reproduction

This course explores reproduction as a form of social control over women in global context. We review social, technological, political and economic aspects of fertility, pregnancy, birth and parenthood. We investigate how states regulate reproduction and how such policies are embodied and resisted according to class, race and nationality.
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: SOCI BC3253
SOCI
3253
07185
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
TBA
J. Suh 40 / 40 [ More Info ]

SOCI BC 3260y Sociology of Education

This course provides an introduction to how sociologists examine education and schooling. It covers a wide range of theories and concepts as well as more historically grounded studies. Key questions include education and social stratification; the reproduction of class, race, and gender; and politial domination and control.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI W 3264x The Changing American Family

Examines social forces contributing to changes in U.S. family formation including declines in marriage, increases in nonmarital childbearing, and women's labor force participation. Analyzes forces affecting growth of "non-traditional" families including lesbian/gay, multigenerational families. Particular attention given to urban, suburban, rural contexts of poverty.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: SOCI W3264
SOCI
3264
11334
001
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
TBA
A. Aidala 27 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 3265y Sociology of Work and Gender

This course examines gender as a flexible but persistent boundary that continues to organize our work lives and our home lives, as well as the relationship between the two spheres. We will explore the ways in which gender affects how work is structured; the relationship between work and home; the household as a place of paid (and unpaid) labor; and how changes in the global economy affect gender and work identities.
3 points

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Spring 2015 :: SOCI W3265
SOCI
3265
15233
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
TBA
T. Sharpe 68 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 3277x Post-Racial America?

What is race? Is the US a post-racial society? Is such a society desirable? Is a post-racial society necessarily a just and egalitarian one? We consider these questions from ethnographic, historical, and theoretical perspectives. Topics discussed include intersectionality, multiracial identity, colorism, genetics, and the race and/or class debate.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI W 3281x American Society

Debates about the distribution of income, policies towards the poor, policies towards immigration, and the proper balance between state, religion, and family for addressing important social problems are an endemic feature of American politics and have sharpened considerably in the increasingly polarized condition of American politics. This course addresses the character of inequality, religion, family, and immigration in contemporary America. We will frequently use a comparative perspective to better understand the nature of American distinctiveness within the broader industrialized world. Through such comparisons, the course will also clarify the potential role that social science evidence can play in policy debates around these issues.
3 points

SOCI V 3285x Israeli Society

The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with Israeli society. The first part of the course will set the historical, social, political, and demographic background which is essential for understanding current processes in Israel. The second part will focus on the main social conflicts and cleavages in contemporary Israel. Patterns of continuity and change in the past sixty years will be analyzed.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI W 3290x Environmental Sociology

This course is an introduction to the sociology of the environment and technology: a broad overview of the field and six key areas of study, including environmental attitudes, post-materialism, environmental movements, environmental justice, globalization, and resource dependency.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI W 3296y Paris: The Making of a Modern City

How did Paris become the "Capital of the 19th Century," the paradigmatic modern city? We shall look at some of the paths that Paris took to modernity, focusing on the 19th century city from the French Revolution to the Great War of 1914-1918. Readings include sociological and historical studies as well as the novels that dramatize the experience of a sociologuically imagined city.
3 points

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Autumn 2014 :: SOCI W3296
SOCI
3296
62333
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
520 MATHEMATICS BUILDING
P. Ferguson 19 / 50 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 3302y Sociology of Gender

Examination of factors in gender identity that are both universal (across time, culture, setting) and specific to a social context. Social construction of gender roles in different settings, including family, work, and politics. Attention to the role of social policies in reinforcing norms or facilitating change.
Prerequisites: One introductory course in Sociology suggested. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: SOCI W3302
SOCI
3302
03204
001
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
TBA
Instructor To Be Announced 19 / 70 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 3315x Sociology of Religion: Religion, Modernity, and the State

What is religion? How can religion be studied sociologically? How did religion's significance change as the world enters the modern age? What affects the different importance and position of religions in different societies? The course is designed to cultivate in students an understanding of the distinctively sociological approach to studying religion, and familiarize students with the important theoretical approaches, as well as major findings. problems, and issues in the field.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI V 3318x or y The Sociology of Sexuality

