The is a representative list of courses offered by the department and should not be used for schedule planning. For accurate and up-to-date course listings and information, Duke students should log into ACES.

Spring 2017

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
SOCIOL 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Gao, Bai 01 W 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Soc/Psych 128

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
SOCIOL 110D
Sociological Inquiry Bail, Christopher 001 MW 11:45 AM-12:35 PM Soc/Psych 126

Course Description

Introduction to social networks, groups, organizations and institutions with a focus on the contemporary US. The impact of technology on social interaction and cultural change. Investigation of cultural and social construction of individual characteristics (e.g., race, gender) as well as of scientific and professional standards. Ethical controversies surrounding health care, education, income inequality, and related topics. Course will help prepare students for the social and behavioral science portion of the MCAT exam. Instructor: Bail, Healy, or Vaisey
SOCIOL 110D
Sociological Inquiry Bail, Christopher 01D F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM Social Sciences 107

Course Description

Introduction to social networks, groups, organizations and institutions with a focus on the contemporary US. The impact of technology on social interaction and cultural change. Investigation of cultural and social construction of individual characteristics (e.g., race, gender) as well as of scientific and professional standards. Ethical controversies surrounding health care, education, income inequality, and related topics. Course will help prepare students for the social and behavioral science portion of the MCAT exam. Instructor: Bail, Healy, or Vaisey
SOCIOL 110D
Sociological Inquiry (Staff) 02D F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM West Duke 108A

Course Description

Introduction to social networks, groups, organizations and institutions with a focus on the contemporary US. The impact of technology on social interaction and cultural change. Investigation of cultural and social construction of individual characteristics (e.g., race, gender) as well as of scientific and professional standards. Ethical controversies surrounding health care, education, income inequality, and related topics. Course will help prepare students for the social and behavioral science portion of the MCAT exam. Instructor: Bail, Healy, or Vaisey
SOCIOL 110D
Sociological Inquiry Bail, Christopher 03D F 10:20 AM-11:10 AM White 106

Course Description

Introduction to social networks, groups, organizations and institutions with a focus on the contemporary US. The impact of technology on social interaction and cultural change. Investigation of cultural and social construction of individual characteristics (e.g., race, gender) as well as of scientific and professional standards. Ethical controversies surrounding health care, education, income inequality, and related topics. Course will help prepare students for the social and behavioral science portion of the MCAT exam. Instructor: Bail, Healy, or Vaisey
SOCIOL 110D
Sociological Inquiry Bail, Christopher 04D F 10:20 AM-11:10 AM Carr 137

Course Description

Introduction to social networks, groups, organizations and institutions with a focus on the contemporary US. The impact of technology on social interaction and cultural change. Investigation of cultural and social construction of individual characteristics (e.g., race, gender) as well as of scientific and professional standards. Ethical controversies surrounding health care, education, income inequality, and related topics. Course will help prepare students for the social and behavioral science portion of the MCAT exam. Instructor: Bail, Healy, or Vaisey
SOCIOL 111
Social Problems Charron-Chenier, Raphaƫl 01 WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Soc/Psych 129

Course Description

Comparative analysis of social problems across historical periods, nations, and social groups by gender, race/ethnicity, social class, and culture. Major topics: deviant behavior, social conflict and inequality, human progress and social change. Emphasis on research issues, especially how and to what degree the understanding of social problems is a direct result of the inductive processes used to define social problems and the research methods and procedures used to investigate them. Instructor: Staff
SOCIOL 160
Advertising/society: Global O'Barr, William 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

History and development of commercial advertising; advertising as a reflector and/or creator of social and cultural values; advertisements as cultural myths; effects on children, women, and ethnic minorities; advertising and language; relation to political and economic structure; and advertising and world culture. Emphasis on American society complemented by case studies of advertising in Canada, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Western Europe, and selected other countries. Instructor: O'Barr
SOCIOL 180S
Society, Self, Natural World Vidra, Rebecca 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Carr 106

Course Description

Exploration of changing and/or contrasting perceptions, studying how our perceptions are conditioned by the times we live in and reigning assumptions of our societies. Three course components taught by faculty in each discipline including: exploration of perceptions of the self through the arts, the changing role of women in society; and examination of science and society conflicts. Open only to Baldwin Scholars. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Lisker
SOCIOL 195
Comp Appr Global Issues Meyerhoff, Eli 01 MWF 01:40 PM-02:40 PM East Duke 209

