Winter 2020 Class Schedule
|SOCIOL 101-6||Utopian Communities||Albert Hunter||TTH 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 101-6 Utopian Communities
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in an ideal world?
Utopian thought has a long history in Western thought as different writers have attempted to define the ideal community from Plato’s Republic through to Thomas More ‘s first coining of “Utopia” as an ideal community in the Sixteenth Century. Utopias were often defined as counter critiques of existing social arrangements and at times people actually attempted to create and live in “intentional communities” based on their ideals. In this seminar, we will explore fictional and real utopian communities in different historical periods… such as preindustrial agricultural religious settlements (for example the Amish or Oneida), planned industrial communities (the factory town of Pullman in Chicago) and anti-and post-industrial communities (the Walden II “hippy” commune Twin Oaks emerging out of the 60s). We will use these and other cases as critical analyses of existing societies highlighting the social problems of their day…issues such as inequalities of wealth and power, individual versus collective priorities, changing family structure, sexual relations, and gender roles, defining and dealing with deviants, and institutions like governance, education, work, and leisure. We will explore in detail the founding, the dynamics, and the fates of attempts to live in real utopian communities. We will conclude with a consideration of the role of utopian thought in contemporary society, for example, the role of digital technology and smart cities in addressing climate change. We will also make use of Chicagoland as a setting to explore utopian thought and communities from the Burnham Master Plan for the City of Chicago itself to Olmsted’s planned suburb of Riverdale to the religious community of Zion.
|SOCIOL 101-6||Chicago Landscapes: Place, Space and the Creation of Community||Wendy Espeland||TTH 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 101-6 Chicago Landscapes: Place, Space and the Creation of Community
Chicago has played a prominent role in the literary and social imagination. This course will explore (1) how community is created, imagined and remembered in Chicago, (2) how Chicago has shaped our thinking about what it means to live in a modern city, and (3) the significance of place for people's identity. The course will include some basic concepts and strategies for analyzing urban life and we will compare sociological, historical and fictional approaches. Students will also learn several methods used by sociologists to collect evidence. In addition to introducing students to a fascinating city and some core sociological ideas, my goal is for students to learn to think and read more critically, and to communicate your ideas more effectively, both as speakers and writers.
|SOCIOL 110-0||Introduction to Sociology||David Schieber||MW 12:30-1:50|
SOCIOL 110-0 Introduction to Sociology
Sociology is a huge field of study, and includes and enormous variety of topics and methods. Each week, we will focus on a specific area of sociological study (Culture, Gender, Race, Family, Money, Deviance, etc.) with the goal of offering you a general overview of the types of questions sociologists ask and how they answer them. By the end of the quarter, you will be able to think sociologically about your own world, and hopefully develop a budding interest in one or more of the areas we discuss in class.
|SOCIOL 202-0||Social Problems||Margarita Rayzberg||MW 3:30-4:50|
SOCIOL 202-0 Social Problems
|SOCIOL 206-0||Law and Society||Meghan Dawe||MW 9:30-10:50|
SOCIOL 206-0 Law and Society
|SOCIOL 232-0||Sexuality and Society||Tony Silva||MW 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 232-0 Sexuality and Society
|SOCIOL 276-0||Introductory Topics in Sociology: Neighborhoods and Crime||Andrew Papachristos||MW 9:30-10:50|
SOCIOL 276-0 Introductory Topics in Sociology: Neighborhoods and Crime
|SOCIOL 288-0||Institutions and Society||Jean Clipperton||MW 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 288-0 Institutions and Society
|SOCIOL 302-0||Sociology of Organizations||David Schieber||MW 9:30-10:50|
SOCIOL 302-0 Sociology of Organizations
|SOCIOL 306-0||Sociological Theory||Onur Özgöde||MW 11:00-12:20|
SOCIOL 306-0 Sociological Theory
|SOCIOL 307-0||School and Society||Karrie Snyder||MW 12:30-1:50|
SOCIOL 307-0 School and Society
|SOCIOL 310-0||Sociology of the Family||Karrie Snyder||MW 3:30-4:50|
SOCIOL 310-0 Sociology of the Family
|SOCIOL 323-0||American Subcultures and Ethnic Groups||Albert Hunter||TTH 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 323-0 American Subcultures and Ethnic Groups
In this course, we will explore a diverse set of subcultures that collectively make up the pluralistic fabric of American society. In no way could we possibly explore the numerous and rich diversity of these subcultures so of necessity we will focus on a selected subset of them. These will include subcultures based on youth and age, sexuality, interest and leisure, and ethnicity. You will have the option of selecting a specific subculture of interest to you to study in detail. We will ask a set of sociological questions that are pertinent to all subcultures that will make up the weekly themes of the course. These themes range from identity to language, symbols, beliefs and ideology, ritual practices, types of organization, inequalities of resources, status & stigma, and power and politics.
