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Sociology
SOC 1010Introductory Sociology (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Studies the fundamental concepts and principles of sociology with special attention to sociological theory and research methods. Survey of the diverse substantive fields in the discipline with a primary emphasis on the institutions in contemporary American society.
SOC 1559New Course in Sociology (3.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of sociology.
SOC 1595Special Topics in Social Issues (3.00)
Topics vary from semester to semester and will be announced.
Course was offered Fall 2012, Fall 2011
SOC 1596Special Topics in Social Issues (3.00)
Topics vary from semester to semester and will be announced.
SOC 2000Gender, Technology, & Education (3.00)
Gender, Technology, & Education
Course was offered Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Fall 2010
SOC 2052Sociology of the Family (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Comparison of family organizations in relation to other social institutions in various societies; an introduction to the theory of kinship and marriage systems.
SOC 2055Law and Society (3.00)
Studies the relationship between society and criminal and civil law. Focuses on the relationship between socio-economic status and access to the legal system, including the areas of education, employment, consumer protection, and environmental concerns.
Course was offered Spring 2011, Spring 2010
SOC 2056The Sociology of Culture (3.00)
Examines the role of meaning in social life, with a focus on how different theories of culture allow analysis of the relationship of culture to exchange, authority, solidarity, and domination. Analysis of key cultural artefacts (movies, texts, monuments, etc.) is combined with the study of theories of social performance, fields of cultural production, and semiosis. The role of culture in social transformation is also considered.
SOC 2220Social Problems (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Analyzes the causes and consequences of current social problems in the United States: race and ethnic relations, poverty, crime and delinquency, the environment, drugs, and problems of educational institutions.
SOC 2230Criminology (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Studies socio-cultural conditions effecting the definition, recording, and treatment of delinquency and crime. Examines theories of deviant behavior, the role of the police, judicial and corrective systems, and the victim in criminal behavior.
SOC 2241Crime and Punishment in Britain and the United States (3.00)
This course is organized around two main themes: understanding the causes of crime and how societies respond to it. All topics are approached from sociological, philosophical, historical and empirical perspectives, with the aim that students will gain an analytically sophisticated understanding of some of the key contemporary issues in criminology and penology on both sides of the Atlantic.
SOC 2260Sociology of Sport (3.00)
Sociology of Sport
Course was offered Summer 2010
SOC 2320Gender and Society (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Gender and Society
SOC 2380Violence & Gender (3.00)
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to interrogating links between gender and violence. We will focus on representations of violence and theories of subjectivity in response to violence, querying how gender inflects the event and aftermath of violence.
Course was offered Fall 2012, Fall 2011
SOC 2442Systems of Inequality (3.00)
This course will examine various types of inequality (race, class, gender) in the US and abroad. We will discuss sociological theories covering various dimensions of inequality, considering key research findings and their implications. We will examine to what extent ascriptive characteristics impact a person's life chances, how social structures are produced and reproduced, and how individuals are able or unable to negotiate these structures.
SOC 2470American Society and Popular Culture (3.00)
This course is an early level course, which aims to introduce students to a sociological perspective on popular culture, and to examine the working of selected sociological concepts in several examples of popular culture. A familiarity with introductory level sociology is suggested, but not required. The course has two parts. In the first we will become acquainted with sociological perspectives and theories on culture; in the second we will look at several popular novels and movies and discuss how they might be interpreted sociologically.
SOC 2498Prozac Culture (3.00)
The pharmacological revolution, symbolized by drugs such as Prozac and Ritalin, is a cultural as well as a medical phenomenon. The course explores the history of the revolution and the confluence of social changes driving it forward. Also considered are its implications for self, the definition of psychic distress, and the norms and values that structure how we live. J-term courses require approval for SOC major/minor credit.
SOC 2499Globalization and Social Responsibility (3.00)
"Think globally, act locally," is a popular slogan that invites critical reflection on, and active engagement with, both the theoretical and empirical realities of globalization. Through lectures, readings, and individual research, this class will consider both the scholarly and the practical implications this maxim raises for local communities and citizenship in the face of global change. Jterm courses require approval for SOC major/minor credit
Course was offered January 2012, January 2011
SOC 2500Special Topics in Sociology (J Term Course) (3.00)
Topics vary each J-Term session and will be announced.
SOC 2520Topics in Death & Dying (3.00)
This course covers sociological approaches to death and dying. Topics include social theory and theorists as they relate to death, American culture history, and contemporary issues regarding death and dying.
Course was offered Spring 2013, Spring 2012
SOC 2559New Course in Sociology (1.00 - 4.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of sociology.
SOC 2595Special Topics in Sociology (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Topics vary from semester to semester and will be announced.
SOC 2596Special Topics in Sociology (3.00)
Topics vary from semester to semester and will be announced.
SOC 2600Leadership Across the Disciplines (3.00)
This course for 2nd year students examines leadership from different disciplinary perspectives, including commerce and a variety of liberal arts disciplines. The course will include guest speakers from different departments in the College and the Commerce School, and several outside speakers from the private and public sectors. Topics include, but are not limited to: civic responsibility; social activism; historical perspectives; transformational leadership; followership; problem solving and decision making; cultural factors; personal factors; power and influence; visionary leadership; ethics; and Presidential leadership. Throughout, three questions pertain: 1) Where are the opportunities for leadership? 2) How do leaders think? and 3) What do the best leaders do? This course serves as a stand-alone course and also as a prerequisite to advanced leadership courses. Students interested in taking the leadership curriculum-another three-hour course in the third year, followed by a six-hour, field-based independent study in a leadership role, will submit an application later in the semester. The course is cross-listed as COMM 2600. The course is not a prerequisite for the Commerce School, and does not fulfill any Commerce School requirements. Prerequisite: 2nd Year students Interested in Leadership.
