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SOC 1101

This course is a broad introduction to the field of sociology.  Course materials are designed to illustrate the distinctive features of the sociological perspective and to start you thinking sociologically ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

SOC 1104

This course will examine race and ethnic relations between Whites, Blacks, Latinos, and Asians in the United States. The goal of this course is for students to understand how the history of race and ethnicity ... view course details

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    Combined with: AMST 1104LSP 1105

  • 3 Credits Opt NoAud

SOC 1290

Introduces students to the sociological analysis of American society through the lens of film. Major themes involve race, class, and gender; upward and downward mobility; incorporation and exclusion; small ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Opt NoAud

SOC 1900

Weekly informal discussion of urgent public issues posed by a central theme, such as inequality, foreign policy and immigration, or challenges to liberty and democracy. Recent public lectures organized ... view course details

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    Combined with: GOVT 1901PHIL 1901

  • 1-2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Deep Issues of the 2016 Elections

  • 16187SOC 1900  SEM 101

  • This semester's course will discuss central issues raised in the presidential campaigns in light of competing moral perspectives, informed by social-scientific inquiry. For example, to what extent are current economic inequalities unjust? What is the government's proper role in healthcare and education? What should the government do to reduce racial inequality? What restrictions on U.S. immigration are justifiable? How should the U.S. respond to turmoil in the Middle East? to global challenges to American economic interests, values and international power?

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    Combined with: GOVT 1901PHIL 1901

  • 1-2 Credits Stdnt Opt

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    Combined with: GOVT 1901PHIL 1901

  • 1-2 Credits Stdnt Opt

SOC 2090

This interdisciplinary course examines network structures and how they matter in everyday life. The course examines how each of the computing, economic, sociological and natural worlds are connected and ... view course details

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    Combined with: CS 2850ECON 2040INFO 2040

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

SOC 2100

This course introduces some central ideas in the field of S&TS. It is aimed at students from any background who are challenged to think more critically about what counts as scientific knowledge and ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: STS 2011

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

SOC 2190

What is the driving force behind economic growth? How do people find jobs? Does culture matter for economic action? What exactly is a market? Why is there a concentration of high-tech firms in Silicon ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

SOC 2202

Introduction to population studies. The primary focus is on the relationships between demographic processes (fertility, mortality, and immigration) and social and economic issues. Discussion covers special ... view course details

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    Combined with: DSOC 2010

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  7777SOC 2202  LEC 001

  • If this course is full, please contact Cindy Twardokus at ct259@cornell.edu to be placed on a waitlist.

SOC 2220

In recent years, poverty and inequality have become increasingly common topics of public debate, as academics, journalists, and politicians attempt to come to terms with growing income inequality, with ... view course details

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SOC 2480

Focuses on currently salient themes of nationalism, multiculturalism, and democracy. It explores such questions as who is a citizen; what is a nation; what is a political institution; and how do bonds ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 3633

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

SOC 2580

This course was the prototype for the innovative University Courses curriculum designed to provide students with a cross-disciplinary perspective. Accordingly, it is co-taught with psychologist Steve Ceci, ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: COMM 2580HD 2580ILRLR 2580

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

SOC 2610

In a 2015 speech, President Barack Obama described the the American criminal justice system as hopefully broken, with prison conditions so abominable that they had no place in the civilized world. In her ... view course details

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    Combined with: AMST 2615PAM 2610

  • 3 Credits Graded

SOC 2710

This course is a blending of the Sociology of Education and Public Policy. Front and center in this course is the question of why consistent differential educational and economic outcomes exists in American ... view course details

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SOC 2760

Traffic lights, elevators, and recycling bins seem rather boring and irrelevant. Yet, while not usually on our minds when thinking about governance and regulation, these seemingly mundane technologies ... view course details

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    Combined with: STS 2761

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

SOC 3010

This course will introduce students to the theory and mathematics of statistical analysis. Many decisions made by ourselves and others around us are based on statistics, yet few people have a solid grip ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

SOC 3140

This course considers the historical evolution and contemporary challenges of social welfare policy in the US. We first examine social welfare provision from historical and comparative perspectives. We ... view course details

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    Combined with: PAM 3150PAM 5150

  • 3 Credits Graded

SOC 3150

Examines systematic approaches for addressing questions about poverty, family life, racial inequality, and a range of other issues central to public policy. It emphasizes the logic and methods of social ... view course details

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    Combined with: PAM 3120

  • 3 Credits Graded

SOC 3250

This course considers the dynamics of housing markets and neighborhoods in American metropolitan areas and the public policies designed to regulate them.  In the first part of the course, we examine the ... view course details

