Courses and Syllabi

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Sociology Fall 2020

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. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. Notes: Students may not receive credit for both SOCI 120 and GLOA 101. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Schedule Type: Lecture

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200-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 208: Introduction to Race and Ethnicity (3 Credits)

Introduces students to individuals and ideas which have shaped and influenced racial and ethnic interactions and relations in the past and present. Attention will focus on historical meanings and sentiments attached to race and ethnicity as concepts, ideas, and images, and the ways these concepts and images have co-joined to allocate differential social, political, economic, and educational rewards to individuals and groups designated as racial groups, ethnic groups, or both. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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SOCI 215: Gender and Society (3 Credits)

Considers the ways in which gender structures social life on both the micro level of individual experience and the macro level of social structure. Explores how normative ideals of femininity and masculinity affect our bodies, identities and intimate relationships; and how these ideals are circulated through the media, reproduced in social institutions, and articulated in different national, cultural and religious contexts. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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300-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 302: Sociology of Delinquency (3 Credits)

Examines social factors involved in development of delinquency, including family, political economy, schooling, community environment and culture. Examines various theories of delinquency; rates of delinquency in relation to age, race, gender and social class; and legal system that addresses causes, consequences, and policies of punishment and rehabilitation. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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. Guides students to formulate problems and design research, culminating in a public presentation of their proposals to the sociology faculty. Limited to three attempts.
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisite: SOCI 101C.
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: 6 credits of upper level (300 or 400 level) sociology courses, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Laboratory, Lecture

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SOCI 315: Contemporary Gender Relations (3 Credits)

Considers the ways in which gender structures social life on both the micro level of individual experience and the macro level of social structure. Addresses contradiction between legal equality between the sexes and persistent workplace discrimination and sexual violence; how normative ideals of femininity and masculinity affect our bodies, identities and intimate relationships; how these ideals are circulated through the media, reproduced in social institutions, and articulated in different national, cultural and religious contexts. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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SOCI 320: Globalization and Social Change (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. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Focused Course
Schedule Type: Seminar

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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, as well as conflict transformation and resolution strategies. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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SOCI 340: Power, Politics, and Society (3 Credits)

Analyzes how power is defined, attained and sustained in society. Students analyze political power as related to social realities such as democratic elections, class conflict, elite networks, powersharing, protest, and revolution. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading: This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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SOCI 371: The Individual and Society (3 Credits)

Introduces students to a sociological exploration of the individual and society. The course is organized around several major themes, including the study of the individual within social context, the process the individual uses to narrate his/her self- and social identities, and how the individual manages, protects, and solidifies his/her self-identity and negotiates the boundaries of self within the context of everyday social interactions. The course also examines how daily social interactions shape the understanding of self and experiences of the individual. In conclusion, the course presents a consideration of how identity projects are mediated by and formed within larger structures of constraint. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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SOCI 382: Education in Contemporary Society (3 Credits)

Examines classrooms and schools as social institutions that function as socializing agents for both stability and societal change. Emphasizes the influence of inequality on educational processes and outcomes and critically examines the social organization of the U.S. public school system. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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SOCI 385: Religion and Society (3 Credits)

Studies places of religious consciousness in human action and institutional and organizational networks created to sustain religious beliefs. Emphasizes comparative and historical analysis of role religion has played in human society. Examines theories of nature of religious experience, religious symbolism, and basis of religious community. Explores changing demographics in relation to older traditional religious faiths and newer nontraditional faiths. Limited to three attempts.
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SOCI 394: Sociology of Human Rights (3 Credits)

Provides an overview of sociological, theoretical, and methodological approaches to understanding human rights. Examining connections between inequality, conflict, social justice, governance, and human rights, the course focuses on the contexts of meaning within which human rights are invoked and practiced as well as the role that non-state actors play in shaping the development and institutionalization of human rights. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading: This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 101
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in Major
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisite: SOCI 311C.
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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SOCI 416: Internship in Sociology I (3-6 Credits)