SOC 2630Environment & Society (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
This course is an introduction to the topic of environmental sociology. Our central focus will be the relationship between human society and the natural world, with particular attention to axes of social location, such as race, class, and where people live. We will consider these distinctions in understanding how people are differently affected by, imagine, or influence the natural world.
SOC 2701Health and Welfare in Britain and America: Policy and Practice (3.00)
This course has two aims: to examine key themes in the sociology of health and illness through an exploration of the delivery of health-care in Britain and the United States; and to discuss some of the major global debates in the political economy of health. The course will cover health and health systems, health inequalities, and contemporary issues in the political economy of health.
SOC 2730Computers and Society (3.00)
Studies the impact of electronic data processing technologies on social structure, and the social constraints on the development and application of these technologies. Review of how computers are changing 'and failing to change' fundamental institutions. Provides an understanding of computers in the context of societal needs, organizational imperatives, and human values.
Course was offered Summer 2013
SOC 2790Sociology of American Business (3.00)
Studies the internal workings of business institutions, especially the modern American corporation, and their relationships to other social institutions. Topics include managerial control over corporate decisions; the determinants of individual success within business; the effect of business policies on family life; the political power of the business sector; and a comparison of Japanese and American business organizations.
SOC 2900Economy & Society (3.00)
Markets, firms, and money are part of everyday experience. Economists insist that they should work similarly independently of their social context. The central idea of economic sociology is that economic institutions are 'embedded' in social relations. We will study what embeddeness means, and what it implies. We look at how institutions constitute markets; how rationality varies; and how money interacts with social relations in unexpected ways.
SOC 2950"The Wire" - Sociology Through TV & Film (3.00)
This course uses HBO's series "The Wire" (2002-2008) as the course "text" to illustrate and analyze the intersection of economy, education, class, race, crime, and politics within the lives of the urban underclass. Special emphasis is placed upon the significance of television and film as a form of communication that illustrates the complex interplay of social structure and social problems.
Course was offered Spring 2014
SOC 3020Introduction to Social Theory (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Introduces the major theoretical issues and traditions in sociology, especially as developed in the writings of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim. Sociology majors are expected to take this course in their third year.
SOC 3056Culture and Power (3.00)
This course examines sociological theories of power and their intersections with culture. It focuses on oppression and social change in the 20th and 21st century U.S. through the lens of cultural expression, beliefs and meaning. It includes close reading of social theories of power and empirical studies of social institutions and social identities. Prerequisite: Six credits in Sociology or permission of instructor
SOC 3059Sociology of Science & Knowledge (3.00)
Ideas refer to anything which is said to exist, from people to planets to God. Sociology of knowledge describes and explains variation in ideas across different social settings. This course will familiarize students with theoretical and empirical work on the behavior of ideas, and convey the major accomplishments, shortcomings, and prospects of the subfield using the history & philosophy of science, and the workings of science as an institution.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
SOC 3060Sociological Perspectives on Whiteness (3.00)
This course examines the social construction of race through an exploration of white identity, both theoretically and empirically. Topics include the historical genesis of white identity; its intersection with political movements and organizations; the relation of whiteness to race, ethnicity, class, gender and nation; representations of whiteness in popular culture; the sociological mechanisms by which it is reproduced, negotiated, and contested.
Course was offered Spring 2010
SOC 3090Philosophical Foundations of Social Theory (3.00)
This course pursues the question of the ways in which classical social theory is rooted in, and indebted to, philosophy and metaphysics. This will be shown through four cases: Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason', Hegel's 'Phenomenology of Spirit', Nietzsche's 'Will to Power', Heidegger's 'Being and Time'. Problems central to all sciences and modes of cognition, such as knowledge & truth, theory & ideology, and agency vs. causality will be covered.
SOC 3100Feminist Theory (3.00)
Feminist Theory offers a focused exploration of ways that late 20th Century and early 21st Century feminist theorists challenge, alter and deploy central concerns and paradigms of Western cultural assumption. Although Feminist Theory as a category incorporates interdisciplinary and global perspectives, the slant of this course is a focus on Western culture and Feminist Social Theory.
Course was offered Fall 2015, Spring 2014
SOC 3110Introduction to Survey Research Methods (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Surveys are everywhere these days, but good surveys are not easy to do. Learn how to conduct a successful, high-quality sample survey. Understand the main sources of survey error and learn about ways to achieve high quality measurement and representative results. Learn best practices in designing samples, writing questions, constructing questionnaires, conducting interviews and implementing surveys via mail, telephone, or the Internet.
Course was offered Spring 2016, Spring 2015
SOC 3120Sociology Research Workshop (4.00)
Introduces data analysis and data processing, as well as the conceptualization of sociological problems. Emphasizes individual student projects.
SOC 3130Introduction to Social Statistics (4.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Studies elementary statistical methods for social science applications. Topics include summarizing data with graphs and descriptive measures, generalizing from a sample to a population as in opinion polls, and determining the relationship between two variables. No special mathematical background is required, and students will be taught basic computer techniques. Three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory work. Majors are expected to take this course in their third year. Prerequisites: SOC 3120
SOC 3180Sociology of Emotions (3.00)
The course explores the role of emotions in social interaction as well as how societies and cultures shape emotional expression. The objective is to decode the subtle rules of emotional display implicit in many social interactions and excavate the cultural meanings of particular emotions such as love, sympathy, shame, boredom, and sadness. Readings include theoretical and empirical work from sociologists, anthropologists,and social psychologists.
