Sociology

SOC-R 100 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr.)   P: W131 or consent of instructor. Consideration of basic sociological concepts, including some of the substantive concerns and findings of sociology, sources of data, and the nature of the sociological perspective.

SOC-R 121 Social Problems (3 cr.)   Selected current ‘‘problems’’ of American society are analyzed through the use of basic sociological data and the application of major sociological frameworks. Policy implications are discussed in light of value choices involved in various solutions. PUL=5

SOC-R 240 Deviance and Social Control (3 cr.)   P: R100 or consent of instructor. An introduction to major sociological theories of deviance and social control. Analyzes empirical work done in such areas as drug use, unconventional sexual behavior, family violence, and mental illness. Explores both ‘‘lay’’ and official responses to deviance, as well as cultural variability in responses to deviance.

SOC-R 295 Topics in Sociology (3 cr.)  [P:R100 or consent of instructor. ]   Exploration of a topic in sociology not covered by the regular curriculum but of interest to faculty and students in a particular semester. Topics to be announced. PUL=5

SOC-R 312 Sociology of Religion (3 cr.)  [P:R100 or consent of instructor. ]   Examination of religion from the sociological perspective. Religious institutions, the dimensions of religious behavior, the measurement of religious behavior, and the relationship of religion to other institutions in society are examined. PUL=5

SOC-R 314 Families and Society (3 cr.)   P: R100 or consent of instructor. The family is a major social institution, occupying a central place in people’s lives. This course explores formation and dissolution of marriages, partnerships, families; challenges family members face, including communication and childrearing; reasons for and consequences of change in American families; and how family patterns vary across and within social groups.

SOC-R 315 Political Sociology (3 cr.)  [P:R100 or consent of instructor. ]   Analysis of the nature and basis of political power on the macro level—the community, the national, and the international arenas. Study of formal and informal power structures and of the institutionalized and non-institutionalized mechanisms of access to power.

SOC-R 320 Sexuality and Society (3 cr.)  [P:R100 or consent of instructor. ]   Provides a basic conceptual scheme for dealing with human sexuality in a sociological manner. PUL=5

SOC-R 321 Women and Health (3 cr.)  [P:R100 or consent of instructor. ]   A review of the relationships among cultural values, social structure, disease, and wellness, with special attention focused on the impact of gender role on symptomatology and access to health care. Selected contemporary health problem areas will be examined in depth. Alternative models of health care delivery will be identified and discussed. PUL=5

SOC-R 325 Gender and Society (3 cr.)   P: R100 or consent of instructor. A sociological examination of the roles of women and men in society, analysis of the determinants and consequences of these roles, and assessment of forces likely to bring about future change in these roles. Although focus will be on contemporary American society, cross-cultural variations in gender roles will also be noted.

SOC-R 327 Sociology of Death and Dying (3 cr.)   P: R100 or the consent of instructor. This course examines inevitable and salient features of the human condition. Historical evaluation of images and attitudes toward death, the medicalization of death, the human consequences of high-tech dying, the role of the family in caring for dying loved ones, the emergence and role of hospices, the social roles of funerals, grief and bereavement, euthanasia and suicide, the worlds of dying children and grieving parents, and genocide are major issues that are addressed. Two of the major themes of the course revolve around the idea that the way we die is a reflection of the way we live; and, that the study of dying and death is an important way of studying and affirming the value of life.

SOC-R 329 Urban Sociology (3 cr.)  [P:R100 or consent of instructor. ]   The social dynamics of urbanization, urban social structure, and urban ecology. Theories of urban development; the city as a form of social organization; macroprocesses of urbanization both in the United States and other countries. PUL=5

SOC-R 344 Juvenile Delinquency and Society (3 cr.)   P: R100 or consent of instructor. Legal definition of delinquency, measurement and distribution of delinquency. Causal theories considered for empirical adequacy and policy implications. Procedures for processing juvenile offenders by police, courts, and prisons are examined.

SOC-R 345 Crime and Society (3 cr.)   P: R100 or consent of instructor. Examination of the creation, selection, and disposition of persons labeled criminal. Emphasis on crime as an expression of group conflict and interest. Critique of academic and popular theories of crime and punishment.

