The Washington State University Catalog

Courses with the SOC Subject

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Courses

Sociology (SOC / SOC)

101 [SSCI] [S,D] Introduction to Sociology 3 Introduction to the discipline of sociology: Concepts and methods used in the inquiry into the social world. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

102 [SSCI] [S,D] Social Problems 3 The structure of social institutions and cultural factors that constitute threats to society (crime, poverty, discrimination, drugs, family violence). Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

245 [S,D] Sociology of Sport 3 Sociological study of sport in America. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

250 [S,D] Perspectives on Disability 3 Historical, international, socioeconomic, ethical and personal perspectives on disability; individual choices, societal values, and social responsibility. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

251 [S,D] The Sociology of Sex, Relationships, and Marriage 3 Social and personal factors in mate selection; the sociology of sexuality; development of gender roles; and intimate relationships and marriage. (Crosslisted course offered as SOC 251, WOMEN ST 251). Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

300 [DIVR] [S] [M] Intersections of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality 3 Course Prerequisite: CES 101, 201, SOC 101, WOMEN ST 101, or 201. Intersections between race, class and gender through case studies; experiences in interdisciplinary methods. (Crosslisted course offered as WOMEN ST 300, CES 300, SOC 300). Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

302 [S,D] Contemporary Masculinity and Men's Issues 3 Analysis of the development of masculinity in its biological and cultural forms. (Crosslisted course offered as WOMEN ST 302, CES 305, SOC 302). Typically offered Spring and Summer.

310 Development of Social Theory 3 Foundations of sociological theory; introduction to original works of early social theorists. Recommended preparation: SOC 101. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

317 [M] Research Methods in Sociology 3 Designing, conducting, and reporting social research. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

320 Introduction to Social Research 3 Methods of collecting data; surveys, experiments, field observations; organization and interpretation of data; reading social research findings. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

321 Quantitative Techniques in Sociology I 4 Levels of measurement; measures of central tendency, dispersion and association; normal curve, statistical inference; logic of quantitative comparison and decision making. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

331 [S] Population, Resources, and the Future 3 Effects of population on resource depletion, environmental deterioration, social and economic structure; zero population growth prospects; limits to growth debate. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

332 Society and Environment 3 Society-environment relations, including environmental attitudes and behavior; the environmental movement and environmental politics and policy-making. Recommended preparation: SOC 101. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

333 Science, Power and Human Values 3 Recent developments in the sociological study of science and scientific knowledge through cultural, commercial, and political perspectives. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

334 Issues in Global Human Health 3 Human populations and life expectancies; inequity across global regions. Typically offered Spring.

340 [DIVR] [S,D] Social Inequality 3 Causes and consequences of social inequality in contemporary America. Recommended preparation: SOC 101. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

341 [S] Sociology of Religion 3 Relation between religious and other institutions of societies, particularly in Europe and North America. Recommended preparation: SOC 101. Typically offered Summer Session.

342 Urban Poverty 3 Historical context and current debates on US urban poverty including public policy, employment and education, and gender, race, and ethnicity. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

343 [S,D] Sociology of Professions and Occupations 3 Social organization of work in America including historical and contemporary trends, bureaucracy, gender/racial inequality, technological affects, work/family relations. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

346 [S,D] Sociology of Education 3 Examination of how educational institutions are influenced by other social forces, how school practices affect individual outcomes and how race/class/gender shape educational opportunity. Recommended preparation: SOC 101. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

347 Sociology of Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration 3 Racial and ethnic categories and experiences of specific racial, ethnic, and immigrant groups.

350 [S] Social Psychology 3 Course Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Attitude changes, conformity, interpersonal relations, groups and social influences explored to give a coherent view of social psychology. (Crosslisted course offered as PSYCH 350, SOC 350). Recommended preparation: PSYCH 105 or SOC 101. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

351 [DIVR] [S,D] The Family 3 Family system and its interaction patterns; family formation and dissolution; marital and partner relations, divorce, sexuality, parenting, work-family balance. (Crosslisted course offered as SOC 351, WOMEN ST 351). Recommended preparation: SOC 101. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

356 Sociology of Aging and the Life Course 3 Aging as a lifelong process; behavior, personality competencies, social relations changes over the life course; historical, social structural, demographics, contextual influences. Typically offered Fall. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

360 [S] Social Deviance 3 A survey of the sociology of deviance. Recommended preparation: SOC 101. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

361 Criminology 3 Crime measurement, the correlates of crime, and specific types of crime such as white-collar and drug crime. Recommended preparation: SOC 101. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

362 [S,D] Juvenile Delinquency 3 Sociological perspectives on delinquency; delinquent gangs and subcultures; delinquency causation and control; law and its enforcement: juvenile justice and corrections. Recommended preparation: SOC 101. Typically offered Fall.

