SOC 100, INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY, 4 credits.
Begins with the
question "How is social order possible?" and examines how groups form and
how they elaborate codes (norms, roles, values) and exert control over
members' behavior. Selected topics in the empirical study of how people's
character and life chances are affected by society's organization and how social
arrangements continue or are changed. Offered each semester.
SOC 101, FAMILY LIFE, 4 credits.
The study of the social forces and cultural
traditions shaping different kinds of family relations and emotional qualities of
family life. The emergence of the modern family and its current concerns.
Changes in the patterns and meanings of woman-man and parent-child relations.
The causes and consequences of variation in these patterns, processes, and
problems. Offered in alternate years.
SOC 108, RELATIONS BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN, 4 credits.
and its aberrations, men's and women's perceptions and treatments of one another,
the nature of masculinity and femininity, the gay and lesbian communities in
America, and pornography analyzed from a sociological perspective. Offered in
SOC 115, SOCIAL PROBLEMS, 4 credits.
Private troubles and public issues.
How some troubles become social problems. Social problems as consequences
of modern developments in city life, and in changing forms of economic
behavior. The diverse social policies in responding to social problems. Offered
in alternate years.
SOC 206, URBAN CULTURES AND COMMUNITIES, 4 credits.
geography of the contemporary city as a place of diverse communities and
clashing cultural assumptions. Urban planning and the social consequences of
different architectural arrangements. Urban life, country life, and suburban life
as dream and nightmare. Offered in alternate years.
SOC 245, MEDIA, SOCIETY, AND CULTURE, 4 credits.
An analysis of
the role of radio, television, magazines, movies, newspapers, and the computer
on-line services in our society. Overview of the interactions between audience,
media controllers, and political institutions. Offered every third year.
SOC 254, DEVIANCE AND SOCIAL CONTROL, 4 credits.
examination, through original works, of the major contrasting approaches in
American sociology to the explanation and interpretation of deviance. Attention
will be given to formal, medical, and informal norms and sanctions. Offered in
SOC 282, LIFE CYCLE, ADULTHOOD, AND AGING, 4 credits.
introduction to the field of social gerontology, including the study of current
thinking and research about the changing social conditions for the elderly in
industrialized societies. Offered each year.
SOC 326, DEMOGRAPHY, 4 credits.
A systematic introduction to the study of
human populations. Historical and contemporary global population issues related
to size, growth, and composition will be included. Examines social, economic,
and biological factors associated with fertility, mortality, and migration.
Prerequisites: SOC 100 and CORE 130 or higher-level mathematics course.
SOC 342, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 4 credits.
Overview of major social
psychological theories and methods of study; emphasis on socialization, attitude
formation and change, prejudice and discrimination, persuasion, and small
groups. Prerequisite: SOC 100. Offered every third year.
SOC 347, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND SOCIAL CHANGE, 4 credits.
Key issues in the study of socio-cultural change. Dynamics of movements which
have sought to promote or resist changes in society, culture, or human
character. Broader processes of change that keep shaping the world of our
experience. Relations of particular social movements to long-term cultural
changes. Offered every third year.
SOC 351, CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, 4 credits.
A study of the entire
range of behaviors in the criminal justice system, from those who commit what
are called crimes, to those who enforce the laws defining what is criminal, to
those who prosecute, convict, sentence, and incarcerate. The life of men and
women behind the walls and the social consequences on their families and
communities. Offered in alternate years.
SOC 365, MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY, 4 credits.
The study of contemporary
issues in medical and health care. Special attention is given to the efficiency and
effectiveness of health care delivery systems and also to the pervasive inequality
in the quality of care in the United States. Offered every third year.
SOC 374, SOCIAL THEORY, 4 credits.
An inquiry among major social
thinkers in the 20th century into the conceptions of the good life and the
metaphors they use in explaining the relationships among persons and between
persons and various social institutions. Some metaphors are love, the jungle,
the organism, the marketplace, the stage, and the game. Prerequisite: SOC 100.
Offered each year.
SOC 376, ETHNICITY AND RACE, 4 credits.
The study of different ways of
arranging the relations among racial, ethnic, and religious groups in complex
heterogeneous societies. Also the inquiry into the ideological, social, and
psychological sources of prejudice, cooperation, and peaceful coexistence.
Group identities, their subversions, manipulations, revivals, and upgradings.
Prerequisite: SOC 100. Offered each year.
SOC 380, INDEPENDENT READINGS AND RESEARCH, 1-4 credits.
student undertakes an extensive research project in an area of sociological
inquiry. Choice of supervising instructor and preliminary plan must be approved
prior to registration for the course. Prerequisites: SOC 100 and permission of
SOC 390, PRACTICUM, 4 credits.
The practicum entails assignment to some
community agency or setting where the student will participate in a minimum
of ten hours a week in the regular activities sponsored by the agency. Each
student keeps a daily log of activities, reports regularly to the supervisor in the
field, and each week meets with or reports to the faculty advisor. In recent years
students have completed their practica in health facilities, in criminal justice
programs, and at community centers, among younger and older persons.
Offered each year. Prerequisite: SOC 100 and a minimum of two additional
courses in sociology.
SOC 499, SENIOR SEMINAR, 4 credits.
Required for all majors in sociology,
the seminar continues the development of critical awareness of sociological
theories and methods of research. Each student develops a project on some
aspect of the general sociological theme identified by the instructor. Each
participant makes an oral presentation to the other members of the seminar
and submits a final, written paper. Seminar topics vary from year to year.
Prerequisites: SOC 100 and SOC 374. Offered each year.