SOC 3290Sociology of Childhood (3.00)
The class introduces the 'new social studies of childhood' and the idea that the experience of childhood is a social construction, not a string of biological facts. Topics include: how caring for children varies across time & space, and considering childhood in the context of Western cultural trends - increasing inequality, unequal distribution of overwork, poverty, war, liberty, decreasing privacy, consumerism, sexualization, networked society.
Course was offered Spring 2014, Spring 2012, Spring 2010
SOC 3306Sexuality, Gender, Class and Race in the Teen Film (3.00)
The focus of this class will be on viewings and analyses of films featuring images of teens produced between 1930 and the present, focusing on the following questions: what is adolescence (and how has it been defined in American film)? What is the range of experience that characterizes American adolescence across gender, race, and class lines? How does it make sense to think about the social influence of films on individuals and society?
Course was offered Spring 2013
SOC 3310Sociology of Self (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
What is the difference between individual and self? Do we carry a fixed, unchangeable self inside, or do we have as many selves as the situations in which we commonly find ourselves? Can we go as far as saying that the self comes from the outside, and if so, when do we internalize it? At birth, once and for all? Or repeatedly and in everyday life? We will explore these questions and more as we venture into an exciting field-sociology of the self.
SOC 3370Schools and Society (3.00)
Analyzes the impact of schools on opportunity and inequality, the many determinants of academic achievement, and the nature of schools as a workplace, with special attention to the role of teachers. The effectiveness of school reforms is also considered. This course is intended to provide useful background information, not professional training, to College students contemplating a career in education or 'late' entrants to the BA/MT program.
SOC 3371Merit, Privilege & American Higher Education (3.00)
This course examines how merit and privilege intersect at one of our most powerful institutions: higher education. How did we get here? What are we doing? And where are we going? We will address these questions at both individual and institutional levels, exploring how notions and realities of meritocracy and inequality shape experiences within and beyond the classroom. Prerequisites: 3 credits of Sociology or permission of Instructor
Course was offered Fall 2012, Fall 2011
SOC 3400Gender and Sexuality (3.00)
Focuses on the construction of gender and sexuality, and of the many ways human groups regulate and attach meanings to these categories. Some general themes addressed will be: contemporary and historical definitions of gender, sex, and sexuality; gender socialization; the varieties of sexual identities and relationships; embodiment, childbearing, and families in the contemporary United States. Prerequisite: At least 3 credits in Sociology or permission of instructor.
SOC 3410Race and Ethnic Relations (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Introduces the study of race and ethnic relations, including the social and economic conditions promoting prejudice, racism, discrimination, and segregation.  Examines contemporary American conditions, and historical and international materials.
SOC 3440Chinese Society (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
This seminar provides a survey of Chinese society and social changes in the reform-era (1979 to the present). It uses sociological analysis to comprehensively examine various aspects of contemporary Chinese society including: economic development, social inequality, governance, political reform, nationalism, religion, ethnicity, and popular culture.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2015
SOC 3450Women, Islam and Modernity (3.00)
The global Islamic revival is often considered an obstacle to gender equality. So how are we to understand women's involvement in Islamic movements? And what can these phenomena tell us about gender and modernity? This class will read ethnographic accounts of Muslim women in various parts of the world. We will discuss these ethnographies with an eye for how they speak to and challenge sociological theories of gender, identity, and globalization. Prerequisites: Student must have taken at least one course on gender, or instructor permission.
Course was offered Summer 2017, Fall 2013, Spring 2011
SOC 3470Sociology of Development (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
This study of the development of human societies explores the five major 'techo-economic bases' that have characterized our species' history (hunting-gathering, horticultural, agrarian, industrial and information/biotech) and examines how contemporary macrolevel trends affect our lives at the microlevel.
SOC 3480Sociology of Globalization (3.00)
This course will explore the determinants, nature, and effects of the increase in cross-border flows of goods, services, capital and people that we have come to associate with the term "globalization". We will investigate how globalization affects domestic & world inequality, the role of institutions, and world & local cultures. The course will include readings from economics, history, world-system theory, and cultural analysis.
Course was offered Fall 2014, Fall 2013
SOC 3490Cities and Cultures (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Explores the ways in which physical environments shape and are shaped by social life.  Examines the relationship between urban space and culture in different historical and social settings, though there is a particular focus on the rise and development of modernity as expressed through the experience of particular cities.
SOC 3510Topics in Applied Data Science (3.00)
This course, broadly speaking, will introduce students to principles of data science through the hands-on study of core problems in social research. This course represents an ideal site for the analysis of the intersection between sociological theory and empirical research, and will include numerous opportunities for hands-on engagement with data.
Course was offered Fall 2015
SOC 3559New Course in Sociology (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of sociology.
SOC 3595Special Topics in Sociology (3.00)
Topics vary from semester to semester and will be announced.
SOC 3596Special Topics in Sociology (3.00)
Topics vary from semester to semester and will be announced.
SOC 3620The Afterlives of Communism (3.00)
The course will explore the changes and challenges confronting communist and post-communist countries in different regions of the world. The focus is on the everyday lives of ordinary people. Topics include the changing meanings of work and consumption; family and gender; personhood and identity; memory and nostalgia; and new urban visions in thought and practice.
