Sample Syllabi

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Ethnic and Racial Relations

This course introduces students to a sociological understanding of race and ethnic relations. Students will examine sociological perspectives on race and stratification through readings, lectures, discussion, multimedia, and group research projects.



Overall Rating, Fall 2017: 4.9/5

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Classical Sociological Theory

This course is designed to equip students with the conceptual tools and theoretical perspectives that help us to make sense of our social life. Although theorists and theories will be covered chronologically the course is designed so that the beginning and the end meet and create a full circle. Starting with Thomas Hobbes and ending with Michel Foucault, this course will answer basic but foundational, simple but nuanced, questions about the nature of human, social action, social order, and change. 



Overall Rating, Spring 2018: 4.9/5


Contemporary Social Problems


  • Throw a stone like a girl. How would you do that?  

  • That person is not a real American. What does that mean?

  • He is not masculine enough or she is not feminine enough. How do you measure that?

  • S/he is poor because s/he has not worked hard. Is this the only reason for one’s poverty?

In this course, we will try to learn about theories and methodologies which help us to tackle these questions. We will work together throughout the semester to use our sociological imagination in order to develop an in-depth knowledge about a variety of social problems. We will try to see what the proper steps towards addressing these problems are. To do so, we will draw on a variety of sources, watch documentaries, discuss current issues and write reflective essay. This class provides us with the opportunity to make mistakes, and learn from our mistakes. 

Overall Rating, Summer 2017: 5/5

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Society in Comparative Perspective

This course is designed to equip you with historical knowledge, theoretical tools, and practical skills by which you can produce rigorous analyses of current events, examine your own location in the society and history, and assess your responsibility as members of our immediate communities and larger groups. The comparative, historical, and critical approach of the course will provide you a lens through which you can look back into history, evaluate the present, and imagine alternative futures.




Overall Rating, Spring 2014: 4.5/5