Intended to provide students with hands-on experience in sociology and to deepen sociological knowledge. The internship experience links theory and practice. Students work in approved setting as applied sociologists. Notes: Minimum 45 hours of work for each credit required. A research paper or project is required for this course. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Mason Core: Capstone
Recommended Prerequisite: Must have completed at least 85 credits (21 credits must be in sociology) of coursework. Enrollment in or completion of SOCI 313.
Schedule Type: Internship

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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. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Mason Impact.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to honors in the sociology major.
Schedule Type: Independent Study
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Special scale.

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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. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive
Recommended Prerequisite: Successful completion of SOCI 480.
Schedule Type: Independent Study
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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SOCI 485: RS: Sociological Analysis and Practice (3 Credits)

Provides an in-depth examination of historical and contemporary issues facing sociological scholars. Focuses on the philosophies, practices, and procedures used by individuals and organizations to answer sociological questions. Engages a variety of materials, experiences and resources to answer a specific research question. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Capstone
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 303.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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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. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 101
Schedule Type: Lecture

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Graduate

600-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 601: Proseminar in Public and Applied Sociology (3 Credits)

Core course devoted to the philosophical, historical, theoretical, and methodological dimensions of public and applied sociology within the United States. Traces the evolution of the field during the 20th century, from its inception in the Chicago school and the studies of W.E.B. DuBois to more recent formulations, as these bear on the interplay between social scientific knowledge and public decisions and debates. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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SOCI 620: Methods and Logic of Social Inquiry (3 Credits)

Emphasizes gathering, interpreting, and evaluating scientific evidence. Covers logic of scientific inquiry, including the application of various research designs and data collection methods. Develops critical-thinking skills by using set of rules and logical criteria for evaluation of social science research. Focuses both on how results are obtained and disseminated via research reports. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Undergraduate statistics and research methodology, or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Sociology.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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SOCI 633: Special Topics in Sociology (3 Credits)

Specialized inquiry of topics of contemporary sociological research and scholarship. Content varies. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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SOCI 636: Statistical Reasoning (3 Credits)

Intermediate treatment of quantitative analytic techniques used in sociology. Topics include sampling, inference, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and bivariate and multiple correlation and regression. Introduces logic of multivariate analysis. Focus on how results are obtained and disseminated via research reports. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Undergraduate statistics and research methodology, or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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700-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 711: Classical Sociological Theory (3 Credits)

In-depth examination of major issues in classical (pre-1930) sociological theory. Analyzes Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Mead, and others, and emphasizes social and intellectual context of their theories. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Sociology.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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800-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 833: Special Topics in Sociology (3 Credits)

Specialized inquiry of topics of contemporary sociological research and scholarship. Content varies. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 9 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: Have completed either 6 credits of coursework at the 600 level or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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SOCI 850: Sociology of Development (3 Credits)

Analyzes socioeconomic and political change, focusing on the poor countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Offers a basic descriptive understanding of processes of change in these countries and an introduction to major theoretical perspectives on development and globalization, from classical theories of comparative advantage to theories of imperialism, modernization, dependency, and globalization. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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SOCI 851: Globalization and Social Movements (3 Credits)

Analyzes current issues in the study of social movements, with an emphasis on the ways in which globalization shapes and in turn is shaped by social movements. Emphasis is placed on the relations among the strategies, identities, and organizations bound up with transnational social movements and the relation between the dynamics of global political and economic developments and protest movements in core and peripheral societies. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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Topics in SOCI

SOCI 633: Special Topics in Sociology (3 Credits)

Specialized inquiry of topics of contemporary sociological research and scholarship. Content varies. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

SOCI 833: Special Topics in Sociology (3 Credits)

Specialized inquiry of topics of contemporary sociological research and scholarship. Content varies. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 9 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: Have completed either 6 credits of coursework at the 600 level or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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