Sociology (SOC)Arts and Sciences

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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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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5707SOC 1101  LEC 001

  •  6453SOC 1101  DIS 201

  •  6454SOC 1101  DIS 202

  •  6455SOC 1101  DIS 203

  •  6456SOC 1101  DIS 205

  •  6457SOC 1101  DIS 206

  •  7150SOC 1101  DIS 209

  •  7151SOC 1101  DIS 210

  •  7152SOC 1101  DIS 211

  •  7447SOC 1101  DIS 212

  •  7448SOC 1101  DIS 213

SOC 1900

This course will address questions of justice posed by current political controversies, for example, controversies over immigration, economic inequality, American nationalism, the government's role in ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GOVT 1901PHIL 1901

  • 1-2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Democracy, Equality, and Justice, Now

  •  8233SOC 1900  SEM 101

    • W
    • Appel, A

  • Weekly discussions of urgent questions of political and social justice, such as controversies over inequality of political power (“The system is rigged”); inclusion, diversity and political action (including “identity politics”); economic and racial inequality; patriotism and cosmopolitanism; immigration; and America’s role in the world. Brief readings, often from relevant controversies in political philosophy, will be starting points for mutual learning about these vital issues.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GOVT 1901PHIL 1901

  • 1-2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Democracy, Equality, and Justice, Now

  •  8309SOC 1900  SEM 102

    • M
    • Gounot, Q

  • Weekly discussions of urgent moral questions about politics and society in the United States and American conduct toward people abroad. Brief readings will be starting points for mutual learning about issues such as inequality of political power (“The system is rigged”); inclusion, diversity and political action (including “identity politics”); constitutional order and its vulnerability; patriotism and cosmopolitanism; immigration; economic and racial inequality; and global uses of American power.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GOVT 1901PHIL 1901

  • 1-2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Democracy, Equality, and Justice, Now

  •  8310SOC 1900  SEM 103

    • W
    • Southgate, E

  • Weekly discussions of urgent moral questions about politics and society in the United States and American conduct toward people abroad. Brief readings will be starting points for mutual learning about issues such as inequality of political power (“The system is rigged”); inclusion, diversity and political action (including “identity politics”); constitutional order and its vulnerability; patriotism and cosmopolitanism; immigration; economic and racial inequality; and global uses of American power.

SOC 2070

"Social Problems in the U.S." introduces the causes, consequences, and possible solutions of major issues facing U.S. society today. Students learn how social problems are defined and contested in the ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: AMST 2070PAM 2250

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9358SOC 2070  LEC 001

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: CS 2850ECON 2040INFO 2040

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7131SOC 2090  LEC 001

SOC 2190

Economic sociology extends the sociological approach to the study of the economy.  The goal is to understand the relationship between social structure and economic action. We explore how people find jobs, ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17430SOC 2190  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Nee, V

  • 17526SOC 2190  DIS 201

    • W
    • Nee, V

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: DSOC 2010

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  7129SOC 2202  LEC 001

  • If this course is full, please contact Virginia Montopoli at vlh1@cornell.edu to be placed on a waitlist.

SOC 2206

International development concerns the gains, losses and tensions associated with the process of social change - as it affects human populations, social institutions and the environment. This course considers ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: DSOC 2050SOC 2206

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17341SOC 2206  LEC 001

  • 17343SOC 2206  DIS 201

    • F
    • McMichael, P

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: DSOC 2050SOC 2206

  • 3-4 Credits Graded

  • 17342SOC 2206  LEC 002

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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  •  7619SOC 2220  LEC 001

  •  8323SOC 2220  DIS 201

  •  8324SOC 2220  DIS 202

  •  8325SOC 2220  DIS 203

  •  8326SOC 2220  DIS 204

  •  8327SOC 2220  DIS 205

  •  8328SOC 2220  DIS 206

  •  8329SOC 2220  DIS 207

  •  8330SOC 2220  DIS 208

  •  8624SOC 2220  DIS 209

  •  8625SOC 2220  DIS 210

SOC 2560

This course provides an introduction to the sociological perspective of law and legal institutions in modern society. A key question is the extent to which the law creates and maintains social order. And, ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17529SOC 2560  LEC 001

    • TR
    • York Cornwell, E

SOC 2580

This course is modeled after "Great Books" literature courses in the humanities, but with two important differences: we read non-fiction books in the social sciences rather than the humanities, written ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HD 2580ILRLR 2580PSYCH 2580

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8313SOC 2580  LEC 001

    • W
    • Ceci, S

      Macy, M

  •  8314SOC 2580  DIS 201

  •  8315SOC 2580  DIS 202

  •  8316SOC 2580  DIS 203

  •  8317SOC 2580  DIS 204

  •  8318SOC 2580  DIS 205

  •  8810SOC 2580  DIS 206

SOC 2810

This introductory course introduces students to issues and debates related to international migration and will provide an interdisciplinary foundation to understanding the factors that shape migration ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ILRLR 2810LSP 2810PAM 2810

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  • 17761SOC 2810  LEC 001

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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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: SOC 6010

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  5708SOC 3010  LEC 001

  •  9604SOC 3010  DIS 201

    • F
    • Maralani, V

  •  5709SOC 3010  DIS 202

  •  5710SOC 3010  DIS 203

SOC 3080

In this course, we will consider the role social networks play in the genesis and perpetuation of power, influence, and control in society. We will read and discuss some key sociological theories of power ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17531SOC 3080  SEM 101

    • M
    • Cornwell, B

SOC 3130

This course provides an introduction to the ways in which medical practice, the medical profession, and medical technology are embedded in society and culture. We will ask how medicine is connected to ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: BSOC 3111DSOC 3111STS 3111

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  9147SOC 3130  LEC 001

  • Enrollment limited to: senior, junior, and sophomore students.

