Fall 2024  |  SOC 8090 Section 001: Topics in Sociology (32299)

Class Component:
1.5-3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/03/2024 - 12/11/2024
Fri 10:00AM - 11:30AM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 915
Enrollment Status:
Open (5 of 12 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: instr consent
Class Notes:
5 seats reserved for Sociology graduate students through 05/02/24. Click these links for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?hartm021+SOC8090+Fall2024 http://classinfo.umn.edu/?uggen001+SOC8090+Fall2024
Class Description:

Students in this workshop will serve as the graduate student board for The Society Pages, an online social science journalism project housed at the University of Minnesota. Participation is based on application. In addition to experience and qualifications, the board is selected so as to involve students from different stages in the program, substantive interest areas, and methodological specialties. Most participants are expected to make a year-long commitment to the project, though membership will rotate on an annual basis.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Graduate students in sociology and related fields; advanced undergraduates with journalism and content production experience by consent of instructors.
Learning Objectives:
  • To deepen students' substantive research expertise
    by engaging cutting edge sociological scholarship. Students will unearth the most interesting findings and best evidence from new research in their areas of study. This provides students with a broader vision of the sociological field and offers an opportunity to diversify their reading in the prelim and dissertation processes.

  • To develop writing and communication skills
    in addressing academic and non-academic audiences. Grad board members regularly write for the website, and our supportive, professional editorial team gives direct feedback designed to improve these skills as the pieces are published online.

  • To gain deep, practical appreciation of the process of editorial decision-making
    and public scholarship.
    had almost 11 million unique page views last year. Working with the site allows students to engage in critical and constructive discussion of the field of sociology, while participating in a collaborative public outreach project by shaping and improving the site as an online vehicle to disseminate great research.

A-F; students are graded on the work written and produced for the site as well as participation in course activities.
Exam Format:
Class Format:
Weekly seminar
4-6 hours a week
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/hartm021_uggen001_SOC8090_Spring2024.docx (Spring 2024)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/hartm021_uggen001_SOC8090_Fall2023.pdf (Fall 2023)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/hartm021_uggen001_SOC8090_Fall2021.pdf (Fall 2021)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 April 2023

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