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SO 100 Introduction to SociologyLASC—Human Behavior and Social ProcessesIntroduction to the scientific study of social life through the identification and analysis of regularized patterns of human behavior and relationships.Offered every year. 3 credits. SO 110 Cultural AnthropologyCross cultural analysis of the human capacity, for adaptation and technological and ideological development. Significant field studies will be examined.Offered every year. 3 credits. SO 190 Sport and SocietyAnalysis of sport as a social system. The implication of sport within interrelational contexts of other social systems.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. SO 193 Special Topics in Sociology for First-Year StudentsAll "193" courses are approved for LASC but may vary by section. See current course listing for specific LASC area approval.Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.Offered every year. 3 credits. SO 199 Special TopicsIntroductory level topics. Topic announced at pre-registration.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits. SO 200 Contemporary Social ProblemsLASC—Human Behavior and Social ProcessesAnalysis of social, political, urban, and industrial changes which have introduced specific problems into contemporary society.Offered every year. 3 credits. SO 205 Issues in American SocietyPrerequisite: SO 100Identification and analysis of current social issues facing contemporary American society, and critique of policies and programs designed to resolve these issues.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. SO 215 Medical SociologyLASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Individual and Community Well-BeingPrerequisite: SO 100The structure of health care delivery systems and role interaction between levels of health care personnel, patients, and families of patients.Offered every year. 3 credits. SO 220 Sociology of the FamilyLASC—Human Behavior and Social ProcessesPrerequisite: SO 100A comparative approach to the study of family systems with emphasis on the changing patterns of family life.Offered every year. 3 credits. SO 225 Family in Middle Eastern SocietiesPrerequisite: SO 100Study of family systems in the Middle East and the forces of change affecting traditional family patterns.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits. SO 230 Political SociologyPrerequisite: SO 100Foundations of social movements in political phenomena, social conditions and emerging political institutions; the structural basis of social change and politics.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits. SO 235 Music and Social ChangeLASC—Creative Arts, Human Behaviors and Social ProcessesUsing case studies, social theory and historical materials, this course explores the role of music in social change.Offered every 3 years: 3 credits. SO 240 Sociology of EducationPrerequisite: SO 100Study of modern educational systems, emphasizing the social, political and economic factors that influence its organization and its functions.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. SO 250 Sociology of ReligionLASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Individual and Community Well-Being; Diversity Across the CurriculumPrerequisite: SO 100A cross-cultural comparative study of the nature of religious institutions as systems of socially determined and socially relevant beliefs and practices.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. SO 255 Sociology of DisabilityLASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Individual and Community Well-Being; Diversity Across the CurriculumUsing theory and practical application, this course explores the impact of impairment and disability within a societal context.Offered every 2 years: 3 credits. SO 270 Social Theory IPrerequisite: SO 100Fundamental concepts and intellectual traditions, especially the contributions of Comte, Spencer, Marx, Toennes, Durkheim, and Simmel.Offered every year. 3 credits. SO 275 Social and Behavioral StatisticsLASC - Quantitative literacy across the curriculumPrerequisites: SO 100 and any 200 Sociology Course; SO 280 recommendedData tabulation; graphing; measurement of central tendency, variability, and correlation; hypothesis testing applied to psychological and sociological data. Hand and computer analysis.Offered every year. 3 credits. SO 280 Research Methods of SociologyPrerequisite: SO 100An analysis of the research function in sociology; the conduct of research appropriate to undergraduate students; the formal presentation of research papers.Offered every year. 3 credits. SO 285 Race, Class and GenderLASC—Diversity Across the Curriculum; Human Behavior and Social ProcessesAn introduction to dominant-minority group relations through the investigation of the patterns and dynamics of differentiation, inequality and discrimination.Offered every semester. 3 credits. SO 295 Sociology of Death and DyingLASC—Diversity Across the Curriculum; Human Behavior and Social Processes; Individual and Community Well-beingPrerequisite: SO 100The course explores the sociological concepts and perspectives as they relate to death and dying and how American society deals with illness, dying death and bereavement. SO 299 Special TopicsPrerequisite: SO 100Intermediate level topics. Topic announced at pre-registration.