Winter 2019 Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Sociology Courses


SOC 200 - Introduction to Sociology

Carol Holdt - online only
Tristen Kade 
Sasha Bassett 

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


SOC 301 - Classical Theory

Julius McGee

Examination and comparison of modes of sociological thinking, from the emergence of distinctive sociological perpsective through sociological theory of the mid-twentieth century. Recommended SOC 200.


SOC 302 - Contemporary Theory

Josh Bass
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 310 - US Society

Josh Bass

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 prerequisite: SOC, 200, 301, 302.


SOC 314U - Alcohol & Other Drugs

Frances Stehle (online only)
Aaron Roussell

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 320 - Globalization

Dan Jaffee

Exploration of issues and approaches to 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 geopraphic boundaries. Attention given to the international, national, regional, and local ways that people attempt to deal with the instabilities accompanying globalization. Recommended prerequisites: SOC 200, 301, 302.


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


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

Maura Kelly

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 & in person)

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 397 - Social Research Methods

Emily Shafer

Study of the structuring of sociological inquiry, conceptualization and measurement, operationalization, computers in social research, analysis of bivariate and multivariate relations, the logic of sampling and inference. Course includes lectures (4 hours per week) and an introductory research laboratory (2 hours per week). Prerequisites: Stats 243 or SOC 399 TOP: Social Stats. Expected preparation: SOC 200, 301, 302.


SOC 398 - Social Research Project

Hyeyoung Woo

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: Death & Dying

Tina Burdsall (online only)



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 426 -  Gender & Mental Health

Matthew Geraths

Social and historical explanations of, and research on, mental illness and mental health, with a focus on gender. Contemporary distributions, diagnosies, and treatments of mental illness among men and women are examined. Focus on psychiatric disorder and gender-based discourse. This is the same course as WS 426 and may be taken only once for credit. Prerequiste: Upper-division standing. 


SOC 538/638 - Integrated Qualitative & Quantitative Methods

Maura Kelly

Research designs for combining qualitative and quantitative methods that have reasonably well-understood benefits, and can be implemented in a relatively straightforward fashion. The value of pragmatism as a philosophical paradigm for doing mixed methods research will also be considered. 


SOC 579/679 - Food Justice Social Movements

Dan Jaffee



SOC 584/684 - Social Inequality

Jose Padin

Theoretical perspectives and current research in social inequality including dimensions such as social class, race/ethnicity, gender, age, and nativity. Exploration of social inequality in selected domains, such as health services and outcomes, employments and work, educational attainment, housing and other areas of sociological inquiry. 


SOC 592 - Qualitative Methods

Amy Lubitow

Strategies for acquisition and analysis of data using such approaches as participant observation, content analysis, field and case studies. Attention to the special problems of validity and reliability in such research. Consideration of ethical issues and researcher reponsibility in qualitative research. Recommended prerequisite: graduate status.  


SOC 593 - Quantitative Methods

Dara Shifrer

The application of quantitative methodology to sociological problems. Topics include: science and logical empiricism; measurement of association; procedures of statistical inference; multivariate and log linear analysis; computer application for social research. Recommended prerequisites: Stat 243, SOC 397, 398, graduate status.