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Department of Sociology
108 Ravine Pkwy.
Oneonta, NY, 13820

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Sociology Courses

 
 

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The Department of Sociology offers a wide range of traditional and contemporary courses. Our offerings will appeal to students of diverse backgrounds and interets. Below is a list of our offerings.General course and program information can be found in the course catalog.

NOTE: Not all courses offered every semester.  Contact the department office for more information. Courses that count as non-CJ related electives are indicated, Community and Environment electives, and Gerontology electives, as are required courses for each major and minor. General course and program information can be found in the course catalog.

Course # and Title

Course Description

Requirement and Elective Information

SOCL  100 Introduction to Sociology

3 s.h.

An overview of the structure and functioning of contemporary society, with emphasis on major conceptual areas of sociology as a discipline; social organization, culture,  socialization, social stratification, social instructions,  social control, and population.

Prerequisites: none

Required of Sociology, Gerontology and CJ Majors

Required of Sociology, Gerontology and CJ Minors

Pre-Nursing Concentration Requirement

Early Childhood Ed. Major optional social science elective

Adolescent Ed. Social Studies Major optional elective

Child and Family Studies Major related course requirement

Dietetics Major optional related course requirement

Gen Eds: LA, S2

SOCL  110 Social Problems

3 s.h.

An analysis of persistent and developing problem areas in American society: family, education, racial and ethnic relations, inequality, violence, economic dislocation, and varieties of social deviance in the context of the alienating character of mass society. Includes major sociological concepts and perspectives.

Prerequisites: none

Sociology Elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA, S2

SOCL 120 Sociology of Modern Life

(Note: not currently taught)

unknown (no record)

Sociology Elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL 175 Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 s.h.

(Note: not currently taught)

Presents an overview of the criminal justice system, its principles and their operation, definition of criminal behavior, rights of the accused, the trial, role of attorneys, plea bargaining, sentencing, etc. In the investigation of these aspects of legal reality, emphasis is placed on their societal relevance.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology Elective

Required of Criminal Justice Majors

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL 201 Comparative Social Institutions

3 s.h.

(Note: not currently taught)

unknown (no record)

n/a

SOCL 209 Social Research Methods

3 s.h.

A survey of the various methods of gathering, analyzing and interpreting data with special attention to what particular styles of research imply in terms of alternative, sociological theories. Specific topics include: research design, sampling, methods of observation and interviewing, questionnaire construction and quantitative as well as qualitative analysis.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Required of Sociology, CJ, and Gerontology Majors

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL 210 Survey of Social Work in Theory and Practice

3 s.h.

An overview of the profession of social work and the methods of social work practice, i.e., casework, groupwork, community organization, research and administration. Focus will be on developing awareness and sensitivity to the impact of contemporary social problems on individuals, families, and communities.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL (or ANTH, POLS, PSYC)

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL 216 Sociology of Popular Culture

3 s.h.

An investigation into forms of pop culture such as music, magazines, films, television, literature, sports, and games; the relationships between particular contents and styles of pop culture and the audiences they appeal to; the symbols, images, and moods generated and their relationships to attitudes, values, and behavior of specific social classes, subcultures, generations, and changes in American society.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL 218 Sociology of Food and Eating

3 s.h.

This course will provide students with a sociological understanding of food and eating in American society. This understanding will be developed at both micro- and macro- sociological levels, examining the social context of food. Various topics are explored, such as the personal, social, and cultural meanings of food; the role of food in identity and social relationships; food and eating as related to family, age, gender, ethnicity, and social class; food and the body; the medicalizatoin of food; food-related social movements; the social and economic organizations of the food system and industry (including fast food, biotechnology, and globalizatoin issues); and food politics and policy. There is a service learning component to the course that involves volunteer work at a community organization, such as a soup kitchen or food bank.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  221 Symbolic Interaction

3 s.h.

