Classes

US-WORLD 24: Reinventing Boston - The Changing American City

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2014

The Fall 2013 mayoral elections in both Boston and New York City both underscore the dramatic changes that have occurred in American cities over the past several decades and also illustrate the challenges facing urban policymakers and civic leaders in the decades ahead. This course aims to help students understand those changes and to document, analyze, and strategize about some key issues and challenges facing Boston, and by extension, many other cities as well. To do so, the course uses a unique combination of readings, lectures, presentations by both scholars and...

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SOCIOLOGY 165: Inequalities in Health Care

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2013

Certain social groups—for instance, socioeconomic status, race/ ethnicity, gender, and age—are at greater risk for  more severe health problems. Yet, they experience inequalities in access to and receipt of health care. Although such disparities plague the US, one of the richest countries in the world, as well as other developed countries, they are mitigated in countries with universal health insurance systems and robust safety nets. This course investigates some of the many reasons for entrenched inequalities in health care and health outcomes in the US. We will examine such...

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SOCIOLOGY 170: Culture and Networks

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2013
This course offers an overview of the growing field of network research with a particular focus on how patterns of social interaction shape and are themselves shaped by cultural preferences and meaning making processes. The material covers a variety of substantive topics, including musical tastes, romantic relationships, organizational collaboration and competition, and social movement mobilization, while paying particular attention to the increasingly important role of social media in establishing and maintaining social ties.

SOCIOLOGY 142: Urban Problems and Politics

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2012

This course seeks to teach students how to think both analytically and strategically about the key challenges and opportunities facing both central cities and larger metropolitan areas.

The course begins from the observation that while cities often are the engines of economic innovation, they also are the locus of pressing social challenges. Consequently, many residents of “thriving” urban areas do not have the skills, networks, and other resources needed to access economic and other opportunities in their home city and region.

To a large extent the “success” of...

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