Fall 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 5020 – Introduction to Statistics (Grad) (3)

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

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor; open to advanced undergraduates.  Lab required.

SOC 5020 will serve as an introduction to multivariate regression, with an emphasis on applications in the field of sociology. Along the way we will review basic concepts related to probability and inference. More specifically, this course will cover ANOVA, t tests, OLS regression, and logistic regression. In sum, the course is designed to teach graduate students in sociology how to use basic statistics to address concrete sociological problems.

SOC 5030 – Classical Sociological Theory (3) (History of Sociology)

Kumar, enrl 12, R 9:30-12:00pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor; open to advanced undergraduates

Seminar focusing on the writing of Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and other social theories.  Open to students in related disciplines.

SOC 5059 - Sociology of Science (3)

TBD, enrl 12, W 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor; open to advanced undergraduates

This course presents a fairly comprehensive overview of classical and contemporary sociological science studies.  The emphasis is on recent sociology or scientific knowledge, but classical origins (Marx and Durkheim) are also discussed.

SOC 5140 – Qualitative Methods (3)

Greenland, enrl 12, T 2:00pm - 4:30pm

This course is designed as an introductory overview of qualitative research methods.  The course begins with a review of the logic of social enquiry and the basis for claiming sociological knowledge.  We then consider a variety of analytic and interpretive approaches to sociological research.  The methods covered include interviewing, grounded theory, content analysis, field methods/ethnography, and historical and comparative sociology using documentary/archival materials.  We will be reading theoretical, didactic and exemplary materials..

SOC 7980 – Graduate Research Workshop (3)

Bair, enrl 12, T 4:30pm - 7:00pm

This class is designed to help graduate students write professional, sociological articles.  Students will come in with (at a minimum) a solid literature review plus data collected and analyzed, and leave with a submission-ready manuscript.  We will discuss each article section, present and critique work, consider audience, sharpen arguments and improve writing.  Required of 3rd year students; open to others later in the program.

SOC 8030 – Sociological Issues (1)

Bair, enrl. 25, R 3:30pm - 6:00pm

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

SOC 8031 – Sociology ProSeminar (3)

Olick, enrl. 12 M 9:30am - 12:00pm

The ProSeminar provides an introduction for first year graduate students to the discipline and profession of Sociology, as well as to the Sociology Department.

SOC 8052 - Sociology of Religion (3)

Hunter, enrl. 12 M 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Classical and contemporary theories and empirical research are examined to illuminate the changing role of religious belief and religious institutions in the Western World.  Emphasis will be placed on the methodological problems of studying religion.

SOC 8559 - New Course in Sociology    Topic: Sociology of Film - Cultural Theory and Production (3)

Greenland, enrl 3    Instructor Permission Required

Sociology of Film studies the production and reception of film, with particular interest in the social processes and institutions that structure the creative content of filmmaking. Readings include foundational sociological theories of culture and meaning-making, Strong Program cultural studies, race and gender in the film industry, and production of culture perspectives.

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 Reading (credit to be arranged)

SOC 9510 - Advanced Topics in Culture (3)

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

SOC 9520 - Advanced Topics in Social Inequality (3)

This course covers selected topics in social inequality across various dimensions and contexts.

SOC 9530 - Advanced Topics in Race, Ethnicity and Migration (3)

This course covers selected topics in sociology of race, ethnicity, and migration.

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 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.