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Sociology

SOCI 4330G - VIOLENCE IN COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES

Survey of family and community violence. Examination of the nature and extent of violence, causes of violent behavior between intimates and in the streets, and the consequences of such violence for people, especially children. Same as PSYC 4330G and SOWK 4330G. Offered: Fall, Summer

SOCI 5315G - CHILD WELFARE

Same as PSYC 5315G and SOWK 5315G

SOCI 5316G - SERVICES TO CHILDREN EXPOSED TO VIOLENCE

Same as PSYC 5316G and SOWK 5316G

SOCI 5330G - VIOLENCE INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION

Same as PSYC 5330G, SOWK 5330G. Offered: Summer, Spring

SOCI 5368G - SOCIOLOGY OF AGING

Examination of the dynamic interaction between the process of aging and social forces. Considers sociological perspectives on aging, changing relationships and expectations of the elderly, consequences of ageism, institutional impacts on the elderly, variations of experience by class, race/ethnicity, gender and age-related policies and alternatives.

Same as SOWK 5368G and PSYC 5368G

SOCI 6190 - SELECTED READINGS

Advanced study of a specialized topic that the instructor selects. The course may be repeated when topic is changed.

SOCI 6290 - SELECTED READINGS

Advanced study of a specialized topic that the instructor selects. The course may be repeated when topic is changed.

SOCI 6303 - SOCIAL THEORY

This class offers an overview of social theory, with particular emphasis on sociological, political science and economic theory. Specifically, we will discuss:

1)What are the roots of contemporary scientific and social scientific theory?

2)What major themes and thinkers make up the foundation of contemporary thought?

3)How were these texts shaped by the social context of that time? In other words, how do these writings reflect the broader social and economic thoughts of that time period?

4)Finally, how do these texts influence social scientific theorizing and analysis today?

SOCI 6315 - SOCIOLOGICAL PRACTICE RESEARCH I: QUALITATIVE METHODS

Examination of the qualitative research methodologies used in the professional practice of sociology, including field research strategies such as ethnography and focus groups as well as unobtrusive research strategies such as content analysis and oral traditions. Offered: Fall of odd-numbered years

SOCI 6316 - SOCIOLOGICAL PRACTICE RESEARCH II: QUANTITATIVE METHODS

Overview of the quantitative research methodologies used in the professional practice of sociology, including the process of creating a research project design, use of descriptive and inferential statistics, development of appropriate computer skills, and strategies of assessment, and evaluation. Prerequisite: SOCI 6315 Offered: Spring of even-numbered years.

SOCI 6321 - ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT OF SOCIOLOGICAL PRACTICE

Overview of organizational structure and processes with emphasis on techniques of organizational assessment. Substantive topics include organizational forms, leadership, power, decision-making, communication, environmental influences, effectiveness and change.

SOCI 6325 - DEMOGRAPHY

Emphasizes the use of demographic materials and methods for planning, policy analysis and evaluation research. Topics include population composition, change and distribution, standardization and decomposition of rates, sources and quality of data, applications of computer programs for demographic analysis.

SOCI 6329 - POLICY PLANNING

Focuses on the analysis and development of policy at the organizational and community levels. Strategies for promoting policy change are also discussed.

SOCI 6333 - SOCIETY AND HEALTH

Examination of population health within layered social contexts (nation, state, county, neighborhood); study of historical and current theories, special and temporal dimensions, and comparisons of individual (medical model) and population-based perspectives on health.

SOCI 6355 - CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

This course explores the central concepts of crime and punishment by asking two major questions: "Why do people commit crime?" and "How does society respond to crime?" Through in depth discussions, students will explore this important issue in contemporary America from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. In order to examine patterns of criminally, students will examine the nature of deviance and the theories used to explain these activities across various racial, class, and age groups. In order to examine the social responses to deviance, students will investigate how the "Deviance" and "Criminal" label is applied in various ways across segments of the population and time periods. Furthermore, together we will explore the impact of crime policy on individuals and society, e.g., voting outcomes, community, employment, wage growth, etc. The hope is that scholars will continue to develop critical thinking skills and broaden their understanding of criminality and social order in society.

SOCI 6389 - PRACTICUM

Intensive experiential learning opportunity in which the methods and theories of sociology are applied in practice while working under supervision in a public or private sector setting. Registration is limited to those graduate students who receive consent of the instructor. Fee: $10 Offered: Fall, Spring

SOCI 6390 - SELECTED READINGS

Advanced study of a specialized topic that the instructor selects. The course may be repeated when topic is changed.

SOCI 7391 - THESIS

See University thesis guidelines. Prerequisite: Consent of graduate adviser

SOCI 8389 - FIELD PLACEMENT FOR VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION LEVEL II

Supervised experience in application and integration of communication and human relations in appropriate field settings. Same as PSYC 8389 Consent of instructor