Sociology Courses

Department of Sociology Courses (2017-2018)

SOC 1000 - The Sociological Perspective (3)

When Offered: Fall; Spring
GEN ED: Social Science Designation; Liberal Studies Experience. This course applies the sociological perspective to the experience of individuals within differing social contexts, ranging from interpersonal interactions and small groups to larger organizations and the broader society. Relationships between individuals and their societies are examined with respect to a variety of issues, including socialization processes and cultural diversity; the nature of gender, racial, and other social identities; and institutional settings ranging from the family to the economy and government. 
Required for majors and minors.

SOC 1100 - Social Problems in American Society (3)

When Offered: Fall; Spring
GEN ED: Social Science Designation; Integrative Learning Experience (Theme: “Revolutions: Social and Political”)A survey course which examines the major social problems in America today, such as poverty, racism, sexism, aging, militarism and war, environmental abuse, crime, mental illness, drug abuse and alcoholism. 

SOC 1110 - Sociology of Intimate Relationships (3)

When Offered: Fall; Spring
GEN ED: Social Science Designation; Integrative Learning Experience (Theme: “Social Relations Across Contexts”)Sociological perspectives and knowledge concerning intimate relationships, marriage, and family life in American society. General topics include marriage and marital relations; the family as a social institution; intimacy and love; sex, sexuality, and sexual relations; gender relations; singlehood; family dynamics; parenthood and child rearing; family crisis, conflict, and change; and marital separation, divorce, and remarriage. 

SOC 1530-1531 - Selected Topics (1-4)

When Offered: On Demand. This course cannot be applied to the sociology major or minor or applied to general education requirements. 

SOC 2020 - Social Deviance (3)

When Offered: Fall; Spring
GEN ED: Social Science Designation; Liberal Studies Experience. This course explores the social construction of deviance and the social causes of and explanations for deviant behavior. The course emphasizes theoretical explanations of social deviation illustrated with substantive examples as they occur in a social context. 

SOC 2040 - Popular Culture (3)

When Offered: Spring. Alternate years
Examines the nature and use of popular culture, and the popular forms of everyday life in America, including popular beliefs, popular images of objects and people, popular events and rituals, and the popular arts. Among topics considered are soap operas, sports, rock and popular music, movies, plays, art, comics, fashions, popular literature, and other forms of mass-mediated culture. 

SOC 2050 - Social Diversity and Inequalities (3)

When Offered: Fall; Spring
GEN ED: Social Science Designation; Integrative Learning Experience (Theme: “Intersections: Race, Class, and Gender”)This course utilizes intersectionality as a conceptual anchor to examine the social diversity, inequality, and power differentials that exist with the United States and abroad. Among the topics covered are how such social identities of race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality, religion, nationality, region, and other social statuses are related to social stratification, intergroup relations, and other social patterns. Discussion centers on how these socially-constructed statuses provide rationales for privilege and oppression and their relationship to the structural distribution of power and control across contexts. 

SOC 2060 - Religion and Society (3)

When Offered: On Demand
A general introduction to a sociological perspective on religion. Examines the social meaning and consequences of religion in both its religious and secular roles in modern society. 

SOC 2500 - Independent Study (1-4)

When Offered: Fall; Spring

SOC 2700 - Sociology of Sport (3)

When Offered: Fall
This course examines the social significance of sport. Attention will focus on sport as an institution, social process, and its relation to social organization, race, gender, class, and major institutions such as family, education, mass media, government and economics. Students will be provided with an understanding of the impact of sport on culture and vice versa. 

SOC 2850 - Constructions of Gender (3)

When Offered: Fall; Spring
GEN ED: Social Science Designation; Liberal Studies Experience
Introduction to current sociological perspectives on gender, with an emphasis on the U.S. Examines the ways gender shapes individuals, intersects with class, race/ethnicity, and sexuality, and how constructions of gender contribute to and reflect inequality in society. 

SOC 3100 - Gerontology (3)

When Offered: Fall; Spring
GEN ED: Social Science Designation; Liberal Studies Experience
This course will provide a broad overview of the physical, psychological, social, and cultural aspects of aging. Major concepts, issues, and current research on aging will be analyzed, and current and proposed federal, state, and local programs impinging on the aged will be examined. 

SOC 3150 - Environmental Sociology (3)

When Offered: Fall
Sociological examination of the relationships between society and the environment. Special attention is given to the respective roles economic systems, race, gender, culture and other social factors play in fostering or limiting environmental degradation. 

SOC 3320 - Conflict Resolution, Reconciliation, and Peace (3)

When Offered: Spring
Investigates theories of societal conflict, the conditions under which conflict leads to violence, and the techniques of peace and reconciliation used in local and global contexts to show theory in practice. 

SOC 3340 - Criminology (3)

When Offered: Fall; Spring
Study of origins and purposes of criminal law; survey of the various theoretical approaches to the study of crime causation; examination of various categories of criminal behavior including violent crime, occupational crime, political crime, criminal sexuality; and an overview of the criminal justice system which seeks to deter, convict and punish offenders. 

