Courses

Courses being offered in a given semester are catalogued in the University Registrar's Directory of Classes, which includes times and locations as well as prerequisites, required permissions, and the unique numbers needed for registration. Any permissions required for courses are to be obtained prior to registration.

Below is a list of graduate courses offered by faculty of the Department of Sociology. Graduate registration, however, should not be limited to these courses and the department encourages graduate students to check out classes taught at other Columbia departments or at partner universities.


SOCI G4052 Methods Workshop. 4 points.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

Introducing students to a series of methods, methodological discussions, and questions relevant to the focus of the Masters program: urban sociology and the public interest.  Three methodological perspectives will frame discussions:  analytical sociology, small-n methods, and actor-network theory.

SOCI G4061 Contemporary Theory. 3 points.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

Introduction to perspectives in contemporary sociological theory.  The goal is to expose students to a diversity of theroetical writings while maintaining a thematic focus for each module of the course.  The course is taught by a team of three faculty members working in 4-week modules.

SOCI G4063 Proseminar II. 1 point.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

The Proseminar fulfills two separate goals within the Free-Standing Masters Program in Sociology. The first is to provide exposure, training, and support specific to the needs of Masters students preparing to move on to further graduate training or the job market. The second goal is to provide a forum for scholars and others working in qualitative reserach, public sociology, and the urban environment.

SOCI G4065 Fieldwork II. 1 point.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

This two-semester sequence supports students through the process of finding a fieldwork site, beginning the field work required to plan for and develop a Masters thesis, and the completion of their Masters thesis.

SOCI G4067 Thesis Seminar II. 3 points.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

This seminar gives you an opportunity to do original sociological research with the support of a faculty member, a teaching assistant, and your fellow classmates.

SOCI G4068 The University in American Life. 3 points.

Open to 2nd year law students, juniors, and seniors only.

The 2015 seminar on The University in American Life will address the question: What ought a great university look like 25 years from now?  The United States has the greatest collection of research universities in the world.  We have few challengers for this preeminence.  Why should we look to change our universities?  This seminar will systematically examine the university from bottom to top and explore what changes inside the university and in the larger society are needed to optimize the potential as transmitter and producers of knowledge.   Issues about the structure of knowledge, about admissions, about the cost of higher learning, about the role of government in the university, about graduate schools, about the place of the humanities and social and behavioral science in the new university will be considered.  The seminar will also examine the way universities and the legal system interact – from regulations to policies that government workplace harassment, discrimination, and sexual assault. All aspects of the university will be open for examination – from its administrative to its academic structure; from its relationships among its own units to its relationships with other institutions.  We will consider whether the pipeline feeding these universities is broken and how one might begin to think about repairing it.  Many other topics will be taken up as well.   The requirements for the seminar are simple: full participation and presence at seminar meetings and submission of one 15 page paper on a topic related to those that we will discuss.  One oral presentation of your ideas will also be part of the seminar.

SOCI G4075 Introductory Social Data Analysis. 3 points.

Corequisites: SOCI G4076, SOCI G4077

SOCI G4099 Field Research Methods. 3 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

Intensive supervised group and individual practice in doing sociological participant observation.

SOCI G4130 Sociology of Expertise. 3 points.

A new approach to the classical problems of the sociology of knowledge - the social determination of knowledge and the social roles of those who create, possess, and distribute knowledge. This new approach rejects the current boundaries of inquiry and reunifies them as a network of practices straddling the boundaries of science and the professions.

SOCI G4138 Ethno-Religious Identity and Politics in the Middle East and South Asia. 3 points.

This is a comparative course intended to bridge areas and disciplines in the social sciences. Both the Middle East and South Asia are areas of democratization and conflict around issues of ethnic, religious, and communal issues.  The pull and push of democratic politics and conflict along communal dimensions can be studied fron an historical as well as comparative perspective, by looking at India, Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, (and Syria, and Iraq) to understand first the historical legacies of communalisms and then the impact of religious and ethnic politics as they developed in the post democratic era.

SOCI G4193 Social Action and Social Change. 3 points.

Many of us are drawn to sociology, because—at least at some level—we care about making the world more just.  The irony, however, is that sociology traditionally has had very little to say about the processes by which individuals and groups come together to address the kinds of inequalities that sociology is so good at identifying.  This class focuses on the theory and practice of organizing, defined most simply as the process by which individuals enable others to come together around shared values and common interests in such a way that enhances their power.

SOCI G4220 Comparative Capitalism. 3 points.

A graduate seminar on changes in the social organization of developed world capitalist economies. Readings are drawn from literatures in economic sociology and political economy concerned with the implications of globalization, the weakening of welfare states, and the passing of the "golden age" of Fordist production.

SOCI G4270 Social Demography. 3 points.

This course introduces the ideas, facts, and materials of demography.  It explores social and economic causes and effects of population growth, composition, and distribution while considering demographic phenomena in both developing and developed countries.  Topics include the history of population growth in the world as well as social science perspectives.  The course includes some discussion of basic concepts in demographic analysis, but does not focus on methods of analysis or research techniques.

SOCI G4338 Welfare Regimes and Inequality in Europe. 3 points.

Prerequisites: a course in Introduction in Applied Social Statistics (or equivalent).

The comparative welfare regime dynamics is an important field of the contemporary applied sociology, particularly in Europe. The now classic book of Esping-Andersen (1990): "Three world of welfare capitalism" has been an important debated milestone of the comparative sociology, in public policy, inequality/stratification, work, social change. In connection with birth-cohort analysis (Age-Period-Cohort APC), this course covers an important field of macrosociological research and comparative microdata survey analysis.

