Methods and Cases in Historical Sociology [B, Methods]
This course explores a variety of connections that contemporary researchers have forged between sociology and history. How, on one hand, have historically grounded analyses affected sociological thinking? How, on the other hand, have sociology’s structural models and conceptual schemas affected historical practice? There is little treatment of debates in the philosophy of the social sciences. The approach of the course is rather to analyze closely a number of exemplary works in historical sociology, which are chosen to illustrate a wide range of research strategies, theoretical orientations, methodological tools, and substantive themes. While the course serves as a general introduction to historical methods in sociology, it can also provide students the opportunity to develop their own historically-based research projects.