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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2019 Programs of Study and Courses for Liberal Arts and Sciences Students Programs, Faculty, and Courses Sociology 920 Courses  

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Course Prerequisites

In the following course list, the "Introductory Sociology" prerequisite may be fulfilled with 01:920:101 or any other 920 course at the 100 or 200 level and permission of the instructor. The prerequisite for courses numbered between 315 and 399 is any one of 01:920:311, 312, 313, or 314. For courses numbered 400 or higher, the prerequisite is any two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, or 314.

01:920:101 Introduction to Sociology (3) Introduction to the systematic study of society and social behavior. Not open to majors in their senior year.
01:920:103 Sociological Analysis of Social Problems (3) Understanding the major social problems of our times through the application of sociological principles and methods. Not open to majors in their senior year.
01:920:108 Minority Groups in American Society (3) Historical experiences of racial and ethnic groups in American society. Contemporary movements of minorities for greater power in the society, including the young, women, and senior citizens. Not open to majors in their senior year.
01:920:111 Social Class (3) Development of classes in Western society. Relation of class to race and ethnicity. Relevance of class to understanding modern society. Not open to majors in their senior year.
01:920:198 Sociology Honors Seminar (3) Selected topics in sociology. Content varies each semester. Enrollment by invitation of department only.
01:920:205 Mass Communication in Modern Society (3) Who says what, to whom, with what kinds of interests, within which media, and with what kinds of outcomes. The historical forerunners, development, ownership, and interests of the mass media.
01:920:210 Sociology of Medicine and Health Care (3) Dynamics of health behavior. Social organization and development of health care institutions and professions. Issues of cost and quality of health care.
01:920:216 Sociology of Women (3) Overview of contemporary issues affecting women's lives: family, health, employment, discrimination, poverty. The women's movement and the antimovement backlash. Credit not given for both this course and 01:988:216.
01:920:218 Sociology of Education (3) Focus on elementary and secondary education. Education and class systems; education and social change; alternative schools. Credit not given for both this course and 01:920:345.
01:920:220 Health, Culture, and Society (3) Integrates perspectives from sociology, history, public health, medicine, and the humanities to define health; understand the diverse ways scholars study health; and identify factors that influence the prevalence, distribution, and experience of four health conditions: obesity, depression, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. Implications of research for medical practice, ethics, and policies to enhance health worldwide.
01:920:222 Criminology (3) Crime and the criminal in modern society. Theories regarding causes of crime, methods of treatment, and preventive programs. May not be counted by criminal justice majors as an elective toward the sociology minor.
01:920:227 Population and Society (3) Study of population dynamics: causes and consequences of population explosions; societal factors such as baby bust, aging, migration, family (abortion, teenage pregnancy), residential segregation, income distribution.
01:920:232 Sociology of Food and Eating (3) Draws upon a variety of perspectives to examine the social processes that shape how food is produced, prepared, and consumed in the United States. Topics include farm labor, food security, the politics of nutrition advice, dieting, and the rise of alternative food movements.
01:920:240 Normality and Abnormality (4) Explores definitions of normal and abnormal behavior including what people think, how they behave, their physical appearance, who they live and sleep with, when and if they marry, and what mental and physical illnesses they have.
01:920:241 Technology and Society (3) Considers how the adoption of new technologies (such as the refrigerator, the telephone, the electric car, Twitter, and the nanochip) introduces both solutions and challenges for addressing current social problems and the future.
01:920:248 Sociology of Sports (3) Sociological perspective on sports. Topics include mobility through sports, stratification in sports, deviance and violence within sports, and racial and gender inequalities in sports. Examples illustrate common sociological concepts.
01:920:270 Global Inequalities (3) Examination of the persistence of cultural, political, and economic inequalities between industrialized nations and nations in the Global South. Linkages between historical forms of global domination (imperialism, colonialism, dependent development) and neoliberal globalization. Gender, ethnicity, and religion as bases of social change and social protest in the contemporary world.
01:920:272 Sociology of the Family (3) Family as a social institution: family formation and dissolution; life in families; varieties of family experiences; and the future of the family. Credit not given for both this course and 01:988:272.
01:920:273 War: Critical Perspectives (3) Critical examination of the nature, functions, and effects of war with particular attention to racialized and gendered dynamics of militarization, terrorism, counterterrorism, and genocide. Credit not given for both this course and 01:988:270.
01:920:280 Collective Behavior and Social Movements (3) Analysis of spontaneous and organized efforts to promote or resist social change. Cases from movements such as temperance, civil rights, religious cults, youth, and women's movements.
01:920:281 Sociology of Social Welfare (3) Development and current organization and operation of social welfare systems.
01:920:283 Individual and Society (3) Relations between social structure and psychological structure; processes of socialization; interaction of biological, situational, and social factors on personality and behavior.
01:920:290 Political Sociology (3) Bases and structure of power in modern societies: political socialization, ideology, political parties, movement organizations. Forms of participation linked to social change.
01:920:291,292 Topics in Sociology (3,3) Special topics in sociology, to be determined each time the courses are offered.
01:920:298 Sociology Honors Seminar (3) Selected topics in sociology. Content varies each semester. Enrollment by invitation of department only.
