Courses in Sociology

SOC 1100: Introduction to Sociology (3)
The fundamental concepts and general principles of sociology and how sociology sheds light on such topics as the family, social interaction, social organization, religion, social change, and human nature.

 

 

SOC 1200: Contemporary Social Problems (3)
Application of sociology to the study of selected social problems such as inequality, unemployment, racism/sexism, health care, divorce, environmental quality, and crime.

 

 

SOC 1550: Marriage and Family (3)
A discussion of dating, marriage, human sexuality, parenthood, communication, the aging process, and other issues.

 

 

SOC 2030: Applied Statistics (3)
Prerequisite: AJU 1100 or PSY 1100 or SOC 1100 or permission of instructor
Application of elementary statistical methods to psychological and sociological data. Lecture and laboratory course in techniques of descriptive and in
ferential statistics and research design. (Dual listing with PSY 2030 and AJU 2030.)

 

 

SOC 2350: Urban Sociology (3)
The study of the development of cities, their social organization, cross-cultural communities, processes, and unique social problems. Also examined are suburban social organization, and the relationship of urban centers to suburbs, smaller communities, rural areas and the global community.

 

 

SOC 2750: Integrated Statistics and Methodology for the Social Sciences (3) 

Prerequisite: SOC 1100 or permission of instructor

This course will introduce the student to basic research methodology and statistics as applied to social sciences and will cover the basic theory, methods and ethics of experimental and non-experimental research in the social and behavioral sciences. The use of statistical analysis will be correlated with the research problem, hypotheses, and the method of research used to collect data. At the completion of the course, the student should possess an elementary working knowledge of various methods of research and the associated statistics.

(Dual listing with AJU 2750 and PSY 2750.).

 

 

SOC 3030: Research Methods (3)
Prerequisite: AJU 2030 or PSY 2030 or SOC 2030 and CSC 2010, or permission of instructor
An examination of research methods used by sociologists, political scientists, and psychologists, including surveys, participant-observation, and experiments. (Dual listings with PSY 3030 and AJU 3030.)

 

 

SOC 3050: Socialization (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 1100 or permission of instructor
An examination of the fundamental theories of socialization. Emphasis will be on studies of early childhood and adolescent socialization into roles. Acquisition of identity as it relates to social psychological variables will be studied.

 

 

SOC 3120: Community and Social Change (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 1100 or permission of instructor
Cross-cultural study of communities, social organization and process in modern communities related to community development; and analysis of social change, collective behavior including crowd behavior, panic behavior, mass movements, fads and fashions, social movements, and other forms of collective social action.

 

 

SOC 3250: Popular Culture (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 1100 or permission of instructor
Analysis of the development and structure of modern popular culture, entertainment, the mass media, and the internet, including its relationship to identity, ideology, the evolution of lifestyles, and the operation of other social sectors of life such as the economy, politics, religion, education and the family.

 

 

SOC 3300: Sociology of Gender (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 1100 or permission of instructor
Investigation of the development of gender identity and gendered society from feminists, men's social-psychological, and structural perspectives with primary emphasis on gender roles as constructed in modern society.

 

 

SOC 3310: Social Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 1100, SOC 1100 and PSY 3060
The relation between attitudes and behavior, the self concept, group formation and maintenance, perception, and interpersonal interaction are among the topics examined. (Dual listing with PSY 3310.)

 

 

SOC 3350: Social Stratification (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 1100 or permission of instructor
An examination of stratification and inequality in societies, with particular emphasis on American capitalist society. The course explores sociological explanations of the development, existence and perpetuation of institutionalized inequality in society, and the impact of inequality on personal and family life, education and politics.

 

 

SOC 3400: Complex Organizations (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 1100 or permission of instructor
This course provides a general look at complex organizations, their impacts and trends. The course focuses on the themes of organizational life and life within organizations in the context of our larger social life, social institutions, and other post-modern dynamics. (Dual listing with AJU 3400)

 

 

SOC 3450: Sociology of Religion (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 1100 or permission of instructor
An exploration of the manners in which society, community, and place of worship mold human beliefs, and how beliefs, in turn, shape the social world.

 

 

SOC 3460: Work and Occupations (3)
An examination of the development of work and our relationship to it in other spheres of life, including work-related issues such as deskilling, job satisfaction, equity, mobility and reform.

