Sociology Course Descriptions
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SOC 131 Principles of Sociology. [SOCI 1301] (Prior to Fall 2007 this course was SOC 261.) Introduction to the discipline with a focus on concepts and principles used in the study of group life, social institutions and social processes. This course is a prerequisite to many other courses taught in the department. It is required of all Sociology majors and minors. Credit 3.
SOC 168 Introduction to Ethnic Studies. [SOCI 2319]
A survey of the field and problems of Ethnic Studies as an area of knowledge and
investigation. The instruction is to be interdisciplinary in nature. Major considerations
of the entire Ethnic Studies field will be defined and analyzed. Although the course
is not prerequisite to any of the others, students are strongly urged to take it before
attempting other Ethnic Studies courses. Credit 3.
SOC 261 Principles of Sociology. [SOCI 1301] (Effective Fall 2007 this course will be SOC 131.)
Introduction to the discipline with a focus on concepts and principles used in the
study of group life, social institutions and social processes. This course is a prerequisite
to many other courses taught in the department. It is required of all Sociology
majors and minors. Credit 3.
SOC 264 Social Problems. [SOCI 1306]
Application of sociological principles to the major problems of contemporary society.
Special attention is given to mental disorders, use and abuse of drugs and alcohol,
sexual deviance and crime and delinquency; problems of youth and the family in
contemporary society; institutionalized aspects of inequality, prejudice and discrimination;
and population and environmental concerns. Credit 3.
SOC 266 Sociology of Sport.
This course utilizes the application of the social science mode of inquiry to the study
of the sociocultural characteristics of sport. These include examinations of the cultural,
economic, political and structural factors (i.e., gender, race, etc.) which form
salient aspects of today’s sport activities at various levels. Focus is placed on the
characteristics of sports and how these characteristics both reflect and have impact
upon the social climate of a given society. Credit 3.
SOC 333 Age and Inequality.
This course underscores the influence of age on income and wealth, status and
power. It includes an examination of institutional discrimination against the young and
the old, as well as individual discrimination, such as child and elder abuse. It studies
the relationship between life-cycle changes and changes in placement in the class,
status and power stratification system. Prerequisite: SOC 261 or consent of instructor.
SOC 335 Gender and Inequality.
This course studies the influence of gender on socialization and placement in class,
status and power stratification systems. It includes an analysis of institutional discrimination
against women in major social institutions such as religion, education, family,
heath care and work, and an examination of the feminization of poverty. Prerequisite:
SOC 261 or consent of instructor. Credit 3.
SOC 336 Social Change and Development. An analysis of world population growth and the associated problems of social development:
urbanization, unemployment, secularization, hunger, and war. Prerequisite:
SOC 261 and upper division standing. Credit 3.
SOC 337 Environment and Society.
The purpose of this course is to examine the “environment” as a social and cultural
issue. Topics discussed include an overview of the field of environmental sociology,
traditional sociological perspectives on environmental issues, paradigmatic implications
of environmental sociology, the development of environmental movement, the
rise of environmental deterioration, public attitudes toward environmental issues, national
environmental policies, and social impact assessment. Prerequisite: SOC 261
and upper division standing. Credit 3.
SOC 364 Social Inequality.
This survey course studies the distribution of three primary resources: class, status
and power. Special attention is given to the way birth-ascribed statuses such as age,
sex and race interact with class, status and power stratification systems. Special
attention is also given to the popular and scientific explanations of inequality, especially
with respect to the high and low ends of the distribution of income and wealth.
Prerequisite: SOC 261 or consent of instructor. Credit 3.
SOC 365 Sociology of Health and Illness.
Processes by which persons assume, act, and relinquish the sick role; interrelationships
between patient and family, doctors, and hospital; quality and quantity of health
services distributed by class and race. Problems posed by “mental illness”: diagnosis,
treatment, and involuntary commitment. Prerequisite: SOC 261 or consent of
instructor. Credit 3.
SOC 366 Research Methods in Sociology. This course is designed to introduce the student to the logic and character of scientific and alternative means of social inquiry. Examines the function of observation,
concept formation, proposition arrangement and testing of theory as components of
the scientific process in sociology. Prerequisite: SOC 261. Credit 3.
SOC 376 Rural and Urban Sociology.
Examines the human community in its ecological, cultural, and associational aspects.
