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Elizabeth H. Gorman

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Sociology
Office location and address
Randall 113
130 Hospital Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
AS-SOCI The Ermergence of "Regulation-by-Information": Ratings in Finance and Healthcare
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
May 01, 2016 – December 31, 2017
AS-SOCI Employment Practices
Source: Law School Admission Council
June 01, 2010 – May 31, 2013
SOC 3120: Sociology Research Workshop
Credits: 4
Introduces data analysis and data processing, as well as the conceptualization of sociological problems. Emphasizes individual student projects.
SOC 3130: Introduction to Social Statistics
Credits: 4
Studies elementary statistical methods for social science applications. Topics include summarizing data with graphs and descriptive measures, generalizing from a sample to a population as in opinion polls, and determining the relationship between two variables. No special mathematical background is required, and students will be taught basic computer techniques. Three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory work. Majors are expected to take this course in their third year. Prerequisites: SOC 3120
SOC 3710: Organizations, Institutions, Markets
Credits: 3
Introduces the study of complex organizations within their institutional and market environments. Emphasis is placed on business and professional organizations, with some attention to government and nonprofit organizations as well. Examines organizational founding, decision-making, and boundary-setting; organizations' internal structures and practices; inter-organizational relationships; and the impact of organizations on society.
SOC 4055: Sociology of Law
Credits: 3
After introducing the social-science perspective on law and an overview of the American legal system, we will examine topics such as: defining the concept of "law"; consensus- and conflict-based theories of the social origin of laws and legal institutions; how people think about law and why they obey it; the use of law versus other options to resolve private disputes; and whether law is an effective tool for social change. Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 4190: Gender and Work
Credits: 3
Considers major theories of gender-based inequality at work. Explores gender, disparities in key dimensions of work, such as entry into occupations and jobs; promotion, rank, and authority in organizations; earnings; and conflicts between work and family. Emphasizes the contemporary United States, but includes some cross-national comparisons. Prerequisite: 6 credits of Sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 4980: Distinguished Majors Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Analyzes issues in sociological research and supports the writing of a Distinguished Majors thesis under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Prerequisites: SOC 3120 and Admission to the Distinguished Majors Program in Sociology.
SOC 4981: Distinguished Majors Thesis Writing
Credits: 3
Writing of the DMP thesis under the supervision of a DM faculty adviser. Prerequisite: SOC 4980
SOC 5020: Introduction to Statistics
Credits: 3
SOC 5020 will serve as an introduction to multivariate regression, with an emphasis on applications in the 'eld of sociology. Along the way we will review basic concepts related to probability and inference. More specifically, this course will cover ANOVA, t tests, OLS regression, and logistic regression. In sum, the course is designed to teach graduate students in sociology how to use basic statistics to address concrete sociological problems.
SOC 5120: Intermediate Statistics
Credits: 4
Studies the social science applications of analysis of variance, correlation, and regression; and consideration of causal models. Prerequisite: SOC 3130, graduate standing, six credits of sociology or instructor permission.
SOC 8051: Sociology of Work
Credits: 3
Studies the division of labor, occupational classification, labor force trends, career patterns and mobility, occupational cultures and life-styles, and the sociology of the labor market.
SOC 8710: Sociology of Organizations
Credits: 3
Examines formal organizations in government, industry, education, health care, religion, the arts, and voluntary associations. Considers such topics as power and authority, communication, 'informal' relations, commitment, and alienation.
SOC 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
SOC 9540: Advanced Topics in Economic Sociology and Organizations
Credits: 3
This course covers selected topics in economic sociology and sociology of organizations.
SOC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
SOC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.