Sociology (2016 - 2018)
Courses are open to all interested students, and have no prerequisites unless otherwise specified.
Introduction to Sociological Analysis
Introduction to Sociology
SOC-UA 1 Offered every semester. Arum, Conley, Manza, Molotch. 4 points.
Survey of the field: its basic concepts, theories, and research orientation. Provides the student with insights into the social factors in human life. Topics include social interaction, socialization, culture, social structure, stratification, political power, deviance, social institutions, and social change.
Introduction to Sociology: Honors
SOC-UA 2 Offered every two years. 4 points.
Sociological vs. common-sense understandings of the world. Exposes students to the intellectual strategies at the center of modern sociology, as well as the discipline's historical development. Addresses the human condition: where we came from, where we are, where we are headed, and why. Same topics as SOC-UA 1, but more intensive.
Great Books in Sociology
SOC-UA 3 Offered every three years. Corradi. 4 points.
Critical explanation and analysis of the principles and main themes of sociology as they appear in classic texts. Topics: social bases of knowledge, development of urban societies, social structure and movements, group conflict, bureaucratic organization, nature of authority, social roots of human nature, suicide, power and politics, and race, class, and gender.
Methods of Inquiry
SOC-UA 301 Offered every semester. Arum, Conley, Cowan, Gerson, Haney, Jackson, Maisel, Morning. 4 points.
Studies relationship between the sociological question addressed and the method employed. Topics: survey design and analysis, unobtrusive measures, historical sociology, interviews, content analysis, and participant observation. Introduction to quantitative data processing.
Statistics for Social Research
SOC-UA 302 Satisfies College Core Curriculum requirement in Quantitative Reasoning. Only one of these courses—ECON-UA 18, MATH-UA 12, PSYCH-UA 10, and SOC-UA 302—can be taken for credit. Offered every semester. Lee, Maisel. 4 points.
Introduces students in the social sciences (sociology, anthropology, political science, and metropolitan studies) to the logic and methods of descriptive and inferential statistics. Deals with univariate and bivariate statistics and introduces multivariate methods. Problems of causal inference. Computer analysis.
SOC-UA 111 Prerequisite: one previous course in sociology, junior standing, or permission of the instructor. Offered every semester. Abend, Corradi, Lukes. 4 points.
Detailed analysis of the writings of major social theorists since the 19th century in both Europe and America: Tocqueville, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Freud, Mead, Parsons, Merton, Goffman, Habermas, Giddens, Alexander, and Bourdieu.
Law, Deviance, and Criminology
Law and Society
SOC-UA 413 Identical to LWSOC-UA 1. Offered every year. Dixon, Greenberg. 4 points.
Sociological perspectives on law and legal institutions: the meaning and complexity of legal issues; the relation between law and social change; the effects of law; uses of law to overcome social disadvantage. Topics: "limits of law," legal disputes and the courts, regulation, comparative legal systems, legal education, organization of legal work, and lawyers' careers.
Deviance and Social Control
SOC-UA 502 Identical to LWSOC-UA 502. Offered every year. Dixon, Greenberg, Horowitz. 4 points.
How statuses and behaviors come to be considered deviant or normal; theories of causation, deviant cultures, communities, and careers. Functioning of social control agencies. The politics of deviance. Consideration of policy implications.
SOC-UA 503 Identical to LWSOC-UA 503. Offered every year. Dixon, Garland, Greenberg. 4 points.
The making of criminal laws and their enforcement by police, courts, prisons, probation and parole, and other agencies. Criminal behavior systems, theories of crime and delinquency causation, victimization, corporate and governmental crime, and crime in the mass media. Policy questions.
Sex, Gender, and the Family
Sex and Gender
SOC-UA 21 Identical to SCA-UA 704. Offered every year. Gerson, Haney, Jackson. 4 points.
What forms does gender inequality take, and how can it best be explained? How and why are the relations between women and men changing? What are the most important social, political, and economic consequences of this "gender revolution"? Examines a range of theories about gender in light of empirical findings about women's and men's behavior.
Sex and Love in Modern Society
SOC-UA 23 Offered every three years. England. 4 points.
