Undergraduate Courses

J-Term 2022

SOC 2498: Prozac Culture
Joseph Davis, Professor

SOC 4559: Psychoanalysis and Sociology
David Skubby, Assistant Professor

 

 

Spring 2022 Undergraduate Courses

Course Descriptions

SOC 1010-100 – Introductory Sociology (3)

Foster, enrl 240, MW 1:00pm – 1:50pm

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.

Discussion section required.

SOC 1010-002 – Introductory Sociology (3)

Olick, enrl 35, MW 3:30pm – 4:45pm

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.

SOC 2052 – Sociology of the Family (3)

Wilcox, enrl 180, MW 9:00am – 9:50am

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

Discussion section required.

SOC 2220 – Social Problems (3)

Zeno, enrl 60, MW 12:00pm - 12:50pm

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.

Discussion section required.

SOC 2230 – Criminology (3)

Greenland, enrl 200, TR 2:00pm – 3:15pm

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.

SOC 2320 – Gender and Society (3)

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

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.

Discussion section required.

SOC 2442 – Systems of Inequality (3)

Hoosier, enrl 60, MW 4:00pm-4:50pm

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.

Discussion section required.

SOC 2520 – Topics in Death and Dying – The Medicalization of Death (3)

Aviles, enrl 35, MW 2:00pm – 3:15pm

This course explores transformations in the social meanings surrounding death, with a focus on how death has increasingly become associated with medicine in the United States. We will explore ways the medicalization of death has changed how Americans think about and experience dying as a social event. Additionally, we will focus on how death has been integrated into the distinctive political and economic configurations of medicine in the US.

SOC 2559 – Special Topics in Sociology – Topic: Democracy and Inequality (3)

Bair, enrl 180, TR 5:00pm – 6:15pm

How do democracies respond to economic inequality? This course combines insights from Business, Politics, Sociology, and Economics to examine pressing challenges to equality including global economic integration, technology, and financial markets.

Combined section class.

SOC 2595 – Special Topics in Sociology – Poverty: Politics and Policy (3)

Mound, enrl 35, MW 5:00pm – 6:15pm

This course explores the politics of poverty, primarily (though not exclusively) in the modern United States. It asks how poverty is measured, and how the incidence of poverty has changed over time. It explores political debates about the causes of poverty and what both quantitative and qualitative research can tell us about those debates. Finally, it provides and in-depth examination of the history and future anti-poverty policy.

SOC 2680 – Introduction to Demography (3)

Sullivan, enrl 25, TR 11:00am – 12:15pm

Demography is the scientific study of human populations. We will emphasize fertility, mortality, and migration, and the social and economic factors that affect them.

SOC 2900 – Economy and Society (3)

Sullivan, enrl 25, TR 11:00am – 12:15pm

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)

Olick, enrl 60, MW 11:00am – 11:50am

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.

Discussion section required.

SOC 3130 – Introduction to Social Statistics (4)

Slez, enrl 72, MW 3:00pm – 3:50pm

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.

Discussion section required.

SOC 3290 – Sociology of Childhood (3)

Pugh, enrl 60, TR 2:00pm – 2:50 pm

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.

Discussion section required.

SOC 3310 – Sociology of Self (3)

Skubby, enrl 35, MW 4:00pm – 5:15pm

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 4:00pm – 5:15pm

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 3460 – Future Cities (3)

Makarova, enrl 30, TR 2:00pm – 3:15pm

This course conceives alternative possibilities for our cities. It will include such lines of inquiry as the challenges of equality and justice; sustainability and environmental change; the potential and limits of technology; and the impact of the changing global context. We will examine currently emerging urban forms as well as attempts to imagine new forms of urban life.

SOC 3480 – Sociology of Globalization (3)

Parham, enrl 35, TR 11:00am – 12:15pm

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 3559-001 – Ethnography (3)

Mullins, enrl 35, TR 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Ethnographic research is foundational to sociology. The term “ethnography” refers to methods through which scholars directly observe people as they engage in social action. Students in this course will both learn the principles of ethnography and conduct their own ethnographic research project.

SOC 3559-002 – Sociology of Latinos (3)

Buckelew, enrl 35, TR 9:30am – 10:45am

This course will explore the diversity of Latino experiences and identities in the US. Students will study topics related to Latino racial identity, class status, immigration, politics, and culture. The course will engage theories of race, racism, intersectionality, as well as postcolonial theories. 

SOC 3640 – Human Society in History (3)

Kumar, enrl 35, TR 9:30am – 10:45am

Human societies exist in time. This course will examine the historical development of a variety of societies from earliest times to the present. Its focus will be on the relation of the West to the rest of the world. The course is particularly intended for social scientists, to make them aware of the historical dimension to human society; but it is open to all.  Meets Historical Studies requirement.

