Winter 2018 Class Schedule
|SOCIOL 101-6||First-Year Seminar: The Roots of Genocide||Robert Braun||TTh 3:30-4:50|
SOCIOL 101-6 First-Year Seminar: The Roots of Genocide
In this course we will examine one of the most destructive, evil and perplexing phenomena haunting society: genocide - i.e. , the on a large scale organized exclusion and killing of populations defined by race, ethnicity, nationality or religion. . In the first section of this course students will be introduced to ideational, rational and psychological explanations of genocide. Causes of genocide can be found at different levels of analysis. We will focus on theories at three different levels. First, we will look at how national and international processes such as modernization and political leadership cause genocide (macro level ). Second, we will look at why individuals decide to participate in or condone mass killings (micro level ). Third, we will look at what role subnational groups such as religious communities play (meso level ). In the second part of this course, we will assess the validity of different explanations through the comparative study of three particular cases: the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide and Rwanda. Students will explore a fourth case on their own. We will end the course with a discussion on foreign intervention.
|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 201||Social Inequality: Race, Class, and Power||Beth Red Bird||TTh 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 201 Social Inequality: Race, Class, and Power
This course examines inequality in American society with an emphasis on race, class, and gender. Lectures emphasize the mechanisms through which inequality develops and comes to be seen as legitimate, natural, and desirable. We will also examine the economic, social, and political consequences of rising inequality. We will place special focus on poverty and inequality in Native North America.
|SOCIOL 206||Law and Society||Heather Schoenfeld||MW 9:30-10:50|
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 211||Food and Society: An Introduction||Susan Thistle||TTh 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 211 Food and Society: An Introduction
This course provides an introduction to thinking about food from a sociological perspective. We will gain an initial understanding of how different social forces have shaped and continue to shape the way we grow, distribute and consume food, both in the United States and elsewhere around the world. We will look at the role played by culture and politics, as well as economics, in shaping our past and present food system. At the same time we will gain an initial understanding of concepts central to sociology, such as the social construction of seemingly natural choices involving the food we eat, or how social inequality affects such choices. Through looking at the issue of food, we will also become acquainted with different areas in sociology, such as the sociology of health and medicine, and development and globalization.
|SOCIOL 216||Gender and Society||Jackson Bartlett||MW 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 216 Gender and Society
This course introduces students to the concept of gender as a social construction. Starting with general sociological theories of gender and intersectionality (gender's relationship to other modes of difference, such as race and class), the course will then transition toward the ways in which gender inequality is produced and reproduced in various aspects of daily life and society, including: family, work, sex, education, housing, public space, incarceration, the state, markets, migration, and health, among others. Gender in each of these arenas of life will be examined with regard to socialization and norms, social control and power, and material inequality, paying particular attention to constructions of both femininity and masculinity, as well as non-binary manifestations.
|SOCIOL 226||Sociological Analysis||Irene Pang||TTh 3:30-4:50|
SOCIOL 226 Sociological Analysis
Logic and methods of social research, qualitative and quantitative analysis of social data, and ethical, political, and policy issues in social research. Foundation for further work in social research.
Instructor varies. See Caesar for current description.
|SOCIOL 288||Institutions and Society||Jean Clipperton||MW 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 288 Institutions and Society
This course approaches the study of sociological institutions from a unique perspective: under- standing how these institutions emerge and address existing societal problems. We focus on both coordination-type dilemmas - e.g. how to parent, which side of the street to drive on, who provides health care - and collective-action dilemmas - e.g. how to police fishermen going over quota, farmers reining in downstream pollution. We end with a study of how institutions persist - possibly beyond their useful lifespan - such as the persistence of the intentionally inefficient 'QWERTY' keyboard, and a conversation about why it's difficult to enact real policy change.
