Sociology

UW-PARKSIDE 2019-21 CATALOG
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College:
Social Sciences and Professional Studies.

Degree and Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts
Major - Sociology
Major -  Sociology Online Degree Completion
Minor - Sociology
Minor - Sociology for Teachers
Certificate - Child and Family Advocacy
Certificate - Diversity and Inclusion
Certificate - Gerontology
Certificate - Health and Society
Certificate - Program Evaluation
Certificate - Social Justice
Certificate - Urban Studies

Student Organizations/Clubs:
Sociology Club

Career Possibilities:
Social services (rehabilitation, case management, group work with youth or the elderly, recreation, or administration); community work (social service and nonprofit organizations, child-care or community development agencies, or environmental groups); corrections (probation, parole, or other criminal justice related field); business (advertising, marketing and consumer research, insurance, real estate, personnel work, training, or sales); college settings (admissions, alumni relations, student placement or residence advising and supervision); health services (family planning, substance abuse counseling, rehabilitation counseling, health planning, hospital admissions, and insurance adjustment); publishing, journalism, and public relations (writing, research, and editing); government (federal, state, and local government jobs in such areas as transportation, housing, agriculture, labor, international development, and historic preservation).

Department Overview

Sociology is the scientific study of people in interaction with each other. Interaction can be viewed from a macro perspective, as with nations who interact, either cooperatively, competitively or in conflict. Interactions can be studied on a smaller scale, e.g. within organizations that reflect our institutions such as economy, science, education or health. Or, interaction can be studied from a micro perspective, as in study of small group behaviors like the dyad or triad. The curriculum includes an understanding of the theories and methods used by sociologists, as well as substantive areas to which these theories and methods are applied.

Opportunities are available for the application of sociological knowledge and the use of critical thinking to clarify social problems and evaluate policies of public and private agencies. Students can choose to work in their communities as active participants toward social justice and change.

Preparation for Graduate School

Students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree with a major in sociology are qualified to enter graduate and professional programs in many fields such as sociology, social work, law enforcement, and public/social service administration.

Program Level Outcomes

Sociology offers a high quality program which promotes the ability to apply theory, produce research and engage in your community. The accomplishment of the departmental mission is reflected in the competencies students demonstrate before graduation.

Conceptual Competencies
  1. Apply sociological concepts, theories, and perspectives on culture and society.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of cultures and societies in their own terms.
  3. Appraise the impact of the social and physical environment on individual experience.
  4. Assess and critique different sociological theoretical orientations.
  5. Explain the process of theory construction.
Methodological Competencies
  1. Demonstrate the connection between theory, methods, and realities.
  2. Frame and execute a research project.
  3. Record, interpret, and communicate quantitative and qualitative evidence.
  4. Find, organize, and critically evaluate data/information (interpreting data outcomes and evaluating literature).
  5. Apply the use technology for achieving goals and tasks.
Civic Competencies
  1. Promote the active exchange of ideas in a civil manner.
  2. Employ sociological knowledge to address important issues locally and globally.
  3. Gain competence in effective collaboration and teamwork.
  4. Identify and confront ethnocentrism.

 

Requirements for the Sociology Major (38 credits)

In order to be accepted as a major in sociology, a student must have an overall minimum 2.25 GPA and must have completed ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. A major in sociology consists of a minimum of 38 credits. At least 15 credits of upper-level courses in the major must be completed at UW-Parkside. Under consultation with a faculty member, an advanced student may opt to “design” his/her own course as an independent study in sociology. The student must work with a faculty member whose expertise is in the selected topic. Together, they negotiate the focus and content of the course, materials to be examined, and so forth. The following core courses, to be completed by the end of the junior year or prior to the completion of 90 credit hours of study, are required of all students majoring in sociology:

  1. Core Courses (20 credits)
    SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr
    SOCA 248 Research Report Writing for the Social Sciences 3 cr
    SOCA 250 Statistics for the Social Sciences 4 cr
    SOCA 295 Social Science Research Methods 2 cr
    SOCA 300 Topics in Data Collection and Analysis 2 cr
    SOCA 301 Sociological Theory 3 cr
    SOCA 495 Senior Seminar 3 cr
  2. Elective Courses (18 credits)
    Complete at least 12 credits in upper-level (300-400 level) courses.

    Complete one course from at least four of the specialization areas listed below. Then choose one course each from two additional areas (12 credits with 6 credits in two areas; 6 credits with 3 credits in two other areas).

