Sociology Courses

 

SOCI101 Introduction to Sociology

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Emphasizes the concepts and methodology by which the sociologist investigates the relationship between groups, institutions, cultures and the individual. Race, gender, class, religion and other forms of difference receive special treatment as mediating variables in this relationship.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCI203 Social Problems
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
A study of social and individual problems related to evolutions of social structure. This course investigates topics such as alcoholism, drug abuse, mental illness, violence and crime as they relate to social class, race and gender.

Prerequisite: ( SOCI101 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCI205 Racial & Ethnic Relations
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
An analysis is made of the processes involved when people of different racial, ethnic, and sociocultural origins meet and co-exist. While primary emphasis is given to racial and ethnic relations in the United States, the worldwide phenomena of prejudice and discrimination are also considered.

Prerequisite: ( SOCI101 )

Corequisite: None


 

SOCI206 Marriage & Family

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Surveys marriage and family forms across time and analyzes the economic, social, and political dynamics involved in ingoing changes in the institutions of marriage and family. The impact and implications of these changes for the individual, marriage and the family, and society are examined.

Prerequisite: ( SOCI101 ) OR ( ANTH101 ) OR ( ANTH102 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCI300 Sociology of Deviance

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A study of behavior that is not normal. Part of the course focuses on the forces from a mainstream society itself that compel deviant behavior. Other parts are on interaction processes between deviant actors and mainstream society, the formation of subcultures and countercultures, and the evolution of social rules and crime. The course emphasizes attention to gender and racial social structures.

Prerequisite: ( SOCI101 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCI301 Juvenile Delinquency

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An analysis of the nature of juvenile delinquency, theories of causation, methods of treatment, and suggested methods of prevention.

Prerequisite: ( SOCI101 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCI328 Social Science Seminar

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Social science seminar.

Prerequisite: ( SOCI101 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCI330 Japanese Culture and Society

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

The course will use sociological and anthropological perspectives to understand Japanese culture and society. The course will highlight various social institutions and cultural elements of the Japanese society, namely education, religion, popular culture, group dynamics, marriage and the family, and economy. Through the multidisciplinary approach, the course will investigate both historical as well as contemporary issues concerning Japan.

Prerequisite: ( SOCI101 ) OR ( ANTH101 ) OR ( ANTH102 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCI351 Urban-Rural Sociology
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
An inquiry into the geographic concentration of population. The course describes and explains the evolution of agricultural technology and its impact on the character and culture of rural populations. The course also describes and explains the evoluation of cities, communities and neighborhoods especially in regards to race and socioeconomic class.

Prerequisite: ( SOCI101 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCI352 Sociological Theory
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
An exploration of the evolution of social thought leading to the systematic and scientific basis of modern sociology and systematic analysis of major schools of modern sociological theory.

Prerequisite: ( SOCI101 )

Corequisite: None


 

SOCI354 Social Change

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An inquiry into the nature of social change--its causes, processes, and consequences--and a critical examination of theories of social change and their applications to the comparative analysis of Western and Asian societies.

Prerequisite: ( SOCI101 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCI360 Death & Dying

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An exploration of the various ways societies have sought to understand and cope with death. Consideration is given to the way individuals, families, and societies have formulated policy and administrative procedures to make institutions more humane in their response to the terminally ill and the bereaved.

Prerequisite: ( SOCI101 ) OR ( PSYC100 ) OR ( HONR180 )

Corequisite:  None


 

SOCI402 Industrial Sociology

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An inquiry into the cultural and economic forces that both create and result from a society's productive capacity. This course concentrates on the American situation including its history, its position in the global division of labor and its experiences with race and gender.

Prerequisite: ( SOCI101 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCI403 Social Gerontology: Sociology of Aging

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A sociological analysis of the problems confronting the aged in modern bureaucratic society. Emphasis is placed on the influence that various structures--groups, associations, and institutions have on the changing statuses and roles of individuals in society.

Prerequisite: ( SOCI101 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCI404 Sociological Research

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Preparation for critical consumption of research in teh behavioral sciences and for graduate-level education in research methodology.  This course covers quantitative methodologies:  Sampling, measurement, survey design and analysis.  This course also covers qualitative methodologies including participant observation and semi-structured interviewing.  Students experience intensive writing processes by articulating results to lay audiences.

Prerequisite:  SOCI101 and MATH107 and SOCI352


 

SOCI410 Sociology of Organizations

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

A study of informal and formal organizations in the contexts of work, voluntary agencies, and/or the military.  This course investigates the creation, evolving structures, and evolving functions of such organizations and their consequences on social class, race and gender.

Prerequisite: ( SOCI101 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCI420 Corrections

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

This course will explore the relationship of criminology to criminal justice from systems and interdisciplinary approaches. Major emphases are placed on investigating philosophies and issues in corrections such as retribution, restitution, general and specific deterrence, incapacitation, rehabilitation, or treatment. Correctional strategies are also examined by evaluating traditional and nontraditional adult and juvenile corrections.

Prerequisite: ( SOCI101 )

Corequisite:   None 


 

SOCI425 Economic Sociology (3.0 sh)

An inquiry into value, symbols of value and the motives for production and consumption.  The course includes topics such as the construction of currency, the comparison between free markets and central planning, the evolution and function or inequality, an analysis of stratification and an examination of cultures associated with social classes.  The course integrates race and gender as important independent and dependent variables.

Prerequisite:  SOCI101

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