Course Description

SOCIOLOGY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS HRS
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SOCL 210. INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGYThis course introduces basic theories, concepts, and research on sociological topics with the inclusion of illustrations (e.g., graphs, charts, tables, etc.) related to specific issues and topics. Upon completion of the course the students should be able to demonstrate an understanding and ability to apply the following theories and concepts: positivism, Marxism, structural-functionalism, theory of bureaucracy, power elite theory, pluralist theory of power, and symbolic interaction theory. And also concepts of culture, belief, norms, folkways, mores, values, symbols, ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, groups and their typology, social interaction, organizations and their typology, organizations and their dysfunctions, roles, status groups, social classes, socialization process, psycho-analytic concepts and their applications, total institutions, theories of deviance, anomie, differential association theory, crime and types of crime, social stratification by race, ethnicity, gender and class; racism, prejudice, discrimination and its causes; power, authority and influence; types of families and marriage; religion and its function. 3
SOCL 223. SOCIOLOGY OF MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILYThis course examines family power, domestic violence, mothering, housework, divorce, parenting, the work-family nexus, and gay and lesbian families. Family and marriage reflects largely the dramatic changes in gender structure occurring in the last three decades. This course also studies family and marriage in relation to other political and economic institutions to understand the diverse ways they structure the material and social conditions of people‟s lives. 3
SOCL 252. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGYSocial psychology examines the basic underpinnings of everyday interaction, culture, socialization, from how we think, to our perceptions of ourselves and others, to how we interact with others and how those interactions shape our social worlds. Each of these processes is based in the social positions of human actors, including their gender, racial ethnic backgrounds, and social status. In this course, we shall present and critique the major theories of social psychology: social exchange, social cognition, and symbolic interaction. This approach shall provide a fuller understanding of the intersections between individuals and the societies in which they live, which is the goal of social psychology. 3
SOCL 274. JUVENILE DELINQUENCYThis course explores the causes and the consequences of juvenile delinquency. The function of culture in the producing of juvenile delinquency is discussed. The role of social institutions such as family, church, educational system and criminal justice in prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency will also be examined as well. 3
SOCL 276. SOCIOLOGY OF AGINGThis course undertakes an examination of the personal, interpersonal, and cultural dimensions of aging, together with an appraisal of the meaning and consequences of death in human society. 3
SOCL 320. SOCIOLOGY OF RACE, GENDER AND CLASSThis course examines the centrality of race, gender and class in society and in sociological analysis. Basic theories, concepts, and research on the intersection of race, gender and class will be presented. Becoming familiar with multiple race, gender and class issues affecting all of us in society would have high priority in this course. 3
SOCL 321. SOCIOLOGY OF CLASS AND OCCUPATIONThis course shall examine the most significant writings in social class theory, and will relate today‟s debates on race, gender, and class to the sociological stratification theories to understand the way class(es) are internally differentiated, not only by the various occupational strata and socioeconomic status, but by race, gender, and class. 3
SOCL 331. SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGIONThis course examines the social dimensions of religious beliefs and institutions. It emphasizes patterns of religious behavior in human society. Out of the dominant religions that we will be examining, we will also study some extraordinary groups to illustrate the religious diversity in the world. 3
SOCL 346. SOCIOLOGY OF RACE AND ETHNICITYThis course is designed to acknowledge the African origin of all human beings, and to understand that race is a social construction which must be distinguished from the concept of ethnicity based on culture. Whenever race connects with class and gender, it may be the more strategic variable. 3
SOCL 347. QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS: DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS(Offered each semester.) This course is a study of descriptive statistics employed in social sciences research including: frequency distribution, measures of central tendency and variation, rates, graphing techniques, measures of association, and regression In addition, the student is introduced to computer usage, including work processing and data analysis with a statistics package on a main frame computer (SPSS). Successful completion of this course includes the knowledge and practice of the Statistical Program for the Social Sciences (SPSS). 3
