2008-2009 Sociology Courses

SOC

105

Introduction to Sociology, LE

(4)

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to sociology by examining the cultural, organizational, and social forces that shape people's perceptions, actions, and opportunities. Areas of emphasis include the sociological perspective; social inequality; and social roles, groups, and institutions.

 

SOC

200/300

Special Topics in Sociology

(1-4)

The exploration of issues, problems, and innovations in sociology. Provides individual and group experience.

 

SOC

245

Human Sexuality

(4)

Students explore issues of maleness and femaleness. Emphasis is placed on identifying and evaluating value systems relating to sexuality. The impact of cultural definitions on individual behavior is also examined. Attention is directed toward societal ramifications of shifting roles with the intention of evaluating new alternatives open to men and women. A final emphasis is placed on understanding sexual functioning and different means of sexual expression.

 

SOC

253

Sociology of the Family, LE

(4)

This course explores the modern American family--examining the traditions, roles, functions, representations, changes, and controversies surrounding the social institution of the family.

 

SOC

270

Introduction to Social Work

(4)

This course is designed for students who are interested in learning about or pursuing a career in social work. Providing a comprehensive overview of the profession, the course will introduce students to social work theories, goals, values, ethics, skills, practices, services, and challenges.

 

SOC 305 Contemporary Issues (4)
This course explores contemporary issues from a social problems perspective. Focusing on various current issues such as poverty, unemployment, crime, substance abuse, terrorism, racism, discrimination, and sexual inequality, the course utilizes sociological analysis to examine how contemporary issues are definedand dealt within American society.
 
SOC 313 Introduction to Social Theory (4)
This course examines the major social theories and theorists, focusing on their contributions to understanding modern social behavior and problems. Students critically analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each of these major social theories and theorists, as well as how to apply them to contemporary issues. Prerequisite: SOC 105.
 
SOC 320 Sociology of Popular Culture (4)
This course explores the social implications of popular culture. Focusing on film, television, music, fashion, books, magazines, the Internet, and other forms of entertainment, the course critically examines how popular culture is produced, disseminated, consumed, interpreted, and experienced in the United States.
 
SOC 330 Sports and Society (4)
This course explores sports as a significant cultural, political, and economic force in American society. Focusing on both established and alternative sports, the course incorporates a sociological perspective to critically examine how sports are organized, played, experienced, observed, perceived, and critiqued in the United States.
 
SOC 350 Gender in Society (4)
Examines the sociocultural construction of gender in the United States with some cross-cultural comparisons. It makes generalizations about how the experiences of men and women differ in this society and also looks at different experiences based on region, class, religion, and ethnicity. Comparisons are then made about gender based experiences in other societies and how they are related to the wider culture.
 
SOC 372 Race, Ethnicity and Class (4)
Covers the varied historical and present-day experiences of different ethnic groups in the United States. Discusses human variation and the social consequences of the cultural construction of racial categories. Studies prejudice and discrimination including the economic, political and social reasons for changes in immigration policy.
 
SOC 390 Quantitative Research Methods (4)
A survey of the scientific methods of data collection as a means of approaching problems in anthropology, political science, psychology, and sociology. Laboratory exercises illustrating the various methods are required. Strongly recommended for students considering graduate school. Prerequisites: MATH 150. Same as
PSYC 390.
 
SOC 391 Qualitative Research Methods (4)
This course teaches students how to make use of qualitative research methods to look at social issues. First, the students learn about qualitative research and how it differs from, and complements, quantitative research methods. They then conduct a literature review and an ethno-historical review to prepare to choose a particular topic of interest. Finally, they prepare a research design. This may include preliminary propositions, hypotheses, or simply questions, and a statement of how the answers to these questions will be pursued in the field. Designed for juniors and seniors, but others may take the course with consent of the instructor.
 
SOC 400 Seminar in Social Science (4)
Informal group experience for advanced students to explore issues, problems, and innovations in the social sciences field. Prerequisite: senior standing or consent of instructor.
 
SOC 401 Directed Studies (13)
A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in the Sociology Program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and school dean.
 
SOC 440 Internship (14)
Offers students the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge with practical experience. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster or permission of instructor), minimum 2.5 GPA, completion of the Career Resource Center Internship Workshop, and consent of program director and Career Center Internship Coordinator.
 
SOC 450 Methods of Teaching Social Sciences (3)
Preparation for secondary education students to teach history and the social sciences. Includes methods of teaching knowledge, thinking, skills, and attitudes in the context of all of the social sciences. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Programs.
 
SOC 470 Senior Thesis (4)
A senior project or thesis is required of all sociology and social science academic majors. Sociology majors will sign up for four credit hours in one semester. Social science majors will spread these hours over two semesters so that they can work with two instructors from different disciplines. Those who opt to conduct a community project will extend the work done in their research methods course and carry out the necessary fieldwork: a minimum of four interviews and two participant observations, or data analysis. Those who opt to write a thesis will focus on research, the synthesis of information, analysis, and writing techniques concerning a particular topic in sociology (for sociology majors) or the social sciences (for social science majors). All majors signing up for the project or thesis must have completed either SOC 390 (after having first completed MATH 150 as a prerequisite for SOC 390) or SOC 391. To take the thesis, all students must have senior standing, a declared major in sociology or social science, and consent of the instructor.
 
SOC 471 Social Science Thesis (2)
Social Science majors take two semesters of senior thesis, synthesizing information from two disciplines in the social sciences. Majors sign up for ANTH 471, JUST 471, PLSC 471, PSYC 471, or SOC 471 based on the discipline they are working under for that particular semester: one in the fall, and one in the spring. Prerequisites: Senior Standing, credit for SOC 390 or SOC 391 and one of the following courses: JUST 301, PLSC 367, PSYC 352, or SOC 313; and consent of social science division chair.