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Sociology Courses

SOCI 3105. Social Psychology (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 with a grade of "C" or better. 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 with grade of "C" or better. 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 with a grade of "C" or better. Focuses on the individual who violates social and legal norms and the consequences for both the individual and the society.

SOCI 3122. Social Welfare Policy (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 and SOCI 2126 with a grade of "C" or better. This course surveys the history of social welfare policy, services, and the social work profession while also exploring current issues in the field. Social welfare policy is analyzed in its ability to successfully serve diverse groups in need. Specific issues covered include the social welfare system in relation to race, age, gender, family structure, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and marital status.

SOCI 3123. Social Work Ethics (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 and SOCI 2126 with a grade of "C" or better. Social workers constantly face ethical issues and dilemmas requiring ethical decision- making. This course will help students acquire the knowledge base required to identify those ethical issues and the skills necessary to resolve them.

SOCI 3128. Drugs and Society (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 with a grade of "C" or better. An examination of the social, psychological, and biological aspects of psychotropic drug use and abuse, with emphasis on the sociological aspects. Social aspects related to drug types and their addictive properties are also discussed. Addiction, addiction treatment, drug use prevention and various arguments related to legalization and criminal penalties are addressed.

SOCI 3129. Sociology of Gender (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 with a grade of "C" or better. This course will explore the core ideas and socially constructed concepts that create male and female gender-roles in our culture. Examines how behavior associated with gender-roles have come to be defined by the influence of social institutions. Examines the biological differences and similarities between the sexes that have helped perpetuate gender-roles.

SOCI 3138. Sociology of Domestic Abuse (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 or CRJU 1105 with a grade of "C" or better. This course will examine the various types of domestic abuse within a sociological framework. Types of interpersonal abuse presented will include child abuse (e.g., physical abuse, verbal/psychological abuse, sexual abuse, etc.), spouse abuse (e.g., physical abuse, verbal/psychological abuse, and including spousal rape), elder abuse (e.g., physical abuse, verbal/psychological abuse, exploitation and financial abuse, etc.), and rape (including date rape). Students will explore interpersonal abuse while learning about the social and cultural forces that perpetuate the abuse (e.g., cultures of violence, gender roles, rape-prone cultures and climates, etc.). Finally, students will be exposed to social policy as it relates to interpersonal abuse and a topical view of various intervention techniques being employed to reduce incidents of interpersonal abuse.

SOCI 3145. Violence and Society (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 with a grade of C or better. This course will investigate the many causes, consequences, and interpersonal and structural characteristics of violence and hate. Students will study not only individual acts of violence and hate, but also inter-group conflict. Topics covered include hate crimes, prejudice, serial and mass murder, genocide, mass media violence, school massacres, and international conflict. Finally, students will explore the effectiveness of individual and group interventions.

SOCI 3146. Sociology of the Family (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 with a grade of C or better. Analysis of family life and kinship structures in the U.S. and cross-culturally; marriage, husband/wife and parent/child relations; transformations of family and kinship in industrial societies.

SOCI 3147. Sociology of Pop Culture (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 with a grade of C or better. Recent trends in American culture, focusing on traditions, practices, and products, including books, music, and film.

SOCI 3508. Selected Topics in Sociology ({1-3}-0-{1-3}) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 with a grade of "C" or better. Various topics. May be repeated for credit with consent of the instructor and if not the same topic.

SOCI 3899. Independent Reading in Sociology (3-0-3) Prerequisites: SOCI 1101, 12 additional credits in sociology, junior or senior class standing, and approval of the department. All students must have a contractual agreement with a specific departmental instructor to supervise project. Students will be expected to select a specific topic title that will be posted to their transcript. Extensive independent reading on a selected experimental, theoretical, or applied problem under the direction of a faculty member. Students will be expected to submit a formal proposal outlining (a) the general topic on which they wish to do extensive reading, (b) their reasons for selecting this topic as worthy of independent work, (c) either a list of readings already compiled or a detailed plan on how they intend to find scientific and scholarly reading material relevant to their topic, and (d) a statement clearly identifying expected learning outcomes. Once approved, students will be expected to meet weekly or biweekly with the supervising faculty member. Students will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of the topic by means established by the supervising faculty member (e.g., the completion of a substantial paper, written exam, oral exam, or some combination of the aforementioned). Finally, students will be expected to share what they have learned with other students by means of either (a) delivering a guest lecture in an appropriate class taught by the supervising faculty member, or (b) presenting a paper at a regional student conference. (Course fee required.)

SOCI 4113. Social Services and Mental Health (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 and SOCI 2126 with grade of C or higher. This course aims to develop the student's knowledge and skills to enhance the student’s ability to engage in clinical social work practice with individuals who have moderate to severe mental illness, their families, and other systems with which they are involved. It will contribute to the student’s knowledge of the historical background, legislation, and policies that inform practice in today's mental health/behavioral health environment and describe theories, the process of biopsychosocial assessment, and methods of practice. Cultural competence, gender issues and needs of aging adults will be emphasized throughout the course.

SOCI 4114. Social Work Practice (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 and SOCI 2126 with grade of C or higher. Students will learn a variety of direct practice skills in this course. Some of these skills include: basic interviewing skills, listening skills, rapport building, learning to engage individuals, families and groups at different stages and levels of intervention. In addition, students will learn skills to develop appropriate goals for interventions and be able to differentiate between behavioral, psychological and environmental goals.

SOCI 4405. Sociology Practicum (3-1-4) Prerequisites: SOCI 1101 with a grade of "C" or better, 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.(Course fee required.)

SOCI 4698. Sociology Internship (0-0-{3-6}) Prerequisites: Admission to B.S in Sociology, G.P.A. of 2.75, Senior standing, and department approval. Practical, supervised experience in the field with an approved agency or company and selected seminars in the student's area of interest. Sociology majors may earn up to 6 credit hours. (Course fee required.)

SOCI 4712. Seminar in Social Psychology (3-0-3) Prerequisites: Junior standing. Special topics in social psychology for advanced undergraduates.

SOCI 4899. Independent Study (0-0-{1-6}) Prerequisite: Department Approval. 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. (Course fee required.)