SOCL 348. QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODSQualitative approaches in social research is empirical research where the data are not in the form of numbers. Qualitative research method is a powerful methodological alternative to achieve analyses grounded in the experiences of those who are experiencing what we call the personal troubles of the social milieu. We will examine the frameworks of the major contemporary qualitative research, e.g., Wright Mill‟s history and biography approach, feminist in-depth interviewing, and grounded theory. We will practice techniques such as intensive and structured interviewing, focus groups, literature surveying, and combining qualitative and quantitative data. 3
SOCL 368. CONFLICT RESOLUTIONThe purpose of this course is to examine interpersonal and intergroup conflicts in various social contexts: workplace, business partnerships, family, and others. The content, relational identity, and procedural issues that arise from conflicts will be at the focus of this course. A significant part of the course will be dedicated to the methods of conflict resolution: mediation, negotiation, and change. Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of behavioral sciences to conflict resolution. 3
SOCL 372. SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER AND SEXUALITYTo understand the socially constructed nature of gender, we shall show that gender is situated within the contexts of race/ethnicity and class. That is, a gender is never simply a gender, it is a gender with a specific class and racial ethnic location. 3
SOCL 374. CRIMINOLOGYThis course explores the sociological, biological, and psychological causes of criminal behavior. The societal response to crime is discussed as well. The importance of punishment and rehabilitation in dealing with criminal behavior is analyzed. 3
SOCL 380. SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION 3 credit hours This course examines the social institution of education. We will discuss some of the many functions of education and how schooling is organized or not to perpetuate the existing unequal distribution of power within our society. We will also include a discussion of the marginalization that occurs in schools according to race and class, and look at how gender makes a difference in the educational system. 3
SOCL 381. SOCIOLOGICAL INTERNSHIP IAn intern is generally placed in various agencies/offices to practice the application of sociological perspectives in the working world. Interns typically would be expected to complete120 hours under supervision, meet regularly with a faculty advisor and write a quality term paper analyzing the experience. Prerequisites for this course are: SOCL 210 Introduction to Sociology and SOCL 368 Conflict Resolution and permission of the instructor. 3
SOCL 385. MEDICAL SOCIOLOGYThe main objective of this course is to introduce students to medical sociology by presenting the ideas, concepts, themes, theories and research findings about social determinants of health, illness and medical care. The organization and financing of the health care system in the United States and abroad will be discussed as well. 3
SOCL 386. HUMAN BEHAVIOR AT WORKThe purpose of this course is to examine human interactions in the process of work. The course will review the transformation of human behavior at work through the various stages of social and economic development: slavery, feudal society, industrial and post-industrial societies, and the Anew economy society.@ Varieties of work and unemployment and their influence on individuals and groups will be discussed as well. Particular attention will be dedicated to the work in the organizational environment, its impact on occupational mobility, health, career paths and retirement. The course will end with an attempt to predict the job redesign in the organization of the future and its impact on employee health and productivity. 3
SOCL 430. DEVIANT BEHAVIORThis course explores the expanding definitions and practices of ideas and social behavior usually considered as outside of normal and the social and institutional responses to these changes, particularly in the areas of race, gender, and class. 3
SOCL 482. SOCIOLOGICAL THEORYThis course will review classical and contemporary theories as they address macro and micro social life. This course will review the most significant writings in social theory, and additionally relate today‟s debates on race, gender and class to the social theories after the 1960s. 3
SOCL 491. SENIOR THESISThe purpose of the Senior Paper is for the student to demonstrate a mastery of research and writing skills in social research combining both quantitative and qualitative approaches. The student and advisor will agree upon a topic, length, procedures, etc., and meet on a regular basis to review the paper‟s progress. Successful completion of the course (a grade of C or better) is a requirement for graduation. 3
SOCL 495. SELECTED TOPICS IN APPLIED SOCIOLOGYA theoretical and methodological examination of selected applied sociology topics with emphasis on current trends and tendencies in modern societies. Selected topics in applied sociology can be medical sociology or conflict resolution, and human behavior at work. In addition to completing the required course work, students concentrating on applied sociology will complete an applied research report. A faculty advisor will supervise the preparation of the report. Prerequisites for this course are: SOCL 347 Social Statistics, SOCL 382 Sociological Theory, SOCL 348 Sociological Methods, and two applied sociology courses such as SOCL 385 Medical Sociology and/or SOCL 386 Human Behavior Work and/or SOCL 368 Conflict Resolution and permission of the instructor. 3