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The course offerings at Clarion University of PA go through an extensive review process by the Committee on Courses and Programs of Study (CCPS).  This course offerings list is a comprehensive list of courses that could be offered; it does not mean they are currently being offered.

For a complete list of courses offered on the current or upcoming schedules, see the Registrar's page Schedule of Classes.

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Course Id (currently sorted in Ascending order) Course TitleCourse Description
COOP 304
Co-Op Sociology
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COOP 404
Intrn Sociology
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ED 526
Sociology Of Ed
This course is an analysis of the public school as an institution in modern societies and its operation in complex social structures. The course draws upon the science of sociology and other social fields to explain the operation of the school as one, of the social systems which operate to influence the development of people in becoming efficient and cooperative members of society.|
SOC 211
Prin Of Sociology
Introduces the nature and characteristics of human societies, the structure and processes of social life, the impact of social forces on personal and group behavior, and the interdependence of society and the individual. Each semester.|
SOC 216
Women And Culture
Introduces the study of the lives of women in cross-cultural perspective. Explores gender issues including sexual division of labor, inequality, changing position of women in families, and the role of women in development. Alternate years.|
SOC 236
Criminology
Examines historical and contemporary attempts to explain the origins of criminal behavior and society's reaction to it from a variety of perspectives. Provides students with an understanding of how these theories have influenced the present criminal, justice systems. Annually|
SOC 253
Intro To Gerontology
Provide a general introduction to social gerontology. Emphasizes the typical aspects of aging. Reviews current hypotheses and findings concerning aging processes. No prerequisite. Annually.|
SOC 310
Classical Sociol Theory
Acquaints students with the thoughts of sociologists who have made major contributions to the founding of the discipline and whose work continues to be relevant today. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or permission of the instructor. Fall, annually.|
SOC 311
Social Stratification
Examines class, social status, and power inequalities at the community, national, and world level. Considers a history of inequality, theories of structured inequality, class information, poverty, class, gender, and racial inequalities, modality, and, legitimacy. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or permission of instructor. On demand.|
SOC 312
Micro-Sociology
Explores the relationship between the individual and the social environment emphasizing group influences on individual attitudes and behavior. Examines major social psychological theories focusing primarily on symbolic interactionism, ethnoemthodolog,y, dramaturgy, and the sociology of emotions. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or permission of instructor. On demand.|
SOC 315
Social Welfare
Examines the nature of social welfare policies and programs in the U.S. An overview of the history and administration of major social welfare programs is presented. Examines programs for the poor, the mentally ill, the disabled, children and families, at-risk, the unemployed, and the aged in our society. No prerequisite. Spring, annually.|
SOC 316
Ending Poverty
Introduces the field of development anthropology, including its applied aspects. Explores the history of development theory; models of cultural change; contemporary issues of poverty and globalization; models of program design. Provides students wi,th a practical background in project design, assessment, and management. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Alternate years|
SOC 318
Sociology Of Death And Dying
Provides an exploration of the sociological issues related to death, dying and bereavement. Topics examined include: societal definitions and attitudes, societal rituals and responses, and theoretical perspectives on death, dying and bereavement. Soc,ietal concerns regarding end-of-life decisions will be addressed. No prerequisite. Fall, annually.|
SOC 320
Contemp Sociological Thy
Acquaints students with the thought of sociologists who have made major contributions to theoretical sociology since the 1930s. Covers the life, historical context, and major works of theorists such as Parsons, Merton, Dehrendorf, Coser, Collins, Hom,ans, Blau, Turner, Goffman, and others. No prerequisite. On demand.|
SOC 321
Sociology Of Work
A study of occupational and organizational work settings, social meanings, types, and social functions of work. Analyzes unemployment and its social causes and consequences. Examines selected work place reforms and proposed structural changes of work,. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or ANTH 211. Once annually.|
SOC 324
Images Of Working-Class Life
Examines the experience of working-class people from a number of perspectives: non-fiction, fiction, poetry, song, drama, film. Focuses on themes of class, identity, cultural influences, and economic and political power as they explicitly relate to, the issue of work. Offered Spring odd years. Prerequisite: For ENG credit successful completion of or exemption from general education writing requirement; for SOC credit SOC 211. Spring, odd years.|
SOC 325
Middle Eastern Am & Society
This course will examine the many histories, experiences, and cultures that shape and define Americans of Middle Eastern origin. It explores the diversity and commonality of experiences among different Middle Eastern immigrant groups and their desce,ndents. The focus will be on the experiences of immigrants from the predominantly Muslim Middle East in American society with a modest attention to the historical trajectory of their immigration and settlement. The course will investigate the socia,l consequences of the events of September 11, 2001, as these have transformed the position of Middle Eastern Americans as an ethnic group. Themes and specific issues outlined in the course will include: immigration to the U.S., assimilation, demogr|
SOC 340
Sociology Conflict Res
Analyzes social conflict and introduces the dynamics of conflict resolution. Emphasizes examining theories and methods of active nonviolent conflict resolution in small group and large organizational settings. Includes violence, types of noncooperati,on, negotiation, adjudication, and mediation. Uses cross-cultural data extensively. Prerequisite: SOC 211. Once, annually.|
