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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2009

August 26-30 Wolfpack Welcome
August 31 Classes begin
September 4
Add deadline
October 30 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 11 Last day of classes
December 12-18 Final Exams

Spring Term 2010

January 8 New Student Orientation
January 11 Classes begin
January 15 Add deadline
March 12 Last day to withdraw & last day to apply for graduation
April 28 Last day of classes
April 30 - May 6 Final Exams
May 8 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

SOCI A100 Introductory Sociology 3 crs.

This introductory course focuses on the key concepts, theories, and methods that sociologists use to understand the social world. Readings, lectures, videos, and presentations are used to examine the role that culture, socialization, social inequality, and social institutions (e.g., family, education, government, economy, religion) play in shaping human behaviors and human interactions.

SOCI A200 Cultural Anthropology 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to cultural anthropology, which seeks to explain how and why peoples’ behaviors are both similar and different by studying their social, symbolic, and material lives. The course examines the relationships between culture and economic systems, social structures, politics, and the environment.

SOCI A204 Introduction to Haitian Society and Culture 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to the rich culture, society and history of Haiti. Readings, lectures, films, and other activities will cover a variety of topics in order to introduce the complexity of Haiti as fully as possible. We will begin by discussing Haitian history, particularly the Haitian Revolution and the impact of the Revolution on other parts of the Americas--including its impact on New Orleans. We will spend a good amount of time looking at the roles of religion in Haitian society with a focus on Vodoun (commonly known as Voodoo in the U.S.) and Christianity. We will also study some of the major literary and intellectual movements in Haiti and during this time we will read significant works of poetry, fiction and other writings representative of these movements. Finally, we will devote a substantial amount of time to studying Haitian politics, the rural and urban sectors in Haiti, and the Haitian diaspora--the large number of people who have emigrated from Haiti to many other countries. This diaspora plays an important role in the country's economy and politics.

SOCI A210 Social Psychology 3 crs.

This course is a survey of major social psychological theories and topics, with special emphasis on socialization, processes of social perception, and patterns of social interaction, including affiliation, aggression, and intergroup cooperation.

SOCI A215 Criminal Behavior 3 crs.

This course is a critical examination of the nature and extent of deviant and criminal behavior in complex, industrial societies. Particular attention will be given to the causes and consequences of criminal and deviant behavior.

SOCI A216 Law and Social Control 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to law and legal institutions as formal mechanisms for controlling deviant and criminal behavior. While emphasis will be placed on the social processes whereby laws are enacted, administered, and enforced and on the social institutions created to detect, process, punish, and treat law violators, the course also examines the relationship between law and non-legal forms of social control.

SOCI A220 Social Protest Movements 3 crs.

This course is a historical and sociological analysis of some of the major social movements and collective protests of the 20th century. Particular emphasis is given to understanding the Civil Rights and New Left movements of the 1960s, as well as the linkages of the Old Left, labor, prohibition, conservative, and feminist movements of the past and present.

SOCI A235 Applied Sociology 3 crs.

This course introduces students to the scientific discipline of sociology. Students will be exposed to key concepts, theories, and methodological approaches used by sociologists to understand the social world. The focus of the course will be on the application of the sociological perspective and tools of the discipline. Within this context, students will be exposed to the diversity of perspectives surrounding the conceptualization and practice of applied and clinical sociology today. The course will provide students with skills to understand and work for social change in ways they deem appropriate. The course will be divided into the following three major sections: 1) exploring the work of applied sociologists in diverse settings and the nature of their contributions across substantive areas of the discipline; 2) understanding the nature of evaluation research including the comprehensive range of activities involved in designing, implementing, and assessing the utility of social programs; and 3) introducing and applying diverse models of policy analysis that can be employed to explore selected social welfare issues.

SOCI A240 Sociology of the Family 3 crs.

