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Sociology

SOC 223 Introduction to Sociology: Theory (3)
A broad introduction to the discipline of sociology, synthesizing the contributions of classical authors and applying their insights to core concerns of the discipline. Focus is on the theoretical and historical dimensions of sociology in a multicultural context.

 

SOC 224 Introduction to Sociology: Research (3)
An introduction to the empirical practice of sociology, emphasizing research methods, applied perspectives and critical analysis.

 

SOC 225 Social Problems (3)
Critical analysis of contemporary U.S. society and selected social problems such as poverty, racism, sexism, environmental degradation and globalization. Causes and consequences of problems are examined.

 

SOC 290 World Population and Social Structure (3)
Introduction to the general field of population studies, provided within a sociological framework and analysis of historical, contemporary and anticipated population conditions and trends as these are related to social situations and the organization of society.

 

SOC 300 Proseminar (3)
Advanced (required for majors) introduction to sociology as an academic and professional pursuit. Includes preparation for senior thesis. Prerequisites: sociology major, junior standing

 

SOC 309 American Society (3)
A critical overview of the development of U.S. society. Major changes in American society and selected contemporary problems are examined in their relation to major institutions.

 

SOC 310 Service Learning and Community Praxis (3-4)
Course will develop and examine the use of student volunteer projects in community service activities. Includes class discussions of various concepts of service learning and coordination of a student volunteer project. Prerequisites: SOC 223, 224 and 225 or nine hours sociology credit

 

SOC 312 History and Anthropology of the Little Big Horn (3)
Course explores the causes and consequences of Battle of the Little Big Horn. Course also includes short ethnographies of the Lakota and Cheyenne as well as selected biographies of Custer, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull.

 

SOC 315 Social Stratification and Inequality (3)
Introduction to the social bases of stratification and inequality in capitalist societies. Focus on critical examination of the causes and consequences of poverty and the unequal distribution of resources. Concepts of class and status will be given special attention.

 

SOC 320 Industrial Sociology (3)
Introduction to the history and structure of industrial capitalist societies. Focus on: development of the labor process and industrial bureaucracy; corporate form; social and political history of labor; and relevance for contemporary economic development.

 

SOC 321 Labor Studies (3)
Introduction to selected topics in labor studies: labor history, unions, labor politics, globalization and working class cultures. Class will include the participation of union leaders from the area. Films and field trips included.

 

SOC 325 Participant Observation and Qualitative Research Methods (3)
Survey of qualitative research methods with focus on participant observation. Students will be required to conduct field research as a means of developing the following research tools: surveys, interviews and observation. Skill in basic archival work will also be developed.

 

SOC 327 Social Research Methods (3)
The development of social research; the nature of scientific inquiry and basic methods and techniques; examination of representative studies from the standpoint of methodology; the utilization of basic skills.

 

SOC 328 Introduction to Social Data Analysis (3)
Introduction to quantitative statistical analysis techniques employed in the social sciences; emphasis on probability theory and the general linear model. Prerequisite: SOC 327 or equivalent

 

SOC 330 Urban Sociology (3)
An introduction to urban development. Includes a historical and contemporary analysis of the rise of towns and cities with consideration given to the role of cities in the development of capitalism. Attention given to special topics such as urban redevelopment, urban government, fiscal crisis, housing and gentrification.

 

SOC 334 Self and Society (3)
A distinctly sociological approach to the analysis of the individual in the context of larger social structures.

 

SOC 338 Sociology of the Family (4)
An analysis of family in both public and private spheres. This course will emphasize how mechanisms of gender/race/class shape the family as an institution.

 

SOC 340 Community Organizing (3)
A review and analysis of the history and practice of grass roots community organizing, especially labor unions, tenant groups and neighborhood associations. Particular attention is given to community organizations working toward social change. Tactics and strategies of mobilization, confrontation and resistance are discussed within a practical, contemporary context.