The folk, rural, and urban community considered from the standpoint of various sociological
perspectives. Special attention is given to social change, including decision-
making as it affects local life. Prerequisite: SOC 261. Credit 3.
SOC 378 Socialization, Social Control and Deviant Social Behavior.
Examines structures and processes through which social systems (e.g., groups, institutions,
organizations, and societies) secure and maintain order and social control.
Sociological concepts, principles and theories used to explain sanctioning in various
social systems whereby people are socialized to want to act the way they have to act
for social order to prevail. Prerequisite: SOC 261. Credit 3.
SOC 381 Cultural Anthropology.
Cultural and social organization among primitive or preliterate societies; marriage,
property, religion, magic and tribal control. Significance of the study of primitive cultures
for understanding of urban industrial civilizations. Prerequisite: SOC 261 or
consent of instructor. Credit 3.
SOC 383 Social Statistics. Examination of basic concepts, techniques and data necessary for an adequate understanding
of social structure and change: observational, experimental, sample survey,
and demographic. It includes an introduction to computers, computer software,
and social statistics. Prerequisite: SOC 261. Credit 3.
SOC 384 Economy and Society.
Changing employment opportunities for college graduates; blue collar, white collar,
and professional lifestyles; origins of industrial society and effects on social stratification,
minorities, and the family. Issues such as workers’ control of industry, relationships
between industry and government. Sociology of labor relations and personnel
management. Prerequisite: SOC 261. Credit 3.
SOC 386 Sociological Theory.
A historical survey of the development of sociological thought. Emphasis is placed
upon the growth of Sociology as a discipline, major areas of interest and major contributors.
Prerequisite: SOC 261. Credit 3.
SOC 392 Social Movements.
Examines the characteristics of social movements useful to the sociological study
and interpretations of major social trends involving both social and cultural change in
community and society. Theoretical frameworks for understanding and the causes,
types, and theories of change in contemporary society are given special attention.
Prerequisite: SOC 261. Credit 3.
SOC 462 Marriage and the Family.
A sociological examination of marriage and family life. Problems of courtship, mate
selection, and marriage adjustment in modern American society. Prerequisite: SOC
261 or consent of instructor. Credit 3.
SOC 465 Race/Ethnic Inequality.
This course examines ethnic stratification, i.e., placement in the class, status and
power stratification systems on the basis of birth ascribed and socially defined race/
ethnicity, and of the ideologies which serve to rationalize these inequalities. The
course includes the study of institutional discrimination and ethnic stratification in
major social institutions such as education, health care, religion and work. Broadly
defined, ethnic stratification includes inequality based on other birth ascribed statuses,
such as age and gender. Prerequisite: SOC 261 or consent of instructor. Credit 3.
SOC 468 Sociology of Religion.
Identity and comparative understanding of religious beliefs and practices of peoples
of the world. Attention is given to particular archaeological and ethnographic problems
in the study of religion. Special emphasis is given to the functional perspective
in examining the relation between religious beliefs and other institutions in selective
social systems. Prerequisite: SOC 261 or consent of instructor. Credit 3.
SOC 475 Readings in Sociology.
Designed for advanced students in the behavioral sciences who are capable of independent
study. Registration upon written approval of the chair of the department and
of the instructor directing the course. Credit 3.
SOC 477 Bureaucracy and Work (Prior to Fall 2007 the course was titled Complex Organizations.) Examines the structure and functioning of large-scale organizations and bureaucratic
social systems in various institutional settings (e.g., business or industry, health, education,
religion, military, prison and political). Attention is given to personal and social
consequences of organizational involvement. Prerequisite: SOC 261. Credit 3.
SOC 479 Internship in Applied Sociology. This course is designed to allow advanced students in-depth exploration of sociological issues in an applied setting. Minimum of 120 hours in approved host organization, plus completion of academic requirements. Registration is upon approval of the Sociology Internship Coordinator. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Sociology majors, minimum GPA 3.0 or through special petition. Internships are unpaid. Fall and Spring only. Credit 3.
SOC 499 Senior Seminar in Sociology.
The content of this seminar will have alternate emphasis placed, at the discretion of
the instructor, on special areas or issues of Sociology meeting the career needs of
Sociology majors, minors, and/or prospective teachers of Sociology. Prerequisite:
Advanced standing in Sociology. Credit 3.
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