This course explores the impact of social changes on family structures. Throughout the course, the sociological perspective is employed to focus on the link between larger social forces and their impact on intimate relationships. An emphasis is placed on the interactive relationships which exist between gender, race, social class, age, and sexual orientation and the constraints they impose on individuals and families.

SOCI A250 The Sociology of Gender 3 crs.

This course focuses on the constraints that the social construction of gender imposes on both men and women in our gender-stratified society. The emphasis of this course will be on developing a critical, empirically-based understanding of the structural and historical foundations affecting males and females in society.

SOCI A255 Human Sexuality 3 crs.

This course will examine the social, psychological, and biological dimensions that are reflected in the expression of human sexuality. Included topics will be the development of gender roles, reproductive facts, psychological implications, and value structures involved in decision-making about sexual behavior and life style.

SOCI A258 U.S. Immigration: History and Policy 3 crs.

This course is designed to help students develop awareness, understanding and critical engagement of the issues of immigration. The course interdisciplinary and incorporates sociolgy, law, political science, philosophy, history, public health, and economics. The course will begin by examining the philosophy of immigration policy and the history of immigration in the United States. It will then move to the economic and social implications of immigration, and pay particular attention to 20th century Latin American migration to the U.S. Students will also read and discuss particular policy issues (border, immigration court system) in order to develop individual analyses and responses to teh issues that confront policy makers and the immigrants themselves. The course will require the students to think critically in developing new approaches to immigration policy.

SOCI A260 Women in Latin America 3 crs.

This course examines the social-structural context, daily realities, and contributions of Latin American women in the economy, politics, and the arts, with an emphasis on the 20th century. In so doing, the course also aims to convey a more thorough understanding of contemporary Latin American societies.

SOCI A270 Sociology of Popular Culture 3 crs.

This course explores the social, cultural, and political implications of popular culture. Focusing on television, advertisements, magazines, movies, and music, the course examines how popular culture may reinforce gender, race, class, and generational divisions in American society, as well as how individuals and audiences may use, and manipulate, popular culture in order to challenge those divisions.

SOCI A300 Urban Sociology 3 crs.

An examination of the nature of the modern city, with special attention to forces shaping the city, including the social, political, economic, ecological and value systems which underlie the dynamics of urban life and culture.  Attention will also be given to the various forms which cities have taken in the past and may take in the future.

SOCI A305 Social/Political Inequality 3 crs.

The unequal distribution of wealth and power, both globally and within the U.S., are examined. This course covers such topics as Third World underdevelopment, the social and political consequences of economic globalization, class conflict, and racial and gender inequality.

SOCI A308 Refugees and Forced Displacement 3 crs.

This course is designed to help students develop awareness, understanding and critical engagement of the issues faced by refugees and displaced persons, as well as the governments and international organizations designed to serve them. The course is interdisciplinary and incorporates sociology, law, political science, philosophy, history, public health, and economics. This course will provide a broad overview of the international situation of refugees and people displaced by war and violence. It will examine the historical treatment of such populations and analyze current laws and protection mechanisms available to refugees and displaced persons. The course will require students not only to study the laws and protections available, but also to think critically in developing new approaches or highlighting lacunae in current relief efforts and protection mechanisms.

SOCI A310 Social Policy 3 crs.

This course is an analysis of specific social policy developments in the U.S. Consideration of contemporary and futuristic social policies are examined.

SOCI A315 Delinquency and Justice 3 crs.

This course is an examination of the nature and extent of juvenile delinquency in American society. Topics include theories of causation; juvenile justice policy; the evolution of the juvenile justice system; and methods of institutional correction and treatment.

SOCI A322 Youth and Adolescence 3 crs.

This course explores the world of adolescence, that period of development in individuals marked by major physiological, psychological, and social changes. All aspects of adolescence are covered including maturational and intellectual changes, peer, family and school life, and various problems related to youth.

SOCI A333 Correctional Institutions 3 crs.