SOCI G4412 Migration and Mobilities in Europe. 3 points.

Migration studies has become a huge academic industry of late, but it is still often deeply embedded in dominant theories of (im)migration, race/ethnicity and assimilation essentially based on the experience of the United States. Our course takes as its premise the idea of seeing how different these subjects may look when taking Europe rather than the US as the paradigm for (im)migration. The course covers issues such as historical migration patterns in Europe; post-war immigration; citizenship; integration; new migrations and super diversity; mobilities and free movement; and new East-West and South-North migrations. It puts an accent on grounded sociological, geographical and anthropological style work (rather than the politics or ethics of immigration), including ethnographic, qualitative and quantitative approaches. Previous study on immigration or race/ethnicity in the US or elsewhere will be an advantage, but no pre-requisites required.

SOCI G4550 Neighborhood Effect and Urban Poverty. 3 points.

In this seminar we will develop an understanding of major social trends affecting neighborhoods and communities, explore key concepts through which sociologists investigate cities and urban settings, become familiar with key theoretical debates on neighborhood effects and urban poverty, and apply concepts and methods from the course to the study of neighborhoods in New York City.

SOCI G5029 The Sociology of Sexualities. 3 points.

Despite the ubiquity of sexual imagery in contemporary Western popular culture, most people regard sexuality to be an intimate topic that concerns the drives, experiences and pleasures of individuals. In this course, we will examine the social and pluralistic character of sexual desires, meanings, practices and politics. We will begin with some of conceptual foundations that ground contemporary sociological studies of sexuality. We will think together about how knowledge about the social sources of sexuality is produced and some of the methodological, epistemological and ethical quandaries faced by researchers, including the ways our own sexualities, desires, inhibitions and identities frame our work. We will then examine some of the key fields in the sociology of sexualities, including work on sexual identities and social movements, the relationship between institutional contexts and sexual behavior, and intersections with the sociology of race, gender, risk, health and regulation. In each of these discussions, students will explore the varied methodological approaches to these topics within sociology, as well as some of the disciplinary and cultural challenges to making sexuality a central object of intellectual inquiry.

SOCI G5051 Sociological Theory. 4 points.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

This course emphasizes the perspectives of foundational thinkers on the evolution and dynamics of social life. Readings address key sociological questions; including the configuration of communities, social control, institutions, exchange, interaction, and culture.

SOCI G5053 Contemporary Theory. 3 points.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

Introduction to perspectives in contemporary sociological theory.  The goal is to expose students to a diversity of theroetical writings while maintaining a thematic focus for each module of the course.  The course is taught by a team of three faculty members working in 4-week modules.

SOCI G5060 Sociological Methods. 3 points.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

The course is taught in three modules, each lasting four weeks and taught by a different faculty member.  This course offers an introduction to delve into three methods used in sociological inquiry: ethnography, social network analysis, and historical and comparative research.  Students will read pieces that discuss the priciples of each methodology as well as examples of each method put to work in a research project.

SOCI G5062 Proseminar. 1 point.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

The Proseminar fulfills two separate goals within the Free-Standing Masters Program in Sociology. The first is to provide exposure, training, and support specific to the needs of Masters students preparing to move on to further graduate training or the job market. The second goal is to provide a forum for scholars and others working in qualitative reserach, public sociology, and the urban environment.

SOCI G5062 Proseminar. 1 point.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

The Proseminar fulfills two separate goals within the Free-Standing Masters Program in Sociology. The first is to provide exposure, training, and support specific to the needs of Masters students preparing to move on to further graduate training or the job market. The second goal is to provide a forum for scholars and others working in qualitative reserach, public sociology, and the urban environment.

SOCI G5064 Field Work. 1 point.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

This two-semester sequence supports students through the process of finding a fieldwork site, beginning the field work required to plan for and develop a Masters thesis, and the completion of their Masters thesis.

SOCI G5064 Field Work. 1 point.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

This two-semester sequence supports students through the process of finding a fieldwork site, beginning the field work required to plan for and develop a Masters thesis, and the completion of their Masters thesis.

SOCI G5066 Thesis Seminar. 3 points.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

This seminar gives you an opportunity to do original sociological research with the support of a faculty member, a teaching assistant, and your fellow classmates.

SOCI G5066 Thesis Seminar. 3 points.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

This seminar gives you an opportunity to do original sociological research with the support of a faculty member, a teaching assistant, and your fellow classmates.

SOCI G6043 Political Sociology of Science and Medicine. 3 points.

This course explores twin phenomena: 1) the socio-cultural organization of the institutions of science and medicine and 2) the ways in which the biosciences and biomedicine have come to organize the social world. The understanding that science and its medical applications are central to contemporary societies-and indeed are transforming our social landscapes-will underlie our exploration. Themes discussed included medical inequality; biological citizenship; health social movements; race and health; scientific epistemology; genetics and genomics; and the "politics of life itself.

SOCI G6055 Sociology of Law. 3 points.

This course will introduce students to several lines of research in the sociology of law. Students will develop a familiarity with this research that allows them to identify the legal foundations of any aspect of social life. They will also learn to compare and contrast different perspectives on and theoretical approaches to understanding the social dimensions of law. By the end of the course, students should be able to identify areas of research in the sociology of law that are ripe for development.

SOCI G6091 Historical Method and Documentary Analysis. 3 points.

