Introduction to Sociology (R) (3)
Introduction to the study of social groups and societies. Basic sociological methods and theoretical perspectives. Survey of basic subfields of sociology, such as socialization, family, religion, inequality, race and ethnicity, politics, deviance, and social change.
The department recommends that students wishing to take advanced courses begin with Introduction to Sociology.
Contemporary Social Problems (R) (3)
Survey of contemporary social problems with particular attention to how social issues become defined as "problems" and to how sociological knowledge can inform social policy choices. Topics include poverty, discrimination, family breakup, crime, mental illness, alcoholism, and others.
Nonmajors may choose to take this course as a beginning course in sociology.
Drugs and Society (3)
Use and abuse of controlled substances in American society; public health and medical considerations; addiction and treatment; illegal markets; and drug control policy.
Social Movements in Society (3)
Emergence and growth of social movements in response to social trends,
and their consequences in changing society; dynamics of organizational
structure within movements as related to their goals, tactics, and
ideologies. Topics include political movements, racial and ethnic
movements, women's movements, religious movements, and movements within
social institutions, such as health care and criminal justice.
Methods and Techniques of Social Research (3)
Introduces basic methods and techniques of social research: formulating research design; data-gathering techniques including survey research, data analysis, and presentation of findings.
Sociology of the Family (3)
A comparative study of the institutions of marriage and the family in various societies with special emphasis on the contemporary American family.
Theories of Crime and Delinquency (3)
Explanation of crime and delinquency in American society. Topics include deterrence theory, biological explanations for crime, sociological theories, and conflict-based theories. Emphasis on social causes of crime.
Prerequisites: 50:920:207 or 50:202:201, and 50:920:301.
Sociology of Complex Organizations (3)
Structure and functioning of organizations and bureaucracies. Organizational design, planning, and change. Practical techniques for working effectively in organizations.
Race and Ethnicity (D) (3)
The social construction of race and ethnicity in the United States and around the globe. The formation of racial and ethnic identities and the varieties of group interaction, including prejudice, discrimination, assimilation, institutional domination, and change. Changing concepts, boundaries, and interrelationships within a global context.
Urban Sociology (3)
Urban and suburban life in industrial and postindustrial environments. Social class, ethnic, and racial differences in communities. Examines technological change and strategies for community and regional development. Special attention to the South Jersey area.
Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence (3)
A study of social interaction during childhood and adolescence; emphasis on social interaction in various types of families and peer groups.
Sociological Theory (3)
An intensive study of the classical sociological thinkers--Marx,
Durkheim, Weber--and a survey of contemporary theoretical traditions in
Prerequisite: 50:920:207. Pre- or corequisite: 50:920:301.
American Communities--Structure and Change (3)
A look at the social structure of rural, suburban, urban, and metropolitan communities and an examination of the elusive concept of community in light of present-day movements in housing and schools, and other efforts at local self-determination.
Law and Society (3)
Current social trends and legal developments. Topics include legal analysis, white-collar crime, and power and conflict.
Social Stratification (3)
Analyzes class inequality and the class structure in U.S. society, with particular attention to the processes by which social and economic inequalities are generated, reproduced, and changed.
Prerequisite: 50:920:207. Pre- or corequisite: 50:920:301.
Women and Men in Society (D) (3)
A comparative and historical examination of gender and inequality. A look at gender roles within the family, the workforce, and the legal system; socialization and gender; and sexuality and gender.
Communication (W) (3)
The application of sociological skills to interpersonal, small-group,
and mass communication, and internet and presentation skills. Topics
include group process, critical thinking, creating web pages, use of
Introduction to Media Studies (3)
An introduction to the technological and cultural developments of mass media. Books, radio, television, film, and the internet will be analyzed critically and historically. Focuses on the relationship between technology and media development, and the impact and influence mass media has on society and the economy.
Sociology of Deviance (3)
Explanations for deviance and conformity. Emphasis on varieties of deviance; social reactions to deviance, including moral panics; and sociological theories.
Prerequisite: 50:202:201 or 50:920:207.
Sociology of Education (3)
Examines the interaction between schools and society. Explores
socialization; the development of mass education; cultural differences
and classroom interactions; the relationship between schooling and
stratification; school funding and segregation; schools as social
organizations in terms of bureaucratic procedures, authority, and
identity; and student peer networks. Also analyzes current
developments in education such as vouchers, charter schools, and
Special Topics in Sociology (1-3,1-3,1-3)
Courses may be offered under this general title dealing with special topics intended to involve students in topics not currently represented in the curriculum.
Individual and Society (3)
The individual's relationship to society and society's impact on the
individual. Topics include Western notions of the self and the
relationship to capitalism, class, and the family; conceptions of the
person in other parts of the world (such as Bali, Japan, and Samoa);
symbolic interaction and how the self is constituted in social
interaction; the performance of the self in everyday life; framing of
social experience through play and ritual; and being another through
Prerequisite: 50:920:207 or 50:070:213.
Globalization and Social Change (G) (3)
Explores the global nature of contemporary social change. Examines the meanings of globalization, its central processes, and its institutional and governance structures. Particular attention is paid to the continuing struggle for development in poor countries; the relationship between globalization and inequality; the fate of cultural diversity in a globalizing world; and issues of the environment, health, and human rights.
Prerequisite: 50:920:207 or permission of instructor.
Conflict and Change in Society (3)
The ways in which broad processes of social conflict and change are reshaping societies, the world system, and the lives of people everywhere. Topics include the changing international division of labor, revolutions, and the postindustrial transition.
Japanese Society and Management (G) (3)
An introduction to Japanese society and its economic achievements. An evaluation of which aspects of its management-labor relations, organizational structures, and macroeconomic policies can be imported or adapted elsewhere.
Southeast Asian Societies (G) (3)
Introduction to the societies of Southeast Asia, ranging from Myanmar (Burma) on the west to the Philippines on the east. Examination of the cultural similarities that unite the region and the diversity that divides it. Historical development of Southeast Asian cultures. How Southeast Asians are reshaping their cultural heritage in response to development, westernization, and global capitalism.
Political Sociology (W) (3)
The role of social class, gender, age, race, ethnicity, and other social factors in political life. Social organization of political parties and pressure groups. Social origins of political beliefs.
Prerequisites: 50:920:301 and 50:920:325.
Applied Sociology (BA)
Application of sociological methods and theories in applied settings. Topics include organizational consulting, focus groups, needs analysis, qualitative interviewing, counseling, creative thinking, program planning, marketing, policy analysis, proposal writing, and job search skills.
Sociology of Religion (3)
Introduction to the study of religious behavior both as it is affected by its social context and as it affects society. Emphasis on a major theme or themes from sociology of religion, using comparative study of religious institutions in various societies with special emphasis on American society.
Medical Sociology (3)
Examines the distribution of health and disease and looks at the social organization of the health care system in contemporary society. Takes up the sociology of healing and therapy techniques and the interaction of patients and practitioners.
Cyberspace and Society (3)
Exploration of how computers and the internet are changing society, and how individuals, groups, and societies are responding to the challenges and opportunities that cyberspace is creating. Focuses on fostering internet and computer skills important for doing sociological and other forms of work in an increasingly computerized and networked society.
African-American Culture (D) (3)
Evaluation of significant areas of African-American culture past and present, e.g., the slave community and its legacy, the psychocultural impact of racism, and varieties of contemporary popular culture.
Sociology of Work and Careers (3)
Combines two interrelated aspects of learning about work: (1) the
academic field of sociology of work and (2) the applied field of career
planning. Introduces students to larger social and economic
trends that affect the world of work, including how the labor
market--and ultimately career choices--are affected by social,
demographic, and macroeconomic forces. Helps students understand
how to explore fields through internships; plan for a career; and
choose a major that is compatible with their aptitudes, skills, and
Prerequisite: Junior or senior status, or permission of instructor.
Sociology of Aging (3)
Study of the demographic, economic, and social trends associated
with population aging. Examines how these processes are reshaping
and challenging contemporary societies, as well as how underlying
cultural and ideological values influence how these issues are dealt
with. Develops tools to help think through vital controversies
surrounding aging, health care, and the role of government.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior status, or permission of instructor.
Sexuality and Society (3)
The relation between sexuality and society discussed, in particular the social organization and power relations that affect human sexual identity and behavior. Discussions and readings focus on sex and social institutions such as the family and the law, sexual variations, issues in reproductive sexuality, and the political economy of sex.
Mass Media and Popular Culture (3)
Stresses the creation, transmission, and content of popular culture,
with particular emphasis on the role of the mass media. Assesses
methods employed in the analysis of mass culture and in the evaluation
of its impact (i.e., debates about television and violence, gender
stereotypes in print and film media). Places popular culture and the
mass media in the context of the larger structures of inequality and
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Special Topics in Sociology (1-3,1-3,1-3,1-3,1-3)
Each year several courses may be offered under this general title, dealing with special topics intended to involve students in advanced study and research. The number of credits varies with the duration of the course. Course topics usually change each year. Specific prerequisites may be set for each course.
Topics include speech acts, interaction analysis and the social functions of language, the ethnography of communication, language and ethnic groups, language and social class, the social and political problems of bilingual countries, and language and nationalism.
Individual Study in Sociology (1-3,1-3)
Admission requires permission of department and agreement by a department member to supervise the work. Approval of written proposal is required prior to registration. No more than 6 credits can be counted toward the sociology major.
Honors Program in Sociology (3,3,3)
Open only to sociology majors who must have a 3.5 grade-point average in sociology courses and a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average in all work.