Social, cultural and organizational aspects of sex in the contemporary United States, stressing the plural in sexualities: sexual revolution and post-Victorian ideologies; the context of gender and inequality; social movements and sexual identity; the variety of sexual meanings and communities; the impact of AIDS.
Prerequisites: Introductory course in Sociology is suggested. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
3 points

SOCI W 3322x Sociology of Emotions

This course introduces students to the major sociological and anthropological theories of emotions as well as empirical studies that focus on emotions as a form of social and cultural knowledge. We shall discuss emotions such as fear, anger, hate, love, shame and loneliness, and explore the role that emotions play in constructing collective identities and form identifications.
3 points

SOCI V 3324x or y Poverty, Inequality, and Policy: A Sociological Perspective

Examination of poverty, the "underclass," and inequality in the United States. Part 1: The moral premises, social theories, and political interests shaping current debates about the poor. Part 2: A more concrete analysis of the lives of the poor and the causes of family breakdown, the drug economy, welfare, employment, and homelessness.
Prerequisites: Introductory course in Sociology is suggested.
4 points

SOCI W 3324x Global Urbanism
Using classical texts about cities (do they still work for us?) and on the diverse new literatures on cities and larger sujects with direct urban implications, we ill use a variety of data sets to get a detailed empirical information, and draw on two large ongoing research projects involving major and minor global cities around the world (a total of over 60 cities are covered in detail as of 2008).
3 points

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Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: SOCI W3324
SOCI
3324
17972
001
MW 6:10p - 7:25p
417 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
S. Sassen 275 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 3355x Topics in Religion and Politics

Exploring the major themes of religion and politics in the contemporary world: how did the major thinkers conceptualize the role of religion in society, the relationship between religion and politics, and state and church? How do different religions conceptualize and give life to these arrangements? After a mix of theoretical and historical readings, we study various substantive examples of the relationship between religion and politics, within differing contexts, different religions as well as different nation-states.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI W 3490x Mistake, Misconduct, Disaster

How Organizations Fail - the fundamental principles of organizations, examining how and why organizations fail, producing harmful outcomes. Studying failures opens up parts of organizations for public view that are seldom seen; studying the dark side is especially revealing. Students will examine cases to identify the causes of failures and think about what kind of strategies can be developed that prevent failure.
3 points

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Autumn 2014 :: SOCI W3490
SOCI
3490
11467
001
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
602 HAMILTON HALL
D. Vaughan 55 / 70 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 3660y Political Sociology

The course studies seminal interpretations of democratic politics from the perspectives of sociology, comparative politics and political theory. Theoretical analyses are discussed in the context of illustrative historical documents and accounts, and extended to contemporary concerns involving citizenship, culture, identity, representation and war.
Prerequisites: Contemporary Civilization or one course in sociology, or political science, or European or American history. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

SOCI W 3671y Media, Culture, & Society in the Age of the Internet

This course examines writings on "new media" and "social media." The focus will be on the ways that information technology has changed our social relations and experiences. We will examine different kinds of social collectivities, including "virtual communities," "crowd sourced" collaboratives and other kinds of social networks. Particular attention will be paid to the production and consumption of information and image, especially the making of cultural objects.
3 points

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Autumn 2014 :: SOCI W3671
SOCI
3671
26597
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
717 HAMILTON HALL
S. Venkatesh 27 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 3675y Organizing Innovation

This course examines major innovations in organizations and asks whether innovation itself can be organized. We study a range of forms of organizing (e.g., bureaucratic, post-bureaucratic, and open architecture network forms) in a broad variety of settings: from fast food franchises to the military-entertainment complex, from airline cockpits to Wall Street trading rooms, from engineering firms to mega-churches, from scientific management at the turn of the twentieth century to collaborative filtering and open source programming at the beginning of the twenty-first. Special attention will be paid to the relationship between organizational forms and new digital technologies.
3 points

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Autumn 2014 :: SOCI W3675
SOCI
3675
72176
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
209 HAVEMEYER HALL
D. Stark 68 / 75 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 3900y Societal Adaptations to Terrorism

Examines how countries have adjusted to the threat of terrorism. How the adaptation reflects the pattern of terrorist attacks, as well as structural and cultural features of the society. Adaptations by individuals, families, and organizational actors.
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing
4 points

