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Sociology

Course Descriptions

Sociology Courses


SOC 101 Principles of Sociology (ST) (4.00 SH). In taking this course, students will become more aware of the effects of social forces on the individual. The course provides an introduction to the concepts and methods used in the systematic study of society. Topics include: social norms, social groups, social conflict, social inequality, social institutions, social change, and the sociological perspective. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

SOC 102 Deviance (ST) (4.00 SH).

SOC 104 Social Inequality (4.00 SH).

SOC 105 Cultural Anthropology (HC) (4.00 SH). A study of the cultures and social structures of pre-industrial societies, in the contemporary developing world and within still existing indigenous societies. Special attention is given to cultural diversity, theories of societal development, and historical relationships between industrial and pre-industrial societies. Meets Humanity and Culture Intellectual Perspective requirement (HC).

SOC 106 Individual & Society (ST) (4.00 SH). Analysis of the interrelationship between society, culture, and the individual with emphasis upon the emergence of self and the participation of the individual in social processes. Attention is paid to comparative theories of action and empirical studies. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

SOC 107 Sociology of Gender (ST) (4.00 SH). An examination of the social and historical influences upon behavior as it is differentiated by gender. The pattern of learning sex roles as well as the current redefinition of such roles will be discussed. Material from a variety of sources will be examined with the intent of both documenting and explaining this differentiation of roles. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

SOC 108 Social Problems/Policies (ST) (4.00 SH). An examination of societal intentions and actions for resolving issues of public concern such as poverty, unemployment, and the well-being of those who are sick, disabled, displaced, at risk, dependent or racial/ethnic minorities. Both historical and ideological factors will be explored as will be the consequences of action in terms of social programming and policies. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

SOC 109 Minority/Majority (4.00 SH).

SOC 150 Women Cross-cultural (4.00 SH).

SOC 200 Studies in Sociology (4.00 SH). This course will deal with specific aspects of society not included in the regular curriculum. Topics will be announced prior to registration.

SOC 201 Juvenile Delinquency (ST) (4.00 SH).

SOC 202 Criminology (4.00 SH).

SOC 203 Sociology Of Law (4.00 SH).

SOC 204 Social Work (4.00 SH). An exploration of the knowledge base, theories, and methods that social workers use. Several of the major fields of practice are examined including family and child welfare, health care, mental health, criminal justice, and gerontology.

SOC 205 Fr & Us:Social Class (2.00 SH).

SOC 209 Minority/Majority (ST) (4.00 SH). This course will trace the history of race as a concept, examine how racial and ethnic relations changed over time in the U.S., analyze the causes and consequences of prejudice and discrimination, and consider how majority-minority relations shape life chances for various groups in the U.S. and throughout the world. Some of the topics we cover include: ethnic identity, popular culture, segregation, immigration, racial profiling, and interracial relationships. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

SOC 210 Gerontology (HC) (4.00 SH). A study of the different social, biological, and demographic aspects of aging. Population characteristics of people over 65 as well as patterns of age-graded expectations will be examined. Special attention will be paid to the changing roles of the elderly in our society as well as attitudes toward aging. Meets Humanity and Culture Intellectual Perspective requirement (HC).

SOC 214 Social Class in America (ST) (4.00 SH). An examination of the various forms and systems of social inequality in human societies, with attention to the mechanisms that perpetuate inequalities, ideologies that legitimate them, and possibilities for social mobility. Particular focus is on social class inequality in the contemporary United States and the social problems of poverty and homelessness. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

SOC 215 Women Cross-Cultural Persp (ST) (4.00 SH). This course examines the contemporary situations of women in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, with particular attention to how their economic, political, family, and religious roles and dominant cultural ideologies influence their world-views, opportunities and experiences. Particular attention is paid to how women themselves construct and experience their lives in various cultural contexts. The experience of societal development within these nations, and its particular consequences for women, will be highlighted throughout. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

SOC 250 Social Theory (4.00 SH).

SOC 260 Food, Culture and Society (ST) (4.00 SH).

SOC 302 Sociology Of Law (4.00 SH).

SOC 303 Religion & Society (RP) (4.00 SH). A study of religious belief systems, organizations, and movements as they derive from and influence a social context. Attention is given to the debate about secularization and to the increased importance of evangelical Christianity and new religious movements. Prerequisite: One lower-level sociology or criminal justice studies course or permis-sion of instructor. (Also listed as REL 221.) Meets Religious and Philosophical Though Intellectual Perspective requirement (RP).

SOC 304 Social Change (4.00 SH). An investigation into processes by which large-scale modifications of societies occur, current thinking about social evolution, changes in modern society, and development in developing countries. Prerequisite: One lower-level sociology or criminal justice studies course or permission of instructor.

SOC 305 Soc of Organizations (4.00 SH). A general analysis of human organizations, their structures, normative systems, and conflicts. A special emphasis is placed on theories of bureaucracy. Prerequisite: One lower-level sociology or criminal justice studies course or permission of instructor.

