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Fall 2016 Course Offerings







Porter: Soc.71500
Sociological Statistic I   

Lewis-McCoy:  Soc. 82301
Black Intellectual thought

Turner: Soc. 84600
Citizenship & Human Rights

Smithsimon: Soc.  85800

Neighborhood Ghettos & Enclaves


Attewell/Dumais: Soc. 84503
Sociology of Education

See Also: DCP 70100. Introduction to Demography


Eisenstein: Soc.  83300
Global Feminism

DeGloma: Soc. 86800
Culture & Cognition

Torpey: Soc. 70100
Development of Sociological Theory
( Theory I)

Katz Rothman: Soc. 82800  Writing for Publication

Lennon: Soc. 70000



Halle: Soc. 86800
Sociology of Culture


Clough: Soc.  80000
Issues in Contemporary Theory: The Psyche and the Social

Jasper: Soc.  80500
Analytical Sociology

Hirouchi: Soc. 81900
Advanced Methods of demographic Analysis
(Qualify for Methods requirement)

Gornick: Soc. 85902
Social Welfare Policy

Hammond: Soc. 85600
Latin America Social Movements

Aronowitz: Soc. 82800
The Dynamics of Urban Politics & Society

Wrigley: Soc. 82800
Sociology of Accidents & Disasters

Daniels: Soc. 82800  {32880}
Race & Racism


Catsambis: Soc.  74400
Stratification & Sorting Processes in Education


KatzRothman: Soc. 82800
Food, Culture, & Society

Milanovic: Soc. 84600
Global Inequality: Measurement, Analysis and Political Implications

Min: Soc 82800  {32810}
International Migration

Post: Soc. 82901
Capitalism, Race, & Class

See also –Race, Gender, Crime  & Justice at John Jay college


Prof. Stanley Aronowitz –  
Soc. 82800 - The Dynamics of Urban Policy & Society
Thursdays, 4:15 – 6:15pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

The urban landscape is rapidly changing. Major manufacturing centers are either depleted or have disappeared. For example, New York, which at one point had 1.1 million factory workers, now has less than 100,000. This course explores both historically and conceptually the economic, social, and cultural dimensions of the city and suburbs focusing on the dynamics of power. The course will focus on the work of Lewis Mumford and Henri Lefebvre, and will include articles and books by others.

Profs. Paul Attewell & Susan Dumais –; 
Soc. 84503 - Sociology of Education
Thursdays, 11:45 – 1:45pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

This course focuses on education and its relationship to social inequality (class, race and gender), taking a life-course perspective that looks at the sequence of educational experiences from pre-school, to elementary and high school, through college. The emphasis will be on structures and processes that tend to create and/or diminish inequalities in learning, educational attainments, and life outcomes such as earnings. The course will follow a seminar format in which students are expected to share their understandings, raise questions and debate issues in class.

Requirements for the course consist of (1) reading the assigned materials each week and discussing them in class; (2) completing a short (at least 1 page) paper to be submitted each week (via email before the class meetings) which includes your response to the week’s readings and which may also include your assessment of strengths and/or weaknesses of the argument or the evidence, and any questions in response to the readings;  (3) a term paper on any topic within the sociology of education due by the last week of classes.

Prof. Sophia Catsambis –  
Soc. 74400 - Stratification & Sorting Processes in Education
Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

Education is considered to be the “great equalizer” in American society, providing opportunities for social mobility and ameliorating social inequalities.  Yet, despite the widespread consensus of their egalitarian role, educational institutions produce social inequalities by numerous sorting mechanisms employed to address variation in students’ character and skills. This course examines scholarly debates over the role key organizational features of school play in sorting students and producing social inequality.  
The course begins with an overview of classic sociological theories considering education as building human capital or reproducing social inequalities.  It continues by  examining mechanisms that schools use at different organizational levels to organize students for instruction and debates over their role in reproducing existing stratification by social characteristics such as class, race/ethnicity, gender, etc.  The organizational features examined refer to sorting and grouping between schools, such as, school segregation and school choice (e.g. vouchers and charter schools), within schools and classrooms in elementary and secondary education  (e.g. ability grouping and curricular tracking), in higher education  (e.g. access to college and college selectivity) and the socioeconomic returns of educational credentials.  
The class follows a seminar format with students participating regularly in class discussions and introducing assigned readings.  Students are expected to submit weekly responses to the assigned readings and to complete an article-length paper on a topic relevant to the course that will be developed in consultation with the instructor. 

