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Sociology (SOCI)


2010-2012 Catalog

Sociology (SOCI)

101 Introduction to Sociology (3) 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. F10, S11, F11, S12

200 Social Problems (3) 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.

201 Social Problems in Global Perspectives (3) 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.

210 Sociology of Gender (3) Introduction to the social construction of gender. Focuses on diversity and equity, with special attention to the intersections with class, race, nation, and other social categories. Cross-listed as WST 210.

273 Race and Ethnicity (3) Study of racial and ethnic categories. Analysis of structures and circumstances which promote political, economic and cultural domination; the role of racist ideology; the pervasive nature of prejudice and discrimination; and survival and resistance strategies of repressed groups. F10, S11, F11, S12

300 Chinese Societies (3) 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. Prerequisite: Instructor's approval and SOCI 101 or ANTH 101. S12

301 Study Abroad (0-6) Field trips designed by 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. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 and permission of program and instructor.

303 Sociology of the Community (3) 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.

369 Sociology of Work (3) 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: SOCI 101 or instructor's approval.

371 The Sociological Tradition (3) 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. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 plus three additional credits in Sociology, or instructor's approval.

395 Sociological Research Methods (3) Introduction to social science epistemology, the design of research, conduct of research and the analysis of findings. Stresses the subordination of design to research problem and treats problems as constructs. Types of problems are paired with design strategies with an emphasis on ethnography, interview, archival, symbolic, and statistical forms. This course is a prerequisite for SOCI 498 and is required of all majors. Prerequisites: SOCI 101. F10, F11.

427 Sociology of Time (3) 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: SOCI 101. S11, S12 

450 The Construction of Race and Nationality (3) 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 450. Code RE. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or instructor approval. 

460 Social Class (3) 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. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or instructor's approval.

464 Social Change (3) Survey of current sociology thinking concerning the nature and causes of national and international social change. Role of the media and its relation to existing power structures are explored. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or instructor's approval. F10

466 Social Psychology (3) Examination of the generic process by which the human organism becomes a member of society. Topics include socialization, language and thought processes, and the development of the self. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or instructor's approval. S11

475 Gender and Globalization in Transnational Asia (3) 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 the shifting practices and ideology of gender. Prerequisites: SOCI 101 or equivalent. Cross-listed as WST 475.

490 Selected Topics in Sociology (3) 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. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or instructor's approval. F11.

497 Practice in Applied Sociology (1-4) Internship in sociology. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 and instructor's approval.

498 Thesis (3) Guided original research on a selected subject in sociology. In conjunction with approved sociology faculty, students produce a formal written thesis covering some area of sociological investigation or some aspect of sociological theory. Emphasis on quality of research and writing skill. Open to Sociology majors only. Recommended to be taken second semester of senior year. Prerequisite: 24 credits of Sociology including SOCI 101, SOCI 371 and SOCI 395 and instructor's approval.

499/699 Independent Study (1-4) Supervised independent study and/or research in sociology. Requires prior contract with instructor. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 and instructor's approval.


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