Teaching

Soci 1000: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022
What is society? What is the role of the individual in society? How does the way society is organized affect the behaviors and beliefs of people who live in it? How can we change our societies? This course introduces students to the field of sociology. By surveying social theory as well as empirical studies, students acquire what C. Wright Mills calls the "sociological imagination": the ability to think beyond our personal lives and to connect the experiences of individuals with large social structures. Readings include prominent empirical investigations into family dynamics, class... Read more about Soci 1000: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

Organized Crime: Mafias in Theory, in Film, and in Reality

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

COURSE TRAILER

This course explores organized crime as interrelated social phenomena. Students read sociologists, historians, and other social scientists addressing the nature, causes and consequences of mafias in different national and historical contexts. The phenomenon of organized crime is further scrutinized through its (mis)representation in classic and modern cinematic...

Read more about Organized Crime: Mafias in Theory, in Film, and in Reality

SOC 98ME - Sports and Violence

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019
How are sports and violence related? What role does sports play in especially-violent communities and societies? How come athletes are so often connected to violent behavior? Why are some sports more violent than others? Students will explore familiar and strange sports connections to activism, poverty, gangs, hooliganism, rioting, nationalism, war, international politics, and organized crime. We will learn why sport elicits such emotional fervor, and how that fervor is transmitted into good and bad social channels. A variety of case studies across the globe and history... Read more about SOC 98ME - Sports and Violence

SOC 157 Qualitative Methods in Sociology

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2018

This seminar offers an in-depth overview of qualitative research methods in sociology. We will focus on three methods: interviews, ethnography and content analysis/archival. Through a series of hands-on, applied exercises and practical case-studies of exemplary research, students will learn what qualitative study looks like in the real world. Students will receive training in the basic instruments, sampling...

Read more about SOC 157 Qualitative Methods in Sociology

SOC 98mc: Protest and the State

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2016

Social movement protests challenging state policy, legitimacy and leadership have become a central feature of American political life. This tutorial explores major protest episodes in the United States, emphasizing historical trajectories and movement precedents. Four major trajectories will be considered: (1) the Civil Rights Movements of the 1950s and 1960s, and Black Lives Matter activism; (2) 1960s student movements and 2000s antiwar activism; (3) early 20thcentury US labor movements, and anti-...

Read more about SOC 98mc: Protest and the State