Sociology

 

Holloway Hall
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SOCI 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY [+]
Identification and analysis of basic concepts of sociology; study of interrelatedness of structures, systems and institutions, and of the social processes by which society evolves. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 201 SOCIAL PROBLEMS [+]
Analysis of selected social problems in contemporary society. Emphasis on sociological understanding of the processes by which social problems are defined. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 210 INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL SOCIOLOGY [+]
An introduction to global sociology, an increasingly popular area in sociology. Topics such as globalization, the international division of labor and international inequality will be examined and discussed. A group of broad-based macro-level theories will assist in the analysis of global social issues such as world hunger, worldwide peace, indigenous populations, sustainable development and pollution. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 220 THE FAMILY [+]
Examines the diversity of families in the U.S. Study of the demographic trends in family formations, marital arrangements, parenting and childbearing, and such controversial issues as unmarried couples, alternative families, abortion, surrogacy and violence in families. May not receive credit for both SOCI 316 and SOCI 220. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 225 SOCIOLOGY OF CONFLICT AND NONVIOLENCE [+]
Seeks answers to questions about why humans use violence to resolve conflict and what social forces produce conflict in the family, ethnic and racial groups, economic groups and nation states. Explores nature and practice of nonviolent conflict resolution. Cross-listed with CADR 225. May not receive credit for both CADR 225 and SOCI 225. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 250 RACE RELATIONS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE [+]
Explores the socio-history of diasporas and race relations in global perspective. Several broad-based macro-level theories will facilitate the exploration of the world's major diasporas in the last 500 years. Reviews and examines the socio-historical connections between these diasporas and today's race relations in conjunction with the development of global capitalism. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 301 STUDIES IN SOCIOLOGY [+]
Selected areas in varied subfields of sociology. May be repeated under different subtitles. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 304 SOCIAL INEQUALITY [+]
Analysis of the variety of class and rank structures found in both past and contemporary societies. Special attention focused on the determinants of social class as well as the related issues of social mobility and changes in class position of both individuals and groups. Additional emphasis on identifying both attitudinal and behavioral consequences of class position. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 305 SOCIOLOGY OF LAW [+]
Study of formal legal statements as communications both reflecting and influencing life in society. Selected examples of the conflict between legality and social reality, with attention to both substantive and procedural issues of law; consideration of possible solutions. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 313 CRIMINOLOGY & PENOLOGY [+]
Consideration of crime and delinquency as forms of deviant behavior; examination of social causes, social reactions and applicable sociological theories. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 314 SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER [+]
Study and analysis of the institutional and cultural bases of gender roles, gender socialization, gender inequality, gender movements and gender role change. May not receive credit for both SOCI 216 and SOCI 314. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 318 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION [+]
Examination of humanity's quest for religious meaning as a social activity with social consequences. Considers the place of religion in different kinds of societies, past, present and future. Three hours per week. Meets General Education IIB.
SOCI 319 GLOBALIZATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE [+]
Explores social change on a global scale and examines sociocultural factors driving economic, social and cultural globalization. This course is a critical evaluation of policies intended to promote globalization as well as effects of social practices that facilitate globalization. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 320 SOCIAL MOVEMENTS [+]
In-depth study of contemporary social movements, such as the Black Muslims, Gay Liberation, the Women's Movement, the aged, youth and radical right. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 321 SOCIAL RESEARCH [+]
Introduction to qualitative and quantitative social research methods. Emphasis on research design, question formulation, sampling techniques, hypothesis testing, data analysis, computer processing, and practical research activity. Cross listed with CADR 321. May not receive credit for both CADR 321 and SOCI 321. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Three hours lecture, one two hour laboratory per week.
