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Sociology

Course Code
SOC 350  Credits
Title Methods and Statistics for Social Research 
Prerequisite SOC 110 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Focus on the logic of science, a survey of basic methodologies, and introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. 



Course Code
SOC 351  Credits
Title Quantitative Methods 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description This course is a continuation of Sociology 350. The objective of the course is to offer hands-on experience in quantitative research methods and data analysis. Students will design and carry out a research project utilizing quantitative research methods, analyze data using descriptive and inferential statistics, conduct elementary hypothesis testing, and write reports of their findings. Students will gain experience using statistical packages for data analyses on computers. 



Course Code
SOC 352  Credits
Title Qualitative Methods 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description This course provides advanced training in qualitative research though an applied approach whereby students carry out an original research project, from the initial conceptualization stage, through data collection and analysis, and writing the report, and presenting the findings. This advanced data analysis course provides training in several qualitative approaches in sociological research, with the central foci on ethnographic observations and depth interviewing. 



Course Code
SOC 375  Credits
Title Sociology of Health and Medicine 
Prerequisite SOC 110 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Social factors in health, illness, and medical care. Topics include the social construction of health/illness, the experience of illness, health professions and organizations, and the health care system. 



Course Code
SOC 390  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in Sociology 
Prerequisite SOC 110 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Varying topics from the discipline of sociology. 



Course Code
SOC 404  Credits
Title Political Sociology 
Prerequisite SOC 302 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Examines power in society, with a focus on the United States. It will include a variety of theoretical perspectives in political sociology, including Marxism, elite theories, state-centered theories, and pluralism. Major topics include: theoretical perspectives on power in society, the role of ideology in political power, the distribution of power in society, and political participation. 



Course Code
SOC 407  Credits
Title Contemporary Sociological Theory 
Prerequisite SOC 110 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description This advanced undergraduate seminar introduces students to contemporary sociological theory. It centers on the development of the major theoretical frameworks used by contemporary sociologists to understand the late-modern world. The starting point is the 1920s, and continues to the last fin-de-siecle and beyond. Theoretical frameworks considered includes the following: structural functionalism, systems and network theories, critical theory, rational choice and exchange theories, structuralism, structuration theory, critical race theory, feminist epistemologies, theories on power and the body, and the influence of post-modern theory. 



Course Code
SOC 410  Credits
Title Gerontology: Policy and Practice 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is a writing intensive senior seminar for gerontology majors. Four to six hours a week will involved field experience working in a facility involving elderly care. Two hours a week will involve in-class discussions of the field experience as well as an examination of social policies relating to the elderly, including Social Security, Medicare, the Older Americans Act and Medicaid. Same as SW 410



Course Code
SOC 412  Credits
Title Sociology of Complex Organizations 
Prerequisite SOC 302 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Analyzes large-scale bureaucratic organizations. Topics include: the characteristics of bureaucracy; the uses of power by organizations; the effectiveness of organizations; and the impact of organizations on societal change. 



Course Code
SOC 450  Credits
Title Senior Seminar in Sociology 
Prerequisite SOC 302 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This is the capstone seminar for sociology majors. Examines some of the most prominent theoretical and substantive issues identified by sociologists. The course will include a major paper and a seminar presentation. 



Course Code
SOC 469  Credits 1-12 
Title Internship 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A supervised practical experience in sociology. A maximum of 12 internship credits may be applied to the degree. Internship credits may not apply to the minimum required for the sociology major. 



Course Code
SOC 490  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in Sociology 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Varying topics from the discipline of sociology. 



Course Code
SOC 497  Credits 1-3 
Title Readings in Sociology 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A program of advanced readings in some topic under the supervision of an instructor. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 credits.