SOCY - Sociology

SOCY100 Introduction to Sociology (3 Credits)

The fundamental concepts and principles of sociology. Includes consideration of culture, patterns of social interaction, norms, values, social institutions, stratification, and social change.

SOCY105 Introduction to Contemporary Social Problems (3 Credits)

An examination of contemporary social problems through sociological perspectives; ways in which social problems are part of the organization of society; a detailed study of selected social problems including social conflict and social inequality.

SOCY110 The Logic of Social Inquiry: An Introduction to Sociology and the Major (3 Credits)

Introduction to the logic of social science research; the integration of theory and methods in the development of sociological knowledge; basic sociological concepts; and departmental research streams. Required of all sociology majors.

Additional Information: To be taken prior to, or in the first 30 credits after declaring sociology as a major.

SOCY120 Veterans in American Society: What does America Owe Its Veterans? (3 Credits)

An examination of current and past policies toward compensation for military veterans, data and evidence on current and past adjustments to life after military service, historical variations in the mechanisms for staffing the military, and trends in the contours of the lives of those who do not serve.

SOCY158 Special Topics in Study Abroad I (1-6 Credits)

Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

Repeatable to: 15 credits if content differs.

SOCY200 Human Societies (4 Credits)

A comparative, historical, interdisciplinary study of human socieities that focuses on the main components of human societies, how they are organized, how they change, and how they come to shape our collective social existence.

SOCY201 Introductory Statistics for Sociology (4 Credits)

Elementary descriptive and inferential statistics. Construction and percentaging of bivariate contingency tables; frequency distributions and graphic presentations; measures of central tendency and dispersion; parametric and nonparametric measures of association and correlation; regression; probability; hypothesis testing; the normal, binomial and chi-square distributions; point and interval estimates.

Prerequisite: SOCY100; and (MATH107 or MATH111).

Restriction: Must not have completed STAT400, BMGT231, or ENEE324.

Credit Only Granted for: BIOM301, BMGT230, CCJS200, ECON230, EDMS451, GEOG306, GEOL351, GVPT422, INST314, JOUR405, PSYC200 or SOCY201.

SOCY202 Introduction to Research Methods in Sociology (4 Credits)

The underlying logic, major strategies, specific techniques and skills of sociological research. Research design, measurement, data collection, sampling, field research experiments, surveys, index and scale construction, data analysis, interpretation and report writing.

SOCY203 Sociological Theory (3 Credits)

Development of the science of sociology; historical backgrounds; recent theories of society. Required of all sociology majors.

Prerequisite: SOCY100.

SOCY224 Why are We Still Talking About Race? (3 Credits)

Exploration of the major debates and assumptions that construct individual perceptions of what race is and how race matters. Sociological and sub-cultural theories will give students a historical and present day frame with which to view race and ethnic relations in the twenty-first century.

SOCY225 Women's Jobs, Men's Jobs: How and Why Do They Differ? (3 Credits)

An exploration of critical issues pertaining to gender differences in the workplace. Overview of theories explaining why some people do better than others in the world of work, and discussions of more specific questions relating to women's and men's job opportunities and experiences.

SOCY227 Introduction to the Study of Deviance (3 Credits)

An introduction to the sociological study of deviant behavior, covering such topics as mental illness, sexual deviance, and the use of drugs.

Credit Only Granted for: SOCY227 or SOCY327.

Formerly: SOCY327.

SOCY230 Sociological Social Psychology (3 Credits)

Theoretical perspectives and their applications. Socialization through the life course, the self-concept, attitudes, emotion, attribution, interpersonal relations, group processes, deviance, and social change.

SOCY236 Gender and Health (3 Credits)

The relationship between gender and health is the central focus of this course, and how this relationship is conditioned by race-ethnicity, sexuality, and social class. We consider how sociopolitical and environmental factors influence gendered associations with physical and mental health. In addition, this is a course on how to do the disciplinary work of sociology. Social policies surrounding health have been crucial to creating our current understandings of our system, and this course will give insight into how policies are crafted through a peer reviewed process that relies on critical feedback from sociologists engaged in the same project, in this case, the other students in this course.

SOCY240 Explaining Social Change: Fact and Fiction in Understanding Why Our World Looks the Way It Does (3 Credits)

This course examines social change from the perspective of comparative and historical sociology, highlighting rich and telling ways of getting at the questions 'where are we now?' and 'how have we arrived here?' Students will wrestle with causal inference in notable works of historical comparative research, and consider on what basis the analyst is able to make more or less persuasive causal claims about patterns of change. The course will focus on the power of case-based scholarship to illuminate and explain, examining strategies of causal inference as well as the kinds of evidence marshaled by scholars to substantiate their claims according to each of these strategies.

