Sociology (SOC)


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1301. [SOCI 1301] Introduction to Sociology (3). Human group behavior, influence on the individual, and relationships of individuals to each other as members of groups. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences and multicultural requirement.

1320. [SOCI 1306] Current Social Problems (3). Problems in basic social institutions as marriage and the family, community, economy, government, education, health and welfare, recreation, etc. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.



2333. The U.S. Criminal Justice System (3). Surveys the structure and process of the U.S. criminal justice system, including policing and cross-national comparison.

2335. Homicide (3). Analyzes homicide by strangers, family members, and acquaintances from a criminological perspective. Serial, mass, school shootings, and hate crime murder are also examined.



3300. Special Topics in Sociology (3). Examines selected topics in sociology. May be repeated when topics vary.

3323. Race and Ethnicity (3). Sociological and global analysis of racial and ethnic groups. Analysis of diversity and multiculturalism from a global perspective. Fulfills multicultural requirement.

3325. Gendered Lives (3). Study of the gendered nature of society, emphasizing the experiences of women in such areas as family, health, and the economy. (WS 3325)

3326. Women and Crime (3). Examines the nature and extent of female crime, contemporary debate in feminist criminology, and the construction of gender in criminal justice discourse.

3327. Sociology of Law and Policing (3). Examines social forces affecting the development and current operation of criminal law and policing. Special attention given to contemporary issues concerning each.

3331. Sexuality, Intimate Relations, and Family Life (3). An examination of the sociology of love and intimate partnership formation; sexuality; and historical, global, and cultural variations in family life.  (WS 3331)

3333. White Collar Economic Crimes (3). Examines white collar and economic crimes in the United States as well as from a global perspective.

3335. Family Violence (3). Surveys definitions, prevalence, and theories of family violence. Focuses on impact of variations in definitions of family violence and societal responses to family violence.

3336. Sociology of Education (3). Examines the education system over time as well as the impacts of education on income, racial equality, and stratification in American society.

3337. Inequality in America (3). Inequality as expressed in occupational, class, ethnic, and sexual hierarchies is examined from varying sociological perspectives. (WS 3337)

3352. Technology and Society (3). Explores the interrelationships between technology and society, emphasizing the impacts of technology on society and social factors contributing to the development and diffusion of technology. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement.

3368. Sociology of Deviance (3). Study of different forms of deviant behavior in Western societies, emphasizing the social relativity of deviance and theories that attempt to explain it. Examples of topics include tattooing, drug abuse, topless dancing, pedophilia, and mental illness.

3383. Alcohol, Drugs, and Society (3). Analysis of social factors related to the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

3391. Introduction to Social Statistics (3). Statistical analysis and interpretation of sociological research data.

3392. Introduction to Social Research Methods (3). Nature of the sociological research process, including the scientific method, experimentation, participant observation and survey research. (Writing Intensive)

3393. Development of Sociological Theory (3). Emergence of systematic sociological theory out of social philosophy; evolution of sociology as a discipline in the late 19th century. (Writing Intensive)

3394. Contemporary Sociological Theories (3). Review of selected current perspectives on social behavior, such as functionalism and systems theory, conflict and critical theory, symbolic interactionism, rational choice, sociology of emotions, structuration theory, feminist theory, and postmodern perspectives. Special attention given to linkages between micro and macro levels of the social world. (Writing Intensive)



4307. Individual Studies in Sociology (3). Independent study. May be repeated for credit.

4311. Sociology of the Person (3). Effects of group membership on individual attributes and behavior; focuses on the influence of experience in primary groups and positions in social structure.

4312. Population and Environment (3). Focuses on the relationships between human population and the environment. Topics include demographic phenomena, policies, population, and environment degradation.

4316. Aging and Society (3). Theory and research on aging: covering demographic, sociocultural, economic, individual, and social factors.

