Course Descriptions - Spring

Please Note: Courses descriptions for Spring 2020; for earlier terms, please contact enrollment services for the appropriate class schedule.

This a list of all courses the College can offer; the College does not offer all courses every semester. For the current semester's courses, go to the class schedule. The class schedule provides more complete information, including course description, instructor, course fee, and textbook required.

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SOC101 - Introduction to Sociology
Course introduces sociological perspective used to study contemporary society, with focus on United States. Content includes culture, socialization, social interaction, groups and networks, deviance and social control, inequality in society, social institutions such as family or education, and processes of social change. IAI S7 900
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S7 900

SOC103 - Social Problems
Course investigates social conditions that contribute to contemporary U.S. and global social problems. Content includes globalization; poverty; discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, age and sexual orientation; crime and criminal justice system; substance abuse; population growth, environmental problems and sustainability; and war and terrorism.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S7 901

SOC104 - Sociology of Marriage and Family: Relationships, Intimacy and Commitment
Course explores broad survey of issues related to marriage and family in contemporary society. Content includes nature of relationships and intimacy; love, dating, courtship, cohabitation, marriage and its alternatives, childbirth and parenting, and crises faced in intimate relationships such as divorce and family violence. IAI S7 902 Recommended: SOC 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S7 902

SOC210 - Death and Dying
Course studies social and personal problems relating to crisis of dying and the phenomenon of death. Content includes medical ethics associated with aging; legal problems, euthanasia, social rituals and taboos of old age; family and personal dynamics associated with terminal illness; grieving process, personal clarification of feelings and attitudes about death and dying; suicide and nuclear war.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

SOC220 - Deviant Behavior
Course uses variety of sociological perspectives to study behaviors commonly labeled deviant because they fall outside societal norms. Content includes process of defining deviance; different forms of deviance such as criminal deviance to mental illness; social causes of deviance; social responses to deviance from stigmatization; systems of social control; reintegration of deviants into society. Recommended: SOC 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

SOC230 - Sociology of Sex and Gender
Course introduces sociological perspectives on sex and gender as a factor in social stratification, gender role construction and acquisition, and the consequences of changing social definitions of gender roles across time and place. Content includes analyses of cross-cultural gender construction; gender socialization and inequality in education, the family, the workplace, and the mass media; and the impact of gender systems on life chances and outcomes, including intimacies and violence. Recommended: SOC 101 or SOC 104.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S7 904D

SOC232 - Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Course examines history and contemporary landscape of race and ethnicity in American society. Content includes an historical context of race, the evolution of racial ideologies, racial inequality and institutions (education, employment, healthcare, criminal justice system, housing, and the environment), resisting racial injustice, and a comparative look at global ideas of race and racisms. IAI: S7 903D Prerequisite: Recommended: SOC 101, SOC 103 or SSC 101
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S7 903D

SOC233 - Growing Old in America: Diversity Issues
Course examines aging within multicultural society. Content includes effects of race, class, sex, physical and cognitive ability on aging among diverse populations in America; cultural expectations about and difficulties of aging; and impact of diversity issues among elderly on public policy decisions and implementation.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

SOC234 - Sociology of Violence
Course examines nature and causes of violence in context of contemporary American society. Content includes historical trends in violent behavior, social factors contributing to violence; types of violent behavior (interpersonal, collective,and organizational); strategies to prevent the expression of violence, and system of social control. Recommended: SOC 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

SOC290 - Topics in Sociology
Course explores major issues relating to field of sociology. Topics selected from subspecialties: socialization, social organization, deviance, stratification, race and ethnicity, gender, social institutions, collective behavior, urbanization, and social change. Focus and/or scope differ from other sociology courses currently offered. Can be repeated on different topics up to three times for up to nine credits. Prerequisite may vary by topic.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-4; lab: 1-4)

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