Undergraduate Sociology Courses

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SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (A,S). Cross-listed as HON 216. Introduces the sociological perspective on society. Explores patterns of human behavior and interaction, including systems of inequalities, the meanings and rules that shape human social activities, the organization of social life and ways in which individual human beings are incorporated into and prepared for social interaction. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

SOC 200 Social Statistics (A,M). Covers basic descriptive and inferential statistics and computer software used in social science research. Students who have received academic credit for ECN 204, HLS 488, MTH 243, PSH 202 or credit for an elementary statistics course from SUNY Brockport or from another institution has this requirement waived, and may not get credit for this (SOC 200) course. If waived, you must substitute another sociology course for the major. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

SOC 210 Social Problems (A,D,S). Explores the links between private problems and social issues, arguing that both are consequences of how our society is organized. The course focuses on the structural inequalities and cultural forces contributing to problems and addresses potential solutions. The course also emphasizes the interdependent nature of many social problems, as well as the larger global context within which many of these problems are located. 3 Cr.

SOC 220 Introduction to Social Psychology (A,S). Focuses on the social forces that influence people's beliefs, behaviors, and feelings. These forces range from small group and interpersonal interaction to larger social structures (e.g., social class system) and cultures (e.g., the language available to us). Drawing from sociological social psychology theory and research, major topics explored include socialization, social cognition, self-concept formation, emotions, and interpersonal interaction, among others. 3 Cr.

SOC 230 Social Institutions (A,D,S,Y). Explores theories related to the analysis of social institutions, with a special emphasis on family, religion, economy, politics and education. Factors contributing to institutional stability and change are discussed. The course builds on the concepts and theories covered in Introduction to Sociology, and extends that work by analyzing the social world at the institutional level more thoroughly. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

SOC 240 Social Inequality (A,S). This course is concerned with the sociological approach to social inequality and difference, particularly in relation to class, gender, sexuality, race and explores the nature, causes and consequences of inequality. 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

SOC 300 Sociological Theory (A). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Covers the historical development of sociological perspectives over the last two centuries. Focuses on key classical and contemporary theorists tracing the development of major issues and perspectives in sociology. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

SOC 302 Culture (A,I). Prerequisite: SOC100. Examines sociological approaches to the production, circulation, and consumption of cultural objects and practices in their many forms. Emphasizes the complex relations between culture and social structure, and introduces students to a variety of strategies for studying culture sociologically. 3 Cr.

SOC 303 Popular Culture (A). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Explores the many different components of popular culture (music, television, movies, arts, sports, festivals, holidays, etc.) from a sociological perspective. We are constantly surrounded by popular culture yet many feel as though we are blind to it and it does not have an impact on us. By the conclusion of this course, we should be able to answer the following questions: Where does popular culture come from and what role does it play in society? What do people do with popular culture? How does popular culture intersect with race, class, gender, sexualities, abilities and what do these intersections mean? 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

SOC 304 Urban Sociology (A,I,Y). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Considers the process of urbanization and its social consequences. Explores a number of urban theories; the evolution of U.S. cities; suburbanization, immigration, race relations, redevelopment, urban politics and planning, and international comparison. 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

SOC 306 Development and Globalization (A,I). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Examines transnational and international processes shaping the economic, political, and cultural dimensions of social life. Attention is paid to economic and financial globalization, the place of the state in globalized world, and global struggles over health, the environment, and human rights. Students will explore factors influencing cross-cultural communication and cooperation. 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

SOC 307 Environmental Sociology (A). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Explores links between society and the natural environment. Topics include the social construction of the “environment”; the impact of humanity’s use of the environment on global ecologies; the complex relationships between economic, political, and environmental systems; and the unequal distribution of environmental problems. Special attention is paid to global trends in environmentalism and the internationalization of environmental issues. 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

SOC 310 Methods of Sociological Research (A). Prerequisites: SOC 100 and SOC 200 (or an equivalent Statistics course. Explores the process and logic of research, the range of research designs, and specific research tools for the collection and analysis of social data, with a focus on quantitative analysis. 3 cr. 3 Cr.

