Undergraduate Bulletin

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

880-105 INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY GS/Core 3 cr

In this course students will study the basic concepts and principles of sociology. Information from other social sciences is presented on selected topics. Focus in readings and discussions will be given to theoretical perspectives and methods; culture and socialization; groups and group processes; stratification; race ethnic and gender relations; crime and deviance and institutions. Where appropriate, topics are treated in a comparative and historical framework. May not be taken on a satisfactory/no credit grade basis.
Unreq: 613-105 and 840-105.

880-140 INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY 3 cr

The study of human social relations with emphasis on culture, socialization, social structure and change, and the major social institutions.

880-250 SOCIAL PROBLEMS (GROUP 1 COURSE) GS 3 cr

The study of specific social problems through the application to them of perspectives attempting to explain their existence, and relating these problems to fundamental structures and processes making up society.

880-252 MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY (GROUP 3 COURSE)
GS 3 cr

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.

880-265 RACE RELATIONS (GROUP 2 COURSE) GS/Diversity 3 cr

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 and blend, or maintain group identities; and how do we address existing barriers and inequalities. Relationships and differences among minority groups will also be examined.

880-270 THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY:
A SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE (GROUP 2 COURSE)
GS/Diversity 3 cr

This course provides lower level undergraduate students with systematic sociological understanding of the historical and current experiences of African American people.
Unreq: 614-270.

880-276 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY
(GROUP 4 COURSE) GS 3 cr

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.

880-325/525 WHITE-COLLAR CRIME (GROUP 4 COURSE) 3 cr

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: 880-276 or cons instr.

880-330 SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION (GROUP 3 COURSE) 3 cr

A study of educational institutions as a social system; role relationships; community contexts; relevant values and ideals.
Prereq: 3 cr. of sociology.

880-340 SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR
(GROUP 1 COURSE) 3 cr

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 crs. of sociology.

880-345 SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER ROLES
(GROUP 2 COURSE) 3 cr

This course is concerned with how gender roles are defined, institutionalized, and changed. The course will focus primarily on gender roles in contemporary America.
Prereq: 890-100 or 3 crs. of sociology.

880-352 URBAN SOCIOLOGY (GROUP 1 COURSE) 3 cr

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 crs. of sociology.

880-353 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION (GROUP 3 COURSE) 3 cr

A study of the function and forms of religious groups in primitive and contemporary societies; a theoretical examination of religion as a basic social institution. (Offered jointly with Religious Studies.)
Prereq: 3 crs. of sociology.
Unreq: 786-353.

880-355/555 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (GROUP 1 COURSE) 3 cr

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 crs. of sociology.

880-356 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY (GROUP 3 COURSE) 3 cr

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: 880-140 or 820-141.
Unreq: 820-356.

880-362/562 POPULATION DYNAMICS (GROUP 1 COURSE) 3 cr

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 crs. of sociology.

880-365 SOCIOLOGY OF LAW (GROUP 3 COURSE) 3 cr

An introduction to the interdependence of law and society through an analysis of legal concepts and organization from a sociological view. Prereq: 3 crs. of sociology.

880-370/570 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY (GROUP 4 COURSE) 3 cr

A study of the incidence of delinquency, theories and findings regarding causation, and the policies designed for treatment and prevention of delinquency.
Prereq: 880-276 or consent of instructor.

880-374 SOCIOLOGY OF CRIME MANAGEMENT:
POLICE AND THE COURTS (GROUP 4 COURSE) 3 cr

A sociological analysis of the development and behavior of the police, lawyers, prosecutors and judiciary in society and their role in social control.
Prereq: 880-276 or cons instr.

880-378 SOCIOLOGY OF CRIME MANAGEMENT:
CONTROL AND REHABILITATION OF THE OFFENDER
(GROUP 4 COURSE) 3 cr

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: 880-276 or cons instr.

880-380/580 ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIETY
(GROUP 1 COURSE) 3 cr

An examination of the growth and role of organizations in society with specific attention to American society.
Prereq: 3 crs. of sociology.

880-385 SOCIAL CHANGE (GROUP 1 COURSE) 3 cr

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 crs. of sociology.

880-388/588 THE HOLOCAUST: NAZI GERMANY &
THE GENOCIDE OF THE JEWS (GROUP 2 COURSE) 3 cr

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 credits of sociology, history or religious studies.
Unreq: 786-388/588.

880-390 CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY 3 cr

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: 3 crs. of sociology.

880-410/610 SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS
(GROUP 3 COURSE) 3 cr

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: 6 credits in sociology including 880-140 or cons instr.

880-451/651 SOCIAL STRATIFICATION AND
SOCIAL INEQUALITY (GROUP 2 COURSE) 3 cr

An analysis of the causes, consequences, and remedies of inequalities in power, income, wealth, authority, ethnic and social status.
Prereq: 6 cr. in sociology including 880-140 or cons instr.

880-455/655 SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY
(GROUP 3 COURSE) 3 cr

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 crs. in sociology including 880-140 or cons instr.

880-459/659 SOCIOLOGY OF MINORITIES (GROUP 2 COURSE)
Diversity 3 cr

An examination of the circumstances under which widely diversified segments of the population may constitute a minority, and hence be subject to differential and unequal treatment in a society. Particular consideration is given to the existence of discrimination, segregation and prejudice, the various forms which each may take, and the relations among them providing the structure of minority-dominant group relations.
Prereq: 6 crs. in sociology including 880-140 or cons instr.

880-465/665 EXTRAORDINARY GROUPS: THE SOCIOLOGY
OF INTENTIONAL COMMUNITIES (GROUP 1 COURSE) 3 cr

This course is a sociological analysis of a selection of unique groups in our society that illustrates its 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 hours in Sociology or consent of instructor.

880-470 AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY (GROUP 3 COURSE)
Diversity 3 cr

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: 852-100 or 880-140 and 880-252 or 852-270.
Unreq: 614-470.

880-475/675 CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY 3 cr

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 crs. in sociology including 880-140 or cons instr.

880-476/676 METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH 3 cr

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 crs. in sociology including 880-140 or cons instr.

880-477/677 DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS
(GROUP 6 COURSE) 3 cr

Student designed group research projects will be conducted concurrently with the presentation of related class lectures and reading material. Students are expected to work in four or five person groups to formulate a research problem, collect data and perform analysis under the close supervision of the instructor.
Prereq: 880-475 or 880-390 and 880-476.

880-478 SOCIOLOGY IN PRACTICE 3 cr

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 880-493.
Prereq: 880-476 or con reg.

880-490/690 WORKSHOP 1-6 cr

Repeatable.
Prereq: Consent of instructor.

880-491 TRAVEL STUDY 1-3 cr

Repeatable.

880-493 APPLIED SOCIOLOGY 1-12 cr

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 credits in degree.
Prereq: 880-478. Restricted to sociology majors, or criminal justice or sociology minors, and junior or senior standing.

880-494/694 SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY 3 cr

Repeatable.
Prereq: Consent of instructor.

880-496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES 1-3 cr

Repeatable.
Prereq: 6 cr. in sociology or consent of instructor.

880-498 INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr

Open to majors and minors in sociology. Repeatable.
Prereq: Junior or senior standing and staff approval.

880-499 SENIOR HONORS 1-3 cr

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: Sr st and invitation of the staff.

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