Winter 2019 Class Schedule
|SOCIOL 110-0||Intro to Sociology||Mary Beth Finch||TBA|
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 201-0||Social Inequality: Race, Class, and Power||Beth Red Bird||TBA|
SOCIOL 201-0 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 206-0||Law and Society||Meghan Dawe||TBA|
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 215-0||Economy and Society||TBA||TBA|
SOCIOL 215-0 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 226-0||Sociological Analysis||Karrie Snyder||TBA|
SOCIOL 226-0 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 277-0||Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies||Beth Red Bird||TBA|
SOCIOL 277-0 Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies
|SOCIOL 288-0||Institutions and Society||Jean Clipperton||TBA|
SOCIOL 288-0 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 302-0||Sociology of Organizations||Mary Beth Finch||TBA|
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||TBA|
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 310-0||Sociology of the Family||Karrie Snyder||TBA|
SOCIOL 310-0 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 323-0||American Subcultures and Ethnic Groups||TBA||TBA|
SOCIOL 323-0 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 324-0||Global Capitalism||Monica Prasad||TBA|
SOCIOL 324-0 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 327-0||Youth and Society||Karrie Snyder||TBA|
SOCIOL 327-0 Youth and Society
The course will be a critical examination of how "childhood" and "adolescence" have been defined in the U.S. We will consider how modern and historical conceptions of childhood and adolescence have evolved and how these definitions have been shaped by societal forces and institutions such as the economy, religion, and politics. We will also look at the lives of children themselves and how individuals experience being children, kids, teens, and so forth in a particular time and place.
|SOCIOL 376-0||Masculinities||Tony Silva||TBA|
SOCIOL 376-0 Masculinities
|SOCIOL 376-0||Money and Power||Onur Ozgode||TBA|
SOCIOL 376-0 Money and Power
|SOCIOL 398-2||Senior Research Seminar||Anthony Chen||TBA|
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||Christine Percheski||TBA|
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 403||Field Methods||Gary Fine||TBA|
SOCIOL 403 Field Methods
Application of the methods of case study, interviewing, and participant observation.
|SOCiOL 440-0||Stratification, Race, and Gender||Lincoln Quillian||TBA|
SOCiOL 440-0 Stratification, Race, and Gender
|SOCIOL 476-0||Comparative Methods||Jim Mahoney||TBA|
SOCIOL 476-0 Comparative Methods
|SOCIOL 476||Cultural Methods||Wendy Griswold||TBA|
SOCIOL 476 Cultural Methods
|SOCIOL 476-0||Neighborhoods and Crime||Andy Papachristos||TBA|
SOCIOL 476-0 Neighborhoods and Crime
|SOCIOL 476-0||Professional Writing Seminar||Charles Camic||TBA|
SOCIOL 476-0 Professional Writing Seminar
|SOCIOL 480-0||Introduction to the Discipline||TBA||TBA|
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||TBA|
SOCIOL 490-0 Research: Second-Year Paper
Independent study for work on second-year paper.