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Description of Courses

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SOC SOCIOLOGY (Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)

200. Introduction to Sociology - 3-0-3
Fundamental concepts and principles of sociology, with emphasis on social organization, social control, social change and stratification, social institutions, social processes and social relationships.

225. Social Problems - 3-0-3
Genesis of social maladjustments, attitudes and behaviors in the person, the family and the community. Social disorganization resulting from the unprecedented rate of social change in modern society, lagging norms and phenomenal technological developments. PR: SOC 200 or ANT 200.

300WI. Social Theory - 3-0-3
(See ANT 300WI.) Development of social theory within the disciplines of sociology and anthropology. Emphasis on major schools of thought and significant theorists in sociology and anthropology. PR: SOC 200 or ANT 200 or CI.

305WI. Social-Science Research Methods - 3-0-3
(See ANT 305WI.) Introductory research course of social scientists. Nature of scientific social inquiry, basic methods and techniques of data collection and analysis, emphasizing reciprocal nature of theory and research. PR: SOC 200 or ANT 200 or CI.

310. Latinos in the United States- 3-0-3
(See LCS 310.) Examines the history of Latino immigration to the U.S. and explores the contemporary nature and status of Latino populations in various parts of the country.  Involves community-based research on Latino communities in Georgia.

320. Criminology - 3-0-3
Exploration of the social forces behind criminal and deviant behavior. Definitions and concepts of crime; theories of crime causation; crime typologies; and the criminal justice system. PR: SOC 200 or ANT 200.

335. Social Inequality: Race, Class and Gender - 3-0-3
Empirical and theoretical exploration into the causes and consequences of inequality in contemporary society. Emphasis on the economic and cultural disadvantages of minorities, women and the poor. Topics include poverty, social mobility, affirmative action, racism, sexism and rape. PR: SOC 200, ANT 200 or WNS 210.

345. Sociology of Health - 3-0-3
Explores the social, cultural, political and economic forces that influence health, health-seeking behaviors, or health and medical policies. Emphasis given to serious human mental disorders and physical problems and diseases, theory and research pertaining to these social processes, and ecological and demographic factors in health and medicine. PR: SOC 200 or ANT 200.

350. Sociology of the Family - 3-0-3
The family as a social institution; structure and functions of the family; comparative family systems; social change and the family; special emphasis on courtship, marriage, marital adjustment and marital dissolution in American society; alternatives to marriage and the family. PR: SOC 200 or ANT 200.

355. Environmental Sociology - 3-0-3
Focus of the course is to help students develop a critical understanding of the dominant trends in modern environmental thought. Includes a study of the sociological dimensions of major contemporary environmental problems and policies. PR: ANT 200 or SOC 200.

370. Sociology of Religion - 3-0-3
(See REL 370.) Empirical and theoretical exploration of the social conditions which shape religious belief and practice. Topics include religion as both instigator of and impediment to social change, secularization and new religious movements. PR: SOC 200 or ANT 200.

387. Gender, Law and Society - 3-0-3
(See WNS 387.)

450. Seminar in Sociology - 3-0-3
Topical seminar on current trends, issues and substantive fields in sociology. (Sociology majors may enroll a maximum of two times in the course; sociology minors and non-majors limited to one enrollment.) PR: SOC 200 or ANT 200.

480WI. Senior Project - 3-0-3
Opportunity to propose, conduct and report an individual research project in an area of special interest. This will be the capstone course for the SOC/ANT major. PR: SS and major.

496. Academic Internship - 3 to 6 hours
Problem-oriented experiences in specific academic projects relating to the individual student's program of study, planned in consultation with the student's advisor. PR: See general provisions for academic internships in this catalog.

498. Directed Study - 1 to 3 hours
Supervised reading or opportunity for written research in the field of sociology when the area of study is highly specialized or the material is not otherwise available in the departmental curriculum. PR: second-semester JS or SS majors with approval of school dean.

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