Prof. Patricia Clough– 
Soc. 80000 – The Psyche and the Social
Tuesdays, 4:15 – 6:15pm,  Room TBA, 3 credits

Focusing on contemporary psychoanalytic writings as well as looking back to classical works of Freud, Klein, Lacan, Winnicott, the course will stage an encounter between psychoanalysis and contemporary philosophical turns to affect, objects, ecologies and technologies in order to rethink the psyche and the social today.   We will then evaluate the potential of social psychoanalytic thinking for addressing contemporary cultural and political issues, especially the implication of races, genders, sexualities in biopolitics, contemporary global capitalism, neocolonialism and terrorism. 

Prof. Thomas DeGloma – 
Soc. 86800 – Culture and Cognition
Tuesdays, 2-4pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of cognitive sociology. In general, the purpose of this course is to help you build an understanding of the relationship between culture and the mind. In other words, you will learn how the communities to which we belong shape our mental processes. More particularly, you will be introduced to various sociological studies and theories that illuminate the ways people perceive and understand the world around them, attribute meaning to events and experiences, comprehend their identities and the identities of others, draw boundaries and separate the world into categories, experience time, and remember or envision the past. While our mental processes are seemingly personal, they are actually products of culture. The studies and theories we will cover in this course are relevant to a huge range of topics, issues, and areas of sociological study: from mental health to war, from political power relations to sexual attraction, from the social logic of fear and taboo to the politics of memory, from the cultural dynamics of identity (with regard to the wide diversity of identity categories and reference groups) to the ways individuals tell stories about growth and transformation in their lives, and much more. 

Over the course of the semester, we will focus on applying the tools and methods of cultural and cognitive sociology to several social issues, topics, and situations in order to better understand them. The primary purpose of this course is to provide you with a set of intellectual tools that you can use to explore the ways culture and community shape the mind as you pursue your own research and develop your written work. The course is separated into five sections: (1) Introduction: Key Themes and Foundational Approaches in Cultural and Cognitive Sociology, (2) Meaning, Perception, and Experience, (3) Social Identity, (4) Classification and Cultural Codes, and (5) Culture and Memory.   

Prof. Hester Eisenstien
Soc. 83300 - Global Feminisms
Mondays, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Room TBA, 3 credits

This course will explore key global debates in contemporary international feminism.  Many if not most of the issues focused on by modern (second wave) Western feminism have run up against cultural, political and/or economic obstacles in the form of cultural barriers, opposing standpoints regarding colonialism and its aftermath, and other differences of philosophy and perspective.  Are women’s rights a universal claim or a Western-inflected tool of cultural and political domination?  How do feminists around the world view issues of religious fundamentalism, reproductive freedom, female genital cutting, sexual objectification of women, political participation for women, lesbian and gay rights, trafficking in women and girls, veiling for women and girls, and violence against women?  We will examine these issues in an international frame, asking questions about universalism and economic globalization, and looking at the possibilities for, but also the barriers to, international feminist solidarity. 

Prof. Janet Gornick –
Soc. 85902 - Social Welfare Policy
Wednesdays, 4:15 – 6:15pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

This course will examine social welfare policy in the United States, in both 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 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. David Halle – 
Soc. 86800  - Sociology of Culture 
Mondays, 4:15 – 6:15pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

The course examines empirically interesting case studies of different aspects of culture, and considers which cultural theories best help us understand each case study and whether, for each case study, new theories are appropriate.  The course also looks at the history of theories and studies of culture.  “Culture” is defined here both in the narrow sense as “the arts”—film, music, architecture, literature, journalism, film, television, art, dance, and so on—and more broadly to include  political beliefs and social attitudes, sports, religious beliefs, and the Internet and social media.

