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SOC 1101 : Introduction to Sociology
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course is a broad introduction to the field of sociology.  Course materials are designed to illustrate the distinctive features of the sociological perspective and to start you thinking sociologically about yourself and the broader social world.  To think sociologically is to recognize that being embedded in the world constrains behavior, and that individuals are both social actors and social products.  To think sociologically is also to recognize that our contemporary world, with its enduring cultural, political, and economic institutions, is as much a social product as we are.  We will begin by covering theoretical and methodological foundations of the sociological perspective.  We will go on to explore the concept of social stratification and will survey primary axes of social difference.  In the second half of the course we will look more closely at how individuals relate to each other, how social inequality is enacted and reinforced in everyday life, and at the way in which the organization of social life shapes individuals and groups, such as through social networks, residential neighborhoods, schooling, families, and on-line communication.
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SOC 1101 : Introduction to Sociology
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course is a broad introduction to the field of sociology.  Course materials are designed to illustrate the distinctive features of the sociological perspective and to start you thinking sociologically about yourself and the broader social world.  To think sociologically is to recognize that being embedded in the world constrains behavior, and that individuals are both social actors and social products.  To think sociologically is also to recognize that our contemporary world, with its enduring cultural, political, and economic institutions, is as much a social product as we are.  We will begin by covering theoretical and methodological foundations of the sociological perspective.  We will go on to explore the concept of social stratification and will survey primary axes of social difference.  In the second half of the course we will look more closely at how individuals relate to each other, how social inequality is enacted and reinforced in everyday life, and at the way in which the organization of social life shapes individuals and groups, such as through social networks, residential neighborhoods, schooling, families, and on-line communication.
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SOC 1104 : Race and Ethnicity in the United States: Social Constructs, Real World Consequences
Crosslisted as: AMST 1104, LSP 1105 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course will examine race and ethnic relations between Whites, Blacks, Latinos, and Asians in the United States. The goal of this course is for students to understand how the history of race and ethnicity in the U.S. affects opportunity structures in, for example, education, employment, housing, and health. Through this course students will gain a better understanding of how race and ethnicity stratifies the lives of individuals in the U.S.
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SOC 1170 : FWS: Modern Romance: Dating and Relationships Among Young Adults
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
  Have hookups fundamentally changed the dating scene on college campuses? Should we be concerned about the rise of cohabitation and the retreat from marriage? This course will explore romantic relationships among young adults using a sociological perspective. We will draft and revise papers on topics such as dating, hookups, virginity, online dating, pornography, birth control, nonmarital childbearing, marriage, cohabitation, and singlehood. Through writing and discussion, we will critically examine the role of race, class, gender, and sexuality in intimate relationship dynamics. Course readings will draw on research articles, book excerpts, and recent news articles. This course will equip you with the skills to analyze social scientific research, write compelling evidence-based papers, and craft informed responses to arguments in the popular media about families and relationships.
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SOC 1180 : FWS: Economic Inequality & Unequal Democracy
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SOC 1290 : American Society through Film
Crosslisted as: AMST 1290 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Introduces students to the sociological analysis of American society through the lens of film. Major themes involve race, class, and gender; upward and downward mobility; incorporation and exclusion; small town vs the big city; and cultural conflicts over individualism, achievement, and community. We match a range of movies like American Graffiti (Lucas), Ace in the Hole (Wilder), The Asphalt Jungle (Houston), Do the Right Thing (Lee), The Heiress (Wyler), High Noon (Zinnemann), Mean Streets (Scorsese), Nashville (Altman), The Philadelphia Story (Cukor), and A Streetcar Named Desire (Kazan). Each film is paired with social scientific research that examines parallel topics, such as analyses of who goes to college, the production of news, deviant careers, urban riots, the gendered presentation of self, and the prisoner's dilemma.
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SOC 1900 : Discussions of Justice
Crosslisted as: GOVT 1901, PHIL 1901, GOVT 1901, PHIL 1901, GOVT 1901, PHIL 1901, GOVT 1901, PHIL 1901 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course will address questions of justice posed by current political controversies, for example, controversies over immigration, economic inequality, American nationalism, the government's role in healthcare and the environment, racial inequality, the political power of elites, populism, authoritarianism, globalization, and the proper use of America's global power. Brief readings in political philosophy and social science will be starting points for informal discussion and mutual learning among diverse perspectives.