Topics: dating and romantic relationships; relational and casual sex; contraception and unintended pregnancy; heterosexual, gay, lesbian, and bisexual sexualities; cultural attitudes toward sexuality; and changing meanings of marriage. Students engage with research on the topic and learn how social scientists draw conclusions from data analysis.
SOC-UA 451 Identical to SCA-UA 724. Offered every year. Gerson, Wu. 4 points.
Topics: What is the relationship between family life and social arrangements outside the family (in the workplace, the economy, the government)? How is the division of labor in the family related to gender, age, class, and ethnic inequality? Why and how have families changed historically? What are the contours of contemporary American families, and why are they changing?
Sexual Diversity in Society
SOC-UA 511 Identical to SCA-UA 725. Offered every year. Greenberg. 4 points.
Explores the social nature of sexual expression and how one arrives at erotic object choice and identity. Past and contemporary explanations for sexual variation. Heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, transvestism, transgenderism, incest, sadomasochism, rape, prostitution, and pornography. Origin of sexual norms and prejudices. Lifestyles in the social worlds of sexual minorities. Problems of sexual minorities in such institutions as religion, marriage, polity, economy, military, prison, and law.
Inequality and Power in Modern Societies
Race and Ethnicity
SOC-UA 135 Identical to SCA-UA 803. Offered every year. Morning, Royster, Sharkey. 4 points.
The social meaning of the concept "race." Theories on sources of prejudice and discrimination. Considers the changing place of minority groups in the stratification structure, cultural patterns of various minority groups, acculturation and assimilation, social consequences of prejudice, and theories and techniques relating to the decline of prejudice and discrimination.
Blacks in American Society
SOC-UA 136 Offered every two years. Royster. 4 points.
Topics include: why economic and political progress for African Americans seems to coincide with certain historical events (such as war); how African Americans found a way to resist over 300 years of racial oppression to demand rights collectively; and how early patterns of economic, social, and political inequality contribute to contemporary patterns of inequality in wealth and access to power and privilege.
Wealth, Power, Status: Inequality in Society
SOC-UA 137 Prerequisite: Introduction to Sociology (SOC-UA 1) recommended but not required. Offered every two years. Chibber, Jackson, Manza, Torche. 4 points.
Topics include: concepts, theories, and measures of inequality; race, gender, and other caste systems; social mobility and social change; institutional supports for stratification, including family, schooling, and work; political power and the role of elites; and comparative patterns of inequality, including capitalist, socialist, and postsocialist societies.
The American Ghetto
SOC-UA 139 Offered every two years. Sharkey. 4 points.
Psychological, social, ecological, and political/ economic approaches to: evolving forms of urban inequality; the contested meaning of localism; production and consumption of urban culture; immigration; segregation and ghettoization; suburbanization, fragmentation, and sprawl; environmental injustice; insecurity related to disasters and perceived health crises; and unchecked metropolitan growth.
Social Movements, Protest, and Conflict
SOC-UA 205 Offered every two years. Goodwin. 4 points.
Analyzes reformist, revolutionary, and nationalistic struggles, their typical patterns and cycles, and the role of leaders as well as symbols, slogans, and ideologies. Recent social movements: civil rights, feminism, ecology, the antinuclear movement, and the New Right. Examines reformist versus radical tendencies.
American Capitalism in Theory and Practice
SOC-UA 386 Offered every two years. Chibber. 4 points.
How capitalist democracy affects the distribution of goods, rights, and powers. Asks whether capitalist markets are efficient and whether market outcomes serve the ends of democracy and justice. Explores how efficiency can conflict with justice and how just institutions can in turn have a beneficial impact on efficiency.
Capitalism and Democracy
SOC-UA 388 Offered every two years. Chibber. 4 points.
Is there a deep mutuality between capitalism and liberal democracy, or are market institutions and their effects corrosive to the culture and the practice of democratic politics? We assess arguments on both sides and examine both the historical record of the capitalism-democracy relationship and its current dynamics.
Politics, Power, and Society
SOC-UA 471 Offered every two years. Ertman, Goodwin. 4 points.
Topics include the iron law of oligarchy, theoretical and empirical considerations of democracy, totalitarianism, mass society theories, voting and political participation, the political and social dynamics of advanced and developing societies, and the political role of intellectuals.
