Fall 2021

Emory Sociology provides an extensive curriculum for our graduate students. Below are the topical courses and individualized programs offered in Fall 2021

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Research Method/Models: Statistics (SOC 500) - Alyasah Sewell

Tuesday/Thursday 7:00-8:15 pm

Tarbutton Hall 206

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics for univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analyses. The course will help you understand statistics reported in social science publications and in the news media as well as help you conduct original research. The overall goal is to increase your statistical literacy, i.e., your ability to create, interpret, and critically evaluate statistical evidence. Our focus is on using and interpreting statistics, not on the underlying mathematical proofs. No special math background or aptitude is required for the course, although a tolerance for basic arithmetic and some familiarity with high school algebra will be helpful. No previous computer program experience is expected; all the necessary computer skills will be taught in class.

Required Texts (2):

1) ISBN: 978-8131524657 Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach, Jeffrey M Wooldridge

Publisher: ‎ Cenage Learning; 5th Edition; no Cd (January 1, 2014)

2) ISBN: 978-1597180078 Data Analysis Using Stata, Ulrich Kihler and Frauke Kreuter

Publisher:Stata Press

Recommended Books (3):

1) ISBN: 978-1-59718-321-5 Interpreting and Visualizing Regression Models Using Stata, Second Edition, Michael N. Mitchell, Stata Press 2021

2) ISBN: 978-1616897062 Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Britt Rusert, Editors. 2018. W.E.B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America. NY: Princeton Architectural Press.

3) ISBN: 978-0761985334 Paul D. Allison. 1999. Multiple Regression: A Primer. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge.



Research Methods/Models: Design (SOC 501) - Irene Browne

Tuesday/Thursday 8:30-9:45 am

Tarbutton Hall 206

Course Description:

The aim of this course is to teach the fundamentals of research design and the techniques of data collection used in sociological research. By the end of the course, students should be able to:

1) design and execute their own research projects and 2} understand, analyze and critique empirical studies in the sociological literature.

With attention to the debates over social science methodologies, the course takes a practical, "hands-on" approach to research methods. As a class, we will construct a study to assess the TATTO program for the Laney Graduate School. Through in-class exercises and assignments, we will collect and analyze the data and produce a report for the Laney Graduate School. Students in the course will also be required to design and implement their own study. Regular assignments throughout the semester will assist you in following the steps of the research process for your own research so that you can produce an empirical paper at the end of the semester. You will also be required to become certified in human subject’s research at Emory by taking the on-line CITI course.

Required Texts:

1) ISBN: 9780534528614 Analyzing Social Settings, Lofland, Lofland and Snow. 4th Edition. (Wadsworth)

2) ISBN: 9780226891286 The Total Survey Error Approach, Herbert Weisberg. (University of Chicago)

Evaluations in Social Interaction (SOC 553) - Karen Hegtvedt

Tuesday 2:30-5:30 pm

Tarbutton Hall 206

Course Description:

How do people perceive and evaluate others and themselves? What role do evaluations play in stimulating emotions? How do evaluations of outcomes, procedures, and interpersonal treatment stimulate action? This course first addresses a critical process underlying interaction and other types of evaluations: social cognition. The second part of the course notes how cognitive and physiological factors affect emotional experiences and expressions, which have consequences for interaction. Both cognitions and emotions are fundamental features of justice processes, which constitute the third part of the class. Questions will focus on the antecedents and consequences of both distributive, procedural, and interactional justice in social interaction.

Required Texts:

1) selected readings available on course Canvas site

2) ISBN: 978-1529702088 Social Cognition: From Brains to Culture, by Susan Fiske and Shelley Taylor, McGraw Hill, 4th edition 2021 (available from Amazon.com)


Presentation on readings, one essay exam, research paper, paper critiques. (Note: in lieu of the research paper, students may take two additional essay exams.)



Directed Study (SOC 597R or SOC 797R)

These offer credit for individualized work with a given faculty member.

Please consult with your advisor and / or Dr. Ellen Idler (our Director of Graduate Studies) about enrollment.

MA Research (SOC 599R) or PhD Research (SOC 799R)

These offer credit for ongoing research overseen by a given faculty member.

Please consult with your advisor and / or Dr. Ellen Idler (our Director of Graduate Studies) about enrollment.

Recent Theoretical Orientations (SOC 742) - Bin Xu

Wednesday 6:00-9:00 pm

Tarbutton Hall 206

Course Description: 

This course helps graduate students generate and develop theoretical ideas for their research in a conscious and systematic way. Students read and learn philosophy of social science to get a clear sense of the epistemologies and ontologies out there in social science and to reflect on the often-unstated assumptions in their thinking. The students also read materials about theorizing and apply the theorizing agenda to their research topics. This course adopts a workshop-style pedagogy, which can provide students with hands-on experience and feedback from their fellow students and instructor.  

Required Texts:

1) ISBN: 978-0230242609 Benton, Ted, and Ian Craib. 2011. Philosophy of Social Science. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 

2) ISBN: 978-0393978148 Abbott, Andrew Delano. 2004. Methods of Discovery: Heuristics for the Social SciencesContemporary Societies. New York: W.W. Norton & Co. 

3) ISBN: 978-0691168135 Swedberg, Richard. 2014. The Art of Social Theory: The Context of Discovery. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. 

4) ISBN: 978-0335208845 Gerard Delanty, Piet Strydom. 2003. Philosophies of Social Science: The Classic and Contemporary Readings. Open University Press.  

Sociology of Education (SOC 759R) - Cassidy Puckett

Thursday 4:00- 6:45 pm

Tarbutton Hall 206

Course Description:

Soc of Ed: This course focuses on education and inequality. The goals of the course are to: 1) provide students with a foundation in sociology of education literature and 2) prepare and support students in engaging in their own research and publication in this area. Throughout the course we engage in theoretical frameworks for the study of education, as well as read about the history of education in the United States. We also look at research focused on particular levels of education (e.g., high school, higher ed) and some of the current debates about education and inequality. As we investigate these topics, we will attend to the theoretical, substantive, methodological, and political considerations that concern the study of education. Finally, students will engage in the practice of research in the sociology of education, including manuscript review and a course project.

Required Texts:

1) ISBN: 9780226637006 David Labaree’s A Perfect Mess

2) ISBN: 9780674976894 Anthony Jack’s The Privileged Poor

3) ISBN: 9780226726694 Matthew Rafalow’s Digital Divisions

4) ISBN: 9780226526164 Eve Ewing’s Ghosts in the Schoolyard



Teaching Sociology (SOC 767) - Frank Lechner

Monday 6:00-9:00 pm

Tarbutton Hall 206

Course Description:

Through discussion of major issues in teaching and with a variety of exercises, this seminar will help you prepare for your first teaching assignment and enhance your effectiveness as a teacher.


Teaching Assistantships (TATT 605SOC & TATT 610SOC)

These offer credit for participation in assistantships (TATT 605C) and for teaching one's own class (TATT 610SOC).

Read more about these credits here.