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Sociology (SOC)

Chairperson: Professor Peters (Sociology and Anthropology)

100 General Sociology (3)

Introductory description and analysis of the structure and dynamics of human society. Social norms, groups, intergroup relations, social change, stratification, and institutions. (Lec. 3) (S) [D]

204 Social Psychology (3)

Examination of the social basis of self and behavior; emphasis on identity, motivation, attitude, social role, and the symbolic in social life. (Lec. 3)

212 Families in Society (3)

Examines the role of families in maintaining and changing society. Emphasis on demographic and historical changes in family life, the diversity of family structures, and connections between the family and the political economy. (Lec. 3/Online) (S) [D]

214 Urban Sociology (3)

Introduction to major theories of urbanization; examination of the social, political, and cultural aspects of urbanization and contemporary urban problems such as the population explosion, pollution, class inequality and alienation; emphasis on a global and comparative cross-national perspective. (Lec. 3)

216 Deviant Behavior (3)

Examination and analysis of major theories of deviant behavior. Application of these theories to particular types of deviant behavior. (Lec. 3)

224 Health, Illness, and Medical Care (3)

Introduction to social factors in the occurrence, distribution, and treatment of illness in society; critical analysis of the social organization of medicine in contemporary American society. (Lec. 3)

230 Crime and Delinquency (3)

Survey of the extent, distribution, trends, and costs of delinquency and crime in the United States; examination of selected types of crime and delinquency; policy implications. (Lec. 3/Online) (S) [D]

240 (or AAF 240) Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

Relations among the various ethnic, religious, racial, and political minorities and majorities, with special reference to the United States. (Lec. 3) (S) [D] Professor Cunnigen 's section is writing intensive [WI].

242 Sex and Gender (3)

Current research exploring issues of sex and gender. Socialization, gender role playing, and personal relationships. Institutional costs of sexism. Prospects for human liberation. (Lec. 3/Online) (S) [D]

274 (or PSC 274) Criminal Justice System

The American system of criminal justice, general processing of cases, principal actors, study of theories of criminal law, and pretrial detention and sentencing. (Lec. 3)

300 Topics in Sociology (3)

Critical study of selected topics. Subject will vary according to the expertise and availability of instructors. (Lec. 3) Pre: one 100- or 200-level sociology course. May be repeated for credit with different topic.

301 Sociological Research Methods (3)

Scientific method in sociological research; emphasis on the development of the ability to construct and evaluate data-based arguments; topics include the nature of evidence, research design, principles and techniques of sampling, data collection and interpretation. (Lec. 3) Pre: 9 credits in SOC. Open only to sociology majors.

318 Social Movements and Social Change (3)

Analysis of theoretical perspectives, directions, patterns, and consequences of social change in relationship to social movements. Case studies of social movements with special emphasis on the civil rights movement. (Lec. 3) Pre: 6 credits in sociology.

320 Organizations (3)

Explores both formal and informal aspects of organizations from a sociological perspective. Topics include bureaucracy and its consequences; post-bureaucratic and postmodern forms of organization; modern and contemporary theories of organizing and organizations. (Lec. 3) Pre: one 100- or 200-level sociology course. Offered in the spring of even-numbered years.

322 The Arts and Social Order (3)

Consideration of the relationship between the arts and socially established meanings, social structure, and societal myths, with special attention to consonant and dissonant functions of the arts for social cohesion. (Lec. 3) Pre: 6 credits in sociology or permission of instructor.

326 Madness and Society (3)

Phenomenon of mental disorder considered in light of recent research findings and developments in sociological theory. Mental disorder discussed as an outgrowth of societal processes. (Lec. 3) Pre: 6 credits in sociology or permission of instructor.

329 (or APG 329) Contemporary Mexican Society (3)

Examines the social, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of contemporary Mexico. Demographic composition, economic and political development, civil society and women’s political participation, indigenous issues and rights, U.S-Mexico relations and bilateral issues, and human rights. (Lec. 3) Pre: SOC course at the 200-level or APG 203.

330 Police in Democratic Societies (3)

Examines the development of policing, its structures and functions, police discretion and accountability, and current innovations. Focus on the United States with comparisons to other countries. (Lec. 3) Pre: SOC major, junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.

331 Punishment and Corrections (3) )

An overview and analysis of societal reactions to crime with emphasis on American society. Purposes of criminal sanctions, probation and parole, jails and prisons, capital punishment and its effect. (Lec. 3) Pre: SOC major, junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.

336 (or AAF 336) Social Inequality (3)

Dimensions and dynamics of inequality in society; concepts of class and status; processes of social mobility. (Lec. 3) Pre: one 100- or 200-level sociology course. Professor Cunnigen 's section is writing intensive [WI].

350 Work and Family Life (3)

Linkages between economic and family institutions. Effects of work on family and of family on work. Historical development of the linkages. Contemporary effects due to men 's decreasing and women 's increasing labor force participation. (Lec. 3) Pre: 100 or 212 or HDF 230.

