Sociology

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

SOCI 101. Introductory Sociology. 3 credits.

Provides students with an understanding of the structure and processes of modern societies and their historical antecedents. Explores the universality of the social experience by addressing such topics as culture, socialization, social interaction, bureaucracy, norms and diversity, social inequality, social institutions, modernization, technology and social change, worldviews, values and behavior.

SOCI 102. Social Problems. 3 credits.

Introduces students to the study of problems of social value  (e.g., environment, inequality, injustice, militarism, alienation) facing individuals and groups in complex societies. Examines problems inherent in social structure concerning the balance between individual freedom and social control.

SOCI 200. Development of Sociological Thought and Methods.  4 credits.

This course is a foundation course for sociology majors. Topics will include the historical development of the discipline with an emphasis on the social and philosophical forces that influenced the development of sociology. Main sociological traditions will be introduced including the critical, naturalistic and interpretive paradigms and sociological analysis from these perspectives. Prerequisites: SOCI 101, or GSOCI 210,or GSOCI 240, or permission of instructor.

SOCI 201. Sociology Proseminar. 2 credits.

An introduction to sociological resources, literature, writing, careers and graduate study.

GSOCI 210. Social Issues in a Global Context. 3 credits.

An examination of current global social issues, such as industrialization, economy, work, inequality, social movements and socio-political change. Addresses questions of definition, nature, history, patterns and consequences of various issues, using sociological perspectives to examine and critique proposed social policies.

SOCI 214. Social Deviance. 3 credits.

Course offers students a wide range of explanations of deviance. Topics considered are the functions, social definitions, societal reactions and political aspects of deviance as characteristic of all societies. Deviant attributes as well as acts are considered.

GSOCI 240. Individual in Society. 3 credits.

This course explores the importance of social structure, agency and symbolic interaction in the social construction of realities. It will examine major contributors to the sociological social psychological tradition. The course will help students reflect on issues such as self, self-presentation and identity, relationships, body, inequality, citizenship, nonconformity and resistance.

SOCI 265. Sociology of the Community. 3 credits.

Survey of community studies with special emphasis on definitions, development and modern community research.

SOCI 276. Sociology of the Family. 3 credits.

Covers the basic concepts and theories in marriage and the family; looks at basic issues in modern family life; examines changes in family functions and in the various stages of the family life cycle and discusses the future of the family in contemporary society.

SOCI/GERN 280. Social Gerontology. 3 credits.

An interdisciplinary introduction to the study of aging. The course provides an overview of issues surrounding aging in contemporary society: personal, familial, communal and societal.

SOCI 302. Business in American Society. 3 credits.

A sociological analysis of the American business corporation, interrelationships among businesses and the interplay between business, public opinion and government policy.

SOCI 303. Sociology of Death and Dying. 3 credits.

Investigation of current American orientations toward death and dying with emphasis also given to the social organization of death and dying.

SOCI/ANTH 313. Processes of Social and Cultural Change.  3 credits.

Investigates the procedures through which a society operates and the manner in which it introduces and incorporates changes. Issues considered include belief, innovation, directed change, coercive change, revitalization and revolution.

SOCI 315. Science, Technology and Society. 3 credits.

Through an analysis of various issues, problems and case studies, this course will explore the interactions between science, technology and society. The course will examine connections of specific technologies to science, cultural values, social and economic interests and questions regarding progress.

SOCI 321. Politics in Society. 3 credits.

An examination of politics in American society from a sociological perspective. The relationship between society and politics, the nature and distribution of social power, political participation, political thought and politics as a vehicle for social change are explored.

SOCI/REL 322. Sociology of Religion. 3 credits.

A sociological analysis of religion. How it influences and is influenced by social existence.

SOCI 325. Criminology. 3 credits.

Study of the extent, causes and possible deterrents to crime including murder, assault, white-collar offenses and organized crime, with attention to the role of the victim and policy implications.

SOCI 327. Juvenile Delinquency. 3 credits.

Study of youth gangs, deviation and youth culture standards as well as the treatment used. Recent research reports will be emphasized.

SOCI/PSYC/KIN 329. Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Sport. 3 credits.

Study of the psychological and sociological implications of sport and the effect of sport on the United States and other cultures.

SOCI/SOWK 330. Corrections. 3 credits.

The history, philosophy, policies and problems of the treatment of violators by the police, courts and correctional institutions.

SOCI 331. Introduction to Sociological Analysis. 3 credits.

Introduction to the techniques for collecting, describing, analyzing and presenting sociological data.

SOCI 334. Socialization and Society. 3 credits.

Sociological analysis of processes by which persons acquire roles and identities.

SOCI 336. Race and Ethnic Relations. 3 credits

Comparative study of the causes and consequences of racial and ethnic inequality in the United States and around the world. Black/white relations in the United States and South Africa, native American rights and other ethnic and racial issues are discussed.

SOCI 337. Sociology of Gender. 3 credits.

Examination of theories of sex role development, the roles of men and women in society and gender as a social construction.

SOCI 339. Sociology of Women. 3 credits.

Analysis of the structural position of women in society with emphasis on institutional frameworks such as economy, family, health, religion, sexuality, crime, etc.

SOCI 341. Sociology of Education. 3 credits.

Examination of sociological theories and research on  education, emphasizing stratification, socialization, organization and relationship between schooling, family, community and work. Focus on cross cultural approaches to education. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor.

SOCI 344. Sociology of Work and Industry. 3 credits.

Examination of the problem of work in industrial societies, meanings and outcomes for individuals. This course will explore major industrial structures, the role of the individual in the work group and issues and policies affecting work and industry in contemporary society.

SOCI 345. Sociology of Occupations and Professions. 3 credits.

