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SOC 500 – Sociology and Social Justice

An introduction to the sociological concepts, methods, and policy prescriptions that are central to promoting social justice.  Students will develop the necessary analytic tools and information to assess inequality and injustice in historical and contemporary contexts. Scheduled each Fall.  3 credits.


 SOC 502 - Community Sociology

Sociological principles and concepts used in the study and analysis of the community. The social, economic and political issues and challenges faced in fostering and maintaining community spirit and organization. Scheduled irregularly. 3 credits.


 SOC 504 - Gender and the Law

An analysis of the American legal system as it has affected women from the 18th century to the present. Course content is applicable for any student with an interest in the law. Topics include constitutional protections for equality, Title VII (including sexual harassment and sex discrimination), reproductive rights, domestic violence, and Title IX (educational and sports equity). Scheduled irregularly. Cross-listed as WMS 504 and EDL 550. 3 credits.


 SOC 510 - Ethnic and Racial Relations

Intergroup relations involving races, religious groups, and nationalities. Societal impact of prejudice, discrimination and segregation. Scheduled irregularly. 3 credits.


 SOC 515 - Sociology of Gender

Theory and data on the social construction of gender. Advanced exploration of identity formation, social change and persistence, interactive patterns and inequalities. Impact of gender on the individual and society. Scheduled irregularly. Cross listed as WMS 515. 3 credits.


 SOC 529 – Intersectionality and Social Justice

Explores the intersection of race, class, and gender in social relations. Uses a wide variety of theoretical perspectives to investigate the ways that race, class, and gender are intersected and the impact this interrelationship has on the experiences and opportunities of individuals and their social location. Cross-listed as WMS 529. Scheduled irregularly. 3 credits.


 SOC 551 - Sociology of Religion

Explores sociological perspectives on religion as a source of both social change and resistance to social change. Religious influences on policy and discourse nationally and globally are examined, along with sociological models of religious experience, identity, affiliation and structure. Scheduled irregularly. 3 credits.


 SOC 555 - Criminal Justice and Minorities

Operation of the criminal justice system as it relates to minority group members. The roles of police, courts, and correctional agencies and their impact on blacks, ethnic groups, and the poor. Scheduled irregularly. 3 credits.


 SOC 556 - Juvenile Delinquency

Definition of delinquency, classifications of delinquents, and theories of causation. The juvenile justice system and the current controversies surrounding the treatment and control of delinquency. Scheduled irregularly. 3 credits.


 SOC 557 - Correctional Policies and Agencies

Current practices in the treatment of criminals. Historical as well as contemporary overview of penal institutions, halfway houses, probation, parole, and alternative programs. Evaluation of punitive and rehabilitative approaches. Scheduled irregularly. 3 credits.


 SOC 565 - The Changing Family

Contemporary families and problems relating to poverty, minority status, illness, rapid social change. Alternative family life styles and the future of the family. Scheduled irregularly. 3 credits.


 SOC 566 - Crime and the Criminal

Sociological theory and data on the causes, persistence and possible prevention of crime, the changing social dimensions of crime, legal and political agendas, and the socialization and role enactment of being a criminal. Scheduled irregularly. 3 credits.


 SOC 569 - Sociology of Deviant Behavior

Explanations of deviance: mental illness, alcoholism, drug addiction, sexual deviations, family disruptions, suicide, crime and delinquency, and discrimination. Scheduled every third term. 3 credits. Scheduled irregularly. 3 credits.


 SOC 570 – Applied Research in Sociology

Analysis of the logic of scientific investigation of social phenomena; theory construction, and the relation between theory and research with examples from studies in sociology. Survey of major procedures and principle techniques of empirical work, and practical familiarity with some phases of the research process. Formerly SOC 591. Cross-listed as PSC 501. Scheduled each fall. 3 credits.


 SOC 582 - Sociology of Education

Examination of the nature of knowledge as transmitted by educational and related institutions. How education and knowledge are enacted within a socio-cultural system, and influenced by social class, politics, religion and ethnicity. Topics include the school as an agent of socialization and stratification, as well as school organization and reform. Scheduled irregularly. 3 credits.


SOC 590 - Thesis Proposal in Sociology

For thesis students only. Development of thesis proposal. Prerequisite: departmental permission. Always scheduled. 3 credits.


SOC 591 - Thesis Research in Sociology

For thesis students only. Implementation of research design from approved thesis proposal and written presentation of findings. Prerequisite: departmental permission. Always scheduled. 3 credits.


 SOC 599 – Special Topics in Sociology

Special topics in sociology. Scheduled irregularly. 3 credits.


 SOC 600 - Directed Independent Study and Research

  With permission of the department. Not to be taken in lieu of thesis seminar. Always scheduled. 3 credits.