    Criminology and Deviance
    SOCA 102 Contemporary Social Problems 3 cr
    SOCA 216 Social Issues in Substance Use and Abuse 3 cr
    SOCA 233 Criminology 3 cr
    SOCA 234 Juvenile Delinquency/Juvenile Justice 3 cr
    SOCA 235 Police and Society 3 cr
    SOCA 320 Sociological Social Psychology 3 cr
    SOCA 331 Deviant Behavior 3 cr
    SOCA 332 Sociology of Mental Illness 3 cr
    SOCA 352 Law and Social Change 3 cr
    SOCA 359 Law and Society 3 cr
    SOCA 363 Corrections 3 cr
    SOCA 365 Race, Crime, Law 3 cr
    SOCA 368 Victimology 3 cr

    Family and Human Services * 

    SOCA 207 Marriage and Family 3 cr
    SOCA 213 Gender and Society 3 cr
    SOCA 216 Social Issues in Substance Use and Abuse 3 cr
    SOCA 319 Death and Dying 3 cr
    SOCA 320 Sociological Social Psychology 3 cr
    SOCA 326 Social Gerontology 3 cr
    SOCA 332 Sociology of Mental Illness 3 cr
    SOCA 336 Childhood and Society 3 cr
    SOCA 354 Class, Status, and Power 3 cr
    SOCA 367 LGBTQ Studies 3 cr
    SOCA 372 Technology and Society 3 cr
    SOCA 375 Sociology of Education 3 cr
    SOCA 376 Public Health 3 cr
    SOCA 380 Social Welfare as a Social Institution 3 cr

     

    Race and Ethnic Relations 
    SOCA 206 Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S. 3 cr
    SOCA 226 Peoples of Africa 3 cr
    SOCA 227 North American Indians  3 cr
    SOCA 323 Institutional Racism in America 3 cr
    SOCA 324 African American Studies 3 cr
    SOCA 325 Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations 3 cr
    SOCA 328 Asians in American Society 3 cr
    SOCA 329 Social Institutions in Contemporary China 3 cr
    SOCA 343 Latinex in the United States 3 cr
    SOCA 354 Class, Status, and Power 3 cr
    SOCA 360 Critical Ethnic Studies 3 cr
    Urban Institutions and the Occupational World
    SOCA 213 Gender and Society 3 cr
    SOCA 319 Death and Dying 3 cr
    SOCA 321 Religion and Society 3 cr
    SOCA 322 Sociology of Language and Knowledge 3 cr
    SOCA 323 Institutional Racism in America 3 cr
    SOCA 354 Class, Status, and Power 3 cr
    SOCA 355 Urbanism and Urbanization 3 cr
    SOCA 356 Political Sociology 3 cr
    SOCA 358 Introduction to Population Studies 3 cr
    SOCA 362 Migration and Immigration 3 cr
    SOCA 371 Occupations and Professions 3 cr
    SOCA 372 Technology and Society 3 cr
    SOCA 373 Formal Organization 3 cr
    SOCA 374 Women and Work 3 cr
    SOCA 375 Sociology of Education 3 cr
    SOCA 376 Public Health 3 cr
    SOCA 379 Society and Environment 3 cr
    SOCA 380 Social Welfare as a Social Institution 3 cr
    SOCA 455 International Development and Change 3 cr
    Evaluation and Practice 
    SOCA 304 Skill Development in Leadership 1 cr
    SOCA 306 Research in Community Needs 3 cr
    SOCA 406 Advanced Program Evaluation 3 cr
    SOCA 455 International Development and Change 3 cr
    SOCA 492 Internship in Sociology 1-4 cr
    SOCA 498 Portfolio 1 cr

    *Students may fulfill a specialization in family and human services by completing one course under the heading of race and ethnic relations. 

 

Requirements for Admission to the Sociology Online Degree Completion Program

  1. A minimum of 45 to 60 college credits
  2. Completion of the UW-Parkside skills requirement in English (MATH 111/102 requirement must be met at the time of graduation)
  3. Foreign Language requirement (must be met at the time of graduation)
  4. Completion of SOCA 101, Introduction to Sociology (or SOCA 100, Introduction to Anthropology)
  5. Completion of the UW-Parkside General Education requirements (students who have fewer than 5 General Education courses left to take may be considered for admission.)
  6. A minimum 2.25 GPA overall
     

Requirements for the Sociology Online Degree Completion Program (60 credits)

  1. Core Courses (21 credits)
    Required courses (18 credits):
    SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr
    SOCA 248 Research Report Writing for the Social Sciences 3 cr
    SOCA 250 Statistics for the Social Sciences 4 cr
    SOCA 295 Social Science Research Methods 2 cr
    SOCA 301 Sociological Theory 3 cr
    SOCA 495 Senior Seminar 3 cr
    Choose one course (3 credits):
    SOCA 300  Topics in Data Collection and Analysis 3 cr
    SOCA 303 Program Evaluation 3 cr
    SOCA 307 Survey Methods 3 cr
  2. Content Elective Courses (18 credits)
    1. Complete one course from at least four of the specialization areas listed below (12 credits).
    2. Each class can only count for one area.
    3. Complete one course to fulfill the diversity requirement (3 credits).
    4. Complete one additional course (3 credits).

    Criminology and Deviance
    SOCA 320 Sociological Social Psychology  3 cr
    SOCA 331 Deviant Behavior 3 cr
    SOCA 332 Sociology of Mental Illness 3 cr
    Family and Human Services * 
    SOCA 319 Death and Dying 3 cr
    SOCA 326 Social Gerontology 3 cr
    SOCA 332 Sociology of Mental Illness 3 cr
    SOCA 354 Class, Status, and Power 3 cr
    SOCA 376 Public Health 3 cr
    Race and Ethnic Relations 
    SOCA 323 Institutional Racism in America 3 cr
    SOCA 325 Comparative Race & Ethnic Relations 3 cr
    SOCA 354 Class, Status, and Power 3 cr

    Urban Institutions and the Occupational World 

    SOCA 319 Death and Dying 3 cr
    SOCA 321 Religion and Society 3 cr
    SOCA 323 Institutional Racism in America 3 cr
    SOCA 354 Class, Status, and Power 3 cr
    SOCA 355 Urbanism and Urbanization 3 cr
    SOCA 376 Public Health 3 cr
  3. Elective Courses (21 credits)
    Nine credits of the 21 must be at 300-level or higher.
    1. Additional Sociology Electives (12 credits)
      Take additional sociology courses not already taken in core and content electives (200-499)
    2. General Electives (9 credits)
      Take any UW-Parkside course.

 

 

Requirements for the Sociology Minor (21 credits)

The minor in sociology consists of a minimum of 21 credits, distributed as follows:

  1. Required Courses (6 credits)
    SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr
    Choose one three credit option:
    SOCA 295  Social Science Research Methods 2 cr
    SOCA 300 Topics in Data Collection and Analysis 1 cr
    OR    
    SOCA 301 Sociological Theory 3 cr
  2. Elective Courses (15 credits)
    Choose 15 credits (with at least 9 credits at the 300 or 400 level)
    SOCA 102 Contemporary Social Problems 3 cr
    SOCA 206 Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S. 3 cr
    SOCA 207 Marriage and Family 3 cr
    SOCA 213 Gender and Society 3 cr
    SOCA 216 Social Issues in Substance Use and Abuse 3 cr
    SOCA 233 Criminology 3 cr
    SOCA 234 Juvenile Delinquency/Juvenile Justice 3 cr
    SOCA 235 Police and Society 3 cr
    SOCA 250 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3 cr
    SOCA 290 Special Topics in Sociology 3 cr
    SOCA 304 Skill Development in Leadership 1 cr
    SOCA 306 Research in Community Needs 3 cr
    SOCA 319 Death and Dying 3 cr
    SOCA 320 Sociological Social Psychology 3 cr
    SOCA 321 Religion and Society 3 cr
    SOCA 322 Sociology of Language and Knowledge 3 cr
    SOCA 323 Institutional Racism in America 3 cr
    SOCA 324 African American Studies 3 cr
    SOCA 325 Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations 3 cr
    SOCA 326 Social Gerontology 3 cr
    SOCA 328 Asians in American Society 3 cr
    SOCA 329 Social Institutions in Contemporary China 3 cr
    SOCA 331 Deviant Behavior 3 cr
    SOCA 332 Sociology of Mental Illness 3 cr
    SOCA 336 Childhood and Society 3 cr
    SOCA 343 Latinex in the United States 3 cr
    SOCA 352 Law and Social Change 3 cr
    SOCA 354 Class, Status, and Power 3 cr
    SOCA 355 Urbanism and Urbanization 3 cr
    SOCA 356 Political Sociology 3 cr
    SOCA 358 Introduction to Population Studies 3 cr
    SOCA 359 Law and Society 3 cr
    SOCA 360 Critical Ethnic Studies 3 cr
    SOCA 362 Migration and Immigration 3 cr
    SOCA 363 Corrections 3 cr
    SOCA 365 Race, Crime, Law 3 cr
    SOCA 367 LGBTQ Studies 3 cr
    SOCA 368 Victimology 3 cr
    SOCA 371 Occupations and Professions 3 cr
    SOCA 372 Technology and Society 3 cr
    SOCA 373 Formal Organization 3 cr
    SOCA 374 Women and Work 3 cr
    SOCA 375 Sociology of Education 3 cr
    SOCA 376 Public Health 3 cr
    SOCA 379 Society and Environment 3 cr
    SOCA 380 Social Welfare as a Social Institution 3 cr
    SOCA 390 Special Topics in Sociology 1-3 cr
    SOCA 406 Advanced Program Evaluation 3 cr
    SOCA 490 Special Topics in Sociology 1-3 cr
    SOCA 492 Internship in Sociology 1-4 cr

 

Requirements for the Sociology for Teachers Minor (18 Credits)

  1. Required Courses (6 credits)
    SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr
    SOCA 301 Sociological Theory 3 cr
  2. Elective Courses (12 credits)
    1. Choose one (3 credits)
      SOCA 354  Class, Status, and Power 3 cr
      SOCA 355 Urbanism and Urbanization 3 cr
      SOCA 362 Migration and Immigration 3 cr
    2. Choose one (3 credits)
      SOCA 336 Childhood and Society 3 cr
      SOCA 373 Formal Organization 3 cr
      SOCA 375 Sociology of Education 3 cr
    3. Choose one (3 credits)
      SOCA 325 Childhood and Society 3 cr
      SOCA 343 Latinex in the United States 3 cr
      SOCA 367 Sociology of Education 3 cr
      HIST 336 Poverty in American History 3 cr
      SOCA 492 Internship in Sociology 3 cr
    4. Choose one (3 credits)
      Choose 3 credits from the remaining courses listed above.

 

Requirements for the Child and Family Advocacy Certificate (15 credits)

The child and family advocacy field uniquely meets a human need through interdisciplinary knowledge base that focuses both on prevention and remediation because it seeks to improve the overall quality of life. This field encompasses careers that are on the rise and the path is very wide, so students could find careers in areas that range between mental health counselors and case workers at the human services office to child advocate, family or victim advocate, community liaison, family therapist, marriage and family counselors, case management worker, school counselors, mental health therapy all branch out from this field.

  1. Required courses (6 credits)
    SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr
    SOCA 207 Marriage and Family 3 cr
  2. Elective courses (6 credits)
    Choose two courses:
    SOCA 213 Gender and Society 3 cr
    SOCA 320 Sociological Social Psychology 3 cr
    SOCA 331 Deviant Behavior 3 cr
    SOCA 336 Childhood and Society 3 cr
    SOCA 374 Woman and Work 3 cr
    SOCA 375 Sociology of Education 3 cr
  3. Practicum (3 credits):
    Choose one course:
    SOCA 380 Social Welfare as a Social Institution 3 cr
    SOCA 492 Internship in Sociology* 3 cr

*All SOCA 492 internships have to be geared towards the area of the certificate. Students who already have experience in any field may receive credit for the practicum category of the certificates but after submitting the necessary documentation and approval by the department.

Students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 and a minimum grade of C-minus in each course to earn the certificate.

 

Requirements for the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate (15 credits)

Tomorrow’s leaders require a competitive edge. A skill of uprooting hidden biases and natural blind spots is required to effectively work and contribute to the increasingly diverse society. These skills are needed so the barriers are lessened and an equal opportunity is secured. Interestingly, this is needed in each and every walk in life following graduation. Our practicum for this certificate has a longstanding tradition in the sociology department. We have the diversity circles that come in one credit tackling different topics. Thus, this certificate secures the most rewarding career. Diversity specialists could be program managers, facilitators, counselors and learning specialist.

  1. Required courses (6 credits)
    SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr
    SOCA 206 Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S. 3 cr
  2. Elective courses (6 credits)
    Choose two courses:
    SOCA 227 North American Indians 3 cr
         
    SOCA 226 Peoples of Africa 3 cr
    OR    
    SOCA 324 African American Studies 3 cr
         
    SOCA 328 Asians in American Society 3 cr
    OR    
    SOCA 329 Social Institutions in Contemporary China 3 cr
         
    SOCA 343 Latinex in the United States 3 cr
  3. Practicum (3 credits)
    Choose one course:
    SOCA 492 Internship in Sociology*  3 cr
    SOCA 107 Diversity Circles 3 cr
    (SOCA 107 is a 1 credit course that must be taken three times to meet this requirement)

*All SOCA 492 internships have to be geared towards the area of the certificate. Students who already have experience in any field may receive credit for the practicum category of the certificates but after submitting the necessary documentation and approval by the department.

Students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 and a minimum grade of C-minus in each course to earn the certificate.

 

Requirements for Gerontology Certificate (12 credits)

The certificate in gerontology will require the successful completion of 12 credits. Students must achieve a 2.5 GPA or better in this certificate to receive the certificate.

  1. Required Course (3 credits)
    SOCA 326 Social Gerontology  3 cr
  2. Elective Courses (6 credits)
    Choose two courses:
    BIOS 109 Biology of Aging 3 cr
    PSYC 241 Psychology of Aging 3 cr
    SOCA 319 Death and Dying 3 cr
  3. Practicum (3 credits)
    SOCA 492 Internship in Sociology 3 cr

*Students who already have experience in the field of gerontology or working with the aging population may receive credit for an internship through written agreement with a faculty member of this program.

 

Requirements for the Health and Society Certificate (15 credits)

Many students attend UW-Parkside hoping to pursue a career in the “helping profession.” This certificate will provide additional options to pursue careers in the health care industry. The Health and Society certificate will provide students with an excellent opportunity to study questions of physical and mental health, health behaviors and practices, and health care institutions, in an integrated way—primarily through a social and cultural lens, spanning both national and global contexts. The health care industry career path is so wide that students may opt to offer their skills as community health educators, consultants to data specialists, substance abuse programmer, rehabilitation and prevention counselor, social services and school’s youth and parent aide.

  1. Required courses (6 credits):
    SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr
    SOCA 376 Public Health 3 cr
  2. Elective courses (6 credits)
     Choose two courses:
    SOCA 216 Social Issues in Substance Use 3 cr
    SOCA 320 Sociological Social Psychology 3 cr
    SOCA 332 Sociology of Mental Illness 3 cr
    SOCA 379 Society and Environment 3 cr
  3. Practicum (3 credits):
    Choose one course:
    SOCA 380 Social Welfare as a Social Institution 3 cr
    SOCA 492 Internship in Sociology* 3 cr

 

*All SOCA 492 internships have to be geared towards the area of the certificate. Students who already have experience in any field may receive credit for the practicum category of the certificates but after submitting the necessary documentation and approval by the department.

Students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 and a minimum grade of C-minus in each course to earn the certificate.

 

Requirements for Program Evaluation Certificate (12 credits) 

Program Overview
Program evaluation is the process of using social science research methods to study, appraise, and help improve programs in nonprofit organizations, educational systems, governmental departments, and businesses. Program evaluation is an important component of strategic planning working to improve the effectiveness of an organization. Program evaluation can employ both qualitative and quantitative research methods. The ability to conduct a research-based evaluation is valuable preparation for leadership roles in the workplace. Program evaluation includes not only the theory, research, multicultural, and data management skills of the social science disciplines but also verbal communication skills, report writing, teamwork, project management, strategic planning, and leadership.

Community Based Research
Classes in this program give students experiences working on projects for organizations in the community. Hands-on experience helps students to close the gap between theory and practice and strengthen their career development. Students in this certificate program learn how to use their social science knowledge to better understand the role of groups in social change, increasing their effectiveness in social action work. They develop analytical skills and learn methodological tools that are relevant for both the workplace and graduate study.

  1. Required Course (3 credits)
    SOCA 303* Program Evaluation 3 cr
  2. Elective Courses (6 credits)
    Choose courses from list:
    SOCA 300 Topics in Data Collection and Analysis 3 cr
    SOCA 306 Research in Community Needs 3 cr
    Or another research course approve by the director
  3. Practicum (3 credits)
    SOCA 406 Advanced Program Evaluation 3 cr

    *Similar classes to SOCA 295 (which is a prerequisite for SOCA 303) may be approved by the department.

 

Requirements for the Social Justice Certificate (15 credits)

The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of responsibility for one’s community. Any community must address the problem of achieving social justice so they can cope compassionately with social injustices and resolve for this.  Graduates who complete this certificate and those who have experience working with a specific population that was oppressed may have favorable job prospects in the area of counseling, social welfare, humanitarian careers, victim advocates, social justice consultants, even correctional officers.

  1. Required courses (6 credits)
    SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr
    SOCA 354 Class, Status and Power 3 cr
  2. Elective courses (6 credits)
    Choose two courses:
    SOCA 320 Sociological Social Psychology 3 cr
    SOCA 323 Institutional Racism in America 3 cr
    SOCA 331 Deviant Behavior  3 cr
    SOCA 360 Critical Ethnic Studies 3 cr
    SOCA 376 Public Health 3 cr
    SOCA 355 Urbanism and Urbanization 3 cr
    SOCA 356 Political Sociology 3 cr
    SOCA 367 LGBTQ Studies 3 cr
    SOCA 375 Sociology of Education 3 cr
  3. Practicum (3 credits)
    SOCA 492 Internship in Sociology* 3 cr

    *All SOCA 492 internships have to be geared towards the area of the certificate. Students who already have experience in any field may receive credit for the practicum category of the certificates but after submitting the necessary documentation and approval by the department.

    Students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 and a minimum grade of C-minus in each course to earn the certificate.

 

Requirements for the Urban Studies Certificate (12 credits)

To earn the urban studies certificate, student must complete the five certificate courses with a GPA of 2.5 or better.

  1. Required Courses (3 credits)
    Choose one course:
    GEOG 360 Urban Geography  3 cr
    SOCA 355 Urbanism and Urbanization 3 cr
    Note: Both have prerequisites at the 100 level
  2. Elective Courses (6 credits)
    Choose two courses from different departments:
    ECON 304 Economics of Urban Problems 3 cr
    GEOG 340 Political Geography 3 cr
    GEOG 375 Geography of Transportation 3 cr
    HIST 325 Mayhem and the Metropolis 3 cr
    HIST 341 The Urbanization of the United States 3 cr
    SOCA 323 Institutional Racism in America 3 cr

    SOCA 358

    Introduction to Population Studies 3 cr
    SOCA 362 Migration and Immigration 3 cr
    SOCA 373 Formal Organization 3 cr
    SOCA 379 Society and Environment 3 cr
    Note: Prerequisites apply in specific department
  3. Practicum Course (3 Credits)
    Choose one course:

    Students must take one course that fulfills a hands-on practical experience, such as an internship or independent study in any related department. Approval of the practicum experience by the Program Director is necessary. Possible options include:
    ANTH 494 Internship in Anthropology  3 cr
    GEOG 494 Internship in Geography 3 cr
    HIST 336 Poverty in American History 3 cr
    SOCA 492 Internship in Sociology 3 cr

 

Teacher Education Licensure in Sociology

Students interested in becoming teachers will need to complete an approved program pathway to a Wisconsin initial educator license. The approved pathway to this license is a structured collaboration between the Sociology Department and the Institute of Professional Educator Development (IPED).

