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Sociology (SOC) Courses

Lower Division

SOC 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (3-0-3)(F,S,SU)(FS). An introduction to groups, organizations, and societies, and their impact on human behavior. Emphasis is on sociological perspectives, concepts, methods, and applications in areas such as organization, socialization, inequality, institutions, intergroup relations, change, etc.

SOC 102 SOCIAL PROBLEMS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU)(FS). A study of problems that arise due to breakdown of norms and value consensus in society, the causes and solutions to these problems. The student is challenged to continually reexamine his/her own values in reference to the problems under consideration.

SOC 122 SOCIOLOGICAL COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F,S,SU)(FC). Examines the meanings, methods and impact of oral communication that are constructed and negotiated in social structures and social hierarchies. Students gain skills in oral communication, presentations, and discourse analysis.

SOC 201 THEORIES OF SOCIETY (3-0-3)(F). Introduction to the major analytical and interpretive theories of society, history, and human behavior, with an emphasis on the common theoretical concerns of the specific disciplines within the social sciences. PREREQ: ENGL 102, SOC 101.

SOC 230 INTRODUCTION TO ETHNIC STUDIES (3-0-3)(F,S)(FS). This course views majority and minority relations and confronts, challenges, and motivates students to know themselves better and understand some societal problems: for example, racism, prejudice, etc. The course deals with the degree to which ethnic relations involve questions of economic and political power and the distribution of the power. It looks at American society’s institutional role in maintaining and perpetuating systematic inequality.

SOC 290 SOCIAL CONFLICT AND PEACEMAKING (3-0-3)(F,S). An introductory survey course covering broadly the kinds of conflict that occur between persons, groups, organizations, and societies, with attention to why these conflicts arise, and a range of peaceful solutions to conflicts using nonviolent, nonadversarial methods. The course ranges from inner personal conflict to the international nuclear arms race.

Upper Division

SOC 301 SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY I (3-0-3)(F,S). Examination of the development of sociological theory from its philosophical precursors through the first decades of the twentieth century. PREREQ: ENGL 102, SOC 101, and upper-division standing.

SOC 302 SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY II (3-0-3)(S). Examination of the development of sociological theory in the twentieth century and of the state of sociological theory today. PREREQ: SOC 301.

SOC 305 RACIAL AND CULTURAL MINORITIES (3-0-3)(S). Comparative study of inter-ethnic relations. Problems and possibilities of genocide, oppression, integration, pluralism and equality. PREREQ: ENGL 102, SOC 230 and upper-division standing.

SOC 306 SOCIOLOGY OF AFRICAN AMERICANS (3-0-3)(F/S). Examination of the African American presence and experience in the contemporary United States will emphasize political, socio-economic, and cultural issues. Sociological and other perspectives will be introduced which offer promise in reconciling problems that separate peoples. PREREQ: SOC 101 or SOC 230 and upper-division standing.

SOC 307 THE ASIAN AMERICAN SOCIAL EXPERIENCE (3-0-3)(F/S). Examination of the Asian presence and experience in the United States emphasizing current social, economic, political, and cultural issues. PREREQ: SOC 101 or SOC 230 and upper-division standing.

SOC 310 ELEMENTARY SOCIAL STATISTICS (3-0-3)(F,S). The application of measurements to social research data. Basic statistical measures, and techniques for their application, meaning, and use in research. Recommended for majors to be taken in the junior year and followed by SOC 311. PREREQ: SOC 101, high school algebra, and upper-division status.

SOC 311 SOCIAL RESEARCH (3-0-3)(F,S). Introduction to the design of sociological research and the systematic analysis of social data. PREREQ: ENGL 102, SOC 310 or POLS 298 or PSYC 295, and upper-division standing.

SOC 312 POPULATION DEMOGRAPHY (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). Techniques and methods for analyzing population growth, trends, and movement as reflected in actuarial data, birth-death rate; mobility, fertility and fecundity as these affect the societal patterns, especially planning for human service programs. PREREQ: SOC 101 and upper-division standing.

