Sociology | Introduction to Social Organization
S510 | 11115 | Brooks

Clem Brooks	Section 11115 (KSISR 100, Tr: 11.15-1.10) / 855-8939	office: Ballantine 777

This course is an advanced introduction to the study of political,
economic, organizational, and comparative-historical sociology. This
broad scope means that we will have ample opportunity to survey some
key works and debates in the study of institutions, stratification,
politics, and social change. One goal of this seminar is to provide
us with some overview of theory, research, and controversies in
these fields. A second is to identify analytical themes and tools
that are increasingly common in work done by political, historical,
economic, and macro-sociologists.

Scholarship of this sort is often intellectually demanding and
rewarding.  Often it involves countries beyond the United States,
eras other than the current calendar year, and multiple levels of
analysis.  By the same token scholarship in these fields can also be
intellectually fun, and often of considerable relevance.  Because
this is a seminar, and a particularly wide-ranging one at that, we
will have ample opportunity to sink our teeth into a host of
intriguing disciplinary controversies, picking apart their
analytical as well at times as their further relevance. Among our
topics will be the place of institutional, economic, and network
models of organizations; the powerful linkages between welfare
states and inequality; the logic of class, gender, and racial
inequalities; tensions between convergence, embeddedness, and regime-
clustering in national development; the ubiquity and complexity of
political processes in democracies; and the challenge of developing
micro-foundations for understanding macro-level outcomes.