University of Vermont

2010-11 Online Catalogue

Courses in Sociology (SOC)

SOC 001 - Introduction to Sociology
Fundamental principles and problems in the sociological analysis of the structure and dynamics of modern society.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 011 - Social Problems
Introduction to sociology through detailed examination of a selected number of major structural problems characteristic of contemporary societies. Problems treated may vary.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 014 - Deviance & Social Control
Analysis of the causes and consequences of social behavior that violates norms. Examines patterns of deviant socialization and social organization and forms of deviance control.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 019 - D1: Race Relations in the US
Analysis of racial prejudice, discrimination, and other dominant group practices directed toward Native, Asian-, and African-Americans and their social movements for integration, accommodation, and separatism.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 020 - Aging: Change & Adaptation
Individual and social meanings of aging and old age; physical, physiological, psychological, and sociological changes accompanying aging; individual, family, community, and societal adaptations to aging. Crosslists: Nursing 20 and Early Childhood and Human Development 20/Education.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 029 - Sociology of the Family
Description and analysis of contemporary patterns in American sexual, marital, and familial behavior; their historical development, variants, and the evolving alternatives to traditional normative forms.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 032 - Social Inequality
Introduction to structured class inequality in the U.S., causes and consequences. Focus on wealth, prestige, and power. Inequalities of age, gender, and ethnicity also examined.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 043 - Survey of Mass Communication
The historical development of the socioeconomic, political, educational, and religious impacts of the press, film, radio, and television in American society.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 049 - Science Fiction & Society
Explores works in science fiction and sociology as an introduction to core sociological questions and critical thinking.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 057 - Drugs & Society
Patterns of illicit drug distribution, use, abuse, and control in contemporary society. Examines the interaction of cultural, social, psychological, and physiological factors in prohibited drug-taking.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 095 - Introductory Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
SOC 096 - Introductory Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
SOC 100 - Fund of Social Research
Introduction to research methods in social science. Includes examination of research design, measurement, data collection, data analysis, and the presentation and theoretical interpretation of research findings. Prerequisite: Three hours of sociology or six hours in a related social science. Crosslist: Political Science 181.
Credits: 4.00
SOC 101 - Developm't Sociological Theory
Classical sociological theory including Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Mead, as well as DuBois and early female theorists such as Martineau. Reading and writing intensive. Prerequisites: Six hours of Sociology or equivalent preparation in another social science with Instructor permission.
Credits: 0.00 or 3.00
SOC 102 - Population, Environment & Soc
Analysis of the causes and consequences of varying relationships among population size, distribution and composition, social organization, technology, and resource base. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 103 - Environ Crises Modern Society
Examines global, national, and local ecological crises both empirically and theoretically. Emphasis on economic processes, political/legal aspects, and social activism. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 105 - The Community
Comparative examination of patterns of social interaction in social groups with common territorial bases in contemporary societies and the analysis of community structure and dynamics. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 109 - The Self & Social Interaction
Analysis of the roles of sociocultural and situational factors in individual behavior and experience and the social genesis, development, and functioning of human personality. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology or PSYC 001.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 114 - Sociology of Punishment
This course explores the concept of punishment from sociological perspective. Focus is on analysis of formal and informal punishment, and the ironies of punishment/social control. Prerequisite: Three credits Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 115 - Crime
Analysis of the nature and types of behavior that violates law, the mechanisms for defining such behaviors as criminal and their causes and consequences. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 118 - Race, Crime & Criminal Just
A comprehensive examination of race, gender, and class on racial minorities' participation in criminal activities and how individuals are treated by the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 119 - D1: Race & Ethnicity
Description and analysis of ethnic, racial, and religious groups in the U.S. Examination of social/cultural patterns in the larger society and in these groups themselves. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology. Cross-listed with: ANTH 187.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 120 - Aging in Modern Society
Analysis of contemporary needs and problems of the elderly, including discrimination, poverty, health care, and loneliness, and the evaluation of services and programs for the elderly. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology or professional experience working with the elderly.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 122 - D2:Women & Gender in Society
Examination of the construction of gender in women's lives with an emphasis on the relationship between gender, race, sexuality and class in contemporary society. Pre/co-requisite: Three hours of Sociology or WGST 073. Cross-listed with: WGST 101.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 124 - Sociology of Disaster
Examination of disasters (natural, technological, intentional) using a sociological, critical lens. Analysis of research, theories, and current debates in the field of disaster sociology. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 128 - Sociology of Childhood
Examination of socio-historical changes in the construction of childhood and experiences of children; applications of interpretive approaches in contemporary sociology to analyze children's peer cultures. Prerequisites: three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 130 - Sociology of Heterosexuality
Examination of heterosexuality as cultural production with attention to how heterosexuality works along side other forms of social power especially gender, race, and class. Prerequisites: Three hours of Sociology, preferably SOC 001 or WGST 073 or WGST 075. Cross-listed with: WGST 130.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 132 - Affluence & Poverty in Mod Soc
