SOC 295 - Topics in Sociology
Section: 001 Tipping Points, Bandwagons, and Cascades: Individual Behavior and Social Dynamics
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
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With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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There are many situations in which how we behave depends on the behavior of others. We can be influenced by our friends and also by complete strangers. Social influence may be trivial and fleeting, or enduring and highly consequential. For example, who a person dates or marries depends on both her attraction to potential suitors as well as the characteristics and preferences of the competition. Similarly, racially integrated neighborhoods often end up completely segregated due to the domino effect produced by the out-migration of a few less tolerant whites.

In this class, we examine how interdependent behaviors of individuals can lead to some surprising and unexpected social outcomes. We will explore both theoretical models and empirical applications of social dynamics, including sexual networks and marriage markets, the formation and transformation of neighborhoods, the success or failure of social movements, and patterns of technological innovation. The course follows a seminar format, and student participation counts for a significant portion of the total grade. Students will be required to submit several shorter writing exercises and to produce a final research paper engaging the broad themes of the course

SOC 295 - Topics in Sociology
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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