Spring 2019 Undergraduate Courses

Course Descriptions

SOC 1010 – Introductory Sociology (3)

Buckelew, enrl 240, MW 9:00am - 9:50am

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)

Wilcox, enrl 120, MW 11:00am - 11:50am

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)

TBD, enrl 60, TR 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 Sec. 100 – Criminology (3)

Greenland, enrl 180, MW 2:00pm - 2:50pm

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 2320 – Gender & Society (3)

Bair, enrl 120, TR 11:00am - 11:50am

This course emphasizes gender in the United States in today’s world. We begin with how gender role socialization, education, language and the media teach us our places as female and male. Then we go on to examine how the genders fare in the major social institutions of our society: the family, the economic sector, the polity, the military, the criminal justice sector, the religious sphere and the health/sports sector. We examine how we got to where we are and how we compare with other women and men in other ages and other places. We conclude by assessing where the genders are heading in the 21st Century.

Dependent section required.

SOC 2442 – Systems of Inequality (3)

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

This course will examine various types of inequality (race, class, gender) in the US and abroad. We will discuss sociological theories covering various dimensions of inequality, considering key research findings and their implications. We will examine to what extent ascriptive characteristics impact a person's life chances, how social structures are produced and reproduced, and how individuals are able or unable to negotiate these structures.

SOC 3020 – Introduction to Social Theory (3)

Kumar, enrl 60, MW 1:00pm - 1:50pm

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 3090 – Philosophical Foundations of Social Theory (3)

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

This course pursues the question of the ways in which classical social theory is rooted in, and indebted to, philosophy and metaphysics. This will be shown through four cases: Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason,” Hegel’s “Phenomenology of Spirit,” Nietzsche’s “Will to Power,” Heidegger’s “Being and Time.” Problems central to all sciences and  modes of cognition, such as knowledge & truth, theory & ideology, and agency  vs. causality will be covered.

SOC 3110 – Introduction to Survey Research Methods (3)

Guterbock, enrl 17, MW 2:00pm - 3:15pm (This is a combined section class.)

Surveys are everywhere these days, but good surveys are not easy to do. Learn how to conduct a successful, high-quality sample survey. Understand the main sources of survey error and learn about ways to achieve high quality measurement and representative results. Learn best practices in designing samples, writing questions, constructing questionnaires, conducting interviews and implementing surveys via mail, telephone, or the Internet.

SOC 3130 – Introduction to Social Statistics

Gorman, enrl 72, MW 9:00am - 9:50pm

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 3180 – Sociology of Emotions (3)

Polillo, enrl 35, TR 12:30pm - 1:45pm

This course explores the role of emotions in social interaction as well as how societies and cultures shape emotional expression.  The objective is to decode the subtle rules of emotional display implicit in many social interactions and excavate the cultural histories of particular emotions such as love, sympathy, shame, anxiety, and sadness.  Readings include theoretical and empirical work from both sociologists and social psychologists.

SOC 3290 – Sociology of Childhood (3)

Pugh, enrl 60, MW 10:00am - 10:50am

The class introduces the “new social studies of childhood” and the idea that the experience of childhood is a social construction, not a string of biological facts.  Topics include: how caring for children varies across time & space, and considering childhood in the context of Western cultural trends - increasing inequality, unequal distribution of overwork, poverty, war, liberty, decreasing privacy, consumerism, sexualization, networked society.

Dependent section required.

SOC 3310 – Sociology of Self (3)

Skubby, enrl 35, TR 3:30pm - 4:45pm

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 35, MW 3:30pm - 4:45pm

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 3480 – Sociology of Globalization (3)

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

This course will explore the determinants, nature, and effects of the increase in cross-border flows of goods, services, capital and people that  we have come  to associate with the term “globalization.”   We will investigate how globalization affects domestic & world inequality, the role of institutions, and  world & local cultures. The course will include readings from economics, history, world-system theory, and cultural analysis.

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 3700 – Health & Society (3)

Skubby, enrl 60, MW 1:00pm - 1:50pm

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 4053 – Sociology of Education (3)

Roksa, Enrl 20, TR 12:30pm - 1:45pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

Analysis of education as a social institution and its relationship to other institutions, e.g., the economy, the stratification system, the family.  Special attention will be devoted to the role of education in the status attainment process.

SOC 4054 – Political Sociology (3)

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

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 4100 – Sociology of the African-American Community (3)

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

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

Study of a comprehensive contemporary understanding of the history, struggle and diversity of the African-American community.

SOC 4190 – Gender and Work (3)

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

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

Studies the relationship between gender and various work outcomes, including occupational choice, career patterns and mobility, reward and success, interpersonal relationships at work, and the balance between work and family. The primary focus is on the United states, although some attention is paid to international comparisons.

This course meets the second writing requirement.

SOC 4230 – Deviance and Social Control (3)

Buckelew, enrl 20, TR 9:30am - 10:45am

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 4410 – Sociological Phenomenology (3)

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

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

The course "Sociological Phenomenology" offers an overview over the phenomenological tradition in sociology, including its most recent versions, such as interactionism and ethnomethodology. The course will examine how the phenomenology founded by Husserl and Heidegger has inspired "interpretive" approaches to society and social meaning, beginning with Max Weber.

SOC 4559 Sec 001 – New Course in Sociology – Topic: Autism, Culture & Society (3)

Skubby, enrl 20, MW 3:30pm - 4:45pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

This course goes beyond accepted discourses that suggest that autism is only a disability. This course takes a critical approach to autism, examining the social and medical construction of autism, accepted treatments for autistic children, the scientific research on autism, and cultural representations of autistic individuals. The course will provide students with readings to help them understand how autists themselves experience their condition.

SOC 4559 Sec 002 – New Course in Sociology – Unequal Families

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

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

Family inequality is an enduring feature of American family life--both within and between families in the US.  This seminar will focus on the ways in which class, race, and gender structure inequality within and between families--and the effects of that inequality on the social, emotional and financial well-being of men, women and children.  We will explore the causes and consequences of growing class-based inequality in marriage.

SOC 4750 – Racism (3)

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

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

Racism, the disparagement and victimization of individuals and groups because of a belief that their ancestry renders them intrinsically different and inferior, is a problem in many societies.  In this course we will examine the problem of racism by investigating the workings of these sociological processes theoretically, historically, and contemporaneously.

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)

Pugh, 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.