Department of Criminology, Economics and Sociology

Course Descriptions

Criminology Course Descriptions

CRM 100 Introduction to Criminology
This course focuses on the nature of crime and problems concerning its measurement and distribution. The course examines some of the popular images of crime in the media and elsewhere, the creation and utility of official and unofficial crime statistics, and theories about the causes of crime. No prerequisites. A grade of C or better is required in this course in order to continue in the major. Cr 3.

CRM 216 White-Collar Crime
This course provides an analysis of different criminological perspectives on white-collar crime, and focuses on some specific types of white-collar crime: occupational crime, corporate crime, and political crime. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 217 Crime in Maine
An introduction to crime and penal policies in Maine, including official and unofficial crime statistics; common crimes; white-collar crimes; and selected aspects in crime control. The course presents interstate comparative analysis, and several guest lectures by Maine speakers. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 220 Research Methods in Criminology
This course is an introduction to methodological issues in criminology. The emphasis is on critical evaluation and application of the basic instruments of inquiry. Students will learn how to "do" criminology, as well as how to assess existing criminological literature. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 222 Field Studies in Informal Social Order
This course will study informal social order as the tacit framework for the formal legal order. This will be an empirical test of criminological theories introduced in CRM 215. Through different methods of field research, students will be asked to observe and analyze the informal order of legal institutions such as courtrooms, prisons, and police stations. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 225 Crimes Against the Environment
This course is designed to expose students to many of the prominent controversies and challenges associated with defining, measuring, and responding to crimes against the environment. Central to the course is an examination of the relationship between socioeconomic power and its effect on responses to environmental change. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 230 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the criminal justice system in the United States from a sociological perspective. Students will become familiar with criminal justice functions such as policing, trials, defense and prosecution of cases, and corrections. Also, students are required to prepare a mock trial of a criminal case. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 301 Criminological Theory
This course focuses on the development of criminological theory from 1930 to present. The course is historical in nature and addresses such fundamental problems as why certain behavior is defined as criminal, the causes of crime, and the consequences for the individual of being labeled as a criminal. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 310 Classical Theories of Social Order
This course will examine how the concept of social order and the invention of criminology arose simultaneously. Classical social theories of the Enlightenment and Modernity will be used to study the origin of the modern state and the criminalization of various social groups. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 317 Gender and Crime
This course concentrates on gender and its relation to crime. It explores such issues as histories of gender inequality, the gendered character of criminological theory, and how gender is related to a variety of crimes such as rape, violence in the family, crimes by women, property crimes, and corporate crime. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 320 Film and Social Order
The intent of this course is to engage in a cross-cultural study of the relationship of film to social order and crime. Films construct images about social reality. The ways in which these images present and interpret this relationship will be examined from various analytical standpoints, including ethno-methodology, semiology, and post-modernism. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 325 Domestic Violence
This course explores contemporary theoretical and policy debates on domestic violence as a social problem and crime. Topics include partner abuse, child abuse, and elder abuse. The definition and measurement of domestic violence are analyzed. Comparison of legal and community responses to domestic violence is emphasized. Special attention is given to economic and ethnic diversity as they relate to domestic violence. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 327 Animal Abuse
Key questions about the nature and forms of animal abuse are subjected to interdisciplinary inquiry spanning sociology, criminology, moral philosophy, and law. The course begins with individualized forms of animal abuse, such as cruelty, neglect, and sexual assault. It then examines institutionalized forms of abuse in research, zoos, hunting, sport/entertainment, and food production. Attention is also given to the link(s) between animal abuse and interhuman violence. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 330 Crime and Social Control
This course explores theoretical and practical issues of modern systems of social control, including punishment, policing, prisons, parole, probation, and the role of the state in social control. The history of Western social control systems is stressed, with emphasis on race, gender, and class effects. Students are required to engage in experiential learning. Prerequisites: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 334 Law and State
This course explores the relationship between the United States's social welfare policies and contemporary crime control problems and practices. It includes an examination of the United States's residual welfare state, theories on social welfare development, and the Nordic model of crime prevention, which is based on the premise that crime can be reduced through social policies designed to lessen structural inequalities. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 337 Youth Crime
This course provides an overview of justice issues as they affect juveniles. Theoretical explanations for youth crime as well as the emergence of both "adolescence" and "delinquency" as socially constructed concepts will be examined. In general, the course adopts a historical approach to youth crime. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 340 Criminal Law
This course offers students an intensive study and review of statutory law, case law, and criminal procedure. Substantive topics covered include responsibility; insanity; grand jury; 4th, 5th, 8th and 14th Amendment issues; pre-trial; trial; sentencing and appeals. Materials are drawn from U.S. Supreme Court and Maine Judicial Court opinions. Prerequisites: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 345 Criminology in Sweden
This special summer course in Sweden provides students with the opportunity to live in, study, and experience another culture and to gain an understanding of crime, criminology, and social control in another country. Visits will be made to the police department and court system in Stockholm and to several prisons in other cities. Lectures will be provided by sociologists at the Criminology Institute at the University of Stockholm, as well as by a variety of lawyers, judges, and political party leaders. Offered Summer Session only. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 6.

