Courses for Spring 2015

  • The Family

    The state of the contemporary family generates debate within and beyond sociology. That debate is considered by examining different definitions of family, changing gender roles within the family, and the family in cross-cultural context. Special issues include new family forms, such as gay and lesbian families and biological and step-parenthood, as well as changing patterns of work and housework.
    SOC 0170 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Spearin
  • Introductory Statistics for Social Research

    Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics: measures of central tendencies and variability, sampling, tests of significance, correlation, and regression. Also includes the use of computers in data analysis. Knowledge of elementary algebra is assumed. Enrollment is limited to 144 students.
    SOC 1100 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Elliott
    SOC 1100 C01
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    SOC 1100 C02
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    SOC 1100 C03
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    SOC 1100 C05
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  • Law and Society

    A broad exploration of contemporary social-science scholarship on law and legal institutions, covering competing theoretical perspectives and drawing examples from diverse empirical settings. Lectures and discussions survey different ways in which social scientists study legal life, seeking contrasts and commonalities across the various perspectives. Coverage includes: Social-psychological models of rule-following and rule-breaking; social-structural linkages between law and the economy, stratification, and politics; and the dynamic relationship between law and social change--including the role of lawyers, judges and juries in giving law "independent causal significance." Strongly recommended: previous coursework in the social sciences.
    SOC 1114 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Suchman
  • Context Research for Innovation

    This course brings design thinking into conversation with qualitative research methods, examining the elements of a comprehensive perspective of context. It introduces students to design research methods, ethnographic research methods, and how they work together. Students will learn how to use these methods to identify and engage in "deep hanging out" with the problem, gap or inefficiency in question. They will then move on to patient contextualized opportunity identification for meaningful innovation. By the end of the course, students will have developed a process for effective, through innovation context analysis. Relevant for designers of products, services, organizations , and experience. LILE
    SOC 1118 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Dicarlo
  • Market Research in Public and Private Sectors

    Introduction to data and research methods for private and public sector organizations. Data used in market research include trends in the population of consumers, economic trends, trends within sectors and industries, analyses of product sales and services, and specific studies of products, promotional efforts, and consumer reactions. Emphasizes the use of demographic, GIS, and other available data.
    SOC 1260 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Spearin
  • Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the Modern World

    Applies sociological analysis to understand present and historical cases of ethnic and race relations and conflicts. Topics addressed are the social construction of race and ethnicity; historical processes of racialization; ethnic conflict and the nation state; and the linkages between race, class, and social mobility. Focuses on racial and ethnic relations in the U.S., but also has a strong international comparative component.
    SOC 1270 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Itzigsohn
  • Macro-Organizational Theory: Organizations in Social Context

    Macro-Organizational Theory focuses on the organization and its social/economic environment. This class will explore various definitions of the organization’s environment, and the many types of macro-level organizational structures in which sets of organizations interact, function, compete, and cooperate. Important questions to be asked include the following:

    -What is an organizational environment and how do organizations “deal” with what is outside of their boundaries?

    -How are the boundaries of organizations defined/recognized/function?

    -How do environments influence organizational strategy and performance?

    -What are the major theories for assessing macro-level organizational phenomena?

    -What are the many ways in which organizations relate to other organizations?
    SOC 1315 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Fennell
  • Principles and Methods of Geographic Information Systems

    An introduction to the fundamental principles and methods of geographic information systems (GIS). Topics include (a) handling different types of geographic datasets, (b) geo-analytical and modeling tools in GIS, (c) conceptual and theoretical aspects of GIS application development, and (d) errors and uncertainty analysis of GIS applications. Laboratory assignments and the project work provide hands on experiences in GIS. Enrollment limited to 39 juniors and seniors. Instructor permission required. WRIT
    SOC 1340 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Franklin
  • Sociology of Medicine

    The sociopolitical context within which health, illness, and medical care are defined. Sociological materials are used to examine current developments in the health care field. Emphasis on identifying social and political forces that impinge upon the delivery systems and tracing their impact on the roles of practitioners and the health of their clients.
  • Globalization and Social Conflict

    Examines the effect globalization is having on the economies and societies of the developed and developing world. Focuses in particular on how new forms of global production and networking are transforming the traditional role of the nation-state, creating new dynamics of wealth distribution, and generating new sources of social conflict and political contestation, including transnational social movements. WRIT
    SOC 1620 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Heller
  • Demographics and Development

