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SOCI - Sociology


2012-2014 Catalog

SOCI - Sociology

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Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology3.00
General introduction to the study of human relationships, group aspects of behavior and social institutions. Considers basic concepts and theories. Meets Wisconsin certification requirements for cooperative marketing and consumer's cooperatives.
General Education Attributes:
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SOCI 189Sociology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
SOCI 200Social Problems3.00
Critical survey of social institutions and social processes which conflict with or contradict human interests. Contemporary social issues (crime, inequality, economic and ecological crisis) are analyzed from a critical rather than utilitarian viewpoint.
General Education Attributes:
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SOCI 201Global Social Problems3.00
Explores and analyzes selected contemporary social issues relevant to the global community from a historical and sociological perspective. In the course of the investigation, students cultivate empathetic imagination about peoples unlike "us," learn basic sociological concepts and perspectives, and develop reflective and critical thinking skills.
General Education Attributes:
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SOCI 210Sociology of Gender3.00
Introduces the social construction of sex and gender. It focuses on both local and international materials, with particular attention to gender inequality in contemporary societies. Intersections with class, race, nation and other social categories are also explored. Cross listed with SOCI/WST 210.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SOCI 270Understanding and Appreciating Youth At-risk3.00
Provides a social science based foundation for understanding the social production of educational and social risk among young people. The foundation will in turn provide context and opportunities for students to learn about and work proficiently and effectively with youth who are at-risk. Students will examine, synthesize, internalize, and apply evidence-based techniques to work successfully with this population. As an Academic Service-Learning course, knowledge acquired through readings, mentoring, tutoring, and projects will be used to further understand, and then assist, the at-risk youth enrolled in the after school Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness in Superior (GEARS) program. Experiences acquired in the field (at Superior Middle School in the GEARS program) will be used to deepen, authenticate, and enhance the academics presented throughout the course. A strong, holistic understanding of adolescent development will be examined and applied. Impacts and implications at the micro, macro, and mezzo levels will be discussed. The on-going importance of citizenship involvement and its role for public policy for this population will be considered.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SOCI 273Race and Ethnicity3.00
Examines the social production of racial and ethnic categories as well as the practices that enact these categories. After examining the representation of these categories as "natural," the course uses local and global evidence to investigate the institutional and representational processes that historically create and modify race and ethnicity.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
SOCI 289Sociology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
SOCI 300Chinese Societies3.00
Applies basic sociological concepts and theories to understand Chinese societies in different historical and spatial contexts. Compares and contrasts institutions and systems of meaning between and within these societies and concludes with social questions in contemporary Chinese societies. Required for SOCI 301 and ANTH 301 Study Abroad China Workshop.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 or ANTH 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SOCI 301Study Abroad0.00 - 6.00
Field trips designed by the department faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. Otherwise the course may not count. For specific degree requirements, consult your advisor. Course can be repeated only if content is different.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Summer Only
SOCI 303Sociology Of The Community3.00
Examines social changes, processes and institutions that contribute to the formation of human community. Emphasis given to emerging communities that promotes transformative ideas and practices at the local and global level. Involves a research project. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or instructor's approval.
Prerequisites:
SOCI 101 is a pre-requisite for this class
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
SOCI 369Sociology of Work3.00
Investigate the meaning, opportunities and conditions of work in relation to social processes and institutions. Special attention will be given to the impact of global capitalism and corporate dominance on the value of labor, workplace culture and labor organization. Also explores class implications of work. A research or academic service learning project is expected.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
SOCI 371Social Theory3.00
Inquiry into how social factors influence the thought of human beings; major trends and theorists contributing to the rise of sociological thought. Critically examines the work of classical, progressive, minority, and feminist theorists, looking not only at their conclusions, but also their assumptions, and their applicability to contemporary issues. Required for all majors and minors.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and 3 additional credits of Sociology.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SOCI 389Sociology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
SOCI 395Sociological Research Methods3.00
Introduction to social science epistemology, the design of research, conduct of research and the analysis of findings. Explores the use of survey, ethnography, in-depth interview, and archival, symbolic, and statistical analytic tools. This course is a prerequisite for the sociology capstone (SOCI 498).
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and a 3 additional credits in Sociology.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SOCI 423Environmental Sociology3.00
Investigation of the relationship between the natural world and social systems. We will place particular emphasis on the effect of growth-based economic systems on ecosystems, environmental social movements, and the structural nature of environmental problems and solutions.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of SOCI 101 is prerequistie for enrolling in this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SOCI 424Sociology of Education3.00
Exploration of how primary, secondary, and higher education systems in the United States are influenced by social, political, and economic factors. We will pay special attention to the role of education in reproducing class, gender, and racial inequality.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SOCI 427Sociology of Time3.00
Examination of the ways in which social activity creates kinds of time, experiences of time, as well as the consequences of social time. Emphasizes the ways in which institutions and systems of meaning incorporate ways of being into the body. Students explore time-keeping, calendars, social memory, planning and accounting as a means of understanding how the experiences of past, present and future are created. Students majoring in other disciplines are welcome.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SOCI 450The Construction of Race and Nationality3.00
In recent years scholarship on race and nationality has been revolutionized by a growing realization that racial and national identities are not fixed, but rather are social constructions that are fluid and changeable. This team-taught seminar examines the social, political and cultural processes through which race and nationality are formed. Cross-listed as HIST/SOCI 450. RE.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SOCI 460Social Class3.00
Global examination of systematic social inequality. Core topics include causes, trends and contemporary patterns of social stratification, their effects upon social life, and philosophical perspectives on inequality.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Prerequisites:
Completion of SOCI 101 is prerequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
SOCI 464Social Change3.00
Survey of current sociology thinking concerning the nature and causes of global social change with a focus on the breakdown of the post-WWII compromise and the rise of corporate power. Course counts as a Global Studies Minor elective.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of SOCI 101 is prerequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SOCI 466Social Psychology-Sociology3.00
Examines the social production of perception, cognition, emotion and identity with an emphasis on cultural variation and institutional foundations.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
SOCI 475Gender and Globalization in Transnational Asia3.00
Investigates the impact of global capitalism on gender constructions in selected communities in/of Asia. Employing transnational feminist perspectives, course examines local and global social processes and consequences of shifting practices and ideology of gender. Cross-listed as SOCI/WST 475.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and a 3 additional credits in Sociology.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
SOCI 489Sociology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior.
Typically Offered:
SOCI 490Selected Topics in Sociology3.00
In-depth study of specialized current topics in sociology selected by the instructor. May be repeated for credit when instructor and/or topics are different.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SOCI 497Practice in Applied Sociology1.00 - 4.00
Integrates and extends classroom learning through a community-based service or work internship. Credit is granted when the student successfully completes an academic-service/work relationship. The academic component is crucial and credit will not be granted for service/work alone. For every one (1) credit, three (3) hours of service/work per week is expected.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SOCI 498Thesis3.00
Guided research on a selected sociological topic. Each student produces a formal written research paper based on systematic investigation of sociological question. Individual work in consultation with a faculty thesis advisor will be balanced with collaborative discussions among all students writing theses. The capstone will be a public presentation of each student's research findings. Required of all Sociology majors.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of 24 credits of Sociology including SOCI 101, SOCI 371, SOCI 395.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SOCI 499Independent Study1.00 - 4.00
Supervised independent study and/or research in Sociology. Requires prior contract with instructor.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SOCI 699Independent Study1.00 - 4.00
Supervised independent study and/or research in Sociology. Required prior contract with instructor.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand

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