Course descriptions index


SOC 100X  3 Credits
Individual, Society and Culture (s)
An examination of the complex social arrangements guiding individual behavior and common human concerns in contrasting cultural contexts. Also available via Independent Learning. (3 + 0) Offered Fall, Spring

SOC 201  3 Credits
Social Problems (s)
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) Offered Spring

SOC 202  3 Credits
Sociology of Popular Culture (s)
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 100X.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring

SOC 242  3 Credits
The Family: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (s)
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. Also available via Independent Learning. (Prerequisite: SOC 100X or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2006-07.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring

SOC 250  3 Credits
Introductory Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
(Cross-listed with PSY 250)
Basic overview of the following, applied to social scientific topics: 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. Also available via Independent Learning. (Prerequisite: MATH 107X or 131X or 200X.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring

SOC 263  3 Credits
Social Inequality and Stratification (s)
Comprehensive analysis of the current sociological debates and diverse theoretical approaches used to address social stratification and inequality. Examines dimensions of inequality, including those related to race, class and gender at the local, national and global levels. (Prerequisites: SOC 100X and SOC 201; or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring

SOC 301  3 Credits
Rural Sociology (s)
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. (Prerequisite: one lower-division social science course.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants

SOC 303  3 Credits
Early Sociological Thought (s)
Major sociological theories and theorists of the classical period (19th and early 20th centuries) that have influenced contemporary sociology. (Prerequisites: SOC 100X, 201 and 263.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring

SOC 307O  3 Credits
Demography (s)
A study of formal demographic variables such as fertility, mortality and migration and their interaction with social demographic variables like social class, religion, race, residence, attitudes and values. Alaskan population dynamics examined. (Prerequisite: COMM 131X or 141X.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants

SOC 308  3 Credits
Race and Ethnic Relations (s)
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. (Prerequisite: SOC 100X, 201 and 263.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall

SOC 309  3 Credits
Urban Sociology (s)
Origin and development of urban society as an industrial-ecological phenomenon; the trends of migration and metropolitanism with futuristic implications; and the rural-urban dichotomy in the Alaskan context. (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants

SOC 310  3 Credits
Sociology of Aging (s)
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. Also available via Independent Learning. (Prerequisite: SOC 100X, 201 and 263. Next offered 2006-07) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Fall

SOC 320  3 Credits
Sociology of Gender (s)
(Cross-listed with WMS 320)
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. (Prerequisite: One lower-division social science course, WMS 201, or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring

SOC 330  3 Credits
Social Psychology (s)
(Cross-listed with PSY 330)
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. (Prerequisite: SOC 100X or PSY 101.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring

SOC 333  3 Credits
Human Sexualities Across Cultures (s)
(Cross-listed with PSY 333 and WMS 332)
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 the particular focus determined by which department is offering the course. Also available via Independent Learning. (Prerequisite: Junior standing.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Fall

SOC 335  3 Credits
Deviance and Social Control (s)
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). (Prerequisite: SOC 100X and SOC 201, or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Fall

SOC 345  3 Credits
Sociology of Education (s)
(Cross-listed with ED 345)
Theoretical perspectives on various dimensions of the relationship between education and society, including the institutional context for schooling, the impact of schooling on social stratification, and social organization within the school and classroom. Special attention given to issues of equity and contemporary educational reform efforts. (Prerequisite: SOC 100X or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Fall

SOC 350W  3 Credits
Childhood and Society (s)
Concepts, theories and empirical research in the sociology of childhood. Broad themes include social structure and its consequences for children's lives, children's agency and the diversity of childhood experiences. Includes an overview of the problems children face and recommendations for solutions. (Prerequisite: ENGL 111X; ENGL 211X or ENGL 213X or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2006-07.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Fall

SOC 373W  3 Credits
Research Methods in the Social Sciences (s)
Course has a two-fold objective: to help students become critical consumers of research in the social sciences, and to enable 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 111X, ENGL 211X or ENGL 213X, SOC 100X, SOC 201, and SOC 263.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall

SOC 405O  3 Credits
Social Movements and Social Change (s)
Focus on collective behavior, social change and social movements at the local, national and global levels. Analysis includes historical, technological and legal implications of large-scale social change. (Prerequisite: COMM 131X or 141X, SOC 201, SOC 263 and 3 credits in sociology at 300 level, or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2006-07.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring

SOC 407O  3 Credits
Work and Occupations (s)
Examines 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. (Prerequisites: COMM 131X or 141X; SOC 100X, 201, 263, and 3 credits in SOC at the 300-level.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants

SOC 435  3 Credits
Sociology of Law (s)
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 100X; junior standing or permission of instructor. Recommended: SOC 303. Next offered: 2006-07.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Fall

SOC 440O  3 Credits
Environmental Sociology (s)
Considers how political, social and economic factors shape human patterns of interaction with the natural environment. Provides a sociological perspective on environmental problems such as environment and health, environmental disasters, environmental policy, environmental risk, sustainability, human and animal interactions, environmental justice and social movements. (Prerequisites: COMM 131X or 141X; SOC 100X, SOC 201, SOC 263 and 3 credits in sociology at the 300-level, or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring

SOC 460  3 Credits
Global Issues in Sociological Perspective (s)
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. (Prerequisite: One lower-division social science course; junior standing or permission of the instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring

SOC 480W  3 Credits
Qualitative Social Science Research (s)
(Cross-listed with PSY 480W)
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 111X; ENGL 211X or ENGL 213X; and one lower-division social science research methods course; or permission of instructor. Next offered 2006-07.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring

SOC 490  3 Credits
Capstone Seminar (s)
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: sociology major with senior standing, SOC 303, 373, or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2006-07.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring