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DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

Sociology Graduate Courses

Courses for Graduate/Undergraduate Credit

501. Sociological Statistics. (3).Generally offered in the fall semester only.  Application of descriptive and inferential statistics to sociological problems.  Includes measures of central tendency, dispersion and association, simple linear regression, hypothesis testing and analysis of variance. Prerequisites: Soc. 111, Soc. 312, Math. 111 or 331Q or equivalent.

512. Measurement and Analysis (3). Usually offered in the spring only, this course is an applied study of the conceptual tools and methodological skills needed to conduct quantitative sociological research.  Prerequisites: Soc. 111, Soc. 312, Soc. 501.

513. Sociology of Aging (3).General education further studies course. Cross-listed as Geron. 513. Analysis of the social dimensions of old age, including changing demographic structure and role changes and their impact on society. Prerequisite: Soc. 111.

515. Sociology of the Family. (3).General education further studies course. Analysis of American family behavior, including the selection of marriage partners, the husband-wife and parent-child relationships, and the relation of these patterns of behavior to other aspects of American society. Prerequisite: Soc. 111.

516. Sociology of Sex Roles. (3).  General education further studies course. Cross-listed as Wom.S.516. Analyzes the institutional sources of man=s and woman=s roles, the source of changes in these roles, the consequent ambiguities and conflicts. Prerequisite: Soc. 111.

517. Intimate Relations. (3). General education further studies course. Examines the social dimensions of intimacy including an analysis of intimacy in different types of relationships, i.e., romantic, friendship, marriage.  Reviews theory and research in the area with a special focus on the place of intimacy in social interaction. Prerequisite: Soc. 111.

520. Family and Aging. (3).Cross-listed as Geron.520. An analysis of the families and family systems of older people. Special emphasis on demographic and historical changes,  care giving, and intergenerational exchanges and relationships. Prerequisite: Geron.100 or jr. standing.

523. Sociology of Law. (3).  General education further studies course. A consideration of the impact of law on society, the role of law in effecting social change, various methods of dispute resolution, and recent research on judicial, legislative, and administrative processes, all with the aim of comparing and evaluating strengths and weaknesses of legal systems, with partial, but not exclusive, emphasis on those societies utilizing the common law. Prerequisite: Soc.111.

527. Violence and Social Change. (3).  General education further studies course. The analysis of the causal processes and function of extreme and violent political behavior, i.e., revolutionary, insurrectionary and protest movements. Includes an analysis of consequences for social change. Prerequisite: Soc. 111.

528. Sociology of Education (3). Introduction to sociological perspectives on the purpose of schools and their connection to the larger society. Examines the multiple functions and goals of education, stratification between schools and within schools, and inequalities of race, social class and gender. Other topics include youth culture, policy issues and long-term consequences of education for employment and income, relationships, health and crime. Replaced SOC 399S. Prerequisite: SOC 111.

534. Urban Sociology. (3).  General education further studies course. A study of the process of urbanization and its influence on the development of cultural and social structures throughout the world. In addition, this course will discuss social problems associated with urbanization.  Prerequisite: Soc. 111.

537. The Social Consequences of Disability. (3).  General education further studies course. Cross-listed as Geron.537. An eclectic survey of the social aspects of disability showing the impact of social values, institutions and policies upon adults with disabilities.  Appropriate for both students of sociology and the service professions. Prerequisite: Soc.111.

538. Medical Sociology. (3).  General education further studies course.. An Analysis of social and cultural factors related to physical  and mental illness. Also includes the dynamics of communication and role relationships among patients and medical personnel and social research and theory relevant to the health professions. Prerequisite: Soc.111.

539. Juvenile Delinquency. (3). General education further studies course.. The factors related to juvenile delinquency and the measures of treatment and prevention. Prerequisite: Soc.111.*

540. Criminology. (3). General education further studies course.. The extent and nature of  criminal behavior and societal reactions to it. Prerequisite: Soc.111.*

541. Contemporary Corrections. (3). Historical and contemporary programs for the treatment of offenders viewed as societal reactions to criminal behavior. Prerequisite: Soc.539 or 540.*

545. Sociological Theory. (3). Generally offered fall semester only. A comprehensive survey of sociological theory, spanning both classical and contemporary theorist relevant to the development of sociology. Prerequisite: 9 hours of sociology.

