Course Listings

Sociology

SOC 101 - WR--Introduction to Sociology
A survey of the major concepts employed in the systematic study of human relationships, with emphasis on society, culture, social interaction, socialization, groups, bureaucracy, institutions, collective behavior, social stratification, social control, social change and sociology as a field of knowledge. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS)
SOC 102 formerly SOC 200 - WR--Social Problems WR
An analysis of major social problems in contemporary society, their nature, development and social causes. The course examines the impact of problems such as poverty, crime, drug addiction and prejudice on the individual and society. Possible solutions for social problems are discussed. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS)
SOC 201--Sociology of Race and Ethnicity - WR
This course explores the relationships between majority and minority populations in the United States. We will begin to understand the concepts of race and ethnicity not as static, but as changing phenomena. What is the nature of American identity? What are the social structural causes of inequality? This course will provide a sociological perspective centered on questions of race, identity and inter-group relations. We will explore such topics as the nature of prejudice and racism, policies affecting minorities, the social construction of race and immigration to the United States. (SUNY-SS)
SOC 202 - WR--Urban Sociology
This course focuses on the Social, Political, Economic, and Cultural factors associated with development of urban communities, the characteristics of urban institutions, trends in urban planning, ecological processes, and the effects upon urban communities of development and migration. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS)
SOC 203--Criminology - WR
The course emphasizes the historical and contemporary theories of crime causation. Problems involving attempts to develop a scientific and objective approach to the phenomena of crime are analyzed. Issues such as the role of law, the political and economic institutions and the social structure which generate crime are investigated. Three class hours.
SOC 204--Sociology of the Family - WR
A sociological analysis of the family as a social institution: its origin, structure and variations; and patterns of intimate relationships. Examines family organization and disorganization through analysis of mate selection, sexuality, gender and family roles, marriage and divorce, parenthood, and the diversity of family composition. Investigates key concerns for contemporary American families including communication and power, the balance of work and family obligations, the impact of social change, and current social policy issues. Three class hours.
SOC 205--African-American Family - WR
A comprehensive examination of the diverse and complex issues surrounding the African-American family unit as it has evolved from pre-slavery to contemporary period. It focuses on historical, social, cultural, political, economic and global conditions that have affected that institution. The course discusses key issues, themes and debates in the field and analyzes a variety of theoretical perspectives of examining the African-American family life.
SOC 206--Sociology of Gender and Sexuality - WR
This course introduces students to the sociological study of gender and sexuality in contemporary U.S. society by examining the ways in which each are socially constructed. The role of gender and sexuality in institutional structures, including the economy, law, education and media will be examined. Historical and cross-cultural variations in gender and sexuality are explored as well as variations by race, ethnicity, and social class. Sociological theory and research will be used to provide analysis for systems of inequality as well as how the meanings and experiences of gender and sexuality have changed over time. Three class hours.
SOC 209--Environmental Sociology - WR
An introduction to the key theoretical approaches and research within the emerging field of environmental sociology, and an examination of the ongoing research on how environmental problems have roots in social processes, such as culture, community, social inequality, social organization and social structure. Students will examine how human values about the environment and the relationships between humans and our physical environment are socially constructed. Students will develop a working knowledge of sociological research methods and theoretical perspectives in their analyses of the relationship between human societies and the physical environment. Offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters. Three class hours.
SOC 210 - WR formerly SOC 150--Global Interdependence
Individuals, local communities, business enterprises, and nation-states are today inextricably involved in and affected by global relationships. This course provides an overview of the emergence and characteristics of global, social, economic, political, and ecological interdependence, particularly as these developments are affected by rapid social and technological change. In analyzing global problems, students evaluate conventional interpretations, refine analytical frameworks, and consider alternative strategies for coping with planetary issues. Students also assess their individual needs in the context of human survival and global interdependence. Three class hours. (SUNY-OWC)
SOC 211 formerly SOC 130--Sociology of Work - WR
This course applies sociological research to a study of what it means to be a worker and how work has evolved historically. This course also investigates the impact of structural inequality on workers as it relates to race, age, gender and the institution of the family. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS)
SOC 216--Special Topics in Sociology - WR
This course is designed to address specific topics of interest in sociology. Offerings are more specific and focused than the introductory surveys. Examples of potential offerings could include Sociology of the Body, Sociology of Deviance, or Sociology of Pop Culture. Topics may change from semester to semester based on faculty and student interest. The classes will be primarily lecture and discussion based.
SOC 220--Sociology Internship - WR
A learning experience in a selected community agency or organization determined by the student's area of interest. Under supervision, the student will be able to apply sociological methods and principles in a practical setting, become aware of social processes and community needs, or conduct research. Ten class hours per semester, 135 internship hours.
SOC 290 - WR--Independent Study
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