Course Descriptions

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Current Semester Course Offerings

The following is a listing of the courses offered by the Sociology Department.

SOC-100 Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr.

Fundamental concepts involved in understanding human societies. Socialization, culture, social interaction, social institutions, social stratification, and social change are discussed.

SOC-105 Women, Men and Social Change, 3 cr.

This course will examine the roots of gender expectations and gender divisions; and historical and cultural variations in how gender has been and is perceived. The course will raise questions about the consequences of the social organization of gender relations and the possibilities for change in the positions of men and women in society.

SOC-109: FYE: Investigating Chicago, 3 cr.

Investigating Chicago provides an opportunity for freshmen to explore Chicago as a living, dynamic entity through the lens of Sociology. Using the city as a lab, students actively discover the complexity and diversity of Chicago through readings, films, speakers, and field experiences.

SOC-109A: FYE: Immigration and Migration, 3 cr.

This course provides an introduction to migration theories, methodologies, and policies. Students will develop an understanding of the sociological approach to migration. We will focus on the Chicago area, but also analyze migration at the international and national levels.

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SOC-204 Sociology of Small Groups, 3 cr.

A study of the individual and group relationships in society in terms of the various types of social collectives; primary and secondary groups, crowds and publics, collective behavior and social movements with emphasis on the symbolic nature of social interaction.
Prerequisite: SOC-100

SOC-205 Contemporary Social Issues, 3 cr.

Analysis and interpretation of major contemporary social issues, such as environmental issues, poverty, racism, sexism, power structures; critical evaluation of present social policies and suggested social actions to meet current problems.

SOC-206 Sociology of Drug Abuse, 3 cr.

Review of literature and current research on drug abuse. Examination of leading social explanations of drug abuse and consideration of drug treatment and prevention approaches.

SOC-211 Sociological Research Method, 3 cr.

Emphasis on increasing students' abilities to commmunicate their understanding of social science research. Focus on learning social science research vocabulary, developing an understanding of issues in the philosophy of the social sciences, learning steps and procedures in sociological research, and using writing skills relevant to social science research.
Prerequisite: SOC-100 and two other Sociology courses

SOC-212 Introduction to Social Statistics, 3 cr.

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics which are the basic statistical methods used in Sociology and other Social Science disciplines. Students will also learn how to use a statistical package (SPSS for Windows) to analyze and interpret survey data.
Prerequisite: SOC-100, SOC-211, and Math-092 or Math Placement score of 30 or higher

SOC-214 Sociology of Intimacy, Marriages and Families, 3 cr.

The major issues involved in the criticisms of family systems with a view to predicting how current forms are likely to mesh with changing trends to form marriage and family patterns in the future. Areas of study include family history, changing demographic patterns, family structures, gender roles, sexuality, reproductive technology, marital interaction and power, marital dissolution, and reconstituted families.

SOC-221 Sociology of Work, 3 cr.

Examines work as both a social and economic phenomenon; focuses on the role of work in people's lives and on the nature of occupational roles as an element of social structure. Areas of study include the impact of technology on the meaning and organization of work, the global economy, reward structures, unemployment, and the changing composition of the labor force of the future.
Prerequisite: SOC-100

SOC-230 Sociological Analysis, 3 cr.

An introduction to when and how to do sociological analysis of popular and scholarly opinion, with a focus on developing and/or improving communication and critical thinking skills. The course integrates sociological theory and methods and requires students to analyze and critique theories, opinions, and research found in a variety of popular and scholarly materials using a sociological perspective.
Prerequisite: SOC-100

SOC-245 Social Inequalities, 3 cr.

Consideration of the role of social differentiation and stratification in the formation and maintenance of social organizations; focus on the nature and consequences of various systems of economic stratification and inequality.
Prerequisite: SOC-100

SOC-250 Sociology of Deviance, 3 cr.

Overview of the sociological works, both past and present, in the area of social deviance. In addition, traditional and alternative definitions and explanations of deviant behavior will be explored.
Prerequisite: SOC-100

SOC-270 Sociology of Latinas, 3 cr.

Study of the role played by the Latina, and the social, economic, and political issues that affect her life. The relationship between class and gender, and the impact of modernization on women's roles and status will also be examined.

