Fall 2017 Class Schedule
|SOCIOL 101-6||First-Year Seminar: Scandals & Reputations||Gary Fine||TTh 3:30-4:50|
SOCIOL 101-6 First-Year Seminar: Scandals & Reputations
This freshman seminar is designed to expose incoming students to the basic approaches that historians, political scientists, and sociologists use to understanding historical memory. In particular, we examine how reputations are constructed by the public and by historians, and how scandals (including contemporary ones) come to be understood. Our primary focus for this course will be American examples, but the historical range will be broad, covering 1700-present. Given the controversy recently uncovered at Northwestern about the involvement of our founder, John Evans in the Sand Creek Massacre, the most significant genocide of native peoples on United States soil, we will discuss how the university should recall Evans' deeds.
|SOCIOL 101-6||First-Year Seminar: Teens, Tweens, and Adolescents||Karrie Snyder||MW 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 101-6 First-Year Seminar: Teens, Tweens, and Adolescents
This course examines the experiences of young people today and how the experience of being a young person varies greatly by socio-economic status, gender, and race/ethnicity. We will also spend time looking at how life stages associated with youth (such as tween, teenager, and emerging adulthood) have evolved and why the road to adulthood is often longer today. We will also think about how the media shapes societal views of young people and how young people use social media. Finally, we will consider how the lives of young people today (Millenials) compare to earlier generations (including Baby Boomers and Generation X) and we will look at intergenerational interactions at home, in school, and in the workplace.
|SOCIOL 110||Intro to Sociology||Craig Rawlings||MWF 1:00-1:50|
SOCIOL 110 Intro to Sociology
Sociology emerges from the hunch that there are forces at work beyond our control (and often beyond our awareness) that influence how we think, feel, and act. Sociologists have turned this philosophical speculation into a systematic approach to building and testing theories. Sociological explanations center on the structure and dynamics of social groups (families, friendship networks, organizations, etc.) as enabling and constraining human behavior. In this course, you will learn to think like a sociologist - to use your "sociological imagination" to examine the social nature of a number of issues and behaviors, many of which may at first appear to be the results of strictly individual motives and personal choices. You will get a broad overview of the theories and methods used in sociology and how these are applied across a wide range of important phenomena, including gender, race, inequality, and education.
|SOCIOL 202||Social Problems||Karrie Snyder||MW 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 202 Social Problems
In this course, we will investigate how social conditions come to be defined as social problems. This course will be divided into two sections. The first section will be an overview of how sociologists have approached the study of social problems including theoretical perspectives (symbolic interactionist, conflict, structural-functionalist and constructionist perspectives). In this section, we will also conceptually examine the roles of policymakers, social advocates, and the media in the process of defining social problems. In the second section of the course, we will use the perspectives and conceptual tools from the first part to analyze contemporary social problems including bullying, violence among young people, and the effects of the media on children and teenagers. As a class, we will also examine the debates surrounding several social problems (such as teen pregnancy) to understand how interested parties can define a similar situation as problematic, but do so for very diverse reasons and in doing so suggest very different solutions.
|SOCIOL 206||Law and Society||Joanna Grisinger||TTh 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 206 Law and Society
Introduction to the role of law in American society. Relationship of law, inequality, and social change. Changes in legal institutions: the courts, the legal profession, and legal services for the poor. Taught with LEGAL ST 206; may not receive credit for both courses.
Instructor varies. See Caesar for current description.
|SOCIOL 207||Cities in Society||Mary Pattillo||TTh 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 207 Cities in Society
The purpose of this course is to present and examine some of the major issues in the study and development of cities and their surrounding areas. Urban areas are dense settlements of diverse groups of people. Racial, gender, sexual, ethnic, cultural, economic, and political heterogeneity all require negotiation and sometimes lead to conflicts that play out in the streets and neighborhoods of major metropolises. Also, elite political and financial actors in cities have a heavy hand in shaping the direction of urban development and the allocation of resources. We will look at the role of both institutional actors and average city residents in affecting the following urban issues, among others: residential stratification by income and race, suburbanization, urban policy, gender, crime, immigration, and culture. The class is grounded in the study of U.S. cities, but world cities will be discussed to provide comparison and to highlight the importance of globalization.
|SOCIOL 212||Environment and Society||Susan Thistle||TTh 3:30-4:50|
SOCIOL 212 Environment and Society
Overview of the interactions between societies and the natural environment. Examines both key environmental problems, like climate change and oil spills, and possible solutions, and the roles played by different social structures and groups in shaping both issues.
|SOCIOL 215||Economy and Society||Jackson Bartlett||MW 3:30-4:50|
SOCIOL 215 Economy and Society
This course introduces students to the idea that economies are fundamentally made up of social relations, and that social relations are influenced by economic systems. In contrast to free-market economic models which suppose a social and political vacuum where people make rational choices, we will begin with the supposition that family, geography, culture, race, class, gender and sexuality, and age mix and mingle with the way things are produced and consumed, how economies are managed by the state, and how society is molded to fit various economic systems. We will consider how social institutions like property, markets, work, and family evolve alongside different economic arrangements including classic liberalism, liberal-Keynesianism, and neoliberalism. Students should come away from the course with a deeper understanding of the way economy indexes power, who has it and who doesn't, and how economy intersects with social problems like racism and heterosexism.
|SOCIOL 301||The City: Urbanization and Urbanism||Al Hunter||TTh 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 301 The City: Urbanization and Urbanism
Learn different sociological theories about cities and social life and about research that supports or revises those theories. Topics include physical ecology of cities, political economy of cities, social life among social groups, and the question of community, deviance and social control, and planning for the future.
|SOCIOL 302||Sociology of Organizations||Craig Rawlings||MW 9:30-10:50|
SOCIOL 302 Sociology of Organizations
Most of our waking hours are spent participating in various types of formal organizations - schools, corporations, churches, or (unfortunately) prisons. We generally begin our lives in hospitals, and often end our days in nursing homes. While we want to join some organizations (e.g. Northwestern - go Cats!), we also avoid others like plague (e.g. the DMV). But where do organizations come from? What do they have in common? How to they shape who we get to know, how we get ahead or fall behind? Why do organizations change or fail to change?
|SOCIOL 306||Sociological Theory||Wendy Espeland||TTh 3:30-4:50|
SOCIOL 306 Sociological Theory
Sociological perspectives developed by classic theorists. Elucidation and testing of sociological principles in contemporary research. Primarily for sociology majors. Open to others with consent of instructor.
|SOCIOL 311||Food, Politics, and Society||Susan Thistle||TTh 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 311 Food, Politics, and Society
This course looks closely at how different social groups, institutions and policies shape the ways food is produced, distributed and consumed in different parts of the world, especially the United States, and the social and environmental consequences of such a process. We look at the dramatic growth of factory farming and the social and political factors lying behind such rise, and alternatives such as sustainable farming, Farmers' Markets, and local food. aspects of the food systems we examine, and the social actors and policies giving rise to such alternatives.
|SOCIOL 324||Global Capitalism||Jackson Bartlett||TTh 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 324 Global Capitalism
In many ways, capitalism has been global from the start. With its earliest development in the destructive fires of colonialism and transatlantic slavery, capitalism's very development depended not only upon technological advancement, but upon international trade and finance and both forced and voluntary labor migration across national borders. Yet, since World War II, we have seen a noteworthy transformation in the nature of global capitalism. The rise of multi-lateral trade agreements and increasing power of global institutions like the World Bank and International Monetary fund are just two examples. This course will examine what we traditionally refer to as "globalization" as a historical and multi-scalar phenomenon, one developing in the context of neoliberalism; i.e. the cocktail of deregulation, privatization, and austerity currently stressing social and political norms across the globe. Paying particular attention to the way debt and austerity are used to uphold the power relations established in the long and disparate colonial histories of Asia, Africa, and Latin/North America, students should come away from this course understanding global capitalism as something that has changed at various points in time rather than something that emerged over the latter half of the twentieth century.