Prof. Jack Hammond –
Soc. 85600 - . Social Movements in Latin America
Wednesdays, 4:15 – 6:15pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

This course will examine social movements in Latin America since World War II.  The period can be (roughly) divided into four parts with a set of social movements corresponding to each: 1) Populism/import substitution industrialization: worker, peasant, and urban housing movements 2) armed struggle, dictatorship, and
democratization: revolutionary movements, resistance to dictatorship, human rights movements, transition movements 3) neoliberalism:
identity-based movements, opposition to neoliberalism, globalization, transnational movements 4) post-neoliberalism: Pink Tide and after; horizontalism, resistance movements, digital organizing.  In studying these movements we will examine the applicability of North-based theories of social movements and the alternatives which have been proposed or may be needed.

Course requirements:
     1. Regular attendance and participation in discussion
     2. Each week, post on Blackboard a short essay based on that week's required reading, concluding with an analytical question which will be presented to the class for discussion.
     3. Research paper: Each student's research must be presented orally in the last two weeks of class and then in writing.

Prof. Shiro Horiuchi – 
Soc. 81900 - Advanced Methods of Demographic Analysis 
Tuesdays, 4:15 – 6:15pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

In this course we study advanced methods of demographic analysis.  They are widely used in research on mortality, fertility, nuptiality, migration, population composition, and other demographic processes, but many of them can also be applied to a broad range of topics in other areas of the social sciences and biomedical sciences.  Those methods include event history analysis (nonparametric, semi-parametric and parametric versions; continuous and discrete time versions; fixed and time-dependent covariate versions), life table techniques (single-decrement, multiple-decrement and multi-state), decomposition analysis, age-period-cohort models, methods for analyzing multiple time trends (e.g., Lee-Carter model), Lexis map analysis, smoothing and non-parametric regression techniques, and mathematical models of population dynamics.  Computer exercises are included.
Prerequisites:  Introductory statistics including multiple linear regression; DCP 70200 or permission of the instructor.  No background in calculus or matrix algebra is required. 

Profs. Philip Kasinitz & Greggory Smithsimon –;
Soc. 85800 - Neighborhoods, Ghettos and Enclaves
Wednesdays, 11:45 – 1:45, Room TBA, 3 credits

This class will examine the role neighborhoods and other forms of  spatial community play in contemporary urban life. We will look at both the micro level interactions that create communities in the city, as well as larger structural forces such as racial segregation, migration and public policy in assessing what urban communities do, how they are created and change and how they are sometimes destroyed, as well as examining the role that spatial communities have in the lives of their residents and others in the City. Specific topics will include the development of the modern neighborhood, “ghettos”—past and present, immigrant enclaves, the idea of the “urban village,” the role of race, relations in public, public housing and urban public policy, planned communities, gentrification, “bohemian” and Gay and Lesbian communities, the commercial life in the city and the “new urbanism.” Students will be expected to complete two critical essays and one original research paper.

Prof. R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy– RLEWISMCCOY@CCNY.CUNY.EDU 
Soc. 82301 – Black Intellectual Thought
Tuesdays, 11:45 – 1:45pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

This course explores the development and evolution of the Black intellectual tradition in the United States in the 20th and 21st centuries. In particular, the course explores two distinct areas: 1) conceptualizing and interrogating the diversity of scholarly approaches to the African-American condition and 2) what role(s) can/should intellectuals play in the Black freedom struggle. The course surveys ideological traditions that include, but are not limited to, Black nationalism, Black conservatism, Black feminism, Black Marxism, etc. These traditions are presented to raise greater consideration of the influence of ideology, diversity within the tradition, and the weight of ontological claims on programs of racial uplift and social change. Through an exploration of critical voices from inside and outside of academia, the course seeks to locate sites for potential intellectual intervention, pragmatic struggle, and redefinitions of the boundaries of Blackness. Readings from authors such as WEB Du Bois, Harold Cruse, Audre Lorde, Jared Sexton, Joy James, and Patricia Hill Collins are designed to survey existing approaches to social and intellectual problems facing Black peoples. Requirements for the class include: 1) thorough reading and discussion of the assigned course materials, 2) weekly response papers submitted digitally to the instructor, and 3) an in-depth term research paper on Black Intellectual Tradition.

