Course Descriptions (GSAS Bulletin)
Applied Quantitative Research Courses
Designs of Social Research
SOC-GA 1301 Wu. 4 points. 2013-14, 2014-15.
This course, taken in the fall semester, is a comprehensive introduction to quantitative research in the social sciences. The course focuses on foundational ideas of sociological research, including strengths and weaknesses of different research designs, interpretation of data drawn from contemporary and historical contexts, and strategies for evaluating evidence. The majority of the course is comprised of two-week units examining particular research designs, with a set of scholarly articles that utilize that design (e.g., experimental designs, with a set of readings that use this method to examine discrimination in labor and housing markets). The course is designed so that students will produce a proposal of their thesis as their final paper.
Techniques of Quantitative Analysis
SOC-GA 1401, 1402 Greenberg, Lee. 4 points. 2013-14, 2014-15.
The two-semester course in data analysis covers numerous specific statistical tools used in social science research. The course emphasizes the use of statistical software packages in analysis. Students will gain experience with linear regression, probability models, statistical graphics, polynomial models, analysis of multivariate outcomes and repeated measures, and logistic regression. Prerequisite: introductory statistics course that includes linear regression.
SOC-GA 1501, 1502 Hout. 4 points. 2013-14, 2014-15.
The seminar is designed to serve multiple sets of student needs. With a focus on presentations from outside speakers and practical training, the seminar will expose students to different methods and practices of sociology. Seminar presentations are given on a wide range of topics by faculty from NYU and other New York City universities, as well as researchers from private, government, and non-profit settings. Some weeks will focus on current research in a particular area or on a particular topic, while other weeks will focus on specific skills (such as a software package) or topic of interest (such as applying to PhD programs).
Data Analysis Workshop
SOC-GA 1903 4 points. 2013-14, 2014-15.
This course is designed to help AQR students gain experience with "real-world" data. Over the course of the semester, students will work collaboratively on a data project, working with either faculty or external organizations on a project of mutual interest, providing students with an authentic experience in data analysis and presentation.
AQR Masters Thesis
SOC-GA 1998 Hout. 4 points. 2013-14, 2014-15.
To complete the requirements for the M.A. in Applied Quantitative Research, students will complete an independent research project under the direction of a faculty member in the Department of Sociology (either chosen by the student, or assigned by the AQR program director). Students may also use self-secured internships as fieldwork for their project. The project will involve an original (secondary) analysis of quantitative data to answer a research question constructed by the student (and approved by her/his faculty advisor). A preliminary proposal must be discussed and approved by the faculty advisor. The final project will take the form of a paper that would potentially be appropriate for submission to a scholarly journal in the social sciences.
Classical Sociological Theory (1848-1950)
SOC-GA 2111 Abend, Corradi, Garland, Lukes. 4 points. 2013-14, 2014-15.
Examines major figures of modern sociology, including Marx, Durkheim, Weber, and Simmel. Focuses on the conditions and assumptions of social theory, the process of concept formation and theory building, general methodological issues, and the present relevance of the authors examined. An effort is made to speculate on the nature of the growth of knowledge in sociology.
Advanced Seminar in Selected Sociological Traditions
SOC-GA 3112 Prerequisite: one basic (2000-level) theory course. Abend, Corradi, Garland, Lukes. 4 points. 2013-14, 2014-15.
Advanced analysis of one or two sociological theorists or traditions, considering the origins, major claims, and current debates over their status (e.g., Marxism, Foucault, Merton, Bourdieu, Habermas).
Seminar in Culture, Politics, and Social Theory
SOC-GA 3116 Sennett. 4 points. 2014-15.
An in-depth exploration of one or more core themes linking culture, politics, and social theory; for example, Enlightenment and Romanticism, secularism, cosmopolitanism, humanitarianism, punishment and social control, nationalism or democracy.
Advanced Seminar in Culture, Politics, and Social Theory
SOC-GA 3117 Prerequisite: SOC-GA 3116 or permission of the instructor. Sennett. 4 points. 2014-15.
