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    SOCI 1001 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
    Basic concepts, theories, methods, and findings of sociology; forms of social life: interaction, groups, organizations, and societies; socialization; inequality; social institutions.

    SOCI 1116 Sociology of Deviance (3 credits)
    Analysis of different theoretical perspectives in the study of deviance; theories of deviance; social sources of deviance; study of various types of deviant behavior and attributes; reduction of deviance; coping with deviance and the reintegration of the deviant into society. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 1158 Criminology (3 credits)
    The study of delinquent and criminal behavior; theories of criminality; extent and patterns of criminality; behavior systems in crime; an overview of societal response to crime, including the police, courts and prisons; prevention and treatment of crime. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 1202 Social Institutions (3 credits)
    The role and function of social institutions in the formation and maintenance of community and nationhood; historical background and contemporary ideological, technical, and ethical challenges. The political, economic, sociological, religious and communication structures of contemporary life. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 1203 Biological Anthropology (3 credits)
    The biological evolution and variation of humans from the point of view of physiological and cultural adaptation. Introduces the student to materials, methods, and ideas (classical and contemporary) related to the field.

    SOCI 1204 Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
    The study of people in relation to their geographic and socio-cultural environments. Cultural variations and adaptive strategies in a broad range of societies focusing on food- gathering, marriage and the family; kinship terminology; psychology; religion; recreation; and folklore. Emphasis on field research methods.

    SOCI 1205 Introduction to Anthropology (3 credits)
    Introduction to the reconstruction of human evolution through the study of fossils and other evidence; primate behavior and ecology in the field; the comparative study of human cultural and social variation and similarity; archaeology; anthropological linguistics. Insights promote useful social policies.

    SOCI 1206 Introduction to Archaeology (3 credits)
    An introduction to world prehistory, with an emphasis on the rise and fall of social and political complexity. Topics range from cave paintings and early farmers to the first civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and Central and South America.

    SOCI 1209 Sociology of Israeli Identities (3 credits)
    Does the State of Israel unite or divide World Jewry? Does being Jewish unite or divide Israelis? Exploration of socio-historical forces, the diversity of immigrant and indigenous cultures, conflicting religions and ideologies within the geographical space we call Israel.

    SOCI 1211 Archaeology of Israel (3 credits)
    Through the lens of archaeology, this course probes the history of the Land of Israel from the earliest farmers to the end of the Roman/Byzantine era.

    SOCI 1212 Archaeology of Israel Fieldwork (2-3 credits)
    Academic and practical experience in the recovery and analysis of the material remains of an ancient culture. Dig and survey the site, wash and read pottery at the base camp, and learn about the archaeology of Israel and archaeological methodology.

    SOCI 1215 Sociology of Religion (3 credits)
    Study of the reciprocal relationship between religion and the rest of society; how people interact and organize themselves within religious settings; research methods and dilemmas raised in the scientific study of religion; religious diversity, change, and stability; the complexities involved in the sociological study of Jewry and the various Eastern and Western religious traditions; how religious rituals, tales, myths, and facts shape, endorse, and validate humanity's responses to the world. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 1232 Sociology of Health (3 credits)
    Distribution of disease among and within populations; trends in medical practice; politicization of health care; contemporary social and ethical issues in health care: genetic engineering, right to die, living wills, and consumer movements in health care. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 1233 Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
    History and philosophy of public health; socio-economics of health care delivery and administration; management and planning of health care programs. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 1236 Epidemiology (3 credits)
    Distribution of disease and determinants of its frequency; history of epidemiological thinking, concept of cause, sources of data, design of epidemiological studies. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 1283 Sociology of Education (3 credits)
    An exploration of the social organization of educational institutions, utilizing various sociological perspectives to offer views on equality/inequality, organization, curriculum, and achievement. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 1294 Society and Populations with Special Needs (3 credits)
    This course focuses on the changing role of special needs populations in society. Issues covered include the history, the rights of people with disabilities, relationship of special education placement to social class and cross-cultural analysis.