367 Juvenile Justice and Corrections 3 Course Prerequisite: CRM J 101. History, philosophy, legal process, performance, and outcomes of the juvenile justice and corrections systems. (Crosslisted course offered as CRM J 365, SOC 367). Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

367 (Effective through Summer 2015) Juvenile Justice and Corrections 3 History, philosophy, legal process, performance, and outcomes of the juvenile justice and corrections systems. (Crosslisted course offered as CRM J 365, SOC 367). Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

368 Sociological Theories of Addictive Behavior 3 Alcohol use and abuse in the context of other legal and illegal substances focusing on theories and drug policies. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

372 The Sociology of Film 3 The social, economic, and political factors that influence film production and the impact of films on American culture. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

373 [S,D] Media, Culture, and Society 3 The production of popular culture by media organizations and its effects on society.

375 Aspects of Sustainable Development 3 Course Prerequisite: ECONS 101 or 198. Ecological, economical, and sociological aspects of sustainable development. (Crosslisted course offered as ECONS 326, SOC 375). Typically offered Spring and Summer.

384 [S,D] Sociology of Gender 3 Construction and maintenance of gender and gender inequality in American society. (Crosslisted course offered as SOC 384, WOMEN ST 384). Recommended preparation: SOC 101. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

390 [S,D] Gender and Work 3 Gender and inequality at work including occupational segregation, wage inequality and balancing work and family. (Crosslisted course offered as SOC 390, WOMEN ST 390). Typically offered Spring.

391 Special Topics in Sociology V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Typically offered Spring.

392 Special Topics V 1-3 May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Typically offered Spring.

415 [T] Globalization 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Structural foundations of global social change; theories of intersocietal interactions and interdependencies. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

418 Human Issues in International Development 3 Interdisciplinary analysis of complex interaction between tradition and modernity in Third World societies. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 418, POL S 418, SOC 418).

421 Quantitative Techniques in Sociology II 3 Probability theory, sampling distributions, random variables, matrix approaches to statistical techniques, calculus for statistics and computer applications. Typically offered Fall.

430 [T] Society and Technology 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Role of technology in social evolution; social impacts and shaping of technology. Recommended preparation: SOC 101. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

433 [T] Urbanization and Community Organization 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Organization, function, change, development, and decline of communities; applications emphasizing rural or urban settings. Recommended preparation: SOC 101. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

461 Corrections 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. History, facilities, processes, strategies for the correction and punishment of offenders, analysis of concepts of prevention and control of crime. Recommended preparation: SOC 101. Typically offered Fall.

468 Addictive Behavior Across the Demographic Spectrum 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Overview of social, cultural and historical perspectives on dealing with addictive behavior. (Crosslisted course offered as SOC 468, CRM J 468, PSYCH 468). Recommended preparation: SOC 101, PSYCH 105, or CRM J 101.

474 [T] Collective Behavior and Social Movements 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Processes of collective behavior and social movements in historical and contemporary societies. Recommended preparation: SOC 101.

484 [DIVR] [T,D] Lesbian and Gay Studies 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Interdisciplinary exploration of issues related to gender and sexuality, explored transhistorically and cross-culturally, including race, class and age differences. (Crosslisted course offered as WOMEN ST 484, SOC 484). Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

491 Advanced Special Topics V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Typically offered Fall.

493 Internship V 1-6 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Course Prerequisite: By permission only. Work experience related to undergraduate major and career interests. Typically offered Fall. S, F grading.

495 [CAPS] [M] Internship Capstone 3 Course Prerequisite: SOC 310 or concurrent enrollment; junior standing. Self-initiated supervised work experience in an approved campus or community setting. Recommended preparation: SOC 317 or 320, and Soc 321 or CRM J 321. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

496 [CAPS] [M] Capstone - From Theory to Practice: The Sociology of Service 3 Course Prerequisite: SOC 310 or concurrent enrollment; junior standing. Service learning course connecting theoretical solutions to social problems with service in community organizations. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

497 [CAPS] [M] Capstone Research Practicum 3 Course Prerequisite: SOC 317 or concurrent enrollment; certified major in sociology. Hands-on experience in selection of social problem, review of literature, identifying data sources, developing methodology and reporting results. Typically offered Spring.

