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Undergraduate Catalog 2012

Sociology

SOCY 101 (3.00)

Basic Concepts in Sociology

An introduction to the concepts used in all advanced sociology courses: basic elements of social structure, including primary groups and organizations, culture and society, socialization, social stratification and social change.
   Course ID: 056753
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Course Equivalents: SOCY 101H, SOCY 101Y
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOCY 101H (3.00)

Basic Concepts in Sociology-Honors

An introduction to the concepts used in all advanced sociology courses: basic elements of social structure, including primary groups and organizations, culture and society, socialization, social stratification and social change.
   Course ID: 056754
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Discussion, Lecture
   Course Equivalents: SOCY 101, SOCY 101Y
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOCY 101Y (4.00)

Basic Concepts in Sociology

An introduction to the concepts used in all advanced sociology courses: basic elements of social structure, including primary groups and organizations, culture and society, socialization, social stratification and social change.
   Course ID: 056755
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Discussion, Lecture
   Course Equivalents: SOCY 101, SOCY 101H
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOCY 201 (3.00)

Social Problems in American Society

A survey of American social problems designed for the general student. Topics typically include race and ethnic conflict, crime and delinquency, population and inequality.
   Course ID: 056757
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOCY 204 (3.00)

Diversity and Pluralism: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

An analysis of race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexual orientation in society. The goal of the course is to have students understand the sociocultural nature of human identity and diversity. In addition, the course will explore ways of enhancing communication across the boundaries that divide groups in a pluralistic society. Small group discussion of course material will take place throughout the semester.
   Course ID: 050204
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Culture (GEP), Social Sciences (GEP), Culture (GFR), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOCY 205 (3.00)

Civic Agency and Social Entrepreneurship

By building their theoretical knowledge and practical skills, this course empowers and prepares students to work effectively in their communities, social groups and democracy to initiate and achieve social change. Students will analyze and evaluate prevailing ideas about effective citizenship, activism, service and politics, including conventional assumptions about the limits of ordinary citizens' capacity to become agents of transformation. Students will work in teams to develop strategic plans for social change on campus and beyond.
   Course ID: 100366
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: AMST 205, POLI 205

SOCY 220 (3.00)

Urban Sociology

The ecology of the city and metropolitan community, social change, stratification, complex organizations and social roles, and city and regional planning. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211
   Course ID: 056763
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GFR)

SOCY 235 (3.00)

Sociological Perspectives on Globalization

This course is concerned with the impact of globalization on societies throughout the world. It will examine the concept and significance of globalization and its impact in advanced and developing societies on human rights, technology, women and the family, education, political and economic systems, crime and terrorism, religion, environmental issues, health, ethnic groups and minorities, and the concept of the nation-state. Particular emphasis will be placed on differences in world views from region to region internationally and how different regions have been affected by globalization. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211 or GEOG 202.
   Course ID: 056765
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

SOCY 240 (3.00)

Elementary Social Behavior

An introduction to the study of human social interaction emphasizing socialization and small-group processes. Survey of research findings and theoretical issues of special interest to sociologists. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211.
   Course ID: 056767
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

SOCY 297 (3.00)

Selected Topics in Sociology

The specific topic will be announced in advance of the semester the course is offered. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits.
   Course ID: 056769
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Mthd & Mtrls Of Research

SOCY 298 (3.00)

Selected Topics in Sociology

The specific topic will be announced in advance of the semester the course is offered. This course is repeatable for credit.
   Course ID: 056770
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Perspect On Amer Global, Civic Imagin& Social Ent

SOCY 299 (1.00 - 3.00)

Independent Study

Recommended Preparation: Consent of the instructor.
   Course ID: 056771
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Independent Study

SOCY 300 (4.00)

Methodology of Social Research

Principles of social research, including examination of issues in research design,measurement, sampling and computer applications. Course considers both issues in the logic of science and practical problems of data collection.
   Course ID: 056772
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: SOCY101 or ANTH211 with a C or better and Completion of GEP/GFR Math requirement with a C or better

SOCY 301 (4.00)

Analysis of Sociological Data

Statistical techniques related to sociological research, including measures of central tendency and dispersion, measures of association, correlation and regression, and statistical inference. Statistical software packages are introduced. Required Preparation: SOCY 300 and passing score on the Sociology Statistics Readiness Test or consent of the instructor.
   Course ID: 056773
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

