HIS 3115: Sex Radicals in the 19th-Century U.S.

Examines the lives and actions of people who challenged gender and sexual conventions in 19th-century America. What objections did they raise to normative social constructions? What alternative visions did they articulate, and how did they seek to turn those visions into reality? Groups explored include suffragists, dress reformers, free-love advocates, and members of utopian societies.

Credits: 4

Department: Sociology
HIS 3466: To Enjoy Our Freedom: African American History Since 1865

The meaning of freedom and citizenship is a central theme in this examination of the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that have shaped the lives of African Americans since the end of the Civil War. Topics include Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights and black power movements.

Credits: 4

Department: Sociology
PHI 3150: Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy

An examination of the rich philosophies of Tibetan Buddhism, drawing on Nagarjuna and the Indian background, developing the tantric tradition through its philosophic assumptions and arguments. (offered Summer, in India)

Credits: 4

Department: Sociology
POL 3665: Immigration Debated: A Seminar

A detailed examination of theories, issues, and policy debates about immigration, taught in a seminar format with student-led discussions. In the first part, students examine general immigration issues, including history, impact on the economy, and traditional hostility toward immigrants. The main body of the course focuses on current immigration policy and reform, and the last part is built around student papers.

Credits: 4

Department: Sociology
SOC 1030: Cultural Activism in Latin America

What does Latin American hip-hop have to do with social change? How do murga dances in Argentina and Uruguay or “theatre of the oppressed” performances in Brazil challenge “social authoritarianism”? Why are Greenpeace campaigns so successful in raising awareness about the Amazon? Why are carnivals in Oruro, Bolivia, or in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, still so lively and engaging? This course explores the relationship between activism and “culture” in different Latin American countries.

Credits: 3

Department: Sociology
SOC 1035: Contemplation, Meditation, and Mind

Examines the art and science of contemplative practices in order to cultivate self-knowledge, critical awareness, emotional resilience, and social engagement. Students must be willing to personally explore such practices as meditation and incorporate them into their lives throughout the semester. This experiential approach complements an academic investigation and discussion of contemplative practices in the sciences and humanities.

Credits: 3

Department: Sociology
SOC 1500: Introduction to Sociology

An introduction to sociological thinking and to key concepts in sociology. Attention is given to social life, inequality, movements, action, change, institutions, and contemporary social issues.

Credits: 3

Department: Sociology
SOC 2020: Human Sexuality

An overview of biological, psychological, and sociological approaches to understanding human sexual behavior. Topics include values in sexuality, sexuality through the life span, sexual dysfunction and therapy, sex and disability, sexual preferences, atypical sexualities, and sex and the law.

Credits: 3

Department: Sociology
SOC 2105: Art and Outsiderness

Students explore the social construction of the genre of outsider art through an examination of institutional discourses and practices. Emphasis is placed on how the work of marginalized people comes to be viewed as artistically legitimate. Works of asylum art, folk art, prison art, and other genres are analyzed in relationship to creativity, local cultural tradition, and mental illness.

Credits: 3

Department: Sociology
SOC 2140: Race and Ethnicity

An examination of the state of race relations in the United States and other industrialized nations. Topics include racial and ethnic stratification, systems of oppression, mechanisms for integration, pluralism, assimilation, and racial politics.

Credits: 3

Department: Sociology
SOC 2165: Culture, Consumption, and the City

An introduction to the development of consumer society and consumer culture, with emphasis on the city as a landscape of consumption. Topics include commodification, materialism, large-scale changes in cities and industries, the street as a site for identity, neighborhoods as contest spaces, and the environmental and social consequences of consumerism.

Credits: 3

Department: Sociology
SOC 2210: Sociology of Gender

A cross-cultural examination of social constructions and expressions of gender. Students define gender, examine ideological tensions, and explore the flexibility of gendered systems.

Credits: 3

Department: Sociology
SOC 2255: Environmental Sociology

This course brings a sociological perspective to environmental issues, both past and present, by asking: Who is civilized? Who is savage? What is nature? By addressing questions of how human societies, animals, and land have shaped each other, students better understand the root causes and consequences of today’s environmental crisis. Topics include world hunger, water, and environmental equity for all.

