SOC 220 ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE (2.00 credits)
An interdisciplinary examination of social factors relating to substance abuse, its identification and resulting community responses. Prerequisites: None.
SOC 377 BRDG BRDRS: US/MEX IMMIGRTN 1 (3.00 credits)
The first of a two-term course that focuses on borders and bridges between the neighboring people of Mexico and the U.S. We will examine the root causes of Mexican immigration to the U.S., as well as the rhetoric, cultural practices and public policies that have built physical and symbolic walls between the two countries. We will also learn about the educational and social activist work of "bridging" organizations in the U.S. that have attempted to promote understanding and tolerance and advocate for the human rights of immigrants. Using these bridging models as inspiration, we will develop our own major "bridging" projects. Cross-listed with ETHS 480E. Prerequisites: Any "G" tag course, COR 2. Must register for SOC 378 2DG in Winterim.
SOC 377 2DG BRDG BRDRS: US/MEX IMMIGRTN 1 (3.00 credits)
The SOC 377/378 sequence satisfies the 2, D, and G tags. To receive these tags, a student must enroll in and succesfully complete both the fall and winterim courses. If you wish to receive the 2, D, and G tags for this sequence (which is set up as two separate courses), enroll in SOC 377 at this time and SOC 378 2DG in the Winterim 2014 term (registration is also open now). The tags will be added to your record after successful completion of SOC 378 2DG in the Winterim term.
SOC 378 2DG BRDG BRDRS: US/MEX IMMIGRTN 2 (1.00 credits)
The second of a two-term course that focuses on borders and bridges between the neighboring people of Mexico and the U.S. We will examine the root causes of Mexican immigration to the U.S., as well as the rhetoric, cultural practices and public policies that have built physical and symbolic walls between the two countries. We will also learn about the educational and social activist work of "bridging" organizations in the U.S. that have attempted to promote understanding and tolerance and advocate for the human rights of immigrants. Using these bridging models as inspiration, we will develop our own major "bridging" projects. Cross-listed with ETHS 480F 2DG. Prerequisites: COR 1 or equivalent; open to second or third year students or sophomore and above transfers. Any "G" tag course. Must register for SOC 377 in Fall.
SOC 322 CLASS,SOCIAL CHANGE & REVOLUTION (4.00 credits)
A comparative national and world system analysis of social stratification and the interrelation of structures of class, gender, race, status, and power. The course also includes an analysis of the sources, levels, and strategies of social change. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisites: None.
SOC 344 COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUST SYSTEMS (4.00 credits)
A comparison of how countries organize and administer their criminal justice systems. Emphasis is placed on the historical emergence of global criminal justice systems and discussion is given to those systems within the context of overall governmental structure. A major focus is an examination of law enforcement policies and practices, judiciary and legal systems of government, correctional institutions and juvenile justice systems. Prerequisites: SOC 232.
SOC 324 EDUCATION AND SOCIETY (2.00 credits)
Using a comparative and experiential approach, the course situates the school within the wider social context. Students share their explorations of the dynamics of family, socio-economic, gender, and race factors in shaping both the lives of the students and the processes of schooling and the schools. Prerequisites: None.
SOC 323 DJQ FAMILY AND SOCIETY (4.00 credits)
This course examines the institution of family through historical and cross-cultural perspectives. Attention is given to family structure in US society and its interconnectedness with economic conditions, race and ethnic differentiations, religious beliefs, status expectations, gender ideologies, and legal definitions. Emphasis is on the history and politics of marriage and cohabitation, sexuality, changing notions of childhood and parenthood, dependent care, gender roles in the family, race and ethnic-based variations, and social policies that shape family life. Cross-listed with WS 323 DJQ. Prerequisites: None.
SOC 325 2DJ HEALTH, ILLNESS & SOCIETY (4.00 credits)
This course explores the social context of health and illness in the United States from multicultural perspectives. It examines a variety of social factors that shape how we perceive and experience health and illness, as well as how socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, and gender shape health care occupations, access to services and health outcomes. For each topical area covered in this course, we will apply the lens of diverse cultural viewpoints to examine how social identities intersect. Prerequisites: COR 1 or equivalent; open to second or third year students or sophomore and above transfers.
SOC 179 INDEPENDENT STUDY - SOCIOLOGY
(1.00 - 4.00 credits)
Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
SOC 379 INDEPENDENT STUDY - SOCIOLOGY
(1.00 - 4.00 credits)
Consent of Instructor. Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
SOC 479 INDEPENDENT STUDY - SOCIOLOGY
(1.00 - 4.00 credits)
Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
SOC 202 1DJ INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY:SELF & COMMUNITY (4.00 credits)
This course is an introduction to sociology with an emphasis on self and community. Sociology is the study of human behavior. Rather than focusing on individual people, sociology is the study of society, concerned with interaction and patterns of relationships among people. Important emphases in the field are inequality, social problems, and the social construction of reality. Sociologists seek to understand how the larger social structures interact with individuals’ lives. This class will guide you to apply a sociological lens to your own life and community issues.
SOC 207 DJQ INTRODUCTION TO LGBTQ+ STUDIES (4.00 credits)
This course is an introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies. The plus-sign is included in recognition that LGBT does not include everyone marginalized for their gender or sexuality, e.g. intersex people, asexual/aromantic people, pansexual/panromantic people, etc. Language and identities are always evolving.