SOCI 322 POPULATION STUDIES [+]
Introduction to social demography which is the study of changes in the size, composition, and distribution of the world's population. The course includes analysis of population dynamics and factors that drive changes in human populations as well as critical evaluation of effects of changes in human population. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 324 COMMUNITY SOCIOLOGY [+]
Investigation of communities as social systems emphasizing current directions in community research. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 325 SEXUALITY, ALTERNATIVES AND SOCIETY [+]
Examines the social construction of sexual behavior and sexual identity in a cultural context as well as the relationship between physiology, gender and sexuality. Topics include: theories and history of sexuality as a social marker, social inequality and sexuality, the institutionalization of sexuality, sexual behavior and identity formation, and cross-cultural practices. A major focus of the course is on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transsexual experiences. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 326 SOCIAL INTERACTION [+]
Study of human behavior as social interaction. Emphasis on symbolic communication and its relationship to the concept of self. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 329 MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY [+]
Study of social factors involved in health and illness emphasizing the institution of medicine in American society. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 331 RACIAL AND CULTURAL MINORITIES [+]
Study of ethnic differences that produce prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination and of the social processes employed by dominant and minority groups. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 334 SOCIOLOGY OF MENTAL HEALTH [+]
Study of sociocultural factors in mental health and illness emphasizing social causation and patterns of distribution. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 339 IMMIGRATION [+]
The US is a nation of immigrants and recent decades have seen a large upsurge in international migration to the United States, particularly from the Western Hemisphere and Asia. Focuses on explanations for this still-emerging process, as well as its impacts and implications for: the changing demographic make-up of the country (e.g., Hispanics/Latinos as the largest minority group), the labor force and economy, receiving and sending communities, adaptation and incorporation, education and health, politics and policy debates. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 344 COMPLEX ORGANIZATIONS [+]
Analysis of the emergence of modern bureaucratic structure, emphasizing institutionalization, patterns of authority and impact on personality. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 361 AGING AND SOCIETY [+]
Examination of the aging process from the sociological perspective. Emphasis on the position of the elderly in contemporary society and on age-roles associated with stages in the process of aging such as childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 363 WOMEN AND DEVELOPMENT [+]
Explores women's roles in processes of economic, political and social development from a global perspective with a focus on less developed countries. Provides a review of theory and analysis of women's roles in development processes through case studies examining particular effects of general trends affecting women associated with globalization and development. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 390 SOCIOLGY OF ENVIRONMENT [+]
Examines the environment as a social product. Uses the sociological perspective to explain how environmental problems are structurally created. Focuses on mining and forestry to illustrate how environmental degradation, disease, death and disability are produced. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 401 SPECIAL TOPICS [+]
Reserved for courses approved as experimental responses to student interest or community need. May be repeated once under a different subtitle. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 409 SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION [+]
Analysis of public education as a bureaucratic social institution, the countervailing community power structure and the professional role of the educator. Three hours per week. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
SOCI 416 INDIVIDUAL DIRECTED STUDY [+]
Advanced study in an area of sociology. May be repeated once under a different subtitle. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor who will direct the study. Up to twelve hours per week.
SOCI 421 THEORY I, FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY [+]
Analysis of the historical antecedents and contemporary profiles of sociological theory emphasizing major figures and dominant paradigms. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement.
SOCI 422 THEORY II, CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY [+]
Analysis of the current state and future directions of sociological theory. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement.
SOCI 429 SENIOR EXPERIENCE [+]
Seminar designed to facilitate discussion about the organization and completion of research projects. This capstone experience is for students in their final year of the sociology program. Prerequisite: senior standing. One hour per week.
SOCI 495 INDEPENDENT STUDY FOR DEPARTMENT HONORS [+]
Independent study undertaken for departmental honors at the invitation of the department. Prerequisites: Approval of chair, permission of instructor who will direct the study.
SOCI 497 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH [+]
Applies social research methods to a specific research project which includes hypothesis formulation, research design, data collection, data analysis and a presentation in some public forum. Prerequisite: CADR/SOCI 321 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement.
SOCI 498 INTERNSHIP IN SOCIOLOGY [+]
Provides students practical experience in addressing selected social issues in a public or private sector community setting. Field notes, periodic meetings with instructor, and typed reports analyzing an experience and a social issue are required. A maximum of four credits may be applied toward the sociology major. May be repeated once under a different community organization. Prerequisites: SOCI 101 or 201, junior standing, permission of the instructor. Up to twelve hours per week.
SOCI 501 SPECIAL TOPICS [+]
Reserved for courses approved as experimental responses to student interest or community need. May be repeated once under a different subtitle.
SOCI 509 SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION [+]
Analysis of public education as a bureaucratic social institution, the countervailing community power structure and the professional role of the educator. Three hours per week.
SOCI 516 INDIVIDUAL DIRECT STUDY [+]
Intensive study in a specific area of sociology agreed upon by student and faculty. May be repeated once under a different subtitle. Prerequisite: Six hours in sociology, a concentration in sociology and permission of instructor who will direct the study.
SOCI 521 THEORY I, FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY [+]
Analysis of the historical antecedents and contemporary profiles of sociological theory emphasizing major figures and dominant paradigms. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
SOCI 522 THEORY II, CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY [+]
Analysis of the current state and future directions of sociological theory. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.