Sociology (SOC)

SOC 141 Film & Society: Race, Gender, and Class (2 Credits)

Examines the representation of race, social class and gender in film. Special attention is given to how particular representations reflect the broader historical context surrounding when the films were produced and culturally-based audience sentiments. Anthropological and sociological analyses of the films will be provided to give a multi-disciplinary account of how films reflect, create and support various ideological positions regarding race, class and gender. Cross-listed with: ANTH 141; courses are identical and credit counts once.

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SOC 188 Special Studies: Sociology (1-4 Credits)

Explores topics of current interest in the discipline.

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SOC 199 Selected Topics: Sociology (1-4 Credits)

This course is in development.

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SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology (4 Credits)

Examines fundamental sociological concepts and theories and their applications to historical and contemporary society. Analyzes the influence of social and cultural factors upon human behavior in such areas as culture, socialization, groups, deviance, sexuality, stratification, race, gender, economics, family, religion, and the environment. Explores social dynamics and social institutions coupled with the ever-present issues of social change and the impact of these changes on individuals and society.

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SOC 208 Sport and Society (4 Credits)

Recommended preparation: SOC 201.

While we use sociology to help make sense of sport, we also use sport to develop the ability to think sociologically about society. Subjects include sport and: values, socialization, deviance, social problems and social inequities.

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SOC 211 Social Deviance (4 Credits)

Examines deviance through a sociological lens and includes analyzing the processes involved in definitions of deviance and factors influencing approaches to and consequences of social control. Applies sociological theories to deviance to illustrate the link between theory and social policy.

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SOC 212 Race, Class, and Gender (4 Credits)

Addresses systems of privilege and domination as interrelated and shaped by historical, institutional, political, and social forces. Applies sociological theories to addressing the intersection between race, class, gender, and other aspects of our identities and structural conditions.

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SOC 215 Social Issues and Social Movements (4 Credits)

Examines influences behind and remedies to social issues and problems. Applies the sociological perspectives and sociological theories to the investigation of various contemporary and historical social issues and problems. Applies the sociological framework to address how and why certain social issues and social policies are understood as problematic and others not. Establishes links between social movements, social policies, and social change.

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SOC 219 Sociology of Religion (4 Credits)

Recommended preparation: SOC 201.

Surveys a variety of religious traditions and introduces the sociological perspective for the study of religion as part of a larger social order. Explores the nature of religious beliefs and practices, both historically and in contemporary context. Examines the relationship between religious traditions and the current globalization of the institution of religion in culture and society.

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SOC 222 Sociology of Family and Intimate Relationships (4 Credits)

Recommended preparation: WR 121.

Examines the connections between family and intimate relations and society. Addresses the impact of economic, social, and political conditions on families and intimate relations past and present.

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SOC 250 Sociology of Popular Culture (4 Credits)

Apply the sociological perspective and sociological theory to various aspects of popular culture: mass media, sports, advertising and marketing, and film. Examine central factors influencing the production and reception of culture. Analyze the influence of audience position on interpretations of culture and the influence of culture on individual identities.

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SOC 280 Co-op Work Experience Sociology (1-4 Credits)

Prerequisites: Instructor approval.

Provides experience in which students apply previous classroom learning in an occupational setting. Credits depend on the number of hours worked. P/NP grading.

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SOC 288 Special Studies: Sociology (1-4 Credits)

Explores topics of current interest in the discipline.

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SOC 298 Independent Study: Sociology (1-4 Credits)

Prerequisites: instructor approval.

Recommended preparation: prior coursework in the discipline.

Individualized, advanced study to focus on outcomes not addressed in existing courses or of special interest to a student. P/NP grading.

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SOC 299 Selected Topics: Sociology (1-4 Credits)

This course is in development.

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