Sociology Course Descriptions

SOC 1301 (SOCI 1301) Introduction to Sociology (3 semester hours) An overview of the sociological perspective and its application to social research and social policy. (3-0) Y

SOC 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies (3 semester hours) An introduction to the way gender shapes individuals, social institutions and culture. Examines gender, class, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and nationality as interactive systems. Topics include biological arguments about gender and sexuality; the cultural construction of gender; the psychology of sex roles; the ways gender shapes families, workplaces and other social institutions. (Same as GST 2300) (3-0) Y

SOC 2319 (SOCI 2319) Race, Gender and Class (3 semester hours) The study of how race, gender, and class systems are interwoven. Explores how the multiple statuses of individuals (race, gender, and class) combine to produce packages of privileges and disadvantages. Topics include the social meanings of color, sex/gender systems in historical and contemporary perspectives, theories of power, stereotyping, affirmative action, race and gender in U.S. law, and welfare debates. (3-0) Y

SOC 3303 Classical Social Theory (3 semester hours) A survey and evaluation of the social philosophical thought and sociological theories of formative societal analysts from the late 1700s to the early 20th century. Sociological theorists' efforts to accurately describe, explain, and assess the impact of economic changes, political revolutions, social organization, social stratification, and religious beliefs on individuals’ lives will be assessed. Critiques of social theories, and their predictions about modern social life, will be evaluated. The relevance of the ideas, theories, concepts, and discoveries of Marx, Tocqueville, Weber, Freud, and Durkheim will receive special attention.Survey of the main currents of social theory as developed by European and American theorists and applied in contemporary social thought. Prerequisite: SOC 1301. (3-0) Y

SOC 3304 Research Methods in Sociology (3 semester hours) Examines methods of sociological research. Topics include the nature of scientific inquiry, framing a research problem, choosing a research design, developing hypotheses, sampling designs, and measuring variables. Topics will be covered as students conduct their own study. (3-0) Y

SOC 3306 Professional Writing for Sociology (3 semester hours) A review of professional writing and analytic skills used by sociologists. Students will prepare and revise a series of written assignments including, but not limited to, a literature review, a research design, a research report, and a policy analysis. Satisfies the Advanced Writing Requirement for sociology majors. Enrollment limited to sociology majors except with permission of instructor. Prerequisites: SOC 1301, 3303, and 3304. (3-0) Y

SOC 3314 Individual and Society (3 semester hours) The study of the relationship among the individual, social structure, and culture. Explores self-concept and personality, the process of socialization, role-taking and social interaction, norms, values, group membership, and group processes. (3-0) R

SOC 3321 Deviance (3 semester hours) Analysis of historical and contemporary perspectives which propose the causes, consequences, and cures for deviance. Description of theories, research, and public policy associated with efforts to control deviant behavior and deviant groups, and to establish normalcy. (3-0) R

SOC 3322 Social Problems/Contemporary Social Issues (3 semester hours) An overview of how sociological concepts and approaches can be applied to the study of the causes and consequences of various social issues in contemporary society. Topics may include poverty, crime, violence, social isolation, social conflict, and failing social institutions. (3-0) T

SOC 3325 Race, Ethnicity, and Community (3 semester hours) Examines stratification of races and ethnicities in the class system, government and corporate entities, and other areas of American society. Also examined are degrees of discrimination and prejudice that are experienced by different race and ethnic groups, as well as degrees of assimilation into the dominant social structures of U.S. society and the dominant culture. The course uses sociological analysis to help explain stratification and degrees of difference in these areas. The course also discusses the debate concerning multiculturalism and assimilation fueled by the racial and ethnic diversity of Immigrants arriving after 1965. Considers cultural and social behavior in multiracial and multiethnic societies. Issues include the formation and maintenance of individual and group identity, patterns of socioeconomic achievement, intergroup conflict, and the causes and consequences of public policy. (3-0) R

SOC 3331 Sociology of Education (3 semester hours) An examination of how educational institutions reflect and, in turn, influence social, economic, and political forces in the larger society, with an emphasis on education in the United States. Major topics will include the relationship between schooling and social inequality; how public policies such as Brown v. Board of Education and No Child Left Behind have shaped American education; current public debates over educational equity and effectiveness; and the challenges facing public education in post-industrial society. (3-0) R

SOC 3332 Social Control and Criminal Sanctions (3 semester hours) Examines the means by which society attempts to control the deviant/criminal conduct of its members. Analysis of formal and informal means and a variety of institutions and social processes meant to deter, punish, and reform inappropriate conduct. Prerequisite: CRIM 3302 or CRIM 3303. (Same as CRIM 4305) (3-0) R