Credits: 3

Department: Sociology
SOC 2365: Self and Society

Introduces microsociology from a social-interactionist perspective. Concepts covered include self; social construction of reality and the symbolic environments; culture and subculture; and identity, social location, and socialization. The interconnectedness of selves and societies is explored by examining the ways in which (a) social arrangements shape individuals and (b) individuals shape the social order of which they are a part.

Credits: 3

Department: Sociology
SOC 3002: Introduction to Social Work

After examining the historical development of the profession of social work, this course introduces the profession’s values, ethics, and practice principles. Students examine major intervention methods of practice and explore the social service delivery networks comprising the social welfare system in professional settings. The course format includes volunteer service and visits to social service sites.

Credits: 4

Department: Sociology
SOC 3005: Feminism, Art, and Performance

An examination of the impact of feminist thinking on the visual and performing arts. Emphasis is placed on the historical absence of women in art worlds and the creation of work that critiques dominant modes of cultural production. A plurality of feminisms and attention to the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality inform investigations of craft, performance, and collaboration.

Credits: 4

Department: Sociology
SOC 3015: Proseminar in Sociology I

This professional orientation for sociology majors includes sessions with each member of the sociology faculty on such topics as professional presentation and communication skills, preparation for graduate school, and faculty research.

Credits: 1

Department: Sociology
SOC 3016: Proseminar in Sociology II

This professional orientation for sociology majors includes sessions with members of the sociology faculty on writing, research, and professional skills. The second in a two-course sequence required for sociology majors.

Credits: 1

Department: Sociology
SOC 3035: Birth and Death

An exploration of different sociological renderings of birth and death in contemporary societies. Understanding the concepts from a sociological perspective offers an opportunity to explore the intersections of race, class, gender, spirituality, and age. This course also focuses on recent biomedical technological innovations and their implications for birth and death representations. Students conduct an independent field trip and do extensive reading and writing.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: (SOC1500 Or CSO1500 ) Or (ANT1500 Or CAN1500 ) Or GND1200

Department: Sociology
SOC 3052: Community Organizing, Action, Service

The dynamics of community life and strategies for grassroots activism are explored. Readings include theoretical works and case studies about urban and rural community issues and organizations. Efforts, tactics, and successes are assessed. Coursework includes visits to local community organizations and guest lectures by grassroots leaders. Assignments include direct involvement with a campus or regional change organization.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3054: Personal Transformation and Social Change

An investigation of the relationship between personal transformation and social change. Students examine theories of social change and read case studies of social movements and works by secular, spiritual, and religious leaders. Students also learn contemplative practices, apply techniques of mindfulness, assess activist efforts, and examine how internal experiences can nurture social activism.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3056: Global Social Movements

How do groups mobilize to act for social change and against injustice? This course focuses on contemporary movements that emerge within and outside the United States, e.g., in Latin America. Case studies focus on human rights, feminism, environmentalism, landless rural workers, indigenous peoples, and global justice movements, with a particular focus on how these movements emerge, (re)create their identities, and frame injustice. The class analyzes how 21st-century movements are both global and local.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3125: Social and Cultural Studies of Food

Investigates the meanings, production, distribution, and consumption of food by human beings. Special attention is paid to social solidarity—the racial, ethnic, and gender relations of food preparation and celebration. Social stratification is examined to understand social inequality in relation to food, particularly in terms of labor and hunger.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: (SOC1500 Or CSO1500 ) Or (ANT1500 Or CAN1500 ) Or GND1200

Department: Sociology
SOC 3126: Social and Cultural Studies of Food: Italian Gastronomy

Food—its production, consumption, and representation—is used as a lens to understand politics, culture, sociality, identities, geographies, and economies. Taking the geographical area of Pisciotta, Italy, as a starting point and ultimately as an ethnographic case study, this course engages students in the local and regional landscape. From visits to the local weekly market to field trips to the local mozzarella or olive oil producers, students interpret how food, as a way of life, has shaped the village.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3127: Social and Cultural Studies of Food: India

Food, its production, consumption, and representation are used as a lens to understand politics, culture, sociality, identities, geographies, and economies. Some of the themes examined are salient in contemporary debates within social and cultural studies.

