The scientific study of patterns and processes of human social relations. (*) (Gen Ed: SS, GT-SS3)
Americans live in a complex and diverse society. This course examines the nature, impact and strategies for dealing with diversity in personal and social contexts. (*)
Sociological perspectives applied to an understanding of global and domestic social problem, including the environment, corporate control, economic and political inequalities, health care, and crime. (*) (Gen Ed: SS, GT-SS1)
This course examines origin, nature, and utilization of criminal law; policing, court adjudication and sentencing; jails and prisons; community based corrections; criminal justice policy. (*)
Marriage and family from an institutional and relationship perspective; cross-cultural diversity, mate selection, marital dynamics, parenting, divorce, remarriage, emerging patterns. (*) (Gen Ed: SS)
We will use our sociological imaginations to explore the often puzzling relationships that humans all over the globe have developed with their environment. (*)
The purpose of this course is to explore the complicated relationship between cannabis and society. The past, present and future of cannabis will be discussed. Examination of how cannabis has sparked various social changes. (*)
Special Topics. (*) Repeatable (99).
An analysis of elementary forms of spontaneous and unstructured behavior (panics, rumors), and complex forms of more structured group phenomena (riots, social movements.) Prerequisite: SOC 101 (S)
Theory and history of delinquency; relationship to family, peer groups, schools, gangs, drugs, young offenders legislation, juvenile courts and police response, youth corrections. (*)
Advertising, television, music, novels, and the news are among the topics to be investigated for their social significance. (*)
Social, political and historical conditions under which segregation, racial/ethnic hierarchies and r/e conflict emerge, and the institutions through which boundaries and hierarchies are produced and reproduced in the U.S. (*)
Examines migration processes, with a particular focus on immigration to the United States. Migration patterns are analyzed considering social, political, and historical context, including structural global patterns. (*)
An in-depth look at the images of social life and social relationships contained in popular movies. (*)
The purpose of this course will be to explore the fast-evolving realm of cannabis policy, focusing primarily on the United States. (*)
Employ theoretical perspectives to better understand motivations of Hollywood criminals and the peculiar aspects of a society with an insatiable appetite for crime as "entertainment". (*)
This course focuses on sociological understandings of crime and other social phenomena. Through science fiction literature, movies, and TV, the class explores how current social realities are reflected in science fiction. (*)
The course provides a social historical analysis of the development and impact of an important form of contemporary popular culture - rock 'n' roll music. (*)
Poverty in the United States, its measurement and extent, perpetuating conditions, lifestyle and anti-poverty programs. (*)
The origins and functions of law; the social organization of legal institutions and decisions; the relationship of law to morality, justice and social change. (*)
Social and structural implications of science and technology as they affect society. (*)
Examines historical and contemporary issues for women of various economic, social, and ethnic groups, especially in the US; examines gender ideologies about paid, unpaid work. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. (*)
Prevailing theoretical model of large organizations and suggested alternatives. (*)
Introduces the variety of qualitative methods used in the social sciences for conducting research studies, gathering data and interpreting and analyzing research findings with a focus on interviewing techniques. (*)
Seminar occurs in a correctional facility. Students and incarcerated men or women together examine topics such as crime, justice, freedom, and inequality to learn from others' perspectives and re-think current understanding. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and permission of the instructor. (F, S)
Projects identified by each faculty member in concert with his/her interests. Prerequisite: Sociology major and junior or senior. (*) Repeatable (99).
Special Topics. (*) Repeatable (99).
Qualitative and quantitative methods and designs in sociological research. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor. (*)
Practical on-the-job experience in an agency setting. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor. (*) Repeatable (99).
Independent Study. Prerequisite: Previous work in sociology and permission of instructor. (*) Repeatable (99).