SOC 3333 Religion in Society (3 semester hours) This course explores religion as a significant force and its impact on other social and cultural systems, including the family, the community, politics, the economy, education, and other social arenas. The course examines the nature and effect of religious organizations and ideas in the United States and other countries and religions. This course explores religion as a significant force and its impact on other social and cultural systems, including the family, the community, politics, the economy, education, and other social arenas. The course examines the nature and effect of religious organizations and ideas in the United States and other countries and religions. (3-0) R

SOC 3336 Culture Regions (3 semester hours) Survey of a major region of the world as defined by a set of common cultural traditions and institutions such as Latin America, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, or South Asia. Each time the course is offered, it will review the key cultural, social, economic, and political features of the region being addressed. The specific region to be studied will be announced in advance, and the course may be repeated for credit when a different culture region is treated. (3-0) Y

SOC 3338 Japanese Culture and Society (3 semester hours) This course provides an introduction to the key cultural, social, economic, and political features of Japan. The course will cover traditional/historical as well as contemporary aspects. (3-0) R

SOC 3339 Media & Society (3 semester hours) This course examines the role of the mass media in contemporary society. The course will take an integrated approach to studying mass media of various types and explore different dimensions of the media process as well as different types of media. (3-0) R

SOC 3340 Media & Politics (3 semester hours) This course examines how American media, in a variety of forms, direct political debate, influences decision-making and agenda-setting, and facilitate the flow of political news and information in the United States. (3-0) R

SOC 3341 Internet & Society (3 semester hours) This course examines the ways that the Internet technologies are affecting our everyday life, culture, institutions, groups, and identity, dealing with issues about the representation, identity, production, consumption and regulation of the Internet. (3-0) R

SOC 3342 The Life Cycle (3 semester hours) An examination of the institutions that shape the course of people's lives from birth to death. Topics include primary socialization, family, schools, peer groups, occupations, retirement, and death. (3-0) R

SOC 3343 Sociology of the Family (3 semester hours) Trends in family life are examined with special attention to how these relate to changes in men’s and women’s roles. Topics include sex-role socialization, division of labor in the household, sexuality, emotional aspects of marriage, marital power and decision making, and divorce. (3-0) R

SOC 3352 Gender Roles (3 semester hours) Examines female and male gender roles in both historic and contemporary contexts. Topics may include the sex/gender distinction, gender socialization, masculinities, the sexual division of labor, gender and power, and the interaction of gender with race, class, and sexuality. (3-0) R

SOC 3353 Law and Gender (3 semester hours) Examines how laws and legal institutions reflect and reproduce cultural notions of gender. Focuses on how legal equality and sex discrimination have been defined and challenged. Topics include rape law, reproductive issues, marriage and divorce, pornography, workplace regulations, and, generally, how gender and race ideologies interact in legal decision making. (Same as PSCI 3353) (3-0) R

SOC 3354 Gender, Society, and Politics (3 semester hours) Addresses the influence of gender on the distribution of public goods and the way gender, interacting with race and class, shapes social, political, and economic institutions. Introduces students to traditional notions of rights and citizenship as conceptual underpinnings for contemporary political and legal debates (on welfare, reproductive rights, childcare, job segregation, women in the military, prostitution). (Same as PSCI 3354 and GST 3303) (3-0) T

SOC 3357 Spatial Dimensions of Health and Disease (3 semester hours) Examines the spatial dimensions of health, disease, and the public health and health care systems. Provides an introduction to spatial epidemiology and a bridge to the terminology of medical and health care professionals. (Same as GEOG 3357). (3-0) Y

SOC 3358 Population: Concepts and Issues (3 semester hours) Introduces the key measures, data sources, concepts and theories to document and understand the variation of fertility and mortality, interregional migration, population distributions and their compositions in space and time. Historic, present and future population trends are discussed and analyzed in relation to biological principles and environmental challenges as well as diverging societal organizations and economic constraints. (Same as GEOG 3358). (3-0) Y

SOC 3361 Crime and Justice Policy (3 semester hours) Study of the forms, meanings, measurements, costs, and explanations for crime. Analysis of criminal justice policy, including issues of social control, deterrence, punishment, rehabilitation, danger, and justice. Prerequisite: CRIM 3302 or CRIM 3303. (Same as CRIM 3311) (3-0) T

SOC 3362 Youth Crime and Justice (3 semester hours) Study of the social phenomenon of juvenile delinquency and state supervision of youths. The causes of delinquency and the social and legal agencies established to deal with it. (Same as CRIM 3310) (3-0) R

SOC 3372 Population and Development (3 semester hours) Examines the relations between population, development, and the environment. Essential components of demographic analysis lay the foundation for a critical evaluation of demographic transition theory. Other topics include public health, population structure and life chances, cultural differences and women’s status, aging, environmental impacts and population policy. (Same as ECON 3372 and GEOG 3372) (3-0) T

