Fall 2018 Class Schedule
|SOCIOL 110-0||Intro to Sociology||Mary Beth Finch||MWF 1:00-1:50|
SOCIOL 110-0 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 206-0||Law and Society||Joanna Grisinger||TTh 12:30-1:50|
SOCIOL 206-0 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 207-0||Cities in Society||Mary Pattillo||TTh 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 207-0 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 208-0||Race and Society||Quincy Stewart||TTh 3:30-4:50|
SOCIOL 208-0 Race and Society
This class will explore the nature of race in an effort to understand exactly what race is. It seeks to understand why race is such a potent force in American society. Close attention will be paid to the relationship between race, power, and social stratification. The course will examine the nature of racial conflict and major efforts to combat racial inequality.
|SOCIOL 212-0||Environment and Society||Susan Thistle||TTh 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 212-0 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 218-0||Education and Inequality: Focus on Chicago Public Schools||Karrie Snyder||MW 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 218-0 Education and Inequality: Focus on Chicago Public Schools
This course is an examination of social inequality in education, including its causes and consequences. The course will focus on the case study of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), a diverse school system in a major urban area. Building on existing sociological theories and concepts regarding educational stratification, as a class we will look at the influences of social inequality and diversity on the practice of education within CPS, including how educational outcomes vary across social student populations. We will also explore the historical development of CPS and the current state of social inequality and diversity within CPS. Social inequality takes on many forms and we will examine the interplay among multiple social statuses including gender, socioeconomic status, immigrant status, and race/ethnicity and explore how inequality impacts the experiences of the diverse student body present within CPS. Finally, we look at current efforts aimed at improving local Chicago public schools and the efficacy of these reform initiatives.
|SOCIOL 226||Sociological Analysis||Jackson Bartlett||MW 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 301-0||The City: Urbanization and Urbanism||Al Hunter||TTh 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 301-0 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 302-0||Sociology of Organizations||Mary Beth Finch||MW 9:30-10:50|
SOCIOL 302-0 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 306-0||Sociological Theory||Charles Camic||TTh 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 306-0 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 311-0||Food, Politics, and Society||Susan Thistle||TTh 12:30-1:50|
SOCIOL 311-0 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 317-0||Global Development||Jim Mahoney||MW 9:30-10:50|
SOCIOL 317-0 Global Development
|SOCIOL 318-0||Sociology of Law||Bob Nelson||TTh 9:30-11:50|
SOCIOL 318-0 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 322-0||Sociology of Immigration: Latinx||Hector Carrillo||TTh 9:30-10:50|
SOCIOL 322-0 Sociology of Immigration: Latinx
|SOCIOL 325-0||Global and Local Inequalities||Jackson Bartlett||MW 12:30-1:50|
SOCIOL 325-0 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 336-0||Climate Change, Policy, and Society||Susan Thistle||TTh 3:30-4:50|
SOCIOL 336-0 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 356-0||Sociology of Gender: Gender, Politics, Social Movements, and Policy||Ann Orloff||TTh 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 356-0 Sociology of Gender: Gender, Politics, Social Movements, and Policy
In this class, we will investigate how gender – as a set of relations, identities and cultural schemas -- shapes politics, including political participation and representation, social policy, and the formation of social movements (e.g., feminist and anti-feminist movements). We will also investigate how, in turn, political institutions and policies shape gender. Gender is understood as situated in a landscape of complex inequalities, social differences and power differentials related also to race, class, sexuality, religion. We aim to understand gendered politics and policy from both "top down" and "bottom up" perspectives, in the US and other countries. Among the topics we’ll cover are an introduction to theories of gender; the intersection of gender, race and class; the history and present situation of women’s movements; women’s and men’s political representation; social policy and law relevant to work, family, and reproduction; masculinities and political power.
|SOCIOL 376-0||Topics in Sociological Analysis: Gangs||Al Hunter||TTh 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 376-0 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 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||Charles Camic||TTh 2:00-3:20|
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 476-0||Collective Memory||Gary Fine||Th 10:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 476-0 Collective Memory
|SOCIOL 476-0||Gender, Power, Politics||Ann Orloff||T 4:30-6:50|
SOCIOL 476-0 Gender, Power, Politics
|SOCIOL 476-0||Sociology of Immigration||Hector Carrillo||W 9:00-11:50|
SOCIOL 476-0 Sociology of Immigration
|SOCIOL 476-0||Theories of Race and Ethnicity||Quincy Stewart||W 2:00-4:50|
SOCIOL 476-0 Theories of Race and Ethnicity
|SOCIOL 476-0||Topics in Sociological Analysis: Third-Year Paper Seminar||TBA||M 9:00-10:50|
SOCIOL 476-0 Topics in Sociological Analysis: Third-Year Paper Seminar
Advanced areas of graduate students' interest. Content varies.
|SOCIOL 476-0||Welfare States||Monica Prasad||M 2:00-4:50|
SOCIOL 476-0 Welfare States
|SOCIOL 480-0||Introduction to the Discipline||TBA||F 10:00-11:50|
SOCIOL 480-0 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 490-0||Research: Second-Year Paper||TBA||F 9:30-11:20|
SOCIOL 490-0 Research: Second-Year Paper
Independent study for work on second-year paper.