Past Sociology Courses

Sociology 101 Introduction to Sociology

The basic perspectives of sociology include its main frameworks for functionalism, conflict, and symbolic interaction. Substantive areas covered in the course are culture, socialization, social structure, sex roles, bureaucracies, deviant behavior, race relations, social stratification, group dynamics, and social change. This course is a prerequisite for more advanced courses in sociology.

Sociology 213 – Deviance

Survey of major forms of norm-violating behavior in American society, such as drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, criminal behavior and sexual deviance. Discussion of sociological explanations of the causes of, and attempts to address, these behaviors.

Sociology 312 – Criminological Theory; Causes of Crime and Delinquency

A survey of criminological theories exploring why some people are more likely to engage in crime than others and why crime rates vary over time and space and across social groups. Attendant policy issues will also be discussed. This course will familiarize students with the problems of defining crime, consider the extent and nature of crime, and evaluate the major contemporary theories of crime.

Sociology 313 – Social Control

The study of informal and formal social control strategies for guiding and monitoring individual behavior and social interaction.? Discussion of key social control agents and institutions, including the family, schools, peers, media, religion and the criminal justice system. It will examine what is meant by social control and how it is practiced and provide a critical comparison of competing theoretical perspectives on deviance and social control, among them, labeling, conflict and control theory. It will review mechanisms of social control of crime and deviance, including formal systems of sanctioning (e.g., criminal justice system) and informal systems (e.g., socialization).

Sociology 315 Political Sociology

Political sociology is concerned with relations between state and society. Political sociology directs attention toward the social circumstances of politics, how politics is both shaped by and shapes other events in societies. Instead of treating the political arena and its actors as independent from other happenings in a society, political sociology treats that arena as intimately related to all social institutions (adapted from Orum, 1983 in Nash, 2000) Central to the study of Political Sociology are the questions; what is power, who has power, and why?

Sociology 331 – Collective Behavior

The study of riots, disturbances, social movements and other forms of contentious collective behavior. Strategies of conflict and conflict resolution are considered. Sociology 331: Collective Behavior and Social Movements This class will focus on the study of collective activity in response to social stresses and social behavior in the forms of panics, crazes, hostile outbursts, and social movements.

Sociology 371 – Classical Social Theory

This is an undergraduate course in classical sociological theory, with particular emphasis on Marx, Durkheim and Weber. Several minor classical theorists will also be covered.

Sociology 471 – Contemporary Social Theory

This course will familiarize you with the major schools of thought in contemporary sociological theory: functionalism, symbolic interactionism, neo-Marxism, and French structuralism/post-structuralism. The course will help you understand the basic assumptions of each theory and the ways they complement or contradict one another.