Spring 2020 Undergraduate Courses

Course Descriptions

SOC 1010 – Introductory Sociology (3)

Buckelew, enrl 240, MW 8:30am – 9:20am

The fundamental concepts and principles of sociology with special attention to sociological theory and research methods. Survey of the diverse substantive fields in the discipline with a primary emphasis on the institutions in contemporary American society.

Dependent section required.

SOC 2052 – Sociology of the Family (3)

Blumberg, enrl 120, TR 2:00pm – 2:50pm

Comparison of family organizations in relation to other social institutions in various societies; an introduction to the theory of kinship and marriage systems.

Dependent section required.

SOC 2220 – Social Problems (3)

Mullins, enrl 60, MW 9:00am - 9:50pm

An analysis of the causes and consequences of current social problems in the United States: Race and Ethnic relations, poverty, crime and delinquency, the environment, drugs, and problems of educational institutions.

Dependent section required.

SOC 2230 – Criminology (3)

Greenland, enrl 180, MW 11:00am - 11:50am

Socio-cultural conditions affecting the definition, recording, and treatment of delinquency and crime. Examination of Theories of deviant behavior, the role of the police, judicial and corrective systems and the victim in criminal behavior.

Dependent section required.

SOC 2559 – Medical Sociology (3)

Aviles, enrl 60, MW 2:00pm - 2:50pm

This course examines how the medical system is shaped by cultural and societal forces, analyzing unique dimensions of medicine from varying perspectives prominent in the discipline of Sociology.  Topics will focus upon the interaction of social categories (e.g., socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality) upon the distribution of diseases, experiences of illness, and relationships between patients and medical professionals.

Dependent section required.

SOC 2900 – Economy & Society (3)

Wang, enrl 35, TR 9:30am – 10:45am

Markets, firms, and money are part of everyday experience. Economists insist that they should work similarly independently of their social context. The central idea of economic sociology is that economic institutions are 'embedded' in social relations.  We will study what embeddeness means, and what it implies. We look at how institutions constitute markets; how rationality varies; and how money interacts with social relations in unexpected ways.

SOC 3020 – Introduction to Social Theory (3)

Kumar, enrl 60, TR 2:00pm - 2:50pm

An introduction to the major theoretical issues and traditions in sociology, especially as developed in the writings of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, Sociology majors are expected to take this course in their third year.

Dependent section required.

SOC 3059 – Sociology of Science & Knowledge (3)

Aviles, enrl 35, MW 3:30pm – 4:45pm

Ideas refer to anything which is said to exist, from people to planets to God. Sociology of knowledge describes and explains variation in ideas across different social settings. This course will familiarize students with theoretical and empirical work on the behavior of ideas, and convey the major accomplishments, shortcomings, and prospects of the subfield using the history & philosophy of science, and the workings of science as an institution.

SOC 3130 – Introduction to Social Statistics

Wilcox, enrl 72, MW 1:00pm - 1:50pm

Prerequisite: SOC 3120, required core course for SOC major.

Elementary statistical methods for social science applications. Topics include summarizing data with graphs and descriptive measures, generalizing from a sample to a population as in opinion polls, and determining the relationship between two variables. No special mathematical background is required, and students will be taught basic computer techniques. Three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory work. Majors are expected to take this course in their third year.

Dependent section required.

SOC 3310 – Sociology of Self (3)

Skubby, enrl 35, TR 12:30pm – 1:45pm

What is the difference between individual and self? Do we carry a fixed, unchangeable self inside, or do we have as many selves as the situations in which we commonly find ourselves? Can we go as far as saying that the self comes from the outside, and if so, when do we internalize it? At birth, once and for all? Or repeatedly and in everyday life? We will explore these questions and more as we venture into an exciting field-sociology of the self.

SOC 3410 – Race & Ethnic Relations (3)

Vickerman, enrl 60, MW 12:00pm – 12:50pm

Introduces the study of race and ethnic relations, including the social and economic conditions promoting prejudice, racism, discrimination, and segregation. Examines contemporary American conditions, and historical and international materials.

SOC 3490 – Cities & Cultures (3)

Makarova, enrl 35, TR 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Explores the ways in which physical environments shape and are shaped by social life. Examines the relationship between urban space and culture in different historical and social settings, though there is a particular focus on the rise and development of modernity as expressed through the experience of particular cities.

SOC 3559 – Environment, Globalization & Development (3)

Blumberg, enrl 35, TR 11:00am - 12:15pm

This course provides a sociological overview of Earth’s changing environment, starting with the impact of past disasters that affected climate and living beings. Then it considers growing evidence of accelerating climate change and its impact on environment, humans and other species, while also considering initiatives to combat it.  It combines relevant sociological and other literature with student searches of major newspapers and periodicals.

SOC 3700 – Health & Society (3)

Skubby, enrl 60, MW 10:00pm - 10:50pm

This course explores the social dimensions of health and illness, focusing especially on the social experience of illness, the social determinants of disease, and the role and meaning of medicine and public health in modern U.S. society. The class examines how we define health problems and their solutions, and it considers the ways in which race, gender, class, age, and sexuality matter for understanding health- related experiences and discourses.

Dependent section required.

SOC 3820 – Social Movements (3)

Slez, enrl 35, MW 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Social movements are an historical and global phenomenon of great complexity and variety.  Because the topic can be so broad, the course is organized around case studies of civil rights, the industrial workers’ movement, environmentalism, religious fundamentalism, and the counter movements to globalization.  These cases will be used to illustrate variety of themes and principles, and you will learn about specific events, personalities, organizations, and dynamics that shaped these movements.  By this method, you will gain specific knowledge about important social movements, as well as an overview and general orientation to the sociology of this dynamic area of social life.

