Description of Sociology Upper Division Courses Offered in Spring 2014

SOC 214 - The Family.

Reg. Code 10238 MW 3:30-4:45 pm Henry

The goal of this course is to give you the tools to look analytically at something we all know very well: the family. We all have intimate experience with our own families, but we do not always see how social, economic, political, and cultural forces shape both our own families and families which are very different from our own. During the course we will look at the family historically to see how the family has changed over time. We will examine the everyday experiences of individuals within families by looking at such things as love, marriage, and parent/child relationships. And, we will take a "macro" view of families to see how families interact with such institutions as the government and the economy. By the end of the course you should have an understanding of how families make decisions about their lives and how outside social forces affect those decisions.

SOC 333 - Practicum in Sociology Careers.

Reg Code 8582 MWF 1-1:50 pm Kinnell

Objectives: 1) Students will examine the career paths available to sociology majors. 2) Students will identify steps that they can take to enhance their ability to start a career after graduation. 3) Students will gain practical experience in a career-oriented area. Course structure: 1/3 of the course will consist of in-class meetings. 2/3 of the course will consist of a mini-internship with an organization of the student’s choice OR a significant independent research project focused on sociology careers. Other course requirements will include: 1) readings on preparing for a career using your sociology major, 2) assignments related to job seeking (e.g. career plan, application letter, resume preparation, job search techniques), 3) a reflective journal, and 3) a final paper.

SOC 350 - Race and Ethnicity.

Reg. Code 2293 M night 6:30-9:15 pm Reid

This course will focus on race and ethnicity from a sociological perspective and cover topics such as definitions of race and ethnicity, racialization, race and ethnic categories, prejudice, discrimination, institutional racism, colorblindness, privilege, nation, intersectionality, and racial and ethnic identities. Based on scholarly research, this course is designed to give students an understanding of race and ethnicity not only as groups but importantly also in relation to social processes that differently structure the lived experiences of people from various groups. An important aspect of the course will be to gain an understanding of how racial and ethnic inequality exists at the institutional as well as the individual level.  The final part of the course will examine changing concepts of racial and ethnic identity and explore some recent perspectives on multiculturalism.

SOC 401 - Senior Seminar in Sociology. Prerequisites: SOC 101, SOC 462, SOC 482.

Reg. Code 7048 TTH 8-9:15 am Fennell

This course serves as the Capstone course for sociology majors, and, as such, it will build on students’ prior coursework in theory and research methods to explore key areas of sociology at an advanced level. You will utilize your “sociological imagination” to explore a topic of your choice.  You will read articles on the topic and conduct original research using the methodology of participation.  In this way, you will learn how to be a better observer and writer, critical skills in the workplace as well as in school.  Students will be required to do a series of assignments and give two in-class presentations. This course is required for graduating seniors and counts as an Intensive Writing course under the university core curriculum.

SOC 423/523 - Sociology of Health.

Reg. Code 20294/20295 TTH 3:50-5:05 pm Miller

This course will introduce students to a sociological perspective on health and medicine in the United States. We will examine a range of topics including: cultural ideas about health and disease; how social inequalities relate to health and health care; biomedical authority and the history of the medical profession; how illness and identity can be connected; the impact of technology on health and health care; and medicalization in society.  This class is appropriate for students with a sociology major or minor as well as students in health-related fields. Students are strongly recommended to complete SOC101 prior to enrolling in this class.


Gulfpark Campus
SOC 355 - Collective Behavior and Social Movements

Reg. Code 20531 M 2-4:45 pm Leonard

This course will approach the study of social movements from a sociological perspective, through which we will examine how movements form, how they accomplish their goals, their strategies and tactics, and the forces that work with or in opposition to social movements. The course will provide an overview of the theoretical frameworks in the study of social movements, illustrating key concepts with a series of case studies.
The goal of this course is to develop and strengthen the ability to critically evaluate sociological scholarship on social movements and demonstrate the knowledge of the major theoretical perspectives in social movement research.