Sociology - SOC

SOC F100X Individual, Society and Culture (s)

3 Credits


An examination of the complex social arrangements guiding individual behavior and common human concerns in contrasting cultural contexts. Prerequisites: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

SOC F201 Social Problems (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

A study of major contemporary social problems, analysis of factors causing these problems. Emphasis on cross-cultural differences in Alaska and other parts of the world. (3+0)

SOC F202 Sociology of Popular Culture (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

A critical examination of contemporary popular culture in sociological perspective. Introduces debates in the field of cultural sociology with special emphasis on the creation, distribution, consumption, and social impact of popular culture. Themes in course content will vary by semester including popular performances, leisure and entertainment, mass media, humor, food, and fashion. Recommended: SOC F100X. (3+0)

SOC F242 The Family: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (s)

3 Credits


Analysis of conceptual frameworks in family research, and a cross-cultural comparison of variations in family and kinship structures, both past and present. Examination of contemporary developments in family forms, the dynamic roles and patterns of relationships, and links with other social institutions. Emphasis on how social forces such as gender, race, ethnicity and social class shape the family and experiences of family life. Prerequisites: SOC F100X or permission of instructor. (3+0)

SOC F250 Introductory Statistics for Social Sciences

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Statistics applied to social scientific topics. Includes descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, sampling distributions, elementary probability, estimation of population parameters, hypothesis testing (one and two sample problems), correlation, simple linear regression and one-way analysis of variance. Prerequisites: MATH F107X or MATH F103X or MATH F200X and PSY F101 or SOC F100X or SOC F201 or permission of the instructor. Cross-listed with PSY F250. (3+0)

SOC F263 Social Inequality and Stratification (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Comprehensive analysis of current sociological debates and diverse theoretical approaches used to address social stratification and inequality. Examines the various dimensions of inequality, including those related to race, class and gender at the local, national and global levels. Prerequisites: SOC F100X and SOC F201 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

SOC F301 Rural Sociology (s)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Analysis of sociological issues using rural communities and rurality as examples. Emphasis on issues of social justice and inequality. Part of focus is on rural communities of Alaska and the North. Prerequisites: One lower division social science course. (3+0)

SOC F303 Early Sociological Thought (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

The major sociological theories of the classical period (19th and early 20th centuries) that have influenced contemporary sociology. Prerequisites: SOC F100X; SOC F201; SOC F263. (3+0)

SOC F308 Race and Ethnic Relations (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

A sociological analysis of the principles and processes that shape relationships among racial and ethnic groups in Alaska, the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. Focus on the relations among dominant and subordinate groups in these societies, using sociological theory to understand the structural factors that shape intergroup relations. Prerequisites: SOC F100X; SOC F201; SOC F263. (3+0)

SOC F310 Sociology of Aging (s)

3 Credits


A sociological analysis of the process of aging in the U.S., Alaska and globally, with special attention on structural inequality and social justice issues. Prerequisites: SOC F100X; junior standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)

SOC F320 Sociology of Gender (s)

3 Credits


Comprehensive survey of sociological inquiry and feminist revisions for studying gender in U.S. society and culture. Interrogates the meanings of gender and the interactional, cultural, organizational and institutional arrangements that underlie the social construction of gender and gender inequality. Prerequisites: One lower-division social science course; WGS F201; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with WGS F320. (3+0)

SOC F330 Social Psychology (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Analysis of intergroup relationships in terms of process and value orientation, their influences on the personality, and aspects of collective behavior on group and person. Aspects of social interaction that have cultural and intercultural variation. Also offered through Also offered through eLearning and Distance Education some semesters (depending on availability of instructor). Prerequisites: PSY F101 or SOC F100X; SOC F373 or PSY F245. Cross-listed with PSY F330. (3+0)

SOC F333 Human Sexualities Across Cultures (s)