The Sociology of Conflict and War
SOC-UA 472 No prerequisites; some background in history, politics, sociology, or literature is highly recommended. Not intended for freshmen. Offered every other year. Corradi. 4 points.
The organized violence of warfare is a central experience of humanity. In its 238 years of existence, the U.S. has spent 217 at war and only 21 in peace. How, when, and why do societies fight? Emphasis on research, with guest speakers and a variety of source material.
Education, Art, Religion, Culture, and Science
Sociology of Medicine
SOC-UA 414 Offered every two years. Cowan, Jennings. 4 points.
Why do health and illness vary by class and race? Do early life experiences affect one's chances of being ill as an adult? How large a role does health care play in influencing health disparities? How has the profession of medicine changed over time? How can we improve the quality of health care that hospitals provide? Utilizes a case-based approach.
Education and Society
SOC-UA 415 Prerequisite: Introduction to Sociology (SOC-UA 1) recommended but not required. Offered every two years. Arum. 4 points.
Considers such educational ideas as IQ, merit, curriculum, tracking, and learning, as well as the bureaucratic organization of education. Analyzes the role of teachers, their expectations, and how they interact with students (particularly those of different social genders, classes, and ethnic groups).
Sociology of Music, Art, and Literature
SOC-UA 433 Offered every two years. Corradi, Ertman. 4 points.
Production, distribution, and consumption of music, art, and literature in their social contexts.
Urban Communities, Population, and Ecology
SOC-UA 452 Offered every two years. Jasso. 4 points.
After a brief historical study of immigration trends, focuses on the causes and processes of contemporary international migration; the economic incorporation of new immigrants into the U.S. economy; the participation and impact of immigrants on the political process; the formulation and practice of immigration law; and the construction of new racial, ethnic, class, gender, and sexual identities.
Cities, Communities, and Urban Life
SOC-UA 460 Identical to SCA-UA 760. Offered every year. Horowitz, Klinenberg, Molotch, Sharkey. 4 points.
Historical development of American cities and ongoing processes of urban community life. Are cities sites of individual opportunity and rich communal life, or sources of individual pathology and community decline? What social, economic, and political factors promote one outcome or the other? How do different groups fare in the urban context, and why?
Comparative Modern Societies
SOC-UA 133 Offered every two years. Chibber, Corradi, Ertman, Haney. 4 points.
Theory and methodology. Examines several modern societies with different cultural backgrounds and attempts to synthesize sociologically the nature of modernity and its implications for the individual, his or her society, and the world.
SOC-UA 141 Offered every two years. Corradi, Hout. 4 points.
Covers both substance and methods; students' projects apply what they have learned to public data on social change. Themes include the search for evidence, integrating theory and evidence, and using social science tools to analyze change.
Social Policy and Social Problems
Social Policy in Modern Societies
SOC-UA 313 Offered every two years. Haney. 4 points.
Controversies and research concerning the development of welfare states and public social provision. Special attention to the U.S. public social spending system in historical and comparative perspective. Developments in social policies and an assessment of their applicability to the American welfare state and those of other societies.
The Department of Sociology offers advanced seminars each semester. Recent seminar topics have included American families in transition; gender, politics, and law; the welfare state; the sociology of childhood; human nature and social institutions; and explaining September 11th. Please consult the department for a current listing.
Advanced Seminar in Sociology
SOC-UA 934 to SOC-UA 949 Prerequisites: junior standing and three courses in sociology, including Introduction to Sociology (SOC-UA 1), or written permission of the instructor. 4 points.
Topics vary. Please consult the department for current content.
Senior Honors Research Seminar
SOC-UA 950, 951 Required for all honors students. Offered in fall and spring respectively. 4 points per term.
Assists students in researching, designing, and completing senior thesis projects.
Topics in Sociology
SOC-UA 970, 971 Offered every year. 4 points per term.
Topics vary. Please consult the department for current content.
SOC-UA 997, 998 Prerequisite: permission of the department. 2 or 4 points per term.
Intensive research under the supervision of a department faculty member. Students participating in an internship may petition the Department of Sociology to receive independent study credit; please refer to the petition guidelines on the "independent study/internship information" page at the department's website.
Graduate Courses Open to Undergraduates
Under special circumstances, courses offered in the sociology graduate program are open to qualified sociology majors with the permission of the instructor.