SOC 345
LGBTQ Communities
This course investigates the origins and social consequences of gender and sexual identity and provides a critical examination of the historical context and contemporary social institutions that inform gender and sexual identity in the United States., The course will outline the development, maintenance and positions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities in society. The course focuses on the learning, maintaining, and changing of sexual gender identities in various institu,tional settings, especially the family, education, religion, politics, work and social movements. Prerequitsite: SOC 211.|
SOC 351
Contemp Soc Problems
Examines the formation and indicators of problems that affect the functioning of society as a whole. Analyzes solutions to selected social problems. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or permission of the instructor. Once annually.|
SOC 352
The Family
Deals with development of the family and the home in its historical, economic, and legal aspects. Considers the various factors influencing the organization, disorganization, and reorganization of the family, as well as the modern trends in the basic, institution. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or permission of the instructor.|
SOC 353
Aging In Amer Society
Human aging takes place within a social and cultural context. Social and social-psychological perspectives will be used to gain a better understanding of the process, problems and prospects of aging in American society. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or SOC, 253 or permission of instructor.|
SOC 354
Special Topics
Offered occasionally.|
SOC 356
Sociology And Film
Uses the sociological perspective to analyze film content. Examine how film reflects society and particular ideologies and how society and ideas about social issues are influenced by film. Topics include family, race relations, substance use, the e,lderly, sexuality, and social stratification. Prerequisite: Soc 211 or permission of instructor. On demand.|
SOC 361
Soc Of Dev Behav
A sociological perspective on social deviance; overview of theoretical approaches; research examples of various forms of deviant behavior, attributes and beliefs. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or permission of instructor.|
SOC 362
Race & Ethnic Relations
Background of racial and ethnic identity. Examines contemporary aspects of inter-ethnic and inter-racial group relations. Considers proposals for alleviating and resolving problems and their implications. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or permission of the in,structor. Once annually.|
SOC 390
Social Movements
The objective of the course is to introduce students to the field of social movements. Particular emphasis will be placed on the application of theoretical ideas to case studies in order to enhance student knowledge of community organizing and socia,l movements. Therefore, this course will focus on historical and contemporary social movements, including the American civil rights movement, the women's movement, the gay and lesbian rights movement, environmental and peace movements, the new Ameri,can right, and the global justice movement. Empirical studies of these movements will be used to explore such general issues as how social movements emerge, grow and decline. Prerequisite: SOC 211.|
SOC 395
Social Change
Analyzes social change processes through study of major theories of social change and recent investigations in the general area of social change. Examines major social forces and movements shaping contemporary patterns of social change, e.g., industr,ialization, rationalization, urbanization. Examines the impact of inventions, discoveries, revolutions, reform movements, and attempts to direct the course of change through various types of planning and development programs. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or, permission of the instructor.|
SOC 400
Independent Study
Concentrated exploration and study of a problem or area of sociology not covered by existing courses and in accord with the student's interest and needs and under the direction of department faculty member. Prior to enrolling, students are required t,o submit a written proposal outlining their plan of study for the instructor with whom they will be working. Enrollment limited to juniors and seniors with consent of the instructor. Maximum number of credits in SOC 400 is limited to nine.|
SOC 410
The Sociology Of Sport
The perspective of this course is that sport is a socially constructed concept. Students will engage in the analysis of sport as a contemporary social institution. Class participants, following the sociological tradition, will try to detect, measur,e, and explain the reciprocal impact of sport with other institutions such as the family, education, and the economy. For example, sport as presently constituted has numerous economic aspects; it is a form of work for many persons. Examination of s,port will be based on the structural functionalist, social conflict and symbolic interactionist paradigms of sociology. Prerequisite: either Soc 211 or permission of instructor. Every third semester.|
SOC 450
Research Methods
Fundamentals of the research process and methods including, research design, interview and questionnaire construction, sampling methodology, basic descriptive and inferential statistics, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation. P,rerequisites: SOC 211; 3 hours of statistics or permission of the instructor.|
SOC 451
Qualitative Research Methods
Qualitative research seeks to integrate the lived experience with principles from the scientific method. This course is designed to provide an overview of qualitative research methods and techniques used for conducting sociological research such as c,ase studies, unobtrusive methods, participant observation, choices of observer status role, recording data, uses of technical equipmrnt, key informants, interviewing techniques, and ethical considerations in employing such methods and procedures. The, course examines the use of these methods and techniques in both academic and applied research. Prerequisite: SOC 211, SW 211 or SW 212.|
SOC 452
Sex,Gender & Social
Investigates the social consequences of the cultural universal that all societies categorize their members according to sex. Focuses on the learning, maintaining, and changing of gender roles in various institutional settings, especially the family,,education, religion, politics, and work. Prerequisite: SOC 211.|
SOC 499
Supervised Field Placemt
