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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.
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).
Restriction: Must not have completed STAT400, BMGT231, or ENEE324.
Credit only granted for: BIOM301, BMGT230, CCJS200, ECON230, EDMS451, GEOG306, GEOL351, GVPT422, INST314, JOUR405, PSYC200 or SOCY201.
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
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.
SOCY215
Introduction to Environmental Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: SOCY215 or SOCY415.
This course is an introduction to the sociology of the environment, more commonly known as environmental sociology. The course is divided into two sections. The first will provide a broad initial overview of the field, presenting some of the major theoretical themes. The second will examine some key current themes in environmental sociology using the case of climate change. The coursework and the readings are intended to be helpful to two main groups of students: (1) those in the Sociology department who are interested in looking at the society/environment relationship and would like exposure to the literature; and (2) those in other departments who have an interest in the social side of environmental issues.
SOCY224
Why are We Still Talking About Race?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Exploration of the major debates and assumptions that construct individual perceptions of what race is and how race matters. Sociological and sub-cultural theories will give students a historical and present day frame with which to view race and ethnic relations in the twenty-first century.
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.
SOCY241
Inequality in American Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB, D
Credit only granted for: SOCY241 or SOCY441.
The dynamics of inequality: its social production, politics, future, and ideological bases. Utopian communities, efforts to eliminate inequality.
Credit granted for SOCY241 or SOCY441.
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.
SOCY298C
Selected Topics in Sociology; Sociological Perspectives on Healthcare Policy
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Student Facilitator: Jennifer Mondle.

A sociological exploration of current healthcare policies in relation to trends in health, illness and disease. This course will focus more broadly on the U.S. healthcare system, and students will explore contemporary trends in the sociodemographic determinants of health, with a particular focus on socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity and gender. Other discussion topics include approaching disparities in the prevalence of maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and other conditions. We will discuss alternative policies to improve healthcare accessibility for vulnerable groups, with the social determinants of health in mind. This is an ideal course for those interested in a career in healthcare, policy advocacy, and/or law, but open to anyone with interest.

A student-led course through Student-Initiated Courses (STICs) @ UMD: http://stics.umd.edu/ Please click here for more information.
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.
SOCY380
(Perm Req)
Honors Independent Reading in Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
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.
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.
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 - 6
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.
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.
SOCY410
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Types of demographic analysis; demographic data; population characteristics; migration; mortality; fertility; population theories; world population growth; population policy.
SOCY412
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY201 and SOCY202; or permission of the Sociology department.
Family and population dynamics. Fertility issues, such as teenage pregnancy, the timing of parenthood, and family size, as they relate to family behavior, such as marital patterns, child care use, and work and the family. Policy issues that relate to demographic changes in the family.
SOCY413
Sociology of Aging
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY201 and SOCY202; or permission of the Sociology department.
The aging of the population is one of the major demographic changes affecting social institutions during the next century. Research demography, sociology, economics, epidemiology, psychology and public health are integrated to develop a broader understanding of the causes and consequences of population aging. A central focus is the diversity of experiences by age, gender, socioeconomic status and health.
SOCY428
Research in Inequality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This is a research course on content analysis of American culture. We investigate and try to quantify changes in American culture that might help us understand changes in different types of inequality. Our use of content analyses will look for patterns in several cultural sources (e.g., books, newspapers, films, other?) that might show evidence of cultural changes relevant to inequality. The exercises, readings, and short papers are all designed to involve students in ongoing research questions that remain unresolved.
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.
SOCY470
Sex, Family Planning, and Inequality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of Sociology Department.
Analysis of patterns in sexual activity, contraceptive use, and unintended pregnancy, and how they reinforce or alleviate socioeconomic, gender, and racial inequalities. Emphasis on the role of healthcare providers and contraceptive access, attitudes about motherhood and contraception, policy interventions, and institutional designs. Social and economic consequences of increasing women's ability to control their fertility.
SOCY491
Experimental Research Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY201, SOCY202 and SOCY490; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Additional information: This is the second course in the experimental research practicum 2-course sequence.
Students will finalize the design of their studies from the fall semester and carry out the research in this course. Introduces students to analyzing experimental data and presenting results from these data. Students will continue to get hands-on research experience running experimental studies in the group processes lab and working with the professor and graduate students in the department to further develop their projects.