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Autumn 2014 :: SOCI W3900
SOCI
3900
63341
001
W 4:10p - 6:00p
309 HAMILTON HALL
S. Spilerman 23 / 24 [ More Info ]

SOCI V 3901y The Sociology of Culture

Drawing examples from popular music, religion, politics, race, and gender, explores the interpretation, production, and reception of cultural texts and meanings. Topics include aesthetic distinction and taste communities, ideology, power, and resistance; the structure and functions of subcultures; popular culture and high culture; and ethnography and interpretation.
Prerequisites: SOCI BC1003 or equivalent social science course and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

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Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: SOCI V3901
SOCI
3901
01717
001
Tu 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
J. Rieder 48 [ More Info ]

SOCI V 3902y Institutional Analysis in Organizations

Introduction to an institutional perspective on organizations, moving between theoretical discussion of institutions and organizations and empirical research. Coverage of the rise of quantification; how comparative political cultures implement industrial policy; how institutional knowledge affects the environment; and how the Civil Rights movement contended with the American political environment.
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing; preference to majors.
4 points

SOCI BC 3903y Work and Culture

Sociological approaches to understanding work and culture. Theoretical underpinnings of workplace interactions, with attention to ethnographies of work across a range of organizations. Examines changes in work due to technological advances and globalization. Special emphasis on gender.
Prerequisites: Preference for Barnard Leadership Initiative participants, Juniors and Seniors. Permission of the instructor. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

SOCI BC 3907y Communities and Social Change

Examines how social transformations have altered the ways in which people go about creating, losing, and recreating community. The primary focus is on how changes in the economy, the state, immigration, racial dynamics, and class inequality inhibit and promote the maintenance of communities in contemporary American society.
Prerequisites: SOCI BC1003. Sophomore Standing. Enrollment limited to 20 students.
4 points

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Spring 2015 :: SOCI BC3907
SOCI
3907
01337
001
Tu 9:00a - 10:50a
TBA
Instructor To Be Announced 21 [ More Info ]

SOCI BC 3909y Ethnic Conflict and Unrest

Post-1965 immigration in the U.S. has prompted conflicts between new immigrant groups and established racial and ethnic groups. This seminar explores ethnic conflict and unrest that takes place in the streets, workplace, and everyday social life. Focus is on sociological theories that explain the tensions associated with the arrival of new immigrants.
Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing. SOCI BC1003 or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.
4 points

SOCI BC 3910y Research Seminar in Sociology

Substantial participation in an ongoing faculty-led Sociological research project. Movement between substantive discussion of theory and methodological study of a specific topic. Coverage of how to frame a research project, using qualitative and quantitative tools to carry out analysis, and how to write up research in conjunction with a substantive literature and topic. Spring 2010: Where do art prices come from?
Prerequisites: SOCI BC1003 or equivalent; permission of the instructor. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

SOCI BC 3911x The Social Contexts of U.S. Immigration Law and Policy

Examines the historical and contemporary social, economic, and political factors that shape immigration law and policy along with the social consequences of those laws and policies. Addresses the development and function of immigration law and aspects of the immigration debate including unauthorized immigration, anti-immigration sentiments, and critiques of immigration policy.
4 points

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Autumn 2014 :: SOCI BC3911
SOCI
3911
04445
001
Th 4:10p - 6:00p
214 MILBANK HALL
J. Salyer 21 [ More Info ]

SOCI BC 3912y Social Media

Sociological examination and critical assessment of effects of unprecedented levels of connectivity afforded by social media such as Twitter and Facebook. Seminar will be guided by a interest in how social relationships are being redefined as a result of these media and how they are managed, with particular attention to commercial uses of these technologies, especially new ways in which businesses are reaching potential audiences, new roles for consumers in evaluating products and shaping trends, and changes in contemporary business models of both large corporations and smaller firms.
4 points

SOCI BC 3913y Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in U.S. Law and Society

This class will examine the historical roots and ongoing persistence of social, economic, and political inequality and the continuing role that it plays in U.S. society by examining how such issues have been addressed both in social science and in law.
4 points

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Spring 2015 :: SOCI BC3913
SOCI
3913
05930
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
J. Salyer 56 [ More Info ]