(Note: not currently taught)

Covers the major figures in the development of the current status of this American school of sociological thought. Not only touches upon the work of earlier men like Mead, Cooley and Thomas, but looks into contemporary men like Goffman, Schutz, Blumer, Gerth and Mills.  The ideas developed are related to the improved understanding of such areas or social life as role playing, self and identity, communication in society, group dynamics, reference groups, theory of motivation, language, thought, and definitions of social reality.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

SOCL  229 Islamic Faith and Society

3 s.h.

This course will cover the social life of Islam and how its fundamental beliefs are translated into practices and institutions. There will be a focus on the regional as well as theological variations within the Islamic world. Attention will be paid to the connections between Islamic faith and contemporary sociopolitical movements. This is not specifically a course about Islamic theology, but will discuss the terminology of Muslim belief systems in order to better understand the experiential aspects of religious and social practices.

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA, S2

SOCL 230 Religion and the Social Order

3 s.h.

(Note: not currently taught)

unknown (no record)

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Religious Studies Minor optional requirement

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL 231 Comparative Aging: A Global Perspective

3 s.h.

A cross-disciplinary approach to understanding of the aging experiences across cultures and nations. Topics such as kinship, perception of physical and psychological well-being, work, and social support will be explored in the frame of social change, migration, demography, ethnicity, and social and health policies. Countries used to illustrate social and cultural responses to the aging experiences include Japan, Sweden, Ireland, China, Thailand, Kenya, Mexico, USA, and Canada.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gerontology Major and Minor elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  233 Aging, Generations, and Society

3 s.h.

Introduces sociological theories and research on aging and the aged, exploring influences on the meaning of the experience of aging and the ways in which age and aging are socially constructed.  Considers the sociology of aging within the matrix of three kinds of time: the life cycle, the aging of a generation and historical time.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Required of Gerontology Major and Minor

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Child and Family Studies Major optional elective

Health and Wellness Minor optional related course

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  234 Families and Aging

3 s.h.

Families and Aging is an examination of family relationships in later life. Topics include historical perspectives on aging and families, demographic changes affecting families in later life, gay and lesbian relationships, single older adults, parents and their adult children, grandparenting and great grandparenting, sibling and other extended family relationships, impact of divorce on families in later life, widowhood, and social policies affecting families in later life.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gerontology Major and Minor elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  235 Theories in Family Studies

3 s.h.

This course covers the major theoretical frameworks and empirical works in family sociology. Changing structures and ideologies of family are covered from pre-industrial to contemporary times. Related issues of childhood, parenting, sexuality, gender relations, divorce, and relationships, paid and unpaid labor, work-family balance are covered. Impact of economy, polity and major institutions emphasized.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Child and Family Studies Major optional elective

Gen Eds: LA

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SOCL  236 Sociology of Sexuality

3 s.h.

In this course, we will look at sexual desire, behavior, romance, and identity from a sociological perspective. We are not interested in acts but in the social, cultural, and political significance attached to the acts. Topics will include hierarchies of behavior; how different ethnic, cultural, and religious groups conceptualize sexual identity the history of heterosexual, gay/lesbian, and other sexual subcultures; the commercialization of sexual practices; and how globalization is affecting contemporary sexual behaviors. We will pay special attention to criminalized or stigmatized behaviors, such as sexual assault, fetishes, and prostitution.

Prerequisites: SOCL 100 or 110

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  237 Sociology of Women

3 s.h.

An examination of the roles of women in society.  This will include:  a description of past and present roles of women in the family, the economy, and the other social institutions; an analysis of the causes and consequences of change in women's roles; an analysis of the social sources of feminism; and a discussion of the prospects and possibilities for change. 

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

CJ optional requirement

Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) Minor optional elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL 238 Violence in Relationships

3 s.h.

This course examines the complex issue of violence in the family setting. The examination includes spousal violence/ partner violence, marital rape, dating violence/rape, child sexual/physcial/emotional maltreatment, and elder abuse. The course will offer a look at the trends in family violence, a look at the theoretical explanations, and a look at prevention/treatment of family violence.