Each student selects a particular subculture of interest to you to focus on throughout the course and become “the class expert” on that subculture. Your presentation, along with additional readings and resources leads to a final paper.
|SOCIOL 330-0||Law, Markets and Globalization||Bruce Carruthers||TTH 3:30-4:50|
SOCIOL 330-0 Law, Markets and Globalization
|SOCIOL 355-0||Medical Sociology||Madeleine Pape||TTH 9:30-10:50|
SOCIOL 355-0 Medical Sociology
|SOCIOL 392-0||Technology, Work, Love, & Life||MW 3:30-4:50|
SOCIOL 392-0 Technology, Work, Love, & Life
|SOCIOL 398-2||Senior Research Seminar||Charles Camic||TH 2:00-4:50|
SOCIOL 398-2 Senior Research Seminar
|SOCIOL 401-1||Statistical Analysis of Social Data: Applied Regression Methods I||Christine Percheski||MW 2:00-3:20|
SOCIOL 401-1 Statistical Analysis of Social Data: Applied Regression Methods I
|SOCIOL 406-3||Contemporary Theory in Sociological Analysis: Modernity||Wendy Espeland||W 10:00-12:50|
SOCIOL 406-3 Contemporary Theory in Sociological Analysis: Modernity
|SOCIOL 476-0||Methods for Cultural Analysis||Wendy Griswold||T 9:00-11:50|
SOCIOL 476-0 Methods for Cultural Analysis
|SOCIOL 476-0||Networks||Andrew Papachristos||TH 9:30-12:20|
SOCIOL 476-0 Networks
Social Network Analysis (SNA) refers to both a theoretical perspective and a set of methodological techniques. As a theoretical perspective, SNA stresses the interdependence among social actors. This approach views the social world as patterns or regularities in relationships among interacting units and focuses on how such patterns affect the behavior of network units or actors. A “structure” emerges as a persistent pattern of interaction that can influence a multitude of behaviors, such as getting a job, income attainment, political decision making, social revolutions, organizational merges, global finance and trade markets, delinquent youth behaviors, the spread of infectious diseases, and so on. As a methodological approach, SNA refers to a catalog of techniques steeped in mathematical graph theory and now extending to statistical simulation and algebraic models. This course surveys the growing field of SNA, emphasizing the merger of theory and method while gaining hands-on experience with network data and software. As such, the course is designed to be (roughly) equal parts theory and methods. Students will leave the course with the ability to understand and apply SNA in a variety of contexts.
|SOCIOL 476-0||Set-Theoretic Methods||Jim Mahoney||M 9:00-11:50|
SOCIOL 476-0 Set-Theoretic Methods
|SOCIOL 476-0||Publishing and Writing||Charles Camic||T 2:00-4:50|
SOCIOL 476-0 Publishing and Writing
|SOCIOL 480-0||Introduction to the Discipline||Jane Pryma||T 2:00-4:00|
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 study.
|SOCIOL 490-0||Research: Second-Year Paper||Melike Arslan||W 10:30-12:20|
SOCIOL 490-0 Research: Second-Year Paper