Course Description

Introduction to critical transnational studies through several disciplinary approaches. Examines capitalism and neo-liberal globalization and their relationships to culture, politics, economics, and other social forms and outcomes; considers transnationalism "from below"; addresses linear and Western-centric thinking about progress and modernity; focuses a historical lens on political discourses, institutions, and projects to understand them contextually; demonstrates how cultures and identities are dynamically constituted in interaction with historical, material, political, and situational factors; considers how different inequalities and contestations inflect most social formations. Instructor: Namakkal or Mathers
SOCIOL 211
Social Inequality Copeland, Molly 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Soc/Psych 127

Course Description

The nature, forms, and socioeconomic bases of inequality. Age, gender, race, ethnicity, class, region, and family as dimensions of inequality. Variations in the structure of inequality over time and across nations. How educational institutions, economic development, work institutions, and state welfare programs affect the shape of inequality. Social inequality and social mobility. Instructor: Keister or staff
SOCIOL 212
Gender And Global Health Watt, Melissa 01 WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Trent 040

Course Description

Examines interconnections among gender, poverty, and health. Adopts global perspective with focus on resource poor countries. Discusses frameworks for understanding health as well as in depth case studies of particular health areas. Instructor: Watt
SOCIOL 218
Sex, Gender, And Society Hovsepian, Mary 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Languages 211

Course Description

Nature and acquisition of sex roles. Cross-cultural variations. Developing nature of sex roles in American society. Instructor: Hovsepian or Smith-Lovin
SOCIOL 219
Juvenile Delinquency Ashe, Austin 01 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Languages 211

Course Description

The concept and measurement of delinquency and status offending; trends and patterns in the delinquency rate. Theoretical models used to explain the onset of delinquent behavior; environmental and individual correlates of delinquency such as gender, race, and social class; influence of families, delinquent subcultures, gangs, schools, and drugs; history of juvenile justice and the philosophy and practice of today's juvenile justice system; legal and ethical issues such as major court decisions on juveniles' rights, the use of detention, and transfer to adult court; models of sentencing, juvenile incarceration, and community treatment programs and their efficacy. Instructor: Staff
SOCIOL 221
E Eur: Mrkts/media/mafia Newcity, Michael 01 Th 04:55 PM-07:25 PM Social Sciences 136

Course Description

The progress of political, economic, and social transformations in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Topics include: The Historical Context for Reform in Eastern Europe, Economic Reform and its Effects, Market Evolution, Eastern European Societies in Transition: Education and Culture, Eastern European Societies in Transition: Corruption and the Mafia in Everyday Life, Media and Democracy in Eastern Europe, Establishing Law-Based States in Eastern Europe. Instructor: Newcity
SOCIOL 222
Punishment And Society Hamil Luker, Jenifer 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Social Sciences 311

Course Description

The history, philosophy, and procedures of punishment and treatment. The development of the penal system; the structure and operation of "total institutions" such as prisons and hospitals; the various sanctions. The issues and problems confronting both inmates and staff in contemporary prisons and concerns related to the imprisonment of women; the rights of prisoners and crime victims, the release of offenders and their return to society; current punishment and treatment of those defined as criminals within the context of what goal is intended; comparison of punishment and treatment procedures or programs in different parts of the world with the United States. Instructor: Hamil-Luker
SOCIOL 224
Human Development Maxson, Pam 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Languages 211

Course Description

The multidisciplinary nature of developmental research; the psychological, social, cultural, and biological paradigms as they relate to human development; normative and non-normative behaviors and changing cultural values across the life course; comparison of how different age groups (e.g., children, young adults) modify values to work within their specific cultural and social needs. Designed for sophomores enrolled in or considering the Certificate Program in Human Development. Consent required for juniors and seniors. Instructor: Maxson, Gustafson, or staff
SOCIOL 260
Psycho Aspects Human Dev Gold, Deborah 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Languages 211

Course Description

Biological, cultural, behavioral, and social arenas of human development throughout the human life span, with emphasis on the comparison of socially constructed age groups. Examination of age groups in terms of their unique ethical values and challenges, as well as the social dilemmas caused by the extension of life expectancy. Psychosocial development between (1) men and women, (2) African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and Caucasians, and (3) different socioeconomic strata. Service learning project with daily journals required. Instructor: Gold
SOCIOL 263
Aging And Health Gold, Deborah 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Languages 211

