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Sociology (SOC)

SOC 001 (GS) Introductory Sociology (3) The nature and characteristics of human societies and social life.
Students may take only one course for General Education credit from SOC 001 GS or R SOC 011 GS. Effective: Spring 2003
 

SOC 001S (GS) Introductory Sociology (3) The nature and characteristics of human societies and social life.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

SOC 001W (GS) Introductory Sociology (3) The nature and characteristics of human societies and social life.
Effective: Fall 1998
 

SOC 003 (GS) Introductory Social Psychology (3) The impact of the social environment on perception, attitudes, and behavior.
Effective: Spring 2003
 

SOC 003H (GS) Honors Introduction to Social Psychology (3) This is an honors course that enables students to learn, apply, and evaluate basic social psychology concepts, theories, and research.
Effective: Summer 2011
 

SOC 005 (GS) Social Problems (3) Current social problems such as economic, racial, and gender inequalities; social deviance and crime; population, environmental, energy, and health problems.
Effective: Spring 2003
 

SOC 007 Introduction to Social Research (3) Fundamental concepts and problems in social science research; design, measurement, sampling, causation, validity, interpretation.
Effective: Spring 2001
 

SOC 012 (GS) (CRIMJ 012, CRIM 012) Criminology (3) Explanations and measurement of crime; criminal law; characteristics of criminals and victims; violent, property, white-collar, organized, and sexual crimes.
Effective: Spring 2008
 

SOC 013 (GS) (CRIMJ 013) Juvenile Delinquency (3) Juvenile conduct, causes of delinquency, current methods of treatment; organization and function of agencies concerned with delinquency.
Effective: Spring 2008
 

SOC 015 (GS) Urban Sociology (3) City growth and decline; impact of city life on individuals, families, neighborhoods, and government; urban life-styles.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

SOC 019 (GS) Sociology of Popular Culture (3) Students are introduced to the sociological study of how popular culture is produced, consumed, and experienced.
Effective: Spring 2014
 

SOC 023 (GS) Population and Policy Issues (3) Local, national, and international population trends; basic techniques of demographic analysis; population problems; implications for public planning and policy.
Effective: Fall 2004
 

SOC 030 (GS) Sociology of the Family (3) Family structure and interaction; functions of the family as an institution; cross-cultural comparisons. Students may take only one course for General Education credit from SOC 030 or HD FS 129.
Effective: Spring 2003
 

SOC 035 Sociology of Aging (3) Introduction to the sociological study of aging.
Effective: Spring 2000
 

SOC 047 (S T S 047) Wilderness, Technology, and Society (3) Impact of developments in science, literature, and art on changing attitudes toward nature; consequences for conservation, preservation, environmental ethics.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

SOC 055 (GS) Work in Modern Society (3) The nature of work in varied occupational and organizational settings; current trends and work life in the future.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

SOC 060 (GS;IL) (ANTH 060, J ST 060, PL SC 060) Society and Cultures in Modern Israel (3) An introduction to the society and cultures of the State of Israel from 1948 to the present.
Effective: Summer 2006
 

SOC 083S (GS) First-Year Seminar in Sociology (3) Critical approaches to issues in the structure of society.
Effective: Summer 1999
 

SOC 103 (US) (AF AM 103, WMNST 103) Racism and Sexism (3) Critical analysis of the structure of race and gender inequality in the contemporary United States.
Effective: Spring 2013
 

SOC 109 Sociological Perspectives (3) Intensive and critical analysis of the bases of the social order, change, values, knowledge, and conflict.
Effective: Spring 2001
 

SOC 110 (GS;US) (WMNST 110) Sociology of Gender (3) Changing sex role expectations and behavior for men and women in contemporary society.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

SOC 119 (GS;US) Race and Ethnic Relations (4) Historical patterns and current status of racial and ethnic groups; inequality, competition, and conflict; social movements; government policy.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

SOC 197 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Spring 1995
 

SOC 199 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

SOC 201 (GS) (CRIM 201) Persumed Innocent? Social Science of Wrongful Conviction (3) Social science of how wrongful convictions occur; disparities in the criminal justice system; risks, factors, and policies.
Effective: Summer 2014
 

SOC 207 Research Methods in Sociology (3) Experiential-based course covering the four main social research methods: available data, survey research, experiments, and field research.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology  

SOC 209 (GS;IL) (AFR 209) Poverty in Africa (3) The course examines the causes, consequences, and dynamics of poverty in African countries.
Effective: Fall 2013
 

SOC 294 Research Project (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 1994
 

SOC 296 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which will fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

SOC 297 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

SOC 298 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be taught in one year or semester.
Effective: Spring 1995
 

SOC 299 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Spring 2007
 

SOC 300 Preceptorship in Sociology (1-8, maximum of 4 per semester) Supervised experience as a teaching assistant under the supervision of an approved faculty member.
Effective: Spring 2003
Prerequisite: 3 credits in course work related to the subject of the course  