Credits: 4

Department: Sociology
SOC 3145: Social Entrepreneurship

A theoretical and practical introduction to social entrepreneurship. Students explore the larger political and social context of social entrepreneurship, the possibilities for creating social change through innovation, and how to measure social impact. Students also gain practical experiences through a semester-long project addressing a local social problem. Topics include product design and development, community engagement, and business development. Field trips and group presentations are included.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3155: Sociology of the Body and Embodiment

Contemporary sociological studies of the body consider how bodies become social entities through membership in communities and how these bodies are valued according to their gender, social class, religion, and racial, ethnic, and national status. This course attends to bodies, engaging with a growing corpus of material on embodiment, embodied experiences, body regulation, bodywork, representations of bodies, and cultural exposures of the body.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500 Or ANT1500 Or CAN1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3175: Science, Medicine, Culture

How is scientific and medical knowledge researched and developed? What is the relationship between science and medicine? What are the hidden premises or values that lie within different scientific and medical approaches? How is scientific and medical knowledge culturally represented? Additional topics include alternative medicine, epidemiology, and everyday lived experience of medicine and the relation to social inequality.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3203: Introduction to Teaching

What is teaching like? Would you make a good teacher? Designed to familiarize students with the profession of teaching, this course helps students consider whether they want to pursue a teaching career. In addition to addressing the motivation, training, and status of teachers, the course also provides an overview of educational policies and professional organizations. A child-observation component is included.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3225: Images in the Social World

Explores the visual dimensions of social life. Using photographs and video, students collect visual data that examines sociological issues such as race, gender, and power. Students also learn how to critically analyze culturally available images, applying theories and visual research methods aimed at understanding the place and force of images in contemporary life.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3235: Social Organizations

Focuses on what is meant by organizations, how organizations are shaped by their environment, and how organizations affect societies and individual lives. The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and schools are among the organizations covered.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3265: Urban Ecology and Animal Studies

Students and faculty, humans and animals, subjects and objects collaborate in this rigorous seminar on the “animal problem,” as it is particularly important to urban environments and urban dwellers (human and nonhuman animals). What are nonhuman animals? How do people account for their animal nature while reconciling their cultural aspirations? What are human primary desires with respect to nonhuman animals?

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3266: Urban Sociology

An introduction to the study of cities in the U.S. and other countries. Using a “social problems” approach, the development of urban communities and the associated issues are explored. Topics include gentrification, poverty, housing, and public transportation. This course is designed to further develop students’ writing ability and capacity for critical thinking, research, and analysis.

Credits: 4

Department: Sociology
SOC 3275: Critical Disability Studies

Sociological perspectives on the historical and cultural construction of disability and accessibility. Includes theory and research on the gap between the everyday experience of disability and public policies that address accessibility. The focus includes race, class, gender, and sexuality issues as well as social movement and advocacy efforts.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3287: Science, Technology and Queer Theory

Examines the “meeting” of scholarship in science and technology studies and queer theory. Topics include social constructionist approaches; the reception of queer theory in the social sciences; feminist critiques of scientific methods; the role of language in science; the scientific construction of bodies and identities, differences, communities, and boundaries; sexual morality and social control; and science, medicine, and the production of sexual subjects.

Credits: 4

Department: Sociology
SOC 3365: Social Movements, Action, Advocacy

Forms of social movement, action, and advocacy, which are critical to social transformation and social justice, are examined. Essential components, such as fundraising, training, publicity, and movement building, are included, along with coverage of effective forms of social activism and advocacy. The course integrates theory and research with practical applications.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3375: Global Inequalities

Examines economic inequality and social stratification in global perspective. Sample topics include the egalitarian welfare states of Northern Europe, shantytowns with ultra-luxury high-rises in the mega-cities of Brazil and China, and the effects of social policy on the marginalization of ethnic and racial groups.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3405: Research Methods

Students become acquainted with methods that social scientists in general and sociologists in particular use for different types of research. Goals include learning to identify, understand, and evaluate diverse research strategies; distinguish between qualitative and quantitative methods, the types of knowledge they produce, and the strengths and the weaknesses of each; and think critically about objectivity, researcher standpoint, and research ethics

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3415: Racial Inequalities

Given the ethnic complexity of society, major social institutions—including education, criminal justice, health care, social services, and business—face many challenges. This course explores the past, present, and future of race and ethnicity in American society, and how immigration, culture, religion, education, and income play parts in prejudice, discrimination, and racial inequalities.