CRM 350 Topics in Criminology
Specially developed courses exploring areas of interest and concern in depth. Topics which may be considered include war crimes, race and crime, ethno-methodology, homicide, visual criminology, film and crime, self and crime, sexuality and crime, and social theories of non-violence. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 360 The Death Penalty
This course is designed to provide students with historical and current information on the death penalty in the United States. The following topics are covered: historical applications, deterrence, racial and gender bias, execution of innocent people, and the legal, political, economic, and moral perspectives of the death penalty. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 365 Race and Punishment
The objective of this course is to examine the racial history of the American legal system and its relationship to the United States criminal justice system.  The course focuses on the inherent contradiction due to the absence of social justice between the constitutional promise of human rights and their actual suppression, the contradiction between personal ethics espousing racial justice and emancipation, and the ethics of political power, which legitimate their suppression. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr. 3.

CRM 370 Reflexive Criminology
A reflexive approach to criminology examining criminological theories and perspectives as cultural and ideological products. Using cross-cultural and historical comparisons, the course analyzes the conditions under which "criminology" is produced. We also explore the connections between the product of the "criminology industry" and the reproduction of broader cultural and ideological patterns. Prerequisites: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 375 Media, Crime, and Criminality
It is important to examine how the media assemble, select, and disseminate "crime knowledge" to audiences and thus influence their understanding of crime. The course uses a social constructionist approach to explore structural, institutional, and interactional contexts of media production. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 380 Restorative Justice
This course explores theory and research on restorative justice, which is an international movement of "progressive" reform that claims to reduce social inequalities generating crime. Students explore theoretical and empirical developments in restorative justice and examine programs claiming restorative components, such as victim-offender mediation and diversionary conferences. Prerequisites: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3.

CRM 390 Independent Projects
Individually or collectively arranged reading and/or research for juniors and seniors under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: CRM 100 and permission of instructor. Cr var.

CRM 395 Internship
The course is designed as a field experience/reflection opportunity for upper-level criminology majors with substantive background or coursework in the area of internship placement. It also provides a work/action experience and insight into professional roles in a variety of community agencies and organizations. The emphasis is on the application of social science perspectives, substantive knowledge, and methodologies to understand a particular organizational situation. In addition to field placement, students are expected to meet for a series of internship seminars, for which readings and reports will be required. Also, students must have completed 53 or more credit hours by the end of the semester in which they register for the course. Contact Department internship coordinator for details. Prerequisites: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3-6.

CRM 401 Comparative Criminology
This course focuses on the application of U.S. criminological theory in cross-cultural contexts. Specific emphasis is given to the problems of cultural relativism and intellectual imperialism while providing an integrative senior experience for majors. Prerequisites: CRM 100, CRM 220, and senior class standing. Cr 3.

CRM 402 Senior Seminar
This course is intended to furnish senior criminology majors with an opportunity to reflect on and integrate the material in their other major courses. Its focus is a major research project. The course combines individualized instruction, small group meetings, and seminars. Prerequisites: CRM 100, CRM 220 and junior or senior class standing. Cr 3.


Economics Course Descriptions (back to top)

Courses taught on regular rotation are so noted in each description; other courses not so noted are taught at least biannually unless faculty resources are unavailable.

ECO 120 satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning Core curriculum requirement; all other 100-level economics courses satisfy a second-tier Core curriculum requirement.

Note that only one course carrying the prefix ECO can be used to satisfy both the Thematic Cluster Core curriculum and economics major requirements.

