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Fall 2018 Course Offerings











Heiland: Soc.  81900 Methods of Demographic Analysis
(Qualify for Methods requirement)






Min: Soc. 82800
New Immigrants and Their Religions
See Also: DCP 70100. Introduction to Demography


Eisenstein: Soc.  73200
Global Feminism

Torpey: Soc.80200  
Sociology of Knowledge and Science

Katz Rothman/Daniels: Soc. 86800
Writing for Publication

Jasper: Soc.  86800
Cultural Sociology

Helmreich: Soc. 82301
The Sociology of New York City



Battle: Soc.  74400
Social Inequality


Attewell – Soc. 81900
Data Mining
(Qualify for Methods requirement)

Jacobson: Soc. 84700

Public and Social Policy Development, Analysis and Evaluation

Paik: Soc.84505
Law & Society

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

McCall: Soc.71500  
Sociological Statistic I   

Mollenkopf/Smith: Soc. 82800 
The Ethnography of Public Policy


Chancer: Soc.   85000
Sociology of Crime & Punishment

Lennon: Soc. 70000

Bozorgmehr: Soc. 82800

International Migration


Bologh: Soc. 74600
Political Economy & Social Change

Porter: Soc.81900
Quantitative Research Methods
(Qualify for Methods requirement)

Hammond: Soc. 84600
Social Movements

Halle: Soc. 82301
Computer Mapping for LA, NY and other Global Cities: GIS with Mapinfo: Basic& Advanced Techniques

Mooney: Soc. 83300  Gender & Crime



Prof. Juan Battle
Soc 74400 - Social Inequality
Mondays, 4:15 - 6:15 pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

American society is highly unequal in terms of income and wealth, education, and health.  Individuals face very different opportunities for obtaining an education, for developing important social, psychological, and cognitive skills and competencies during childhood and youth, and for finding satisfactory employment as adults. Levels of consumption and material comfort are highly unequal. Moreover, some individuals live in highly precarious situations, and are buffeted by economic and other setbacks, while others are better protected against risks, can feel secure and plan ahead. Over the life course, substantial gaps in health and longevity emerge between different groups within our population, such that some ‘age’ and die faster than others.
When inequalities in life chances follow the boundaries of social groups – socioeconomic classes, racial or ethnic groups, genders, or age cohorts – we envision society as a hierarchy of groups, and call this pattern ‘social stratification.’  Sociologists ask why stratification exists, how it changes over time, and whether inequality is unavoidable or is a matter of political policy and popular will. We also debate normative issues: whether or when social inequality is just and productive, and when it is unjust and undesirable. 
The sociology of inequality and stratification is a huge area so this course will only be able to provide an introduction or overview suitable for doctoral students. The principal focus of the course will be theoretical, discussing the conceptual basis of our understandings of stratification. Many of the core concepts of sociology are intended to describe or explain aspects of social inequality: social class and SES; upward and downward social mobility; discrimination in labor markets and firms; “winner take all” and “big fish in small pond” concepts; ideas of social exclusion & notions of an underclass; theories of prejudice, discrimination, and group conflict; ideas about the intersectionality of race, class and gender. Debates rage around many of these ideas, and in large part this course will provide an introduction to these concepts and controversies.
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. Roslyn Bologh
Soc 74600 - Political Economy & Social Change
Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

How do the dynamics and relations of political economy affect social life, and how can they be changed?  From interpersonal relations to international relations, from rankings of happiness among countries and among migrants within countries to rates of suicide, from race and ethnic relations and inequalities to gender relations, from interpersonal violence to international violence, from militarization of policing to privatization of prisons and mass incarceration, from types of education to urban and suburban life, from Manhattan rents and real estate prices to segregation, political economy is shaping social life.
Part of the appeal of Thomas Piketty’s acclaimed book on inequality, Capital in the Twenty First Century, lies in his emphatic rejection of the narrow economistic approach of economics and his espousal of the more comprehensive, sociological, cultural and historical perspective of political economy  – employing sources as unorthodox as Jane Austen’s novels. We will examine theorists from Marx to the critical theorists of today in order to understand the dynamics and direction of our changing world.  Students (even beginning graduate students) will be encouraged to develop a draft of a publishable article.