SOC 320 RADICAL SOCIOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S). Analysis of contemporary radical power theory and its application in the study of modern socioeconomic problems. This course will examine issues of social importance from the perspective of conflict theory, neo-Marxian and Elitist theory. PREREQ: SOC 101 and upper-division standing.

SOC 322 (ANTH 322)(PSYC 322)(DATA-LA 322) PRINCIPLES OF DATA SCIENCE (3-0-3)(F). An introduction to the core concepts of data science including: predictive modeling using machine learning and data mining; data gathering, extraction and cleaning; and exploratory data analysis. Emphasizes practical skills for liberal arts students to examine questions of human behavior using large and complex data sets. May be taken for credit in ANTH, DATA-LA, PSYC, or SOC but not for more than one discipline. PREREQ: Upper-division standing, CS 133, and a statistics course.

SOC 330 SOCIOLOGY OF VIOLENCE (3-0-3)(F/S). The incidence of deliberate injury of one human by another is analyzed in terms of social and cultural patterns that act to produce, alter, or discourage acts of violence. The various forms violence may take are examined from a sociological perspective. PREREQ: SOC 101 and upper-division status.

SOC 331 DEVIANT BEHAVIOR (3-0-3)(F/S). Analysis of behaviors which violate the norms of society, and the causes of and solutions for these forms of behavior. The challenge for students is to decide where the problem lies with those labeled deviant or with those doing the labeling. PREREQ: SOC 101 and upper-division standing.

SOC 332 INTRODUCTION TO MEXICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES (3-0-3)(F). Social, historical, and political experiences of Mexican-Americans. Attention is given to history, culture, identity, and contemporary issues of Mexican-Americans. PREREQ: SOC 230 and upper-division standing.

SOC 333 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES OF CHICANAS/CHICANOS (3-0-3)(S). Comparative analysis of contemporary socioeconomic and political issues confronting Mexican Americans in U.S. society. Topics include study of community, gender, labor, immigration, heterogeneous identity, environmental justice, and social change. Special attention given to comparing the Mexican American experience with other racial-ethnic groups. Institutional and social responses to contemporary issues will also be examined. SOC 332 strongly encouraged. PREREQ: SOC 230 and upper-division standing.

SOC 340 SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY (3-0-3)(F/S). An analysis of courtship, marriage, kinship, and family patterns in the United States and selected societies. Theories and facts about the relationships of these patterns to the larger society. PREREQ: SOC 101 and upper-division standing.

SOC 345 SOCIOLOGY OF SEX AND SEXUALITY (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines the social construction of sexuality, sexual identities, and the influence of society on sexual behaviors. Particular attention is given to the emergence of sexual norms, sexual orientation, and the commodification of sex. PREREQ: SOC 101 or GENDER 200, and upper-division standing, or PERM/INST.

SOC 361 SOCIOLOGY OF WORK (3-0-3)(F/S). The social organization of work is examined in historical and contemporary perspectives. PREREQ: SOC 101 and upper-division standing.

SOC 362 (CJ 362) CORRECTIONAL THEORY AND PRACTICE (3-0-3)(F/S). The historical development, processes, and methods of operating the adult correctional system. Detailed study of the philosophy and development of treatment strategies in local, state, and federal correctional institutions. May be taken for CJ or SOC credit, but not both. PREREQ: CJ 204 and upper-division standing.

SOC 371 (GENDER 371) THE SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). Multinational social psychological research and theories are used to explore the processes by which societies apply gender definitions, social change, institutional policies, and relationships between women and men. May be taken for GENDER or SOC credit, but not for both. PREREQ: PSYC 101 or SOC 101, and upper-division standing.

SOC 380 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S). An examination of the state, the polity and power as social phenomena, and their relationships to other social institutions, including structures of social and economic inequality. PREREQ: SOC 101 or POLS 101, and upper-division standing.

SOC 390 (COMM 390)(CONFLICT 390) CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Examination of the causes of conflict, conflict management theory, and conflict management techniques applied in interpersonal, intergroup, organizational, and community settings. Discussion and skill development through experiential learning will focus on such conflict management techniques as interpersonal management, mediation, arbitration, negotiation, and reconciliation. May be taken for credit in COMM, CONFLICT, or SOC but not from more than one department. PREREQ: Upper-division standing.