The requirements for teacher licensure are specific and therefore students must meet with the IPED Adviser to coordinate the major and teacher education curriculum. It is very important to contact the IPED adviser at 262-595-2180 or Molinaro D111 as soon as possible. Students are required to seek advising each semester from both the IPED Adviser and the Sociology Department liaison to the teacher education program.

Complete information about the Teacher Education Program can be found on the IPED website at: http://www.uwp.edu/learn/departments/educatordevelopment/

Courses in Sociology (SOCA)

101

Introduction to Sociology
Prereq: None. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Examines social relations, social organization and social systems through the study of process, structure, and function.

3 cr
102

Contemporary Social Problems
Prereq: None. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Sociological examination of selected major problems facing modern society. Analysis of important issues of public and academic concern; e.g., overpopulation, poverty, women’s issues, alienation.

3 cr
107

Diversity Circles
Prereq: None. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Small group dialogues that help students become aware of their own biases as well as understand the impact of racism in schools, communities, and society.

1 cr
190

Special Topics
Prereq: None. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Examines selected topics in sociology and/or anthropology.

1 cr
206

Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Introduces the formation and dynamics of ethnic and race relations in the United States and their social repercussions in terms of marginalizing people and the distribution of their life chances. Cross-listed with ETHN 206.

3 cr
207

Marriage and Family
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Surveys nature and functions of the family; cross cultural and/or life course comparisons of marriage and family arrangements; gender role training; premarital and marital social and sexual activities, power dynamics, and other family processes.

3 cr
213

Gender and Society
Prereq: None. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Overview of theory and research on gender roles and gender stratification, focusing on political, economic, family and other settings; historical, cross cultural and subcultural comparisons. Cross-listed with WGSS 213.

3 cr
216

Social Issues in Substance Use and Abuse
Prereq: SOCA 101. Freq: Fall.
Explores theory and research on substance abuse including legal (alcohol, tobacco) and controlled substances. Focuses on differences in patterns of chemical use within historical, cultural and class contexts. Includes a community project and provides CBL credit.

3 cr
226

Peoples of Africa
Prereq: ANTH 100, SOCA 101, INTS 100. Freq: Fall.
Surveys the societies and cultures of Africa. Discusses history, cultural variation, and contemporary social change. Cross- listed with INTS 226.

3 cr
227

North American Indians
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Fall (even years).
Surveys American Indian peoples of the United States and Canada focusing on various aspects of culture, history and recent culture change.  Cross-listed with ANTH 227.

3 cr
233

Criminology
Prereq: SOCA 101 or CRMJ 101. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Examines past and current theory and research including crime as a consequence of social, economic, political, and personal factors; and critique of approaches to prevention and correction. Cross-listed with CRMJ 233.

3 cr
234

Juvenile Delinquency/Juvenile Justice
Prereq: SOCA 101 or CRMJ 101. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Covers conceptions of juvenile delinquency; the offender in the juvenile justice system; the philosophy, structure and function of juvenile courts; the philosophy, development, and organization of diversion, detention and treatment of the juvenile offender. Cross-listed with CRMJ 234.

3 cr
235

Police and Society
Prereq: SOCA 101 or CRMJ 101. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Studies the various levels, roles and functions of law enforcement in America; evaluates the nature and responsibilities of law enforcement including police accountability and civil liability. Examines the racial, ethnic, and gender issues in law enforcement. Cross-listed with CRMJ 235.

3 cr
248

Research Report Writing for the Social Sciences
Prereq: SOCA 101; ENGL 101 with a grade of C+ or better. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Covers research report writing with the ability to demonstrate an understanding for the relationship among argument, evidence, conclusion, concepts, methods, and theoretical orientations in sociology. Focuses on understanding the format of research papers and improving writing ability.

3 cr
250

Statistics for the Social Sciences
Prereq: Computational skills requirement (MATH 102 or 111). Freq: Fall, Spring.
Introduces descriptive and inferential statistics as applied to measurements of behavior. Focuses on statistical computation, analysis, and interpretation of data using scientific calculator and SPSS statistical software. Examines quantitative solutions and computer output that can be applied in business and social service settings.

4 cr
290

Special Topics in Sociology
Prereq: SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines selected topics in sociology.

1-3 cr
295

Social Science Research Methods
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101; sophomore standing. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Introduces philosophies, methods and problems of social research; sampling and data collection techniques; questionnaire construction, interviewing techniques, field methods, and content analysis.

2 cr
300

Topics in Data Collection and Analysis
Prereq: SOCA 295. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Develops skills in specific methods of data collection and analysis in sociology. Topics will vary. May be repeated with a different topic.

1-3 cr
301

Sociological Theory
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101; junior standing. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Explores major sociological concepts and theories, and their application in the analysis of social structures and processes.