SOC 3700 – Health & Society (3)

Skubby, enrl 60, TR 9:00am – 9:50am

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.

Discussion section required.

SOC 4055 – Sociology of Law (3)

Gorman, enrl 20, MW 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

After introducing the social-science perspective on law and an overview of the American legal system, we will examine topics such as: defining the concept of “law”; consensus- and conflict-based theories of the social origin of laws and legal institutions; how people think about law and why they obey it; the use of law versus other options to resolve private disputes; and whether law is an effective tool for social change.

SOC 4057 – Family Policy (3)

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

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 4070 – Sociology of Art (3)

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

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

This class is designed as a seminar on the sociology of art. Students are expected to be familiar with general sociological concepts and theory. In this class we will cover material from a wide range of perspectives in an attempt to understand the social context of are. The course is structured as a seminar, which makes class attendance and preparation essential.

SOC 4260 – Race, Crime and Punishment (3)

Buckelew, enrl 20, TR 12:30pm – 1:45pm

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 4370 – Hate Groups (3)

Vickerman, enrl 20, MW 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

Hate groups are defined by their extreme antipathy towards minority groups of all types, especially racial groups.  Typically, they are particularly active when dominant groups feel threatened because minority groups gain power.  Hate groups exist to reassert this dominance through fear and terror.  This course analyzes the origins, manifestations, and behavior of hate groups from a theoretical, historical, and sociological point of view.

SOC 4520 – Topics in Religion and Society – Religion in a Global Age (3)

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

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

The course addresses the key debates on the fate of religion in the modern world. It explores new forms of interaction between the secular and the religious in a global context. It will do so through examining specific case studies in different parts of the world, including the reshaping of public culture, nationalism and religious tradition, the relation between gender and religion, and the nature of fundamentalisms.

SOC 4530-001 – Topics in Sociology of Health: Universal Health Care (3)

Aviles, enrl 20, MW 3:30pm – 4:45pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

Why does the US lack a universal health care system? What would it take to implement universal health care in the US? What would an American system of universal health care look like? In this course, we analyze the historical evolution of the patchwork of institutions and organizations that make up US health care systems. We apply sociological research and theory to understand how national health care has been framed as a social problem.

SOC 4530-002 – Topics in Sociology of Health: Race, Medicine and Health (3)

Skubby, enrl 20, TR 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

This course takes the perspective that American society is characterized in part by a racial caste system, and that this system has causes and consequences for African Americans in terms of their health, their health care, and for African Americans working within the health care system. We take an in-depth look at the racial disparities in health care and will also focus our attention on African American women and reproduction.

SOC 4540-001 – Topics in Politics and Society: Abolition Movements in the US (3)

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

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

Abolition movements have gained significant attention in the United States recently. Yet public discussions about movements to abolish the police or prisons often neglect to consider the significance abolition movements have had throughout US history. Student in this course will study abolition movements past and present to better understand the linkages between them and how abolition movements have contributed to democracy in the United States.

SOC 4550-001 – Topics in Ethics and Society - Money and Morality (3)

Polillo, enrl 20, TR 2:00pm – 3:15pm

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 4550-002 – Topics in Ethics and Society – Sociology of Reproduction (3)

Zeno, enrl 20, TR 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

This course explores contemporary reproductive issues through a sociological perspective. The class explores topics from birth control and the medicalization of childbearing to infertility and new reproductive and genetic technologies to shed light on the social, political, and constructed nature of human reproduction. Students evaluate how the state, medical institutions and practitioners, and culture interact to shape reproductive practices.

SOC 4559-001 – New Course in Sociology – Topic: Sociology of Empire (3)

Kumar, enrl 20, TR 12:30p – 1:45pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

Empires – large, multinational, territorially-dispersed political entities - have been pervasive in human history. This course will examine a number of them, ancient and modern, Eastern and Western, land and overseas empires. It will seek to find out what principles and practices might be common to all of them, and what, on the contrary, might distinguish them from each other.

SOC 4780 – The Politics of Data (3)

Sullivan, enrl 20, TR 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

This course examines the many uses of data from the Federal Statistical System for governance, environmental and human health, and private sector uses.  We will examine how the data are produced and disseminated and how assertions of data manipulation may be evaluated.  We will examine characteristic data errors and how social scientists and data scientists identify and possibly correct data errors.

SOC 4850 – Media, Culture and Society (3)

Mullins, enrl 20, TR 9:30am – 10:45am

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 4970 – Special Studies in Sociology (1-6)

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)

Gorman, 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.