370 Theories of Crime and Delinquency (3)

Historical development of criminological theory; examination of the major sociological and social psychological theories of crime, criminality, and delinquency; evaluation of competing theories. (Lec. 3) Pre: SOC major, junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.

401 History of Sociological Thought (3)

Examination of the basic questions and issues that have been the focus of sociological thought; critical analysis of theoretical sociology with an emphasis on the contributions of sociological theory to understanding the structures and problems of modern society. (Lec. 3) Pre: 100 and 6 credits in sociology. Open only to sociology majors.

403 Gender, Crime, and Justice (3)

Gender differences in the extent and nature of crime and delinquency; sociological explanations of the gender difference in crime and delinquency; gender differences in formal and informal social control. (Seminar) Pre: 370. Not for graduate credit.

408 Individual Life and Social Order (3)

Sociology of the individual as a creative participant in social order. Emphasis on cultural symbolism in the development of personal idiom, social structure, and social change. (Lec. 3) Pre: 9 credits in sociology or permission of instructor.

410 Race, Crime, and Criminal Justice (3)

Examination of the involvement of selected racial and ethnic groups in crime, both as victims and offenders; disparity and discrimination in the criminal justice system. (Lec. 3) Pre: SOC major, junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.

413 Gender Inequality (3)

Development of gender inequality. Critique of various theories explaining inequality. Sociological interpretation of theories of gender. (Seminar) Pre: 242 or permission of instructor.

415 Migration in the Americas )

See Anthropology 415.

420 Family Violence (3)

Surveys the extent, distribution, trends, and costs of physical, emotional, and economic forms of family violence at individual, dyadic, and cultural levels. (Seminar) Pre: SOC major, junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. Approved for graduate credit.

428 (or AAF 428) Institutional Racism (3)

Consideration of varying models of race and ethnic relations; examination of recent research on issues such as residential segregation, school desegregation, affirmative action, and racial disorders; comparisons of United States with other societies. (Seminar) Pre: one 300-level sociology course or permission of instructor. In alternate years.

430 (or PSY 430) Intimate Relationships (3)

Examination of the effects of cultural, social, and psychological processes on the development, maintenance, and dissolution of intimate relationships. Emphasis on friendship patterns, dating and marital relationships, intimacy in nontraditional relationships. Emphasis on research. (Lec. 3) Pre: any 100- or 200-level course in sociology or PSY 113 or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

432 (or LRS 432) Work, Employment, and Society /(3)

Explores the workplace and employment relations from a sociological perspective. Topics include work systems, worker alienation and organization, occupational identity, and the impacts of immigration, feminization, and globalization on the workplace. (Lec. 3) Pre: 100 or permission of the instructor. Offered in the spring of odd-numbered years.

437 Law and Families in the United States

See Human Development and Family Studies 437.

438 Aging in Society (3)

Analysis of the use of age in assigning roles, age changes over the life course, and the implications of demographic changes for societies. Emphasis upon theories of aging, the status and power of the aged, and relations between age groups. (Lec. 3) Pre: one 300-level course in sociology or permission of instructor.

444 The Sociology of Religion (3)

Sociological theory and research in the analysis of interrelationships among religious culture, secular culture, the social structure of religious groups, and general social structure. (Lec. 3) Pre: one 100- or 200-level sociology course.

446 Sociology of Knowledge (3)

Theories and research on the social bases of ideas. Emphasis on the works of Durkheim, Mannheim, and Marx and their influences on “common sense” interpretations of social life. (Seminar) Pre: one 100- or 200-level sociology course.

452 Class and Power (3)

Class structures and patterns of power in advanced societies; comparisons of inequality in capitalist and socialist societies; theories of the relation between class and power; class consciousness, conflict, and accommodation. (Lec. 3) Pre: 6 credits in sociology.

476 (or PSC 476) Policy Issues in Criminal Justice /(3)

Examination of current and proposed criminal justice policies in light of social science theory and research, including capital punishment, community policing, gun control, intermediate sanctions, legalization of drugs, mandatory sentencing, privatization of prisons, restorative justice. (Seminar) Pre: SOC major, junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.

495 Senior Seminar in Sociology (3)

Critical examination of selected topics in sociology. Particular topics for examination will be selected by the course instructor. Required for students in the B.A. program in sociology. (Seminar) Pre: senior standing; open only to sociology majors. Not for graduate credit.

497 Field Experience in Sociology (3-6)

Field experience in an approved government agency or nonprofit organization; practice in applying sociological concepts and methods to the analysis of problems faced by the agency and/or its clients, exploration of career opportunities. (Practicum) Service learning. Pre: junior or senior standing and 6 credits in sociology beyond 100. May be taken for 3 or 6 credits. A maximum of 6 credits may be earned. Not for graduate credit. Open only to sociology majors or with permission of instructor.

498, 499 Independent Study (3 each)

Areas of special research not covered in other courses. May be taken as honors courses. (Independent Study) Pre: one 300-level sociology course and permission of instructor.

505 Public Program Evaluation

See Political Science 505.


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