SOC 110 Cr. 3 (General Education Course)
The Social World
An analysis of the complex relationship between society, the individual and the physical environment. It examines such questions as: how social patterns develop and persist over time; how the individual is shaped by social, cultural and environmental factors; why societies are constantly changing; and how individuals, through social interaction, shape their social world. Cross-cultural comparisons will be emphasized, showing how society and the physical environment affect the life choices of individuals.
SOC 120 Cr. 3 (General Education Course)
Social analysis, critical thinking, and problem solving are introduced as basic social science skills. These skills are applied to major contemporary social problems related to deviant behavior, social inequality, social change, and problems associated with major societal institutions. A variety of individual and collective responses and social policy strategies at local, national, and international levels are examined.
SOC 200 Cr. 3
Foundations of Sociological Analysis
This course focuses on: (1) the core concepts of thinking sociologically, including deeper comprehension of core sociological perspectives and concepts; (2) the formulation of sociological questions; (3) understanding the scientific methods in sociology; and (4) the formulation of research questions and composition of sociology papers. An emphasis will be placed on providing students with writing experiences in all aspects of the course. Sociology majors should take this course as soon as possible after completing SOC 110. Prerequisites: SOC 110. Open to sociology majors only.
SOC 202 Cr. 3 (General Education Course)
Contemporary Global Issues
This course will offer a contemporary multi-disciplinary perspective regarding the major issues and trends confronting the Global Society as it enters the 21st century. Emphasis will be given to a critical review and assessment of the origin and present condition of the plethora of situations and problems affecting modern Global Society. The student will also learn to critically evaluate current and future events. The course will incorporate the views and approaches of the following disciplines: sociology/anthropology, economics, geography, political science and history. (Cross-listed with ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/HIS 202; may only earn credit in one department.)
SOC 212 Cr. 3
Marriage and Family
An investigation into the many facets of love and how marriage and family experiences typically alter the nature of marital intimacy. The social construction of our sexual identities is also explored as well as the significance of this process to our quality of life. The major course emphasis is given to understanding the contemporary institutions of marriage and family, and the changes that these institutions are now experiencing.
SOC 216 Cr. 3
Society and Schools
A social analysis and review of research on the school as a learning environment, a social organization and a societal institution. Specific topics include classroom interaction, school social climate, social inequalities in the schools, and selected educational controversies.
SOC 225 Cr. 3 (General Education Course)
Racial and Ethnic Minorities
An investigation into the social dynamics shaping racial and ethnic minority experience in America. Processes of prejudice formation and prejudice reduction are discussed. The nature of institutional discrimination and institutional racism is analyzed in proper socio-historical context. Minority group achievements and legacies are emphasized. Contemporary issues and assessment of minority group progress in America are vigorously examined.
SOC 240 Cr. 3
Sociology of Sport and Leisure
An investigation of the interrelationship between sports/leisure time activities and society’s social structure; its institutions and culture. Special emphasis is on the role social structure plays in the formation of values and attitudes related to sports and leisure time activities.
SOC 250 Cr. 3
Methods of Social Research I
This course introduces students to principles and procedures for the quantitative measurement of social phenomena. It emphasizes interpretation and uses of quantitative techniques in sociological data analysis. The primary goal is to provide students with skills and practical application of techniques used to understand how sociologists measure, evaluate and use individual and social indicators such as socioeconomic status, residential segregation, and crime statistics. The department strongly encourages students to take SOC 200 and SOC 250 concurrently. Prerequisite: SOC 110. Open to sociology majors only.
SOC 260 Cr. 3
Aging: Sociological Perspectives
This course explores the myths and realities of aging as individual, social and cultural processes. A major emphasis addresses contemporary issues which confront the public and the aged in the U.S. The issue areas include family relationships, work and retirement, income, leisure, living arrangements, and political participation. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101.