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SOC-302 Sociology of Aging, 3 cr.

The aging process, examined from both an individual and societal perspective; problems, potentials, and realities of aging. Topics of study include the nature and quality of relations among members of different generations, age norms, age constraints, and adult socialization as well as historical and cross-cultural comparisons of aging.
Prerequisite: SOC-100

SOC-306 American Women: The Changing Image, 3 cr.

Analyzes women's varying roles, statuses and life opportunities; covers the feminist movement, past and present, with special emphasis on the interaction of gender, race, and social class.
Prerequisite: SOC-100 or WSP-101

SOC-309 Sociology of Racism, 3 cr.

Survey of the sociological and historical development of the theories of race and racism and the impact these theories have had on the implementation of social policy. Black experience in America is highlighted and special attention is given to institutional expressions of racism in the Western world.
Prerequisite: SOC-100 or AFAM-200

SOC-310 Social Movements, 3 cr.

A systematic analysis of selected social and political revolutions and/or revolutionary movements in the United States and globally.
Prerequisite: SOC-100 or consent of instructor

SOC-312 Sociology of Health and Illness, 3 cr.

Survey of theory and research concerning social and cultural factors in determining health and illness and description of health care organization and practice. Societal responses to health care problems.

SOC-313 Social Demography, 3 cr.

Population characteristics and population dynamics in a variety of cultural settings; political, economic and sociological implications of population trends, resources and approaches in demographic analysis.
Prerequisite: SOC-100 or consent of instructor

SOC-314 Urban Sociology, 3 cr.

Population characteristics, social structure, social change, and social policy associated with urbanization and community development. Focus on problems of the inner city.
Prerequisite: SOC-100

SOC-316 Race and Ethnic Relations, 3 cr.

A cross-cultural study of the patterns of interaction between racial and ethnic groups, analysis of the sources of prejudice and discrimination; examination of the relationships between race and ethnic relations and patterns of stratification.
Prerequisite: SOC-100 or AFAM-200

SOC-317 Sociology of Religion, 3 cr.

Study of the social aspects of religious beliefs, practices and participation. The Church as a social institution and its relationship to social class, social control. Religion as a form of expressive behavior. The function of religion for the individual and for different social groups.
Prerequisite: SOC-100 or consent of instructor

SOC-319 Topics in Race and Ethnicity, 3 cr.

Exploration at an advanced level of selected issues in race and ethnicity. Consult the schedule of classes for specified topics. Topics will vary.
Prerequisite: SOC-100 or AFAM-200

SOC-320 Topics in Sex and Gender, 3 cr.

Exploration at an advanced level of current issues and concerns in the sociology of sex and gender. Consult the Schedule of Classes for specific topics. Topics will vary.
Prerequisite: SOC-100 or AFAM-200

SOC-329 Sociology of Violence, 3 cr.

Cross cultural study and focus on social and psychological explanations of violence in American society and internationally.

SOC-331 Military Sociology, 3 cr.

Focus on the question of U.S. military response to problems in Third World countries. In non-technical language, the issues of political-military responses to insurgencies and revolutions are discussed within the framework of the new military doctrine of low intensity warfare and mid-intensity warfare.
Prerequisite: SOC-100

SOC-332 Sociology of Education, 3 cr.

Analysis of education as a cultural universal; the mutual influences of other social institutions and education; factors involved in the socialization of student personality; the urgent search for relevant values and standards for liberal arts education in a period of rapid and fundamental social change.

SOC-335 Sociological Theory, 3 cr.

History of social thought, the various interpretations of societal patterns; the theoretical orientations of classical sociological figures including Marx, Durkheim, and Weber and more recent orientations including conflict theory, symbolic interaction, and structural functionalism.
Prerequisite: SOC-100 or consent of instructor

SOC-336 Contemporary Sociological Theory, 3 cr.

A survey of contemporary sociological theories and paradigms, with a focus on writing that has most influenced sociological theory and the way sociologists currently approach and analyze their subject matter. The course will also explore theories, perspectives, ideas, and works from voices generally unheard in discussions of formal sociological theory--namely, people of color and women.
Prerequisite: SOC-100, SOC-335 and SOC-337

SOC-337 Methods of Sociological Inquiry, 3 cr.