ECO 100 Introduction to Economics: Ideas and Issues
An introduction to basic economic ideas, issues, and theories for non-majors. The course surveys microeconomic and macroeconomic theories and analyzes current topics and problems of the economy.
Prerequisite: None.  Cr 3.

ECO 101 Introduction to Macroeconomics
An analysis of the basic characteristics, institutions, and activities of modern market economies. Topics discussed include inflation, unemployment, government monetary and fiscal policy, full employment and economic growth.
Prerequisite: None. Every semester.  Cr 3.

ECO 102 Introduction to Microeconomics
Introduction to the analysis of individual markets: the functioning of prices in a market economy, economic decision making by producers and consumers, and market structure. Topics discussed include consumer preferences and consumer behavior, production theory and production costs, the monopoly firm, and resource pricing. Additional topics are determined by individual instructors.
Prerequisite: None. Every semester.  Cr 3.

ECO 103 Critical Thinking About Economic Issues
This course aims to develop critical thinking skills through the study of competing interpretations and analyses put forward by economists. Students will use a variety of texts, media, and activities to better understand controversial topics in economics. The specific thematic focus of ECO 103 may vary from section to section. Examples of topics which may be examined include the economics of health care, economic inequality, the global economy, and the economics of the environment.
Prerequisites: College Writing. Every semester.  Cr 3.

ECO 104 The U.S. in the World Economy
Students will examine national and global economic issues through consideration and application of economic theories. They will analyze and discuss basic economic principles and viewpoints, traditional policy approaches, post-World War II transformation in the U.S. economy, the impacts of the changing global economy on various aspects of life in the United States and will develop policy responses to these issues.
Prerequisite: None. Yearly, spring.  Cr 3.

ECO 105 A Novel Approach to Economics
This course will use fiction and non-fiction to explore key issues in economic analysis and policy formation. The impact of institutional change on production, distribution, and consumption will be the principal focus of the course. Students will discuss and write about the texts; some graphical analysis will be employed.
Prerequisite: None. Yearly, fall.  Cr 3.

ECO 106 Economics of Social Change
Students will explore connections among major socioeconomic transformations (e.g., the spread of market relations, industrialization, and new technologies), massive movements of people (from countryside to city, from one nation to another), the resulting clash of cultures, and the social construction of human worth. Students will analyze debates over social policy, economic performance and the relative standards of living.
Prerequisite: None.  Cr 3.

ECO 108 Economic Journalism
This course introduces students to current economic and public policy events in the United States. Guided research resulting in reporting of economic trends as well as advocacy pieces will be communicated to a broader public via social media, emphasizing the impact of national trends in Maine.
Prerequisites: College Writing, EYE.  Cr 3.

ECO 120 Lying with Graphs: Reading, Writing and Interpreting Graphs in the Social Sciences
If a picture's worth a thousand words, a graph's worth a thousand numbers. Graphs can be used to explain, present, and—yes—distort information. During this course, you will learn how to correctly interpret, critique, and construct graphs, as well as avoid the pitfalls often encountered in using graphs to communicate.
Prerequisite: Students must meet college readiness in mathematics prior to enrollment.  Cr 3.

ECO 220 U.S. Economic and Labor History
This course examines labor issues in the U.S. economy, combining analytical and historical perspectives. The course surveys the evolution of labor in the U.S. economy from the industrial revolution to the present, considers the history of the American worker and of the U.S. labor movement, and analyzes labor markets and their relationship to the competitiveness of the U.S. economy.
Prerequisite: None.  Cr 3.

ECO 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics
A theoretical analysis of the basic forces that cause inflation, growth, and fluctuations in economic activity. The effects on employment and other factors are thoroughly treated. Stabilization policies are examined and evaluated.
Prerequisites: ECO 101 and ECO 102, or ECO 100 and permission of instructor. Yearly.  Cr 3.

ECO 302 Intermediate Microeconomics
Analysis of individual markets, choice, and exchange theory: the functioning of prices in a market economy, rational decision making by consumers and producers, cost and production analysis, market structure, and theory of public goods and market failures.
Prerequisites: ECO 101 and ECO 102, or ECO 100 and permission of instructor. Yearly.  Cr 3.

ECO 303 Political Economy
This course provides an overview of various perspectives on the U.S. economic system, its dynamics, problems, and its relation to the political sphere. Topics may include: inequality and discrimination, growth and the environment, military spending, productivity and growth, and policies for the future.
Prerequisites: ECO 101, ECO 102, and either ECO 301 (or concurrent) or ECO 302 (or concurrent) or permission of instructor. Yearly, fall.  Cr 3.

