Summer Sessions | Courses | Sociology

Course information is posted for 2021. Please check back at a later time for updated 2022 course offerings.

Sociology

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

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Summer 2021 Session Information

  • SESSION A courses are May 3–June 18, 2021
  • SESSION B courses are June 28–August 16, 2021
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Structural Determinants of Health
SOCI3202X001 3 points.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the underlying health disparities that exist in the United States more apparent. The traditional biomedical model places the responsibility of these disparities on the choices that an individual makes. The model assumes that one’s smoking, eating and exercising habits are based on personal choice. Therefore, the prevalence of morbidities such as high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes is the result of an individual’s poor decisions. This course will explore how the conditions under which individuals live, work, play and pray impact their health outcomes. Collectively these conditions are referred to as the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) and often they reveal the systemic inequalities that disproportionately affect marginalized communities. This course will also call upon the need for a paradigm shift from the “Social” Determinants of Health to the “Structural” Determinants of Health. This shift is in recognition that it is the underlying structures (laws, material infrastructure) that impact health outcomes. The development of the SDoH has challenged health care providers to look beyond the biomedical model that stresses an individual’s behavior as the main predictor of adverse health conditions. Instead the SDoH focuses on an “upstream” approach that examines the underlying systemic and racial inequalities that impact communities of color and their health outcomes. An analysis that focuses upstream reveals that government policies and social structure are at the core of health disparities. Through the lens of New York City and its health systems, this course will cover a wide range of topics related to race and health, including: racial inequalities in housing and homelessness, biases in medical institutions, and the unconscious bias that lead providers to have racialized perception of an individual’s pain tolerance. In addition to exposing these inequalities the course will also provide innovative solutions that seek to mitigate these barriers including: home visiting programs, medical respite programs for homeless patients and food as medicine in health care systems. Students will demonstrate their knowledge through individual writing, and class discussion. The course revolves around important readings, lectures, and podcasts that illustrates how one’s class position and the color of one’s skin can influence the access to healthcare one has as well as their experience of it.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
SOCI3202X001 001/00072 Summer A Subterm Tu 05:30 PM–08:40 PM
Th 05:30 PM–08:40 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Maati Momplaisir
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
MUSIC, RACE & IDENTITY
SOCI3207W001 3 points.
Analysis of the complex relationship among race, art, organizations, economics, social movements and identity. Emphasis is on shifting conceptions of identity and changing roles of race and racism in the spirituals, gospel music, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, rocknroll, soul music, Hip Hop and contemporary popular music.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
SOCI3207W001 001/00050 Summer A Subterm Tu 01:00 PM–04:10 PM
Th 01:00 PM–04:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Jonathan Rieder
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
SOCI3225W001 3 points.
All of us have spent many years in school and understand that schools impact our lives in important ways. But how exactly does formal schooling shape young people? And how do students make sense of their lives in the context of schools and educational systems more broadly? In this class we will examine education as a central institution in modern society, and we will grapple with an important question: What role does education play in reinforcing or challenging broader patterns of social inequality and mobility? Particular emphasis will be placed on higher education as a critical site in which these processes take shape.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
SOCI3225W001 001/00049 Summer A Subterm Mo 02:45 PM–04:20 PM
Tu 02:45 PM–04:20 PM
Th 02:45 PM–04:20 PM
We 02:45 PM–04:20 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Amy Stuart
3 Registration Block
(w/ Self-Managed Wait List)
SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
SOCI3225W002 3 points.
All of us have spent many years in school and understand that schools impact our lives in important ways. But how exactly does formal schooling shape young people? And how do students make sense of their lives in the context of schools and educational systems more broadly? In this class we will examine education as a central institution in modern society, and we will grapple with an important question: What role does education play in reinforcing or challenging broader patterns of social inequality and mobility? Particular emphasis will be placed on higher education as a critical site in which these processes take shape.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
SOCI3225W002 002/00197 Summer A Subterm Mo 06:15 PM–07:50 PM
Tu 06:15 PM–07:50 PM
Th 06:15 PM–07:50 PM
We 06:15 PM–07:50 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Amy Stuart
3 Registration Block
(w/ Self-Managed Wait List)
SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
SOCI3302W001 3 points.
Prerequisites: One introductory course in Sociology suggested. Examination of factors in gender identity that are both universal (across time, culture, setting) and specific to a social context. Social construction of gender roles in different settings, including family, work, and politics. Attention to the role of social policies in reinforcing norms or facilitating change.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
SOCI3302W001 001/00189 Summer A Subterm Fr 01:00 PM–04:10 PM
We 01:00 PM–04:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Sylvie Honig
3 Registration Block
(w/ Self-Managed Wait List)
SOCIOLOGY OF WORK & OCCUPATION
SOCI3670S001 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
SOCI3670S001 001/12136 Summer A Subterm Mo 11:40 AM–12:55 PM
Tu 11:40 AM–12:55 PM
Th 11:40 AM–12:55 PM
We 11:40 AM–12:55 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Teresa Sharpe
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
Race, Place, and the United States
SOCI3926W001 4 points.

