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Chairperson and Professor: Joan Z. Spade, PhD, SUNY Buffalo; Associate Professor: Jeffrey T. Lashbrook, PhD, University of Rochester; Assistant Professors: Denise A. Copelton, PhD, SUNY Binghamton; Julie M. Ford, PhD, Graduate Center, City University of New York; Amy E. Guptill, PhD, Cornell University; Eric Kaldor, PhD, Rutgers University; Lynne M. Moulton, PhD, Rutgers University; Elliot B. Weininger, PhD, Graduate Center, City University of New York; Visiting Assistant Professor (Great Britain): John Halsey, PhD, Exeter University.


While the Department of Sociology does not currently have a graduate degree program, its graduate course offerings may be applied as requirements or electives in degree programs as determined through the advisement process.


SOC 512 Schools, Learning and Society (A). Prerequisite: SOC 100 or instructor's permission. Examines education as a social institution and its relationship to other social institutions. Explores schools as organizations in terms of structure and functions; compares schools within and across cultures; looks at inequality within education; and considers the role schools play in social change. 3 Cr.

SOC 528 Racial and Ethnic Relations (A). Cross-listed as AAS 528. Prerequisite: SOC 100. Explores the dynamic qualities of race and ethnicity in terms of definition, meaning and experience. Studies the role of race and ethnicity in social relations. Examines major theoretical orientations toward racial and ethnic stratification, as well as the consequences of inequality for both majority and minority groups. 3 Cr.

SOC 564 Gender and Social Change (A). Cross-listed as WMS 564. Examines gender as a social construction, embedded in interpersonal interactions, social institutions and cultural systems, comparing gender in the US to gender in other cultures. Explores topics such as how we learn gender, how gender serves to maintain systems of inequality for men and women and how the meanings of gender have changed over time. 3 Cr.

SOC 565 Sociology of Aging (A). Cross-listed as WMS 565. Provides information and theories about the social aspects of aging, including health, income, family relationships, role change and social policy. 3 Cr. Spring

SOC 593 Mass Media in Society (A). Investigates and critically analyzes the impact of media on society. Explores the ways gender, ethnicity, sexuality and class are treated in the media and the forces shaping the production of mass media. 3 Cr.

SOC 599 Independent Study in Sociology (A). Explores various theoretical perspectives on a social phenomenon or sub-area of sociology not covered by other registered courses. Arranged in consultation with the instructor. 1-6 Cr.

The information in this publication was current as of June 2005 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at for current information.