SOC-R 351 Social Science Research Methods (3 cr.)   P: R100 or consent of instructor and sophomore standing. A survey of methods and techniques used by sociologists and other social scientists for gathering and interpreting information about human social behavior.

SOC-R 355 Social Theory (3 cr.)   P: R100 or consent of instructor. This course covers several traditions of classical, contemporary, and post-modern social thought (e.g., social Darwinism, conflict theory, functionalism, symbolic interactionism, critical theory, and feminist theory). The social context, construction, and application theories are included.

SOC-R 381 Social Factors in Health and Illness (3 cr.)   P: R100 or consent of instructor. Examines the social aspects of health and illness, including variations in the social meanings of health and illness, the social epidemiology of disease, and the social dimensions of the illness experience.

SOC-R 385 AIDS AND SOCIETY (3 cr.)   This course examines the HIV/AIDS epidemic from a sociological perspective. Students will explore how social factors have shaped the course of the epidemic and the experience of HIV disease. The impact of the epidemic on health care, government, and other social institutions will also be discussed.

SOC-R 410 Alcohol, Drugs and Society (3 cr.)  [P:R100 or consent of instructor. ]   This is a survey of the use and abuse of alcohol, including extent of use, history of use and abuse, ‘‘biology’’ of alcohol, alcoholism as a problem, legal actions, and treatment strategies. PUL=5

SOC-R 415 Sociology of Disability (3 cr.)  [P:R100 or consent of instructor. ]   An examination of current models of disability and of disability at the interpersonal and societal level. Topics include recent legal, social, and educational changes; the ways in which people with disabilities interact with the nondisabled; the role played by relatives and caregivers; and the image of people with disabilities in film, television, and other media. Recommended for students in nursing, education, physical and occupational therapy, and social work, as well as for the medical sociology minor. Available for graduate credit. PUL=5

SOC-R 420 Sociology of Education (3 cr.)   P: R100 or consent of instructor. A survey of sociological approaches to the study of education, covering such major topics as education as a social institution, the school in society, the school as a social system, and the sociology of learning.

SOC-R 425 Gender and Work (3 cr.)  [P:R100 or consent of instructor. ]   This course examines the changing roles that women and men play in paid and unpaid work, and how these roles are socially constructed through socialization practices, social interaction, and actions of social institutions. The interaction of gender, race, ethnicity, and social class on individuals’ involvement in work will also be explored. PUL=5

SOC-R 461 Race and Ethnic Relations (3 cr.)   P: R100 or consent of instructor. Comparative study of racial, ethnic, and religious relations. Focus on patterns of inclusion and exclusion of minority groups by majority groups. Discussion of theories of intergroup tensions—prejudice and discrimination—and of corresponding approaches to the reduction of tensions.

SOC-R 485 Sociology of Mental Illness (3 cr.)  [P:R100 or consent of instructor. ]   A survey of current problems in psychiatric diagnosis, the social epidemiology of mental illness, institutional and informal caregiving, family burden, homelessness, and the development and impact of current mental health policy. Cross-cultural and historical materials, derived from the work of anthropologists and historians, are used throughout the course. PUL=5

SOC-R 494 Internship Program in Sociology (3-6 cr.)   P: R100, 9 credits of sociology with a B (3.0) or higher, junior standing with consent of instructor. This course involves students working in organizations where they apply or gain practical insight into sociological concepts, theories, and knowledge. Students analyze their experiences through work logs, a paper, and regular meetings with the internship director.

SOC-R 495 Topics in Sociology (3 cr.)   P: variable with topic. Exploration of a topic in sociology not covered by the regular curriculum but of interest to faculty and students in a particular semester. Topics to be announced.

SOC-R 497 Individual Readings in Sociology (3 cr.)   P: consent of instructor and 9 credit hours of sociology courses with at least a B (3.0) or higher. Investigation of a topic not covered in the regular curriculum that is of special interest to the student and that the student wishes to pursue in greater detail. Normally available only to majors through arrangement with a faculty member.