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Sociology Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology

200 Level Courses:
SOCI 201: Sociology of the Family
SOCI 202: Global Social Problems

300 Level Courses:
SOCI 302: Poverty and Inequality
SOCI 306: Social Movements
SOCI 316: Minority Groups
SOCI 320: Drugs and Society
SOCI 325: Political Sociology
SOCI 336: Development of Sociological Theory
SOCI 341: Homosexuality and Civil Liberties
SOCI 347: Medical Sociology
SOCI 360: Community Studies
SOCI 362: Sociology of Religion
SOCI 390, 490: Selected Topics
SOCI 391, 392, 491, 492: Research

SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology. 3 hours.

An analysis of factors that are significant in the development of people as social beings. Consideration is given to the social group and culture as factors in this process.

SOCI 201: Sociology of the Family. 3 hours.

The study of the family as a dynamic social institution. Students will examine family structures and socialization processes within multicultural and socio-historical contexts, including patterns of role behaviors, division of labor, decision making and the life cycle.

SOCI 202: Global Social Problems. 3 hours.

This course examines major global social problems and applies the sociological perspectives in understanding the contemporary global social problems such as race and ethnic conflict, war, public health, poverty, population and environmental issues.

SOCI 302: Poverty and Inequality. 3 hours.

This course explores the causes and consequences of institutionalized inequality and how life chances, including life, health and death differ by race, socioeconomic status, and gender. Special emphasis will be given to how these social statuses affect health outcomes in the community.

SOCI 306: Social Movements. 3 hours.

An examination of historical and contemporary collective protest movements that seek change in or preservation of the social and political structure of society. Course will survey theory and research on social change featuring case studies that include the United States labor movement, civil rights, feminism, gay/lesbian rights, environmentalism, animal rights and the new right conservatism movement.

SOCI 316: Minority Groups. 3 hours.

Examines the process of adjustment of various ethnic and cultural groups to life in the United States. Some consideration to world ethnic situations.

SOCI 320: Drugs and Society. 3 hours.

This course introduces students to the social realities of drug use and drug users. Drawing from sociological and criminological perspectives, the course focuses on the historical significance and social construction of drug use, users, abuse and addiction; the relationship between drug use and racism/class conflict; medicalization in contemporary societies; and social movements aiming to effect attitude and policy change.

SOCI 325: Political Sociology. 3 hours.

This course is an in-depth study of the social basis of power and politics. Political, economic and cultural forces of conflict and change are examined.

SOCI 336: Development of Sociological Theory. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  SOCI 101.
An analysis of the evolution of major sociological perspectives that seek to explain the nature of social order. Emphasis is placed on social processes of consensus, conflict and social change.

SOCI 341: Homosexuality and Civil Liberties. 3 hours.

Examination of the rise of the gay and lesbian movement and the challenges of achieving civil liberties and civil rights in dominantly heterosexual Western and non-Western societies.

SOCI 347: Medical Sociology. 3 hours.

This course is concerned with the social causes and consequences of health and illness. Major areas of investigation include the social facets of health and disease, the social behavior of healthcare personnel and people who utilize healthcare, and the social functions of health organizations and healthcare delivery systems.

SOCI 360: Community Studies. 3 hours.

Study of how people arrange themselves socially within cities and surrounding sociocultural environments. Particular attention is given to the processes of urbanism, the urban experience, the community and the concept of place.

SOCI 362: Sociology of Religion. 3 hours.

This course will explore the character of religious practice and religious consciousness from a sociological perspective. Religion will be examined both as an experience that aids the individual in understanding his or her life and as a social institution.

SOCI 390, 490 Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

SOCI 391, 392, 491, 492 Research.

SOCI 397, 398, 497, 498 Internship.