The Stanford Sociology Doctoral Program:
PhD Workshops 2012-2013

The research workshop is the main setting in which students, faculty, and visitors can informally present work in progress and garner feedback on that work. The Department offers standing workshops in most of the substantive areas of sociology in which it is actively involved in training students.

The workshop is not typically used for presentations of nearly-published or otherwise finished research. Rather, workshop feedback is intended to be useful rather than ceremonial, and the bias is accordingly toward presenting ongoing research that could profit from intensive feedback and problem-solving. The workshop is used, for example, to present early versions of the second-year paper, the dissertation prospectus, and dissertation chapters. The focus is always on how such research may be converted into published papers and books. Both methodological and conceptual problems are accordingly discussed.


SOC 311A,B,C. Workshop:

Comparative Studies of Educational and Political Systems

(Same as EDUC 387A,B,C.) Analysis of quantitative and longitudinal data on national educational systems and political structures. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (SSPEP/ICE)


SOC 312W. Workshop:

Political Sociology, Social Movements, and Collective Action

Faculty and student presentations of ongoing research on topics including: social movement and organizations, and the relationship between them; democracy movements; legis-lative and policy outcomes; and collective action tactics, strategies, and trajectories. May be repeated for credit.

SOC 315W. Workshop:

Economic Sociology and Organizations

Faculty and student presentations of ongoing research on topics including: social movement and organizations, and the relationship between them; democracy movements; legis-lative and policy outcomes; and collective action tactics, strategies, and trajectories. May be repeated for credit.

SOC 317W. Workshop: Social Networks

Yearlong workshop where doctoral students are encouraged to collaborate with peers and faculty who share an interest in researching the network dynamics, histories and theories of action that help explain particular social phenomena. Students present their own research and provide helpful feedback on others' work. Presentations may concern dissertation proposals, grants, article submissions, book proposals, datasets, methodologies and other texts. Repeatable for credit.

SOC 321W. Workshop:

Social Psychology and Social Structure

(Same as EDUC 317.) Current theories and research agendas, re-cent publications, and presentations of ongoing research by faculty and students. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.


SOC 338W. Workshop: Sociology of Law

(Same as LAW 581.) Required for joint degree J.D./Ph.D. students in Sociology in the first three years of program; open to Ph.D. students in Sociology and related disciplines. Empirical, sociological study of law and legal institutions. Topics such as the relation of law to inequality and stratification, social movements, organizations and institutions, politi-cal sociology and state development, and the social construction of disputes and dispute resolution processes. Research presenta-tions. Career development issues. May be repeated for credit.


SOC 341W. Workshop: Inequality

Causes, consequences, and structure of inequality; how inequality results from and shapes social classes, occupations, professions, and other aspects of the economy. Research presentations by students, faculty, and guest speakers. Discussion of controversies, theories, and recent writings. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: doctoral student status.

SOC 350W. Workshop: Migration, Race, Ethnicity and Nation

Current theories and research, recent publications, and presentations of ongoing research by faculty and students. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.


SOC 361W. Workshop: Networks and Organizations

For students doing advanced research. Group comments and criticism on dissertation projects at any phase of completion, including data problems, empirical and theoretical challenges, presentation refinement, and job market presentations. Collaboration, debate, and shaping research ideas. Prerequisite: courses in organizational theory or social network analysis.


SOC 368W. Workshop: China Social Science

(Same as POLISCI 348R.) For Ph.D. students in the social sciences and history. Re-search on contemporary society and politics in the People’s Republic of China. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.


SOC 374A,B,C. Research Workshop: Philanthropy and Civil Society

(For Ph.D. students; see 274A,B,C; same as EDUC 374A,B,C.)

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