Oct 23, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Sociology


Tim Delaney, Chair
313 Mahar Hall
315-312-4190
www.oswego.edu/sociology
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Sociology involves the systematic study of groups, organizations, societies, cultures, and the interactions between people. As a member of the social sciences, sociology embraces the idea that knowledge is attained, and should be tested by, the scientific method.

Sociology promotes understanding and tolerance of others and instructs us to look beyond intuition, so-called common sense, and limited individual past experiences. The sociological perspective, while acknowledging that we are all unique individuals, holds that we are shaped by our social environment and our various group memberships. The sociological perspective also advances the notion that we can best understand ourselves, and our place in society, if we understand diverse groups.
The sociological perspective places great emphasis on the ways in which social forces, such as the social institutions of family, education, politics, and economics, influence human behavior. These social forces are created by collective action over time, which makes them potentially amenable to change. Because of the significance of social forces, sociology tends to be a macro-oriented (large-scale) discipline. Sociologists, however, also acknowledge that even though we are products of the social world, we are still “captains” of our own paths in life. That is, small group participation and individual decision-making play important roles in shaping who we are. Because of this, sociology also employs a micro-orientation to the study of human behavior.

A degree in sociology serves as a qualification for a number of careers and professions including: administration, advertising, banking, counseling (family planning, career, substance abuse, and so forth), community planning, criminal justice, gerontology, government, health services, journalism, group and recreational work, marketing and market research, recreation, sales, teaching (if certified), human resources/personnel work, social services, social work, and social research. In addition, a degree in sociology is excellent preparation for graduate work, not only in sociology itself but also in related areas such as law, criminology, social work, public administration, and business.
 

The Department of Sociology cosponsors these programs:

 

Programs

Major

Minor

Courses

Sociology

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    SOC 100 - Introductory Sociology


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    An introduction to the major concepts and perspectives in sociology and a survey of some areas of sociological investigation.

    Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 180 - Introduction to Social Work


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    This course is designed to familiarize students with the following content areas: the history and nature of social work; the nature of those settings within which social work activities typically occur; and the nature of health/wealth programs in the United States.

    Prerequisite: SOC 100, or instructor permission.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 210 - Theory I: Foundation of Sociological Theory


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    Historical development of sociological thought emphasizing major contributors and schools.

    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or instructor permission.
    Offered: Fall
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 220 - Introduction to Social Research


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    This course introduces the basic tenets of both quantitative and qualitative social research design and analysis. While a substantial portion of this course deals with positivistic research tradition, relatively little attention is given to statistical techniques.

    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or instructor permission.
    Offered: Fall, Spring
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 221 - Introduction to Social Statistics


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    This course is designed to provide a solid foundation in statistical analysis and to prepare students to be intelligent consumers of quantitative social research.

    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or instructor permission.
    Offered: Fall, Spring
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 260 - Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    This course examines concepts of race, ethnicity, class, and gender, examining how these are played out in structures of society such as work, age, family, education, sport, religion, law, and government, including the intersections among these concepts, their intersection with social structures that support them, and their effects on people.

    Note: Not open to students that have taken SOC 250/WST 250.
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or instructor permission
    Equivalent Course: WST 260
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 280 - Social Problems


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    An examination, from major sociological perspectives, of social problems such as poverty; violence; drug abuse; changes in the workplace; inequalities related to race, ethnicity, gender, and social class; and mental illness.

    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or instructor permission.
    Offered: Summer
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 301 - Topics in Sociology


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of different topics related to specialized areas of sociology.

    Note: Repeatable for a total of 18 credits. These topics will change as new courses are introduced.
    Prerequisite: SOC 100; or instructor permission.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 302 - Teaching Sociology I


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    This course offers qualified and promising students the opportunity to participate in the construction and execution of a sociology course. Under the instructor’s guidance, the student aids in test construction and evaluation, tracking attendance, and introduces various pedagogical strategies. The student gains experience in conducting review sessions, teaching a lesson, and evaluating textbooks. As a result of these and other activities, sociology students are able to gain practical experience in writing, speaking, organizing, and evaluating that will help them tremendously whether they go on to graduate school or immediately enter the workforce.

