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Pamela Oliver
Sociology Dept
1180 Observatory Dr. Madison, Wisconsin



Professor Pamela Oliver

Department of Sociology



The "typical" entering grad should take 700 (a 1 credit proseminar involving class attendance only & no outside reading), 773 (intermediate theory), a statistics course (360, 361, or 362 depending on background), and some course in an area of interest to you. If you have prior graduate training or are otherwise atypical, consult with the graduate advisor. Graduate students MAY NOT take courses numbered 100-299. You will need to make special arrangements if you want to take elementary language courses numbered below 300.

If a class is closed: courses open to undergraduates may be closed, as continuing students pre-registered some time ago. Many faculty are willing to add a few graduate students. Consult with the graduate advisor and the instructor if you wish to take a closed course.

NOTE: For more detailed descriptions of many courses, see separate course description page

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Courses numbered 300-699 are grouped by subject area, not by difficulty level and are open to both grads and undergrads. Specific courses vary in their appropriateness for sociology grads. See notes
# Title Instructor Comments Email
327 Cap, Soc, Democ-Am Goldberg Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy in America since 1890. Primarily for undergrads, ok for grads with no background, consult instructor. Longer Description cgoldber@ssc.wisc.edu
357 Meth-Sociological Inquiry Piliavin Raymo Only if deficiency; take Raymo or Piliavin's sections jpiliavi@ssc.wisc.edu


