Fall 2019 Course Offerings
Prof. Rob Smith – firstname.lastname@example.org
Soc. 81200 - Ethnography, Related Methods and Research Design
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
This course offers and overview of ethnography and related methods, analysis, and research design. First, the course offers students the chance to learn about ethnographic research, including combining techniques such as ethnographic observation, various types of interviews, and case triangulation. Second, the course reviews how to design and do ethnographic, case-oriented, research that is fundable, publishable, and usable in several applied contexts. Third, the course offers students a chance to do their own pilot ethnographic studies and discuss them in class.
Prof. John Tropey – email@example.com
Soc. 80201 - Social Consequences of Digitalization
Tuesdays, 2:00- 4:00pm. Room TBA, 3 credits
This course examines the social consequences of the digitalization of modern life. We will explore the nature and extent to which digitalization constitutes a social transformation and the character of that transformation. Areas to be addressed include changes in the nature of social ties, the political consequences of social media, bias in artificial intelligence, the future of work, universal basic income, changes in warfare, the remaking of philanthropy, utopian possibilities and dystopian nightmares of new technologies, and the like. Readings will be drawn from such authors as Blauner, Castells, Fischer, Berlin, Asaro, Scharre, Turkle, Vaidyanathan, Markoff, Zuboff, Ghiridharadas, Webb, Reich, et al.
Prof. Jack Hammond- firstname.lastname@example.org
Soc. 70100 – Development of Sociological Theory
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
The classical sociological theorists -Marx, Weber, and Durkheim -offer the foundations for sociological thinking in the twentieth century and into the present. This course will consist of a close reading of their major works, emphasizing their analyses of the nineteenth-century historical changes, which gave rise to the discipline of sociology.
Prof. Van Tran - email@example.com
Soc. 82201 - Immigrant New York
Tuesdays, 4:15-6:15pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
Over the course of the twentieth century, New York City has witnessed two major waves of immigration. How has immigration transformed New York City, both in the past and in the present? What are the major ethnic groups in the city? How are immigrants and their U.S.-born children incorporated into the city’s schools, workplaces and neighborhoods? How will their integration reshape patterns of ethnic and racial inequality in the city? This course answers these questions by focusing on New York City as a case study to highlight how immigration has transformed the city’s demographic, political, socioeconomic and spatial landscape. On the one hand, the influx of immigrants has brought about economic revitalization of many neighborhoods from Jackson Heights to Washington Heights, lowering the crime rate and stimulating business growth. On the other hand, immigration and diversity have raised concerns about social cohesion and national security. How can we balance these concerns? One unique feature of this course is the opportunity for students to directly observe and study New York City’s diverse neighborhoods, immigrant communities and immigrant organizations. The course welcomes students from a range of disciplinary background, including sociology, urban studies, social anthropology, political science, and history.
Prof. Stephen Steinberg - firstname.lastname@example.org
Soc. 85800. Research/Writing/Publication on Race, Ethnicity, and Migration
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
This seminar on Research/ Writing/ Publication is targeted for students whose scholarship is centered on race, ethnicity, and migration.
We will explore a series of related genres that go “beyond the dissertation.”
1) The book review.
2) The conference paper.
3) Converting the conference paper for submission to a journal for publication.
4) Anticipating the eventual transition from dissertation to book.
5) The book proposal, beginning with the cover letter to an acquisition editor.
6) The book proposal itself.
7) The grant proposal.
8) Publication in a non-academic venue: for example, an op-ed in a newspaper; an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education; a post on a blog, such as Racism Review: scholarship and action toward racial justice.
Prof. Jeremy Porter – email@example.com
Soc. 81100 - Social Demography and Geographies of the Disadvantaged
Wednesdays, 11:45 am-1:45 pm., Room TBA 3 credits
In this course we will examine the role of “place” as social geographies which relates to containers of populations. In particular, we are interested in the social geographies of disadvantage. We will explore theoretical treatments and popular sources of data in the analysis of disadvantaged populations. We will also be introduced to ways that public policies, institutional practices and spatial perceptions become institutionalized and influence local contexts to maintain disadvantage. Students in the course will work with data from the US Census Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, and other administrative population level data sources. In addition, students will be introduced to a series of open source software packages commonly used in the application of methods associated with the examination of disadvantaged populations/individuals in localized contexts. Methodological applications include Multilevel modeling (could be listed as HLM), Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR), Spatial Regression, and an introduction to Spatio-Temporal Analyses. Pre-requisite: Introductory statistics including multiple linear regression.
