Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences - Duke University
This is a basic introductory class to the theory and application of statistical models to social science data. This class provides students with an understanding of the assumptions statistical models make, the tools to evaluate quantitative research in the social sciences, and an introduction to the R programming language. The class is be divided between lectures, discussion of reading material and demonstrations of application of the R statistical language to problems in statistics.
Introduction to Sociology - King's University
This course introduces students to the empirical study of society: what C. Wright Mills calls the “sociological imagination.” Here students will begin to learn the unique way of viewing the events, relationships and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience that sociologists employ. We will explore some of the key problems and ideas that have engaged sociologists past and present and develop a sense of how the sociological imagination can expose the forces that have a major impact on our everyday lives. Students will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects their lives, and how they, in turn, affect society. This course will prepare students for other sociology courses and courses in the social sciences.
The Sociology of Religion - King's University
Religion, long thought to be dwindling in its importance for contemporary social life, continues to shape societies in consequential ways. This course introduces students to the ways in which sociologists and other cultural analysts have sought to understand the role of religion in society. Along the way, we will discuss the methodological questions raised by the readings. The emphasis of this course is on Christianity, but we will also spend time in the course considering Islam in contemporary society. Christianity is still the dominant player in North America.The course is organized in three major sections.
The Sociology of Gender - King's University
This course provides an examination of the sources and consequences of gender in various U.S. and Canadian social contexts. Weekly readings will (1) introduce major theories of how gender is produced and (2) examine the evidence concerning the nature and extent of gender inequality as revealed by sociological inquiry. We will use a textbook that provides a general overview of the field, and read articles that look at some contemporary issues in the sociology of gender in greater depth. Beyond gaining an appreciation for the ways in which gender shapes societal inequalities, a primary objective of the course is to teach students how to evaluate and incorporate empirical studies into their own research agendas. Another course objective is to hone students’ research and writing skills.
The Sociology of Deviance and Crime - King's University
This course introduced students to the core sociological ideas in studying deviance and crime. Rather than simply learning about the various theories of crime and deviance, students considered five case studies as windows into the broader issues of deviance in society: homeless, imprisonment, stripping, ex-gay "recovery", and drug use. Students designed and executed a research project on a topic within deviance of their choice as the major assignment. The course had 17 upper-level students enrolled.