College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Sociology

WSU Course Catalog for Sociology

 

Courses (as of 02 April 2009)

This list is presented here as a convenience; for the most up to date information, click on the WSU online catalogue link to the right, or check with your professor or advisor.

Sociology (SOC)

101 [S,D] Introduction to Sociology 3 Human society and social behavior; effects of groups, organizations, cultures, and institutions.

102 [S,D] Social Problems 3 The structure of social institutions and cultural factors that constitute threats to society (crime, poverty, discrimination, drugs, family violence).

150 [S,D] Marital and Sexual Life Styles 3 Traditional and alternative marriage styles; social and personal factors in mate selection; sexual life styles; development of sex roles.

198 [S] Introduction to Sociology Honors 3 Open only to students in the Honors College.

250 [S,D] Perspectives on Disability 3 Same as DisSt 250.

270 (Effective through Summer 2009) Personal Identity and Social Interaction 3 Development of self concept in social interaction; attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviors; conformity and interpersonal influence.

298 Special Topics in Sociology: Study Abroad V 1-15 May be repeated for credit. S, F grading.

300 [S,M] Intersections of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality 3 Prereq CES 101, Soc 101, or W St 200. Same as W St 300.

302 [S,D] Contemporary Masculinity and Men's Issues 3 Same as W St 302.

310 Development of Social Theory 3 Prereq Soc 101. Foundations of sociological theory; introduction to original works of early social theorists.

317 [M] Research Methods in Sociology 3 Prereq Soc 101; certified major in sociology. Designing, conducting, and reporting social research.

320 Introduction to Social Research 3 Prereq Soc 101. Methods of collecting data; surveys, experiments, field observations; organization and interpretation of data; reading social research findings.

321 Quantitative Techniques in Sociology I 4 Levels of measurement; measures of central tendency, dispersion and association; normal curve, statistical inference; logic of quantitative comparison and decision making.

331 [S] Population, Resources, and the Future 3 Effects of population on resource depletion, environmental deterioration, social and economic structure; zero population growth prospects; limits to growth debate.

332 (Effective through Summer 2009) [M] Society and Environment 3 Prereq Soc 101. Society-environment relations, including environmental attitudes and behavior; the environmental movement and environmental politics and policy-making.

332 Society and Environment 3 Prereq Soc 101. Society-environment relations, including environmental attitudes and behavior; the environmental movement and environmental politics and policy-making.

340 (Effective through Summer 2009) [S,D,M] Social Inequality 3 Prereq Soc 101. Causes and consequences of social inequality in contemporary America.

340 [S,D] Social Inequality 3 Prereq Soc 101. Causes and consequences of social inequality in contemporary America.

341 [S] Sociology of Religion 3 Prereq Soc 101. Relation between religious and other institutions of societies, particularly in Europe and North America.

342 Urban Poverty 3 Prereq Soc 101. Historical context and current debates on US urban poverty including public policy, employment and education, and gender, race, and ethnicity.

343 [S,D] Sociology of Professions and Occupations 3 Prereq Soc 101. Social organization of work in America including historical and contemporary trends, bureaucracy, gender/racial inequality, technological affects, work/family relations.

345 [S,D] Sociology of Sport 3 Prereq Soc 101. Sociological study of sport in America.

346 [S,D] Sociology of Education 3 Prereq Soc 101 or 102. Examination of how educational institutions are influenced by other social forces, how school practices affect individual outcomes and how race/class/gender shape educational opportunity.

350 [S] Social Psychology 3 Prereq Psych 105 or Soc 101. Same as Psych 350.

351 [S,D] The Family 3 Prereq Psych 105 or Soc 101. Family system and its interaction patterns; family life cycle from marriage through death; marital relations, divorce, sexuality, parenting crisis, abuse.

352 Sociology of Emotions 3 Prereq Psych 105 or Soc 101. Examination of emotions by surveying current theory and research; investigate emotions such as shame, guilt, empathy, jealousy, envy, and anger.

356 Sociology of Aging and the Life Course 3 Aging as a lifelong process; behavior, personality competencies, social relations changes over the life course; historical, social structural, demographics, contextual influences. Cooperative course taught jointly by WSU and UI (SOC 431).

360 [S] Social Deviance 3 Prereq Soc 101. A survey of the sociology of deviance.

361 (Effective through Summer 2009) [M] Criminology 3 Prereq Soc 101. Crime measurement, the correlates of crime, and specific types of crime such as white-collar and drug crime.

361 Criminology 3 Prereq Soc 101. Crime measurement, the correlates of crime, and specific types of crime such as white-collar and drug crime.

362 [S,D] Juvenile Delinquency 3 Prereq Soc 101. Sociological perspectives on delinquency; delinquent gangs and subcultures; delinquency causation and control; law and its enforcement: juvenile justice and corrections.

