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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. 

Fall 2015 Courses
Pertinent Courses in Allied Departments
Department of Sociology Reading Courses

Courses in Sociology

Required Core
500 Applied Social Statistics (ENG500 / AMS500 / AFS500)
501 Classical Social Theory (syllabus) (course info)
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
573 Inequality and Higher Education (half-term)
591 Seminar in Teaching
598 Advanced Social Network Analysis (half-term)
599 Special Problems in Sociology: Sociological Epistemology
507 Topics in Comparative, Regional and Political Sociology
508 Styles of Comparative Research
509 Comparative Public Policy
510 Comparative Historical Analysis
511 Comparative Perspectives on Gender and Development
512 Research Seminar in Comparative Studies
513 Political Sociology
514 Political Sociology of Transition
515 Civil Society
516 Theories of the State
517 Social Movements
WWS 516a/Soc 518 Topics in Law: The Rule of Law
519 Collective Behavior

Cultural Sociology
520 Topics in Sociology of Culture
521 Sociology of Culture
522 Sociology of Religion
523 Current Debates in Cultural Sociology
524 Culture and Cognition
525 Culture and Communitcations
526 Cultural Analyis
527 Religion and Public Life

530 Topics in Demography
533 Demography and Social Structure
534 Family
535 Health
536 Nuptiality and Fertility
Econ 571/Soc 531 Survey of Population Probems
WWS 537/Soc 537 Social Organization of Cities
Econ 572/Soc 532 Research Methods in Demogaphy

540 Topics in Economic and Organizational Sociology
541 Economic Sociology
542 Complex Organizations
543 Social Organization
544 Social Network Anlaysis
545 Professions
546 Politics and Economics
547 Advanced Topics in Network Analysis
548 Sociology of Law
549 Workshop on Social Organization

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
561 Social Stratification and Inequality
562 Race and Ethnicity
563 Sociology of Gender
564 Elites and Upper Classes
565 Inequality and Culture
566 Comparative work and Labor Markets
567 Crime and Punishment
WWS 526/Soc 568 Poverty and Public Policy
WWS 594f/Soc 569 Other People’s Poverty: Lessons from the OECD Countries
570 Inequality and Culture
WWS 590c/Soc 571 Sociological Studies of Inequality

Migration and Development
574 Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
575 Topics and Migration and Development
576 Migration and Development
577 Sociology of 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

590 Topics in Sociological Methods
590a Topics in Sociological Methods
592 Structural Equation Modeling
593 Missing Data Analysis 
594 Historical Methodology
POL 573/Soc 595 Quantitative Analysis III: Applied Bayesian Data Analysis
596 Web-based Social Research
597 Causal Inference

Pertinent Courses in Allied Departments

Public Affairs
507b Quantitative Analysis: Basic
507c Quantitative Analysis: Advanced
509 Generalized Linear Statistical Models
510 Survey Research Methods
513 Qualitative Research Methods

Population Studies
501 Statistical Demography
503 Evaluation of Demographic Research
Graduate Studies in Sociology 17 

568/502Health and Mortality
586 Population Policy
587 Research Workshop in Population

513 Time Series Econometrics
515 Econometric Modeling 

511 Problems in Political Theory
513 Modern Political Theory
515 Marxian Thought
526 Political Culture 

501 Religion and the Tradition of Social Theory
505 Studies in American Religion
Note: 400-level courses in Sociology are also recommended 

Department of Sociology Reading Courses

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

Spring 2013 Reading Courses
Soc 701 Sociological Perspectives on Inequality, Sara McLanahan
Soc 702 Social Influence and Network Effects, Paul DiMaggio
Soc 703 Urban Sociology: Cities and Social Change in the United States, Patricia Fernandez-Kelly
Soc 713 Sociology of Education, Angel Harris

Spring 2012 Reading Courses
Soc 706 Sociology of Knowledge, King-To Yeung
Soc 707 Sociology of Mental Health, Scott Lynch
Soc 708 Ethnographic Methods with a Focus on American Religion, Politics and Race, Terry Williams

Spring 2011 Reading Courses
Soc 701 Collusion and Collaboration, Patricia Fernandez-Kelly
Soc 702 Sociology of Law, Kim Scheppele
Soc 703 Media Sociology and Communication Studies, Paul Starr

Fall 2010 Reading Courses
Soc 701 Economic History, Martin Ruef                 

Spring 2010 Reading Courses
Soc 701 Migration and Eurasia, Gilbert Rozman
Soc 702 Sociology of Education, Thomas Espenshade
Soc 703 Inequality, Sara McLanahan
Soc 704 Sociology of Organizations, Martin Ruef
Soc 705 Social Policy in Comparative Perspectives, Katherine Newman