A survey course which focuses upon sociology's history, theories, concepts, methods, and research findings as they apply to interpersonal and group behavior in the contemporary world.
Analyzes some of the major dimensions of the black family from slavery to the present. This course discusses some problems and potentials associated with different patterns of Black family life so that these patterns can be more clearly understood and more accurately perceived.
Examines the nature of human adaptive systems as well as culture and its various aspects including social organization, technology, economics, religions, and language as these are seen among selected cultures throughout the world. The course also studies distinctive theoretical approaches and problems of cultural change.
Analysis of the social and social-psychological dimensions of group behavior and the socialization of the individual. This course discusses Social Interaction as it relates to the formation of self as an aspect of personality.
An analysis of social relations of Black Americans and the values and beliefs associated with these relationships. This course is a critical analysis of blacks and social institutions (i.e., family, religion, economics, political and education) from a black perspective and emphasis on ways these institutions may be changed.
Analysis of conflict types and development of conflict management skills in such areas as the family, education, medicine, race, religion, criminal justice, poverty, business, politics, and international relations.
Study of family, marriage and intimate relationships in this society and cross-culturally. It includes: the organization and structure of families; family socialization; mate selection; alternative family; conflict; adaptation; divorce; violence in the family; the reconstituted family; intimacy; sexual attraction & love. Theoretical, conceptual and pragmatic applications are emphasized.
Study of the theories, concepts and measures of delinquency. Individualistic, structural, environmental, and social psychological approaches are considered. Juvenile justice advocacy, the processing of the offender, juvenile corrections and children's rights are among those topics considered. Students are helped to familiarize themselves with state and local delinquency issues.
This course examines the influential role that sports play in American and world culture. Both professional and amateur sports are looked at, from the point of view of business, entertainment, and participation. The function of sport as both a training ground and an outlet for aggressive behavior is examined. The course explores the paradox of competition and cooperation as core values in team sports, and seeks an explanation for the relative popularity of different sports in different cultures.
Analyzes the development of urban areas and the industries within these cities. Students also discuss the present tendency for industrial relocation and its impact on populations. The course examines current urban problems such as homelessness, the underclass, unemployment, racism, classism, and urban decay. In addition, the instructor will analyze the locus of urban decision making and analyze the prospects for the future of urban areas, with particular emphasis on Detroit.
Analyzes the sociological theories of deviance with attention to other perspectives including those that are psychological, political, and economic. It also looks at how the same social processes that produce and maintain conformity also produce and maintain deviance.
Examination of traditional and modern sex roles in organizations and institutions. This course focuses on patterns of institutionalized sexism and their consequences, the role of sexuality in human relationships, and interracial relationships.
Integration of theories, concepts and data from several fields. This course reviews those theories relevant to family problems, focuses upon the specific issues that are related to family problems and then explores both the usual response and potential solutions to family problems. Topics include: family as socializer; family and mental health; family as a factor in education; family disorganization and violence; family, marriage and the future.
Studies sociological theories which are also relevant to psychology, political science, economics, history, social work and criminal justice as well as to the biological sciences. Historical and contemporary theories are considered.
Specifies the sociological foundation for understanding ethnic and race relations. This course examines various processes of social & cultural contacts between diverse people in terms of their political, economic and psychological consequences. It also explores the sources and varieties of intergroup competition and conflict. Institutional racism is defined and its consequences are discussed.
Focuses upon understanding society and its problems. This course develops a knowledge base to understand the major social problems that occur nationally and cross-culturally. It also explores the underlying causes of social problems and analyzes them from different theoretical perspectives and assists students in developing solutions that are consistent with the appropriate theories, data and conditions in societies. The student is encouraged to consider the implications of the material for their own involvement in diminishing or solving social problems.
(Formerly SOC 326.) Study of the strategies involved in carrying out and managing a research problem through sampling and data collection to analysis and preparation of final report. Special emphasis is on experimental, survey, and evaluation research.
To take these credits, the student must: 1) have junior or higher standing; 2) have at least a 3.0 Q.P.A.; 3) have had a course in sociology upon which the student intends to build; 4) obtain permission from the instructor; 5) bring a study/reading outline to the instructor before permission is granted; 6) obtain written permission; 7) work in the course must begin the first week; 8) no incomplete can be obtained in this course. If the student fails to keep the schedule and agreements made with the instructor, the student shall be dropped from the course with a failing grade. No admittance to this course after the first week of classes.