|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 11:00-12:20|
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 307||School and Society||Karrie Snyder||MW 9:30-10:50|
SOCIOL 307 School and Society
This course is a critical sociological look at education in the United States - with a focus on contemporary debates and issues. The course will cover how sociologists have both theoretically and empirically looked at schooling practices, what and how students learn, and how schools fit into the larger society including how the educational system in the US interacts with political, economic, family, and cultural institutions. We will also spend much time focusing on how one's educational experiences and opportunities are shaped by their gender, class, and ethnic/racial statuses. We will focus on K-12 and college with specific topics including college admissions, same-sex schooling, and Teach for America. Throughout all of these issues and topics, we will examine how schools both challenge and support existing systems of inequality.
|SOCIOL 310||Sociology of the Family||Karrie Snyder||MW 3:30-4:50|
SOCIOL 310 Sociology of the Family
What issues are facing families today and how are families changing? This course will examine the evolution of family structure and relationships over the past couple of decades as well as looking at contemporary issues and debates in family life including same-sex marriage and single motherhood.
|SOCIOL 318||Sociology of Law||Robert Nelson||TTh 9:30-10:50|
SOCIOL 318 Sociology of Law
This course examines the relationship between law and the distribution of power in society, with a particular emphasis on law and social change in the United States. Readings will be drawn from the social sciences and history, as well as selected court cases that raise critical questions about the role of race, gender, and sexual orientation in American society. Among the material we will examine are the documents made public in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Students should be aware that some of this material is graphic and disturbing.
|SOCIOL 323||American Subcultures and Ethnic Groups||Al Hunter||TTh 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 323 American Subcultures and Ethnic Groups
E. pluribus unum. "Out of many, one." This course will study the way in which American society is divided into various subgroups and subcultures. The bases of differentiation range from racial and ethnic groups , to religion, sexuality, to lifestyle and interest groups of all kinds, and regional and urban/rural subcultures. . The focus will be on how groups develop subcultures with distinct norms and symbols, create internal organizations and group solidarity, how they define boundaries between in group and out group, how they relate in conflict /competition or cooperation/tolerance with other groups. Consequences of these subcultures for individual identity, and for social inequality in terms of economic outcomes and politics and power. Students will engage in readings and discussions of these issues and through a focused case study of a specific subculture of choice. Grades based on reading response, participation, presentation, and final paper.
|SOCIOL 325||Global and Local Inequalities||Jackson Bartlett||MW 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 325 Global and Local Inequalities
From the violent mass displacement in Syria to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, crisis tends to unmask the sharp inequalities between and within nations that structure our social and political world. This course will consider the ways in which inequality is manifested both within and between nations through the lens of disaster, austerity, and migration, paying particular attention to socio-historical constructions of life worth saving and life which is not. Students will be asked to consider the rise of the transnational capitalist class, and how colonial legacies and sustained inequality between nations has given way to economic imperialism and increased inequality within them. By the end of the quarter, students should have a better understanding of how states, institutions, and racial formations contribute to global inequalities, and the global nature of local phenomena under neoliberal economic regimes.
|SOCIOL 336||Climate Change, Policy, and Society||Susan Thistle||TTh 3:30-4:50|
SOCIOL 336 Climate Change, Policy, and Society
Climate change is the worst environmental problem facing the earth. Sea levels will rise, glaciers are vanishing, horrific storms will hit everywhere. After looking briefly at the impacts of climate change on natural and social environments both in the present and near future, we then consider how to best reduce climate change and how to adapt to its impacts. Issues of climate justice, divides between the global North and South, social movements, steps taken in different countries and internationally, and the role of market and regulations are addressed.
|SOCIOL 355||Medical Sociology||Carol Heimer||TTh 9:30-10:50|
SOCIOL 355 Medical Sociology
This course introduces some of the main topics of medical sociology: the social construction of health and illness; inequalities in the distribution of illness and health care; the globalization of health care; and the organization of health care work, the medical professions, and the health care system. Students will learn about variations in who gets sick and why, how the health professions evolved in the United States and how the health care "turf" has been divided among professions, whether and when patients and their families participate in medical decision making, why physicians have more authority and receive higher incomes in the U.S. than elsewhere, what doctors do when interns and residents make mistakes, what the relationship is between hospitals and other health care organizations and how that relationship has changed over time, how the American healthcare system compares to other healthcare systems, how expenditures on preventive medicine compare with expenditures on high-tech cutting-edge medicine, and why the U.S. invests so much in high-tech medicine.
