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- Development of Social Selves
(SOC SCI, LE CAT8)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Examines how the self develops. The primary focus is the socialization process, a process which continues throughout the life course. Special attention will be given to childhood and adolescent socialization. How do we learn? How do we understand behavior? What are the consequences of inadequate socialization?
- Introduction to Sociology
(SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY, LE CAT6, LECD CAT06)
(4.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Introduction to sociological concepts and their application.
- Sociology of the Family
(SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY, LE CAT8, LECD CAT08)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
The family as a basic social institution: similarities and variations in family systems, their interrelationships with other institutions, and patterns of continuity and change.
- Alcohol and College Life
(1.0 cr; Prereq-Freshman or Sophomore status; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Provides students with information about how alcohol and drugs affect college life, regardless of whether or not they choose to drink. Reinforces safety skills, emphasizes personal prevention strategies and responsible decision-making. Presents students with tips about how to navigate college life and be successful, including time management, getting involved on campus, and meeting new people. This class does not count toward sociology major or minor.
- Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis
(4.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Principles/practice of research design, sampling, data collection including field observation/surveys. Data management, analysis, and reporting of quantitative/qualitative data. Ethics/administration in sociological research. Introduction to SPSS statistical software. Lab
- Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2155, crim major or soc major or URS major, min 30 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Descriptive statistics. Measures of central tendency, deviation, association. Inferential statistics focusing on probability and hypothesis testing. T-tests, Chi-square tests, analysis of variance, measures of association, introduction to statistical control. Statistical software (SPSS) used to analyze sociological data. Lab.
- Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
(4.0 cr; Prereq-(2155 or anth major or urs major or cst minor), at least 60 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Application of qualitative research methods to study of social structures. Emphasizes field techniques, secondary data analysis, and interpretation. Lab
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or CRIM 1301, min 15 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Behaviors, beliefs, and physical characteristics defined as deviant; legal and other formal and informal reactions to deviance; subjective and objective effects of being defined as deviant.
- The American Civil Rights Movement
(SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Examination of theories and research relating to the American civil rights movement, including precursors and influence on subsequent social movements. Role of organization, resources, leadership, recruitment, ideology and consciousness, gender, social control, and counter-movements.
- Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Contemporary topics in sociology.
- Social Psychology
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Min 30 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Theory and research issues regarding relation of individual to society. Socialization, effects of social organization and disorganization, and interpersonal interaction.
- Sociology of Community
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1101, 30 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Theoretical orientations and empirical investigations of community structure, processes, conflict, and change. Community components and types; community development strategies reviewed and applied.
- Organizations and Society
(4.0 cr; Prereq-60 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Sociological examination of structure and processes of public and private formal organizations and patterns of adaptation to external social environments. Role of voluntary organizations in society.
- Urban Justice Field Experience
(2.0 cr; Prereq-Min 60 cr or grad student or instructor consent; S-N or Aud, summer, offered periodically)
Guided tour of metropolitan neighborhoods and courts, emphasizing race, class, justice, and change.
- Social Change and Social Policy
(3.0 cr; Prereq-30 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Social change and maintenance forces as they affect social life. Emphasis on social theory and research along with formation and implementation of social policy leading to both change and maintenance.
- Social Stratification
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604, min 30 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Theories and research about the effects of economic inequality in people's lives. Social class formation and the effects of institutionalized power structures. Intersection of social class, gender and race/ethnicity. Primary focus on the United States but with international comparisons.
- Sociological Theory
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101, 30 cr, no grad credit; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 2111.; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Analysis of classical and contemporary sociological theory. Major theorists, including Durkheim, Weber, and Marx; major paradigms and their importance to sociological thought.
- Sociology of Mental Health and Illness
(3.0 cr; Prereq-60 credits or instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Examines mental health and illness from multiple sociological perspectives; particular emphasis placed on contemporary United States. Topics include theories and alternative understandings, differences in cultural perspectives, social determinants, deterrents, response to and consequences of mental illness and institutional contexts of mental illness and criminal justice.
- Internship Preparation
(1.0 cr; Prereq-CRIM majors - CRIM 1301, 2311, SOC 2155; SOC majors - SOC 1101, 2155; min 60 cr, no grad credit; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Introduction to internship by learning about internship expectations, developing internship objectives, exploring internship opportunities, and identifying potential internship sites. After successfully completing SOC 4587, a student must wait at least one semester before registering for SOC 4597.