SOC 309 Sociology of Health (3) Sociological concepts and principles operative in public and private areas of health and illness, including cultural, ethnic, and ecological factors.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology  

SOC 381H Junior Honors Seminar in Sociology (1) Supervised experience in planning the honors thesis and a sociological career.
Effective: Spring 1999
Prerequisite: sociology major junior standing and admission to the Schreyer Honors College  

SOC 395 Internship (1-6) Supervised off-campus, non-group instruction including individual field experiences, practicums or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.
Effective: Fall 1981
Prerequisite: prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor  

SOC 400W Senior Research Seminar (3) Major concepts and principles of sociology through reading, data analysis, and writing. Capstone course for senior Sociology majors.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: SOC 470  

SOC 403 Advanced Social Psychology (3) Analysis of the major theoretical approaches and research findings of contemporary social psychology.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: SOC 003  

SOC 404 Social Influence and Small Groups (3) The study of social influence, leadership and status, and social cohesion and commitment processes in small groups.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: SOC 003 orPSYCH 420  

SOC 405 Sociological Theory (3) Overview of the development of sociological theory; current issues and controversies.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: 3 credits in the Sociology  

SOC 406 (CRIMJ 406, CRIM 406) Sociology of Deviance (3) Theory and research concerning deviant behaviors and lifestyles viewed as significant departures from a group's normative expectations.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: SOC 012, SOC 013 orSOC 005 or permission of program  

SOC 408 Urban Ecology (3) Spatial and temporal aspects of urban structure; urban growth, neighborhoods, racial and ethnic groups, mental illness; cross-cultural perspectives.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: 3 credits in sociology  

SOC 409 (US) (AF AM 409) Racial and Ethnic Inequality in America (3) The impact of inequality and discrimination on individual and group identity among various racial and ethnic groups.
Effective: Fall 2012
Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology  

SOC 411 (US) (HD FS 416) Racial and Ethnic Diversity and the American Family (3) This course will explore the nature and determinants of racial and ethnic variation in family processes in the United States.
Effective: Spring 2005
Prerequisite: 3 credits in sociology  

SOC 412 (CRIMJ 412, CRIM 412) Crime, Social Control, and the Legal System (3) Legal and extralegal control; public opinion on crime; criminal justice and correctional processes; legal sanctions; control strategies. Field trip.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: SOC 012, SOC 013 orSOC 005  

SOC 413 (CRIM 413, CRIMJ 413) Advanced Criminological Theory (3) This course provides an in-depth look at theories of crime and examines influential empirical studies designed to these theories.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: SOC 012, CRIMJ 250W  

SOC 414 (CRIMJ 414, CRIM 414) Criminal Careers and the Organization of Crime (3) Research on and theory of criminal careers and crime organizations, emphasizing recruitment and disengagement; offender characteristics and life- styles; policy implications.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: SOC 012, SOC 013 orSOC 005  

SOC 416 (US) (EDTHP 416) Sociology of Education (3) The theoretical, conceptual, and descriptive contributions of sociology to education.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology  

SOC 419 (US) Race and Public Policy (3) Seminar format course in which sociological theory and research are applied to current race policy issues.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology  

SOC 420 (EM SC 420, S T S 420) Energy and Modern Society (3) Technology and economics of energy resources, production, and consumption; environmental factors, exhaustion, new technology.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology  

SOC 422 World Population Diversity (3) Survey of world diversity in national population growth/composition; the impacts of demographic change on the economic/social life of nations/people.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology  

SOC 423 Social Demography (3) Social demographic perspectives on fertility, mortality, morbidity, migration, population density, demographic transitions, social mobility, family, the aged, and minorities.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: SOC 023 orSOC 422  

SOC 424 Social Change (3) Critical review of classical and recent theories of social change, emphasizing the transformations occurring in the modern world.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: 3 credits in sociology  

SOC 425 Social Conflict (3) An analysis of the variables affecting intergroup and international conflict and cooperation.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: general behavioral science general psychology or general sociology  

SOC 428 Homelessness in America (3) Survey of social science research on homelessness in the contemporary United States.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology  

SOC 429 Social Stratification (3) Structure and dynamics of class, caste, and status systems; class differentials and social mobility; current theoretical and methodological issues.
Effective: Winter 1978
Prerequisite: 3 credits in sociology  

SOC 430 Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3) Sociological analysis of family systems in various cultures and subcultures.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology  

SOC 431 (HD FS 431) Family Disorganization: Stress Points in the Contemporary Family (3) Focuses on divorce, remarriage, incest, family violence as well as problems associated with family formation and parent-child relations.
Effective: Spring 1994
Prerequisite: 6 credits of human development and family studies psychology or sociology  

SOC 432 Social Movements (3) Why and how people mobilize to promote or retard social change. Factors predicting success or failure of social movements.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: 3 credits in sociology  

