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Academic Foundations 003
African-American and African Studies 014
Allied Health Technologies 045
American Studies 050
Ancient and Medieval Civilizations 060
Anthropology 070
Arabic 074
Archaeology 075
Art (Art 080, B.F.A. Visual Arts 081, Art History 082, Arts Management 084)
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Chemistry 160
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Criminal Justice 202
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Economics 220
Urban Education 300
English (350 and 352)
Environmental Sciences 375
French 420
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Greek 490
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Honors 525
Human-Computer Interaction 531
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Italian 560
Journalism and Media Studies 570
Korean 574
Latin 580
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Linguistics 615
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Physics 750
Political Science 790
Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies 810
Psychology 830
Puerto Rican Studies 836
Religious Studies 840
Slavic 861
Social Work 910
Sociology 920
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Speech 950
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Urban Studies 975
Women's Studies 988
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  Newark Undergraduate Catalog 2006-2008 Liberal Arts Colleges Academic Programs and Courses Sociology 920 Courses  


21&62:920:201Introduction to Sociology (3) Study of society, including social structure, culture, and social interaction; the nature and historical developments of modern forms of social organization and social relationships.
21&62:920:202Critical Themes in Sociology (3) Critical themes in modern sociology. Emphasis on communities, minorities, education, religion, leisure, the family, and the economy.
21&62:920:209Crime and Justice in American Society (3) Analysis of major criminal justice institutions in American society; the function of courts, police, and judicial systems in helping or impairing the fair administration of criminal law.
21&62:920:301-302Social Research I,II (4,4) The art and the science of doing research; how to develop a researchable question (hypothesis construction and causal modeling); how to collect (observation, surveys, experiments, and secondary analysis) and analyze data (statistics); and how to write a scientific report. Independent research project required. Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: 21&62:920: 201,202, or equivalent.
21&62:920:303Social Change and Globalization (3) Causes and consequences of change, as it touches individuals, small groups, communities, organizations, and societies; analyzes intended and unforeseen changes in both current social relations and the history of social structures.
21&62:920:304Social Problems (3) Social problems facing Americans today; causes and processes underlying these problems; evaluation of proposed solutions.
21&62:920:306Marriage and the Family (3) The institution of the family; emphasis on the modern American family and the current search for alternatives to the traditional monogamous family.
21&62:920:307Social Protest and Revolution (3) Problem of order in social groups and entire societies; the production and enforcement of norms; the role of authority in social life; institutional integration and disintegration; oppression, revolution, and normative reconstruction.
21&62:920:308Social Movements (3) Theoretical approaches to the study of social movements. Comparative examination of historical and contemporary social movements in democratic and nondemocratic contexts; their emergence, strategies, dynamics, and outcomes.
21&62:920:310Occupations and Professions (3) Variations in cultural definitions of work, attitudes toward careers, and the social environment of work; the development of professions; occupational and professional recruitment.
21&62:920:311Sociology of the Economy and Industry (3) Development and significance of modern industry and bureaucracy; division of labor; growth of corporations; interplay of formal and informal organization; sources of labor supply; the role of labor unions in industrial conflict; economic classes and status positions in large-scale organizations.
21&62:920:313Criminology (3) Crime and criminals in modern society, including causes of crime; machinery of justice; penal and correctional institutions; probation and parole; theories of crime and punishment.
21&62:920:314Bureaucracy and Society (3) Causes and consequences of organizations; internal arrangements; effects of environment; organizational performances and effects on people.
21&62:920:315The Person in Society (3) The interaction between the development of the self and the social environment in which it occurs.
21&62:920:316Race and Ethnicity in Multicultural Societies (3) Comparative view of ethnic relations; origins in migration and mixture of populations; social-psychological consequences of stratification along racial and ethnic lines; prejudice; special emphasis on black Americans.
21&62:920:318Sociology of Health Care (3) The health care system in the United States; social behavior of patients and providers within the system; the role of the patient in the delivery of health care; the health professions; health service organizations.
21&62:920:321Urban Sociology (3) The city as a mosaic of communities; persistence and change in the structure of urban neighborhoods; city life and the urban personality; the sociology of community planning; the future of neighborhood, suburb, and city.
21&62:920:326American Society (3) Studies of contemporary forms of American social organization, social relationships, and everyday interactions. The cultures of individualism and community involvement in American ways of life. Critical problems facing American society today.
21&62:920:327Public Opinion and Communication (3) Content and transmission of popular culture from a sociological perspective; evaluation of selected forms of popular art and their place in American culture; theories on the social evolution of popular forms from folk and elite cultures; methods employed in analysis of mass culture.
