Spring 2019 Graduate Courses

Course Descriptions

Courses at the 5000-level are open to advanced undergraduates. All such courses have a prerequisite of six credits of sociology or permission of the Instructor; some have additional prerequisites as noted.

SOC 5060 – Contemporary Sociological Theory (3)

Olick, enrl 12, T 9:30am-12:00pm

Prerequisites: SOC 5030, six credits of sociology, or permission of instructor; open to advanced undergraduates

A consideration of the nature and purpose of sociological theory as well as a survey of the most important contemporary theories and theorists.

SOC 5080 - Comparative Historical Sociology (3)

Kumar, enrl 12, W 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Prerequisites: Graduate status; six credits in Sociology or instructor permission. 

This course will focus not so much on methodological as on substantive issues of macro sociological inquiry.  Although issues of method – or the relations between history and sociology, and of the uses of history in sociological analysis – will inevitably arise, they will be considered within the context of the discussion of particular topics where history and sociology most naturally meet.  The topics are selected for their intrinsic interest as much as for their usefulness in revealing the interplay of history and sociology.  Among the topics covered will be: the state, power, revolution, nationalism and class formation.

SOC 5100 – Research Design and Methods (3)

Greenland, enrl 12, M 9:30am-12:00pm

Prerequisites: SOC 3120, or graduate standing, six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

Study of the steps necessary to design a research project including searching the literature, formulating a problem, deriving propositions, operationalizing concepts, constructing explanations, and testing hypothesis.

SOC 5110 – Survey Research Methods (3)

Guterbock, enrl 8, MW 2:00pm - 3:15pm (This is a combined section class.)

Prerequisites: SOC 3120, or graduate standing, six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

The theory and practice of survey research. Topics include the survey as a cultural form; sampling theory; the construction, testing, and improvement of survey instruments; interviewer training; the organization of fieldwork; coding and tabulation; and the preparation of survey reports. Students collectively design and carry out one major survey.

SOC 5120 – Intermediate Statistics (3)

Slez, enrl 12, W 9:30am - 12:00pm

Prerequisites: SOC 3130, or graduate standing, six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

Studies the social science applications of analysis of variance, correlation, and regression; and consideration of causal models.

SOC 5900 - Economic Sociology (3)

Polillo, enrl 12, T 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Prerequisites: Graduate status; six credits in Sociology or instructor permission.  

This course surveys the classic and contemporary research literature in economic sociology.  The course explores this literature's central claims that economic action is embedded in social relationships and shaped by social institutions, and considers the economy in comparative and historical perspective.

SOC 8040 – Sociological Issues (1)

Olick, enrl. 25, R 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Contemporary issues affecting sociology as a science, as an academic discipline, and as a profession.  Frequent guest lectures.

SOC 8998 – Non-Topical Research, Preparation for MA Research (1-12)

For Master’s research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.

SOC 8999 – Non-Topical Research (1-12)

For Master’s thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director

SOC 9010 – Directed Readings (credit to be arranged)

SOC 9998 – Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research (1-12)

For Doctoral Research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.

SOC 9999 – Non-Topical Research (After Ph.D. Proposal) (1-12)

For Doctoral Research, taken after a dissertation director has been selected.