2020-21 Academic Catalog
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Sociology Courses (SOC)

Courses

SOC 1000 (980:001). Introduction to Sociology — 3 hrs.

Scientific approach to analysis and understanding of culture, human groups and institutions, personality, self, and social control. (Fall and Spring)

SOC 1060 (980:060). Social Problems — 3 hrs.

Analysis of nature and range of social problems arising in modern industrial society. Consideration given to conditions creating them and methods by which society seeks to cope with them. (Variable)

SOC 2000. The Sociological Career — 3 hrs.

This course helps students prepare for sociology careers. Students will: Explore skill sets in this major; View sociology in multiple career areas; Visit with alumni; Engage with students in the Sociology Club; Prepare job search materials; Utilize career resources on campus. (Fall)

SOC 2010 (980:108). Research Methods — 3 hrs.

Introduction to basic research methods used in social research. Conceptualization and operationalization of research problems. Examination of various research designs used to collect data. Introduction to sampling, instrumentation, data processing, data analysis, and report production. Priority to Sociology and Criminology majors and minors. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060). (Fall and Spring)

SOC 2020 (980:080). Statistics for Social Research — 3 hrs.

Levels of measurement, frequency distributions, graphic representations, measures of average, measures of dispersion, cross-tabulation and measures of association, Pearson correlation, bivariate regression analysis, probability and hypothesis testing, inferences involving single sample and two samples, and analysis of variance. Prerequisite(s): completion of mathematics requirement for the Liberal Arts Core. (Fall and Spring)

SOC 2030 (980:105g). Sociology of Families — 3 hrs.

Examination of social aspects of families by reviewing research on topics such as mate selection, marital quality, work and families, parenthood, divorce and remarriage, and family diversity. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060). (Variable)

SOC 2040 (980:156g). Social Movements — 3 hrs.

Explores sociological and social psychological theories and concepts of the genesis, dynamics, and demise of modern social movements. Students also experience social movement dynamics first-hand by participating in a local social movement organization. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060). (Variable)

SOC 2075 (980:100g). Social Psychology — 3 hrs.

Analysis of how people's thoughts, feelings, actions, and identities are influenced by social processes, interactions, and structures. Special attention to how people acquire, construct, and negotiate identities and how they are influenced by social realities of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation in these processes. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060). (Variable)

SOC 3035/5035 (980:125g). Social Gerontology — 3 hrs.

Personal, interpersonal, and societal factors in the human aging process; emphasis on family, community, and governmental responsibility in defining and resolving problems of the aged in modern industrial society. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060); junior standing. (Variable)

SOC 3037/5037 (980:045g). Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice — 3 hrs.

The nature, origin, and consequences of race and ethnicity as sources of differentiation and inequality. Examines competing theories, the distribution of resources across groups, and social processes related to race, ethnicity, and social justice. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060); junior standing. (Variable)

SOC 3045/5045 (980:135g). Social Inequality — 3 hrs.

The nature, origins, and reproduction of social inequalities. Examines the distribution of resources across groups and the processes that create it. Covers class, race, gender, and sexuality, and their relationship to each other. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060); junior standing. (Variable)

SOC 3050/5050 (980:129g). Men and Masculinities — 3 hrs.

Examination of men's lives from boys to men in such roles as friends, lovers, co-workers, family members, students, athletes, consumers, and soldiers. Consideration of diversities of male experiences through such categories as race, ethnicity, religion, class, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and appearance. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

SOC 3060/5060 (980:138g). Sociology of Culture — 3 hrs.

Culture permeates our lives, as a powerful and everyday force in society. Covers classical and contemporary theory, the high and popular culture debate, and the production and reception/consumption of culture. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060); junior standing. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): SOC 2010 (980:108). (Variable)

SOC 3070/5070 (980:170g). Sociological Theory — 3 hrs.

An overview of classical and contemporary social theory. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060); junior standing. (Spring)

SOC 3080/5080 (980:120g). Immigration and Transnationalism — 3 hrs.

Comparative multi-disciplinary perspective on international migration and immigrant settlement strategies, with a focus on Western Europe and the United States. Topics cover the main theoretical and contemporary debates within the field of international migration. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060) or ANTH 1002 (990:011); junior standing. [Same as ANTH 3080/5080 (990:120g)] (Variable)

SOC 3086/5086. Medical Sociology — 3 hrs.

Medical sociology is a broad field of study that uses sociological theories and methods to investigate the social causes and consequences of health and illness. In this course we will examine the social determinants of health, disease, and mortality, health-seeking behaviors, doctor-patient interactions, health care providers, complementary and alternative medicine, health care delivery systems domestically and globally, health care policy, and ethics. Ultimately, students will learn the crucial role that societal and cultural forces play for health and well-being outcomes. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) OR SOC 1060; consent of instructor; junior standing. (Variable)

SOC 3087/5087. Society and Mental Illness — 3 hrs.