  •  9148SOC 3130  DIS 201

  •  9149SOC 3130  DIS 202

  •  9150SOC 3130  DIS 203

  •  9151SOC 3130  DIS 204

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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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: PAM 3250PAM 5250

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 16793SOC 3250  LEC 001

  • Students will be pulled from the wait list in the following order: 1. PAM/SOC majors, 2. Seniors in other majors, 3. All other students.

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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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: AMST 3380

  • 4 Credits Opt NoAud

  •  9480SOC 3380  SEM 101

SOC 3430

Three decades from the fall of the Berlin Wall, we have gained broad perspective on the challenges of societal transformations away from socialism.  This course explores the process and social consequences ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GOVT 3354

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16659SOC 3430  LEC 001

SOC 3580

This course showcases frontier research that uses big data and graphical analysis to understand our social world. Topics include inequality and opportunity, success in higher education, the gender wage ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17537SOC 3580  LEC 001

    • W
    • Young, C

SOC 3680

Corruption, and the perception of corruption, pervades many aspects of society and has become a source of political protest around the world. This course focuses on the similarities and differences between ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GOVT 3683

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17442SOC 3680  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Young, P

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8150SOC 3750  LEC 001

SOC 4370

This course provides an introduction to the theoretical and empirical literature on the sociology of sex and gender. The readings cover theory and methods, feminism, masculinity, intersectionality, ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: FGSS 4371

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  9505SOC 4370  LEC 001

    • T
    • Maralani, V

SOC 4540

This course a offers comparative political sociology of democratic and non-democratic institutions in the United States and beyond. Topics will include nationalism, fascism and populism. My focus will ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GOVT 4543

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17443SOC 4540  SEM 101

    • T
    • Berezin, M

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HD 4580ILRLR 4580

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8320SOC 4580  SEM 101

    • W
    • Ceci, S

      Macy, M

SOC 4750

Specialized knowledge and know how underlie the division of knowledge in the technology sectors of advanced economies, yet we know surprisingly little about the institutional properties of how knowledge ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17446SOC 4750  SEM 101

    • MW
    • Staff

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5711SOC 4910  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Wethington, E

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7384SOC 4910  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Nielsen, K

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8192SOC 4910  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Alvarado, S

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8202SOC 4910  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Haskins, A

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8205SOC 4910  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Macy, M

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9771SOC 4910  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Garip, F

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9778SOC 4910  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Strang, D

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  5712SOC 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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  5713SOC 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7153SOC 5010  SEM 101

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17440SOC 5180  SEM 101

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

  • 17456SOC 5190  SEM 101

    • T
    • Weeden, K

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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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: SOC 3010

  • 4 Credits Opt NoAud

  •  6550SOC 6010  LEC 001

  •  7849SOC 6010  DIS 201

    • F
    • 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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

  •  5714SOC 6080  SEM 101

    • F
    • Cornwell, B

SOC 6110

Social Network Analysis (SNA), or the mathematical analysis of webs of relationships, is a thriving part of sociology and an active research area for numerous other disciplines. This course is intended ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17493SOC 6110  SEM 101

    • M
    • Cornwell, B

SOC 6140

Graduate seminar course on the incorporation of immigrants in host societies, including theoretical perspectives on assimilation and applications to labor markets, housing, schools, and other institutions. ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: PAM 6140

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 16781SOC 6140  SEM 101

SOC 6160

This course will provide a foundation in the fundamentals of social survey design, implementation, and analysis for graduate students who wish to conduct survey research or analyze survey data. We will ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17538SOC 6160  SEM 101

    • W
    • York Cornwell, E

SOC 6200

This course will explore the relationship between popular belief, political action, and the institutional deployment of social power. The class will be roughly divided in three parts, opening with a discussion ... view course details

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  • 16779SOC 6200  SEM 101

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: STS 6321

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9686SOC 6320  SEM 101

SOC 6330

Economic sociology extends the sociological perspective to the study economic life. The seminar examines the view that social networks, norms, beliefs and rules motivate and enable economic action in market ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17670SOC 6330  SEM 101

    • T
    • Nee, V

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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8355SOC 6390  SEM 101

    • W
    • Macy, M

SOC 6610

This is a course on networks and text in quantitative social science. The course will cover published research using text and social network data, focusing on health, politics, and everyday life, and it ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GOVT 6619HD 6610

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16114SOC 6610  SEM 101

SOC 6660

Event history analysis (also known as hazard or survival analysis) is a family of methods for the study of discrete outcomes over time. Typical sociological examples are demographic events (births, deaths), ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17457SOC 6660  LEC 001

    • R
    • Strang, D

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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5715SOC 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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5716SOC 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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5717SOC 8950  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Macy, M