Spring 2019 Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Sociology Courses


SOC 200 - Introduction to Sociology

Josh Bass - (online only)
Tristen Kade 
Matthew Gertaths 

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


SOC 302 - Contemporary Theory

Julius McGee

Developments in American sociological theory from mid-twentieth century to today. Considers impact of social change and social movements on theory, including neo-Marxism, feminism, post-modernism and current new directions. Prerequisite: SOC 301.


SOC 314U - Alcohol & Other Drugs

Frances Stehle (online only)

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


SOC 337U - Minorities

Carol Hernandez-Rodriguez (online only)
Joy Mutare

Description and analysis of problems involving specific minorities, with major emphasis on American society. Although racial and ethnic groups are usually emphasized, the term "minorities" is broadly defined to include such subordinate-status groups as women, the aged, and religions and cultural minorities. 


SOC 339U - Marriage & Intimacy

Carol Holdt (online only)

The sociological and social psychological dimensions of courtship, marriage, and the family. Perspectives on the effects of social environmnet and transitions in the struccture and functions of intimacy, courtship, marriage, and the family. The influence of society and community upon intimate relationships. 


SOC 342 - Self, Attitudes, Social Influence


Examination of psychological and sociological processes associated with people's thoughts about and interactions with one another. Particular emphases on self, social identity, social congnition, attitudes, prejudice and persuasion. Expected preparation: SOC 200, or PSY 200 or 204. Credit will not be given for both SOC 342 and PSY 342.


SOC 343 - Social Relationships & Groups

Dara Shifrer - (online only)

Examination of sociolgocial and psychological processes associated with interpersonal, group, and inter-group behavior. Particlular emphases on aggression, pro-social behavior, interpersonal attraction, group influence, conflict and cooperation. Expected preparation: SOC 200, or PSY 200 or 204. Credit will not be given for both SOC 434 and PSY 343.


SOC 344U - Gender & Sexuality

Matthew Geraths

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 380U - Sports in Society

Grant Farr (online only)

An objective examination of sports in America as social phenomena. Study of various socio-cultural structures, patterns, and organizations or groups involved with sports. Issues such as race, gender, and class within the context of sports will be explored through a critical sociological lens. 


SOC 398 - Social Research Project

Emily Shafer

Development and execution of a research project integrating some aspects of sociological theory with social science research methodology. Students work in teams to identify a research problem, design and conduct research bearing on this problem, and write a research report. SOC 397 and SOC 398 are to be taken as two-term sequence. 


SOC 399 - TOP: Social Statistics

Aaron Roussell

This course is designed to promote understanding and knowledge of statistical methods used in the social sciences. Students will be introduced to a wide range of techniques for analyzing social science data. Students will learn how, when and why statistics are used and why it is necessary to understand them. The topics to be studied are conceptualization, opertationalization, and measurement of socially based phenomena. Students will learn how to summarize data with graphs and numbers, make generalizations about populations based on samples of the population, and describe the relationship between variables. We will discussion some theory, though the majority of the class is dedicated to the application and interpretations of statistics. 


SOC 410 - TOP: Black Oppression in Portland

Julius McGee



SOC 410 - TOP: Comics and Society

Sasha Bassett

Centering creative industries as a cornerstone of western culture, this course examines the ways in which comic books function as an institution that influences the norms, values, and identities held by members of society. Specially focusing on the ways in which social identities and groups are prepresented and reified through the comics medium, this course will utilize a tripartite approach to explore the projection and distribution, narrative content, and public reception of comic books. 


SOC 417 - Law & Society: the Sociology of Law

Aaron Roussell

Examination of different sociological and sociolegal theories and empirical reseearch on the social origins, processes, functions, and the actors of the social reality known as law. Consideration of law and social institution that shapes and is shaped by society, including how law reinforces and/or ameliorates class, gender, and social inequalities as well as fundamental issues such as free speech and privacy. Prerequisite: SOC 200.


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, questions the goals and implications of mental health policy and presenting research on how mental health services are organized and provided. Prerequisite: SOC 200.


SOC 427 - Gender and Work

Maura Kelly

Consideration of the theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions of current scholarship in the area of gender and work. Emphasis on the intersection of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and class. Topics include: inequalities in the labor force, low wage work and poverty, work/famiily conflict, sex/sexuality in the workplace, and masculinity. 


SOC 436U - Social Movements

Carol Hernandez Rodriguez (online only)

Formation, dynamics, and outcomes of social movements. Examination of the effects of circumstances, strategies, and alliances on the outcomes of social movements, including their impact on politics and society. Recommended prerequisite: SOC 200.


SOC 459 - Sociology of Health and Medicine

Elizabeth Withers

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 medical practitioner in modern society, social factors and disease and responses to illness. The social organization of medicine of the larger medical care system. Recommended prerequisite: SOC 200.


SOC 539/639 - Focus Groups Interviewing

Alex Stepick

A practically oriented course which teaches the methods of conducting research using focus groups. Course will follow the steps involved in conducting a research project that uses focus groups. Related methods, dyadic interviewing, and hands on training are at the center of this course. 


SOC 565/665 - Environmental Sociology

Dan Jaffee

Analysis of the types of social forces which frame the nature of environmental problems concerning resource use and distribution across spatial and geopolitical levels. Examines the social forces which influence which problems are tackled; the mechanisms selected to solve the problems; and the social impact of the selected solutions. Expected preparation: undergraduate exposure to basic social science concepts. 


SOC 695 - Advanced Methods in Sociology

Hyeyoung Woo

Introduces a range of advanced quantitative methods commonly found in published research in sociology. Particular attention will be paid to the techniques commonly used to address the most common shortcomings of sociological data, including estimation of multivariate models with categorical dependent variable (i.e. logistic regression) and to non parametric methods for analyzing data. Prerequisites: SOC 585/685, SOC 593 and Stat 543 or equivalent.