A seminar devoted to the advancement of graduate student research projects engaging core themes linking politics, culture, and social theory.
Methods of Inquiry
Introduction to Statistics
SOC-GA 2332 Lab section required. Greenberg, Sharkey, Torche. 4 points. 2013-14, 2014-15.
Provides a practical introduction to quantitative social sciences methodology. The course provides basic knowledge of both the methodological logic and techniques of statistical data analysis. The course covers the purpose, goals, and mathematical assumptions behind statistical analysis. It also provides practical experience in analyzing data and interpreting results using statistical software.
Introduction to Methods of Sociological Research
SOC-GA 2330 Prerequisite: SOC-GA 2332 or permission of the instructor. Conley, Jackson, Klinenberg, Torche, Wu. 4 points. 2013-14, 2014-15.
Provides an introduction to the methods of research in sociology. Topics include the relationship between theory and empirical evidence, observation, causal inference, sampling, conceptualization, measurement, and research design.
SOC-GA 2303 Gerson, Haney, Horowitz, Jerolmack. 4 points. 2013-14, 2014-15.
Supervised experience in activities and techniques of qualitative, naturalistic field methods like observation, interviewing, and participant observation. Exploratory work may lead to an empirical dissertation project.
Historical and Comparative Sociological Methods
SOC-GA 2308 Prerequisite: knowledge of basic statistics and methods. Chibber, Ertman. 4 points. 2012-13.
Overview of issues in historical and comparative methodology in macro-sociology: methods of and current controversies in historical and comparative sociology; debates about what makes sociology "historical" to debates about the benefits of techniques, such as qualitative comparative analysis; analysis of recent macrosociological investigations in sociology, employing comparative and historical methods.
Advanced Multivariate Statistics
SOC-GA 2312 Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.Conley, Greenberg, Hout, Lee. 4 points. 2013-14, 2014-15.
A sequel to introductory graduate-level statistics courses emphasizing the application of advanced techniques used to analyze social science data. Topics may include the general linear model, diagnostic techniques, construction of scales and indexes, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, log-linear models, multilevel models, finite mixture models, complex sample design, the handling of missing data, and causal modeling methods (including instrumental variables, difference-in-difference, structural equation modeling, fixed and random effects models, regression discontinuity, correction for sample selection bias, and propensity score matching).
SOC-GA 2314 Greenberg. 4 points. 2014-15.
Statistical models and methods that make use of the temporal dimension in a data set, that is, its "over time" character. Age-period-cohort analysis, event history analysis, time series, repeated cross-sections, static and dynamic panel data methods.
Power and Inequality in Modern Societies
Social Stratification and Inequality
SOC-GA 2137 Jackson, Jasso, Jennings, Torche. 4 points.
Assesses research and theoretical work on economic inequality and classes in the social sciences. Reviews important classic contributions (including Marx, Weber, and Schumpeter), compares competing approaches (including Marxist, conflict, functionalist, elite, and status attainment theories), and surveys modern directions of development (such as labor market studies, socialist inequality, the role of the state).
SOC-GA 2153 Goodwin, Manza. 4 points. 2013-14.
Surveys controversies and research issues and topics in social movements. Topics include classical, economic, resource mobilization, political process, and political opportunity theories of social protest movements; so-called new social movements; and issues of identity formation. Analyzes recent thinking and research concerning the consequences or impact of social protest movements, including the U.S. civil rights movement, labor movements, neopopulist movements, and revolutionary movements.
SOC-GA 2441 Chibber, Ertman, Goodwin, Manza. 4 points. 2013.14.
Surveys controversies and research topics in political sociology. At the center of these investigations are states and power. Explores concepts of power and the theories of the state. Topics are the formation of states, political institutions, and social policies and the determinants and outcomes of collective action.
Sociology of Education
SOC-GA 2407 Arum. 4 points. 2014-15.
SOCiological perspective on American education. Topics include the social context of socialization and learning; the effects of schooling; desegregation and social inequality; teachers as unionized professionals; school politics and bureaucracy; and selected policy issues confronting American education. Emphasis is on American institutions, although comparative perspectives are discussed.
