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SOCY
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SOCY100
Introduction to Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
The fundamental concepts and principles of sociology. Includes consideration of culture, patterns of social interaction, norms, values, social institutions, stratification, and social change.
SOCY105
Introduction to Contemporary Social Problems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
An examination of contemporary social problems through sociological perspectives; ways in which social problems are part of the organization of society; a detailed study of selected social problems including social conflict and social inequality.
SOCY105H
Introduction to Contemporary Social Problems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
An examination of contemporary social problems through sociological perspectives; ways in which social problems are part of the organization of society; a detailed study of selected social problems including social conflict and social inequality.
SOCY200
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
A comparative, historical, interdisciplinary study of human socieities that focuses on the main components of human societies, how they are organized, how they change, and how they come to shape our collective social existence.
SOCY201
Introductory Statistics for Sociology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: FSAR
Prerequisite: SOCY100; and (MATH107 or MATH111). Or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Must not have completed STAT400, BMGT231, or ENEE324.
Credit only granted for: BIOM301, BMGT230, CCJS200, ECON230, ECON321, EDMS451, GEOG306, GEOL351, GVPT422, INST314, JOUR405, PSYC200 or SOCY201. (These courses do not necessarily meet the same major requirements-check with your advisor to see which of these courses will count for your major).
Elementary descriptive and inferential statistics. Construction and percentaging of bivariate contingency tables; frequency distributions and graphic presentations; measures of central tendency and dispersion; parametric and nonparametric measures of association and correlation; regression; probability; hypothesis testing; the normal, binomial and chi-square distributions; point and interval estimates.
SOCY202
Introduction to Research Methods in Sociology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: SOCY201; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
The underlying logic, major strategies, specific techniques and skills of sociological research. Research design, measurement, data collection, sampling, field research experiments, surveys, index and scale construction, data analysis, interpretation and report writing.
SOCY203
Sociological Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY100.
Development of the science of sociology; historical backgrounds; recent theories of society. Required of all sociology majors.
Required for all SOCY majors.
SOCY227
Introduction to the Study of Deviance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
Credit only granted for: SOCY227 or SOCY327.
Formerly: SOCY327.
An introduction to the sociological study of deviant behavior, covering such topics as mental illness, sexual deviance, and the use of drugs.
SOCY230
Sociological Social Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Theoretical perspectives and their applications. Socialization through the life course, the self-concept, attitudes, emotion, attribution, interpersonal relations, group processes, deviance, and social change.
SOCY242
Sociology of Homelessness
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Examines the causes of and solutions for homelessness in society. How social scientists analyze social issues using ethnographic observation, surveys, official statistics, and other research methods. Discusses how policies have responded to the problem of homelessness, and how to evaluate their effectiveness.
SOCY325
The Sociology of Gender
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
Prerequisite: 3 credits in SOCY courses.
Cross-listed with WMST325.
Credit only granted for: SOCY325 or WMST325.
Institutional bases of gender roles and gender inequality, cultural perspectives on gender, gender socialization, feminism, and gender-role change. Emphasis on contemporary American society.
SOCY335
Sociology of Health and Illness
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
An exploration of the social model to studying health and illness: how meanings and experiences of health and illness are socially produced. How experiences are shaped by the interaction of external social environments (culture, community) and the internal environment (human body), and by socio-demographic variables (race, class, gender, etc.). Disparities in health and healthcare delivery, medicalization of society, determinants of health, social construction of illness, and the social organization of health care.
SOCY370
Transition from Undergrad to Professional
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prepares Sociology majors to make the transition from undergraduate to entering graduate school and/or the professional work world. Topics include career options in Sociology, skills for conducting a job search, resume writing and interview preparation, and the graduate application process.
SOCY380
(Perm Req)
Honors Independent Reading in Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Formerly: SOCY378.
This course permits sociology honor students to undertake a program or reading on a particular problem in sociology or a subfield therein. The reading will be done under the supervision of a member of the sociology faculty. Required of sociology honor students.
SOCY381
(Perm Req)
Honors Independent Research in Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY380.
Formerly: SOCY388.
