Sociology (SOC)Arts and Sciences

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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2016-2017. Courses of Study 2017-2018 is scheduled to publish mid-June.

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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    Choose one seminar and one discussion. Combined with: AMST 1104LSP 1105

  • 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: Justice and Politics in the Trump Era

  •  9498SOC 1900  SEM 101

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    • Konya, N

      Miller, R

  • This semester’s course will address questions of justice posed by current political controversies, for example, over immigration, economic inequality, American nationalism, the government’s role in healthcare and the environment, racial inequality, the political power of elites, populism, authoritarianism, globalization, and the proper use of America’s global power. Brief readings in political philosophy and social science will be starting points for informal discussion and mutual learning among diverse perspectives.

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    Combined with: GOVT 1901PHIL 1901

  • 1-2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Justice and Politics in the Trump Era

  •  9992SOC 1900  SEM 102

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    • Jochim, J

      Miller, R

  • This semester’s course will address questions of justice posed by current political controversies, for example, over immigration, economic inequality, American nationalism, the government’s role in healthcare and the environment, racial inequality, the political power of elites, populism, authoritarianism, globalization, and the proper use of America’s global power. Brief readings in political philosophy and social science will be starting points for informal discussion and mutual learning among diverse perspectives.

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    Combined with: GOVT 1901PHIL 1901

  • 1-2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Justice and Politics in the Trump Era

  •  9993SOC 1900  SEM 103

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    • Miller, R

      Zimmer, D

  • This semester’s course will address questions of justice posed by current political controversies, for example, over immigration, economic inequality, American nationalism, the government’s role in healthcare and the environment, racial inequality, the political power of elites, populism, authoritarianism, globalization, and the proper use of America’s global power. Brief readings in political philosophy and social science will be starting points for informal discussion and mutual learning among diverse perspectives.

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

  •  7757SOC 2202  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Basu, A

  • 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 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 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 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 3650

Disasters are usually sudden events that result in catastrophic loss of life and/or property. They are often described using terms like disorder, chaos, and panic - descriptions which belie the highly ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

SOC 3670

Introduction to physical and mental health inequalities in the United States, the causes of these inequalities, and their impact on individual development across the life course. view course details

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    Combined with: HD 3570

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

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 4290

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    Combined with: NES 4590

  • 4 Credits Graded

SOC 4540

This course is a comparative political sociology of democratic and non-democratic institutions in the United States and beyond.  My focus will be contemporary politics but we will also look at historical ... view course details

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  • 4 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 4780

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    Combined with: ASRC 4606ASRC 6066

  • 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

  •  6219SOC 4910  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Alvarado, S

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8034SOC 4910  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Cornwell, B

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9215SOC 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

  •  6220SOC 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

  •  6221SOC 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

  •  7782SOC 5010  SEM 101

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    • Swedberg, R

SOC 5180

This course serves as an introduction to contemporary theories, debates, and models regarding the structure of social classes, the determinants of social mobility, the sources and cases of racial, ethnic, ... view course details

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  • 4 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

  •  7118SOC 6010  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Maralani, V

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

  •  6222SOC 6080  SEM 101

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    • Cornwell, B

SOC 6320

Rather than analyze the social impact of technology upon society, this course investigates how society gets inside technology. In other words, is it possible that the very design of technologies embody ... view course details

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    Combined with: STS 6321

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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 6480

This course addresses an emerging area of sociological inquiry that focuses on sequences of social activity that individuals form over short periods of time. These "microsequences" reflect patterns of ... view course details

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  • 2 Credits Graded

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

  •  6223SOC 6910  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Swedberg, R

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

  •  6224SOC 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

  •  6225SOC 8950  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Macy, M