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2014-2015 University Catalog

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Sociology Course Descriptions

SOC 1004 Intro to Sociology
An introduction to the sociological perspective on social life. Focuses on the relations between the individual and social forces, identity and socialization, deviance, group dynamics, social institutions, and social change, including coverage of the major forms of social inequality. II Social Science

SOC 1054 Cultural Geography
Provides an introduction to the study of spatial distributions of people on earth, including population trends, migration, land-use, urbanism, and changing global systems. This is an introductory course without prerequisites. Also listed as ANTH 1044. III A

SOC 2154 Immigration, Gender, and Race
This class will investigate how gender and race shape immigration patterns, how they are incorporated into the dynamics of corporate globalization, and how they operate in immigrant social networks. We will cover topics such as employment, family, identity, sexuality, immigrant social life, globalization, and transnationalism. While examining the history of immigration in the U.S and other countries, we will analyze how economic status, citizenship, and privilege become enmeshed in vectors of power such as gender, race, and nation. Also listed as WS 2134. IV

SOC 2224 Research Methods for the Social Sciences
Introduction to the major aspects of the social science research process, including ethical issues in research, problem selection, operationalizing concepts, research design, population sampling, methods of data collection and analysis, and reporting findings. Prerequisite: Any introductory social science course. Also listed as PS 2224. IV; V

SOC 2234 Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences
An introduction to and practice in using and evaluating quantitative analysis in the social sciences. Coverage includes univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analytic techniques. Focus on proper use and interpretation of these techniques. Computation will be performed on computer. No mathematical or computer background is necessary. Prerequisite: SOC 2224. Also listed as PS 2234 and PSY 2234. IV

SOC 2244 Social Problems
An introduction to the nature, causes, and possible solutions to important social problems. Problems studied typically will include various forms of social inequality, crime, drug abuse, domestic violence, environmental pollution, and war. Prerequisite: SOC 1004. IV

SOC 2314 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
An examination of the history, causes, and dynamics of relations between the numerous ethnoracial groups in the United States. Topics range from the processes of identifying minority status, ethnoracial group identity, discriminatory behavior, and structured inequality to proposed changes for the future. Prerequisite: SOC 1004, ANTH 1024, or permission of instructor. IV; V

SOC 2344 Social Interaction
A micro-sociological examination of the impact of socio-cultural environment on the social self, on interpersonal interaction, and on the structure and dynamics of primary and small groups. Prerequisite: SOC 1004. IV

SOC 2414 Sociology of Gender
Intensive study of how social relations between males and females are organized, lived, and understood in the United States, with some emphasis on historical and cross-cultural comparison. Topics include gender socialization, masculinity and femininity, gender at work and in the family, and sex and gender inequality and change. Prerequisite: SOC 1004. Also listed as WS 2414. IV; V

SOC 2444 Deviance, Disorder, and Conflict
A critical examination of those aspects of society that are not orderly, patterned, and predictable--specifically, deviant behavior. Causal theories explaining deviance/disorder will be emphasized along with the power dynamics involved in defining this disapproved realm. An in-depth investigation of select examples of "alternative" social behaviors will be included. Prerequisite: SOC 1004. IV; V

SOC 2514 Human Service Organizations
An introduction to the goals, structure, administration, and policy issues of human services including social welfare, health, education, and criminal justice. Includes observation in local agencies. Prerequisite: SOC 1004. IV

SOC 2614 Sociology of Mass Media
An overview of the institution of mass media and communication. Topics include the structure of mass media ownership, the types, uses, and effects of mass media, and current debates about the influence of mass media on social life. Prerequisite: SOC 1004 or permission of instructor. IV; V

SOC 2644 Social Change and Social Movements
A wide-ranging examination of the history, causes, and dynamics of social change and social movements. Emphasis is placed on analyzing and interpreting changes and movements in the past 200 years, with special focus on current movements as they respond to the results of past and present social dynamics. Prerequisite: SOC 1004 or PS 1004 or 1014. IV

SOC 2814 The Family - Past, Present, and Future
An examination of the family as a major social institution, including the development of family norms and values, the ideology of love, sex-role socialization, courtship and marriage, parenting, and alternatives to the traditional form. Prerequisite: SOC 1004. IV; V

SOC 2934 Gender, Culture, and the Social Body
Investigates sociological and anthropological perspectives on the body. Topics include an analysis of body modification and alteration, (diet, exercise, bodybuilding, scarification), and bodily decoration (tattooing, body paint, jewelry, ceremonial clothing). The course poses questions such as: How are issues of power and domination written into cultural scripts about ideal forms? How does bodily decoration convey gendered meanings and statuses? Explores how processes of development and capitalism have transformed understandings and attitudes about beauty, clothing, and the ’ideal’ body. Prerequisite: ANTH 1024 or SOC 1004. Also listed as ANTH 2934 and WS 2934. IV

