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SOC 1010 Introduction To Sociology: 3 semester hours

An introduction to sociological approaches to human behavior including types of social organizations, patterns of social interaction, and social influences on individual conduct.

SOC 1040 Social Problems: 3 semester hours

Conditions defined by society as social problems, as well as potential solutions, are examined from various sociological perspectives. Emphasis is given to problem issues prevalent in metropolitan settings. Analyses focus on victims and beneficiaries of both problem conditions and alternative solutions.

SOC 1051 Sport, Culture, and Society: 3 semester hours

SAME AS ANTHRO 1051. What is the relationship between sport, culture, and society? This course takes a critical and analytical approach to the relationship between sport and socio-cultural issues and institutions: values, education, socialization, deviance, violence, inequality, the mass media, and economics. Students will investigate the functions of sport in various cultures and societies, analyze the relationship between sport and social problems, and develop policy recommendations that address these issues.

SOC 1061 Religion in Contemporary Society: 3 semester hours

This course covers the impact of religion on political, social, cultural, and economic institutions. It examines the role of religion in contemporary social life, including the relationship between gender, ethnicity, race, class and religion; the contested place of religion in secularization and modernization; and the role of religion in political conflict.

SOC 1091 Introductory Topics in Sociology: 3 semester hours

This course features special and current topics at the introductory level in the field of sociology. Examines the basic concepts and provides an understanding of the development of new trends and areas of study. May be repeated provided topic is different.

SOC 1241 Globalization and Social Change: 3 semester hours

Introduces sociological approaches to globalization. Covers sociological concepts such as modernization, Westernization, global capitalism, and the information society. Themes include global governance and transnational society, the global diffusion of American popular culture and consumer culture, and the role of new media. Also discusses the anti-globalization movement and forms of social resistance.

SOC 1999 The City: 3 semester hours

This course explores the central role of cities in the modern world. Covers processes of urbanization such as immigration, segregation and ghettoization, suburbanization, and sprawl. Explores the consequences of urban inequality and issues related to race and ethnicity, class, and gender in an urban context. Also covers urban landscapes, demographics, and lifestyles; and cities as centers of music and other forms of popular culture.

SOC 2102 Introduction To Gender Studies: 3 semester hours

Same as GS 2102, SOC WK 2102, and HIST 2102. This core class is required for all Women's and Gender Studies Certificate earners. This class introduces students to cultural, political and historical issues that shape gender. Through a variety of disciplinary perspectives in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the course familiarizes students with diverse female and male experiences and gendered power relationships.

SOC 2103 Gender Roles In Society: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: SOC 1010. The study of social processes through which gender roles are developed and acquired; the impact of gender roles on personal identity and social conduct; the relationship between gender roles and social inequality; and individual and social consequences of changing gender roles in contemporary society.

SOC 2160 Social Psychology: 3 semester hours

Same as PSYCH 2160. Prerequisite: PSYCH 1003 or SOC 1010. This course examines the behavior, thoughts, and feelings of individuals in their social environments. The content focuses not only on how people relate to one another, but also on the processes affecting their interactions with others. Specific topics include the self, social judgments, attitudes and persuasion, helping behavior, prejudice, aggression, attraction, conformity and obedience, and group processes. All Psychology majors taking this course instead of PSYCH 2270 must complete it with a grade of C- or higher.

SOC 2180 Alcohol, Drugs And Society: 3 semester hours

Same as CRIMIN 2180. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or PSYCH 1003. This course examines the medical, legal and social aspects of alcohol and drug use. Medical aspects considered include treatment approaches and the role of physicians in controlling such behavior. In the legal realm, past and present alcohol and drug laws are explored. Cultural and social influences on alcohol and drug use are discussed.

SOC 2192 Special Topics in Sociology: 3 semester hours

This course focuses on a specific society or group of societies utilizing sociological approaches. Examines environmental, economic, social, political, ethnic, religious, linguistic and/or cultural domains. Students are exposed to basic sociological concepts for understanding diverse societies in their historical and/or contemporary contexts. May be repeated provided topic is different.

SOC 2200 Languages and World View: 3 semester hours

Same as FGN LANG 2100 and ANTHRO 2100. Prerequisites: Completion of two semesters of one foreign language at the college level. This course investigates the extent to which peoples’ linguistic and cultural background informs their understanding of the world. Experts on a variety of major Western and non-Western languages will introduce students to differences in ideas about time, space, human relationships, and other issues based on language. The course will also analyze common cultural misunderstandings among native speakers of English and speakers of other languages.