SOC/ERS 280 Cr. 3
This course provides an introductory overview of Hmong history, culture, and contemporary adaptation in the United States of America. Areas of exploration will include ancient and modern Hmong history, the Hmong oral tradition, the traditional clan and leadership structure, Hmong musical heritage, Hmong craft heritage, marriage and funeral practices, child-rearing customs, traditional methods of conflict resolution, the tradition of ancestor worship, and herbal and spiritual healing practices. Contemporary developments and adjustment issues within the Hmong communities will be discussed. These will include current Hmong business initiatives, educational achievements, utilization of welfare institutions, the role of Hmong Mutual Assistance Associations, intergenerational conflicts, youth gangs, traditional vs. modern family structure, and Hmong exposure to public prejudices and discriminatory practices. Throughout the course Hmong achievements and triumphs over adversity also will be highlighted. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing recommended. Cross-listed with ERS. Can only earn credit in ERS or SOC.
SOC/ANT 300 Cr. 3
Latin America in Transition
The course uses a global studies approach to examine problems in human adaptation at distinct periods of time and place in Latin America. “Global studies” combines cultural ecology with political economy to investigate the impact of political movements, such as the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the Cuban Revolution of 1959, the Nicaraguan Revolution of 1979, and current neo-liberal political movements on the quality of life in Latin America. Prerequisite: ECO/GEO/HIS/POL/SOC/ANT 202. (Cross-listed with SOC; may only earn credit in ANT or SOC.)
SOC 302 Cr. 3
This course is intended to build upon SOC 200, Sociological Foundations, to enhance the conceptual, quantitative and communication skills of sociology students. Students will gain experience at using sociological concepts and theories to analyze selected social issues, be introduced to basic data collection and analysis techniques, gain a detailed familiarity with library resources most useful to sociological inquiry, and learn how to compose a sociological research report. To develop these sociological analysis skills, an emphasis will be placed on providing students with writing experiences in all aspects of the course. Sociology majors should take this course as soon as possible after completing SOC 200. Prerequisite: SOC 200.
SOC 305 Cr. 3
Sociology of Development and Social Change
This course examines three areas related to social change and development. First is a survey and evaluation of the theories explaining social change and social/economic development as they are applied to underdeveloped nations. Second is an examination of the social/economic problems confronted by underdeveloped countries and the solutions to those problems these countries have used. Third is an evaluation of international development programs. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200, or ANT 101.
SOC 310 Cr. 3
The nature, study, theories and types of social stratification systems are examined along with the forces contributing to their maintenance and disruption. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200, or ANT 101.
SOC 311 Cr. 3
Rural and Urban Sociology
Basic sociological concepts and principles are applied to life in rural vs. urban communities. Focus will be on the political economy, the culture, and social problems of rural people in comparison to urban people. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101.
SOC 313 Cr. 3
Law and Society
Analysis of the origins and functions of law in society. The focus of the course will be upon modern American society and the relationship of law to social change and its impact upon such concerns as civil rights, environmental protection, sex-role differentiation, treatment of handicapped and the mentally ill. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200, or ANT 101.
SOC 315 Cr. 3
Religion and Society
Explores the social and cultural context in which religion functions; the effects of religion upon behavior and attitudes; the social organization of denominations, sects, cults and movements; the relationships between religion and other social institutions; religion and social inequality; social change and the future of religion. Special attention is given to world religions and ethical and public policy issues concerning religion, society, and the individual. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200, or ANT 101.
SOC 317 Cr. 3
Sociology of Film
Examines the industrial and social structure of the film industry, the role of film entertainment in the culture of Western societies and the kinds of social situations portrayed on screen. The course will also examine the appeals of film from the point of view of aesthetics, film theory and popular culture. The focus of the course is upon film as a partial social system influenced by the values of society and influencing changes in the dominant culture. Exemplary films from Hollywood, from foreign countries and from independent documentary filmmakers will be shown throughout the course. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200, or ANT 101.
