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 5517
Minorities in the U. S. Social Structure (3)
  An analysis of the role of racial and cultural minorities in American society. Contributions of anthropology, sociology, and psychology to theories of minority/majority group relations.
SOC 5520
Sociological Theory (3)
  An introduction to the area of sociological theory with emphasis on theorists, their works and contributions to modern sociological theory.
SOC 5521
Social Inequality (3)
  This is an introduction to structures of social inequality. It surveys classical sociological theories of inequality and reviews current empirical data on stratification on lifestyles, including such topics as family, educational opportunities, religious practices, status attainment, and social mobility.
SOC 5531
Sociology of the Family (3)
  Analysis of the family as a social institution and as a social group, with emphasis on the impact of the changing society on traditional family functions, courtship, role expectations, child rearing, and family stability. The course will examine changes in work patterns, marriage, divorce, and cohabitation over time including contemporary problems affecting marital relations and family interactions. Race, ethnicity, age, and gender differences will also be addressed.
SOC 5542
Sociology of Education (3)
  This course will examine the impact of education as a social institution from a sociological perspective. The course will begin by discussion the history and goals of education, as well as the ways in which sociologists have sought to understand this institution. We will then examine important topics including educational inequality, the dynamics of race, class, and gender in education, standardized testing, school choice, and higher education.
SOC 5545
Trends in Globalization (3)
  This course will investigate globalization through many sociological lenses and methods of inquiry. We will discuss who are the winners and losers in globalization as well as the institutions and entities that both incentivize and slow down globalization. We will also look at globalization as a historical phenomenon; past, present, and future.
SOC 5546
Deviant Behavior (3)
  This course will explore the social meaning and construction of social behavior outside normative boundaries. Deviance is relative social behavior that occurs outside social norms. By the end of this course, students will be familiar with, and think critically about the attitudes, behaviors, and meanings associated with society and social deviance. In addition, students will be introduced to topics related to law, social change, social power, conflict, structure, and culture.
SOC 5550
Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights (3)
  Sociological analysis of peace, conflict and human rights, with a focus on the last 100 years. Emphasis on non-violent struggles at the nation-state level internationally. The role of ethnic and religious affiliations in current war and conflict at home and abroad will also be examined.
SOC 5555
Death and Dying (3)
  This course provides an examination of individual and societal attitudes toward death and the dying process. It will include the emotions experienced, cultural variations, theoretical perspective and institutional relationships.
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 5570
Selected Topics in Social Problems (3)
  This course will focus on selected social problems in today’s society. Topics may include problems in social institutions, global issues, social conflicts, gender/racial/ethnic inequality, deviance and social change.
SOC 5580
Sociological Social Psychology (3)
  An in-depth survey of Social Psychology from a sociological perspective. Emphasis is placed on classic topics such as the self-concept, the process of socialization, attitudes, symbolic interactionism and the social construction of reality, as well as contemporary topics such as small group dynamics, power, social exchange and collective behavior. Additional emphasis is placed on the similarities and differences between the sociological and psychological approaches to social psychology.
SOC 6625, 6626,
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
Social Deviation (3)
  A graduate seminar which 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 socio-logical 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 6644
The Sociology of Cinema (3)
  This course is designed to critically examine sociological issues within American society via the lens of cinema.
SOC 6650
Educational Sociology (3)
  The school is one of the chief agencies of socialization and a requisite of social order in complex societies. Special consideration is given to the works of anthropologists.
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