Sociology (SOCY)

SOCY 1150 Principles of Sociology (TAG, TM) 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the theoretical perspectives and research methods used by sociologists to understand and interpret our social world. Major components of the course include a sociological analysis of culture, socialization, social institutions, stratification, and social change with society.

(3 contact hours)

SOCY 1190 Chemical Dependency and Society (TM) 3 Credits

This course provides a survey of the cultural and historical perspectives regarding drug use, drug abuse, and the impact of drugs on society and the individual. Students will learn sociological, psychological, pharmacological, and legal aspects of drug usage. Students will study the causes of drug dependency, treatment alternatives, and the greater consequences of drug usage for our social institutions.

(3 contact hours)

SOCY 2000 Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S. (TAG, TM) 3 Credits

This course provides an overview of race and ethnic relations in the U.S. with an emphasis on the dynamics of contemporary and historical intergroup relations. Theoretical perspectives and research methods used to analyze intergroup relations are emphasized. Concepts and processes covered include the social construction of race and ethnicity, prejudice, discrimination, intersectionality, identity politics, minority groups, dominant group, and agents of social change. An interdisciplinary approach to the study of racial ethnic minorities in the U.S. with an emphasis on the racial-ethnic composition of Northeast Ohio is integral to this course.

(3 contact hours)

SOCY 2250 Introduction to Social Work (TAG, TM) 3 Credits

Prerequisite: SOCY 1150.

This course introduces students to the practice, theory, and history of social work. Students will learn the various settings, roles, and functions of the discipline. The course includes content ranging from social welfare policy to direct practice with individuals, families, and groups.

(3 contact hours)

SOCY 2260 Sociology of the Family (TAG, TM) 3 Credits

Prerequisite: SOCY 1150.

This introductory course provides an analysis of the family as a social institution, both historically and in contemporary society. The course will focus on patterns of relationships with families, with other social institutions, social class and ethnic variations, and social change.

(3 contact hours)

SOCY 2270 Sociology of Aging (TM) 3 Credits

Prerequisite: SOCY 1150.

This course provides an analysis of the "graying of America" and how this demographic transition affects the institutions of society (e.g., family, government, the economy, health delivery systems, etc.) In addition, it analyzes the effect that social institutions have on the process of aging.

(3 contact hours)

SOCY 2280 Social Problems (TAG, TM) 3 Credits

Prerequisite: SOCY 1150.

This course provides an overview of contemporary social problems in the United States. Students will explore the nature of these problems, how they developed, and potential solutions. Students will also learn methods of sociological analysis.

(3 contact hours)

SOCY 2290 Deviance in American Society (TM) 3 Credits

Prerequisite: CRMJ 1110 or SOCY 1150.

This course provides a survey of the cultural and historical experiences and perceptions of social deviance in U.S. society. This involves exploring the social processes through which behaviors and statuses come to be defined as deviant, the theories of deviant behavior and labels, the methods of studying deviance, and the patterns of social controls practiced to address deviant behavior. This course is cross-listed as CRMJ 2290 Deviance in American Society. Students who have taken the course under the alternative course ID should not take this course.

(3 contact hours)

SOCY 2600 Social Movements and the Politics of Protest 3 Credits

This course provides an overview and critical analysis of the role of social movements in American democracy and their impact on American political life and culture. By examining historical and contemporary examples, the course highlights the traditions, origins, purposes, goals and techniques of social movements, and considers whether such efforts are useful and effective means of expressing dissent and achieving popular political change. This course is cross-listed as POLS 2600 Social Movements and the Politics of Protest. Students who have taken the course under the alternative course ID should not take this course.

(3 contact hours)

SOCY 2900 Special Topics in Sociology 1-3 Credits

Prerequisite: SOCY 1150.

These specialized courses provide in-depth examinations of sociology topics and contemporary issues not covered in detail elsewhere in the curriculum.

(1-3 contact hours)