598. Internship. (1-6). Supervises persons involved in internships or placements in the community where credit can be given. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

600. Selected Topics in Sociology. (3). Study in a specialized area of sociology emphasizing student research projects. Includes deviant behavior, political sociology, the family and others. Repeatable for a maximum of six hours credit. Prerequisite: Soc. 111, instructor=s consent and substantive area course.

651. Directed Research. (3). Gives the student further research skills in an area of special interest. All students are under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty who guides them in developing research skills. Prerequisite: Soc. 512 or equivalent and instructor=s consent.

670. Independent Reading. (1-3).  For the advanced student capable of doing independent work in an area of special interest. Prerequisite: 15 hours of sociology and instructor=s consent.

750. Sociology Workshop. (1-3). Provides specialized instruction using a variable format, in a sociologically relevant subject.

781. Cooperative Education in Sociology. (1-4).  Provides practical  experience, under academic supervision, that complements the student=s academic program. Consultation with and approval by an appropriate faculty advisor are necessary. Graded CR/NCr only.

Courses for Graduate Students Only

801. Application of Advanced Statistical Techniques. (3). Usually offered in the fall only, this seminar on advanced statistical techniques demonstrates the application of statistical packages via mainframe and personal computers to analyze data and interpret the output.  Statistical tests from univariate to multivariate are examined.  Prerequisite: Soc. 501 or departmental consent.

811. Advanced Research: Quantitative Methods (3). Seminar course designed to provide graduate students with the conceptual tools and methodological skills needed to conduct quantitative sociological research. Students are introduced to sampling, measurement and data management issues. In addition, students gain experience with statistical software packages using large-scale data sets. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

812. Advanced Research Methods. (3). Through classical and contemporary readings, graduate students will deepen their understanding of the methodological steps of the research process. Students will address methodological issues while conducting a research project using design methodologies, sampling practices, and measurement strategies. Prerequisite: Soc. 512 or departmental consent.

815. Seminar on the Family. (3). Review of recent research on the family and its theoretical implications. Prerequisite: Soc.515 or departmental consent.

820. Seminar in Social Movements. (3). Analysis of the elements in social movements as factors in social and cultural change. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

822. Seminar in Deviant Behavior. (3). Indepth examination of recent theory, methods and research in the area of deviance. Includes implications of future theory development. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

825. Seminar in Organizational Analysis. (3). Explorations of selected problems in organizational theory based on major theoretical and empirical approaches, both classical and contemporary. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

830. Seminar in Stratification and Power. (3).  Examination of the different theoretical and methodological  approaches to understanding stratification and class analysis. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

834. Seminar in Urban Sociology. (3).  Through classical and contemporary readings, this course examines issues and concerns of countries in the process of urbanization. Prerequisite: Soc. 534 or departmental consent.

845. Seminar in Sociological Theory. (3).  Usually offered in the spring only, this seminar examines classical and contemporary sociological theories, and focuses on including the application of such theories in students' thesis and non-thesis projects.  Prerequisite: Soc. 545 or departmental consent.

847. Seminar in Recent Developments in Sociology. (3). Major issues, new theories, new techniques of research , new areas of research and new applications. Repeatable for credit but not to exceed six hours. Prerequisite: 15 hours of sociology and departmental consent.

851. Directed Research. (3). For the advanced student who wants to achieve research competence in a specific area. Each student is directed by a member of the graduate faculty in the development of a project in research not leading to thesis research. Prerequisite: Soc. 812 and instructors consent.

860. Proseminar—Sociology (3). Examines the academic roles of sociologists, the fields of study and types of research. Usually offered fall semester only. Fulfills the university’s professional and scholarly integrity training requirement covering research misconduct, publication practices and responsible authorship, conflict of interest and commitment, ethical issues in data acquisition, management, sharing and ownership. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

870. Independent Reading. (1-3). Advanced systematic reading in a topical area under the tutorship of a member of the graduate faculty. Repeatable for credit not to exceed six hours. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

875-876. Thesis. (3-6).
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* Prerequisite may be waived with departmental consent.