Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Sociology Spring 2018

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. May not be repeated for credit.
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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Rasmieyh R Abdelnabi — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW — David King Hall 2053
  • Section 001 — Daniel Afzal — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — David King Hall 2053

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. Guides students to formulate research problems; design research; gather and analyze evidence; and organize, frame, and revise arguments, culminating in a public presentation of their projects to the sociology faculty. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 101, SOCI 102, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Elizangela Storelli — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Robinson A349

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. May not be repeated for credit.
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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Patricia Anne Masters — 04:30 PM to 05:45 PM MW — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 129

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. May not be repeated for credit.
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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Laboratory, Lecture

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SOCI 314: Sociology of Culture (3 Credits)

Examines how culture, encompassing high art or participatory culture, expressive agency or traditional constraint, is produced and reproduced in everyday social practices and across a wide range of social institutions. Explores the role of culture in public life and political discourse. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Mark D Jacobs — 01:30 PM to 04:10 PM T — Lecture Hall 2

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf 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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Lester R. Kurtz — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW — Robinson A106

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Dae Young Kim — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — David King Hall 2053

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Amaka Okechukwu — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Robinson B228

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Lester R. Kurtz — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW — Robinson B208

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Amaka Okechukwu — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Enterprise Hall 276

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. May not be repeated for credit.
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SOCI 377: Art and Society (3 Credits)

Introduces the many ways in which art reflects social tendencies, comments on social problems, and contributes to discussions about a wide range of social issues. Students attend theatrical performances and visit exhibition spaces on campus, and learn to analyze what they experience through both aesthetic and sociological approaches. Explores contemporary issues such as debates about artistic freedom and public morality, commercialization of art, and relationship between cultural and social hierarchies. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 credits of ARTH.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Mark D Jacobs — 04:30 PM to 05:45 PM TR — Lecture Hall 2

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.
Recommended Prerequisite: 90 hours, including 12 hours of SOCI.
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. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 311 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. Notes: Minimum 45 hours of work for each credit required. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Enrollment in or completion of SOCI 313 or permission of instructor.
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. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Research Associated
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to honors in the sociology major.
Schedule Type: Independent Study

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive
Recommended Prerequisite: Successful completion of SOCI 480.
Schedule Type: Independent Study

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Capstone
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 303.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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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. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 90 hours, including 12 hours of SOCI.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. Notes: Minimum 45 hours of work for every 1 credit. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 21 hours of SOCI, including research methods, 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: Internship

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

600-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 614: Sociology of Culture (3 Credits)

Analyzes 20th-century debates in American culture and cultural politics, with emphasis on art and popular culture, news media, and competing notions of "the public." In-depth readings in cultural sociology cover variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. 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: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Mark D Jacobs — 01:30 PM to 04:10 PM T — Lecture Hall 2

SOCI 624: International Migration in the Age of Globalization (3 Credits)

Focuses on theoretical, methodological, and policy-related issues on international migration from a sociological perspective. Explores case studies of immigrant communities and their adaptation patterns, paying particular attention to immigrants from Latin America, Asia, and the Caribbean. 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.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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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.
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

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Tyler W. Myroniuk — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Innovation Hall 326

SOCI 670: New Media and Social Inequality (3 Credits)

Examines the internet and other new technologies from a sociological perspective. Focuses on how technologies mitigate or exacerbate-transform or reproduce-existing and new forms of inequality. 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

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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. 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

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800-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 803: Institutions and Inequality (3 Credits)

Analyzes the interrelations between social inequalities and institutional structures, including markets, the press, prisons, mental institutions, cultural organizations, and corporations. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — John G. Dale — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Krug Hall 209

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

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Manjusha Nair — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — West Building 1007

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.
Recommended Prerequisite: 90 hours, including 12 hours of SOCI.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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4 Sections Currently Scheduled »