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, 463, 464, 465, 470, 481, 482, or 486. No credit for seniors. (SS).
Section 201.
This course will give a general introduction to the primary theories of Social Psychology. This will be done through the use of lectures, films, readings, small group discussions, and interactive games. Particular focus would be placed on the effect society and its social structures have on a person relating to their gender, sexual orientation, as well as other elements of our society they are used as forms of stratification and barriers to equality. Course readings would include introductory readings on pertinent theories, as well as experiential readings (e.g., short stories, poems, etc). Class performance would be evaluated through numerous papers requiring the students to relate Sociological Theories with personal life experiences. (Ore)

102. Contemporary Social Issues: An Introduction to Sociology. Open to freshmen and sophomores. Juniors are strongly encouraged and seniors must take Soc. 302, 303, 400, 401, 423, 444, 447, 450, 460, or 461. No credit for seniors. (SS). Credit is granted for a combined total of 8 credits elected through Soc. 102, 202, 203, and 401, provided that the course topics are different.
Section 201: Introduction to Sociology Through Social Problems.
This course will introduce students to critical 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, poverty, and homelessness. Students will develop their powers of critical thinking in readings, discussions, projects and testing. (Murphy)

202. Contemporary Social Issues I. (Excl). Credit is granted for a combined total of 8 credits elected through Soc. 102, 202, 203, and 401, provided that the course topics are different.
Section 201: Political Sociology.
Political sociology explores the development, use and consequences of power in its social context. Class, elite, pluralist, and feminist perspectives will be used to study the formation and impact of states, power and interests, forms of inequality, the relationship between the polity and economy, and dependency and development. Students will apply their "sociological imaginations" to theoretical perspectives and empirical studies to understand how larger events in the political, economic, and social spheres influence the daily lives of individuals. Student participation will be strongly encouraged in lecture and discussion. Grade requirements are not yet finalized, but will include exams and a number of abstracts and questions on the course readings. (Webb)

For Undergraduates Only

303. Racial and Cultural Contacts. One of the following: Soc. 100, 101, 102, 195, 202, 203, 400, or 401; or permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Soc. 503. (SS).

This course covers a segment of the history of racial and ethnic relations in the Western world from a variety of social science perspectives. Its goal is to look at racial and ethnic relations in a variety of historical settings and to examine the multiple ways in which these relations can be understood. Because of the time limitations and the need to provide a focus, topics will generally be limited to the United States, although some outside material will also be considered),. There is a large amount of reading involved which expects a rudimentary understanding of major social science perspectives (e.g., Marxism, Liberal Feminism, functionalism, etc.) and an elementary knowledge of social statistics. (Bettinger)

For Undergraduates and Graduates

463/Comm. 463. Mass Communication and Public Opinion. Upperclass standing. (SS).

In this course will will examine public opinion polling in the United States with particular emphasis on the development over the last fifty years of commercial polling organizations; the role of the media in reporting and interpreting poll results; the effect surveys have had upon the conduct of politics and the enactment of public policies; the problems of predicting the outcomes of elections; and the differences in methods employed by commercial and academic survey organizations. (Steeh)

For Sociology Honors Students, Seniors, and Graduates

561/Psych. 513. Survey Research Design. One elementary statistics course. (Excl).

See Psychology 561. (Yeaton)

562/Psych. 562. Survey Research Data Collection. One elementary statistics course. (Excl).
See Psychology 562. (Dillman/Biemer)

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

See Psychology 583. (Herzog/Fultz)


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