    Prerequisite: Twelve hours of sociology and instructor permission.
    Offered: Fall
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 310 - Contemporary Sociological Theory


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    Current work of major theorists stressing their approaches to issues in sociological theory.

    Prerequisite: SOC 210 and either SOC 260 or 280; or instructor permission
    Offered: Not on a regular basis.
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 320 - Survey Methodology


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    This course introduces the logic and the skills of survey research. Students will learn various survey designs, measurement options, data collection techniques, and data analysis techniques. The course is intended as a practical and realistic guide for social science students who have had little previous experience in survey research.

    Prerequisite: SOC 220 and 221 and SOC 260 OR 280, or instructor permission.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 330 - Qualitative Research Methods


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    Course will present theories, practices, and applications of qualitative research methodologies. These methodologies include: Unobtrusive Measures, Observation, Participant Observation, Oral History, Ethnography, Content Analysis, In-Depth Interviewing.

    Prerequisite: SOC 220 and 221 and SOC 260 OR 280, or instructor permission.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 351 - The Changing Modern Family


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    The family in various cultures; organization and relation to other institutions; social function of the family.

    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or instructor permission.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 355 - Sociology of Sports


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    A survey of pervasive influence of sports in contemporary societies, particularly the United States, viewed through the concepts and perspectives of sociology.

    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or instructor permission.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 366 - Popular Culture


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    The nature of popular culture; theories of its origins and impact; issues in popular culture; examination of its specific forms such as music, television, and movies.

    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or instructor permission.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 367 - Globalization and Poverty


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    This systematic study of the concepts and practices of poverty, prevalent in industrial and non-industrial countries, is traced from economic, political and social policies in present and past economic systems. Why only economics was previously thought to be capable of analyzing and measuring poverty is investigated.

    Prerequisite: SOC 100; or instructor permission.
    Offered: Fall.
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 369 - Environmental Sociology


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    Environmental sociology examines the social aspects of the environment including sustainable agriculture, the production and consumption of energy and fuels, environmental social movements, leisure and recreation, the role of nature on the environment, the human impact on the environment and especially humanity’s attempt to sustain the environment.

    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or instructor permission.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 370 - Sociology of Deviance


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    Nature and types of deviant behavior; relationship to conformity; analysis of selected patterns of deviance.

    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or instructor permission.
    Offered: Fall
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 371 - Criminology


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    Nature, extent and characteristics of crime and criminals; methods of prevention, control, and treatment.

    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or instructor permission. SOC 370 is recommended.
    Offered: Fall
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 372 - Juvenile Delinquency


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    Social origins and context of delinquency; its causes, nature, extent, delinquent patterns; the juvenile justice system; prevention and treatment.

    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or instructor permission. SOC 370 is recommended.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 373 - Gangs in American Society


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    This course provides a socio-historical view of street gangs in the United States and will provide the student with a general overview of the nature of street gangs including: theoretical and socio-economic explanations of why gangs exist; the gang structure and process; female gangs; criminal activities of gangs; gang prevention, suppression and treatment techniques; and implications for the future study of gangs.

    Prerequisite: SOC 100, or instructor permission. SOC 371 or 372 is recommended.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 374 - Family Violence


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    This course examines the complex of violence in the family setting; incest, spouse abuse, and child abuse. It also examines the continuing relationship among these acts. These problems are approached from a sociological and legal perspective.

    Prerequisite: SOC 100; or instructor permission.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis.
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 381 - Sociology of Gender Roles


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    Sociological analysis of establishment, maintenance, and current reorganization of sex roles; social ramifications and institutional consequences of changing sex roles.

    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or instructor permission.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 383 - Sociology of Aging


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    A survey of the social conditions that affect human aging, with a special emphasis on the research in the area of social gerontology.