3 cr
303

Program Evaluation
Prereq: SOCA 295. Freq: Fall, Spring
Applies theory and methods of program evaluation including measuring and evaluating program outcomes; analyzing community needs, and assessing program impacts.

3 cr
304

Skill Development in Leadership
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101; junior standing. Freq: Occasionally.
Provides training in an aspect of grass-roots leadership, focusing on sociological perspectives. Includes grant writing, team building, and working with media, emphasizing different areas in different semesters. May be repeated for credit.

1 cr
305

Family Violence
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or SOCA 101. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Examines the criminal justice response to family violence, which includes child abuse, spousal abuse, elder abuse, and date rape. Explores the prevalence and extent of family violence as well as strategies for treatment and prevention.
Cross-listed with CRMJ 305.

1 cr
306

Research in Community Needs
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101; junior standing. Freq: Occasionally.
Explores assessment of the needs of a community or environment using the methods of evaluation research.

3 cr
307

Survey Methods
Prereq: SOCA 295. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Explores survey research including data collection and data analysis.

3 cr
319

Death and Dying
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Spring.
Investigates patterns of behavior and beliefs about death, dying, and bereavement. Examines medical, legal, and ethical issues.

3 cr
320

Sociological Social Psychology
Prereq: SOCA 101; 3 additional credits in sociology. Freq: Fall (even years).
Examines the role of larger society in constructing and defining our day-to-day interactions and the relationship between group structures and processes, particularly issues of social inequality.

3 cr
321

Religion and Society
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Provides comparative study of religion and society with an emphasis on the major religious traditions. Examines the relationship between religions, beliefs and social values.

3 cr
322

Sociology of Language and Knowledge
Prereq: SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Introduces concepts, theoretical frameworks and concerns of sociolinguists, emphasizing ethnomethodology, language planning, and cultural politics affecting linguistic minorities.

3 cr
323

Institutional Racism in America
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Examines racism within various institutions such as public government bodies, private businesses, and universities. Outlines political, social, ecological and economic effects of racism.

3 cr
324

African American Studies
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines the experiences of African Americans, both current and historical, using a variety of theoretical models and perspectives. Includes macro-level contexts of those experiences.

3 cr
325

Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Compares the structural forces that influence racialization and ethnicization processes: colonization, inclusion, exclusion, refugeeism, displacement and forced migration.

3 cr
326

Social Gerontology
Prereq: SOCA 101; junior standing. Freq: Fall.
Examines the quality of life issues among elderly; focuses on medical, social, educational, recreational and economic institutions.

3 cr
328

Asians in American Society
Prereq: ANTH 100 or INTS 103 or SOCA 101. Freq: Fall.
Examines the culture, social, political, historical, and economic experiences of Asians in America. Covers Asian Americans as perpetual foreigners, racism, immigration, citizenship, language, education and job opportunities.

3 cr
329

Social Institutions in Contemporary China
Prereq: ANTH 100 or INTS 103 or SOCA 101. Freq: Fall (odd years).
Introduces the social institutions and changes in contemporary China. Covers population, family, education, economy, and politics.

3 cr

331

Deviant Behavior
Prereq: SOCA 101; junior standing. Freq: Fall (odd years).
Elucidates theoretical perspectives on deviant behavior which trace the development of how deviance is defined, explained and controlled.

3 cr
332

Sociology of Mental Illness
Prereq: SOCA 101, junior standing. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines mental illness as a social role/social label in terms of institutional and sociocultural factors.

3 cr
336

Childhood and Society
Prereq: SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines childhood as a socially constructed idea with a profound effect on our lives and our communities; changing images, definitions, agreements, and rules about childhood; the social structures incorporating childhood; the relationship of childhood to power distributions and economic inequalities.

3 cr
343

Latinex in the United States
Prereq: ANTH 100 or ETHN 201 or SOCA 101. Freq: Fall.
Focuses on the social, political, and cultural dynamics of the Latina/o experience in the U.S. including racial/ethnic identity, racism, economy, immigration, colonialism. Cross-listed with ETHN 343.

3 cr
352

Law and Social Change
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Provides a broad theoretical background against which to explore policies in the system of law, in definition and enforcement of the law, and to follow those policies as they have been and how by social change affects policies. Cross-listed with CRMJ 352.

3 cr
354

Class, Status, and Power
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Spring.
Examines patterns of inequalities and their relationship to social conflict, social organization, belief systems, race/ethnic identities, gender roles, and global systems of wealth and power.

3 cr
355

Urbanism and Urbanization
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines the effects of major historical, economic, political, and architectural trends on class compositions of cities as a political economic analysis of urban life.

3 cr
356

Political Sociology
Prereq: SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines the relationship between politics and the larger social structure, such as structure of power in the United States and the economy; political consciousness and the debate on the changing nature of industrial societies. Cross-listed with POLS 356.

3 cr
358

Introduction to Population Studies
Prereq: SOCA 101; junior standing. Freq: Occasionally.
Elucidates population size, composition and processes of migration, including social and economic determinants of demographic changes and their effects upon social organization.

