Sociology | Introduction to Social Organization
S510 | 3799 | Brooks


This course is an advanced introduction to the study of a wide-
ranging set of areas in sociology that are classified within the IU
Sociology curriculum as "social organization."  Because the scope of
this course has traditionally been understood as including (but not
being limited to) the study of institutions, inequality, and
politics, we have an unusual opportunity to investigate theory and
research in a broad array of sub-fields.  These include
organizational theory and contemporary debates involving social
network approaches, traditional institutional theory, and the "new"
institutionalism; debates over rational choice models in economic
sociology; race, class, and gender inequalities; the study of
political change; culture; and new directions in the analysis of
globalization.  Our goals will be to develop a working overview of
these areas, while also adding to our toolkits of concepts, models,
and interpretative strategies with which to do research.  Throughout
the course, we will also identify the scholarly debates that hold the
most promise for developing our own research program.