SOC 3104 Social Theory
In-depth, critical examination of the major schools of social theorizing, including symbolic interactionism, structural functionalism, and Marxism and conflict theory. Includes recent attempts to synthesize strands of modern theory and postmodern theory. Prerequisites: SOC 1004 and two 2000-level sociology courses or permission of instructor. IV

SOC 3134 Topics in Sociology
In-depth study of a selected topic area of sociology. May be repeated for credit as long as the topic is different. Prerequisite: SOC 1004. IV

SOC 3214 Criminal Justice System
Focuses first upon the ’traditional’ processes by which behaviors are defined as illegal; citizens’ behavior is monitored to enforce the definitions; the official labels are applied to specific individuals; and perpetrators of the labeled behaviors are responded to. A ’critical’ approach then extends the analysis to issues of political manipulations and corruption in the legislative, adjudicative, and enforcement processes, as well as the counterproductive nature of the U.S. corrections system. Prerequisites: SOC 1004 and 2444. IV

SOC 3244 Social Inequality and Stratification
Analysis of evidence and theories of current forms of social differentiation, including status, class, ethnoracial, gender, political, and life chance inequalities. Topics include poverty and social mobility, interrelations of different forms of inequality, stasis and change in stratification systems, and proposals for redressing illegitimate forms of social inequality. Prerequisites: SOC 1004 and two 2000-level sociology courses or permission of instructor. IV; V

SOC 3314 Sociology of Medicine
An investigation of the sociological factors involved in the causes, treatments, and outcomes of physical and emotional illness as well as an analysis of the structure and processes of the U.S. healthcare delivery system. Prerequisites: SOC 1004 and two 2000-level sociology courses or permission of instructor. IV; V

SOC 3404 Sustainable Development
Explores the concept of sustainable development, from the beginning of the era of international development following WWII to the present. The course explores the challenges involved in creating sustainable development, from the socio-cultural issues and environmental concerns to the definition of sustainability. Case studies will help highlight these issues. Prerequisite: ANTH 1024 or SOC 1004. Also listed as ANTH 3404. IV; V

SOC 3424 Appalachia and the Environment
From the beginning of human habitation to the present, the physical landscape of Appalachia has shaped the culture and society of Appalachian peoples. This course examines the relationship of the physical and cultural aspects of Appalachia, from Ice Age hunters to the present. Recent environmental and anti-environmental movements are discussed. Using anthropological, geographical, and sociological literature, students will develop an understanding of the complex relationship of the physical and cultural landscapes, examine the power of historical trends and legacies, and critically examine stereotypes and commonly held beliefs about the region. Prerequisite: ANTH 1024 or SOC 1004. Also listed as ANTH 3424. IV

SOC 3744 Population Dynamics
Examines the population dynamics (fertility, mortality, and migration) determining the size, composition, and characteristics of human societies, both national and global. The theory of the demographic transition is examined critically and analyzed as a series of transitions that have complex interrelations central to the human experience today and in the future. Focus is placed on the impacts and consequences of these transitions on social, cultural, economic, environmental, and political systems. Prerequisite: SOC 1004. IV

SOC 4204 Internship in Sociology
A program offering the student supervised placement in organizations providing social services in casework, group work, community organization, administration, and research. Provides an opportunity to work in social sciences and apply principles of other sociology courses. Substantive area of internship and organization to be chosen in consultation with internship supervisor. (1 course unit.) CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: SOC 1004, 4 course units in sociology or anthropology, and permission of instructor. Atotal of 3 course units may be counted toward major requirements.

SOC 4208 Internship in Sociology
A program offering the student supervised placement in organizations providing social services in casework, group work, community organization, administration, and research. Provides an opportunity to work in social sciences and apply principles of other sociology courses. Substantive area of internship and organization to be chosen in consultation with internship supervisor. (2 course units.) CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: SOC 1004, 4 course units in sociology or anthropology, and permission of instructor. Atotal of 3 course units may be counted toward major requirements.

SOC 4212 Internship in Sociology
A program offering the student supervised placement in organizations providing social services in casework, group work, community organization, administration, and research. Provides an opportunity to work in social sciences and apply principles of other sociology courses. Substantive area of internship and organization to be chosen in consultation with internship supervisor. (3 course units.) CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: SOC 1004, 4 course units in sociology or anthropology, and permission of instructor. Atotal of 3 course units may be counted toward major requirements.

SOC 4304 Independent Study
Individual faculty supervision of student research and practice in a selected area of sociology. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: SOC 1004 and permission of instructor.

SOC 4444 Senior Seminar/Capstone
A systematic examination of significant problems or issues at the forefront of sociology theory or research. Emphasis on supervised student research and analysis. Prerequisites: SOC 1004, 4 course units in sociology or anthropology, and advanced junior or senior standing in sociology or sociology/anthropology. IV


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