Prerequisites: SOCL 100

Sociology elective

CJ elective

SOCL 239 Women and Work

3 s.h.

A cross-cultural and historical examination of womenís labor force participation. Explores the process of sex typing of occupations, the nature of feminine occupations, the relationship of women to labor unions, women in masculine occupations, and problems of working women (family conflict, discrimination, etc.).

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

SOCL  240 Urban Sociology

3 s.h.

This course is designed to introduce students to urban studies. This history of cities, contemporary urban problems, political economy, and urban ecology are important components of this class. The central theme of the course is how cities are responding to the challenges of economic restructuring, crime, and decreased revenues.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Community and Environment requirement

Urban Studies (ALS) minor optional requirement

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  241 The Community

3 s.h.

Analysis of classic and contemporary community studies; emphasis on small communities óboth natural and intentional.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Community and Environment Major Track and Minor requirement

Urban Studies (ALS) minor optional requirement

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  242 Rural Sociology

3 s.h.

Rural sociology examines the unique role rural areas and people play in the larger society and world. This course considers rural-urban migration patterns, rural culture, rural occupation and employment, resource use and environmental problems, vulnerable and exploited populations, community change, the unique consequences of globalization, and policy issues. These topics are examined through the dominant theories in the field.

Prerequisites: SOCL 100 or 110

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Community and Environment requirement

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  243 Age of Globalization

3 s.h.

This course is an attempt to understand globalization which is a new world system that integrates every aspect of our everyday life ito a global village. The social, cultural, political, and economical aspects of globalization will be critically examined. Different theoretical approaches to globalization will be discussed.

Prerequisites: SOCL 100

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Community and Environment Major and Minor elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  244 Environmental Sociology

3 s.h.

Environmental sociology examines the interrelationships between society and the natural environment. This course is designed to provide an overview of environmental problems, to examine the underlying social causes and consequences of environmental change, and to critically evaluate these using the dominant theories in the field. Broadly, this course will consider the impacts of population, consumption, production, and development on the environment. In addition, it will consider the cultural understanding environmental concern, environmental domination and risk. Finally, the course will consider how to apply the ideas of environmental sociology to develop solutions to social and environmental problems.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. of SOCL or ENVS 105

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Community and Environment elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  245 Political Sociology

3 s.h.

Analyzes sociological perspectives on the relations of state and society and on the functioning of political institutions. Topics include the social basis of politics; the political significance of bureaucratization; culture and political action; the nature of power, legitimacy, authority, and law; dynamics of revolutions; conflict theory; and ideology. Surveys relevant material in the writings of Weber, Marx, Pareto, and Michels.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. of SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  246 Sociology of Law

3 s.h.

The Sociology of Law deals with the values, ideologies and patterns of interaction that underlie the way our society is organized through and around our legal system.  The Sociology of Law will cover topics such as: the norms and rules prescribing appropriate behavior, the mechanisms of social control, the inequalities in our social and legal systems based on race, class, politics, sexuality and gender, power dynamics, individual identity in relation to the law, the court and correctional systems and the actors involved in the functioning of our legal system.  Students will become familiar with the theoretical and methodological foundations for studying the sociology of law as well as various legal processes, socially influential court cases and how both individuals and society react to our justice system in an historical context.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

SOCL  247 Ideas and Ideologies

3 s.h.

Examines the emergence, embodiment, and impact of idea systems in society. Considers the origins of ideas, their role in the legitimation of social institutions, and the embodiment of ideas in ideologies, personalities, and cultures. Also covers the significance of ideas in social movements and in the idea systems of Socialism, Fascism, Communism, Democracy, Anti-Communism in America, Racial and Anti-Racial ideologies, the ideologies of countercultures and Black Militants.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  248 Global Migration

(Formerly Transnational Migration)

3 s.h.