    SOCI 1311 Urban Sociology (3 credits)
    Focuses on contemporary city life. Methods of studying the city, ranging from community studies to detailed observation of daily interaction; growth of the city, suburb, and metropolis; political and economic issues such as gentrification, race relations, and relationship among city, state, and federal government; critical evaluation of classical theorists; contemporary problems of the city. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 1316 Environmental Sociology (3 credits)
    Study of the city as environment: its people, architecture, transportation, technology, economic system, socio-spatial organization, and related environmental problems. These aspects form our experience of living in the urban environment. Urban experience from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes sociology, social psychology, architecture, urban planning, geography, and anthropology. The course is guided by discussions of visual presentation and by field experience. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 1413 Social Stratification (3 credits)
    The study of the distribution of power in society; classical systems of stratification; theories of social stratification; gender and age stratification; social stratification in the United States; measurement of stratification; stratification and social mobility; achieved versus ascribed status. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 1436 Social Movements (3 credits)
    Theoretical perspectives appropriate to the analysis of political, religious, and cultural movements; case studies of various social movements, as selected by the students. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 1480 Introduction to Social Work (3 credits)
    Overview of the social work profession; social welfare policy, programs, and methods of social work practice. Fieldwork consists of three hours per week of practicum under close supervision. Lecture: 1 hour; plus fieldwork.

    SOCI 1504 Methods of Social Research (3 credits)
    Application of the scientific method to social data; definitions, concepts, and hypotheses; research design; techniques of collection and analysis of data. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 1640 Sociological Theories (3 credits)
    Examination of the foundational theories of three traditions within modern sociology, focusing on how these theories were developed in the writings of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and George Herbert Mead. Attention also is given to later sociological theorists such as DuBois, Parsons, Goffman, and Merton. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 1730 The American Jewish Community (3 credits)
    The effects Jews have had on American society and how American society has influenced Judaism; mechanisms used by Jews and other religious groups to thwart change or adapt to the host culture: membership in associations and organizations, political behavior and lobbies, links with Israel. Relationships between Jews and other societal groups. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 1746 Ethnic Groups in the United States (3 credits)
    Nature of ethnic and minority groups; acculturation and assimilation in the United States; relation of ethnic groups to the institutions of the dominant society; nature and causes of prejudice and discrimination. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 1757 Race, Caste, and Ethnicity (3 credits)
    Responsibilities and pitfalls of ascribed status; various approaches to understanding ethnocentrism; hosts, immigrants, and settlement; assimilation patterns; ethnic and racial myths; contributions to society by minorities; responses to subordination practices; consequences of prejudice and discrimination; attitude formation and change; multiculturalism; political correctness: sensitivity and oversensitivity. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 1831 Self and Society (3 credits)
    Analyzes how identity and the self are created through social, psychological, cultural, and historical processes. These include socialization over the life course and the performance of social roles such as child, student, spouse, consumer, worker, and senior citizen. Special emphasis on understanding the ways that gender, race and ethnicity, and class shape emotional life and the creation of a multilayered self. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 1934 Sociology of Mass Media (3 credits)
    Role of mass media in the formation of public opinion in areas ranging from elections to images of women, Jews, and other groups; analysis of content of TV programming and production, how media influence politics and public opinion; dynamics and role of the pollster; mass media and consumerism. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 2110 Demography (3 credits)
    Population trends in relation to resources; changes in birth and death rates; span of life and morbidity; social and other causes and effects of these changes; immigration; population policies and theories; collection, analysis, and interpretation of demographic data. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 2210 The Family (3 credits)
    Analysis of the family in historical context: popular myths of the family; changes in gender roles and family relationships; divorce rate and the family; the idealized family. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 2220 Sociology of Children (3 credits)
    A look at changes in society's ideas about children and how these reflect social economic circumstances. The history of children in America, focusing on contemporary childhood, and an examination of the impact of social phenomena such as divorce, the media, and changing family roles. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 2230 Sociology of Death and Dying (3 credits)
    Current knowledge on a wide variety of death-related topics: attitudes toward death; medical-care systems; grief; living wills; medical ethics; definitions of death; social psychology of aging; death in popular culture; and how life and death affect all socio-cultural processes, values, and events. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001.

    SOCI 4901, SOCI 4902 Independent Study
    See Academic Information and Policies section.

    SOCI 4925; 4926 Topics in Sociology (3 credits)
    Varies by semester. May include such topics as Race, Class, and Gender.

    SOCI 4931 Seminar in Sociology (3 credits)
    Seminar for majors. Extensive reading, discussion of current issues and problems in sociology, and preparation of papers. Prerequisite: senior status.

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