SOC 312 Sociology of Religion (A,I). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Critically analyzes religion as an institutional structure and belief system and explores the relationship of religion to social change and organization. Attention is given to the theories of the sociology of religion and the interaction of religion and society, especially the impact of social change upon religion. 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

SOC 314 The Black Family (A). Cross-listed as AAS 314. Explores the sociocultural, political and economic conditions that affect black family life. Confronts the pejorative tradition as the primary modality for examining black family life, and explores the African antecedents and continuities that have influenced the black family in the US. 3 Cr.

SOC 326 The Sociology of Food (A). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Examines the social relations surrounding the production, distribution, preparation and consumption of food. Explores how food relates to individual and group identity, family, work and leisure, social inequality, globalization and social change. Throughout we consider the consequences of food production and consumption on social relationships and population health. 3 Cr.

SOC 327 Sociology of Life (A). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Few substantive areas of sociology engage so thoroughly the classic and enduring sociological problem of the relation between structure and action as does the study of the life course. The life course refers to the structure and patterning of lives, both individual and collective, which are always situated in events already made yet never reducible to the constraints of the past. Life course study addresses issues located at the intersections of persons (biographies), societal formations (gender, class, racialization, etc.) and socio-cultural histories. 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

SOC 328 Racial and Ethnic Relations (A,D,I,Y). 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 329 Sports and Society (A). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Focuses of sports as social and cultural phenomena. We will use sociological concepts and critical thinking to investigate such issues as: How do sports and sport participation affect our lives? How do sports impact our ideas about masculinity, femininity, class inequality, race and ethnicity, work, leisure, achievement, competition, individualism, aggression, and violence? How are the organization and meaning of sports connected with social relations in groups, communities, and societies? How are sports connected with important spheres of social life in societies (such as education, politics, economics, media, and religion)? 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

SOC 332 Health, Medicine and Society (A,I,Y). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Examines current knowledge about the relationship between society, the individual, and the social structure of the medical system. Topics include the social construction of health and illness; social disparities in morbidity & mortality; the medicalization of human experience; the social experience of illness; and the organization and financing of medical care. 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

SOC 334 Sociology Goes to the Movies (A,D). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Provides students with an overview of basic sociological theories, and requires students to apply these theories to analyze public discourse on issues of diversity in the mass media. Students will watch popular culture films and apply sociological concepts to analyze a variety of topics. Students will develop and apply research skills to review relevant literature and utilize critical thinking skills to analyze films as a mechanism of popular discourse about complex issues of diversity. 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

SOC 335 Sociology of Men and Masculinities (A). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Sociology of men and masculinities study the cultural meanings of masculinity, who has access to masculinity (and who is denied), as well as the ways that our understandings of masculinity both structure and are structured by the societies in which they emerge. Students will examine the historical origins of masculinity and its influence throughout and impact on contemporary social life. 3 Cr. Spring. 3 Cr. Spring.

SOC 336 Gender & Adolescence (A). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Examines the period of adolescence through a gendered lens. We will focus on gender differences throughout adolescence and the implications these differences have on the youth population. We will think critically about these notions, beginning by asking ourselves just what is meant by the terms gender, adolescence, and emerging adulthood. We will explore the lives and diverse experiences of these young people focusing on gender, socialization, family, sports, school, media, sexuality, and bullying. 3 Cr.

SOC 352 Work and Organizations (A). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Provides a study of work and occupations in modern society. Examines patterns of specialization, professionalization, bureaucratization, alienation, discrimination and conflict associated with blue-collar, clerical, professional, managerial, and other occupational groups. 3 Cr.

SOC 354 Money and Markets (A). Explores the social processes that enable exchange in the modern economy. Special attention is given to the consequences of social networks, government regulation, culture, and status in the operation of markets and use of money. Students will develop practical understanding of consumption, credit, and savings. 3 Cr.

SOC 359 Black Church (A). Provides an extended definition of the soul (essence) of the black church, and a critical analysis of the works of two exponents of the theology of liberation, in light of the historical experience of black people. 3 Cr.

