Course Listings


SOC 101--Introductory 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 130--Sociology of Work
A study of workplaces in America and how they affect our lives, including effects of age roles, sex roles, family life, and neighborhood and community activities. Trends in the settings and organization of work will be explored. Local examples will be emphasized. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS)
SOC 150--Perspectives on 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 200--Social Problems
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--Race and Ethnicity in the United States
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--Urban Sociology
Factors associated with development of urban communities, characteristics of urban institutions, trends in urban planning, ecological processes, and the effects upon the urban community of suburban development and migration. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS)
SOC 203--Criminology
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--Families in Society
A sociology study of the American family and marriage system. Students will be involved in cross-cultural and historical comparisons, analysis of courtship, mate selection, family roles, family disorganization, and alternative lifestyles. Three class hours.
SOC 205--African-American Family
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--Sex and Gender in Society
A sociological analysis of the changing roles of women and men in American society. Includes historical background, cross-cultural insights, and an examination of contemporary trends. The major areas of emphasis will be family, education, occupation, law, and the feminist movement. Three class hours.
SOC 208--Sociology of Latin America
This course will introduce students to Latin American culture and society, and the experiences of Latino-Americans in the United States. Students will examine such issues and institutions as the history, family, government, culture, values, language, gender, and global challenges within Latin American societies, including the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America. In addition, students will analyze the connection between Latin America and the United States through examination of such topics as identity, immigration experience, acculturation, and assimilation of Latino-Americans living in the United States. Three class hours. (SUNY-OWC)
SOC 209--Environmental Sociology
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 216--Special Topics in Sociology
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
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--Independent Study
See the Department Chairperson.