This course is an attempt to gain understanding of contemporary transnational movements of people in the age of globalization. It studies a brief history of migration of peoples, and analyzes the intersecting issues of migration and immigration in the frame of social, cultural, political and economic relations. Major theories in this field will be critically examined. Although the course focuses on the U.S., other host countries such as the UK, Germany, France, Canada, Japan and so on will be used for comparison.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Community and Environment elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  250 Social Change

(Formerly Transnational Migration)

3 s.h.

An examination of the interplay of forces that shape and transform our society and its institutions: war, technological innovation, the changing political order, and the changing economy. Special attention given to the disruption of social structure and its readjustment.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  252 Sociological Study of Revolution

3 s.h.

(Note: not currently taught)

This is an examination from the sociological perspective of one of the most significant phenomena in the affairs of man. The analysis deals with type of revolutions; nature of revolutionary movements; revolution in varying kinds of societies; consciousness, ideology and values in resolutions rational and irrational forces, revolution as modernization, industrialization, nationalism and social change.

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  255 Sociology of Education

3 s.h.

Analysis of education systems from an institutional and organizational perspective and as agencies of socialization. Education systems in relation to the religious, cultural, economic, and political forces shaping them, including technological, community, and subcultural components.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  256 Sociology of Aging and Health

3 s.h.

This course examines social aspects of aging, health and the health care system in contemporary American society. Topics explored include demography of aging and health, health in later life (including interactions with health professionals, elder care services and settings, and end-of-life care issues), and societal aspects of our current health care system as related to older adults and late adulthood (including economic, political and ethical issues).

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Gerontology elective

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  257 Sociology of Health and Illness

3 s.h.

The course introduces the field of medical sociology, an area of sociology concerned with social causes and consequences of health and illness. This involves analysis of the social context and organization of health and health care, including professional and patient roles, health care systems and settings (such as hospitals), health and illness behaviors, and the social construction of health and illness. The intent is to identify and discuss current issues and findings in medical sociology.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Gerontology elective

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  258 Drugs and Society

3 s.h.

This course examines the extent of drug use and abuse in the United States, the impact of such use on individuals, families, and society-at-large, and the relationship between illicit drug use and other forms of criminal behavior.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL or EDUC 213

CJ elective

Sociology elective

Urban Studies (ALS) minor optional elective

Child and Family Studies Major optional elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  260 Social Class

3 s.h.

This course examines the extent of drug use and abuse in the United States, the impact of such use on individuals, families, and society-at-large, and the relationship between illicit drug use and other forms of criminal behavior.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

CJ elective

CJ optional requirement

Sociology elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  261 Sociology of Ethnic Relations

3 s.h.

Studies interracial and interethnic relations as national and transnational phenomena, with emphasis on the changing nature of contacts and the problems generated between groups within the social institutions of multi-racial and multi-ethnic societies.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

CJ optional requirement

Africana and Latino Studies (ALS) optional requirement

Urban Studies (ALS) minor optional requirement

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  262 Organizations

3 s.h.

The study of bureaucratic structure as a pervasive form of social organization in modern society. Examines th e basic character of bureaucracy, its functional significance for society, as well as its pathological aspects, its internal structure, and the effects of informal relations within formal systems.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Business Communication Minor elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  263 The Sociology of Work

3 s.h.

An analysis of work systems in business, industry, and the professions; the central importance of work as a human activity, the concept of career, and the changing meaning of work for the individual and society.

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Business Communication Minor elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  265 Utopias

3 s.h.

Reviews early sociological traditions of utopia against the background of utopias in the Greek and Judeo-Christian experience. Discusses 20th century utopian thinking and reactions to it, along with utopian ideologies, real and speculative, from literary, philosophical, political, and historical sources.

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  269 Integrity and Public Service

3 s.h.

This course examines value dilemmas encountered by criminal justices practitioners: discretion, deception, deadly force, punishment, and social. It is designed to increase awareness, understanding, and exploration of ethical and policy issues in criminal justice as well as ethical dilemmas encountered by professionals in the field. The focus will be on the relevance of ethical theory to policy analysis.  There will be a comprehensive examination of unethical practices as well as the mechanisms that sustain them.

