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SOCIOLOGY (SOC)
Division of Social Sciences
Division of Social Sciences - Adm
 
SOC 1101 - Introductory Sociology (SS)
(4.0 cr; fall, spring, every year)
Introduction to the field of sociology, the exploration of societies, and how societies operate. Sociology broadens social insights, fosters critical thinking, guides analytical thinking, and develops writing skills. By actively thinking about issues facing societies today, students learn to examine life situations and the influence of societies and groups on people's lives, careers, hopes, fears, and personalities. Emphasis on how society is stratified: how organizations and institutions influence the way people think, talk, feel, and act and how different groups (e.g., racial and ethnic) and divisions (e.g., gender and social class) within society have different access to power and privilege. People live their lives in relation to social and physical environments; sociologists study these environments and their effects on people's experiences and behavior.



SOC 1811 - Global Sociology: Migration, Economic Globalization, Class, and Gender Inequality (IC)
(2.0 cr; Prereq-new college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM; fall, offered periodically)
Examination of the global impact of migration on both societies receiving immigrants and societies from which people emigrate, the effect of economic globalization, class and gender inequality. A major goal of the course is to provide students with a systematic way of making sense of a rapidly changing and complex world. Learn from sociological perspectives what it means to live in an interdependent world.



SOC 1812 - Human Rights in the Age of Globalization (IC)
(2.0 cr; Prereq-new college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM; spring, offered periodically)
Exploration of the relationship between globalization and human rights. Globalization as the driving force of capitalism has produced both positive and negative impacts on human rights. Optimists argue that integration into the global world of the free market will foster democracy and human rights, while critics challenge this optimism. Explores these contradictory views and processes. The course is interdisciplinary and integrates perspectives and concepts from different academic fields.



SOC 1813 - Political Economy of "Natural" Disaster (IC)
(2.0 cr; Prereq-new college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM; fall, offered periodically)
Examine the political economy of natural disasters through a survey of events drawn from around the world. Disasters can be viewed from multiple social perspectives (economic, political, ecological, and personal) and each of these carries implicit and explicit political judgments about how the environment should be managed. The following events offer rich documentation (academic and popular media) about the impact of governmental decisions prior to and in the aftermath of each event: famine-South Asian famine of 1770s, earthquake-Haiti 2010, deforestation/erosion-Nepal 1970s, hurricane-Katrina 2005, flood-Johnstown Flood of 1889, tsunami-South Asian tsunami of 2004.



SOC 1814 - Water Unites, Water Divides: Sharing Water in the 21st Century (IC)
(2.0 cr; Prereq-new college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM; fall, offered periodically)
With the effects of climate change and the world's population increasing, demands for water have also intensified. Survey of water conflicts around the world with a view to assess how nations can better manage available water within and across borders.



SOC 1993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-approved directed study form; fall, spring, every year)
Individualized on- or off-campus research project or other learning activity not covered in the regular Sociology curriculum. Topic determined by the student and instructor.



SOC 2101 - Systems of Oppression (HDIV)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or Anth 1111 or #; fall, every year)
Patterns of group dominance, exploitation, and hate in the United States and globally. Emphasis on sexism, racism, and classism with some attention to other systems of oppression such as heterosexism and ageism.



SOC 2993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-approved directed study form; fall, spring, every year)
Individualized on- or off-campus research project or other learning activity not covered in the regular Sociology curriculum. Topic determined by the student and instructor.



SOC 3103 - Research Methodology in Sociology (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101; fall, every year)
An introduction to research procedures used in sociology. Developing a research design and applying it to a concrete problem. Questions of validity and reliability examined in the context of research projects developed by the students.



SOC 3111 - Sociology of Modernization (IP)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or Anth 1111 or #; spring, every year)
Process of modernization in non-Western societies. Social, economic, and political impact of modernization from different theoretical perspectives. Assessment of those theoretical perspectives as a means to understand dynamics of change in Third World countries.



SOC 3112 - Sociology of the Environment and Social Development (ENVT)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; fall, odd academic years)
Introduces students to the sociological study of the environment and social development. Examines the impact of international environmental and development efforts on individuals at the local level. Focuses on grassroots environmental activism and social development work. Explores and discusses power relations and systems of inequality within the context of environmental and social development efforts.



SOC 3121 - Sociology of Gender and Sexuality (HDIV)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or Anth 1111 or #; fall, every year)
Introduces students to the sociological study of gender and sexuality. Focuses on gender difference and gender inequality. Analyzes the changing roles, opportunities, and expectations of women and men as their societies (and subsequently, gender relations and power) undergo change in today's world. Following a theoretical overview, examines how gender and sexuality affect everyday experiences.



