Courses and Syllabi

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Sociology Spring 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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • - DL1 — Briana L Pocratsky — Online
  • - 003 — Dae Young Kim — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR — Innovation Hall 134
  • - 002 — Mohamed Mohamed — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW — Innovation Hall 132

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • - 001 — Nancy W Hanrahan — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW — Robinson Hall B220

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 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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • - 001 — Elizangela Storelli — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW — Robinson Hall B108

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

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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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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

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

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • - 001 — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW — Robinson Hall B208

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Laboratory, Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • - 001 — Mark D Jacobs — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW — Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall 1105

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • - 002 — Nancy W Hanrahan — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW — Robinson Hall B220

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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, as well as conflict transformation and resolution strategies. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • - DL1 — Rasmieyh R Abdelnabi — Online

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

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • - 001 — Sahar Haghighat — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Robinson Hall B228

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • - 001 — Brian Louis Levy — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — 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. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 101
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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. 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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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.
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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • - 001 — Patricia Anne Masters

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: Impact Associated.
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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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. 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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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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: SOCI 101
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • - 001 — Patricia Anne Masters

600-Level Courses in SOCI

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

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • - 001 — Mark D Jacobs — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW — Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall 1105

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

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

SOCI 641: Micro Sociology: Inequality and Everyday Life (3 Credits)

Analyze the relationship between everyday life and social inequalities, with a particular focus on examining theoretically and empirically the relationship between governing structures of society and the structure of situational and interactional terrains as it plays out in the lives of everyday people. 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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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. 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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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. 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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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • - 001 — Manjusha Nair — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — Aquia Building 219

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

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2 Sections 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. 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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled