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SOC 101 : Principles of Sociology

This course examines interactions among individuals and groups within institutions. Attention is paid to the role of the state and the super-state in perpetuating social stratification in both North America and globally,and how unequal power relations organize society and shape identities. The ways in which individuals negotiate their lives in different social and economic contexts are also considered. Fundamental sociological concepts are investigated, such as culture,socialization, stratification,social structure,social institutions,and social interactions.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

SOC 102 : Social Problems

This course is designed as an introduction to major social problems,and sociological concepts and theories used to understand them. Attention is paid to problems such as inequalities related to social class,race/ethnicity,gender, employment and environmental issues. Focus is also put on social change. Sociologists contend the existence of social problems cannot be understood simply by looking at individual-level behavior. Rather,in order fully to understand society problems and how to solve them, larger structural,cultural,and historical forces are examined. Solutions at the individual,social movement,and policy-making level are considered.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

SOC 203 : Social Theory

The course is a survey of the development of sociological theories since the nineteenth century. How theory influences society and the sociocultural influences which shape theory are also explored. Emphasis is on theory in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

SOC 211 : Our Changing Social World

This course is designed to help make sense of a rapidly changing world of increasing global interdependence,violence,expanding knowledge and telecommunications, changing values,clashes between religious and secular agendas,transforming family relations and shifting patterns of social inequalities. A number of explanations of social change will be identified and discussed. Special focus is placed on how major social trends influence individuals,intergroup relations and various organizations such as family,work and community. Students will enhance their abilities to plan and shape their own lives in the world around them.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

SOC 214 : Cultural Diversity

The course focuses on the experiences of those from culturally marginalized groups within the larger Western culture. Attention is paid to concepts such as the social construction of race,colonialism/post colonialism,institutional racism,deculturalization,cultural hegemony and forms of resistance.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: SOC-101 or SOC-102

SOC 215 : Research Methods in Sociology

In this course,students are introduced to qualitative methods and the basics of interpreting statistics. Students learn how to analyze and evaluate existing research,construct a research project,conduct focus groups and in-depth interviews,and analyze policy and primary documents. Ethical considerations regarding conducting research and uses of research are discussed.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: SOC-101 or SOC-102

SOC 231 : Women,men and Society

This course is an exploration of the concept of gender,and how gendered forms of meaning making are shaped culturally, internalized and enacted. Attention is also placed on challenges and alternatives to conventional gender prescription,the confluence of gender and power,sexism and homophobia, and the meanings of gender in various religious,ethnic/racial,class and age groups.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: SOC-101 SOC-102

SOC 309 : Soc of Disability & Rehabilitation

The consequences of disability can have an impact at many levels. The effects of disability(personal,interpersonal and cultural)have significant implications for persons with disabilities,rehabilitation workers and the rehabilitation system. This course will analyze the effects of disability within a sociology framework.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: SOC-101 SOC-102

SOC 310 : Sociology of Urban Education

In this course,students analyze core problems facing urban public schools. Issues explored include funding inequities,testing schemes,privatization,high-stakes testing,bilingual education,curriculum control,and the impact of poverty on schooling. Attention is also paid to the experience of students who come from culturally diverse backgrounds,and to immigrant and refugee youth. The possibilities of public schools are investigated throughout this course,as is the potential for reform through the use of critical pedagogy and equitable policy initiatives.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: SOC-101 SOC-102

SOC 311 : Sociology of Families

This course emphasizes the changes in contemporary families,composition of families,expectations of family members,current policies impacting families,and family as a political issue. Consideration is also given to the myths and stereotypes of family life.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: SOC-101 SOC-102

SOC 312 : Sociology of Sports and Phys Activity

This course explores the social and cultural aspects of sport and physical activity. Students will study a range of topics including drug use in sport,equality of opportunity for women and people of color,social patterns and cultural perceptions of sports injury,exercise and preventive health,homophobia,gender and racial discrimination in sport,educational impacts of athletic participation and adolescent health,and violence in sport.Sociological,anthropological and historical perspectives will be used in this course.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

