Fall 2021 Graduate Courses

Course Descriptions

SOC 5030 – Classical Sociological Theory (3)

Reed, 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 5100 – Research Design and Methods (3)

Greenland, enrl 12, W 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 5420 – Social Stratification (3)

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

Prerequisites: SOC 5030, 7130 or their equivalent, or instructor permission.

Studies the distribution of rewards and punishments and the resulting social inequalities in cross-cultural and historical perspective.  Analyzes negative liabilities such as arrest, imprisonment, unemployment, and stigmatization, and positive assets such as education, occupation, income, and honor.  Draws on the literature of both stratification and deviance/criminology.  Focuses on the distributive aspects of power and the resulting social formations such as classes, and status groups.

SOC 5610 – Memory Studies (3)

Olick, enrl 12, T 9:30am – 12:00pm

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 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 8051 – Sociology of Work (3)

Gorman, enrl. 12, M 3:30pm – 6:00pm

The division of labor, occupational classification, labor force trends, career patterns and mobility, occupational cultures and life-styles, and the sociology of the labor market.

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