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SOC 1900 : Discussions of Justice
Crosslisted as: GOVT 1901, PHIL 1901, GOVT 1901, PHIL 1901, GOVT 1901, PHIL 1901, GOVT 1901, PHIL 1901 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course will address questions of justice posed by current political controversies, for example, controversies over immigration, economic inequality, American nationalism, the government's role in healthcare and the environment, racial inequality, the political power of elites, populism, authoritarianism, globalization, and the proper use of America's global power. Brief readings in political philosophy and social science will be starting points for informal discussion and mutual learning among diverse perspectives.
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SOC 2070 : Social Problems in the United States
Crosslisted as: PAM 2250 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course introduces the causes, consequences, and possible solutions of major issues facing U.S. society today. Students learn how social problems are defined and contested in the public sphere, and how various perspectives reflect underlying debates about social norms and values. Through readings, lectures, in-class discussion, and writing assignments, students explore a range of social problems in depth, such as: childhood poverty, racial segregation and discrimination, crime, job insecurity, family instability, discrimination by sexual identity, unequal pay for women's work, and gender imbalances in family life. Students study the historical and social roots of these various issues, bringing into focus how individual experiences and choices are embedded within a broader social structure.
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SOC 2090 : Networks
Crosslisted as: CS 2850, ECON 2040, INFO 2040 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This interdisciplinary course examines network structures and how they matter in everyday life. The course examines how each of the computing, economic, sociological and natural worlds are connected and how the structure of these connections affects each of these worlds. Tools of graph theory and game theory are taught and then used to analyze networks. Topics covered include the web, the small world phenomenon, markets, neural networks, contagion, search and the evolution of networks.
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SOC 2100 : What Is Science? An Introduction to the Social Studies of Science and Technology
Crosslisted as: STS 2011 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course introduces some central ideas in the field of S&TS. It is aimed at students from any background who are challenged to think more critically about what counts as scientific knowledge and why, and how science and technology intervene in the wider world. It also serves as an introduction to majors in Biology and Society or in Science and Technology Studies. The course mixes lectures, discussions, writing, and other activities. The discussion sections are an integral part of the course and attendance is required. A series of take-home written assignments and quizzes throughout the semester comprise the majority of the grade.
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SOC 2202 : Population Dynamics
Crosslisted as: DSOC 2010 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Introduction to population studies. The primary focus is on the relationships between demographic processes (fertility, mortality, and immigration) and social and economic issues. Discussion covers special topics related to population growth and spatial distribution, including marriage and family formation, population aging, changing roles and statuses of women, labor force participation, immigrations, urban growth and urbanization, resource allocation, and the environment.
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SOC 2206 : International Development
Crosslisted as: DSOC 2050 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
International development concerns the gains, losses and tensions associated with the process of social change - as it affects human populations, social institutions and the environment. This course considers development as an evolving world project and from the perspective of its social and ecological impact: asking questions about costs and benefits of economic growth, about the global context (geo-political, institutional, production, consumption, and discursive relations), and the sustainability of various models. We relate development trends in the South/Third World with those in the North/First World. We also examine shared, global issues, such as the environment, human rights, security, and their condition in different parts of the world. In examining development historically, we encourage students to situate trends shaping the twenty-first century world, and how they can contribute, as global citizens, to the ongoing debate about how to reformulate development as an inclusive an empowering social process. This course combines Lectures with discussion, and uses films and section discussions to promote reflection on diversity of cultures and understandings of human development. It also includes a special component (access by instructor permission), in conjunction with Cornell's Writing in the Majors Program. This is worth an additional credit hour, and is for advanced students. These students will meet additionally in weekly Sections with a Writing Instructor from Development Sociology for a special topic focus to enhance understanding of course material as well as writing skills.
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SOC 2208 : Social Inequality
Crosslisted as: DSOC 2090, PAM 2208 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course reviews contemporary approaches to understanding social inequality and the processes by which it comes to be seen as legitimate, natural, or desirable.  We address questions of the following kind:  What are the major forms of stratification in human history?  Are inequality and poverty inevitable?  How many social classes are there in advanced industrialism societies?  Is there a "ruling class?"  Are lifestyles, attitudes, and personalities shaped fundamentally by class membership?  Can individuals born into poverty readily escape their class origins and move upward in the class structure?  Are social contacts and "luck" important forces in matching individuals to jobs and class positions?  What types of social processes serve to maintain and alter racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination in labor markets?  Is there an "underclass?"  These and other questions are addressed in light of classical and contemporary theory and research.
