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Sociology (SOC)


SOC& 101  Introduction to Sociology  (5)
Introduces the scientific study of life in groups. Examines the creation and reinforcement of cultural patterns that influence individuals, groups and society at large. Emphasizes socialization processes, social institutions, small and large group dynamics, social inequalities and social movements. RECOMMEND: Eligible for ENGL& 101. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
SOC 194  Special Topics-Sociology  (1-5)
Focuses on one special topic in the current realm of social concern issues. May be repeated when a different topic is presented. Topics may include social movements, such as the Consciousness Movement, the rise of religious cults, violence in the media, aging in America, new social and political power, or youth in transition. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission.

SOC& 201  Social Problems  (5)
Introduces the study of social problems within cultures, with a primary focus on American society. Examines issues such as social inequality, crime, drug abuse, family violence, population growth and environmental destruction using sociological theories, reasons and possible remedies. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
SOC 202  Sociology of Food  (5)
Using a sociological lens, the relationship between food and humans is examined, focusing on how food production and consumption are informed by social class, ethnicity, gender, globalization, social movements and technological changes. Humans give symbolic meaning to food as more than a source of nourishment; food rituals are embedded in social institutions, cultural patterns and social interactions between individuals which reflect changing cultural values and practices. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

SOC 205  Sociology of Disability  (5)
A sociological study of disability includes the implications of disability on identity formation and social policies. Examination also includes the intersectionality of disability with other categories such as race, gender, sexual orientation and social class. Investigates the Disability Rights Movement, from the enactment of the American with Disabilities Act to the development of the model of Universal Design. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.
SOC 215  Survey of Criminology  (5)
Covers the history and theory of what causes or contributes to crime, covering the major issues that confront the criminal justice system and studying the social organizations that create and enforce definitions of deviance and crime. Course is interdisciplinary in nature, working primarily from a sociological perspective, but including theories from biology, genetics, anthropology and psychology. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

SOC 220  Sex and Gender in Society  (5)
Explores gender as a major organizing principle in culture, and examines how gender influences sexuality, personal relationships and social institutions, including media, family, work, school and politics. Examines similarities and differences between the sexes primarily from a sociological perspective, but also through historical, psychological, biological and anthropological theories that contribute to understanding gender as a social force. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.
SOC 230  Sociology of Death and Dying  (5)
Examines the connection between culture and the process of death, dying and bereavement. Focuses on how social class, family structures, ethnicity, religion and technological changes influence American customs, taboos, and rituals around death by applying sociological theories. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

SOC 240  Sociology of the Family  (5)
Examines the social institution of family from historical and multi-cultural perspectives emphasizing the use of sociological theories. Specific topics include dating rituals, mate selection, parenting, divorce, family violence and work patterns. Focuses on how families are influenced by larger social forces, such as religion, social class and social policies. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL&101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
SOC 245  Juvenile Delinquency  (5)
Examines the history of the juvenile justice system, environmental influences on delinquency, theories of delinquency, controlling delinquency and current trends in juvenile crime. Examines the rationale behind the juvenile system, as well as the juvenile courts. Analyzes the various theories of crime causation including sociological, psychological and criminological theories. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL&101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

SOC 260  Crime and Justice  (5)
Sociological study of the extent and causes of crime and a survey of the criminal justice system including the police, the courts and corrections. Gives attention to juvenile delinquency, gun control, capital punishment and violence against women. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
SOC 271  Sociology of Deviance  (5)
Examines attitudes, behaviors, and conditions that violate the current, generally-accepted norms and values in U.S. society. Specific topics include competing definitions of deviance, development of deviant careers, and consequences of deviant identities. Focus on use of sociological theory and the use of social controls. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

SOC 298  Independent Study-Sociology  (1-5)
Allows students to individually pursue special interests in sociology under the guidance of an instructor. PREREQUISITE: SOC& 101, at least one 200-level sociology course, and eligible for ENGL& 101, or instructor's permission.