SOC 3350 - Corrections (3)

When Offered: Fall
A study of current social problems and legal disputes related to the adult correctional system as a part of the larger adult criminal justice system. Topics covered include disparities traceable to gender, race/ethnicity, and sexuality within the criminal justice system, the proliferation of private prisons, local and global policing issues, and alternative forms of corrections, such as restorative justice, drug courts, and correctional boot camps. 

SOC 3360 - Juvenile Delinquency (3)

When Offered: Spring
A study of the history and development of the juvenile correctional system as part of the larger juvenile justice system. Includes definitions of delinquency, a survey of various theoretical approaches to delinquency causation and punishment, a comparison of the juvenile and adult systems of correction and an overview of the special problems of juvenile offenders. 

SOC 3370 - Sexual Deviance and Violence (3)

When Offered: Fall; Spring
Examines the cultural and historical contexts of sexual attitudes and behavior, the definition of deviance, theories of deviance, and specific forms of sexually deviant behavior. Treatment strategies are considered. 

SOC 3500 - Independent Study (1-4)

When Offered: Fall; Spring

SOC 3520 - Instructional Assistance (1)

When Offered: Fall; Spring
A supervised experience in the instructional process on the university level through direct participation in a classroom situation. May be repeated for a total credit of three semester hours. Graded on an S/U basis. 
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

SOC 3530-3549 - Selected Topics (1-4)

When Offered: On Demand
An opportunity to study a special topic or combination of topics not otherwise provided for in the sociology curriculum. May be repeated for credit when content does not duplicate. 

SOC 3550 - Sociology of Work and Organizations (3)

When Offered: Fall
An examination of the social context of work and related organizations, including issues pertaining to job satisfaction, organizational structure and dynamics, managerial strategies and leadership, and the nature of occupations and professions. The impact of contemporary social transformations such as labor force diversity, technological development, and economic globalization are also analyzed. 

SOC 3600 - Medical Sociology (3)

When Offered: Fall
A study of health care, medical settings, and the medical professions. Includes the creation and epidemiology of disease and illness, the structure of the health care industry, doctor-patient interaction, and major health care problems. 

SOC 3710 - Sociology of Appalachian Communities (3)

When Offered: Spring
GEN ED: Social Science Designation; Integrative Learning Experience (Theme: “Appalachian Mountains: Community, Culture, and Land”)
This course examines Appalachian communities from the sociological perspective, with a focus on how the region gives rise to a unique configuration of cultural, institutional, and other social practices. Specific attention is also given to the differences between urban and rural Appalachian communities, as well as the complex relationships Appalachia has with the broader component of American society.

SOC 3750 - Propaganda, Media and Society (3)

When Offered: Fall, Alternate years
This course will focus on the processes and effects of mass media in the United States from a sociological perspective. It will analyze the effect of the media on human groups and behavior and how media interacts with social organizations such as family, education, and government. The historical development of the media as it relates to socialization patterns and racial and sexual diversity will be explored and the media’s function as a means of propaganda in the U.S. will be analyzed. 

SOC 3800 - Sociology of War (3)

When Offered: Fall
GEN ED: Social Science Designation; Integrative Learning Experience (Theme: “War and Peace”)
A study of the sociological effects of war on individuals, families, and communities. Topics that are covered include military conscription and the draft, the role of minorities in the military, pro-war and anti-war movements, readjustment problems of veterans, war crimes, the portrayal of war in film and music, ethnocentrism and cultural differences, general causes of war and conflict resolution. 
(Global Learning Opportunity course)

SOC 3885 - Research Methods I (3)

When Offered: Fall; Spring
GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)
Relationship of theory to research; research design, sampling procedures, application of research methodologies. 
Prerequisites: six semester hours in sociology, including SOC 1000; and R C 2001 or its equivalent. Required of majors.

SOC 3890 - Research Assistance (1)

When Offered: On Demand
Supervised involvement in faculty research project. May be repeated for a total credit of three semester hours. Graded on an S/U basis. 

SOC 3895 - Research Methods II (3)

When Offered: Fall; Spring
Data preparation and analysis, computer applications, presentation and interpretation of findings. 
Prerequisite: SOC 3885 or permission of the instructor. (ND Prerequisite: passing the math placement test or successful completion of MAT 0010.) Required of majors.

SOC 3950 - Sociological Theory I (3)

When Offered: Fall; Spring
This course examines the major theories that have contributed the most to our understanding of social behavior and human relationships. The course covers the early history of sociology. 
Prerequisite: six semester hours in sociology, including SOC 1000. Required of majors.

SOC 3960 - Sociological Theory II (3)

When Offered: Fall; Spring
This course examines the major theories that have contributed the most to our understanding of social behavior and human relationships. The course covers contemporary theories and recent trends. 
Prerequisites: SOC 1000 and SOC 3950. Required of majors.

SOC 4150 - Sociology of Law (3)

When Offered: Spring
This course is an introduction to the sociology of law. The primary focus of this course is the sociological perspective on laws and their application in the modern world. Special emphasis will be placed on the interplay between laws and social institutions and on laws contributing to the distinctive characteristics of the modern world. 