We start from the position that taken-for-granted systems of categorization like gender and sexuality are in fact socially developed, enforced, and reproduced such that members of societies see them as “natural.” Note that this includes categories historically considered “biological” such as sex and race, which are also socially defined. Although these systems are embedded in particular societies and cultures, and thus may be described as “social constructs,” they are quite real to the people who are categorized by them, and who may actively work to reproduce, oppose, or transform them, as well as the personal identities that arise from them. Furthermore, these systems interact in various ways with other social categories such as socioeconomic class, ability, age, etc.
Mainstream representation of LBGTQ+ individuals and the LGBTQ+ community overall tend to reinforce assumptions that the vast majority of LGBTQ+ people are white, middle-class, and abled, as well as being primarily cisgender men. This course therefore particularly emphasizes the central role in LGBTQ+ activism and communities that has been and continues to be played by transgendered people and people of color, along with other under severed groups such as asexual/aromantic people and bi/pan people, and multiply marginalized LGBTQ+ people in general. Throughout the semester, we will address the issues of intersecting oppressions and the matrix of domination raised by Black feminist theorists like Kimberlé Crenshaw and Patricia Hill Collins. We cannot understand how people are affected by gender and sexuality without understanding how they are also affected by other social categories.
Transgender people of color experience the most severe negative outcomes in the LGBTQ+ community, although these experiences are something presented as representative of the community as a whole for rhetorical purposes, their needs and goals are rarely prioritized by mainstream scholarship and activism. Rather than restricting coverage of transgender people and people of color to limited units, this course includes materials on trans identity and race and ethnicity throughout the semester in order to present a more accurate and nuanced picture of who exactly “LGBTQ+ people” are, and the complexity of the issues that affect the,.
We also encourage you to bring up issues that we may nto have considered. We value criticism and feedback from students whose lived experiences give them insight that we lack, and we make an effort to incorporate it as fully and immediately as possible.
Finally, introductory courses must cover a broad range of materials, and unfortunately often cannot delve into specific topics as deeply as we might like, but that doesn’t mean that they are easy. We want to see all students succeed in this course, but you will get out of this course what you are willing to put inl
SOC 201 DJ INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (4.00 credits)
This course is an introduction to sociology: the systematic study of human behavior, from small group interaction to global social processes. It examines an array of human behaviors, and explores how the social environment affects the development of individual attitudes, beliefs and values. Special emphasis will be placed on forms of social inequality and power by race, ethnicity, nationality, class, gender and sexuality. (F)
SOC 236 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY (4.00 credits)
An introduction to the issues, including an examination of definitions of childhood; the rules that define delinquency; historical and contemporary reactions to delinquent behavior; diverse and conflicting models of delinquency causation; and an overview of the changing systems of juvenile justice. Cross-listed with CJ 236. Prerequisites: None.
SOC 309 D RACE & ETHNICITY (4.00 credits)
This course engages students in an analysis of historical and contemporary experiences of race and ethnicity in the United States as influenced by changing migration trends and economic developments. Special consideration is given to the social construction of racial categories; issues of whiteness; and multiracial identity. Cross-listed with ETHS 309. Prerequisites: One of the following: SOC 201, ANTH 222, PSY 101
SOC 345 RELIGION AND SOCIETY (2.00 credits)
The course explores the ways in which religious beliefs and movements both share and are shaped by political, economic, cultural and social factors. Crosslisted with RS 345. Prerequisites: None.
SOC 310 SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY (4.00 credits)
A course which will examine vital areas of contemporary concern in sociology. The topic or problem of the course changes each semester. Prerequisites: None.
SOC 480 SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY
(1.00 - 4.00 credits)
An examination of selected problems or issues. The seminar is frequently used in conjunction with coursed in the sequence on major social institutions to provide an opportunity for the student to examine an area of particular interest within a seminar format. Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
SOC 380 SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY
(1.00 - 4.00 credits)
An examination of selected problems or issues. The seminar is frequently used in conjunction with courses in the sequence on major social institutions to provide an opportunity for the student to examine an area of particular interest within a seminar format. Prerequisites: None.
SOC 349 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (4.00 credits)
An examination of the theories and research studies dealing with the relationship between social structures and personality. These include the study of the social aspects of cognition, socialization, social behavior and control, and selected areas of collective behavior. Crosslisted with PSY 349. Prerequisites: None.
SOC 340 THEORIES OF DEVIANCE (4.00 credits)
A theoretical study of criminal and deviant behavior in society, since the 18th century in Europe to present day. Various schools of thought, from the Classical School, Positivist School, and the Chicago School will be examined. Deviance will be viewed from sociological, biological, and psychological perspectives. Prerequisites: SOC 232.
SOC 402 THEORIES OF SOCIETY (4.00 credits)
An analysis of the models of society developed by classical theorists, including Durkheim, Marx, and Weber, as well as the major contemporary theories of society. Prerequisites: None.
SOC 310A TOPIC: WOMEN AND CRIME (4.00 credits)
This course will cover three main topics: women as perpetrators of crime, women as victims of crime, and women who work in the criminal justice system. We will explore sociological, psychological, and criminological perspectives of crimes typically perpetrated by and against women, with special emphasis on women's violent offending and victmization. We will also learn about complicated and controversial issues for both professionals working in the criminal justice syustem, and prisoners in women's correctional facilities. (F)
SOC 365 JQ WOMEN AND SOCIETY (4.00 credits)
This course is an assessment of women's position in American society. It considers the history of women’s roles and experiences in American society, examining how American women’s experiences compare with their own past, to men, and to women of other nations. Emphasis is on the importance of gender ideology and its impact on women's identity, relationships, outcomes and participation in major institutions. Cross-listed with WS 365. Prerequisites: None.