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230.600 Introduction to Social Statistics

This course will introduce students to the application of statistical techniques commonly used in sociological analysis. Topics include measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability theory, confidence intervals, chi-square, ANOVA, and regression analysis. Hands-on computer experience with statistical software and analysis of data from various fields of social research.

Instructor: McDonald

230.601 Research Design

A survey of research design with emphasis on the appropriateness of the design of the research for the theoretical problems to which it is addressed. Discussions of funded research proposals illustrate practical problems related to human subjects, availability of archival data, and timing of measurement.

Instructor: DeLuca

230.602 Social Theory: Theories of Society

Intensive readings from classical theorists (Marx, Weber, and Durkheim) form the core of this course. Various critics and elaborators of modern social theory are also studied, ranging from representatives of the Frankfurt School to post modern and feminist social theorists. Emphasis is placed on exploring the utility of social theory for formulating important sociological questions and conceptualizing social research.

Instructor: Silver

230.603 Contemporary Social Theory

This course will explore several important traditions in contemporary social theory, including structural-functionalism, micro-interactionism, exchange and rational choice, post-structuralism, discourse and narrative analysis, and efforts by recent theorists to extend, synthesize, supplement, and revise Marx and Weber’s explanations of inequality, group conflict, and macro-level social change, including world systems analysis.

Instructor: Andreas

230.604 Linear Models for the Social Sciences

A seminar in multiple regression (least squares and alternative estimation procedures) with a focus on sociological problems and software applications. Extensions to hierarchical linear models will be included. Graduate students should have completed 230.600 or the equivalent. Undergraduates only admitted with instructor’s permission, and 230.205 or equivalent.

Prerequisite: 230.205, 230.600 or equivalent.

Previously offered under course name of Regression Analysis.

Instructor: Burdick-Will

230.605 Categorical Data Analysis and Selected Topics

This course provides the students with a set of statistical tools to understand and interpret social science research dealing with categorical dependent variables and to prepare students to apply these models in their own research. The models covered in the course include logit, probit, Poisson, and log-linear models, as well as multi-level models of categorical dependent variables.

Instructor: Hao

230.606 Categorical and Panel Data Analysis

This course introduces the main tools of categorical and panel data analysis. Categorical data analysis deals with categorical dependent variables. The first 7 weeks of the course introduce models for dichotomous, multiple-category, and count dependent variables, including logit, probit, ordered logit, multinomial logit, Poisson, and negative binomial models. Week 7 covers procedures for constructing data and handling missing data. The last 6 weeks introduce discrete-time models for panel data analysis along three lines: continuous vs. categorical dependent variables, random-vs. fixed-effects models, and static vs. dynamic models. This course uses the statistical packages Stata.

Instructor: Hao

230.607 Labor in the World System

A research seminar on the comparative-historical sociology of labor movements. The interrelationships between transformations in the labor process, labor markets, and patterns of working class formation and protest are examined; spatial and temporal convergences/divergences are analyzed.

Instructor: Silver

230.608 Proseminar in Sociology

Individual one-hour presentations by faculty members will introduce students to the faculty’s substantive interests and research styles.

Instructor: Staff

230.609 Dissertation Seminar

A semester-long course designed to enhance graduate students’ understanding of the logic of sociological research, from the formulation of a research problem to proposal writing and data analysis. This course is designed for advanced graduate students preparing their dissertation proposals.

Instructor: Staff

230.611 Seminar on Comparative and World-Historical Sociology

In this seminar we will read key texts in comparative sociology. The topics covered are cross-national sociology, comparative national development, comparing world-systems, the modern world-system, globalization, and social movements.

Instructor: Hung

230.612 Seminar on Social Inequality

This seminar attempts a broad survey of sociological theorizing and research on social stratification and the role of social institutions in generating and mitigating inequality.

Instructor: Staff

230.614 Seminar on the Family

A discussion-oriented seminar focused on major recent writings on the family, in both the developed and developing nations.

Instructor: Cherlin

230.615 Seminar on Panel Data Analysis

The course covers advanced methods for panel data analysis; including discrete time models for continuous vs. categorical dependent variables, random vs. fixed effects, and static vs. dynamic processes. Applications of these models to sociological research will be illustrated.