Prof. Branko Milanovic – 
Soc. 84600 - Global Inequality: Measurement, Analysis and Political Implications 
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

The focus of the class is on global inequality which is defined as inequality between citizens of the world (as if they were members of a same nation). We will review the evolution of global inequality from the Industrial Revolution until today, and see how the changing composition and magnitude of global inequality affects politics, economics, and migration. Two types of inequalities, within-national (inequality among individuals within a single nation) and cross-national (inequality in mean incomes across nations) combine to determine global inequality. We shall thus also review the changes in within- and between-national inequalities. The class ends with an overview of positions of various political philosophers (e.g., Rawls, Pogge, Sen, Nagel) regarding global inequality and migration. 

The course will be fairly empirical but does not require any prior specific knowledge of the issues nor techniques. It is recommended for students of economics, political science, and sociology. This class is a follow-up of the one on “The theories of income distribution: from Pareto to Piketty” but can be taken independently. 

Prof. Pyong Gap Min
Soc. 82800 - International Migration
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30pm, room TBA, 3 credits

We have ushered into the global migration period since the early 1990s.  Not only traditionally immigrant-accepting countries, including the U.S. and three former British colonies in the “New World” (Canada, Australia and New Zealand), but also Western European countries and Asian countries have annually received large numbers of formal immigrants or migrant workers/brides over the last two decades. In particular, the U.S. has received the largest number of immigrants annually since the late 1960s The influx of immigrants to the U.S. over the last 50 years has changed the face of the U.S., impacting neighborhoods, the economy, the school systems, cuisines, politics, healthcare, and sports.  

This course, focusing on international migration, has three main objectives.  First, it will provide an overview information about immigration patterns in three areas for students: (1) the U.S., (2) Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and (3) Europe.  Immigration patterns include immigration policies, the annual number of immigrants, their national and regional origins, and their racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds.  Second, it will compare two mass migration periods in the U.S. (the classical and contemporary periods) in immigration patterns and immigrants’ adaptations. Third, it will help students to learn about U.S. immigrants’ and their children’s adaptations (settlement patterns, socioeconomic adaptations and racialization) and theories of adaptations, especially regarding second-generation immigrants’ adaptations. To summarize the main objectives, this course aims to provide general information about global migration patterns, but focuses on the U.S. context in examining immigrants’ and their children’s adaptations with special attention to the differences between turn-of-the twenty-century white immigrant and contemporary immigrant groups. 

Prof. Jermey Porter –
Soc. 71500 – Sociological Statistic 1
Mondays, 11:45 – 1:45pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

The broad focus of this course will be on the application of introductory statistics within the realm of sociological research.  Topics covered include measures of central tendency, measures of variability, probability and the normal curve, samples and populations, hypothesis testing, ANOVA, correlation, and an introduction to linear regression analysis.

Prof. Charles Post – 
Soc. 82901 - Capitalism, Race and Class
Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

The dominant “common sense” in the United States holds that this country, unique among all industrialized capitalist countries, has no fixed and permanent social classes and affords equal opportunity for social advancement to all its citizens. However, the reality is quite different. Social class divisions and racial inequality have marked US society from its birth in the 17th century, and these divisions grow sharper today. The problem of the relationship between these two fundamental forms of social inequality and power in the US has long been the subject of theoretical and historical controversy. In this seminar, we will assess some of the extensive literature on race and class in the US. Among the questions we will grapple with over the course of the year will be: What is the theoretical status of “race”? How do different sociologists understand social class? How were the racial categories “black” and “white” socially constructed alongside plantation slavery during the 17th and 18th centuries? How were these racial categories preserved and transformed as slavery was abolished, new immigrants arrived in the US and new forms of class inequality evolved over the course of the 19th century? How have racial categories been transformed as African-Americans have become an overwhelmingly urban people who compete as legal equals for jobs, education and housing with European-Americans? What is the current relationship of race and class in the US? Readings will be substantial, varied and historical in perspective.