Course was offered Spring 2015
SOC 3640Human Society in History (3.00)
Human societies exist in time.This course will examine the historical development of a variety of societies from earliest times to the present. Its focus will be on the relation of the West to the rest of the world. The course is particularly intended for social scientists, to make them aware of the historical dimension to human society; but it is open to all.
Course was offered Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
SOC 3700Health and Society (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
This course explores the social dimensions of health and illness, focusing especially on the social experience of illness, the social determinants of disease, and the role and meaning of medicine and public health in modern U.S. society. The class examines how we define health problems and their solutions, and it considers the ways in which race, gender, class, age, and sexuality matter for understanding health-related experiences and discourses.
SOC 3710Organizations, Institutions, Markets (3.00)
Introduces the study of complex organizations within their institutional and market environments. Emphasis is placed on business and professional organizations, with some attention to government and nonprofit organizations as well. Examines organizational founding, decision-making, and boundary-setting; organizations' internal structures and practices; inter-organizational relationships; and the impact of organizations on society. Prerequisites: Three credits in Sociology or permission of instructor.
SOC 3800Social Change (3.00)
Analyzes social change in whole societies with a focus on contemporary America. Emphasizes the major theories of social change from Marx and Spencer through contemporary analyzes.
SOC 3820Social Movements (3.00)
Social movements are an historical and global phenomenon of great complexity and variety. Because the topic can be so broad, the course is organized around case studies of civil rights, the industrial workers' movement, environmentalism, religious fundamentalism, and the counter movements to globalization. These cases will be used to illustrate variety of themes and principles, and you'll learn about specific events, personalities, organizations, and dynamics that shaped these movements. By this method, you will gain specific knowledge about important social movements, as well as an overview and general orientation to the sociology of this dynamic area of social life. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or instructor permission.
SOC 3860Religion & Secularization (3.00)
Are we witnessing today the crisis of secularisms? If so, what are its causes -challenges of revived religions or secularism's unfulfilled promises? Are the clashes between religions and secularisms inevitable? To address these questions, we'll discuss the ideas of the prophets of religious decline (Marx, Durkheim, Weber), and consider the problems and the potential of the religious-secular encounters in a global perspective.
Course was offered Spring 2013
SOC 4010Sociology of Music (3.00)
Students will consider ways in which social communities intersect with, respond to, and create musical communities. Musical taste will be interrogated as a point of identification and self-presentation that is neither given nor natural, but contingent and constructed. Students will engage foundational critical texts in the sociology of music, and examine both the continuities and the disjunctures represented by our era of digital social media. Prerequisites: six credits of Sociology or permission of instructor
SOC 4030Sociology of Mind (3.00)
An introduction to the philosophy and sociology of mind. Reviews Classical Idealism, Phenomenology, existentialism, and the current sociological theories of mind, with an eye toward cognitive science as well. Prerequisite: six credits of sociology of instructor permission
SOC 4050American Society (3.00)
Studies present and anticipated trends in American institutions and values. Emphasizes contemporary dilemmas such as race relations, poverty, community life, and technological transformations. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 4052Sociology of Religious Behavior (3.00)
Course will focus on established traditions in the United States including evangelical and mainline Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, black Protestantism, and Orthodox Judaism. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 4053Sociology of Education (3.00)
Analyzes education as a social institution and its relationship to other institutions (e.g., the economy, the stratification system, the family). Emphasizes the role of education in the status attainment process. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 4054Political Sociology (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Political sociology focuses on the social foundations and patterns of political behavior and the socio-historical mechanisms for political stability and political change. Its focus is not restricted to the formal rules that characterize a given political system, such as laws, regulations, or electoral systems: political sociology rather emphasizes how power, in its multifaceted and complex nature, is socially configured and reproduce global power.
Course was offered Fall 2013, Spring 2011, Fall 2009
SOC 4055Sociology of Law (3.00)
After a brief history of legal sociology during the past century, the course introduces and elaborates a sociological theory of legal behavior. The primary focus is the case, a specific legal conflict. The theory explains the handling of each case with its social structure, such as the social closeness and social elevation of the parties. Although the course is primarily scientific in emphasis, the practical relevance of the theory is addressed. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 4057Family Policy (3.00)
Studies the relationship between family and society as expressed in policy and law. Emphasizes the effects of formal policy on the structure of families and the interactions within families. The American family system is examined as it has responded to laws and policies of government and private industry and to changes in society. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 4059Conflict (3.00)
Theoretical exploration of the social causes of conflict about right and wrong and the social factors that explain the handling of these conflicts in diverse settings across the world. Topics include individual and collective violence, avoidance, third-party intervention such as mediation and adjudication, therapy, and the evolution of conflict and morality across history.
SOC 4070Sociology of Art (3.00)
A discussion-based seminar covering material from a wide range of perspectives in an attempt to understand the social context and effects of visual and other arts. Students are expected to have introductory level familiarity with sociological thinking. Prerequisite: 6 credits of sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 4090Sociology of Literature (3.00)
An upper-level seminar in the sociology of literature. Students should be familiar with general sociological concepts and theory. Covers material from a wide range of perspectives in an attempt to understand the social context of written language and of literature. Student groups will be responsible for leading general class discussion on one or more occasions. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2013, Spring 2010
SOC 4100Sociology of the African-American Community (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Study of a comprehensive contemporary understanding of the history, struggle and diversity of the African-American community.
