Teaching

Sociology 97: Tutorial in Sociological Theory

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Sociologists are a diverse group but they are all bound by one common goal: a desire to understand how society works. Although sociologists adopt a multitude of approaches to understand the social world, they all ask a similar basic question: How and why are patterns of social organization created, maintained, and changed? In their quest to explain why events in the social world occur and why social forms should exist, sociologists develop theories—attempts to understand those properties of, and processes involved in, creating, maintaining, and changing patterns of social organization.

Sociology 304: Culture and Social Analysis Workshop

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The Culture and Social Analysis (CSA) Workshop is a forum where sociologists and others who study culture from a sociological perspective discuss their work and reflect on the field as a whole.  The workshop meets on average nine times a semester. The interest in studying culture sociologically – which is to say systematically, with careful attention to questions of measurement and to culture’s causal role in a variety of social outcomes – has been growing dramatically within the discipline, and Harvard has emerged as a leading center for cultural sociology.

Sociology 236: Cultural Processes in the Production of Inequality

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This seminar focuses on selected research areas in cultural sociology and sociology more broadly that may be helpful for developing our understanding of the cultural processes in the production of social inequality. Topics include: microsociology, the production of social and symbolic boundaries, ethno-racial and class cultures, evaluation and more.

Sociology 98L: Junior Tutorial-- Racism and Anti-racism

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The empirical focus of this seminar will be the frameworks through which members of various racial groups understand their experiences with racism and discrimination, and how they respond to such experiences. We will also consider the broader context in which groups experience racial equality and inequality. This requires delving into the sociological literatures on stigma, collective identity, group formation, symbolic boundaries, class cultures, and a range of other topics.

Sociology 209: Qualitative Social Analysis Seminar

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The course will cover the basic techniques for collecting, interpreting, and analyzing qualitative data. Throughout the semester, the course will operate on two interrelated dimensions, one focused on the theoretical approaches to various types of qualitative research, the other focused on the practical techniques of data collection, such as identifying key informants, selecting respondents, collecting field notes, analyzing data, writing, and presenting findings.

Sociology 209 is organized with the following four objectives in mind:

Sociology 204: Sociological Theory

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This seminar offers an introduction to classical sociological theory.  We will explore several topics, namely: 1) what are the major themes of the foundational texts of sociology; 2) how these texts were shaped by the social context in which they were produced; 3) how do these texts connect with broader development in social and economic thoughts in the nineteenth and early twentieth century; 4) how do the key authors compare with one another; and 5) how do they influence sociological theorizing today.