Examination of structured social inequality in contemporary American society with special attention to the distribution of wealth and its relationship to power, prestige, and opportunity. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 145 - Youth and Popular Culture
Examination of the historical and contemporary development of children's popular culture, its sociocultural significance, and children's perspectives on various cultural forms. Prerequisites: three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 148 - Sociology of News
Explores sociological processes that shape the news, controversies about the news, and ways to interpret the news critically. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 150 - Popular Culture
Analysis of social significance of a selected range of contemporary non-elite cultural forms in the U.S., such as rock music, television programming, and popular literature. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 151 - Sociology of Religion&Ideology
Beliefs and value systems and their institutional arrangements, focusing on relationships between these systems and the larger social structure, in cross-cultural and historical perspective. Prerequisites: Three hours of Sociology or six hours of Religion.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 154 - Social Org of Death & Dying
Comparative examination of sociocultural adaptations to mortality with special attention to family, medical, legal, religious, and economic responses to fatal illness and death in contemporary society. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 155 - Culture, Health and Healing
Introduction to medical anthropology. Social and cultural perspectives on health and illness experiences, doctor-patient interactions, healing practices, and access to health and health care. Prerequisite: three hours of Sociology or ANTH 021. Cross-listed with: ANTH 174.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 156 - Sociology of Freakishness
This course considers how American popular culture was born of the display of racial, cultural, sexual and bodily "freaks." Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 160 - Our Consuming Society
A critical look at the things we buy and our motivations for buying them, and a consideration of collective action solutions to over-consumption. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 161 - Sociology of Leisure
Analysis of the sociocultural organization of nonwork activity, emphasizing the relationships of class, life style, education, and work to contemporary recreation and leisure use patterns. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 171 - D2:Soc Chng&Dev Persp 3rd Wrld
perspectives on development in the Third World. Prerequisite: Three hours in sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
SOC 196 - Intermediate Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1.00 to 12.00
SOC 197 - Readings & Research
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
SOC 198 - Readings & Research
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
SOC 202 - Population Dynamics
Analysis of the factors affecting human population growth and distribution, migration patterns, and the relationship between economic activity and population trends. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including PSYC 001 and PSYC 100, or PSYC 001 and PSYC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 203 - Adv Environmental Sociology
Examination of theoretical interpretations of environmental problems, sources, and solutions, focusing on the social conditions under which problems arise. Emphasis on writing and individual research projects. Prerequisites: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 205 - Rural Communities in Mod Soc
The changing structure and dynamics of rural social organization in context of modernization and urbanization. Emphasis on rural communities in the U.S. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with:CDAE 205
Credits: 3.00
SOC 206 - Urban Communities in Mod Soc
The changing structure and dynamics of urban social organization in context of modernization and urbanization. Emphasis on cities and metropolitan areas in the U.S. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 207 - Community Org & Development
Communities as changing sociocultural organizational complexes within modern society. Special attention given to problems of formulation and implementation of alternative change strategies. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: CDAE 218.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 209 - Small Groups
Examination of the structure and dynamics of small groups and the interpersonal, informal network of relations that characterize the interaction of members. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 211 - Soc Movements&Collective Behav
Examination of origins, development, structure, and consequences of crowds, riots, crazes, rumors, panics, and political and religious movements and their relationships to cultural and social change. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 212 - D2: Int'l Migration & U.S. Soc
A comparative approach to the migration of people from the rest of the world to the United States with an emphasis on Mexican immigration. Prerequisites: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 213 - Women in Dev in 3rd World
An examination of the meaning and measurement of development, sociodemographic characteristics, sex stratification, and effects of Colonialism and Westernization on women's issues in the third world. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: WGST 205.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 214 - Delinquency
Analysis of the nature and type of juvenile behavior that violates law, the mechanisms for defining such behaviors as delinquent, and their causes and consequences. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 216 - Criminal Justice
Analysis of the social structures and processes in the arenas of criminal justice, the labeling of criminal offenders, and other issues related to crime, punishment, and justice. Prerequisistes: SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 101.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 217 - Corrections
Analysis of the social structures and processes involved with individuals designated as offenders of criminal law: probation, prison, parole, and programs of prevention and rehabilitation. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology, including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 218 - D2:Disability as Deviance
Analyzes constructions of disability as deviance in current and historical contexts such as American eugenics, Nazi sterilization and "Euthanasia" crimes, and present national policies. Prerequisites: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101; or HST 190/HS 190; or HST 139/HS 139; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 219 - D1: Race Relations
Examination of American racial subordination in social and historical perspective. Analysis of interracial contacts, racial subcultures and social structures, and responses to racial prejudice and discrimination. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 220 - Internship in Gerontology
Supervised service or research internship integrating theoretical and practical gerontological issues. Prerequisites: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101 or Instructor permission or SOC 020, SOC 120, SOC 221 or SOC 222, or equivalent gerontological preparation.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 222 - Aging & Ethical Issues
