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Sociology (SOC)

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

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

230 Society and Technology 3 Role of technology in social evolution; social impacts and shaping of technology. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

245 Sociology of Sport 3 Sociological study of sport in America.

250 Perspectives on Disability 3 Historical, international, socioeconomic, ethical and personal perspectives on disability; individual choices, societal values, and social responsibility. Typically offered Odd Years - Fall.

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, WGSS 251.)

300 [DIVR] [M] Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality 3 Course Prerequisite: SOC 101 or WGSS 101. Intersections between race, class and gender through case studies; experiences in interdisciplinary methods. (Crosslisted course offered as WGSS 300, ENGLISH 310, SOC 300.) Typically offered Odd Years - Spring.

302 Contemporary Masculinities 3 Analysis of the development of masculinity in its biological and cultural forms. (Crosslisted course offered as WGSS 302, SOC 302.)

310 [M] Development of Social Theory 3 Foundations of sociological theory; introduction to original works of early social theorists. Recommended preparation: SOC 101. Typically offered Spring.

317 Research Methods in Sociology 3 Designing, conducting, and reporting social research.

317 (Effective through Summer 2024) [M] Research Methods in Sociology 3 Designing, conducting, and reporting social research.

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

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. Typically offered Spring.

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. Typically offered Odd Years - Spring.

334 Medical Sociology 3 Study of the societal dimensions of health and medicine: social determinants of health.

340 [EQJS] Social Inequality 3 Causes and consequences of social inequality in contemporary America. Recommended preparation: SOC 101. Typically offered Odd Years - Spring.

341 Inclusive Workplace Leadership 3 For upper-division students, development of leadership skills necessary for careers in a diverse workplace.

342 Urban Poverty 3 Historical context and current debates on US urban poverty including public policy, employment and education, and gender, race, and ethnicity. 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. Typically offered Odd Years - Fall.

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.

347 Sociology of Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration 3 Racial and ethnic categories and experiences of specific racial, ethnic, and immigrant groups.

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. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

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, WGSS 351.) Recommended preparation: SOC 101. Typically offered Odd Years - Fall.

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. Typically offered Odd Years - Spring.

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. Typically offered Fall.

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. Typically offered Odd Years - Spring.

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). Typically offered Fall and Spring.

384 Sociology of Gender 3 Construction and maintenance of gender and gender inequality in American society. (Crosslisted course offered as SOC 384, WGSS 384.) Recommended preparation: SOC 101. Typically offered Odd Years - Fall.

385 [EQJS] Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Interdisciplinary exploration of issues related to gender and sexuality, explored transhistorically and cross-culturally, including race, class and age differences. (Crosslisted course offered as WGSS 385, SOC 385.)

390 Gender and Work 3 Gender and inequality at work including occupational segregation, wage inequality and balancing work and family. (Crosslisted course offered as SOC 390, WGSS 390.)

391 Special Topics in Sociology V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 credits.

415 [CAPS] [M] 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 in the context of colonial and post-colonial development. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 418, POL S 418, SOC 418).

418 (Effective through Spring 2024) 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).

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.

461 Corrections 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. History, facilities, processes, strategies for the correction and punishment of offenders, analysis of concepts of prevention and control of crime. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

468 Addictive Behavior Among Diverse Populations 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Overview of social, cultural, and historical perspectives on dealing with addictive behavior. (Crosslisted course offered as PSYCH 468, CRM J 468, SOC 468). Recommended preparation: SOC 101, PSYCH 105, or CRM J 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 credits.

493 Internship V 1-6 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 credits. Course Prerequisite: By department permission. Work experience related to undergraduate major and career interests. Typically offered Fall and Spring. 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, SOC 320, PSYCH 312, or CRM J 311, or concurrent enrollment in any; admitted to the major in Sociology; junior standing. Hands-on experience in selection of a social problem, review of literature, identifying data sources, developing methodology and reporting results. Senior standing recommended. Typically offered Spring.

498 Research Assistantship 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 credits. Course Prerequisite: By department permission. Supervised experience in current research by departmental faculty.

499 Special Problems V 1-4 May be repeated for credit. Course Prerequisite: By department permission. 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.

520 Research Methods in Sociology 3 Methodology of social research at the professional level.

521 Regression Models 3 Simple and multiple regression, structural equation models, nonlinear applications, applications for discrete dependent variables.

523 Qualitative Methods Practicum 3 Introduction to qualitative research methods as used in social sciences; epistemological underpinnings and empirical techniques. Recommended preparation: SOC 520. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

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.

542 Social Stratification: Class, Race and Gender Inequalities 3 Theoretical and empirical research in both classic stratification literature and recent scholarship on class, race/ethnicity and gender.

556 Sociology of Aging and the Life Course 3 Theory and research on the changes individuals undergo over the life course; influences of history, social structure, agency and social relations on lives.

580 Sociology of Race Relations 3 Analysis of race/ethnic relations; historical and current theoretical explanations of race/ethnic relations.

590 Special Topics in Sociology 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 credits.

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

593 Special Topics in Sociology V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 credits. Special topics in sociology.

600 Special Projects or Independent Study V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent study, special projects, and/or internships. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor before enrolling in 600 credit, which cannot be used toward the core graded credits required for a graduate degree. S, F grading.

700 Master's Research, Thesis, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their master's research, thesis and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 700 credit. S, U grading.

800 Doctoral Research, Dissertation, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Course Prerequisite: Admitted to the Sociology PhD program. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their doctoral research, dissertation and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 800 credit. S, U grading.

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