SOC 4010 – Sociology of Music (3)

Rubin, enrl 20, TR 3:30pm - 4:45pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

Students will consider ways in which social communities intersect with, respond to, and create musicalcommunities. Musical taste will be interrogated as a point of identification and self-presentation that is neithergiven nor natural, but contingent and constructed. Students will engage foundational critical texts in thesociology of music, and examine both the continuities and the disjunctures represented by our era of digitalsocial media.

SOC 4054 – Political Sociology (3)

Wang, enrl 20, TR 12:30pm - 1:45pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

This course studies the relationship between social structure and political institutions. Competing theories about such topics as power structures, political participation, ideology, party affiliation, voting behavior, and social movements are discussed in the context of recent research on national and local politics in the U.S.

SOC 4057 – Family Policy (3)

Wilcox, enrl 20, MW 3:30pm – 4:45pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

The relationship between family and society as expressed in policy and law.  Focus on the effects of formal policy on the structure of families and the interactions within families.  The American family system will be examined as it has responded to laws and policies of government and private industry and to change in society.

SOC 4230 – Deviance and Social Control (3)

Buckelew, enrl 20, TR 12:30pm - 1:45p

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

An examination of a variety of deviant behaviors in American society and the sociological theories that explain societal reactions and attempts at social control.  Focus on enduring conditions such as drug addiction, alcoholism, and mental illness.

SOC 4260 – Race, Crime and Punishment (3)

Buckelew, enrl 20, TR 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

This course is an exercise in critical thinking and writing. We will investigate connections between race and crime in contemporary America.  To do so, we will explore constructions of crime and race and patterns of victimization, criminality and punishment.  We will uncover shifting definitions of crime and the ways that institutions, policies and practices shape patterns of punishment.

SOC 4280 – Sociology of Mental Health and Illness (3)

Skubby, enrl 20, MW 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

This course explores mental health and illness in social context, focusing especially on the history, definitions, social and cultural determinants, and consequences of conceptualization and treatment of mental illness.  It includes an examination of perceptions of mental illness in popular culture, and the spread of psychiatric ideas in more global context.

SOC 4550 - Topic: Money and Mortality (3)

Polillo, enrl 20, TR 11:00am – 12:15pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

We have an uneasy relationship with money, markets and morality: while we are told that money can buy anything, we think differently about paying for a human organ vs. buying life insurance, or tipping at a restaurant as opposed to, say, at a hospital. In this class, we explore this uneasy relationship through the lens of the sociology of money.

SOC 4559 Sec 001 – New Course in Sociology – The Authoritarian Mind (3)

Mullins, enrl 20, TR 9:30am – 10:45am

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

Social psychology has a long and diverse history in the American sociological discipline. In this course, you will explore a particular linage of social psychology that is concerned with the effects of material and social conditions on how people make sense of social situations and act toward others. You will then deploy what you have learned to better understand why at certain moments in history people have become more accepting of authoritarian rule and complicit in events such as the Holocaust. We will discuss whether or not the contemporary United States has the potential to become an authoritarian state.

SOC 4559 Sec 002 – New Course in Sociology – Nations and Nationalism (3)

Kumar, enrl 20, MW 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

Despite the frequent predictions of its demise, nationalism continues to thrive in the modern world. Why is that so? What is nationalism, and what are the sources of its appeal? This course will consider leading accounts of the origins, growth, and persistence of nationalism. Topics to be considered are: the nation and national identity; ethnicity and nationalism; empire and the nation-state; gender and nation; globalization and the nation-state.

SOC 4850 – Media, Culture and Society (3)

Mullins, enrl 20, TR 11:00am – 12:15pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

This seminar aims to foster a critical media literacy, whereby students learn to read and criticize the texts of their cultural environment.  It will analyze some alternative approaches to the study of culture, and it will display the merits of a multi-perspective method.  Particular emphasis will be placed upon the issues of success, power, gender, class, race, and ethnicity.  The seminar will use both print and film texts.

SOC 4860 – Sociology of Religion (3)

Makarova, enrl 20, TR 11:00am - 12:15pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

This course explores the role of religion in modern societies.  It provides a broad comparative cultural and historical perspective, drawing on examples from America, Western Europe, and former communist countries of Eastern Europe.  Topics include classic sociological theories of religion, church-state relations, civil religion, and religion, and religion and nationalism.

SOC 4970 – Special Studies in Sociology (1-6)

Pugh, enrl 5

Prerequisites: Fourth year students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 in sociology (or overall GPA of 3.2 for non- majors) and permission of instructor.

An independent study project conducted by the student under the supervision of an instructor of his or her choice. Students must complete independent study application form available on Sociology Department website.

SOC 4981 – Distinguished Majors Thesis Writing (3)

Guterbock, enrl 12

Prerequisites: Admission to the Distinguished Majors Program in Sociology & SOC 4980.

Writing of the DMP thesis under the supervision of a DM faculty adviser.

 

For more course information please visit the University Registrar, SIS Schedule of Classes or the Summer Session / JTerm Offices.

J-term and Study Abroad courses do not automatically count toward the Sociology major or minor; a student must obtain pre-approval from Professor Thomas Guterbock, Director of Undergraduate Studies. See Sociology Major Handbook for more information.

*If a student neither contacts the instructor in advance nor appears at the first class meeting, the Sociology Department and/or instructor reserves the right to cancel the student's enrollment.

**Additionally, if upon being given ad hoc enrollment permission, a student is told by the instructor to enroll in a specific dependent section, and the student does not enroll in that specified section, the Sociology Department and/or instructor reserves the right to cancel the student's enrollment.

***Undergraduate students may enroll in Graduate Sociology courses at the 5000 level only with instructor permission, and if they have a minimum GPA of 3.4 and fourth year status.