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SOC - Sociology

SOC 100 Principles of Sociology (3)

Overview of basic theories, methods, concepts and issues central to the discipline of sociology. Examine the relationship between social behavior and society. (LAC, gtP)

SOC 120 Introduction to Family Studies (3)

Survey the characteristics, issues and problems of the family as a social institution. Topics discussed include: marital satisfaction, conflict, mate selection, alternatives and social change. (LAC, gtP)

SOC 131 Introduction to Sociological Practice (3)

Examine facets of sociology in action, including the sub-disciplines of applied sociology and clinical sociology. Focus is on applying sociology in order to make a better world.

SOC 221 Sociology of Gender (3)

Examine gender stratification and social inequality. Topics include cultural definitions of masculinity and femininity, socialization and social change. (LAC, gtP)

SOC 222 Sociology of Popular Culture (3)

Examines sociological perspectives, theories, and research on popular culture in society. Focus on people, activities, organizations, and institutions involved in production of popular culture.

SOC 235 Social Change in a Global Context (3)

This course includes a survey of the major economic, political and social forces that have shaped the modern world. The course will provide an introduction to theories of social change as well as a discussion of contemporary issues in a globalizing context. (LAC)

SOC 237 Sociology of Minorities (3)

Examine intergroup relations and the dynamics of power relating to ethnicity and other dimensions of social life that have produced tension and conflict among groups historically and in the present. (LAC, gtP)

SOC 247 Social Deviance (3)

Study social deviancy, particularly in terms of types, sources, functions, dysfunctions and social control mechanisms that operate relative to those departures from conformity.

SOC 258 Contemporary Social Issues (3)

Review theoretical perspectives and current research on contemporary social issues in society. Examine major issues from varied perspectives within diverse cultures.

SOC 275 Sociology of Mental Illness (3)

Sociological perspectives on mental illness. Examine conceptual models of mental illness, social epidemiological help-seeking behavior, social impacts of treatment, mental health delivery systems and social policy issues.

SOC 278 Sociology of Emotions (3)

Examines sociological perspectives, theories, and research on emotions. Focus on the social definitions and relationship between social structure; and emotional socialization, emotion rules, management, and performance rituals in everyday life.

SOC 302 Variable Topics in Sociology (1-4)

Various sociological topics of current interest, but otherwise not part of the sociology program offerings. Repeatable, under different subtitles.

SOC 322 Women and Aging (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100. Aging from a female perspective. Aspects of maturity and old age such as widowhood, work and retirement, and living situations are examined with particular reference to women.

SOC 324 Issues in the Family (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 120. Examine theoretical perspectives and research issues in the family. Analyze current issues in the family studies areas. Possible topics: singlehood, prenuptial contracts, dual career households, divorce, parenting, cohabitation, custody arrangements.

SOC 325 Sociology of Work and Occupations (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100 The origins of the structure and administration of as well as the future of work and occupations. Topics include occupational choice, socialization, managing workers, feelings about work and deviance at work.

SOC 326 Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100. Examine the societal definition of childhood and adolescence and how social institutions influence socialization.

SOC 330 Sociology of Organizations (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100. Study the social structure of modern bureaucratic organizations. Review human behavior in organizations from a sociological perspective.

SOC 332 Social Psychology (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100. Examine the relationships between individuals and social systems. Focus on language interaction, self-conceptualizing behaviors and change. Review dominant social psychological theories and issues.

SOC 333 Social Class and Inequality (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100. Presents a critical analysis of the realities of America's open-class system, making use of current theoretical perspectives and systematic research. Examines cross-cultural perspectives of stratification.

SOC 340 Juvenile Delinquency (3)

Study the history of juvenile law, enforcement structures and explanations for the emergence of delinquency. Study the American juvenile legal system and its major problems.

SOC 346 Criminology (3)

Survey criminal behavior generally, including theories of causation, types of crime, extent of crime, law enforcement, criminal justice, punishment and treatment.

SOC 347 Sociology of Corrections (3)

Survey of the history and structure of punishment in Western societies. Review of the major philosophies and practices of modern corrections.

SOC 351 Classical Social Theory (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100. Study the major classical theorists who established the foundations of sociology during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Focus on the emergence of sociology.

