Fall 2013 Courses


SOC 5700 Gender in a Globalizing Society - Prof. K. Park - 5/21/13 to 6/27/13

In this course students explore ways in which people become gendered, live in gendered worlds, and do gendered work, and how boundaries are redefined and renegotiated. Students also learn about the social construction of sex and gender from cross-cultural perspectives. In addition, the course explores the impact of global economy on gender relations and women’s work. 

SOC 6130 Population Studies - Prof. H. Wineberg - 7/1/13 to 8/7/13

Utilizing class and computer lab interactions, this course provides students with an understanding of how rates of births, deaths, and migration interrelate with institutions in society, such as the family and the economy. In doing so, it examines the causes and consequences of population change and how we can use census data and other social indicators to forecast population trends and their possible repercussions. 


SOC 5150 Applied Social Statistics - Mondays, 6 to 8:40 p.m. - Prof. E. Mahon

This course will introduce to the students (1) the basic statistical concepts; (2) skills in questionnaire coding, computer data creation, and data management; (3) commonly utilized methods and computer data analysis techniques; and (4) the interpretation and reporting of output files of computer data analysis in empirical social research.

SOC 5190 GIS 1: Basic Mapping - Wednesdays, 6 to 8:40 p.m. - Prof. S. Ranjan

This course introduces students to computer-generated maps and teaches how to use, interpret, and analyze maps to obtain information about a wide variety of topics. Topics include mental maps, aerial photos, computer-assisted cartography, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Laboratory work includes digital map applications and GIS exercises.

SOC 5680 Drugs and Social Policy - Thursdays, 6 to 8:40 p.m. - Prof. M. Robinson

This course, in focusing on drug control policies, will examine such sociological themes as race and the law in the United States, marginalization of “the other” in U.S. society, control of disenfranchised populations, the role of accountability in the policy formation process, and the social construction of "dangerousness" in popular discourse, and alternative models for the control of drug-related social problems.

SOC 6310 Work and Family - Tuesdays, 6 to 8:40 p.m. - Prof. D. Yucel

This course examines the increasingly diverse patterns of family life in the United States, and  how cultural values, the economy, the political system, education, belief systems, and the level of industrialization shape family structures and functions and how families, in turn, influence social structures.  The major forms of contemporary families such as cohabitation, marriage, separation, divorce, and remarriage will be explored, as will single-parent families, two-income and two-career families, and single-person households.