Sociology and Research Methods

Department: History

Instructor: Sumeyra Aydemir 
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Prerequisites: None

Course Description

This course explores issues affecting our contemporary globe through a sociological lens. Major themes we cover include race, gender, families, class, economy, and education. We will examine the ways in which dominant institutions play a role in the reproduction of inequalities through historical perspectives. In addition, a major component of this course explores how research is conducted on the major social problems we cover. In doing so, students will gain an introductory experience in conducting social research using the research methods taught in this class

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in the field and subfields of sociology, as well as the theoretical foundations of the discipline
  • Apply sociological concepts explored in class to form a deeper understanding of one’s own life experiences
  • Have a basic understanding of the methodological approaches to research in the social sciences
  • Articulate critical thinking about social inequalities and solutions to social issues in diverse contexts

Course Outline

  • Stratification : Social inequalities in the U.S. and around the globe
  • Race, Gender, Social class: Historical perspectives on the experiences of those in different sociological categories as well as the social construction of these categories
  • Education and Institutions: Explore how education and various social institutions play a role in maintaining inequalities, or have the potential to act as “equalizers”
  • Research methods: Research design, Collecting data, Interpreting evidence in the social sciences, ethical codes of research


*Courses vary by experience and exposure to content. Instructors have the ability to change content and pace to serve the needs of students.


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