SOC 306 Gender & Family (4.00 SH). This course examines the function, structure, and variety of families. Topics include: the historical origins of contemporary American family life; patterns in family formation and dissolution, including dating, cohabitation, marriage, and divorce; sexuality and families; work-family (im)balance; and social problems, such as poverty and intimate violence. We will discuss and debate the implications of changing family life in the United States and abroad. Prerequisite: One lower-level sociology or criminal justice studies course or permission of instructor.

SOC 307 Sociology of Sport (4.00 SH). This course examines the social institution of sport through both cultural and structural lenses. Topics covered include: socialization through sport; race, social class, gender and ability construction through sport; sports, media, and mass consumption; the socio-economics of sport; and social change through sport. Prerequisite: One lower-level sociology or criminal justice studies course or permission of instructor.

SOC 327 Medical Sociology (4.00 SH). A study of the social aspects of illness and wellness. Special emphasis will be placed on the roles of participants in the health care system, as well as the development of the system itself. Prerequisite: One lower-level sociology or criminal justice studies course or permission of instructor.

SOC 350 Social Theory (4.00 SH). A survey of dominant traditions in classical and contemporary social theory, as derived from their social context. This course is a preparation for more specialized study in sociology. Prerequisite: SOC 101 and one additional sociology or criminal justice studies course. Offered Fall Semester.

SOC 401 Topics (4.00 SH).

SOC 594 Field Experience/Internship (4.00 SH).

SOC 601 Sociology Capstone (4.00 SH). The student will relate a substantive topic to the major theoretical and methodological schools in sociology. To be taken in spring of the junior year. Prerequisites: SOC 250 and SSC 251.

SOC 602 Sociology Capstone II (4.00 SH). The student will conduct a significant research project in the fall of the senior year. Prerequisites: SSC 252 and SOC 601.

SOC 624 Independent Study (4.00 SH).

SOC 662 Honors Research (2.00 SH).

SOC 664 Honors Research (4.00 SH).

SOC 672 Honors Research (2.00 SH).

SOC 674 Honors Research (4.00 SH).

SOC 682 Honors Research (2.00 SH).

SOC 683 Honors Research (3.00 SH).

SOC 684 Honors Research (4.00 SH).

SOC 693 Honors Research (3.00 SH).

 

Supporting Courses


CJS 102 Deviance (ST) (4.00 SH). An exploration of norm-breaking behavior and its consequences. Traditional and contemporary theories of deviance will be examined, as will particular areas of deviant behavior. The change in definitions of what is regarded as deviant will be dealt with at length. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

CJS 200 Studies in Criminology & Crim Just (4.00 SH). This course will deal with specific aspects of criminology and the criminal justice system not included in the regular curriculum. Topics will be announced prior to registration.

CJS 201 Juvenile Delinquency & Justice (ST) (4.00 SH). An exploration of juvenile misconduct and its legal consequences. Theories explaining juvenile delinquency from a variety of perspectives will be examined. The emergence and present state of the juvenile justice system will be covered as well. Offered Spring Semester. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

CJS 202 Criminology (4.00 SH). This course covers the workings of the criminal justice system. Students will explore how we define and respond to crime, how the institutions of the criminal justice system (police forces, criminal courts and prisons) have developed and functioned, and the reasons criminal justice policies are adopted and the effects those policies have. Offered Fall Semester.

CJS 207 The Death Penalty (2.00 SH). This course explores the death penalty, the ultimate penalty meted out by the state. The class will address a series of important questions: Which societies have used capital punishment and in what circumstances? Which countries besides the US continue to use the penalty? What methods of execution do states use? What legal standards are applied to the death penalty in the US? Does the death penalty deter crime? What do Americans think about the death penalty? What impact does being on death row have for inmates and their families? What issues of injustice and reform are raised by the use of capital punishment?

CJS 302 Sociology of Law and Legal Systems (4.00 SH). This course takes a broad perspective on such questions as the origins of law and the development of systems of dispute settlement. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship between law and social change, and law and social control in the areas of criminal and civil law. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or CJS 102. Offered Spring Semester.

PS 301 Junior Sem:Research Design Analysis (4.00 SH). An introduction to the various approaches to and challenges of research design and analysis in the discipline of political science. The goal is for each student to design a research project which will then be pursued in the Senior Capstone course. This course must be taken in the spring of the junior year. Prerequisites: PS 101, 102, 103, 104 and junior standing.

SSC 251 Research Methods (4.00 SH). An introduction to the nature and processes of social science inquiry. Particular attention is given to designing social science research projects, and to techniques for gathering, analyzing, and communicating data from both primary and secondary sources. The course is intended to increase the student’s ability to understand published studies and to enhance student research skills. Prerequisite: Two sociology criminal justice studies and/or political science courses.

SSC 252 Data Analysis for Soc Sci (QR) (4.00 SH). This class covers some introductory but powerful statistical techniques for analyzing and interpreting social science data. Students will use both descriptive and inferential statistics, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various statistical methods. They will also develop skills in presenting and interpreting statistical charts, graphs and tables. There is no formal prerequisite, but SSC 251, PS 301 or other exposure to research methods is recommended. Meets Quantitative Reasoning Intellectual Perspective requirement (QR).

 

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