Spring 2021 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 5056 – Sociology of Culture (3)

Reed, enrl 12, W 2:00pm – 4:30pm

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

This course is designed as a graduate level introduction to and overview of the field of cultural sociology.  The seminar format makes class preparation and attendance crucial.  Students are expected to have done the reading and be prepared for discussion every week.  Students will be graded on three short papers, preparing and leading class discussion one week, and a final research design or annotated bibliography, and class presentation.

SOC 5060 – Contemporary Sociological Theory (3)

Polillo, enrl 12, M 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 5100 – Research Design and Methods (3)

Slez, 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 5110 – Survey Research Methods (3)

Guterbock, enrl 5, TR 12:30pm – 1:45pm

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.

Combined section.

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.

Dependent section required.

SOC 7470 - Sociology of Development (3)

Bair, enrl 12, M 3:00pm – 5:30pm

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

This Graduate level course provides a survey to the subfield of the sociology of development.  We will focus on how sociologists seek to explain broad patterns of sociocultural change and economic growth, with particular attention to how the key explanator factors privileged in sociological explanations of development and underdevelopment have changed over time.  We will review a range of contending theoretical perspectives and approaches.

SOC 8040 - Sociological Issues (1)

Bair, 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 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.