SOC 150: PRINCIPLES OF SOCIOLOGY (F, S)
SOC 150 introduces students to the ways human groups cooperate and conflict with one another and the expected and unanticipated consequences of these relations in American society as well as in the worldwide community. The overarching goal of the course is to help students understand how individual human development is a group experience from infancy to old age, how the social world impacts their lives, and how they, in turn, affect the lives of others in this social world.
SOC 151: SOCIAL PROBLEMS AND SOCIAL POLICY
Cross-listed with SWK/CRJ 201
This course is an exploration of how social conflict and social organization affect human and societal well-being. Topics: mental health, personal safety, economic well-being, and intergroup relations in an industrial society and a developing nation.
SOC 260 : MEN AND WOMEN IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY (S)
This course is an exploration of male and female gender roles in the contemporary United States and in the world. An examination of socialization in childhood and adulthood, sexual politics, and power structures and dynamics within the family and the workplace. Special attention to the effects of class and race on gender role formation.
SOC 262: DYNAMICS OF RACE AND ETHNICITY IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETIES (F, S)
This course is an analysis of the dynamics of race and ethnic relations and of the intersection of race, gender, and class in historical and contemporary contexts. An inquiry into the issues of pluralism and diversity in unity.
SOC 263: ANTHROPOLOGY (F)
This course is an exploration of the spread of humans on earth; racial variations and their significance; cultures in less complex societies and industrial societies across the world; and the impact of these cultures and societies on one another.
SOC 265: SOCIOLOGY OF LAW (S)
This course is an analysis of the law as a social process in historical and comparative perspectives, in particular historical legal traditions such as the British common law, the Napoleonic code, and some other legal systems.
SOC 301: PRINCIPLES OF STATISTICS (F)
3 credits/ Core: Powers: Numbers
This course introduces students to statistical analysis for social sci- ences: Presentation and interpretation of data, descriptive statistics, theory of probability and basic sampling distribution, statistical inference including principles of estimation and tests of hypotheses, introduction to correlation and regression, and first principles in the construction and critique of quantitative arguments for research questions in the social and behavioral sciences and public policy.
SOC 302: STATISTICAL ANALYSIS AND DATA BASE DESIGN (S)
In this course, students learn about the principles of data analysis using statistics, with emphasis on developing critical thinking skills and performing analyses on real data sets. After completing this course, students will be able to design and analyze basic statistical studies, to understand and criticize statistical methods in research projects and the media, and to appreciate the power and utility of statistical thinking. Examples and methods are drawn primarily from the behavioral, natural, and social sciences, and from public policy. The course will cover the following topics: database design, survey and experimental design, exploratory data analysis, and modeling.
Prerequisite: SOC 301 or permission of instructor
SOC 305: SOCIETY AND THE INDIVIDUAL (F)
This course offers a study of the influence of society and culture, as mediated by the social group, on the social, cultural, and personal behavior of the individual.
SOC 306: COMPLEX ORGANIZATIONS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY (S)
This course involves the study of the founding, transformation, and disbanding of organizations, the pace of organizational evolution in modern societies as well as the sources of change and stability in contemporary organizations in the U.S. and in other societies, particularly organizational structures, processes, environments, culture, innovation, and effectiveness.
SOC 308 : SOCIAL INEQUALITY IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY (S)
This course provides an analysis of the structure of social stratification and the impact of globalization and economic restructuring on structured inequality in the United States and in the world, using the structural perspective and the world system theory.
SOC 309: HEALTH, HEALING, AND HEALTH CARE (F)
This course introduces students to the introduction to the sociology of health, healing and health care, and to social epidemiology. Examines the relationship between healthcare providers and their patients, with special attention to alternative health-care providers and bioethics. Analyzes the health-care systems in the United States and in some developed and developing countries.
SOC 320: DELINQUENCY AND JUVENILE JUSTICE (S)
Cross-listed with CRJ/SWK 320 (formerly CRJ 220)
This course is a comparative and historical survey of juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice. Study of the nature, magnitude, and social location of youth crime; analysis of causal theories; and overview of programs aimed at delinquency prevention and control.
SOC 385: THEORIES OF DEVIANCE (S)
Crosslisted with CRJ 385
This course is an intensive analysis of contemporary theories of deviant behavior. Theories examined through seminar discussions of primary materials and critiqued by consideration of research findings. Social policy implications discussed and specific criminal justice programs considered in the light of these theories.