SOC 395 THE SOCIOLOGY OF PEACE AND WAR (3-0-3)(F/S). This course will focus on resolving violent conflicts between nations. It will survey the interpretations of sociologists and others in two basic areas: 1) the relationship between the enabling institutions of war and the nature and evolution of modern societies, and 2) emergent proscriptions, strategies, and social movements which invoke actions, attitudes, and ways of life directed toward creating a more peaceful future. PREREQ: SOC 101 or GLOBAL 101, and upper-division standing.

SOC 401 SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION (3-0-3)(F/S). A sociological analysis of the American school system, its problems, and the social forces that shape the schools in contemporary society. PREREQ: SOC 101 and upper-division standing, or PERM/INST.

SOC 403 SOCIAL CHANGE (3-0-3)(F/S). Social factors which generate innovation, influence its acceptance or rejection, and determine its effects on society. Planning, collective behavior, diffusion, conflict, and other efforts to create change. PREREQ: SOC 101 and upper-division standing.

SOC 407 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION (3-0-3)(F/S). Social science perspectives on religion. Religion viewed as human activity influencing and being influenced by social organization and social conditions. PREREQ: SOC 101 or GLOBAL 101, and upper-division standing.

SOC 410 ADVANCED SOCIAL STATISTICS (3-0-3)(F/S). The methods of nonparametric statistics in the analysis of sociological data are examined in-depth with application to research. PREREQ: SOC 101 and SOC 310 or equivalents as determined by consultation with department chair.

SOC 412 QUALITATIVE SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS (3-0-3)(F/S). An intensive course in interpretive social science, covering the practice of fieldwork ethnography, the use of computers in qualitative research, techniques of qualitative data analysis, and the writing of qualitative research reports. PREREQ: SOC 101 or GLOBAL 101, and upper-division standing.

SOC 415 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY (3-0-3)(F/S). Social causes of juvenile delinquency. Solutions that are discussed arise from theories which suggest changing society more than the individual delinquent. Positive and negative activities of the juvenile justice system are also reviewed. PREREQ: SOC 101 and upper-division standing.

SOC 417 CRIMINOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S). An examination of the social and intellectual heritage of criminological theory. The student is challenged to understand crime as a sociological problem which is “explained” by theories that can be tested scientifically and evaluated critically. PREREQ: SOC 101 and upper-division standing.

SOC 420 (ANTH 420)(PSYC 420)(DATA-LA 420) SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). ​Introduces and applies concepts and empirical methods of network analysis in a field-based project. Social networks influence learning, economic behavior, and adoption of new products and organizational innovations. May be taken for credit in ANTH, DATA-LA, PSYC, or SOC but not for more than one discipline. PREREQ: Upper-division standing and a statistics course.

SOC 421 SOCIAL INEQUALITY (3-0-3)(F/S). How inequalities of wealth, income, and prestige occur. How such inequalities affect behavior, personal philosophy, and life chances. Arguments for and against more equality will be examined in relation to issues such as: constraint and mobility; education and opportunity; consumerism and poverty; public policy and the politics of wealth and welfare. PREREQ: SOC 101 or GLOBAL 101, and upper-division standing.

SOC 425 URBAN SOCIOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S). Examination of urban processes with a comparative examination of metropolitan and other urban communities. Emphasis is on urbanization and the institutions and policies shaping metropolitan life. PREREQ: SOC 101 and upper-division standing.

SOC 426 RURAL SOCIOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S). Through application of sociological concepts, methods and theories, students are offered an opportunity to explore current issues and social problems experienced by rural populations, including demographic, economic and sociocultural changes. Special attention paid to the rural west and Idaho. PREREQ: SOC 101 and upper-division standing.

