Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Courses in Sociology (SOC)
Amy Page, Department Chair
SOC 5025. Advanced General Sociology (3).SS. Systematic critical analysis of the state of the sociology discipline and of major sociological principles and ideas.
SOC 5110. Advanced Research Methods I (3).S. Survey of social research methodologies. Includes the foundations of inquiry, theory construction, and the investigation of various approaches to the study of social phenomena. Topics covered include observation, non-intrusive research, content analysis, focused and unfocused interviewing, scale and index construction, sampling and survey research designs.
SOC 5200. Sociological Theory (3).S. A review of the classical foundations of sociological theory and how they inform contemporary theoretical efforts in sociology. The explanatory and substantive emphases of current sociological paradigms are examined as well.
SOC 5270. Complex Organizations (3).On Demand. An examination of theories of large scale organizations with a substantive, comparative analysis of types of organization such as bureaucratic, prison, hospital, industrial, scientific, and voluntary organizations.
SOC 5300. Appalachia in Social Context (3).S. Examines the social relationships among the people who inhabit the geographical region known as Appalachia. Focus upon the social history, demography, and social institutions of the region.
SOC 5350. Contemporary Social Issues (3).SS. A critical analysis of some of the major social issues in American society. Emphasis will be placed upon the theoretical and empirical implications of social attitudes toward the explanation, treatment, and public policy decisions related to these issues.
SOC 5400. Sociology of Adult Development and Aging (3).F. A sociological approach to the study of the stages of adult life. This will include current theory and research on the processes of development and age-related changes during the adult years.
SOC 5420. Health Care and Aging (3).S. An analysis of how aging related changes impact the range and delivery of health care programs. Issues considered include health, long-term care, elder abuse, family care giving patterns, health insurance models, and how cost, quality, and access impact health care for the elderly.
SOC 5500. Independent Study (1-4).On Demand.
SOC 5530-5549. Selected Topics (1-4).On Demand. An opportunity to study a special topic or combination of topics not otherwise provided for in the sociology curriculum. May be repeated for credit when content does not duplicate.
SOC 5550. Housing for Older Adults (3).S. Provides an understanding of specific traditional and alternative living arrangements for older adults. Students will explore the inherent conflict between long-term demographic trends and relatively recent housing policies that impact the available options. Information will come from government agencies such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Administration on Aging, private providers of specific housing alternatives such as Sun City, and advocacy groups such as AARP and the National Council on the Aging.
SOC 5560. Race and Ethnicity (3).F. Critically examines how race and ethnicity are socially constructed, defined, and perpetuated throughout social institutions. Utilizes sociological theories and current research that demonstrate the extent of racial/ethnic inequalities. Social justice efforts to reduce racial and ethnic inequalities are also addressed. [Dual-listed with SOC 4560.]
SOC 5600. Political Sociology (3).On Demand.Alternate years. An analysis of the social influences on political behavior, the relationship between political and other institutions, the uses and abuses of political power.
SOC 5630. Programs and Services for Older Adults (3).F. This course focuses on both policy and practice issues related to services for older adults. Drawing on basic and applied research, the current and long-term impact of an aging society on social institutions as well as relevant modes of practice in addressing the needs of the older population are emphasized.
SOC 5650. Women in the Justice System (3).On Demand. This course will explore issues related to women in the criminal justice system. It will examine the types of crime committed by women, treatment of women by police, courts, and the correctional system, women's victimization by battering, rape, and harassment, and women in non-traditional criminal justice occupations.
SOC 5710. Rural and Urban Communities (3).S.Alternate years. Analysis of the structure and functioning of rural and urban communities; social organization and change within and among communities.
SOC 5750. Social Stratification (3).F. A study of the distribution of wealth, power, privilege, and prestige. The course examines conservative, liberal, and radical explanations of human inequality. Cross-cultural and comparative analysis is used to focus on various problems of inequality and their consequences.
SOC 5800. Sociology of the Families (3).F. The origin and development of the family as a social institution; the contemporary family in various cultures; the relationship of the family to the economic, political, religious, and educational institutions in American society.
SOC 5900. Internship: Field Experience (3-12).F;S;SS. Supervised placement in a setting which provides an opportunity to observe and practice sociological skills. Graded on an S/U basis.
SOC 5950. Globalization and Population (3).On Demand. This course examines how worldwide changes have given rise to global organizations, global inequities and some environmental degradation. Special emphasis is placed on how the population dynamics of fertility, mortality and migration underlie many global issues and create new conflicts.
SOC 5989. Graduate Research (1-9).F;S. This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master's and specialist's levels. Graded on an S/U basis. SOC 5989 does not count toward a degree.
SOC 5990. Advanced Research Methods II (3).SS. Content focuses upon quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Prerequisite: SOC 5110.
SOC 5999. Thesis (1-6).F;S. Graded on an SP/UP basis until the thesis has been successfully defended and received final approval, at which time all grades will be changed to S.