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SOC 2220 : Controversies About Inequality
Crosslisted as: AMST 2225, DSOC 2220, GOVT 2225, ILROB 2220, PAM 2220, PHIL 1950 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
In recent years, poverty and inequality have become increasingly common topics of public debate, as academics, journalists, and politicians attempt to come to terms with growing income inequality, with the increasing visibility of inter-country differences in wealth and income, and with the persistence of racial, ethnic, and gender stratification. This course introduces students to ongoing social scientific debates about the sources and consequences of inequality, as well as the types of public policy that might appropriately be pursued to reduce (or increase) inequality. These topics will be addressed in related units, some of which include guest lectures by faculty from other universities (funded by the Center for the Study of Inequality). Each unit culminates with a highly spirited class discussion and debate.
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SOC 2250 : Schooling and Society
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
The primary goal of this course is to understand the relationship between education and society, with an emphasis on exploring educational inequality. To accomplish this, we will ask questions such as: What is the purpose and product of schools? How do schools reproduce social class, racial, and gender inequality? What is the relationship between education and future success? How are schools structured? What factors increase educational success? To answer these, and related questions, we will use classical and contemporary sociological theory and research. The course culminates in a research project of each student's own choosing.
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SOC 2320 : Social Identities and Interaction in Everyday Life
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
How do we develop and manage our identities in an increasingly complex world? How are our identities formed through interactions with other people, the groups to which we belong, and the groups from which we may be excluded? How has social media changed the way that we that develop our l identities and present them to others? Why do some identities become stigmatized, and what are some ways that people who have stigmatized identities manage that stigma in interactions with others? We will address these, and related, questions about l identity and interaction using the insights of the theoretical, experimental, survey-based, and qualitative sociological literatures.
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SOC 2330 : Religion and Social Life
Crosslisted as: RELST 2330 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Global conflicts, raising children, electing presidents, praying for a loved one: from the mundane to the extraordinary, religion plays a significant role in social life, regardless of whether or not one considers oneself "religious."  In this course we will investigate religion and its impacts in society from a sociological perspective.  Questions we will ask include:  How does religion "fit" into society?  What are the contours of contemporary religion in the United States and around the world?  How do religious identities interact with other aspects of social life, including gender, race and politics?  In what ways have religions and religious life changed over time?  As social scientists, how can we best study religion?  The course will use examples from a variety of religious and secular traditions to help us understand religion's sociological significance in the contemporary world.
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SOC 2390 : Modern Romance: Sex, Love, and Union Formation in the Internet Age
Crosslisted as: PAM 2390 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Looking for love in the digital age is quite different from the ways our ancestors met and found mates in previous generations.  Today's young adults are delaying marriage and embarking on new ways of meeting partners, and entering into different types of unions.  This course draws from the demographic, sociological, economic, and psychological literature to explore changes in sexual and romantic attachments, and how they vary across time, and over the life course.
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SOC 2460 : Drugs and Society
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
The course focuses on drug use and abuse as a social rather than as a medical or psychopathological phenomenon. Specifically, the course deals with the history of drug use and regulatory attempts in the United States and around the world; the relationship between drug use and racism/class conflict; pharmacology and use patterns related to specific drugs; perspectives on the etiology of drug use/abuse; AIDS prevention and harm reduction interventions; drug-using subcultures; drug policy, drug legislation, and drug enforcement; and the promotion and condemnation of drug activities in the mass media.
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SOC 2510 : Social Gerontology: Aging and the Life Course
Crosslisted as: HD 2510 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Analyzes the social aspects of aging in contemporary American society from a lifecourse perspective. Topics include (1) an introduction to the field of gerontology, its history, theories, and research methods; (2) a brief overview of the physiological and psychological changes that accompany aging; (3) an analysis of the contexts (e.g., family, friends, social support, employment, volunteer work) in which individual aging occurs, including differences of gender, ethnicity, and social class; and (4) the influences of society on the aging individual.
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SOC 2520 : Obama and the Meaning of Race
Crosslisted as: AMST 2504, ASRC 2504, GOVT 2604 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
The election of Barack Obama to the presidency has raised new questions in the American debate on race, politics, and social science. Has America entered a post-racial society in which racism and inequality are things of the past? Or does Obama's post-Black, race-neutral approach to governing signal the end of Black politics, race-based activism and prescriptive policy? In this course, students will use the Obama presidency to think, talk, and write about how race works in America. We'll examine the symbolism of Obama's personal narrative and biracialism to analyze his race-neutral campaigns and governing within the context of history, politics, and policies. We'll look at the public image of Michelle Obama, especially how she is gendered as Black radical and fashionista.
