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SOC 20N: What counts as "race," and why? (CSRE 20N)

Preference to freshmen. Seminar discussion of how various institutions in U.S. society employ racial categories, and how race is studied and conceptualized across disciplines. Course introduces perspectives from demography, history, law, genetics, sociology, psychology, and medicine. Students will read original social science research, learn to collect and analyze data from in-depth interviews, and use library resources to conduct legal/archival case studies.
Last offered: Winter 2019 | UG Reqs: WAY-ED, WAY-SI

SOC 21Q: Decoding our Emotions: Culture, Emotion, and Social Interaction

Are emotions the same across cultures and societies? Are women really more emotional than men? Where and how do we draw the line between ¿normal¿ expressions of grief and diagnosable symptoms of depression? What role do fear and anger play in American politics? Although most of us think that feelings are deeply personal and private experiences - comprised of physiological and psychological elements - sociologists argue that they are heavily influenced by social factors. In this seminar, we¿ll explore the social side of emotion¿including how they are socially learned, shaped, regulated, controlled, and distributed in the population as well as the consequences of emotion culture, emotion norms, emotion management, emotional labor, and emotional deviance for individuals, social groups, and society.nnnAmerican society - and its corresponding landscape of norms, behaviors, and beliefs relating to emotion - will serve as a starting point for our analysis; however, throughout the course we wi more »
Are emotions the same across cultures and societies? Are women really more emotional than men? Where and how do we draw the line between ¿normal¿ expressions of grief and diagnosable symptoms of depression? What role do fear and anger play in American politics? Although most of us think that feelings are deeply personal and private experiences - comprised of physiological and psychological elements - sociologists argue that they are heavily influenced by social factors. In this seminar, we¿ll explore the social side of emotion¿including how they are socially learned, shaped, regulated, controlled, and distributed in the population as well as the consequences of emotion culture, emotion norms, emotion management, emotional labor, and emotional deviance for individuals, social groups, and society.nnnAmerican society - and its corresponding landscape of norms, behaviors, and beliefs relating to emotion - will serve as a starting point for our analysis; however, throughout the course we will seek to place America¿s emotion culture in comparative and historical perspective. Students will read a broad range of texts and articles on the social shaping of emotion. Some of the readings will focus on specific emotions - including grief, anger, happiness, fear, and love - while others will focus on various aspects of emotion - including the commercialization of emotion and the role of emotion in politics and social movements. We will also consider how emotions are gendered and racialized across cultures. By the end of the quarter, you will have a better understanding of how our emotional lives are shaped by the historical, cultural, and social contexts in which we find ourselves

SOC 22N: The Roots of Social Protest

Preference to freshmen. The conditions under which social protest occurs and the emergence, success, and viability of contemporary social movements. Examples include women's civil rights, ecology, and antiwar and anti-globilization movements in the U.S. and elsewhere. Sociological theories to explain the timing, location, and causes of mobilization; how researchers evaluate these theories. Comparison of tactics, trajectories, and outcomes.
Last offered: Winter 2016 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, GER:EC-GlobalCom, WAY-SI

SOC 24N: Themes in Political and Historical Sociology: The Political Party

This class focuses on the political party and on the different scholarly perspectives from which it has been studied. We will study these perspectives analytically¿to find the main elements that characterize them¿and historically¿to understand how the party has operated in different contexts and how scholarly interpretations have changed in time. The emphasis on the party requires a contextualization of two processes that have shaped the functioning of the institutions of the state in the last decades¿one operating below the state and the other operating abovenFrom below the state, the fragmentation of interests has been challenging the traditional identities that used to be embedded in the party. From above, international economic processes have been undermining the role of the state, and thus of the party, as the main vehicle for bringing grievances into the political arena. Thus, part of the agenda of the party is dominated by the activities of organized social movements that only p more »
This class focuses on the political party and on the different scholarly perspectives from which it has been studied. We will study these perspectives analytically¿to find the main elements that characterize them¿and historically¿to understand how the party has operated in different contexts and how scholarly interpretations have changed in time. The emphasis on the party requires a contextualization of two processes that have shaped the functioning of the institutions of the state in the last decades¿one operating below the state and the other operating abovenFrom below the state, the fragmentation of interests has been challenging the traditional identities that used to be embedded in the party. From above, international economic processes have been undermining the role of the state, and thus of the party, as the main vehicle for bringing grievances into the political arena. Thus, part of the agenda of the party is dominated by the activities of organized social movements that only partially follow traditional cleavages (class, status, race, ethnicity, urban/rural), while another part is dominated by multinational firms and banks that only partially represent national interests. Yet, to the extent that the institutions of the state remain relevant, the political party remains a powerful and significant actor of Modern democracies. The fundamental question of this class is to understand the way in which the party continues to shape the functioning of the state.n We will approach this question analytically and historically. Analytically, we will read through various definitions of what a party is. The aim is not to arrive at a ¿correct¿ definition of the party (there is not such a thing!) but to sharpen the differences between the several approaches. Historically, we will study the party in action with the goal of understanding the perspective from which the party was portrayed. Together, in this double exercise you will learn the tools of the trade, so to speak, of political sociology.
Last offered: Autumn 2014

SOC 31N: Social Networks

This Introductory Seminar reviews the history of social network studies, investigates how networks have changed over the past hundred years and asks how new technologies will impact them. We will draw from scholarly publications, popular culture and personal experience as ways to approach this central aspect of the human experience.
Terms: Win | Units: 3

SOC 45Q: Understanding Race and Ethnicity in American Society (CSRE 45Q)

Preference to sophomores. Historical overview of race in America, race and violence, race and socioeconomic well-being, and the future of race relations in America. Enrollment limited to 16.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, GER:EC-AmerCul, WAY-ED, WAY-SI
Instructors: Snipp, C. (PI)

SOC 46N: Race, Ethnic, and National Identities: Imagined Communities

Preference to freshmen. How new identities are created and legitimated. What does it mean to try on a different identity? National groups and ethnic groups are so large that one individual can know only an infinitesimal fraction of other group members. What explains the seeming coherence of groups? If identities are a product of the imagination, why are people willing to fight and die for them? Enrollment limited to 16.
Last offered: Spring 2014 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci

SOC 100ASB: Pre-field Course for Alternative Spring Break

Limited to students participating in the Alternative Spring Break program. See http://asb.stanford.edu for more information.
Last offered: Winter 2016

SOC 100D: Organizational Theory

Schools, prisons, hospitals, universities, restaurants, nations, sports teams - organizations are all around. They employ us, feed us, and provide us with sources of identity. This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and classic theories about organizations. What defines an organization? How should organizations structure themselves to accomplish their goals? When is it most desirable for an organizations merge with another? Lectures and readings will explore such questions, and contemporary examples in the media will bring them to life.
Last offered: Summer 2014

SOC 100SI: Student Initiated Course

Last offered: Spring 2010 | Repeatable for credit
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