Donald E. Tyler, Chair, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology (101 Phinney Hall 83844-1110; phone 208/885-6751).
Prerequisite: The successful completion of Soc 101 is required for enrollment in upper-division sociology courses; exceptions by permission.
Soc 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr)
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Basic theories, concepts, and processes involved in scientific study of society; includes socialization process, social inequality, the family, religion, deviance, population, the environment, and social change.
Soc 200 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
Soc 203 (s) Workshop (cr arr)
Soc 204 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
Soc 209 Alternatives to Violence (ATV) Training (2 cr)
Participation in the training for ATV advocates that includes background information on domestic violence and sexual assault (36 hours) and entry-level techniques of working with victims; requires service in the agency for the duration of the year. Graded P/F. Limited enrollment.
Soc 230 Social Problems (3 cr)
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Contemporary social issues and personal deviations; crime and delinquency, poverty and wealth, drugs, sexual variations, racism, sexism, and the environment.
Soc 240 Introduction to Social Services (3 cr)
Survey of the field of social welfare and contemporary social services. (Alt/yrs)
Soc 250 Social Conflict (3 cr)
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Explores the origin, escalation, and resolution of social conflict. Focuses on major conflict theories, human values and social action, and the dynamics and regulation of social conflict within and between various kinds of social groupings.
Prereq: Soc 101
Soc 260 Intro to Deviance and Crime (3 cr)
Introduction and overview as to the way in which sociologists understand crime, justice, deviance and conformity. Topics include explanations of deviance, prostitution, drugs, organized crime, street crime, white collar crime etc.
Prereq: Soc 101
Soc 299 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
Soc 301 Introduction to Diversity and Stratification (3 cr)
Same as Anth 301. An interdisciplinary and historical study of diversity and stratification in a cross-cultural global context. The course examines multiple forms of diversity and stratification including, but not limited to, culture, class, race/ethnic, gender/sexuality, religious diversity, and political ideology in an effort to raise students' ability to interact with and understand others in our increasingly multicultural world.
Soc 310 Methods of Social Research (3 cr)
Principal methods of data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
Prereq: Stat 251; departmental major or minor
Soc J311/J514 Development of Social Theory (3 cr) (Soc 414)
Soc 311 same as RelS 311. Development of social theory from classical roots through contemporary schools; biographical accounts and original works in sociological theory. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Soc 313 Collective Behavior (3 cr)
Analysis of such episodes of behavior as riots, demonstrations, panics, hysteria, as well as interaction of sociological, political, and communication processes involved in public acceptance of fashion, fads, and ideology in a mass society.
Soc 315 Community Service Learning (1-4 cr, max 4)
Directed community service, requiring 67 to 140 hours, with concurrent seminar that integrates service experience with theories of human behavior.
Soc 320 Sociology of Substance Abuse (3 cr)
Sociological-psychological analysis of etiology, epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of substance abuse in U.S.; major focus on family issues (including marital relationships, co-dependency) and lifestyle changes; dynamics of social change, subcultures, and symbolic functions attached to drug abuse; issues related to gender, occupational functioning, AIDS, and other topics.
Soc 323 Political Economy (3 cr)
Prereq: Soc 101
Soc 325 Sociology of the Family (3 cr)
Comparative and historical analysis of family systems, principles of social organization of the family; macroanalysis of kinship structures.
Soc 330 Juvenile Delinquency (3 cr)
Extent, causes, and control of juvenile delinquent behavior.
Soc 331 Criminology Theory (3 cr)
Review and assessment of common explanations of crime, deviant behavior and control. One 1-day field trip.
Soc 332 Corrections (3 cr)
Same as JS 332. History, facilities, processes, and strategies for correction and punishment of offenders; analysis of concepts of prevention and control of crime. A one-day field trip.
Soc 333 Elite and White Collar Crime (3 cr) (JS 333)
The costs, causes, and control of crime by and against businesses and other organizations; the relationship between trust and white collar crime; the impact of the media in shaping perceptions of white collar crime.
Soc 334 Police and Social Control (3 cr) (JS 320)
History, development, and role of the police as a component of the justice system, with particular attention to the relationship of the police to community, society, and related institutions of social control; societal control of the police as well as the influences of social change and urban decay and disorder on methods of policing. A one-day field trip.
Soc 335 Terrorism, Society and Justice (3 cr)
See JS 335.
Soc 336 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3 cr) (JS 350)
Comparative study of justice systems in selected foreign countries. (Alt/yrs)
Soc 339 Crime and the Media (3 cr) (JS 340)
Critical evaluation of the media portrayals of crime and the criminal justice system; analysis of how the media help to shape public understanding and public policy.