SOC 4140Sociology of Consumption (3.00)
This course considers the nature and effects of consumer society; it explores the theories, practices, and politics of modern consumption. Topics include the historical development of consumer society; the role of consumption in creating personal and political identities; the cultural and social meanings of seemingly impersonal objects like money; the commodification of social life; and the politics of consumption.
SOC 4170Theoretical Sociology (3.00)
This course surveys eight major strategies used to explain human behavior in sociology and related social sciences. It also addresses several broader issues pertaining to the nature and goals of sociological science. Prerequisite: one course in sociology or permission of instructor.
SOC 4190Gender and Work (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Considers major theories of gender-based inequality at work. Explores gender, disparities in key dimensions of work, such as entry into occupations and jobs; promotion, rank, and authority in organizations; earnings; and conflicts between work and family. Emphasizes the contemporary United States, but includes some cross-national comparisons. Prerequisite: 6 credits of Sociology or instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2017
SOC 4200Sex and Gender Go To The Movies (3.00)
This course will examine the ways in which different mass media help to define our cultural ideas about gender differences and the ways in which feminist scholars have responded to these definitions by criticizing existing media images and by creating some alternatives of their own. The course will examine the notion that the mass media might influence our development as gendered individuals and consider different forms of feminist theory. Prerequisite: six credits of Sociology or permission of instructor
Course was offered Spring 2014
SOC 4220Contemporary Social Problems (3.00)
Explore the processes by which social problems emerge and are defined by collective social action. Sociological perspective on social problems will be studied through case studies of specific issues including eugenics, physical child abuse, sexual abuse, school misbehavior, drugs, smoking and others. Prerequisite: Six credits of Sociology or instructor permission, SOC 2220 recommended.
SOC 4230Deviance and Social Control (3.00)
Examines a variety of deviant behaviors in American society and the sociological theories explaining societal reactions and attempts at social control. Focuses on enduring conditions such as drug addiction, alcoholism, and mental illness. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2011
SOC 4280Sociology of Mental Health and Illness (3.00)
This course explores mental health and illness in social context, focusing especially on the history, definitions, social and cultural determinants, and consequences of conceptualizations and treatment of mental illness. It includes an examination of perceptions of mental illness in popular culture, and the spread of psychiatric ideas in more global context. Pre-requisite: six credits of Sociology
Course was offered Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
SOC 4290Sociology of Money (3.00)
With the expansion of the financial sector as a backdrop, sociology of money has developed two trajectories. This course provides an introduction to both perspectives: money is created by an authority as a system of accounting for value - those who are subject to the authority then have to accept it, and money is created as individuals negotiate the potentially contradictory logic implied by self-interested, market based exchange and morality. Prerequisite: Six Credits of Sociology
Course was offered Fall 2016
SOC 4310Sociology of Compassion: Inequality and the Social Heart (3.00)
This course will focus on compassion as a cultural practice with political implications. What are the roots of solidarity across social inequalities, occupational groups and political cultures? When does compassion simply stop at feeling, when does it produce individual action, and when might it turn into social change? The course culminates in an analysis of how compassion intersects with social justice and notions of deserving and need. Prerequisite: six credits of Sociology or permission of instructor
SOC 4350Comparative Gender Stratification (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Examines gender stratification - the relative level of equality of men and women in a given group - in comparative and cross-historical perspective. Several theories are presented to explain the variations, from gender-egalitarian to highly patriarchal groups. Prerequisite: Six credits of Sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 4380Violence & Media (3.00)
The course takes a theoretical approach to interpreting images of violence in photography, film and written text, following the work of theorists such as Roland Barthes, Mieke Bal, Teresa de Lauretis, Geoffrey Batchen. The course raises questions about differences between representing violence as documentary, testimony, or entertainment, the ethics of representing violence, and cultural patterns for viewing violent images in contemporary society. Prerequisite: 6 credits of Sociology or Permission of Instructor
Course was offered Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
SOC 4410Sociological Phenomenology (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Explores the various ways in which phenomenology has shaped micro-sociological discourse on subjectivity, agency, and the lifeworld. Pre-requisites: Six credits of Sociology or permission of instructor.
SOC 4420Sociology of Inequality (3.00)
Surveys basic theories and methods used to analyze structures of social inequality. Includes comparative analysis of the inequalities of power and privilege, and their causes and consequences for social conflict and social change. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 4430Love, Sex and Sociology (3.00)
This course explores the social construction of love and sexualities. Beginning with historical perspectives, the class also compares the organization of intimate life in the United States and other countries. Students evaluate the impact of social inequalities in gender, class and race on the construction of choice and commitment. The class considers how consumer capitalism, the state, and culture interact to shape our intimate practices.
Course was offered Summer 2016
SOC 4480Sociology of Professions (3.00)
What is a profession? Why do professions play such a prominent role in society? This course examines the complex nature of professional work, the problem of professional ethics, the influence of professions as political actors, and sources of inequality in professional earnings and prestige. Requisites: 6 credits of sociology or obtain permission from the instructor.
SOC 4510Topics in Sociology of Work (3.00)
Studies 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. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 4520Topics in Religion and Society (3.00)
This course focuses on various aspects of religion and society such as American culture, gender and the family, politics, science, religious diversity and pluralism, violence, and other emerging issues.
SOC 4550Topics in Ethics and Society (3.00)
This course considers various ethical aspects of society in such areas as race, family, work, the economy, and memory. It focuses on sociological approaches to ethical and moral questions in modern society, drawing on empirical examples and case studies. Prerequisite: six credits of Sociology or permission of instructor
Course was offered Spring 2015, Spring 2014
SOC 4559New Course in Sociology (1.00 - 4.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of sociology.
