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Courses with the SOC Subject

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Sociology (SOC)

Spring 2018 Summer 2018 Fall 2018 

101 [SSCI] Introduction to Sociology 3 Introduction to the discipline of sociology: Concepts and methods used in the inquiry into the social world.

102 [SSCI] Social Problems 3 The structure of social institutions and cultural factors that constitute threats to society (crime, poverty, discrimination, drugs, family violence).

250 Perspectives on Disability 3 Historical, international, socioeconomic, ethical and personal perspectives on disability; individual choices, societal values, and social responsibility.

251 [DIVR] The Sociology of Sex, Relationships, and Marriage 3 Social and personal factors in mate selection; the sociology of sexuality; development of gender roles; and intimate relationships and marriage. (Crosslisted course offered as SOC 251, WOMEN ST 251).

300 [DIVR] [M] Intersections of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality 3 Course Prerequisite: CES 101, 201, SOC 101, WOMEN ST 101, or 201. Intersections between race, class and gender through case studies; experiences in interdisciplinary methods. (Crosslisted course offered as WOMEN ST 300, CES 300, SOC 300).

310 Development of Social Theory 3 Foundations of sociological theory; introduction to original works of early social theorists. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

320 Introduction to Social Research 3 Methods of collecting data; surveys, experiments, field observations; organization and interpretation of data; reading social research findings.

321 Quantitative Techniques in Sociology I 4 Levels of measurement; measures of central tendency, dispersion and association; normal curve, statistical inference; logic of quantitative comparison and decision making.

331 Population, Resources, and the Future 3 Effects of population on resource depletion, environmental deterioration, social and economic structure; zero population growth prospects; limits to growth debate.

332 [SSCI] Sustainability and Society 3 The study of human-environment relationships and the connections between environmental, economic, and social systems. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

332 (Effective through Summer 2018) [SSCI] Society and Environment 3 Society-environment relations, including environmental attitudes and behavior; the environmental movement and environmental politics and policy-making. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

340 [DIVR] Social Inequality 3 Causes and consequences of social inequality in contemporary America. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

343 Sociology of Professions and Occupations 3 Social organization of work in America including historical and contemporary trends, bureaucracy, gender/racial inequality, technological affects, work/family relations. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

346 Sociology of Education 3 Examination of how educational institutions are influenced by other social forces, how school practices affect individual outcomes and how race/class/gender shape educational opportunity. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

350 Social Psychology 3 Course Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Attitude changes, conformity, interpersonal relations, groups and social influences explored to give a coherent view of social psychology. (Crosslisted course offered as PSYCH 350, SOC 350). Recommended preparation: PSYCH 105 or SOC 101.

351 [DIVR] The Family 3 Family system and its interaction patterns; family formation and dissolution; marital and partner relations, divorce, sexuality, parenting, work-family balance. (Crosslisted course offered as SOC 351, WOMEN ST 351). Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

352 Youth and Society 3 Social issues facing youth; youth and social institutions of education, employment, family, criminal justice system, and politics.

360 Social Deviance 3 A survey of the sociology of deviance. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

361 [DIVR] Criminology 3 Crime measurement, theories of crime, the correlates of crime, and specific types of crime such as white-collar and drug crime. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

362 Juvenile Delinquency 3 Sociological perspectives on delinquency; delinquent gangs and subcultures; delinquency causation and control; law and its enforcement: juvenile justice and corrections. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

367 Juvenile Justice and Corrections 3 Course Prerequisite: CRM J 101. History, philosophy, legal process, performance, and outcomes of the juvenile justice and corrections systems. (Crosslisted course offered as CRM J 365, SOC 367). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

368 Drugs and Society 3 Social issues in drug use and addiction; drug policy.

372 The Sociology of Film 3 The social, economic, and political factors that influence film production and the impact of films on American culture.

373 Media, Culture, and Society 3 The production of popular culture by media organizations and its effects on society.

375 Aspects of Sustainable Development 3 Course Prerequisite: ECONS 101 or 198. Ecological, economical, and sociological aspects of sustainable development. (Crosslisted course offered as ECONS 326, SOC 375).

384 Sociology of Gender 3 Construction and maintenance of gender and gender inequality in American society. (Crosslisted course offered as SOC 384, WOMEN ST 384). Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

392 Special Topics V 1-3 May be repeated for credit.

415 [CAPS] Globalization 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Structural foundations of global social change; theories of intersocietal interactions and interdependencies. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

418 Human Issues in International Development 3 Interdisciplinary analysis of complex interaction between tradition and modernity in Third World societies. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 418, POL S 418, SOC 418).

430 Society and Technology 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Role of technology in social evolution; social impacts and shaping of technology. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

433 Urbanization and Community Organization 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Organization, function, change, development, and decline of communities; applications emphasizing rural or urban settings. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

474 Social Movements 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Social movement processes and social change in historical and contemporary societies. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

491 Advanced Special Topics V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours.

493 Internship V 1-6 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Course Prerequisite: By permission only. Work experience related to undergraduate major and career interests. S, F grading.

495 [CAPS] [M] Internship Capstone 3 Course Prerequisite: SOC 310 or concurrent enrollment; junior standing. Self-initiated supervised work experience in an approved campus or community setting. Recommended preparation: SOC 317 or 320, and SOC 321 or CRM J 321.

497 [CAPS] [M] Capstone Research Practicum 3 Course Prerequisite: SOC 317 or concurrent enrollment; certified major in sociology. Hands-on experience in selection of social problem, review of literature, identifying data sources, developing methodology and reporting results.

499 Special Problems V 1-4 May be repeated for credit. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. S, F grading.

522 Advanced Sociological Methodology 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Scaling theory, sampling theory, experimental design, measurement of association, multivariate analysis, current methods and techniques. Recommended preparation: SOC 521.

523 Qualitative Methods Practicum 3 Introduction to qualitative research methods as used in social sciences; epistemological underpinnings and empirical techniques. Recommended preparation: SOC 520.

532 Environmental Sociology 3 Societal-environmental interactions; impacts of human societies on the physical environment; environmental impacts on human behavior and social organization.

535 Technology and Society 3 Analysis of sociotechnical systems; effects of technology on society; the social shaping of technologies and their environmental impacts.

592 Special Topics in Sociology 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours.

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