Prof. Hester Eisenstein - firstname.lastname@example.org
Soc.73200: Gender and Globalization
Mondays, 2:00-4:00 pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
In this course we will examine the relationship between “globalization,” and the changes in gender relations that have taken place since the 1960s.Since the end of the “long boom” (starting after World War II and lasting through the mid-1970s), academic and mainstream feminism have enjoyed enormous success, during a period of economic, social, and political restructuring that has created an intensified polarization between rich and poor, and an ever-growing mass of desperately impoverished people around the globe. This course will examine this paradox.
We will define globalization, starting from the premise that this is a stage in the development of the international capitalist system, under the economic and military domination of the world’s only remaining superpower. Poor countries have been forced to open their borders to the free flow of capital from the rich countries.”Globalization” involves the intensive use of female labor, from maquiladoras to electronics to textiles. It has also produced an acceleration of “informal” work for women.
While educated women can now walk through many doors previously closed to them, in the worlds of business, sports, academe and politics, the majority of women in the world are increasingly impoverished, overworked and exploited, and subjected to a wide variety of forms of sexual, military, and economic violence. The majority of the world’s migrants and refugees are now women and children.
Where does the ideology of globalization come from? How has globalization affected the conditions of women and children in the developed and the developing world? How has contemporary feminism been shaped by the workforce participation of women? What is the role of class and race in the women’s movement, domestically and internationally? Why are issues of gender, sexuality, and race so central to the culture wars being waged at home and abroad by religious fundamentalist leaders? How does the association of “liberated women” with modernity affect the process of globalization? In the revived social movement that has placed the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other international financial institutions at the center of an intensified campaign for social justice, what is the place for organized women’s activism?
Readings in the course are selected from theoretical writings as well as case studies, and students will be encouraged to develop their own research and activist agendas.
Prof. David Halle – email@example.com
Soc. 82301: Computer Mapping for LA & NY, and Global Cities GIS with Mapinfo: Basic and Advanced Techniques
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30, Room TBA, 3 credits
An introduction to computer mapping (Geographic Information Systems), using the software Mapinfo. We will learn the techniques of computer mapping to analyze the latest developments in New York and Los Angeles, both the cities and regions, and other global cities. We will analyze the most recently available census data, and the decennial census data for 2010, 2000, 1990, 1980 and 1970 for New York and Los Angeles. We will map such topics as the distribution of income, occupations, racial and ethnic groups, and foreign-born. We will also map crime at the level of the police precinct, political data including Presidential, mayoral and congressional elections, city and county boundaries, world cities, environmental data, transportation, housing, schools and education data, and zoning matters including historic districts. We will map, and discuss, such key topics as the decline of the classic “ghetto” and the Latinization of inner city neighborhoods, the movement of ethnic groups to the suburbs, gentrification, the 2007- financial crisis including the housing bubble, the affordable housing crisis, the ecology and “green” movement, flooding including Hurricane Sandy, attempts to reform the school systems, arts and cultural institutions, and de Blasio’s impact and policies. Students are encouraged to bring to class, and develop during the semester, any ongoing research they are doing.
Prof. Jeremy Porter- firstname.lastname@example.org
Soc. 81900: Quantitative Research Methods
Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
This course will cover issues pertaining to the applied research process in the collection, management, and analysis of quantitative data. Methods covered are intended to give students experience with a broad array of specific quantitative methods and a directed focus on the perspectives that underlie the application of such methods. The explicit goal of the course is to give students the foundational tools necessary to do high quality quantitative research in applied and academic settings. A sample of topics covered include; the science of science, the politics and ethics of research, developing novel research ideas, item measurement, instrumentation, sampling, understanding statistical inference, and a wide variety of topics associated with the collection, management, and analysis of quantitative data.
Prof. Janet Gornick- email@example.com
Soc. 85700: Social Welfare Policy
Tuesdays, 4:15- 6:15pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
This course will examine social welfare policy in the United States, in historical and cross‐national perspective. We will begin with an overview of the development of social welfare policy in the U.S. We will focus on crucial historical periods – including the Civil War years, the Progressive Era, the New Deal, the Great Society, and the “welfare reform” of the 1990s and early 2000s. Second, we will assess “the big picture” of the American welfare state, through the lens of its underlying institutional framework. Third, we will analyze a set of contemporary challenges in the U.S. that call for active policy responses, such as inequality, health insurance, low‐wage work, and care. Finally, we will survey selected social policy lessons from other high‐income countries, especially in Europe, where social provisions are typically more extensive than they are in the U.S.
