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Graduate Courses in Sociology

Below we list graduate courses in Sociology, along with related courses and other courses taught by Sociology faculty. All Sociology students are normally expected to take 501, 502, 503, 504, and 550 during their course of study. Courses taken by most graduate students as part of their basic preparation are offered each year. Seminars focusing on selected topics are more likely to be offered every other year. In addition to the departmental courses listed below, a number of relevant courses in statistics, social policy, and regional studies are offered through the Woodrow Wilson School. Students also routinely arrange individualized reading courses with faculty and informal seminars involving several students and a faculty member. 

Courses in Sociology

Required Core
500 Applied Social Statistics
501 Classical Social Theory
502 Contemporary Theory
503 Techniques and Methods of Social Science
504 Advanced Social Statistics
505 Research Seminar in Empirical Investigation
506 Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity
507 Topics in Comparative, Regional and Political Sociology
508 Styles of Comparative Research
512 Research Seminar in Comparative Studies
513 Political Sociology
WWS516a /Soc 518  Topics in Law: The Rule of Law
519 Collective Behavior
Sociology of Culture
520 Topics in Sociology of Culture
521 Sociology of Culture
522 Sociology of Religion
524 Culture and Cognition
525 Culture and Communications
526 Cultural Analysis
527 Religion and Public Life
536 Nuptiality and Fertility
Econ 571/Soc 531  Survey of Population Problems
WWS 537/Soc 537  Social Organization of Cities
Econ 572/Soc 532  Research Methods in Demography
540 Topics in Economic and Organizational Sociology
541 Economic Sociology
542 Complex Organizations
544 Social Network Analysis
546 Politics and Economics
533 Ethnography for Sociologists I
534 Ethnography for Sociologists II
545 Advanced Sociological Fieldwork I
546 Advanced Sociological Fieldwork II
550 Topics in Ethnography
551 The Ethnographic Tradition
552 The Logic of Ethnographic Methods
553 Fieldwork Methods: The Nuts and Bolts of Ethnographic Research
554 Ethnographic Analysis and Writing
555 Microsociology
560 Topics in Social Stratification: Race & Ethnicity in Global Comparative Perspective
562 Race and Ethnicity
563 Sociology of Gender
565 Inequality and Culture
566 Comparative Work and Labor Markets
WWS 526/Soc 568  Poverty and Public Policy
WWS 590b/Pol 598 Politics of Inequality and Redistribution
WWS 590c/Soc 571  Sociological Studies of Inequality [limited to JDP students]
WWS 594b Psychology and Inequality
WWS 594f/Soc 569  Other People’s Poverty: Lessons from the OECD Countries
WWS 594g/Soc 571 Sociological Studies of Inequality [for non-JDP students]
570 Inequality and Culture
Migration and Development
575 Topics and Migration and Development: Immigration and Development
578 Sociology of Immigration and Ethnicity
WWW 536/Soc 579  Immigration, Ethnicity and Public Policy
WWS 571b/Soc 580  Urbanization and Development
WWS 571b/Soc 581  Topics in Development: Globalization and Policy
582 International Migration and Public Policy
557 Technology Studies
590 Topics in Sociological Methods
592 Text as Data
593 Missing Data Analysis
596 Computational Social Science
597 Causal Inference

Sociology Reading Courses

Spring 2016 Reading Courses
Soc 723 Religious Interventions in the Age of Mass Destruction, Robert Wuthnow
Soc 724 Race and the Criminal Justice System, Miguel Centeno
Fall 2015 Reading Courses
Soc 719 Reading in the Sociology of Religion, Robert Wuthnow
Soc 720 Worker Cooperatives in America: Social History and Theory, Miguel Centeno
Soc 721 Technology and Organization, Janet Vertesi
Soc 722 Care and the State: Feminist Theories, Miguel Centeno
Spring 2015 Reading Courses
Soc 716 Organizational Theory, Miguel Centeno
Soc 717 Political Sociology, Miguel Centeno
Fall 2014 Reading Courses
Soc 712 Readings in Sociology of Religion, Robert Wuthnow
Soc 713 The Sociology of Intellectuals and Ideas, Neil Gross
Soc 714 Comparative Historical Sociology, Andreas Wimmer
Soc 715 Sociology of Law, Kim Scheppele
Spring 2014 Reading Courses
Soc 709 Sociology of the Family, Sara McLanahan
Soc 710 Sociology of Health and Well-Being, Scott Lynch
Fall 2013 Reading Courses
Soc 701 Sociology of Food, Paul DiMaggio
Soc 702 Global Systemic Risk, Miguel Centeno
Soc 703 Sociology of the Welfare State, Paul Starr