SOC 128: Models of Social Science Research

This course introduces students to core methodological concepts and strategies used in social science research including: research design, sampling and measurement, experiments, survey analysis, content analysis, network analysis, ethnography, and interviewing. Throughout the course we will develop the analytical skills necessary to interrogate epistemological assumptions in published social science research specifically and truth-claims generally. In addition to critically evaluating previous research, students will collect and analyze data using the different methods discussed in class. By the end of the course, students should have acquired valuable research skills widely applicable in academic and professional settings.


SOC 3310: Qualifying Paper Seminar

This seminar provides doctoral students in the Department of Sociology an opportunity to workshop drafts of their qualifying paper (QP). Submission of a satisfactory QP to one’s QP Committee is required in order to progress to the dissertation project. The department expects the QP to be an original piece of research that is of publishable quality. Participants will receive different types of feedback on their projects throughout the semester: first, from the entire class when introducing the project; second, from the instructor in one on one meetings; and third, from two dedicated peer-reviewers who will comment on a full draft of the QP.



SOC 1189: Democracy and Social Movements in East Asia

Social movements are an important part of both democratic and non-democratic societies.  In this course we will assess the state of civil society in East Asia by surveying contemporary social movements in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea.  The course will begin with a discussion of the main concepts and analytic approaches in social movement studies.  We will then apply these theoretical frameworks to specific mobilization efforts in East Asia, keeping in mind each country’s unique historical context.  With the theoretical and empirical tools gleaned from the seminar discussions and readings, students will pursue a case analysis of an East Asian social movement of their choosing.




SOC 1181: Social Change in Modern Korea

This course explores the incredible transformation of Korean society in the modern period.  We begin with the demise of the Chosen Dynasty at the end of the 19th century before covering the Japanese colonial period (1910-1945), the emergence of two Korean nation-states (1945-1948), the Korean War (1950-53), and the contemporary period (1960-present).  The course is divided into two sections: in the first part of the course we will discuss Korea’s political and economic transformation, and in the second part we will cover social and cultural change.  Upon completion of the course students should have a thorough grasp of the vast social changes Korea underwent in the 20th century.