SOC - SOCIOLOGY

Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work (ARS)


SOC - 1010 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
[3 hours] (not for major credit) Freshman and Sophomores only. Sociological topics regarding social behavior, institutional dynamics, and social change are examined, and the principles and basic concepts used by sociologists are taught.


SOC - 1750 SOCIAL PROBLEMS
[3 hours] (Not for major credit) Introduces students to the sociological perspective through the analysis of various social problems including inequality, population, environment, workplace, and deviant behavior.


SOC - 2010 SOCIOLOGY OF THE INTERNET
[3 hours] This course focuses on the rapidly expanding use of the Internet and its impact on society. The course will also be experiential, with Internet based interaction (through on-line, e-mail, list-servs, etc.) an essential component of the course.


SOC - 2100 AMERICAN SOCIETY
[3 hours] Examination of American society. Emphasis upon the interplay between cultural ideas and actual behavior as these relate to change in American institutions.


SOC - 2150 THE CHANGING FAMILY
[3 hours] Examines changes in the family through history, focusing especially on current changes in the nature of the family and on theoretical explanations for why these changes are occurring and what they may mean for family members. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or its equivalent


SOC - 2200 THE SOCIOLOGY OF THE LIFE COURSE
[3 hours] Examines social significance of various stages of the life cycle. Problems and issues for individuals and society as people progress through the life cycle. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or its equivalent


SOC - 2410 COMMUNITIES
[3 hours] This course will focus on the problem of defining community and will explore various forms of community.


SOC - 2600 SOCIAL ORGANIZATION
[3 hours] This course will review and analyze the major ways society organizes itself, including families, communities, formal organizations and informal organizations, education, economic, political, and religious institutions. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or its equivalent


SOC - 2640 RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER
[3 hours] Introduction to the study of race, class, and gender as factors in American stratification.


SOC - 2980 SPECIAL TOPICS
[3 hours] Examination of a special topical area in sociology. May be repeated on different topics. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or its equivalent


SOC - 3240 FAMILY PLANNING AND POPULATION POLICY
[3 hours] Examination of family planning and population policies in Western and non-Western societies. Historical background and current issues will be investigated and specific programs will be evaluated.


SOC - 3270 SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS
[3 hours] Introduction to procedures used in the various phases of sociological research. Prerequisite: 3 hrs of sociology


SOC - 3290 SOCIAL STATISTICS
[3 hours] Study of major statistical procedures and techniques in sociology. Prerequisite: 3 hrs in Sociology ; Math 1180 or higher


SOC - 3340 THE CHANGING AMERICAN POPULATION
[3 hours] The course will outline the historical development of population trends in the U. S. and consider current dynamics, trends, and tendencies.


SOC - 3600 WORK IN MODERN SOCIETY
[3 hours] An overview of the sociology of work, examining how different types of occupations affect the people who perform them, and current social forces that are changing the nature of work organizations.


SOC - 3640 SOCIAL INEQUALITY
[3 hours] This course examines the bases, varieties and consequences of systems of stratification, including the development of and changes in stratification patterns in the U.S. and other societies.


SOC - 3800 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] An introduction to theory and research concerning social influences on the experience and behavior of individuals. Includes interaction patterns, interpersonal and intergroup relations.


SOC - 4040 CLASSICAL THEORY
[3 hours] 19th century theory in sociology with emphasis on A. Comte, K. Marx, E. Durkheim, T. Veblen, M. Weber and H. Spencer Prerequisite: 6 hrs. in sociology; or 9 hrs. in social science


SOC - 4050 CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
[3 hours] Theoretical developments in sociology today. Prerequisite: 6 hrs. in sociology or; 9 hrs. in a social science


SOC - 4100 COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND DEVELOPMENT
[3 hours] This course focuses on attempt of communities to regain power and wealth lost through urban disinvestment occurring since World War II. The course will involve numerous practical workshops to learn how to do community organizing and community development, and will include information on Toledo case studies. Prerequisite: 6 hrs. of sociology or; 9 hrs. of social science


SOC - 4110 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY
[3 hours] Examination of political institutions, organizations and behavior with special attention to participation, power, ideology, decision making and conflict. Prerequisite: 6 hrs. of sociology or; 9 hrs. of social science


SOC - 4160 HEALTH AND GENDER
[3 hours] Course is crosslisted as WMST 4160. An examination of gender as a predisposing factor of health status, health behavior, health care delivery, and the structure and posture of health care professionals. Prerequisite: 6 hrs. of sociology or; 9 hrs. of social science


