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2006-2007 University Catalog

Sociology

SOC 100 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

An introductory study of the basic concepts, theoretical approaches, and methods of sociology. Topics include: the analysis and explanation of social structure, social change, group dynamics, socialization and self, social stratification, and cultural diversity.

GenEd: D

 

SOC 201 SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN A SERVICE LEARNING CONTEXT (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Examines social problems in the United States from a sociological perspective. Social problems in the community such as homelessness, poverty, and racism will be explored through integrating classroom discussion, lecture, reading and required community service.

GenEd: D

 

SOC 303 STATISTICAL APPLICATIONS IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (3) [top]

Four hours lecture/laboratory per week

Prerequisites: MATH 105 or equivalent

This course introduces students to quantitative methods as used in social science research and prepares them for statistical literacy. Students will learn to use descriptive and inferential statistics to test hypotheses. Basic topics covered in the class include graphical representations, central tendency and variability, chi-squared and other nonparametric techniques, correlation and regression, and mean difference tests as applied to research methods and data commonly used in the social sciences. Measurement and psychometric issues unique to social science data will be covered. Students will use SPSS to analyze data.

Same as PSY 303, POLS 303

 

SOC 310 RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIOLOGY (3) [top]

Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week

Prerequisite: SOC 100; SOC 203 or equivalent; and, upper division standing

An introduction to the quantitative methods sociologists use to study human societies and their members. Topics include: survey research design, hypothesis formulation, questionnaire and interview design, scaling, sampling, data preparation and statistical analysis of quantitative data through SPSS. The political and ethical issues surrounding social research also will be explored.

 

SOC 330 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Examines power and power structures at all levels of society. The roles of social classes, movements, and institutions in shaping the political process and social influences on political behavior are explored

Same as POLS 330

GenEd: C3B,D,Interdisciplinary

 

SOC 331 NARRATIVES OF THE WORKING CLASS (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Examines the lives of working people using various thematic approaches and disiplinary methodoligies. Matherials included literature, film, and case studies.

Same as ECON 331, ENGL 331, HIST 331, POLS 331

GenEd: C2,D,Interdisciplinary

 

SOC 350 SOCIAL STRATIFICATION: THEORIES OF SOCIAL CLASS (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: SOC 100 and SOC 300 or equivalent

Analysis of the distribution of wealth, prestige, and power. Examines various approaches to the study of the causes of poverty, life chances of the poor, lifestyles of the wealthy, upward and downward mobility, and class and group conflict in society.

 

SOC 360 RACE & ETHNICITY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: SOC 100

This course examines issues of race, religion, ethnic relations and power in the U.S. and elsewhere. Power, prejudice, and discrimination relating to minority status are emphasized.

 

SOC 410 SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER & SEXUALITY (3) [top]

Three hours of lecture per week

Prerequisite: SOC 100 and SOC 203

Analysis of gender and sexuality in human society with special attention to gendered socialization practices, issues in equality from historic as well as contemporary and cross-cultural perspectives, and sexual identities and behaviors.

 

SOC 420 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY (3) [top]

Prerequisite: SOC100 and upper division standing

Three hours lecture per week

This course explores the origin and development of classical and contemporary sociological theory from the 19th century to the present. Sociological theory is portrayed as an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena.

 

SOC 440 POPULATION STUDIES (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisites: SOC 100 and MATH 202

This course focuses on the basic concepts, skills and issues in demography and population studies. It will apply concepts to contemporary population issues such as family demography, urban transition, environmental degredation, and economic development.

Same as ESRM 440

GenEd: D,Interdisciplinary

 

SOC 490 TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY (3) [top]

Three hours per week

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

In-depth analysis of current topics in sociology. Topics vary. Repeatable by topic.

 

SOC 492 FIELD EXPERIENCE IN SOCIOLOGY (2-3) [top]

Prerequisite: SOC 203, SOC 310, Junior-level standing, GPA 3.0 and above and consent of instructor

Field experience in Sociology offers an internship placement and/or applied research opportunity for advanced students of Sociology.

 

SOC 494 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3) [top]

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

Independent Study in Sociology. Up to 3 units may be applied to the major. Independent study is for advanced students who wish to propose a course of study not currently offered in the curriculum.

 

SOC 499 CAPSTONE (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: 15 units of upper-division work in Sociology

Involves review of the discipline of sociology and focuses on key issues, including review of the tools of the discipline and the role of sociology in the student's future roles as individual, employee, and citizen. Incorporates a service learning component.

 

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