Spring 2017

Emory Sociology provides an extensive curriculum for our graduate students. You will find below the topical courses and individualized programs offered in Spring 2017. Click on each one to see additional information, such as the course description.

You can also click on the links in the sidebar to see our course offerings in other semesters.

Applied Regression (SOC 506) - Sabino Kornrich

Tuesday /Thursday 9:00-10:30

Tarbutton Hall 206


This course covers the topic of regression analysis in sociology. This includes the basics of diagnostics, errors, and dealing with collinearity. After covering Ordinary least squares, the class moves into nonlinear dependent variables, including regression models for categorical dependent variables like logistic regression and poisson regression. The course focuses on the interpretation of results, with particular emphasis on visualization to aid understanding of complicated relationships.

Required Text:

ISBN: 978-0761985334:  Allison, Paul D. 1999. Multiple Regression: A Primer.

ISBN: 978-1597181075:  Mitchell, Michael N. 2012. Interpreting and Visualizing Regression Models Using Stata.

ISBN: 978-1597180115:  Long, J. Scott and Jeremey Freese. Regression Models for Categorical Dependent Variables Using Stata, Third Edition

Culture and Social Psychology Empirical Research Workshop (SOC 563) - Timothy J. Dowd & Cathy Johnson

Friday 1:30-4:30

Tarbutton Hall 206


This workshop focuses on teaching graduate students how to produce research, ranging from the initial design of a study to eventual submission for publication. The following types of graduate students will be eligible for participation in the workshop: (a) those who specialize in culture and/or social psychology; and (b) those who are currently involved in some stage of the research process (e.g., beginning a project, revising a paper, conducting data analysis, working on a dissertation proposal). Throughout the semester, we will address the particular efforts of each student.  Each workshop member will provide constructive comments at our meetings.

Qualitative Methods (SOC 585) - Cassidy Puckett

Tuesday 3:00-6:00

Tarbutton Hall 206


In this course, we investigate what it means to utilize qualitative methods in social science research. To do so, we will 1) examine the epistemological underpinnings of qualitative research; 2) consider issues such as subjectivity, ethics, validity, rigor, and causality; 3) practice various qualitative data collection and analysis methods; and 4) discuss practical issues such as framing and operationalizing research questions, designing feasible projects, selecting samples, managing data collection and analysis, presenting and publishing findings, and pursuing funding for qualitative research. The goal of the course is for students to develop the skills, techniques, and knowledge necessary to design and undertake independent qualitative research (and/or mixed methods research)—or to be sufficiently conversant in qualitative methods to engage with qualitative scholarship in the social sciences.

Second Year Paper Seminar (SOC 590R) - Karen Hegtvedt

Wednesday 12:30 – 3:30

Tarbutton Hall 206


The primary goal of this seminar is to facilitate completion of the second-year research paper requirement. Towards that end, the seminar instructs students regarding conceptual and pragmatic issues associated with empirical research. We will address fundamental issues of: the construction of literature reviews; development of a theoretical argument; the translation of theoretical questions and concerns into empirical projects; design and implementation of empirical studies; analyses and presentation of results; and discussion of the implications of results. Assignments pertaining to students’ own empirical research projects will complement dialogue about each issue to ensure progress on their respective projects. Feedback on the assignments provide a means for students to improve their projects and make the expected substantial progress toward the completion of their research papers.


Readings posted on course Canvas site

(Near) Weekly assignments focused on components of research papers

Peer feedback on other students’ assignments

Theory Construction: Theorizing in Sociology (SOC 741) - Bin Xu

Wednesday 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Tarbutton Hall 206


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: 

ISBN: 978-0691155227: Swedberg, Richard. 2014. The Art of Social Theory. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press.

ISBN: 9780230242609: Benton, Ted, and Ian Craib. 2011. Philosophy of Social Science. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

ISBN: 978-0804791090: Swedberg, Richard, ed. 2014. Theorizing in Social Science: The Context of Discovery. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.

ISBN: 978-0393978148: Abbott, Andrew Delano. 2004. Methods of discovery: heuristics for the social sciences. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

ISBN: 978-0226180311: Tavory, Iddo, and Stefan Timmermans. 2014. Abductive Analysis: theorizing qualitative research. Chicago: The 

Interaction & Culture in Organizations (SOC 759R) - Melissa Pirkey

Tuesday 11:30-2:30

Tarbutton Hall 206


This course draws on literature from sociology of organizations, sociology of culture, and social psychology to provide a basic introduction to interaction and culture within formal organizations. We will address interaction within organizations and culture within organizations both separately and at their intersection. Areas covered include, but are not limited to: the development, change, and reproduction of organizational culture; processes of decision making, categorization, and sensemaking; institutional logics; and inhabited institutionalism.

Consumption & Inequality (SOC 759R) - Sabino Kornrich

Monday 5:30-8:30

Tarbutton Hall 206


This course focuses on the sociology of material consumption, with particular attention to the links between consumption and inequality. The course begins with an overview of major perspectives on how people consume material goods. It covers inequalities in consumption, as well as the effects of inequality on consumption and the structure of consumption. In doing so, it also highlights race, class, and gender inequalities tied to spending.

Required Texts:

ISBN: 978-0914386247: Baudrillard, Jean. 1981. For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign.

ISBN: 978-0415567886: Bourdieu, Pierre. 1984 [1979]. Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste.

ISBN: 978-0521497206: Slesnick, Daniel T. 2001. Consumption and Social Welfare: Living Standards and their Distribution in the United States. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

ISBN: 978-0465053001: Schor, Juliet B. 1998. The Overspent American: Upscaling, Downshifting, and the New Consumer. New York: Basic Books.

ISBN: 978-0691048215: Zelizer, Viviana. 1994. The Social Meaning of Money. New York: BasicBooks.

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. Robert Agnew, our Director of Graduate Studies), about enrollment.

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

Please consult with your advisor and / or Dr. Robert Agnew, our Director of Graduate Studies), about enrollment.

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

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.