Principles and techniques for the qualitative analysis of documents and the application of historical method to sociological research. Major emphasis on classification of sources, process of inference, formulation of problems for investigation, and adequacy of research techniques for the problem being investigated. Analysis of several historical studies.

SOCI G6097 Designs of Social Research. 4 points.

Open to sociology Ph.D. students only; all others must receive the instructor's permission. Enrollment limited to 20.

Required of all incoming sociology doctoral students. Prepares students who have already completed an undergraduate major or its equivalent in some social science to evaluate and undertake both systematic descriptions and sound explanations of social structures and processes.

SOCI G6125 Analysis of Categorical Data. 3 points.

The analysis of categorical data has been an area of great interest to sociologists for over twenty years. Log-linear models have featured prominently in sociological applications. Topics covered will include modeling of categorical data (versus testing for association), logistic regression and multinomial logit models.

SOCI G6160 Special Topics - Israeli Society. 3 points.

This semester the seminar will focus on migration patterns to and from Israel. The seminar has two main parts. The first focuses on immigration patterns to Palestine/Israel from the late 19th century until the present. We will discuss Jewish immigration in the pre-state period, Arab forced migration in 1948, Jewish immigration to Israel until the 1967 war, and migration patterns from the late 1960s until the present. The second part of the course discusses emigration from Israel since 1948, which is viewed as a major social problem. The focus will be on the number of emigrants, their composition, the causes for emigration, return migration, and on the question of the brain drain from Israel.

SOCI G6320 Immigration, Cities, States: Deciphering the Global. 3 points.

Transnational processes such as economic globalization and cross-border migrations confront the social sciences with a series of theoretical and methodological challenges. This course examines these challenges through a focus oon both macro level cross-border flows and micro processes which might take place at a global or at a sub-national level. Particular attention will go to analyzing the challenges for theorization and empirical specification.

SOCI G6810 Organization Failure. 3 points.

Why and how do organizations fail? This seminar will teach the fundamental principles of organizations by examining how and why organizations fail, producing harmful outcomes. We will examine a range of these incidents as failures of organizational systems. The focus is on a variety of negative outcomes that are the unanticipated consequences of a system of action. Students will learn 1) how organizations work and the causes of organization failure, 2) how to do an organizational analysis, and 3) the connection between causes of failures and strategies for control.

SOCI G8280 Quantitative Strategies for Sociological Research. 3 points.

Working with selected readings of both theoretical and best practice empirical work and discussions of causal analysis with strategies for conducting quantitative social research. Much of the class time will involve presentation and discussion of quantitative strategies from the research projects of class participants.

SOCI G8300 Global Governance. 3 points.

  "Global Governance" has become an increasingly common term to capture an enormous diversity of governance regimes and specific public and private agreements. It includes well-established public institutions such as the WTO (World Trade Organization) and the ISO (International Standards Organization). But it also includes private agreements among actors in specialized domains, such as private commercial arbitration --which has become the dominant form for settling cross-border business disputes. The course will cover the full range of these governance modes even if not all specific agreements -- a number so vast it is impossible to cover in a single course.

SOCI G8405 Sociology of Science, Knowledge, and Technology. 3 points.

How do scientific and technical experts do their work and produce the results that they do? The purpose of this course is to read and critically evaluate the canonical works in the sociology of science, knowledge, and technology and to initiate a research project. The research paper for this course can be tailored to meet the student's long term research or professional interests. The readings are organized chronologically to introduce major works and their authors, present an overview of the development of the field, the diversity of perspectives, turning points, and controversies.

SOCI G9081 Topics in Sociology of Expertise, Know.... 3 points.

The study of expertise, brings together the problems and concerns previously dealt with in different sub-disciplines and specializations such as the sociology of knowledge, the sociology of science and technology, the sociology of the professions, medical sociology, the sociology of bureaucratic and policy knowledge. The purpose of this course is to provide training and guidance for PhD students working in these fields, and to link their diverse investigations as dealing with the common problem of “expertise” and as sharing commonalities at the methodological and theoretical levels.  

SOCI G9120 Social Networks. 3 points.

Focus on theoretical and substantive themes within social network analysis, some of which are of general interest, some of which are of specific interest to the instructor. Also stressed are works in progress. Some technical solutions to substantive issues of interest - centrality, blocking, clusters, duality - are presented. Mathematical sophistication is unnecessary.

SOCI GR4043 WORKSHOP ON WEALTH & INEQUALITY. 1 point.

This Workshop is linked to the Workshop on Wealth & Inequality Meetings.

Fall 2016: SOCI GR4043
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 4043 001/73646 Th 2:00pm - 4:30pm
509 Knox Hall
Thomas DiPrete 1 11
Spring 2017: SOCI GR4043
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 4043 001/17998 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
509 Knox Hall
Thomas DiPrete 1 6/20

SOCI GR5052 Methods Workshop. 4 points.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

Introducing students to a series of methods, methodological discussions, and questions relevant to the focus of the Masters program: urban sociology and the public interest.  Three methodological perspectives will frame discussions:  analytical sociology, small-n methods, and actor-network theory.

Spring 2017: SOCI GR5052
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 5052 001/64706 T 10:00am - 12:00pm
509 Knox Hall
Denise Milstein 4 16/30

SOCI GR6070 Social Stratification. 3 points.

The course focuses on relatively recent research, and is intended to introduce you to many of the major themes and ndings in this area. As many of the central questions in strati cation research are now active research sites for researchers in other social sciences as well as in sociology, the literature on this reading list is interdisciplinary whenever appropriate.