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    Combined with: PAM 3250PAM 5250

  • 3 Credits Graded

SOC 3370

Provides an overview of perspectives used in sociological studies of race and ethnicity. Students read classic and contemporary research on racial and ethnic relations in the United States. The first part ... view course details

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    Combined with: PAM 3370

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

SOC 3380

This is a seminar course on urban inequality in the United States.  The first half of the semester will be dedicated to understanding the political, historical, and social determinants of inequality in ... view course details

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    Combined with: AMST 3380

  • 4 Credits Graded

SOC 3750

Introduction to the classics in sociology, primarily works by Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, and Georg Simmel. Students also study the works of Alexis de Tocqueville, Montesquieu, and Joseph Schumpeter. ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

SOC 3970

This course examines the history of the conflict between two peoples with claims to the same land (Palestine/Israel), from the rise of their national movements at the turn of the 20th century and their ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 3977JWST 3697NES 3697

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

SOC 4570

Critically examines theories and empirical research on the relationships among social group membership, social status, and physical and mental health. view course details

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    Combined with: HD 4570

  • 3 Credits Graded

SOC 4580

This is a capstone seminar for seniors who are interested in graduate or professional study in scientific disciplines that focus on human behavior and social interaction. The intent is to provide seniors ... view course details

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    Combined with: COMM 4580HD 4580ILRLR 4580

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

SOC 4860

This seminar will explore the rise of mass incarceration and punitive containment strategies around the globe. Considering prison a threshold that resists outsiders' efforts to comprehend inmate experience, ... view course details

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    Combined with: ANTHR 4071GOVT 4867

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

SOC 4910

This is for undergraduates who wish to obtain research experience or to do extensive reading on a special topic. view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6214SOC 4910  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Alvarado, S

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8083SOC 4910  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Cornwell, B

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 10119SOC 4910  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Swedberg, R

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

SOC 4950

Students choose a sociology faculty member to work with on research to write an honors thesis. Candidates for honors must maintain a cumulative GPA at least an A- in all sociology classes. view course details

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  6215SOC 4950  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • York Cornwell, E

SOC 4960

Continuation of SOC 4950.  Continue to work with honors supervisor and work on and write an honors thesis. view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  6216SOC 4960  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Staff

SOC 5010

Analysis of theory shaping current sociological research. Examination of several central problems in sociological inquiry provides an occasion for understanding tensions and continuities between classical ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

SOC 5190

This course provides a forum in which students and others can present, discuss, and receive instant feedback on their inequality-related research. Its primary goals is to help students advance their own ... view course details

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  • 2 Credits Graded

SOC 5710

Examines the goals, roles, inputs, and outcomes of schooling in American society, and the policy environment in which schools operate. Analyzes controversies and tensions (e.g., equity, market forces, ... view course details

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SOC 6010

Sociological theory relies on the analysis of data to make claims about how the world works. This course will provide students with a firm understanding of how to analyze data quantitatively to inform ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Opt NoAud

SOC 6080

Discussion of the current state of sociology and of the research interests of members of the graduate field; taught by all members of the field. view course details

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  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

SOC 6280

This graduate seminar explores changes in family behaviors and household relationships from a demographic perspective.  It focuses centrally on contemporary trends in the U.S., considering (often competing) ... view course details

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    Combined with: PAM 6280

  • 3 Credits Graded

SOC 6390

This seminar addresses theoretical and empirical research topics related to the study of complex social networks, or as some have characterized the field, "the new science of networks." These can range ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

SOC 6460

Introduces the field of economic sociology and covers major topics addressed by sociologists studying the intersection of economy and society. We begin with classic statements on economic sociology and ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

SOC 6910

For graduates who wish to obtain research experience or to do extensive reading on a special topic. Permission to enroll for independent study is granted only to students who present an acceptable prospectus ... view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6218SOC 6910  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Swedberg, R

SOC 7350

The study of work - and specifically wage labor - has been integral to sociology from the earliest days of the discipline. Although capitalism has evolved over the past century+, work remains a prism that ... view course details

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    Combined with: DSOC 7350ILRIC 7350

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

SOC 7780

It analyzes contemporary theories of group solidarity. Particular attention is given to the comparison of rational choice, social exchange, and normative/affective explanations for the development and ... view course details

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    Combined with: ILROB 7780

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  • 16838SOC 7780  SEM 101

  • Permission of instructor required for enrollment.

SOC 8910

Work with a faculty member on a project that is related to your dissertation work. view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6219SOC 8910  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Cornwell, B

SOC 8950

Work with chair of your committee on your dissertation work. view course details

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6220SOC 8950  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Macy, M