The course analyzes the relationship between race/ethnicity and spatial inequality, emphasizing the institutions, processes, and mechanisms that shape the lives of urban dwellers. It surveys major theoretical approaches and empirical investigations of racial and ethnic stratification in several urban cities, and their concomitant policy considerations.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
SOCI3926W001 001/10305 Summer B Subterm Tu 05:30 PM–08:40 PM
Th 05:30 PM–08:40 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Kristin Murphy
4 Registration Block
(w/ Self-Managed Wait List)
On-Line Only
Sociology of Human Rights
SOCI3937W001 4 points.

Sociology came to the study of human rights much later than law, philosophy, or political science. In this course, you’ll learn (1) what constitutes a sociology of human rights and (2) what sociology, its classics, and its diverse methods bring to the empirical study and theory of human rights. We’ll explore the history, social institutions and laws, ideas, practices, and theories of human rights. We’ll become familiar with the social actors, social structures, and relationships involved in practices such as violation, claims-making, advocacy, and protection. We’ll consider how social, cultural, political, and economic forces affect human rights issues. We’ll learn about the questions sociologists ask, starting with the most basic (but far from simple) question, “what is a human right?” We’ll tackle key debates in the field, considering – for instance – whether human rights are universal and how human rights relate to cultural norms/values, national sovereignty, and national security. Finally, we’ll apply the concepts we’ve learned to a wide range of issues (ex: how racial, ethnic, gender, and other social inequalities relate to human rights), rights (ex: LGBTQ rights, the rights of laborers, the rights of refugees), and cases (ex: enslavement, the separation of children from their families, circumcision, sterilization, the use of torture). We’ll consider human rights cases in the United States and across the globe, and how events and actions in one place relate to human rights violations in another.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
SOCI3937W001 001/10306 Summer A Subterm Mo 09:00 AM–12:10 PM
We 09:00 AM–12:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Rosemary McGunnigle-Gonzales
4 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
INDIVIDUAL STUDY I
SOCI3998C001 6 points.
Prerequisites: open only to qualified majors in the department; the director of undergraduate studies permission is required. An opportunity for research under the direction of an individual faculty member. Students intending to write a year-long senior thesis should plan to register for C3996 in the spring semester of their senior year and are strongly advised to consult the undergraduate studies as they plan their programs.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
SOCI3998C001 001/00177 Summer A Subterm
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Deborah Becher
6 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
INDIVIDL STUDY IN SOCIOLOGY I
SOCI9040G001 6 points.
Prerequisites: the director of graduate studies permission if taking more than 3 points of study with any one faculty member. Individual writing on a topic agreed upon by the supervising faculty member.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
SOCI9040G001 001/14284 Summer A Subterm
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Teresa Sharpe
6 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only