A sociological analysis of the history, ideology, and social structure of correctional systems in the U.S. Includes an examination of sociolegal aspects of punishment ideologies, the social organization of prisons and incarcerated communities, the management and control of inmates, prison litigation, and the various alternatives to imprisonment such as jails, probation, intermediate sanctions, parole, and capital punishment.

SOCI A335 Research Methods and Techniques 4 crs.

This course introduces the basics of social science research methods commonly used in sociology. Topics include, among others, data collection, sampling, research design, social measurement, field research, interviewing techniques, and secondary data research. Students attend a weekly computer lab session that focuses on applying the principles of research methods in a research project.

SOCI A336 Social Statistics 4 crs.

This course is a general introduction to the fundamentals of applied descriptive and inferential statistical procedures for data analysis in the social and behavioral sciences. Students completing this course are expected to have mastered these fundamental procedures and be able to apply them in the analysis of data. Students demonstrate their mastery and application of these procedures during a weekly lab period.

Prerequisites: SOCI A335, MATH A115.

SOCI A337 Ethnographic Methods: Fieldwork Abroad 3 crs.

We are often so immersed in the task of living, that we rarely take the time to reflect on the social and cultural rules and patterns that govern our lives. Ethnography is the art of careful observation and analysis of everyday life. We will learn practical tools for carrying out participant observation, keeping field notes, interviewing, and analyzing data and we will put these tools into practice each day at designated field sites abroad.

SOCI A345 Sociological Theory 3 crs.

This course covers the elements of theory construction including the role of deductive reasoning and the relationship between research and theory. Major theorists and theories will be studied for their strategies, purposes, and formats. Also included is a review of modern sociological paradigms and current controversies in the field.

Prerequisite: SOCI A100.

SOCI A365 The Sixties 3 crs.

This course offers a social history and a critical analysis of one of the most turbulent, complex, and watershed decades in U.S. history. From the Cold War of the 1950s to the end of the Vietnam war in 1975, the major people, events, ideas, music, protests, struggles, and innovations of the era are examined through readings, film, and multimedia.

SOCI A400 Third World Repression/ Revolution 3 crs.

This course examines sociological perspectives on the causes and outcomes of revolution in the Third World (Asia, Africa, and Latin America). Special attention is given to the cultural politics of revolution, including the role of art, film, literature, and education in forging new national identities, ideologies, and practices.

SOCI A410 Sociology of Work and Occupation 3 crs.

Development and place of occupations and professions of modern life; personal recruitment; education and careers; social relationship and the work role are looked at in this course.

SOCI A495 Special Project arranged

This project focuses on the creative or productive efforts of one or more students. A special project is distinguished from a research project in its lack of the historical or experimental method and perspective characteristics of research.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

SOCI A496 Seminar/Workshop arranged

A seminar is a supervised group of students sharing the results of their research on a common topic. A workshop is a supervised groups of students participating in a common effort.

SOCI A497 Internship/ Practicum 4 crs.

This course is a required senior seminar for sociology majors designed to link sociological knowledge gained in the major with "real" world experiences. It involves supervised participation in a community field placement for a minimum of 100 hours during the semester and the successful completion of a comprehensive research paper.

Common Curriculum: University Honors Program

This course is a critical examination of the core biophysical, cultural, economic, and sociopolitical roots of our global environmental crisis. Students will be introduced to many of the most pressing environmental problems facing the planet today–including population growth, energy use, climate change, deforestation, and biodiversity decline–and the extent to which these problems relate to larger global issues concerning development, globalization, social inequality, and human rights concerns.

SOCI A499 Independent Study (arranged)

 

SOCI H233 Honors Social Science: Planet Earth Blues 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: University Honors Program

This course is a critical examination of the core biophysical, cultural, economic, and sociopolitical roots of our global environmental crisis. Students will be introduced to many of the most pressing environmental problems facing the planet today–including population growth, energy use, climate change, deforestation, and biodiversity decline–and the extent to which these problems relate to larger global issues concerning development, globalization, social inequality, and human rights concerns.

