Courses Offered in Fall 2014

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.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Scott Albrecht
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.
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.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Jonathan Cox View Syllabus
Fall 2014 Instructor: Jessica Peña View Syllabus
Fall 2014 Instructor: Daniel Swann
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Meyer Kestnbaum
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.
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.
SOCY 241: Inequality in American Society
The dynamics of inequality: its social production, politics, future, and ideological bases. Utopian communities, efforts to eliminate inequality.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Scott Albrecht 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.
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.
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 410: Social Demography
Types of demographic analysis; demographic data; population characteristics; migration; mortality; fertility; population theories; world population growth; population policy.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Feinian Chen
SOCY 411: Demographic Techniques
Basic techniques for analyzing population structure and demographic processes, including fertility, mortality and migration.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Linda Moghadam
SOCY 498D: Selected Topics in Sociology; Demography of Aging
Selected Topics in Sociology; Demography of Aging
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
Fall 2014 Instructor: Kirby Bowling
SOCY 498X: Selected Topics in Sociology; Love and Marriage in Modern Society
Selected Topics in Sociology; Love and Marriage in Modern Society
Fall 2014 Instructor: Liana Sayer 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.
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).
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.
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.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Feinian Chen
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.
Fall 2014 Instructor: Philip N. Cohen View Syllabus
SOCY 699D: Special Social Problems; Contemporary Sociological Methods
Special Social Problems; Contemporary Sociological Methods
Fall 2014 Instructor: Jeff Lucas View Syllabus
SOCY 699E: Special Social Problems; Gender Stratification
Special Social Problems; Gender Stratification
Fall 2014 Instructor: Wei hsin Yu