Courses of Instruction
SOCIOLOGY (SOC-Arts and Science; Department of Sociology and Gerontology)
MPF 141 Multiculturalism in the U.S. (3)
This course examines trends (demographic,
historical, legal) in race, ethnicity, class, and gender that shape and reshape
diversity in the United States. Examines the social dynamics of race, ethnicity,
class, and gender, and how they influence institutional structures, social issues
and policy, and the possibilities for social change. IIC, IIIA.
MPF 151 Social Relations (4)
Introduction to and application of the principles,
methods, and major theoretical orientations of sociology in providing a basic
understanding of the social aspects of human life. (MPF 151F for freshmen only.)
IIC. Credit is NOT given for both SOC 151 and SOC 152.
MPF 152 Social Relations and U.S. Cultures (4)
Introduction to and application
of the principles, methods, and major theoretical orientations of sociology in
providing a basic understanding of the social aspects of human life. Special attention
given to diversity in U.S. cultures. IIC, IIIA. Credit is NOT given for both SOC 151 and SOC 152.
160 Selected Topics in Sociological Analysis (2; maximum 4)
Examination of selected
issues employing sociological principles and methods. Credit not granted more
than once for the same topic. Prerequisite: SOC 151.
Note: All courses require SOC 151 or 152 as prerequisite except SOC 141, 205,
221, and 257, which require six semester hours of any social science. Prerequisite
may be waived with permission of instructor. See note below on additional requirements
for 400-level courses. Students cannot receive credit for both SOC 151 and 152.
MPT 201 Social Problems (4)
Introduction to causes, context, policy, and prevention
of selected social problems with particular emphasis on problems of conflict and
inequality and problems of human progress. Primarily recommended for sophomores.
MPT 202 Social Deviance (4)
Sociological focus on drug use, sexual deviation,
and alternative lifestyles and/or other socially defined deviant behaviors.
MPT 203 Sociology of Gender (3)
Description and analysis of gender in human
society with special attention to constraints placed on both males and females
by current socialization practices, and to issues in equality from historic as
well as contemporary perspectives. Cross-listed with WMS 203.
205 Comparative Sociology
Study of human societies in evolutionary and comparative perspective emphasizing
sociocultural origins and consequences of social development. Special attention
to contemporary issues in advanced industrial societies. Offered infrequently.
MPF 208 The Rise of Industrialism in East Asia (3)
Introduction to historic
parameters, geographic variables, state policies, and sociocultural contexts of
industrialism in East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore).
Cross-listed with GEO, HST, ITS, and POL 208. IIIB, H.
221 Human Sexuality (3)
Introduction to the study of human sexual behavior with
particular attention paid to the issues of gender development; premarital, marital,
and post-marital sexual patterns; birth control; sexual dysfunction; cross-cultural
sexual patterns; and alternative sexual lifestyles. Cross-listed with FSW/WMS 221.
257 Population (3)
Examines population theory, characteristics, dynamics and
policies, focusing on global processes and global inequality. Offered alternate
258 Self and Society (3)
Examines how social groups and institutions influence
human behavior at the individual level. Introduces students to various theoretical
and methodological issues germane to understanding how individuals construct social
meanings of their everyday lives.
260A Internship: An Introduction to Applied Sociology and Human Services (1-4)
Offers a foundation for those considering careers in applied sociology, human
services, or similar fields. In addition to internship, student attends minimum
of five special-topics seminars and participates in a concluding internship seminar.
Available primarily on Middletown campus and only on credit/no-credit basis. Sociology
majors may not substitute this course for any SOC 440 course. Prerequisite: written
permission of instructor.
MPT 262 Research Methods (4)
Acquaints students with rationale underlying application
of scientific methods in social research. Practical experience in problems of
research and design and data collection.
MPT 272 Women and Popular Culture (4)
Study of the social construction of gender
by analyzing past and present images of women in popular culture and media. Cross-listed
with WMS 272.
MPT 318 Sociology of Aging and the Life Course (3)
Sociology provides a unique
perspective on, and significant contributions to, the field of gerontology. This
course uses sociological theories, perspectives, and conceptual frameworks to
analyze aging-related social issues. Examines the social forces that shape the
diverse experiences of aging for individuals. Emphasis placed on structural issues
such as age stratification, the life course, and societal aging as a force in
social change. Prerequisite: GTY 154. Cross-listed with GTY 318.
335 Sociology of Education (4)
Selected critical issues in education as examined
from a sociological perspective. Topics include the relationship of school to
society, organizational structure of schools, schools as socializers, social stratification,
future directions for education. Offered infrequently.
347 Urban Sociology (3)
Introduces social, cultural, organizational, institutional,
and political-economic structures and processes that underlie urban areas and
MPT 348 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)
Description and analysis of emergence
and trends of minority relations in the U.S. Cross-listed with BWS 348.
MPT 352 Criminology (3)
Sociological analysis of theories, institutionalization,
and social responses to crime and criminality. Prerequisite: SOC 151 or 152 and
permission of instructor.
357 Medical Sociology (3)
Sociological study of illness, patients, medical professionals,
and problems inherent in the delivery of health care services. Prerequisite: SOC 151, SOC 152 or GTY 154. Cross-listed with GTY 357.
358 The Sociology of Mental Disorders (3)
Study of social factors in cause,
perpetuation, and treatment of emotional problems. Prerequisite: upperclass standing.
361 Sociology of Families (3)
Analysis of the impact of social change on family
systems and patterns, structures, dynamics, and social policy, with emphasis on
differences by social strata and culture. Cross-listed with FSW 363.
MPT 372 Social
Major theoretical approaches toward the study of social classes
and social differentiation. Particular emphasis on the nature and consequences
of stratification system within the United States.
