Time and location


There are no official prerequisites for the course, and students from all departments are welcome. Activities involving mathematics, statistics, and computer programming at the level in Soc 500 and Soc 504 will be in a separate, optional lab session. Students without this level of background may find some of the reading challenging. The reading will also assume a basic understanding of the process of social science research (equivalent to Soc 503), and students without this background may find some of the reading challenging. Undergraduates interested in taking the course should contact the instructor for permission.

Collaboration policy

You are encouraged to work together on the activities for the class, but you are only only able to put your name on projects to which you made an intellectual contribution. If you have any doubts about what is appropriate, ask me.


In this course we will be using Piazza for online class discussion. You will not be required to post, but the system is designed to get you help quickly and efficiently from classmates and me. Rather than emailing me questions, I encourage you to post your questions on Piazza. Here is our class page: https://piazza.com/class/iss26a5trbl6zj.

Weekly schedule

Here is the schedule for each week:


This course will be graded P/D/F. Non-Sociology graduate students wishing to receive a grade for this course must submit a completed Graduate Student Enrollment Change Form.

Open access

The prohibitive cost of academic journals means that many of the readings for this course are not available to everyone. I have marked these closed access articles with a . Fortunately, some of the more recent scholarship in this area is freely available to everyone in the world. I have marked these open access article with a . It is my hope that eventually I will be able to construct this syllabus using exclusively open access scholarship. In the meantime, if you do not have access to a university library, copies of many of the closed access articles can be found through Google Scholar.

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