(6.0 - 8.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-Internship coordinator consent, soc or crim major, 4587, WRIT 31xx; no grad credit; S-N only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Supervised internship of at least 300 hours in a setting related to academic preparation and career interests.
- Environmental Sociology
(3.0 cr; Prereq-90 cr or grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
Examines the relationship between humans and the natural environment, including the role of science, technology, economics, religion, and culture. Emphasis on the social justice implications of environmental issues, and contemporary topics such as global warming and sustainable agriculture and energy. Considers the diverse positions and actions of environmental movements, and possible solutions to environmental problems.
- Teaching Assistantship in Sociology
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 3.0 cr]; Prereq-60 cr, instructor consent; no grad credit; maximum 3 credits allowed between SOC 4910, 4997 and CRIM 4397, 4910; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Practical experience in teaching-related activities in sociology courses.
- Sociology of Rape
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604 or WS 1000, 60 cr, or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, summer, every year)
Social, moral, and legal definitions and implications of rape.
- Peace, Conflict, and Violence
(3.0 cr; Prereq-60 cr or grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Understanding the causes of violence as well as peaceful responses to conflict at all levels--from the interpersonal to the international. Considers how language, beliefs, economics, ethnicity, religion, and gender influence violent behavior. Analysis of criminal justice and other societal responses to conflict, and how structural inequalities are implicated in forms of violence. Explores theories and practices of peacemaking, conflict resolution, and nonviolence.
- Sociology of Gender Identities and Systems
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604 or WS 1000, min 60 cr, or grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Status and experiences in society through the exploration of gender identities, systems and social structures. Topics include politics, discrimination, family, education, workplace, popular culture, and changing definitions of gender. Emphasis on the expectations and performance of masculinity/femininity, and the intersection of gender, race, and class. Some consideration given to global explorations and international comparisons.
- Race and Ethnic Relations
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604, 60 cr, or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Overview of race and ethnic relations in America; conditions of major racial and ethnic minorities; formation of racial/ethnic identities, sources of prejudice, discrimination; intergroup conflict; assimilation, persistence of ethnicity; intergroup diversity; major racial and ethnic groups; the new immigrants.
- Graveyard Culture
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Min 30 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, summer, offered periodically)
Structure and cultural traditions surrounding resting places of the departed with emphasis on stratification, discrimination, cultural identity, identity tags, community integration as well as preservation issues, community history, and the business end of cemeteries. Further emphasis on cemeteries in Duluth and surrounding areas within the context of broader movements. Exploring Duluth history becomes an essential part of the course.
- Social Movements, Protest and Change
(4.0 cr; Prereq-60 cr or grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
This course provides a study of collective behavior and social movements. The course includes a survey of theories and phenomenon making up the "collective behavior" paradigm from which early studies of social movement were conducted. Here, the focus is on: fads, crazes, panics, riots, rumors, and mass hysterias. The bulk of the course is dedicated to the study of the emergence, structure, and dynamics of contemporary social movements and political protest. The range of their investigation extends from research on the dynamics of recruitment within social movements to the study of protest tactics to the policing of protests and counter-insurgency.
- Political Sociology and the Global Economy
(4.0 cr; Prereq-60 credits or instructor consent or grad student; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Explores the field of power and economics, understanding the major theoretical debates and issues both past and present. Examines the nature of the state and economy, while also examining how class, race, and gender shape both the political and economic process. Focuses on how power is constructed, legitimated, and delegitimated concentrating on state formation, expansion, rebellion, and revolution.
- Critical Animal Studies
(4.0 cr; =[CST 4985]; Prereq-minimum 90 credits or instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
This course explores the ways in which animal lives intersect with human lives, including the evolution of social, cultural, scientific, and religious attitudes toward animals. We will examine the dynamics of power and visualization in the ways animals are culturally framed and constructed. Students will also learn to critically analyze a variety of ethical debates about animals in society, such as the eating of animals, animal experimentation, zoos, hunting, ownership, and legal status.
- Independent Study in Sociology
(1.0 - 6.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-instructor consent; maximum 6 credits allowed between SOC 4991 and CRIM 4391; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Directed reading, research, or involvement in social action leading to preparation of a paper or other product.
- Honors Project Sociology
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-90 cr, approval by dept honors program director; no grad credit; maximum 8 credits allowed between SOC 4999 and CRIM 4399; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Advanced individual project in any area of sociology, demonstrating sound theoretical and research foundations and resulting in a written report.