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SOCY 100: Introduction to Sociology
The fundamental concepts and principles of sociology. Includes consideration of culture, patterns of social interaction, norms, values, social institutions, stratification, and social change.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Scott Albrecht
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Shengwei Sun
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Sojin Yu View Syllabus
SOCY 100H: Intrdocution to Sociology
The fundamental concepts and principles of sociology. Includes consideration of culture, patterns of social interaction, norms, values, social institutions, stratification, and social change. Only open to honors students.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Lester Andrist View Syllabus
SOCY 105: Introduction to Contemporary Social Problems
An examination of contemporary social problems through sociological perspectives; ways in which social problems are part of the organization of society; a detailed study of selected social problems including social conflict and social inequality.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Jonathan Cox View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Jessica Peña View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Daniel Swann
SOCY 124: Why does Educational Inequality in the U.S. Persist? Explaining Differences in Educational Attainment
An introduction to theories, concepts and methods that Sociologists employ to study differences in educational attainment.
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SOCY 200: Human Societies
A comparative, historical, interdisciplinary study of human socieities that focuses on the main components of human societies, how they are organized, how they change, and how they come to shape our collective social existence.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: John Pease View Syllabus
SOCY 201: Introductory Statistics for Sociology
Elementary descriptive and inferential statistics. Construction and percentaging of bivariate contingency tables; frequency distributions and graphic presentations; measures of central tendency and dispersion; parametric and nonparametric measures of association and correlation; regression; probability; hypothesis testing; the normal, binomial and chi-square distributions; point and interval estimates.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Alan Neustadtl
SOCY 202: Introduction to Research Methods in Sociology
The underlying logic, major strategies, specific techniques and skills of sociological research. Research design, measurement, data collection, sampling, field research experiments, surveys, index and scale construction, data analysis, interpretation and report writing.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Dana R Fisher View Syllabus
SOCY 203: Sociological Theory
Development of the science of sociology; historical backgrounds; recent theories of society. Required of all sociology majors.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Meyer Kestnbaum
SOCY 224: WHY ARE WE STILL TALKING ABOUT RACE?
Exploration of the major debates and assumptions that construct individual perceptions of what race is and how race matters. Sociological and sub-cultural theories will give students a historical and present day frame with which to view race and ethnic relations in the twenty first century.
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    Spring 2015 Instructor: Rashawn Ray View Syllabus
SOCY 227: Introduction to the Study of Deviance
An introduction to the sociological study of deviant behavior, covering such topics as mental illness, sexual deviance, and the use of drugs. Credit only granted for: SOCY227 or SOCY327. Formerly: SOCY327.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: David Paul Strohecker View Syllabus
SOCY 230: Sociological Social Psychology
Theoretical perspectives and their applications. Socialization through the life course, the self-concept, attitudes, emotion, attribution, interpersonal relations, group processes, deviance, and social change.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD
SOCY 241: Inequality in American Society
The dynamics of inequality: its social production, politics, future, and ideological bases. Utopian communities, efforts to eliminate inequality.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Scott Albrecht View Syllabus
    Spring 2012 Instructor: Mark Gross View Syllabus
SOCY 305: Scarcity and Modern Society
Resource depletion and the deterioration of the environment. Relationship to lifestyles, individual consumer choices, cultural values, and institutional failures. Projection of the future course of American society on the basis of the analysis of scarcity, theories of social change, current trends, social movements, government actions, and the futurist literature.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Kurt Finsterbusch View Syllabus
SOCY 325: Sociology of Gender
Institutional bases of gender roles and gender inequality, cultural perspectives on gender, gender socialization, feminism, and gender-role change. Emphasis on contemporary American society.
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    Spring 2015 Instructor: Liana Sayer View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Lester Andrist View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Zach Richer
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Liana Sayer View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Wei hsin Yu
SOCY 380: Honors Independent Reading in Sociology
This course permits sociology honor students to undertake a program or reading on a particular problem in sociology or a subfield therein. The reading will be done under the supervision of a member of the sociology faculty. Required of sociology honor students.
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SOCY 381: Honors Independent Research in Sociology
This course permits sociology students to define a particular problem in sociology or a subfield therein and to develop a research plan for use as a thesis topic. The work will be done under the supervision of a member of the sociology faculty.
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SOCY 383: Honors Thesis Research
Student research under the direction of a member of the sociology faculty, culminating in the presentation and defense of a thesis reporting the research.
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SOCY 386: Experiential Learning
To register, students must have departmental permission form signed by instructor and by Coordinator of Sociology Undergraduate Program.
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SOCY 398F: Special Topics in Sociology; Gender and Migration: Global Trends and the Israeli Case
Increased migration, particularly among women, is one of the most discussed aspects of present-day globalization. Yet the discourse about migration both in the media and within academia is still often gender-blind. Through historical and sociological literature this course will critically survey the impact of gender on migration and its relations to ethnicity and race.
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SOCY 398J: Special Topics in Sociology; Introductory Experimental Groups Processes Research
Special Topics in Sociology; Introductory Experimental Groups Processes Research
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SOCY 399: Independent Study in Sociology
No more than 6 hours of 399 is allowed for credit. Contact department for information to register for this course.
