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University of Bucharest

Program: Masters of Research in Sociology

Department of Sociology and Social Work


Models of Social Change


Instructor:                   Dr. Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow

Date and Time:           Every Other Wednesday, 16:00 – 18:00

Place:                           Room 7, Sos. Panduri, nr.90, Bucharest

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Office Hours:              By appointment




Course Description:


This course addresses social change and methodological trends in the social sciences. The topics we will cover:


  • Basic terms: Review and introduction to key terms used throughout the course
  • Classic theories of stratification and social change
  • Revolutions, War and Democratization
  • Political inequality: Dynamics and measurement
  • Internationalization: Costs, benefits and functional equivalence in cross-national comparisons
  • Interdisciplinary research: Costs and benefits of moving from disciplinary to interdisciplinarity knowledge
  • Intersectionality: Methodology of an emerging paradigm
  • Harmonization and “Big data”

Course Outline

Basic methods review and introduction to key terms


Theories of Stratification and Social Change

Haferkamp, Hans, and Neil J. Smelser, editors. 1991. Social Change and Modernity. Berkeley:  University of California Press.

From this book, read: “Introduction” and “External and Internal Factors in Theories of Social Change”

Democratization, Revolutions, and War

Markoff, John. 2013. “Democracy’s Past Transformations, Present Challenges, and Future Prospects.” International Journal of Sociology 43(2): 13 – 40.

Goldstone, Jack A. 2001. “Toward a Fourth Generation of Revolutionary Theory.” Annual Review of Political Science Vol. 4: 139-187

Wimmer, Andreas. 2014. “War.” Annual Review of Sociology Vol. 40: 173-197

Dynamics of Political Inequality

Dubrow, Joshua Kjerulf. 2015. “The Concept and Study of Political Inequality” pp. 9-27 in Political Inequality in an Age of Democracy: Cross-national Perspectives, edited by Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow. London: Routledge.

Gilens, Martin and Benjamin Page. 2014. “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, interest Groups, and Average Citizens.” Perspectives on Politics 12(3): 564-581.

Paxton et al 2007 “Gender in Politics” Annual Review of Sociology

OP — Dubrow, Joshua Kjerulf. 2012. “Dynamics of Political Inequality of Voice: Romanian and Polish Women’s Parliamentary Representation since 1945.” Studia Sociologia 57(1): 3 – 25.


Jacobs, Jerry A. and Scott Frickel.  2009.  “Interdisciplinarity: A Critical Assessment.”  Annual Review of Sociology 35:43-65.

Dubrow, Joshua Kjerulf.  2011. “Sociology and American Studies: A Case Study in the Limits of Interdisciplinarity.” The American Sociologist 42(4): 303-315.

Jacobs, Jerry A. 2014. In Defense of Disciplines, Chapter 1.

OP — Wagner, Caroline S., J. David Roessner, Kamau Bobb, Julie Thompson Klein, Kevin W. Boyack, Joann Keyton, Ismael Rafols, Katy Börner. 2011. “Approaches to understanding and measuring interdisciplinary scientific research (IDR): A review of the literature.” Journal of Infometrics 165: 14-26.


Kohn, Melvin L.  1987.  “Cross-National Research as an Analytic Strategy.”  American Sociological Review 52(6): 713-731.

Treisman, Daniel. 2007. “What Have We Learned About the Causes of Corruption from Ten Years of Cross-National Empirical Research?” Annual Review of Political Science Vol. 10: 211-244


McCall, Leslie.  2005.  “The Complexity of Intersectionality.”  Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 30(3): 1771 – 1800.

Dubrow, Joshua Kjerulf.  2013.  “Why Should Social Scientists Account for Intersectionality in Quantitative Analysis of Survey Data?” pp. 161 – 177 in Intersectionality und Kritik, edited by Vera Kallenberg, Jennifer Meyer, and Johanna M. Müller.  Springer VS.

Harmonization and Big Data

Cukier, Kenneth Neil and Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger. 2013. “The Rise of Big Data: How It’s Changing the Way We Think about the World.” Foreign Affairs May/June.

Dubrow, Joshua Kjerulf and Irina Tomescu-Dubrow. 2014. “A History of Cross-national Survey Data Harmonization Projects in the Social Sciences: Emergence of an Interdisciplinary Methodological Field.” CONSIRT Working Papers Series 1 (CONSIRT Labs: Methodology of Survey Data Harmonization) at

Golder, Scott A. and Michael W. Macy. 2014. “Digital Footprints: Opportunities and Challenges for Online Social Research.” Annual Review of Sociology Vol. 40: 129-152.

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