498 Research Assistantship 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Course Prerequisite: By permission only. Supervised experience in current research by departmental faculty. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

499 Special Problems V 1-4 May be repeated for credit. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, F grading.

510 Development of Social Theory 3 Examination of the foundations of social theory.

511 Data Management 3 Core concepts and procedures regularly used in the quantitative analysis of sociological data.

517 Seminar in Contemporary Sociological Theory 3 Recent developments in sociological theory, analysis, application and appraisal of specific theoretical systems. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

519 International Development and Human Resources 3 History of and recent changes in international development emphasizing anthropological perspectives. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 519, POL S 538, SOC 519).

520 Research Methods in Sociology 3 Methodology of social research at the professional level.

521 Regression Models 3 Simple and multiple regression, structural equation models, nonlinear applications, applications for discrete dependent variables. Typically offered Spring.

522 Advanced Sociological Methodology 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Scaling theory, sampling theory, experimental design, measurement of association, multivariate analysis, current methods and techniques. Recommended preparation: SOC 521. Typically offered Spring.

523 Qualitative Methods Practicum 3 Introduction to qualitative research methods as used in social sciences; epistemological underpinnings and empirical techniques. Recommended preparation: SOC 520. Typically offered Fall.

525 Practicum in Survey Research 3 Practical experience in design and implementation of telephone and mail surveys; participation in all aspects of conducting a survey. Recommended preparation: SOC 520. Typically offered Spring.

526 Experimental Methods 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Course Prerequisite: SOC 521. Experimental methods including design and analysis, settings, manipulations, measures and human subjects considerations.

530 Demography 3 Population studies; causes, effects, and measurement of changes in fertility, mortality, and migration; population estimation and projection. Typically offered Fall.

531 Human Ecology 3 Ecosystem context of human life; change viewed ecologically; sociological use and misuse of ecological concepts; issues in theory and research. Typically offered Fall.

532 Environmental Sociology 3 Societal-environmental interactions; impacts of human societies on the physical environment; environmental impacts on human behavior and social organization. Typically offered Spring.

535 Technology and Society 3 Analysis of sociotechnical systems; effects of technology on society; the social shaping of technologies and their environmental impacts. Typically offered Spring.

536 Special Topics in Environmental Sociology V 1 (0-3) to 3 (0-9) May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Special topics in environmental sociology. Typically offered Fall.

542 Social Stratification: Class, Race and Gender Inequalities 3 Theoretical and empirical research in both classic stratification literature and recent scholarship on class, race/ethnicity and gender. Typically offered Fall.

545 Sociology of Community 3 Community stability and change: interaction processes; decision making; societal linkages; effects on well-being.

553 Social Organization and the Family 3 The family as a social institution; principles of social organization applied to family relationships; macro-level analyses of family structure. Typically offered Fall.

554 Social Psychology of the Family 3 The family as an interacting group; social psychological theories and research applied to family relationships; effects of families on individuals.

556 Sociology of Aging and the Life Course 3 Theory and research on the changes individuals undergo over the life course; influences of history, social structure, agency and social relations on lives. Typically offered Spring.

574 Labor Market Inequality 3 Overview of research on the causes and consequences of inequality in U.S. work organizations.

580 Sociology of Race Relations 3 Analysis of race/ethnic relations; historical and current theoretical explanations of race/ethnic relations.

582 Social Movements 3 Theories and methods in social movement studies.

590 Special Topics in Sociology 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

591 The Sociology Profession 1 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 2 hours. Requirements, operations, problems, and possibilities of the sociology profession. Typically offered Fall and Spring. S, F grading.

592 Special Topics in Sociology 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

593 Special Topics in Sociology V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Special topics in sociology. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

600 Special Projects or Independent Study V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent study, special projects, and/or internships. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor before enrolling in 600 credit, which cannot be used toward the core graded credits required for a graduate degree. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, F grading.

700 Master's Research, Thesis, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their master's research, thesis and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 700 credit. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, U grading.

702 Master's Special Problems, Directed Study, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research in special problems, directed study, and/or examination credit for students in a non-thesis master's degree program. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 702 credit. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, U grading.

800 Doctoral Research, Dissertation, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their doctoral research, dissertation and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 800 credit. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, U grading.

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