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Undergraduate Course Descriptions for SOCI

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SOCI 1311. INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (3-0) (SOCI 1301). A scientific approach to the analysis and explanation of culture, personality, and social organization. The social processes and mechanisms of interaction involved in the natural process of cultural development, dissemination, assimilation, and the institutions of the group.

SOCI 2312. CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES (3-0) (SOCI 1306). Selected topics in contemporary social issues. May be repeated once for credit with departmental permission. Formerly listed as SOCI 1312.

SOCI 3312. JUVENILE DELINQUENCY (3-0) The delinquent as a person and delinquency as a social problem, theories of delinquency, and methods of correctional treatment and preventive programs.

SOCI 3313. CRIMINOLOGY (3-0) Crime-related social issues. Defining and measuring crime, surveying major theoretical explanations of criminal behavior, and society's formal responses to crime and criminals.

SOCI 3315. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF CRIME (3-0) Selected concepts in social psychology applied to issues in crime and justice, such as the actions of victims, criminals, and criminal justice professionals. Topics include aggression, social perception, cognitions, conformity, obedience, and deviance.

SOCI 3317. INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY (3-0) How society influences individual thought, feeling, and behavior. Includes interpersonal perception, attitudes, norms, roles, conformity, and such social issues as aggression, helping behavior, prejudice, and interpersonal attraction.

SOCI 3318. SELF AND SOCIAL IDENTITY (3-0) The social self. Topics include factors in the development, organization, evaluation and presentation of self in everyday life and processes by which social categories and roles influence self concept.

SOCI 3319. SMALL GROUPS (3-0) The process and structures of small-scale interaction systems, including an analysis of the process of leadership, the exercise of influence, the effect of groups on individuals and of individuals on groups, the relation and function of the small group as a part of a larger whole, and the process of group formation, development, and disintegration.

SOCI 3320. DEVIANCE: SOCIAL AND PERSONAL (3-0) Theoretical perspectives on societal definitions of behavior as deviant or disorganized. Selected studies, representative of current problems, examined critically in terms of the structural-cultural conditions of contemporary society.

SOCI 3321. SOCIALIZATION AND SOCIAL CONTROL (3-0) The relationship between social structure and the individual. The influence of social factors on cognitive development, personality formation, and the behavior of individuals throughout the lifecycle. The effect of socialization on conformity and deviance. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 3323. RIOTS, FADS, CULTS, AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS (3-0) The social origins, leadership, ideology, and organizational patterns of collective behavior and social movements with attention to their role in effecting social change.

SOCI 3327. INTERCULTURAL INTERACTION (3-0) Patterns and variations in interactions involving people from different cultures and subcultures. Intercultural interaction, both within multicultural societies and between persons from different societies.

SOCI 3328. MARITAL AND SEXUAL LIFESTYLES (3-0) Contemporary American lifestyles selected from: singles, traditional marriage, homosexuals, single-parent families, open marriage, non-marital sexuality, cohabitation, dual-career marriage, childless couples, egalitarian marriage, families in later life. Offered as SOCI 3328 and WOMS 3328; credit will be granted only once.

SOCI 3331. SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY (3-0) The family's role in American society and in other cultures past, present, and future. Family research methods, comparative family systems, child development/parenting, culture and personality, minority families, social class variation in families, work and family. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Offered as SOCI 3331 and WOMS 3331; credit will be granted only once.

SOCI 3334. GENDER ROLES (3-0) Theories of gender role socialization and change in female and male roles. Impact of biology, psychology, and socialization on gender role development. How we learn gender in various social contexts including the family, education, and the peer group. Offered as SOCI 3334 and WOMS 3334; credit will be granted only once.

SOCI 3336. SOCIAL INEQUALITY (3-0) Examines the processes, characteristics, and consequences of social inequality in society. Topics include the social class structure, status groups, and elite power structure as they influence people's life chances.

SOCI 3340. SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION (3-0) Social relations between the school and society, teachers and parents, teachers and school management, and other relevant relationships. Studying cooperation and conflict, values, complex organizational structure, and social change. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 3346. U.S. INTO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (3-0) Selected problems, prospects, and dilemmas examined in the context of contemporary perspectives in sociology as the United States enters the new millennium as a global actor.

