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SOCI Course Descriptions

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  • SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology (3)

    Provides an introduction to basic concepts, theoretical principles and research methods of sociology and applies these tools to the analysis of human societies, including the study of social structures and institutions such as the family and religion, culture, social interaction, groups, social inequality, deviance and social change. prerequisite: eligibility for WRIT 100. [SOSC / QQT or GIK]

  • SOCI 210 Social Deviance (3)

    Provides an examination of deviance and social control in a societal context. Emphasis is placed on what, how and why certain forms of behavior come to be defined as deviant, the regulation of such behavior and the ways in which deviants are labeled and treated. Major theories of deviance will be used to examine such topics as sexual expression, drug use and addictions, mental and physical health, aggression and violence, suicide, religious cults, cyber-activities, homelessness and elite deviance. prerequisite: eligibility for WRIT 100

  • SOCI 301 Social Problems (3)

    A study of factors contributing to the disintegration of social living. Topics studied include juvenile delinquency, sexual adjustment, poverty, personal disorganization, changing worker-management roles and migration.

  • SOCI 302 The American Family in Perspective (3)

    A study of the contemporary American family in terms of its historical background, the impact of the 20th-century culture and significant factors that influence marital relations and family living.

  • SOCI 303 Urban Sociology (3)

    An ecological approach to urban society emphasizing the dynamics of urban regions as demonstrated in their growth and structure. The values and methods people have employed to achieve desired ends are examined in the light of modern industrialization and communication. Special emphasis is given to factors of race, housing, planning and organization.

  • SOCI 304 Human Ecology (3)

    The dynamics of human population as affected by environmental factors with special emphasis on those individual living habits and practices that alter one's physical environment.

  • SOCI 310 Social Theory (3)

    Examination of theories of social organization and social change with particular attention to leading contributors to social thought in the Western world, their work, their social setting and the relation of their study to subsequent social thought.

  • SOCI 311 Contemporary Social Theory (3)

    Structure and function of modern social theory. Functional conflict, interaction and exchange theories are compared with structure and function of modern social theory and with paradigms for examining institutional and organizational norms in society. prerequisite: SOCI 310

  • SOCI 312 Community Organization Practice and Analysis (3)

    Concepts of community are examined and applied to the delivery of human services. Perspectives are developed by which community organizations may be analyzed. Organizational techniques and the roles of voluntary community organizations are discussed.

  • SOCI 317 Sociology of Poverty (3)

    Examines the sources and dynamics of poverty in contemporary society from a sociological perspective. Human service, income and job programs designed specifically to address the needs of the poor are reviewed and critiqued. Special attention is given to groups disproportionately found in poverty, such as the young, the old and the disabled.

  • SOCI 380 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

    A study of racial and ethnic minority groups in modern America together with the social and cultural contributions of minority groups in American life. Problems of accommodation, assimilation, segregation and institutional racism as these affect minority groups and American culture as a whole.

  • SOCI 413 Industrial Sociology (3)

    Emphasis is placed on the meaning of work, economic and occupational systems, changes within occupational structure and the causes of these changes. Major themes are social theory and productive systems, occupational associations and trade unionism, occupational mobility and social power, the structure of industry and the labor market and interrelationships between industry and the wider community.

  • SOCI 420 Social Stratification (3)

    An analysis of the correlates of class, mobility, status, power and conflict.

  • SOCI 460 Gender Roles and Society (3)

    An examination of the cultural, biological, psychological and historical development and interdependence between male and female sex roles. Topics include the influence of heredity and environment, stereotypes and stigmas, and the position of men and women within such institutional areas as law and education, religion, health, the economy and the political system.

  • SOCI 470 The Sociology of Information (3)

    An exploration of the nature of information and its organization, control and use in our society. Topics include the relation of information to public policy decision-making, issues related to privacy and access, and the use of information as a form of power in societal institutions.

  • SOCI 493 Honors Seminar (3)

    An advanced interdisciplinary seminar that focuses on important books or issues and encourages independent thinking, clear presentation and an understanding of the content and methods of various disciplines. The course is team taught; subject and instructors may change from semester to semester. prerequisite: 3.3 GPA or recommendation of the student's major division chair and permission of the instructor

  • SOCI 494 Honors Project (3-6)

    Directed individual instruction in an advanced project of the student's choice; the project must be academically related to this discipline. Each student works closely with a faculty director who guides his/her progress. The project must be of honors quality and must be finally approved by both the faculty director and a second faculty member. Course is eligible for a continuing studies grade. prerequisite: 3.3 GPA and permission of both the Denit Honors Program director and the faculty director

  • SOCI 497 Special Topics in Sociology (3)

    Intensive exploration of topics in sociology of mutual interest to faculty and students. Content varies according to the concurrent interests of faculty and students. The subject studied appears under the Topics heading in the class schedule. Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes.

  • SOCI 498 Seminar in Sociology (3)

    Group and individual study of the major contributors to sociological thought. Theorists are studied in the context of their historical situation and the social problems current during their lifetimes. Stratification, power, functionalism and systems theory are studied in relation to actual methods. prerequisite: SOCI 310

  • SOCI 499 Independent Study in Sociology (1-6)

    Provides students with the opportunity to pursue a research topic or special project in sociology. Each student works closely with a faculty member who helps set goals, develop a course plan and guide progress. The project must be carefully planned and have approval of the instructor involved and of the program director. prerequisite: permission of both the instructor and the program director