Sociology

Sociology

SOC 10000 – Introductory Sociology
A survey course designed to introduce the student to the scene of human society. Fundamental concepts, description, and analysis of society, culture, the socialization process, social institutions, and social change. Students of junior or senior standing should take SOC 31200, unless they are sociology or law and society majors.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 22000 – Social Problems

Contemporary problems at the community, society, and international levels, focusing on patterns of social organization and social change in American society, with concentration on such topics as technological militarism and war, poverty, racism, political protest, and cybernation.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 24500 – Field Of Sociology

Examination of educational and career opportunities in the field of Sociology, major theoretical and research approaches are briefly presented to assist student preparation for subsequent courses and options in Sociology. The application process and experience of post-graduate education are reviewed.

1.000 Credit hours

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SOC 26100 – Basic Helping Skills For Human Services

An overview of the various human services. This course introduces students to the history of the helping professions, professional values and ethics, and the myriad of settings in which such services are offered. Current frameworks, methods, settings, of these services are included. Not open to students with credit in SWRK 26100.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 30100 – Sociology Of International Change

Analysis of recent international developments from the sociological perspective. Topics include such issues as ethnic conflicts, trade wars, population growth, technological changes, environmental issues, famine, the collapse of the USSR, and the formation of new political/ economic rivalries.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 30600 – Methods In Human Services

The class will focus on case management techniques that will be used in format systems such as welfare programs, health care and mental health agencies, child care programs, agencies serving the elderly and the corrections industry. Emphasis will be placed on multidimensional assessment techniques, information and referral services and the skills necessary to act as a change agent, educator and facilitator. Other essential elements of the course include crisis intervention, the dynamics involved in family systems, health promotion, and the needs of special populations.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 30700 – Field Experience In Human Services

The field experience component of the Human Services curriculum provides a supervised learning experience in a professional practice setting. The participants in the field practicum include the student, faculty and agency supervisor. This will give students the opportunity to integrate carefully selected and approved individualized experiences as they actively engage in professional tasks which complement and reinforce classroom learning. The seminar that accompanies the course will provide opportunities for student peer relationships and for the development of beginning competencies as students learn to use supervision and focus on specific practice areas. The course will place particular emphasis on the needs of each student.

0.000 OR 3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 31400 – Race And Ethnic Relations

An examination of the social, psychological, political, economic, and cultural factors that influence society’s treatment of members of various racial and ethnic groups, and those factors that influence the ways those factors that influence the ways those groups interact with each other. Not open to students with credit in SOC 51400.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 31800 – Sociology Of Sport

This course provides a sociological understanding of the institution of sports. It particularly investigates the role of politics, the economy, and the media in the creation of sports as an institution. The variables of race class and gender are emphasized, as are the links between sports and basic American values.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 32000 – General Social Organization

The study of selected areas of social organization. Institutions as special forms of organizations and bureaucracies. Theories and empirical studies of power and decision making in organizations. Case studies of American organizations and institutions.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 32500 – Social Forces And Social Movements

Examines the social, political, economic, and social psychological conditions that give rise to social movements, the ideological perspectives of major social movements, and the inter-relationships between social movement and social change.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 33000 – Culture, Arts, Society

The relations of the arts to society; the production, diffusion, institutionalization, democratization of the arts, with attention to the consequences of diverse media structures organization, marketing, and support structures. Emphasis will be placed on related emerging social roles, the connection between art and politics, elite versus mass arts, and the arts and cultural values.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 33400 – Urban Sociology

Development of the city and its functions; types of social behavior in cities; influences of city life on personality; city planning.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 34000 – General Social Psychology

Social influences on the individual and processes of social interaction. Individual attitudes and behavior as related to socialization, social norms, social roles, communication and propaganda, and other social influences. Among the interaction processes considered are interpersonal attraction, influence, leadership, cooperation, and conflict. Not open to students with credit in PSY 24000.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 34100 – Culture And Personality

