Spring 2020 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)

Polillo, enrl 12, T 2:00pm – 4:30pm9:30am-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 5100 – Research Design and Methods (3)

Corse, enrl 12, T 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 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 5559 – Topic: Memory Studies (3)

Olick, enrl 12, R 9:30am – 12:00pm

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

This seminar will provide a broad interdisciplinary overview of the field of memory studies.  Participants will include graduate students from UVa along with “virtual” participants from around the world.  Leading figures in the field will participate as guest instructors.  Enrollment is by instructor permission.

SOC 7070 – Sociology of Art (3)

Greenland, enrl 12, W 2:00pm – 4:30pm

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

This graduate-level course covers the major theories and methods from the sociology of art subfield. Topics include contexts of creativity, artists' communities, individual and institutional "gatekeepers," and processes of production and reception. Visual art, music, and literature are some of the subfield's key domains of creative production. Essential concepts, including prestige, consecration, meaning-making, and evaluation, will be examined through a range of texts. 

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 8410 – Race & Ethnicity (3)

Vickerman, enrl. 12, M 2:00pm – 4:30pm

This course provides a graduate level introduction to the field of Race and Ethnicity.  As such, it attempts to cover a broad spectrum of topics, focusing on the theoretical and consequential aspects of conceptions of race and ethnicity.  Of necessity, the course also has a historical focus, since modern-day debates over race are strongly conditioned by the past.  Moreover, to really understand issues of race and ethnicity, we must take a cross-cultural perspective, since these debates have often been skewed by a focus on the wrenching problems produced by racial/ethnic conflict in the United States.  By adopting these perspectives, the course seeks to provide insight into the complexities that surround issues of race and ethnicity.

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 9510 - Advanced Topics in Culture (3)

This course covers selected Topics in the sociological study of culture.

SOC 9540 - Advanced Topics in Economic Sociology and Organizations (3)

This course covers selected topics in economic sociology and sociology of organizations.

SOC 9550 - Advanced Topics in Development and Globalization (3)

This course covers selected topics in sociology of development and globalization.

SOC 9560 - Advanced Topics in Political and Comparative-Historical Sociology (3)

This course covers selected topics in political sociology and comparative-historical sociology.

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.