SOC 3377 Urban Planning and Policy (3 semester hours) Explores important substantive areas and concepts in the field of urban and regional planning and current urban planning and policy issues and debates. Topics include: forces that have historically guided and are currently guiding U.S. urbanization; land use, growth management, transportation and traffic congestion, economic development, housing and community development, environmental planning; legal, environmental, governmental contexts. (Same as GEOG 3377 and PA 3377) (3-0) R

SOC 4302 Class, Status, and Power (3 semester hours) The nature of systems of differentiation and ranking in societies and their consequences; examination of how prestige, occupational skills, education, and economic assets are used to create class distinctions in the United States; the impact of class on life chances; concepts and processes of social mobility; and the influence of power inconsistencies on income, wealth, and status. Prerequisites: SOC 1301, 2319, or 3303. (3-0) Y

SOC 4303 Contemporary Social Theory (3 semester hours) A survey and assessment of sociological theories and concepts of the 20th and 21st century. The leading sociological theorists and their works will be reviewed for their significance and impact. New areas of sociological inquiry generating theoretical construction and hypothesis testing, using new methods of sociological research, will be examined. Additionally, the social construction of reality and the self, the importance of the primary group, the significance of ethnic and racial group membership will be explored for their importance. Some specific theoretical areas to be addressed include works associated with the Chicago School, Parsons and his students, African American sociologists, symbolic interactionism and ethnomethodology, and contemporary feminist perspectives. Prerequisite: SOC 1301. (3-0) Y

SOC 4335 Immigrants and Immigration in U.S. Society (3 semester hours) The course examines the assimilation into U.S. society and its main public social institutions of immigrants arriving after 1965 with a focus on the two largest groups: Mexicans and Asians, including immigrants from the Middle East. The course considers the effects of the economy and immigration law and policy on assimilation. Other topics include the impact of these "newest" immigrants on the racial and ethnic as well as cultural diversification of the U.S. population, multiculturalism, the second generation, and the future of immigrants and immigration in U.S. society. (3-0) R

SOC 4336 Post-1965 Immigrants and Their Religions in U.S. Society (3 semester hours) Examines the contribution of the post-1965 immigrants' religious congregations in their role as providers of social services to the assimilation of these immigrants into U.S. social institutions and culture. The course highlights the case of women and ways in which their involvement in their religious organizations' congregational structure and providing social services contributes to change in gender roles within their religious institutions. The course examines ways in which religion simultaneously encourages resistance to assimilation through reproducing ethnicity. The course also discusses the debate concerning multiculturalism and assimilation fueled by the religious, racial, and ethnic diversity of the post-1965 immigrants.(3-0) R

SOC 4311 Gender and Education (3 semester hours) An examination of the impact of gender, race, and class on the educational experiences of men and women. Considers the way educational institutions both empower individuals and reproduce social inequalities based on class, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality. Topics include Enlightenment discussions of gender and reason, co-ed vs. single sex education, curriculum transformation efforts to include the history of the experience of women and ethnic minotiries, feminist and critical pedagogies. (Same as GST 4311) (3-0) Y

SOC 4340 Organizations (3 semester hours) A survey of current ideas about the structures and dynamics of modern formal organizations. Considers such topics as technology, hierarchy, goals, information systems, control structures, power and politics, decision making, environments, and change. (Same as PA 4312) (3-0) T

SOC 4345 Nonprofit Organizations (3 semester hours) This course will address the basic concepts of the often overlooked trillion dollar nonprofit sector (also known as the Third Sector) that among others includes education, research, health care, art, religion, social services, advocacy, legal services, international assistance, foundations and mutual benefit organizations. This comprehensive course will provide a thorough introduction and understanding to the sector, such as the history of nonprofit organizations in America, qualifications for charitable groups, and international comparisons. It will also address voluntary sector dynamics such as board and volunteer administration and management. (Same as PA 4355) (3-0) R

SOC 4348 Business and Technology (3 semester hours) This course explores the role of technological innovation in macroeconomic performance and firm-level business activity. It highlights theoretical and research contributions from across the several social sciences, engineering, and management. Topics included all reflect on how technical advances emerge from - and have their impacts shaped within - markets and broader societal organization. The roles of domestic political institutions and public policy, as well as geo-political contexts, will be used to illustrate the broader implications of the technology-business relationship. Prerequisite: ECON 2302 or permission of the instructor. (Same as ECON 4348) (3-0) Y

SOC 4350 Political Sociology (3 semester hours) The analysis of political behavior, political institution formation and change, and the state, from a sociological perspective; voting behavior, political attitude formation, and the interaction of the state with other social institutions. (3-0) R

SOC 4355 Social Movements (3 semester hours) The structure, causes, and consequences of change-oriented social movements. Historical and contemporary case studies, including the American labor movement, the civil rights movement, and the feminist movement. (Same as PSCI 4358) (3-0) R