Spring 2017: SOCI GR6070
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 6070 001/71379 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
509 Knox Hall
Thomas DiPrete 3 12/15

SOCI GR6995 Graduate Research Practicum. 3 points.

Course purpose is to serve as an omnibus opportunity for student professional development. Serves as a workshop as students narrow down a paper topic, develop a proposal, and carry out the research. Discussion includes how one selects a topic, how to find appropriate theory and data, and rhetorical strategies for making a paper "publishable," among other issues. Culminates in the completion of the M.Phil. paper.

Spring 2017: SOCI GR6995
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 6995 001/77350 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
707 Knox Hall
Debra Minkoff 3 4/15

SOCI GR8201 New Directions in Economic Sociology. 3 points.

This is an advanced graduate seminar in Economic Sociology looking at new developments in this field. It addresses the disciplinary division of labor in which economists study value and sociologists study values; and it rejects the pact whereby economists study the economy and sociologists study social relations in which they are embedded.

Fall 2016: SOCI GR8201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 8201 001/63229 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
509 Knox Hall
David Stark 3 8/20

SOCI GR9040 Individual Study In Sociology I. 3 points.

May be taken for a letter grade more than once, provided different faculty members supervise the writing of papers.

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.

Fall 2016: SOCI GR9040
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 9040 001/20524  
Karen Barkey 3 0
SOCI 9040 002/64840  
Peter Bearman 3 2
SOCI 9040 003/61949  
Yinon Cohen 3 0
SOCI 9040 004/76456  
Jonathan Cole 3 0
SOCI 9040 005/29812  
Thomas DiPrete 3 0
SOCI 9040 006/19142  
Gil Eyal 3 4
SOCI 9040 007/29700  
Priscilla Ferguson 3 0
SOCI 9040 008/11922  
Shamus Khan 3 5
SOCI 9040 009/24393  
Bruce Kogut 3 0
SOCI 9040 010/73209  
Bruce Link 3 0
SOCI 9040 011/67855  
Yao Lu 3 0
SOCI 9040 012/62374  
Denise Milstein 3 1
SOCI 9040 014/10089  
Alondra Nelson 3 0
SOCI 9040 015/14452  
Jo Phelan 3 0
SOCI 9040 016/12270  
Adam Reich 3 0
SOCI 9040 017/14723  
Saskia Sassen 3 0
SOCI 9040 018/66711  
Teresa Sharpe 3 0
SOCI 9040 019/63849  
Carla Shedd 3 0
SOCI 9040 020/70519  
Seymour Spilerman 3 0
SOCI 9040 021/62112  
David Stark 3 1
SOCI 9040 022/60579  
Van Tran 3 4
SOCI 9040 023/14855  
Diane Vaughan 3 1
SOCI 9040 024/18580  
Sudhir Venkatesh 3 0
SOCI 9040 025/23170  
Joshua Whitford 3 0
SOCI 9040 026/87197  
Mignon Moore 3 0
SOCI 9040 027/87948  
Andreas Wimmer 3 0
SOCI 9040 028/24708  
Courtney Bender 3 0
SOCI 9040 029/88975  
Todd Gitlin 3 0
SOCI 9040 030/94275  
Jennifer Lena 3 0
SOCI 9040 031/19276  
Aaron Pallas 3 0
SOCI 9040 032/23344  
Emmanuelle Saada 3 0
SOCI 9040 033/63451  
Michael Schudson 3 0
SOCI 9040 034/60536  
Julien Teitler 3 0
SOCI 9040 035/61789  
Dan Wang 3 0
SOCI 9040 036/63033  
Amy Wells 3 0
SOCI 9040 037/25539  
Elizabeth Bernstein 3 1

SOCI GR9041 Individual Study In Sociology II. 3 points.

May be taken for a letter grade more than once, provided different faculty members supervise the writing of papers.

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.

Spring 2017: SOCI GR9041
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 9041 001/16198  
Peter Bearman 3 2
SOCI 9041 002/64405  
Courtney Bender 3 0
SOCI 9041 003/28830  
Yinon Cohen 3 0
SOCI 9041 004/63260  
Jonathan Cole 3 0
SOCI 9041 005/74568  
Thomas DiPrete 3 2
SOCI 9041 006/25763  
Gil Eyal 3 2
SOCI 9041 007/20230  
Todd Gitlin 3 0
SOCI 9041 008/73173  
Shamus Khan 3 2
SOCI 9041 009/26786  
Bruce Kogut 3 0
SOCI 9041 010/12615  
Jennifer Lena 3 0
SOCI 9041 011/76942  
Bruce Link 3 0
SOCI 9041 012/63570  
Yao Lu 3 0
SOCI 9041 013/16602  
Denise Milstein 3 1
SOCI 9041 014/21028  
Mignon Moore 3 0
SOCI 9041 015/77647  
Alondra Nelson 3 0
SOCI 9041 016/15029  
Aaron Pallas 3 0
SOCI 9041 017/74392  
Jo Phelan 3 0
SOCI 9041 018/28251  
Adam Reich 3 0
SOCI 9041 019/75492  
Saskia Sassen 3 0
SOCI 9041 020/20973  
Emmanuelle Saada 3 0
SOCI 9041 021/10809  
Michael Schudson 3 0
SOCI 9041 022/10585  
Teresa Sharpe 3 1
SOCI 9041 023/70835  
Carla Shedd 3 1
SOCI 9041 024/73705  
Seymour Spilerman 3 0
SOCI 9041 025/19834  
David Stark 3 0
SOCI 9041 026/15820  
Julien Teitler 3 0
SOCI 9041 027/62151  
Van Tran 3 1
SOCI 9041 028/68024  
Diane Vaughan 3 0
SOCI 9041 029/63259  
Dan Wang 3 0
SOCI 9041 030/27974  
Amy Wells 3 0
SOCI 9041 031/24333  
Joshua Whitford 3 0
SOCI 9041 032/11993  
Andreas Wimmer 3 0
SOCI 9041 033/72213  
Elizabeth Bernstein 3 1

SOCI GR9042 Individual Study In Sociology III. 3 points.