3 Credits
Offered Alternate Fall Odd-numbered Years

Exploration of how people in a variety of cultures, both contemporary and historical, construct the meaning and experience of sexuality, and express themselves as sexual beings. Interdisciplinary study includes psychology, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, and related fields, with particular focus determined by which department is offering the course. Prerequisites: SOC F100X or SOC F201 or PSY F101 or WGS F201 or permission of instructor. Recommended: PSY F275 or SOC F373. Cross-listed with PSY F333; WGS F332. (3+0)

SOC F335 Deviance and Social Control (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Analysis of classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives used to understand, explain and control criminal and non-criminal forms of deviance. Emphasis on the social dimensions of the creation of deviant categories and persons, the consequence of societal reactions to selected forms of deviance, and implications for social policy (prevention) and social control (corrections). Prerequisites: SOC F100X; SOC F201; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

SOC F345 Sociology of Education (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Theoretical perspectives on various dimensions of the relationship between education and society, including the institutional context of schooling, the impact of schooling on social stratification, and social organization within the school and classroom. Special attention is given to issues of equity and contemporary educational reform efforts. Prerequisites: SOC F100X or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ED F345. (3+0)

SOC F350 W Sociology of Childhood (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Concepts, theories and empirical research in the sociology of childhood. Broad themes include social structure and its consequences for children's lives, children's agencies, and the diversity of childhood experiences. Includes an overview of the problems children face, and recommendations for solutions. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor. (3+0)

SOC F373 W Research Methods in the Social Sciences (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Course helps students become critical consumers of research in the social sciences and enables them to develop research proposals. The course covers phases of the research process, which comprises problem formulation, research designs, conceptualization, sampling and ethical issues. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; SOC F100X; SOC F201; SOC F263. (3+0)

SOC F405 O Social Movements and Social Change (s)

3 Credits


Focus on collective behavior, social change and social movements at the local, national and global levels. Analysis will include historical, technological and legal implications of large-scale social change. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; SOC F100X; SOC F201; SOC F263 and 3 credits of SOC at F300-level; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

SOC F407 O Work and Occupations (s)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

The sociology of work and occupations. Local, regional, national and global industries, work sites and workers will be examined, using sociological theories and concepts. Analysis includes structural issues of inequality in employment practices and work sites. Prerequisite: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; SOC F100X; SOC F201; SOC F263; 3 credits in SOC at the F300-level. (3+0)

SOC F435 Sociology of Law (s)

3 Credits


Addresses the social nature of legal decision-making, the social context of law and the reciprocal relations between law, society and justice. Explores how race, class and gender are implicated in the law, and the role of law in social control, in social change and in our everyday lives. Prerequisites: SOC F100X; junior standing; or permission of instructor. Recommended: SOC F303. (3+0)

SOC F440 O Environmental Sociology (s)

3 Credits


Course considers how political, social and economic factors have come to shape human patterns of interaction with the natural environment. Provides a sociological perspective on environmental problems such as environment and health, disaster, environmental policy, environmental risk, sustainability, human and animal interactions, environmental justice and social movements. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; SOC F100X; SOC F201; SOC F263; 3 credits in SOC at the F300-level; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

SOC F460 Global Issues in Sociological Perspective (s)

3 Credits


A sociological analysis of global issues, with different overarching themes depending on world events and the research interests of the instructor. Issues of global social justice and inequality are explored, and sociological and other theories are applied. Prerequisites: One lower social science course; junior standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)

SOC F480 W Qualitative Social Science Research (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Introduction to classical and contemporary research within the qualitative (or interpretive) paradigm of social science. Discusses the theoretical frameworks, historical traditions, epistemological and ethical issues of qualitative approaches. Uses hands-on experience in the practicalities and excitement of a variety of methods for gathering qualitative data and conducting qualitative analysis. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; one lower-division social science research methods course; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with PSY F480. (3+0)

SOC F490 Capstone Seminar (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Review of the discipline of sociology with a focus on the theoretical perspectives and methodological tools of the discipline, key substantive issues in the field and the role of sociology in contemporary society. Prerequisites: SOC F303; SOC F373; Sociology major with senior standing; or permission of instructor. (3+0)