Course Description

Illness and health care utilization among the elderly, comparison to other populations, gender and race differences, medicare and medicaid, individual adjustment to aging and illness, social support for sick elderly, the decision to institutionalize, policy debate over euthanasia. Required participation in service learning. Instructor: Gold
SOCIOL 265
Drugs In The Us Hamil Luker, Jenifer 01 WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Old Chem 116

Course Description

Explores trends in the use, abuse, and regulation of mind-altering substances in the United States. Topics include: patterns of drug use over time and across social groups; drug market creation and regulation; media promotion and condemnation of drug activities; drug policy legislation and enforcement; medicalization of deviance; rise and fall of drug panics; and critical analysis of the casualties of the current war on drugs . No Instructor: Hamil-Luker
SOCIOL 290S
Seminar Special Topics Lebron, Marisol 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Perkins 087

Course Description

Instructor: Staff
SOCIOL 316
Comp Race/ethnic Studies Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Social Sciences 113

Course Description

The social, legal and cultural construction of racial and ethnic hierarchies in a comparative international context with the United States and the United Kingdom of central analytical concern. Racial formation and racial segregation in specific historical and national contexts including the normative case of the Anglo-Saxon core in the United States and how its dominance has led to patterns of ethnic antagonism and discrimination; the historical context of racial stereotypes and their representation in various mediums. Social justice movements and public policies designed to challenge racial and ethnic domination including controversial topics such as "positive discrimination" (United Kingdom) and Affirmative Action (United States/South Afr
SOCIOL 324S
The University As A Culture Matory, J. 01 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

The university generates some of the most influential forms of knowledge in the world, yet we seldom examine the historically specific cultural, social, political, and economic conditions under which knowledge is produced in the laboratories, classrooms, offices, dormitories, Greek-letter societies, and sports complexes that are the infrastructure of the academy. This course will employ readings from a range of disciplines, as well as the investigative and interpretive methods of cultural anthropology, to examine the taken-for-granted context of university life. Instructor: Matory
SOCIOL 331
Women At Work Reeves, Martha 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Perkins 070

Course Description

Analysis of gender, class and race in contemporary business organizations and roles of men and women within them. Management systems, information technology and human resource systems, as artifacts to larger, gendered environment. Instructor: Reeves
SOCIOL 332
Methods Social Research Mueller, Collin 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Social Sciences 124

Course Description

Principles of social research, design of sociological studies, sampling, and data collection with special attention to survey techniques. Instructor: Hamil-Luker
SOCIOL 333
Quantitative Analysis Sociolog Lynch, Scott 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Social Sciences 105

Course Description

Introduction to quantitative analysis in sociological research, including principles of research design and the use of empirical evidence, particularly from social surveys. Descriptive and inferential statistics, contingency table analysis, and regression analysis. Emphasis on analysis of data, interpretation and presentation of results. Not open to students who have taken another 100-level (or above) statistics course. Course restricted to first and second Sociology majors. Instructor: Lynch
SOCIOL 338
Theory And Society Merkx, Gilbert 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Gray 228

Course Description

Selective survey of major classical and modern social theorists from the Enlightenment to the present. Attention to theories seeking to follow models of the natural sciences and those seeking a more critical and interpretive understanding of modern society. Sociological theory in relation to other modern currents, such as conservatism, socialism, existentialism, anti-colonialism, feminism, post-modernism. Instructor: Healy, Merkx, or Moody
SOCIOL 339
Marxism And Society Hardt, Michael 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 107

Course Description

Introduction to Marx's core concepts, such as alienation, commodity, and revolution. Includes examination of Marx's own major historical & political analyses, his economic texts, and his philosophical writings. Students also gain familiarity with the role of Marxist thought in different fields and disciplines, including feminist theory, anthropology, history, political science, and literary studies. Instructor: Hardt
SOCIOL 342D
Organiza/global Competit Gereffi, Gary 001 MW 01:25 PM-02:15 PM Soc/Psych 130

Course Description

Competition among national economies as understood in the context of social factors such as ethnicity, kinship, gender, and education, with a special emphasis on how technological change is reshaping the social, political, and economic bases of international competitiveness. Global industries in various regions of the world. Two research papers required, at least one of which involves the analysis of international trade data. Instructor: Gereffi
SOCIOL 342D
Organiza/global Competit Gereffi, Gary 01D F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM Social Sciences 105