|SOCIOL 345||Class and Culture||Beth Red Bird||MW 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 345 Class and Culture
This course covers the economic, social, and political causes and consequence of class in America. Specifically, this course examines the effects of class on culture, politics, social interaction, identity, social psychology, and language, and emphasizes ways that social class shapes the background and experiences of current Northwestern students and what their future will hold.
|SOCIOL 348||Race, Politics, and the Law||Heather Schoenfeld||MW 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 348 Race, Politics, and the Law
How does U.S. society, politics and law construct the notion of "race?" How do social, political and legal forces produce outcomes differentiated by race? This class will draw from sociology, political science, psychology, history and legal scholarship to situate the role of race in contemporary U.S. politics, policy and law. We will look at how race continues to structure life experiences, social outcomes, opinions and political affiliations. We will review and critique various conceptualizations of race and racism in the literature. Finally, we will investigate contemporary political and policy issues. For each issue we will ask, how does race function in politics and policy? And, how does the law shape or respond to race and racial difference? The class is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the relationship between race, inequality and the law. Students will learn to apply theories of race and racism to contemporary political and legal issues.
|SOCIOL 376||Topics in Sociological Analysis: Gangs||Al Hunter||TTh 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 376 Topics in Sociological Analysis: Gangs
This course explores the modern American urban street gang. It looks at the long sociological tradition of theory and research on such gangs, much of it conducted right here in Chicago. It looks at the structure and activities of such gangs and the response of local community institutions including the police, and national urban and criminal justice policy with respect to street gangs.
|SOCIOL 376||Topics in Sociological Analysis: Sexuality, Biomedicine, & HIV/AIDS||Aaron Norton||MW 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 376 Topics in Sociological Analysis: Sexuality, Biomedicine, & HIV/AIDS
In this course, we will draw upon literature in the social sciences and humanities to consider the central role that science (broadly conceived) has played both in categorizing people based upon sexual desires, practices, and identity, and in challenging how we have come to understand those very categories. We then consider how debates over how to define sexuality intersect with struggles for LGBT rights as well as alternative approaches to improving the lives of those who may not fit neatly within established categories. Key topics will include: the pathologization and de-pathologization of homosexuality; same-sex marriage; fixed vs. fluid sexual desire; efforts to change sexual orientation; and the relevance of disputes over the nature of sexuality to trans people's claims to legal recognition, among others.
|SOCIOL 398-1||Senior Research Seminar||Anthony Chen||M 9:00-11:50|
SOCIOL 398-1 Senior Research Seminar
Independent research projects carried out under faculty supervision. Prerequisite for 398-2: B- or better in 398-1.
|SOCIOL 400||Introduction to Statistics and Statistical Software||Jean Clipperton||M 9:30-12:20|
SOCIOL 400 Introduction to Statistics and Statistical Software
This course is designed to teach students the basics of single variable calculus, probability, set theory, random variables, and hypothesis testing. The course prepares students for the next class in the statistics sequence. The fundamental math used in this course will be covered in a review course prior to the start of the quarter. By the end of the course, students will understand the intuition behind statistical analysis, have practice applying the statistical techniques covered, and be familiar with different types of statistical anlysis.
|SOCIOL 406-1||Classical Theory in Sociological Analysis||Wendy Espeland||W 11:00-1:50|
SOCIOL 406-1 Classical Theory in Sociological Analysis
This seminar, which is required for and restricted to first-year Sociology students, introduces some of the essential sociological writings of Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, and Georg Simmel. These four men wrote what are generally considered to be the foundational texts of sociological theory, and their thinking continues to guide contemporary research. We will be focusing on how these social theorists conceptualized modernity and whether the analytic tools they developed at the beginning of the twentieth century are useful for addressing the issues and social configurations of the twenty-first.