    Assesses the social and economic determinants and consequences of changes in fertility, mortality, and migration and their impact on the size, distribution, and composition of population in developing societies. Implications of the evolving population structure for planning and policy. Enrollment limited to 20. WRIT
    SOC 1870K S01
    Primary Instructor
    White
  • The Economic Foundations of Everyday Life

    Critically examines the relationship between markets and individual, inter-personal, and community level social phenomena. Aims to help students develop knowledge and skills to understand markets as social institutions, evaluate them through different theoretical lenses, analyze their impacts on social life. Students also learn the skills of critical analysis and argumentation needed to form thoughtful opinion, take a critical position, make a decision about important economic and social issues. Thus, students gain expertise as informed actors and advocates in the social and economic system. Prerequisite: SOC 1010, equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment to 20. WRIT
    SOC 1870L S01
    Primary Instructor
    Pacewicz
  • Sociological Perspectives on Poverty

    Examines the personal experiences of socioeconomic status, with focus on the lower tiers of the hierarchy. We distinguish three levels of poverty: the working poor, marginal workers, and the underclass. Analysis will make use of issues of gender and family, race and ethnicity, and urban and rural settings. We investigate sociological perspectives on the problem of homelessness. Enrollment limited to 20. WRIT
    SOC 1871B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Elliott
  • Sophomore Seminar in Sociology of Development

    This seminar provides an introduction to the study of development. It looks at the diversity of understandings of the concept of development as well as its practical importance in the world. Students will read texts that present pressing questions and issues concerning development practices, policies, and theories. Efforts to connect broad theoretical debates to understanding contemporary problems will be encouraged. Enrollment limited to 20 sophomores. WRIT
    SOC 1871D S01
    Primary Instructor
    Itzigsohn
  • Innovators, Entrepreneurs, and Other Disruptors: The Case of Modern Turkey

    The course explores life in contemporary Turkey with a focus on change agents. The founders of modern Turkey severed ties from the fading Ottoman Empire through a series of intense and disorienting social reforms. This set a precedent for sudden, sweeping social engineering of a top-down nature. Contemporary Turkish innovators, entrepreneurs and other disruptors are navigating issues of politics, culture and economy in new ways that serve as a models for the citizen-centered design of Turkey's future. WRIT
    SOC 1871L S01
    Primary Instructor
    Dicarlo
  • Who Governs Markets?

    This Course will introduce students to problems of market regulation. It begins with discussion of key turning points and debates around markets and states that shaped contemporary capitalism. We will then explore a wide array of governance institutions and mechanisms, raging from international organizations, private certification agencies to bottom-up social movements and protection rackets. Students will have an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to exploring one particular industry or company through design of a case study. They cases will help develop our understanding of how policies, labor and social movements or forces of competition influenced particular industries. Enrollment limited to 20.
    SOC 1871T S01
    Primary Instructor
    Botoeva
  • Stratifcation and Labor Markets

    This class examines theories pertaining to labor market inequality and wealth stratification. What organizational practices shape employment outcomes, and how can they be addressed? What factors are contributing to widening wealth stratification in the USA and abroad. How are establishments, technology, and executive compensation shaping labor market inequality today? These questions, and others, will be addressed by examining processes affecting: (1) organizations, (2) individuals and society, and (3) nations. Theoretical concepts will be explored through practical examples. In addition to discussing key factors shaping inequality and stratification outcomes, solutions to address these issues will be examined through organizational policy initiatives.
    SOC 1872A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rissing
  • Senior Seminar

    Advanced research seminar for sociology concentrators. Students take each semester in senior year to work on an honors thesis. Participants examine methods for analyzing, writing, and presenting thesis material and apply peer review techniques in assessing each other's work. Culminates in presentation of thesis to the department. Students doing independent study research may also participate with the instructor's permission. Required for "honors" in sociology. WRIT
    SOC 1950 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kennedy
  • Individual Research Project