Credits: 4

Department: Sociology
SOC 3435: Religion, Culture, and Society

The role of religious institutions in the modern American social context. Topics include the role of religious influence on other institutions (especially the political), religious styles, new sectarian and revivalist movements, and conflict within the major religious traditions.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3441: Class, Power, and Privilege

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” The inequalities in status and class are examined. Literary, philosophical, and sociological works are used to explore the nature and morality of inequality and to provide composite pictures of the different social classes.

Credits: 4

Department: Sociology
SOC 3455: Conflict Management and Mediation

Conflict can signal either a disruption in an organization’s operations or an opportunity for change and growth. This course examines the causes, processes, costs, and benefits of social conflict, and methods for conflict resolution. Using sociological theory and research, the relationship of social issues to organizational and institutional conflict is also addressed. Students are given a broad perspective on making conflict an asset organizationally and interpersonally, including 25 hours of coursework needed for conflict-mediation certification. Provides the foundation for an apprenticeship with a conflict-mediation or dispute-resolution center.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3475: Surveillance, Technology, Society

People’s everyday lives are monitored on multiple levels through mechanisms they take for granted. Surveillance systems and technologies provide knowledge about people through identification, monitoring, and analysis of individuals, groups, data, or systems. These systems are examined as social entities that organize and shape cultural values and norms. Issues of identity, security, fear, control, and vulnerability are also explored.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3495: Art Worlds and Their Discontents

Students explore the relationship between art and society through an investigation of cultural objects and practices, and within the context of individual and collective identity. Emphasis is placed on the social production, consumption, and distribution of art, the role of art institutions, and the relationship between art and social change.

Credits: 4

Department: Sociology
SOC 3500: Sociology of Education

An examination of the special relationship of education to other American institutions. Topics include the declining support for public education, attempts to privatize public education (vouchers), and race and class issues in public and private education.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3515: Education Across Cultures

Incorporates service learning and examines immigration and the U.S. school system. Combining hands-on work within local schools with academic readings that address children of immigrants in schools, this course emphasizes applied sociology. Throughout the course, students analyze how school structures, peer networks, relationships with teachers, and familial interactions influence the incorporation and educational trajectories of first- and second-generation immigrants.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3585: Communities, Ethnicities, and Exclusion

Using the key concept of “boundary,” students explore the intersection of community studies and race/ethnicity studies. While community and race/ethnicity define who belongs within the boundary, they also construct who does not belong, creating social, economic, and political exclusions. Readings draw extensively from work done on immigrants in the U.S.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: (SOC1500 Or CSO1500 ) Or (ANT1500 Or CAN1500 )

Department: Sociology
SOC 3595: Public Health: Selected Topics

Public health has the goal of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society. This course focuses on a specific public health topic that might unexpectedly become significant or an interdisciplinary topic that integrates sociological considerations in relation to the goals of public health (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, abortion, synthetic biology, DNA testing).

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3615: Families, Communities, Cultures

Focuses on the diversity of families, the challenges they face, their relationship to social institutions and communities, and how they interact with society at large. Students explore how social norms and public policy have benefited or constrained particular familial structures over time and examine how contemporary family formations are shifting normative social structures.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: (SOC1500 Or CSO1500 ) Or (ANT1500 Or CAN1500 )

Department: Sociology
SOC 3625: Sex, Drugs, and Gray Hair

Examines the ways in which age is socially constructed, and how social factors influence how bodies develop over time and shape our social order. Studies include various ideologies and inequalities related to aging.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3655: Sociology of Childhood

