This course introduces students to core sociological theorists and perspectives, including functionalism, conflict and symbolic interactionism, and familiarizes them with basic research designs, terminology and findings within the context of collective behavior and social movements.
An introductory to descriptions, theories, proposed solutions, and research methods for a variety of social problems including inequality, poverty, unemployment, environmental issues, family problems, and violence.
This course introduces the student to racial, ethnic, gender and social class variation within the United States and the global community to enable the student to better understand, live with, and appreciate diversity.
A study of the development and change of the American family since 1890. This study will explore the impact of urbanization, industrialization, increased mobility, extended education and the changing status of women on the American family.
A study of the nature and causes of crime and the results of various attempts to reduce crime.
Study of the basic issue of the world's population increase and distribution in relation to natural resources, standards of living, political systems, changes in physical and cultural environments.
This course examines the social nature of humans, exploring both the influence of social structures upon behavior and the process by which people create social structures; explains symbolic interactionist theory; and introduces qualitative research methods, which are applied in a field study conducted by the student.
The study of social distributions and social determinants of health, as well as the societal conditions that affect health. Recommended course: SOCY101 or SOCY102.
Identification of research problems, concepts and theoretically derived hypothesis; Review of principle methods of experimental design, survey and field research and unobtrusive analysis.
The social foundation of statistical inference is discussed and elementary statistical concepts are introduced through numerical problems: Z scores, t-test, chi square, correlation, ANOVA, etc.
A critical analysis of the contributions to sociological theory by Comte, Spencer, Marx, Durkheim, Pareto, Weber and others.
Critical analysis of major sociological theories of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Study of trends in industrial societies, theories explaining these changes, and the role of social movements in social change; focusing primarily on industrialized societies with some discusion of developing countries.
This analysis of the roles and status of women in contemporary American society covers social structure, social psychology and social movements; also includes some cross-cultural comparisons.
Examines aging and the aged in Americn society from the sociological pespective.
Sociological examination of dying and death.
Analysis of causes and consequences of deviant behavior and the development of deviant subcultures; examination of various societal responses to control deviance and their effectiveness.
Analysis of the role of culture in shaping personality using both contemporary industrial society and also cross-culture material.
Students will develop a proposal for their senior project through lecture and discussion, mentoring by seniors, and collaboration with colleaues.
Meetings provide instruction for the senior project covering locating sources, moving from theory to research, constructing a review of literature and designing methods.
Class meetings provide instruction for the senior project, focusing upon designing and conducting research, analyzing data, completing final report, preparing poster and formal presentation.
This course focuses on the cultural importance, changes in use, and reactions to various forms of marijuana, as well as the differential effects of prohibition and legalization on both the individual and various social institutions.
This may take the form of either a research project or a program of directed reading on a specific topic. One to four credits over a period of one or two semesters may be granted according to the nature of the student's project. May be repeated to a total of six credits. (1-4) 1-4
In this practicum, under the guidance of a Sociology faculty member, the student prepares a review of ilterature and research plan for an independent research project in sociology.
In this practicum, under the guidance of a Sociology faculty member, the student refines the research plan prepared in SOCY495, gathers data, completes an analysis, writes up the findings, presents the study in a public forum and prepares a poster.
This is an applied course in which, under the guidance of a sociology faculty member, the student carries out a practical project designed to address a community need identified in and elaborated upon in SOCY495.