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Courses at the 300-level

GRTL 314: Health and Aging

An interdisciplinary approach is taken to the health/mental health of older adults. Normal aging is compared to disease/ disorders. Students cannot receive credit for both GRTL 314 and NURS 314.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Completion of at least 45 credit hours
GRTL 315: Physical Aspects of Aging

This is a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human aging. Presented are concepts related to longevity and theories of aging.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • SOC 217
SOC 300: Classical Sociological Theories

The development and functions of sociological theory in its historical, social, and scientific contexts are studied. Also analyzed are the more important theories from those of Comte to the early Parsons.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Any 200-level sociology course
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 302: Social Research Methods I

Social research methods are examined, with emphasis on the connection between theory and research, values and ethical issues in research, study design, conceptualization, measurement, and methods of data collection.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Any 200-level sociology course
  • completion of Mathematics Gen. Ed. distribution requirement
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 303: The Sociology of Work

Students' work experiences and career choices are examined against the backdrop of occupational and social change: the workplace, labor markets, and the family. Students cannot receive credit for both Labor Studies 303 and Sociology 303.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Any 200-level sociology course
  • or consent of the department chair
SOC 306: Formal Organizations

In analyzing the goals, operation, and impact of modern organizations, consideration is given to such characteristics as bureaucratization, the role of the bureaucrat, industrial relations, and organizational change.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Any 200-level sociology course
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 309: The Sociology of Delinquency and Crime

Theoretical orientations toward the causes of delinquent and criminal behavior are studied. Also examined are various types of criminal behavior, as well as research, measurement, and prediction methods. Relevant social policy is explored.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • SOC 207
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 312: Class, Status, and Power

The distribution of power and privilege in societies is examined. Various social characteristics, such as occupation and education, are considered as factors important in establishing rank and class systems. (Formerly Social Stratification).
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Any 200-level sociology course
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 313: Sociology of Religion

Religion is studied as a social phenomenon. Attention is given to the relationship between religion and other social characteristics, such as morality, collective behavior, status and class, economics, family, and politics.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Any 200-level sociology course
  • or consent of the department chair
SOC 314: The Sociology of Health and Illness

Topics include the influence of the social and economic environment on health and disease, and social-cultural forces affecting medicine. (Formerly Medical Sociology.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Any 200-level sociology course
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 315: Community

The concept of community is analyzed, including methods of studying the community and the historical development of human communities, with reference to the development of social institutions, their functions, and structure.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Any 200-level sociology course
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 316: Sociology of Education

The school is examined as one of the major institutions in contemporary society concerned with the socialization of children (and adults).
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Any 200-level sociology course
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 317: Politics and Society

Relationships of power and authority and their social foundations are examined. Students may receive credit for only one of the following: HIST 317, POL 317, and SOC 317.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • POL 204
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 318: Law and Society

Law as a social institution is examined. Attention is given to theories of law; law as it relates to social control and social change; the organization, making, implementation, and impact of law; and the profession and practice of law.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Any 200-level sociology course
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 320: Law and the Elderly

The major laws affecting the older population (e.g., Social Security) are examined, as well as areas where criminality may occur, such as elder abuse. (Formerly SOC 420: Social Policy of Aging in Comparative Perspective.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Any 200-level sociology course
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 330: Deviant Behavior

Theoretical perspectives on the societal aspects of deviant behavior are presented. Research on the labeling process, maintenance of the deviant role, the deviant subculture, and the function of deviance in society are also discussed.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Any 200-level sociology course
  • or consent of the department chair
SOC 331: The Individual and Society

Current theories and research on the convergence of the individual and the social structure are examined. Contributions of several social scientific disciplines are used in investigating social systems, conflict situations, and especially socialization.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Any 200-level sociology course
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 333: Comparative Law and Justice

Systems of law and justice are examined in prestate and state societies to understand the operation of law and justice in crosscultural contexts and the United States. Students cannot receive credit for both SOC 333 and ANTH 333. (Formerly SOC 304.)
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • any 100- or 200-level course in a social science
SOC 340: Law Enforcement: Theory and Application

The philosophy, history, and practice of law enforcement are examined. Organization and jurisdiction of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and their roles in the administration of criminal justice are explored.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • SOC 207
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 341: Corrections: Process and Theory

Focus is on the history and development of corrections in the United States, including rationales of punishment, critical analysis of correctional processes and theories, and alternatives to incarceration.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • SOC 207
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 342: Women, Crime, and Justice

Focus is on women's experiences with crime, justice, and the law. Topics include an overview of American laws that affect women, the impact of social movements on justice for women, women and crime, and women in the criminal justice system.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Any 200-level sociology course
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 343: Juveniles and Justice

The impact of juvenile status on the rights of the individual, the historical and philosophical foundations of the juvenile justice system, and its current organization and administration are examined.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Any 200-level sociology course
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 344: Minority Issues in Justice Systems

This national cross-cultural investigation focuses on minorities and considers whether there are informal or institutionalized biases toward minorities in specific areas of the criminal justice system.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Any 200-level sociology course
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 345: Victimology

The extent to which individuals and groups are victimized by crime, the criminal justice system, terrorism, and the abuse of power is examined.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Any 200-level sociology course
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 346: Underworld and Upperworld Crime and Criminals

Approaches to the study of white-collar crime and organized crime are presented and the historical circumstances from which these crimes evolved. Law enforcement efforts to suppress white-collar and organized crime are evaluated.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Any 200-level sociology course
  • or consent of department chair
SOC 350: Topics Course in Sociology


3 credit hours

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