Fall 2017

Advanced Social Statistics
Introduces theories of inference underlying most statistical methods and how new approaches are developed. The first half of the course covers maximum likelihood estimation and generalized linear models. The second half covers a number of topics useful for applied work including missing data, matching for causal inference and, others. The course concludes with a project replicating and extending a piece of work in the scholarly literature.
Instructors: Brandon Michael Stewart
Contemporary Sociological Theory
The aim of this course is to familiarize students with work in contemporary sociological theory that has had a major impact on empirical research in the U.S., or holds untapped potential for such impact. We focus especially on bodies of theory relevant to large tracts of the discipline. Rather than attempt a survey, we read in depth select theoretical texts that together illustrate the heterogeneity and richness of the field.
Instructors: Ellis P. Monk Jr.
This course introduces sociology graduate students to the discipline of sociology and to departmental faculty. Student work is evaluated by class participation and attendance. There are no prerequisites.
Instructors: Mitchell Duneier
Techniques and Methods of Social Science
This seminar has three objectives: 1) to introduce students to different social science research methods (including survey research, experiments, ethnography, historical and comparative analysis, text analysis) and to provide them with an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches; 2) to introduce students to the types of research Princeton faculty members are currently engaged in; and 3) to familiarize students with the components of a strong empirical paper and to prepare them to identify a topic and data for their empirical paper.
Instructors: Dalton Conley
Topics in Economic and Organizational Sociology (Half-Term): Gender and Economic Activity
Introduction to a gendered analysis of economic processes and institutions. Course investigates when, why, and in what ways gender shapes production, consumption, distribution, and transfer of assets. After a general discussion of gender theories, it surveys how gender works in a variety of settings and activities, such as labor markets, intimate economies, and caring labor. We end with an overview of strategies aimed at reducing gendered economic inequalities. Overall, the course attempts to strengthen intellectual bridges between economic sociology and gender scholarship.
Instructors: Viviana Adela Zelizer