365 Computing-Sociologcl Resrch TBA Helpful for grad assistantships - doing statistical analysis with computers. x
380 Honors Population Merli Not for grads x
441 Criminology Bruce Not generally for grads; contact instructor mbruce@ssc.wisc.edu
475 Classical theory x Not for grads, take 773 x
496 Topics lec 1 Fujimura Topic: Gender, Technology, Society (lecture 1) Good for new grads. Consult instructor. fujimura@ssc.wisc.edu
496 Topics lec 4 Schutt This section is for undergrads. (Lecture 4) x
530 Intro Social Psychology Freese Not for grads, take 730 x
531 Sociology of Medicine Swallen Mostly for undergrads, OK for grads with no background, see previous syllabus at www.ssc.wisc.edu/~kswallen/home.htm kswallen@ssc.wisc.edu
532 Hlth Care Iss:Ind, Fam, Soc TBA for undergrads in Consumer Science x
535 Lang & Social Interaction Maynard Good for grads, consult instructor maynard@ssc.wisc.edu
613 Social Ecol of Amazon Bunker Mostly not for grads; Consult instructor bunker@ssc.wisc.edu
615 Sociology of Religion Gorski OK for grads, consult instructor pgorski@ssc.wisc.edu
617 Community Development Green OK for grads, ok for people with no background gpgreen@facstaff.wisc.edu
623 Gender, Society & Politics Ferree Good for entering grads interested in gender, with or without previous background Longer Description mferree@ssc.wisc.edu
628 Compar IR-Devel Countries TBA Course is cancelled, not being taught. x
630 Soc:Devlp Societies/3rd Wld Bunker Good for students going into development or environmental sociology, no background required. Consult instructor. Bunker@ssc.wisc.edu
640 Sociology of the Family Raymo Mostly for undergrads but grads are welcome. Consult instructor. Jraymo@ssc.wisc.edu
646 Race & Ethnic Relations Sandefur Consult instructor. sandefur@ssc.wisc.edu
648 Sociology of Education Correll Good for new grads without background in the area Longer Description scorrell@ssc.wisc.edu
650 Sociology of Agriculture Gilbert Good for new grads with no background in the area gilbert@ssc.wisc.edu
651 Economic Sociology Montgomery Good for grads. jmontgom@ssc.wisc.edu
663 Population and Society Guillot New demography grads should take this course in the fall & 674 (dem tech) in the spring; consult instructor or advisor if you may have already had this material. palloni@ssc.wisc.edu
676 App Demogrphy-Amer Demgrphy Voss How demography is applied to policy in the public and private sectors of the economy. OK for grads who don't have background in the area voss@ssc.wisc.edu
677 Urbanism and Urbanization Wilson OK for grads. Wilson@ssc.wisc.edu
COURSES NUMBERED ABOVE 700 ARE RESTRICTED TO GRADS. 700-800 level is usually ok for new grads unless noted. 900 level seminars vary in background required, see notes and check with instructor
700 Proseminar Oliver Required for all entering graduate students. Weekly faculty presentations; no additional work. Oliver@ssc.wisc.edu
730 Intermed Social Psychology Maynard Core course in social psychology sequence. Good for incoming grads maynard@ssc.wisc.edu
748 Environmental Sociology Bell Professor Michael Bell is incoming professor of Rural Sociology. 3:30-4:45 p.m., MW, 14 Agriculture Hall. Introduction to and overview of environmental sociology, sociological approaches to environment, nature, and natural resources. Course added late to timetable due to new hire. mikebell@iastate.edu
751 Survey Methods Schaeffer Examines the principal features of survey design and how they contribute to total survey error. Best to have 750 or research experience first. Consult instructor. Longer Description schaeffer@ssc.wisc.edu
773 Intermediate Soc Theory Camic Required course. Best to take it your first semester. Camic@ssc.wisc.edu
804 Interdis W European Studies x cross-listed course not taught by sociology x
875 Special Topics Nowak Training seminar: Social and Aquatic System Interactions. PNowak@facstaff.wisc.edu
875 Special Topics Ferree Sociology of Reproductive Rights. Good for grads with some advanced work in women's studies or sociology of gender or political sociology; good complement for demographers too. Approved for seminar credit. Longer Description Mferree@ssc.wisc.edu
901 Seminar, Topics Fujimura & Science, Technology & Medicine in Society. Co-taught with Mitman. Suitable for new grads. Consult instructor. fujimura@ssc.wisc.edu
912 Seminar- Sociology of Knowledge Lichterman Ok for new grads; highly recommend prior course (undergrad or grad) in social theory Longer Description lichterm@ssc.wisc.edu; until 7/02 at: plichter@Princeton.edu
915 Seminar:Sociological Theory Gorski Self, Culture and Society: The Continental Tradition. Co-taught with Mustafa Emirbayer. Consult instructors. Longer Description pgorski@ssc.wisc.edu, emirbaye@ssc.wisc.edu
919 Smr:Topics in Economic Soc Handel Job Quality in the New Economy MHandel@ssc.wisc.edu
924 Seminar Political Sociology Wright Theories of the State: OK for new grads with good background in political sociology or Marxist theory Longer Description wright@ssc.wisc.edu
925 Seminar Socioeconomic Change Underdeveloped Areas Hutchinson Prof. is in anthropology. Course info not available. sehutchi@facstaff.wisc.edu
927 Seminar Contemporary Institutions Kleinman Topic: Sociology of the University. Explores social organization & character of the university, drawing on several disciplines. Intended for more advanced students. Consult instructor. Longer Description dlkleinman@facstaff.wisc.edu
929 Class Anal & Historical Change Santos, Reinventing Social Emancipation. OK for new grads with familiarity with radical/critical traditions of social theory Longer Description Wright@ssc.wisc.edu
948 Smr: Environ & Resource Soc Kloppenburg "Classic and contemporary books on sustainability" Appropriate for motivated incoming grads, contact professor jrkloppe@facstaff.wisc.edu
961 Smr: Advances in Social Psychology Delamater Intimate Relationships; a thorough review of the literature. Intended for more advanced students with prior background in the area. Delamater@ssc.wisc.edu
989 Smr: Law & Sociolegal Studies TBA Probably will not be offered.

Training Seminars. The following courses are training seminars:

  • 875 sem. 2 (social/aquatic systems) Required for those funded as IGERT trainees.
  • 983 (economic),
  • 984 (gender),
  • 985 (STARE-science, technology, agriculture, environment),
  • 987 (race & ethnic), 988 (deviance, law, social control),
  • 991 (social psychology),
  • 992 (politics, culture & society),
  • 993 (SEC, soc of economic change),
  • 994 (critical sociology),
  • 995 (methodology), and
  • 997 (demography) Required for those funded as demography trainees.

New grads are always welcome in training seminars. The format of a training seminar involves a presentation by a student or professor, followed by informal discussion about the presentation. There is usually no outside work except, sometimes, reading the paper to be presented in advance of the presentation. You may attend training seminar sessions without being registered for them. If you will be attending one regularly, you may register for it for 1 credit (for which you will get a S "satisfactory" grade which is not factored into your GPA). No entering student should register for 2 or 3 credits for such a seminar. Demography trainees are required to register for 997; environmental sociology (IGERT) trainees are required to register for 875 (sem 2).

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