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SOCI W 1000x or y 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 2015 :: SOCI W1000
SOCI
1000
21783
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
417 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
S. Khan 179 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2015 :: SOCI W1000
SOCI
1000
71128
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
501 SCHERMERHORN HALL
G. Eyal 150 / 150 [ 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). BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II)..
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2015 :: SOCI V2208
SOCI
2208
05710
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
V. Corona 52 [ More Info ]

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 I)..
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 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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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: SOCI W3000
SOCI
3000
07492
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
LL103 Diana Center
J. Boersema 48 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2015 :: SOCI W3000
SOCI
3000
72524
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
702 HAMILTON HALL
T. Sharpe 69 / 86 [ 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 I)..
4 points

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: SOCI W3010
SOCI
3010
68575
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
413 KENT HALL
V. Tran 59 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2015 :: SOCI W3010
SOCI
3010
06191
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
TBA
C. Kesler 39 [ 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
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 ]
Autumn 2015 :: 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 2 [ More Info ]
SOCI
3087
02034
005
TBA M. Moore 1 [ More Info ]
SOCI
3087
04740
006
TBA J. Rieder 1 [ More Info ]

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 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
Spring 2015 :: SOCI BC3207
SOCI
3207
01764
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
504 Diana Center
J. Rieder 63 / 70 [ More Info ]

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 and some discussion.
3 points

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: SOCI BC3214
SOCI
3214
03603
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
202 MILBANK HALL
M. Moore 20 [ More Info ]

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 I)..
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2015 :: SOCI V3217
SOCI
3217
08471
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
TBA
D. Becher 100 [ 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 I)..
3 points

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Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2015 :: SOCI V3235
SOCI
3235
01592
001
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
TBA
Instructor To Be Announced 40 [ More Info ]

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.
3 points

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 I).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II)..
3 points

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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: SOCI W3302
SOCI
3302
03204
001
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
504 Diana Center
K. Bender-Baird 15 / 70 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2015 :: SOCI W3302
SOCI
3302
05571
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
M. Moore 55 [ More Info ]

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).
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II)..
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2015 :: SOCI W3324
SOCI
3324
12916
001
MW 6:10p - 7:25p
417 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
S. Sassen 400 / 400 [ 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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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2015 :: SOCI W3675
SOCI
3675
70739
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
717 HAMILTON HALL
D. Stark 75 / 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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Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2015 :: SOCI W3900
SOCI
3900
23962
001
W 4:10p - 6:00p
TBA
S. Spilerman 28 / 28 [ 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)..
4 points

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Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: SOCI V3901
SOCI
3901
01717
001
Tu 2:10p - 4:00p
214 MILBANK HALL
J. Rieder 17 [ More Info ]

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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Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2015 :: SOCI BC3911
SOCI
3911
04445
001
M 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
J. Salyer 18 [ More Info ]

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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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: SOCI BC3913
SOCI
3913
05930
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
502 Diana Center
J. Salyer 30 [ More Info ]

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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Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2015 :: SOCI BC3919
SOCI
3919
04882
001
Tu 11:00a - 12:50p
TBA
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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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2015 :: SOCI BC3920
SOCI
3920
03537
001
Th 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
E. Bernstein 5 [ More Info ]

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.
4 points

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Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2015 :: SOCI BC3925
SOCI
3925
04673
001
Th 4:10p - 6:00p
TBA
D. Becher 16 [ More Info ]

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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Call Number/
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: SOCI BC3930
SOCI
3930
01114
001
M 2:10p - 4:00p
306 MILBANK HALL
M. Moore 6 [ 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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Call Number/
Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: SOCI BC3931
SOCI
3931
05209
001
M 4:10p - 6:00p
306 MILBANK HALL
J. Salyer 4 [ 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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Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2015 :: SOCI BC3932
SOCI
3932
02883
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
J. Salyer 11 [ More Info ]

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.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2015-2016.
4 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2015 :: SOCI W3980
SOCI
3980
74208
001
W 10:10a - 12:00p
TBA
V. Tran 25 / 20 [ More Info ]

Cross-Listed Courses

Urban Studies

V3308 Introduction to Urban Ethnographies

V3420 Introduction to Urban Sociology

V3830 Eminent Domain and Neighborhood Change