The Politics and Social Change Workshop promotes the development of a community of scholars interested in how power relations shape social patterns in societies around the world. We define ‘politics’ broadly to include everything from gender politics within the household to state politics within a transnational system. Our participants’ interests span a wide range of topics including political sociology, political economy, political violence, political behavior, governance, democracy, state welfare, education, social...
This course covers the fundamentals of sociological research design. Emphasis is placed on principles that are applicable in all kinds of sociological research, including surveys, participant observation, comparative historical study, interviews, and quantitative analysis of existing data. The course also delves into current methodological controversies in several arenas.
Required of, and ordinarily limited to, first-year graduate students in Sociology.
Male/Female, Man/Woman, Masculine/Feminine, Straight/Gay. Where do these consequential categories come from? How do they generate inequalities? Why are they so easily reproduced? And what, if anything, should we do about it? Combining real-world applications with academic analyses, this course encourages you to think about how sexuality and gender have shaped the social world, as well as our own place within it. (Public Service Announcement: Contrary to popular belief, heterosexual men are indeed welcome and encouraged to take this course!)
This course provides new graduate students in the Harvard Sociology program with the necessary fundamentals for designing, analyzing, and publishing high quality sociological research. Our focus is on the evaluation and construction of a “good” research design, more so than on the practicing of particular research methods (although I include examples of a wide range of methods through the assigned readings). We begin with a broad overview: What constitutes sociological research? What does the publication process entail? What is the role of research in a sociologist’s career? Next, we examine... Read more about SOCIOL 205: Sociological Research Design