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Courses at Rose Hill Campus

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SORU 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 and social processes.

SORU 2410  Inequality: Class, Race/Ethnicity (4 credits) The recent history of the U.S. as a nation of distinct socioeconomic classes and the persistence of racial and ethnic conflict as a factor affecting inequality.

SORU 2690  Urban Research Methods (4 credits) This course provides an overview of and hands-on approach to many of the research methods useful for urban planners, policy makers, and public administrators. Topics covered include the use of census data for describing, estimating, and projecting local area populations; survey research; evaluation research, field research, and social experiments.

SORU 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 sociocultural processes.

SORU 2850  Methods of Social Research I (4 credits) (2-hour lecture, 2-hour laboratory) Students are introduced to the fundamentals of empirical research while actively being involved in the research process by conducting their own survey. The first course includes a survey of different methodologies used by social scientists. Students gain hands-on experience in writing a literature review, specifying a research question, developing research hypotheses, designing a questionnaire and collecting data through interviewing.  Fall semester only.

SORU 2851  Methods of Social Research II (4 credits) (2-hour lecture, 2-hour laboratory) The second course focuses on data analysis. Students learn simple descriptive and inferential statistics in conjunction with how to use the computer. These skills provide the basis for obtaining answers to research questions and testing hypotheses so that students can write their final research reports.  Spring semester only.

SORU 3102  Contemporary Social Issues and Policies (4 credits) Global issues such as world hunger, human rights, and nuclear war, as well as American issues concerning inequalities of wealth, civil rights, crime, family and the role of government, are examined in this course. In addition to gaining an understanding of the social, political and economic dimensions of these issues, students will carefully consider underlying value principles and religious ethics.

SORU 3135  American Social Structure: Issues of Power, Status, and Community (4 credits) In this course, students will examine 20th-century America as studied in the sociological literature on the status and lifestyle of groups in urban and suburban communities. Special attention is given to the culture and values of conflicting interest groups in these communities.

SORP 3136  Causes and Consequences of Inequality (4 credits) What are the causes and consequences of inequality? Special consideration is given to the inequalities associated with class, sex and racial/ethnic membership.

SORP 3140  Old and New Minorities in the U.S. (4 credits) The situations of old minority groups, such as African Americans, Japanese and earlier European immigrants, as compared to those of more recent groups such as Puerto Ricans, Cubans, other Hispanics and recent Asian immigrants, including refugees.

SORU 3150  Sociology of Work (4 credits) This course will survey the sociology of work from classical and comtemporary perspectives. Students will examine several levels of sociology so as to gain an understanding of the complexity of the subject, incluing: macro theories which offer perspectives on how work is orgainized within organizaitons; middle level theories which demonstrate the impact of work on individuals and vice-versa and micro theories which identify and explain patterns of behavior of individuals in the workplace.

SORU 3151  Sociology of Education (4 credits) We spend a great deal of our youth in school. As taxpayers, our dollars provide the major funding for the school system. Through a study of the current goals, functions and structures of the educational institution, how these have changed over time and how they are interrelated to other major institutions in society, students will gain insights into social factors affecting their own experiences and their responsibility as taxpayers, as future parents and, for some, as future teachers.

SORU 3402  Sociology of Sex Roles (4 credits) This course examines the social and cultural construction of gender differences focusing on the status of women and men in contemporary United States society. The course includes a descriptive overview of sex roles and a discussion of the current public and private dimensions of gender differences in the United States We also devote time to analyzing various theoretical approaches to understanding gender differences, including symbolic interactionism, Marxism and various feminist theories.

SORP 3408  Diversity in American Society (4 credits) An examination of historical and contemporary diversity in the United States. Diversity is defined according to ethnic, race, religious, class and other relevantsocial groups. A comparison of the situation of old and new ethnic and immigrant groups will be made with special attention to factors affecting integration into the society.

SORU 3420  Social Aspects of Aging (4 credits) We live in a world thatis aging. Both the number and proportion of people Surviving to their sixties is increasing. This course includes an overview of the demographic, biological and psychological aspects of aging as well as historical and international trends. The major focus is on socio-cultural aspects of aging in the contemporary U.S. including issues related to the family, employment, health and community services.

SORP 3456  Modern American Social Movements (4 credits) Social movements in 20th-century America have been vehicles of political protest, of social change and sometimes also of resistance to change. Under what circumstances are social movements successful and what has been their impact on American institutional life and popular culture? In addition to a general and theoretical assessment of social movements, this course introduces students to particular movements that have formed over such issues as alcohol consumption, racism, war and abortion.

SORU 3500  Family issues in Contemporary U.S. (4 credits) This class focuses on the sociology of the family by exploring issues relating to the status and functioning of families in contemporary United States society. The issues examined include sexuality, childbearing, divorce and remarriage, domestic violence, links between generations and the current state of social policy.

SORP 3506  Diversity in American Families (4 credits) This course focuses on the forms and structures of the family with emphasis on practices and ideologies, and how they vary by race/ethnicity, immigration status, gender, and sexuality.

