Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Sociology Spring 2017

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 101: Introductory Sociology (3 Credits)

Introduction to basic sociological concepts. Examines aspects of human behavior in cultural framework, including individual and group interaction, social mobility and stratification, status and class, race and gender relations, urbanism, crime and criminology, and social change and reform. Read More »

6 Sections Currently Scheduled »

SOCI 120: Globalization and Society (3 Credits)

Examines and analyzes important global issues and processes. Considers historical development of globalization and implications for different societies and cultures. Investigates perceptions of global processes by different cultures and nations, and efforts of international institutions to address social, political, economic, and cultural changes in global society. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — N/A — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1006
  • Section 002 — Krug Hall 7

300-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 303: Methods and Logic of Inquiry (3 Credits)

Actively engages students in original inquiry meaningful to themselves and their communities. Demonstrates the reciprocal relationship between theory and empirical research. Explores the complementarity of interpretive and explanatory logics, employing basic sociological methods. ÊGuides students to formulate research problems;Ê design research; gather and analyze evidence; and organize, frame, and revise arguments, culminating in a public presentation of their projects to the sociology faculty. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Shannon N Davis — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1002

SOCI 308: Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World (3 Credits)

Explores how race and ethnicity have been shaped by policies and practices in Western and non-Western societies. Explores the evolution of racial and ethnic attitudes from a global and historical perspective. Examines how changing demographic racial patterns may affect definitions of race and ethnicity and the ways in which people individually and collectively act to create new futures. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

SOCI 309: Marriage, Families, and Intimate Life (3 Credits)

Uses a sociological framework to analyze and understand the diverse forms of contemporary families--traditional marriages, cohabitation, domestic partnerships, single-parents families, stepfamilies, and gay and lesbian families. Explored are topics such as changes in sexual mores, reflected in new dating practices; shifting parenting roles; effects of social class, race and ethnicity; and the outcomes of divorce for couples and children. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

SOCI 310: Sociology of Deviance (3 Credits)

Analyzes macro- and microlevel deviance-producing processes, meaning and control of deviance, and major theoretical approaches to deviance. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

SOCI 311: Classical Sociological Theory (3 Credits)

Explores sociological tradition through readings and discussions of ideas drawn from writings of selected sociological thinkers such as Comte, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and others. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

SOCI 313: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4 Credits)

Fundamentals of applied statistics as used in behavioral science to include descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, correlation regression, analysis of variance, factor analysis, nonparametric statistics, and practical experience with calculators in applying statistical analysis to actual problems of the behavioral sciences. Read More »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

SOCI 320: Social Structure and Globalization (3 Credits)

While focusing on nature and process of change in human society, considers social impact of political, economic, and environmental change and how lives are shaped by complexities of global social forces. Examines specific global issues such as conflict and security; economic disparity; ecological deterioration; populations and migration; legitimization of commerce; diffusion of innovations; and impact of class, status, and power in modern societies. Designated a Green Leaf Course. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

SOCI 326: Conflict, Violence, and Peace (3 Credits)

Explores the sociology of conflict, violence, and peace to examine these crucial issues from a scholarly viewpoint. Focuses on the causes and consequences of violence. Examines a wide variety of remedies from conventional deterrence and arms control strategies to alternative perspectives from nonviolent civil resistance to peacebuilding, international law, and restorative justice,Ê as well as conflict transformation and resolution strategies. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Lester R. Kurtz — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 206

SOCI 330: US Immigrants and Immigration (3 Credits)

Explores theoretical, empirical, and policy-related issues pertaining to immigration. Examines case studies of immigrant communities and their adaptation patterns, paying particular attention to immigrants from Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Dae Young Kim — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1005

SOCI 332: The Urban World (3 Credits)

Examines cities and the people who live in them in the United States and around the world. Includes topics such as: social and economic development, inequality, political protests, urban democracy, and the environment. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

SOCI 352: Social Problems and Solutions (3 Credits)

Examines contemporary social problems and their solutions using sociological perspectives. Topics may include housing and homelessness, student debt, mass incarceration, hunger and food insecurity, environment and sustainability, human rights, wealth and global poverty, war and peace. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

