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    • Courses in the Department of Sociology explore how societies work, why societies change, and where societies will go next. These courses cover the theory behind societal transformation through rigorous research, critical thinking, and spirited debate.

      Courses from the curriculum include:

      • GSOC 6100 Market Culture: Introduction to Economic Sociology
        Eiko Ikegami
        The power of capitalist markets has permeated every aspect of our lives. Conversely, the dynamics of social relations, cultures, and values are deeply embedded in the operations of contemporary market economy. It is in this context that sociology can make a distinctive contribution to a realistic understanding of our economic life. This course is designed to provide an introduction to the field of new economic sociology and to prepare students to pursue research in this field. Special emphasis will be placed on learning contemporary organizational and network theories, developing an understanding of the historical rise of capitalism, and becoming sensitive to global variations in styles of capitalism.
      • GSOC 6126 Power and Domination: Middle East
        Benoit Challand
        This graduate course, mixing lectures and seminar discussions, is designed to assess how notions of power and authority have been diachronically conceived and debated within Muslim majority societies of the Middle East. The focus will be placed on the Arab worlds, with passing references to Turkey and Iran. In the vein of historical sociology, the course engages with theories of state formation in the region and of incorporation into the world system. The course will offer an in-depth comprehension of evolving forms of domination and claims over conflicting religious and secular legitimacy from the 19th century (nascent capitalism, solidification of positive law, internal debates around Islamic modernity) to the 21st century (neo-imperialism, return of the Caliphate).
      • GSOC 6189 Great Books in Media Research
        Julia Sonnevend
        This course introduces graduate students to canonic books in media research written in multiple disciplines. Most graduate courses assign book chapters or articles; I would like to counter this trend by requiring students to read one book each week from cover to cover. No secondary literature or excerpts of primary literature will be assigned. On a practical level, the course aims to help students with the often seemingly immense task of writing a successful dissertation. More important, the course is aimed at providing students with the joy of close reading of canonic books and helping them, in the long run, write “great books in media research.”
      • GSOC 6198 Socialism: Its Past and Future
        Andrew Arato
        The concept of socialism is beginning to experience an intellectual and perhaps political revival. There is nevertheless great uncertainty concerning the meaning and implications of the concept. What would be a 21st-century meaning of the 19th-century term associated with a variety of 20th-century experiences behind us, including utopian experiments, forms of industrial democracy, state socialism, and social democracy? The course will consider the conceptual history of socialism, its philosophical forms of justification, and the political economic forms in which its versions have been institutionalized. We will choose our readings from utopians, Marxists, Bolsheviks, anarchists, revisionists and social democrats, liberal socialists, and third world socialists.
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