SOCI BC 3914x Ethnic Diversity and the Welfare State

Examines the relationship between ethnic diversity and the social provision of welfare in historical and cross-national perspective. Topics include the effects of longstanding diversity on the establishment of modern welfare states; the relationship between formal state policies of multiculturalism and welfare provision; the challenges contemporary immigration poses to existing welfare states; and debates about diversity, social solidarity, and social capital. Special emphasis on diversity-related explanations for the United States' exceptionally weak social safety net. - C. Kesler
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

SOCI BC 3915y The 2012 Election and Beyond

A research seminar that explores the underlying social forces shaping the 2012 U.S. presidential election: political polarization and the nature of "the center"; culture wars and moral conflict; race and the postracial idea; changing political regimes; ideological division; impact of economics, immigration and inequality. - J. Rieder
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
4 points

SOCI W 3915x Stigma and Discrimination

This course considers stigma and discrimination as general processes that apply to a broad range of phenomena, from mental illness to obesity to HIV/AIDS to racial groups. We will use a conceptual framework that considers power and social stratification to be central to stigma and discrimination. We will focus on both macro- and micro-level social processes and their interconnections, and we will draw on literature from both sociology and psychology.
4 points

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Spring 2015 :: SOCI W3915
SOCI
3915
77098
001
Tu 4:10p - 6:00p
TBA
B. Link 20 / 20 [ More Info ]

SOCI BC 3916y From Rhythm and Blues to Soul and Rock: The Sociology of Crossover Culture

The rise of crossover culture: racially segregated markets and genres; organizational environments and the rise of independent labels; the creative process and black-white conflict and connection; the emergence of rock as a "white" genre; civil rights, Black Power, and the politics of soul; cultural borrowing and the postracial ethos.
4 points

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Autumn 2014 :: SOCI BC3916
SOCI
3916
06747
001
Tu 2:10p - 4:00p
214 MILBANK HALL
J. Rieder 15 [ More Info ]

SOCI BC 3917y Family and Child Welfare Policies in Latin America

Explores narratives of family, childhood and citizenship constructed in Latin American Welfare Regimes. Considers how Children's Welfare and Children's Rights are a cornerstone in the historical building and present reform of social policy and social protection in Latin America. Interdisciplinary focus ranges across anthropology, sociology, history and cultural studies.
4 points

SOCI BC 3919x Transitions to Adulthood

Adolescence and early adulthood is a critical period in our lives. This research-intensive seminar explores how adolescent transitions are studied, how they compare across different national contexts, and how individual, family, and community factors affect the type and timing of different transitions.
Prerequisites: SOCI W 1000 and SOCI W3010 or permission of instructor. Meets senior requirement.
3 points

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Autumn 2014 :: SOCI BC3919
SOCI
3919
04882
001
Th 2:10p - 4:00p
201 LEHMAN HALL
S. Honig 15 [ More Info ]

SOCI BC 3920x or y Advanced Topics in Gender and Sexuality

This research and writing-intensive seminar is designed for senior majors with a background and interest in the sociology of gender and sexuality. The goal of the seminar is to facilitate completion of the senior requirement (a 25-30 page paper) based on "hands on" research with original qualitative data. Since the seminar will be restricted to students with prior academic training in the subfield, students will be able to receive intensive research training and guidance through every step of the research process, from choosing a research question to conducting original ethnographic and interview-based research, to analyzing and interpreting one's findings. The final goal of the course will be the production of an original paper of standard journal-article length. Students who choose to pursue their projects over the course of a second semester will have the option of revisiting their articles further for submission and publications.
4 points

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Autumn 2014 :: SOCI BC3920
SOCI
3920
03537
001
Tu 11:00a - 12:50p
214 MILBANK HALL
J. Suh 13 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 3923y Adolescent Society

Explores the social and cultural construction of adolescence in contemporary American society. Adolescence is an important life-stage where experiences and decision-making have both individual and group consequences. Major themes will include: cultural and legal socialization of youth, crime and deviance, health and sexuality, employment and educational outcomes, and political behavior/civic engagement.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

SOCI BC 3925x or y Advanced Topics in Law & Society

Law creates order. And yet, outlaws or lawbreakers are everywhere. Students will learn to ask and answer questions about living law, understanding that it involves law-followers and law-breakers. Students will read and discuss sociological investigations of the law and perform their own research into a significant question about law-in-action.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

