Courses for Sociology
Courses of Instruction
SOCI W 1000 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
SOCI V 2208 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). BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II)..
SOCI W 2400 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 I)..
SOCI W 3000 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
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
SOCI W 3010 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 I)..
SOCI BC 3087-BC3088 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.
SOCI BC 3207 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, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, rock'n'roll, soul music, Hip Hop and
contemporary popular music. - J. Rieder
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II)..
SOCI BC 3214 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 and some discussion.
SOCI V 3217 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 I)..
SOCI V 3235 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
Prerequisites: One introductory course in Sociology suggested. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)..
SOCI V 3285 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.
SOCI W 3302 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
Prerequisites: One introductory course in Sociology suggested. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II)..
SOCI W 3324 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).
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II)..
SOCI W 3675 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
SOCI W 3900 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
SOCI V 3901 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)..
SOCI BC 3907 Communities and Social Change
Examines how changes in the economy, racial composition, and class relations
affect community life-how it is created, changed and sometimes lost-with a
specific focus on the local urban context. Student research projects will
address how contemporary forces such as neoliberalization, gentrification and
tourism impact a community's social fabric. - J. Boersema
SOCI BC 3911 The Social Contexts of U.S. Immigration Law and
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
SOCI BC 3913 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.
SOCI BC 3919 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
Prerequisites: SOCI W 1000 and SOCI W3010 or permission of instructor. Meets senior requirement.
SOCI BC 3920 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.
SOCI BC 3925 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.
SOCI BC 3930 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
SOCI BC 3931 Seminar for Internships in Social Justice and Human
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 2016 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
Corequisites: Students must have an internship related to social justice or human rights during
SOCI BC 3932 Climate Change, Global Migration, and Human Rights in
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.
SOCI BC 3933 Sociology of the Body
This seminar examines the ways in which the body is discursively constituted,
and itself serves as the substratum for social life. Key questions include:
How are distinctions made between "normal" and "pathological" bodies, and
between the "psychic" and "somatic" realms? How do historical forces shape
bodily experience? How do bodies that are racialized, gendered, and classed
offer resistance to social categorization? - E. Bernstein
SOCI BC 3934 Global Activism
This seminar explores social movements and political protest on the global
stage. We will bring together the literatures on social movements and the
sociology of globalization and transnationalism to explore the emergence,
development, dynamics and consequences of global activism. - H. Hurwitz
SOCI BC 3935 Gender and Organizations
This course examines the sociological features of organizations through a
gender lens. We will analyze how gender, race, class, and sexuality matter
for individuals and groups within a variety of organizational contexts. The
course is grounded in the sociological literatures on gender and
organizations. - H. Hurwitz
SOCI W 3980 Immigrant New York: The Changing American
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.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..