Sociology Course Descriptions

SOC 100 INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to sociology through a study of the basic concepts used in sociological analysis, particularly culture, types of social groups, processes of interaction, social class, population traits and trends. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SOC 133 AMERICAN SOCIETY

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to sociology through an examination of the structure and dynamics of contemporary American society. Sociological concepts and methods of analysis are examined through the study of selected aspects of American society. Topics include social class, political power, the family, religion, education, race and ethnicity, crime and deviance and demography. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SOC 136 SOCIAL PROBLEMS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to sociology through an examination of what society considers to be social problems with a view toward showing how society produces these phenomena and to what extent they are solvable. Areas include: crime, mental illness, drug abuse, alcoholism, other forms of deviance, poverty, racism, conflicts over power. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SOC 140 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Scientific approach to social work as a profession within the structure of modern society; its principles and application of concepts. Techniques of observation; interviewing, elements of a social history, interpretation of case material. Methods of casework, group work, community organization; role of the social worker functioning in a variety of settings – as practitioner, as consultant to allied fields. This is a pre-professional course and may not be offered for core curriculum. Not open to freshmen. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 212 ELEMENTS OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An overview of the basic methods of social science research, exploring the ways social scientists develop research questions, collect and analyze data and present their findings. The course also includes an introduction to basic social science through the use of computer-based data sets for practical applications and analyses. Prerequisite: One social science 100-level core course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SOC 220 SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANT BEHAVIOR

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of the various sociological approaches to understanding and explaining crime, delinquency, deviance, drug usage and other alleged aberrations in society and culture. Additionally, major case studies will be examined. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SOC 230 SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A theoretical approach to the study of various organizations; examination of organizational structure and processes, role of environment and inter-organizational relations. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 232 SOCIOLOGY OF THE PARANORMAL

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A critical analysis of the methodology of parapsychology and other approaches to the study of psychic phenomena. The importance of the current interest in paranormal phenomena will be sociologically interpreted. 3 credits. Spring.

SOC 237 INEQUALITY AND SOCIAL CLASS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Topics include: the values, lifestyles and ideologies of the various classes, the relationship of the classes to economic, political and educational institutions; changes in the class structure. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 239 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A theoretical examination of the character and internal structure of religious institutions and their relationship with other institutions of society. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SOC 241 EXPERIENCE IN SOCIAL WORK

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A planned field experience in a community social work agency; regular seminar meetings to evaluate, discuss and interpret this experience. Prerequisite: SOC 140. Enrollment limited to School of Arts and Science students. Six to eight hours placement a week, 1 seminar hour, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring, insurance fee required.

SOC 242 INTERNSHIP IN APPLIED SOCIOLOGY

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Supervised placement in a nonprofit, governmental or other organization providing opportunity to apply sociological concepts and research techniques to relevant issues and problems for policy and planning decisions. Regular readings and seminar meetings to evaluate, discuss and interpret this experience. Prerequisite: 15 credits toward the certificate in applied sociology or departmental approval. Six to eight hours placement a week, 1 seminar hour, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring. Insurance fee required.

SOC 243 CRIMINOLOGY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of sociological concepts, theories and perspectives regarding the study of crime. Topics include: the amounts and trends of crime; theoretical explanations; policies of crime control. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 245 COMMUNITY and the built environment

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
This course will emphasize the development of American communities – urban, suburban, small-town and rural. Particular emphasis will be placed on the sociological perspective but will include political, historical and design aspects of development. Classes will be devoted to issues including planning, suburban sprawl, the scale and pace of urbanization and social issues. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 246 SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Introductory review of economic, social and cultural changes that have modified the traditional definitions of femininity and masculinity in Western societies. Discussions include: socialization, sexual behavior, marriage and alternative life styles. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SOC 247 HISPANIC CULTURE AND COMMUNITY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of the social development and functioning of the Hispanic community. Pertinent sociological themes for discussion include immigration, religion, politics, cultural development, the media and the family. Special emphasis will be given to the Hispanic communities of the New York area. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SOC 249 RACE AND ETHNICity

