Course Descriptions (continued)

SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology (Gen. Ed. Goals 9, 12)
An introduction to the basic concepts, research, and theories sociologists use to increase our understanding of social behavior and human societies. Students discuss such topics as culture, social interaction, social inequality, crime, class, race and ethnic relations, and family, as well as various social problems in modern society.

SOCI 121 Criminology
An analysis of the types, causes, and consequences of criminal behavior including street crime, organized crime, and white-collar crime. Emphasis is placed on the links among theory, research, and policy. Note: Students cannot receive credit for both SOCI 121 Criminology and 52.271 Criminology.

SOCI 130 Social Problems (Gen. Ed. Goals 10, 12)
An analysis of selected social problems affecting society, such as racism, sexism, class inequality, poverty, drug abuse, crime, and environmental destruction. Special attention is given to the social, economic, and political forces that cause these problems in the United States, and to their possible solutions. Note: Students may not receive credit for both SOCI 130 Social Problems and 52.123 Contemporary Social Problems in Urban Society.

SOCI 212 Sociology of the Family (Gen. Ed. Goal 12)
An examination of what constitutes a family historically and culturally, so as to understand the current state of families. Topics may include dating practices, marriage rituals, reproductive technologies, and family crises such as violence, death, and divorce. There is an emphasis on the influence of gender, race, and class on family life.

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology or SOCI 130 Social Problems or ANTH 161 Cultural Anthropology.

SOCI 218 Women in Society (Gen. Ed. Goal 12)

An examination of the changing status of women in the United States in terms of gender, race, and social class. Students study the origins of attitudes towards women, and look at larger institutional, cultural, and social psychological forces that influence the experiences of women in society.

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology.

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