SOCI 355: Social Inequality (3 Credits)

Studies class structures and implications for individuals and groups in modern society. Explores issues of race and ethnicity, language and immigration status, sex and gender, social class, age, and sexual orientation. Examines critically the theory and research that explore the construction, experience, and meaning of such differences. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Earl Smith — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 206

SOCI 360: Youth Culture and Society (3 Credits)

Introduces sociology of youth and youth culture. Investigates social, economic, and political realities of youth as a group and different groups of youth, including youth cultural production, formation of youth culture, and youth identities in variety of social settings. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

SOCI 390: Sociology of Health, Illness, and Disability (3 Credits)

Examines social context of health, illness, and disability; relationships of health care professionals and patients; and structure and delivery of health care in different medical systems. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

SOCI 395: Special Topics in Sociology (3 Credits)

Introduces the research interests of the faculty, offering new courses that reflect current issues not yet incorporated into the curriculum. Offers, in addition, advanced study into topics covered in the standing curriculum. Topics change by semester. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 412: Contemporary Sociological Theory (3 Credits)

Presents for analysis and discussion the significant theorists and themes in contemporary sociological theory. Designed to enhance student's skills in reading and analyzing primary texts and to encourage reflection on contemporary social reality. Fulfills writing intensive requirement. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

SOCI 416: Internship in Sociology (1-6 Credits)

Intended to promote learning in application of sociological knowledge, and build skills in different work settings. Students work in approved setting as applied sociologists. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

SOCI 480: Honors Seminar in Sociology I (3 Credits)

Develop research proposals and an appropriate bibliography for honors thesis under the guidance of a sociology faculty member. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

SOCI 481: RS: Honors Seminar in Sociology II (3 Credits)

Pursue independent research and write honors thesis under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Present work in a colloquium at the end of the semester. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in SOCI

SOCI 395: Special Topics in Sociology (3 Credits)

Introduces the research interests of the faculty, offering new courses that reflect current issues not yet incorporated into the curriculum. Offers, in addition, advanced study into topics covered in the standing curriculum. Topics change by semester. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

Graduate

500-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 516: Internship in Sociology (1-6 Credits)

Learning experience in the application of sociological knowledge and skills in different work settings. Students work in approved setting as applied sociologists. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

600-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 633: Special Topics in Sociology (3 Credits)

Specialized inquiry of topics of contemporary sociological research and scholarship. Content varies. Read More »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

SOCI 634: Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credits)

Examines basic research methods involving observational techniques and procedures used in description and analysis of patterns, configurations, ethos, eidos, structures, functions, and styles typical of whole societies and cultures. Emphasizes case studies, unobtrusive methods, participant observation, longterm residence, choices of observer status role, recording data, uses of technical equipment, key informants, interviewing techniques, and ethical considerations in employing such methods and procedures. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

700-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 712: Contemporary Sociological Theory (3 Credits)

Examines schools in contemporary sociological theory such as structural-functionalism, conflict, exchange, symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, humanist sociology, and critical theory. Analyzes contemporary theorists in relation to schools. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

800-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 804: Sociology of Globalization (3 Credits)

Addresses the social, political, cultural, and economic process of globalization. Explores the limits on globalization during the precapitalist era, the relation between empire and the internal structure of imperialist societies, theoretical debates over the contemporary world system, the relation between cities and globalization, and the link between globalization and social inequality within both developed and developing societies. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

SOCI 857: Sociology of Human Rights (3 Credits)

Examines the connections among inequality, conflict, social justice, and human rights in an age of globalization. Drawing from case studies from around the world, course examines institutional and structural violence and inequality as they relate to state, corporate, and military power; international law and order; welfare and social policy; global justice; regionalism, multilateralism, and transnationalism; environmental protection; gender inequality; ethnic conflict; resource wars; and national security policy before and after September 11, 2001. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in SOCI

SOCI 633: Special Topics in Sociology (3 Credits)

Specialized inquiry of topics of contemporary sociological research and scholarship. Content varies. Read More »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

SOCI 833: Special Topics in Sociology (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Specialized inquiry of topics of contemporary sociological research and scholarship. Content varies.