2019-21 Undergraduate Catalog Course Descriptions

SOCI - Sociology
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.
University Studies Requirements:
Social Science
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.
SOCI 201Global Social Problems3.00
Why do such profound socioeconomic differences exist among nations, particularly so-called developed and developing countries? Why do these differences seem to be permanent? What keeps developing countries from developing? What is the relationship between development and environmental crisis? In this class, we will explore these questions and more by studying the social relationships behind the production of everyday things.
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Social Science
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/GST 210.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
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.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SOCI 289Sociology Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
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:
Occasional by Demand
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:
Successful completion of SOCI 101 is prerequisite for enrolling in this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
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. We recommend that majors take this class in their junior year.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and 3 additional credits of Sociology.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SOCI 389Sociology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
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). We recommend that majors take this class in their junior year.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of SOCI 101 is prerequisite for enrolling in this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SOCI 410Social Movements in Sociological Perspective3.00
Examines the central features of social movements and their critical role in shaping history. We begin by examining the difference between social movements, political campaigns, non-profit organizations, and “grassroots” ad campaigns. We then turn to specific examples of how people have organized for change in the U.S. and abroad, reflecting on the different goals, tactics, and successes of movements throughout history and today. Students in this course will conduct original sociological research into social movements in the Superior/Duluth region and should come away with an understanding of the way that everyday people can and have changed the world.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SOCI 411Bodies: Sociology of the Flesh3.00
Examines the role of society in understanding and relating to biology, especially the human body. We tend to think of the body as a “given”, but in this class we will explore how the body and our relationship to it has changed dramatically over place and time. We will analyze how bodies are used as grounds for inequality, including not only those rooted in gender but also race, disability, size, and social class. This course also counts for credit toward the Gender Studies minor. Cross-listed as SOCI/GST 411.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101, GST 210, or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
SOCI 413Complex Identities: Global Race, Class, and Gender3.00
Examines race, class, gender, and other major aspects of social identity as intersecting phenomena, including some of their cousins: colonialism, patriarchy, marginalization, and racism. We look carefully at the ways each of these systems of power shifts and influences the others by assuming an intersectional perspective throughout the course. This course has a specifically global emphasis, looking at how seemingly fixed identities like race change radically in different parts of the globe. This course also counts for credit toward the Gender Studies minor. Cross-listed as SOCI/GST 413.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101, GST 210, or instructor consent.
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 prerequisite for enrolling in this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall 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 425Environmental Justice and Sustainability3.00
In this course we will spend the first half of the semester exploring the history and social structure of environmental justice movements. We will discuss both former and current movements. The second half will consist of a discussion of what constitutes a truly ecologically sustainable society and the social changes necessary to bring about sustainability.
Prerequisites:
SOCI 101
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
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:
Successful completion of SOCI 101 is prerequisite for enrolling in this course.
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.
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:
Occasional by Demand
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:
Successful completion of SOCI 101 is prerequisite for enrolling in this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SOCI 489Sociology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior.
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:
Successful completion of SOCI 101 is prerequisite for enrolling in this course.
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