SOC - 4170 LAW AND SOCIETY
[3 hours] Dynamics of law and legal institutions; the relationship of sociocultural changes in substantive and procedural aspects of law to the concept of justice, and to the social control of deviance. Prerequisite: 6 hrs. of sociology or; 9 hrs. of social science


SOC - 4180 MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY
[3 hours] An analysis of the sociocultural factors in health and illness, and in medical and paramedical services, and in the field of health practice as a social institution. Prerequisite: 6 hrs. of sociology or; 9 hrs. of social science


SOC - 4190 SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY
[3 hours] A study of the changing proportions of older people in the population, their changing roles and statuses, and the problems and processes of adjustment. Prerequisite: 6 hrs. of sociology or ; 9 hrs. of social science


SOC - 4340 POPULATION AND SOCIETY
[3 hours] Examination of the interaction among variables of population (fertility, mortality and migration) and other aspects of societal organization. Prerequisite: 6 hrs of sociology or; 9 hrs. of social science


SOC - 4440 METHODS OF POPULATION ANALYSIS
[3 hours] Methods of population analysis, including examination and evaluation of data sources. Prerequisite: 6 hrs of sociology or; 9 hrs. of social science


SOC - 4450 SOCIOLOGY OF CITIES
[3 hours] This course provides a systematic overview of the economic, political, racial/ethnic, and sex/gender dynamics of cities. It analyzes changes in cities since World War II, using numerous North American case studies, including Toledo. Prerequisite: 6 hrs of sociology or; 9 hrs of social science


SOC - 4580 SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIAL CHANGE
[3 hours] The impact of rapidly changing science and technology on North American society: social change in a technological age; the emergence of post industrial society. Prerequisite: 6 hrs. of sociology or; 9 hrs of social science


SOC - 4600 CORPORATION AND SOCIETY
[3 hours] Analysis of the social networks affecting institutionalized economic life, and the impact of corporate power on society. Prerequisite: 6 hrs. of sociology; or 9 hrs. of social science


SOC - 4610 SOCIOLOGY OF ORGANIZATIONS
[3 hours] Study of the structure and processes of organizations; includes theory of bureaucratic and non-bureaucratic organizations, as well as structure and function of organizations. Prerequisite: 6 hrs of sociology; 9 hrs of social science


SOC - 4620 GENDER AND WORK
[3 hours] Course is crosslisted as WMST 4180. Analysis of the contemporary position in the U.S. work force focusing on the expansion of the number of women joining the labor force in recent decades, and the persistence of relatively low pay, status and authority in female-dominated occupations. Prerequisite: 6 hrs of sociology or; 9 hrs of social science


SOC - 4660 RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES IN THE US
[3 hours] Basic principles of majority/minority relations including the minority groups nature and consequences of prejudice, discrimination, segregation, entitlement, and differing cultural practices between such groups. Prerequisite: 6 hrs of sociology; 9 hrs of social science


SOC - 4670 AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES
[3 hours] Course is crosslisted as AFST 4670. Sociological study of African Americans in the United States, focusing on issues of ethnic identity, educational and economic achievement, continuing sources of discrimination, and current movements for change. Prerequisite: 6 hrs of sociology or; 9 hrs of social science


SOC - 4710 CRIMINOLOGY
[3 hours] Crime and criminal behavior: nature, types and extent of crime, societal reactions; problems in research and theory, prevention, control and treatment. Prerequisite: 6 hrs sociology or; 9 hrs social science


SOC - 4720 DEVIANT BEHAVIOR
[3 hours] Study and analysis of the nature, meaning and process of deviant behavior in terms of social norms, control and societal reaction. Prerequisite: 6 hrs of sociology; 9 hrs. of social science


SOC - 4730 SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY
[3 hours] Etiological theories of mental illness; community role in etiology; community processes in relation to prognosis and rehabilitation; treatment modalities including clinic, mental hospital and therapeutic community. Prerequisite: 6 hrs of sociology or; 9 hrs of social science


SOC - 4740 ISSUES IN CRIME
[3 hours] Topics may include legalizing drugs, police violence, plea bargaining, death sentence, and mandatory sentencing. Emphasizes liberal/conservative ideology. Prerequisite: 6 hrs of sociology or; 9 hrs of social science


SOC - 4750 LEGAL ISSUES
[3 hours] Topics may include abortion, three strike sentencing, homosexual rights, hate speech, and decriminalizing narcotics. Emphasizes liberal/conservative ideology. Prerequisite: 6 hrs of sociology or; 9 hrs of social science


