Collective Behavior & Social Movements
This course explores the origins, dynamics, and consequences of social movements. We examine a wide range of topics including: the emergence of movements, recruitment, interactions between social movements and the general public or political officials, tactics, and the factors contributing to the success and failure of movements.
Statistics for the Social Sciences
This course provides students with the skills necessary for understanding, interpreting and drawing conclusions from statistical analysis of data. We cover univariate and bivariate statistics, including probability and the normal curve; measures of central tendency, variation/dispersion, and confidence intervals; comparing means and proportions for two groups (t-tests); comparing means for more than two groups (ANOVA); correlation, and regression.
Social Research Methods
An introduction to methods of sociological research. This course is designed to help students critically evaluate research and conduct research of their own. Topics covered include the ethics of research, the relationship between theory and research, variables and measurement, causality, types of research (qualitative fieldwork and interviews, content analysis, and quantitative analysis), and the writing of research.