3 cr
359

Law and Society
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Explores selected legal rules, principles, and institutions from a sociological perspective including influence of culture and social organization on law; role of law in social change; social aspects of the administration of justice; and social knowledge and law. Cross-listed with CRMJ 359.

3 cr
360

Critical Ethnic Studies
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines social conditions under which ethnic groups are labeled as “races” in the United States and selected other societies, focusing on perceptions of whiteness and hybridity and their social consequences. Cross-listed with ETHN 360.

3 cr
362

Migration and Immigration
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Spring (even years).
Examines migration and immigration as major processes of change in the United States and internationally, focusing on communities, social networks, and work activities of migrants. Cross-listed with ANTH 362.

3 cr
363

Corrections
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or SOCA 101. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Analyzes the organization of correctional agencies and the role of corrections in the criminal justice system. Includes review of theories, practices, systems, and treatment methods. Cross-listed with CRMJ 363.

3 cr
365

Race, Crime, Law
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or SOCA 101; junior standing. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Explores the intersections of race, crime and law in terms of the historical context, the present day situation and future directions. Focuses on the multiple perspectives from offender to victim to criminal justice practitioner. Cross-listed with CRMJ 365.

3 cr
367

LGBTQ Studies
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101 or WGSS 110. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines the everyday lives of people in the LGBTQ community as they participate in identity politics, collective action, resistance, and empowerment in a heteronormative society. Cross-listed with WGSS 367.

3 cr
368

Victimology
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines the causes and consequences of crime victimization, including the history and recent re-emergence of the study of the victim, and the types and circumstances of criminal victimization. Addresses victims’ rights and the victims’ rights movement. Cross- listed with CRMJ 368.

3 cr
371

Occupations and Professions
Prereq: SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Analyzes selected occupations and professions in modern life; explores recruitment, socialization, work roles and careers, occupational ideologies and practices.

3 cr
372

Technology and Society
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines technology and technological change from the perspective or interactions between technology and social organization. Discusses the causes and effects of technological change through critical, structural, contextual, and interactionist approaches.

3 cr
373

Formal Organization
Prereq: SOCA 101; junior standing. Freq: Fall.
Examines fundamental issues concerning social organization, includes theories and research methods for analyzing organizations; individuals and groups in organizations; organizational structure; communication, leadership, and decision-making; and organizational change and effectiveness.

3 cr
374

Women and Work
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines the position of women in the work world including the importance of gender in determining definitions and valuations of work. Considers the context of women globally and historically.

3 cr
375

Sociology of Education
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Analyzes education as an institution that influences and is influenced by society. Reviews the functions of education, how social conflict shapes schools, and the connections between education and social inequality.

3 cr
376

Public Health
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Spring.
Investigates the health status of populations and the social, political, economic, and environmental factors that influence health, disease, and illness in populations. Focuses on historical patterns, current challenges, and alternatives for future change.

3 cr
379

Society and Environment
Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines environmental philosophies, movements, attitudes, and issues from a sociological perspective. Considers a diverse, multicultural array of approaches.

3 cr
380

Social Welfare as a Social Institution
Prereq: SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Delves into American social work emphasizing recent changes in organization and methods. Includes issues of subcultures and minorities in social welfare institutions.

3 cr
390

Special Topics in Sociology
Prereq: SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines selected topics in sociology.

1-3 cr
406

Advanced Program Evaluation
Prereq: ANTH 300 or a minimum of 2 credits in SOCA 300. Freq: Spring.
Examines the role of research in program planning and implementation. Includes application in a community-based learning project.

3 cr
455

International Development and Change
Prereq: 6 credits in upper-level ANTH or SOCA courses. Freq: Occasionally.
Analyzes comparative social change and international development, focusing on theories, the role of development agencies, and case studies of development projects. Cross-listed with ANTH 455.

3 cr
490

Special Topics in Sociology
Prereq: SOCA 101, junior standing. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines selected topics in sociology.

3 cr
492

Internship in Sociology
Prereq: SOCA 101, junior standing. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Provides opportunity for community work experience with emphasis on job preparation skills, i.e., resume writing, networking, interviewing.

1-4 cr
495

Senior Seminar
Prereq: SOCA 295; ANTH 302 or SOCA 301; and senior standing. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Provides capstone experience for majors, including reflection on the competencies gained from the major, how they relate to experiences after graduation, and work on a major project that allows application of the skills and competencies learned. May be repeated for credit with different topic.

3 cr
498

Portfolio
Prereq: Senior standing or consent instructor. Freq. Fall, Spring.
Instructs students in developing a portfolio to document their achievements. Makes explicit their personal and career abilities and goals through completing a resume and through documentation of their attainment of program competencies in their coursework.

1 cr
499

Independent Study
Prereq: Sociology major, junior standing; consent of instructor and department chair. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Provides opportunity for independent work on specific problems in sociology, under faculty supervision.

1-4 cr
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