SOCIOLGY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

SOCIOLGY 140     INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY (GROUP 1 COURSE)     GS         3 u
The study of human social relations with emphasis on culture, socialization, social structure and change, and the major social institutions.

SOCIOLGY 250     SOCIAL PROBLEMS (GROUP 1 COURSE)     GS      3 u
The study of specific social problems, theoretical explanations of their existence, and strategies for effecting change.

SOCIOLGY 252     MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY (GROUP 3 COURSE)      GS      3 u
A course of study designed to familiarize the student with social and cultural patterns of mate selection, marriage, and family life involvement. Particular emphasis on changing perceptions surrounding gender roles and the institutions of marriage and family in contemporary United States.

SOCIOLGY 265     RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS (GROUP 2 COURSE)     GS/Diversity      3 u
This course examines relationships between racial minorities and the majority group in the United States in their socio-historical contexts. Early histories of relations between minorities and the majority as well as present relations will be addressed. Questions raised include whether American society should attempt to minimize differences between minorities and the majority, whether to blend, or maintain group identities, and how we should address existing barriers and inequalities. Relationships and differences among minority groups will also be examined.

SOCIOLGY 270     THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY: GS/Diversity         3 u
                                    A SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE (GROUP 2 COURSE)
This course provides lower level undergraduate students with systematic sociological understanding of the historical and current experiences of African American people.
Unreq: AFRIAMR 270.

SOCIOLGY 276     INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY (GROUP 4 COURSE)    GS         3 u
An introduction to the field of criminology through examination of theories and patterns of criminal behavior, the operation of the criminal justice system, and the politics of crime control policy.

SOCIOLGY 280     INTRODUCTION TO AUSTRALIAN STUDIES:    GS       3 u
                                 AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY & CULTURE (GROUP 2 COURSE)
The course will focus on Australia in the twentieth century and will explore five major themes. They are: (1) Racial and National Identities, (2) Comparisons with the United States, (3) Australia-Asia Interdependencies, (4) The Impacts of Globalization on Australia, (5) Contemporary Debates.
Prereq: GENED 130 or GENED 140 or GENED 120 or consent of instructor

SOCIOLGY 290     SOCIOLOGY OF PACIFIC ASIA (GROUP 2 COURSE)    GS     3 u
The course offers a multi-disciplinary survey of social, economic and political issues in societies of the geographic-cultural region of East Asia or the Pacific Rim. The region includes Southeast (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand) and East Asia (China, Korea, Japan). The stress is on the contemporary situation and recent past. The course will provide students with an introduction to a non-Western region and is a foundation for the further study of Asia. The specific issues discussed and range of countries to be examined may vary by semester.
Prereq: GENED 130 or GENED 140.

SOCIOLGY 301     SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS     3 u
Students in this course will learn about the knowledge creation process by reading original research monographs. In addition, students will gain "hands-on" experience in posing sociological questions and in trying to answer those questions through the analysis of computer-based data sets such as the General Social Survey.
Prereq: Sociology major (including Criminal Justice Emphasis) or minor, plus three units of sociology and GENED 130.

SOCIOLGY 310/510     SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS (GROUP 3 COURSE)         3 u
This course examines the sociocultural aspects of health and illness, the patient-practitioner relationship, the socialization of health practitioners, the social organization of health care services, and the role of ethics in medical decision-making. It analyzes the problems and inequities in our present system of health care delivery in the United States, with particular emphasis on the sexism, racism, and classism in policy and practice. It analyzes alternative models of health care delivery, and discusses modifications in policy and practice necessary to bring about change.
Prereq: 3 units in sociology or consent of instructor.

SOCIOLGY 312  SOCIOLOGY  OF  SPORT      3 u
This course will examine the social/cultural history of sports, how sociological theories may be used to understand sport, the complex gender issues surrounding sport, the link between racism and sports, and the link between violence and sports.
Prereq: Prior completion of 3 units of sociology or consent of instructor

SOCIOLGY 330     SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION  (GROUP 3 COURSE)       3 u
A study of educational institutions as a social system. Consideration of role relationships, community contexts, and relevant values and ideals.
Prereq: 3 units of sociology.

SOCIOLOGY 336     WOMEN IN ASIA: ENVIRONMENT, WORK, AND DEVELOPMENT        3u
This course will focus on understanding broad cultural/global issues and gender relations in three regions of Asia: east, Southeast, and South. The course will focus on theoretical explanations as well as demographic, employment, environmental, and socio-cultural processes and how these influence gender issues.
Prereq: GENED 140 or GEOGRPY 230 or SOCIOLGY 290 or SOCIOLGY 385

SOCIOLGY 340     SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR (GROUP 1 COURSE)        3 u
An examination of the causes and consequences of social movements and collective behavior, including such phenomena as riots; fads; panic; trade unions; reform, revolutionary, and liberation movements; utopian communities.
Prereq: 3 units of sociology.

SOCIOLGY 345     SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER (GROUP 2 COURSE)        3 u
This course will analyze gender as a process and as a social institution. It will examine how we can experience gender in ways that maintain existing gender relations or in ways that challenge them.
Prereq: WOMENST 100 or 3 units of sociology.