May be taken for E credit more than once, provided different faculty members supervise the writing of papers.

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.

Fall 2016: SOCI GR9042
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 9042 001/18262  
Karen Barkey 3 0
SOCI 9042 002/68225  
Peter Bearman 3 2
SOCI 9042 003/74644  
Yinon Cohen 3 0
SOCI 9042 004/70517  
Jonathan Cole 3 0
SOCI 9042 005/11664  
Thomas DiPrete 3 0
SOCI 9042 006/13430  
Gil Eyal 3 0
SOCI 9042 007/16408  
Priscilla Ferguson 3 0
SOCI 9042 008/76999  
Shamus Khan 3 0
SOCI 9042 009/25614  
Bruce Kogut 3 0
SOCI 9042 010/22219  
Bruce Link 3 0
SOCI 9042 011/71503  
Yao Lu 3 0
SOCI 9042 012/70533  
Denise Milstein 3 0
SOCI 9042 014/14576  
Alondra Nelson 3 0
SOCI 9042 015/66071  
Jo Phelan 3 0
SOCI 9042 016/67265  
Adam Reich 3 0
SOCI 9042 017/77612  
Saskia Sassen 3 0
SOCI 9042 018/21319  
Teresa Sharpe 3 0
SOCI 9042 019/19774  
Carla Shedd 3 0
SOCI 9042 020/62641  
Seymour Spilerman 3 0
SOCI 9042 021/13259  
David Stark 3 0
SOCI 9042 022/12043  
Van Tran 3 0
SOCI 9042 023/17968  
Diane Vaughan 3 0
SOCI 9042 024/18578  
Sudhir Venkatesh 3 0
SOCI 9042 025/76482  
Joshua Whitford 3 0
SOCI 9042 026/27348  
Mignon Moore 3 0
SOCI 9042 027/26998  
Andreas Wimmer 3 0
SOCI 9042 028/66502  
Courtney Bender 3 0
SOCI 9042 029/66899  
Todd Gitlin 3 0
SOCI 9042 030/67149  
Jennifer Lena 3 0
SOCI 9042 031/67401  
Aaron Pallas 3 0
SOCI 9042 032/67597  
Emmanuelle Saada 3 0
SOCI 9042 033/67850  
Michael Schudson 3 0
SOCI 9042 034/68104  
Julien Teitler 3 0
SOCI 9042 035/68349  
Dan Wang 3 0
SOCI 9042 036/68649  
Amy Wells 3 0
SOCI 9042 037/64037  
Elizabeth Bernstein 3 0

SOCI GR9043 Individual Study In Sociology IV. 3 points.

May be taken for E credit more than once, provided different faculty members supervise the writing of papers.

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.

Spring 2017: SOCI GR9043
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 9043 001/66470  
Peter Bearman 3 0
SOCI 9043 002/77080  
Courtney Bender 3 0
SOCI 9043 003/69877  
Yinon Cohen 3 0
SOCI 9043 004/77414  
Jonathan Cole 3 0
SOCI 9043 005/61378  
Thomas DiPrete 3 0
SOCI 9043 006/74617  
Gil Eyal 3 1
SOCI 9043 007/65736  
Todd Gitlin 3 0
SOCI 9043 008/19691  
Shamus Khan 3 0
SOCI 9043 009/20245  
Bruce Kogut 3 0
SOCI 9043 010/16096  
Jennifer Lena 3 0
SOCI 9043 011/76292  
Bruce Link 3 0
SOCI 9043 012/66198  
Yao Lu 3 0
SOCI 9043 013/21086  
Denise Milstein 3 0
SOCI 9043 014/66004  
Mignon Moore 3 0
SOCI 9043 015/19005  
Alondra Nelson 3 0
SOCI 9043 016/67529  
Aaron Pallas 3 0
SOCI 9043 017/20753  
Jo Phelan 3 0
SOCI 9043 018/22282  
Adam Reich 3 1
SOCI 9043 019/12717  
Saskia Sassen 3 0
SOCI 9043 020/13731  
Emmanuelle Saada 3 0
SOCI 9043 021/76336  
Michael Schudson 3 0
SOCI 9043 022/19374  
Teresa Sharpe 3 0
SOCI 9043 023/65178  
Carla Shedd 3 0
SOCI 9043 024/18737  
Seymour Spilerman 3 0
SOCI 9043 025/61667  
David Stark 3 0
SOCI 9043 026/26797  
Julien Teitler 3 0
SOCI 9043 027/27023  
Van Tran 3 0
SOCI 9043 028/25355  
Diane Vaughan 3 0
SOCI 9043 029/18445  
Dan Wang 3 0
SOCI 9043 030/23233  
Amy Wells 3 0
SOCI 9043 031/12064  
Joshua Whitford 3 0
SOCI 9043 032/73444  
Andreas Wimmer 3 0

SOCI GR9044 Individual Study In Sociology. 3 points.

May be taken for E credit more than once, provided different faculty members supervise the writing of papers.