SOC 320 Cr. 3
This course is designed as a basic survey of the field of demography. Sources of population data will be explored along with causes and consequences of population growth, composition and distribution. This course will focus on the concepts, measurements, trends and theories of the major demographic processes of fertility, mortality and migration. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200, or ANT 101.
SOC 321 Cr. 3
Juvenile delinquency as a problem for society. Analysis of causes, prevention, and treatment. Public policy implications of the melioration of this social problem. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101.
SOC 322 Cr. 3
An overview of the sociological study of crime with emphasis on the etiology of criminal behavior in terms of sociological theories. The classification of crime. Societal impact on our understanding of crime and criminals. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101.
SOC 324 Cr. 3
An overview of the United States Criminal Justice system. Issues relating to crime, the administration of justice, the police, courts, and correctional systems are explored. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101.
SOC 325 Cr. 3
Sociology of Mental Illness
An examination of mental health and illness, and mental health care systems in the U.S. and other industrialized and non-industrialized societies, including: the processes involved in identifying and recruiting patients into the mental health care system; a social analysis of psychotherapy, including talk therapies, medications, electro-convulsive treatment and psychosurgery; and social organization of mental hospitals and of community mental health centers; socio-legal issues related to mental illness; and a review and synthesis of social psychological and sociological theories relevant to understanding mental health and illness. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101 or PSY 100.
SOC 326 Cr. 3
Society and Drugs
This course will analyze the nature, current use, historical and cultural patterns, approaches to treatment, and identification of use patterns of psychoactive drugs. As a sociology course, it will be critical of what we believe and what we uncritically accept as objective fact about drugs. The course is designed to provide knowledge of how societies define drugs and drug use as problems and come to view them as problems, to offer an approach to understanding the nature and patterns of drug use and abuse, to understand programs and policies attempting to control drugs and drug usage, to understand prevention approaches and what does and does not work, and to evaluate and better understand treatment approaches. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101.
SOC 328 Cr. 3
Environmental Sociology provides a framework for understanding the role of physical-biological factors in shaping social structures and behaviors as well as the impact of social organization and social change on the natural environment. This course will focus on the conflicts between the logic of economic growth and the realities of both the global environment and social justice within and between societies.
SOC 330 Cr. 3
Social psychology from a sociological perspective. Primary attention is given to social behavior and communication patterns in terms of their genesis and change in the context of social groups and social relationships. May be taken in lieu of PSY 341. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101.
SOC 334 Cr. 3
Sociology of Small Groups
An introduction to the understanding and interpreting of human behavior in small groups. The focus of the course will be to provide students with some analytical tools to understand the social dynamics of small groups as well as the techniques for improving the interpersonal effectiveness of the student in small group situations. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101. May only earn credit in SOC 334 or CST 250 or PSY 343.
SOC 335 Cr. 3
A systematic study of social processes which emerge in unstructured social situations; principles of behavior as expressed in crowds, mobs, panics, fads, fashions, social movements, personal organization and behavior in unstructured social situations. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101.
SOC 338 Cr. 3
Sociological Aspects of Work and Life
This course will explore the sociological impact of work and life demands in contemporary American society. Special emphasis will be given to how gender, sexual orientation, social class, race and ethnicity, and family structure affect individuals’ ability to balance the demands of work and life. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101. May only earn credit in SOC 338 or PSY 444.
SOC 340 Cr. 3
Bioethics and Society
A sociological examination of medical/ethical decision-making that includes an analysis of psychosocial aspects of patient care and public policy in medical ethics. Approaches to medical ethics are reviewed in terms of a case-based
ethical problem-solving model that includes sociological and demographic factors. The course may be team-taught with colleagues in medical bioethics and will include the social sources of bioethics, social organization of bioethics in health care, and bioethical case studies. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101 or PHL 100. May only earn credit in SOC 340 or PHL 339.