Instructor: Hao

230.616 Researching Race, Class, and Gender

This advanced graduate seminar is designed to help graduate students sort out whether they are headed for careers as race, gender, or class specialists.  We will review major sociological work in these sub-fields and work to determine what common elements of these publications makes them a stand out in the discipline.  Then students will be asked to craft projects of their own.

Instructor: McDonald

230.617 Seminar on Immigration

In-depth reading and discussion of theories and research on immigration to the U.S. Theoretical issues include international migration, immigration, and assimilation. Research topics include the impact of U.S. immigration laws on immigrant inflows and stocks, self-selection of immigrants, the impact of immigration on the native-born population, and the adaptation of the first and second generations. The course focuses on immigration since 1965 and its related controversies and debates.

Instructor: Hao

230.623 Hazard Models & Causal Analysis

This course covers hazard models (also called survival analysis), treatment effects models such as propensity score analysis, censored regression models, and statistical approaches to address endogeneity.  It is offered in alternate years with 230.606, Categorical and Panel Data Analysis.

Instructor: Cherlin

230.624 Educational Inequality & Social Context

This course engages students in the study of educational inequality through in depth readings on poverty, culture, the family, neighborhoods and public policy.

Instructor: DeLuca

230.625 Seminar on International Development

This seminar offers a graduate level introduction to the theoretically guided study of national development. The first part of the course analyzes the development theories that dominated the first four decades of the development effort. The second half of the course examines more recent perspectives that have attempted to fill the intellectual void left by the demise of the development paradigm. Throughout the seminar, discussions and readings will focus on the intellectual history of the development theories: What are the relevant questions to ask and what are the appropriate units of analysis for the study of social and political change? What forces have propelled transformations across the world? What explanatory power do the theories hold for our future?

Instructor: Agarwala

230.626 World Systems Analysis

Selected topics in the study of long-term, world-scale social change.

Instructor: Silver

230.630 Research in International Development

Research-oriented seminar on selected topics in international development. Course work will include various activities including the writing of review essays, critical analysis of key texts, symposium participation, and the collection and ioncorporation of new evidence related to specific theses on global inequality and development.

Instructor: Silver

230.633 21st Century Capitalism I

Instructor: Silver / Nealon

230.634 21st Century Capitalism II

Instructor: Silver / Nealon

230.635 PGSC Research Seminar

Working seminar focusing on new research in the field of comparative and world-historical sociology.

Restriction:  Sociology graduate students or permission of instructor


Instructor: Silver

230.636 Research Designs for Causal Inference and Mixed Methods

This course is designed to help students think critically, theoretically, and empirically about issues in design of sociological research that aims to answer causal questions and incorporate mixed methods approaches. Specifically, we will focus on: 1) Understanding causal inference and the objectives of social science; 2) Learning the types of validity in research designs; 3) Becoming familiar with the elements of experimental research design, such as treatment, observation and assignment; 4) Comparing and contrasting experimental and quasi-experimental designs and their applications for the study of social processes and social problems; 5) Understanding designs that employ mixed methods to answer questions of social and policy importance .  The course will give a general overview of the challenges of causal inference, but we will focus on research in a few specific areas, such as education and urban sociology, for the sake of consistent, coherent examples.  Sociology/Statistics background is helpful, but not required.

Instructor: DeLuca

230.637 21st Century Capitalism III

Instructor: Silver / Nealon

230.638 21st Century Capitalism IV

Instructor: Silver/Nealon

230.640 Field Methods for Studying Urban Poverty

This course is designed to help students understand the important theoretical and empirical considerations required to design, collect and analyze sociological data in urban settings. Emphasis will be given to the practical aspects of fieldwork and data collection, as well as the benefits and challenges of mixed methods research designs. The significance of research for public policy will also be highlighted. The workload for each semester will vary, usually tackling one or more of the following aspects of conducting research in urban settings: moving from theoretical puzzles to research questions; designing interview guides; designing human subjects/IRB protocols; preparing logistics for fieldwork; interview training; actual interviewing in the field; writing field notes; analyzing data from interviews; writing papers from qualitative data; blending GIS, qualitative and quantitative data to answer questions. Admission is granted by permission from instructor only.