Credit Only Granted for: HONR298T, SOCY498Y, SOCY240.

Formerly: HONR298T, SOCY498Y.

SOCY241 Inequality in American Society (3 Credits)

The dynamics of inequality: its social production, politics, future, and ideological bases. Utopian communities, efforts to eliminate inequality.

Credit Only Granted for: SOCY241 or SOCY441.

SOCY242 Sociology of Homelessness (3 Credits)

Examines the causes of and solutions for homelessness in society. How social scientists analyze social issues using ethnographic observation, surveys, official statistics, and other research methods. Discusses how policies have responded to the problem of homelessness, and how to evaluate their effectiveness.

SOCY243 Family and Society (3 Credits)

An exploration of empirical patterns and trends, political and cultural debates, and policy issues including the major theories and research methods used in the sociological study of the family.

Credit Only Granted for: SOCY243 or SOCY443.

Formerly: SOCY443.

SOCY258 Special Topics in Study Abroad II (1-6 Credits)

Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program

Repeatable to: 15 credits if content differs.

SOCY298 Selected Topics in Sociology (1-3 Credits)

Special topics in Sociology.

SOCY325 The Sociology of Gender (3 Credits)

Institutional bases of gender roles and gender inequality, cultural perspectives on gender, gender socialization, feminism, and gender-role change. Emphasis on contemporary American society.

Prerequisite: 3 credits in SOCY courses. Cross-listed with: WGSS325.

Credit Only Granted for: SOCY325, WMST325 or WGSS325.

Formerly: WMST325.

SOCY335 Sociology of Health and Illness (3 Credits)

An exploration of the social model to studying health and illness: how meanings and experiences of health and illness are socially produced. How experiences are shaped by the interaction of external social environments (culture, community) and the internal environment (human body), and by socio-demographic variables (race, class, gender, etc.). Disparities in health and healthcare delivery, medicalization of society, determinants of health, social construction of illness, and the social organization of health care.

SOCY358 Special Topics in Study Abroad III (1-6 Credits)

Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

Repeatable to: 15 credits if content differs.

SOCY370 Transition from Undergrad to Professional (1 Credit)

Prepares Sociology majors to make the transition from undergraduate to entering graduate school and/or the professional work world. Topics include career options in Sociology, skills for conducting a job search, resume writing and interview preparation, and the graduate application process.

Restriction: Must be in the Sociology major.

SOCY380 Honors Independent Reading in Sociology (3 Credits)

This course permits sociology honor students to undertake a program or reading on a particular problem in sociology or a subfield therein. The reading will be done under the supervision of a member of the sociology faculty. Required of sociology honor students.

Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Sociology department.

SOCY381 Honors Independent Research in Sociology (3 Credits)

This course permits sociology students to define a particular problem in sociology or a subfield therein and to develop a research plan for use as a thesis topic. The work will be done under the supervision of a member of the sociology faculty.

Prerequisite: SOCY380.

SOCY383 Honors Thesis Research (3 Credits)

Student research under the direction of a member of the sociology faculty, culminating in the presentation and defense of a thesis reporting the research.

Prerequisite: SOCY381.

SOCY386 Experiential Learning (3-6 Credits)

Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Sociology department; and junior standing or higher.

SOCY398 Special Topics in Sociology (1-3 Credits)

Topics of special interest to both sociology majors and non-majors.

Prerequisite: 3 credits in SOCY courses.

Repeatable to: 6 credits if content differs.

SOCY398G Global Migration and the Israeli Case Study (3 Credits)

Over 70% of Israel's population is made of first, second or third generation immigrants, who came from over 70 countries, making Israel an ultimate immigrant society. This course will focus on the history of Israel as a case study for the understanding of the historical phenomena of modern immigration.Cross-listed with: ISRL343.

Credit Only Granted for: ISRL349K, GVPT368G, SOCY398G, SOCY398I, or ISRL343.

Formerly: ISRL349K.

SOCY399 Independent Study in Sociology (1-6 Credits)

Integrated reading or research under the direction and supervision of a faculty member. A maximum of 6 credits may be earned by a student for the same field experience in SOCY386 and SOCY399 combined.

Prerequisite: 12 credits in SOCY courses.

Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Sociology department.