SOCY 310 (3.00)

Social Stratification and Inequality

The course covers theories and empirical research on various forms of social stratification. The focus is on social class, ethnic and gender inequalities in contemporary societies in an era of globalization. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211.
   Course ID: 056759
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOCY 315 (3.00)

Population and Society

An introduction to the study of human populations in advanced and developing countries; changes in the size, composition and distribution of populations; the economic, political and social significance of populations and national population policies. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211 or GEOG 102.
   Course ID: 056775
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOCY 320 (3.00)

Urban Community Organization and Change

   Course ID: 056776
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GFR)

SOCY 321 (3.00)

Race and Ethnic Relations

Sociological analysis of the types of minority-majority group relations and the effects of these relationships on society and the groups and the individuals involved. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211.
   Course ID: 056777
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOCY 330 (3.00)

Deviance in Contemporary Society

An analysis of deviant activities, including crime, sexual deviation and mental illness. Sociological explanations of these phenomena and the strengths and weaknesses of these explanations. Examinations of the legal system and other social control mechanisms. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101, ANTH 211 or consent of the instructor.
   Course ID: 056779
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

SOCY 332 (3.00)

Human Sexuality in Sociological Perspectives

The course focuses upon sociological forces that influence sexuality and govern its expression. Topics include the sexual socialization of children and adolescents; teenage pregnancy; sexuality of single, married and older adults; governmental and educational services related to sexuality; sexual orientation; pornography; and sexual coercion. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or consent of instructor.
   Course ID: 050132
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: GWST 332

SOCY 333 (3.00)

Human Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Norms and mores that sanction and regulate human sexuality exist universally, but their particular forms vary widely from one society to another. This course examines theories that offer a sociological explanation for the variation of sexual attitudes and behaviors in both industrialized and nonindustrialized societies. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or consent of instructor.
   Course ID: 050131
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: GWST 333

SOCY 334 (3.00)

Sexual Diversity

Focus is on the social construction and politics of sexuality. Specific topics will include pornography, intergenerational sex, transgender, sex and the handicapped, bisexuality, homosexuality and sadomasochism. The course will be organized around lectures, guest speakers, audio visual material and group discussions. Recommended Preparation: SOCY101 or ANTH 211 or permission of the instructor.
   Course ID: 056781
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

SOCY 335 (3.00)

Terrorism and Social Violence

This course examines various examples of collective domestic conflict and evaluates the sociological theories that explain why such conflict occurs. Topics include ethnic conflict, colonial insurrections, terrorism, coup d'etat and revolution. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211 or consent of instructor.
   Course ID: 056782
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

SOCY 341 (3.00)

The Social Psychology of Social Problems

   Course ID: 056783
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

SOCY 345 (3.00)

Sociology of Education

Theory and research on education as a social institution. The changing functions of formal education, equality of educational opportunity, the dilemma of meritocracy, urban educational problems and strategies for change. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211 or consent of instructor
   Course ID: 056784
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOCY 349 (3.00)

The Sociology of Religion

Analysis of religious institutions and structures and of the relations between religion and society. Special attention is given to the social sources of religious attitudes; religious roles and organizations; American religious trends; and the interplay between religion and science, religion and politics, religion and economic behavior, and religion and social class. Recommended Preparation: SOCY101 or ANTH 211 or permission of the instructor
   Course ID: 050242
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: RLST 349
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOCY 351 (3.00)

Medical Sociology

Introduction to the field of health and illness behavior and health care institutions, including the sociocultural context of health orientations. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211 or consent of instructor
   Course ID: 056787
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

SOCY 352 (3.00)

Issues in Health Care

This course examines some of the leading health and health care issues of current concern. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211 or HAPP 100 or consent of instructor.
   Course ID: 056788
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOCY 353 (3.00)

Marriage and the Family

Marriage and family as social institutions. Primary relationships in marriage, their development in courtship, formalization in marriage and extension to children. The course draws on materials from related disciplines, as well as from sociology. Special emphasis on marriage and change in sex roles in modern societies. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211
   Course ID: 050134
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: GWST 353
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOCY 354 (3.00)

Social Bases of Public and Community Health

Introduction to concepts of public health and community medicine.
   Course ID: 050143
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: HAPP 354
   Requirement Group: You must have completed HAPP100 or ANTH211 or SOCY101 with a grade of C or better.

