Summer 2020 Course Descriptions


SOC 200 - Introduction to Sociology

Josh Bass - online only

Sociological concepts and perspectives concerning human groups; includes attention to socialization, culture, institutions, stratification, and societies. Consideration of fundamental concepts and research methodology. 


SOC 310 - US Society

Amy Lubitow - online only

Examination of the social structure, culture, and demography of the United States. Sociological approaches to such institutions as the economy, religion, education, and the family are explored. Attention given to comparison with other industrialized countries as well as to selected social issues and controversies. Recommended prerequisites: Soc 200, 301, 302.


SOC 314U - Alcohol & Other Drugs

Frances Stehle - online only

Sociological analysis of the behavior and belief patterns relative to alcohol and other drugs in American society. Prevention and intervention strategies are briefly reviewed. 


SOC 320U - Globalization

Jose Padin - remote only

Exploration of issues and approaches in sociological thinking relative to world systems. World systems are treated not only as world orders made up of political and economic exchanges, but also as cultural orders and institutionalized structures transcending national geographic boundaries. Attention given to the international, national, regional, and local ways that people attempt to deal with the instabilities accompanying globalization. Expected preparation: Soc 200, Soc 301, Soc 302.


SOC 337U - Prejudice, Privilege and Power 

Carol Holdt - online only

Jose Padin - remote only

Examines the structuring of relationships between dominant and minority groups, including racial, ethnic, gender, religious, and cultural minorities, with primary emphasis on U.S. society. Cover basic concepts and theoretical approaches to the study of majority-minority group relations, including issues of oppression, privilege, adaptation, and intersectionality. Emphasizes the social construction of difference, as well as the structural and historical roots of dominant group privilege and unequal social, economic, and political power.


SOC 339U - Marriage & Intimacy

Carol Holdt - online only

Introduction to sociological and social psychological perspectives on intimate relationships, marriage, and diverse family forms. Examination of the effects of historical and current social contexts and the role of gender, race, and class in shaping personal choices and experiences. Emphasis is on sociological theory and research. 


SOC 343 - Social Relationships & Groups

Dara Shifrer - online only

Examination of sociological and psychological processes associated with interpersonal, group, and inter-group behavior. Particular emphases on aggression, pro-social behavior, interpersonal attraction, group influence, conflict and cooperation. 


SOC 344U - Gender & Sexualities

Maura Kelly - online only

Examines the ways in which social constructions of gender both influence and are influenced by the cultural organization of and individual expressions of sexuality. The course explores the intersections among sexuality, culture, gender, and the body and examines a variety of sexualities and emphasizes the multifaceted nature of power, privilege, and oppression. 


SOC 410 - TOP: Death in US Society

Tina Burdsall - online only



SOC 410 - TOP: Sociology of Horror Films

Amy Lubitow (online only)

This course is designed to teach key sociological topics through film. In this course, we will utilize film screenings, academic journal articles, and activities to examine how a range of social issues are depicted in the popular film genre of horror films. While this genre is large and encompasses a range of issues that might be explored sociologically, for this course we will specifically focus on films and readings that feature themes related to race, gender, and sexuality. 


SOC 410 - TOP: Black Oppression in Portland

Julius McGee - online only

In this course, we will explore the legacy of black oppression in the city of Portland Oregon. However, where there is oppression, there is always resistance, thus, you will also learn about the legacy of resistance to black oppression. The goal of this course is twofold: 1.) Provide students with a historical overview of black oppression in Portland. 2.) Give students to skills to identify structural racism practice. To accomplish the second goal, we will be connecting the legacy of black oppression in Portland to a broader legacy of racial discrimination. The main theoretical perspective we will use to examine black oppression in Portland is the theory of Racial Capitalism. As a fully online course, the onus falls on students to make critical connection between black oppression in Portland and the broader legacy of racial discrimination. To this end, the bulk of your grade will be determined by your ability to make critical insights that connect theory and practice. Students will be given critical feedback on assignments and are expected to respond to that feedback.


SOC 419 - Sociology of Mental Illness

Frances Stehle - online only

An overview of sociological perspectives on mental health and illness. Informs understanding of mental health and illness by challenging dominant views of mental illness, examining how social relationships play a role in mental illness, questioning the goals and implications of mental health policy and presenting research on how mental health services are organized and provided.


SOC 459 - Sociology of Health & Medicine

Tina Burdsall - online only

The application of sociology to the field of health and medicine. Attention given to a consideration of the broader questions of health in modern society, including the role of the medical practitioner in modern society, social factors and disease and responses to illness. The social organization of medicine is examined within the context of the larger medical care system. Recommended prerequisite: Soc 200.