Instructor: DeLuca

230.641 Urban Youth and Inequality  (3 Credits)

Popular television shows and news media cast stark images of urban youth that range widely from notorious “corner boys” and controversial teen moms, to the celebrated examples of those writers, athletes and artists who beat the impossible odds of their backgrounds. This course takes a more systematic look at this population, with a sociological focus on the demography and social processes that characterize the transition to adulthood for disadvantaged youth growing up in America’s cities. We will also examine the role of family, neighborhood, schools and peers in affecting the transition from high school to work and college, early family formation, and participation in risky behavior. Previous and contemporary policy approaches to addressing inequality among these young adults will also be explored.

Instructor: DeLuca

230.643 Sociological Analysis

An intensive analysis of a wide range of sociological studies, designed to acquaint the student with how sociologists deal with important theoretical issues, using a variety of methods and sources of data. Particular attention will be paid to the logical coherence of the studies and to the fit between data and interpretation.

Instructor: Hung

230.645 PSI Research Seminar

Seminar focusing on new research in the study of social inequality, with an emphasis on education, neighborhoods, race, family dynamics, health and social policy.

Restriction:  Sociology graduate students or permission of instructor

Instructor: DeLuca

230.647 Agrarian Change

This course will explore questions related to historical and contemporary trajectories of agrarian change. It begins with classical theoretical debates on the distinctiveness of peasantries and their prospects under capitalism. It will then turn to major themes of agrarian change in the twentieth century: modes of production, class polarization and differentiation, peasant wars, moral economies, everyday resistance, collectivization and decollectivization, food regimes, and depeasantization. It will conclude with new themes in agrarian change, with a particular emphasis on contemporary forms of land dispossession and repossession. The course will be structured as a reading-intensive research seminar.

Instructor: Levien

230.649 Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

This course provides in-depth familiarity with qualitative research methods, including ethnographic research, participant observation, and intensive interviewing. Alternative conventions in the elaboration of narratives are also explored. The course includes the application of relevant methods. Open to advanced undergraduates with permission of instructor.

Instructor: Calder

230.650 Macro-Comparative Research Methods

The course examines methods of studying long-term, large-scale social change. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are covered.

Instructor: Silver

230.651 Politics and Society

This seminar surveys important texts that treat key problems of political sociology including the rise of the modern state, the origins and nature of liberal democracy, the relationship between political and economic power, the nation-state model and nationalism, gender and the state, ideology, political contention, collective identity, and collective action.

Instructor: Andreas

230.655 Seminar on Sociology of Education

Topics are selected to enable students to understand and extend or revise current theories and measurements of school effects. Topics may include the social organization of schools and classrooms, estimation of cumulative school impact; techniques for examining the interaction of school, individual and family characteristics; definition and measurement of nonacademic outcomes of schooling, formulation of factors which condition the influence of school desegregation; elaboration of attainment models; comparison of within- and between-school models; and study of school, family, and peer group influence processes.

Instructor: Alexander, DeLuca, Plank

230.685 Trial Research Paper: Proposal Seminar

This seminar includes all members of the second year cohort of sociology graduate students. Class meetings will provide feedback and guidance as students develop proposals for their Trial Research Papers. The course will also include a series of professional developments seminars.


Limited to Sociology graduate students

Instructor: Andreas

230.690 Trial Research Paper: Presentation Seminar

This seminar includes all members of the third year cohort of sociology graduate students. Class meetings will provide feedback and guidance as students revise the final drafts of their Trial Research Papers.


Limited to Sociology graduate students

Instructor: Andreas

230.800 Independent Study

Students may request instructors to arrange reading or research courses fitting particular needs and interests.

Instructor: Staff

230.801 Research Assistantship

230.802 Dissertation Research

230.804 Research Apprenticeship

230.810 Dissertation Fellowship Semester

230.811 Teaching Assistantship

230.815 Trial Research Paper I

230.816 Trial Research Paper II

230.817 Trial Research Paper III

360.669-670 General Seminar of the Institute for Global Studies in Culture, Power, and History