The following has been approved as approved as a General Education course in the domain of Societies and Institutions: 1500, Introduction to Sociology.
1500. Introduction to Sociology. An introduction to the science of human societies and groups: analysis of the structures, functions, and processes that bring about changes in societies, groups, communities, classes and institutions. 3 s.h.
2601. Social Problems. A sociological overview of various contemporary social issues, analyzing significant discrepancies between standards of expectations and actual social behavior, attempting to ascertain possible causes, and discussing trends and possible changes.
2630. Criminology. Study of the social context of crime in America. Review of the historical theories offered in explanation of criminal behavior. 3 s.h.
2640. Women and Society. Attention to cross-cultural and historical issues. Major focus on the contemporary status of women in the U.S. Effects of the political and economic institutions upon women, particularly the effect of stratification, gender roles, and the socialization process. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500 3 s.h.
3700. Minority Groups. Survey of the origins and characteristics of ethnic and racial minority groups, with emphasis on the signficance of membership in such a group for in-group, out-group, and community solidarity. Cross-listed with AMER 3700. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500. 3 s.h.
3701. Social Statistics 1. Measurement and interpretation of social data by use of descriptive techniques. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500 or ANTHR 2602.
3702. Social Statistics 2. Continuation of SOCIO 3701. Methods of probability theory as a basis for statistical inference, hypothesis testing, correlation, chi-square, and variance analysis. Prereq.: SOCIO 3701. 3 s.h.
3703. Aging and Society. A multidisciplinary introduction to studies in aging. Examines the impact of population aging and its effect on the society at large. Individual aging processes as well as the social significance of aging. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500. 3 s.h.
3705. The Family. Family and kinship systems as major institutions; their development, functions, and relation to other basic institutions found in different cultures and social strata. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500 or ANTHR 2602. 3 s.h.
3707. Urban Sociology. A comparative study of cities of pre-industrial and industrial societies, historical and contemporary. The process of urbanization and changing urban structure and functions. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500. 3 s.h.
3708. Political Sociology. The social conditions that affect government and politics and that may help to determine political order and regulate struggles for power; associations and movements leading to stability or change. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500. 3 s.h.
3720. Applied Sociology. Uses of sociology in practical affairs, providing theory and data for public policy, institutional reform, social action programs, and social inventions. Contributions to architectural design, industrial engineering, community planning, and innovative legislation. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500. 3 s.h.
3735. Juvenile Delinquency. Social and psychological factors underlying delinquency; the juvenile court and probation; treatment and preventive measures. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500. 3 s.h.
3740. Complex Organizations. Structures and processes of large-scale organizations: leadership, control techniques, tensions, bureaucratic pathologies, organizational change. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500. 3 s.h.
3741. Social Movements. Analysis of the role of social movements, intellectual criticism, and socioeconomic trends; study of the dynamics of change initiated outside of regular and institutionalized channels, including mobs and crowds. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500. 3 s.h.
3742. Small Group Processes. A study of small group behavior; influence, attitudes, and values of social microsystems. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500. 3 s.h.
3743. Social Stratification and Inequality. Comparative analysis of social stratification systems with major emphasis on modern Western societies. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500. 3 s.h.v
3744. Social Deviance. Problems of drug abuse, sexual deviation, crime, and other forms of deviance. Theoretical approaches to deviant behavior; etiologies and methods of social control. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500. 3 s.h.
3745. Sociology of Health, Illness and Healthcare. Social attitudes toward illness. Cultural and social factors in disease definition of illness, and organization of the health professions and health facilities. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500 or admission to NEOUCOM-YSU program. 3 s.h.
3749. Sociological Theory. The major theoretical traditions in Sociology emerging from the enlightenment period and evolving to the present. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500 or ANTHR 2602. 3 s.h.
3752. Evaluation Research. Introduction to the field of evaluation research of social policy and programs. Current procedures, concepts, and techniques. Social and ethical issues of research. Prereq.: SOCIO 3701. 3 s.h.
3755. Theories of Gerontology. Review and critical analysis of current theories of the social aspects of aging, and their use in research. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500. 3 s.h.
3756. Aging and Ethnicity. Study of aging in various American subcultures, noting differences in status/role systems, demographic distributions, life styles, methods of dealing with the aged, and related problems. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500. 3 s.h.
3757. Aging and Social Policy. Critical examination of the social policies and social systems which affect aging and retirement. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500. 3 s.h.
3759. Sociology of Dementia. The understanding of the nature, causes, symptoms, and social consequences of dementia. Attention to the status of aging, and to the status of those who suffer from dementia in contemporary society. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500. 3 s.h.
3760. Sociology of Death and Dying. Analysis of the social aspects of human dath, dying, and bereavement using various sociological approaches. Explores data from secondary sources, surveys, and field investigations that relate to the institutional contexts of dying and grieving processes. Includes practical application of sociological analysis of dying and death. Prereq.: SOCIO 1500. 3 s.h.
3789. Technology and Society. A critical exploration of how societal needs affect the creation of technologies and how technology affects society. An interdisciplinary approach in examining the complex interactions between humans and their tools. Prereq.: BIOL 2601 or ENGR 1550 or SOCIO 1500, and junior standing. Listed also as BIOL 3789 and CEEGR 3789. 3 s.h.
3798. Select Topics in Sociology. In-depth examination of various sociological topics and issues of both current and long-standing interest. May be taken twice with different topics. Prereq.: 3 s.h. in Sociology. 3 s.h.
4800. Undergraduate Research. Research participation under the direction of a faculty member. Designed to acquaint the advanced student with special research problems associated with various aspects of the discipline. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 s.h. Prereq.: Permission of chairperson and 20 s.h. in Sociology. 1-2 s.h.
4803. Sociology of Aging. Examination of major social institutions such as the family, state, religion, education, and economy as they relate to the elderly. Prereq.: SOCIO 3703. 3 s.h.
4821. Internship in Sociology. Application of sociological knowledge in settings such as social agencies, government offices, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities, and industry. Maximum of 6 s.h. may be applied to the Sociology major. Prereq.: Junior standing and at least 9 s.h. of Sociology, and permission of chairperson. 3-9 s.h.
*4850. Research Methods. An introduction to methods employed in social research. Attention is given to (1) the logic of sociological inquiry and the relationship between theory and methods; (2) the various qualitative and quantitative methods; (3) research design, data collection, organization, analysis, interpretation and application; (4) the social, cultural, political, and ethical context of social research; and (5) computer skills employed in data analysis. Prereq.: SOCIO 3701. Listed also as ANTHR 4850. 3 s.h.
*4851. Social Research. A seminar in social research wherein participants apply research methods in the theoretical and/or empirical investigation of a social issue and/or problem. Participants are involved in all phases of the research process. Prereq.: SOCIO 4850. Listed also as ANTHR 4851. 3 s.h.