SOCY 355 (3.00)

The Sociology of Women

Women in society, social roles and socialization, women in the labor force, class and lifestyle differences among women as a minority group, and women's social movement. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211
   Course ID: 050117
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: GWST 355
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOCY 357 (3.00)

Sociology of the Life Cycle

This course focuses on the successive statuses and roles that individuals occupy in society from puberty to old age. Issues examined include: age grading, age norms, generational and developmental social events, agents of socialization, relations between generations in formal and informal structures, and social change through generational succession. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211 or consent of instructor.
   Course ID: 056790
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GFR)

SOCY 358 (3.00)

Contemporary Problems of Aging in Society

This course deals with issues in the field of aging, emphasizing those that are on the frontier of social concern and public debate, but are not generally covered in detail in survey courses. These include: prospects and implications of an expanded life expectancy, ageism and poverty, victimization and abuse of the aged, institutions and centers for the aged, politics and conservatism, aging and sexuality, death and dying. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211. This course is repeatable for credit.
   Course ID: 056791
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Problems In Aging Societ, Contemporary Probl Aging, Cont Problems Of Aging, Cont. Problems Of Aging, Prob Of Aging In Society, Cont.Problems Of Aging, Contem Problems Of Aging, Cont Prblms Aging In Soc

SOCY 359 (3.00)

Death and Dying

This course is a broad multidisciplinary approach that examines the theoretical, philosophical and social origins of past and present death attitudes and behavior. Topics include death throughout the life cycle, suicide, euthanasia, grief and bereavement, funeral customs, and the impact of religion and culture on death perspectives. Recommended Preparation: EHS 200 or permission of instructor or an introductory social science course.
   Course ID: 050071
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: EHS 345
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOCY 361 (3.00)

Science and Society

The course examines science as a social enterprise and the interaction between scientific activity and society. Topics include the origin of science, characteristics of scientists, the scientific community, the process of scientific discovery, scientific fraud, and the distinction between science and pseudo-science. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211 or consent of instructor
   Course ID: 056793
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

SOCY 365 (3.00)

Sociology of the Labor Force and Occupations

This course examines the American labor force in terms of the decision to work, the characteristics of workers, jobseeking behavior, etc. It also analyzes different occupations in terms of their composition, patterns of mobility and work behavior. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101, ANTH 211, ECON 100 or 101.
   Course ID: 056794
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

SOCY 371 (3.00)

Criminology and Penology

The study of crime, theories of criminal behavior, treatment of criminals and the behavior of law enforcement officials. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211.
   Course ID: 056795
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

SOCY 372 (3.00)

Juvenile Delinquency

The nature, extent, causes, treatment and prevention of juvenile delinquency. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211
   Course ID: 056796
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

SOCY 373 (3.00)

Women, Crime and Justice

A sociological analysis of the many facets of women's relationship to the criminal justice system as offenders, victims, survivors and workers. Topics include the increase of women in prison; the various groups of women who are victimized; and the employment patterns of women police, correctional officers, judges and lawyers. Active student participation is encouraged. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or ANTH 211.
   Course ID: 056797
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

SOCY 374 (3.00)

Drugs and Alcohol in Society

The course provides an overview of causes and consequences of alcohol and drug abuse from the sociological perspective. The effects of society, family, peers, ethnicity and the media on alcohol, tobacco,and drug use will be discussed along with the historical framework of individual drugs. Additionally, theories of addiction, theories of use, use within subcultures, drug policy, and the relationship between substance abuse and crime will be examined. Discussion of controversial issues will include drug testing in social institutions, harm reduction, and legalization. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101 or PSYC 100 or ANTH 211.
   Course ID: 056798
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

SOCY 380 (3.00)

Political Sociology

Social and cultural contexts of contemporary politics. Power structure and political participation in advanced industrial societies. Functions and problems of mass, class and status-group politics from the respective viewpoints of elite and pluralist theory. Role of ideological movements and perspectives for democratic participation in advanced societies. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101, or ANTH 211 or consent of instructor.
   Course ID: 056799
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOCY 391W (2.00)