This course permits sociology students to define a particular problem in sociology or a subfield therein and to develop a research plan for use as a thesis topic. The work will be done under the supervision of a member of the sociology faculty.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY383
(Perm Req)
Honors Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY381.
Formerly: SOCY389.
Student research under the direction of a member of the sociology faculty, culminating in the presentation and defense of a thesis reporting the research.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Sociology department; and junior standing or higher.
To register, students must have departmental permission form signed by instructor and by Coordinator of Sociology Undergraduate Program.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY398G
Global Migration and the Israeli Case Study
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with: ISRL343.
Credit only granted for: ISRL349K, GVPT368G, SOCY398G, SOCY398I, or ISRL343.
Formerly: ISRL349K.
Over 70% of Israel's population is made of first, second or third generation immigrants, who came from over 70 countries, making Israel an ultimate immigrant society. This course will focus on the history of Israel as a case study for the understanding of the historical phenomena of modern immigration.
Cross-listed with ISRL343. Credit granted for ISRL349K, GVPT368G, SOCY398G, SOCY398I, or ISRL343.
SOCY398L
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Sociology; Service Learning
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
SOCY398Q
Special Topics in Sociology; The Holy City and the Holy Mountain: a Sociological look at the Old City of Jerusalem and the Tempe Mount
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An exploration of Jerusalem's Old City as the home of multiple holy places and of 20,000 people of varied and ancient communities through archaeology, religion, geography, politics, and, especially using sociological tools, as well as an examination of current conflicts.
SOCY398Y
Special Topics in Sociology; Issues in African Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with AASP398D, GEOG398A, and GVPT359F. Credit granted for SOCY398Y, AASP398D, GEOG398A, or GVPT359F.
SOCY399
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Sociology
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
No more than 6 hours of 399 is allowed for credit.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY401
Intermediate Statistics for Sociologists
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY201; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Restriction: Must not have completed STAT400, BMGT231, or ENEE324.
This is a course about multiple regression for undergraduate students and presumes that students taking this course will be both producers and consumers of multiple regression results. Students will work with the instructor to produce a research poster presentation based on secondary social science data. In addition to multivariable statistics, students will learn some statistical programming as well as how to organize a research presentation.
SOCY415
Environmental Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses.
Credit only granted for: SOCY498E or SOCY415.
Formerly: SOCY498E.
Overview of the field and theoretical themes within the area of environmental sociology and technology. Current issues are explored including: environmental attitudes; environmental movements; environmental justice; globalization; global climate change; and garbage and food.
SOCY420
Qualitative Research Methods in Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses.
Using the sociological imagination to independently explore research questions as designed by students. Readings will explore dilemmas qualitative researchers confront such as, how to conduct research ethically and how their background influences their findings and analysis. Students will learn how to collect data, analyze it, and present it to others.
SOCY424
Sociology of Race Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Cross-listed with AAST424. Credit only granted for: AAST424 or SOCY424.
Analysis of race-related issues, with a primary focus on American society. The historical emergence, development, and institutionalization of racism; the impact of racism on its victims; and racially based conflict.
SOCY428
SOCY431
Principles of Organizations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Structural and processual characteristics of organizations that make them effective for different purposes and in different environments. Effects of different institutional environments, small group processes, organizational networks, and leadership. Types of organizations studied include formal bureaucracies, professional organizations, and voluntary associations.
SOCY432
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Movements that seek change in the social and political structure of society. Origins, tactics, organization, recruitment, and success. Case studies come from such movements as labor, civil rights, student, feminist, environmental, neighborhood, and gay rights.
SOCY441
Social Stratification and Inequality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
The sociological study of social class, status, and power. Topics include theories of stratification, correlates of social position, functions and dysfunctions of social inequality, status inconsistency, and social mobility.
SOCY442
The Black Middle Class
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses.
Credit only granted for: SOCY498T or SOCY442.
Formerly: SOCY498T.