SOC 2201 Deviance and Society: 3 semester hours

The study of traits and behaviors that violate social norms and elicit negative reactions. Explores the establishment of categories of deviance; the motivations behind deviant behavior; the identification of individuals and groups as deviant; the effects of institutionalization and social control upon the deviant; and the efforts of deviants to eradicate the label society has placed upon them.

SOC 2202 Urban Sociology: 3 semester hours

Covers classical works and contemporary theories in urban sociology from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Examines urbanism and community, forms and functions of cities, inequality and social difference, gender and sexuality, globalization and urban change, immigration and its impact on cities, and urban exclusion/social resistance. Includes reading well-known ethnographic works on such topics as sex work, homelessness, drug users and crackhouses, life in corner bars, gang members, and other alternative subcultures.

SOC 2224 Marriage And The Family: 3 semester hours

Same as GS 3224. The study of patterns of close relationships, and how these relationships are influenced by larger social forces. Topics include love, dating, mate selection, cohabitation, alternative lifestyles, working families, parenting, single mothers, families in crisis, domestic violence, and divorce. Universal and variable aspects of family organization, family role systems, and changes in family social structure are considered.

SOC 2280 Technology And Society: 3 semester hours

Examines the role of technology in the development of today’s industrial and post-industrial societies. Topics include the social and cultural origins of technological innovation; the connection between technology and urbanization; and the impact of technological change on beliefs and values. Outlines the transition from industrial society to the post-industrial “information society,” and the role of technology in globalization.

SOC 2316 Power, Ideology And Social Movements: 3 semester hours

This course explores how power and ideology operate in the advanced modern world. It investigates the historical and institutional contexts that help explain uprisings and discontents in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, such as the Occupy Wall Street movement, the political struggles in the Middle East, and the uprisings and social movements throughout Latin America. Topics include an overview of the key works of Marxist theory and major radical social thinkers. Among the issues examined is the potential for social movements to produce revolutionary action resulting in new social systems.

SOC 2338 Health & Society: 3 semester hours

Exploration of social dimensions and issues related to health and illness such as access to the health care delivery system; factors influencing prevention, utilization and compliance; changing relationships among health care providers and consumers; health care costs, trends, and cross-cultural variations.

SOC 3210 Sociological Theory: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or consent of instructor. The nature of sociological theory. An investigation of theory from Comte through contemporary developments. Contributions made by theorists in related disciplines.

SOC 3211 Language and Society: 3 semester hours

Same as ANTHRO 3211. Prerequisites: ANTHRO 1011 or SOC 1010 or consent of instructor. Variable topics in the subfield of linguistic anthropology will be explored. The focus of the course may include study of communication as part of our evolutionary heritage, the use of language as an index of social and cultural change, language and gender, or other topics.

SOC 3220 Social Statistics: 3 semester hours

Same as ANTHRO 3220. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or ANTHRO 1011 and MATH 1020 or MATH 1030. Issues and techniques of statistical analysis relevant to quantitative sociological research e.g. elementary probability, measurements of central tendency and dispersion, measures of relationships including linear regression and correlation, inferential and nonparametric statistics. The course includes an introduction to computer-based statistical analysis.

SOC 3224 Families in Global Perspective: 3 semester hours

Same as GS 3224. Prerequisites: SOC 1010 or consent of instructor. This course presents research from the fields of demography, sociology, economics, and public policy in order to develop a broader understanding of the causes and consequences of population aging, one of the major demographic changes faced by social institutions worldwide. Attention to the global diversity of human experiences by age, gender, socioeconomic status, and health.

SOC 3230 Research Methods: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: SOC 1010 and satisfaction of mathematics proficiency requirement or consent of instructor. Research planning and interpretation, principles of research design, measurement, and sampling. Techniques for the collection, analysis, and presentation of data. The course also includes an introduction to the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and lab exercises.

SOC 3237 Japanese Popular Culture: 3 semester hours

SAME AS ANTHRO 3237. Prerequisites: ANTHRO 1011. Through biographies, fiction, films, anime, manga, television, music, magazines, and other media, the course investigates a range of topics related to Japanese history, social diversity, subcultural identity, gender, demographic change, and media. The study of Japanese popular culture is ideal for understanding theoretical issues such as the construction of gender and sexuality, identity formation, nationalism, emerging youth cultures, and the processes of globalization and localization. Satisfies University cultural diversity requirements.

SOC 3250 Sociology Of Victimization: 3 semester hours

Same as GS 3250. Prerequisite: SOC 1010. This course examines the role of social factors in a wide rang of kinds of victimization--crime, violence, natural disasters, accidents, disease, etc. The topic of social reactions to various kinds of victimization is also covered. Sociological theories of victimization are emphasized.