Course Description

Competition among national economies as understood in the context of social factors such as ethnicity, kinship, gender, and education, with a special emphasis on how technological change is reshaping the social, political, and economic bases of international competitiveness. Global industries in various regions of the world. Two research papers required, at least one of which involves the analysis of international trade data. Instructor: Gereffi
SOCIOL 342D
Organiza/global Competit Gereffi, Gary 02D F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM Old Chem 123

Course Description

Competition among national economies as understood in the context of social factors such as ethnicity, kinship, gender, and education, with a special emphasis on how technological change is reshaping the social, political, and economic bases of international competitiveness. Global industries in various regions of the world. Two research papers required, at least one of which involves the analysis of international trade data. Instructor: Gereffi
SOCIOL 342D
Organiza/global Competit Gereffi, Gary 03D F 10:20 AM-11:10 AM Allen 318

Course Description

Competition among national economies as understood in the context of social factors such as ethnicity, kinship, gender, and education, with a special emphasis on how technological change is reshaping the social, political, and economic bases of international competitiveness. Global industries in various regions of the world. Two research papers required, at least one of which involves the analysis of international trade data. Instructor: Gereffi
SOCIOL 343
Migration & Human Trafficking Crichlow, Michaeline 01 M 01:25 PM-03:55 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

Examination of the meaning of migration in the global world through cross-disciplinary texts and visual media. Situates the phenomenon of human trafficking within the context of these general movements focusing on the risks involved when people endanger their lives to find a better and more strategic position in the world. Explores how these experiences should be interpreted, and how processes and the politics of race, space and place are a condition and/or outcome of these movements. Investigates and considers ways to resolve some of the problems associated with such movements. Instructor: Crichlow
SOCIOL 344
Tech And Org Environments Gao, Bai 01 WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Social Sciences 311

Course Description

How organizations (governments, private corporations, and non-profit organizations) are affected by the social, technological, and cultural environments in which they operate. Emphasis on how United States and Japanese cultures generate different modes of organization and differing environmental facilitators and obstacles. Competitive strategies (for example, mergers and takeovers) and the impact of technology on organizational structures (for example, the rapid diffusion of information technology). Research paper required, using either quantitative evidence or a case study approach. Instructor: Gao or staff
SOCIOL 345
Nat/reg/global Economy Hovsepian, Mary 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Gray 228

Course Description

The changing configuration of global capitalism, with emphasis on comparing global regions of North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The internal dynamics of these regions, including the development strategies of selected nations, interregional comparisons (for example, regional divisions of labor, state-society relationships, the nature of their business systems, quality of life issues). Research paper required. Instructor: Gereffi or Hovsepian
SOCIOL 350
Changing American Family Streib, Jessi 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM West Duke 106

Course Description

The American family, its composition, functions, organization and perceived importance in the lives of people and in society. Changes especially the separation of marriage, childbearing, and child rearing examined with a view toward understanding the social forces behind them and the personal and social problems that arise in conjunction with the changes. Comparisons across social classes and ethnic and racial groups at different historic periods to show variations in their susceptibility to forces of change. Instructor: Burton, Streib, or staff
SOCIOL 355
Organizations/management Yang, Tiantian 01 WF 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Soc/Psych 129

Course Description

Dimensions and aspects of modern organizations and concepts and tools for analyzing them. Special attention to the impact of changing social and technological environments on the evolution of organizational structures and strategies and on issues related to business ethics. The structure and operation of organizations; how organizations are managed by analyzing processes of organizational decision making; business case studies as illustrative of the concepts and the analytical tools. Instructor: Healy, Keister, or Yang
SOCIOL 359
Entrepreneurship Yang, Tiantian 01 WF 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Soc/Psych 127

Course Description

Analysis of the psychological, religious, cultural, economic, political, and historical roots of entrepreneurship. Supply side and demand side perspectives. How to interpret theories at multiple levels of analysis to understanding entrepreneurship. Examines research on new business formation and the likelihood of success. Instructor: Ruef
SOCIOL 361
Us Health Disparities Read, Jen'nan 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Soc/Psych 129

