(on demand) This course is designed to provide students with experience and reflection during a mid-term break or during a semester project concerning the nature of community and social problems, and to prepare students for civic engagement and social responsibility. The course will include a supervised service-learning component through which students will develop skills and knowledge to meet community needs and better understand societal problems. (See Service Learning in the Academic Program section).
The interaction of individuals within a larger social context, in order to help students develop "sociological imagination" about their own lives. We examine how group life is organized and functions at both micro and macro levels. We look at the process of socialization as well as the various axes of inequality, including race, social class, and gender. We also look at a variety of social institutions including the family, education, health care, and religion.
An introduction to the study of juvenile delinquency and the juvenile justice system. The course investigates the topics of juvenile law, theories of causation and procedureal issues, and their inter-relationships.
Uses the basic principles and concepts of sociology to study life in the Appalachian region. The areas of study include socio-economic class, culture, folklore, social institutions, the family, religion, schooling, poverty, and development.
Scientific understanding of social problems; problem areas in contemporary American society; and world-wide problems such as racism, sexism, problems in education, social stratification, problems in children's lives, environmental degradation, and violence.
How do we define family today? How is it structured: We examine key issues that have changed over the past thirty-fifty years, including dating and sexuality, single motherhood, teen pregnancy, divorce, stepfamilies, balancing work and family, and motherhood vs. fatherhood. Emphasis upon changing attitudes toward family relationships, some of the problems involved, and suggested solutions.
An examination of the interaction between sex and gender in contemporary U.S. society, with the focus on how society influences and constructs these two core concepts in both micro and macro realms. Prerequisites: SOCI 131 or upper division standing.
A sociological examination of the origin and organization of minorities and their effect on society today, with particular emphasis on minorities in the United States. Prerequisites: SOCI 131 or upper division standing.
An interdisciplinary approach will be used to analysis the social interaction that generates interdependence among the members of a small group. Particular emphasis will be given to theories and activities which focus on the properties and dynamics that are common to all small groups: structure, interaction, self identity, and common goals. Prerequisites: PSYH 200 or SOCI 131 or upper division standing.
Public policy issues and problems in juvenile and adult correctional settings are explored. An analysis of the modes of treatment/punishment of legal offenders and their families as a vulnerable population group will be made from a historical perspective, rehabilitation approaches, de-institutionalization, and community based programs. Roles of the social worker and correctional officer will be examined in institutional settings, and in probation, parole, and community based programs. Cross listed as SWRK 363. Prerequisite: Open to Social Work majors having upper division (junior) stading and the permission of their advisor and the course instructor. Open to Criminal Justice majors having upper division (junior) standing and the permission of the advisor. Open to Psychology and Sociology majors having upper division (junior) standing and the permission of their advisor and the course instructor.
An analysis of the social stratification system including the concepts of class, status, prestige, income, and wealth; and, the impact of social stratification on American society. Prerequisites: SOCI 131 or upper division standing.
The field practicum in sociology is designed to give social science majors practical experience in a professional field related to sociology. Field placements will include such diverse experiences as working in the county clerk's office, pre-trial services, social services and other programs. Prerequisites: SOCI 131 and upper division standing.
Comparative and interrelated study of urban and rural life considering institutional, social and economic factors of modern life in cities and rural areas. We will examine Appalachia in particular, in order to compare and contrast our own experience with that of rural life generally. Prerequisites: SOCI 131 or upper division standing.
Comparative analysis of children's lives and problems from their own perspective as well as sociological perspectives. Examination of how childhood is constructed differently across time and space, and by gender, social class, and racial/ethnic backgrounds. Prerequisites: SOCI 131 or upper division standing.
The major classical and contemporary sociological theories which have proved useful in investigating the nature of society are examined. Lecture and discussion in a seminar setting. Prerequisites: SOCI 131 and upper division standing.
This course will examine the relationship between deviance, crime, and society. In this class, we look at how deviance and crime are defined, by whom, and why they are seen as problematic. We will also look at important trends in terms of how crime and deviance have changed over time. Prerequisites: SOCI 131 or upper division standing.
Capstone course for graduating seniors in sociology. Students develop professional portfolios to show-case undergraduate work in preparation for employment, and/or graduate school. Prerquisite: SOCI 131 and graduating senior in sociology.