 

SOC 341 Community Action (3)
Practical application of community organizing strategies and skills. Requires extensive time outside of classroom working on community project organized for positive social change. Prerequisite: SOC 340

 

SOC 350 Food and Hunger (4)
Analysis of the production and distribution of food on a world scale. Examination of food shortages and famines in the underdeveloped world. Political-economy of agriculture is included. Alternative production and distribution systems are examined.

 

SOC 354 Sociology of Deviant Behavior (4)
Examines the historical, cultural, political and economic forces that contribute to the social construction of deviance. Particular attention is given to strategies of social control deployed by those with power.

 

SOC 360 Sociology of Gender (3)
Explores the analytic concept of gender from a sociological perspective. Theories and empirical conditions that address gender differences and gender inequalities will be examined within the institutional structures of the economy, the state and the family. An exploration of topics concerning the formation of gender identity, the symbolic representation of gender and the relationship between gender/crime/violence is included.

 

SOC 390 Critique of Education and Critical Pedagogy (3)
Sociological analysis and critique of education in the United States. Special attention given to consideration of education as part of a larger, capitalist society. Critical pedagogy and counter-hegemony are key concepts developed as a means of restructuring education and society.

 

SOC 400 Globalization and Development (3)
Introduction to the problematics of development and underdevelopment in the global political-economy. Social, economic and political dimensions of the core and periphery are examined. History of colonialism, imperialism and neo-colonialism is reviewed. Theories and concepts of globalization examined.

 

SOC 406 Special Individual Studies (1-12)

 

SOC 407 Seminar: Special Topics in Sociology (3)

 

SOC 409 Practicum: Latino/a Ed Mentor (1-6)
This class has two goals: 1) reduce the high school dropout rate for Latino/a students at McKay High School; 2) increase the college participation rate for Latino/a graduates from McKay High School. This class will implement these goals by providing personal resources and communication to the Latino/a student, the mentee. The WOU student will act as mentor in providing these goals.

 

SOC 410 Historical Sociology: Origins of Capitalism (3)
Historical and theoretical analysis of the emergence of capitalism in the West. Consideration of the transition from feudalism to capitalism is included. Historical analysis of the Industrial Revolution is also included.

 

SOC 420 Political Sociology: Theories of the State (3)
Critical introduction to theories of power and the state. Versions of elitism, pluralism, Weberianism, Marxism and Neo-Marxism are presented. Attention is also given to the development of the modern welfare state.

 

SOC 427 Revolutionary Social Movements (3)
Description and analysis of revolutionary movements around the world. Special attention given to the French, Russian and Chinese Revolutions. Forms, causes and consequences of revolutions are considered as part of an effort to develop a theory of revolution. Course includes the development and critical examination of the concepts of class and class struggle.

 

SOC 430 Political-Economy as Social Theory (3)
Survey of classical political-economy as a form of social (sociological) theory. Writings of Marx, Adam Smith, Ricardo, Weber and others are introduced and critically evaluated. The relationships between the social structures of the economy and the polity are analyzed.

 

SOC 434 African American Studies: Social Issues, Social Movements (3)
Introduction to the theoretical perspectives and social science research used to analyze the experience of African Americans in the U.S. Special emphasis will be placed on the emergence and consolidation of the Civil Rights Movement. Also examines the specific organizations that provided leadership during this period, such as the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers. Social movement perspectives will be applied to evaluate the outcome of these models.

 

SOC 435 Chicano/a/Latino/a Studies: Social Issues, Social Movements (3)
Examines the structural factors that shape socioeconomic conditions for people of Mexican descent living in the U.S. Addresses the grass-roots perspectives in which social movements were constructed. Analysis will include texts that address historical background of U.S./Mexican relations, labor conditions, academic achievement and identity construction.

 

SOC 436 Native American/Asian American Studies: Social Issues, Social Movements (3)
Overview of structural conditions that define social reality of Native American and Asian American populations in current U.S. society; confrontations at Wounded Knee; and the formation of the American Indian Movement (AIM). A comparative examination of the socioeconomic factors that impact the lives of people of Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese decent. Special attention is given to the internment experience of Japanese Americans in Oregon.