01:920:303 Social Gerontology (3) Social aspects of aging and old age. Analysis of public policy, social roles, and population characteristics of the elderly, including variations by sex, class, and race. Prerequisite: Introductory sociology.
01:920:304 Sociology of Deviant Behavior (3) Major forms of social deviance, theories accounting for them, and societal responses to them. Prerequisite: Introductory sociology.
01:920:306 Race Relations (3) Dynamics of U.S. race relations seen in theoretical and historical perspectives; significance of racial domination/subordination in world context; current issues. Prerequisite: Introductory sociology.
01:920:307 Sociology of Mental Illness (3) Social and cultural variations in the definitions, causes, and treatment of mental illness. Analysis of institutions and professions dealing with mental illness. Prerequisite: Introductory sociology.
01:920:308 Psychosocial Foundations of Health and Medicine (3) Conceptual, methodological, and substantive approaches to psychosocial perspectives on health.
01:920:311 Introduction to Social Research (4) Major methods and techniques of social research: various types of research design; sampling; methods of data gathering; analysis and interpretation of research findings. Prerequisite: 01:920:101 or permission of instructor.
01:920:312 Introduction to Statistics in Sociology (4) Introduction for social science majors to computer data processing and analysis. Individually designed projects. Emphasis on logical, nonmathematical explanations of techniques and procedures. Prerequisite: 01:920:101 or permission of instructor.
01:920:313 Development of Sociological Theory (4) Intensive study of sociological classics by such 19th- and early 20th-century theorists as Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, and Veblen who have influenced subsequent work in sociology. Prerequisite: 01:920:101 or permission of instructor.
01:920:314 Contemporary Sociological Theories (4) Survey of major systems of sociological thought of the last 50 years. Application to contemporary social issues. Prerequisite: 01:920:101 or permission of instructor.
01:920:315 How Organizations Work (3) Sociological analysis of public and private organizations and bureaucracies in the modern world, with attention to formal and informal structures, power, careers, status systems, and organizational change. Case materials from government, universities, business. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:318 Sociology of Trauma and Collective Memory (3) Considers how social scientists make sense of the social and emotional impact of catastrophic disruptions such as genocide, terrorism, slavery, sexual abuse, AIDS, and natural disaster. Explores how membership in different groups (religious, ethnic, gender) shapes the ways people remember, forget, and deny traumatic events. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:319 Sociological Approaches to Social Psychology (3) Topics include interpersonal exchange, cognitive consistency, conceptions of justice, small groups, friendship networks, social support networks, and techniques for analyzing networks. Topics vary each semester; consult department. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:321 Urban Development and Community Change (3) Historical development of the contemporary community form. Emergence of modern patterns of urban life. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:323 Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence (3) Study of social interaction during childhood and adolescence; emphasis on social interaction in various types of families and peer groups. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:324 Sociology of Gender (3) Study of sources, maintenance, consequences, and change of men's and women's roles in society. Cultural, social, political, economic, and psychological perspectives. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314. Credit not given for both this course and 01:988:324.
01:920:326 Sociology of Communities (3) Study of villages, towns, cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas. Their social problems, organization, and change. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:331 Sociology of Industry (3) Industrialism and industrialization; development of work, the labor force, and careers. Unions, management, and industrial relations. Worker participation in management and other alternativework arrangements. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:332 Social Inequalities (3) Facts and theories of unequal distribution of income, honor, prestige, life chances, opportunities, social mobility, status attainment. Implications for social integration and conflict. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:335 Health and Inequality (3) Social disparities in health outcomes and inequalities in the provision of health care, examined from a sociological perspective. Health inequality pertaining in the United States and important challenges in global public health. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:340 Sociology of Sexuality (3) Examines the social dimensions of, and social influences on, the expression of human sexuality. Includes analysis of topics such as hook-up culture, sexual double standards, same-sex marriage, virtual sex, and contemporary sexual politics. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:345 Education and Society (3) Organization and functions of school systems; differential opportunities and stratification; educational developments as effects and causes of social change; community conflict; internal organization of schools. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314. Credit not given for both this course and 01:920:218.
01:920:349 Law and Society (3) How social forces affect law and how law affects society. The relationships among legal and other institutions in society. The roles of lawyers, judges, and juries. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:353 Sociology of Housing and the Built Environment (3) Social and cultural influence on housing and urban design and the reciprocal impact of the built environment on social organization, interaction, and personality. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:354 Global Gender Issues (3) Comparative analysis of objective conditions and subjective experiences of women in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and of disadvantaged women in the United States and other industrialized nations. Exploration of new forms of women's empowerment. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314. Credit not given for both this course and 01:988:354.
