Sociology Courses

  • SOC 100 - Introduction to Sociology

    Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Students practice using their sociological imaginations as they investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. They examine the dynamics of power and inequality in society, and the ways in which our individual lives are patterned by broader social institutions.

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  • SOC 203 - Technology and Society

    Examination of social dimensions of technology; how societal factors influence (or impede) development, adoption, and diffusion of technology; how technology influences societies and social relations. Lectures, readings and class discussions drawing on historical and current examples from a broad range of cultural contexts around the world. Focus on such issues as impacts of technology on everyday life, social interaction, social institutions, social order and conflict, international relations, and ethical/philosophical challenges posed by technological change.

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  • SOC 210 - Introduction to Social Research

    Social research and techniques used in research. Elements of research design, measurement, sampling, interviewing, and use of computers in data analysis.

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  • SOC 215 - General Statistics

    Techniques and interpretation of statistical measures.

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  • SOC 220 - Social Psychology

    Interaction among individuals in social systems. Concepts of role, attitude, group membership, and culture as determinants of individual actions. Problems of prejudice, mass phenomena, and group efficiency.

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  • SOC 265 - Caribbean Society and Culture

    Introduction to social, political, economic and cultural life of the Caribbean, focusing on the English-speaking Caribbean while also addressing important lessons in the experiences of peoples from the wider Caribbean. Social-scientific disciplinary focus combining historical and thematic issues, with particular attention to problems of colonialism, race, inequality, and efforts towards democracy.

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  • SOC 270 - Race and Ethnic Relations

    Implications of racial differences, factors affecting prejudice and discrimination, structural aspects of group conflicts, and possibilities of change in American and other societies.

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  • SOC 301 - Social Theory

    Critical review of classical and contemporary social theory; problems concerning nature of sociological and anthropological explanations of society and inequality; significance of theoretical concepts in relationship to practice.

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  • SOC 302 - History of Social Thought

    Development of sociological-anthropological theory from its origins to the present. Selected major theorists; readings chosen from original works.

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  • SOC 303 - Contemporary Social Theory

    Critical review of classical and contemporary social theory; problems concerning nature of sociological and anthropological explanations of society and inequality; significance of theoretical concepts in relationship to practice. Survey and comparison of recently articulated theoretical orientations.

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  • SOC 310 - Contemporary Social Issues

    Focus on contemporary social issues that challenge today's world. Analysis of how institutionalized inequalities shape what is defined as an "issue" or "problem," whose voices are heard, and the role of media, activists, politicians and policy-makers. Topics may include structural inequalities like race and ethnicity, social class, gender and sexuality, as well as issues related to aging, crime, deviance, economy, education, family life, global conflict, health, politics, poverty, religion, segregation, technology, urban life, violence, work, and other factors.

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  • SOC 325 - Culture and Personality

    Cross-cultural examination of the construction of personhood and relationships between individuals and culture. Critique of psychological interpretations in anthropological texts and of universalizing tendencies in the field of psychology; the basic Freudian model in contrast with models of self in African, Asian and Native American cultures.

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  • SOC 340 - Urban Sociology

    Urban areas from sociological and ecological perspectives. Impact of population and spatial characteristics on subcultures, social interaction, and lifestyle. Consideration of prospects for altering the nature of urban life.

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  • SOC 350 - Special Topics in Sociology

    Topics of interest in sociology, to be announced in the course schedule. Various offerings treat different topics that are not the focus of other SOC courses.

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  • SOC 354 - Sociology of Families

    Family as a social institution.  Historical changes in families; paid and unpaid work; marriage and partnering; divorce, remarriage and blended families; parenting; violence; economic issues; law and social policy; race/ethnicity, sexuality and age.

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  • SOC 359 - The Black Family

    Sociological and social-psychological analysis of the Black family in America. Impact of changes in race relations and of urbanization on the Black family. Assessment of various stereotypes existing in mass media and in sociological and psychological literatures.

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  • SOC 362 - Women and Work

    Women's paid employment and job segregation by sex: relation of women's paid work to women's family work, nature of women's jobs and occupations, and a variety of state policies that influence women's employment (e.g., anti-discrimination law, maternity and parental leave.) White women and women of color in the advanced capitalist economy of the United States.

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  • SOC 364 - Social Networking

    Overview of sociological concepts used to understand social networks, with particular emphasis on the methodology to describe, visualize and analyze social ties.  Culminates in application of concepts and methods to web-based social networks.

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  • SOC 368 - Sociology of Health and Illness

    Sociological view of health, illness, and the delivery of care. Social and social-psychological factors involved in being ill; social relationships and organizations associated with medical treatment; roles of providers and patients; national health care systems.

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  • SOC 375 - Social and Cultural Change

    Institutions and social change. Emphasis on theories, ideologies, social movements and revolutions. Study of colonialism, economic crisis, peasant struggles, nationalism, indigenous rights, independence movements, and struggles over development and underdevelopment.

