2008-09 Course Descriptions

SOCI - Sociology

Department of Sociology and Family Studies (CAS)

SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. An introduction to sociology as a social science. Basic concepts and principles of the discipline are employed in fulfilling the influence of culture and social interaction on social behavior. May fulfill Social Science Degree Core requirements.

SOCI 205 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3-0-3), fall. An introduction to the concepts of criminal justice, the criminal justice system, deviance, crime, social control, law, justice, and constitutionalism, including the roles of the police, the courts, and corrections in the context of the American system of criminal justice.

SOCI 222 Social Problems (3-0-3), fall, spring. Application of sociological concepts and methods of analysis to selected, current social problems such as overpopulation, poverty, race and ethnic relations, the family, crime and delinquency, mental disorders, drug abuse, and suicide.

SOCI 350 Sociology of Aging (3-0-3), spring. An overview of the research and literature related to the demographic, social, and cultural aspects of aging in the United States and in other cultures. Same as GERO 350/550.

SOCI 355 Social Deviance (3-0-3), spring. A theoretical and descriptive analysis of socially deviant behavior and the social interactive process in its definition and control.

SOCI 362 Marriage and Family (3-0-3), spring, odd years. A study of marriage and family life roles, relationships, and functions in their social context.

SOCI 380 Urban and Community Studies (3-0-3), fall. The nature, processes, and trends of urbanization and their impact upon the social systems, the family, and the individual. Special emphasis on U.S. cities and related research.

SOCI 385 Social Theory (3-0-3), fall. Overview of major sociological theories and theorists including an examination of the application of sociological theory to contemporary social thought and policy making. An introduction to the method of theory construction. A writing-intensive course.

SOCI 388 Crime and Delinquency (3-0-3), fall. An overview of the extent, trend, and types of criminal and delinquent behavior as well as research findings and theories associated with it.

SOCI 410 Sociology of Social Control and Law (3-0-3), spring. The history and development of social control, tracing its theoretical foundations from the Middle Ages to the present. The development of the concept of law in Western society, how it functions, and its role in social control. Prerequisites: SOCI 205, 388, junior standing.

SOCI 415 Social Research (3-1-4), fall, spring. An application of the scientific method to the study of social phenomena; consideration of basic methods of data gathering, analysis and reporting, including basic statistics. Students experience organizing, conducting, and evaluating research. A writing-intensive course. Same as SOCW 415.

SOCI 416 Social Statistics (3-0-3), fall, spring. An introduction to computer-assisted statistical analysis of social data, with the emphasis on nonparametric concepts and applications. Prerequisite: Junior standing or approval of the instructor.

SOCI 420 Social Change (3-0-3), fall. Current social changes that affect our lives (values, family, religion, community, economy) and an examination of current trends that may bring about additional changes. Futuristic trends and social indicators are also examined. 

SOCI 442 Cultural Diversity (3-0-3), fall, spring. A study of American minority relations including facts and myths, sources and consequences of prejudice, and patterns of intergroup relations.

SOCI 444 Social Group Leadership (3-0-3), spring. An overview of theories as they relate to social group structure, patterns, problems, and pragmatic applications.

SOCI 460 Ethics and Social Issues (3-0-3), fall, spring. An attempt to help students reach a higher critical and reflective consciousness of the relationship of ethics to professional and business decision making and problem solving. Same as GERO 460/560.

SOCI 477 Sociology of Religion (3-0-3), spring, even years. Explores social scientific efforts to study and analyze religion, social origins and influence of religion, religion's influence on society, and contemporary social forces impacting on religion's trends and the future of religion. Emphasis is placed on U.S. religions.

SOCI 480 Inequality and Social Justice (3-0-3), spring, odd years. Explores the relationship between social inequality and social justice focusing on several interrelated issues including income inequality, wealth inequality, race and ethnic inequality, gender inequality, and political inequality. Prerequisite: junior standing.

SOCI 498 Sociological Practice I (3-0-3), fall, spring. A supervised on-the-job learning experience within an approved work setting relevant to academic and career goals and designed to provide constructive sociological assistance to community organizations.

SOCI 499 Sociological Practice II (1-0-3)*, fall, spring. A supervised on-the-job learning experience within an approved work setting relevant to academic and career goals and designed to provide constructive sociological assistance to community organizations. May be repeated for up to 3 credit hours.

SOCI 516 Social Statistics (3-0-3), fall, spring. An introduction to computer-assisted statistical analysis of social data, with the emphasis on nonparametric concepts and applications. Prerequisite: Junior standing or approval of the instructor.

SOCI 542 Cultural Diversity (3-0-3), fall, spring. A study of American minority relations including facts and myths, sources and consequences of prejudice, and patterns of intergroup relations.

SOCI 550 Sociology of Aging (3-0-3), spring. An overview of the research and literature related to the demographic, social, and cultural aspects of aging in the United States and in other cultures. Same as GERO 350/550.

SOCI 560 Ethics and Social Issues (3-0-3), fall, spring. An attempt to help students reach a higher critical and reflective consciousness of the relationship of ethics to professional and business decision making and problem solving. Same as GERO 460/560.

SOCI 562 Marriage and Family (3-0-3), spring, odd years. A study of marriage and family life roles, relationships, and functions in their social context.

SOCI 577 Sociology of Religion (3-0-3), spring, even years. Explores social scientific efforts to study and analyze religion, social origins and influence of religion, religion's influence on society, and contemporary social forces impacting on religion's trends and the future of religion. Emphasis is placed on U.S. religions.

SOCI 580 Inequality and Social Justice (3-0-3), spring, odd years. Explores the relationship between social inequality and social justice focusing on several interrelated issues including income inequality, wealth inequality, race and ethnic inequality, gender inequality, and political inequality. Prerequisite: junior standing.

SOCI 615 Social Research (3-0-3), fall. An application of the scientific method to the study of social phenomena; consideration of basic methods of data gathering, analysis and reporting, including basic statistics. Students experience organizing, conducting and evaluating research. Same as GERO 615.

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