Prof. James M. Jasper – firstname.lastname@example.org
Soc. 84600 - Introduction to Social Movements
Wednesdays, 4:15- 6:15 pm, , Room TBA, 3 credits
This course will review the history and current directions of research and theory about social movements. I hope to show some pitfalls of research guided by grand metaphors, theories of history, or normative agendas, compared to research guided by modest micro-level mechanisms. We begin with theories of revolutions, which show some of the perils of macro-level comparative research. We will pay special attention to how both arenas and players change across time, confounding many theories of action.
Prof. Juan Battle - email@example.com
Soc. 82907 - Black America
Mondays, 4:15- 6:15 pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
“One ever feels his two-ness – an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body.” So wrote WEB Du Bois in 1897. Black history, Du Bois maintained, was the history of this double-consciousness. Black people have always been part of the American nation that they helped to build. But they have also been a nation unto themselves, with their own experiences, culture, and aspirations. Black-American history cannot be understood except in the broader context of American history. Likewise, American history cannot be understood without Black-American history.
--- excerpt from Hines, et al.’s (2014) preface
This course will serve as a broad, historical survey of the Black experience (mainly) within the United States. Because students will be exposed to (and contribute from) a wide variety of perspectives on the subject, this course is appropriate for students in the traditional social sciences (e.g. sociology, anthropology, psychology, urban education, and history) as well as more contemporary ones (e.g. women’s studies, race studies, American studies, cultural studies, lesbian and gay studies).
Prof. Marta Gutman/John Mollenkof firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Soc. 82800 - Urban Studies Core Seminar II
Wednesdays, 4:15- 6:15 pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
The second semester of the Core Seminar in Urban Studies will continue to build on the work of the first semester, which was designed to equip doctoral students in the humanities, social sciences, and urban-oriented sciences with the theoretical perspectives that will help them situate and conceptualize their research questions and also apply them to a case study neighborhood. The second semester will focus on the research methods that students can use to begin to answer their research questions and the ways in which they can inform policy-making. They will apply these methods both to their own long-term research projects and to the Queens waterfront case study, investigating the question of “What is the future of LIC after Amazon?” This site exemplifies the challenges of redeveloping post-industrial urban landscapes, particularly on shorelines. Students will learn how to use field work, in depth interviewing, archival research, visual and auditory inventories, survey research, administrative data analysis, GIS and other methods to explore policy questions about land use, zoning, gentrification, climate change, the development industrial ecologies, neighborhood cohesion, and other pressing topics. We will continue to treat this neighborhood as an ecology of work, consumption, recreation, and residence and ask now these elements both frame and are shaped by politics and policy-making.
Prof. Wendy Luttrell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Soc. 81500 - Doing Visual Research
Tuesdays, 4:15- 6:15pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
In the past two decades, there has been an explosion of participatory visual research projects. This course aims to situate these projects within overlapping disciplinary traditions (education, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, and psychology) and to consider what makes this research “critical” (i.e. feminist, de-colonial, reflexive, transformative). The course affords students the opportunity to read and review exemplary projects; and to work directly with visual data utilizing different analytic/interpretive strategies. Students will have access to an audio-visual archive of data I have collected based on a longitudinal visual research project with children 10-18 or can utilize an archive of their own interest. We will consider issues of power and ethics in participatory visual research; how working with visual data can (but not necessarily) challenge traditional notions of knowledge production; the role of new technologies in disseminating and reaching new audiences; and how we align our work with the expectations and politics within the communities within which we work.
Profs. Julie Suk and Sara McDougall - email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Soc. 84505 - Mothers In Law
Mondays, 11:45- 1:45pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
This course will introduce students to central issues in the history and sociology of law through the study of motherhood. The lens of motherhood will open up broader themes in the study of law and society, including categories such as gender, constitutionalism, and criminal justice. Studying the socio-legal history of motherhood will enable students to learn the skills of legal reasoning, utilize methods of legal-historical research, and pursue experiential learning through field studies, panel discussions open to the public, and the authoring of publicly available teaching materials on select topics. First, we will explore how ideas of women as mothers have been enshrined in law, from the legal definition of the mother in civil law, to the legal treatment of pregnancy. Second, this course will study women as lawmakers, as “founding mothers” of twentieth-century constitutions, and laws more generally. We will explore biographies of women lawyers and lawmakers. Third, we will consider mothers as law-breakers, by engaging the history of mothers in prison, and the current legal issues arising from incarceration of mothers. This component of the course may include field trips to engage the criminal justice system.