Prof. David Halle
Soc 82301 - Computer Mapping for LA & NY, and Global Cities
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
An introduction to computer mapping (Geographic Information  Systems), using the software Mapinfo.  We will learn the techniques of computer mapping using the most recent census, and other data, to analyze the latest developments in New York and Los Angeles, both the cities and regions, as well as 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, and other global cities,. 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 mayoral and congressional elections, and city and county boundaries. 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, attempts to reform the school systems,  flooding including Hurricane Sandy, 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. Michael Jacobson
Soc 84700 - Public and Social Policy Development, Analysis, and Evaluation
Tuesdays, 4:15 - 6:15 pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of public policy development, implementation, and evaluation in real-world settings, using local and national examples from the work of the Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG), a research and policy organization within the City University of New York (CUNY). The Institute currently has 40 full time staff and has projects in over 40 cities nationally.  ISLG works with government, nonprofit, private, and philanthropic organizations to reform and improve the structure, financing, delivery, measurement, and evaluation of vital public services in areas that include criminal justice, health care, child welfare and governmental budgeting. Specifically, the Institute provides state and local governments a range of  technical assistance, research and analytical expertise, including project development and management, performance measurement and evaluation, cost-benefit analysis, and fiscal planning. 
During the course, students will develop a foundational knowledge of the formal and informal policy making process with particular attention to how reforms can be proposed and implemented in what have become deeply politicized and resource constrained environments. Specific areas of focus will include the translation of research into policy and practice, the importance of relationship building, and the role of fiscal constraints in state and local decision-making.
Students will complete a semester-long capstone project that addresses the learning objectives in the context of the work of the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance.  Students will complete readings and assignments related to social and public policy development, analysis, and evaluation to supplement their capstone work.

Prof. James Jasper
Soc 86800 - Cultural Sociology
Thursdays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
This course will examine the construction of meaning across many social institutions, taking culture as an aspect of all social life; it is not a course about the production of art and literature. We will read mostly theory, but many of the arenas we examine will be political. The “argument” of the course will be that we cannot understand meaning without understanding emotions.

Profs. John Mollenkopf & Robert Smith
Soc 82800 - The Ethnography of Public Policy
Wednesdays, 4:15 - 6:15 pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

Most approaches to the study of public policy either use statistical analysis to address questions of efficiency and effectiveness or institutional analysis to understand how actors form (or block) coalitions to advance their policy agenda within a particular political opportunity structure. This course investigates a third approach: using the tools of ethnography and qualitative analysis (participant observation, in-depth interviewing) to investigate how the participants inside a given policy domain interact to formulate, adopt, and most importantly carry out programs. This approach focuses on the “front line workers” who actually do the work of delivering public policies by interacting with clients on an every-day basis.  We are particularly interested not only in the details of how such interactions ‘socially construct’ clients, but how clients react to the ways in which public and nonprofit programs process them, but also in how front line workers interact with the managers and policy-makers who try to reshape the co-production of public services from time to time.  In other words, we will examine the operating context for “street level bureaucrats,” including not only their interactions with clients and managers, but also with elected officials, the press, advocacy organizations, consultants, policy scholars, and the concerned public.  The course introduces approaches these issues through a close reading of Michael Lipsky’s classic Street Level Bureaucracy, then moves takes up a series of policy ethnography case studies, which will be chosen to reflect the interests of the seminar members and instructors.

Prof. Jayne Mooney
Soc 83300 - Gender and Crime
Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

This course explores the relationship between gender, crime and the criminal justice system. It focuses on feminist historical, sociological and socio-legal scholarship to examine the ways in which gender affects patterns of offending, victimization, and imprisonment. It critically engages with the intersections between gender, race, class and sexuality and analyzes how these impact on the treatment of women, as victims, survivors and offenders.  It provides an overview of the historical neglect of women’s contributions to sociological and criminological theory.  Cultural representations of masculinity and femininity are considered throughout. It explores debates on the construction of masculinit(ies) in contemporary society, and recent work on transfeminism and non-binary gender identities.  Specific topics to be covered include: violence against women, fear of crime, sex work, war, gangs, serial killing, imprisonment, immigration and feminist research methods. 