SOCY498C
Selected Topics in Sociology; Sociology of Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course analyzes the relationship between society and culture. How do social forces affect cultural objects and products? How do values and meanings shape individual behavior? How can culture be both a source of domination and resistance? These and other topics will be analyzed to show the role of culture in our lives.
SOCY498W
Selected Topics in Sociology; Sociology of Emotions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Emotions are often thought of as purely subjective experiences. How much more personal than one get than their emotions and feelings? In addition to their physiological and psychological aspects, however, emotions have a social side that often go unnoticed. This course will introduce you to the social aspects of emotions. In doing so, we will cover wide-ranging topics including the social causes of emotions, social norms about emotions, disparities in emotional experiences, and the ways in which emotions can maintain and reshape society.
SOCY498Y
Selected Topics in Sociology; Explaining Social Change: Fact and Fiction in Understanding Why Our World Looks the Way it Does
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course examines social change from the perspective of comparative and historical sociology, highlighting rich and telling ways of getting at the questions where are we now? and how have we arrived here? Students will wrestle with causal inference in notable works of historical comparative research, and consider on what basis the analyst is able to make more or less persuasive causal claims about patterns of change. The course will focus on the power of case-based scholarship to illuminate and explain, examining strategies of causal inference as well as the kinds of evidence marshaled by scholars to substantiate their claims according to each of these strategies.
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.
SOCY625
Activism and Global Movements
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be enrolled in a Sociology (SOCY) graduate program; or permission of instructor.
An introduction to the research on activism, focusing particularly on the global and transnational aspects of activism and social movements. The course begins with an overview of the theoretical literature on activism and social movements. Then, we will focus on case studies of particular movements that have a global component and have been the focus of recent sociological inquiry: the globalization movement, Arab Spring, and the climate/climate justice movement.
SOCY641
Leadership in Diverse Organizations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs: Criminology and Criminal Justice (Master's); Criminology and Criminal Justice (Doctoral); Sociology (Master's); Sociology (Doctoral); or permission from either the Sociology Department or Criminology & Criminal Justice Department.
Provides students with a practical understanding of leadership and a framework for understanding three key conditions from which effective leadership emerges: timing, organizational characteristics, and individual characteristics. We will consider different dimensions and/or styles of leadership, as well as the methods effective leaders use to build solidarity within groups and organizations.
SOCY643
Power and Status in Organizations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs: Criminology and Criminal Justice (Master's); Criminology and Criminal Justice (Doctoral); Sociology (Master's); Sociology (Doctoral); or permission from BSOS-Sociology department.
Organizations affect virtually every aspect of modern social life. The impact and reach of public safety organizations--those special entities purportedly designed to maintain order and safety--are particularly influential. Although sociologists, psychologists, economists, and management scholars all examine the workings of status and power within organizations, our perspective will be primarily sociological as we explore how power and status operate within the context of organizations.
SOCY672
Introduction to Statistical Programming Using Stata
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This course provides an overview of the data management skills needed for reproducible research and open science using the statistical application Stata. Students will learn about, data tidying and wrangling, archiving, iteration and functions, and reproducible workflows. The course has the general objective of teaching the basics of data management and statistical programming. This includes preparing data for analysis and conducting the kinds of analyses covered in typical statistics courses. Both the structure and the philosophy of programming generally and the specifics of Stata are covered using real data to illustrate different programming techniques and strategies. The course is suitable for students new to the subject, as well as for those looking to refresh their skills.
SOCY676
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This course is a primer for graduate students interested in pursuing comprehensive exams focusing centrally on intersectionality or where issues related to race, gender, and class are a significant component. We will explore how scholars use intersectionality as a theory, analytical/conceptual framework, and methodological approach. We will also examine how intersectionality enhances and is deployed in empirical research examining inequality at the individual, institutional, and state levels.
SOCY677
Qualitative Data Analysis Practicum: Applied Team-Based Approaches for Secondary Interview Data
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: SOCY graduate students or permission of department.
Focuses on approaches for handling, analyzing, and reporting on large-scale qualitative interview datasets. Students will learn how to navigate major substantive concerns and practical challenges around secondary qualitative data as they collaboratively analyze a novel interview dataset in a team-based approach.
SOCY699
Special Social Problems
Credits: 1 - 16
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY699F
Special Social Problems; Families and Modern Social Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY699M
Special Social Problems; Proseminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
SOCY699U
Special Social Problems; Researching the Middle East: Comparative Historical and Cross-National Survey
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY699W
Special Social Problems; Combined Master's Research Paper
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
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: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.