Alice Lloyd College

Sociology Courses

SOC:

101 Introduction to Sociology

Offered: Fall and Spring

 3 credit hours

 A study of basic concepts, including culture, subcultures, society, countercultures, social roles, stratification, socialization process, social institutions and social changes. Also an analysis of group behavior, deviancy, and social control. 

102 Contemporary Social Problems

Offered: As needed

3 credit hours

 The major social problems confronting society today are examined and studied. Some of these are urbanization, poverty, population, mental illness, race and ethnicity, family unit, crime and delinquency.

203 Sociology of the Family (also Educ 211)

Prerequisite: Soc 101

Offered: As needed

 3 credit hours

A study of mate selection, marriage and its alternatives, the phenomenon of love, current attitudes toward sexual behavior prior to and after marriage, parenthood, financial adjustments, divorce, widowhood, and remarriage. Also the family in cross-culture and historical perspective as a social institution and the impact of economic/social conditions on family values, functions, and roles.

211 Racial and Cultural Minorities

Prerequisite: Soc 101 or SSci 101; Soc 102

Offered: As needed

 3 credit hours

Analysis of the relationships between racial/ethnic groups and 161 behavior. Sources and results of intergroup tension, prejudice and discrimination are examined.

301 Survey of Human Development Theory (also SSci 301, Psy 301)

Prerequisite: Soc 101 or SSci 101; Soc 203

Offered: As needed

3 credit hours

The course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the major theories and stages of human growth and development from prenatal through geriatric stages. The major factors that influence human development will be examined, such as: family, community, education, socioeconomic status, culture and ethnicity. Other topics include: Cognitive, physical, psychological and spiritual milestones in development; as well as theories about human intelligence and its assessment.

302 Environmental Sociology

Prerequisite: Soc 101 or SSci 101; Junior or Senior status

Offered: As needed

3 credit hours

 This course is a comprehensive exploration of the relationship between human society, biological ecosystems and the physical environment. It will focus on social and environmental change, state policy and regulation, environmental constraints on communities, natural resources, population growth, community mobilization and social movements, and inequalities in environmental risk, degradation, and justice.

303 Population and Society

Prerequisite: Soc 101 or SSci 101; Junior or Senior status

Offered: As needed

 3 credit hours

 This course provides an analysis of population structure and dynamics as influenced by cultural, political, economic, and environmental factors. This course focuses attention to the social determinants of population problems, while exploring their consequences and policy implications for individuals, their societies, and the world.

312 Sociology of Religion

Prerequisite: Soc 101 or SSci 101; Junior or Senior status

Offered: As needed

3 credit hours

 A sociological examination of comparative religions; the role of religion in social cohesion and conflict, continuity and change.

320 Criminology

Prerequisite: Sociology major, junior or senior, successfully completed Soc 102

Offered: Fall, odd years

3 credit hours

This course will explore crime and criminal behavior including its historical evolution over time, types of crime and criminal behavior, 162 theories of crime (including possible causes of crime), and, the criminal justice system (including criminal courts, policing, and more). Although the course will primarily focus on crime and definitions and theories of the crime in the U.S., attention will briefly be directed at modern concerns of crime including global and cyber crime.

340 Sociology of Community

Prerequisite: Soc 101 or SSci 101; Junior or Senior status

Offered: As needed

3 credit hours

This course provides an overview and analysis of community development, community leadership models and perspectives, and the importance of community diversity and connections. A study of the people of Appalachian communities, including the typical family unit, education, government, religion and employment will be included with discussion of how this subculture relates to the dominant culture of the US in terms of the general course content.

350 Deviant Behavior

Prerequisite: Soc 101 or SSci 101; Junior or Senior status

Offered: As needed

3 credit hours

This course will analyze the relationship between social structure, social control and patterns of social deviance. It will stress the social, cultural and historical context in which deviance occurs and is interpreted. It will survey and critique current social theories in light of empirical research and application of the theories to selected problem areas.