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SOC 2580 : Six Pretty Good Books: Explorations in Social Science
Crosslisted as: COMM 2580, HD 2580, ILRLR 2580, PSYCH 2580 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course is modeled after "Great Books" literature courses in the humanities, but with two important differences: we read non-fiction books in the social sciences rather than the humanities, written by highly prominent contemporary social scientists. The course title refers to the fact that the books are new, hence their potential greatness has yet to be confirmed by the test of time. We choose living authors to give students a unique opportunity: to interact with each of the six authors in Q&A sessions in person or via video conferencing. This fall half of the authors will appear in person for Q&A and the others will Skype with the class.
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SOC 2650 : Latinos in the United States
Crosslisted as: AMST 2655, DSOC 2650, LSP 2010 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Exploration and analysis of the Hispanic experience in the United States. Examines the sociohistorical background and economic, psychological, and political factors that converge to shape a Latino group identity in the United States. Perspectives are suggested and developed for understanding Hispanic migrations, the plight of Latinos in urban and rural areas, and the unique problems faced by the diverse Latino groups. Groups studied include Mexican Americans, Dominicans, Cubans, and Puerto Ricans.
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SOC 2710 : America's Promise: Social and Political Context of American Education
Crosslisted as: AMST 2710, AMST 5710, DSOC 2710, DSOC 5710, EDUC 2710, EDUC 5710, SOC 5710 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course is a blending of the Sociology of Education and Public Policy. Front and center in this course is the question of why consistent differential educational and economic outcomes exists in American society. We explore the broad sociological functions of schooling (socialization, sorting, caretaking, training) as well as local, state, and federal policies and court decisions.
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SOC 3010 : Statistics for Sociological Research
Crosslisted as: SOC 6010 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course will introduce students to the theory and mathematics of statistical analysis. Many decisions made by ourselves and others around us are based on statistics, yet few people have a solid grip on the strengths and limitations of these techniques. This course will provide a firm foundation for statistical reasoning and logical inference using probability. While there is math in this course, it is not a math class per se, as a considerable amount of attention is devoted to interpreting statistics as well as calculating them.
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SOC 3040 : Immigration and Public Policy
Crosslisted as: DSOC 3040, PAM 3040 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course provides a broad overview of the major public policy issues concerning immigration to the U.S. The course reviews demographic, sociological, and economic perspectives on both the cause and consequences of international migration and consider the role that federal, state, and local policies play in altering immigration flows and the incorporation of immigrants.
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SOC 3130 : Sociology of Medicine
Crosslisted as: BSOC 3111, DSOC 3111, STS 3111 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course provides an introduction to the ways in which medical practice, the medical profession, and medical technology are embedded in society and culture. We will ask how medicine is connected to various sociocultural factors such as gender, social class, race, and administrative cultures. We will examine the rise of medical sociology as a discipline, the professionalization of medicine, and processes of medicalization and demedicalization. We will look at alternative medical practices and how they differ from and converge with the dominant medical paradigm. We will focus on the rise of medical technology in clinical practice with a special emphases on reproductive technologies. We will focus on the body as a site for medical knowledge, including the medicalization of sex differences, the effect of culture on nutrition, and eating disorders such as obesity and anorexia nervosa. We will also read various classic and contemporary texts that speak to the illness experience and the culture of surgeons, hospitals, and patients, and we will discuss various case studies in the social construction of physical and mental illness.
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SOC 3130 : Sociology of Medicine
Crosslisted as: BSOC 3111, DSOC 3111, STS 3111 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course provides an introduction to the ways in which medical practice, the medical profession, and medical technology are embedded in society and culture. We will ask how medicine is connected to various sociocultural factors such as gender, social class, race, and administrative cultures. We will examine the rise of medical sociology as a discipline, the professionalization of medicine, and processes of medicalization and demedicalization. We will look at alternative medical practices and how they differ from and converge with the dominant medical paradigm. We will focus on the rise of medical technology in clinical practice with a special emphases on reproductive technologies. We will focus on the body as a site for medical knowledge, including the medicalization of sex differences, the effect of culture on nutrition, and eating disorders such as obesity and anorexia nervosa. We will also read various classic and contemporary texts that speak to the illness experience and the culture of surgeons, hospitals, and patients, and we will discuss various case studies in the social construction of physical and mental illness.
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SOC 3150 : Research Design, Practice, and Policy
Crosslisted as: PAM 3120 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Examines systematic approaches for addressing questions about poverty, family life, racial inequality, and a range of other issues central to public policy. It emphasizes the logic and methods of social science research, including the measurement of social phenomena, generalizing results to groups of interest, establishing cause and effect, social experiments, survey research, and qualitative methods. It develops skills to critically evaluate the research of others and provides hands-on experience applying research methods to policy-related problems.
