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Department of Sociology
Course Descriptions | Departmental Degree Requirements

Course Descriptions

SOC 503 - (3) (Y)
Classical Sociological Theory

A seminar focusing on the writings of Marx, Weber, Durkheim and other social theorists. Open to students in related disciplines.

SOC 506 - (3) (Y)
Contemporary Sociological Theory

Consideration of the nature and purpose of sociological theory. Includes a survey of the most important contemporary theories and theorists.

SOC 507 - (3) (IR)
Max Weber: Theoretical Considerations

A critical examination of Weber’s writings and his influence on social science.

SOC 510 - (3) (Y)
Research Design and Methods

Study of the steps necessary to design a research project, including searching the literature, formulating the problem, deriving propositions, operationalizing concepts, constructing explanations, and testing hypotheses.

SOC 511 - (3) (Y)
Survey Research Methods

Prerequisite: SOC 512 or permission of instructor
Study of the theory and practice of survey research. Topics include the survey as a cultural form; sampling theory; the construction, testing, and improvement of survey instruments; interviewer training; the organization of field work; coding and tabulating; and the preparation of survey reports. Students collectively design and carry out one major survey.

SOC 512 - (3) (Y)
Intermediate Statistics

Study of the social science applications of analysis of variance, correlation, and regression; and consideration of causal models.

SOC 514 - (3) (E) Qualitative Research Methods
Study of the procedures and techniques of documentary analysis, historical sociology, detached and participant observation, sociological experimentation, and action research.

SOC 556 - (3) (Y)
Sociology of Culture

An examination of the most recent theoretical and methodological developments in the sociology of culture. Examines the influence of structuralism, phenomenology, critical theory, and cultural anthropology on contemporary sociological theory and practice. Considers the ways cultural analysis can be applied to a variety of pressing empirical problems.

SOC 559 - (3) (IR)
Sociology of Science

Prerequisite: SOC 512 or permission of instructor
Topics include science as a major institution in modern society; interrelations of science and society; social organization of science; the scientific career (socialization and professionalization); status, roles, and characteristics of science; science policy studies as an emerging discipline; and technological assessment.

SOC 562 - (3) (SI)
Social Demography

International study of population structures, emphasizing comparison of developed and developing societies, and the way in which differing rates of population growth effect the patterns of social and economic change in these societies.

SOC 595, 596 - (3) (Y)
Special Topics in Sociology

Topics are announced and vary each semester.

SOC 738 - (3) (IR)
India and South Asia

An analysis of the key structural features of South Asian societies from a sociological perspective. Focuses on the caste system and its relationship to various religions of South Asia.

SOC 742 - (3) (Y)
Social Stratification

Prerequisites: SOC 503, SOC 711 or their equivalent, with instructor’s permission
Study of the distribution of rewards and punishments and the resulting social inequalities in cross-cultural and historical perspective. Analyzes negative liabilities such as arrest, imprisonment, unemployment, and stigmatization, and positive assets such as education, occupation, income, and honor. Draws on the literature of both stratification and deviance/criminology. Focuses on the distributive aspects of power and the resulting social formations such as classes, and status groups.

SOC 773 - (3) (IR)
Computers and Society

Study of the impact of electronic data processing technologies on social structure and the social constraints on the development and application of these technologies. Reviews how computers are changing—and failing to change—fundamental institutions. Aims to understand computers in the context of societal needs, organizational imperatives, and human values.

SOC 780 - (3) (IR)
Social Change

Analysis of the social change of entire societies and cultures with a focus on contemporary America. Includes an introduction to the classical theories of Marx and Weber, their relationship to contemporary critiques of the U.S., study of selected social movements, and an analysis of the theoretical roots and practical consequences of recent strategies of change.

SOC 801, 802 - (3) (SI)
Issues in Social Theory

SOC 803, 804 - (3) (S)
Sociological Issues

Study of contemporary issues effecting sociology as a science, as an academic discipline, and as a profession. Frequent guest lecturers.

SOC 811 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Multivariate Analysis-Discrete Outcomes

Prerequisite: SOC 512, or permission of instructor
Study of techniques for cross-classified categorical data in social science. Includes logistic regression, log-linear models, latent class models, and event history analysis. Features discussion of published sociological applications. A major paper involving original research design and/or data analysis is required.

SOC 813 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Multivariate Analysis-Continuous Outcomes

Prerequisite: SOC 512, or permission of instructor
Study of regression-based techniques for continuous variables. Includes matrix algebra, error diagnostics, complex causal models, latent variables (LISREL) models, time-series, and panel-data analysis. Features discussion of published sociological applications. A major paper involving original research design and/or data analysis is required.

SOC 822 - (3) (IR)
Teaching of Sociology

SOC 823 - (3) (IR)
Deviance and Social Control

Examination of a variety of deviant behaviors in American society and sociological theories explaining societal reactions and attempts at social control. Focuses on enduring conditions such as drug addiction, alcoholism, mental illness, emphasizing historical social change as a function of contemporary ideology and larger societal issues.

SOC 831, 832, 841, 842, 862, 872, 881, 882 - (3) (Y)
Selected Topics in Sociology

Advanced graduate seminars. Offerings are given in a semester determined by faculty and student interest.

SOC 847 - (3) (IR)
Sociology of Knowledge

Study of the social foundations of knowledge, including formal systems of knowledge to the realities of everyday life. Includes classical and contemporary literature on the subject.

SOC 848 - (3) (IR)
Modern Culture

SOC 851 - (3) (IR)
Sociology of Work

Study of the division of labor, occupational classification, labor force trends, career patterns and mobility, occupational cultures and life-styles, and the sociology of the labor market.

SOC 852 - (3) (IR)
Sociology of Religious Behavior

Classical and contemporary theories and empirical research are examined to illuminate the changing role of religious belief and religious institutions in the Western World. Emphasizes the methodological problems of studying religion.

SOC 853 - (3) (IR)
Sociology of Education

Analysis of education as a social institution and its relationship to other institutions, e.g., the economy, the stratification system, the family. Emphasizes the role of education in the status attainment process.

SOC 854 - (3) (IR)
Political Sociology

Study of the relationships between social structure and political institutions. Competing theories about such topics as power structures, political participation, ideology, party affiliation, voting behavior, and social movements are discussed in the context of recent research on national and local politics in the United States.

SOC 857 - (3) (IR)
Family Research Seminar

Study of the relationship between family and society as expressed in policy and law. Focuses on the effects of formal policy on the structure of families and the interactions within families. Examines changes in American family system in response to laws, policies, and social issues.

SOC 859 - (3) (IR)
Conflict Management

A theoretical examination of how people express and handle grievances. Analysis of the social conditions associated with self-help, avoidance, negotiation, mediation, adjudication, toleration, and related topics.

SOC 861 - (3) (IR)
Population Analysis

Study of the methods, theories, and principles of demographic analysis, with special applications to problems in the study of U.S. and international fertility, mortality, and migration.

SOC 871 - (3) (IR)
Sociology of Organizations

Examination of formal organizations in government, industry, education, health care, religion, the arts, and voluntary associations. Considers such topics as power and authority, communication, “informal” relations, commitment, and alienation.

SOC 897 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research

For master’s research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.

SOC 898 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For master’s thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.

SOC 901, 902 - (Credit to be arranged) (S)
Directed Reading

SOC 905, 906 - (Credit to be arranged) (SI)
Research Apprenticeship

SOC 997 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research

For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.

SOC 999 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.


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