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Sociology

Course Code
SOC 110  Credits
Title Introduction to Sociology 
Lasc Area Goal 5  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Introduces the sociological approach to understanding the structure and dynamics of society. Focuses on socialization, organization, social inequality, institutions, and social change. MnTC Goal 5. 



Course Code
SOC 120  Credits
Title Social Psychology 
Lasc Area Goal 5  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course examines the relationship between society and individuals and the methods, theories, and findings of research in social psychology. Special attention is given to the social properties of mind, self, and human development. MnTC Goal 5. 



Course Code
SOC 210  Credits
Title Social Problems 
Lasc Area Goal 5  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Examines such problems as poverty crime, urban problems, family problems, environmental problems, and war and terrorism. MnTC Goal 5. 



Course Code
SOC 219  Credits
Title Sociology of Sexual Behavior 
Prerequisite SOC 110 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Examines sociological and social psychological perspectives and research on sexual behavior. Topics include childhood sexual behavior, adolescent sexual behavior, sex and mate selection, marital sex, extramarital sex, and various forms of sexual variation. 



Course Code
SOC 220  Credits
Title Social Deviance 
Prerequisite SOC 110 
Lasc Area Goal 5  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Theory, research and commentary on the sociology of deviant behavior. MnTC Goal 5. 



Course Code
SOC 290  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in Sociology 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course will consist of varying topics in the discipline of sociology. 



Course Code
SOC 300  Credits
Title Criminology 
Prerequisite SOC 110 SOC 220 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course will survey the history of crime in society, including theories, research and commentaries on crime and delinquency. 



Course Code
SOC 301  Credits
Title Delinquent Behavior 
Prerequisite SOC 110 OR SOC 220 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Delinquent behavior and programs for its prevention, treatment and control. Same as CJ 301



Course Code
SOC 302  Credits
Title Social Theory 
Prerequisite SOC 110 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Examines major theoretical approaches to the understanding of social structure and change, with special attention to the classical works of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim. 



Course Code
SOC 303  Credits
Title Punishment and Prisons 
Prerequisite SOC 110 SOC 220 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This class traces the origins and development of incarceration as the principle response to crime in the U.S. It explores changing punishment practices, reasons offered to justify punishment, and the social organization of contemporary U.S. prisons. 



Course Code
SOC 304  Credits
Title Community Corrections 
Prerequisite CJ 200 OR SOC 110 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Sociological analysis of community corrections, emphasizing probation and parole. 



Course Code
SOC 308  Credits
Title Social Gerontology 
Prerequisite SOC 110 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course introduces students to the field of social gerontology for providing an overview of the significant sociological perspectives, social issues, and empirical social science research pertaining to the phenomenon of aging in society. The main goal of the course is to foster an understanding of aging as a process that is characteristic of both individuals and societies through a focus on social factors that shape the individual's experience of aging and the consequences of an aging population for social institutions. Same as SW 308



Course Code
SOC 309  Credits
Title Law and Society 
Prerequisite SOC 302 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description Relationships of law and society; social forces in law making; dynamics of law administration; social, cultural and behavioral effects of law; history and development of the legal profession; analysis of legal language and reasoning. Prerequisite may be waived with the consent of the instructor. Same as CJ 309



Course Code
SOC 310  Credits
Title Dominant-Subordinate Group Relations 
Prerequisite SOC 110 
Lasc Area Goal 5  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Theoretical, historical and contemporary examination of prejudice, discrimination, and inequalities organized around race, ethnicity, and gender divisions. MnTC Goal 5. 



Course Code
SOC 311  Credits
Title Sociology of Law Enforcement 
Prerequisite SOC 110 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Examines the origin, history and development of policing in the U.S. Specific issues such as community relations, organization, discretion, and corruption are explored from an occupational standpoint in policing. 



Course Code
SOC 319  Credits
Title Society and the Environment 
Lasc Area Goal 10  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Throughout time societies have struggled to maintain an appropriate balance between human groups and the physical environment. This course analyzes the social causes of environmental problems in an interdisciplinary fashion. Ecology, policy, politics, culture, ethics and history are all viewed through a sociological lens to explain the relationship between humans and the physical environment. The main goal of this course is to demonstrate the complexities of relationships between people and the environment. It also focuses heavily on the processes of social change. MnTC Goal 10. 



Course Code
SOC 320  Credits
Title Sociology of the Family 
Prerequisite SOC 110 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Examines the theoretical issues and research findings pertaining primarily to American family life. Topics include dating and mate selection, alternatives to traditional marriages, marital structure and interaction, and marital dissolution. 



Course Code
SOC 325  Credits
Title Social Movements 
Prerequisite SOC 110 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Analysis of movement origins, ideology, dynamics, organization, challenges and success in creating social change. Theories and case studies of past and current movements, global to local. 



Course Code
SOC 330  Credits
Title Sociology of Religion 
Prerequisite SOC 110 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Emphasizes a sociological understanding of religion, magic, myth, patterns of religious organizations, secularization, new religion movements, and other related topics. 



Course Code
SOC 333  Credits
Title Sociology of Gender 
Prerequisite SOC 110 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Focuses on the social construction of gender and consequences of gender stratification for women and men. Topics may include: gender differences; the concept of "gender role"; gender in the economic, political, and educational institutions; discrimination; and the feminist movement.