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Sociology (SOC)

Sociology (SOC)

101 General Sociology
This course enables students to conceptualize the social world and their role in it through application of sociological terminology and theory.
Three hours, three credits.

202 Social Problems
Through a sociological lens this course will examine societal issues, social structures and human responses within the context of community, nation and world.  Through the practical application of critical thinking students will develop an understanding of global phenomenon and barriers that people face, their causes, and social solutions.
Three hours, three credits.

203 Sociology of U.S. Cultural Diversity
This course examines the social significance of racial-ethnic minorities in the United States, including Latino American, Asian American, African American, Native American Indian, with special emphasis on cultural diversity within the Appalachian region.  Topics examined include cultural values, contributions, and pride; prejudice and discrimination, legal redress and societal change; mobility and status; immigration, assimilation, segregation, population transfer, genocide and pluralism.
Three hours, three credits.

204 Sociology of Sport
A course designed to introduce students to the study of sport as a social institution which influences people of all ages through personal involvement, community involvement, and media accounts of national and international activities.  Topics covered in this course will include: cultural, economic, and political influence in sports; issues of deviance, gender, race, ethnicity, class, and physical and mental challenges as related to sport; and a sociological examination of recreational, interscholastic, intercollegiate, amateur, professional, and Olympic sports.
Three hours, three credits.

205 Marriage and the Family
This course examines family as a basic unit of human socialization. Topics addressed include cultural variations on the formation and dissolution of committed partnerships of all forms, including processes and structures of parenting, courtship, relationship discord, marriage, civil unions, separation, and divorce.
Three hours, three credits.

206 Introduction to American Folk Studies
An introduction to the genres of folk life as applied to urban, rural, historical, and contemporary American folk culture.
Three hours, three credits.

207 Sociology of Sex and Gender Roles
A sociological examination of sex and gender roles as they are influenced by cultural traditions and transformation.  This course explores theories and perspectives on sex, gender, and gender identity, with emphasis on the socialization process, influence of societal institutions, and practical applications.
Three hours, three credits.

310 Social Class and Inequality
An examination of the major sociological perspectives concerning social stratification and structural inequality.  Various issues pertaining to social mobility, power, poverty, lifestyles, and socioeconomic status will also be discussed.  Prerequisite: SOC 101.
Three hours, three credits.

320 Deviance and Social Control
An examination of deviance, norms, and the various sociological theories of deviant behavior.  An emphasis upon the relationship of deviance to criminal behavior, as well as the social control mechanisms and our economic system.  Deterrence and various types of deviant behavior will be explored.  Prerequisite: SOC 101 or 202.
Three hours, three credits.

330 Organizations and Behavior
An examination of the sociological theories and perspectives of professional, civic and other complex organizations.  The course explores issues concerning work and the economic system, bureaucratic and cooperative processes and structures, formation of networks, and the influences that individuals and organizations have upon each other. Prerequisite: SOC 101.
Three hours, three credits.

340 Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Examines the theories, issues, and responses of individuals, groups, and social institutions in times of societal transformation or crisis.  A number of historical social movements, as well as the typologies and stages of their formation will also be examined. Prerequisite: SOC 101.
Three hours, three credits.

391 Directed Study in Sociology
A structured opportunity for students to apply sociological terminology and theory to a research topic, social policy issue, or practical experience that is particularly suited to students’ interests.  Prerequisite: Prerequisite: SOC 101, or 202 or 203.
One to three hours, one to three credits.

450 Changing Roles in the Life Course
A course designed for the study of changing social roles over the life course. The course will include comparison of age specific roles in differing populations around the world with emphasis on aging in U.S. culture and the acceptance of varying social norms at different life stages.  Experiential learning activities will focus on student interaction with community elders during team interaction and oral history collection.  Student production of an abbreviated autobiographical collection of personal history for each cooperating elder will be developed using multi-media.  Prerequisites:  SOC101 or SOC202 and junior designation.
Three hours, three credits.

470 Social Sciences Research
This course is an introduction in the process and practice of research in the social sciences.  In recognition of the interconnectedness of the social research world, this course may fill the research requirement in criminal justice, recreation leadership, social work, and sociology.  The interdisciplinary approach allows students to gain a broader research experience form multiple contexts and perspectives with special consideration of professional ethics. This course will consider the stages involved in conducting research as well as focus on the intertwining and critical tools social scientists use for research: theory and methods.  Some attention will be paid to elementary data analysis as well.
Three hours, three credits.