Social Conflict and Social Movements

Theories and current research in the United States and Europe on a variety of social movements and cycles of social protest, such as student movements, civil rights, liberation movements, secession movements in Western and non-Western countries, ethnic nationalism, fundamentalism, the women’s movement, and the environmental movement. The values of social movements that are in opposition to the prevalent norms and institutions of society. Research paper required. One course.

Global Response to the Rise of China

Issues on the impact of globalization on jobs and wages in advanced industrialized countries, the trend of regionalization in international political economy, the new strategies adopted by both advanced industrialized countries and developing countries under the WTO framework, South-North relationship in the era of globalization, the impact of outsourcing through globalization production networks on developing countries, comparative analysis of inequality, and other issues faced by developing countries today. One course.

Politics and Markets in the Global Economy

Comparison of the politics and markets of countries and regions throughout the global economy. Exploration of sociological theories of markets and market formation and sociological theories of states and state formation studied through prominent debates and literatures in political sociology and economic sociology, as well as some material in the sociology of inequality and globalization. One course.

Business Behaviors

Behavioral differences due to complex interaction between biology, psychology, social environment. Consequences of “biopsychosocial” differences (risk preferences, emotions, cooperative behavior, intelligence, educational attainment, economic success, civic engagement, leadership skills), for economic/business behaviors examined. Impact of knowledge of gene-environment interplay. One course.

Social Determinants of U.S. Health Disparities

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. One course.

The Sociology of Entrepreneurship

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. One course.