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Courses in LSA Sociology
Sociology (SOC)
SOC 430. World Population Dynamics
(3). (QR/2). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in SOC 530.

This course introduces students to the basics of demographic measurement and population change theory while focusing on how to examine empirical information about populations to draw informed conclusions about current world population trends. Students will learn how to assess the validity of media reports on population issues.

SOC 434 / AAS 434. Social Organization of Black Communities
Introduction to SOC or introduction to AAS. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 451 / WOMENSTD 451. Women and Work
WOMENSTD 240 (or AMCULT 240) or SOC 100, and one other course in SOC or WOMENSTD. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course will draw on empirical research and theory to analyze a wide range of issues regarding gender and work.

SOC 461. Social Movements
One introductory course in Sociology. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 475. Introduction to Medical Sociology
One introductory course in sociology. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course provides students with an understanding of the influence of social and cultural factors on health, illness, and medical care.

SOC 490 / REEES 490 / WOMENSTD 492. Women and Islam: A Sociological Perspective
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 500. Orientation Seminar
Must be enrolled in the doctoral program of the Sociology Department. Graduate standing. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

An introduction to and overview of the Graduate Program intended for incoming students.

SOC 504 / AMCULT 504. American Immigration: Sociological Perspectives
Graduate standing; seniors with permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 505. Theories and Practices of Sociology
Graduate standing. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 506. Theory and Practice
Graduate standing. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 507. Logics and Strategies of Sociological Research Inquiry
Graduate standing in Sociology, other Graduate students with permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 508 / PHIL 511. Philosophy of Social Science
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course examines the logic of social science research through the writings of philosophers and social scientists. Central topics include the logic of comparative social science, the role of rational choice theory, the cultural turn, the utility of causal mechanisms, and hidden assumptions in quantitative reasoning.

SOC 510. Statistics
Graduate standing. (4; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 515. Economic Sociology and Organizations
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 527 / ANTHRCUL 501 / ASIAN 501 / CCS 501 / HISTORY 549 / POLSCI 501. Social Scientific Studies of Historical and Contemporary China
Permission of instructor. (3). May be elected twice for credit.

The course will focus on current issues in social scientific studies of historical and contemporary China. Each class will discuss a different disciplinary approach to a common subject, emphasizing the different research designs and data available and comparing the results with similar studies in other countries.

SOC 530. Social Demography
Graduate standing. Credit allowed for either SOC 430 or SOC 530. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term, the final grade is posted for both term’s elections.

SOC 532. Practicum in Comparative Historical Sociology
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 542. Quantitative Methods I
SOC 510; SOC 610. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

This course teaches relatively advanced statistical methods. In the current incarnation, this course focuses on statistical methods for analyzing categorical data, with an emphasis on practical applications rather than statistical theories. It covers three classes of statistical models: loglinear models for count data, ligit/probit models for discrete dependent variables, and hazards models for studying transitions with longitudinal data.

SOC 547. Gender and Sexuality
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 555. Culture and Knowledge
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 556. Sociology of Religion
Graduate Standing. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course surveys some of the most significant classical and contemporary works of the sociology of religion. Students will read theoretical, historical, and ethnographic works about religious traditions across several regions of the world and examines religion's intersection with other social identities such as class, gender, ethnicity, race, and nation.

SOC 557. Sociology of Nationalism
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Nationalism has been one of the moving forces of the 19th and 20th century. In view of increasing "global" exchanges and the restructuring of political, economic and cultural life along supra national lines, some observers have been inclined to predict the "end of nationalism." The last decade has instead witnessed increased nationalist activity throughout the world. In this seminar we will discuss the main theories of nationalism and approaches to national identity. We will investigate the nature of nations and nationalism and the social processes behind their emergence as well as the causes of nationalist movements and conflicts.

SOC 558. Culture, History, Memory
Graduate Standing. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course focuses on the interaction among culture, history, and memory from a sociological perspective, drawing on the tension between the past and the present to interrogate the location of culture, history, and memory across societies.

