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Sociology

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SOC 204   Sociology in Everyday Life
Credits: 4.00
Description: Introduces the sociological perspective and the scientific study of human social behavior. Focuses on the core concepts, theories, and research on human interactions within social groups and how people are shaped by their social locations (status, roles, race, class, sex, age, etc.) within society's structures, stratification systems, and institutions, and by cultural processes such as socialization and group dynamics. Prerequisite: RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
SOC 205   Social Change in Societies
Credits: 4.00
Description: Explores how societies change by utilizing sociological perspectives to compare and contrast the impacts of changes on individuals and our social institutions (such as the family, economy, politics, education, and religion). Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
SOC 206   Social Problems
Credits: 4.00
Description: Applies the sociological perspective to the study of social problems, including their identification, analyses of causes and consequences, and considerations of possible solutions. Explores topics such as inequality, poverty, crime and delinquency, substance abuse, discrimination, domestic violence, the environment, global stratification, and international conflict. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores.
SOC 211   Peace and Conflict
Credits: 4.00
Description: Explores causes and manifestations of violence in actions involving oneself, society, one's nation, and the global community. Alternatives to oppressive behavior, undemocratic institutions, and the violent resolution of conflict are considered. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115, and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
SOC 213   Diversity in the United States
Credits: 4.00
Description: Frames social status differences within the context of social structure and culture. Examines how inequalities and privilege play out through social status and are reinforced through both culture and social structure. Includes statuses such as: race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, etc. Includes concepts such as: privilege, social stratification, cultural bias, institutional inequality, and social construction. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115, and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
SOC 214A   Illumination Project: Tools for Creative Social Activism 1
Credits: 4.00
Description: Applies the sociological perspective to the study of social problems and possible solutions. Explores topics such as institutional privilege, power and oppression, social identity, cultural assumptions and discrimination. Includes social analysis, group facilitation, social change interventions, creative production and basic acting. This is the first course of a three course sequence. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores and instructor permission. Audit available.
SOC 214B   Illumination Project: Tools for Creative Social Activism 2
Credits: 4.00
Description: Applies the sociological perspective to the study of social problems and possible solutions. Explores topics such as racism, immigration, xenophobia, institutional privilege and oppression and social activism through classroom and community presentations utilizing interactive theater. Includes social analysis, group facilitation, social change interventions, creative production and basic acting. This is the second course of a three course sequence. Prerequisites: SOC 214a and instructor permission. Audit available.
SOC 214C   Illumination Project: Tools for Creative Social Activism 3
Credits: 4.00
Description: Applies the sociological perspective to the study of social problems and possible solutions. Explores institutional oppression and social activism through classroom and community presentations utilizing interactive theater. Includes social analysis, group facilitation, educational methods and practice, social change interventions, creative production and basic acting. This is the third course of a three course sequence. Prerequisites: SOC 214b and instructor permission. Audit available.
SOC 215   Social Issues and Movements
Credits: 4.00
Description: Explores important social issues and movements from around the world. Examines the impact of social changes and actions on individuals and social structures. Focuses on organized social responses and movements to social problems, utilizing a multicultural and critical-thinking approach. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
SOC 218   Sociology of Gender
Credits: 4.00
Description: Focuses on how socialization is affected by gender. Topics include how gender is reflected in culture through values, norms, language, media, power, violence, various theoretical approaches, significant social institutions, social movements and issues. Recommended: SOC 204 or SOC 205 or instructor permission. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
SOC 219   Religion & Culture: Social Dimensions
Credits: 3.00
Description: Explores the relationship between culture, social structure, and religion, through a comparative and cross-cultural examination of religious beliefs, practices, and organization. Audit available.
SOC 221   Globalization and International Relations
Credits: 4.00
Description: Provides an introductory survey of economic, political, social, and cultural dimensions of globalization and evaluates their impacts on international relations. Examines patterns of conflict and cooperation among countries including the influence of international institutions, NGOs, and global corporations. Introduces selected issues such as war and peace, global security, environment, elites and concentration of power, wealth and income distribution, cultural and ethnic identities and explores possible peaceful solutions to these global problems. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. PS 221, EC 221 and SOC 221 are equivalent and only one may be taken for credit.
SOC 223   Social Gerontology/Sociology of Aging
Credits: 4.00
Description: Explores the diversity of individual and population aging and their consequences for individuals, families, communities and societies, through a life course and social change perspective. Recommend: Introductory sociology course or instructor permission. Prerequisites: WR115, RD115, and MTH20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
SOC 228   Introduction to Environmental Sociology
Credits: 4.00
Description: Examines the relationship between society and the environment, with a focus on how industrialization and our increasing demand for natural resources has significantly impacted the planet's ability to meet the needs of humanity and other species. Explores the structural and cultural causes and consequences of such topics as production, consumption, population, development, pollution, and environmental justice and how to respond to these issues through policies and actions. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
SOC 230   Introduction to Gerontology
Credits: 4.00
Description: Introduces current practice, programs, and policies in the field of gerontology. Addresses professional standards of practice and service delivery, as well as advocacy and policy directions, from a person-directed perspective, responsive to social inequalities and cultural diversity. Recommend: Introductory sociology course or instructor permission. Prerequisites: WR115, RD115, and MTH20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
SOC 231   Sociology of Health & Aging
Credits: 4.00
Description: Introduces age-related health issues in social and cultural context. Includes the social structuring of age, health and illness; demographics and patterns of health and illness of diverse older adults; issues related to medical and healthcare services; health and long-term care policy and programs. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
SOC 232   Death and Dying: Culture and Issues
Credits: 4.00
Description: Introduces the institution of death in the United States. Includes a broad multicultural, interdisciplinary approach, including sociological, psychological, historical, ethical, cultural, and religious approaches to death, dying, and bereavement across the lifespan. Recommend: SOC 204, 205, or instructor permission. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
SOC 234   Death: Crosscultural Perspectives
Credits: 4.00
Description: An interdisciplinary study of the cross-cultural variations regarding human responses to death and the differing cosmological implications these suggest. Death, a cultural universal, is addressed in its diversity from both anthropological and sociological perspective. The topic of death as experienced by several major regions and cultures of the world is explored including Asia, India, Bali, Middle East, Melanesia and Native Americans; historical trends in Western Europe and the Americas are assessed regarding the evolution of contemporary perspectives on mortality. ATH 234 and SOC 234 cannot both be taken for credit. Recommend: A prior course in Anthropology or Sociology. Audit available.
SOC 280A   Cooperative Education: Sociology
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Description: Extend knowledge of sociology through work and/or volunteer time spent in settings that provide learning experiences. Instructor permission required.
SOC 280B   Cooperative Education: Community Service & Action Seminar
Credits: 2.00
Description: This interdisciplinary seminar provides an integrative framework for students engaged in community service and cooperative education work. Focuses on social interaction, group and organizational processes, and public policies related to service, advocacy, and social change placements.
SOC 298   Independent Study: Sociology
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Description: Advanced, individualized study of areas of sociology not considered in other courses to meet special interests or program requirements. Includes a term project and readings approved by the instructor. Instructor permission required. Recommended: prior study of sociology. Audit available.