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SOC 3160 : Social Context and Health
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course examines how the social world gets "under the skin." We'll examine the associations between various aspects of social context – including stratification and inequality, social networks and support, and social environments – and physical health. There are two main components of this course. First, we'll read and discuss previous research on the health effects of social status, patient-physician interactions, employment/work, stress, social networks, social support, loneliness, culture and religion, and the neighborhood context. We'll consider both qualitative and quantitative research on social life and health, with an eye toward identifying the strengths and weaknesses of various methodological approaches and gaps in current knowledge. The second component of this course is focused on the development of your own research regarding the relationship between social context and health. You'll explore this using data from a population-based social survey. Class instruction for this portion of the course will cover research question development, the statistical analysis of survey data, and social scientific writing. Three research reports written during the semester will provide you with a foundation from which you will write and present a final paper that considers how health is shaped by the social world.
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SOC 3190 : Contemporary Sociological Theory
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Introduction to the main ideas and lines of research in contemporary sociology, from the emergence of the field in the American academy to the present. We read the work of seminal theorists and researchers such as Robert Merton, Erving Goffman, James Coleman, Harrison White, and Theda Skocpol. Topics include the development of distinctive lines of argument in areas like the study of the face-to-face group, the modern organization, social movements and social revolutions, inequality, and social mobility. The course considers the relationship between intellectual challenges, techniques of social inquiry, and the social context within which ideas are put forward and take hold.
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SOC 3240 : Environmental Sociology
Crosslisted as: DSOC 3240, STS 3241 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Humans have fraught relationships with the animals, plants, land, water—even geological processes—around us. We come together to revere, conserve, protect the things many call nature. We struggle over who gets to use what, which resources to use or to keep intact, which scientific claims are true and worthy of action. Every environmental concern is on some level a social concern, and more social concerns than we often realize are environmental concerns. In this course, we will examine how people make and respond to environmental change and how groups of people form, express, fight over, and work out environmental concerns. We will consider how population change, economic activity, government action, social movements, and changing ways of thinking shape human-environmental relationships. The fundamental goal of this course is to give you knowledge, analytical tools, and expressive skills that make you confident to address environmental concerns as a social scientist and a citizen. 
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SOC 3380 : Urban Inequality
Crosslisted as: AMST 3380 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This is a seminar course on urban inequality in the United States.  The first half of the semester will be dedicated to understanding the political, historical, and social determinants of inequality in America's cities. Politically and socially, cities face unique challenges. Municipalities lack much formal authority to resolve issues that arise within their borders, and their populations are highly heterogeneous in terms of ethnicity, race, and social class. In the second half of the course, we will investigate a number of contemporary facets of urban inequality in-depth, such as residential segregation, urban schooling, immigration, and suburban sprawl.
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SOC 3480 : Politics and Culture
Crosslisted as: GOVT 3633 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Focuses on currently salient themes of nationalism, multiculturalism, and democracy. It explores such questions as who is a citizen; what is a nation; what is a political institution; and how do bonds of solidarity form in modern civil society. Readings are drawn principally from sociology and where applicable from political science and history. Journalist accounts, films, and web site research supplement readings.
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SOC 3710 : Comparative Social Inequalities
Crosslisted as: DSOC 3700 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course offers a sociological understanding of social inequality and the social construction of difference. Designed from the perspective of comparative historical analysis, we will examine the ways in which class, gender, race/ethnicity, religion, and sexuality differences work across place and time within a shared set of global dynamics. The course will pay special attention to how difference is constructed, institutionalized, and experienced. Thus, the course will not only address inequality based on economic and labor relations, but also emphasize complicated notions of difference and identity to offer an analysis that links inequality to power and forms of rule.
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SOC 3750 : Classical Sociological Theory
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Introduction to the classics in sociology, primarily works by Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, and Georg Simmel. Students also study the works of Alexis de Tocqueville, Montesquieu, and Joseph Schumpeter. Special emphasis is put on the concepts, ideas, and modes of explanation that characterize the classics. Students also look at these writers' empirical material, and what may be termed the social construction of the classics. Course requirements include active class participation and three tests in class.
