Sociology Course Descriptions

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Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

SO 105 Introduction to Sociology 3-0-3
An introductory study of the concepts, principles, and applications of the social science method in general and of sociology in particular. A review of some of the crucial sociological problems of today, involving the relationship of the individual to society and groups of individuals to one another. Some topics included are culture, race, class, social mobility, and social change. Reference is made to the historical and economic forces in the U.S. that are responsible for some of these problems. Available in Honors format.

SO 205 The Individual and Society 3-0-3
This course examines the relationship between individuals and their social context. Specific emphasis is on the social experience stemming from an individual's participation in social groups, interactions with others, and the emergence of social structures from these interactions. From this perspective, several major theories are discussed such as socialization, identities and the self in social construction, attitudes and attitude change, social perception, social order and conformity, language and social communication, and social behavior in groups. (Prerequisite: SO 105 or PY 105 or permission of the instructor)

SO 214 Race and Ethnic Relations 3-0-3
This course will examine social and historical experiences of the major minority groups in order to better understand their social, cultural, and economic status, and group relations in the United States. Contemporary topics will include: diversity, assimilation, ethnic identity, prejudice, discrimination, racism, class, gender, immigration, inequality, and poverty. This course provides an opportunity to examine ideas relating to such diverse issues as the relationship between attitudes and behaviors, the complexity of class, power, and conflict, and the interplay between economic and political systems. (Prerequisite: SO 105 recommended)

Special topics courses listed under SO 226 Special Topics in Sociology
Courses under this heading will provide the opportunity to focus on topical issues in the field of sociology and will be presented with an interdisciplinary approach. Faculty present material not normally covered in regular course offerings. (Prerequisite: PY 105 or SO 105 or other social science course appropriate to the topic)

SO 226A Service, Citizenship and Community (SRV) 3-0-3
This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary study of community and the particular role citizen participation plays in constructing communities and accomplishing public goals. Students will engage in various ideas, debates and strategies regarding the development of communities while engaging in 20 hours of community service in area agencies or grassroots nonprofit community organizations. The promises and challenges of civic life will be examined by focusing on such topics as: the history and philosophy of community service; processes, structures and collaboration in community service; the power of local associations and organizations to maintain or improve the quality of life in their communities; the use of public and private resources for community services; the education of real-world problem solvers; energy, technology and transportation; housing, food and garbage; health and healing; mass media and the arts. Service Learning is a component of this course. (Prerequisite: at least one course in the social sciences or permission of the Department Head of Social and Behavioral Sciences)

SO 240 Marriage, Family and Personal Relationships 3-0-3
This course will examine concepts and issues associated with family life and personal relationships. A variety of social problems that impact personal relationships, marriage, and the family will be addressed that have resulted from social, cultural, political and economic changes in society. Such issues as gender role socialization, diversity of family forms, men and women in cross-cultural perspective, men and women in the work place, poverty and families, reproductive and parenting rights, sexuality, mate selection, the internal dynamics of relationships, domestic violence, marital dissolution, and future family trends will be examined throughout the semester. All together, such changes in the world outside the family have profound impact on what happens inside the family. Such changes have profound consequences on how individuals conduct their personal and social lives together. The questions that this course will raise and attempt to answer will hopefully enable us to live together in adulthood with considerably more ease than most currently experience. (Prerequisite: An introductory sociology or psychology course is recommended.)

SO 250 Conflict Resolution in Modern Society 3-0-3
This course provides an overview of theories and research concerning the nature of conflict and methods for resolving conflict. The foundation of the course is social systems theory; the course examines conflicts among social institutions and conflicts among diverse populations. The effects of conflict upon the individual are considered. The course provides the student/practitioner with the theoretical framework for analyzing and resolving conflict. (This course does not meet the minimum Social Science requirement for the NHTI's Associate degrees or Professional Certificate programs.)

SO 298 Travel/Study Abroad Experience 3-0-3
Students will learn about another country through on-site study that may include visitation to historic sites, libraries, archives, cultural events, and museums. The history, culture, economy, and politics of the host country will be examined. Students will increase their cultural awareness and cross-cultural sensitivity through exposure to people from different countries and cultures.

As a school-sponsored travel abroad experience (at student expense), this course combines the equivalent of three credits of classroom and field experience. A project is required to document the learning experience. (Prerequisite: PY 105, SO 105, or permission of the Department Head of Social and Behavioral Sciences) (May be repeated for credit with permission of the Department Head of Social and Behavioral Sciences.)
 

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