    Supervised reading or research. Specific program arranged in terms of the student's individual needs and interests. Required of intensive concentrators; open to others only by written consent of the Chair of the department. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    SOC 1970 S01
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    Allen
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    SOC 1970 S02
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    Brown
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    SOC 1970 S03
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    Dill
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    SOC 1970 S04
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    Elliott
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    SOC 1970 S05
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    Fennell
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    SOC 1970 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Suchman
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    SOC 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Heller
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    SOC 1970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Henry
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    SOC 1970 S09
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    Hogan
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    SOC 1970 S10
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    Itzigsohn
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    SOC 1970 S11
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    Lindstrom
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    SOC 1970 S12
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    Logan
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    SOC 1970 S13
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    Roberts
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    SOC 1970 S14
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    Bridwell-Mitchell
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    SOC 1970 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Modell
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    SOC 1970 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Vanwey
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    SOC 1970 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Spearin
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    SOC 1970 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Short
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    SOC 1970 S19
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    Silver
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    SOC 1970 S20
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    Frickel
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    SOC 1970 S21
    Primary Instructor
    White
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    SOC 1970 S22
    Primary Instructor
    Kennedy
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    SOC 1970 S23
    Primary Instructor
    Nozaki
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    SOC 1970 S24
    Primary Instructor
    Jackson
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  • Senior Honors Thesis

    Research seminar for students writing an honors thesis. Under the direction of a faculty advisor, students construct and carry out a research project. The written report of the research is submitted to the advisor for honors consideration. A second reader selected by the thesis advisor certifies that the thesis is of honors quality. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    SOC 1990 S01
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    Allen
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    SOC 1990 S02
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    Brown
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    SOC 1990 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Dill
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    SOC 1990 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Elliott
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    SOC 1990 S05
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    Fennell
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    SOC 1990 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Suchman
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    SOC 1990 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Heller
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    SOC 1990 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Henry
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    SOC 1990 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Hogan
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    SOC 1990 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Itzigsohn
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    SOC 1990 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Lindstrom
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    SOC 1990 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Logan
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    SOC 1990 S13
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    SOC 1990 S14
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    Bridwell-Mitchell
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    SOC 1990 S15
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    Modell
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    SOC 1990 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Chorev
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    SOC 1990 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    SOC 1990 S18
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    Short
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    SOC 1990 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Silver
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    SOC 1990 S20
    Primary Instructor
    Spearin
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    SOC 1990 S21
    Primary Instructor
    White
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    SOC 1990 S22
    Primary Instructor
    Kennedy
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  • Multivariate Statistical Methods II

    This course is a graduate-level introduction to multivariate regression models for categorical and limited dependent variables. Subject matter includes modeling nominal and ordinal outcomes; truncated distributions; and selection processes. The course also reviews strategies for sample design; handling missing data and weighting in multivariate models. The course employs contemporary statistical software. Special emphasis is placed on model selection and interpretation. Prerequisite: SOC 2010
    SOC 2020 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Vanwey
  • Contemporary Sociology

    This class offers a review of some of the most interesting contemporary social theorists and the most intense debates in current sociological thought. It thematically reviews the works of Jurgen Habermas on the public sphere, Michel Foucault on disciplinary and governmental modes of power, Bruno Latour on modernity and modern science, Pierre Bourdieu on field and habitus and among others. No prerequisites.
    SOC 2050 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Heller
  • Techniques of Demographic Analysis

    Procedures and techniques for the collection, evaluation, and analysis of demographic data; measures of population composition, fertility, morality, and migration; construction of life tables, population and projections, population dynamics; responsible use of demographic methodology. Mandatory S/NC.
    SOC 2230 S01
    Primary Instructor
    White
  • Migration

    A review of the major patterns and differentials in international and internal migration in cross-cultural perspective. Emphasizes theoretical models of migration. Offered in alternate years.
    SOC 2320 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Lindstrom
  • Fields and Methods of Social Research

    Introduction to strategies sociologists use to formulate theories and conduct methodologically sound research. Hypothesis formulation and research design; special emphasis on identifying causal mechanisms, techniques of operationalization, and choice of relevant comparisons.
    SOC 2430 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Schrank
  • Teaching Practicum in Sociology

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  • Spatial Thinking in Social Science

    This course reviews ways in which social scientists have incorporated concepts about space, place, and distance into their theories and research. Examples are drawn from many substantive areas, including the spatial organization of communities, spatial inequalities, and mobility. Separate laboratory meetings introduce methods of spatial analysis encountered in the course readings, including an introduction to GIS and related mapping tools.
    SOC 2610 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Logan
  • Global Political Economy

