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Sociology

SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

Overview of the sociological way of looking at the world. Attention to the uniquely sociological methodology of examining everyday life. Provides a distinctive way for generating theory that clarifies the human experience. (TCCN)

SOCI 1306 - Social Problems (3 credits)

Sociological insight is used to reveal the social nature of problems of contemporary life. Examination of the cultural, structural and historical nature of problems to understand their causation and possible solution. (TCCN)

SOCI 2190-2390 Selected Issues (1-3 credits)

Introduction to specialized topic or topics chosen by instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

SOCI 2301 - Marriage and Family (3 credits)

Discussion of practical issues involving family relationships. Topics include mate selection, communication, sexuality, marriage, parenting, finances, divorce, remarriage. Impact of class, race and gender diversity on the family of the present and future. (TCCN)

SOCI 2311 - United States-Mexico Borderlands (3 credits)

Overview of social life in the United States - Mexico borderlands, including intercultural perspective on regional expressions of social structure, culture and demography.

SOCI 2313 - Migration and Assimilation (3 credits)

Using sociological methods and perspectives, this course explores the human history of migration and immigrant issues. Students will employ critical thinking skills in the hopes of creating a better understanding of this highly controversial issue. In learning of these various historical moments of global migration, students will engage in lively discussions and problem solving-sessions. There are three major segments in this course. 1. Migration patterns both contemporary and historical. 2. Immigrant assimilation (US focus). 3 Laws and policies applied to immigrants (US focus).

SOCI 2337 - Crime and Society (3 credits)

Same as CRIJ 2337.

SOCI 3190-3390 Selected Issues (1-3 credits)

Introduction to specialized topic or topics chosen by instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

SOCI 3311 - Sociological Statistics (3 credits)

Essentials of basic statistical procedures used to describe, summarize and analyze sociological data. Offered: Fall.

SOCI 3315 - Qualitative Sociological Research Methods (3 credits)

Basic overview, rooted in the scientific method, of the purpose, nature, methods and ethical use qualitative sociological research. Attention will given to field research strategies including ethnography, ethnomethodology, dramaturgy, interviewing, focus groups and participatory research. Offered: Fall.

SOCI 3316 - Quantitative Sociological Research Methods (3 credits)

Basic overview, rooted in the scientific method, of the purpose, nature, methods, and ethical use of quantitative sociological research. Attention will be given to field research design, including conceptualization, operationalization, measurement, questionnaire construction, sampling, surveys, assessment and evaluations, and experiments. Prerequisite: SOCI 3311. Offered: Spring.

SOCI 3319 - Mapping the Social World (3 credits)

Introduction to the use of geographic information systems for mapping social space. Topics include the social production of space, spatial dimensions of social inequality, human ecology, comparisons of urban and rural social space, and implications of spatial configurations of social phenomena for program development, implementation and evaluation. Same as FORS 3319.

SOCI 3357 - Juvenile Delinquency (3 credits)

Same as CRIJ 3357.

SOCI 4300 - Sociological Theory (3 credits)

Overview of social theory, with particular emphasis on sociological, political science and economic theory. Specifically, following topics will be discussed: 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 4311 - Organizations (3 credits)

Overview of organizations from a sociological perspective, their types and varieties, and the factors that produce their different forms. Issues of structure, culture, and process, such as communication, power relations, conflict, and decision-making. Impact of organizations upon individual lives, social groups, politics and the economy. Causes of the growth and decline of organizations.

SOCI 4315 - Class, Race and Gender (3 credits)

Analysis of the impact of class, race and gender on community life. Attention to the historical and contemporary production of inequality through the construction and operation of stratification structures. Overview of class, race and gender privilege and advantage. Same as WMST 4315.

SOCI 4323 - Population Studies (3 credits)

Introduction to the use of demographic materials and methods. Attention given to population composition, change and distribution, life tables and population models, standardization and decomposition rates, sources and quality of data and applications of computer programs.

SOCI 4325 - Community Development (3 credits)

Examination of historical, economic and cultural factors that shape community development. Attention to how the construction of communities and their spatial settings affect everyday community life.

SOCI 4327 - Environmental Sociology (3 credits)

Explores relationships between human communities and the natural environment. Examines social causes of environmental depletion and abuse. Considers issues of environmental inequality and injustice. Focuses on strategies for social change, including those of environmental movements from a sociological practice perspective.

SOCI 4330 - Violence in Communities and Families (3 credits)

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

SOCI 4341 - Social Movements and Revolution (3 credits)

Study of the means of social transformation that might be used to encourage people to act as agents of change in the alteration of their individual situations, communities and societies.

SOCI 5190-5390 Selected Topics (1-3 credits)

In-depth study of specialized topic chosen by instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

SOCI 5315 - Child Welfare (3 credits)

Same as SOWK 5315, PSYC 5315.

SOCI 5316 - Service to Women and Children Exposed to Violence (3 credits)

Same as SOWK 5316, PSYC 5316, WMST 4316.

SOCI 5330 - Violence Prevention and Intervention (3 credits)

Same as PSYC 5330, SOWK 5330.

SOCI 5368 - Sociology of Aging (3 credits)

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 GERO 5368, PSYC 5368, SOWK 5368. Offered: Fall.

SOCI 5387 - Sociological Practice (3 credits)

Explores issues related to practical use of sociological theoretical and methodological knowledge in professional work settings. Prerequisites: SOCI 3311, SOCI 3315, SOCI 3316. Offered: Spring.

SOCI 5389 - Practicum (3 credits)

Experiential learning opportunity in which methods and theories of sociology are applied in practice while working under supervision in a public or private sector setting. May be repeated once for credit. Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee: $20. Offered: Fall, Spring.