With the approval and under the supervision of a member of the sociology faculty, students are placed in field-work settings, e.g., child welfare agencies, offices of aging, divisions of the criminal justice system, community development agencies, et,c., where they will observe and work with persons responsible for carrying out a range of specific human services. Requires a 10-hour commitment each week. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor, junior standing, and, six hours in sociology.|
SW 211
Prin Of Social Work
Overview of social work as a profession with an introduction to social work with individuals, groups, families, and communities. Students examine a basic set of concepts, principles, and elements of practice. Fall, annually.|
SW 212
Social Work With Groups
A study of the practice of group work, group dynamics and the use of various types of groups in social work settings. Spring, annually.|
SW 225
Soc Work Child & Youth
The study of social work approaches to prevention, intervention, and treatment of problems facing families and children. Examines concepts, policies, and practice issues in the field of child and family welfare. Spring, annually.|
SW 310
Crisis Intervention
This course is designed to prepare students in the helping professions with the skills to handle short term crisis situations within a generalist social work framework. The focus of the course is on crisis, emergency, disaster management and preventi,on. At the completion of this course students will understand the nature of crisis and its impact on the lives of diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities. Prerequisites are Soc 211, SW 211 or SW 212.|
SW 315
Social Welfare
Examines the nature of social welfare policies and programs in the U.S. An overview of the history and administration of major social welfare programs is presented. Examines programs for the poor, the mentally ill, the disabled, children and families, at-risk, the unemployed, and the aged in our society. No prerequisite. Spring, annually.|
SW 320
Human Sexuality and Soc Work
This course lays the foundation for understanding human sex and sexuality for beginning level social work practitioners who will need this information in their work with clients i.e. in sexual counseling, in policy and service discussions about sex e,ducation, and in public health issues related to sexual behavior with an emphasis on deiversity and inclusiveness. Prerequisites include Soc 211, SW 211 or SW 212.|
SW 340
Health Care Policies & Systems
This course explores the role of social work in health care policies and systems. It examines the conceptual framework of health, mental health, and access to health care in society. Students will examine the health status of disadvantaged and at-ris,k populations and consider implications for policy, practice, and economic justice in society. Prerequisites are SOC 211, SW 211 or SW 212.|
SW 350
Geron Soc Wrk Pract
Concepts, policies, and practice issues in social work with older adults. Examines methods of intervention, social service delivery systems, and the special needs of diverse older populations. Fall, annually.|
SW 354
Special Topics
Examines areas of study in Social Work. Professor selects format most suitable to the study. Topics, announced in advance, focus on the needs and interests of social workers. Course offered on demand. Prerequisites: SW 211, or SW 212 or SOC 211 or p,ermission of instructor.|
SW 360
Substance Abuse & Social Work
Students will study the NASW policy statement on alcohol and other drugs and examine contemporary, evidence-based approaches to prevention, assessment and intervention in social work. A system perspective is applies to this practice area and social a,nd economic justice issues are examined. This course lays the foundation for understanding substance use and abuse for beginning level social work practitioners and related majors who will need this information in their work with clients. An ecologi,cal framework is utilized to emphasize the relationship between policy and practice. Social and economic justice issues related to substance abuse are also examined. Prerequisites: Soc 211, SW 211 or SW 212.|
SW 370
Soc Work w/the Sexually Devian
In the field of social work there is continual need for specialized services to deal with current problems facing society. Sexuality remains a neglected and largely taboo area within practice, but it can be a demanding aspect of social work. This co,urse is outlined to educate students about the unique and specialized treatment of the sexually deviant population. Theories and etiologies of sexual offending will be discussed. Students will gain an overview of sexually deviant behaviors. The cours,e will cover specific areas of assessment and treatment of sexual deviance. Pathways and typologies of offenders will be discussed as well the significant differences when working with the sexually deviant individuals and juveniles. Further, the cour|
SW 399
Social Work Practicum Seminar
This is an upper division course for students near the end of their studies. In this course students will examine several social service agencies, how each applies the helping process, and the role and function of the social work professional in a va,riety of settings. Students will be exposed to a variety of local social service agencies and delivery systems through class visits from social workers and social service professionals whose programs serve primarily vulnerable populations. This cours,e is designed to enhance students' understanding and knowledge of the social determinants of need, community service and civic engagement and to incorporate field service and classroom learning. Prerequisite: SOC 211, SW 211 or SW 212.|
SW 451
Qualitative Research Methods
Qualitative research seeks to integrate the lived experience with principles from the scientific method. This course is designed to provide an overview of qualitative research methods and techniques used for conducting sociological research such as c,ase studies, unobtrusive methods, participant observation, choices of observer status role, recording data, uses of technical equipmrnt, key informants, interviewing techniques, and ethical considerations in employing such methods and procedures. The, course examines the use of these methods and techniques in both academic and applied research. Prerequisite: SOC 211, SW 211 or SW 212.|
SW 499
Supervised Field Placemt
With the approval and under the supervision of a member of the sociology faculty, students are placed in field-work settings, e.g., child welfare agencies, offices of aging, divisions of the criminal justice system, community development agencies, et,c., where they will observe and work with persons responsible for carrying out a range of specific human services. Requires a 10-hour commitment each week. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor, junior standing, and, six hours in sociology.|