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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

SOCI 1301 PRINCIPLES OF SOCIOLOGY
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

SOCI 1306 SOCIAL PROBLEMS
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

SOCI 2319 INTRODUCTION TO ETHNIC STUDIES
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, offered by faculty members from appropriate departments. 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 will be given in the department of Political Science or Sociology, depending upon its best utilization in the individual degree plan. Credit 3

SOCI 2366 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 examination of the cultural, economic, political ad 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 impacted upon the social climate of a given society. Credit 3

SOCI 2399W WRITING IN SOCIOLOGY
This course is designed to teach students the writing skills needed for advanced courses in Sociology. Topics include: structure and style in writing; citations and American Sociological Association stylebook; how to conduct library and internet research as a basis for research writing; and specialized techniques for quantitative research papers, qualitative research papers, book reviews, compare and contrast papers and essay exams. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302, SOCI 1301. Credit 3.

SOCI 3324 SOCIAL INEQUALITY(formerly SOC 464, Social Stratification)
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: SOCI 1301. Credit 3

SOCI 3325W 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: SOCI 1301. Credit 3

SOCI 3327 SOCIOLOGY OF POPULAR CULTURE
This course engages students in a critical analysis of popular culture in its cross-cultural and historical perspectives with the main focus on the role and character of popular culture in American society. Different forms and aspects of popular culture are considered in their dynamic relation to the cultural ‘mainstream’, to everyday life of Americans, and to the core values of American society. Economic, political, technological, social, and psychological components of the production and consumption of the popular culture are also addressed. Prerequisite: SOCI1301 or SOCI2319. Credit 3

SOCI 3335W SOCIOLOGY OF FOOD AND SOCIETY
This course examines food from a sociological perspective, exploring the production, distribution, and consumption of food in today's globalized society. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301. Credit 3

SOCI 3336W SOCIAL CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT
An analysis of world population growth and the associated problems of social development: urbanization, unemployment, secularization, hunger, and war. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301. Credit 3

SOCI 3338W 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: SOCI 1301. Credit 3

SOCI 3341 MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY
A sociological examination of marriage and family life. Problems of courtship, mate selection, and marriage adjustment in modern American society. Credit 3

SOCI 3342W 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: SOCI 1301. Credit 3

SOCI 3354W 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: SOCI 1301. Credit 3

SOCI 3355W RACE AND 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 study of institutional discrimination -- 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: SOCI 1301. Credit 3

SOCI 3365W 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: SOCI 1301. Credit 3

SOCI 3376W 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: SOCI 1301. Credit 3

SOCI 3381 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. Credit 3

SOC 3384W 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: SOCI 1301. Credit 3

SOCI 3392W 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: SOCI 1301. Credit 3

SOCI 3443 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: SOCI 1301. Credit 3

SOCI 4320 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
This course examines the role of science and technology in society. Sociological approaches to understanding science and technology; the relationship between science, technology and other social institutions; and the impact on society will be examined. This seminar course will use a case study approach to the subject matter. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 and PHIL 3372. Credit 3

SOCI 4332W SOCIOLOGY OF DEMOGRAPHY AND MIGRATION
This course introduces of the field of demography and explores theories and processes of population movement and migration. Special attention is given to effect of globalization on migration, migration streams, documented and undocumented migration, and assimilation of migrants. This course will focus on understanding the similarities and differences among immigrant groups who migrate with different social and human capital. The course also addresses immigration policies in the U. S. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301. Credit 3

SOCI 4334W SOCIOLOGY OF DISASTER
Disasters are fundamentally social events. This course will investigate how culture, inequality, social structure and processes shape how people face disasters, how they respond and the ways in which they recover or fail to do so. How disasters may lead to rapid social change will also be explored. Students will learn the foundations of sociology of disaster theory, will examine a number of case studies and will apply theory to the in-depth study of one event. Writing enhanced. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301. Credit 3

SOCI 4336W BUREAUCRACY AND WORK
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: SOCI 1301. Credit 3

SOCI 4337W ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
The purpose of this course is to examine "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: SOCI 1301. Credit 3

SOCI 4340 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: SOCI 1301. Credit 3

SOCI 4344W SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
The course is a historical survey of the most significant 19th and 20th century developments in sociology with emphasis placed on the relevance of classic sociological theory in the formation and development of contemporary sociological theory. The characteristics and origins of major sociological schools are explored including the study of the works and ideas of Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx and Max Weber. Additionally, illustrations of the basic assumptions of Neo-Marxism, Critical theory, Interactionism, functionalism and Postmodernism are provided. Accounts of these paradigms are presented together with their theoretical ramifications. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 . Credit 3

SOCI 4375W 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

SOCI 4379 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. Prequisites: Junior of Senior Sociology majors, minimum GPA 3. or through special petition. Internships are unpaid. Fall and Spring only. Credit 3.

SOCI 4399W 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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