SOC 560. Power, History, and Social Change
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 580 / ARCH 609 / EDUC 580 / ENGLISH 528 / KINESLGY 505 / PMR 580 / RACKHAM 580 / SW 572 / WOMENSTD 590. Topics in Disability Studies
Graduate standing. (1 - 3). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

An interdisciplinary approach to disability studies, including focus on the arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, and professional schools. Some topics include history and culture representation of disability, advocacy, health, rehabilitation, built environment, independent living, public policy. Team taught with visiting speakers. Accessible classroom with real-time captioning.

SOC 610. Statistical Methods
Soc. 510 or equivalent. (4; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 612 / PSYCH 687 / SURVMETH 612. Methods of Survey Sampling
Two courses in statistics; and graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This is a moderately advanced course in applied statistics, with an emphasis on the practical problems of sample design, which provides students with an understanding of principles and practice in skills required to select subjects and analyze sample data. Topics covered include stratified, clustered, systematic, and multi-stage sample designs, unequal probabilities and probabilities proportional to size, area, and telephone sampling, ratio means, sampling errors, frame problems, cost factors, and practical designs and procedures.

SOC 616 / PSYCH 616 / SURVMETH 681. Analysis of Survey Data II
SOC,PSYCH 613/SOC 510 or PSYCH 684/SOC 614 or equivalent and statistics. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course begins with a brief overview of survey design and its implications for analysis, and then covers the logic and methods of analysis, measurement theory and evaluation, scaling and index construction, contingency table analysis, and linear and logistic regression methods for bivariate and multivariate models. Logistic regression is extended to incorporate multinomial and ordered logit types of models. Homework and examination problems emphasize conceptual issues in each topic. The focus is on choosing appropriate statistical tools for analysis and on interpretation of results. Application of methods taught in this course using computer software is taught in the companion course, Computer Analysis of Survey Data II, SurvMeth 641.

SOC 619. Quantitative Analysis of Data
SOC 610 or equivalent and Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course teaches statistical methods for analyzing categorical data, with an emphasis on practical applications rather than statistical theories. Three classes of statistical models will be covered: loglinear models for count data, logit/probit models for discrete dependent variables, and hazards models for studying transitions with longitudinal data.

SOC 621 / PSYCH 683 / SURVMETH 616. Workshop in Sampling Techniques
SOC 612/PSYCH 687/SURVMETH 612 and/or concurrent enrollment in SOC 613/PSYCH 618/SURVMETH 615 and permission of instructor. Graduate standing. (3 - 6). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 630. Research Methods in Population and Human Ecology
Graduate standing. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 634 / AAS 634. The Urban Ethnographic Tradition: Theory, Method, Standpoint
Graduate standing; seniors with permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

By paying specific attention to literature that addresses race and class inequality, this course provides a critical consideration of the contributions of the urban ethnographic tradition in American sociology. A series of classic and contemporary ethnographies will be discussed in seminar-style format.

SOC 651 / POLSCI 685. Proseminar in Electoral Behavior
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 652. Global and Transnational Sociology
Graduate Standing. Consent of instructor required. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This seminar course examines some of the central theoretical approaches in global and transnational sociology, such as world system theory, world society/ polity approach, and multiple modernities, and explore their empirical application to issues such as human rights, citizenship, conflict, social movements, and corporate social responsibility.

SOC 653. Sociology of Law
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (2 - 3). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 682 / PSYCH 682. Advanced Social Psychology
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 688 / PSYCH 688 / SURVMETH 601. Introduction to Survey Research Techniques
Introductory psychology and statistics and permission of instructor. (6). May not be repeated for credit.

This course acquaints students with the theory and practice of survey research, which is broadly defined as research that relies upon face-to-face interviews, or self-administered questionnaires as a primary means of data collection. The course involves lectures, readings, and discussions covering the basics of the major stages of a survey, including hypothesis and problem formulation, study design, sampling, questionnaire and interview design and evaluation, techniques of interviewing, code development and coding of data, data cleaning and management, data analysis, and report writing. Students will gain practical experience in these areas through the development and implementation of a survey. Participants are encouraged to bring materials related to their own research interests.

SOC 695. Directed Research
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing. (1 - 6). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 696. Directed Reading
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1 - 6). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 710. Advanced Topics in Quantitative Methodology
SOC 610 or equivalent and Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course explores the critiques advanced methods for conducting quantitative research in the social sciences. A special topic is chosen for particular semester, with relevant methods drawn from a wide variety of disciplines, including economics, education, epidemiology, psychology, sociology, and statistics. Particular attention is paid to quasi-experimental and observational research designs.