SOC 313 : Health Disparities

This course will explore how socioeconomic status, place, race, and ethnicity affect health disparities; how these characteristics play out in a case study; the implications of these disparities on society as a whole; effective strategies for limiting health disparities; and how local community members are utilizing these strategies to promote positive change.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

SOC 322 : Health Illness & Society

This is a critical survey and analysis of theory and research on health institutions in modern society as well as social etiology of disease,sociological components in treatment,hospital organization and medical practice and sociology of medical education.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: SOC-101 or SOC-102

SOC 323 : Sociology of the City

The course deals with the processes of urbanization and conditions of urban life. Topics include the nature of urban social relationships, organization of city life, urban ecological patterns and demographic conditions and regional influences on metropolitan centers.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: SOC-101 SOC-102

SOC 342 : Sociology of Human Rights

This course is designed as an investigation of human rights concerns in contemporary society. Attention is paid to human rights abuses experienced by women,men and children in both North America and a global context.Key documents are related to the human rights movement are analyzed as are major debates in their field.15
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

SOC 389 : Special Topics


3 Credits
Prerequisites None

SOC 390 : Special Topics

This course is designed to present the study of collective behavior, collective action and social movements. Attention is given to various sociological theories used to explain these behaviors. The focus includes fads and fashion, sports fans, crowds/mobs that form and dissolve quickly, formal organizations and interest groups that spring up in the aftermath of disasters, outbreaks of social protest, and full-blown social movements. Students will consider the particular circumstances which bring about collectivity, the actions taken by the group, media and public response, and the political impact of the behavior.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

SOC 400 : Social Epidemiology

This course focuses on social epidemiology,the factors determining the occurrence and distribution of disease,health defects,disability and death among groups. The interdisciplinary nature of epidemiological theory,statistical measures commonly used,and an analysis of the distribution of health care in the United States are studied.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

SOC 408 : Collective Behavior

This course is designed to present the study of collective behavior,collective action and social movements. Attention is given to various sociological theories used to explain these behaviors. The focus includes fads and fashion,sports fans,crowds/mobs that form and dissolve quickly, formal organizations and interest groups that spring up in the aftermath of disasters,outbreaks of social protest, and full-blown social movements. Students will consider the particular circumstances which bring about collectivity, the actions taken by the group,media and public response, and the political impact of the behavior.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

SOC 410 : Senior Project

The senior project involves a major research paper and is highly recommended for students planning on graduate school in sociology or related field.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

SOC 420 : Variable Topics

This is an in-depth consideration of a special topic,problem or issue in sociology. The course may be taken more than once.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Soc-101 or Soc-102 or Permission of Instructor

SOC 441 : Case Study in Urban Sociology

This course combines on-campus lectures about the geography,history,culture and society of a designated urban center with a one-week service learning experience in that city. Campus lectures will take place in the fall semester and the one week of service learning is held between semesters, in January.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

SOC 444 : Internship

The Sociology internship is a variable credit (3-12 hours), required course that encourages juniors/seniors to investigate a career through a placement in a professional setting or in the development of future projects (graduate study). This allows students to work under the guidance of an immediate supervisor and a college faculty sponsor.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

SOC 479 : Independent Study

Qualified students may investigate selected topics with the permission of the instructor.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

SOC 480 : Independent Study

Qualified students may investigate selected topics with the permission of the instructor. The title will reflect the course content.
2 Credits
Prerequisites None

SOC 490 : The State & Social Policy

This course offers a historical and comparative understanding of the rise,developments and challenges faced by nation-states pertaining to the development of social policy (i.e.welfare,healthcare,social security). It focuses on the historically situated struggles social groups over access to and influence over the state,as well as development of state expertise and forms of governing. Students learn quantitative and qualitative measurement techniques, used to script social policy.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Soc-102

SOC 600 : Social Epidemiology

This course focuses on social epidemiology,the factors determining the occurrence and distribution of disease,health defects,disability and death among groups. The interdisciplinary nature of epidemiological theory,statistical measures commonly used,and an analysis of the distribution of health care in the United States are studied.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

SOC 999 : Sociology Elective

Course transfers in as a sociology core elective.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None