Department of Sociology

Jess Goldstein-Kral

M.A. Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin

Jess Goldstein-Kral



Gender, Sexuality, Intimate Relationships, Mixed Methods, Queer Methods


SOC 307F • Diversity In Amer Families-Wb

43184 • Fall 2020
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM
Internet; Synchronous
SB (also listed as WGS 301)



This course will provide a broad examination of the diversity of American families and current debates about family life from a sociological perspective, with an emphasis on how gender, race/ethnicity, social class, and sexualities shape experiences and definitions of family. The course will cover theoretical perspectives on family and kinship as well as recent trends in several aspects of family life, including cohabitation, marriage and divorce, parenthood, family policy, and family structure. Specific attention will be given to marginalized family types, including LGBT families, immigrant families, and interracial families.


SOC S302 • Intro To Study Of Society-Wb

82430 • Summer 2020
Internet; Asynchronous


This course offers an introduction to the theories, methodologies, vocabulary, and themes of the discipline of sociology. During the semester, we will explore the linkages between individuals and the larger cultures, contexts, and groups in which they live their lives in order to better understand the structure and function of social interaction, human behavior, and the institutional frameworks of society. The overarching purpose of the course is to instill in you the “sociological imagination”, which can then be used to decipher current social issues and patterns of everyday life.  

This is a on-demand online course, meaning that it does not meet in person and is not recorded live. However, the course is not entirely self-paced as students are required to do the following within a given week: watch the week's lecture videos, complete required readings, and participate in an online quiz for each lecture. Students are encouraged to go to for additional information and to test your computer and internet connectivity. 

Grading and Attendance:

Attendance is required and participation constitutes 10% of students' final grades. In addition to the daily quizzes, students will complete short papers over the course of the semester. 


The following textbook is required and can be purchased at the University Co-op:

Carr, Deborah, Anthony Giddens, Mitchell Duneier, and Richard Appelbaum. 2018. Introduction to Sociology, Seagull Version Eleventh Edition. New York: W.W. Norton and Company. ISBN: 978-0-393- 63945-2.  

All other readings will be posted on Canvas.

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