Course Descriptions - Sociology
SOC121 Sociology (3-0-3)

This course introduces students to the basic patterns of social behavior and the structure and functions of social organizations. Emphasis is placed on research, culture and cultural change, socialization and deviance, population and social stratification, and social institutions. F, S

SOC122 Social Problems (3-0-3)

This course provides an orientation to the study of social problems and an analysis of several contemporary issues. The number of topics discussed, the emphasis, and order will vary with the instructor. The topics selected may include, but are not limited to, the following: addiction, crime, ecological and energy issues, education, physical and mental health issues, poverty, prejudice and discrimination, social sexual issues, urban issues, research methodology, and violence. F, S

SOC125 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare (3-0-3)

This course focuses on the theoretical, philosophical, historical and ethical dimensions of the social work profession in the United States. It introduces students to core social work theories and skills and to the best practices associated with them. This course presents current theories and issues in social work affecting local, state and national social programs, agencies, and individuals. F,S

SOC127 Interpersonal and Group Dynamics (3-0-3)

This course introduces students to interpersonal and group dynamics and the theories of leadership and of conflict resolution. There is a particular emphasis on applying individual and group communication dynamics within a professional setting. The course requires students to design and implement a service-learning project. F,S

SOC222 Sociology of the Family (3-0-3)

This course focuses on family dynamics in the United States in historical and cross-cultural context. It examines family structure, organization, dissolution, and services, as well as internal and external influences, and marital and nonmarital relationships. PR: SOC 121 or SOC 122

SOC224 Sociology of Aging (3-0-3)

This course cexamines aging on both the individual and societal levels including the psychological and physiological aspects of aging. Demographic composition, societal aspects in relation to that composition, and social policy are discussed in light of how they may affect quality of life for the elderly and in society in general. PR: SOC 121 or SOC 122

SOC228 Minority-Majority Relations in U.S. (3-0-3)

This course covers past, current, and anticipated trends in relations between minority and majority groups in the United States. It emphasizes interactions between dominant and subordinate groups such as those based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Prejudice and discrimination are discussed, as well as alternate strategies to reduce both. PR: SOC 121 or SOC 122


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