A cross-cultural survey stressing differing basic personality types and the processes by which adult personality is acquired. Case studies of selected non-Western cultures will be used to provide comparative perspectives.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 34300 – Introduction To The Criminal Justice System

A study of the agencies and processes involved in the criminal justice system: legislature, the courts, the police, the prosecutor, the public defender, and corrections. An analysis of the roles and problems of each component with an emphasis on their inter-relationship. Not open to students with credit in POL 34300.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 35000 – Social Psychology Of Marriage

Designed to provide an understanding of contemporary courtship, marriage, and family interaction as cultural, social, and social-psychological phenomena. Consideration of the major sources of marital strain and conflict within a heterogeneous, rapidly changing society.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 36100 – The Institution Of Social Welfare

Basic concepts and activities of social service organizations. Field trips to selected institutions. Not open to students with credit in SWRK 36100.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 36400 – Child And Family Welfare

A review of the family as it is influenced by societal and personal forces. The impact of culture, society, and economics on the family is reviewed; additionally, the personal and interpersonal factors including family crises, breakdowns, unemployment, and alcoholism are considered. Not open to students with credit in SWRK 36400.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 36700 – Religion In America

Examines the social dimensions of religion in American life; religion in American culture; social profiles of America’s religious groups, trends in individual religious commitment; and religion’s impact on American life.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 38200 – Introduction To Methods Of Social Research

Introduction to the basic techniques of statistical analysis applicable to sociological data. Elementary descriptive statistics and statistical inference. Introduction to multivariate analysis.

0.000 OR 3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 38300 – Introduction To Methods Of Social Research II

Introduction to the methods of data collection and analysis and to the use of the scientific method of social research. Formulation of hypotheses and research designs for their testing. Elementary principles for the conduct of experiments, observation and interviewing, documentation, content analysis, and surveys. Relationship between social research and social theory.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 40200 – Sociological Theory

An advanced critical treatment of the theories, concepts, and methods of sociology. A basic course required of undergraduate majors in sociology.

0.000 OR 3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 41100 – Social Stratification

Examination of systems of class and caste, with special attention to the United States; status, occupation, income, and other elements in stratification.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 41200 – Social Change

The study of social change in pre-modern and modern societies. The following topics will be included: theories of social change, current patterns of social change in the developing and industrial worlds, changes in socialization patterns, interpersonal relations, social institutions, the impact of social change, the desirability of growth and development and the dilemmas of modernization.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 41600 – Industrial Sociology

Provides an overview of the historical development of industrial organizations from craft production through the factory to multinational corporations. Examines changes in managerial practices and ideologies and workers’ reactions. Explores other institutions (including government, schools, mass media) affecting industrial development.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 42100 – Juvenile Delinquency

A study of social and psychological factors influencing individual delinquent behavior patterns. Emphasis on preventive and rehabilitative programs and the role of community agencies such as social service agencies, juvenile courts, and youth authorities. Visits to selected organizations and institutions.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 42200 – Criminology

Nature and cause of crime; methods of dealing with adult and juvenile offenders; consideration of present programs for the social treatment of crime in the light of needed changes.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 43000 – Sociology Of Aging

Examination of the theories of aging, problems confronting older persons, and programs designed to assist the elderly. Consideration of social aspects of aging in the U.S. in the areas of retirement, employment, housing, income, health care, and the family relationships with cross-cultural and a historical comparisons.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 43100 – Services For The Aged

This course describes current and alternative models for providing community and institutional-based services for the aged. Intervention theories and strategies for providing human services are discussed. Students are expected to apply course concepts when developing ideas for an evaluating existing services for older people.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 44000 – Sociology Of Health And Illness

Examination of the social aspects of health beliefs, the definition of disease, and decisions regarding the seeking of medical care. Identification of major changes in patterns and frequencies of health, sickness, disease, and death in the 20th and 21st centuries and factors influencing these patterns. Analysis of characteristics of U.S. medical care systems with particular emphasis on the economics and ethics of health care delivery, the production and distribution of medical personnel, and comparisons with other systems.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 44300 – Field Experience In Criminal Justice

Observation and supervised participation in the criminal justice system. Readings and class meetings to integrate theory and experience. Intended for students who plan to become employed in the criminal justice system upon receiving the bachelor’s degree.

