Department of Sociology

SOC F321K • US Immigration

84820 • Rodriguez, Nestor
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM SAC 5.102
(also listed as MAS F374)
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Immigration patterns have significantly affected the development of U.S. society since its inception.  In the 1990s, the United States experienced a record number of new immigrants admitted into the country, and the last decade (2000-2009) recorded even a larger number of immigrants admitted.  This course uses a sociological perspective to address various impacts of immigration in U.S. society.

Course Aims and Objectives


 This course is designed to provide a sociological understanding concerning the nature of immigration in U.S. society, including an understanding of how immigration affects large (macro) and small (micro) social units in the society.

Specific Learning Objectives

  • Gain background information on the development of immigration patterns in U.S. society and discuss the social forces that affect these patterns from the perspective of historical and recent immigration trends.
  •  Review and discuss different perceptions about immigration patterns.
  •  Review and analyze government statistical reports concerning annual immigration conditions and characteristics.
  • Develop an awareness of the significance of immigration for the development of U.S. society.

 Review major laws affecting migration patterns to U.S. society



 Portes, Alejandro, and Rubén Rumbaut. 2014. Immigrant America: A Portrait. Berkeley: University of California Press. (PR

Mobasher, Mohsen M.  2012. Iranians in Texas: Migratio, Politics, and Ethnic Identity. Austin: University of Texas Press. (MM)



a) Three regular exams (40 multiple-choice items and a take-home essay question for each):

100 points per exam x 3 regular exams = 300 points

b) Total possible points = 300


SOC F325L • Soc Of Criminal Justice

84830 • Kelly, William
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM JGB 2.202
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Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to the American criminal justice system, its policies and procedures. The primary focus will be on the roles and functions of the police, the courts and corrections, with a special emphasis on how well or not so well the system operates. We will also spend some time on recent innovations in criminal justice policy.

The class periods will be devoted to lectures, guest speakers, and videos. The lecture material will sometimes correspond very closely with the material in the text and sometimes it will supplement the assigned readings. I encourage class discussions and questions and hope that the material will be sufficiently interesting and controversial to motivate class participation.

Grading Policy

There will be four exams - three during the session and a comprehensive final. The exams will be multiple choice/true false. The three exams during the session will count 20% toward the final grade and will consist of 50 questions. The final exam, which is comprehensive, is worth 40% and will consist of 100 questions. The exams will cover all of the material - assigned readings, lectures, guest speakers and videos.

I do not grade on the basis of need and I do not negotiate grades. If you "need" a particular grade, you can figure out what it will take to obtain that grade. There is no extra credit and it is not possible to change the exam dates.

Grades for the course are determined in the following manner.90 to 100 A80 to 89 B70 to 79 C60 to 69 D< 60 F

Regarding rounding of grades, in my book, 88.7 is not 90, 79.1 is not 80 and 57.7 is not 60. If your final grade is .5 or higher, I will round up to the next whole percent. If you are taking the course pass/fail, a pass is 60 or above.


James Inciardi, Criminal Justice,9th edition

SOC S321K • Urban Sociology

84945 • Auyero, Javier
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM JGB 2.202
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The course provides the student with an introduction to the study of some key issues in the urban life. The larger focus of this class is inequality in urban space, with particular emphasis on specific cities in the United States. Topics to be discussed in this class:

-       Formation and transformation of U.S. cities and suburbs

-       Residential Segregation and gentrification

-       Migration to U.S. metropolitan areas

-       Crime

-       Environmental injustice

-       Poverty

-       Housing

-       Sex Work

 Student will read and discuss a series of articles and books. As part of the requirements, there will be TWO group projects (3 students per group). Students will be asked to do research on a case of environmental injustice and to “go to the field” to find images/voices of gentrification in Austin. Both projects will be presented orally in class.


Students with Disabilities

Any student with a documented disability who requires academic accommodations should contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 471-6259 (voice) or 1-866-329-3986 (Video Phone) as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations.

Required Texts:

Invisible in Austin



 SCHEDULE (readings marked with an * are available in CANVAS)

WEEK ONE: Our City

 Reading Invisible in Austin (chapters TBA)

 WEEK TWO: City Stuff


Logan “Life and Death in the City”*

Ghaziani “Lesbian Geographies”*

Sullivan and Ledesma “Same Trailer, a Different Park”*

Weitzer “Prostitution: Facts and Fiction”*

Rank “As American as Apple Pie: Poverty and Welfare”*

 WEEK THREE: Crime, Race, and Punishment

 Readings: Sampson “Rethinking Crime and Immigration”*

Alice Goffman’s “On the Run” American Sociological Review *

Documentary: “13”

WEEK FOUR: Housing and Destitution

Reading: Evicted


 Viewing: Gasland

Reading: Obach “A Fracking Fracas Demonstrates Potential.”*


 Goldman and Longhofer “Making World Cities”*

Dhawan “Mumbai Sleeping”*

Ali “Permanent Impermanence”*

 Grading Policy:

 60% of your grade: THREE QUIZZES

20% of your grade: Group projects

20% of your grade: Class attendance




  • Department of Sociology

    The University of Texas at Austin
    305 E 23rd St, A1700
    CLA 3.306
    Austin, TX 78712-1086