SOCI W240 Development of Social Thought 3 crs.

 

Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Pre-modern

This course reviews the major theoretical sources and historical contexts of the Western ideas of society, culture, and human nature by tracing the development of scientific sociology. The course considers the contributions sociology has made in dealing with the issues of objectivity and the separation of fact from value and human beings’ general understanding of themselves and their social existence.

SOCI X232 Social Problems 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

This Common Curriculum course focuses on sociological approaches to understanding and resolving many of the most pressing social problems facing our global and national societies. Readings, lectures, and films expose students to a variety of perspectives on issues such as poverty, homelessness, inequality, and welfare reform; racism, sexism, and discrimination against gays and lesbians; Third World underdevelopment and immigration; population growth and environmental destruction; crime and criminal justice; and AIDS and public health care.

SOCI X234 Social Policy and the Christian 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

This course is a critical analysis of Christian social teachings as they attempt to assess and direct Christian responsibility in formulating social policies and influencing social practices.

Prerequisite: RELS T122.

SOCI X235 Environment and Society 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

This course explores the relationship of humans and their societies to the natural environment. Integrating both scientific and philosophical viewpoints, this course focuses on introducing students to the basic concepts, ecological philosophies, political strategies, and social history of the U.S. environmental movement.

SOCI X236 Global Environmental Crisis 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

This course is a general exploration of the major ecological problems facing the planet today and their relationship to globalization trends and patterns of social inequality. Topics such as global warming, ozone destruction, acid rain, declining energy resources, overpopulation, hunger, soil erosion, deforestation, species extinction, solid and hazardous wastes, and general pollution issues are critically examined.

SOCI X240 Global Sociology 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

The course examines colonial and post-colonial relationships between countries at different levels of social and economic development, with a focus on the impact of globalization. We explore the challenge of resolving international differences over issues like women’s rights, human rights, the environment, religion, and traditional culture.

SOCI X245 Peoples of Latin America 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

This Common Curriculum course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to modern Latin America–its social, economic, political, and cultural structures and practices. The course aims to help students develop the analytical skills necessary to better understand and appreciate the region’s rich diversity and complexity, including its relationship to the U.S. and world-system.

SOCI X250 Encountering the Caribbean 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

Caribbean societies are varied in their social, political, and cultural characteristics, but united by their history of colonialism and struggles for national independence and political and economic autonomy. This course examines the social, cultural, political, and economic factors that have shaped Caribbean societies.

SOCI X252 Violence and Society 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

In the light of the alarming prevalence of violence in our country and in our world, this course addresses possible causes, various contexts, and positive solutions regarding this important phenomenon. Interdisciplinary insights and literature will be reviewed and discussed.

SOCI X255 Race and Ethnic Conflict 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

This course is an overview and analysis of the dynamics of racism, prejudice, and discrimination against minorities, as well as the historical and sociological basis for racial and ethnic tensions in the U.S. Extensive attention is given to the immigration experiences of all the major ethnic groups that comprise contemporary American society.

SOCI X312 African Diaspora Communities and Cultures 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

The African diaspora in the Americas includes diverse communities and cultures. What are their commonalities and differences? What does it mean to be both "African" and "American"? We will study the rich tradition of scholarly work that has addressed these questions by examining African diaspora experiences in different parts of the Americas.

SOCI X416 Gender, Law, and Social Control 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

This course offers a critical examination of the relationships between law, social control, and gender inequality in the U.S. While a number of theoretical approaches are discussed in this course, we primarily examine the various substantive issues of law and gender from a feminist perspective. Gender is the primary organizing variable for the course materials, but at each stage we consider the intersections between gender, class, and race. Topics covered include: core concepts of law, legal systems, crime, social control, the social construction of gender, feminist theory and feminist jurisprudence, gendered patters of criminal offending and victimization (with particular attention to intimate partner violence, rape, and child sex abuse), issues in family law, reproduction, and gendered patterns of sentencing and punishment.