 

SOC 437 Sociology of Race/Ethnic Relations (3)
Introduction to the history of problems that racial and ethnic groups have confronted in the U.S., including immigration. Analysis will include an overview of the social movements that have emerged to confront forms of oppression and discrimination. The intersection of race and class is considered.

 

SOC 440 Women and Development (3)
Historical and contemporary analysis of women in the development and underdevelopment of the world political economy. Topics include a consideration of women’s household labor and wage labor. The impact of militarization and violence against women will also be addressed.

 

SOC 450 Latin American Society (3)
Analysis of current social issues in Latin America. Topics include economic restructuring, state transformation, gender and family relations.

 

SOC 460 Feminist Theory (3)
Provides an introduction to major themes of feminist thought. A wide range of representative works of theorists from the first and second wave feminist movements will be included.

 

SOC 471 Classical Sociological Theory (3)
An examination of the concepts and theories of some of the most renowned social thinkers of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The focus is on the work of Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim. Key concepts analyzed include alienation, domination and anomie. Prerequisites: SOC 223 and 224

 

SOC 472 Contemporary Sociological Theory (3)
Study of significant sociological theories and concepts from the early 20th century to the present. Prerequisite: SOC 223, 224 and 471

 

SOC 492 Senior Seminar I (3)
A research-oriented seminar.

 

SOC 493 Senior Seminar II (3)
A research-oriented seminar.

 

SOC 494 Senior Seminar III (3)
A research-oriented seminar.

 

SOC 507 Seminar in Social Policy (3)
A topical seminar on current issues in social policy. Special attention will be given to readings and discussion that focuses on social problems and policy evaluation.

 

SOC 537 Sociology of Race/Ethnic Relations (3)
Introduction to the history and problems that racial and ethnic groups have confronted in the United States. Overview of the social movements that have emerged to confront forms of oppression and discrimination. The impact of racial discrimination on women is given special attention.

 

SOC 554 Sociology of Deviant Behavior (3)
Review of major sociological theories of deviance. Focus on historical patterns of deviance and the relationship between deviance and systems of power and social control. Also includes a critical analysis of dominant psychological and medical models of mental illness.

 

SOC 610 Critical Theory and Public Policy (3)
Introduction and review of critical theory. Analysis and critique of public policy from the perspective of critical theory. Particular emphasis on the political nature of public discourse, planning and administration as methods of domination. Consideration of public policy formation as a potential source of emancipation.

 

SOC 625 Social Problems & Policy (3)
An advanced introduction to contemporary social problems and related public policies. The causes and consequences of problems are considered. Selected policies and programs are surveyed in relation to problems such as poverty, racism, sexism, environmental degradation, substance abuse and various forms of crime.

 

SOC 627 Social Movements and Social Policy (3)
A survey of social movements in the United States. An examination of federal and state policies/programs that resulted from selected social movements is also a consideration. Special attention will be given to the labor movement, civil rights and the feminist movement. Theories of social movements are reviewed and evaluated.

 

SOC 628 Social Policy Research Methods (3)
Introduction to major social science methods of data collection. Considers both qualitative and quantitative strategies in the context of social policy research.

 

SOC 629 Policy Evaluation (3)
Review of research strategies employed to evaluate the effectiveness of social policy interventions. Both study design and techniques of statistical analysis are covered.

 

SOC 640 Urban Development (3)
A survey of urban development. Focus on “political economy” of the city; the role of government in the development of the “built environment; urban problems and related government programs; urban planning. The goal of the course is to provide students with a broad understanding of urban development theoretically and historically.

 

SOC 650 Political Economy (3)
Theoretical, historical and empirical review of the “state” in capitalist societies, with focus on the development of the national government in the U.S. Relations between the economy and polity are explored with special attention given to the development of social programs. Analysis of the New Deal and the rise of the “welfare state.”

 

 

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