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  • SOC 376 - Sex, Work and International Capital

    Analysis of significance of women's labor to international capital in a cross-cultural perspective. Examination of social construction of "third world" and "development," and potential and limits of these categories in understanding ideological and material conditions of lives of women across race, class and national boundaries in the world of work.

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  • SOC 380 - Sociology of Deviance

    Sociological factors producing deviance; effect of efforts at social control on the course of deviant development; functional significance of deviance in social systems.

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  • SOC 382 - Juvenile Delinquency

    Sociological approach to juvenile delinquency; analysis of social context shaping and continuing to define delinquent behavior and response to it; impact of race, class and gender on who is perceived and processed as delinquent.  Social scientific theories about causes of delinquency and methods used to gather information about delinquent youth analyzed in terms of policy implications.  Three main social institutions dealing with troubled youth (police, courts and corrections) .

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  • SOC 384 - Criminology

    Criminal behavior in relation to the institutional framework of society. Interaction between criminals, victims, police, and other elements in the system of criminal justice.

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  • SOC 391 - Directed Reading/Research in Sociology

    Directed reading or research study by qualified students under instructor's supervision.

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  • SOC 398 - Special Topics in WGS-SOC

    Topics to be announced.

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  • SOC 445 - Ethnicity in American Society

    Critical examination of ethnicity as a dynamic and major social process. Ethnicity as identity politics considered both necessary and problematic. Particular emphasis on the American experience in historical perspective, as well as implications for contemporary analyses of American society.

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  • SOC 452 - Sociology of Education

    Critical examination of schools and schooling in American society. Contemporary relationship of education to political, economic and social structures of society. Alternative perspectives on education.

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  • SOC 456 - Power and Politics

    Issues, debates and research constituting the subdiscipline of political sociology. General overview of such core concepts as power, interests and the state; additional topics including processes of state formation in historical and comparative perspective, revolutions and peasant revolts, social movements, the problem of collective action, and the sociology of democratic politics.

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  • SOC 458 - Religion in American Society

    Sociological treatment of religion both as a social institution and as a significant factor in behavior and attitudes. Role of religion in social change and significance of religious training and commitment compared to social class position and ethnicity.

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  • SOC 470 - Social Inequalities

    Emergence and perpetuation of socio-economic, ethnic/racial, gender, and sexual inequalities with a special focus on the intersection among them. Historical forms of inequalities and life experiences of groups of people in the U.S. and globally. Emphasis on global social inequalities and the resistance against global polarizations.

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  • SOC 471 - Social Movements in America

    Use of theory, research and films to examine when and why social movements occur; who joins and who remains in social movements; why movements decline and/or succeed; social movement organizations; challenges, identity, culture and emotions in social movements. Analysis and practice of strategies and tactics: ballot initiatives, using elected officials as lawyers, art as a tool, direct action, media.

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  • SOC 474 - Gender and Society

    Critical examination of gender as a social and institutional construct. Use of theory to interrogate the sex/gender binary, identity and bodies. How the experience of gender and the structure of gendered institutions are shaped by cross-cutting lines of difference and inequality - social class, race, ethnicity, sexuality and age (among others). Effects of gender inequality on women, men and society.

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  • SOC 485 - Law and Society

    Law as a system of social control and a mechanism for conflict resolution within society as it has evolved from mores and folkways. Relationship of law to political, economic and social systems as approached from conflict and traditional perspectives.

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  • SOC 495 - Honors Thesis I

    Credit and grade for SOC 495 is not given until successful completion of .

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  • SOC 496 - Honors Thesis II

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  • SOC 499 - Senior Seminar

    Critical review of sociological and anthropological literature, with attention to the interaction of theory and research.

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  • SOC 523 - Statistical Packages

    Introduction to collection and interpretation of data utilizing computer technology. Value and utility of statistical tools and computer technology as a technical adjunct for critical inquiry and decision making in research and practice.

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  • SOC 525 - Culture and Personality

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  • SOC 545 - Ethnicity in American Society

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  • SOC 558 - Religion in American Society

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  • SOC 563 - Women and Work

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  • SOC 566 - Work, Occupations and Professions

    Examination of sociological dimensions of the division of labor; particular emphasis on professional/managerial occupations. Topics may include: occupational recruitment and socialization, occupational and labor market structures, organizational context of work, employment relationship, job satisfaction, labor-management relations, implications of technological change and globalization, effects of gender, age and race/ethnicity on the work experience.

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  • SOC 569 - Sociology of Education

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  • SOC 570 - Social Inequalities

    Emergence and perpetuation of socio-economic, ethnic/racial, gender, and sexual inequalities with a special focus on the intersection among them. Historical forms of inequalities and life experiences of groups of people in the U.S. and globally. Emphasis on global social inequalities and the resistance against global polarizations. .

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  • SOC 571 - Social Movements in America

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  • SOC 574 - Gender and Society

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  • SOC 575 - Social and Cultural Change

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  • SOC 576 - Sex, Work and International Capital

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  • SOC 585 - Sociology of Law

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