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Sociology

The Sociology Department builds on a rich tradition of scholarship to pioneer theoretical and empirical research on a wide range of social issues.

The courses on this page reflect Summer 2018 offerings.

 

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Organizing Innovation
SOCI S3675D 3 points.

This course will explore the tensions between creativity and control, and structure and agency, in organizations engaged in the development of innovative ideas. What is innovation? How does it emerge and diffuse? How might organizations support or hinder the development of novel ideas? What role does technology play in the pursuit of innovation? We will apply a critical lens to the organization of innovation, recognizing that innovation-although a popular buzzword in the business world-implies a variety of outcomes that may solve previously intractable problems on the one hand, but may have unintended social consequences on the other. The goals of the course are to provide students with a broad overview of the existing literature on the sociology of innovation at both the macro- and micro-level and to support students in future careers in management, engineering, academia, or any field that involves the organization of groups of individuals toward creative ends.

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SOCI 3675 001/68942 M W 1:00p - 4:10p
318 HAMILTON HALL
Moran Levy 3 Open
Race, Crime, and Law
SOCI S3218D 3 points.

This course critically examines the interplay between crime, law, and the administration of justice in the United States and how these issues are shaped by larger societal factors. Students will receive a theoretical and empirical overview of the American legal and criminal justice system, emphasizing such issues as: the function and purpose of crime control; the roles of the actors/subjects of the criminal justice system; crime and violence as cultural and political issues in America; racial disparities in offending and criminal justice processing; and juvenile justice.

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SOCI 3218 001/17906 Tu Th 1:00p - 4:10p
318 HAMILTON HALL
Brittany Fox-Williams 3 Open
Immigrant New York
SOCI S3980Q 3 points.

Over the course of the twentieth century, New York City has witnessed two major waves of immigration. From the Irish, Italian and Jewish immigrants who arrived at the turn of the twentieth century to the Chinese, Jamaican and Mexican immigrants who now constitute the majority of the city’s immigrant population, New York City has a long tradition of integrating new immigrants.


How has immigration transformed New York City, both in the past and in the present? What are the major ethnic groups in the city? How are immigrants and their U.S.-born children incorporated into the city’s schools, workplaces and neighborhoods? How will their integration reshape patterns of ethnic and racial inequality in the city? This course answers these questions by focusing on New York City as a case study to highlight how immigration has transformed the city’s demographic, political, socioeconomic and spatial landscape. On the one hand, the influx of immigrants has brought about economic revitalization of many neighborhoods from Jackson Heights to Washington Heights, lowering the crime rate and stimulating business growth. On the other hand, immigration and diversity have raised concerns about social cohesion and security. 


The course welcomes students from a range of disciplinary background, including sociology, urban studies, social anthropology, political science, and history. There are no prerequisites to the course and it is open to all undergraduate students, although no auditors will be allowed. 

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Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3980 001/78298 M W 1:00p - 4:10p
104 KNOX HALL
Dialika Sall 3 Open
Media, Culture, & Society in the Age of the Internet
SOCI S3671Q 3 points.

This course examines social relations through culture embedded in media. The focus will be on how our behavior is shaped by the symbols and stories we encounter and share through information technology. We will consider the impact of interactive and social media on our experiences, decisions, and work. What are the politics of data? Does technology isolate or connect us? Does media consumption enrich or sap our creativity? Our intellect? The goal of the course is to arm students with conceptual tools to think critically about the role of technology and mediated culture in society.

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SOCI 3671 001/25601 Tu Th 1:00p - 4:10p
318 HAMILTON HALL
Larry Au 3 Open
Social Theory
SOCI S3000Q 3 points.

This course is required for all sociology majors, but open to all students. Theoretical accounts of the rise and transformations of modern society in the19th and 20th centuries.  Theories studied include those of Adam Smith, Tocqueville, Marx, Durkheim, Max Weber, Roberto Michels. Selected topics: individual, society, and polity; economy, class, and status: organization and ideology; religion and society; moral and instrumental action. 

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Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3000 001/68547 Tu Th 9:00a - 12:10p
116 KNOX HALL
Kathleen Griesbach 3 Open
The Social World
SOCI S1000Q 3 points.

Identification of the distinctive elements of sociological perspectives on society. Readings confront classical and contemporary approaches with key social issues that include power and authority, culture and communication, poverty and discrimination, social change, and popular uses of sociological concepts.

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SOCI 1000 001/61247 M W 9:00a - 12:10p
401 HAMILTON HALL
Adrianna Munson 3 Limited Availability

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