SOC 3122 - Sociology of Childhoods (HDIV)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; spring, even academic years)
Introduces students to the sociological study of childhoods. Examines the interaction between societies and their youngest members-how societies shape children's lives through social institutions such as families, education, and the state. Takes a close look at children's access to privileges and resources as determined by children's experiences of race, gender, class, nationality, and sexual orientation.



SOC 3123 - Sociology of Aging (HDIV)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101; spring, every year)
An introduction to sociology of aging. Examination of the major theories of social aging as well as the historical and cross-cultural variations in aging and differences by race, ethnicity, gender, and social class.



SOC 3124 - Sociology of Law (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101; spring, every year)
Explore the emergence and function of law through the lens of social theories. The course assumes law is embodied in the social structure of society; hence, it is the product of social interaction. Based on this assumption, it examines the role of law in maintaining and reproducing social order, class, race, and gender inequalities. The course is interdisciplinary and comparative in its scope and integrates jurisprudence and various social science theories.



SOC 3131 - World Population (ENVT)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; fall, every year)
Population theory and demographic method. Dynamics of fertility and mortality as the basis of population forecasting and its policy implications. Emphasis on the tie between Third World demographic trends and population issues in the rest of the world.



SOC 3141 - Sociology of Deviance (E/CR)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; fall, even academic years)
Introduces students to the sociological study of deviance. Explores the social reality of deviance within contemporary society and examines the social construction of deviant categories. Focuses on images of deviance as social constructs, rather than as intrinsic elements of human behavior. Investigates the complex relationships between individual behavior and social structure, with a focus on power, inequality, and oppression. Also, examines the socio-cultural definitions of morality and behavior.



SOC 3204 - Culture, Food, and Agriculture (ENVT)
(4.0 cr; =[ANTH 3204]; Prereq-1101 or Anth 1111 or #; spring, every year)
Same as Anth 3204. Examines the globalization of food systems utilizing a political ecology perspective to understand global and local dimensions of production, marketing, and consumption. Emphasis on connections between food production and national identity, relations of power, genetic engineering, environmental destruction, the politics of world hunger, and local efforts to achieve sustainability.



SOC 3251 - African Americans (HDIV)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or Anth 1111; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Examination of African American religious, economic, political, family, and kinship institutions in the context of the greater American society. Struggles to overcome problems and the degree of success or failure of these struggles are examined and placed in historical context.



SOC 3252 - Women in Muslim Society (IP)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or Anth 1111; spring, offered periodically)
The cultures and social statuses of women in several Muslim countries are examined and placed in their political, economic, and religious contexts.



SOC 3403 - Sociological Theory (SS)
(4.0 cr; =[01669]; Prereq-1101; 4 addtl cr in Soc recommended; fall, every year)
Survey of major developments in sociological theory, with attention to both classical and contemporary variants. Emphasis on sociological ideas in relation to the principal intellectual currents of European society, American society, and non-Western thought.



SOC 3601 - Social Justice and Human Rights in Latin America (IP)
(4.0 cr; =[ANTH 3601]; Prereq-1101 or Anth 1111 or #; fall, every year)
Same as Anth 3601. Examination of social, economic, and political transformations in Latin America with an emphasis on social justice and human rights. Critical approaches to understand U.S.-Latin American relations, labor struggles, rebellions to define alternative development, indigenous resistance to encroachment on resources and ways of life, civil war and genocide, and efforts to create a more environmental and socially sustainable development.



SOC 3602 - Women in Latin America (IP)
(4.0 cr; =[ANTH 3602]; Prereq-1101 or Anth 1111 or #; spring, every year)
Same as Anth 3602. Study of the social, economic, and political positions of women in Latin American countries. Topics include class and ethnic differences, women in the labor force, and women's participation in political movements through the lens of feminist theory.



SOC 3993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-approved directed study form; fall, spring, every year)
Individualized on- or off-campus research project or other learning activity not covered in the regular Sociology curriculum. Topic determined by the student and instructor.



SOC 4991 - Sociology Independent Project Seminar
(4.0 cr; =[SOC 4902, SOC 4901]; Prereq-3103, 3403; spring, every year)
A capstone seminar to guide sociology majors in the completion of an independent study project, including selection and definition of a research project, designing and planning its execution, developing a literature review and bibliography, applying relevant theoretical perspectives to research materials, and organizing and writing a research paper.



SOC 4993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-approved directed study form; fall, spring, every year)
Individualized on- or off-campus research project or other learning activity not covered in the regular Sociology curriculum. Topic determined by the student and instructor.



 
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