SOC/ERS 343 Cr. 3
American Indian Contemporary Issues
This course is an interdisciplinary examination of American Indian contemporary experience in the United States. It will introduce students to some of the critical issues in American Indian studies by examining the place of American Indians within the American imagination, politics and society. The course concentrates on issues of tribal sovereignty, economics, social class and structure, and the difficulties of maintaining a tribal identity in the 21st century. Prerequisite: One of the following: ERS 100, ERS 253, SOC 225, EFN 205, HIS 310, W-S 230. (Cross-listed with ERS; may only earn credit in ERS or SOC.)
SOC 350 Cr. 3
Methods of Sociological Research II
An overview of the issues and methods involved in the process of scientific investigation of social phenomena. The limitations of, and ethical issues involved in, social research are examined. Data collection methods, both quantitative and qualitative, including surveys, observation, and secondary data analysis are investigated. Students propose and complete a research project, applying material learned in Sociological Research Methods I. The laboratory portion of this course requires student application of various research techniques and computer-assisted data analysis. Lect. 2, Lab 2. Prerequisite: SOC 200, 250.
SOC/ANT 354 Cr. 3
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
An examination of the peoples and cultures of Latin America from prehistoric times to the present. This survey course will introduce the student to the prehistory of Mesoamerica and the Andes, colonial Latin America, and modern Latin America. Among the important issues discussed are the impact of the Spanish Conquest, the rise of the modern state, the development of the various cultures of Latin America, revolutionary movements, urbanization, gender, religion, and art and literature. Prerequisite: ANT/ECO/ GEO/POL/ SOC/HIS 202. (Cross-listed with ANT; may only earn credit in SOC or ANT.)
SOC/ANT 360 Cr. 3
Catastrophies and Human Societies
An analysis of cultural impact of catastrophic events in human societies - natural and human-engineered disasters. Various dramatic upheavals will be explored across time and cultures as the class examines human and environmental traumas to which societies must adapt, the cultural interpretations/response which follow, and the manner in which major disasters have redefined and redirected the character and probable future history of each damaged, even endangered society. Study cases will include volcanic and weather cataclysms, plagues and associated population crashes, environmental catastrophes, as well as war, terrorism, and bio-terrorism. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101. (Cross-listed with ANT; may only earn credit in SOC or ANT.)
SOC/ERS 363 Cr. 3
American Indians and the Environment
This course introduces students to American Indian environmental issues. Topics include treaty-based hunting, fishing and gathering rights, air and water quality regulatory authority, environmental racism, toxic and nuclear waste disposal on Indian lands, mining and hydroelectric dams, sacred sites, and Indian vs. Western perceptions of the environment. Special attention will be given to current environmental controversies in Wisconsin Indian country. Prerequisite: One of the following: ERS 100, 253, ERS/SOC 343, SOC 225, 328, EFN 205. (Cross-listed with ERS; may only earn credit in ERS or SOC.)
SOC 370 Cr. 3
Sociology of Gender
Explores the social construction, variation and consequences of gender categories across time and space. Examines how gender identities are developed and how gender structures our experiences in education, work, families, the media and other institutions. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101.
SOC 390 Cr. 3
Early Sociological Theory
Critical survey of scholars who contributed to the rise of scientific sociology, focusing on the historical circumstances, the personalities and the ideas of the prominent early sociologists prior to the mid-twentieth century. Particular attention is given to August Comte, Herbert Spencer, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, George Herbert Mead, and C. Wright Mills. Prerequisite: SOC 200.
SOC 395 Cr. 3
Contemporary Sociological Theory
Modern sociological theories at the macro- and micro-levels are summarized, compared and applied. Macro-level theories include social evolution, general systems, functionalist, and social conflict theories. Micro-level theories include interaction, self, role, phenomenological, exchange, rational choice, and interaction ritual theories. The linkage of micro- and macro-level theory in sociology is addressed in network and organizational theories. Selected concepts and perspectives are applied in sociological practice projects. Prerequisite: SOC 200. Offered Sem 1.
SOC/ANT/ARC 399 Cr. 1-3
Investigation of areas and topics of current social interest not covered in the regular curriculum ranging from local to transnational issues. (Cross-listed with ANT and ARC; may only earn 12 credits total in SOC, ANT and ARC.) Repeatable for credit maximum 12.
SOC 405 Cr. 3
Quantitative Social Research Seminar
This course guides students through the completion of an independent quantitative sociological research project. Students conduct research on a topic related to their own interest within the field of sociology using standard quantitative methods such as survey research, evaluation research, or secondary data analysis. Each student formulates a sociologically relevant research hypothesis, designs the appropriate research methodology, reviews relevant theoretical and empirical literature, and gathers and analyzes data in a step-by-step process. The results of the research process are presented in a formal research paper. Prerequisite: SOC 350, 390 or 395.
SOC 409 Cr. 2-3
Readings and Research in Sociology
Directed readings or research under the supervision of an instructor. Prerequisite: consent of supervising instructor and junior standing. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.
SOC 410 Cr. 3
Sociology Honors Project
The development and completion of an honors research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Open only to students who have been accepted into the Sociology Honors Program. Registration by consent of instructor.
SOC 416 Cr. 3
This course is designed to familiarize students with the major techniques of qualitative data collection and analysis used by sociologists and other social scientists. These include feminist methods, participant observation, in-depth interviewing, biographical methods, content analysis, archival research, and a variety of nonreactive techniques. This course will also address the links among theory, data, and methods and provide an appreciation for the qualitative tradition in social sciences. Students will learn how to conduct field research. The course will follow a seminar format emphasizing reading, group discussion, in- and out- of class exercises, oral presentations, original research and writing. Prerequisite: SOC 350; SOC 390 or 395. Offered Sem. I.
SOC 420 Cr. 3
Health Care and Illness
A survey of the social organization of medical professions, socialization of personnel, sick role dynamics, social construction of illness, lay referral networks, political factors in health care delivery, and problems of various age groups and families in coping with illness in several societies. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101.
SOC 422 Cr. 3
Death, Grief and Bereavement
A study of the interaction of individuals and families coping with dying and death in various social settings including hospitals, nursing homes, hospices. Topics include psychosocial aspects of grief and mourning, sociological dimensions of bereavement, and various rituals of funeralization in the U.S. and other societies. Special attention is given to case studies and medical/ethical decision-making at the end of life, as well as other aspects of the social organization of death, dying and bereavement. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101.
SOC 429 Cr. 3
Sociology of Deviance
Personal, social and cultural systems that generate atypical forms of social action/reaction can be subsumed under sociology of deviance. This course should offer the student further study of the “problems” courses — delinquency, criminology, population, corrections, etc. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101 and one other sociology course.
SOC 450 Cr. 3-15
Internship in Sociology
An academically relevant field experience for majors and minors in sociology/anthropology. The field experience will be supervised by the sociology/anthropology staff. Prerequisite: SOC 200, junior standing with an overall GPA of at least 2.50. No more than six credits may be applied to a major in sociology and no more than three credits toward sociology minor or anthropology minor. Repeatable for credit — maximum 15. Pass/Fail grading.
SOC 451 Cr. 3
Internship in Criminal Justice
An academically relevant field experience for minors in criminal justice. Prerequisite: SOC 324 and junior standing. Open only to criminal justice minors. Pass/Fail grading.
SOC 475/575 Cr. 1-3
Workshop in Applied Sociology
Intensive short-term study of a problem area in terms of applied sociology framework. The workshops would focus on integration of the latest social science findings and their application to problem solving in various institutional and community settings. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 101. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.
SOC 480 Cr. 3
Cross-cultural and cross-national study of basic institutions, including family, education, and political economy. Macro-sociological theories and comparative methodology are discussed. The main course objective is that students develop an understanding of the consequences of living in a global society. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 120 or ANT 101.
SOC 499 Cr. 3
Seminar in Sociology
Intensive study of some specific area or problem of sociology. Prerequisite: SOC 350 or 390 or 395. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.