Courses

The Purdue Department of Sociology offer an expanse of undergraduate sociology courses ranging in topics of culture, gender, law, stratification and inequalities, religion, health, work, family, just to name a few.  The department offers classes in multiple formats to meet all learning styles to include large lecture hall or the intimacy of a smaller, discussion-based seminar where classroom discourse are enhanced.

To achieve the goals of the Undergraduate Program, the Department of Sociology offers a series of sociology courses listed in the following manner:

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SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology

Semester: Fall/Spring/Summer
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: A survey course designed to introduce the student to the scene of human society. Fundamental concepts, description, and analysis of society, culture, the socialization process, social institutions, and social change. Students of junior or senior standing should take SOC 31200, unless they are sociology or law and society majors.



SOC 220 Sociol Problems

Semester: Fall/Spring/Summer
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Contemporary problems at the community, society, and international levels, focusing on patterns of social organization and social change in American society, with concentration on such topics as technological militarism and war, poverty, racism, political protest, and cybernation.



SOC 275 Social Gerontology

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: An examination of the basic points of view and a review of the accumulated body of knowledge specific to gerontology. Consideration of the problems of population change, housing, social adjustment, retirement, mobility, family living arrangements, and finances of older people in the United States. Comparison with other countries.



SOC 310 Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Semester: Fall/Spring/Summer
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Examines racial and ethnic pluralism in America: ways groups have entered our society; their social and cultural characteristics; and their relationships with other groups. Groups include the English, Germans, Irish, Jews, Chinese, Japanese, Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans.



SOC 316 Industry and Society

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: This course examines the social content and consequences of industrial development and introduces key issues in industrial sociology, including technological change, management systems, labor organization, community development, and international relations.



SOC 324 Criminology

Semester: Fall/Spring/Summer
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Nature and cause of crime; methods of dealing with adult and juvenile offenders, consideration of present programs for the social treatment of crime in the light of needed changes.



SOC 326 Social Conflict and Criminal Justice

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: This course examines the dynamics of social conflict, with a special focus on legal institutions and criminological processes. Students will learn to think more analytically about the causes of social conflict, its dynamics, and strategies for resolution.



SOC 327 Crime, Deviance and Mass Media

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Various forms of mass media are used to explore the sociology of crime and deviance. Topics may include white collar crime, juvenile delinquency, street crime, sexuality and sexual orientation, hate crimes, deviance and community. Assignments include quizzes and short papers.



SOC 328 Criminal Justice

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Introduction to institutionalized responses of society to the problem of crime. Analysis of the administration of justice in each of the major components of the criminal justice system and laws regulating their operations. Some consideration given to comparative criminal justice.



SOC 334 Urban Sociology

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Development of the city and its functions; types of social behavior in cities; influences of city life on personality; city planning.



SOC 338 Global and Social Movements

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Explores dynamics of social movements in the world; emphasizes movements in non-western world. Examines emergences of movements, mobilization, tactical actions and consequences, and formal and informal organizations within movements to understand how international, national and local structures affect people.



SOC 339 Introduction to the Sociology of Developing Nations

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Analysis of the causes of development in the Third World. Topics include: the food crisis; population growth; poverty and inequality; industrialization, including the role of multinational corporations; debt; and the International Monetary Fund. Regional differences in patterns and causes analyzed.



SOC 340 General Social Psychology

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Social influences on the individual and processes of social interaction. Individual attitudes and behavior as related to socialization, social norms, social roles, communication and propaganda, and other social influences. Among the interaction processes considered are interpersonal attraction, influence, leadership, cooperation, and conflict. Not open to students with credit in PSY 24000.



SOC 350 Social Psychology of Marriage

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Designed to provide an understanding of contemporary courtship, marriage, and family interaction as cultural, social, and social-psychological phenomena. Consideration of the major sources of marital strain and conflict within a heterogeneous, rapidly changing society.



SOC 352 Drugs, Culture, and Society

Semester: Fall/Spring/Summer
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: (ANTH 35200) The course provides an overview of the social and cultural underpinnings of drug use across societies. Students engage with various topics, including addiction, global markets, drug epidemics, public policy, and cross-cultural differences in drug use.



SOC 356 Hate and Violence

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Examines the causes of and solutions to hatred and violence. Concepts such as anti-Semitism, discrimination, hate crimes, prejudice, racism, bullying, homosexual prejudice, terrorism and other topics will be addressed. This course uses experiential activities, videos, guest speakers and classroom discussion.



SOC 367 Religion in America

Semester: Typically Fall
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Examines the social dimensions of religion in American life; religion in American culture; social profiles of America's religious groups, trends in individual religious commitment; and religion's impact on American life.



SOC 368 The Social Significance of Race

Semester: Typically Fall
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Examines religion's relationship with family, work, politics, gender, war and peace, race and ethnicity, health, crime and deviance, education, law, and poverty. Content differs each time course is taught.



SOC 374 Medical Sociology

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Provides an overview of the sociological determinants and consequences of health, the patient experience, health care providers, and the organization of the health care system.