Prof. Mary Clare Lennon 
Soc. 70000 - Proseminar 
Wednesdays, 2-4pm, Room TBA, 3Credits    

This course introduces students to some of the major elements involved in the training of scholars in the field of sociology.  We will explore the norms that govern the profession, the aims of sociological research, the process of grant-seeking and grant-writing, the qualities of a good dissertation, expectations about publication, the process of approval for research on human subjects, and other aspects of professional socialization.  In an effort to familiarize you with the kinds of scholarly work and teaching that are done by faculty at CUNY, we will also have a number of presentations by members of the CUNY Sociology faculty.  

Prof. John Torpey– 
Soc. 70100 – Classical Social Theory
Tuesdays, 2-4pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

This course introduces students to some of the foundational works in the sociological tradition.  The emphasis here is not on textual exegesis (though we will inevitably do some of that), nor on intellectual history (though that is equally unavoidable), but on the ways in which these writers speak directly to our contemporary circumstances, if in fact they do.  Our principal task in this course is to explore the intellectual orientations of these seminal thinkers.  We will concentrate on issues such as the following: What (if anything) is society?  What is the relationship between the individual and society?  What makes for a stable society, and what destabilizes society?  In what ways has social life varied according to time and place?  How have societies changed over time?  What (if anything) distinguishes “modern” society – in order to explain which the discipline of sociology came into being – from its predecessors?

Prof. Bryan Turner– 
Soc. 84600 – Citizenship & Human Rights
Tuesdays, 11:45 – 1:45pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

The course is divided in two sections, starting with social citizenship and its critics, and then moving on to human rights and its critics. We finish with some consideration as to whether these two different systems of rights could be combined. Citizenship as a principle of inclusion is criticized because it cannot cope adequately with globalization (including migration, refugees, asylum seekers and so forth). Some sociologists believe we can modify citizenship to develop new forms:  flexible citizenship or semi-citizenship or post-national citizenship. Human rights are seen to be more relevant to a global world, but critics note that they are enforced by states, and require the resources made available by states. The course examines the apparent decline of welfare states, citizenship and growing inequality in income and wealth within neo-liberal economics and neo-conservative politics. We also consider differences between the American tradition of civil liberties and European welfare states. Other topics include aboriginal or first nation rights, migration, documentation and citizenship, ageing and health rights. We look at different forms of citizenship in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. The course concludes by considering the contemporary limitations of both citizenship and human rights traditions with respect to authoritarianism, genocide, and new wars.

Prof. Julia Wrigley –  
Soc. 82800 - The Sociology of Accidents and Disasters
Thursdays, 4:15 – 6:15pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

Societies are subject to many types of breakdowns and disasters, including wars and economic depressions, but this class will look at other types of negative events, those that are less extreme in their impact but are generally perceived as indicating organizational or technical failures, either in precipitating events or in producing inadequate responses to natural events. These include, for example, accidents and disasters in the nuclear, chemical, and oil industries; in medicine and aviation; and in preparing for and responding to natural disasters (Katrina). We will consider theories of how such failures occur and also the steps that have been taken (such as risk management) to reduce their frequency or limit their impact. The focus throughout will be on what the experience and analysis of accidents and disasters reveals about organizations and technology within society, how negative events are perceived and explained (as in official reports analyzing them), and how they can produce both social solidarity and conflict. The class will be run as a seminar, with a focus on discussion of the readings.

Prof. Jim Jasper –
Soc. 80500 - Analytical Sociology {32557}
Tuesdays, 4:15 – 6:15pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

This course tries to break down the complacent macro-level concepts that sociologists so often use, including elites, the state, social movements, and organizations, to get at the micro-level mechanisms that make them work. In particular we will ask what role individuals play in social explanation. We will also try to develop a cultural version of analytical sociology to replace the usual version based on rational-choice assumptions about human nature.