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Sociology (SOCI)


101 Introduction to Sociology (3) General introduction to the study of human relationships, group aspects of behavior and social institutions. Basic concepts and theories are considered. Meets Wisconsin certification requirements for cooperative marketing and consumer's cooperatives. F06, S07, F07, S08


200 Social Problems (3) A critical survey of social institutions and social processes which conflict with, or contradict human interests. Contemporary social issues (crime, inequality, economic and ecological crisis) are analyzed from a critical rather than utilitarian viewpoint. F06, S07, F07, S08


201 Global Social Problems (3) Explores and systematically analyzes selected contemporary social issues relevant to the global community. Students cultivate empathetic imagination about peoples unlike “us,” learn basic sociological concepts and perspectives, and develop reflective and critical thinking skills.


210 Sociology of Gender (3) Introduction to the social construction of sex and gender. Focuses on both local and international materials, with particular attention to gender inequality in contemporary societies. Cross-listed as WST 210. F06, S07, F07, S08


273 Race and Ethnicity (3) Study of racial and ethnic categories. Analysis of structures and circumstances which promote political, economic and cultural domination; the role of racist ideology; the pervasive nature of prejudice and discrimination; and survival and resistance strategies of repressed groups. F06, S07, F07, S08


301 Study Abroad (0-6) Field trips designed by the Social Inquiry faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation, otherwise the course may not count. For specific degree requirements, consult your advisor. May be repeated only if the content is different. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or 200, and permission of program and instructor. 


303 Sociology of the Community (3) Examines the interaction of space, culture, and structure in the creation of human community. Emphasis given to urban systems in international perspective. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or instructor's approval. S07


308 Criminology (3) Current sociological thinking concerning the nature, causes, volume, and distribution of criminal behavior. Effort is directed toward understanding street, victimless, corporate, and political crime. Additionally, students will be exposed to current theories of social control. Prerequisites: SOCI 101 or 200, or instructor's approval. F07


369 Sociology of Work (3) Examines institutional and meaningful construction of work as well as the consequences of these forms. Prerequisites: SOCI 101 or SOCI 200 or instructor's approval. S07


371 The Sociological Tradition (3) An inquiry into how social factors influence the thought of human beings; major trends and theorists contributing to the rise of sociological thought. Critically examines the work of classical, progressive, minority, and feminist theorists, looking not only at their conclusions, but also their assumptions, and their applicability to contemporary issues. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or SOCI 200 plus three additional credits in Sociology, or instructor's approval. F06, F07


395 Sociological Research Methods (3) Introduction to social science epistemology, the design of research, conduct of research and the analysis of findings. Stresses the subordination of design to problem and treats problems as constructs. Types of problems are paired with design strategies with an emphasis on ethnography, interview, archival, symbolic, and statistical forms. This course is a prerequisite for SOCI 498, Senior Thesis and is required of all majors and minors. Prerequisites: SOCI 101 or SOCI 200. F06, F07


427 Sociology of Time (3) Examination of the ways in which social activity creates kinds of time, experiences of time, as well as the consequences of social time. Emphasizes the ways in which institutions and systems of meaning incorporate ways of being into the body. Students explore time-keeping, calendars, social memory, planning and accounting as a means of understanding how the experiences of past, present and future are created. Students majoring in other disciplines welcome. Prerequisites: SOCI 101 or SOCI 200. S07


450 The Construction of Race and Nationality (3) In recent years, scholarship on race and nationality has been revolutionized by a growing realization that racial and national identities are not fixed, but rather are social constructions that are fluid and changeable. This team-taught seminar examines the social, political and cultural processes through which race and nationality are formed. Cross-listed as HIST 450. Code 2, 9. S07


451 Right-Wing Extremism in America (3) A survey of the ideologies and actions of right-wing extremist groups in America including racist groups, neo-confederate groups, militia, extremist religious groups, anti-gay groups, anti-abortion extremists, and conspiracy advocates. Explores theories explaining the existence and actions of various groups. Prerequisites: SOCI 101 or SOCI 200. S07


460 Social Class (3) Global examination of systematic social inequality. Core topics include causes, trends and contemporary patterns of social stratification, their effects upon social life, and philosophical perspectives on inequality. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or SOCI 200.


462 Public Opinion and Propaganda (3) Description and analysis of forces that operate with respect to public opinion and propaganda; the influence of public opinion in society; techniques and characteristics of propaganda; methods of measuring public opinion, public opinion as propaganda. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or SOCI 200.


464 Social Change (3) Examination of current sociological thinking regarding the nature and causes of institutional and cultural change. Global and local cases are considered. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or SOCI 200. S07


466 Social Psychology (3) Examination of the generic process by which the human organism becomes a member of society. Topics include socialization, language and thought processes, and the development of the self. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or SOCI 200. F06


490 Selected Topics in Sociology (3) In-depth study of specialized current topics in Sociology selected by the instructor. May be repeated for credit when instructor and/or topics are different. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or SOCI 200.


497 Practice in Applied Sociology (1-4) Internship in Sociology. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or SOCI 200 and instructor's approval. F06, S07, F07, S08


498 Thesis (3) Guided original research on a selected subject in Sociology. In conjunction with approved sociology faculty, students produce a formal written thesis covering some area of sociological investigation or some aspect of sociological theory. Emphasis on quality of research and writing skill. Open to Sociology majors only. Should be taken at beginning of senior year. Prerequisite: 24 credits of Sociology including SOCI 101 or SOCI 200, 395 and SOCI 371, and instructor's approval. S07, S08


499/699 Independent Study (1-4) Supervised independent study and/or research in Sociology. Requires prior contract with instructor. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or SOCI 200 and instructor's approval. F06, S07, F07, S08