SOC 382 Introduction to Statistics in Sociology

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Introduction to the basic techniques of statistical analysis applicable to sociological data. Elementary descriptive statistics and statistical inference. Introduction to multivariate analysis.



SOC 383 Introduction to Research Methods in Sociology

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Introduction to the methods of data collection and analysis and to the use of the scientific method of social research. Formulation of hypotheses and research designs for their testing. Elementary principles for the conduct of experiments, observation and interviewing, documentation, content analysis, and surveys. Relationship between social research and social theory.



SOC 390 Individual Research in Sociology

Semester: Fall/Spring/Summer
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Individualized Supervision
Description: Individual research or reading in an area of sociology under the guidance of a sociology faculty member. Permission of instructor required. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.



SOC 391 Selected Topics in Sociology

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 1 to 3, Lecture
Description: Various topics in sociology that may change from semester to semester are presented by sociology faculty members. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.



SOC 402 Sociological Theory

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: An advanced critical treatment of the theories, concepts, and methods of sociology. A basic course required of undergraduate majors in sociology.



SOC 411 Social Stratification

Semester: Typically offered Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Examination of systems of class and caste, with special attention to the United States; status, occupation, income, and other elements in stratification.



SOC 419 Sociology of Law

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Provides an overview of American legal thought and legal processes. Major topics include definitions of law; anthropological studies of law; and development of law; jurisprudence; police behavior; lawyers and courts; deterrent and labeling effects of legal sanctions.



SOC 421 Juvenile Delinquency

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: A study of social and psychological factors influencing individual delinquent behavior patterns. Emphasis on preventive and rehabilitation programs and the role of community agencies such as social service agencies, juvenile courts, and youth authorities. Visits to selected organizations and institutions.



SOC 423 Field Practicum in Criminal Justice

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture/Field Placement
Description: Field experience in criminal justice system. Students serve as "interns" in a criminal justice agency one day (or its equivalent) per week, under the supervision of agency personnel. Application of theory and empirical research findings to field problems. Permission of instructor required.



SOC 426 Social Deviance and Crime

Semester: Typically Fall
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Sociological and social psychological study of social control and social deviance. Emphasis on theoretical frameworks and empirical research. Consideration also given to specific areas such as substance abuse, suicide, violence, and deviant collective behavior.



SOC 429 Sociology of Protests

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: This course focuses on the sociological study of protest. Topics include protest emergence, individual reasons for participation in protest, and outcomes. Course readings cover protest in the United States as well as other cultural contexts.



SOC 450 Gender Roles in Modern Society

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: A critical examination of the complementary roles of men and women, with particular attention to problems of role adjustment in the contemporary United States. The neofeminist movement and counter movements. Role conflicts and adjustments in such areas as family, education, employment, and the political arena.



SOC 520 Work in Contemporary America

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: America's minority groups; immigration; interracial and intercultural conflicts; assimilation.



SOC 525 Social Movements

Semester: Typically Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Origins and developmental stages of revolutionary and reform movements and communitarian societies; relation between social structure and political attitudes; personality needs and affinity for social and political ideologies.



SOC 531 Community Organization

Semester: Typically Fall
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Analysis of the local community in terms of its institutional structure, relationships among institutions, political and economic power relationships, and the role of voluntary organizations and interest groups.



SOC 567 Religion in the Social Context

Semester: Typically Fall
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Examines the social bases of religion at the societal, organizational, and individual levels. Topics include the formation of religious groups and ideas; social dynamics within religious groups; religion's persistence over time; and the conditions under which religion tends to change.



SOC 568 Religion and Society

Semester: Typically Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Examines religion's relationships with other spheres of social life. Other areas include family life, education, economy, politics, health, media, inequality, deviance, and social movements.



SOC 570 Sociology of Education

Semester: Typically Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Analysis of the American public school as a social organization. Includes: interrelations among community power structure, social stratification, and the school; the roles of superintendent, principal, and teacher in community and school; the classroom as a social system; student culture; and teaching as a profession.



SOC 571 Health and Social Behavior

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Analysis of the American public school as a social organization. Includes: interrelations among community power structure, social stratification, and the school; the roles of superintendent, principal, and teacher in community and school; the classroom as a social system; student culture; and teaching as a profession.



SOC 572 Comparative Healthcare Systems

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Using cost, quality, and access to care as core concepts, this course explores healthcare in comparative context. Special topics are health and gender, the environment, epidemics, long-term care, technology, and rationing, among others.



SOC 573 The Human Side of Medicine

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Focuses on sociological theory and research related to social conflicts over the delivery of healthcare in the U.S. Considers social issues pertaining to abortion, AIDS, human experimentation, reproductive technologies, euthanasia, and others.



SOC 576 Health and Aging in America

Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: Total Credits: 3, Lecture
Description: Analysis of the social and cultural influences on health in adulthood and later life. Considers distribution of illness among older adults, health behavior, and health services use, including long-term care.

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