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SOEU 1100  Introduction to Sociology (3 credits) An introduction to sociology with a focus on its nature as a scientific discipline. The analysis of society through the use of sociological theories, concepts, and methods. This course serves as a prerequisite to all other sociology courses and seeks to stimulate students to continue to deepen their understanding of societies. 

SOEU 2701  Introduction to Criminal Justice (4 credits) An overview of the criminal justice system: law, its sociology, and its social and political functions. A critical examination of law enforcement agencies, the judicial system, and corrections.

SOEU 2716  Social Change (4 credits) Various theories of social change will be considered, in keeping with the aim of the course, which will be to develop a frame of reference for studying change in the "advanced" and "developing?'societies of the modern world.

SOEU 2767  Modern Social Problems (4 credits) The course will focus on and investigate, from a theoretical as well as sociological point of view, the dysfunctional aspects of social disorganization, deviant behavior, and value conflict. Special emphasis will be placed on the social labeling of the mentally ill, the delinquent, and the criminal, and the resulting debilitating effects on the persons and groups so stereotyped.

SOEU 2800  Sociological Theory (4 credits) A survey of classical and contemporary theory that gives students a grasp of the history, nature, and significance of theory for the study of contemporary societies and socio cultural processes.

SOEU 2821  Delinquency in the City (4 credits) Urban delinquents and their origins in terms of the social, cultural, and Political forces that effectively label some teenage 'rulebreakers" as "deviant" and/or 'criminal" elements of society. Perspectives will be explored in reference to the teenage gang typology as violent, criminal, and drug-centered to determine the forces that provide stability, cohesion, and status to these subcultural groups.

SOEU 2845  Drugs, Law, and Society (4 credits) This course examines the social organizations of illegal commerce in narcotics and other drugs, looking at this transnational business from the point of production to the points of consumption throughout the world.

SOEU 2859  Organized Crime (4 credits) The growth and development of organized crime in the United States, beginning with its immigrant roots in the 19th century and focusing on vice and political corruption, the failure of prohibition, rackets, the drug trade, and professional sports gambling. Insights into the social structures of crime in terms of political and economic realities.

SOEU 2925  Media, Crime, & Violence (4 credits) An analysis of mass media reporting, presentation, and explanation.

SOEU 2960  Popular Culture (4 credits) This course will investigate the nature of contemporary popular culture. How do people spend their 'spare time'? Does this vary with social class? Is sport the new religion? And how does this differ from that of earlier periods and simpler societies?

SOEP 3000  Latino Images in Media (4 credits) An analysis of changing Latino images in U.S. media. The emphasis will be on English language film and television productions. Gender, color, and class issues will be examined.

SOEU 3017  Inequality in America (4 credits) A study of the ways in which inequalities of wealth, power, and prestige are institutionalized in complex societies. Social class and social status as they relate to other aspects of social organization and affect the life chances of individuals.

SOLU 3050  Sociology of the Self (4 credits) This course examines sociological theories of subjectivity and identity. Emphasis will be placed on recent debates about essentialism and difference. Questions that will be asked include: Is there such a thing as essential self? What does it mean to be alive at the dawning of the new millenium? Who are we? How do we relate to others? What are the effects of gender, race and sexuality on our life experiences and choices?

SOEU 3070  City and Its Neighborhoods (4 credits) The study of contemporary urban-industrial societies and urban centers in terms of their historical development, subgroups, and social, political, and economic patterns. Special emphasis on the processes of neighborhood change and urban planning.

SOEU 3236  Issues in Health Care (4 credits) Focus on the economic, political, and social factors affecting the delivery of health care services in the United States. Special attention is given to the feasibility of a national health insurance program.

SOEG 3260  The Politics of Reproduction (4 credits) The biological reproduction of the human species is a complex process that engages all major institutions of society: family, religion, morality, health, economy, and government. Using cross-cultural and social historical materials, this course will examine cases in which the control over reproduction is contested, focusing on such issues as family limitation, new reproductive technologies, and child custody.

SOEU 3300  Sociology of Gender and Power (4 credits) This course examines how gender relations underwrite and are reinforced by configurations of power in contemporary society. Attention will be given to the relationship between gender and race/ethnicity, and gender and sexuality, inorder to identify characteristics and effects of hegemonic masculinity and femininity in the USA today. Key asocial institutions including family, work and punishment will be studied. Elements of race, class and sexuality wit be considered.

SOEU 3321  Work, Business in Society (4 credits) The social organization ofbusiness and industry. Social relations of production in the workplace. Ways in which work roles are related to other aspects of people's lives.

SOEU 3427  Hispanics in the USA (4 credits) Explores the Hispanic mosaic in the U.S. Special emphasis is given to Hispanic education, culture, and assimilation; the political significance of Hispanics; issues of gender, color, and race; and work and the changing economy.

SOEU 3610  The Family (4 credits) The study of American family patterns within the context of cultural variations throughout the world. Course will examine past myths about the American family; present trends in American family life, such as changing sex roles, new concepts of child rearing, and adjustment of kin networks to metropolitan set- tings; and newly emerging forms of marriage and the family.

SOEU 3670  Hispanic Women (4 credits) An examination of the changing roles of Hispanic women with regard to Hispanic men, motherhood, the labor force experience, sexual awareness, media myths, political and economic power, and women’s liberation. The structural position and changing conceptions of Hispanic women in the Americas will be examined through the lenses of analytical work and literature.

SOEU 3713  Criminology (4 credits) This course surveys the state of knowledge and theories explaining criminal behavior and attempts to control it by society. Although the sociological perspective on crime is emphasized, class discussion and the text attempt to examine the subject from a multidisciplinary pointof view, especially with respect to legal, biological, and psychological views of crime.

SOEU 3723  Discipline and Punishment (4 credits) This course introduces students to the historical development of theories and practices of punishment. Particular attention will be given to the work of Michel Foucault and to feminist interpretations of Foucault. Through considering the breadth of theoretical scholarship on punishment, students will be encouraged to develop a critique of current practices and ideology. Race, class and gender will be considered throughout and students will be encouraged to reflect constantly on the limitations of "justice" in any system of discipline or punishment.

SOEG 4394  The United Nations, Women, and Youth (4 credits) The contemporary global situation of women and youth; the role of the United Nations as a forum for policy formulation and implementation on their behalf, the work of U.N.-affiliated nongovernmental agencies. Extensive use of U.N. source material.

SOEU 4999  Tutorial in Sociology (4 credits) Supervised individual study. Provides an opportunity for students to work closely with an individual faculty member on a specific topic or project. (Permission)


ANEU 1100  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credits) We live in a shrinking international arena that demands greater sensitivity to the diversity of cultural patterns surrounding us. In this course, students investigate human beliefs and behavior, particularly in regard to forms of communication, marriage and the family, adaptations to the environment and to political, economic, and religious institutions in a variety of past and present cultures.

ANEG 1413  Language and Culture (4 credits) An introduction to linguistic science emphasizing the structure, functions, and origins of languages as the symbolic system of communication peculiar to humans.

ANEU 2890  Visual Anthropology (4 credits) Culture affects what and how we see, and what we see affects our culture. Film, still photography and video each enable anthropologists to capture and analyze aspects of this relationship, and of culture in general. (Every other year)

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