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, world views, 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 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 the political aspects of deviance as characteristic of all societies. Deviant attributes as well as acts are considered.
SOCI/ANTH 236. 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 240. Individual in Society. 3 credits.
Explores the relationship between ourselves, as individuals, and society. Examines major contributors to the social science tradition including Freud, Marx, Hegel and Mead. Issues of personal and family relations, occupational aspirations, political organization, personal discipline, and religious commitment are examined.
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. (Formerly SOCI 301.)
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. Technology and Society. 3 credits.
An analysis of the social role of technology in contemporary society with special attention given to the impact of the computer on social organization and change.
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/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 337. Male and Female Sex Roles. 3 credits.
Examination of theories of sex role development and the roles of men and women in society.
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 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 352. Introduction to Population Studies. 3 credits.
Introduction to basic population concepts, issues and data. Age, sex, marital status, religion, social class and other population characteristics will be used to identify groups which differ significantly in their demographic behavior. Includes a review of some contemporary population concerns such as zero population growth, family planning and abortion.
SOCI 354. Social Stratification. 3 credits.
Study of the class, caste and power structure of the American society. Stratification studies will be analyzed and compared.
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 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.
SOCI 382. Interpretive Analysis. 3 credits.
A systematic introduction to the interpretive paradigm in sociology, including symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, phenomenology, existentialism and action theory.
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.
SOCI/PSYC/KIN 396. 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 480. Senior Seminar in Sociology. 3 credits.
The integration of previous class experience the student has had during the undergraduate years. Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of the department head.
SOCI/POSC 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. Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of instructor.
SOCI/ANTH 485. Internship in Anthropology/ Sociology. 3-6 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. A maximum of six credits can be taken under this option.
SOCI 490. Special Studies in Sociology. 1-3 credits.
Designed to give capable students in sociology an opportunity to complete independent study under supervision. Prerequisite: 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 495. 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 499. Honors. 6 credits. Year course.

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University