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SOCY 401: Social Demography
Types of demographic analysis; demographic data; population characteristics; migration; mortality; fertility; population theories; world population growth; population policy
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SOCY 410: Social Demography
Types of demographic analysis; demographic data; population characteristics; migration; mortality; fertility; population theories; world population growth; population policy.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Feinian Chen
SOCY 411: Demographic Techniques
Basic techniques for analyzing population structure and demographic processes, including fertility, mortality and migration.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Joan Kahn View Syllabus
SOCY 412: Family Demography
Family and population dynamics. Fertility issues, such as teenage pregnancy, the timing of parenthood, and family size; as they relate to family behavior, such as marital patterns, child care use, and work and the family. Policy issues that relate to demographic changes in the family.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Michael Rendall
SOCY 431: Principles of Organizations
Structural and processual characteristics of organizations that make them effective for different purposes and in different environments. Effects of different institutional environments, small group processes, organizational networks, and leadership. Types of organizations studied include formal bureaucracies, professional organizations, and voluntary associations.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Kurt Finsterbusch View Syllabus
SOCY 441: Social Stratification and Inequality
The sociological study of social class, status, and power. Topics include theories of stratification, correlates of social position, functions and dysfunctions of social inequality, status inconsistency, and social mobility.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: John Pease View Syllabus
SOCY 448M: Research in Social Psychology; Sociology of Mental Health
Research in Social Psychology; Sociology of Mental Health
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Kathleen Denny View Syllabus
SOCY 464: Military Sociology
Social change and the growth of military institutions. Complex formal military organizations. Military service as an occupation or profession. The sociology of military life. Relations between military institutions, civilian communities and society.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Meredith Kleykamp View Syllabus
SOCY 467: Sociology of Education
Sociological analysis of educational institutions and their relation to society: goals and functions, the mechanisms of social control, and the impacts of stratification and social change. Study of the school as a formal organization, and the roles and subcultures of teachers and students.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Linda Moghadam
SOCY 498D: Selected Topics in Sociology; Demography of Aging
Selected Topics in Sociology; Demography of Aging
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Joan Kahn View Syllabus
SOCY 498G: Selected Topics in Sociology; Diversity in the Military
Selected Topics in Sociology; Diversity in the Military
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Kirby Bowling
SOCY 498J: Selected Topics in Sociology; Advanced Experimental Groups Processes Research
Selected Topics in Sociology; Advanced Experimental Groups Processes Research
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SOCY 498X: Selected Topics in Sociology; Love and Marriage in Modern Society
Selected Topics in Sociology; Love and Marriage in Modern Society
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    Spring 2015 Instructor: Liana Sayer View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Liana Sayer View Syllabus
SOCY 601: Statistics For Sociological Research I
Introductory statistical concepts are covered including descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, expected values, hypothesis testing, tests of significance, measures of association, and if time permits, introduction to regression analysis. Statistical programming software may be used.
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    Spring 2015 Instructor: Meredith Kleykamp View Syllabus
SOCY 602: Statistics For Sociological Research II
This course introduces regression analysis using matrix algebra. Topics include bivariate regression, multivariate regression, tests of significance, regression diagnostics, indicator variables, interaction terms, extra sum of squares, and the general linear model. Other topics may be addressed such as logistic regression and path analysis. Statistical programming software may be used.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Alan Neustadtl
SOCY 620: Development of European and American Sociological Theory
Review of the history of sociological thought with major attention to the key figures (from Marx to C. Wright Mills).
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Meyer Kestnbaum
SOCY 627: Migration
Examines theories of immigration and immigrant adaptation, empirical patterns of migration and immigration, the economic and social effects of immigration, as well as immigration policy issues.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Julie Park
SOCY 630: Population and Society
Selected problems in the field of population; quantitative and qualitative aspects; American and world problems.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Feinian Chen
SOCY 632: Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
An introductory course in qualitative research methods, intended to provide a general overview of the ways sociologists collect qualitative information about social phenomena, focusing on how to collect and anaylyze data that are reliable and applicable to our research questions. We will begin by constructing a research question that will drive our work for the entire semester. You will learn three of the main ways that qualitative data are used in sociological research: analysis of written material, participant observation, and open ended semi-structured interviews.
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    Spring 2015 Instructor: Dana R Fisher View Syllabus
SOCY 645: SOCIOLOGY OF SELF-CONCEPT
Theory and empirical research dealing with the social determination and social consequences of the self-concept. Sociological, psychological, and psychoanalytic approaches to the self.
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    Spring 2015 Instructor: Rashawn Ray View Syllabus
SOCY 661: Social Stratification
Major theoretical and research problems in the sociology of social stratification. The characteristics, correlates, and consequences of class and status stratification; the distribution of power; the relationship of social stratification to ideology and the institutional orders of society.
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Philip N. Cohen View Syllabus
SOCY 699A: Special Social Problems; Sociology Teaching Assistants Seminar
Special Social Problems; Sociology Teaching Assistants Seminar
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SOCY 699B: Special Social Problems; Ideological Production: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Special Social Problems; Ideological Production: An Interdisciplinary Approach
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SOCY 699D: Special Social Problems; Contemporary Sociological Methods
Special Social Problems; Contemporary Sociological Methods
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Jeff Lucas View Syllabus
SOCY 699E: Special Social Problems; Gender Stratification
Special Social Problems; Gender Stratification
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    Fall 2014 Instructor: Wei hsin Yu
SOCY 699I: Special Social Problems; Publishing Sociology
Restricted to Sociology graduate students.
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SOCY 699L: Selected Topics in Sociology; Diversity in the Military
Students in this course will analyze the effects of various individual characteristics, especially gender, race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and family status on military involvement and experience, and how these influence post-military life for those who serve.
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    Fall 2015 Instructor: Meredith Kleykamp View Syllabus
SOCY 699P: Special Social Problems; Pro-Seminar in Sociology
Special Social Problems; Pro-Seminar in Sociology
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SOCY498L: The Sociology of Law
Sociology of Law
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    Fall 2016 Instructor: Dawn Dow View Syllabus
SOCY498W : Sociology of Emotions
Sociology of Emotions
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    Fall 2016 Instructor: Long Doan
SOCY719: Sociology of Emotions
Graduate Seminar Sociology of Emotions
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