Courses in Sociology (Division 482)

Primarily for Underclass Students

101. Person and Society: An Introduction to Sociology Through Social Psychology. Open to freshmen and sophomores. Juniors are strongly encouraged and seniors must take Soc. 400, 401, 452, 464, 465, 470, 481, 482, or 486. No credit for seniors. (4). (SS).
Section 201.
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY THROUGH SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. Social psychology is a broad discipline which deals with contemporary social issues and with problems which have persisted since the beginnings of civilization. Social psychologists couple sociological and psychological perspectives in their attempts to understand and resolve social problems. They deal with issues ranging from the development of sexual identity, to political influence and conflict, to the role of conversation and argument in the way we think and interact. In this course we will focus on how these and many similar issues are played out within the context of work and the family. A central goal of this course is to provide students with the background to systematically assess competing explanations of social phenomena. Methods for conducting social research will be discussed throughout the course. There will be a midterm, a final, and several short (1-2 page) homework assignments. Class attendance will be considered in the determination of final grades. Cost:2 WL:4 (Magee)

202. Contemporary Social Issues I. (2-4). (Excl). Credit is granted for a combined total of 8 credits elected through Soc. 102, 202, 203, and 401.

SECTION 202. AMERICAN SOCIETY. This course is a sociological analysis of contemporary American social problems in light of gender, race and class inequalities. Problems of status and power will be addressed in several contexts, including education, healthcare, work and the military. Students are expected to actively develop their powers of critical thinking in readings, discussions, written assignments, projects and testing. (M. A. Murphy)

For Undergraduates Only

397. Junior Honors in Sociology. Honors standing in sociology. Soc. 210 or permission of instructor. Prior or concurrent enrollment in Soc. 310 or 512. (3). (Excl).

This is the first in a three-course sequence (Sociology 397, 398, 399) that will guide students through the completion of their Honors thesis. The objective of this course is to prepare junior-year honor students for the research and writing of their Honors thesis. Upon completion of the seminar, there is a strong preference that students should have a completed, and instructor approved, prospectus. In addition, initial overtures should have been made to prospective faculty mentors. Students should be in a position to begin research in earnest upon completion of the seminar. [Cost:2] [WL:3]

398. Senior Honors in Sociology. Honors standing in Sociology. Soc. 210 and 310, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This is the second course of a three-course sequence (Sociology 397, 398, 399) designed to guide the students through the completion of their Honors thesis. The focus of this seminar will be on collection and analysis of data for the thesis. Time will be spent every week sharing research experiences and problems, and doing problem-solving. [Cost:1] [WL:5, Call the Sociology Department]

399. Senior Honors in Sociology. Honors standing in Sociology. Soc. 210 and 310, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This is the third course of a three-course sequence (Sociology 397,398, 399) designed to guide the student through the completion of their Honors thesis. At this point in the sequence, students will be working primarily with their faculty mentors. The seminar will meet periodically to continue to share research experiences and problems and to do problem solving. Towards the end of the term, students will present their research papers to the seminar for feedback. [Cost:1] [WL:5, Call the Sociology Department.]

For Sociology Honors Students, Seniors, and Graduates

561/Psych. 561. Survey Research Design. One elementary statistics course. (2). (Excl).

See Psychology 561. (Yeaton)

562/Psych. 562. Survey Research Data Collection. One elementary statistics course. (2). (Excl).

See Psychology 562. (Dillman/Biemer)

583/Psych. 583. Introduction to Survey Research I. Introductory psychology and statistics; or permission of instructor. (3; IIIb, 6). (Excl).

See Psychology 583. (Quinn)


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