Course Description

Introduction to how social factors influence health and well-being, with a particular focus on contemporary U.S. society. Topics include obesity, aging, socioeconomic disadvantage, access to health insurance, public health systems, the role of the media, and racial/ethnic and gender inequalities. The course will provide descriptive assessments of health inequalities and analytic examinations of the mechanisms through which social factors affect health. Instructor: Read or Hamil-Luker
SOCIOL 367S
Computational Social Science Bail, Christopher 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Gross Hall 105

Course Description

Inter-disciplinary field of computational social science, drawing from sociology, computer science, and related disciplines. Obtain skills to automate collection of social science data from new sources (Twitter, Facebook, Google, etc.), classify unstructured data into discrete variables, analyze them using a combination of techniques that includes screen-scraping, natural language processing and machine learning. Complex ethical and legal issues that arise when working with these novel sources of data. Students develop their imagination about new questions that can be asked with these new data sources. Reading and reproducing exemplary studies produced by computational social scientists. Instructor: Bail
SOCIOL 375S
Global Men And Masculinities Hasso, Frances 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM East Duke 204A

Course Description

Transnational approach to male bodies, desires, and lives using critical and feminist scholarship; draws from sociology, history, anthropology, and cultural studies; men and masculinities are understood to differ from each other and by context; considers power relations, leisure, and everyday life through topics such as war/militarism, religion, sports, love, and work; interactive lectures. Each student is guided to complete a short research paper on a relevant topic of choice. Instructor: Hasso
SOCIOL 390
Special Topics Brown, Tyson 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Soc/Psych 329

Course Description

Topics vary each semester. Instructor: Staff
SOCIOL 390
Special Topics Smith, Martin 02 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM West Duke 08A

Course Description

Topics vary each semester. Instructor: Staff
SOCIOL 390
Special Topics Darity, William 03 Tu 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Social Sciences 136

Course Description

Topics vary each semester. Instructor: Staff
SOCIOL 471S
Language And Politics Price, Gareth 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Gray 319

Course Description

Will examine the interfaces between language, migration, and socio-political structures in the newly independent nations of Eurasia. While these interfaces have long historical antecedents in nation-state formations, their manifestations in the post-national, post-communist era are novel and complex. Understanding these new dynamics requires viewing language from a political-sociological perspective that takes into account the interplays between the local, the national and the global. Instructor: Price
SOCIOL 490S-1
Research Seminar (top) Hamil Luker, Jenifer 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Soc/Psych 331

Course Description

Directed research on a particular theme in a collaborative workshop using basic skills to assist in designing, carrying out, and writing up original research. A substantive paper with significant analysis and interpretation required. Themes vary semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
SOCIOL 496S
Sociology Honors Seminar 2 Harris, Angel 01 W 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Perkins 085

Course Description

Continuation of Sociology 495S. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Staff
SOCIOL 641S
Proseminar Medical Sociology George, Linda 02 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Soc/Psych 329

Course Description

Selected topics in medical sociology: social structure and health; social behavior and health; organization and financing of health care; medical sociology (for example, social epidemiology, stress and coping, health and aging). Instructor: Burton, Brown, George, and Gold
SOCIOL 642S
Global Inequality Research Darity, William 01 Th 04:40 PM-07:10 PM East Duke 204A

Course Description

Engagement of vertically integrated research teams in projects exploring racial and ethnic disparities exhibited and expressed in six arenas: employment, wealth, health, political participation, education, and arts and culture. Each team will produce a major paper that will qualify for submission to a refereed journal in the area relevant to the focus of the study. Instructor: Staff
SOCIOL 647
Surviving Globalization Crichlow, Michaeline 01 W 01:25 PM-03:55 PM TBA

Course Description

Global Change entails a multiplicity of environmental, social, economic, political and cultural factors that create challenges for development. The Global South, a vital area of the world, has been entangled in this vortex of global change as both catalyst and conductor of an emergent globalizing modernity. The progress of globalization seems beset by multiple stressors, ranging from financial crises and global recession, to climate change, state and non-state conflicts, free ranging terrorist aggression, and global health scares. What are the odds then of surviving globalization? What role do our imaginations of development play in either creating crises or effectively responding to them? This course is the same as African and African Amer
SOCIOL 690S
Seminar Selected Topics Harris, Angel 01 Th 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Soc/Psych 329

Course Description

Substantive, theoretical, or methodological topics. Instructor: Staff
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