Repeatable to: 6 credits if content differs.

SOCY401 Intermediate Statistics for Sociologists (3 Credits)

This is a course about multiple regression for undergraduate students and presumes that students taking this course will be both producers and consumers of multiple regression results. Students will work with the instructor to produce a research poster presentation based on secondary social science data. In addition to multivariable statistics, students will learn some statistical programming as well as how to organize a research presentation.

Prerequisite: SOCY201 and SOCY202; or permission of the Sociology department.

Restriction: Must not have completed STAT400, BMGT231, or ENEE324.

SOCY405 Scarcity and Modern Society (3 Credits)

Resource depletion and the deterioration of the environment. Relationship to lifestyles, individual consumer choices, cultural values, and institutional failures. Projection of the future course of American society on the basis of the analysis of scarcity, theories of social change, current trends, social movements, government actions, and the futurist literature.

Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses.

Credit Only Granted for: SOCY305 or SOCY405.

Formerly: SOCY305.

SOCY407 Explaining Social Change: Historical and Comparative Methods (3 Credits)

Examines social change from the perspective of comparative and historical sociology to get at the question, 'where are we now?' Students develop a critical appreciation of how scholars construct persuasive explanations for large-scale change focusing on four central questions: the origins of markets and industrial capitalism; the emergence of democracy as opposed to dictatorship; the causes and consequences of social revolution; and the logic of armed conflict. Explanations offered for the changes in question as well as the methods employed are explored. Counterfactual hypotheticals for each central question--that is, what might have been, rather than what historically emerged--are considered.

Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses.

Credit Only Granted for: SOCY407 or SOCY498Y.

Formerly: SOCY498Y.

SOCY410 Social Demography (3 Credits)

Types of demographic analysis; demographic data; population characteristics; migration; mortality; fertility; population theories; world population growth; population policy.

Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.

SOCY411 Demographic Techniques (3 Credits)

Basic techniques for analyzing population structure and demographic processes, including fertility, mortality and migration.

Prerequisite: (SOCY201; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department); and SOCY410. Or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.

SOCY412 Family Demography (3 Credits)

Family and population dynamics. Fertility issues, such as teenage pregnancy, the timing of parenthood, and family size, as they relate to family behavior, such as marital patterns, child care use, and work and the family. Policy issues that relate to demographic changes in the family.

Prerequisite: SOCY201 and SOCY202; or permission of the Sociology department.

SOCY413 Sociology of Aging (3 Credits)

The aging of the population is one of the major demographic changes affecting social institutions during the next century. Research demography, sociology, economics, epidemiology, psychology and public health are integrated to develop a broader understanding of the causes and consequences of population aging. A central focus is the diversity of experiences by age, gender, socioeconomic status and health.

Prerequisite: SOCY201 and SOCY202; or permission of the Sociology department.

SOCY415 Environmental Sociology (3 Credits)

Overview of the field and theoretical themes within the area of environmental sociology and technology. Current issues are explored including: environmental attitudes; environmental movements; environmental justice; globalization; global climate change; and garbage and food.

Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses.

SOCY418 Research in Family & Demography (3 Credits)

This is a special topics research course for Family and Demography.

Prerequisite: SOCY201 and SOCY202; or permission of the Sociology department.

Repeatable to: 6 credits if content differs.

SOCY420 Qualitative Research Methods in Sociology (3 Credits)

Using the sociological imagination to independently explore research questions as designed by students. Readings will explore dilemmas qualitative researchers confront such as, how to conduct research ethically and how their background influences their findings and analysis. Students will learn how to collect data, analyze it, and present it to others.

Prerequisite: SOCY201 and SOCY202; or permission of the Sociology department.

SOCY424 Sociology of Race Relations (3 Credits)

Analysis of race-related issues, with a primary focus on American society. The historical emergence, development, and institutionalization of racism; the impact of racism on its victims; and racially based conflict.

Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of UGST-Undergraduate Studies. Cross-listed with: AAST424.

Credit Only Granted for: AAST424 or SOCY424.

SOCY428 Research in Inequality (3 Credits)

This is the special topics research course for Stratification and Inequality.

Prerequisite: SOCY201 and SOCY202; or permission of the Sociology department.

Repeatable to: 6 credits if content differs.

SOCY431 Principles of Organizations (3 Credits)

Structural and processual characteristics of organizations that make them effective for different purposes and in different environments. Effects of different institutional environments, small group processes, organizational networks, and leadership. Types of organizations studied include formal bureaucracies, professional organizations, and voluntary associations.