01:920:359 Environmental Sociology (3) Interaction between people and the environment, with emphasis on such problems as air and water quality, energy, and land use. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:361 Sociology of Drug Use (3) Causes and extent of illegal drug use, nature and effectiveness of law enforcement, treatment-oriented efforts to control drugs, and the criminalization and decriminalization of drugs. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:362 Interventions and Social Change (3) Examines intentional attempts to change large-scale social behavior in a sustained or chronic way, especially in areas such as poverty relief, education, politics, health, and financial reform. Explores the use of coercion, incentives, information, social norms, and social networks to engineer change. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:363 Sociology of Work and Occupations (3) Meaning of work; occupational development and socialization; occupations and careers; social control of work; occupational cultures and lifestyles; relations between occupations. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:370 Global Structures and Change (3) Explores transformations of global structures during the roughly 500-year history of world capitalism, and explores today's global structures and their potential for change. Some focus on the European Union as an engine and illustration of global change. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:375 Economic Sociology (3) Analysis of economic institutions from a sociological perspective. Historical and contemporary viewpoints drawing on material from developed and underdeveloped, capitalist, and state socialist societies. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:378 Social Network Analysis (3) Introduction to social network analysis as a paradigm for understanding social structure and social relations. Concepts, methods, and software for describing and analyzing networks. Concrete applications of network methods in diverse settings, such as friendship networks, corporate interlocks, disease diffusion, internet-based interaction, and social movement mobilization. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:393 Topics for Sociological Analysis (3) Topics vary each semester. Consult department. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:395 Research in Sociology (BA) Faculty-guided research on a project of the faculty member's devising. Prerequisites: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314. Permission of instructor and approval of undergraduate director required.
01:920:398 Sociology Honors Seminar (3) Selected topics in sociology. Content varies each semester. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314; or permission of department. Enrollment by invitation of department only.
01:920:399 CESEP (1) One-credit community service placement in sociology. Prerequisite: One of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314. Corequisite: Must be taken in conjunction with a designated CESEP (Civic Engagement and Service Education Partnerships) course offered in the sociology department.
01:920:406 Sociology of Religion (3) Orientations to the superempirical; the interaction of religious beliefs and institutions with secular society. Classical and contemporary theories and data. Prerequisites: Two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:408 Sociology of American Jewish Religious Movements (3) Denominational patterns of America's Jews; religious patterns including Hasidism, fundamentalism-secularization, women's roles, intermarriage, and intra- and interreligious patterns. Prerequisites: Two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314. Credit not given for both this course and 01:563:408.
01:920:410 Sociology of Alcohol Problems (3) Social, social-psychological, and physiological functions of alcohol; relations to institutional values; efforts at social control. Prerequisites: Two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:428 Sociology of Cities and Suburbs (3) Suburban growth; implications for cities. Job location, housing, nature of public spaces, neighborhoods, environment, growth itself. Responses by city and suburban residents. Prerequisites: Two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:433 Race, Science, and Medicine (3) History of race in science and medicine. Contemporary research of race and health disparities. Significance of race in scientific claims about difference. Prerequisites: Two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314; permission of department.
01:920:434 Social Science and Public Policy (3) Federal government and policymaking; roles of foundations, privateagencies, and policy sciences. Data bank and social indicators in the study of policy. Game theory and policymaking. Prerequisites: Two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:435 Immigrant Minorities in the United States (3) Study of migrations to the United States and their impact; detailed consideration of pluralist versus assimilationist hypotheses about the effects of immigration; effects of ethnicity on U.S. culture. Case study materials on various ethnic Americans. Prerequisites: Two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:438 Sociology of Age (3) Age stratification and society; conflict and cooperation among young, middle-aged, and old; aging, succession of generations, and social change. Implications for public policy and professional practice. Prerequisites: Two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:440 Sexuality and Society (3) Description of sexual conduct and variation; patterns of sexual behavior and attitudes analyzed in terms of social, historical, and cross-cultural antecedents and consequences. Prerequisites: Two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314. Credit not given for both this course and 01:988:440.
01:920:442 Mass Media and Popular Culture (3) Analysis of popular culture, with stress on propaganda techniques and myth dissemination. Touches on such topics as romantic love, pop music, and sports. Prerequisites: Two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:461,462 Sociology of Selected Institutions (3,3) Intensive analysis of such institutions as prisons, hospitals, mental hospitals, schools. Different institutions considered in different semesters. Prerequisites: Two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:464 Art and Society (3) Analysis of uses of art in modern society. Organization of artists, producers, critics, and audiences in the different art worlds. "High" art and "popular" art. Prerequisites: Two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:470 Seminar in the Sociology of Gender (3) Social relations and structures, ideas, and practices that define women and men. Emphasis on contemporary theories and research findings. Prerequisites: Two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314. Credit not given for both this course and 01:988:470.
01:920:489 The American Working Class (3) Developments among blue- and white-collar workers and working-class movements. Emphasis on implications for the American political system. Prerequisites: Two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314.
01:920:491,492 Advanced Seminar in Sociology (3,3) Topics vary by section. Prerequisites: Two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314. Open only to advanced undergraduates by permission of instructor.
01:920:493,494 Independent Study in Sociology (BA,BA) Faculty-guided research on a project of the faculty member's devising. Prerequisites: Two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314; or permission of department.
01:920:495 Research in Sociology (BA) Faculty-guided research on a project of the faculty member's devising. Prerequisites: Two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314; or permission of department.
01:920:497,498 Honors in Sociology (3,3) Prerequisites: Two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, 314; permission of department.
 
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