SOC 4600Gender and Culture (3.00)
Studies how the social definition of gender affects and is affected by cultural artifacts such as literature, movies, music, and television. Students are expected to be familiar with general sociological concepts and theory and be regularly prepared for participation in a demanding seminar. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.
Course was offered Fall 2017, Spring 2015
SOC 4640Urban Sociology (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Examines both classic and contemporary debates within urban sociology and relates them to the wider concerns of social theory.  Topics include public space and urban culture, social segregation and inequality, the phenomenon of the global city, and the effects of economic change or urban social life. Six credits of Sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 4660Sociology of Power and Authority (3.00)
Examines the questions of power and authority in society, with a focus in particular on the historical changes in power relations from the 18th century to the present. Particular foci include: variation in how elites access and justify power; the relationship between culture and interests; power, the body, and the self; and performative approaches to power. Students are asked to write their own analyses of contemporary power relations.
Course was offered Summer 2017
SOC 4680Sociology of Everyday (3.00)
This course explores concepts and theories of the everyday developed in sociology and related disciplines. Drawing on concrete examples it examines how societies are created and reproduced by the apparently mundane practices of everyday life. Among the topics to be discussed are the rules and rituals of everyday life; home, work, and leisure; the temporalities and rhythms of the everyday; patterns of mobility, and power and resistance.
SOC 4690Scientists and Intellectuals in Society (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
The history of modern science, from the 17th century to the present, & the division of scholarship into different realms (e.g. "the humanities" versus "the sciences") is a history of tremendous social & political conflict over the nature and purpose of knowledge production. We will examine these conflicts, and their relationship to the central organizational principles of modern societies, with a particular focus on recent American history.
SOC 4700Medical Sociology (3.00)
Sociological orientation to understanding how and why the issues of health and disease have come to occupy such an important role in contemporary American society. Health issues are presented as a consequence of social change with an emphasis on population characteristics, working conditions, education, and mass communication in the United States. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 4710Sociology of Organizations (3.00)
Studies the formal organizations in government, industry, education, health care, religion, the arts, and voluntary associations. Considers such topics as power and authority, communication, 'informal' relations, commitment, and alienation. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 4740Sociol Persp on Trauma, Atrocity, & Responsibility (3.00)
Scholars have characterized the 20th century as an epoch of trauma and atrocity. Previous epochs were brutal also, but the nature of brutality and our vocabularies with which to understand it have been transformed dramatically over the last century. This course explores events (e.g. holocaust, genocide, atomic bombings) and institutional factors (e.g. media,law,philosophy) that have transformed our sense of vulnerability and our responses to it. Prerequisites: 6 credits of Sociology or permission of instructor
Course was offered Spring 2016, Spring 2015
SOC 4750Racism (3.00)
Racism, the disparagement and victimization of individuals and groups because of a belief that their ancestry renders them intrinsically different and inferior, is a problem in many societies. In this course we will examine the problem of racism by investigating the workings of these sociological processes theoretically, historically, and contemporaneously.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Spring 2016
SOC 4800Undergraduate Internship Program (4.00)
Internship placement to be arranged by the supervising faculty. Students work in various agencies in the Charlottesville community such as health care delivery, social services, juvenile justice, etc. Regular class meetings with the supervising faculty to analyze the intern experience and discuss assigned reading. Only three credits can be counted toward sociology major. Prerequisite: Fourth-year sociology major with substantial completion of major requirements.
SOC 4810Undergraduate Internship Programs Seminar (4.00)
Internship placement to be arranged by the supervising faculty. Students work in various agencies in the Charlottesville community such as health care delivery, social services, juvenile justice, etc. Regular class meetings with the supervising faculty to analyze the intern experience and discuss assigned reading. Only three credits can be counted toward sociology major. Prerequisite: Fourth-year sociology major with substantial completion of major requirements.
SOC 4820Undergraduate Internship Program (4.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Internship placement to be arranged by the supervising faculty. Students work in various agencies in the Charlottesville community such as health care delivery, social services, juvenile justice, etc. Regular class meetings with the supervising faculty to analyze the intern experience and discuss assigned reading. Only three credits can be counted toward sociology major. Prerequisite: Fourth-year sociology major with substantial completion of major requirements.
SOC 4850Media, Culture and Society (3.00)
Studies the linkage between mass communications and social life. Particular emphasis will be placed upon how electronic media affect public discourse and how electronic media affect behavior by rearranging social situations. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology courses or instructor permission.
Course was offered Summer 2012, Fall 2010, Fall 2009
SOC 4860Sociology of Religion (3.00)
This course explores the role of religion in modern societies. It provides a broad comparative cultural and historical perspective, drawing on examples from America, Western Europe, and former communist countries of Eastern Europe. Topics include classic sociological theories of religion, church-state relations, civil religion, and religion and nationalism. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.
Course was offered Summer 2014
SOC 4870Immigration (3.00)
Examines contemporary immigration into the United States from the point of view of key theoretical debates and historical circumstances that have shaped current American attitudes toward immigration.   Prerequisite: Six credits of Sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 4960Scientists and Intellectuals in Society (3.00)
The history of modern science, from the 17th century to the present, & the division of scholarship into different realms (e.g.¿the humanities¿ versus ¿the sciences¿) is a history of tremendous social & political conflict over the nature and purpose of knowledge production. We will examine these conflicts, and their relationship to the central organizational principles of modern societies, with a particular focus on recent American history.