SOCI 3350. POWER AND BUREAUCRACY (3-0) The development, structure, and operation of formal organizations in society, with emphasis on internal processes, the effects of technology, and variations in the institutional setting. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

SOCI 3351. WORK IN MODERN SOCIETY (3-0) The changing patterns of work in modern society. The impact of technology, changing characteristics of the work force, and developments in organizational and occupational structure are examined. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 3352. SOCIAL STATISTICS (3-0) Descriptive statistics including measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, and measures of association. Emphasis is on probability theory and testing hypotheses. Specific models include T-Test, chi-square, gamma, lambda, theta, analysis of variance and covariance, regression and correlation analysis. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 3353. SOCIAL CLIMATE OF CITIES (3-0) A comparative study of urban communities and metropolitan areas in terms of their distinctive social life and culture. Topics touching on power and urban politics, race and ethnic relations, poverty, and leisure and lifestyles will be examined in terms of their contribution to the unique social climate of cities.

SOCI 3355. COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (3-0) Students will learn how to develop a research proposal, collect and analyze data based on the proposal, and present the results. The course will emphasize computer analysis, graphics and presentation skills through the use of popular software packages such as Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, and SPSS. Internet data collection and web publishing will also be covered. Individual and group oral presentation is a cornerstone of the course mission. Satisfies the university requirements for computer literacy and oral communication. Prerequisite: SOCI 3352 or equivalent.

SOCI 3356. WOMEN, WORK AND SOCIAL CHANGE (3-0) Women's work experiences, how these experiences are changing, and relationship between paid employment and non-wage household labor. Paid and unpaid work experiences are empirically examined in terms of a variety of theoretical perspectives. Offered as SOCI 3356 and WOMS 3356; credit will be granted only once.

SOCI 3357. LAW AND SOCIETY (3-0) Law as a social institution. The processes of defining criminal conduct and the social functions of law and of legal processes and systems. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 3372. SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY (3-0) The nature and function of sociological theory and the systematic organization of concepts and principles for the explanation of social phenomena as a guide for social research. Formerly SOCI 4311; credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 3390. HONORS COLLOQUIUM (3-0) An interdisciplinary course designed to meet the needs of advanced undergraduates in the Honors College. Prerequisite: participation in the Honors College and/or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 3462. SOCIAL RESEARCH (3-2) Required of all sociology majors. The major quantitative and qualitative techniques for sociological research. Setting up and implementing a research project, interpreting findings, and preparing a required final paper. Lab includes design, sampling, instrumentation, data analysis, and writing results. Formerly SOCI 3305; credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: SOCI 3352 or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 4191. CONFERENCE COURSE (1-0) Topics assigned on an individual basis covering personal research or study in the designated areas. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

SOCI 4291. CONFERENCE COURSE (2-0) Topics assigned on an individual basis covering personal research or study in the designated areas. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

SOCI 4303. WOMEN IN SOCIETY (3-0) Women's status in contemporary American society, including the family, workplace, and politics. Women's status will also be examined in historical and crosscultural perspectives. Offered as SOCI 4303 and WOMS 4303; credit will be granted only once.

SOCI 4306. QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS (3-0) Conceptual frameworks and techniques for planning, conducting, analyzing, reporting and evaluating qualitative research. Topics include interviewing, participant observation, coding, case studies and focus groups. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 4310. MINORITIES (3-0) The role of racial and minority categories in the social order. The role, and the associated problems, of groups within the U.S. culture and the impact of these persons on the total cultural milieu. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Offered as SOCI 4310 and MAS 4310; credit will be granted only once.

SOCI 4315. VIOLENCE IN SOCIETY (3-0) Violence as a group process directed toward social change. Historical perspectives, current events, preventive and control techniques, public reaction, and individual behavior. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 4318. SOCIAL CHANGE AND CONFLICT (3-0) The sources of conflict and social change as an outgrowth of inequality. Movements arising out of such conflicts which attempt to bring about fundamental social change. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 4320. MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY (3-0) The relationships between different societies and social groups and their incidence of disease and mortality. Also examines culture-related causes of disease and treatment approaches, medicine as an occupation, healer-patient relationships, and the modern hospital as a bureaucratic organization.

SOCI 4332. SOCIOLOGY OF MENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS (3-0) Mental and behavioral disorders in the social environment, with emphasis on selected aspects of the social construction of reality which influence identifying, categorizing, and reacting to such disorders. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 4365. TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY (3-0) Selected topics in social issues, policy, processes and/or structure. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit with departmental permission.

SOCI 4370. SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR (2-2) Provides sociology majors with an opportunity to gain practical experience in social research through in-depth participation in a cooperative research project. Integrates substantive knowledge with methodological and statistical skills. Oral, written, and computer application components are included. Prerequisite: SOCI 3352 and 3305 or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 4391. CONFERENCE COURSE (3-0) Topics assigned on an individual basis covering personal research or study in the designated areas. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

SOCI 4394. HONORS THESIS/SENIOR PROJECT (0-0) Required of all students in the University Honors College. During the senior year, the student must complete a thesis or project of equivalent difficulty under the direction of a faculty member in the major department.

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