Summer courses 2022

By: Paulina Velázquez Solís,  Sociology Communications
Fri, 02/11/2022

Make the most of your summer!

Take these introductory courses in sociology. Summer Session enrollment opens March 15.

Check back for more information on the courses


  • 3 week from  May 31 to June 17
  • 6 Week from June  21 to August 2
  • 4 Week from June 20 to July  8


  • 3 Week courses:

SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3 Credits. C. A. Smith. 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. 

SOC 1104 Race and Ethnicity in the United States: Social Constructs, Real World Consequences 3 Credits. Katherine Zaslavsky. 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.

SOC 2380 Media and Society (3 credits). Reid Ralston. This course will examine the intersections of media, culture, and society. The goal of this course is for students to apply a sociological perspective to the production, content, and reception of various forms of media such as the news, television, film, social media, etc. Through this course students will gain a broad understanding of the role of media in our lives and engage in topics such as the social and power dynamics of the media, issues of consumption and status, the production and social organization of media, and representation in the media.

SOC 3650 Disasters and Society (3 credits). Benjamin Cornwell. Disasters are usually sudden events that result in catastrophic loss of life and/or property. Words like “disorder,” “chaos,” and “panic” are often used to describe social phenomena in these situations – descriptions that (as you will learn) belie the highly socially structured nature of disaster-related behavior and processes. This course takes a closer look at disaster situations using a sociological lens. We will examine the social elements of disasters like the sinking of Titanic, the destruction of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11, the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the Buffalo Creek Flood, the Challenger explosion, and others. We will watch footage of disasters as well as popular depictions of them. Through this class, students will learn about: (1) the collective dynamics that govern social behavior in disaster situations; (2) the role social networks and organizations play in disaster occurrence, response and recovery; and (3) the role social disadvantage plays in shaping individuals’ vulnerability to and fatality risk in disasters.

  • 6 Week courses:

SOC 2150 Introduction to Organizations (3 credits). Abdullah Shahid. In modern society, we all spend much of our lives participating in or interacting with organizations. Most of us are born in organizations, educated in organizations, and work in organizations. The ubiquity and variability of organizations result in a myriad of organizational challenges we regularly face. The goal of this introductory course is to help students gain understanding of the origins, structure, and dynamics of organizations and their relationships to their environment. It is designed to provide an exposure to multiple theories of organizations and within the context of changing technological, social, and political/legal environments and the globalization of the world economy. We will also apply organizational theories to a variety of empirical cases. Additionally, we will cover issues related to organizations and management of risks, such as disaster, climate change, and infectious diseases.

  • Independent Study: Applied Research on Representation in Media  (3 credits)

Representation in Media is a research project on the inequality of gender, race/ethnicity, and sexuality representation in media. Key questions involve representation and diversity onscreen and offscreen, authenticity and performativity in representation, and how inequality in representation translates into other forms of inequality.

Work consists of (a) coding the public-facing identities of writers, directors, actors, creators, and reviewers in the television industry, and (b) coding how reviews cover representation in television shows. Students will learn qualitative and quantitative content analysis skills, as well as introductory statistical analysis and visualization skills in R. Students will complete regular memos, culminating in a final paper. No prior research, statistical, or R experience is expected.

Contact Katherine Ally Zaslavsky at with a brief statement of interest and, if possible, a copy of your transcript. 

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SOC 3310  (Parent: GOVT 3323) - Western European Politics (3 credits) Offered in Turin, Italy

This course provides an overview of contemporary Western European politics by focusing on challenges posed to European political systems by the Great Recession and Sovereign Debt Crisis. In the first half of the course, we place a special emphasis on the challenges faced by the Southern European countries that were hardest hit by the economic crisis. We focus specifically on the rise of non-mainstream political parties on both the right and the left. During the second module, we’ll pivot from this ongoing challenge to studying Western European political institutions in general, with a focus on the ongoing disruption of long-stable party systems by populist challengers. Throughout the course, we’ll take advantage of our location in Turin, Italy to learn more about Italian politics

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