SOC 431 (PSYC 431) SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S). The primary focus is the individual; the unit of analysis, the interpersonal behavior event. A study of individual motives, emotions, attitudes, and cognition with reference to interactions with other human beings. May be taken for PSYC or SOC credit, but not both. SOC 101 and a course in statistics or research design are strongly recommended. PREREQ: PSYC 101 or SOC 101, and upper-division standing.

SOC 435 DRUGS IN SOCIETAL CONTEXT (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). This class applies the sociological perspective on social problems to drug use. It examines how different social groups use drugs, attempt to control and prohibit the use of drugs, and the societal effects of using and controlling the use of drugs. PREREQ: SOC 101 and upper-division standing.

SOC 440 ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S). Sociological approach to the study of environmentalism, social implications of environmental policy, environmental conflicts, and the distributive justice nature of environmental issues. PREREQ: SOC 101 or ENVSTD 121, and upper-division standing.

SOC 445 FOOD AND SOCIETY (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines the social forces that shape the way we grow, distribute and consume food. The dramatic growth of industrialized and globalized farming, the social and environmental consequences of these practices, and alternative forms of food production and consumption are highlighted. PREREQ: SOC 101 or ENVSTD 121, and upper-division standing, or PERM/INST.

SOC 471 (GENDER 301) FEMINIST THEORY (3-0-3)(F/S). Students encounter new perspectives by examining major theories directly useful to scholars in search of understanding and explaining gender relations. May be taken for GENDER or SOC credit, but not for both. PREREQ: GENDER 200 and upper-division standing, or PERM/INST.

SOC 472 SOCIOLOGY OF AGING (3-0-3)(F/S). The study of aging and age cohorts as they relate to and interact with social structures and processes with an emphasis on the later stages of aging. Topics include ageism within social institutions, the effects of age cohorts on work, education and medicine, and the boomer age cohort. PREREQ: SOC 101 and upper-division standing.

SOC 475 SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines science and technology as social phenomena. Focus on the social conditions that affect the development of science, research and innovation, and ways science and technology change society. Issues addressed include science as a social practice and institution, the social ramifications of technologies such as artificial intelligence, bioengineering and robotics, and the relationships between science and inequalities of gender, race and class. PREREQ: SOC 101 or PERM/INST.

SOC 481 SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER AND AGING (3-0-3)(F/S). A sociological examination of the myths and stereotypes that impact men and women as they age. The course will explore research efforts focused on aging in a gendered society and examine the myths and stereotypes; seek to discover the source of cultural beliefs, social structures of gendered identities, and how gender stratification creates disadvantage for older men and women. PREREQ: SOC 101 and upper-division standing.

SOC 485 (ANTH 485)(PSYC 485)(DATA-LA 485) STATISTICAL MODELING IN R (3-0-3)(S). Focuses on statistical methods for practical data analysis, including parametric and non-parametric analyses, ANOVA, multiple and logistic regression, generalized linear models, and dimension reduction methods using R to examine and understand human behavior. Students will conduct a research project designed in partnership with a professional stakeholder that delivers actionable outcomes. May be taken for credit in ANTH, DATA-LA, PSYC, or SOC but not for more than one discipline. PREREQ: ITM 330 and ITM 340; or DATA-LA 322.

SOC 487 (POLS 413) ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND BUREAUCRATIC STRUCTURE (3-0-3)(F/S). Sociopolitical analysis of theories and concepts of complex social organizations, their application to public administration, and the inter-relationship between political science and sociological organizational theory. May be taken for SOC or POLS credit, but not for both. PREREQ: senior standing, PERM/INST.

SOC 493 INTERNSHIP (V-V-V)(F,S,SU). Upper-division students may select an internship program in consultation with department faculty and internship coordinator. The intent of the internship is to provide an experiential learning experience for students in a variety of settings in the community or on campus. PREREQ: upper-division standing and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.

SOC 498 SENIOR SEMINAR (3-0-3)(F,S)(FF). The capstone course, providing intensive study of selected problems in the social sciences. PREREQ: GENDER 302, POLS 398, PSYC 321, SOC 311 or SOC 412, and senior standing in the Sociology, Social Science or Ethnic Studies majors.

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