SOC 435 (HD FS 434) Perspectives on Aging (3) An analysis of the demographic, social, and cultural factors affecting the aged population in American society.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology  

SOC 440 (HD FS 440) Family Policy (3) An in-depth examination of family policy.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: 3 credits of SOC or HD FS  

SOC 445 U.S. Immigration (3) This class examines theories of U.S. immigration and immigrant adaptation, effects of immigration, and policy.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology  

SOC 446 Political Sociology (3) Sociological analysis of types of political organization and their relations with other elements of social life.
Effective: Winter 1978
Prerequisite: 3 credits in sociology  

SOC 447 (US) (EDTHP 411) Ethnic Minorities and Schools in the United States (3) Analysis of the social and cultural factors which affect educational outcomes among minority pupils, especially Blacks, Hispanics, and Indians.
Effective: Fall 2015
 

SOC 448 Environmental Sociology (3) Examination of the relationship between the physical environment and society.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 60 credits at least 9 of which are in the social sciences graduate status or permission of the program  

SOC 449 Environmental Movements (3) Comparative exploration of environmental movements within the context of classical and new social movement theory.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 90 credits at least 9 of which are in the social sciences or which include SOCIO/CMPSY 470 graduate status or permission of the program  

SOC 450 Justice and the Environment (3) Considers notions of justice in relation to environmental philosophy, environmental movements, and general environmental concerns.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 90 credits graduate status or permission of the program  

SOC 451 (GS) Health, Disease & Society (3) This course provides an introduction to the concepts, measurement and study of inquality across spatial scales and in diverse contexts.
Effective: Summer 2015
Prerequisite: 3 credits in sociology or the social and behavioral sciences and 5th semester standing  

SOC 452 Spatial Inequality (3) This course provides an introduction to concepts, measurement and study of spatial inequality in the US and across the globe.
Effective: Summer 2015
Prerequisite: 3 credits in sociology or the social and behavioral sciences  

SOC 454 (US) The City in Postindustrial Society (3) Postindustrial social organization in the United States and Europe; consequences for metropolitan social stratification, community power, and environmental quality.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology  

SOC 455 Work and Occupations (3) Work and occupational life in modern society; work in the past, present, and future.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: 3 credits in sociology  

SOC 456 (WMNST 456) Gender, Occupations, and Professions (3) The role of gender in shaping contemporary North American patterns of employment, occupational roles, and statuses.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: WMNST 100 or 3 credits in Sociology  

SOC 457 (US;IL) (ANTH 457, J ST 457) Jewish Communities: Identity, Survival, and Transformation in Unexpected Places (3) Examines the global array of smaller Jewish communities that have flourished outside the main urban centers of Jewish settlement.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: ANTH 001 orANTH 045, HEBR 010, J ST 010, SOC 001, SOC 005, SOC 007, SOC 015  

SOC 461 (US;IL) (RL ST 461) Sociology of Religion (3) Contemporary religion in the global perspective: beliefs, structure, and function of major religious traditions, denominations, and cults.
Effective: Fall 2013
Prerequisite: 3 credits in sociology or religious studies  

SOC 467 (CRIM 467, CRIMJ 467) Law and Society (3) Law and society studies the social origins of law and legal systems; occupational careers, and decision-making of legal officials.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: CRIMJ 100 orCRIMJ 113 or permission of program  

SOC 468 Mood-Altering Substances in Society (3) Perspectives of cultures throughout the world toward mood-altering substances are reviewed in light of public policy, benefits, and problems.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

SOC 469 Techniques in Small Group Facilitation (1-4 per semester/maximum of 12) This course is the training course for students working as facilitators with the World in Conversation Project.
Effective: Fall 2013
Prerequisite: SOC 119 andSOC 300  

SOC 470 Intermediate Social Statistics (4) Descriptive and inferential statistics in social research: central tendency and variation, normal distribution, measures of association, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: SOC 207  

SOC 471 Qualitative Research Methods in Sociology (3) Theory, methods, and practice of qualitative data collection, including observation, participant observation, interviewing; supervised projects in natural settings.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology  

SOC 477 (WMNST 477) Sociology of Sexuality (3) An analysis of the demographic, social, and cultural factors affecting the developments and experience of sexuality in contemporary society.
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology  

SOC 481H Senior Honors Seminar in Sociology (1) Supervised experience in planning and writing the honors thesis.
Effective: Spring 1999
Prerequisite: sociology major senior standing and admission to the Schreyer Honors College  

SOC 494 Research Project (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 1994
 

SOC 494H Research Project (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

SOC 495 Internship (1-18) Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.
Effective: Spring 2000
Prerequisite: prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor  

SOC 496 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

SOC 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

SOC 499 (IL) Foreign Study--Sociology (2-6) Study, in selected foreign countries, of groups, institutions, and social problems.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology  

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