Sociology Courses | Troy University

Sociology Courses (SOC)

SOC 5506

Urban Society (3)


Historical, physical, economic, and social evolutions of urbanized areas. There is an emphasis on contemporary urban problems with implications for policy and planning.

SOC 5515

Sociology of Gender (3)


Provides an analysis of the conceptualization of gender, reinforced with a focus on the methods of studying gender, historical perspectives on gender, biological and social bases of gender, and how gender intersects with other stratification systems within societies. Using a multicultural perspective, special emphasis is placed on how gender is manifested in the family, work as well as other major social institutions.

SOC 5556

Gerontology (3)


Multidisciplinary overview of characteristics, strengths, and problems of older persons; diversity in aging process involving gender, race, ethnicity, subculture; services to older adults; gerontology as an academic discipline and a field of practice.

SOC 5560

Sociology of Health, Medicine and Illness (3)


The sociological perspective applied to medicine. Topics include changing ideas of disease causation, the role of practitioners and patients, the institutional setting, differential delivery of health services, differential patterns of morbidity and mortality and the politics of health.

SOC 6615

Trends in Globalization (3)


Examines the accelerated rise of globalization since the 1970s and its effect on individuals, families, communities, society, and the world. Students will learn about theories of globalization; and the effects of globalization on cultural, economic, and political life. Topics to be addressed include: the shift from a developmental economy to global economy, culture and globalization, migration and family structures, and global identity formations,

SOC 6620

Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights (3)


This curse will conduct and in-depth investigation of the multiple ways to create the conditions where social justice can flourish from global to local levels. Themes will include non-violence, conflict resolution, human rights, social inequality, and the role of ethnic and religious affiliations in current wars and conflict at home and abroad. This course will also explore non-violent struggles at the international level and the nation-state level.

SOC 6622

Sociology of the Family (3)


An in-depth analysis of sociological perspectives on family behaviors and relationships. Readings and discussions will focus on major changes that occurred in the social institution of the family since the middle of last century. The course will investigate sociological theories about the family and use empirical approaches to better understand family life. Discussion will consider theories, explanations, and debates about changing family forms and asses the implications of contemporary family change for research and public policy. Class topics include families through the lens of gender, race and class variations, fertility intentions and childlessness, non-marital child bearing and teen pregnancy, transition to adulthood, marriage and cohabitation, parenting, divorce, remarriage, step families, multigenerational, and aging families, and same sex couples as parents.

SOC 6625 6626 6627

Specialized Study in Area of Sociology (3)


A study of a problem or problems using research techniques. Selection of problem must be approved by the professor under whom the study is to be made and the Dean of the Graduate School. The study should contribute to the student’s program. Preparation of a scholarly paper is required and may involve oral defense. Total credit for any combination of enrollments in these courses may not exceed six semester hours. A specialized study may be substituted for a required course only once in a student’s program. See semester hour limits listed under Course Restrictions in General Regulations section.

SOC 6631

Deviant Behavior (3)


This course focuses upon the social and cultural factors as they apply to deviance. The work of other disciplines in the study of deviation is reviewed and evaluated. Special emphasis is given to the different sociological approaches in the area of deviance; selected types of social deviation are examined and analyzed through these different sociological perspectives. The course is structured as a service course that has a pragmatic and interdisciplinary appeal to people in education, business, counseling, criminal justice and agency work, as well as to those who wish to further their training in sociology.

SOC 6632

Minorities in the U. S. Social Structure (3)


An in-depth theoretical and methodological study of racial and cultural minorities in America society will be undertaken in this course. This course includes directed readings on the intersecting dimensions of inequality that are woven through life in contemporary societies. The goal of the course will be movement away from unidimensional analyses and movement toward thought and scholarship that consider the multiple effects of cross-cutting oppressions and privileges.

SOC 6635

Sociology of Education (3)


This course is structured to conduct a thorough survey of education in contemporary society. Emphasis will be placed on examining education as a social institution and the school as a social organization. The educational system’s role in creating inequality and the contribution of formal education to individuals’ physical and mental well-being will also be examined. Topics will include the dynamics of race, class, and gender in education, standardized testing, school choice issues, and the current state of higher education.

SOC 6640

Death and Dying (3)


An overview of historical aspects of death and dying will be conducted in this course In addition, the biomedical, economic, social, and psychological issues surrounding death and dying in the 21st century in America will be explored in depth. Both individuals as well as societal attitudes toward death and the dying process will be covered, including; an exploration of the death system, variations of grief, hospice and palliative care, end of life issues and decisions, the bereavement, grief and mourning process and funeral process. A theoretical and applied approach will be utilized in this course.

SOC 6644

The Sociology of Cinema (3)


This course is designed to critically examine sociological issues within American society via the lens of cinema.

SOC 6655

Sociological Social Psychology (3)


This course provides and in-depth exploration of the topic of social psychology. Subtopics to be examined as part of this course include the self, emotion, motivation, group dynamics, and collective behavior, as well as the theoretical paradigms of symbolic interactionism, social exchange, and social constructionism. Emphasis will be placed on the similarities and differences between the sociological and psychological approaches to social psychology.

SOC 6665

Sociological Theory (3)


Theoretical analysis of social inequality with emphasis on how social class status, power, and culture, shape social relations and determine life chances. Emphasis will also be given to an examination of how social inequality affects attitudes, opinions, and political choices of individuals and groups. Topics that are covered include family, educational opportunities, religious practices, status attainment, and social mobility.