SOC - Sociology

SOC105/CJ101 Introduction to Criminology
4 credits    (4 lec hrs/wk) 
An interdisciplinary and introductory overview of the study of crime, criminal behavior, and the application of theory to crime prevention and offender treatment.  Examines the uses and limitations of empirical research methods to the study of crime.  Reviews the principal political, economic, social, cultural, psychological, biological, and ideological theories of criminal behavior.  Identifies the major categories of crime  and discusses the relevance of crime classification.  Explores the influence of criminological theory on public policy.

SOC145 Special Topics in Sociology
1-3 credits    (variable hrs)
Field study of significant sociological and/or anthropological sites including techniques of inquiry and analysis applied at selected field sites. Introductory lecture covering key issues and techniques required for a field study, followed by an on-site visit.  Concurrent: Any Sociology course.

SOC198/298 Independent Studies in Sociology
1-3 credits    (hrs to be arranged)
Prerequisite: Instructor consent.

SOC204 General Sociology
3 credits    (3 lec hrs/wk)
Focuses on sociology as a science; examines concepts related to human social structure, culture, socialization, status and role, gender roles, social groups, organizations, social stratification, race and ethnic relations.

SOC205 General Sociology
3 credits    (3 lec hrs/wk)
Applies sociological perspectives to the study of recent social changes, trends in social institutions of the family, religion, education, economics, politics, medical sociology, plus selected topics.

SOC206 General Sociology
3 credits    (3 lec hrs/wk)
Discusses identification and analysis of social problems. Explores addictions, crime and delinquency, group discrimination, inequality, poverty, alienation, domestic and international violence, environment and energy from sociological perspectives, focusing on feasible solutions.

SOC208/PE208 Sociology of Sport
3 credits     (3 lec, hrs/wk)
Discusses identification and analysis of social problems in relation to sport and the world. Topics include (but are not limited to) the following: sport and culture, sport and socialization, sport and race, sport and gender, sport and collective behavior, sport and social behavior with focus on feasible solutions.

SOC210 Marriage and the Family
3 credits    (3 lec hrs/wk)
Examines intimate relationships, courtship, marriage and family patterns - old, new, and unconventional. The course focuses on how relationships are built, maintained, changed, and how people cope with love, sexuality, children, conflict, divorce, blended families, disabilities, and death of family members.

SOC213 Racial and Ethnic Relations
3 credits    (3 lec hrs/wk)
An historical perspective on contemporary problems in American society as related to minority and majority populations.

SOC220/CJ131 Institutional Corrections
3 credits    (3 lec hrs/wk)
A detailed exposure to correctional facilities used for the punishment of those convicted of crimes. The evolution of the penal institution, levels of custodial security, issues relating to custodial treatment, and programs within penal institutions will be explored. Field trips to correctional facilities.

SOC221/CJ201 Juvenile Delinquency
3 credits    (3 lec hrs/wk)
This course presents a philosophical, historical, and practical survey of juvenile justice administration in the United States. Considered in the context of an interdisciplinary framework, theories, factors, and characteristics of delinquency will be presented, and treatment and delinquency prevention programs will be surveyed.

SOC230 Gerontology
3 credits    (3 lec hrs/wk)
A survey of the developmental process of aging.  Examines social, physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural aspects influencing the experience of aging.  Provides essential information required for professional interaction with elders and emphasize a positive view of aging.  Discusses current theories, policies, practices, concerns, service and professional opportunities in gerontology.

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