Prof. Frank Heiland
Soc 81900 - Methods of Demographic Analysis
Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 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.

Profs. Philip Kasinitz  and Mehdi Bozorgmehr
Soc 82800 - International Migration
Thursdays, 4:15 - 6:15 pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

This course offers a comprehensive overview of the key current topics and issues in the burgeoning field of international migration. While the course will aspire to incorporate the experiences of major immigrant receiving countries around the world, the main comparative 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 on which these debates hinge. Attention will be paid to detailed discussions of “classic” issues of immigration, such as theories and mechanisms of international migration, diaspora and transnationalism, models of assimilation, ethnic identities and group boundaries, ethnic entrepreneurship, and comparative immigration in Europe and America. Throughout, the course will consider the way in which global cities, as contexts of reception, affect the immigrant experience, and how, in turn, these cities transformed by immigrants. As the field of international migration is inherently interdisciplinary and methodologically eclectic we will be looking at a wide variety of material including those that use quantitative data, ethnography, oral histories of migrants and policy analysis.

Prof. Leslie Paik
Soc.84505 - Law & Society
Tuesdays, 4:15 - 6:15 pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

This seminar examines the relationship between law and society, considering how the law shapes social life and how social change affects law and legal institutions. The seminar takes a “law in action” approach to studying law that focuses on the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts of law. We will discuss readings about classic sociological theories of law, the limits and power to “rights” discourses to lead to social change, peoples’ perceptions and experiences of the law (e.g., legal consciousness) and the everyday workings of law. We then will apply those concepts to consider how the law has defined and evolved from our experiences and understandings of race, family and immigration in the US. This seminar will provide a broad socio-legal foundation for students working on those substantive topics, as well as for those interested in social control, social movements and social change.

Prof. Jeremy Porter
Soc.81900 - Quantitative Research Methods
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, 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. Julia Wrigley –
Soc. 70100 – Development of Sociological Theory  
Tuesdays, 4:15 to 6:15, Room TBA, 3 credits

In this course we will read and discuss the works of the classical theorists, including, particularly, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, DuBois, and Wollstonecraft to discern their theoretical insights and also to understand how and why they became shapers of our field, with their work still influencing contemporary sociologists generations later. We will explore their distinctive ideas about power, unity, and division within societies and how societies change and will also consider the intellectual and historical context in which they developed their work. We will read some contemporary works that draw upon their ideas.
We will proceed through reading and discussion. To foster lively and informed discussion, each week you will be asked to prepare a question about the readings. The questions will be distributed before the class to stimulate thought in advance.

Prof. Paul Attewell –
Soc. 81900 – Data Mining
Tuesdays, 4:15 to 6:15, Room TBA, 3 credits

Data mining (DM) is the name given to a variety of new analytical and statistical techniques that are already widely used in business, and are starting to spread into social science research. Other closely-related terms are ‘machine learning’ 'pattern recognition' and ‘predictive analytics.’  Data mining methods can be applied to visual and to textual data, but the focus of this class is on the application of DM to quantitative or numerical data. In this area, DM offers interesting alternatives to conventional statistical modeling methods such as regression and its offshoots.
This class is taught jointly by a professor of computer science and a professor of sociology and typically enrolls a mix of computer science and social science doctoral students. It aims to provide an introduction to data mining methods and their application to data analysis. The course reviews the main DM techniques and explains the logic of each. It emphasizes contrasts between conventional statistical analyses and DM approaches. Students work with each technique using JMP Pro software, in a computer classroom. Each student will undertake a DM analysis project as a final paper, typically analyzing a dataset chosen by the student.

Prof. Mary Clare Lennon –
Soc. 70000 – Proseminar
Thursdays, 4:15 to 6:15, Room TBA, 3 credits

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. William Helmreich -
Soc. 82301 – The People of New York City
Thursdays, 2:00 to 4:00, Room TBA, 3 credits

This course looks at the different neighborhoods/communities that make up this great and fascinating city. Its focus is on the different ethnic, religious, and racial groups in the city and their social and cultural life-----Hispanics, Jews, Arabs, Asians, African Americans, Greeks, Italians, and people of differing socioeconomic and gender groups. In addition, we will be looking at the neighborhoods themselves, their  architectural and spatial characteristics, how  and why they grew, and how they function as communities. 
An integral part of the course will be field work---visiting and studying the areas-----Bensonhurst, Carroll Gardens, Gerritsen Beach, the South Bronx, Chelsea, Glendale, Maspeth, Harlem, etc., etc. Readings will reflect the above topics.