Prerequisite: SOCY201 and SOCY202; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.

SOCY432 Social Movements (3 Credits)

Movements that seek change in the social and political structure of society. Origins, tactics, organization, recruitment, and success. Case studies come from such movements as labor, civil rights, student, feminist, environmental, neighborhood, and gay rights.

Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.

SOCY434 Sociology of Religion & Spirituality (3 Credits)

This course will provide students with an overview of the sociology of religion and spirituality. This class focuses on larger questions, such as: "How do sociologists understand and research topics associated with religion & spirituality?" Students will utilize sociological approaches toward religion & spirituality.

Prerequisite: SOCY201 and SOCY202; or permission of the Sociology department.

Credit Only Granted for: SOCY498R or SOCY454.

Formerly: SOCY498R.

SOCY435 Society, Biology, and Health (3 Credits)

It is not too far-fetched to speak of the pancreas under capitalism or the proletarian lung. Humans are social beings in physical bodies. In this course, we draw on research studies, podcasts, news articles, and best-selling non-fiction to inform conversation and writing on how various dimensions of human biology influence, and are influenced by, our social and cultural environment. We focus on conceptualizing human behavior as an interplay between both nature and nurture, and consider how this approach changes our understanding of modern social problems. This course is appropriate for students with a range of backgrounds in the social and natural sciences; introductory-level supplemental readings on all necessary biological concepts will be provided.

Prerequisite: Must have completed 6 credits in SOCY courses or permission of BSOS Sociology Department.

SOCY441 Social Stratification and Inequality (3 Credits)

The sociological study of social class, status, and power. Topics include theories of stratification, correlates of social position, functions and dysfunctions of social inequality, status inconsistency, and social mobility.

Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.

Restriction: Junior standing or higher.

SOCY442 The Black Middle Class (3 Credits)

Students will learn about the Black Middle Class. They will examine and explore the historical context that led to the rise of a Black Middle Class. Innovative avenues into the Black Middle Class will also be examined, including various household and family formations. Finally, the course will cover the consequences of being in the The Black Middle Class, with an emphasis on residential segregation and racial identity.

Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses.

Credit Only Granted for: SOCY498T or SOCY442.

Formerly: SOCY498T.

SOCY445 Sex and Love in Modern Society (3 Credits)

Sociological theories of sex and gender are used to explore empirical research on women's and men's sexual behavior and attitudes; variation in gendered sexuality by key social characteristics and how gendered sexuality is constructed and controlled; changes in sexuality over time and across relationship types, focusing on changes in sexual desire and behaviors and on the changing meaning of sex and marriage in U.S. society and other countries. Contemporary debates about sexuality will also be examined.

Prerequisite: SOCY201, SOCY202, SOCY203, and SOCY230.

Restriction: Must be in Sociology program; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.

Credit Only Granted for: SOCY498X or SOCY445.

Formerly: SOCY498X.

SOCY451 Sociology of Culture (3 Credits)

Analyzes the relationship between society and culture. How do social forces affect cultural objects and products? How do values and meanings shape individual behavior? How can culture be both a source of domination and resistance? These and other topics will be analyzed to show the role of culture in our lives.

Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of the department.

Credit Only Granted for: SOCY498C or SOCY451.

Formerly: SOCY498C.

SOCY452 Sociology of Mental Health (3 Credits)

The class focuses upon the larger question: "What is the balance between people being mentally 'ill' and us having a 'sick' society?" To explore this question, students will utilize sociological approaches toward mental illness and health. This will manifest as a focus on how social organization is related to mental health and illness. Students will consider how sociologists understand the nature, distribution, and treatment of mental illness and health in society, and will develop a personal understanding of what it means to be mentally healthy.

Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of the department.

Credit Only Granted for: SOCY498O or SOCY 452.

Formerly: SOCY498O.

SOCY453 Racial Residential Segregation (3 Credits)

Examines how race and ethnicity have historically shaped residential patterns in the U.S. and their continuing importance today. Students will investigate the causes of residential segregation, including residential preferences, discrimination, and socioeconomic differences between racial and ethnic groups. Significant attention will be paid to how immigration and ensuing ethnic and racial diversity are reshaping the residential landscape. The readings highlight the U.S. context, though residential patterns in different countries are also briefly discussed.

Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of the department.

Credit Only Granted for: SOCY498D or SOCY453.

Formerly: SOCY498D.