Prerequisites: SOCL 100; SOCL 175

CJ elective

Sociology elective

SOCL  270 Criminology

3 s.h.

The purpose of this course is to examine the field of criminology. This will entail introducing students to the difficulties of defining and measuring crime, sources of crime, statistics and data, looking at the extent of criminality in our society through examination of trends and patterns in different types of crime, as well as review and analysis of past and present theories of the causes of crime.

Prerequisites: SOCL 100 with a grade of "C" or better

CJ requirement

Sociology elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  272 Societal Deviance

3 s.h.

Describes and analyzes individual or group reactions that deviate from socio-cultural forms and are stigmatized or punished to some degree with society.  Among such reactions are: drug addiction, alcoholism, prostitution, suicide, and forms of mental illness.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

CJ elective

Sociology elective

Child and Family Studies Major optional elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  273 Juvenile Delinquency

3 s.h.

This course examines the concept of Juvenile Delinquency as it has developed through history, the special status of juveniles in legal proceedings, and the operation of the juvenile justice system. It will also examine the recent debate regarding the status of juveniles in the Criminal Justice System overall.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

CJ requirement

Sociology elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  274 Corrections

3 s.h.

This course studies the evolution and philosophy or correctional practices from early to contemporary times.  It will analyze the history and nature of American correctional system, life in prison and issues related to the management correctional programs.  Important and controversial issues related to our contemporary correctional system, such as the death penalty, the disproportionate incarceration rate of minorities and the increases in imprisonment over the last two decades will be discussed.

Prerequisites: SOCL 175 and 3 s.h. SOCL

CJ elective

Sociology elective

SOCL  276 Perspectives on Interrogation

3 s.h.

This course examines the dynamics of social psychological persuasion existing in the process of criminal interrogation. Attention is given to the differences between interrogation of suspected offenders and the interview of victims and witnesses.  Interrogation is a field that to a large extent is dependent on both verbal and non-verbal communication.  Both verbal and non-verbal communications are culturally mediated behaviors.  In order to sensitize students to cultural differences in the area of communication, we will study interrogation from a multicultural angle.

Prerequisites: SOCL 100; SOCL 175

CJ elective

Sociology elective

SOCL  277 Police and Society

3 s.h.

Police and Society is a survey course that focuses on the role law enforcement plays in the United States. The structure and history of police, the nature of police work, including community policing, the debates over police discretion, community relations, and police misconduct are covered in this course. This course also examines the functions, roles, personnel systems, operations, management, and issues of municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement. The historical and emerging roles of police as agents of formal social control are examined and discussed in detail. Special attention is paid to applied learning objectives with respect to each studentís personal experience with discretion and the human dimensions of policing. This course also deals with analysis of contemporary programs and trends in policing, including, less than lethal technology, and computerized information systems.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

CJ elective

Sociology elective

SOCL  278 Prisons and Prisoners in American Society

1 s.h.

Study of prisons and prisoners based on selected readings and visits to one or more prisons in New York State. Cross-listed as POLS 278 and PSYC 278.

Prerequisites: two introductory courses in POLS, SOCL, or PSYC

CJ elective

Sociology elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  279 Race, Crime, and Justice

1 s.h.

This course is a critical examination of the interplay between race and ethnicity and crime in the American justice system. Issues such as law enforcement, the court system, the corrections process, and impact of social policy in the system related to racial and ethnic relations and inequality will be discussed. Other important related issues such as gender, class, religion in the system are incorporated throughout the course.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

CJ elective

Sociology elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  280 Society and the Individual

3 s.h.

The study of man's behavior within a context of his symbolic environment.  The social basis of thought, personality development, motivation, learning, and attitudes; and the problems of social and personal identity.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  281 Collective Behavior

3 s.h.

