SOCI 150-601

Nail salons, nursing, hair care stores, pizza shops, parking garages, donut shops and taxis represent niche industries for different ethnic groups across the racial and national spectrum.  We will explore how and why particular groups have concentrated in certain industries, and how processes related to globalization, such as diplomatic ties, the globalization of banking, foreign investment, trade, labor recruitment, transnational economic activities, and immigration contribute to their concentration.  We will learn scholarly explanations for why ethnic groups concentrate in key industries by engaging literature that spans across the fields of sociology, urban studies, business, and migration.  We will examine case studies of several ethnic groups and draw from examples in Philadelphia.  This course will introduce students to a range of data and sources that are used by those studying and working in economic and urban development, finance, business, and immigration and will emphasize analysis of data and critical thinking skills.


Course Professor: Tamara Nopper


Note on registering for LPS courses: Courses offered through the College of liberal and Professional Studies are open to students in the College of Arts and Sciences, but LPS imposes some restrictions on registration.  During the pre-registration period, most in LPS classes are reserved for LPS students.  Once all of the non-reserved places are filled, College students will find that they cannot register without permission.  Please be aware that the Sociology Department cannot grant permission and/or override the restrictions LPS has imposed.  These registration restrictions will be lifted on the second day of classes.  At that time, College students will be able to register for any LPS courses that still have openings but must go through LPS to do this. LPS’S phone number is 215-898-7326.

W 5:30-8:40