|SOCIOL 440||Stratification, Race and Gender||Mary Pattillo||M 1:00-3:50|
SOCIOL 440 Stratification, Race and Gender
The recent popularity of discussions of "inequality" has pushed what has long been a sociological topic of research into the public arena. "Stratification" is the more general and descriptive precursor to analyses of inequality. Stratification refers to the fact that people (or groups or institutions) are arrayed along some (usually hierarchical) continuum of value, whereas inequality focuses on the size and consequences of gaps between groups. This course will explore the descriptive facts of stratification as well as the normative and political debates that motivate discussions of inequality. Race and gender are key bases of stratification. Class, or socioeconomic status, is both a grounds for stratification as well as a measure of stratification itself (i.e., it is a continuum across which people are arrayed). In this course, we will discuss the theoretical and empirical approaches to studying stratification; consider stratification in comparative perspective; explore five key domains in which stratification is produced, reproduced and manifested: families, schools (2 weeks), the labor market, and neighborhoods (2 weeks); and consider the political responses and debates regarding stratification. All of these topics will pay particular attention to race, gender, and class as key mechanisms of stratification.
|SOCIOL 476||Topics in Sociological Analysis: Third-Year Paper Seminar||Jane Pryma||M 9:00-10:50|
SOCIOL 476 Topics in Sociological Analysis: Third-Year Paper Seminar
Advanced areas of graduate students' interest. Content varies.
|SOCIOL 476||Topics in Sociological Analysis: Neoliberalism||Monica Prasad||T 2:00-4:50|
SOCIOL 476 Topics in Sociological Analysis: Neoliberalism
This course surveys some of the increasing literature on neoliberalism, the movement throughout the world to reduce the role of the state and give greater rein to market forces. The focus is on the U.S., but a few weeks are spent on neoliberalism in other countries.
|SOCIOL 476||Topics in Sociological Analysis: Sociology of Sexuality||Hector Carrillo||W 2:00-4:50|
SOCIOL 476 Topics in Sociological Analysis: Sociology of Sexuality
This graduate seminar asks the following questions: What do we learn about society by studying sexuality? What do we learn about sexuality by studying society? We will focus on sociological approaches to studying sexuality and link sexuality studies to broader sociological questions about culture, social interaction, social inequality, globalization, social movements, science, health, and public policy. We will explore various theoretical and methodological approaches that have been used in sociological studies of sexuality--including those that guide sexuality-related analyses of meanings and identities, practices and behaviors, politics, power, relationships, population movement, collective identities and social movements, and morality and social control.
|SOCIOL 476||Topics in Sociological Analysis: Microsociology||Gary Fine||Th 10:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 476 Topics in Sociological Analysis: Microsociology
This graduate seminar will provide an overview of central topics in microsociology: an approach that is also known as sociological social psychology. Rather than focusing on organizations, institutions, and populations, microsociology addresses the dynamics of interaction, the relationships between personality and social structure, the production of culture, the dynamics of social identity, the sociology of emotions, and the experimental analysis of inequality and trust. The class incorporates various methodological traditions, including ethnography, interviews, survey research, and experimentation, and draws on the writings of such important theorists contributing to a microsociology approach including Sigmund Freud, George Simmel, George Herbert Mead, George Homans, and Erving Goffman.
|SOCIOL 476||Topics in Sociological Analysis: Many Hands of the State||Ann Orloff||T 9:00-11:50|
SOCIOL 476 Topics in Sociological Analysis: Many Hands of the State
The seminar provides an overview of the theoretical and empirical debates focusing on states as institutions engaged in coercion and competition; regulation and redistribution; the classification, stratification and production of citizens/subjects; production and reproduction. We discuss the emergence, development and futures of states and empires, and their (usually uncertain) boundaries.
|SOCIOL 480||Introduction to the Discipline||Anthony Johnson||M 4:00-5:50|
SOCIOL 480 Introduction to the Discipline
Introduction to the department, faculty, and adjunct faculty. Faculty discuss their research and teaching interests. Mandatory two-quarter weekly seminar for first-year students.
|SOCIOL 490||Research: Second-Year Paper||Alka Menon||F 1:00-2:50|
SOCIOL 490 Research: Second-Year Paper
Independent study for work on second-year paper.