SOC 3260 Social Interaction In Small Groups: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: SOC 2160 or PSYCH 2160 or consent of instructor. Analysis of human interaction with emphasis on group problem solving, group structure, and group process.

SOC 3268 The Sociology Of Conflict: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or consent of instructor. The conditions under which social conflicts arise, develop, and are terminated (or in some cases resolved) are examined. The functions of different levels of conflict are studied to determine the potential effects and outcomes of planned invervention.

SOC 3280 The Networked Society: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: SOC 1010, ANTHRO 1011, or introductory course in another social science, or consent of instructor. Explores the effects of modern information technology on societies worldwide. Covers the ways in which new technologies of communication have created increasingly networked local and global societies, as well as to the ways in which they have created new social problems.

SOC 3291 Current Issues in Sociology: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or ANTHRO 1011, or consent of instructor.Selected topics in sociology, with emphasis on current issues and trends in the field. May be repeated provided topic is different.

SOC 3344 Problems Of Urban Community: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: SOC 1010, junior standing or consent of instructor. Issues of inequality and identity in cities, with emphasis on the consequences of urban growth; processes of class, racial, and ethnic group formation; and urban poverty. Also covers local community organization and politics, and the role of popular culture and religion in community identities.

SOC 3600 Management and Organizational Behavior: 3 semester hours

Same as MGMT 3600. Prerequisites: Junior standing and a 2.0 campus GPA. This course involves the study of the behavior of individuals and groups in an organizational setting. Specific topics examined include: motivation, leadership, organizational design, and conflict resolution, as well as basic coverage of management principles. In covering these topics, both classic and current perspectives are provided.

SOC 4040 Survey Research Practicum for Sociology: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing, SOC 3230, college-level statistics course, and consent of instructor. The execution of a sample survey, including establishing study objectives, sampling, questionnaire construction, interviewing, coding, data analysis, and presentation of results. May be repeated provided the course topic is different.

SOC 4100 Introduction to Feminist and Gender Theory: 3 semester hours

Same as GS 4100. Prerequisites: GS 2102. This class serves as an initial intellectual investigation into gendered ideologies (such as the effects of race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic class, sexuality, and religion) and functions as a bridge to later advanced gender theory and methods courses. Topics include interdisciplinary feminist theories (with a focus on gender equality), including masculinity theory, queer theory, muted group theory, and other evolving frameworks.

SOC 4150 Feminist Theory and Social Research: 3 semester hours

Same as GS 4150. Prerequisites: GS 2102 and Junior Standing or consent of instructor. This course provides an in-depth examination of feminist theoretical contributions to social science research. We begin by examining the 20th century roots of contemporary feminist theories. With these foundations in place, we then shift to an investigation of how feminist theory has informed sociological research by examining current feminist understandings of gender, race, class and sexual inequalities across a range of contemporary social problems. Fulfills WGS feminist theory requirement.

SOC 4160 Geographic Information Systems in Anthropology & Sociology: 4 semester hours

Same as ANTHRO 4160. Prerequisites: ANTHRO 1005 or ANTHRO 1011 or ANTHRO 1019 or SOC 1010 or consent of instructor. Instruction in use of GIS software to record and analyze findings in archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and sociology. Emphasis is placed upon research design, development of data collection methodologies, and the use of GIS in describing and explaining human behavior and its relationship to the physical environment.

SOC 4300 Communities And Crime: 3 semester hours

Same as CRIMIN 4300. Prerequisites: CRIMIN 1110, CRIMIN 1120, CRIMIN 2130, CRIMIN 2210, CRIMIN 2220, ENGL 3100 or consent of instructor. Analysis of the sources, consequences, and control of crime within communities. Emphasis on social and ecological theories of crime, and on population instability, family structure, and the concentration of poverty as causes of crime.

SOC 4307 Community-Based Research in Sociology: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing, SOC 3210, SOC 3230, and completion of junior-level writing requirement. An advanced course in qualitative/ethnographic modes of inquiry, building on research and analytical skills learned in previous courses. Some quantitative methods may supplement the research when appropriate. Students experience the process of discovery, representation, presentation, and justification based on fieldwork and/or archival research. The focus is on applying sociological knowledge to practical issues faced by communities and institutions in the St. Louis area. May be repeated provided the topic is different.

SOC 4312 Sociology Of Wealth And Poverty: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: SOC 1010, junior standing or consent of instructor. Theory and research on social stratification and inequality in contemporary societies.

SOC 4320 Forms Of Criminal Behavior: 3 semester hours

Same as CRIMIN 4320. Prerequisites: CRIMIN 1110, CRIMIN 1120, CRIMIN 2130, CRIMIN 2210, CRIMIN 2220, ENGL 3100 or consent of instructor. Examination of major types of criminal behavior including violent, property, public order, and organizational offenses. Emphasis on theories of and responses to these crimes.

