Courses & Curriculum
SOC100 Sex, Gender, & Society
This course introduces students to a sociological analysis of the social construction of gender, masculinity, and femininity historically and cross-culturally. Students will be introduced to approaches, methods, theories, and feminist perspectives to analyze a range of social issues affecting individuals of diverse backgrounds. The course focuses on how gender intersects with race, class, sexuality, dis/ability, age, religion, and other systems of difference to shape individual and group experiences in society. Cross listed with SOJU100.
SOC102 Introduction to Sociology
This course is an introduction to sociological concepts, perspectives, theories, and research methods. Students will study the individual’s relationship with society by analyzing socialization and the self, group dynamics, social stratification, diversity, social change, and social institutions in various cultural contexts.
SOC140 Introduction to Race & Ethnicity
This course is an introduction to sociological and political approaches to race, and ethnicity, and an examination of the cultural, political, and economic practices and institutions that support or challenge racism and inequality. This course explores the historical and contemporary interactions between various racial and ethnic groups, as well as struggles for rights, equality, and equity by using a range of various perspectives and theories. This examination and analysis of power includes using anti-racist approaches to understanding ongoing issues of discrimination and prejudice in order to create a more equitable society. Cross-listed with POL 140 and ETHN 140.
SOC150 Social Trends & Problems
This course examines contemporary social trends and problems in U.S. institutions, including: (1) the role of power and ideology in the definition of social problems, (2) their causes and consequences, (3) evaluations of proposed solutions, and (4) methods of intervention. Topics include crime, delinquency and violence, social inequality, family, race relations, education, environmental degradation, drugs and alcohol, and health care, among others.
Students in this course learn about what make the world so interconnected. This includes historical, political, economic, and cultural processes and structures. Understanding this fascinating web of global connections starts with history and how we arrived at today's global economy. In the 21st century globalization goes beyond the political economy and includes environmental issues, human rights, and approaches to development. Cross-listed with POL160.
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