SOCIOLGY 350/550     CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE SOCIETY         3-4 u
This course examines contemporary Japanese society. It includes a study of social institutions, processes, and culture of Japan. The course examines the following areas: (a) culture (beliefs, customs, social identity); (b) social institutions (family, religion, education, work, media); (c) societal processes (socialization, deviance, urbanization); (d) inequalities (gender, income, race-ethnic, region); and (e) the politics, economy, and international position of Japan.
Coreq: A course on East Asia or an East Asian language or consent of instructor.

SOCIOLGY 351/551     SOCIAL STRATIFICATION AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY (GROUP 2 COURSE)        3 u
An analysis of the causes, consequences, and remedies of inequalities in power, income, wealth, authority, ethnic and social status.
Prereq: 3 units in sociology or consent of instructor.

SOCIOLGY 352     URBAN SOCIOLOGY (GROUP 1 COURSE)         3 u
A study to acquaint the student with historical development of urban centers, the increasing societal dominance of urbanism, the aspects of urbanism that constitute societal problems as well as societal contributions and new urban trends such as suburbanism and urban renewal.
Prereq: 3 units of sociology.

SOCIOLGY 353     SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION  (GROUP 3 COURSE)        3 u
A study of the function and forms of religious groups in primitive and contemporary societies as well as theoretical examination of religion as a basic social institution. (Offered jointly with Religious Studies.)
Prereq: 3 units of sociology. Unreq: RELIGST 353.

SOCIOLGY 355/555     SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY  (GROUP 1 COURSE)       3 u
An examination of the process and results of human interaction with an emphasis on attitudes and attitude change, society and personality, inter-group relations and processes of socialization.
Prereq: 3 units of sociology.

SOCIOLGY 356     POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY (GROUP 3 COURSE)       3 u
An analysis of the impact of social cleavages and cohesions on the operation of political institutions; the composition and behavior of power elites; the social bases of political power; and the social functions of electoral behavior. (Offered jointly with Political Science.)
Prereq: SOCIOLGY 140 or POLISCI 141. Unreq: POLISCI 356.

 SOCIOLGY 362/562     POPULATION DYNAMICS  (GROUP 1 COURSE)       3 u
A study of the development of world population and the social significance of different population sizes and growth rates; emphasis on the social determinants of fertility, mortality and migration.
Prereq: 3 units of sociology.

SOCIOLGY 365     SOCIOLOGY OF LAW  (GROUP 3 COURSE)       3 u
An introduction to the interdependence of law and society through an analysis of legal concepts and organization from a sociological view.
Prereq: 3 units of sociology.

SOCIOLGY 370/570     JUVENILE DELINQUENCY  (GROUP 4 COURSE)        3 u
A study of the incidence of delinquency, theories and findings regarding causation, and the policies designed for treatment and prevention of delinquency.
Prereq: SOCIOLGY 276 or consent of instructor.

SOCIOLGY 372/572     WHITE-COLLAR CRIME  (GROUP 4 COURSE)       3 u
An examination of the patterns, causes, costs, and strategies of controlling non-traditional crime committed by persons of respectability and high social status. Topics covered include: occupational crime and employee theft, the mafia and criminal syndicates, corporate crime, and governmental crime. Particular attention is given to the origin and control of criminal behavior that helps organizations achieve their operational goals.
Prereq: SOCIOLGY 276 or consent of instructor.

SOCIOLGY 374     SOCIOLOGY OF POLICE AND COURTS (GROUP 4 COURSE)          3 u
A sociological analysis of the development and behavior of the police, lawyers, prosecutors and judiciary in society and their role in social control.
Prereq: SOCIOLGY 276 or consent of instructor.

SOCIOLGY 378     SOCIOLOGY OF PUNISHMENT AND CORRECTIONS        3 u
                             (GROUP 4 COURSE)
The critical analysis of probation, parole, halfway houses, jails and prisons. Their origins in and possible function for the larger society will also be examined. Field trip is required.
Prereq: SOCIOLGY 276 or consent of instructor.

SOCIOLGY 379     WOMEN AND CRIME         3 u
This course examines the frequency and nature of female offending; the frequently blurred boundaries of female victimization and criminalization; the role of criminal law, police, and courts in the processing of female offenders; and the role of "correctional" institutions, prisons, and contemporary alternatives in the punishment of female offenders.
Prereq: WOMENST 100 or SOCIOLGY 276

SOCIOLGY 380/580     ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIETY (GROUP 1 COURSE)         3 u
An examination of the growth and role of organizations in society with specific attention to American society.
Prereq: 3 units of sociology.

SOCIOLGY 385     SOCIOLOGY OF GLOBALIZATION  (GROUP 1 COURSE)        3 u
A survey course designed to critically examine the sociological theories of change. Also examines contemporary empirical developments and their relevance for social policy. Illustrations will be drawn from work done in the developing countries.
Prereq: 3 units of sociology.