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.

Fall 2016: SOCI GR9044
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 9045 001/71048  
Karen Barkey 3 0
SOCI 9045 002/24035  
Peter Bearman 3 2
SOCI 9045 003/19369  
Yinon Cohen 3 0
SOCI 9045 004/25797  
Jonathan Cole 3 0
SOCI 9045 005/13044  
Thomas DiPrete 3 0
SOCI 9045 006/29308  
Gil Eyal 3 1
SOCI 9045 007/27390  
Priscilla Ferguson 3 0
SOCI 9045 008/14616  
Shamus Khan 3 0
SOCI 9045 009/73214  
Bruce Kogut 3 0
SOCI 9045 010/75492  
Bruce Link 3 0
SOCI 9045 011/10067  
Yao Lu 3 0
SOCI 9045 012/67812  
Denise Milstein 3 0
SOCI 9045 014/69683  
Alondra Nelson 3 0
SOCI 9045 015/72232  
Jo Phelan 3 0
SOCI 9045 016/20843  
Adam Reich 3 0
SOCI 9045 017/74557  
Saskia Sassen 3 0
SOCI 9045 018/62165  
Teresa Sharpe 3 0
SOCI 9045 019/12831  
Carla Shedd 3 0
SOCI 9045 020/63739  
Seymour Spilerman 3 0
SOCI 9045 021/19053  
David Stark 3 0
SOCI 9045 022/77288  
Van Tran 3 0
SOCI 9045 023/63490  
Diane Vaughan 3 0
SOCI 9045 024/17808  
Sudhir Venkatesh 3 0
SOCI 9045 025/71294  
Joshua Whitford 3 0
SOCI 9045 026/92077  
Mignon Moore 3 0
SOCI 9045 027/62201  
Andreas Wimmer 3 0
SOCI 9045 028/71599  
Courtney Bender 3 0
SOCI 9045 029/71950  
Todd Gitlin 3 0
SOCI 9045 030/72200  
Jennifer Lena 3 0
SOCI 9045 031/72455  
Aaron Pallas 3 0
SOCI 9045 032/72652  
Emmanuelle Saada 3 0
SOCI 9045 033/72854  
Michael Schudson 3 0
SOCI 9045 034/73096  
Julien Teitler 3 0
SOCI 9045 035/73298  
Dan Wang 3 0
SOCI 9045 036/73505  
Amy Wells 3 0
SOCI 9045 037/99693  
Elizabeth Bernstein 3 0

SOCI GR9044 Individual Study In Sociology. 3 points.

May be taken for E credit more than once, provided different faculty members supervise the writing of papers.

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.

Fall 2016: SOCI GR9044
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 9045 001/71048  
Karen Barkey 3 0
SOCI 9045 002/24035  
Peter Bearman 3 2
SOCI 9045 003/19369  
Yinon Cohen 3 0
SOCI 9045 004/25797  
Jonathan Cole 3 0
SOCI 9045 005/13044  
Thomas DiPrete 3 0
SOCI 9045 006/29308  
Gil Eyal 3 1
SOCI 9045 007/27390  
Priscilla Ferguson 3 0
SOCI 9045 008/14616  
Shamus Khan 3 0
SOCI 9045 009/73214  
Bruce Kogut 3 0
SOCI 9045 010/75492  
Bruce Link 3 0
SOCI 9045 011/10067  
Yao Lu 3 0
SOCI 9045 012/67812  
Denise Milstein 3 0
SOCI 9045 014/69683  
Alondra Nelson 3 0
SOCI 9045 015/72232  
Jo Phelan 3 0
SOCI 9045 016/20843  
Adam Reich 3 0
SOCI 9045 017/74557  
Saskia Sassen 3 0
SOCI 9045 018/62165  
Teresa Sharpe 3 0
SOCI 9045 019/12831  
Carla Shedd 3 0
SOCI 9045 020/63739  
Seymour Spilerman 3 0
SOCI 9045 021/19053  
David Stark 3 0
SOCI 9045 022/77288  
Van Tran 3 0
SOCI 9045 023/63490  
Diane Vaughan 3 0
SOCI 9045 024/17808  
Sudhir Venkatesh 3 0
SOCI 9045 025/71294  
Joshua Whitford 3 0
SOCI 9045 026/92077  
Mignon Moore 3 0
SOCI 9045 027/62201  
Andreas Wimmer 3 0
SOCI 9045 028/71599  
Courtney Bender 3 0
SOCI 9045 029/71950  
Todd Gitlin 3 0
SOCI 9045 030/72200  
Jennifer Lena 3 0
SOCI 9045 031/72455  
Aaron Pallas 3 0
SOCI 9045 032/72652  
Emmanuelle Saada 3 0
SOCI 9045 033/72854  
Michael Schudson 3 0
SOCI 9045 034/73096  
Julien Teitler 3 0
SOCI 9045 035/73298  
Dan Wang 3 0
SOCI 9045 036/73505  
Amy Wells 3 0
SOCI 9045 037/99693  
Elizabeth Bernstein 3 0

SOCI GU4050 Sociological Theory: the Origins. 3 points.

Discussion Section Required

Prerequisites: this course is intended for sociology Ph.D. and SMS students. No others without the instructor's written permission.

Foundational sources and issues in sociological theory: Adam Smith, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Mauss, others; division of labor, individualism, exchange, class and its vicissitudes, social control, ideas and interests, contending criteria of explanation and interpretation.

