Course Descriptions (continued)

SOCI 256 Religion and Ritual (Gen. Ed. Goal 11)
An investigation of world religions in their social, political, and cultural contexts. The course offers a comparative perspective on Western and non-Western religious beliefs and practices. Note: students may not receive credit for both SOCI 256 Religion and Ritual and 52.368 Religion and Ritual.

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology or ANTH 161 Cultural Anthropology or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 263 Social Inequality (Gen. Ed. Goal 12)
An exploration of how gender, class and race intersect to produce disparities of power and status in the United States.

SOCI 267 Sociology of Subcultures

A comparative examination of the beliefs and practices of various subcultures throughout the world and of their relationship to the dominant culture within which they exist. This may include occupational, ethnic, political, or religious subcultures. Note: Students may not receive credit for both SOCI 267 Sociology of Subcultures and 52.242 American Sub-Cultures.

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology.

SOCI 280 Aging in Society (Gen. Ed. Goal 10)

An examination of the impact of an aging population on social relationships, politics, and the economy in the United States. The course includes study of theory and research in the areas of health, income, work, leisure, family, and intergenerational relationships. Note: Students may not receive credit for either 52.280 Social Gerontology or 52.240 Introduction to Social Gerontology and SOCI 280 Aging in Society.

SOCI 282 Society, Technology, and the Future (Gen. Ed. Goal 10)

An investigation of the role that technology plays in contemporary societies, with particular emphasis on the United States. This course investigates the social consequences that reliance on technology may have in the future. Topics may include technology-based learning, space exploration, genetic engineering, and advances in reproductive technology.

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology.

SOCI 301 Sociological Theory

An examination of influential explanations regarding the workings of modern society. The course considers enduring concerns such as what drives “progress,” what creates social order or crisis, why social divisions exist, and how social forces and individual attitudes and actions influence one another.

Prerequisites: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology. Completion of at least two other courses in sociology is recommended. Sociology Majors only. Permission of instructor required.

SOCI 302 Sociological Methods I - Research Design

An application of techniques learned in SOCI 234 Investigating Social Forces in American Society. Using qualitative and/or quantitative concepts and measurements, students develop original research projects to be investigated in SOCI 303 Sociological Methods II - Data Collection and Analysis.

Prerequisites: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology, ANTH 161 Cultural Anthropology, SOCI 234 Investigating Social Forces in American Society, and junior standing. Sociology majors only.

SOCI 303 Sociological Methods II - Data Collection & Analysis

A continuation of original research projects developed in SOCI 302 Sociological Methods I - Research Design. Students work in teams to collect and analyze data and present findings in written and oral formats.

Prerequisite: SOCI 302 Sociological Methods I - Research Design. Sociology majors only.

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