Seminar on AIDs for Health and Social Services Providers and Administrators

This course is for health care and human-service providers working in settings that serve individuals affected by HIV/ AIDS. The course approaches the multitude of needs created by the HIV epidemic from various perspectives, including prevention education, psychosocial adjustment, community resources and family systems. Conducted in a seminar format, the course relies on large- and small-group discussions, exercises, and client and policy case reviews to improve skills in working effectively with people affected with HIV/AIDS.
   Course ID: 050141
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: HAPP 391W, SOWK 391W

SOCY 396 (1.00 - 3.00)

Community Service and Learning Internship

An internship providing experience giving direct service delivery to the elderly, disadvantaged youth, the mentally and physically challenged, the homeless, the environment or illiterate adults. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits or 2 attempts.
   Course ID: 050047
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Independent Study

SOCY 397 (3.00)

Selected Topics in Sociology

The specific topic will be announced in advance of the semester the course is offered. Recommended Preparation: SOCY 101, or ANTH 211 or consent of instructor. This course is repeatable for credit.
   Course ID: 056800
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Witchcraft, Hiv/Aids Prevention, Working With At-Risk Yth, Pers On Sexual Health, Environmental Sociology, Gender And Aging, Top:Socl Chg/Amer Poltcs, Top:Human Sexuality, Top:N.Amer.Indian Cultur, Drugs & Alcohol In Socie, Sys Aprch To Clncl Asses, The Crisis In Democracy, Women And Aging, Society/Politics In Euro, Currents:Long Term Care, Violence Against Women, Gender & Conflict, Human Sexuality:Soc Pers, Top:Subst Abuse/Society, Human Sexuality, Gender & Science, Women & World Developmt, A Systems Approach, Aids Prev,Society,Socbeh, Sys Apprch To Clin Asses, Hlth Issues And The Bay, Env Social Issues In Md, Int'l Field Research, Seminar On Aids, Appl Community Research, Top:Anth Research Mthds, Top: Society/Biol/Gender, Women, Crime And Justice, Impact Of Env On Bay, Inter Field Research, Death And Dying, Selected Topics In Socy, Gender And Science, Women, Crime & Justice, Intro To German Studies, Women And Deviance, Medicine And Health, Women's Health, Amer Response To Terror, Media And Society, Int'l Health, Socy Mental Hlth & Ill, Top:Amer Indian Cult, Gender, Work And Family, Polit Soc Class/Race/Gen, Hlth Iss/Chesapeake Bay, Sociology Of Hate Crimes, Top:Pwr & Dcsn Mkg-Honrs, American Indian Cultures, Human Sexuality-Soc Pers, Top:Soc Of Mental Health, Top:Women And Science, Substance Abuse, Clinical Assessments, Social Pol & Conser Rev, Long Term Care, International Health, Top:Ireland-Prob Div Soc, Gender & Like Cycle, Science And Society, Women As Caregivers, Top:Var/Human Sexuality, Var In Human Sexuality, Sexual Diversity, Environ Social Issues Md, Topics In Sociology, Social Impact of Ennv Health Policy in Maryland, Sociology of Sport, Sociology of White Collar Crime, Police and Society, Sociology of Money, Sociology of Chronic & Life Threatening Illness, Cybercrime, Population & Public Health

SOCY 399 (1.00 - 3.00)

Independent Study

This course is repeatable for credit.
   Course ID: 056802
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Independent Study
   Requirement Group: You must complete 9 credits of Sociology. Each course must have a minimum grade of C.

SOCY 401 (3.00)

Thesis Research

This course sequence (401 and 402) partially fulfills the requirement for the major in sociology with honors. Information describing the requirements for the honors major is available from the departmental office.
   Course ID: 056803
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Independent Study
   Requirement Group: You must complete Sociology 300 with a minimum grade of C.

SOCY 402 (3.00)

Honors Thesis

See SOCY 401.
   Course ID: 056804
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Independent Study
   Requirement Group: You must complete Sociology 300 with a minimum grade of C.