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits. SO 300 Social ChangeLASC—Social Processes and Community Well-Being; Writing Across the CurriculumPrerequisites: Two courses at 200-level, EN 102A study of the conditions, patterns, and consequences of social transformations with emphasis on institutional and individual patterns of adjustment and adaptation.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits. SO 305 Applied Sociology and Community ResearchPrerequisites: SO 100, SO 280; SO 275 recommendedExplores the theory and methods of applied sociology, including ethnographic, institutional, participatory research techniques in community settings.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits. SO 310 Formal OrganizationsPrerequisites: Two courses at 200-levelThe structure and function of, and communications systems within, formal and complex organizations; primary focus on theoretical aspects of organizations.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits. SO 315 Social MovementsPrerequisites: Two courses at 200-levelProcesses by which new norms and forms of social organization emerge from group behavior, aggregate behavior, and social movements.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits. SO 330 CriminologyPrerequisites: Two courses at 200-levelTheoretical perspective on crime, criminals and the social aspects of interrelationships within, and between the components of the criminal justice system.Offered every year. 3 credits. SO 335 Juvenile DelinquencyPrerequisites: Two courses at 200-levelDynamics of small group involvement and other environmental influences in the shaping of an individual’s personality.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits. SO 340 Social PsychologyPrerequisites: Two courses at 200-levelDynamics of small group involvement and other environmental influences on the shaping of an individual’s personality.Offered every year. 3 credits. SO 345 Sociology of DeviancePrerequisites: Two courses at 200-levelStudy of the nature and consequences of deviant behavior with emphasis on socialization, social relationships, and patterns of social control.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits. SO 350 Social StratificationLASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Writing Across the Curriculum; Diversity Across the CurriculumPrerequisites: Two courses at 200-level, EN 102Investigation of the recurrent patterns of social differentiation, social ranking, and the unequal distribution of rewards.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. SO 355 Gender and SexualityLASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Individual and Community Well-Being; Diversity Across the CurriculumThis course introduces the sociologist study of gender and sexuality. This course examines how social institutions and cultural norms construct particular gender roles and sexual identities within society.Offered every year. 3 credits.SO 360 Urban SociologyPrerequisites: Two courses at 200-levelA cross-cultural study of urban social systems and the phenomena and problems connected with the planning process.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. SO 375 Contemporary Social TheoryPrerequisites: SO 270Review of sociological theories, analytical tools, and conceptual schemes prevalent in contemporary debate and consensus.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits. SO 400 Independent StudyPrerequisites: Four prior courses in sociology and consent of instructor/chair.For advanced sociology majors only; topic to be approved by an independent study advisor.Offered every year. 1-6 credits. SO 408 Directed StudyDirected study offers students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with agreement from a faculty member. SO 410 Field WorkPrerequisites: Four prior courses in sociology and consent of instructor/chair.Data collection based on participant observation within a social service organization; assignment approval by field work advisor.Offered every year. 1-6 credits. SO 420 Seminar in SociologyPrerequisites: Four prior courses in sociology and consent of instructor/chair.Advanced study topics in selected areas of sociology; announcement made at pre-registration time.Offered every 3 years. 1-3 credits. SO 425 Global DevelopmentLASC—Global Perspectives; Human Behavior and Social Processes; Writing Across the CurriculumPrerequisite: EN 102This course gives an overview of the field of development and processes of development and underdevelopment in developing countries.Offered every 2 years. 3 credits. SO 435 Introduction to Social EnterpriseLASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Individual and Community Well-Being; Writing Across the CurriculumPrerequisites: 60 undergraduate credits, EN 120, EN 102This course examines social entrepreneurship and social enterprise in a global context.Offered every year. 3 credits. SO 499 Sociology CapstoneLASC - Major CapstonePrerequisites: SO 270, SO 275, SO 280, EN 102This course is an overview of the discipline of sociology, emphasizing mastery of the discipline at an undergraduate level.Offered every year. 4 credits.