Sociology Course Description

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37-101. INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY. 3:3:0
Development and application of Sociological concepts and perspectives concerning human groups; includes attention to socialization, culture, organization, stratification and societies. Consideration of fundamental concepts and research methodology. Credit: three hours.

37-103. SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS. 3:3:0
This course is designed to provide a thorough examination of the major social institutions (i.e., the family, the economy, the educational system, the religious system, the political system, and the medical system) from a variety of sociological perspectives. Prerequisite: Sociology 102. Credit: three hours.

37-104. INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE. 3:3:0
Survey of the agencies and processed involved in the Criminal Justice System including the police, the prosecutor, the public defender, the courts, and corrections. Prerequisite: Sociology 102 or consent of the instructor. Credit: three hours.

37-202. SOCIAL DEVIATION. 3:3:0
A sociological study of selected social problems, such as crime, juvenile delinquency, and alcoholism. Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or 102, or consent of instructor. Credit: three hours.

37-203. SOCIAL PROBLEMS. 3:3:0
A sociological treatment of contemporary social problems. Prerequisite: 37-101 or 37-102, or consent of instructor. Credit: three hours.

37-206. CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY. 3:3:0
Human culture and its role in the determination of man's behavior. The relationships of kinship, political, economic, and religious institutions within culture systems, with a particular emphasis upon the operation of these institution in non-Western societies. Credit: three hours.

37-208. CRIMINOLOGY. 3:3:0
The nature and extent of crime in the United States, theories of crime, problems and rehabilitation. Prerequisite: Sociology 103 and 104. Credit: three hours.

37-210. RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS. 3:3:0
A study of the basic nature of interracial and interethnic relations. Analysis of problems connected with minority groups in the United States. Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or 102, and 103. Credit, three hours.

37-301. JUVENILE DELINQUENCY. 3:3:0
The delinquency problem. Factors associated with delinquency, preventive measures, and rehabilitation. Prerequisite: 37-2XX level course or consent of the instructor. Credit: three hours.

37-303. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. 3:3:0
An intensive study of the factors and processes which shape the individual in group life.  Prerequisite: 37-2XX level course or consent of the instructor.  Credit:  three hours.

37-310. SOCIAL STRATIFICATION. 3:3:0
Analysis of stratification theories and of major empirical research in the area. Considers effects of social stratification in the United States. Prerequisite: 37-2XX level course or consent of the instructor. Credit: three hours.

37-311. LAW ENFORCEMENT. 3:3:0
A survey of law enforcement, concentrating on the police, with an emphasis on functions (law enforcement, order maintenance, public service), responsibilities, and organizational and management aspects. Prerequisite: Sociology 104 and 208. Credit: three hours.

37-313. COURTS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE. 3:3:0
This course is designed to provide an analysis of the structure and function of the criminal system in the United States, including the roles of the prosecutor, defender, judge, justice and court administrator. The issues confronting the system will be considered from historical and sociological perspectives. The ideal type will be compared with actual functioning of the system and court reform programs and proposals will be discussed. Prerequisites: Sociology 104 and 208. Credit: three hours.

37-314. METHODS OF SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH. 3:3:0
An introduction to research problems, design, and procedures in sociology. Prerequisite: Sociology 101, 103 or consent of the instructor. Credit: three hours.

37-315. CRIMINAL LAW. 3:3:0
A study of both substantive and procedural criminal law. Consideration is given to its historical development, principles of criminal law and criminal liability, the main doctrines of criminal law toward specific crimes, and sanctions. Prerequisites: Sociology 104, 311, 313. Credit: three hours.

37-321. TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY. 3:3:0
A critical analysis of the science-behavioral sciences/humanities dichotomy and an examination of the inter-relationship between technological innovations and social structure-social change. Prerequisites: Sociology 103 or consent of instructor. Credit: three hours.

37-322. ELEMENTARY STATISTICS. 3:3:0
A course covering graphic representation of data, measures of central tendency and dispersion, the normal distribution and the use of standard scores, and simple correlation and regression. Prerequisite: Sociology 103 or consent of instructor. Credit: three hours.

37-330. POPULATION ANALYSIS. 3:3:0
Causes, consequences of, and interaction among, the three major demographic variables: (1) fertility, (2) mortality, and (3) migration. The various policy alternatives with respect to the three demographic variables will be examined. Prerequisite: Sociology 103 or consent of instructor. Credit: three hours.

37-351. SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY. 3:3:0
Historical evolution of family structures and functions, current changes, and problems. Prerequisite: Sociology 103 or consent of instructor. Credit: three hours.

37-399. INDEPENDENT STUDY.
Individual reading or field study by students wishing to pursue a special interest within the field of sociology, but not covered by one of the regular sociology courses. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Credit: two or three hours. *Variable credit.

37-402. PRINCIPLES OF CORRECTIONS. 3:3:0
A general course describing the history and evolution of the corrections process. Covers all aspects of institutional and community based corrections. Prerequisite: 37-3XX level course of consent of the instructor. Credit: three hours.

37-412. SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES. 3:3:0
Description and critical study of the more important sociological theories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prerequisite: 37-3XX level course of consent of the instructor. Credit: three hours.

37-415. VICTIMOLOGY. 3:3:0
The role of victims in crimes, their treatment by the criminal justice system, their decisions to report crimes and help prosecute offenders, and victim compensation. Special focus on sexual assault and family violence. Prerequisite: 37-3XX level course of consent of the instructor. Credit: three hours.

37-420. COMPLEX ORGANIZATIONS. 3:3:0
Analysis of the structure of complex organizations in their cultural context. Sociological factors in industrial, economic, and social organizations. Prerequisite: 37-3XX level course of consent of the instructor. Credit: three hours.

37-430. SENIOR SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY. 3:3:0
An examination and discussion of selected topics in sociology. Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or 102, 314, 322, 412. Credit: three hours.

37-435. SOCIAL CHANGE. 3:3:0
Examination of the causes, mechanics, patterns, strategies, or consequences of change in structure (relationships and institutions) of societies and analysis of specific kinds of change, such as revolutions, social movements, modernization, and industrialization. Prerequisite: 37-3XX level course of consent of the instructor. Credit: three hours.

37-448. SENIOR SEMINAR. 3:3:0
Varying topics of selected interest and contemporary significance, discussed in a seminar format. Prerequisites: Senior level student with major or minor in Sociology/Criminal Justice. Credit: three hours.

37-450. INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE.
Designed to give students first-hand, career related experience in a local agency or organization. Internships must be planned with the Department's Internship Coordinator and a Field Supervisor in the semester prior to the actual placement. Qualified agency staff provide on-site supervision of the student, while the Internship Coordinator monitors the intern's progress and (in conjunction with the Field Supervisor) evaluates his/her work. Prerequisite: Senior level student with major or minor in Criminal Justice, and consent of Internship Coordinator. Credit: six hours. *Variable credit.