Sociology of Culture
SOC-GA 2414 4 points. 2014-15.
Survey of major approaches to the sociology of culture and the use of cultural theory in sociological analysis generally. Specific topics include cultural institutions, the relationship of popular to elite culture, different media of cultural communication and expression, historical transformations of culture (including debates over postmodernism), cultural hegemony and domination, and cultural politics. Authors whose works are studied include Raymond Williams, Stuart Hall, Pierre Bourdieu, Paul Gilroy, Paul DiMaggio, and Charles Taylor.
Sociology of Knowledge
SOC-GA 2422 Morning. 4 points. 2014-15.
Reviews and evaluates important perspectives on the relationship between knowledge and social structure. Focuses on a number of research strategies concerned with types of knowledge and knowledge-systems, codes and symbols, the manipulation of knowledge for social and political purposes, the study of ideologies, and the major factors in knowledge production.
Society and Economy
SOC-GA 2435 Abend, Chibber, Royster. 4 points. 2014-15.
Examines the relationship between economic institutions and other social institutions. Considers how economic life influences and is affected by political organizations, the logic of organizational functioning, kinship systems, class conflict, and other social phenomena. Materials include classical theoretical works and contemporary studies.
SOC-GA 2463 Brenner, Horowitz, Klinenberg, Molotch, Sennett. 4 points. 2013-14.
Introduction to the field of urban sociology that looks at the interplay between studies of city life and theories about cities. Traces the development of modern American cities; examines the theories that emerged to explain the causes and consequences of urbanization; and analyzes the social, political, and economic processes of community growth and decline among urban and suburban residents.
Deviance, Law, and Criminology
Deviance and Social Control
SOC-GA 2160 Dixon, Greenberg, Horowitz. 4 points.
Cumulative development and changing emphasis in deviance theory. Major methods of research and analytic models. Ecological, anomie and subculture, functionalist, learning, and conflict perspectives. The social reactions approach: labeling processes and deviance amplification, organizational processing, and collective struggles over deviance definitions. Disputes over "labeling." Political and public policy implications of deviance sociology.
Sociology of Punishment
SOC-GA 2508 Garland. 4 points. 2014-15.
Explores the social dynamics of punishment and crime control policies; the links between punishment and welfare; the control of individual offenders and the control of social groups; the effect of criminal justice in reproducing class and race stratification; the role of punishment in the production of social order; and the extent to which shifts in crime control are indicative of changing modes of exercising state and private power.
Occupations, Labor, and Organizations
Seminar in Organizations
SOC-GA 3463 Arum. 4 points. 2011-2012.
Sex, Gender, and Family
Sociology of Sex and Gender
SOC-GA 2227 England, Haney,Jackson. 4 points. 2014-15.
Critically assesses social science research and competing theories on gender. Topics include equality and inequality between the sexes in economic, political, and personal domains; cultural beliefs about gender; reproduction and child rearing; and sexuality.
Sociology of the Family
SOC-GA 2451 Gerson, Stacey, Wu. 4 points. 2013-14.
Systematic introduction to the literature on family and kinship. Includes classical theories and examines the major areas of contemporary research. Topics include family formation, social reciprocity, family dissolution, the history of the family, and a comparison of general theoretical paradigms.
Variable Content Courses
Apprenticeship I, II, III, IV, V, VI
SOC-GA 2321, 2322, 2323, 2324, 2325, 2326 Variable points. 2013-14, 2014-15.
Doctoral Dissertation I, II, III, IV
SOC-GA 3901, 3902, 3903, 3904 1-4 points per term. 2013-14, 2014-15.
Reading Course I, II, III, IV
SOC-GA 3915, 3916, 3917, 3918, 3919 2 points per term, unless instructor requests 1, 3, or 4 points. 2013-14, 2014-15.
SOC-GA 3921 2014-15.
SOC-GA 3925 2013-14, 2014-15.