383 The Sociology of Religion (3)
Origin and function of religion in primitive
and modern societies. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered infrequently.
400-level courses require upperclass or graduate standing and 12 semester hours
of sociology or six hours of sociology and six hours from the following: anthropology,
economics, geography, gerontology, political science, or psychology. Six of these
hours must be advanced credit. Note specific prerequisite for SOC 440.
level classes require the successful completion of SOC 151 or SOC 152.
MPT 409/509 Systems of Justice (3)
Examines the history and practice of punishment
in society. Surveys methods of punishment employed after conviction of criminals
and delinquents. Prerequisite: SOC 352 and/or permission of instructor.
MPT 410/510 Topics in Criminology (3)
Selected topics in the sociological study
of crime and delinquency. Offered infrequently. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
MPT 411 Social Conflict (3)
Examination of group and structural social conflict
with emphasis upon analysis of organized power and the major social institutions.
Study includes origins and theories of conflict development.
412/512 Sociology of Law (3)
Introduction to law as a form of dispute resolution
and a mechanism of social control. Examines the law as both an independent variable
and a dependent variable by studying the relationship between law and other social
institutions using sociological theory and sociological research.
MPT 413/513 Juvenile Delinquency (3)
Study of theories, definitions, and social
construction of juvenile delinquency. Prerequisite: SOC 151 or 152, SOC 352, and
permission of instructor.
MPT 417/517 Economy and Society (3)
Sociology of work relationships within the
major social organizational and institutional settings complemented by the study
of the more general structures and relations generated within the economy and
society as viewed in a comparative and developmental perspective.
MPT 435/535 Sociology of Death (3)
Examines social processes involved in the
meaning, management, and experience of death and dying. Analyzes death as it relates
to social structure, patterns of social interactions, and human experience.
440 Field Experience in Applied Sociology (1-16; maximum 16)
to realistic conditions involved in working in one of the following alternative
settings and learning firsthand about problems and possibilities of this work
as a profession. In addition to field placement, each student is required to participate
in a proseminar accompanying the chosen alternative. Credit/no-credit only. Maximum
of four hours in this course may be counted toward minimum hours required in the
sociology major or appropriate minor.
440A Field Placement.
Field placement in organizations needing applied sociological
research. Prerequisite: SOC 151, 262, 362, STA 261.S, and permission of instructor.
440C Field Experience in Sociology (4-12)
Field placement in an agency, program,
or institution dealing with the administration of justice, including law enforcement,
the judicial process, corrections, juvenile justice, and victim's services.
Typically limited to students formally enrolled in the Criminology Minor. Only
4 hours may be counted toward the minimum hours required in the sociology major/minor.
Prerequisite(s): SOC 352 and SOC 409 (414). Students are expected to take SOC 410 or SOC 413 in the term following the internship.
MPT 448 The African-American Experience (3)
Concentrates on a socio-historical
analysis of the African-American experience. Purpose is to investigate and understand
the interaction between race, power, privilege, institutional structures, and
ideas associated with this experience in America; provides alternative perspective
for viewing this experience. Cross-listed with BWS 448.
451/551 Family Violence
Analysis of research and theory on family violence, including physical abuse
of children, sexual abuse, neglect, premarital abuse, wife abuse, gay/lesbian
battering, elder abuse, prevention, and intervention. Basic framework is ecological/feminist,
emphasizing an examination of family dynamics as well as broader historical, social,
and patriarchal contexts. Cross-listed with FSW or WMS. Prerequisite(s): FSW 295
or SOC 262.
454/554 Formal Organization (3)
Sociological analysis of complex organizations.
Topics include theories, types of organizations, basic characteristics of organizations,
organizational change and conflict, interactions with environments, and research
MPC 459 Sociology Capstone (3)
Involves review of the discipline of sociology
and focuses on key issues including review of the tools of the discipline and
the role of sociology in the student's future role as individual, employee,
and citizen. Prerequisite: must be sociology major with senior standing and have
completed or currently are taking the methods and theory requirements.
MPC 462 Applied Sociological Research (3)
Provides basic skills needed to conduct
applied sociological research. Emphasis on issues that need to be addressed in
such research and processes used to answer questions. Prerequisite: SOC 262. Offered
MPT 463/563 Gender and Aging (3)
Examination of how gender constructions shape
the aging process, with particular focus on how various social, psychological,
physical, and cultural factors affect men, women, and transgendered persons differently
as they grow older. Cross-listed with GTY 463/563 and WMS 463. Prerequisite: (463)
GTY 154; (563) GTY 602 or permission of instructor.
470 Social/Political Activism (3)
Provides students with the opportunity to
explore how indigenous groups effect change in their communities. Cross-listed
with SOC 470. Prerequisite: SOC 151 or BWS 151.
480 Independent Reading for Departmental Honors (1-6)
482 Sociological Theory (4)
General survey of the history and theories of society
and social action arising out of social research since the 19th century.
490/590 Horizons of Sociology (1-3; maximum 6)
Selected topics of importance
on contemporary sociology. Offered infrequently.
MPC 494 Disability in Global and Local Contexts (3)
Examines contemporary disability
issues and policies and the lived experiences of persons with disabilities in
international and local contexts, with emphasis on understanding disability within
particular communities-both locally and in other countries-and on learning multiple
research methods. Cross-listed with ENG/SPA/COM/DST and EDP 489. Prerequisite(s):
Permission of instructor.
600 Seminar in Sociology (3; maximum 12)
Literature and methods of sociology.
620 Research in Sociology (1-12; maximum 12)
Supervised research or reading
on selected topics in sociology. Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission
650 Seminar on Selected Topics in Modern Sociology (1-3; maximum 12)
topics, problems, and concerns in contemporary sociological theory. Offered infrequently.
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