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SOC 3950 : Advanced Economic Sociology
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course aims at reinforcing and adding to the insights in "Introduction to Economic Sociology" (taught in the fall). The course begins with the theoretical foundation of economic sociology (classical and modern). The contributions by Max Weber, Joseph Schumpeter, Mark Granovetter and others will be presented. This segment is followed by lectures on different types of economic organization, from capitalism and the global economy to the firm and entrepreneurship. Topics such as politics and the economy, law and the economy, culture and the economy, and gender and the economy will then be discussed.  Normative aspects of economic sociology are also on the agenda.
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SOC 4370 : Sociology of Sex and Gender
Crosslisted as: FGSS 4371, FGSS 6371, SOC 6370 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course provides an introduction to the theoretical and empirical literature on the sociology of sex and gender. The readings cover theory and methods, feminism, masculinity, intersectionality, international/comparative perspectives, gender roles, and recent sociological research in this area.
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SOC 4390 : Social Dynamics and Computational Methods
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This seminar addresses theoretical and empirical research topics related to the study of complex social networks, or as some have characterized the field, "the new science of networks." These can range from very large online networks to very small artificial networks. Priority is given to topics closely related to current research in the Social Dynamics Laboratory at Cornell.
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SOC 4520 : Sociology of Race & Education
Crosslisted as: AMST 4516, ASRC 4516, ASRC 6516 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
We will undertake an in-depth study of racial inequality and its relationship to schooling. The course content is centered primarily on the schooling challenges facing Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American students. We will investigate how issues such as the resegregation of schools, academic tracking, and teacher quality impact student achievement. The course reviews classic theoretical perspectives in the sociology of education, including education as social reproduction or cultural capital. Special attention will be given to the conceptualization and measurement of racial gaps in standardized test scores since the 1970s. We will also give some attention to how the debates surrounding race and education are influenced by popular discourse, including film documentaries.
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SOC 4560 : Stars, Scores, and Rankings: Evaluation and Society
Crosslisted as: INFO 4561, STS 4561 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Evaluation is a pervasive feature of contemporary life. Professors, doctors, countries, hotels, pollution, books, intelligence: there is hardly anything that is not subject to some form of review, rating, or ranking these days. This senior seminar examines the practices, cultures, and technologies of evaluation and asks how value is established, maintained, compared, subverted, resisted, and institutionalized in a range of different settings. Topics include user reviews, institutional audit, ranking and commensuration, algorithmic evaluation, tasting, gossip, and awards. Drawing on case studies from science, technology, culture, accounting, art, environment, and everyday life, we shall explore how evaluation comes to order our lives – and why it is so difficult to resist.
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SOC 4570 : Health and Social Behavior
Crosslisted as: HD 4570 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Critically examines theories and empirical research on the relationships among social group membership, social status, and physical and mental health.
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SOC 4580 : The Science of Social Behavior
Crosslisted as: COMM 4580, HD 4580, ILRLR 4580 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This is a capstone seminar for seniors who are interested in graduate or professional study in scientific disciplines that focus on human behavior and social interaction. The intent is to provide seniors with an opportunity to summon, integrate, and apply insights that they have acquired over the course of their undergraduate education, and give prospective graduate students the opportunity to lead discussions in a large introductory lecture course, "Six Pretty Good Books" (HD/ILRLR/COMM/SOC 2580). Each seminar member is part of a two or three-person team that leads the discussion together, under the supervision of a graduate teaching assistant. Seminar meetings are devoted to building lesson plans for leading an effective discussion of each of the six books. The authors vary from year to year but include Malcolm Gladwell, Michelle Alexander, Nate Silver, and Nicholas Christakis. All authors have agreed to participate in a "Q&A" session with the students which seminar members are required to attend. The course meets Cornell's SBA distribution requirement.
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SOC 4910 : Independent Study
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This is for undergraduates who wish to obtain research experience or to do extensive reading on a special topic.
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SOC 4910 : Independent Study
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This is for undergraduates who wish to obtain research experience or to do extensive reading on a special topic.
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SOC 4950 : Honors Research
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Students choose a sociology faculty member to work with on research to write an honors thesis. Candidates for honors must maintain a cumulative GPA at least an A- in all sociology classes.
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SOC 4950 : Honors Research
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Students choose a sociology faculty member to work with on research to write an honors thesis. Candidates for honors must maintain a cumulative GPA at least an A- in all sociology classes.
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SOC 4960 : Honors Thesis: Senior Year
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Continuation of SOC 4950.  Continue to work with honors supervisor and work on and write an honors thesis.
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SOC 4960 : Honors Thesis: Senior Year
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Continuation of SOC 4950.  Continue to work with honors supervisor and work on and write an honors thesis.
