SOC 504 - Studies in Contemporary Sociology
An in-depth study of contemporary theoretical and ethnological issues in an area of study within sociology. Topics to be covered may include: suicide terrorism; teaching sociology; applied sociology; qualitative methodology; and the state of sociology.
SOC 512 - Sociological Perspectives on Marriage and the Family
A critical sociological analysis of the origin, structure, and functioning of the institutions of marriage and family in human society. Four theoretical perspectives in sociology (namely: functionalism, conflict theory, exchange theory and symbolic interaction ism) will be employed for discussing and evaluating various problems and issues in marriage and family, particularly in the contemporary American society.
SOC 514 - Family Violence
A thorough and critical examination of family violence from a sociological perspective. Topics include the meaning, nature, and types of family violence; biological, psychological, anthropological, and sociological theories which attempt to explain hostility, aggression, and violence among intimate people; the philosophy of non-violence; the consequences of violence; and preventive measures and strategies for dealing with violence in the family. Although the course focuses on the American family, illustrations of family violence from other cultures are provided. Cross Listed/ Same As CJ 514
SOC 515 - Medical Sociology
This course will examine research and theory on the changing concepts of health, illness and medical practice as well as place these understandings in socio-historical and comparative context. Topics will include: social epidemiology, the social construction of health/illness, the experience of illness, health professions, alternative medicine and the health care system. Emphasis on how social factors such as gender, race, social class and sexual preference affect both illness and health care.
SOC 516 - Sociology of Education
A study of the structure of the social organization of the school and the social and cultural forces which influence the school and those who teach and learn in it. The classroom is analyzed as a social system with special emphasis on the role of teachers. The relationships of education to other social institutions such as the family, economy and political system are examined.
SOC 517 - Teaching Sociology and Criminal Justice
This course will assist students in developing and formulating ideas, gaining practice and critically assessing information concerning community college and university teaching. In addition to the coverage of teaching literature within the field of sociology and criminal justice, the course will emphasize the development of teaching pedagogy, syllabus and test construction, teaching philosophy, and allow the student to obtain “hands-on” experience in the college classroom.Cross Listed/ Same As Criminal Justice 517
SOC 518 - Thesis
The student will work on the thesis under the supervision of an advisory committee. Major work will include the development of a prospectus, collection, analysis and interpretation of data and the final writing of the thesis. No credit will be given until the thesis is completed and approved. Graded on a (S) satisfactory or (U) unsatisfactory basis.
Prerequisite and/or Corequisite Sociology 572, 575, and 576 or permission of Department Head.
SOC 535 - Readings in Sociology
This graduate seminar explores advanced sociological principles through the use of selected classic and contemporary readings. Students will be expected to read, synthesize, and integrate a wide variety of sociological materials and to analyze and discuss them from divergent theoretical perspectives.
SOC 553 - American Subcultural Groups
An examination of cultural diversity in American life, focusing particularly on Black Americans, Mexican Americans, Native American Indians, and Anglo Americans Describes dynamics of intergroup relations; the impact of ethnicity and social class on cultural patterns; the causes and effects of racism and prejudice. Special emphasis is placed on problems and strengths of multicultural education.
SOC 572 - Classical Sociological Theory
This course will study the classical foundation of sociology, focusing on the writings of Durkheim, Weber, Marx and Mead. Attention will be given to how these theories have given rise to the major theoretical perspectives in sociology, particularly functionalism, conflict theory and symbolic interactionism. Prerequisites Soc 436 or its equivalent or Department Head’s permission.
SOC 573 - Contemporary Sociological Theory
This course will build on the foundation of classical theory to focus on the construction and application of contemporary theories used in current sociological research. The major theoretical perspectives to be studied include: neofunctionalism, neomarxism, critical theory, feminist theory, post-modernism, as well as significant theorists dating from Parsons to the more recent theorists. Emphasis will be placed on the basic assumptions of the various theories, and the relevance of these ideas for understanding contemporary society. Prerequisites Soc 436 or its equivalent or Department Head’s permission
SOC 575 - Advanced Research Methodology
The coverage of the basic techniques and procedures used in social research process. Special attention given to defining research problems, selecting and measuring variables, stating hypotheses, developing sampling designs and gathering data. Students are exposed to methodological designs such as experimentation, observation, content analysis, evaluation research and survey research. Prerequisites Soc 331 and 332 or their equivalents or Department Head’s permission
SOC 576 - Data Analysis in the Social Sciences
This course provides an introduction to using SPSS computer software (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences). This course includes teaching students how to set up and analyze data files, manipulate variables and run statistical analyses. Publically available data sets used in sociology and criminal justice will be utilized to provide students with hands-on experience in data analysis and interpretation. Prerequisites Soc 332 or its equivalent or Department Head’s permission
Cross Listed/ Same As Criminal Justice 576
SOC 589 - Independent Study
Hours: One to four
Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites Consent of department head.
Note May be repeated when the topic varies.
SOC 595 - Research Literature and Techniques
Students will write a formal research report based upon primary or secondary data. Emphasis will be given to methods of interpretation and writing a formal paper in sociology. Prerequisites Soc 572, 575, and 576 or permission of Department Head.
SOC 597 - Special Topics
Hours: One to four
Note May be repeated when topics vary.