SOC 361 Sociology of Families (A,I,W). Prerequisite: SOC100. Cross-listed as WMS 361. Provides an introduction to sociological theory and research on intimate relationships and families in the US. Examines historical and contemporary variations, with the main focus on the gendered nature of marriage and family life. Looks at intimacy and family formation through topics such as love, marriage and sexuality. Investigates key concerns in family life such as the balance of power, negotiating work/family roles, parenthood and divorce. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

SOC 364 Sociology of Gender (A,I,W). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Cross-listed as WMS 364. Analysis of the development and role of gender in society. Investigates key issues for men and women that emerge in diverse social environments such as the home and workplace and in educational, religious, and political institutions. Topics included how gender in learned, the role of gender in systems of inequality, and how the meanings of gender have changed over time. 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

SOC 366 Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence (A). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Explores the social and cultural worlds of children and adolescents, and how social policies in education, family and work affect their lives. Analyzes children and adolescents as social agents, and the relation of childhood/adolescence to other social institutions. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

SOC 369 Sociology of Sexuality (A,I,W). Cross-listed as WMS 369; Sociologists of sexuality understand that sexual identities, desires and behaviors are socially constructed. Each varies historically and culturally. Course examines the social sources of sexual meanings, values, institutions and identities. Additionally, student will explore the influence of other domains and institutions such as the family, the workplace and education over sexuality. 3 Cr. Fall.

SOC 370 Sociology of Law (A). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Familiarizes students with law from a sociological perspective. Law is everywhere in our lives. It structures society, norms, values, and behavior. In this class we will study the ways that socio-legal scholars study law and legal institutions. We will examine a variety of topics including the disputing process, the courts, the legal profession, and law and social change. 3 Cr.

SOC 371 Deviant Behavior (A). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Examines classical and contemporary theories of deviant behavior, the extent of criminal and deviant behavior in modern society, and analysis of various approaches to controlling deviant behavior. 3 Cr.

SOC 380 Community and Social Change (A). Prerequisite: SOC 100. Examines classic and contemporary conceptions of community and social networks, their forms and impacts. Explores how social relations shape the multiple origins, dynamics and outcomes of social movements and other drivers of social change. 3 Cr. Fall.

SOC 390 Brockport Career Exploration Course (Bcec) (B). Cross-listed as BCE 361. Brockport Career Exploration Course (BCEC) in Sociology is a one-semester elective course that encourages sophomores, juniors and seniors to investigate a career through placement in an area human service agency, government office or class room. Allows students to work under the guidance of an immediate supervisor and a college faculty sponsor, and participate in workshops through the Office of Career Services. Credit Varies. 1-6 Cr.

SOC 395 General Topics in Sociology (A). Prerequisite: SOC 100.To be defined by the instructor in accordance with the specific topic to be covered that semester. May be repeated, but under another topic area in Sociology. Additional information may be obtained from the department. 1-6 Cr. 1-6 Cr.

SOC 405 The Food System (A). Explores the structure, culture and politics of the industrial, alternative and emergency food systems in 8-10 day long field trips to sites in and around Monroe County NY. Students compile and analyze field notes and write a paper integrating social and political factors to compare the industrial food system to its alternatives and evaluate the likely impact of food policy proposals. 3 Cr.

SOC 412 Sociology of Education (A,I). 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 and stability. 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

SOC 414 Advanced Social Research Methods (A). Prerequisite: SOC 310 or instructor permission. Examines and practices advanced social science research methods in the quantitative and/or qualitative traditions, as determined by the instructor. Leads students through the process of designing and executing an original data collection and analysis project. 3 Cr. Spring.

SOC 489 Applied Social Research Practicum (A). Provides direct experience in conducting sociological research under faculty supervision. 1-6 Cr.

SOC 498 Senior Seminar in Sociology (A). Examines contemporary debates in sociology. Through active reading, discussion and production of a graduate level research project, students will reflect on the meaning and application of the sociological imagination. Prerequisites: Senior standing, SOC 200 and SOC 300, and prior approval. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

SOC 499 Independent Study in Sociology (A). Examines 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.

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