SOC 4250 - Social Movements (3)

When Offered: Fall. Alternate years
A conceptual and substantive study of collective action and social change efforts in contemporary society. The internal organization and strategies of social movements, as well as the political and societal responses they facilitate, are also analyzed. (Global Learning Opportunity course)

SOC 4340 - Punishment and Social Control (3)

When Offered: Fall
Offers an in-depth study of the use, justification, and consequences of formal criminal punishment as well as informal social control. Topics covered include theories of criminal punishment, the rise of mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex, noninstitutional community-based approaches to punishment, consequences of different punishment practices, the rise of surveillance, and comparisons of approaches to punishment and social control across different countries and societies. Prerequisite: SOC 3340.

SOC 4350 - Constructing Bodies and Sexualities (3)

When Offered: Spring
This course examines the social construction of bodies and the way in which those constructions inform our conceptions of sexuality and procreation. In addition, the course examines how research on sexuality and sexual orientation is conducted and the unique ethical concerns and methodological challenges in researching sexuality. Social policies relevant to bodies and sexualities are also covered. Prerequisite: SOC 2850.

SOC 4390 - Applied Sociology Seminar (3)

When Offered: Fall; Spring
This course is REQUIRED prior to taking SOC 4900 - Internship (3-6). Topics include: (1) an introduction to applied sociology, (2) the history, value and rationale of experiential learning, (3) personal values discovery and skills assessment, (4) exploring career options requiring sociological skills, (5) developing job seeking skills and preparing for an internship, (6) learning to turn academic education into job transferable skills, and (7) applying sociological skills in the work environment. Prerequisite: six semester hours in sociology, including SOC 1000.

SOC 4450 - Senior Seminar (3)

When Offered: Fall; Spring
GEN ED: Capstone Experience
Synthesis, application, and evaluation of sociological perspectives to enhance the understanding of sociology, social behavior, and social issues. Consideration of major theoretical and methodological approaches in sociology and application of the sociological imagination, principles, and concepts to everyday life. Emphasis on the development of critical and analytical thinking skills. Prerequisites: SOC 3885SOC 3895SOC 3950, and SOC 3960. Required of majors.

SOC 4510 - Senior Honors Thesis (3)

When Offered: On Demand
Independent study and research. Honors thesis directed by a member of the Department of Sociology. 
Prerequisites: completion of six semester hours of departmental honors work and permission of the departmental honors coordinator.

SOC 4530-4549 - Selected Topics (1-4)

When Offered: On Demand
An opportunity to study a special topic or combination of topics not otherwise provided in the sociology curriculum. May be repeated for credit when content does not duplicate. 

SOC 4560 - Race and Ethnicity (3)

When Offered: Fall
Critically examines how race and ethnicity are socially constructed, defined, and perpetuated throughout social institutions. Utilizes sociological theories and current research that demonstrate the extent of racial/ethnic inequalities. Social justice efforts to reduce racial and ethnic inequalities are also addressed. 
[Dual-listed with SOC 5560.] Dual-listed courses require senior standing; juniors may enroll with permission of the department.

SOC 4600 - Political Sociology (3)

When Offered: Fall. Alternate years
Explores power, politics, the state, civil society, culture, networks, political regimes, and contemporary political processes from comparative-historical and global perspectives. 
(Global Learning Opportunity course)

SOC 4650 - Women, Crime, and the Justice System (3)

When Offered: Fall
Overview of women’s experiences with crime and the criminal justice system with reference to experiences of men for purposes of comparison. Topics covered include the roles of race, ethnicity, and poverty in women’s experiences; theories of crime; inequalities in police citizen interactions; imprisonment; gendered perceptions held by corrections agents; and other aspects of the criminal justice system experience. 

SOC 4750 - Wealth, Power, and Privilege (3)

When Offered: Spring
Examines the theories and consequences of the unequal distribution of wealth, power, and privilege. Focuses on how institutions manifest and support stratification, including political power, work, family, and education. 

SOC 4800 - Sociology of Families (3)

When Offered: Spring
Examines current sociological perspectives on families, with an emphasis on recent U.S. family trends. Explores the consequences of social, political, and economic change for family life. Focuses on current debates over contemporary family well-being, including changing meanings of family, transformations in gender roles, work/family conflicts, economic instability, and the effects of public policy on family life. Prerequisite: SOC 1110 and junior standing.

SOC 4850 - Global Sociology (3)

When Offered: Spring
Examines contemporary processes and controversies of globalization with a primary focus on economic, political, cultural, and environmental dimensions of these transformations. 
(Global Learning Opportunity course)

SOC 4900 - Internship (3-6)

When Offered: Fall; Spring
Supervised placement in a setting which provides an opportunity for students to observe and practice sociological skills. Graded on an S/U basis. Prerequisites: SOC 4390 and completion of 90 semester hours of coursework, including 18 semester hours of sociology coursework, with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.