Fall 2016: SOCI GU4050
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 4050 001/14803 W 9:00am - 12:00pm
509 Knox Hall
Peter Bearman 3 14

SOCI GU4051 Sociological Theory. 4 points.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

This course emphasizes the perspectives of foundational thinkers on the evolution and dynamics of social life. Readings address key sociological questions; including the configuration of communities, social control, institutions, exchange, interaction, and culture.

Fall 2016: SOCI GU4051
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 4051 001/16993 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
707 Knox Hall
Denise Milstein 4 18/24

SOCI GU4060 Sociological Methods. 3 points.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

The course is taught in three modules, each lasting four weeks and taught by a different faculty member.  This course offers an introduction to delve into three methods used in sociological inquiry: ethnography, social network analysis, and historical and comparative research.  Students will read pieces that discuss the priciples of each methodology as well as examples of each method put to work in a research project.

Fall 2016: SOCI GU4060
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 4060 001/27948 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
652 Schermerhorn Hall
Peter Bearman, Joshua Whitford, Adam Reich 3 18/25

SOCI GU4062 Proseminar. 1 point.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

The Proseminar fulfills two separate goals within the Free-Standing Masters Program in Sociology. The first is to provide exposure, training, and support specific to the needs of Masters students preparing to move on to further graduate training or the job market. The second goal is to provide a forum for scholars and others working in qualitative reserach, public sociology, and the urban environment.

Fall 2016: SOCI GU4062
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 4062 001/71315 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
509 Knox Hall
Denise Milstein 1 17/25

SOCI GU4064 Field Work. 1 point.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

This two-semester sequence supports students through the process of finding a fieldwork site, beginning the field work required to plan for and develop a Masters thesis, and the completion of their Masters thesis.

Fall 2016: SOCI GU4064
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 4064 001/22501 M 9:00am - 10:00am
509 Knox Hall
Denise Milstein 1 18

SOCI GU4066 Thesis Seminar. 3 points.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

This seminar gives you an opportunity to do original sociological research with the support of a faculty member, a teaching assistant, and your fellow classmates.

Fall 2016: SOCI GU4066
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 4066 001/16749 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
509 Knox Hall
Teresa Sharpe 3 18/25

SOCI GU4097 Designs of Social Research. 4 points.

Open to sociology Ph.D. students only; all others must receive the instructor's permission. Enrollment limited to 20.

Required of all incoming sociology doctoral students. Prepares students who have already completed an undergraduate major or its equivalent in some social science to evaluate and undertake both systematic descriptions and sound explanations of social structures and processes.

Fall 2016: SOCI GU4097
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 4097 001/66088 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
509 Knox Hall
Joshua Whitford 4 14/20

SOCI GU4370 Processes of Stratification and Inequality. 3 points.

The nature of opportunity in American society; the measurement of inequality; trends in income and wealth inequality; issues of poverty and poverty policy; international comparisons.

Fall 2016: SOCI GU4370
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 4370 001/76505 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
509 Knox Hall
Seymour Spilerman 3 11/28

SOCI Q6050 Sociological Theory: the Origins. 3 points.

Discussion Section Required

Prerequisites: this course is intended for sociology Ph.D. and SMS students. No others without the instructor's written permission.

Foundational sources and issues in sociological theory: Adam Smith, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Mauss, others; division of labor, individualism, exchange, class and its vicissitudes, social control, ideas and interests, contending criteria of explanation and interpretation.

SOCI Q6099 Field Research Methods. 3 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

Intensive supervised group and individual practice in doing sociological participant observation.

SOCI GU4052 Methods Workshop. 4 points.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

Introducing students to a series of methods, methodological discussions, and questions relevant to the focus of the Masters program: urban sociology and the public interest.  Three methodological perspectives will frame discussions:  analytical sociology, small-n methods, and actor-network theory.

SOCI GU4063 Proseminar II. 1 point.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

The Proseminar fulfills two separate goals within the Free-Standing Masters Program in Sociology. The first is to provide exposure, training, and support specific to the needs of Masters students preparing to move on to further graduate training or the job market. The second goal is to provide a forum for scholars and others working in qualitative reserach, public sociology, and the urban environment.

SOCI GU4065 Fieldwork II. 1 point.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

This two-semester sequence supports students through the process of finding a fieldwork site, beginning the field work required to plan for and develop a Masters thesis, and the completion of their Masters thesis.

SOCI GU4121 Racial and Ethnic Inequality. 3 points.

This seminar critically examines how racial/ethnic inequality is generated and maintained in contemporary American society. We will explore the merits and limitations of various paradigms that aim to explain racial inequalities and the concomitant social policies that have been implemented and/or proposed. Major topics include: residential segregation, wealth inequality, educational achievement, employment outcomes, crime & punishment, and culture.

SOCI GU4043 WORKSHOP ON WEALTH & INEQUALITY. 1 point.

This Workshop is linked to the Workshop on Wealth & Inequality Meetings.

SOCI GR6051 Sociological Theory: the Origins. 3 points.

Prerequisites: this course is intended for sociology Ph.D. and SMS students. No others without the instructor's written permission.

Foundational sources and issues in sociological theory: Adam Smith, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Mauss, others; division of labor, individualism, exchange, class and its vicissitudes, social control, ideas and interests, contending criteria of explanation and interpretation.

SOCI GR5051 Sociological Theory. 4 points.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

This course emphasizes the perspectives of foundational thinkers on the evolution and dynamics of social life. Readings address key sociological questions; including the configuration of communities, social control, institutions, exchange, interaction, and culture.