SOCI BC 3930x Advanced Topics: Race and Ethnicity

Discusses theories of race and ethnicity, distinctions between prejudice, discrimination, and racism, and the intersectionality paradigm. Under instructor's guidance students design a research proposal, conduct their own fieldwork and write a research paper on a sociological question relating to race and/or ethnicity. - M. Moore
4 points

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Spring 2015 :: SOCI BC3930
SOCI
3930
01114
001
M 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
Instructor To Be Announced 11 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 3930x Immigration and Ethnicity in Israel

This seminar will focus on migration patterns to and from Israel and their effect on the ethnic composition and cleavages in Israeli society. We will discuss Jewish immigration and emigration in the pre-state period, Arab forced migration in 1948, Jewish immigration to Israel until the 1967 war, and migration patterns from the late 1960s until the present. In addition, we will discuss Jewish emigration from Israel, which is viewed as a major social problem. The focus will be on the number of emigrants, their composition, the causes for emigration, return migration, and on the question of the brain drain from contemporary Israel.
4 points

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Autumn 2014 :: SOCI W3930
SOCI
3930
29729
001
M 10:10a - 12:00p
201D PHILOSOPHY HALL
Y. Cohen 6 / 20 [ More Info ]

SOCI BC 3931y Seminar for Internships in Social Justice and Human Rights

This class is intended to complement and enhance the internship experience for students working in internships that relate to social justice and human rights during the Spring 2015 semester. This course will meet bi-weekly to provide an academic framing of the issues that students are working on and to provide an opportunity for students to analyze their internship experience.
Corequisites: Students must have an internship related to social justice or human rights during
3 points

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Spring 2015 :: SOCI BC3931
SOCI
3931
05209
001
M 4:10p - 6:00p
TBA
J. Salyer 13 [ More Info ]

SOCI BC 3932x Climate Change, Global Migration, and Human Rights in the Anthropocene

While the existence of processes of anthropogenic climate change is well established, predictions regarding the future consequences of these processes are far less certain. In no area is the uncertainty regarding near and long term effects as pronounced as in the question of how climate change will affect global migration. This course will address the issue of climate migration in four ways. First, the course will examine the theoretical and empirical literatures that have elucidated the nature of international migration in general. Second, the course will consider the phenomena of anthropogenic climate change as it relates to migration. Third, the course will consider how human rights and other legal regimes do or do not address the humanitarian issues created by anthropogenic climate change. Fourth, the course will synthesize these topics by considering how migration and climate change has arisen as a humanitarian, political, and economic issue in the Pacific. Human Rights elective.
3 points

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Autumn 2014 :: SOCI BC3932
SOCI
3932
02883
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
LL105 Diana Center
J. Salyer 10 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 3932x Sociology of the Arts

We sketch general keys to socio-cultural construction --sorts of identities and their stories in networks of relations amidst swirling searches for footing and control -- from which emerge realms and languages of all sorts, including arts. The main text - Careers and Creativity: Social Forces in the Arts provides tools and examples.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

SOCI W 3933y Art and Social Movements

The interaction of culture and politics: the relations between artistic and social movements, political engagement among artists, the dynamics of the public sphere and civic participation, and the communicative potential of artists and their work within social movements. The use of art as propaganda, counter-cultural expression as resistance, art as a utopian model, and art as a path to participation and collaboration.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

SOCI W 3934x Religions in Chinese Society

The continuity and discontinuity of the religious ecology and culture throughout the Chinese history, from the Antiquity to the present: how religious changes and transformations were shaped by the state politics, socio-economic forces, and the penetration of foreign religions. Special focus on the religions in the Post-Mao China and how the relgious ecology starts to depart from the paradigm crystallized in the past. A comparison with the religious development in contemporary Taiwanese society is used to illustrate the case. Photos and documentary films will provide a visual component.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

SOCI W 3936x Sociology and the Public

Explores how sociologists address pressing public concerns. With a focus on contemporary American issues, we will discuss: (1) how particular problems are identified; (2) what resolutions are put forth, who is likely to achieve them, and how; (3) what the audience is (and should be) for such work.
Prerequisites: V1000 recommended (not required) Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

