SOCI 105C               Introduction to Sociology

Introduces 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.

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 3

SOCI 180C               Environment and Society

Society and the natural environment are vitally linked in a number of ways. In this course, students will explore these connections at various levels from the local to the global, but with a focus on the students’ lives and local communities as important case studies. This course focuses on the social causes of environmental problems, the social consequences of environmental degradation, and social responses to environmental issues. The course is designed to provide students with the sociological tools and hands-on experiences that will help them gain a better understanding of local and global earth systems related to food, energy transportation housing, waste, and water, as well as the qualities of ecological integrity, social and racial justice, resilient communities, and economic well-being.

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 3

SOCI 214C               Race and Ethnic Relations

Examines social and historical experiences of the major minority groups to better understand their social, cultural, and economic status, and group relations in the U.S. 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. (SOCI 105C recommended)

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 3

SOCI 226AC               Service, Citizenship and Community

Introduces 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 chair)

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 3

SOCI 240C               Marriage, Family, and Personal Relationships

Examines 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 workplace, 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. Altogether, 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. (An introductory sociology or psychology course is recommended.)

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 3

SOCI 250C               Conflict Resolution in Modern Society

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 on 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 NHTI’s associate degrees or professional certificate programs.

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 3

SOCI 298C               Travel/Study Abroad Experience

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’s expense), this course combines the equivalent of 3 credits of classroom and field experience. A project is required to document the learning experience. (Prerequisite: PSYC 105C, SOCI 105C, or permission of the department chair) May be repeated for credit with permission of the department chair.)

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 3

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