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of the race and ethnic relations in American society, including a discussion of assimilation vs. pluralism, minority status, group tensions and the dynamics of prejudice and discrimination. The experience of historic and contemporary ethnic groups in New York will be explored. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 250 (POL 250) SOCIAL CHANGE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Theories of social change will be examined in light of economic, social, political and cultural transformation, which characterize industrializing and modern industrial societies. The focus will be on Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 254 SOCIOLOGY OF YOUTH

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A social-psychological analysis of adolescence and the changing position of youth in society throughout history. The course examines both social structural conditions that have created adolescence as a position of uncertainty and vulnerability in modern society, as well as diverse subcultures that youth have created as collective responses to this position. Cross-cultural and generational comparisons of adolescence will also be examined. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 256 SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of the institution of education and the structure, processes and interaction patterns within it. Sociological theories are presented to analyze the relationship between education and social change and other major social institutions in American society. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 265 POPULAR CULTURE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An application of the theory and methodology of sociology to a study of popular culture in America. Content will include an analysis of institutional and market processes. Emphasis will be placed on the decision making processes in the mass media, music, film and television and their respective impact on society. Prerequisite SOC 100 or SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SOC 270 SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An exploration of the social and cultural facets of health and illness and the functioning of organizations involved in health care. The social behavior of health personnel and those who are the consumers of health care is stressed also. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SOC 275 POVERTY AND SOCIAL WELFARE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course examines how Americans, both in the distant and recent past, have viewed the poor and conceptualized the problem of poverty. It also investigates the relevant cultural, economic and political factors that help to explain U.S. social policy development. The roles that social activists, intellectuals and social welfare specialists have played in framing poverty as a social problem and in raising awareness about poverty are also explored. Finally, the course investigates how poor people have worked collectively to respond to their circumstances and to the policies that have shaped their lives. Prerequisite: SOC 100, SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 285 SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The family as a social institution examined in both historical and contemporary contexts with special emphasis on the American family patterns. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 310 THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An in-depth study of the movement for civil rights from its origins to the present. The struggle for African American freedom and justice is presented in the context of local and national organizations. Discussion topics include the formation of the NAACP, the Brown decision and school integration, the Montgomery bus boycott, voter registration, Freedom Summer, black power, student activism and woman activists. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SOC 312 SEMINAR ON AMERICAN FAMILY ISSUES

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Examination and analysis of current issues related to defining the boundaries of families and intimate relationships, status and role assignments within them and their connection to the larger social environment. Organized as a seminar based on oral presentations and group discussions. A seminar paper will be required. Prerequisite: SOC 246 or SOC 285. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SOC 347 SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The development and continuities of theoretical concepts and orientations in sociology against the intellectual and social backgrounds of their times. Differing schools of thought and representative works. Prerequisite: 15 social science credits or departmental approval. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall

SOC 348 RESEARCH METHODS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will provide students with an understanding of the major components and basic techniques involved in research process, including how to structure a research project and how to collect appropriate data. Students will have an opportunity to delve into the research venture first-hand by completing individual and group projects. Prerequisite: SOC 212 or departmental approval. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SOC 350 APPLIED STATISTICS

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of statistical principles and techniques in the analysis of social science data. Application of computer software packages for statistical analysis will be emphasized. Prerequisite: SOC 212 or departmental approval. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SOC 359 Independent Study in Sociology

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
An opportunity for the student to do advanced work in a specialized area. Open to juniors and seniors in Department of Social Sciences, with departmental approval. 3 credits.

 

SOC 370 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will include sociological issues, developments or problems not covered in depth in the regular course offerings. It will enable students to take advantage of faculty expertise in diverse areas that are of interest to both faculty and students. With departmental approval. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

SOC 400 SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
Intensive individual research of a topic of interest in the field of sociology, terminating in a written report; weekly group discussions. Prerequisite: SOC 348. 2 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.


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