Considers the ways in which children and childhood differ across cultures, what those cultural differences mean, and what childhood means in a larger developmental and cultural sense. Among other topics, students examine children as active social agents, independent of families, and incorporate ideas around children as products, childhood innocence, and children in need of protection.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3661: Border Wars and Transnational Human Rights

An examination of the various causes and consequences of international migration on migrants, their sending communities, and their destination countries. Topics include immigration debates, the social structures and economic and social conditions that facilitate labor migration, undocumented migration, refugee migration and forced migration. New York is an amazing place to explore migration, providing firsthand knowledge about migrant communities.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500 Or ANT1500 Or CAN1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3670: Contemporary Sociological Theory

Beginning with the 20th century, this course introduces students to recent trends in social theory, including poststructuralist, feminist, critical race, neo-Marxist, postmodern, phenomenology, and transnationalism theories. Theorists may include Bourdieu, Foucault, Gramsci, Habermas, Hall, Hill Collins, Smith, and Wallerstein.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: (SOC1500 Or CSO1500 ) And SOC3850

Department: Sociology
SOC 3705: Masculinities: Feminist Perspectives

Considers experiences and images of men in U.S. society. Recent feminist theory and research concerning men are studied, with attention to the various meanings of masculinity in American culture. This course provides a sociological understanding of gender and society, with attention to race, class, and other aspects of identity that shape men’s lives, including media representations of masculinity.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3725: Globalization, Culture, Social Change: Latin America

A global sociological examination of the contemporary debates and studies concerning the social organization of cultures that transcends national boundaries. This course examines the highly debated concept of globalization by studying transnational social organizations and the distinctive dynamics of global political economy and culture. Topics include colonialism and postcolonialism, social movements and social change, social inequality, labor, human rights, democracy, global capitalism, urbanization, and cultural identity.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3755: Sexualities and Society

Sexuality is grounded in bodily experience, but meanings of both body and experience are socially constructed. This advanced seminar examines contemporary sexual constructions and their cultural and historical roots.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: GND1200 Or SOC2020 Or ANT3750 Or GND2020

Department: Sociology
SOC 3850: Sociological Theory

The meaning of theory, and the major theoretical perspectives in social science. Primary attention in reading and discussion is given to the works of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim. These thinkers have been chosen because of their seminal, interdisciplinary contributions to political, economic, sociological, and anthropological theory.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500 Or CSO1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 3885: Sociology Junior Seminar

In preparation for the senior project, sociology majors conduct an in-depth critical review of research and learn how to plan and write a research proposal within a particular area of interest. The goal is to develop critical-thinking skills and the ability to do close reading of primary sources and write in the style of the discipline.

Credits: 4

Department: Sociology
SOC 4025: Critical Race Theory

An advanced seminar in critical race studies specifically designed for juniors and seniors interested in reading theory, history, and research. Focuses on key works that have defined the field and shaped understandings of race in the 21st century, including those of Du Bois, Wacquant, Fanon, hooks, Crenshaw, Davis, Hall, and Said.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500

Department: Sociology
SOC 4030: Seminar in Sociological Issues

Offers an in-depth focus on a specific sociological issue, which varies each semester. Includes research, readings, and writings on a topic related to the particular expertise of the faculty member.

Credits: 4

Department: Sociology
SOC 4035: Theories of Justice

Integrates service learning with research within institutional settings. The primary site is a correctional facility where students are paired with residents to conduct research on issues of institutional racism and social justice. Students must be 21 to enter the facility. The course includes academic readings on institutional racism and applied sociology.

Credits: 4

Department: Sociology
SOC 4053: Astrosociology & Consciousness Communities

How meanings of all things extraterrestrial are shaped by culture and what those meanings reveal about humanness. Topics include constructions of difference, conflict, community, knowledge, science, and social change. The culminating question: What does it mean to be human? What counts as reality? What about our humanness have we cultivated or suppressed and in the service of what interests?

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SOC1500

Department: Sociology
VIS 3500: The Arts for Social Change

Public art is used in this course to promote community engagement and cross-cultural interaction. Students use established, recognized methods of collaboration to explore local community issues, concluding with the physical implementation and exhibition of student-led solutions.

Credits: 3

Department: Sociology