SOC 4970Special Studies in Sociology (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
An independent study project conducted by students under the supervision of an instructor of their choice. Prerequisite: Fourth-year students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 in sociology (or overall GPA of 3.2 for non-majors) and instructor permission.
SOC 4980Distinguished Majors Thesis Research (3.00)
Independent research, under the supervision of a DM faculty adviser, for the DMP thesis. Prerequisites: SOC 3120 and Admission to the Distinguished Majors Program in Sociology.
SOC 4981Distinguished Majors Thesis Writing (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Writing of the DMP thesis under the supervision of a DM faculty adviser. Prerequisite: SOC 4980
SOC 5020Introduction to Statistics (3.00)
SOC 5020 will serve as an introduction to multivariate regression, with an emphasis on applications in the 'eld 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.
Course was offered Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
SOC 5030Classical Sociological Theory (3.00)
A seminar focusing on the writings of Marx, Weber, Durkheim and other social theorists. Open to students in related disciplines. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission; open to advanced undergraduates.
SOC 5056Sociology of Culture (3.00)
Examines the most recent theoretical and methodological developments in the sociology of culture. Examines the influence of structuralism, phenomenology, critical theory, and cultural anthropology on contemporary sociological theory and practice. Considers the ways cultural analysis can be applied to a variety of pressing empirical problems.
SOC 5057Sociology of Family (3.00)
This course analyzes the ways in which societies address needs of intimacy, care and provisioning -- the tasks commonly assumed by families -- under varying circumstances and in different contexts, including from historical and comparative perspectives. Prerequisite: Six credits in sociology or permission from the instructor.
Course was offered Fall 2011
SOC 5059Sociology of Science (3.00)
Topics include science as a major institution in modern society; interrelations of science and society; social organization of science; the scientific career (socialization and professionalization); status, roles, and characteristics of science; science policy studies as an emerging discipline; and technological assessment. Prerequisite: SOC 5120 or instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2012
SOC 5060Contemporary Sociological Theory (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Considers the nature and purpose of sociological theory, and a survey of the most important contemporary theories and theorists. Prerequisite: SOC 5030, six credits of sociology or instructor permission; open to advanced undergraduates.
SOC 5080Comparative Historical Sociology (3.00)
This course will focus not so much on methodological as on substantive issues of macro sociological inquiry. Among the topics covered will be: the state, power, revolution, nationalism and class formation. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 5086Media Sociology (3.00)
In a reading and discussion-intensive seminar experience, students will examine key schools of theory, research, and criticism, both in sociology and in related social sciences and humanities traditions that have helped shape the development of the interdisciplinary field of Media Sociology. Units will include: semiotics of texts; audience studies; media organizations; media globalization; new media and social transformation.
Course was offered Spring 2016, Fall 2013
SOC 5100Research Design and Methods (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Studies the steps necessary to design a research project including searching the literature, formulating the problem, deriving propositions, operationalizing concepts, constructing explanations, and testing hypotheses. Prerequisite: SOC 3120, or graduate standing, six credits of sociology; or instructor permission.
SOC 5110Survey Research Methods (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Covers the theory and practice of survey research. Topics include surveys as a scientific method; applied sampling of survey populations; the construction, testing, and improvement of survey instruments; interviewer training; the organization of field work; coding and data quality control; data analysis; and the preparation of survey reports. Prerequisite: SOC 3120 or graduate standing, six credits of sociology or health evaluation sciences, or instructor permission.
SOC 5120Intermediate Statistics (4.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Studies the social science applications of analysis of variance, correlation, and regression; and consideration of causal models. Prerequisite: SOC 3130, graduate standing, six credits of sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 5140Qualitative Methods (3.00)
Studies the theory and practice of qualitative, non-statistical methods of sociological inquiry including field work, interviewing, textual analysis, and historical document work. Students practice each method and design larger projects. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission; open to advanced undergraduates.
SOC 5150Time and Memory (3.00)
This course surveys the field of memory studies, and is centered in particular on the concept of "collective memory." What are the varieties of practices 'including commemoration, recollection, collecting, museification, monument building, reminiscence, etc. through which we represent the past, and what difference do these practices make' Further topics include reputations, public history, transitional justice, and trauma.
Course was offered Spring 2011
SOC 5300Sociology of Self (3.00)
Over the past few decades the concepts of self and identity have been at the center of considerable intellectual debate in the social sciences and the humanities. In this course, we'll explore classic and contemporary perspectives on the self and society, culture and the category of the person. Among other questions, we will consider human agency, reflexivity, self presentation, identity formation, memory, pathology, emotion, and embodiment.
SOC 5320Sociology of Gender (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
This course will explore the social construction and consequences of gender, covering such topics as work, care, sexuality, identity, politics and inequality. Readings will include the classics as well as newer works in the field. Prerequisite: Graduate status; six credits in sociology or permission from the instructor.
Course was offered Fall 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2012
SOC 5370Inequality in Higher Education (3.00)
Why is there so much inequality in college entry and completion? How can higher education provide opportunity while sorting, selecting, and certifying students? What is the relationship between higher education and economic prosperity? By addressing these, and related questions, we will examine the complex interplay between inequality and opportunity and the relationship between higher education and the society at large.
Course was offered Fall 2017, Fall 2015
SOC 5400Empires (3.00)
This course will look at empires in the broadest possible context, historically and geographically. Its main focus will be the modern European empires: Spanish, British, French, Austrian, Russian, and Ottoman. Their form of rule, treatment of subject peoples, self-conceptions of the ruling peoples and their sense of the 'mission' of empire will be emphasized. There will be comparisons between empires - past, contemporaneous, and future.
