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.
Prof. Frank Heiland Frank.Heiland@baruch.cuny.edu
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Mehdi Bozorgmehr email@example.com
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 Lpaik@ccny.cuny.edu
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com
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 – PAttewell@gc.cuny.edu
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - email@example.com
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - email@example.com
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - email@example.com
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.