SOC 352 Contemporary Social Theory (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 351. Review the major modern theoretical paradigms and prominent contemporary theorists in sociology. Examine contemporary issues in sociology.

SOC 361 Methods of Sociological Research I (3)

(3 lecture, 1 laboratory) Prerequisites: SOC 100 and STAT 150 or STAT 250 or BACS 291. Juniors and above. Introduces the fundamental logic and methods of social research. Topics may include hypothesis formulation and testing, designing a research project, sampling, methods of data collection including surveys and field observation, analysis of data utilizing statistical procedures, introduction to a statistical computer package, data presentation, report writing, ethical issues. This is the first of a two course sequence.

SOC 362 Methods of Sociological Research II (3)

(3 lecture, 1 laboratory) Prerequisite: SOC 361. Juniors and above. A continuation of SOC 361 which includes an extension of methods of collecting and analyzing data discussed in SOC 361. The course may include topics such as index and scale construction, further use of computer applications for analysis, basic logic of multivariate causal reasoning and its application, analysis of variance and regression, introduction to evaluation research, report writing, and data presentation. The knowledge and skills gained in this two course research sequence may be used to design, conduct and present the results of a research study.

SOC 371 Sociology of Aging (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100. Survey theories and research on the social aspects of aging with emphasis on later maturity and old age.

SOC 375 Sociology of Health and Illness (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100. Provides sociological perspective on the mutual relationships between health care and society. Covers epidemiology, social factors in illness, illness behavior, sick role, health care providers and health care policies.

SOC 377 Self in Modern Society (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100. Examine interrelationship between self and society in the modern world. Focus on sociological theories and research that analyze social influences on the self and response of self to these influences.

SOC 378 Sociology of Education (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100. Systematically attempt to relate sociological concepts to the educational institution. Focus on a scientific analysis of social processes and patterns involved in the educational system.

SOC 379 The Community (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100. Study the community from small to large as a complex of human relations. Explore the community historically, functionally and theoretically on a cross-cultural basis. Material relevant to completing an internship is also included.

SOC 395 Topics in Sociology (1-3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100. Offerings focus on sociological topics not regularly offered in the program. Topics focus on expertise of available instructors and the specific needs of students. Repeatable, under different subtitles.

SOC 422 Directed Studies (1-3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100. Individualized investigation under the direct supervision of a faculty member. (Minimum of 37.5 clock hours required per credit hour.) Repeatable, maximum concurrent enrollment is two times.

SOC 423 Violence and the Family (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100. Juniors or above. Examine major issues in family violence such as defining family violence, comparing types of explanations from different disciplines and translating social science perspectives to policy and social service delivery systems.

SOC 432 Group Dynamics (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100. Evaluate how group processes enhance, limit and define social interaction. Study the major theories of group dynamics.

SOC 444 Sociology of Criminal Law (3)

Prerequisite: Juniors and above. Focus on substantive and procedural criminal law in the context of sociological theory, research and jurisprudence.

SOC 447 Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing (3)

Juniors and above. A course for juniors and seniors designed to teach students how to prepare grant proposals. This course gives students opportunities to learn by actively participating in the writing of a grant proposal.

SOC 448 Issues in Social Policy (3)

Prerequisite: Juniors and above. Survey the history of social policy development and contemporary social change and social trends. Study research in social policy and analyze application and implementation.

SOC 452 Applied Social Theory (3)

Prerequisites: SOC 100, Junior or senior status and permission of instructor. Provide understanding of theory in social sciences, knowledge of major paradigms used in social science, assess applied explanatory strengths and weaknesses of these paradigms. Part of the Inter-disciplinary Non-Profit Administration Major.

SOC 490 Internship (3-9)

Prerequisite: SOC 100. For Interdisciplinary Non-Profit Administration majors only. Study the basic principles of field research by working a volunteer intern with a community service agency. 50 clock hours required per credit hour. S/U graded. Repeatable, maximum of nine credits.

SOC 491 Sociology Internship (3-9)

Prerequisite: SOC 379. Provides the student with an opportunity to study and gain experience by working with a community agency or group. Internship placement must be arranged and approved prior to course enrollment. Credit only for work completed during the semester enrolled. S/U graded. Repeatable, maximum of nine credits.

