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Sociology Course Descriptions

SOC 1010 Introductory Sociology
3 credits
An introduction to the basic modes of analysis, concepts, and explanations for human behavior and human organization used in the scientific discipline of sociology. Distribution Requirement: BSS. Offered Term I and Term II.

SOC-SSC 1492 Introduction to Geography
3 credits
Geography studies the Earth, its people and environments. It asks “where” and “why” questions about social life, about the physical world, and about the cultural meaning of places and environments. This course asks questions that integrate the physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Distribution Requirement: GN. Offered Term II.

SOC-ANT 2010 Social Inequality
3 credits
Class will examine the processes by which social inequality is created and maintained in society. Will look at stratification based on gender, race, social class, sexual orientation, age, religion, and ability. Will look at inequality mainly within the context of the United States. Prerequisites: SOC 1010 or ANT 1040. Distribution Requirement: US. Offered Term I.

SOC 2020 Social Change
3 credits
Class will examine the causes, courses, and consequences of social and cultural change. Prerequisites: SOC 1010 or ANT 1040. Offered as needed.

SOC-CRJ 2050 Norms, Deviance, and Social Control
3 credits
Class will examine how social norms are created and enforced. Will also look at who is seen as deviant and why, and how deviance is punished by society. Prerequisites: SOC 1010 or ANT 1040. Offered as needed.

SOC-CRJ 2068 Crime and the Media
3 credits
Course will evaluate representations of crime in the media. Students will examine how the media reports, distorts, and filters crime and justice issues. Analysis of the relationship between crime theory and the media.

SOC 2220 Globalization
3 credits
Course will examine growing international interdependence from both conflict and functionalist theoretical perspectives. Will also examine the processes and result of globalization. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or ANT 1040.

SOC 2230 Power, Institutions, and Social Reproduction
3 credits
Course will focus on the process of social reproduction, or how society transmits itself from generation to generation. Will examine role of families, schools, religion, media, and the criminal justice system. Prerequisites: ANT 1040 or SOC 1010. Distribution Requirement: CSI. Offered as needed.

SOC-HMS 3000 Social Policy
3 credits
An examination of the formation and implementation of social policy and controversial policy issues such as social welfare, universal health care, capital punishment, mandatory sentencing, gay rights, right-to-die, and reproductive rights are examined. Policy-making is considered as both a rational and a political process. The roles of government employees, elected officials, the media, professionals, and the public are considered. Selected U.S. policies are compared with those of other western nations. Prerequisite: Juniors or seniors majoring in Criminal Justice, Human Services, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology or permission of the instructor. Offered as needed.

SOC-PHR 3100 The Frankfurt School
3 credits
This course surveys key writings of members the Frankfurt School including Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse, and Jürgen Habrmas. Together, these philosophers sought to provide a philosophical critique of various key modern institutions such capitalism, government, media, entertainment, and religion) from the standpoint of Marxism. Offered Terms I and II.

SOC-HMS 3120 Community Organization
3 credits
An examination of the role of community organizing in defining social problems and initiating social change. Methods of community organization including social movements, protests, consciousness raising, legal advocacy, lobbying, self-help, action research, and “whistle blowing” are discussed. Organizing at both the local and the national level are considered. Prerequisite: Upper level human service or sociology majors. Other students with an interest in social movements and community organizing are welcome to enroll. Distribution Requirement: LAS.

SOC-ANT 3150 Social Theory
3 credits
Introduction to the theoretical perspectives of anthropology and sociology from their early development to contemporary and postmodern theory. Prerequisite: ANT 1040 or SOC 1010 and recommended for students with junior or senior status. Offered Term I.

SOC 3210 Money, Work, and Social Class
3 credits
Course will focus on the nature, social experience, and consequences of social class. Role of money (wealth, income, ownership) will be contrasted with role of work in forming social class difference. Will also examine the process and experiences of labor. Prerequisites: SOC 1010 or ANT 1040. Offered as needed.

SOC 3220 Race, Identity, and Difference
3 credits
Class will focus on race as a social construction. Role of biology, religion, culture, colonialism, nationalism, and identity will be analyzed. Will also look at opposing theories of race and difference. Prerequisites: SOC 1010 or ANT 1040. Offered as needed.

SOC-ANT 3250 The Culture of Global Capitalism
3 credits
This course explores global capitalism as a cultural and social arrangement, drawing on the theories and strategies of anthropology and sociology. Includes the impacts of capitalism on traditional, rural and urban societies. Prerequisites: SOC 1010 or ANT 1040. Offered Term II.

SOC-ANT 3260 Qualitative Methods in Social Science
3 credits
Design and execution of a research project incorporating qualitative ethnographic methods in order to comprehend qualitative social science practice. Prerequisite: ANT-SOC 3150. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term II.

SOC-WMS 3300 Gender and Society
3 credits
The course will analyze the social construction of gender, looking at gender socialization, gender performance, social reproduction, and the role of social institutions in the maintenance of gender differences. Will also deconstruct basic binary ideas of gender using cross-cultural and historical material. Prerequisite: SOC 1010. Offered as needed.

SOC-CRJ 3311 Criminology
3 credits
A consideration of the major theories of crime and deviance including functionalist, interactionist and critical theories. The theories are applied to measures of crime in American societies. The methods by which crimes are counted are evaluated. A research topic in criminology is developed during the course and will be presented in a final oral presentation and paper. Prerequisite: CRJ 1010. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term I.