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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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, ethnoemthodology, dramaturgy, and the sociology of emotions. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or permission of instructor. On demand.
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.
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 with a practical background in project design, assessment, and management. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Alternate years|
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. Societal concerns regarding end-of-life decisions will be addressed. No prerequisite. Fall, annually.
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, Homans, Blau, Turner, Goffman, and others. No prerequisite. On demand.
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.
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.
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 descendents. 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, demogra|
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 noncooperation, negotiation, adjudication, and mediation. Uses cross-cultural data extensively. Prerequisite: SOC 211. Once, annually.
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 institutional settings, especially the family, education, religion, politics, work and social movements. Prerequitsite: SOC 211.|
Contemp Soc Probs
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.
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.
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.
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 elderly, sexuality, and social stratification. Prerequisite: Soc 211 or permission of instructor. On demand.
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.
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.
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., industrialization, 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.
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 to 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.
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, measure, 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 sport 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.|
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. Prerequisites: SOC 211; 3 hours of statistics or permission of the instructor.