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SOC 5010 : Basic Problems in Sociology I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Analysis of theory shaping current sociological research. Examination of several central problems in sociological inquiry provides an occasion for understanding tensions and continuities between classical and contemporary approaches, for indicating the prospects for unifying microsociological and macrosociological orientations, and for developing a critical appreciation of efforts to integrate theory and research.
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SOC 5020 : Basic Problems in Sociology II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Continuation of SOC 5010. Emphasis is on the logical analysis of theoretical perspectives, theories, and theoretical research programs shaping current sociological research. The course includes an introduction to basic concepts used in the logical analysis of theories and examines their application to specific theories and theoretical research programs. Theoretical perspectives include functionalism, social exchange, and interactionism.
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SOC 5710 : America's Promise: Social and Political Context of American Education
Crosslisted as: AMST 2710, AMST 5710, DSOC 2710, DSOC 5710, EDUC 2710, EDUC 5710, SOC 2710 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Examines the goals, roles, inputs, and outcomes of schooling in American society, and the policy environment in which schools operate. Analyzes controversies and tensions (e.g., equity, market forces, state control) surrounding public education at local, state, and federal levels. Includes current and historical, urban, and rural issues and problems.
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SOC 6010 : Statistics for Sociological Research
Crosslisted as: SOC 3010 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Sociological theory relies on the analysis of data to make claims about how the world works. This course will provide students with a firm understanding of how to analyze data quantitatively to inform theory. Although this is not a mathematics course, students will learn about the concepts and mechanics that underlie statistical procedures and regression models that are prominent in quantitative sociological research. Students will also have a first-hand opportunity to analyze data that speaks to questions that they are interested in.
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SOC 6020 : Intermediate Statistics for Sociological Research
Crosslisted as: PAM 6820 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course provides the second part of a two-semester introduction to quantitative methods in sociological research. It is designed for first-year graduate students in sociology. The course covers intermediate topics in linear regression, and provides an introduction to models for categorical and count data, the analysis of time data, and longitudinal data. We'll also discuss data-related issues such as missing data and weighting, and data that are complicated by issues of non-random design. While statistical modeling is the focus of the course, we proceed with the assumption that models are only as good as the theoretical and substantive knowledge behind them. Thus, in covering the technical material, we will spend considerable time discussing the link between substantive knowledge and statistical practice.
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SOC 6030 : Graduate Research Practicum
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course is designed to assist the student's professional development on a "learning by doing and feedback" basis. The course is organized around presentation and discussion of ongoing research projects. The course is suitable for second and third year students who are writing or expanding their qualifying papers and for advanced graduate students who have dissertation results to share, as well as a venue for independent research pursued by individual or collaborating students. Weekly meetings are typically organized around a student paper draft distributed to the group. As a general rule the course welcomes auditors and all members of the sociology community interested in the variety of research being pursued at Cornell, though participation is with the permission of the instructor(s). In most semesters, two faculty members will jointly lead the course.
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SOC 6080 : Proseminar in Sociology
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Discussion of the current state of sociology and of the research interests of members of the graduate field; taught by all members of the field.
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SOC 6080 : Proseminar in Sociology
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Discussion of the current state of sociology and of the research interests of members of the graduate field; taught by all members of the field.
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SOC 6140 : Immigrant Incorporation
Crosslisted as: PAM 6140 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Graduate seminar course on the incorporation of immigrants in host societies, including theoretical perspectives on assimilation and applications to labor markets, housing, schools, and other institutions. Course will also focus on broader social, economic, and political impacts of immigration. Lectures and discussions will mostly focus on research on immigrants to the US, drawing from work in sociology, demography, economics, and political science.
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SOC 6160 : Survey Methods
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course will provide a foundation in the fundamentals of social survey design, implementation, and analysis for graduate students who wish to conduct survey research or analyze survey data. We will begin by reviewing theories underlying social scientific survey research, and then consider principles of survey design and administration including sampling methodology, questionnaire construction, internal and external validity, field administration, and interviewer effects. We will review data management and analytic techniques of scaling and scoring, assessing data quality and measurement error, coping with missing data and response bias, weighting, and adjusting for clustered sampling designs. Throughout the course, we will review publicly available social survey data and consider the promise and challenges of new survey methods including web- and smartphone-based surveys, wiki surveys, and mixed-mode data collection
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SOC 6200 : Political Culture
Crosslisted as: AMST 6202, ANTHR 6102, GOVT 6202, HIST 6202 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course will explore the relationship between popular belief, political action, and the institutional deployment of social power. The class will be roughly divided in three parts, opening with a discussion of how the material world influences the culture of a society. The middle section will connect culture to political ideology, including symbolism and the construction of group identity. The last part of the course will consider ways in which cultural symbols and ideology can be manipulated in order to legitimate government authority. We will then, coming full circle, trace how political regimes can influence the social practices from which culture originates.
