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2007-2008 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 202 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: SOC 100

Introduction to the methodology used by sociologists and other social scientists to analyze, describe, and theorize about social issues and structures. Emphasis in both quantitative and qualitative research strategies, the role of theory in guiding research, and the application of scientific logic in the social sciences.

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

Two hours lecture and two hours activity 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 320 SOCIOLOGY OF POPULAR CULTURE (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: SOC 100

Examines popular culture from a sociological and a comparative perspective. Emphasizes the impact of mass media on individual behavior, marketing and consumption of amusements and entertainments in the domestic and global marketplace.

Same as ENGL 320  

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. Materials included literature, film, and case studies.

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

GenEd: C2,D,Interdisciplinary  

SOC 340 SOCIAL MOVEMENTS (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisites: SOC 100, SOC 201, SOC 202

Analyzes the causes and consequences of organized social action. Examines theories of social movements through case studies.

SOC 348 HEALTHY AGING (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Explores physical, cultural and psychosocial factors influencing health issues during the elderly years of life. Topics inlcude aging stereotypes, cultural and family influences on the elderly, physiology of aging, lifestyles choices associated with healthy aging, and end of life care.

GenEd: D,E, Interdisciplinary

Same as PSY 348, NRS 348  

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

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: SOC 100 and 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 370 CRIME AND SOCIETY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisites: SOC 100, SOC 201, SOC 202

Examination of forms, causes and the extent of crime in the United States. Focuses on why people break the law, the genesis of norms, and how the law is applied.

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 412 SEX, LOVE AND MONEY: THE FAMILY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisites: SOC 100, SOC 201, SOC 202

Analysis of the family as a social institution that meets specific social needs; as a social construction that is culturally bound and malleable, and as a source of social exchange and currency. Presents an understanding of contemporary intimate life in the U.S. by examining the social history of families and current areas of concern.

SOC 420 CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: SOC100, SOC 201 and SOC 202

This course explores the origin and development of the discipline of sociology with a particular focus on the classical period: the 19th century to mid-20th century. Students will develop an appreciation for the roots of sociological theorizing by reading the work of such thinkers as Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, W.E.B. DuBois, Karl Marx and others.

SOC 421 CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisites: SOC 100, SOC 201, SOC 202 and SOC 420

Modern sociological paradigms from the 1960s forward to the present period including Marxism, neoMarxist modern theory, critical theory, symbolic interaction, rational choice, feminist theories and theories on modernity and post-modernity.

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 448 GLOBALIZATION AND DEVELOPMENT (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: SOC 100

Examines empirical and theoretical issues of globalization from a sociological perspective, to understanding how the forces of globalization affect economic, political and cultural systems of both developed and developing nations.

Same as ECON 448,BUS 448

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: Completion of all core courses in Sociology

Complete a research project based on a specific area in the discipline of sociology. Research projects may incorporate service to an area agency.

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