Course was offered Spring 2013
SOC 5420Social Stratification (3.00)
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. Prerequisite: SOC 5030, 7130 or their equivalent, or instructor permission.
SOC 5559New Course in Sociology (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of sociology.
SOC 5900Economic Sociology (3.00)
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. Prerequisite: Graduate status; six credits in Sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 7102Qualitative Methods in Media Audience Research (3.00)
This course is designed to be a practical introduction to how to do audience research in the field of culturally-oriented communication study. The primary work students will be doing is to prepare research projects illustrating the in-depth application of one (or possibly multiple) methods of research employed in studying the cultural audience.
Course was offered Spring 2011
SOC 7130Intro to Social Statistics (3.00)
Intro to Social Statistics
SOC 7470Sociology of Development (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
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 7480Sociology of Globalization (3.00)
Globalization continues attracting the attention of scholars and social critics, but its theoretical foundations and empirical aspects remain blurry. Some contest its adequacy as a concept; others praise its evocative nature. This course will guide you through many of these debates. We will look at the political economy of globalization, the institutions that promote it, the movements that contest it, and the cultures that permeate it.
Course was offered Fall 2016
SOC 7559New Course in Sociology (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of sociology.
Course was offered Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2009
SOC 7980Graduate Research Workshop (3.00)
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 8030Sociological Issues (1.00)
Studies contemporary issues effecting sociology as a science, as an academic discipline, and as a profession. Frequent guest lecturers.
SOC 8031Sociology ProSeminar (3.00)
The ProSeminar provides an introduction for first year graduate students to the discipline and profession of Sociology, as well as to the Sociology Department.
Course was offered Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
SOC 8040Sociological Issues (1.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Studies contemporary issues effecting sociology as a science, as an academic discipline, and as a profession. Frequent guest lecturers.
SOC 8051Sociology of Work (3.00)
Studies 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.
Course was offered Fall 2015
SOC 8052Sociology of Religion (3.00)
Classical and contemporary theories and empirical research are examined to illuminate the changing role of religious belief and religious institutions in the Western World. Emphasizes the methodological problems of studying religion.
Course was offered Fall 2012, Spring 2010
SOC 8053Sociology of Education (3.00)
Analysis of education as a social institution and its relationship to other institutions, e.g., the ecology, the stratification system, the family. Special attention is devoted to the role of education in the status attainment process.
SOC 8054Political Sociology (3.00)
Studies the relationships between social structure and political institutions. Discusses competing theories on power structures, political participation, ideology, party affiliation, voting behavior, and social movements in the context of recent research on national and local politics in the United States.
Course was offered Fall 2017, Spring 2015, Fall 2012
SOC 8055Sociology of Law (3.00)
This seminar begins with a history of the field, and then narrows to a single theoretical problem: the sociology of the case.  In particular, it addresses how the social structure of a legal case predicts and explains the handling of the case, such as the style and quantity of social control it attracts.  The readings include theoretical works as well as research reports.    
SOC 8059Conflict (3.00)
Theoretical exploration of the social causes of conflict about right and wrong and the social factors that explain the handling of these conflicts in diverse settings across the world. Topics include individual and collective violence, avoidance, third-party intervention such as mediation and adjudication, therapy, and the evolution of conflict and morality across history.
SOC 8410Race & Ethnicity (3.00)
Studies pivotal issues relating to race in contemporary American society from a theoretical and historical point of view.  These include such topics as the contested meaning of the term "race", the relationship between race and ethnicity, assimilation, the relationship between race and inequality, and crime.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Fall 2013, Spring 2011
SOC 8470Sociology of Knowledge (3.00)
Studies the social foundations of knowledge, including formal systems of knowledge to the realities of everyday life. Includes classical and contemporary literature on the subject.
Course was offered Spring 2013, Fall 2009
SOC 8542Selected Topics in Sociology (3.00)
Advanced graduate seminars. Offerings are given in a semester determined by faculty and student interest.
SOC 8559New Course in Sociology (3.00)

Course was offered Fall 2014
SOC 8562Selected Topics in Sociology (3.00)
Advanced graduate seminars. Offerings are given in a semester determined by faculty and student interest.
Course was offered Fall 2015
SOC 8710Sociology of Organizations (3.00)
Examines formal organizations in government, industry, education, health care, religion, the arts, and voluntary associations. Considers such topics as power and authority, communication, 'informal' relations, commitment, and alienation.
Course was offered Fall 2011
SOC 8870Immigration (3.00)
This course examines migration from global and historical perspective, with a special focus on American immigration policy from 1900 to the present.
SOC 8998Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
SOC 8999Non-Topical Research (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
SOC 9010Directed Reading (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Independent study with a faculty member. 
SOC 9050Research Apprenticeship (1.00 - 12.00)
Provides practical research experience through close collaboration with a faculty member. (Faculty members propose project and chose apprentices from the pool of applicants.) Student apprentices will be junior colleagues, involved in all phases of the project. This collaborative effort will lead to a distinct scholarly product, usually a co-authored paper suitable for publication.
SOC 9060Research Apprenticeship (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
Provides practical research experience through close collaboration with a faculty member. (Faculty members propose project and chose apprentices from the pool of applicants.) Student apprentices will be junior colleagues, involved in all phases of the project. This collaborative effort will lead to a distinct scholarly product, usually a co-authored paper suitable for publication.
SOC 9998Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
SOC 9999Non-Topical Research (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Spring 2018
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.