Students will learn about the Black Middle Class. They will examine and explore the historical context that led to the rise of a Black Middle Class. Innovative avenues into the Black Middle Class will also be examined, including various household and family formations. Finally, the course will cover the consequences of being in the The Black Middle Class, with an emphasis on residential segregation and racial identity.
SOCY448G
Research in Social Psychology; Group Processes
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY498C
Selected Topics in Sociology; Sociology of Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
SOCY498F
Selected Topics in Sociology; The Family and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for SOCY243, SOCY443, or SOCY498F. Formerly offered as SOCY243 and SOCY443.
SOCY498G
Selected Topics in Sociology; Urban Demography and Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
SOCY498J
Selected Topics in Sociology; Science, Technology, Innovation and Society
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Provides a model of society that allows you to anticipate how society is changing so that you can adapt to social change. Specifies how you can increase your creativity and choose an innovative work environment. Explains why there is growing social inequality. Provides solutions to the problems of alienation, powerlessness and social isolation.
SOCY498O
Selected Topics in Sociology; Sociology of Mental Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Are people mentally ill or do we have sick society? This class will explore sociological perspectives toward mental health. We will consider how sociologists understand the nature, distribution, and treatment of mental illness and health in society.
SOCY602
(Perm Req)
Statistics For Sociological Research II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY601; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: SOCY602 or SURV602.
This course introduces regression analysis using matrix algebra. Topics include bivariate regression, multivariate regression, tests of significance, regression diagnostics, indicator variables, interaction terms, extra sum of squares, and the general linear model. Other topics may be addressed such as logistic regression and path analysis. Statistical programming software may be used.
SOCY607
Methods of Secondary Data Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This is a practicum-oriented course designed to provide students with exposure to several of the major publicly available secondary data sources widely used in sociology, and practical experience in locating, evaluating, managing and analyzing secondary data. Students will manipulate large datasets, consider how to formulate hypotheses and build research designs around existing data sources and critically evaluate the utility of different secondary datasets.
SOCY611
Introduction to Demographic Methods
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Survey of standard demographic methods for the description and analysis of population size, structure and composition, including techniques for the analysis of fertility, mortality and migration.
SOCY632
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Sociology (Doctoral) program; and permission of instructor.
An introductory course in qualitative research methods, intended to provide a general overview of the ways sociologists collect qualitative information about social phenomena, focusing on how to collect and anaylyze data that are reliable and applicable to our research questions. We will begin by constructing a research question that will drive our work for the entire semester. You will learn three of the main ways that qualitative data are used in sociological research: analysis of written material, participant observation, and open ended semi-structured interviews.
SOCY644
Gender, Work, and Family
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
The interrelationships among gender, work, and family in contemporary societies. Major research issues addressed from an interdisciplinary and comparative (international) perspective.
SOCY699
Special Social Problems
Credits: 1 - 16
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY699E
(Perm Req)
Special Social Problems; Critical Race Initiative
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Permission of instructor required.Please contact instructor or department for details.
SOCY699G
Special Social Problems; Group Processes
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY699H
Special Social Problems; Science, Technology, Innovation and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Provides a model of society that allows you to anticipate how society is changing so that you can adapt to social change. Specifies how you can increase your creativity and choose an innovative work environment. Explains why there is growing social inequality. Provides solutions to the problems of alienation, powerlessness, and social isolation.
SOCY699I
Special Social Problems; Publishing Sociology
Credits: 3 - 16
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY699K
Special Social Problems; States, Politics, and Social Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY699M
Special Social Problems; Proseminar
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY699N
Special Social Problems; Intermediate Sociological Statistics
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY699R
Special Social Problems; Social Movements Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY699T
Special Social Problems; Teaching Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY699V
Special Social Problems; Contexting Sociology
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Restricted to Sociology graduate students.
SOCY699W
Special Social Problems; Combined Master's Research Paper
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY709D
Advanced Special Topics in Data Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY819
Research Seminar in Social Psychology
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY829
Research Seminar in Sociological Theory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY849
Research Seminar in Demography
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY858
Research Seminar in Gender, Work and Family
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY869
Research Seminar in Military Sociology
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY889
Research Seminar in Social Stratification
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.