21&62:920:332Class, Status, and Power (3) Theories of inequality, social ranking, and the distribution of resources and opportunity as they affect individuals and groups in terms of crime, health, family life, and value systems.
21&62:920:333Junior Readings in Sociology (3) Critical readings and discussions of a group of classic works in the field of sociology and social research. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor.
21&62:920:336Punishment and Prisons (3) Examines and analyzes major types of custodial and community-based criminal corrections in contemporary America. Discusses purposes of corrections, correctional organization, impact of corrections, and contemporary issues facing the field.
21&62:920:337Sociology of Sex and Gender (3) Relative statuses and roles of men and women in American society, including socialization; historical overview of sex statuses; differentials between males and females in educational and occupational sectors; personal relationships; sexuality.
21&62:920:338Sociology of Death and Dying (3) Social factors that influence death and dying in the United States; characteristics of patients, professional staff, and institutions as these relate to the dying process and the definition of death; the routinization of death; the impact of technology on dying; current issues in the field.
21&62:920:340Sociology of Religion (3) Social influences on religious organizations and religious beliefs; aims and methods in the study of churches, sects, cults, and civil religions.
21&62:920:344Sociology of Deviance (3) Forms of social deviance; theories of deviant behavior; the amount and distribution of deviance in society; societal reaction to deviants and deviant behavior.
21&62:920:345Sociology of Education (3) The interaction between schools and society; basic social concepts such as stratification, social role, and bureaucratic organization as they relate to the educational system; the system in relation to the larger institutions in the society, with emphasis on both stated objectives and actual social functions.
21&62:920:346Political Sociology (3) Historical and comparative analysis of the nature, organization, and historical development of power in society; social dimensions of the state, democratic politics, and political change; consequences of the social organizationof power for other elements of society.
21&62:920:349Law and Society (3) Law as a social institution; social processes in the creation and enforcement of law; the professions of law; law as product and producer of social change; ancient and modern legal institutions; modern societies and their legal systems.
21&62:920:354Applying Sociology (3) Sociological practicum; the sociological meaning of the practical experiences in work, internships, volunteer programs, and other "real-world" organizational settings.
21&62:920:375Poverty and Growth in Africa, Asia, and Latin America (3) Comparative study of the developed and the less-developed nations, and of what separates the two; the growth of nationalism; the emergence of new elites; the roles of higher education and the military in development; the sociological determinants of economic growth; modernity as an individual and societal characteristic.
21&62:920:380Civil Conflict and Violence (3) Analyzes conflict as a normal process in social life; the emergence and dynamics of conflict; the effects of conflict on individual values and social structures; the processes of conflict resolution; individual,group, and intersocial conflicts.
21&62:920:386Sociology of Science (3) Social organization of scientific knowledge; organization of scientific communities; inequalities among scientists; effects of scientific knowledge on modern ways of life.
62:920:393,394Topical Issues in Sociology (3,3) Topics vary each term. Consult department for current information.
21&62:920:395Field Research Methods (3) Nonquantitative observational, participant-observational, and face-to-face interviewing research techniques; how to collect (tape recording, videotaping) and analyze (transcribing, qualitative software) data; and how to write an academic report. Independent research project required. Prerequisites: 21&62:920:201,202, or equivalent.
21&62:920:408Senior Reading in Sociology (3) Critical reading and discussion of monographs and journal literature dealing with selected issues in the field of sociology. Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of instructor.
21&62:920:409Classical Sociological Theory (3) Foundations of social theory; Tocqueville, Durkheim, Marx, Weber, and others--contributors to major orientations to historical development of modern society in the Western world.
21&62:920:415Contemporary Sociological Theory (3) Current modes of theoretical analysis, and contemporary perspectives on the nature and historical development of modern forms of social organization and social relationships. Prerequisite: 21&62:920:409 or permission of instructor.
21&62:920:454Topics in Criminal Justice (3) In-depth exploration of selected issues in criminal justice of general relevance and specific interest to course participants.
21&62:920:491,492Research in Sociology (3,3) Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor.
21&62:920:493Seminar in Sociology (3) Individualized study of a sociological topic. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor.
21&62:920:494Conference in Sociology (3) Intensive study of one topic of sociology. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor.
21&62:920:495,496Honors Seminar in Sociology (3,3) Intensive review of general sociology and a practicum in conceptualizing and teaching it. Prerequisites: Completion of 24 credits in sociology and selection by the department as an outstanding student. For seniors who intend to pursue graduate training in sociology.
21&62:920:499Independent Study in Sociology (BA) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and department chairperson.
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