Profs. Richard Alba and Nancy Foner - email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Soc. 82800 - International Migration
Thursdays, 4:15- 6:15pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
This course offers a comprehensive overview of key current topics and issues in the field of international migration. While the course will aspire to incorporate the experiences of major immigrant receiving countries around the world, the main focus will be on Europe and North America, where the major theories and key concepts are most fully developed. The emphasis is on exploring both the theoretical debates in the field and the empirical data and case studies that address and, in some cases, have stimulated the debates. Among the issues in migration studies that will be explored: theories about the causes of international migration; theories of assimilation; the construction of ethnic and racial identities and group boundaries; the nature and impact of transnational ties; and comparative integration of immigrants and their children in Europe and North America. As the field of international migration is inherently interdisciplinary and methodologically eclectic we will be looking at a wide variety of studies, including those that use various kinds of quantitative data and qualitative techniques as well as some that draw on historical analyses.
Prof. Frank Heiland – Frank.Heiland@baruch.cuny.edu
Soc. 81900 – Methods of Demographic Analysis
Tuesdays, 4:15 - 6:15 pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
This course gives students an overview of some of the major demographic methods used in the study of population, and includes the standard procedures for the measurement of fertility, mortality, natural increase, migration, and nuptiality. Students will learn how to construct demographic rates, life tables, and population projections, and how to carry out standardization, decomposition of differences, analysis of fertility and nuptiality patterns, analysis invoking model life tables and stable population theory, and analysis of nonstable populations.
Prof. Paul Attewell – email@example.com
Soc. 71500 – Sociological Statistics I
Mondays, 4:15 - 6:15 pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
This course is the first part of a two-course sequence in quantitative research methods, intended primarily for students enrolled in the QMSS degree program. This course assumes no previous background in statistics or data analysis, but will move at a fairly quick pace starting with the basics. The course’s emphasis is on developing “hands on” analysis skills, rather than on the underlying mathematics. Students will learn how to use Stata statistical software to manage and analyze real datasets, and to recognize which techniques are appropriate in which contexts, aware of their strengths and weaknesses. We will consider alternative analytical methods that are available for various tasks, and learn how to interpret and evaluate statistical output. The class’ format will combine lectures and demonstrations with in-class statistical exercises. The class will take place in a computer lab with PCs that have the appropriate software installed. Grades will be based on a student’s in-class exercises.
Topics will include:
1. Levels of measurement and types of variables. Measures of central tendency, variation and dispersion.
2. Data preparation and data cleaning. Recoding data. Strategies for dealing with missing data. Imputation.
3. The Central limit theorem, standard errors, confidence intervals.
4. Survey design and sampling weights.
5. The null hypothesis & the logic of significance testing, including its limitations and misuse. Robust standard errors. Bootstrapping and Permutation tests for significance testing, recent advances including cross-validation.
6. Comparing across groups: ANOVA, t-tests, cross-tabulation.
7. Standardization, z-scores, binning. Dealing with non-linearity.
8. Measures of association and correlation, and non-parametric tests. Building scales.
9. Causal inference, spurious correlation, selection bias, mediation and moderation.
10. Multivariate regression. Dummy variables. Variable transformations. Interaction terms.
11. Regression assumptions and regression diagnostics.
12. The Linear Probability model and Logistic Regression. Marginal Effects.
13. Extensions of regression: fractional regression, censored regression, count data.
Prof. R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy – firstname.lastname@example.org
Soc. 85000 – Criminology and the Law
Thursays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
Criminologists rely on various theoretical perspectives to understand and explain criminal behavior. Research has examined the criminal act as contingent on an individual person’s psychology, biological traits, traumatic experiences, immediate environment, wider geographical community, or a combination of these, while others focus on the criminal event itself or trends in aggregate crime rates. A different but deeply connected inquiry concerns the type and degree of social control imposed on the individual once a crime is committed. Legal structures grow from communal and political contexts partly informed by criminological knowledge but mostly built on wider social forces. The interplay between criminological knowledge, social norms, and legal responses is explored in this course.