SOC - 4760 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY
[3 hours] Delinquency and delinquent behavior, including definitions, extent, process, types and causes; methods of prevention, protective control and treatment; institutional and non-institutional facilities and services Prerequisite: 6 hrs of sociology or; 9 hrs of social science


SOC - 4770 CRIMINAL CORRECTIONS: THEORIES AND PRACTICES
[3 hours] Historical and theoretical analysis of ideas concerning punishment. Treatment of offenders as reflected in the type of administration of correctional programs, including probation and parole. Prerequisite: 6 hrs of sociology or; 9 hrs of social science


SOC - 4800 DEVELOPMENT IN THIRD WORLD NATIONS
[3 hours] Course is crosslisted as AFST 4800. The new emerging ideological, political, social and economic patterns which repeat themselves in and determine the Third World transition from a traditional to a new society. Prerequisite: 6 hrs of sociology or ; 9 hrs of social science


SOC - 4810 GENDER IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE
[3 hours] Course is crosslisted as WMST 4190. Analysis of gender stratification and its impact on culture in various nations and across ethnic groups in the United States. Prerequisite: 6 hrs. of sociology or 9 hrs. of social science


SOC - 4820 GENDER ROLES
[3 hours] Course is crosslisted as WMST 4140. Sociocultural factors in development of gender identity and behavioral differences between men and women. Sex differentials in participation, power and reward in family, education, work , politics and community. Prerequisite: 6 hrs of sociology or; 9 hours of social science.


SOC - 4830 SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
[3 hours] Course is crosslisted as AMST 4830. This course analyzes how and why social protest movements form, and how and why they succeed or fail. Attention will be given to post-World War II social movements, including current examples. Prerequisite: 6 hours of sociology or; 9 hours of social science.


SOC - 4900 SENIOR SEMINAR
[3 hours] Discussion of substantive problem in sociology, in terms of significant theoretical and methodological debates in the discipline. Prerequisite: 21 hours of sociology or SOC 3270; SOC 4040; advanced junior standing or advanced senior standing or permission of adviser or instructor.


SOC - 4910 DIRECTED RESEARCH IN SOCIOLOGY
[1-3 hours] Student-selected research topic under the supervision of a sociology faculty member. Permission to enroll is contingent on the instructor's acceptance of the student's research proposal. Prerequisite: SOC 3270; consent of instructor.


SOC - 4920 DIRECTED READINGS IN SOCIOLOGY
[ 1-3 hours] Written proposal required. May be repeated for additional credit. For majors wishing to continue course work in greater depth or seeking contact with unlisted subject areas. Prerequisite: 12 hours of sociology and consent of instructor.


SOC - 4940 INTERNSHIP IN SOCIOLOGY
[3 hours]


SOC - 4960 HONORS THESIS
[3-6 hours] Prerequisite: senior standing; approval of the department adviser.


SOC - 4980 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY
[3 hours] Course is crosslisted as WMST 4100. Sociological examination of a developing and/or important social issue or sociological topic. May be repeated in different specialized topics. Prerequisite: 6 hours of sociology or 9 hours of social science


SOC - 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY
[1 - 3 hours]


SOC - 5040 CLASSICAL THEORY
[3 hours] 19th Century theory in sociology with emphasis on A. Comte, K. Marx, E. Durkheim, T. Veblen, M. Weber and H. Spencer


SOC - 5050 CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
[3 hours] Theoretical developments in sociology today.


SOC - 5100 COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND DEVELOPMENT
[3 hours] This course will review the major forms of community and organizing since World War II. Practical issues and theoretical issues will be stressed. Students will engage in intensive case study research applying the course concepts in addition to reading and writing on the various topics.


SOC - 5110 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY
[3 hours] Examination of political institutions, organizations and behavior with special attention to participation, power, ideology, decision making and conflict.


SOC - 5160 HEALTH AND GENDER
[3 hours] An examination of gender as a predisposing factor of health status, health behavior, health care delivery, and the structure and posture of health care professionals.


SOC - 5170 LAW AND SOCIETY
[3 hours] Dynamics of law and legal institutions; the relationship of sociocultural changes in substantive and procedural aspects of law to the concept of justice, and to the social control of deviance.


SOC - 5180 MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY
[3 hours] An analysis of the sociocultural factors in health and illness, and in medical and paramedical services, and in the field of health practice as a social institution.


SOC - 5190 SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY
[3 hours] A study of the changing proportions of older people in the population, their changing roles and statuses, and the problems and processes of adjustment.


SOC - 5270 SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS
[3 hours] Introduction to procedures used in the various phases of sociological research.