Examines work roles in American society with a focus on medicine, law and business. Topics include occupational organizations and professionalization; occupational ideology and community; occupational commitment and social character; and ways in which occupational careers impact and are impacted by society.

SOCI/REC 346. Leisure in Contemporary Society. 3 credits.

Sociological analysis of leisure or nonwork in contemporary society with particular emphasis upon conceptual and human problems and the potentials of leisure in a context of social change.

SOCI/ANTH/SOWK 348. Third World Societies:  An Introduction. 3 credits.

This course will provide a critical examination of Third World societies within the global system. The course will address theoretical frameworks used to analyze Third World problems. Special attention will be given to persistent problems in the areas of population, poverty, health care, housing and social welfare.

SOCI/ANTH 352. Birth, Death, Sex: Exploring Demography.  3 credits.

Fertility (birth) and mortality (death) and their biological and social determinants in cross-cultural and evolutionary/ historical frameworks. Exploration of the dynamic between the material constraints on and symbolic significance of, reproduction, sexuality and death within a cultural context. Critical examination of population growth as a global “problem.” Basic demographic methods. Prerequisite: Any lower level course in anthropology or sociology or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 354. Social and Cultural Stratification. 3 credits.

Course covers the systems of stratification in the United States including race, class, gender, religion, sexuality, ethnicity and nationality. Discussion will center on their role in providing rationales for oppression and discrimination in society and their relationship to the distribution of power and ideological control.

SOCI 360. Modern Social Movements. 3 credits.

Introduction to the study and analysis of social movements in the United States as agents of social and ideological change. Emphasis is given to movements which have goals of extending and/or protecting rights of individuals and groups in the face of increasing industrialization, urbanization and centralization of power.

SOCI 361. Bureaucracy and Society. 3 credits.

Study of organizations primarily in contemporary society such as corporations, prisons, hospitals, social and government agencies, trade unions, etc., their internal structures and processes, impact on individuals and relation to other social units in society.

SOCI/ANTH 368. Modern American Culture. 3 credits.

Analysis of American society as reflected in popular cultural forms. Cultural expressions such as music, literature, theater, films and sports will be examined as they reflect the values, quality of contemporary life and social structure of the United States.

SOCI 369. Law and Society. 3 credits.

The history and functions of law as a form of social control; the social forces in the creation and practice of the law. The nature of law as a catalyst for and the product of social change.

SOCI 375. Medical Sociology. 3 credits.

An introduction to the field of medical sociology that examines the salient issues in the field and related theoretical perspectives. These two focuses are important in understanding the ability of humans to live to capacity. Attention is given to health-care programs in developing countries as well as modern industrial societies.

SOCI 377. Lifestyles. 3 credits.

Examination of alternatives to the traditional nuclear family with analysis of relations to other societal institutions and of policy implications.

SOCI 378. Introduction to Africa-Centered Critical Theory and Cultural Studies. 3 credits.

This course introduces students to an alternative scientific world  view based upon classical African philosophy and gives them the opportunity to discuss and consider the implications of this alternative vision of science on the conduct of research and on human affairs. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing required. Sophomores admitted with instructor’s permission.

SOCI 379. Africentric Social Thought. 3 credits.

This course is a survey of African social philosophy and thought from individuals throughout various historical periods and locations including the collective community of diasporic Africans and those of African descent. Sociological data using traditional African philosophical perspectives on being, knowing, understanding and ethics will be examined. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.

SOCI 380. Critical Analysis. 3 credits.

An examination of the historical context and current status of the critical paradigm within sociology, including issues involved in critical understanding of and participation in modern society. Prerequisites: SOCI 200 and SOCI 201.

SOCI 382. Interpretive Analysis. 3 credits.

A systematic introduction to the interpretive paradigm in sociology, including symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, phenomenology, existentialism and action theory. Prerequisites: SOCI 200 and SOCI 201.

SOCI 384. Naturalistic Analysis. 3 credits.

Study of social life through the traditional paradigm of naturalistic science, including exploration of the role of values in science, the logic of scientific procedure and ethical questions surrounding scientific inquiry. Prerequisites: SOCI 200, SOCI 201 and SOCI 331.

SOCI 391. Study Abroad. 1 to 6 credits

Designed to encourage students to enhance their academic programs through studying abroad. Arrangements must be made with a faculty member who will direct the study with preparatory instructions and final requirements. Prerequisites: Permission of Department Head

SOCI 395. Special Topics in Sociology. 3 credits.

Examination of selected topics which are of current importance in sociology. May be repeated for credit when course content changes.

SOCI 480. Senior Seminar in Sociology. 3 credits.

The integration of previous class experience the student has had during the undergraduate years. Fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major. Prerequisites: SOCI 380, SOCI 382 and SOCI 384.

SOCI/PUAD 482. Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice.  4 credits.

A research-oriented senior seminar providing an overview of the discipline of criminal justice and various approaches to research. The student will complete a major research project. Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of instructor.

SOCI/ANTH 485. Internship in Anthropology/Sociology.  1-6 credits.

Students participate in internships or as course assistants in anthropology and sociology. Prerequisite: Students seeking credit for internships must secure the approvals of their adviser and department head prior to registration. Students receiving credit as course assistants must have junior/senior standing and can register by faculty invitation only. While a maximum of six credits can be taken under this option, only three credits can be applied toward the major.

SOCI 490. Special Studies in Sociology. 1-3 credits.

Designed to give capable students in sociology an opportunity to complete independent study under supervision. Prerequisites: Recommendation of the instructor and permission of the department head.

SOCI 492. Sociology Field Practicum. 1-3 credits.

Provides the student with practical experience in employing and refining sociological skills in a public or private agency under faculty supervision.

SOCI 499. Honors. 6 credits.

Year course.



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