    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or instructor permission.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 399 - Independent Readings/Project


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    See the section CURRICULUM INFORMATION, of this Catalog for college wide guidelines for Independent Study. The department also requires completion of all eighteen hours of “Basic Requirements” listed for a sociology major and preparation by a superior student (usually well over a 3.0 GPA) of a written plan of study within a professor’s area of specialization and not available as a regular course. The plan of study will specify the topic, objectives, and approach through a semester-long program, the number of credit hours sought, and the methods by which the professor will supervise and evaluate it for an appropriate letter grade, A through E. After the professor is satisfied that the student is qualified and that the plan of study has academic merit, the student will seek similar approval from the student’s academic advisor and then from the department chair.

    Note: Variable one to six credits, may be repeated nine times for a total of 12 credits.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
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    SOC 402 - Teaching Sociology II


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    This course is for students who have taken SOC 302. However, this course, while requiring the same activities of the student, carries with it higher expectations for performance and participation. The course offers qualified and promising students the opportunity to participate in the construction and execution of a sociology course.

    Prerequisite: SOC 302 and instructor permission
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 442 - Races & Minorities


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    Majority-minority relations; biology of race, stratification variables of power, prestige, wealth; emphasis on development, function, and institutionalization of prejudice and discrimination.

    Prerequisite: SOC 100 and upper division standing, or instructor permission.
    Offered: Summer
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 460 - Dynamics of Prejudice and Discrimination


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    Prejudice and discrimination relating to disempowered groups of nonracial categories. Social construction of minority status, labeling and social policy implications. AIDS victims, women, older workers, gay men and lesbians, the physically challenged, and the elderly.

    Prerequisite: Twelve hours of sociology and upper divison standing, or instructor permission.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 463 - Social Movements


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    Political, religious, and other revitalization movements; emphasis on life history, membership, success in handling change, and societal impact.

    Prerequisite: Twelve hours of sociology and upper division standing, or instructor permission.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 487 - Restorative Justice


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    This is the systematic study of restorative justice, which is the restoration of the crime victim, the offender, and their community. This includes mediation, restitution, reconciliation, and the crime victim movement. Problems associated with moving from the current retributive criminal justice system to a restorative justice system will be analyzed.

    Prerequisite: Twelve hours of sociology and upper division standing, or instructor permission.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 490 - Senior Seminar in Sociology


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    This senior seminar will explore and explicate the interconnectedness of the knowledge of the discipline as this has been presented in the individual courses comprising the major, and will engage the students in a critique of concepts, theories, methods, data, practices of the discipline.

    Prerequisite: Completion of all other sociology core courses with minimum grade of C-, or instructor permission.
    Offered: Spring
    Credit: 3
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    SOC 498 - Internship in Sociology


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    A semester-long internship designed to provide a pre-professional experiential learning opportunity related to the Sociology major. Students will work full-time or part-time in a postion which will provide opportunities to further their knowledge in an area of sociology and to analyze and synthesize that knowledge in an approved internship setting. Students must complete of all elements of their learning agreement.

    Note: Variable one to 12 credits, may be repeated 12 times for a total of 12 credits.
    Prerequisite: Completion of sixty (60) semester hours of academic coursework including courses related to the intended pre-professional internship; a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5; approval of the pre-professional internship position by the faculty sponsor as being an appropriate situation for experiential learning.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis
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    SOC 499 - Independent Study for Honors


    2018-2019 Catalog Year:

    See the section CURRICULUM INFORMATION, of this catalog for college wide guidelines for independent study. The department also requires completion of all eighteen hours of “Basic Requirements” listed for a sociology major and preparation by a superior student (usually well over a 3.0 GPA) of a written plan of study within a professor’s area of specialization and not available as a regular course. The plan of study will specify the topic, objectives, and approach through a semester-long program, the number of credit hours sought, and the methods by which the professor will supervise and evaluate it for an appropriate letter grade, A through E. After the professor is satisfied that the student is qualified and that the plan of study has academic merit, the student will seek similar approval from the student’s academic advisor and then from the department chair.

    Note: Variable credit one to six, may be repeated nine times for a total of 12 credits.
    Prerequisite: A cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 for a minimum of 24 hours of sociology to include the completion of all core courses other than SOC 490.
    Offered: Not on a regular basis