Sociology Courses

Sociology, SOCI = 0460

1510 (1301). Individuals in Society. 3 hours. Social and cultural basis for human behavior; impact of societal groups and organizations on personal identity, feelings and actions; influence on the self in relation to the family, peer groups, social classes, religion and social institutions. Satisfies arts and sciences core social science requirements. Required of all sociology majors. Satisfies the Social Sciences and Philosophy requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

1520 (1306). Contemporary Social Problems. 3 hours. Conditions disruptive to society today, both those seen as problematic as a whole and those that violate the norms of special groups in society; includes population, poverty, minorities, crime, drugs, sexual deviance, mental illness, changing family patterns and violence. Satisfies arts and sciences core social science requirements. Advised for students planning sociology graduate work. Satisfies the Social Sciences and Philosophy requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

2010. Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity. 3 hours. Social, cultural and economic perspectives on Native, African, Asian and Mexican Americans; emphasizes work and family patterns for both women and men, racism and sexism and contemporary movements for equality. Satisfies the Diversity in the United States requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

2050. Sociology of Sport. 3 hours. A study of social behavior in sport, with particular emphasis on its relationship to the cultural perspectives of socialization, minorities, economics, politics and current issues. Satisfies the Diversity in the United States requirement of the University Core Curriculum. (Same as KINE 2050.)

2100. Crime and Justice in the United States. 3 hours. This course examines the societal responses to people and organizations that violate criminal codes; discusses the history, development, organization and philosophy of the justice process; and analyzes the complex inter-relationships between the major components of the criminal justice system (police, courts and corrections). (Same as CJUS 2100.)

3000. Sociology of Marriage and Family. 3 hours. Interpersonal dynamics of marriage and family life; role and influence of the family as both a powerful primary group and as a social institution in society; current status of families in the United States plus cross-cultural and historical patterns. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1510 or equivalent. Advised for students planning sociology graduate work.

3110. Sociology of Mental Health, Mental Illness and Mental Health Care. 3 hours. Effects of social stresses and social integration on the mental health of various age, sex, ethnic and other groups within society; mental health care system and problems of access to that system among different subgroups in the population.

3120. Sociology of Health and Illness. 3 hours. Effects of social factors, such as age, sex, race and social class, on health and illness; differential access to health care services among subgroups of the U.S. population, including Blacks, Hispanics, Indians and the elderly; strains in the organization of the health care delivery system.

3190. Correctional Counseling. 3 hours. A study of the basic purposes and techniques of counseling with consideration given to the development of interpersonal skills required to enhance communication and to effect positive behavioral change. Special attention is devoted to exemplary and experimental programs aimed at promoting long-range social adjustment. Experiential learning is provided through case studies and situational exercises. (Same as CJUS 3190.)

3300. Urban Sociology. 3 hours. Rise of the city; ecological distribution and processes; suburb metropolitan area; trends in urbanization. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1510 or equivalent. Advised for students planning sociology graduate work.

3330. Social Stratification. 3 hours. Bases of social differentiation; status, power and mobility in social systems; influence of stratification on behavior; class structure in the United States. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1510 or equivalent. Advised for students planning sociology graduate work.

3460. Correctional Systems. 3 hours. This course focuses on prisons and jails. It examines the goals and history of punishment, the death penalty, the composition and social organization of jail and prison populations; bail, detention, sentencing and classification; institutional management and the conflicts between rehabilitation and punishment. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 2100 or equivalent. (Same as CJUS 3400.)

3550. Collective Behavior. 3 hours. Human behavior in sporadic and unstructured situations; theories and case studies of rumors, crowds, panics, riots, disasters, fads and crazes; links among collective behavior episodes, social movements and social change. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1510 or equivalent.

3610. Juvenile Justice. 3 hours. This course examines juvenile delinquency and the juvenile justice process. Specific attention is devoted to historical and current police, court and correctional policies and practices pertaining to juveniles. (Same as CJUS 3610.)

3800. Sociology of Work. 3 hours. Individual behavior in the work place; growth of occupations, labor force and bureaucracy; influence of age, ethnicity, sex roles and class origins on career choice, employment, economic well-being and style of life; the relationship of work to family life, leisure time, community relations, administrative organization and democratic representation; implications for counselors, managers, union organizers, city planners and policy makers. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1510 or equivalent.

4000. Sociological Theory. 3 hours. Survey of development of sociological theory; emphasizes nature and types of contemporary theory. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1510 or equivalent. Required of all sociology majors.

4160. Developing Societies. 3 hours. Changing culture and institutions family, population, religion, work and politics in developing nations in South and Central America, Asia, and Africa; impact of industrial nations on societies experiencing rapid urban, bureaucratic, technological and industrial growth; implications for war and peace in the world. Advised for students planning sociology graduate work. Satisfies the Crosscultural and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

4250. Sex Roles: Male and Female in Contemporary Society. 3 hours. Socialization to sex roles; male/female differences in family, work and political behavior; male/female inequality; current changes in sex role definitions. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1510 or equivalent. Satisfies the Diversity in the United States requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

4260. Topics in Sociology. 3 hours. Investigation, analysis and discussion of a significant, contemporary topic. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

4340. Social Psychology and Behavior in the Social Environment. 3 hours. Social and cultural bases of diverse human behavior; social matrix of personality organization and disorganization. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1510 or equivalent. Advised for students planning sociology graduate work.

4350. Community Organization. 3 hours. Principles of community organization and disorganization; agencies and programs dealing with contemporary problems facing the community. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1510 or equivalent.

4450. The Family in Later Life. 3 hours. Later stages in the family life cycle are surveyed with emphasis on changing family composition, role transitions and support systems. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1510 or equivalent (Same as AGER 4450.)

4460. Community Corrections. 3 hours. This course examines the concept of community corrections from various perspectives. It also examines contemporary practices and trends in probation, parole and other forms of community corrections. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 2100 or equivalent. (Same as CJUS 4460.)

4500. Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence. 3 hours. Practical focus on socialization, parenting and educational strategies in childhood and adolescence, and upon the social factors, agencies and institutions (particularly education) affecting children and adolescents in modern society. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1510 or equivalent.

4540. Race and Ethnic Minorities. 3 hours. Conditions and distribution of race and ethnic minorities; socio-psychological and cultural factors in race and ethnic relations; pattern of relations in the United States with emphasis on the Southwest and on social services. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1510 or SOWK 1450 and other equivalents. Satisfies the Diversity in the United States requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

4550. Sociology of Aging. 3 hours. Emergence of aging as a problem in industrial societies; specific problems and programs relating to older people in American society. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1510 or equivalent. (Same as AGER 4550.)

4600. Sociology of Mass Communication. 3 hours. Communication as a social process; patterns and institutions of mass communication; analysis of public opinion and propaganda; techniques of public opinion measurement. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1510 or equivalent.

4750. World Population Trends and Problems. 3 hours. Patterns of population growth; trends of fertility and mortality; migration; social and economic consequences of population change.

4870. Social Research and Practice. 3 hours. Principles and procedures; sources of data, techniques of collection and analysis, and statistical description. Prerequisite(s): advanced (junior or senior) standing. Required of all sociology majors.

4880. Quantitative Methods of Social Research. 3 hours. Role of quantitative methods in social research; application of quantitative techniques and procedures to social data, statistical inference; data processing. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 4870 or equivalent. Required of all sociology majors.

4900-4910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each.

4920. Cooperative Education in Sociology. 1-3 hours. Supervised work in a job directly related to the student's major, professional field of study or career objective. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours credit in sociology; student must meet the employer's requirements and have consent of the division chair. May be repeated for credit.

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