|SOCIOL 376||Topics in Sociological Analysis: Wars on Science: AIDS, Autism, and Other Controversies||Onur Ozgode||MW 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 376 Topics in Sociological Analysis: Wars on Science: AIDS, Autism, and Other Controversies
Do experts still matter? Why are experts facing a crisis of confidence in their ability to provide authoritative solutions to pressing problems of collective life, ranging from AIDS, ebola and autism epidemics to environmental and financial catastrophes such as global warming and the global financial crisis? How can experts regain their authority? This course will examine how expertise has become a key aspect of politics under modernity and why this made experts vulnerable to attacks as truthful figures of authority. We will study the role of the expert in the production of power, knowledge and subjectivity from key historical and sociological perspectives. Students will develop the critical skills necessary to analyze the ways in which experts use their expertise to shape the world.
|SOCIOL 398-2||Senior Research Seminar||Anthony Chen||M 9:00-11:50|
SOCIOL 398-2 Senior Research Seminar
Independent research projects carried out under faculty supervision. Prerequisite for 398-2: B- or better in 398-1.
|SOCIOL 401-1||Statistical Analysis of Social Data: Applied Regression Methods I||Lincoln Quillian||MW 2-3:20|
SOCIOL 401-1 Statistical Analysis of Social Data: Applied Regression Methods I
Introduction to the theory, methods, and practice of linear regression analysis: descriptive statistics, analysis of variance, ordinary least squares (OLS), regression diagnostics. STATA used for computation. For first-year graduate students in sociology.
|SOCIOL 406-3||Contemporary Theory in Sociological Analysis||Wendy Espeland||W 10:00-12:50|
SOCIOL 406-3 Contemporary Theory in Sociological Analysis
Contemporary approaches to important theoretical issues. Emphasizes the relationship between theory and current research. Content varies. Topics may include functionalism, neo-Marxism, rational action, feminism, or symbolic interactionism. May be repeated for credit with change in topic.
|SOCIOL 476||Topics in Sociological Analysis: War and Society||Robert Braun & Daniel Krcmaric||M 10:00-12:50|
SOCIOL 476 Topics in Sociological Analysis: War and Society
This class studies the ways in which war shapes society and vice-versa. It urges graduate students to explore interactions between theories across the social sciences.
|SOCIOL 476||Topics in Sociological Analysis: Sociology of Families||Christine Percheski||T 9:30-12:20|
SOCIOL 476 Topics in Sociological Analysis: Sociology of Families
This course is designed to provide an overview of recent scholarship in sociology and the social sciences on contemporary families in the United States and other industrialized countries. We will focus on research that considers how families have changed over the last century and how the structure, functions, and experiences of family life vary across race/ethnicity, class, and national context. In a seminar format, we will be discussing studies that draw on a variety of methods including ethnography, interviews, public opinion surveys, archival data, and demographic analysis. The core topics include 1) marriage and cohabiting relationships; 2) fertility and parenting; 3) social norms and attitudes regarding a variety of family-related behaviors and family structures; 4) relationships with extended and fictive kin.
|SOCIOL 476||Topics in Sociological Analysis: Research Design||Monica Prasad||T 2:00-4:50|
SOCIOL 476 Topics in Sociological Analysis: Research Design
Geared toward 1st and 3rd year students.
|SOCIOL 476||Topics in Sociological Analysis: Design and Analysis of Surveys||Beth Red Bird||Th 9:30-12:20|
SOCIOL 476 Topics in Sociological Analysis: Design and Analysis of Surveys
This course aims to supports graduate students who are writing dissertations about public opinion, attitudes, behavior, or survey experiments. The lab seeks to enhance the research productivity and career success of graduate students, by giving them opportunities to design, administer, and analyze survey questions of their own design. Students will leave the course with pre-tested survey items.
|SOCIOL 480||Introduction to the Discipline||Anthony Johnson||Th 2:00-3:50|
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||M 2:00-3:50|
SOCIOL 490 Research: Second-Year Paper
Independent study for work on second-year paper.