Soc 340 Social Change & Globalization (3 cr)
Social change is a central area of study in sociology. Original studies tried to explain the reason for, and impact of, the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. Globalization is among the key social phenomena instructing contemporary discussions in social change. This course introduces students to various discussions of social change, from the Industrial Revolution to Globalization. Through case study analysis, Globalization will be explored in examining the increased role of international organizations (such as, the IMF, World Bank, WTO, and OECD) in globalizing capital markets and trade; the social and psychological conditions of conflict (such as the state of war in the contemporary landscape, genocide, and impoverishment); and the role of diversity (social and environmental) in proposing alternatives to globalization. Recommended Preparation: Soc 250 and/or Soc 301.
Prereq: Soc 101
Soc 343 Political Sociology (3 cr)
Examines the relationship between political and social institutions, the distribution of power and authority in society, the origins and expansion of the modern state, social and cultural basis of political behavior, and characteristics of transnational and global governance. Recommended Preparation: Soc 230 or Soc 250.
Prereq: Soc 101
Soc 367 (s) Global Justice (3 cr, max arr)
See Phil 367.
Soc 400 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
Soc 401 Justice Policy Issues (3 cr) (JS 401)
Focus on social, political, and economic factors that influence operation of the justice system and justice policy formation; critical issues such as the media and fear of crime to drugs and sentencing policy.
Prereq: Senior standing and departmental major or minor or Permission
Soc 403 (s) Workshop (cr arr)
Soc 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
Soc 422 Religion, Culture & Society (3 cr)
Same as RelS 423. This course provides students with an opportunity to explore religious experience, meanings and organizations as part of a larger socio-cultural context. The primary focus of this course is on a sociological approach to the theory of religion, the historical development and effects of religion in the United States, and contemporary religious conditions and experience. The course will integrate theoretical readings, historical analyses, empirical studies, ethnographic description, and student projects. Throughout the course, a sociological imagination will be cultivated and exercised toward understanding the nature of religious practice and the social significance of its organization and change.
Soc 423 Social Class & Stratification (3 cr)
Study of social inequality with a focus on the class structure of U.S. society; theories of stratification; consequences of social inequality.
Soc 424 Sociology of Gender (3 cr)
Historical and comparative analysis of the various roles, statuses, and life opportunities of men and women; emphasis on how gender roles develop in society and their effect on social structure, social institutions, and interpersonal interaction.
Soc 425 Society and Popular Culture (3 cr)
See Anth J425/J525.
Soc 427 Racial and Ethnic Relations (3 cr)
Same as Anth 427. Examination of the social construction of racial categories and meanings; theories of race relations; historical and contemporary experiences of racial/ethnic groups in the U.S.; contemporary issues and debates.
Soc 431 Personal and Social Issues in Aging (3 cr)
Social, psychological, and physical impacts of aging on the individual and on society.
Soc 439 Inequalities in the Justice System (3 cr) (JS 422)
Critical focus on the issues of race, class, and gender and their consequences for the operation of the justice system; the role of the justice system in the history and experience of various minorities, theories of minority crime, and issues of selective enforcement, sentencing disparity, and disproportionate incarceration; the role of gender considered through the examination of offenders, victims, and criminal justice professionals.
Soc 440 Post-Colonialism (3 cr)
This sociology course examines the history of development thought and its influence in post-colonial perspectives. Although generally conceived as a theory course in international development, this course will apply sociological tools for understanding the criticisms of modernization, neo-liberalism, and early dependency theories. Taking the position of the "other", post-colonial theory broadens the scope of these aforementioned theories by drawing upon everyday social experience and the myriad social relations that complicate mainstream and mono-causal explanations of such things as uneven development, diversity, poverty, conflict, and environmental degradation. In learning what stirred the rise of post-colonial theories, students will learn how international development is understood from a variety of perspectives outside of the U.S. Recommended Preparation: Soc 250 or Soc 301.
Prereq: Soc 101
Soc 450 Dynamics of Social Protest (3 cr)
Examines the conditions under which social protest occurs, social movement dynamics and processes, and the state's response to political dissent. Addresses how political, organizational, and cultural dimensions shape social movement development, strategies and tactics, and individual participation. Applies sociological theories and concepts to several U.S. and international movements including civil rights, women's, environmental, antiwar, and global justice movements. Recommended Preparation: Soc 230 or Soc 250.
Prereq: Soc 101
Soc 491 Seminar in Professional Ethics and Diversity (3 cr)
See Phil 491.
Soc 495 (s) Practicum in Tutoring (1 cr, max 2)
Tutorial services performed by advanced students under faculty supervision. Graded P/F.
Soc 498 (s) Internship (1-6 cr, max arr)
Supervised professional field experience in human service organizations. Graded P/F.
Prereq: departmental major and Permission
Soc 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
Intended to accommodate a wide variety of sociological topics.
Soc 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
Subjects normally offered: sociological research, social problems, and social theory.
Soc 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
Subjects normally offered: sociological theory, human ecology, and race relations.
Soc 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
Soc 514 Social Theory (3 cr)
See Soc J311/J514.