SOC (Sociology)

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (4 hours)

This course offers an introduction to topics central to the study of human society, culture and conduct. Selected fields of study frequently include culture, formation of the self, social classes, power structures, social movements, criminal behavior and a variety of social institutions. Emphasis is placed upon basic concepts and principal findings of the field. Offered annually.

SOC 125 Human Sexuality (4 hours)

In this course, students will learn about the biological, psychological and social aspects of sexuality. Students will also learn about methods used in the scientific study of sex, and will gain an understanding of the diversity of human sexuality across age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and culture. Offered every three years.

SOC 200 Independent Study in Sociology (1-4 hours)

This course will be conducted as supervised research on a selected topic. Prerequisites: Submission of an application which contains a proposed, detailed outline of study approved by the instructor, the division chair, the student’s advisor and the provost or associate provost. The completed application must be submitted to the office of enrollment services no later than the final day of the drop/add period of the semester of study. For additional criteria, see Independent Study Policy (Sec. 6.15.).

SOC 201 The Family (4 hours)

This course focuses primarily on the changes in the American family since 1945. The topics discussed include trends in marriage, the age of marriage, fertility, illegitimacy, divorce, remarriage and domestic abuse. The possible social and economic causes and consequences of these trends are also discussed. Offered annually.

SOC 202 The American Experience (4 hours)

The purpose of this course is to consider the ways the American experience has shaped a distinct American character and identity. The course blends both historical and social scientific analysis and considers how political, economic and social institutions have contributed to American manners and morals. Particular attention is paid to immigration and assimilation, folk culture, the relationship between the individual and community, religious pluralism, ethnic identity, political liberalism and free markets. Offered biennially.

SOC 204 Social Problems (4 hours)

This course studies the impact of current social forces upon American society. Deviation from social norms, conflict concerning social goals and values and social disorganization as these apply to family, economic, religious and other institutional and interpersonal situations are of primary concern. Offered biennially.

SOC 205 Crime and Deviance  4 hours)

This course will examine behaviors that do not conform to moral and legal codes and the ways in which societies control such behaviors. Particular emphasis will be given to American society. Readings will include classic and current analyses of deviance and crime. Offered biennially.

SOC 290 Special Topics in Sociology (4 hours)

A seminar providing examination and discussion of various topics on contemporary and historical interest in sociology. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

SOC 302 The Sociology of Work and Occupations  (4 hours)

This course has three purposes: 1) to analyze the means by which non-economic institutions, especially the family, schools and religious institutions influence the formation of “human capital”; 2) to study the history and contemporary nature of the professions; and 3) to analyze the relationship between the external control of workers and their internal motivation. A cross-cultural approach is employed in the course. Offered biennially.

SOC 303 Field of Social Work (4 hours)

This course will study and analyze the historical development of social work and social work activities in contemporary society. Offered biennially.

SOC 304 Methods of Social Work  4 hours)

This course is a study of the methods used in contemporary social work. Offered biennially. Prerequisite: SOC 303.

SOC 306 Race, Ethnicity and Immigration  4 hours)

This course treats contemporary ethnic relations and the history of immigration in the United States. It considers the role of markets, government policy and culture in the formation of ethnic identity and the wellbeing of ethnic groups. Although the chief concern is with the United States, a comparative approach is taken. Offered biennially.

SOC 307 Elites and Inequality (4 hours)

An examination is made in this course of the social stratification of privileges and deprivations in contemporary societies, focusing on the distribution of wealth, status and power. The course studies social stratification historically and comparatively, the American upper, middle and lower classes, institutionalized power elites, race and gender stratification, status systems and economic inequality. Offered biennially.

SOC 310 Survey of Research Methods (4 hours)

This course introduces students to qualitative and quantitative methods such as surveys, experiments, archival research, hermeneutical research, case studies and causal analysis. The class will examine these research methods from several different angles including research techniques specific to each method, skills to critically evaluate such research, the epistemological considerations and practical consequences of undertaking such research. Students considering graduate school or careers that require them to sue and assess research may find this course particularly valuable. Cross-listed as CRS 415 and POL 371. Offered spring semester in alternate years. Prerequisite: Students with junior standing, or permission of the instructor.

SOC 400 Advanced Independent Study in Sociology (1-4 hours)

An intense study of diverse topics under the direct supervision of the instructor. Prerequisite: Submission of a proposed outline of study that includes a schedule of meetings and assignments approved by the instructor, the division chair and the provost or associate provost. The completed application must be submitted to the office of enrollment services no later than the final day of the drop/add period of the semester of study. For additional criteria, see Independent Study Policy (Sec. 6.15.).

SOC 402 Field Experience in Social Work (12-16 hours)

Students concentrating in social work spend a semester in social work agencies in the Atlanta area for on-the-job practicum experience. Successful field placements have been made in a variety of settings in recent years, including Wesley Woods Health Center, West Paces Ferry Hospital and Atlanta shelters for the homeless. Prerequisites: SOC 303, a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average, permission of the academic advisor and faculty supervisor, and signature of the director of career services.

SOC 403 Sociological Theory (4 hours)

This course will study classical and contemporary theory with an emphasis upon the latter. Contemporary theories covered usually include utilitarian individualism (sociobiology, exchange theory and rational-choice theory), communitarianism, civil society theory, critical theory and post-modernism. Offered biennially.

SOC 405 Internship in Sociology (1-4 hours)

An internship is designed to provide a formalized experiential learning opportunity to qualified students. The internship generally requires the student to: obtain a faculty supervisor in the relevant field of study; submit an application which addresses both the on-site and the academic components of the internship; and satisfy all internship requirements developed by the academic program which oversees the internship. The career development office maintains an extensive list of internships, all of which are graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisites: These are determined by the academic program overseeing the internship course, but typically include: permission of the faculty supervisor; meeting the qualifications for the internship program; obtaining permission of an internship site supervisor; and development of an internship plan which is acceptable to relevant parties including the faculty supervisor and others, as required by the relevant academic program.

SOC 407 Internship in American Studies (1-4 hours)

An internship is designed to provide a formalized experiential learning opportunity to qualified students. The internship generally requires the student to: obtain a faculty supervisor in the relevant field of study; submit an application which addresses both the on-site and the academic components of the internship; and satisfy all internship requirements developed by the academic program which oversees the internship. The career development office maintains an extensive list of internships, all of which are graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisites: These are determined by the academic program overseeing the internship course, but typically include: permission of the faculty supervisor; meeting the qualifications for the internship program; obtaining permission of an internship site supervisor; and development of an internship plan which is acceptable to relevant parties including the faculty supervisor and others, as required by the relevant academic program.

SOC 490 Advanced Special Topics in Sociology (4 hours)

Advanced courses of selected topics will be offered generally for juniors or seniors as determined by the needs of the curriculum. Prerequisite: See individual course listing in the current semester course schedule.