 

 

SOC 3500: Criminology (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 1100 or permission of instructor
An overview of crime and the criminal justice system. Emphasis is placed on major theories and research findings, the criminal justice system, criminology as a practical field, criminology as an academic discipline, and adult crime. (Dual listing with AJU 3500.)

 

 

SOC 3550: Labor and Unions (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 1100 or permission of instructor
Inquiry into the history, development and structure of organized labor, with a major focus on American unionism, union structure and organization, collective bargaining, strikes labor economics and the non-unionized sector.

 

 

SOC 3600: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 1100 or permission of instructor
An overview of the social, economic, political and psychological aspects of racial and ethnic inequality from both particularistic and structural perspectives. Analysis of causes, consequences and strategies of elimination of racial discrimination.

 

 

SOC 3650: Deviance and Social Control (3)
A systematic examination of the various types of social disorganization with special emphasis on collective forms of norm violation. (Dual listing with AJU 3650.)

 

 

SOC 3740: Juvenile Delinquency (3)

A survey of the causes of crime and delinquency, of adolescent behavior, adult crimes, prisons, probation, parole, and crime prevention programs. (Dual listing with AJU 3740.)

 

 

SOC 3750: Environmental Sociology (3)
This course offers a theoretical and pragmatic exploration of the interaction of people and their social systems with the physical and biological systems of the Earth, examining our socially shaped understanding of this relationship as well as our efforts to manage it.

 

 

SOC 3800: Industrial Sociology (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 1100 or permission of instructor
Examination of various work settings with focus on the development and current state of the labor process and work relations. Interpersonal, organizational, societal and global structures impacting industrial relations are investigated.

 

SOC 3810, 3820: Appalachian Seminar (3, 3)
A study of the history and culture of the Southern Appalachians as well as the social economic problems of the area. The course utilizes area speakers, action groups, films, field trips and panel discussions dealing with Appalachian heritage and special problems such as health, education, coal mining, and environmental problems.

 

 

SOC 3950: Special Topics in Sociology (1-3)
Prerequisite: SOC 1100 or permission of the instructor
A seminar in current issues in sociology responding to problems of specific interest to faculty and students. May be offered on an individual basis with approval of the instructor.

 

 

SOC 4100: Classical Sociological Theory (4)
Prerequisite for Sociology majors: SOC 1100 or SOC 2030 or SOC 3030 or permission of instructor

Prerequisite for non-Sociology major: SOC 1100 or permission of instructor
Introduction to the meaning of sociological theory and the principal classical theorists, including Karl Marx, Mad Weber, Emile Durkheim, Auguste Comte, and others.

 

SOC 4200: Modern Sociological Theory (4)
Prerequisite for Sociology majors: SOC 1100 or SOC 2030 or SOC 3030 or permission of instructor

Prerequisite for non-Sociology major: SOC 1100 or permission of instructor
Introduction to the meaning of sociological theory and the principle modern theorists, including C. Wright Mills, Talcott Parsons, Robert Merton, George Herbert Mead, Anthony Giddens, Jurgen Habermas, Michel Foucault, and others.

 

 

SOC 4300: The Project of Sociology (4)
Prerequisite: SOC 1100, SOC 2030, SOC 3030, SOC 4100, or SOC 4200
A writing- and oral communications-intensive course integrating analysis and critical examination of the major fields of sociology. Focus on mastering classic sociological accounts as applied to the writing and reporting of the student's term project.

 

 

SOC 4940: Field Work in Clinical Sociology (3)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
An advanced field-based practicum experience in applied sociology. Students may be placed in an agency for first-hand experience in applied sociological practice, or conduct independent field-based research. Internships may be offered for fieldwork. Offered on an individual basis with approval of the instructor.

 

 

SOC 4950: Special Topics in Sociology (1-3)
Prerequisite: SOC 1100 or permission of instructor
A seminar in current issues in sociology responding to problems of specific interest to faculty and students. May be offered on an individual basis with approval of the instructor.

 

 

SOC 4970: Independent Study in Sociology (1-3)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Individual, instructor-supervised research into selected topics in sociology. Offered on an individual basis with approval of the instructor.

 

 

SOC 4990: Internship in Sociology (3)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
An intern shall study and work with UVa-Wise and another organization, respectively. The intern shall perform tasks as determined by the College and the organization such as study appropriate material, observe and participate in the organization, keep a journal, write an analytic, reflective term paper, and so on. Offered on an individual basis with approval of the instructor.