360 Social Stratification

Prerequisite: Soc 101 or SSci 101; Junior or Senior status

Offered: As needed

 3 credit hours

 This course explores the economic, political, and social basis of stratification and inequality in the U.S. today. Attention is given to the origins and nature of social classes as well as other social divisions such as occupation, sex, ethnicity, wealth and power.

365 Sociology of Mental Health and Illness (also Psy 365)

Prerequisite: Soc 101 or Psy 101

Offered: As needed

 3 credit hours

 This course presents a sociological perspective to the study of mental health and illness. The sociological perspective emphasizes what we “know” to be mental health and illness is socially constructed, which varies by place (i.e., country) , group (i.e., status position) and time (i.e., historically). As such, we attempt to answer three fundamental questions throughout this course: First, what is mental illness? That is, how mental illness is defined and experienced. Second, how do social factors influence the definition of and prevalence of mental illness? Finally, how should society prevent and respond to mental illness? That is, how does society react to those thought to be mentally ill and how is treatment structured. This course examines the sociological theories and research used to answer these three questions. Recommended for pre-medical students.

370 Introduction to Social Research

Prerequisite: Soc 101; Soc 460, or Soc 461; Junior or Senior status  or permission of the instructor

Offered: Fall

3 credit hours

 The course will introduce core concepts of social research. The requirements for both qualitative and quantitative research as well as mixed methodologies will be taught. Students will also be introduced to elementary statistical analysis.

371 Statistical Anaylsis for Social Research

Prerequisite: Soc 101; Soc 370; Junior or Senior status or permission of the instructor

Offered: Spring

3 credit hours

Using SPSS as the analytical software, students will learn to use descriptive statistics such as frequencies and probability, variance and standard deviations, as well as inferential statistics common to the social sciences.

372 Qualitative Research Methods

Prerequisite: Soc 370; Junior or Senior standing

Offered: As needed

3 credit hours

This course will explore various qualitative methods in the Sociology discipline, Attention will also be given to the process of coding and analyzing data.

405 Organizational Theory (also Bus 405)

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status; Business or Sociology major

Offered: Fall, odd years

3 credit hours

An intensive study of the development and historical context of organizational theory. Topics include a historical analysis of the early and late 20th century organizational theories and the implication for understanding organizational structure and change.

460 Contemporary Social Theory

Prerequisite: Soc 101 or SSci 101; Junior or Senior status

Offered: As needed

3 credit hours

This course is designed to examine how social theory leads to the development of sociological knowledge. We will investigate how contemporary theorists (since the mid-20th century) conceptualize and analyze social issues and change, especially as they relate to major theoretical paradigms including the structural functionalist, critical, symbolic interactionist, phenomenological/ ethnomethodological, and postmodern perspectives of the discipline.

461 Classical Social Theory

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status, English, Sociology or Social Science major

Offered: As needed

 3 credit hours

An intensive study of the lives and works of selected classical sociologists. Readings include a historical analysis of late 19th and early 20th century social theory and primary text selections from the work of major theorists of the period. The course will be held seminar style, with student presentations and discussions of primary resources.

460-469 Special Topics in Sociology

Prerequisite: Soc 101; Junior status or permission of instructor

Offered: As needed

 3 credit hours

Selected Topics in Sociology.

Soc 470 Internship in Sociology

Prerequisite: Soc 101 and permission of the instructor

Offered: Fall and Spring

3 credit hours

The internship Program in Sociology is intended to provide students with an applied experience relevant to their coursework and career prospects. Students in good standing while attaining the status of Junior or Senior, majoring in Sociology are eligible to enroll.

489 Senior Seminar (also SSci 489)

Prerequisite: Soc 370, 371, Soc 461, Junior or Senior status

Offered: Spring

3 credit hours

This course deals with social science methodology, theory, research and writing. This capstone course for the Social Science major requires a lengthy research paper, and an oral presentation based on the paper. There is a course fee of $25 to cover the cost of the major field exam.

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