    The new phase of capitalism, commonly called "globalization," has radically transformed the postwar order. In this seminar, we will review several debates regarding current political-economic transformations, including: What caused the shift to neo-liberalism? What external economic pressures do states experience? Can domestic factors mediate such pressures? How do developing countries react to the new international environment? And what role does the United States and international organizations play in the new order?
    SOC 2960F S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chorev
  • Spatial Data Analysis Techniques in the Social Sciences

    Survey course of statistical methods that can be used to analyze spatial and/or clustered data at the individual and aggregate levels. Topics include multilevel analysis; fixed effects approaches; spatial choice; spatial autocorrelation, heterogeneity and dependence. Application with real data. Not a course about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or mapping techniques.
  • Demography of the Life Course

    This seminar provides an overview of the development and current uses of the life course perspective in studies of demographic behaviors, process and change. Cohorts and age-graded patterns of behavior are considered as are the effects of social institutions, opportunity structures, and behavioral preferences all of which determine alternative life course pathways. Family origins and prior life experiences, along with ethnic/racial, gender, and cultural identities are examined as critical factors giving rise to inter-individual differences in demographic behaviors over the life course. The role of biography and agency in decisions about demographic behaviors and actual experiences are considered, as is their relationship to life course pathways, trajectories, and success. Graduate students and advanced Undergraduates with permission.
    SOC 2960H S01
    Primary Instructor
    Fussell
  • Sociology of Culture and Knowledge

    We focus in this course on a few of the important theoretical and empirical developments in cultural sociology since the 1960s. In particular, we address ways in which culture is conceived and researched and how the sociology of knowledge and understanding underlies this address. We also consider the forms in which such a cultural sociology can inform a wide range of sociological questions, from the formation of the self to the articulation of historical epochs.
    SOC 2960Q S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kennedy
  • Statistical Methods for Hierarchical and Panel Data

    A survey course providing an applied introduction to statistical methods for analyzing clustered and panel data. Topics include multilevel analysis, fixed effects models, and growth models. Our focus will be applied, with an introduction to underlying theory and emphasis on application and interpretation. Overall goals include highlighting the framework and assumptions for each approach; studying applications; understanding disciplinary and theoretical preferences for particular approaches; providing experience with software; and studying issues that arise in empirical research.
    SOC 2960S S01
    Primary Instructor
    Jackson
  • Sociology of Law

    This seminar explores central themes in contemporary social-scientific scholarship on law, law-oriented behavior, and legal institutions. The perspective is fundamentally sociological, with attention to such core sociological concerns as: social norms; law, power and culture; and law and social change. In addition, the course examines selected themes from the interdisciplinary "Law and Society" movement, for example: the psychology of justice; the anthropology of disputing; the economics of rulemaking; and the institutional politics of courts and legislatures. Other topics may include: law and inequality; law and social movements; law and globalization; the legal profession; legal consciousness; and the "Rule of Law."
    SOC 2960V S01
    Primary Instructor
    Suchman
  • Preliminary Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.
    SOC 2970 S01
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  • Reading and Research

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    SOC 2981 S01
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    Allen
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    SOC 2981 S02
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    Brown
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    SOC 2981 S03
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    Dill
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    SOC 2981 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Elliott
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    SOC 2981 S05
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    Fennell
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    SOC 2981 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Dicarlo
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    SOC 2981 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Heller
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    SOC 2981 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Henry
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    SOC 2981 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Hogan
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    SOC 2981 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Itzigsohn
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    SOC 2981 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Lindstrom
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    SOC 2981 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Logan
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    SOC 2981 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Frickel
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    SOC 2981 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Franklin
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    SOC 2981 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Modell
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    SOC 2981 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Jackson
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    SOC 2981 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Kennedy
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    SOC 2981 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Short
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    SOC 2981 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Silver
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    SOC 2981 S20
    Primary Instructor
    Spearin
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    SOC 2981 S21
    Primary Instructor
    White
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    SOC 2981 S22
    Primary Instructor
    Chorev
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    SOC 2981 S23
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    SOC 2981 S24
    Primary Instructor
    Suchman
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    SOC 2981 S25
    Primary Instructor
    Vanwey
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    SOC 2981 S26
    Primary Instructor
    Pacewicz
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  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis.
    SOC 2990 S01
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