SOC 4325 Gender, Crime & Justice: 3 semester hours

Same as CRIMIN 4325 and GS 4325. Prerequisites: CRIMIN 1110, CRIMIN 1120, CRIMIN 2130, CRIMIN 2210, CRIMIN 2220, ENGL 3100 or consent of instructor. Analysis of the role of gender in crime and in the justice system. Emphasis on gender differences in crime commission, criminal processing, and the employment of women in criminal justice agencies. Fulfills Criminology diversity requirement.

SOC 4331 Qualitative Methods In Social Research: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: Junior Standing, SOC 3230, college-level statistics course; or consent of instructor. This course is devoted to qualitative methods including participant observation, ethnographic fieldwork, intensive interview, content analysis, and oral history. Considers the place of these kinds of techniques in social research, as well as the issues raised by them. Involves participation in individual or group research projects using one or more of the methods learned.

SOC 4336 Sociology of Organizations: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: SOC 1010 and junior standing or consent of instructor. This course examines the internal and external forces that influence the structures, adaptive flexibility, and actions of public and private organizations and agencies. Specific foci include: organizational responses to opportunities, constraints, and contingencies in their surrounding environments; sources of conflict and impediments to organizational goal attainment; and strategies for increasing organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and chances for survival.

SOC 4340 Race, Crime, And Justice: 3 semester hours

Same as CRIMIN 4340. Prerequisites: CRIMIN 1110, CRIMIN 1120, CRIMIN 2130, CRIMIN 2210, CRIMIN 2220, ENGL 3100 or consent of instructor. Analysis of the involvement of racial minorities in crime and the criminal justice system. Emphasis on group differences in offending, processing, victimization, and employment in criminal justice agencies. Fulfills CCJ diversity requirement.

SOC 4350 Special Study: 1-10 semester hours

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Independent study through readings, reports, and field work.

SOC 4354 Sociology Of Business And Work Settings: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: SOC 1010, junior standing or consent of instructor. The sociology of work and occupations in America, Europe, and Asia; organization structures and worker participation; worker attitude, behaviors, and commitment; the socialization of the worker; determinants of worker behavior; social problems of work and business; and the impact of community on the work place and business behavior.

SOC 4356 Sociology Of Education: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: SOC 1010 and junior standing, or consent of instructor. Education as a social institution, its role as an agent of socialization, and its effect upon the processes of social change and social mobility. The relationship between the school and its community.

SOC 4360 Sociology Of Minority Groups: 3 semester hours

Same as GS 4360. Prerequisites: SOC 1010 and junior standing or consent of instructor. The study of dominant-subordinate group relations. Religion, ethnicity, race, and gender as factors in the unequal distribution of power.

SOC 4361 Social Gerontology: 3 semester hours

Same as GERON 4361. Prerequisites: SOC 1010 and junior standing or consent of instructor. Topics include: Sociological theories of aging, technological and social change and its effects on the environment of older people, and prejudice and discrimination against the elderly.

SOC 4365 Sociological Writing: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: SOC 1010, ENGL 3100 and Junior standing, or consent of instructor. This course offers directed practice in the interpretation and reporting of sociological research in a wide range of styles, including those appropriate for research reports, journal articles, policy papers, non-technical magazines, books and monographs, as well as oral reports to diverse consumers.

SOC 4378 Selected Topics In Social Psychology: 1-3 semester hours

Prerequisite: PSYCH 2160 or SOC 2160 or consent of instructor. Focused examination of selected issues, concepts and methods in the study of social interaction. May be taken twice for credit.

SOC 4380 Advanced Topics in Sociology: 1-3 semester hours

Prerequisites: SOC 1010 and junior standing or consent of instructor. Examination of a specific sociological topic of current relevance in the community. May be repeated provided the topic is different.

SOC 4385 Internship In Sociology: 1-6 semester hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing and consent of instructor Students participate in supervised placements in positions related to the profession of Sociology.

SOC 4600 Masculinities: 3 semester hours

Same as GS 4600. Prerequisites: SOC 2102 or consent of instructor. This course examines men and masculinities through a critical lens, looking carefully at an institutionalized system of gender relations and practices that is assumed to be a natural phenomenon that is culturally universal. The course explores various masculine behaviors, myths, ideologies, and experiences so that students can consider the relationship between masculine practice and social power and delineate choices for future directions. The course is necessarily interdisciplinary and may utilize tools and methods from the social sciences and the humanities. Satisfies WGS gender theory requirement.

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