SOC 4356 Social Welfare Policy (3 semester hours) Explores the origins of social welfare institutions, programs, and services in American and European societies. Reviews critiques of social welfare policies from diverse ideological and political perspectives as well as recent studies of program implementation and effectiveness. Examines the politics of social welfare reform. (3-0) R

SOC 4361 Law and Society (3 semester hours) Analyzes laws and legal institutions as forms of regulation and social control. Explores the links between legal decision making, social structure, and cultural knowledge systems. Theoretical perspectives on law and society, law and ideology, the relation of law to public policy, and legal change as a strategy of social reform are explored. (3-0) R

SOC 4362 Drug Prohibition I (3 semester hours) Analyzes the laws that were passed in an attempt to combat the use of drugs and the public policy problem surrounding drug control. Course topics include the 19th and early 20th century laws against opiates and cocaine and the movement to outlaw marijuana. The course emphasizes a policy analysis of the alternative means available to deal with the illicit drug problem. (3-0) R

SOC 4363 Drug Prohibition II (3 semester hours) Analyzes the laws that were passed in an attempt to combat the use of drugs and the public policy problem surrounding the control of drugs. Course topics include the contemporary laws against drugs from 1937 to the present and focus on marijuana, designer drugs, crack cocaine, and methamphetamine. The course emphasizes a policy analysis of the alternative means available to deal with the illicit drug problem (3-0) R

SOC 4364 Civil Rights Law and Society (3 semester hours) Examines the development of civil rights law, and how social ideologies are reflected and reproduced in race and sex discrimination law. Explores how power is exercised through law, and how legal change is pursued as a strategy for social reform. Topics include antislavery and the judicial process, the Reconstruction Amendments, the role of the Supreme Court in U.S. society, school segregation cases, and hate speech. (Same as PSCI 4364) (3-0) Y

SOC 4370 Poverty and Unemployment (3 semester hours) The historical, economic, political, and cultural context of poverty and unemployment in the United States, and the social and governmental response to these conditions. (3-0) R

SOC 4371 Mental Health and Illness (3 semester hours) Explores the diverse, disturbing, disruptive, and disabling phenomena of mental disorders. Topics to be covered include the classification of mental disorders, the etiology and epidemiology of mental illnesses, and the history of societal responses to the mentally ill, including public policies. (3-0) R

SOC 4372 Health and Illness (3 semester hours) An examination of the social conditions and correlates of diseases, the social behavior of the sick, health institutions and professions, and the formulation and implementation of health policies and programs. (3-0) R

SOC 4373 Public Health and Society(3 semester hours) An overview of issues in public and population health within the context of social forces and structures such as social inequality, including class, race and ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation; access to economic and social resources; culture and lifestyle; environmental and occupational conditions; conflict and violence; and public health infrastructure. Particular emphasis will be devoted to health disparities and health policy in the United States and globally. (3-0) R

SOC 4375 Gender and Work (3 semester hours) A sociological analysis of historical trends and current patterns of gender inequality in paid and domestic work; examination of theories and research related to the role of gender in shaping labor market opportunities, experiences, and rewards; identification of various forms of workplace discrimination and potential remedies. (3-0) R

SOC 4377 Aging Society (3 semester hours) A study of the aging of society, including the biomedical, social, economic, and political forces shaping societal aging and public policies for the aged. (3-0) R

SOC 4378 Work and Occupations (3 semester hours) The structure of work, occupations, and industry with an emphasis on the rise of management and the modern corporation, productivity and work performance, the growth and decline of labor unions, and the emergence of service and high-tech industries. (3-0) R

SOC 4380 Women, Work and Family (3 semester hours) An examination of the relationship between women's work for pay in the marketplace and their unpaid work in homes across time and in different cultures. Topics include the historical separation of work from home under capitalism; division of household labor between men and women; public policy initiatives (socialized/commercial housework and daycare, family leave, telecommuting, part-time and flex-time work) designed to make juggling work and family easier; the ways class, race, and ethnicity constrain and enable women's choices. (Same as GST 4380) (3-0) Y

SOC 4396 Selected Topics in Sociology (3 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). (3-0) R

SOC 4V97 Independent Study in Sociology (1-6 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. May be repeated for credit (6 hours maximum). Consent of instructor required. ([1-6]-0) S

SOC 4V98 Internship (1-6 semester hours) May repeat for credit (6 hours maximum). Consent of instructor required. This course can only be taken Pass/Fail. ([1-6]-0) S

SOC 4V99 Senior Honors in Sociology (1-6 semester hours) For students conducting independent research for honors theses or projects. May be repeated for credit (6 hours maximum). ([1-6]-0) S