SOCY454 Sociology of Religion & Spirituality (3 Credits)

This course will provide students with an overview of the sociology of religion and spirituality. This class focuses on larger questions, such as: "How do sociologists understand and research topics associated with religion & spirituality?" Students will utilize sociological approaches toward religion & spirituality.

Prerequisite: SOCY201 and SOCY202; or permission of the Sociology department.

Credit Only Granted for: SOCY498R or SOCY454.

Formerly: SOCY498R.

SOCY457 Sociology of Law (3 Credits)

Social, political, and cultural sources of legal norms and concepts; and how the law shapes society and society shapes the law using sociological theoretical frameworks. The role of social change, social reproduction and inequality (including race, class, gender, and sexuality) to achieve certain objectives such as compliance, deterrence and social control.

SOCY458 Special Topics in Study Abroad IV (1-6 Credits)

Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

Repeatable to: 15 credits if content differs.

SOCY464 Military Sociology (3 Credits)

Social change and the growth of military institutions. Complex formal military organizations. Military service as an occupation or profession. The sociology of military life. Relations between military institutions, civilian communities and society.

Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.

SOCY465 The Sociology of War (3 Credits)

The origin and development of armed forces as institutions, the social causes, operations and results of war as social conflict; the relations of peace and war and revolution in contemporary civilizations.

Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.

SOCY467 Sociology of Education (3 Credits)

Sociological analysis of educational institutions and their relation to society: goals and functions, the mechanisms of social control, and the impacts of stratification and social change. Study of the school as a formal organization, and the roles and subcultures of teachers and students.

Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.

SOCY470 Pregnancy and Parenthood in an Unequal Society (3 Credits)

Analysis of patterns in sexual activity, contraceptive use, and unintended pregnancy, and how they reinforce or alleviate socioeconomic, gender, and racial inequalities. Emphasis on the role of healthcare providers and contraceptive access, attitudes about motherhood and contraception, policy interventions, and institutional designs. Social and economic consequences of increasing women's ability to control their fertility.

Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of Sociology Department.

SOCY475 Sociology of Emotions (3 Credits)

Emotions are often thought of as purely subjective experiences. How much more personal than one get than their emotions and feelings? In addition to their physiological and psychological aspects, however, emotions have a social side that often go unnoticed. This course will introduce you to the social aspects of emotions. In doing so, we will cover wide-ranging topics including the social causes of emotions, social norms about emotions, disparities in emotionalexperiences, and the ways in which emotions can maintain and reshape society.

Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology Department.

Credit Only Granted for: SOCY498W or SOCY475.

Formerly: SOCY498W.

SOCY480 Researching the Middle East (3 Credits)

Introduces religion, gender, and politics in the Middle East and North Africa. After an overview of the political and social history the focus will be on methods for carrying out research on fundamental issues facing Middle Eastern societies, including national identity, religion, gender relations and the status of women in the family, politics, education, and labor market.

Prerequisite: SOCY201 and SOCY202; or permission of the Sociology department.

Credit Only Granted for: SOCY498E or SOCY480.

Formerly: SOCY498E.

SOCY481 Ideology and Social Conditions in the Making of Terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa (3 Credits)

The sociology of terrorism and political violence in the Middle East and North African will be explored in this course.

Prerequisite: Must have completed 6 credits in SOCY courses or permission of the Sociology department.

Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher.

SOCY490 Experimental Research Practicum (3 Credits)

Hands-on experience in designing, conducting, and analyzing experimental research. Introduces students to causal inference in social scientific research, focusing on experimental designs. Students will get hands-on research experience running experimental studies in the group processes lab. Students will also work with the professor and graduate students in the department to develop a research idea that can be executed in the spring semester.

Prerequisite: SOCY201 and SOCY202; or permission of the Sociology department.

Additional Information: This is the first course in the experimental research practicum 2-course sequence.

SOCY491 Experimental Research Design (3 Credits)

Students will finalize the design of their studies from the fall semester and carry out the research in this course. Introduces students to analyzing experimental data and presenting results from these data. Students will continue to get hands-on research experience running experimental studies in the group processes lab and working with the professor and graduate students in the department to further develop their projects.

Prerequisite: SOCY201, SOCY202 and SOCY490; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.

Additional Information: This is the second course in the experimental research practicum 2-course sequence.

SOCY498 Selected Topics in Sociology (1-3 Credits)

Topics of special interest to advanced undergraduates in sociology. Such courses will be offered in response to student request and faculty interest.

Prerequisite: SOCY201 and SOCY202; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.

Repeatable to: 6 credits.