Course Descriptions (continued)

SOCI 308 Political Sociology
An examination of power in society. The course addresses questions such as: Who rules a nation? How democratic is the United States, and how democratic should it be? Which social conditions and processes foster democracy, and which obstruct it? How do we explain recent shifts in the balance of sociopolitical power? What future political changes are likely, possible, and desirable?

Prerequisites: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology or SOCI 130 Social Problems; sophomore standing.

SOCI 312 Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence

An exploration of sociological issues, theories, and research on childhood and adolescence. The course examines the social worlds provided for and created by children and adolescents. Changing definitions of and socialization patterns in childhood and adolescence over time and across cultures are discussed.

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology or ANTH 161 Cultural Anthropology

SOCI 315 Social Class

An exploration of class division in the United States. The course considers questions such as: What are the major social classes in our society? To which class do we belong? How likely is it that we will change our class over time? How does the unequal distribution of wealth affect our life chances, quality of life, power, status, and beliefs? Is the current class system fair, and what are the alternatives?

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology.

SOCI 325 Health and Illness

An examination of sociological research in the study of health, illness, and medical practice. Particular attention is given to social definitions and experiences of health and illness, the incidence and prevalence of illness, the physician-patient relationship, and the organization of health care.

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology or permission of instructor.


SOCI 329 Social Deviance

An examination of what is involved in the creation of deviant categories and the consequences of being deviant. A variety of deviant behaviors and conditions is investigated, such as criminal behavior, illness, or genius. Note: Students may not receive credit for both 52.270 Sociology of Deviance and SOCI 329 Social Deviance.

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology or ANTH 161 Cultural Anthropology

SOCI 333 Society and the Mentally Ill

A sociological exploration of the relationship between society and the mentally ill. The course examines the history and current status of medical knowledge and treatment, social attitudes toward those with psychiatric disorders, the experience of illness from the patient’s perspective, and the legal and economic issues associated with psychiatric illness.

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology or permission of the instructor.

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