SOC - 5290 SOCIAL RESEARCH STATISTICS
[3 hours] Study of major statistical procedures and techniques in sociology.


SOC - 5340 POPULATION AND SOCIETY
[3 hours] Examination of the interaction among variables of population (fertility, mortality and migration) and other aspects of societal organization.


SOC - 5440 METHODS OF POPULATION ANALYSIS
[3 hours] Methods of population analysis, including examination and evaluation of data sources.


SOC - 5450 SOCIOLOGY OF CITIES
[3 hours] This course will review the current literature on how cities are organized, with special attention to economic, political, racial/ethnic, and sex/gender dynamics. Understanding the historically changing positions and character of cities will be emphasized. Students will engage in intensive case study research applying the course concepts in addition to reading and writing on the various topics.


SOC - 5580 SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIAL CHANGE
[3 hours] The impact of rapidly changing science and technology on North American society: social change in a technological age; the emergence of post industrial society.


SOC - 5600 CORPORATION AND SOCIETY
[3 hours] Analysis of the social networks affecting institutionalized economic life, and the impact of corporate power on society.


SOC - 5610 SOCIOLOGY OF ORGANIZATIONS
[3 hours] Study of the structure and processes of organizations; includes theory of bureaucratic and non- bureaucratic organizations, as well as structure and function of organizations.


SOC - 5620 GENDER AND WORK
[3 hours] Analysis of the contemporary position in the U.S. work force focusing on the expansion of the number of women joining the labor force in recent decades, and the persistence of relatively low pay, status and authority in female-dominated occupations.


SOC - 5660 RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES IN THE US
[3 hours] Review of current theoretical and empirical work in American sociology on racism, discrimination, and other dimensions of racial inequality.


SOC - 5670 AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES
[3 hours] Sociological study of African Americans in the United States, focusing on issues of ethnic identity, educational and economic achievement, continuing sources of discrimination, and current movements for change.


SOC - 5710 CRIMINOLOGY
[3 hours] Crime and criminal behavior: nature, types and extent of crime, societal reactions; problems in research and theory, prevention, control and treatment.


SOC - 5720 DEVIANT BEHAVIOR
[3 hours] Study of the analysis of the nature, meaning and process of deviant behavior in terms of social norms, control and societal reaction.


SOC - 5730 SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY
[3 hours] Etiological theories of mental illness; community role in etiology; community processes in relation to prognosis and rehabilitation; treatment modalities including clinic, mental hospital and therapeutic community.


SOC - 5740 ISSUES IN CRIME
[3 hours] Topics may include legalizing drugs, police violence, plea bargaining, death sentence, and mandatory sentencing. Emphasizes liberal/conser vative ideology.


SOC - 5750 LEGAL ISSUES
[3 hours] Topics may include abortion, three strike sentencing, homosexual rights, hate speech, and decriminalizing narcotics. Emphasizes liberal/conservative ideology.


SOC - 5760 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY
[3 hours] Delinquency and delinquent behavior, including definitions, extent, process, types and causes; methods of prevention, protective control and treatment; institutional and non-institutional facilities and services.


SOC - 5770 CRIMINAL CORRECTIONS: THEORY AND PRACTICES
[3 hours] Historical and theoretical analysis of ideas concerning punishment. Treatment of offenders as reflected in the type of administration of correctional programs, including probation and parole.


SOC - 5800 DEVELOPMENT OF SUBORDINATE NATIONS
[3 hours] The new emerging ideological, political, social and economic patterns which repeat themselves in and determine the Third World transition from a traditional to a new society.


SOC - 5810 GENDER IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE
[3 hours] Analysis of gender stratification and its impact on culture in various nations and across ethnic groups in the United States.


SOC - 5820 GENDER ROLES
[3 hours] Social context in which gender role ideologies have developed, their influence on social change, and reflections of change in public policy and the social sciences.


SOC - 5830 SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
[3 hours] This course will focus on social movements and their political context to understand the causes of social movement success and failure. Special attention will be given to the 1960s wave of protest, as well as to contemporary movement forms. Students will engage in intensive case study research applying the course concepts in addition to reading and writing on relevant topics.


SOC - 5980 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY
[3 hours] Sociological examination of a developing social issue. May be repeated in different specialized topics.


SOC - 5990 DIRECTED READINGS IN SOCIOLOGY
[1 - 3 hours] Written proposal required. May be repeated for additional credit. For majors wishing to continue course work in greater depth or seeking contact with unlisted subject areas.


