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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 concepts.
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: SOCI W1000
SOCI
1000
19461
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
417 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
S. Khan 202 / 400 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2016 :: SOCI W1000
SOCI
1000
61513
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
501 SCHERMERHORN HALL
G. Eyal 151 / 150 [ More Info ]

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)..
3 points

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)..
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: SOCI W2400
SOCI
2400
04204
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
324 MILBANK HALL
C. Kesler 33 [ More Info ]

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 instrumental action.
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..
3 points

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: SOCI W3000
SOCI
3000
07492
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
328 MILBANK HALL
D. Becher 45 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2016 :: SOCI W3000
SOCI
3000
05710
001
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
TBA
D. Becher 83 / 86 [ More Info ]

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)..
4 points

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: SOCI W3010
SOCI
3010
63922
001
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
209 HAVEMEYER HALL
J. Boersema 73 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2016 :: SOCI W3010
SOCI
3010
06191
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
TBA
C. Kesler 38 [ More Info ]

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.
4 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: SOCI BC3088
SOCI
3088
05961
001
TBA D. Becher 1 [ More Info ]
SOCI
3088
05012
002
TBA E. Bernstein 3 [ More Info ]
SOCI
3088
09398
003
TBA D. Minkoff 0 [ More Info ]
SOCI
3088
05155
004
TBA C. Kesler 1 [ More Info ]
SOCI
3088
03319
005
TBA M. Moore 3 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2016 :: SOCI BC3087
SOCI
3087
07768
001
TBA D. Becher 2 [ 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 M. Moore 1 [ More Info ]
SOCI
3087
04740
006
TBA J. Rieder 1 [ More Info ]

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)..
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: SOCI BC3207
SOCI
3207
04882
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
J. Rieder 59 / 100 [ More Info ]

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.
3 points

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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: SOCI BC3214
SOCI
3214
03603
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
202 MILBANK HALL
M. Moore 35 [ More Info ]

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)..
3 points

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: SOCI V3217
SOCI
3217
08471
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
D. Becher 59 / 100 [ More Info ]

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 mass media.
Prerequisites: One introductory course in Sociology suggested. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)..
3 points

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: SOCI V3235
SOCI
3235
01592
001
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
TBA
Instructor To Be Announced 38 [ More Info ]

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.
3 points

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 change.
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)..
3 points

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)..
3 points

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 technologies.
4 points

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: SOCI W3675
SOCI
3675
63498
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
D. Stark 75 / 75 [ More Info ]

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
4 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: SOCI W3900
SOCI
3900
19286
001
Tu 4:10p - 6:00p
509 KNOX HALL
S. Spilerman 28 / 28 [ More Info ]

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)..
4 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: SOCI V3901
SOCI
3901
03482
001
Tu 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
J. Rieder 28 [ More Info ]

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
4 points

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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: SOCI BC3907
SOCI
3907
02666
001
Th 10:10a - 12:00p
227 MILBANK HALL
J. Boersema 17 [ More Info ]

SOCI BC 3911 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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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: SOCI BC3911
SOCI
3911
04445
001
M 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
J. Salyer 21 [ More Info ]

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.
4 points

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: SOCI BC3913
SOCI
3913
05930
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
502 Diana Center
J. Salyer 17 [ More Info ]

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 transitions.
Prerequisites: SOCI W 1000 and SOCI W3010 or permission of instructor. Meets senior requirement.
3 points

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.
4 points

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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: SOCI BC3920
SOCI
3920
03537
001
Th 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
E. Bernstein 6 [ More Info ]

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.
4 points

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
4 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: SOCI BC3930
SOCI
3930
01114
001
M 2:10p - 4:00p
306 MILBANK HALL
M. Moore 3 [ More Info ]

SOCI BC 3931 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 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 experience.
Corequisites: Students must have an internship related to social justice or human rights during
3 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: SOCI BC3931
SOCI
3931
05209
001
M 12:10p - 2:00p
306 MILBANK HALL
J. Salyer 5 [ More Info ]

SOCI BC 3932 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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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: SOCI BC3932
SOCI
3932
02883
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
J. Salyer 22 [ More Info ]

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
4 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: SOCI BC3933
SOCI
3933
07205
001
W 4:10p - 6:00p
406 BARNARD HALL
E. Bernstein 19 [ More Info ]

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
4 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: SOCI BC3934
SOCI
3934
02609
001
Tu 12:10p - 2:00p
306 MILBANK HALL
H. Hurwitz 8 [ More Info ]

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
4 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: SOCI BC3935
SOCI
3935
04631
001
Th 12:10p - 2:00p
214 MILBANK HALL
H. Hurwitz 11 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2016 :: SOCI BC3935
SOCI
3935
04673
001
W 4:10p - 6:00p
TBA
H. Hurwitz 23 [ More Info ]

SOCI W 3980 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.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: SOCI W3980
SOCI
3980
23386
001
M 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
V. Tran 28 / 20 [ More Info ]

Cross-Listed Courses

Urban Studies

V3308 Introduction to Urban Ethnographies

V3420 Introduction to Urban Sociology

V3830 Eminent Domain and Neighborhood Change