Prof. Hester Eisenstein -
Soc. 73200 – Global Feminism 
Mondays, 2:00 to 4:00, Room TBA, 3 credits

In this course we will take a look at what has come to be known as global feminism.  Feminism usually refers to the movement by women for full citizenship, in the wake of the strict gender rules inherited from the Victorian era in western countries.  In the United States, the “first wave” from 1848 to the 1880s and 1890s eventually produced the right to vote in 1920; labor feminism in the 1930s and 1940s expanded work roles for women and developed concepts such as sexual harassment and maternity leave; and the “second wave” expanded the agenda for women’s rights to include reproductive self-determination, sexual choice, access to all areas of paid work, and a common sense notion that the similarities between women and men vastly outweigh the differences attributable to biology.  In the wake of the globalization of the world economy since the 1970s, a highly visible form of feminism has emerged in the form of state or official feminism: “femocrats” emerged from Australia and entered governments throughout the world, and a fairly standard ideology of women’s rights has been developed which preaches equality for women, access to capitalist work and markets, and a critique of patriarchal cultures.  But is this global feminism what women all over the world really want and need?  We will take a look at this series of debates, reading texts by Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Valentine Moghadam, Sara Farris, Tithi Battacharya, among others.

Prof. John Torpey -
Soc. 80200 – Sociology of Knowledge and Science
Tuesdays, 2:00 to 4:00, Room TBA, 3 credits

This course examines the development of the sociology of knowledge and science from its nineteenth-century origins to the present day.  It seeks to convey a) an understanding of the ways in which knowledge has been grasped in sociological terms and b) the ways in which science and knowledge have affected social life in the past two centuries or so.

Prof. Pyong Gap Min -
Soc. 82800 – New Immigrants and Their Religions
Tuesdays, 11:45 to 1:45, Room TBA, 3 credits
The vast majority of post-1965 immigrants have originated from Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean Islands.  Asian and Middle Eastern immigrants have transplanted Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and other “Oriental” religions to the United States.  Latino, Caribbean, and some Asian immigrant groups have brought with them Third World versions of Catholicism that put more stress on syncretic family and small-group rituals combining Catholic beliefs and local folk culture than on worship in a congregation.  Many Caribbean and Asian immigrants have also transplanted new versions of Protestantism.  After more than 50 years of enforcement of the Immigration Act of 1965, many second-generation Americans of post-1965 immigrants have grown up, participating in the labor market and establishing their own families.  
This course takes an overview of a growing body of the social science literature on the religious experiences of the new immigrant groups and their children. It will examine not only immigrants’ and children’s participation in religious institutions but also their practices of religious rituals at home.  As a sociology course, it will pay special attention to the relationships between immigrants’ religious practices and ethnicity, gender, race, class, intergenerational transition, globalization, and transnationalism. It will also look at the intergeneration transmission of religion to their 1.5- and second-generation adults and the transmission of ethnicity through religion.  

Prof. John Hammond -
Soc. 84600 – Social Movements
Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30, Room TBA, 3 credits
This course will examine social and political movements, primarily in the industrial world, emphasizing systematic, theoretically based research and theoretical frameworks for the study of social movements: collective behavior, resource mobilization, identity-baaed movements, and electronically networked movements. Underlying causes in the economy and in culture. Effectiveness and decline of movements. 
Application of these theories to religious, labor, communal, political reform, and environmental movements.
Movements of the twenty-first century: populist movements of left and right; movements of millennials (Occupy, #Blacklivesmatter, living wage, dreamers, gun control); media (legacy and social); movements of occupation; the postindustrial movement complex.
    1. Regular attendance and participation in discussion
    2. A weekly short essay based on that week's required reading, posted to Blackboard. 
    3. Research paper presented orally in the last two weeks of class and then in writing.