Emphasis on increasing students' abilities to communicate their understanding of social science research. Focus on learning social science research vocabulary, developing an understanding of issues in the philosophy of the social sciences, learning steps and procedures in sociological research, and using writing skills relevant to social science research.
Prerequisite: SOC-100 or consent of instructor

SOC-338 Topics in Social Policy and Social Change, 3 cr.

Exploration at an advanced level of social issue and the social policies that have been developed to deal with it. Consult the Schedule of Classes for specific topics. Topics will vary.
Prerequisite: SOC-100

SOC-339 Statistical Application in Sociology, 3 cr.

This course is an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics which are the basic statistical methods used in Sociology and other Social Science disciplines. Students will also learn how to use a statistical package (SPSS for Windows) to analyze and interpret survey data.
Prerequisite: SOC-100

SOC-340 Sociology of Sexuality, 3 cr.

Critical discussion and reading of current research and literature on human sexuality; the continuous psycho-sexual development of children, adolescents and adults; heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality; the use of sex by the media; pornography; prostitution; sex and the law; institutional sexuality; population control; marital sex; the effects of class background on sexual practices.

SOC-341 Independent Study in Sociology, 3 cr.

Research study in an area of special interest to the student involving research methodology and field studies.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

SOC-342 Internship in Sociology, 3 cr.

Explores relationships among individuals, internal organizational departments, and organizations within the larger social context. Work experience will enhance understanding and use of sociological concepts and theories, and provide career development.
Prerequisite: SOC-100, SOC-335 and SOC-337

SOC-343 Sociological Practice and Seminar, 3 cr.

Includes problem solving through involvement and social action research in one organizational setting. As an applied sociologist the student will learn to produce information that is useful in resolving problems in community organizations, social service organizations, and grassroots social change organizations.
Prerequisite: SOC-100

SOC-344 Sociology of Black Women, 3 cr.

A systematic examination of the collective experiences of African American women, historical and contemporary; the myths versus the realities of their everyday lives, including the interrelatedness and simultaneous affect of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and age in their lived experiences.

SOC-347 Sociology of Media, 3 cr.

A systematic examination of mass media as a social construction of knowledge. Major focus is on the social and historical contexts within which the media are created, the powerful influence of the various media on the socialization process, and the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and age in the images and knowledge created by mass media.

SOC-351 Senior Seminar in Sociology, 3 cr.

Discussion, critical review and integration of students' work with current research. Preparation of a research paper with ongoing feedback from the instructor.
Prerequisite: Senior standing, SOC-100, SOC-335, and SOC-337 or consent of instructor

SOC-357 Pro-Seminar in Sociology, 3 cr.

Exploration at an advanced level of selected issues in sociology. Course topics vary and are generated by student demand, program need or faculty expertise. Consult the Schedule of Classes for specific topics. Topics will vary.
Prerequisite: SOC-100 or consent of instructor

SOC-358 Sociology of Youth and Youth Culture, 3 cr.

Analysis of youth and youth culture including historical context of adolescence, sociopolitical issues confronting youth, and youth culture as a form of social and political resistance. Each topic will be explored through detailed analyses of relevant literature, discussions with professionals who work with youth, and student research projects.
Prerequisite: SOC-100

SOC-360 Sociology of Occupations and Professions, 3 cr.

Exploration of the historical, theoretical and empirical literature on occupations and professions. Issues to be explored include the relationship between occupationas and the family, education, technology and the political environment.
Prerequisite: SOC-100 and SOC-221

SOC-373 Community Action and Resistance, 3 cr.

Chicago metropolitan field investigation of community conditions, local institutions and action programs, field investigations of community conditions, local institutions and action programs. Field investigations may be broad or concentrate on a particular school or community.
Prerequisite: SOC-337

SOC-375 Government Intelligence Agencies, 3 cr.

A study of the various government agencies which collect intelligence within the U.S. and in foreign countries with emphasis on the kinds of intelligence gathered and the political uses to which it is put. The work of the CIA and the FBI are critically examined.

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