124. Introduction to Sociology: Classics of Sociology - 3 Credits
Modern sociology was born in the context of the transition from traditional to modern societies in the West. This dramatic transformation opened a whole series of new social and political problems which have defined the modern era. We will explore the ways some important founding figures of sociology analyzed such problems as individualism, alienation, lack of community, class conflict, and modern capitalism. We will address the relevance of classical sociology for contemporary issues and the students' personal experiences. Enrollment Limit: 45.
230. Social Change and Political Transformation in Eastern Europe - 3 Credits
This course focuses on Eastern Europe as the first relatively backward region in the world capitalist system. We will begin with some major theories of social change and a historical introduction to the region. Next, we will turn to communist revolutions, Stalinism, reform communism, the rise of dissent and the revolutions of 1989. Much of the course will be devoted to the post-communist era, attempts to build democracy and capitalism, and the rise of nationalism. Identical to POLT 214. Enrollment Limit: 35.
254. Political Sociology - 3 Credits
First Semester. This course is intended as an introduction to a major sub-field of sociology, the sociology of politics. We will begin with an examination of the birth of democratic politics in the contemporary Western world. We will touch on such problems as the social origins of democracy, the rise of political citizenship and the modern nation-state, class and elite conflict, lower-class social movements, and the political-cultural foundations of democratic politics. In the second part of the course we will concentrate on one of the major anti-liberal movements and regimes in the 20th century, Nazism. Enrollment Limit: 35.
282. Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory - 4 Credits
4SS, CD, WR
Classical sociology arose in response to social problems opened up by the advent of industrial society, from the disintegration of community and the decline of religion to class conflict, and the rationalization of social life. The founding fathers of modern sociology-Durkheim, Marx, and Weber-formulated their theories in response to these problems and established three distinct traditions in sociological theory. This course explores continuities between classical and contemporary sociology in each of these three traditions. Enrollment Limit: 40. Note: Priority given to sociology majors.
340. Nationalism, Culture, and Politics Under and After Dictatorship: Spain and Yugoslavia in the 20th Century - 3 Credits
The 20th-century histories of Spain and Yugoslavia run surprisingly parallel, but have resulted in widely different outcomes. Why? This course explores these and other questions by analyzing the interaction among nationalism, culture, and politics in both countries through sociological, historical, literary and visual materials, including novels and films. Special attention is paid to the politics of late state-building, the rise of competing nationalisms, civil wars and their legacies, dictatorship, collective memories, democratic transition (Spain), and state collapse (Yugoslavia).
354. Social Movements and Revolutionary Change - 3 Credits
Karl Marx saw modern revolutions as instances of class conflict. In contrast Max Weber insisted on the charismatic appeal of revolutionary movements. We will combine Marxian and Weberian insights and contemporary sociological theories to understand the historical course of major revolutionary and counter-revolutionary movements of our time (communism, nationalism, right-wing authoritarianism). We will examine the structure of old regimes, civil wars, the institutionalization of revolutionary communist and right-wing authoritarian regimes, pressures for reform, peripheral nationalism, state disintegration and democratization. Enrollment Limit: 30.
431. The Making and Unmaking of Communist Ideals - 3 Credits
This seminar explores the development of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe through historiography, literature, and film. The main part of the course is devoted to early revolutionary dilemmas, the relationship of intellectuals to the revolution in Soviet Russia and the West, and the rise of Stalinism: with novels by Gladkov, Silone, Koestler, Solzhenitsyn, and Milosz, and films by Beaty, Bertolucci, Mikhalkov, and Makavejev. Prerequisites: Two sociology courses or consent from instructor. Enrollment Limit: 12.