SOCIOLGY 388/588     THE HOLOCAUST: NAZI  GERMANY & THE GENOCIDE OF THE JEWS (GROUP 2 COURSE)      3 u
This course will examine the origins, implementation, and legacies of the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews. It is intended to help students gain an appreciation of the importance of the Holocaust to the Jewish experience, while understanding that other groups also were victimized. (Offered jointly with religious studies).
Prereq: 3 units of sociology, history or religious studies. Unreq: RELIGST 388/588.

SOCIOLGY 391/591    PROCESSES AND PATTERNS OF RACIAL/ETHNIC INEQUALITY (GROUP 2 COURSE)   Diversity         3 u
An examination of the circumstances under which racial and ethnic groups received privileged or disadvantaged social locations. Particular consideration is given to theories of racial and ethnic inequality and the processes that form the structures of differential and unequal relations in society. A cross-national comparison of the social construction of race and ethnicity will provide additional context of understanding patterns and theories of race and ethnic relations.
Prereq: Completion of university diversity requirement.

SOCIOLGY 392     AFRICAN AMERICAN  FAMILIES (GROUP 3 COURSE)   Diversity      3 u
This course will survey the historical development of the Afro-American Family from Africa to modern times. Significant events (e.g., the slave trade, slavery, and migration) will be scrutinized in order to ascertain their role in shaping the contemporary Black Family life. Other important social and economic forces will be illuminated to assess their impact. The latest body of literature models, paradigms, hypotheses, and statistical findings will be critically examined to enhance understanding of modern day Black Family premarital and marital relations, adaptive patterns, and dislocations. (Offered jointly with Afro-American Studies.)
Prereq: 3 units of sociology or 3 units of African American studies.

SOCIOLGY 455/655     SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY (GROUP 3 COURSE)         3 u
An analysis of the family as a social institution with emphasis on its development, characteristics, and condition in a rapidly changing social milieu.
Prereq: 6 units in sociology including SOCIOLGY 301 or consent of instructor.

SOCIOLGY 465/665     EXTRAORDINARY GROUPS: THE SOCIOLOGY OF INTENTIONAL COMMUNITIES (GROUP 1 COURSE)    3 u
This course is a sociological analysis of a selection of unique groups in our society that illustrate tremendous range of subcultural diversity. The groups studied are chosen for three reasons: they illustrate major sociological principles in concrete form, they are diverse, and they are interesting.
Prereq: 6 units in sociology including SOCIOLGY 301 or consent of instructor.

SOCIOLGY 474     CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY           3 u
An examination of the ideas and theories of the major classical sociologists, both European and American, the collective thrust of whose works is largely a critique of capitalism and the effects of the industrial revolution upon traditional social structure.
Prereq: 6 units in sociology including SOCIOLGY 301 or consent of instructor.

SOCIOLGY 475/675     CONTEMPORARY  SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY       3 u
An advanced approach to the study of contemporary sociological theory, giving emphasis to the major assumptions, concepts, propositions and methodology of the main perspective.
Prereq: 6 units in sociology including SOCIOLGY 301 or consent of instructor.

SOCIOLGY 476/676     METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH        3 u
To acquaint the student with research methods in sociology and the social sciences; the foundation of sociology in science; the role of theory in research; construction of the research design; sampling, data gathering techniques, and analysis and interpretation of data.
Prereq: 6 units in sociology including SOCIOLGY 301 or consent of instructor.

SOCIOLGY 478     SOCIOLOGY IN PRACTICE         3 u
This course will examine the ways in which sociology can be applied in both academic and non-academic settings and the various alternative careers open to sociology students. Special attention will be given to the ethical issues involved in sociological research and practice and to the impact of sociology and sociologists
upon the decision making process in both the public and private sectors. This course is required for Sociology majors who are planning to take the Applied Sociology SOCIOLGY 493.
Prereq: 6 units in sociology including SOCIOLGY 301 or consent of instructor.

SOCIOLGY 490/690     WORKSHOP         1-6 u
Repeatable. Prereq: Consent of instructor.

SOCIOLGY 491     TRAVEL STUDY         1-3 u
Repeatable.

SOCIOLGY 493     APPLIED SOCIOLOGY         1-12 u
This course involves a supervised internship in a public or private organization. Through on campus seminars and written assignments on the intern experience, students learn how sociology can be applied to solve social problems. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 units in degree.
Prereq: Restricted to sociology majors, or criminal justice or sociology minors, and junior or senior standing. SOCIOLGY 478.

SOCIOLGY 494/694     SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY         3 u
Repeatable. Prereq: Consent of instructor.

SOCIOLGY 496/696     SPECIAL STUDIES         1-3 u
Repeatable. Prereq: 6 u. in sociology or consent of instructor.

SOCIOLGY 498     INDEPENDENT STUDY         1-3 u
Open to majors and minors in sociology. Repeatable. Prereq: Junior or senior standing and staff approval.

SOCIOLGY 499     SENIOR HONORS         1-3 u
Provides opportunity for selected students to work with special topics in the field of sociology under the direction of one or more members of the staff.
Prereq: Senior standing and invitation of the staff.
 
 
 

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