SOCY 403 (3.00)

Introduction to International Field Research

The purpose of this course is to help prepare students for the increasingly sophisticated requirements of a global society, to develop an international perspective on important issues in culture, policy and practice, and to gain experience using social science field research methods. The international experience is designed to enable students to conduct field research on issues that will be of importance to the United States and Europe by studying the inter-relationships of health and social policy, science and technology, culture and life style in an international context. Students learn social science research methods and vocabulary and concepts from the disciplines of sociology, anthropology and health services research. This course includes lectures, structured exercises, field trips, site visits and discussions in the United States and Switzerland. Recommended Preparation: Six social science credits and permission of the instructor.
   Course ID: 050144
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: HAPP 403
   Attributes: Culture (GEP), Culture (GFR)

SOCY 406 (3.00)

Social Inequality and Social Policy

This course examines poverty and inequality in modern society. The focus is on describing the extent of poverty and inequality, examining theories that attempt to explain these phenomena and discussing the policies that have been employed to mitigate them. In addition to class inequality, the course will consider racial and sexual inequality.
   Course ID: 056805
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete nine credits of Sociology each course with a minimum grade of C and your academic level must be junior.

SOCY 409 (3.00)

Sociological Theory

Classical and contemporary sociological theorists are studied and compared, as well as different schools of theory. Also, the course surveys and critiques different types of theory and metatheory.
   Course ID: 056806
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete 9 credits of Sociology. Each course must have a minimum grade of C.

SOCY 414 (3.00)

The Evaluation of Educational Policy

This course applies research findings from the sociology of education to some key issues of educational policy, focusing on primary and secondary education. Both issues of educational quality and equality are considered, including school quality, choice proposals, school desegregation, compensatory education, tracking, mainstreaming and bilingual education. The course includes an introduction to the nature of educational policy, an overview of the policy-making process at the local level and a critical assessment of policy research, with special attention given to problems of measurement and study design.
   Course ID: 056810
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete nine credits of Social Science and/or Education courses each with a minimum grade of C and your academic level must be junior.

SOCY 415 (3.00)

Higher Education and Social Inequality

A sociological analysis of the impact of higher education on social inequality in the United States. Topics will include a discussion of problems of attaining a representative student body, missions of different types of institutions, the development of programs for different types of students and the effects of affirmative action programs.
   Course ID: 056811
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete 9 credits of Sociology or Anthropology each course with a minimum grade of C and your academic level must be junior.

SOCY 416 (3.00)

Cyberspace Culture

The "information super highway," "communications revolution" and "cyberspace" are used to describe the contemporary revolution in human communications. This course will explore the cultural and societal implications of computer-mediated communications (CMC) by addressing such topics and questions as: representations of self and self-identity in cyberspace, interactions in cyberspace,information technology and institutional change, community formation in cyberspace, democracy and collective action in cyberspace, and order and deviance in cyberspace. Throughout the course, contemporary technological advances will be compared and contrasted with the cultural and societal effects of previous technologies, such as the printing press, wireless telephone, television.
   Course ID: 050045
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: ANTH 416
   Requirement Group: You must complete Anthropology 211 or Anthropology 212 or Sociology 101 or Sociology 101H and, in addition, 9 credits in Sociology and Anthropology. Each course must have a minimum grade of C.

SOCY 417 (3.00)

Applied Survey Techniques

The techniques of survey research methods. Topics such as the planning of survey projects, sample design, questionnaire construction, tabulation procedures and report preparation are covered. Students participate in a survey research project.
   Course ID: 056812
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete 9 credits of Sociology or Anthropology each course with a minimum grade of C and your academic level must be junior.

SOCY 418 (3.00)

SAS for Social Scientists

This course introduces students to the basic principles of SAS, a widely used statistical software package. Students will learn data entry, data correction and validation, data analysis, combining data sets, rearranging data and micros.
   Course ID: 056813
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete SOCY 301 with a minimum grade of C.

SOCY 419 (3.00)

Qualitative Methods in Social Research

This course will focus on the styles of research, analysis and epistemologies associated with qualitative research in the applied social and policy sciences. As an increasingly important mode of inquiry, qualitative, multi-method approaches are particularly relevant to the study of social interaction and behavior in natural settings. Qualitative approaches involve the collection and analysis of empirical information from multiple sources, such as first-person accounts, life histories,visual/printed records, semi-structured and open-ended interviews, informal and formal observations, biographical and autobiographical materials, among others. Students in the course will learn how to design, collect and analyze qualitative information by conducting a small, semester-long study. Sections of the research project will be prepared, presented and evaluated throughout the course.
   Course ID: 050048
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: ANTH 419

SOCY 420 (3.00)