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SOC 6310 : Qualitative Research Methods for Studying Science
Crosslisted as: STS 6311 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
In this Graduate seminar we will discuss the nature, politics and basic assumptions underlying qualitative research. We will examine a selection of qualitative methods ranging from interviewing, oral history, ethnography, participant observation, archival research and visual methods. We will also discuss the relationship between theory and method. All stages of a research project will be discussed - choice of research topic and appropriate methods; human subject concerns and permissions; issues regarding doing research; as well as the process of writing up and publishing research findings.
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SOC 6320 : Inside Technology
Crosslisted as: STS 6321 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Rather than analyze the social impact of technology upon society, this course investigates how society gets inside technology. In other words, is it possible that the very design of technologies embody assumptions about the nature of society? And, if so, are alternative technologies, which embody different assumptions about society, possible? Do engineers have implicit theories about society? Is technology gendered? How can we understand the interaction of society and technology? Throughout the course the arguments are illustrated by detailed examinations of particular technologies, such as the ballistic missile, the bicycle, the electric car, and the refrigerator.
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SOC 6350 : Network Sampling and Network Structure
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Network sampling methods provide means for drawing probability samples of hidden and hard-to-reach populations. These populations are difficult to sample using standard survey research methods because they lack a sampling frame, that is, an exhaustive list of population members from which the sample can be drawn and constructing a sampling frame is not feasible due to the closed nature of the populations networks or associated factors. Populations with these characteristics are important to studies of public health (e.g., drug users and commercial sex workers), public policy (e.g., immigrants and the homeless), and arts and culture (e.g., jazz musicians and aging artists). This course will survey the use of network-based approaches to sample populations and study the structure of social networks. The focus will range from initial work on biased network theory, through various approaches based on snowball sampling, the "random-walk" approach, adaptive sampling, and link-tracing designs, to a principal focus on respondent-driven sampling (RDS), including the analytics underlying that method, operational procedures, recent work extending the method, the potential for use of RDS to study the structure of very large social networks, and open areas in which further work is continuing and alternative formulations are emerging.
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SOC 6370 : Sociology of Sex and Gender
Crosslisted as: FGSS 4371, FGSS 6371, SOC 4370 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course provides an introduction to the theoretical and empirical literature on the sociology of sex and gender. The readings cover theory and methods, feminism, masculinity, intersectionality, international/comparative perspectives, gender roles, and recent sociological research in this area.
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SOC 6390 : Social Dynamics and Computational Methods
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This seminar addresses theoretical and empirical research topics related to the study of complex social networks, or as some have characterized the field, "the new science of networks." These can range from very large online networks to very small artificial networks. Priority is given to topics closely related to current research in the Social Dynamics Laboratory at Cornell.
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SOC 6450 : Neighborhoods, Schools and Education
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SOC 6720 : Sociology of Race and Institutions
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course offers graduate students an introduction to sociological theory on race and empirical research at the intersection of race and social institutions. Students will first engage theoretically with race as a social construct and the role of institutions in society, before surveying work on race within each of the following institutional contexts: schooling, the criminal justice system, employment, housing and health care. Readings will include a mix of qualitative and quantitative approaches. Class meetings will focus on discussion of readings with the aim of identifying directions for further research and, in the second half of the semester, the development of research papers.
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SOC 6910 : Independent Study
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
For graduates who wish to obtain research experience or to do extensive reading on a special topic. Permission to enroll for independent study is granted only to students who present an acceptable prospectus and secure the agreement of a faculty member to serve as supervisor for the project throughout the semester.
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SOC 6910 : Independent Study
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
For graduates who wish to obtain research experience or to do extensive reading on a special topic. Permission to enroll for independent study is granted only to students who present an acceptable prospectus and secure the agreement of a faculty member to serve as supervisor for the project throughout the semester.
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SOC 8910 : Graduate Research
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Work with a faculty member on a project that is related to your dissertation work.
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SOC 8920 : Graduate Research
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Work with a faculty member on a project that is related to your dissertation work.
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SOC 8950 : Thesis Research
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Work with chair of your committee on your dissertation work.
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SOC 8960 : Thesis Research
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Work with chair of your committee on your dissertation work.
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