Columbus State University
1999-2000 Academic Catalog

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SOCI - Sociology

SOCI 1101. Introduction to Sociology (3-0-3) Fundamental ideas and concepts of contemporary sociology. Provides a firm background for those who plan to do advanced work in sociology, and for those who wish to have just a sampling, it is a corrective to common sense understanding of modern society. Topics include human cultures and groups, socialization, conformity and non-conformity, social stratification, structure, order, conflict and change, and the major institutions, including economy, education, family, polity, and religion.

SOCI 2105. Human Sexuality (1-0-1) Biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of human sexuality. Topics include abortion, family planning, physical hygiene, pregnancy, and venereal disease. (S/U grading.)

SOCI 2293. Introduction to Marriage and the Family (3-0-3) Analysis of family life and family forms, love, masculinity and femininity, and changes in the intimate relationships among people.

SOCI 3101. Social Research 1 (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101. Research Design, Measurement, Sampling. Observational, Experimental, Survey and Evaluation Methods. Writing Research Reports. Research Ethics. Computer Lab.

SOCI 3102. Social Research 2 (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 3101. Research Design, Measurement, Sampling, Experimental, Survey and Evaluation Methods. Writing Research Reports. Research Ethics. Computer Lab.

SOCI 3105. Society and the Individual (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101. Required for Sociology Majors. Emphasis on the interaction between the individual and the situation. Topics include conformity and non-conformity, cognitive and moral development, the role of language, and the development of the social self.

SOCI 3106. Sociology of Occupations and Professions (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101. The psychological and social implications to the individual of participation in a given occupation, the means by which occupations and professions affect societal stability and change, and the significance of professional versus nonprofessional status.

SOCI 3109. Sociology of Deviance (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101. Focuses on the individual who violates social and legal norms and the consequences for both the individual and the society.

SOCI 3115. Sociology of Religion (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101. Survey of the major issues and theories in the sociology of religion. Examines the functions of contemporary religious institutions and movements within a social context of conflict and change.

SOCI 3116. Sociology of Medicine and Mental Disorders (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101. The sociological perspective applied to medical and psychiatric disorders. Topics include various theories of causation, the roles of therapeutic agents and patients, the institutional setting, differential rates of morbidity and the delivery of services, and politics of health care.

SOCI 3117. Race and Ethnic Relations (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101. Ways in which race and ethnic factors such as religion and national origin relate to family, education, and power.

SOCI 3118. Culture and Personality (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101. The relationship between personality and culture between the personalities of people living in different societies.

SOCI 3119. Collective Behavior and Social Movements (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101. Analysis of mass phenomena and the relationship between these phenomena and social change. Topics include mobs, riots, panics, crazes, rumors, and demonstrations.

SOCI 3126. Introduction to Social Work and Welfare (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101. Scope, purposes, philosophy, and problems of social welfare services and the community.

SOCI 3169. Sociology of Human Sexual Relationships (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101. A non-biological analysis of human sexual behavior. Topics include: sexual identity, excitement, preferences, behavior; heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, love and sex, implications of changing life styles and sexual preferences.

SOCI 3508. Selected Topics in Sociology (1-3 hours) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101. Various topics. May be repeated for credit with consent of the instructor and if not the same topic.

SOCI 3698. Internship (1-6 hours) Prerequisite: Approval of department. Supervised experience in the field with an approved agency or company. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (S/U grading.)

SOCI 4105. Sociological Thought (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101. Either SOCI 4105 or SOCI 4106 is required for sociology majors. Philosophies and theories of social behavior. Emphasizes substantive theories and theoretical problems of concern to selected sociological theorists.

SOCI 4106. Modern Sociological Thought (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101. Emphasizes key problems in sociological theory. Topics include sociological theories and models, theory and research, theory construction, and relevant problems in the philosophy of social science, such as the nature of explanation, reductionism, and emergence.

SOCI 4405. Sociology Practicum (3-1-4) Prerequisites: Senior standing, Sociology major, 3.0 GPA in SOCI courses, and approval of the department. Provides sociology majors who plan to attend graduate school an opportunity to lead discussion groups with Introductory Sociology students. In addition, attending the Introductory Sociology course again will serve as a capstone course, Experience with leading discussion groups will be beneficial to them in graduate school.

SOCI 4795. Seminar in Sociology (1-0-1) Prerequisites: SOCI 1101 and approval of the department. Three seminars are required for sociology majors; only SOCI 4705 will satisfy this requirement, and seminars must be taken under at least two different instructors. Current interests of both the instructor and sociology majors determine the topic selected.

SOCI 4899. Independent Study (1-6 hours) Prerequisites: SOCI 3102 and approval of the department. Guidance of the student through the complete research process, from formulation of a topic to data collection and analysis, to completion of a final report.

SOCI 5106. Sociology of Aging (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101. The sociological analysis of aging in modern society. The examination of aging as a social construct and the attitudes and values surrounding the aging process primarily within an American context.

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