363 The Social Organization of Hate Crimes 3 Prereq Soc 101. Definition measurement, social context, and social regulation of hate crimes as a social problem; emphasizing their production and social organization.

364 (Effective through Summer 2009) [M] Law and Society 3 Prereq Crm J 101 or Soc 101. Various points of intersection of legal and social systems; special attention given to historical development.

364 Law and Society 3 Prereq Crm J 101 or Soc 101. Various points of intersection of legal and social systems; special attention given to historical development.

367 Juvenile Justice and Corrections 3 Prereq Crm J 101. Same as Crm J 365. Cooperative course taught by WSU, open to UI students (C J 365)

368 Sociological Theories of Addictive Behavior 3 Prereq Soc 101. Alcohol use and abuse in the context of other legal and illegal substances focusing on theories and drug policies.

372 (Effective through Summer 2009) [M] The Sociology of Film 3 The social, economic, and political factors that influence film production and the impact of films on American culture.

372 The Sociology of Film 3 The social, economic, and political factors that influence film production and the impact of films on American culture.

373 [S,D] Media, Culture and Society 3 The production of popular culture by media organizations and its effects on society.

375 (Effective through Spring 2009) Aspects of Sustainable Development 3 Prereq junior standing. Same as EconS 326.

375 (Effective through Summer 2009) Aspects of Sustainable Development 3 Prereq EconS 101. Same as EconS 326.

375 Aspects of Sustainable Development 3 Prereq EconS 101. Same as EconS 326.

383 (Effective through Summer 2009) [S,D] Sociology of Sexuality 3 Prereq Soc 101, Soc 102, or W St 200. Social construction of sexuality, sexual behavior, and sexuality as a part of social inequalities and institutions.

384 [S,D] Sociology of Gender 3 Prereq Soc 101. Construction and maintenance of gender and gender inequality in American society.

390 [S,D] Gender and Work 3 Gender and inequality at work including occupational segregation, wage inequality and balancing work and family.

391 Special Topics in Sociology V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours.

392 Special Topics V 1-3 May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours.

397 Special Topics in Sociology: Study Abroad V 1-15 S, F grading.

398 Special Topics in Sociology: Study Abroad V 1-15 May be repeated for credit. S, F grading.

415 [T] Globalization 3 Prereq Soc 101; completion of one Tier I and three Tier II courses. Structural foundations of global social change; theories of intersocietal interactions and interdependencies.

418 (Effective through Summer 2009) Human Issues in International Development 3 Same as Anth 418.

418 Human Issues in International Development 3 Same as Anth 418.

421 Quantitative Techniques in Sociology II 3 Probability theory, sampling distributions, random variables, matrix approaches to statistical techniques, calculus for statistics and computer applications.

424 (Effective through Summer 2009) Sociology and Public Policy 3 Prereq Soc 101. Relationship between sociology and public policy; effective utilization of concepts and methods in applied settings.

430 [T] Society and Technology 3 Prereq completion of one Tier I and three Tier II courses. Role of technology in social evolution; social impacts and shaping of technology.

433 [T] Urbanization and Community Organization 3 Prereq Soc 101; one Tier I course; three Tier II courses. Organization, function, change, development, and decline of communities; applications emphasizing rural or urban settings.

442 (Effective through Summer 2009) [T] Political Sociology 3 Prereq Soc 101; one Tier I course; three Tier II courses. Sociological analysis of political institutions and power structures; social and cultural basis of political behavior.

446 (Effective through Summer 2009) Medical Sociology 3 Prereq Soc 101. Social factors related to health and illness; organization and change in health care; impacts of health care reform, rising costs, and aging.

455 (Effective through Summer 2009) [T] Beliefs, Norms, and Values 3 Prereq Soc 101; one Tier I course; three Tier II courses. General survey of theory and research on the common meanings - beliefs, norms, values - constructed by societies and held by individuals.

461 Corrections 3 Prereq Soc 101. History, facilities, processes, strategies for the correction and punishment of offenders, analysis of concepts of prevention and control of crime.

468 Addictive Behavior Across the Demographic Spectrum 3 Prereq Psych 105, Soc 101, or Crm J 101. Overview of social, cultural and historical perspectives on dealing with addictive behavior.

474 [T] Collective Behavior and Social Movements 3 Prereq Soc 101; one Tier I course; three Tier II courses; three 300-400-level Soc or Pol S courses. Processes of collective behavior and social movements in historical and contemporary societies.

480 Sociology of Race Relations 3 Basic understanding of race relations; major sociological concepts and theories regarding minority and majority group relations.

484 [T,D] Lesbian and Gay Studies 3 Same as W St 484.