SOCI GR5060 Sociological Methods. 3 points.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

The course is taught in three modules, each lasting four weeks and taught by a different faculty member.  This course offers an introduction to delve into three methods used in sociological inquiry: ethnography, social network analysis, and historical and comparative research.  Students will read pieces that discuss the principles of each methodology as well as examples of each method put to work in a research project.

SOCI GR5062 Proseminar. 1 point.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

The Proseminar fulfills two separate goals within the Free-Standing Masters Program in Sociology. The first is to provide exposure, training, and support specific to the needs of Masters students preparing to move on to further graduate training or the job market. The second goal is to provide a forum for scholars and others working in qualitative reserach, public sociology, and the urban environment.

SOCI GR4064 Field Work. 1 point.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

This two-semester sequence supports students through the process of finding a fieldwork site, beginning the field work required to plan for and develop a Masters thesis, and the completion of their Masters thesis.

SOCI GR5066 Thesis Seminar. 3 points.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

This seminar gives you an opportunity to do original sociological research with the support of a faculty member, a teaching assistant, and your fellow classmates.

SOCI GU4067 Thesis Seminar II. 3 points.

Open to students in the Master Program in sociology only.

This seminar gives you an opportunity to do original sociological research with the support of a faculty member, a teaching assistant, and your fellow classmates.

SOCI GU4130 Sociology of Expertise. 3 points.

A new approach to the classical problems of the sociology of knowledge - the social determination of knowledge and the social roles of those who create, possess, and distribute knowledge. This new approach rejects the current boundaries of inquiry and reunifies them as a network of practices straddling the boundaries of science and the professions.

SOCI GU4270 Social Demography. 3 points.

This course introduces the ideas, facts, and materials of demography.  It explores social and economic causes and effects of population growth, composition, and distribution while considering demographic phenomena in both developing and developed countries.  Topics include the history of population growth in the world as well as social science perspectives.  The course includes some discussion of basic concepts in demographic analysis, but does not focus on methods of analysis or research techniques.

SOCI GU4123 IMMIG INEQUALTY WELFARE STATE. 4 points.

Welfare states play a pivotal role in processes of social stratification; they are shaped by but also shape social inequalities. Whereas the first part of the course focuses on how immigration affects various dimensions of welfare states, the second half will focus on the opposite: the role that welfare states play in the incorporation of immigrants. Existing welfare states scholarship has focused significant attention on inequalities by gender and especially social class, and we will read and discuss a few of the most influential works on these topics as a point of departure. We will then turn to the small but growing literature that addresses immigrants’ social rights within various welfare regimes and the implications of these rights for inequalities between immigrant/immigrant-descended populations;majority populations.

Our topic necessitates an interdisciplinary approach. We will read works by sociologists, political scientists, and economists, and as relevant, we will discuss disciplinary differences in substantive focus and method.

SOCI GU4336 The Sociology of Punishment. 3 points.

This graduate seminar mixes sociological and historical accounts in order to explore the
social determinants and consequences of the U.S. criminal justice system. The class casts a
wide net – exploring classical texts as well as contemporary scholarship from a range of
sociological traditions.

We begin by discussing classical texts in order to understand the theoretical traditions that
underlie the most interesting contemporary work on the sociology of punishment. Building
on the work of Marxist criminologists like Rusche and Kirchheimer, we explore the
relationship between the U.S. criminal justice system and the market. To what extent can we
understand the penal field as autonomous from economic relationships? To what extent do
economic forces or logics determine criminological thinking and practice? Building on
Durkheim, we explore how punishment is both reflective of social values and constitutive of
social solidarity, and investigate the symbolic consequences (intended and unintended) of
contemporary punishment regimes. Building on readings from Foucault, we explore
punishment and its relationship to the emergence of new forms of bureaucratic and
disciplinary power. Finally, with Goffman, we explore the interactive context of the prison
as relatively autonomous from the external forces that bring it into being.
With the classical theorists behind us, we turn to a history of the present. What is the age at
which we are living today? What are the economic, political, and symbolic causes and
consequences of mass incarceration? To what extent can we understand mass incarceration,
and more recent reform efforts, as reflective or constitutive of new forms of power in
contemporary society?
Finally, we conclude by asking what the future might hold. After four decades of explosive
growth, the U.S. incarceration rate has been declining slowly for the last several years. Crime
rates have declined steadily for the last quarter century. At the same time, Black Lives
Matter has put renewed focus on the ways in which the state continues to exert violence in
poor communities of color. How should we understand the current period of reform?
What are its social and political possibilities and limitations? What would a just justice system
even entail?

Spring 2017: SOCI GU4336
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 4336 001/86549 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
404 International Affairs Bldg
Adam Reich 3 22/40

SOCI GR6098 Quantitative Strategies for Causal Analysis. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Students should have an understanding of quantitative methodologies at the level of G4074 and G4075.

Quantitative strategies for sociological research will be investigated through selected readings of both theoretical and “best practice” empirical work. Discussions of causal analysis will be drawn from a number of texts and articles including the list in section 3. Class time will consist of three types of activities. Some time will be devoted to lecture by me about causal inference, the challenges to obtaining valid inference and strategies for overcoming these challenges. Other time will be devoted to a discussion of examples of various techniques using a variety of datasets. A third activity will be the discussion of substantive papers that nicely illustrate the problems and strategies for obtaining plausibly valid causal estimates. This third activity can also include the discussion of student research projects if they relate well to the material of the course.

SOCI GR6007 Race, Ethnicity, and Nation. 3 points.

TBD