Epidemiology

This course studies health and disease in populations and compares groups within populations, including age, sex, race, and ethnic groups. The course examines the sources of data and the methods used by public health researchers. It also studies methods used in public health programs to measure and control diseases and to evaluate programs. Recommended Course Preparation: Research methodology and statistics.
   Course ID: 056814
   Consent: Instructor Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: HAPP412 or (SOCY300 and SOCY301) with a grade of C or better or permission of instructor

SOCY 430 (3.00)

Sociology of Aging

Changing work, family and other sociological roles of the elderly; the subculture of the aged; economic, health, medical care and other social problems of the elderly.
   Course ID: 056817
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete 9 credits of Sociology or Anthropology each course with a minimum grade of C and your academic level must be junior.

SOCY 431 (3.00)

Family and Aging in Society

An analysis of human development and aging as they relate to the institution of the family. Using a family life cycle perspective, the course examines demographic trends, historical change in the family, stages of family life, changing family roles and intergenerational relations. Particular attention is paid to the mutual effects of changing family structure and social policy in shaping the status of the aged in society.
   Course ID: 056818
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete nine credits of Sociology each course with a minimum grade of C and your academic level must be junior.

SOCY 432 (3.00)

Work and Retirement

An examination of the issues and research related to work among older people and the termination of work at retirement. Specific topics addressed include the work career and aging, skill obsolescence, efficiency of older workers, age discrimination in employment, the retirement decision, differences in retirement by sex, consequences of retirement for health and economics, pension policy and implications for the future.
   Course ID: 056819
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete 9 credits of Sociology or Anthropology each course with a minimum grade of C and your academic level must be junior.

SOCY 433 (3.00)

Gender, Work, and Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Work and family relationships as affected by gender stratification. Topics include separation of work and family, division of household labor, gender-wage differences, occupational segregation, impact of government work, and family policies on women and men.
   Course ID: 050121
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: GWST 433
   Attributes: Writing Intensive
   Requirement Group: You must complete SOCY101 or GWST100 with a minimum grade of C and your academic standing must be junior.

SOCY 434 (3.00)

Gender and the Life Course

This course examines the complex interactions of two critical social constructs: gender and the life course. Material will examine how these constructs have developed over time, how they vary across cultures and historical periods and how they interact to construct very different lives for males and females in society. Specific foci of the course include demographic and biological underpinnings of gender and the life course, age stratification systems, and times of family and other life events by gender.
   Course ID: 050107
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: GWST 434
   Requirement Group: You must complete SOCY101 or GWST100 with a minimum grade of C and your academic standing must be junior.

SOCY 450 (3.00)

Demographic Analysis

Methods of processing and analyzing demographic data. Measures of mortality, fertility, migration and population projections as applied to census and vital statistics data are analyzed, and the more general applications of demographic techniques to other classes of data are illustrated.
   Course ID: 056821
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete 9 credits of Sociology or Anthropology each course with a minimum grade of C and your academic level must be junior.

SOCY 451 (3.00)

Sociology of Health and Illness Behavior

Analysis of health needs and demands of the population. Examination of health and illness behavior, utilization patterns, and taking into account socio-demographic variations and trends. Topics include mortality and morbidity, health attitudes and behavior, social psychology of illness and patient professional relationships.
   Course ID: 056822
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Writing Intensive
   Requirement Group: You must complete nine credits of Sociology each course with a minimum grade of C and your academic level must be junior.

SOCY 452 (3.00)

Health Care Organization and Delivery

Current issues are reviewed in health care organization, delivery and financing in the United States and the various policies and approaches that impact the changing health care delivery system. Particular emphasis is placed on the implications of technological developments and the increasingly competitive environment in alternative aspects of health care.
   Course ID: 050139
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Discussion, Lecture
   Same as Offering: HAPP 452
   Requirement Group: You must complete SOCY351 or HAPP100 with a minimum grade of C and your academic standing must be Junior.

SOCY 454 (3.00)

Comparative Health Systems

A comparative analysis of different types of health systems in the United States and selected other nations, examining differences in financing, cost, utilization, staffing, services provided and relations with other social institutions.
   Course ID: 056823
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete nine credits of Sociology each course with a minimum grade of C and your academic level must be junior.

