Summer and Fall 2016 Courses


SOC 5580 Health and Social Justice - Prof. P. Fernandez - 5/24/16 to 6/30/16

This course examines the role of social and economic injustices as root causes of the uneven distribution of disease across population groups according to class, race and gender. Students will be exposed to the research documenting the strong relation between social and economic disparities and health disparities. Students will learn the crucial importance of civic engagement in determining policy directions, and therefore determining the health of the society they inhabit. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with sociological theories of health and illness; sociological theories on class, race, and gender; inequality in health status and health outcomes; current public health issues; the process for influencing policy; and the skills to effectively advocate for health and social justice. 


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 - Tuesdays, 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 5990 Teaching Sociology - Wednesdays, 6 to 8:40 p.m. - Prof. D. Yucel

This course will consider several practical challenges of teaching including: creating a syllabus, choosing readings, planning classroom time, grading, promoting an atmosphere of respect in the classroom, handling difficult student situations (e.g., academic misconduct, complaints) and creating artifacts that will help you to attain a teaching position in the future such as statement of teaching philosophy. We will also take a step back and consider more theoretical issues relevant to teaching such as: What characterizes effective teaching? What motivates students? How do students learn? How should our own values shape our classroom teaching? How do sociological/social psychological phenomena shape classroom dynamics?