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SOCIOLOGY (SOCI)

206  Cultural Anthropology (3-0-3). An introduction to the structure of culture and society as exemplified by the ethnographic study of examples of hunter/gatherers, horticultural, agricultural and industrialized societies. Emphasis will be placed upon gaining an awareness of other cultures, leading to a greater understanding of the multicultural dimension.

210  Principles of Sociology (3-0-3). Designed to acquaint the student with the scientific method as it is applied to the study of human behavior. A survey of social processes as they relate to culture and society forms the reference framework for the course.

290  Topics in Sociology (3-0-3). Formal course in diverse areas of sociology. Course may be repeated for different topics. PR: SOCI 210.

300  Social Research Methods (3-0-3). Assists students to understand and apply basic quantitative and qualitative methods used to conduct social research. Students are introduced to a variety of research design, measurement, data collection, and data analysis techniques. PR: MATH 210 or 301; and PSYC 103 or SOCI 210.

303  Comparative Religions (3-0-3). A study of several of the world’s major religions to develop an understanding of their philosophies, beliefs, myths, cults, and practices as well as to develop an understanding of religious groups and institutions and the relationship of changes in the belief systems and practices to changes in economic and social structure. (See HUMN 303).  PR:  SOCI 210.

310  Criminal Behavior (3-0-3). A comparative study of the concepts and theories of psychology, sociology, and anthropology related to operation of criminal justice systems. Focus is on those areas of abnormal and anti-social behavior which most frequently eventuate in criminal activity as well as the development of social institutions in response to such criminal activities. PR: PSYC 103 and SOCI 210.

320  Introduction to Sociological Theories (3-0-3).  Introduces students to the major theoretical perspectives used in sociological inquiry and their applications to contemporary social analysis.  Includes historical background of significant theorists and their theories from the nineteenth century through the present.  PR:  SOCI 210.    

323 Social Deviance (3-0-3). The study and analysis of several types of disapproved behavior which have aroused major social concern and efforts to do something about them. Special emphasis will be given to such areas as drug use and addiction; homosexuality; prostitution; white collar, professional, organized, and violent crimes; suicide; and mental illness. PR: SOCI 210.

324 Marriage and Family Relations (3-0-3). Deals with the psychological factors inherent in marriage and family relations. Includes such premarital factors as dating, courtship, and selection of a mate. Relates to the integration of personalities in the marital union and training of the progency. PR: SOCI 210.

326  Physical Anthropology/Archaeology (3-0-3). An introduction to the evolutionary processes as they apply to the emergence of man and culture. Emphasis will be placed on the development of culture and society as they are related to the physical evolution of man. PR: SOCI 210.

330  Social Class in America (3-0-3). A study of the fundamental principles of social stratification with emphasis on the American class system. Attention given to the universality of social class and the persistence of social inequality in the United States. PR: SOCI 210.

332  Regional Cultures (3-0-3). A study of the multicultural dimensions to be found in the background of the Southern Highlands Region. The course concentrates on the development of the cultures which combined to form that of the present-day Highlands Region (Scottish, Irish, North British, etc.), but it also surveys the archaeology of past cultures of the Highlands Region as well. (See HUMN 332).  PR:  SOCI 210.

376  The Evolution of Science and Technology (3-0-3).  An introduction to the evolution of science and technology from the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages through the Roman Period in Europe and warring states in China, through Medieval periods in Japan and Europe, and into the early twentieth century.  PR:  SOCI 206 or 210.

410  Medical Sociology (3-0-3). Provides students with an understanding of the dominant issues in health and illness from a cross-cultural perspective. Areas of emphasis include the impact of morbidity and premature mortality on the social system; the concept of culture as it relates to health; historical development of medicine; models of health behavior; exploration of various theoretical frameworks associated with mental illness; and related topics. PR: SOCI 210.

490  Topics in Sociology (3-0-3). Advanced formal course in diverse areas of sociology. Course may be repeated for different topics. PR: Consent of instructor and 6 hours of upper-level sociology courses.

495  Special Topics in Sociology (1-3 hours). Independent research in major field for students who have demonstrated a capacity for responsible work. Not repeatable. PR: Permission of directing professor and dean.