SOCY 455 (3.00)

Disability and Rehabilitation

Conceptualization and measurement of disability, determinants and consequences of disabling chronic conditions, services for the disabled, and program planning and evaluation in disability and rehabilitation. The development of Social Security policy and rehabilitation will be discussed in terms of interdisciplinary approaches.
   Course ID: 056824
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete nine credits of Sociology each course with a minimum grade of C and your academic level must be junior.

SOCY 457 (3.00)

Social History of American Medicine

The history of American health care, hospitals and ambulatory care facilities, the role of government, public health programs, and social issues such as smoking and abortion.
   Course ID: 050156
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: HIST 450
   Requirement Group: You must complete one Social Science, Biology, or Chemistry course and your academic standing must be junior.

SOCY 458 (3.00)

Sociology of Mental Health and Illness

The course examines the social history of mental health: the concepts and treatments employed, the professional's role, the role of social class in mental illness, social factors in psychopathology, stress, social support and coping processes, along with sociological critiques of mental health practices. More contemporaneously, to examine de-institutionalization and the community mental health movement, the relationship between mental illness and the criminal justice system, and lastly, the mental patients' rights movement.
   Course ID: 056825
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete SOCY351 with a minimum grade of C and your academic standing must be junior.

SOCY 459 (3.00)

The Sociology of Fertility

This course focuses on the social and economic factors that determine fertility in developed, as well as developing countries. Special attention is given to age, age at marriage, education, labor force participation, race and ethnicity, and the overall relationship between female status and fertility. Issues such as abortion, sterilization abuse, family planning, population control and teenage pregnancy also are covered in the course.This course is repeatable for credit.
   Course ID: 056826
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete SOCY351 with a minimum grade of C and your academic standing must be junior.

SOCY 472 (3.00)

Issues in Aging Policy

This course addresses salient issues in aging policy and provides students with a context for understanding the public policy process. The course will explore theoretical models of public policy and will apply them to aging policy, examine major public-policy controversies facing the aging society, study the role of organizations in the policy process, provide tools for analyzing social policies in aging, and expose students to key literature in aging and social policy.
   Course ID: 056828
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete nine credits of Sociology each course with a minimum grade of C and your academic level must be junior.

SOCY 496 (3.00)

Internship Experience and Analysis

Students will serve as interns, particularly in nonprofit organizations appropriate to their career interests, with supervision provided by the placement location and the internship coordinator. They will systematically analyze their internship experience in the organization in light of relevant sociological perspectives (structural-functional, interactional, conflict) and theoretical models of organizational effectiveness, applied to the functioning of their assigned work unit and their own effectiveness as interns.
   Course ID: 056830
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

SOCY 497 (3.00)

Selected Topics in Sociology

The specific topic will be announced in advance of the semester in which the course is offered. This course is repeatable for credit.
   Course ID: 056831
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Catching Terrorists, SAS For Social Scientist, Internships, Urban Soc & Urban Devel, Field Rsrch In Hlth, Dis, Fld Research Hlth/Aging, Aging & Health, Hlth & Illness 21St Cent, Issues In Aging Policy, History Of Terrorism, Urban Sociology, Women's Health, States & Social Policy, Women Sexual/Rprduc Hlth, Cyberspace Culture, Const: Race,Class & Gend, Qualitative Methods, Design Diversity Course, Gender & The Life Course, Social Policy Reform, Gender, State & Soc Pol, Social Ties, Soc Networks & Roles Across life span, Sociology of Chronic & Life Threatening Illness, Health of Underserved Populations, Social Networks, Ties, Roles Across Life Course, Affordable Care Act: Implementation, Aging in Cultural Context
   Requirement Group: You must complete ANTH 211 or SOCY 101 and, in addition, 9 credits in Sociology or Anthropology. Each course must have a minimum grade of C.

SOCY 498 (3.00)

Seminar in Medical Sociology

Current issues in medical sociology with contributions from faculty members, guest speakers and students.This course is repeatable for credit.
   Course ID: 056832
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Eldercare/Welfare State, Social Organization-Work
   Requirement Group: Minimum of 9 credit hours in concentration: to include SOCY 351 and SOCY420 and one additional course from the following SOCY 352 or SOCY354 or SOCY451 all with a grade of C or better.

SOCY 499 (1.00 - 3.00)

Independent Study

   Course ID: 056833
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Independent Study
   Requirement Group: You must complete 12 credits of Sociology with a minimum grade of C for each class.