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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Spring 2009


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Course Description

The course is devoted to the study of comparative and historical methods in sociology (CHS). It is designed to provide graduate students with a general understanding of the theoretical paradigms that scholars have developed in that genre of sociology. We will be reading closely books that span five decades of comparative and historical sociology and have received attention in the field. All these books are meant as exemplars that "do" comparative and historical sociology. Each of them puts the methodology in practice to study a substantive sociological issue. Our purpose is to deconstruct each text in order to understand how the author has used comparisons implicitly or explicitly (in most cases) in order to build a theoretical argument. It is also to play close attention to the sources and type of data used. In addition, we will consider articles that comment on comparative and historical methods. These articles should help you develop an intellectual map of the analytic strategies displayed in the books we are using as exemplars of the methodology. We will also invite guest speakers who use comparative/historical methods to come and tell us about their work from time to time. An updated syllabus will be provided as necessary.


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