A general overview of the concepts, theories, research methods and findings of sociology. The purpose is to train students to view the world through a sociological perspective.
This course examines race and ethnic relations in the US from a theoretical, historical, and comparative perspective. Explores the emergence of racial and ethnic minorities through such historical processes as colonialism, slavery, and immigration. Studies the current relations among racial and ethnic groups in the US.
Consideration of the ways in which sociological questions are formulated and answered. Examination of and practice in conceptualization, theory construction, deductive and inductive reasoning, and other elements of sociological analysis, with an emphasis upon sociological research methods. Required for majors. Prerequisite: SOCI 201 with a grade of C-.
An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics to test hypotheses in the social sciences. Emphasis on data collection techniques, statistical analysis and interpretation using SPSS, as well as written reporting of results. Satisfies the requirement for statistics in the sociology major.
Explores careers related to sociology from a sociological perspective, particularly careers undergraduate students can enter. Careers examined across four areas: private/for-profit sector, nonprofit foundations, public sector (city, county, state and federal government), and academia (including graduate school). Professional skills and portfolio also developed. Meets Sociological Experience requirement for majors.
Examines immigration through a sociological lens with attention to the social, political, and historical contexts of immigration and the relationships between migrants and existing institutions and identities. Explores factors shaping migration patterns and compares immigration policies across time and space. Topics include assimilation, immigrant incorporation, and transnationalism.
Considers gender as a social construction and a product of social life. Analyzes how gender inequalities shape social structures, institutions, and interaction for both women and men. Challenges biological explanations for gender differences and inequalities. Focuses on analysis of gendered experiences as they relate to race/ethnicity, class, and sexualities.
Analysis of the social processes through which human beings are inducted into social groups, in both childhood and adulthood. Particular attention is given to the socializing effects of schools, work, family, and friends.
Emphasizes the social context and social development of emotional responses throughout adulthood. Analyzes the reciprocal relations between social definitions and subjective feelings in connection with life events. Addresses both basic emotions such as fear, anger, pleasure, and excitement, and the more complex emotions such as love, jealousy, grief, sympathy, pride, shame, and despair. Cross-listed as GERN 317. Taught in fac-to-face or hybrid modes.
Examination of aging throughout adulthood. Analysis of theories of aging, their foundations in social science theory, and their policy implications. Exploration of the meanings and consequences of increasing longevity for society and the individual, with emphasis on the social psychological implications for women, minorities, and those who are poor. Cross-listed as GERN 319.