Archive for October, 2016

For Tuesday, 11/1 (SOC 1101)

October 31, 2016

Now that you’ve all managed to get the midterm in, it’s time to move on to a new segment on social network analysis. Here’s something to snuggle up with after you’ve gotten home and taken off your costume:

  • Malcolm Gladwell, ‘Six Degrees of Lois Weisberg’ (1999). Beautifully written and packed with ideas—Gladwell is the journalist sociologists love to hate; but sometimes, as with this essay, he’s the one we hate to love.

For Friday, 11/4 (SOC 303)

October 28, 2016

This week’s lab was a bit of a schlemozzle, given the problems with the Google Sheet template. We’ll finish that one up together next week before moving on to our lab on qualitative research.


  • HW due: Design Your Sampling Strategy
  • Schutt, Chapter 11 (‘Qualitative Data Analysis’)


  • LAB: Exploring Sampling (cont’d)
  • LAB: Up Movies


  • HW: Analysing Qualitative Data

For Tuesday, 11/1 (SOC 1103)

October 27, 2016
  • We’ll continue discussing Sex: Unknown and other topics in Benokraitis (2015), ch. 5 (‘Socialization and Gender Roles’)

For Thursday, 10/27 (SOC 1103)

October 27, 2016
  1. The Moynihan Report: Some Final Loose Ends
  2. Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 5 (‘Socialization and Gender Roles’)

As announced at the end of class, we’ll discuss the textbook chapter that we didn’t quite get to on Tuesday; we’ll begin with a few final notes on Moynihan.

For Thursday, 10/27 (SOC 1101)

October 27, 2016
  1. Review Midterm Submission Process
  2. Sex: Unknown (2001): Summary Discussion

For those of you who missed class Tuesday, the movie is fairly easy to find on the web; above, I’ve linked to one playlist on YouTube.

For Friday, 10/28 (week 10)

October 21, 2016

This week involves a bit of a juggling act, as we’ve got a pretty involved lab on sampling coming up. I recommend carefully reviewing the different sampling methods in the Patten book—but we’ll also be forging ahead as we begin to consider qualitative methods, both in our reading and in the HW for this week.


  • HW due: Reverse Outline (Qualitative Methods). You’ll use Spencer (2014) as the basis for your reverse outline.
  • Schutt, Chapter 10 (‘Qualitative Methods’)


  • LAB: Sample Proposal Presentations: Group 5 (assuming both group members are present)
  • LAB: Exploring Sampling


  • HW: Design Your Sampling Strategy



Spencer, Dale C. 2014. ‘Sensing Violence: An Ethnography of Mixed Martial Arts’. Ethnography 15(2):232–54.

For Tuesday, 10/25 (SOC 1103)

October 20, 2016
  • Wrap-Up: Moynihan, ‘The Negro Family’
  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 5 (‘Socialization and Gender Roles’; bring your textbooks to class)

For Tuesday, 10/25 (SOC 1101)

October 20, 2016
  • Midterm DUE Date!
  • Video: Sex Unknown

How to submit your midterm:

  1. Save your midterm as a Google Doc.
  2. Click ‘Share’ in the upper right-hand corner of the document.
  3. Click ‘Get Shareable Link’ in the upper right-hand corner of the pop-up window that opens.
  4. Make sure the protocol for the link reads ‘Anyone with this link can edit’.
  5. Then highlight the link and hit ctrl + c (command + c on a Mac) to copy the link.
  6. Click ctrl + v (or command + v on a Mac) to paste the link in the appropriate box in Blackboard.

For Thursday, 10/20 (SOC 1103)

October 19, 2016
  1. Read Moynihan, ‘The Negro Family’, a.k.a. the Moynihan Report (see the links in the post for Tuesday’s class).
  2. Print out a hard copy of the above reading.
  3. Bring that reading to class and be prepared to discuss it.

For Thursday, 10/20 (SOC 1101)

October 19, 2016

I’ll begin by showing you how to upload a link to your Google Doc in Blackboard; we’ll then discuss two readings: