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  Graduate School–New Brunswick 2010–2012 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Sociology 920 Graduate Courses  

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16:920:501,502 Sociological Research Methods I,II (3,3) Logic, design, and implementation of research to test sociological hypotheses. First semester: fundamentals of research design, sampling, and measurement. Second semester: data collection, data management, and exploratory data analysis, including an introduction to computer techniques. Laboratory exercises required.
16:920:503,504 Selected Sociological Problems (3,3) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. For graduate students wishing to pursue advanced coursework.
16:920:505,506 Individual Studies in Sociological Theory (3,3) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. For graduate students wishing to pursue advanced coursework in fields where no advanced courses are provided.
16:920:511,512 Proseminar in Sociology (3,3) Selected special topics in sociology.
16:920:515 Classical Sociological Theory (3) Discussion of the major figures who shaped sociological theory from the mid-19th century to the first three decades of the 20th century.
16:920:516 Contemporary Sociological Theory (3) Survey of the dominant lines of theoretical development in contemporary sociology.
16:920:520 Comparative and Historical Methods (3) Philosophical, theoretical, and methodological issues involved in sociological explanations of the development of social systems over time.
16:920:523 Sociology of Health (3) Social correlates of health and illness in the United States; major social roles and organizational structures concerned with health and medical care.
16:920:524 Sociology of Organizations (3) Basic survey of the sociology of organizations, with emphasis on current developments.
16:920:528 Marriage and the Family (3) Review of the basic concepts and research in the field of marriage and the family.
16:920:535 Professions (3) Development and functions of professions in advanced industrial societies. Alternative theories of professionalism evaluated against the background of sociological studies of different professions, such as medicine, law, social work, psychology, education, nursing, engineering, management and planning, the clergy, and the artistic professions.
16:920:541-542 Analysis of Sociological Data I,II (3,3) Application of classical and modern statistical techniques to the analysis of sociological data. Problems of optimal fitting of technique to level and quality of data emphasized. First semester: bivariate techniques, up to and including the analysis of variance. Second semester: multivariate techniques, multiple regression, and the general linear model. Laboratory exercises required. Prerequisite for 16:920:542: 16:920:541 or permission of instructor.
16:920:550 Practicum in Teaching Sociology (3) Trains sociology graduate students to teach, with a specific emphasis on clear presentations, logical argument, and day-to-day pedagogical issues.
16:920:570,571,572,573 Special Topics in Sociology (3,3,3,3)
16:920:602 Culture, Symbols, and Social Interaction (3) Examines several dimensions of the complex interaction between the social and cultural spheres. Focuses on the ways in which norms, gestures, and symbols structure interpersonal encounters; the symbol systems that make possible large-scale interaction between social members; the ways in which social structure orders interactions; and the ways in which technology can mediate social interactions.
16:920:603 Sociology of Religion (3) Religious belief systems and forms of social organization in historical and cross-cultural perspective; public religious behavior and private spiritual practice; old and new religious movements; relationship between religion and other major social institutions (especially the political and the economic).
16:920:611 Criminology and Corrections (3) Theories of criminality and methods of treatment and prevention within the context of the general analysis of deviance and social control.
16:920:612 Social Deviance and Social Control (3) Conditions under which people tend to conform or deviate; probable consequences of deviance and social control for both deviants and conformists.
16:920:613 The Sociology of Age (3) Theory of age stratification, age structure of the society, aging of individuals, and connections between aging and various social processes and social institutions.
16:920:614 Seminar in Race and Ethnic Relations (3) Analysis of race and ethnic relations from a comparative perspective; contemporary theory, issues, and problems.
16:920:615 Seminar in Qualitative Research Methods (3) Discussion and guided practice in the collection and analysis of qualitative data. Major attention on research designs employing participant observations and/or in-depth interviewing. Case studies reviewed; collection and analysis of data from a field research study.
16:920:618 Sociology of Gender (3) Cross-cultural and historical analysis of gender roles; gender in modern society; gender roles and social institutions; work, family, religion, politics, and education. A range of theoretical and empirical approaches included.
16:920:627 Sociology of Socialization (3) Study of socialization as a concept and as a process; the socialization of children and adults; variations in socialization among cultures, socioeconomic status groups, and types of social groups.
16:920:631 Sociology of Mental Illness (3) Study of the epidemiology of psychiatric disorders, help-seeking processes for mental illness, social responses to the mentally ill, and social policy issues in the mental health field.
16:920:632 Sociology of Work (3) Meaning and organization of work; the division of labor: who does what and how; interactions among occupations; and the quality of work life in industrial societies.
16:920:633 Seminar in Social Science Data Analysis (3) Advanced topics in quantitative reduction and analysis of data generated by research in the various social sciences. Topics chosen from, but not limited to, loglinear analysis, structural equations models, panel analysis, network analysis, time-series analysis, and continuous-time process models. Initial sessions focus on developing the basics of matrix algebra upon which most of these techniques rely. Prerequisite: 16:920:542 or permission of instructor.
16:920:640 Sociological Perspectives on Feminist Theory (3) Detailed examination of major feminist theories, with an emphasis on contemporary feminist thought.
16:920:645 Drugs and Society (3) Examination of causes and consequences of illegal drug use; how drugs came to be criminalized; the current system of drug prohibition in the United States; and alternatives to prohibition, such as decriminalization and legalization.
16:920:646 (S) Cognitive Sociology (3) Social context of thinking, focusing on specific cognitive processes: classifying, framing, symbolizing, time reckoning, perceiving, attending, remembering, and making sense. Draws on sociology of knowledge, phenomenological sociology, ethnomethodology, sociology of science, symbolic interactionism, semiotics, symbolic anthropology, and linguistics.
16:920:701,702 Research in Sociology (BA,BA) Prerequisite: Candidacy for Ph.D. required of all students engaged in Ph.D. dissertation research.
16:920:703 Writing Seminar (BA) Sharpen writing and publishing skills as professional sociologists. Writing and rewriting doctoral qualifying papers and dissertation proposals.
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