SORU 3602  Urban Sociology (4 credits) one of the most significant developments in human history has been the development of cities. This course will examine the evolution and contemporary characteristics of cities in a sociological perspective. The course includes a descriptive overview of the growth and development of cities and a discussion of the current state of urban America. Particular attention win be paid to New York City. We will also analyze various theoretical approaches to understand urbanization, such as the human-ecological and Marxist theories.

SORU 3701  Introduction to Criminal Justice (4 credits) The course provides students with an overview of the three major areas of the United States criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts and corrections. The course takes a critical approach to the criminal justice system by questioning, challenging and examining all sides of various problems and issues. Class format will be a blend of lectures, discussion, presentations and class exercises. Police ride-alongs and a courtroom visit also will be arranged for those interested.

SORU 3708  Law and Society (4 credits) How and when did law originate? What functions does law serve to the society and to the individuals within that society' Students will examine theories of jurisprudence and alternative sociological perspectives dealing with selected legal and constitutional issues in the United States and Europe. Particular attention is focused on legal policy and social change.

SORU 3711  American Criminal Justice Systems (4 credits) This seminar course focuses on the administration of criminal justice and its relation to society, the police, prosecutor, defense attorney, judge, jury and correction agency. Observations at the courthouse allow for examination of constitutional rights, plea bargaining, jury selection, insanity defense and media coverage.

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

SORP 3720  The Prison Community in the U.S. (4 credits) This course presents a critical look at the history, nature, and function of the United States corrections system, with an emphasis on the adult prison system. We will focus on how the prison community shapes the lives of staff, prisoners, and their families; how the prison community influences prisoners readjustment to life on the outside and, finally, what officials can do to make the prison a more civilized and civilizing institution.

SORU 4900  Internship Seminar (4 credits) Placement in a work setting of their choice provides students with an opportunity to assess their own career goals, while simultaneously enriching their understanding of how social groups function. Issues and topics from the sociology of formal organizations, including work role socialization, the organiz tion as a social system, the bureaucracy and its publics, formal and social processes in organizations, managerial ideologies and the relation between character and career are discussed. Placements must be obtained through the Internship Program located in the Career Planning and Placement Office.

SORU 4901  Internship Seminar: Criminal Justice, Law, and Social Work (4 credits) A sociological perspective of the clinical, legal and ethical issues relating to working in these helping professions is the focus of this internship seminar. Special attention is devoted to the problem of social violence.  


ANRG 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 cummunication, marriage and the family, adaptions to the environment and to political, economic and religious institutions in a variety of past and present cultures.

ANRU 1200  Introduction to Physical Anthropology (3 credits) Students are introduced to our closest relatives: monkeys and apes, through examination of skeletal remains and visits to the zoo. After a study of the mechanisms of heredity and speciation, the evolution of humanity is traced from its ape-like beginnings to modern times, paying special attention to the development of intelligence, language and racial characteristics.

ANRG 1300  Introduction to Archaeology (3 credits) How do we study society when no living members of that culture remain? Students will examine the ways by which archaeologists have inferred former patterns of behavior from surviving evidence through a survey of tradition methods as well as new scientific techniques. Students will study artifacts from the University’s collection and 'excavate their own archaeological site on paper tobetter understand the process of investigation.

ANRG 2619  Magic, Science, and Religion (4 credits) Magic, science, and religion will be analyzed, compared and contrasted with one another as systems of explanation andaction. Problems in the scientific study of science and the scientific study of the "supernatural" will be discussed. The structure and function of ideological systems and world views will be examined in various cultures.

ANRG 3110  Ancient Cultures of the Bible (4 credits) What was it really like in Biblical times? Through an archaeological investigation of the Holy Land, particularly the Canaanite, Israelite and classical cultures of Old and New Testament times, this course provides students with a better understanding of the ancient social and religious background of our modern Judeo-Christian tradition. Extensively slide illustrated.

ANRG 3114  Anthropology of Health and Healing (4 credits) Health and illness will be studied as an interrelationship of biology, ecology, and culture in antiquity and contemporary societies. Among concepts of health and healing explored in Euro-American and non-Western cultures are: What is "normal?" What causes disease? Who can heal? What treatments are provided? What impact does modernization have on these cultural patterns?

ANRG 3351  Comparative Cultures (4 credits) This course will survey the diversity of cultures in the world and the processesthat have produced similarities and differences among and within various geographic areas. Some of the central topics of discussion include human adaptation and adaptability, social change, modernization and ideas of development in small scale as well as in complex societies today.

ANRG 3373  Environment and Human Survival (4 credits) This course is an inquiry into the biological and cultural processes by which human populations have adapted to the world's diverse ecosystems. Particular attention is devoted to issues of group survival in difficult habitats and the environmental impact of preindustrial and recently Westernized cultures.

ANRG 3470  Peoples & Cultures of Latin America (4 credits) This course surveys the diversity of Latin America as continent and as a complex mixture of peoples and cultures with an increasing presence in the U.S.. It will place particular emphasis on the discussion of ethnicity, race, gender, religion, artistic production, and economic and political inequality. The aim of the course is to understand the cultural and social particularities of contemporary Latin America and to place them in a global context.

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