0.000 OR 3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 45000 – Gender Roles In Modern Society

A critical examination of the complementary roles of men and women, with particular attention to problems of role adjustment in the contemporary United States. The neo-feminist movement and counter-movements. Role conflicts and adjustments in such areas as family, education, employment, and the political arena.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 45300 – Intimate Violence

This course examines violence between intimates across the life span starting with child abuse and ending with abuse against the elderly. The perspectives used include social learning theory, gender role socialization and sociocultural values. Current research as well as emerging themes about the transmission of violence, learned behavior, and victimization will be used in this class. Assessment techniques are a major part of the class.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 46000 – Field Experience In Gerontology

Supervised volunteer field experience in a gerontological setting. Intended as an opportunity for practical experience in an organization providing services to older adults, where theoretical concepts can be applied with skills and techniques for dealing with older adults can be developed.

0.000 OR 3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 49100 – Topics In Sociology

Topics vary.

1.000 TO 6.000 Credit hours

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SOC 49300 – Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Seminar

An undergraduate seminar devoted to an interdisciplinary examination of social, economic, political, and intellectual movements, using the faculty resources of the participating departments. Subject matter will vary. Each offering of the seminar will be approved by a committee of department heads from the sponsoring departments. Permission of instructor required.

1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 51400 – Racial And Cultural Minorities

America’s minority groups; immigration; interracial and intercultural conflicts; assimilation.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 51500 – Black Americans

The status of blacks in contemporary American society in the context of dominant-minority group relations. Current attitudes and ideological orientations; education and school desegregation; housing and residential segregation; the black family; the socioeconomic status, political participation, and legal status of blacks; civil rights groups and their approaches to inequality; and prospects for the future.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 52500 – Social Movements

Origins and developmental stages of revolutionary and reform movements and communitarian societies; relation between social structure and political attitudes; personality needs and affinity for social and political ideologies.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 53000 – Political Sociology

Analysis of the social and social psychological sources of routine political participation such as voting and interest group activity, and nonroutine political action such as protest movements and revolution; the organization of power at the community, national, and international level; and political ideology.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 53100 – Community Organization

Analysis of the local community in terms of its institutional structure, relationships among institutions, political and economic power relationships, and the role of voluntary organizations and interest groups.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 55000 – Sex Role Socialization

Development and maintenance of male/female differences; examines the effect of social psychological factors on the establishment of gender identity, psychosexual development and the masculinity/femininity dimensions of personality. Homosexuality and transsexuality will be examined, focusing upon the societal influences on both development and consequences for the individual.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 57000 – Sociology Of Education

Analysis of the American public school as a social organization. Includes: interrelations among community power structure, social stratification, and the school; the roles of superintendent, principal, and teacher in community and school; the classroom as a social system; student culture; and teaching as a profession.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 57800 – Disability And Society

The course analyzes the phenomenon of disability from a sociological frame of reference. The course focuses on the role of language and social roles, the effect of public policy upon individuals with disability, the portrayal of disability in popular cultures, the role of technology on the lives of individuals with disability and the challenges confronting our society and its treatment of disability. Students will experience the impact of disability on individuals through an array of educational activities. The structure of the course is designed to facilitate direct contact by students with a disability. The course is also designed to enhance students learning through various readings, assignments, and videos. The students should have regular and consistent access to the Internet and should have the basic skills to navigate the Blackboard site for the course, as well as Word processing software.

3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 59000 – Individual Research Problems

Individual research or reading in an area of sociology under a sociology department staff member. Does not include thesis work. Permission of instructor required.

1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours

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SOC 59100 – Selected Topics In Sociology

Topics vary.

1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours

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