SOC - 6000 INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES IN SOCIOLOGY
[1 hour] Graduate students are exposed and get acquainted to the academic and the professional nature of the field of sociology from the experience of several faculty members. Some of the topics that will be covered include writing theses, doing internships, and seeking graduate work and careers.


SOC - 6040 ADVANCED SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
[3 hours] Building on classical traditions, the course includes readings and lectures on functionalist, neo-Marxist, symbolic interactionist and other significant twentieth century sociological theories. Prerequisite: SOC 4040 or 5040


SOC - 6050 ADVANCED SOCIAL THEORY AND POLITICAL ECONOMY
[3 hours] This course will analyze and evaluate major social theories drawn from various 19th and 20th century intellectual and ideological traditions. The common subject focus of course readings is state, power, and class relations. Prerequisite: SOC 4040 or 5040


SOC - 6140 SEMINAR IN THE FAMILY
[3 hours] Building on previous theoretical and empirical research, this course examines contemporary perspectives of family dynamics. Socio-demographic changes of the family in the US with cross-ethnic and cross-cultural comparisons will also be examined.


SOC - 6270 ADVANCED SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS
[3 hours] Examination of advanced methods of data collection in sociological research. Prerequisite: SOC 5270


SOC - 6290 ADVANCED SOCIAL RESEARCH STATISTICS
[3 hours] Examination of advanced methods of data analysis in sociological research. Prerequisite: SOC 5290


SOC - 6340 SEMINAR IN POPULATION AND HUMAN ECOLOGY
[3 hours] Examination of the development of contemporary theoretical and empirical research of selected topics in population and human ecology. Students should be familiar with some population and human ecology studies.


SOC - 6440 SEMINAR IN URBANIZATION
[3 hours] This course will explore current topics in urbanization, with significant student input into design of topics. Students must have previous experience in urban studies.


SOC - 6560 SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIAL POLICY
[3 hours] Examination of 20th Century social policy from various ideological perspectives. The course will include social policy efforts promoted by governments, foundations, trade associations, trade unions, social movements, and other selected institutions.


SOC - 6610 SEMINAR IN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
[3 hours] This course will explore current topics in social movements and protest, with significant student input into design of topics. Students must have previous experience in social movement studies.


SOC - 6620 SEMINAR IN WORK AND OCCUPATION
[3 hours] A social scientific analysis of work, including differences between occupations and workplace issues.


SOC - 6640 SEMINAR IN STRATIFICATION
[3 hours] After examination of the historical development of stratification (social classes), the course will examine contemporary theoretical and empirical research of social stratification in social inequality.


SOC - 6660 SEMINAR IN RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS
[3 hours] Sociological explanations of racial and ethnic inequality are explored. Major figures in the sociological study of race and ethnicity are examined.


SOC - 6710 SEMINAR IN RESEARCH IN CRIME
[3 hours] The course will examine recent development in the research of crime with critical analysis of the paradigms that this research tries to build upon. Measurement, trends, and patterns are also examined.


SOC - 6800 SEMINAR IN THEORIES IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] Intensive sociological study of theory building in social psychology including, among others, paradigms of social cognition and belief, social influence, and social relations.


SOC - 6810 SEMINAR IN MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY
[3 hours] Intensive sociological study of selected topics from among those including the illness experience, patient-health provider relations, the organization of medicine, and problems inherent in the delivery of health care services.


SOC - 6850 SEMINAR IN SMALL GROUPS RESEARCH
[3 hours] Sociological study of one or more selected topics in small group research including structural properties of groups, power and influence, group membership, and emergence of leadership in small groups.


SOC - 6860 SEMINAR IN RESEARCH IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] Supervised research in selected topics in social psychology with special focus on measurement issues.


SOC - 6900 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN SOCIOLOGY
[1 - 3 hours] Student-selected research topic under the supervision of a sociology faculty member. Permission to enroll is contingent on the instructor's acceptance of the student's research proposal.


SOC - 6930 SEMINARS IN SOCIOLOGY
[3 hours] Seminar on selected topics in the field of Sociology.


SOC - 6940 GRADUATE INTERNSHIP
[3 hours] In applied setting in areas of student interest: community organizing - health-probation - gerontology. Prerequisite: SOC 6000, 6040, 6270, 6290


SOC - 6960 THESIS
[1 - 6 hours] Topic (proposal) is selected by the student and approved by a thesis committee. Prerequisite: SOC 6270, 6290, 6040, 6000


SOC - 6990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIOLOGY
[1 - 3 hours] Written proposal required. May be repeated for additional credit. For majors wishing to continue course work in greater depth or seeking contact with unlisted subject areas.

Last Updated: 1/3/12