SOC 492 Practicum in Applied Sociology (3-9)

Prerequisites: SOC 131, SOC 352, SOC 362. Majors only. Seniors or above. Complete an individualized research project for a community agency or organization. Classroom component addresses issues in applied theory, applied research and professional socialization. Capstone course for Applied Sociology emphasis. Repeatable, maximum of nine credits.

SOC 493 Practicum in Family Studies (3-9)

Prerequisites: SOC 324, SOC 352, SOC 361, SOC 362. Majors only. Permission of instructor. Seniors or above. Complete an individualized applied research project for a family service agency. Classroom component addresses issues in applied research, professional socialization and family policy. Capstone course for the Family Studies emphasis.

SOC 494 Research Practicum (3-6)

Prerequisite: SOC 362. For Interdisciplinary Non-Profit Administration majors only. Individualized research project for a non-profit organization. Classroom component addresses issues in applied research. Project must be initiated before enrollment and approval of the project is required.

SOC 508 Workshop (1-6)

A variety of workshops on special topics within the discipline. Goals and objectives will emphasize the acquisition of general knowledge and skills in the discipline. Repeatable, under different subtitles.

SOC 513 Professional Renewal (1-3)

Update skills and knowledge of professionals in the discipline. Goals and objectives will be specifically directed at individual professional enhancement rather than the acquisition of general discipline knowledge or methodologies. S/U or letter graded. Repeatable, under different subtitles.

SOC 523 Violence and the Family (3)

Examine major issues in family violence such as defining family violence, comparing types of explanations from different disciplines and translating social science perspectives to policy and social service delivery systems.

SOC 530 Organizational Analysis (3)

Analysis of complex organizations in education, health, criminal justice, business and media. Application of theories in structures of organizations, behaviors of individuals within organizations and interorganizational relationships.

SOC 532 Social Psychology and Group Dynamics (3)

Analyze and discuss issues, trends, paradigms and applications. Includes social interaction theories, small group dynamics and group based methodologies.

SOC 539 Seminar in Clinical Sociology (3)

Examine important issues and activities related to clinical sociology, survey research methods and intervention techniques used by sociologists, consider ethics of sociology, emphasize critical thinking, research and writing.

SOC 544 Sociology of Criminal Law (3)

Graduates only. Focus on substantive and procedural criminal law in the context of sociological theory, research and jurisprudence.

SOC 551 Classical Social Theory (3)

Study the major pioneering classical social theorists who established modern sociology during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Focus on the emergence of sociology as a discipline.

SOC 552 Applied Social Theory (3)

Provide understanding of the role of theory in the social sciences, provide knowledge of major paradigms utilized in contemporary social science theory, assess applied explanatory strengths and weaknesses of paradigms.

SOC 562 Social Statistics (3)

Prerequisite: STAT 150. Introduce applied statistics in social science research. Levels of measurement; measures of central tendency and variability, probability; estimation and hypothesis testing; measures of association - chi square.

SOC 563 Qualitative Methods (3)

Examination of major qualitative methods in sociology: ethnography, participant observation, phenomenological sociology, ethnomethodology, Verstehen sociology, hermeneutics and other methods. Emphasis is on field research and application of specific qualitative methods.

SOC 571 Sociology of Aging (3)

Survey theories and research on the social aspects of aging with emphasis on later maturity and old age.

SOC 580 Social Policy Analysis (3)

Examines social policy and society. Socio-cultural historical conditions, social institutions which affect policy formation. Social change and social policy and utilization of sociological concepts and methods are examined.

SOC 622 Directed Studies (1-3)

Individualized investigation under the direct supervision of a faculty member. (Minimum of 37.5 clock hours required per credit hour.) Repeatable, maximum concurrent enrollment is two times.

SOC 660 Applied Social Research (3)

Apply techniques of applied sociological research to an approved community project in applied social research, understand the relationship between basic and applied social research.

SOC 690 Practicum in College Teaching of Sociology (2)

Master's students contact graduate coordinator regarding desire to take course. Student is assigned to assist professor and will receive experience in observation and supervised practice in lower division course. S/U Graded.

SOC 691 Research Internship (1-9)

Prerequisites: Nine hours of graduate credit in sociology and consent of instructor. S/U graded. Put classroom learning into practice with research in an organizational setting. Repeatable, maximum of nine credits.


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