The study of unstructured social situations and their products, including panics, crowds, riots, fads, and m ass movements; the nature of public opinion and its relationship to the organization of democratic societies.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  282 Social Movements

3 s.h.

Examines the structure and the dynamics of social movements by connecting their historical appearance with the objectives projected for realization.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

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SOCL 284 Sociology of Religion

3 s.h.

A survey of concepts and analysis of the dynamics of religions. Topics include religious groups; socialization into religious roles and communities; cults, sects, and churches as religious forms of social organizations; ideology, science, and religion; religion and its connection to economic and political institutions; religion as an element of social change and social stability; and functions of religion in society.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL 285

The Mentally Ill Offender

3 s.h.

This course will explore how societal beliefs about free will and moral responsibility have shaped current laws and policies. Topics include public perceptions of mental illness, media influence, the criminalization of mental illness, lack of treatment and pre-release planning for offenders, and recidivism rates with the population. Solutions such as community services, police training and preparedness, and the improvement of screening and intake procedures for mentally ill offenders in prisons will be discussed.

CJ Elective

Sociology elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL 293 Transforming Africa: SADC Simulation

3 s.h.

The Model SADC-PF (Southern African Development Community - Parliamentary Forum) seeks to encourage students to engage in the contemporary debates and issues within Southern Africa and develop research and oratory skills through experiential hands-on positions, and procedures and processes germane to SADC-PF in preparation for the conference simulation. All students prepare and submit country position papers on assigned issues. Students collaborate on reports and resolutions using negotiation and research skills and knowledge acquired during the simulation. Cross-listed as ALS 293 and POLS 293.

Prerequisites: SoS

Sociology elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL 294 Selected Topics in Sociology

3 s.h.

Concentrates on special or current issues, problems, and research topics. Usually requires oral participation and papers. Check with department or instructors for specific semester offerings, additional requirements, special bibliographies, and outlines before enrolling.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  295 Teaching Assistant-Sociology

1-3 s.h.

(repeatable up to 12 s.h. total; same courses may be repeated once for up to 6 s.h.)

This course provides college level experience for students who are exceptionally qualified to undertake appropriate responsibilities and activities to support the teaching of a Sociology course, under direct supervision of a faculty member. They will aide in preparing material for teaching, leading discussions, preparing and advising fellow students on assignments and papers, and helping with exam preparation. The specific responsibilities, amount of credit and assessment criteria must be outlined in a written agreement between the faculty members and the student prior to the start of the course.

Prerequisites: JrS, CWE, "B" or better in the course in which they will be assisting, permission of instructor

Sociology elective

SOCL  296 Research Assistant-Sociology

1-3 s.h.

(may be repeated once for up to 6 s.h.)

This course provides a college level experience for students who are exceptionally qualified to undertake appropriate responsibilities and activities to support the research of a Sociology faculty, under their direct supervision. They will aid in all facets of conducting research: finding literature, preparing reports, collecting data, analyzing data, and preparing posters or manuscripts. The specific responsibilities, amount of credit and assessment criteria must be outlined in a written agreement between the faculty member and the student prior to the start of the course. May be repeated for a total of 12 semester hours.

Prerequisites: JrS, SOCL 209, instructor permission.

Sociology elective

SOCL 299 Independent Study in Sociology

1-6 s.h.

Available to meet needs for individual reading or research programs in selected areas of Sociology.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL

Sociology elective (may be non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL 300 Forensic Mental Health

1-6 s.h.

Forensic mental health is a sub-specialty in the fields of psychiatry, psychology and social work and is concerned with the provision of mental health services to individuals involved in legal situations. As such, it is practiced in a multidisciplinary environment, where mental health providers work in tandem with law enforcement, correctional staff or court personnel. its scope of practice goes beyond the delivery of traditional mental health services and involves such issues as fitness to proceed in criminal trials, child abuse and custody, battering, and violent and sexual offenses. It involves the provision of services to both agencies and individuals, as well as victims and perpetrators.

