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Sociology 314: Workshop on Urban Social Processes

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

Urbanization is rapidly expanding around the world and new forms of data are presenting unique opportunities for research on cities. The Harvard Department of Sociology's Urban Social Processes Workshop is a forum to explore the social mechanisms, processes, and structures that occur in urban settings and the diverse behaviors that are shaped by spatial inequality. The workshop highlights the presentation of graduate student research but also includes discussion sessions on selected readings and work-in-progress by faculty at Harvard and around the country. 

Sociology 208

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2015

Covers the development of sociology as a discipline in the US and the rise of distinct schools of sociological theory. Assesses the role of mechanisms in sociological theory and explores the use of theory in empirical research.

Sociology 150

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2013

Ideas about order and disorder have driven debates about the city for over a century. After reviewing classic approaches we will examine contemporary research on neighborhood inequality, "broken-windows" and crime, racial segregation, ethnic diversity and immigration, the symbolic meanings of disorder, community organizations, and competing visions for the uses of public space. Students will conduct field-based observations drawing upon cutting-edge methods employed by urban sociologists to understand the workings of the modern city.

Sociology 150

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2013
Ideas about order and disorder have driven debates about the city for over a century. After reviewing classic approaches we will examine contemporary urban research on neighborhood inequality, "broken-windows" and crime, racial segregation, the challenges of ethnic diversity and immigration, neighborhood social networks, the symbolic meanings of disorder, and competing visions for the uses of public space. Students will conduct field-based observations drawing upon cutting-edge methods employed by urban sociologists to understand the workings of the modern city.

United States in the World 24: Reinventing Boston: The Changing American City

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Offered: 

2011

American cities have changed in extraordinary ways. In the last half of the 20th century, there was gloom about urban life and many cities were projected to decline and decay. Many did but Boston and other cities blossomed, becoming models of urban renaissance. Using Boston as a case, this course considers issues of economic change, technology, neighborhood inequality, political governance, elite relations, cultural institutions, crime, race and ethnic relations, immigration, gentrification and suburbanization. Regular guest speakers. Requirements: 5 short memos on neighborhood...

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Sociology 310b Qualifying Paper B

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2011

Guides students through the process of producing an original research paper of high quality. Readings and discussion cover the identification of appropriate research problems, the nature of causal reasoning, and data analysis and write-up.