SOC 711 / PSYCH 711 / SURVMETH 630. Questionnaire Design
An introductory course in survey research methods or equivalent experience. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course is about the development of the survey instrument, the questionnaire. Topics include wording of questions (strategies for factual and non-factual questions), cognitive aspects, order of response alternatives, open versus closed questions, handling sensitive topics, combining individual questions into a meaningful questionnaire, issues related to question order and context, and aspects of a questionnaire other than questions. Questionnaire design is shown as a function of the mode of data collection such as face-to-face interviewing telephone interviewing, mail surveys, diary surveys, and computer-assisted interviewing.

SOC 717 / BIOSTAT 617 / STATS 580 / SURVMETH 617. Methods and Theory of Sample Design
Three or more courses in statistics and preferably a course in methods of survey sampling. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

This course is concerned with the theory underlying the methods of survey sampling widely used in practice. It covers the basic techniques of simple random sampling, stratification, systematic sampling, cluster and multi-stage sampling, and probability proportional to size sampling. It also examines methods of variance estimation for complex sample designs, including the Taylor series expansion method, balanced repeated replications, and jackknife methods.

SOC 729 / HISTORY 729. Large-Scale Political Transformations
SOC 100, 195, or 300; reading knowledge of one European language other than English; Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 786 / PSYCH 786. Research Design in Social Psychology
Open to approved applicants for the Ph.D. in Social Psychology; others by permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 789. Social Movements and Contentious Politics
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

SOC 800. Research Workshop in Sociology
(1 - 3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

Workshops are designed to give students experience writing, presenting, and commenting on research papers that are being prepared for publication. The specific goals and format of the workshop will differ depending on the topic. Some workshops also include faculty presenters and some cover special topics related to professional socialization.

SOC 810 / EDUC 817 / PSYCH 817 / STATS 817. Interdisciplinary Seminar in Quantitative Social Science Methodology
Graduate standing, and Graduate-level course in STATS at the level of STAT 500 and 501. (1). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

This seminar will meet to consider methodological issues that arise in research in the social sciences. Themes for each meeting will arise from ongoing research projects at the University of Michigan. Visiting researchers will provide a brief account of their aims and data before defining the methodological challenge for which they desire discussion.

SOC 815. Research Workshop in Economics and Organizations
Graduate standing, permission of instructor. (1 - 3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

Workshops are designed to give students experience in writing, presenting, and commenting on research papers that are being prepared for publication in the area of economics and organizations. Some workshops also include faculty presenters and some cover special topics related to professional socialization.

SOC 823. Research Workshop in Inequality
(1 - 3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

Workshops are designed to give students experience in writing, presenting, and commenting on research papers that are being prepared for publication in the area of social inequality. Some workshops also include faculty presenters and some cover special topics related to professional socialization.

SOC 830. Research Workshop in Social Demography
Consent of instructor required. (1 - 3). May be elected six times for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

Workshops are designed to give students experience in writing, presenting, and commenting on research papers that are being prepared for publication in the area of social demography. Some workshops also include faculty presenters and some cover special topics related to professional socialization.

SOC 842. Research Workshop in Quantitative Sociology
(1 - 3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

Workshops are designed to give students experience in writing, presenting, and commenting on quantitative research papers that are being prepared for publication. Some workshops include faculty presenters and some cover special topics related to professional socialization.

SOC 847. Research Workshop in Gender and Sexuality
(1 - 3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

Workshops are designed to give students experience in writing, presenting, and commenting on research papers that are being prepared for publication in the area of gender and sexuality. Some workshops also include faculty presenters and some cover special topics related to professional socialization.

SOC 855. Research Workshop in Culture, History, Politics
(1 - 3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

Workshops are designed to give students experience in writing, presenting, and commenting on research papers that are being prepared for publication in the area of culture, history, and politics. Some workshops also include faculty presenters and some cover special topics related to professional socialization.

SOC 988 / PSYCH 988. Advanced Seminars in Social Psychology
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1 - 5). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

SOC 990. Dissertation/Precandidate
Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing. (1 - 8; 1 - 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

SOC 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program
Graduate standing. (1). May not be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

SOC 995. Dissertation/Candidate
Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (8; 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

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