Prerequisites: SOCL 100 and 175 or PSYC 100

Sociology elective

CJ elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL 304 The Sexual Offender

3 s.h.

No criminal offender currently receives more media attention or is more reviled and ostracized than the sexual offender. Over the last twenty years, considerable resources have been allocated toward the adjudication, incapacitation, and rehabilitation of this population. This course will examine historical perspectives on sexual behavior, the etiology of sexually deviant behavior, offender typologies, paraphilias and other sexual disorders, the cycle of sexual offending, juvenile and female offenders, risk assessment schemas, current treatment methodologies, and gradations of incapacitation, including trends in adjudications, community management, and supervision.

Prerequisites: SOCL 175 and 3 s.h. or 100 level SOCL

CJ elective

Sociology elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL 305 Comparative Criminal Justice

3 s.h.

The purpose of this course is to go beyond the culturally provincial view of the Criminal Justice system. Most of the criminal justice issues are not just unique to one country or a culture. We share problems with other countries and cultures but the way different cultures respond to the same problem may be different. Here, we can benefit from the insights of other cultures. This type of approach is known as the comparative approach.

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. SOCL and SOCL 175

CJ elective

Sociology elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL 306 Terrorism and Society

3 s.h.

The focus of this class will be to critically examine the social and political construction of Terrorism. Terrorism is not an abstract behavior; rather it is implicated in a web of colonial and post-colonial relations. Action of the powerful usually does not attract the label of terrorism; victims of state terrorism are euphemistically called "collateral damages." Obviously, there is a power/knowledge relationship in the definitional process. The major thrust of this course will be to problematize the traditional articulation of Terrorism, and attempt to understand it in sociological terms.

Prerequisites: 6 s.h. of SOCL courses with a "C+" or better.

Sociology elective

CJ elective

SOCL 307 Cults, Utopias, and Criminals

3 s.h.

This course examines the relationship between community structure and deviant behavior. It focuses on the relationship between neighborhood organization and crime, the organization of deviant subcultures, and organized crime.  

Prerequisites: 3 s.h. of 200 level SOCL

Sociology elective

CJ elective

SOCL  309 Advanced Research Methods

3 s.h.

A survey of common research methods used in academic, non-profit, government, and business settings. Specific topics include evaluation research, secondary data analysis, surveys and interviewing. Methods of qualitative and quantitative analysis and report writing are also included.

Prerequisite: SOCL 209.

Sociology elective (non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  313 Perspectives and Theories in Sociology

3 s.h.

A review of traditional and current theories and perspectives used in sociological work. Covers ideas and work of Weber, Marx, Durkheim, Simmel, Mead, Parson, Goffman, Berger, and Mannheim.

Prerequisite: JrS and 3 s.h. 200-level SOCL

Sociology Major and Minor requirement

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  314 Criminological Theory

3 s.h.

The primary goal of the course is to provide students with an indepth understanding of theories of crimes grounded primarily in sociological perspectives, both classical and contemporary. The course will also take into account an historical array of criminological theories covering biological, psychological, geographic, economic, and political viewpoints. The fundamental distinctions between classical and positivist theories and traditional and critical branches of criminology are also discussed. Major emphasis will be placed upon analyzing topics that demonstrate the relationship of theory to practice.

Prerequisite: JrS and 3 s.h. 200-level SOCL

CJ Major requirement

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL 336 Sociology of Death and Dying

3 s.h.

This course will provide an overview of major sociological issues, concepts, and processes in death, dying, and bereavement. The primary focus is on sociological perspectives and contemporary American society, though historical, cultural and psychological factors are considered. The course examines how aging, social class, gender, race/ethnicity, family, religion, and technology influence American views of an practices regarding death, dying, and grieving. Topics include: the social meaning of and attitudes towards death, socialization regarding death, death across the life course, demography of death, care of the dying and the dying process, political, legal and ethical issues of death and dying, the funeral industry, and grieving process.

