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SOCI 1163  General Sociology

Credits: 3.00 Credits

Sociology is the scientific study of society and social groups. This introductory course discusses the research methods, basic concepts, theories and perspectives used by sociologists. Among the topics covered are culture, socialization, social structure, deviance, social stratification, diversity, globalization, minority groups, gender, and selected social institutions.

SOCI 1183  Contemporary Social Problems

Credits: 3.00 Credits

The purpose of the course is to acquaint the student with a broad spectrum of social problems within the contemporary United States. The factors causing social and cultural problems will be emphasized. Each student will be required to use sociological principles to analyze one selected problem.

SOCI 1193  Marriage & Famly Acrs Wrld Clt

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course provides a cross-cultural perspective on marriage and family while giving students the opportunity to explore similarities and differences in marriage and family practices. Specific cultures will be examined to enhance student understanding of cultural and environmental influences on beliefs, values and practices relating to kinship patterns.

SOCI 1223  Minority Cultures

Credits: 3.00 Credits

The course is a survey of historical and contemporary majority group-minority group relations in the United States. Using a sociological perspective, it focuses on the impact of ethnicity, race and gender on the distribution of power, opportunity and privilege. The emphasis is on the social construction of systems of difference. The course requires either a student research paper or a student presentation.

SOCI 1233  Gerontology

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the study of human aging. Emphasis is placed on social gerontology, though research from both bio-gerontology and psycho-gerontology is discussed. The focus is primarily on aging in the United States, though some cross-cultural data is presented.

SOCI 1243  Criminology

Credits: 3.00 Credits

The course provides an introduction to the sociological study of crime and criminal behavior. Emphasis is given to the variable definitions of crime with respect to time and place, the causes and theories of crime, topologies of criminal behavior, and crime prevention strategies. An overview of the criminal justice system (law enforcement, the court process, and correction) is presented.

SOCI 5023  Research Methods

Credits: 3.00 Credits

With an emphasis on human service agencies and evaluation research, this upper-level course focuses on the how's and why's of doing research. The research techniques used by human services practitioners and social scientists are discussed. Ethical ways to build knowledge and to conduct program evaluation are examined. Students gain practical experience in doing research by designing their own agency-focused research project. SPSS will be the data analysis package utilized.

SOCI 5213  Science, Technology & Society

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course is a survey of the growth of science and technology and their impact upon society as a whole with primary emphasis upon the United States. Major concentration is on the period since the mid-nineteenth century emphasizing the intellectual climate leading to and resulting from scientific and technological changes and the influence of these developments upon industry, government, education, agriculture, ecology and other areas.