4325. Criminology (3). Crime and deviant behavior as a social process and their regulation in a democratic society.

4327. Juvenile Delinquency (3). Delinquency is reviewed as a form of deviant behavior. Attention is given to prevalent theories of causation, distribution, and frequency of delinquency, and the treatment, prevention, and control of delinquent patterns of behavior.

4331. Religion and Society (3). The sociological study of religious groups and beliefs. The reciprocal relationships between religious institutions and society.

4335. Victims of Crime (3). A sociological analytical approach to social, scientific, and popular theories of criminal victimization, including its extent, nature, causes and effects, and lived experience of victims.

4381. Sickness, Health, and Society (3). The sociological study of the medical institution and its interrelationship with other societal institutions. Differential definitions of health and illness.

4399. Research (3). By invitation and under direction of a professor. Requires a completed research project and presentation at a formal conference for credit.



5101. Professional Socialization (1). Practical issues in sociological research, scholarship, and teaching. Required of first-semester graduate students and teaching assistants through their appointment period. Pass-fail grading. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 hours credit.

5303. Seminar in Contemporary Sociological Theory (3). Study of contemporary approaches to society, including conflict theory, functionalism, symbolic interaction, ethnomethodology, rational choice, emotions, feminist theory, globalization, and postmodern perspectives.

5308. Seminar in the Origins of Social Theory (3). Development of sociological theory in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Topics may vary, but emphasis usually will be on the work of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber.

5311. Seminar in Criminology (3). Critical review of theory and research on selected topics in criminology.

5312. Seminar in Urban Problems (3). Extensive analysis of the process and consequences of urbanization, with emphasis upon causation and critiques of proposed solutions.

5313. Seminar in Minority Relations (3). American and world patterns of interethnic relations are covered with emphasis on recent and current trends.

5315. Seminar in Social Change (3). Linear and cyclical theories; analysis of the idea of progress, stage theories, dialectical materialism, and the lag hypothesis.

5316. Seminar in Social Gerontology (3). Theory and research on aging, covering demographic, sociocultural, economic, individual, and societal factors. Interdisciplinary aspects are stressed.

5320. Social Psychology: Symbolic Interactionism (3). Central ideas of social psychology are analyzed and integrated in a contemporary model of symbolic interactionism.

5325. Seminar in Deviant Behavior (3). Critical review of current theory and research in deviance.

5327. Seminar in Demography (3). Theory and skills of population analysis including use of large data-sets in social science research.

5329. Social Inequality (3). Overview of theories and trends in social inequality in the U.S. and in international context.

5331. Field Research (3). Individual research project off campus, covering entire term or longer. Research plans must be approved in advance by the student's major advisor. May be repeated for credit with permission.

5332. The Research Organization (3). Participation in campus-based organized research project. Required at least once of research assistants; open to other students.

5334. Quantitative Methods in Sociology (3). Decision making skills (from test selection to inferences from data) for quantitative analysis in sociology.

5335. Seminar in Family Violence (3). Advanced examination of definitions, prevalence, and theories of family violence. Focuses on impact of variation in definitions of family violence and societal responses to family violence.

5336. Seminar in Family Change (3). Analysis of how the family institution has changed, in relation to other institutions and society in general. Family is treated as both a dependent and independent variable.

5360. Sociology of Globalization (3). Examines the accelerated rise of globalization since the 1970s and its effects on individuals, families, communities, society, and the world.

5381. Seminar in Medical Sociology (3). Theory and research on conceptions of health, illness, and medical care from the sociological perspective.

5383. Substance Use and Abuse in America (3). Examines the social, political, and economic causes and consequences of substance use and abuse in America. Students engage in and conduct relevant research.

5384. Seminar in the Sociology of Religion (3). Examination of the religious institution focusing on its sociological meaning, organizations, presence as a force in western society, and relationship to other social institutions.

5394. Seminar in Sociological Research Methods (3). An examination of the research process including problem formation, case selection, data collection, and data organization.



6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).



7000. Research (V1-12).

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