SOCI W 3940 History-Sociology Colloquium

For students who are interested in combining sociological theory and methods with historical analysis in their projects. Students writing historical theses in sociology, political science, and anthropology would benefit from thinking about the combination of social scientific analysis with historical settings. Combining readings that are theoretical, methodological as well as excellent examples of essays and books that have succeeded at bridging the gap between disciplines. Class presentations and discussions of student work.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

SOCI W 3945x Seminar: Inequality and Public Policy

Economic inequality in the United States; the roles of labor market processes and inheritance with respect to wealth assimilation; assets and the poor; public policies in regard to income redistribution; taxation of income, wealth, and bequests; issues in poverty policy.
4 points

SOCI W 3950y Ethnographic Imagination: Mapping the Social

Guided by questions such as "ethnography for what purpose?, to what ends?, in what context?, with what tools?", this course will explore the territory(ies) of ethnography in contemporary sociological research by pairing different kinds and modes of ethnographical research, both within the social sciences (sociology/anthropology/history) and outside (fiction/journalism).
4 points

SOCI W 3955x Real and Imagined Communities: Sociology in/and/of the Novel

Given that both the novel and sociology of products of and responses to modern society, this seminar will explore interconnections between the two. We shall read sociological texts and novels against each other to ascertain where and how each connects to the other and where they part.
4 points

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Spring 2015 :: SOCI W3955
SOCI
3955
62175
001
Tu 10:10a - 12:00p
TBA
P. Ferguson 17 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 3958y Fact and Fiction

"Correct" findings are often mistranslated into "facts" prematurely and lead to misguided social policy. This course asks how do we become better readers, how do we become better critical analysts, and how do we evaluate evidence that has direct bearing on how we lead our lives?
4 points

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Spring 2015 :: SOCI W3958
SOCI
3958
61993
001
M 11:00a - 12:50p
TBA
J. Cole 22 / 22 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 3960y Law, Science, and Society

Addresses basic contemporary social issues from several angles of vision: from the perspective of scientists, social scientists, legal scholars, and judges. Through the use of case studies, students will examine the nature of theories, evidence, "facts," proof, and argument as found in the work of scientists and scholars who have engaged the substantive issues presented in the course.
4 points

SOCI W 3963x-W3964y Tracking the Carceral Continuum

Focusing on the plight of urban adolescents who confront daily the paradoxes of: neighborhoods that can either nurture or arrest healthy development; school systems that can either educate or criminalize them; police departments that can either protect or harass them; and a justice system that can rehabilitate them or further damage them. Students will directly engage with issues affecting New York City youth-particularly those who are underserved by their schools, lack resources in their communities, and are at great risk of interacting with the juvenile justice system. Discussion Section Required.
Prerequisites: Instructor Permission REQUIRED
2 points

SOCI W 3965y Elites in America: Topics in American Studies

Wealth, not poverty, is the engine of inequality. Theoretically, almost all explanations of inequality are relational. Poverty cannot be understood as a thing in-and-of itself. Instead, it must be understood in relation to both wealth and overall social organization. Yet scholars have dedicated almost all their time to the disadvantage side of inequality and spent little time on understanding the "other side" of the relations of inequality: advantages. This class is dedicated to that other side.
4 points

SOCI W 3975xy American Education

Over the course of the semester, we will cover a set of topics that address the performance of American schools and of students in these schools. We will explore the sources of inequality in school performance by class, race, and gender, the impact of schools on learning, and the ways that schools both succeed and fail to fulfill the mission that Americans want from them.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

SOCI W 3980x Immigrant New York: The Changing American City

How has immigration transformed New York City? What are the major ethnic groups in the city? How are immigrants and their U.S.-born children incorporated into the city's schools, workplaces and neighborhoods? How will their integration reshape patterns of ethnic and racial inequality in the city? This course will focus on New York City as a case study to highlight how immigration has transformed the city's demographic, political, socioeconomic and spatial landscape.
4 points

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Location
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Autumn 2014 :: SOCI W3980
SOCI
3980
72197
001
W 10:10a - 12:00p
309 HAMILTON HALL
V. Tran 18 / 20 [ More Info ]

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