491 Advanced Special Topics V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours.

493 Internship V 1-6 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Prereq social science major; by interview only. Work experience related to undergraduate major and career interests. S, F grading. S, F grading.

495 [M] Capstone Internship 3 (0-3) By interview only. Self-initiated supervised work experience in an approved campus or community setting.

496 [M] Capstone - From Theory to Practice: The Sociology of Service 3 Prereq Soc 310; Soc 320 and 321 or c//; cumulative gpa 3.00 or higher. Service learning course connecting theoretical solutions to social problems with service in community organizations.

497 Capstone Research Practicum 3 By interview only. Hands-on experience in selection of social problem, review of literature, identifying data sources, developing methodology and reporting results.

498 Research Assistantship 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Prereq Soc 101; 320; by interview only. Supervised experience in current research by departmental faculty.

499 Special Problems V 1-4 May be repeated for credit. S, F grading.

510 Development of Social Theory 3 Examination of the foundations of social theory.

512 (Effective through Summer 2009) Theory Construction and Formalization 3 Testing; formalization of theoretical systems; adaptation of general models to specific problems.

517 Seminar in Contemporary Sociological Theory 3 Recent developments in sociological theory, analysis, application and appraisal of specific theoretical systems.

519 International Development and Human Resources 3 Same as Anth 519.

520 Research Methods in Sociology 3 Methodology of social research at the professional level.

521 Regression Models 3 Prereq Soc 421. Simple and multiple regression, structural equation models, nonlinear applications, applications for discrete dependent variables.

522 Advanced Sociological Methodology 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Prereq Soc 521. Scaling theory, sampling theory, experimental design, measurement of association, multivariate analysis, current methods and techniques.

523 Qualitative Methods Practicum 3 Prereq graduate standing. Introduction to qualitative research methods as used in social sciences; epistemological underpinnings and empirical techniques.

524 (Effective through Summer 2009) Sociology and Public Policy 3 Sociological theories used to consider the rationale for public policy; development of tools for policy analysis.

525 Practicum in Survey Research 3 Prereq Soc 520. Practical experience in design and implementation of telephone and mail surveys; participation in all aspects of conducting a survey.

530 Demography 3 Population studies; causes, effects, and measurement of changes in fertility, mortality, and migration; population estimation and projection.

531 Human Ecology 3 Ecosystem context of human life; change viewed ecologically; sociological use and misuse of ecological concepts; issues in theory and research.

532 Environmental Sociology 3 Societal-environmental interactions; impacts of human societies on the physical environment; environmental impacts on human behavior and social organization.

535 Technology and Society 3 Prereq graduate standing. Analysis of sociotechnical systems; effects of technology on society; the social shaping of technologies and their environmental impacts.

536 Special Topics in Environmental Sociology V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Special topics in environmental sociology.

542 Social Stratification: Class, Race and Gender Inequalities 3 Theoretical and empirical research in both classic stratification literature and recent scholarship on class, race/ethnicity and gender.

545 Sociology of Community 3 Community stability and change: interaction processes; decision making; societal linkages; effects on well-being.

546 (Effective through Summer 2009) Medical Sociology 3 Social influence on the perceptions of health and illness; construction of health professionals; analysis of the health care system and current policy proposals.

553 Social Organization and the Family 3 The family as a social institution; principles of social organization applied to family relationships; macro-level analyses of family structure.

554 Social Psychology of the Family 3 The family as an interacting group; social psychological theories and research applied to family relationships; effects of families on individuals.

555 (Effective through Summer 2009) Sociology of Gender 3 Sociological theory and research on gender and gender inequality in American society.

556 Sociology of Aging and the Life Course 3 Theory and research on the changes individuals undergo over the life course; influences of history, social structure, agency and social relations on lives.

568 Adolescent Deviance 3 Contemporary sociological theory and research in adolescent deviance; action programs; and emerging issues.

573 (Effective through Summer 2009) Group Processes 3 Sociological research and theory dealing with overt behavior in human interaction settings and its cognitive antecedents.

580 Sociology of Race Relations 3 Analysis of race/ethnic relations; historical and current theoretical explanations of race/ethnic relations.

590 Special Topics in Sociology 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours.

591 The Sociology Profession 1 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 2 hours. Requirements, operations, problems, and possibilities of the sociology profession. May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 2 hours. S, F grading.

592 Special Topics in Sociology 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours.

593 Special Topics in Sociology V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Special topics in sociology.

600 Special Projects or Independent Study V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. S, F grading.

700 Master's Research, Thesis, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. S, F grading.

702 Master's Special Problems, Directed Study, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. S, F grading.

800 Doctoral Research, Dissertation, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. S, F grading.

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