Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Sociology Fall 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. 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 — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR — Art & Design Building L008
  • Section 001 — N/A — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM MW — East Building 201

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

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 006 — Patricia A Masters — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — Robinson A410

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 MW — Nguyen Engineering Building 1107

SOCI 307: Social Movements and Political Protest (3 Credits)

Explores processes for organizing resistance to current social and power arrangements, from terrorism to nonviolent civil resistance to create alternative institutions, policies, or leadership that promote human rights and social justice. Uses historical and contemporary case studies of local and global change to explore, how, why, and to what effect individuals have organized to protest the status quo and create social change. May not be repeated for credit.
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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. 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 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 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 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 001 — Amaka Okechukwu — 04:30 PM to 05:45 PM TR — Blue Ridge 129

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. May not be repeated for credit.
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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 002 — Earl Smith — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Robinson B122

SOCI 385: Sociology of Religion (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. 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 TR

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

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

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3 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. 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 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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3 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. 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 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. Equivalent to SOCI 801.
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 602: Writing for the Social Sciences (3 Credits)

Develops strategies for successful social scientific writing, self-evaluation, and managing anxiety around the production of written work. Provides practice in different types of writing undertaken by social scientists including research reports, scholarly journal articles, and research proposals. 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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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

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SOCI 631: Survey Research (3 Credits)

Introduces theory, method, and practice of survey research design and analysis. Students complete survey research project. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 530 and 531, 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 002 — James Witte — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W — Robinson A205

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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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

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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.
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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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — John G. Dale — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — Innovation Hall 209

900-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 998: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (1-9 Credits)

Work on research proposal for doctoral dissertation. Notes: A maximum of 9 credits of 998 may be applied to the degree. Students may enroll in 998 in their final year of coursework while preparing for comprehensive exams. Contact department for approval and CRN to register. May be repeated within the degree.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of all but final year of coursework and permission of graduate director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Dissertation

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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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3 Sections Currently Scheduled