Mental illness is an individual and social phenomenon, which includes interactions between social structural, cultural, institutional, psychological, and biological factors. The way mental health professionals define, diagnose, and treat mental illness varies greatly depending on the time period, place, and cultural norms of a society. The experiences of those living with mental illness also differ according to peoples' positions in larger social and institutional hierarchies, and mental health problems often cluster among those with the fewest resources. In this class, we will use a sociological lens to examine: (1) how definitions of mental illness have changed over time, place, and cultural context; (2) the social distribution of mental illness by race/ethnicity, class, sex/gender, and age; (3) the roles that stress, social support, religion, and neighborhood environments play for mental illness; (4) the consequences of mental illness and social barriers to treatment, such as stigma, isolation, legal issues, family problems, and domestic and global public policy; and (5) how sociologists work in collaboration with others in related social science and medical fields to investigate the causes, consequences, and conditions for those living with mental illness and for society. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060); junior standing. (Variable)

SOC 3090 (980:102). Conflict Resolution — 3 hrs.

Survey of social science theory and research in conflict resolution with emphasis on development of less destructive modes of problem solving in social formations. Prerequisite(s): SW 1001 or PSYCH 1001 (400:001) or SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060) or consent of instructor; junior standing. (Same as ANTH 3470 (990:102) and SW 3102 (450:102)) (Fall and Spring)

SOC 3179 (980:179). Cooperative Education — 1-6 hrs.

Experiential learning in cooperation with the Cooperative Education office. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours in sociology including SOC 2010 (980:108); junior standing; consent of instructor and department head and Cooperative Education office. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SOC 4005/5005. Refugees and Humanitarianism — 3 hrs.

This class explores the social and political challenges of living as a refugee and working in humanitarian settings, with a focus on refugee camps and the institutional development of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. How did we come to use refugee camps as the primary means to administer sanctuary in certain parts of the world? What are the consequences of this? The last part of class will explore the outcomes refugees face when they are processed through the UN framework of durable solutions as well as alternative approaches to refuge. Refugees and Humanitarianism is meant to provoke passionate concern for the real world consequences of refugee aid and measured social scientific thinking about how to respond to the challenges of humanitarian crisis in our "second-best" world. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060); junior standing. (Variable)

SOC 4015/5015 (980:178g). Qualitative Research — 3 hrs.

Development and application of qualitative descriptive and analytic methods used in social science research. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060) or ANTH 1002 (990:011); junior standing. [Same as ANTH 4015/5015 (990:178g)] (Variable)

SOC 4025/5025 (980:160g). Quantitative Research — 3 hrs.

This course provides an intermediate overview of methods used to collect, analyze, and present quantitative sociological data, with an emphasis on survey research. Students will gain applied research skills in the context of completing survey research projects. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060); SOC 2010 (980:108) or equivalent; SOC 2020 (980:080) or equivalent; completion of LAC math requirement; junior standing. (Variable)

SOC 4036/5036. Program and Policy Evaluation — 3 hrs.

This course engages students on how social science methodologies can be applied to program and policy evaluation. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060); SOC 2020 (980:080); or consent of the instructor; junior standing. (Variable)

SOC 4051/5051. Sociology of Gender — 3 hrs.

Explores theories about gender differentiation and inequality. Analyzes the ways that gender influences social life within major institutions such as media, family, work, education, and politics. Focuses on the U.S. but also comparative. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060); junior standing. (Variable)

SOC 4071/5071 (980:171g). Feminist Theories in the Social Sciences — 3 hrs.

Survey of theoretical approaches to study of sex and gender. Classical, structural, neo-Freudian, Marxist feminist, and radical approaches. Topics include work, family, religion, and sexuality. Prerequisite(s): SOC SCI 1020 (900:020) or SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060) or ANTH 1002 (990:011) or WGS 1040 (680:040); junior standing. (Variable)

SOC 4198 (980:198). Independent Study — 1-3 hrs.

May be repeated with department head approval. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours in sociology including SOC 2010 (980:108); junior standing; consent of instructor and department head. (Variable)

SOC 4485. Sociology Internship — 1-3 hrs.

Experiential learning through internship placement in a sociology-related agency or position. Requires prior consultation with instructor. Intended for sociology majors. A maximum of three credit hours of SOC 4485 or SOC 4585 may count toward the sociology major. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours in sociology (SOC xxxx); major GPA of 2.80 or higher, junior standing; consent of instructor and department head. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SOC 4499/5499. Seminar in Sociology — 3 hrs.

Selected topics; opportunity to correlate previous course work and knowledge in field of sociology. Topic listed in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours in sociology including SOC 2010 (980:108) or consent of instructor; junior standing. (Variable)

SOC 4500/5500. Theory and Practice in Applied Settings — 1-6 hrs.

Experiential learning in sociology. Requires prior consultation with instructor. Offered on credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours in sociology including SOC 2010 (980:108); junior standing; consent of instructor and department head. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SOC 4501/5501. Research Experience in Sociology — 1-3 hrs.

Research participation and/or independent supervised research. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours in sociology including SOC 2010 (980:108); junior standing; consent of instructor and department head. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SOC 4502/5502. Readings in Sociology — 1-3 hrs.

May be repeated only with consent of department. Prerequisite(s): 9 hours in sociology; junior standing; consent of instructor and department head. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SOC 4585. Practical Field Experience — 1-3 hrs.

Designed for students currently working in in an sociology-related agency or position. Provides an opportunity for students to apply academic material to their current jobs in sociology or a related field. Intended for sociology majors. A maximum of three credit hours of SOC 4485 or SOC 4585 may count toward the sociology major. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours in sociology (SOC xxxx); major GPA of 2.80 or higher; junior standing; consent of instructor and department head. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SOC 6299 (980:299). Research.

Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor and department head. (Variable)