Pre-requisites: JrS and 6 s.h. of Sociology at 200-level or above

Gerontology Major/Minor Elective

Sociology elective (non-CJ related)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL 344 Demography

3 s.h.

The purpose of this course is to understand the processes of Demography. These include fertility, mortality, and migration. Fertility is how population grows and regenerates itself. Mortality is how a population decreases itself. Migration is how a population moves around and settles itself. Along with understanding how each process operates and is measured; the class provides an understanding of how the processes work together to manipulate as a whole or how they function to affect population in a smaller area (i.e., country, city, etc.)..

Pre-requisites: SOCL 209 and 3 s.h. of SOCL

Gerontology Major/Minor Elective

Sociology elective (non-CJ related)

Community and Environment Minor Elective

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL  353 Sociology of Knowledge

3 s.h.

 

The cross-cultural and historical study of the dialectical relationship between cultural ideas and their societal context, stressing topics such as the nature of the sacred and profane; the relationship between cultural leadership, and societal rise and decline; the varying attitudes regarding democracy vs. authoritarianism, and conservatism vs. utopianism in different ages; and the nature of cultural leadership (involving the roles of artistic, philosophical, scientific, political, and religious elites).

Sociology elective (may be non-CJ)

SOCL 390
Senior Seminar in Sociology

The course serve s as a capstone course for liberal arts sociology majors. The course focuses on contemporary issues in sociology. Students are required to complete a substantial paper on a topic related to the course. Up to 9 sh may be taken for credit with permission of instructor.

Pre-requisites: SOCL 209 and 18 s.h. of SOCL

Sociology Major requirement

SOCL 391 Seminar in Human Services

(Note: not currently taught)

unknown (no record)

 

SOCL 392 Social Policy and Life Course Studies

 

An interdisciplinary consideration of social and public policy i s- sues as they are related to the study of individuals and families in society. Students are expected to use various social science perspectives learned in previous course work to explore how public policy is formed and to examine contemporary social policy concerns.

Prerequisites: JrS and 6 s.h. social science

Gerontology Major requirement

SOCL 393 Seminar in Gerontology Studies

 

This course serves as a capstone course for Gerontology Studies majors. It will provide the opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge and experiences from previous course work (including internships) and to explore a variety of theoretical, methodological, and professional issues in gerontology. The focus will be on contemporary understandings, including controversies, in the field of aging and the contemporary experiences of older adults in society.

Prerequisites: JrS and SOCL 209, SOCL 233, and 15 s.h. SOCL

Gerontology Major requirement

SOCL  394 Special Topics in Sociology

3 s.h.

Study of special or current issues, problems, and research topics. Requires oral participation nd papers. Check with department or instructors for specific semester offerings, additional requirements, special bibliographies, and outlines before enrolling.

Prerequisites: JrS and 3 s.h. 200 level SOCL

Sociology elective (may be non-CJ)

Gen Eds: LA

SOCL 396 Field Experience in SOCL II

(Note: not currently used)

n/a

 

SOCL 397 Field Experience in Sociology

(Note: not currently used)

Study of social organization in particular settings, emphasizing field experience. Possible settings for observation, participation, work, or research include factories, farms, hospitals, restaurants, communes, monasteries, prisons, labor unions, retail stores, and voluntary associations, government units and human services agencies. Maximum of 9 s.h. for credit as elective in major. Offered in a human services class format every Fall and Spring (may require SOCL 210 as added prerequisite). Offered irregularly at student request and subject to availability of faculty (usually without added prerequisite). Approximately 40 hours field experience per credit hour.

Prerequisites: Students must fulfill minimum college-wide requirements and JrS and 3 s.h. of 200-level SOCL

 

SOCL 499 Independent Study in Sociology

1-6 s.h.

Available to meet needs for individuals reading or research programs in selected areas of sociology. Prerequisite: SrS or graduate standing.

Prerequisites: SrS or graduate standing and 3 s.h. SOCL at 300-level or above

 

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