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Spring 2020: Graduate Teaching Proseminar (SOC 591)

Course Overview & Goals

The objective of this course is to provide sociology graduate students a foundation onto which they can build their teaching style. In addition to covering the basics about teaching at WSU, this course also offers a chance for graduate students to develop new teaching skills in a collaborative atmosphere.  In the class, students will create a personal teaching statement and a syllabus for an undergraduate course they wish to teach in the future.


Fall 2020: Introduction to Research Methods (SOC 317)

Course Overview & Goals 

The goal of this course is to provide you with a basic understanding of social science research, including the logic of research design, conceptualization and measurement, and data collection methods available to social scientists. A second goal is to give you hands-on experience designing and carrying out your own research study. Because this course is an “M” course (Writing in the Major Course), a third goal is to emphasize how to do social science writing and the revision of writing. I have designed the course to be interactive, with the idea that students learn best by doing.  For that reason, the course combines lecture with interactive activities, in-class group project work days, and in-class methods workshops.

Fall 2020: Social Inequality (SOC 340)

Course Overview & Goals

The objective of this course is to describe and investigate the nature and consequences of social inequality in contemporary United States. I aim for the course material to have enduring value and apply to situations beyond the context in which we discuss them. In particular, I want students to learn how to communicate to others knowledge gained in this course.  After an introduction, the course is divided into two sections, each of which address a question.

Section 1: Locations of Inequality answers the question: “Where is inequality produced?” Here, students will learn how neighborhoods, schools, and the workplace produce inequality. For each location, they will have a chance to be “changemakers” who create strategies to combat what they view as challenges to equality in these locations.

Section 2: Experiencing Inequality answers the question: “What happens in society as a result of inequality?” and identifies societal impacts of inequality on income and wealth gaps, health, and poverty.