Analysis of selected ethical issues posed by an aging society and faced by older persons, their families, health care and service providers, and researchers. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 223 - Sociology of Reproduction
Examines reproduction of cultural values in relation to social conduct of reproduction of human life (childbearing) under advanced capitalism. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology to include one of: SOC 029, SOC 122, or SOC 229. Cross-listed with: WGST 201.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 224 - Health Care and Aging
Health and health care issues in aging and old age with emphases on chronic illness and health care institutions, occupations, financing, and long-term care. Prerequisites: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 225 - Organizations in Mod Society
Examination of basic classical and contemporary theory and research on the human relations, internal structures, environments, types, and general properties of complex organizations and bureaucracies. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 229 - Family as Social Institution
Examination of the institution of the American family in cross-cultural and historical perspective. Theories and research on family continuity, change, and institutional relationships explored. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 232 - Social Class & Mobility
Comparative and historical analysis of causes, forms, and consequences of structured social inequality in societies. Examination of selected problems in contemporary stratification theory and research. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 240 - Political Sociology
Examination of the social organizations of power and authority in modern societies and the dynamics and institutional relationships of political institutions, interest groups, parties, and publics. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including 1 and 100, or 1 and 101, or instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 243 - Mass Media in Modern Society
Intensive examination of selected topics in the structure of media organizations and their relationships to and impacts upon the major institutions and publics of contemporary issues. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 250 - Sociology of Culture
The relations of cultural forms and subjective experience to social structure and power; in-depth applications of interpretive approaches in contemporary sociology. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 251 - Sociology of Ideology&Religion
Beliefs and value systems and their institutional arrangements, focusing on relationships between these systems and the larger social structure, in cross-cultural and historical perspective. Prerequisites: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 252 - Sociology of Emotions
Studies the theoretical premises of a sociocultural explanation of emotions; examines specific emotions such as respect, shame, hatred, love and compassion in humans; and explores the existence of emotions in non-human animals. Prerequisites: Three hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 253 - Sociology of Animals & Society
This course provides a sociological perspective on the human/animal relationship in late modernity. Cross/cultural, philosophical, and animal rights/welfare issues will also be studied. Pre/co-requisites: SOC 001 & SOC 100, or SOC 001 & SOC 101.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 254 - Sociology of Health & Medicine
The social organization and institutional relationships of medicine in society and the role of sociocultural factors in the etiology, definition, identification, and treatment of illness. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 255 - Soc of Mental Health
Analysis of the social structures and processes involved in the identification, definition, and treatment of mental illness and its sociocultural etiology and consequences. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 258 - Sociology of Law
Analysis of the sociocultural structure of the legal institution and its relationships to other institutions: the social organization of the legal profession, lawmaking, and the courts. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 272 - D2: Soc of African Societies
Current social, cultural, political, and economic changes occurring in African societies, including issues of development, the state and civil society, social class, ethnonationalism, and democratization. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 274 - Qualitative Research Methods
Principles of qualitative research design and ethics and data collection, analysis, and presentation. Students will complete a research project over the course of the semester. Prerequisites: 6 hours of sociology including SOC 001 and 100, or SOC 001 and 101, or instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 275 - Meth of Data Anyl in Soc Rsch
Quantitative analysis of sociological data; includes table, regression, and path analysis, scaling and factor analysis, and the analysis of variance emphasizing multivariate techniques. Prerequisite: 6 hours of Sociology including 1 and 100, or 1 and 101, or instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 279 - Contemporary Sociological Thry
Critical examination of contemporary functional, conflict, exchange, interactionist, and structural theoretical approaches. A number of other theoretical approaches selected by seminar participants also examined. Prerequisite: 6 hours of Sociology including 1 and 100, or 1 and 101, or instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 281 - Seminar
Presentation and discussion of advanced problems in sociological analysis. Prerequisite: Twelve hours of Sociology; Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 282 - Seminar
Presentation and discussion of advanced problems in sociological analysis. Prerequisite: Twelve hours of Sociology; Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 285 - Internship
Prerequisites: Twelve hours of Sociology including at least one 200-level course in substantive area relevant to field placement; Department permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
SOC 286 - Internship
Prerequisites: Twelve hours of Sociology including at least one 200-level course in substantive area relevant to field placement; Department permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
SOC 288 - Rsch Meth Teaching Sociology
The development and evaluation of the teaching of sociology. Prerequisite: Twelve hours of Sociology; permission of Department. Open only to students who serve concurrently as teaching assistants in the Department.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 289 - Rsch Meth Teaching Sociology
The development and evaluation of the teaching of sociology. Prerequisite: Twelve hours of Sociology; permission of Department. Open only to students who serve concurrently as teaching assistants in the Department.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 295 - Advanced Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 100, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
SOC 296 - Advanced Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 12.00
SOC 297 - Readings & Research
Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology including SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
SOC 298 - Readings & Research
Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology included SOC 001 and SOC 100, or SOC 001 and SOC 101, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
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