ECO 305 Research Methods in Economics
Measures of central tendency, basic probability theory, and hypothesis testing will be discussed. With a focus on economic data, the relationship between random variables will be examined using linear regression models and computer software.
Prerequisites: MAT 120 and proficiency in Microsoft Excel™ or permission of instructor.  Cr 3.

ECO 310 Money and Banking
This course examines the structure and operation of the financial system with major emphasis on commercial banking, reviews the structure of the Federal Reserve System and analyzes the tools of policy, develops alternative monetary theories, and discusses major issues in monetary policy.
Prerequisites: ECO 101, ECO 102.  Cr 3.

ECO 312 U.S. Economic Policy
This course examines currently perceived problems of the U.S. economy. A range of views of these problems and associated policy proposals are considered including: free market, traditional monetary and fiscal, as well as new policy approaches.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level ECO course.  Cr 3.

ECO 315 Economic Development
The theories and practices of interregional and international economic development. Special attention is given to developmental problems of emerging nations.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level ECO course.  Cr 3.

ECO 316 Case Studies in International Development
This course provides case studies of the issues, problems, and policies of economic development. The development experience of various countries is examined in a comparative context.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level ECO course.  Cr 3.

ECO 319 Macroeconomics: Debt and Finance
Focuses on alternative and conflicting approaches to the role(s) of debt, private and public, in modern macroeconomies—debt in relation to aggregate demand growth, cyclic instability (“bubbles”), counter-cyclical policy, and as a long-term constraint on policy possibilities.  Attention is given to the “Modern Monetary Theory” approach and its critics.
Prerequisite: ECO 301 or permission of instructor.  Cr 3.

ECO 321 Understanding Contemporary Capitalism
This course analyzes the character and dynamics of leading contemporary capitalist economies, emphasizing historical, comparative, and institutional perspectives. These perspectives are used to address a wide range of contemporary economic issues, including national R&D policy, financial regulation, public and private human resource investments, and organizational strategies.
Prerequisite: None.  Cr 3.

ECO 322 Economics of Women and Work
This course examines women’s post-WWII experiences in paid work settings in the U.S. The class will assess a range of theories designed to explain women’s access to well-paying jobs and career ladders while maintaining family responsibilities. In addition, students will consider the effectiveness of a variety of public policies for greater labor market equity.
Prerequisite: None.  Cr 3.

ECO 323 U.S. Labor and Employment Relations
This course considers the evolution of 20th-century U.S. labor relations, particularly the competing fortunes of union and non-union labor relations models, as well as the impact of changing institutions on labor markets. It also surveys the evolving perspectives of industrial relations theorists and practitioners.
Prerequisite: None.  Cr 3.

ECO 325 Industrial Organization
This course investigates theories relating industrial structure to company conduct and performance. Case studies from the U.S. economy will be used to illustrate important developments in the 1970s and 1980s–internationalization, technological change, and competitiveness problems. 
Prerequisites: ECO 101, ECO 102.  Cr 3.

ECO 326 Environmental Economics
This course considers the economic aspects of environmental issues, such as pollution and environmental degradation, environmental justice, and global climate change. In addressing each of these issues we will investigate the implications of various public policy responses such as regulation, marketable permits, and tax incentives.
Prerequisite: ECO 102 or permission of instructor.  Cr 3.

ECO 327 Natural Resource Economics
In this course, we will consider the economic aspects of natural resource management and use, including the economically sustainable management of fisheries, forests, water resources, and biodiversity, with applications to Maine and beyond. We will investigate the implications of public policy responses such as regulations, marketable permits, and tax incentives.
Prerequisite: ECO 102 or permission of instructor.  Cr 3.

ECO 328 Rural and Regional Economic Development
This course focuses on rural areas and the unique characteristics that influence their economic development. Students will investigate the roles of government, demographics, location of industries, natural resources, technology, amenities and institutions within the context of rural and regional areas. Special attention will be given to rural areas in Maine, Appalachia, and the Mississippi River Delta. A section of the course will be devoted to the rural areas of less developed countries.
Prerequisite: ECO 102 or permission of instructor.  Cr 3.

ECO 330 Urban Economics
This computer-intensive course studies the growth and decline of urban regions. Census data are used to examine the dynamics of urban population change, with special reference to the northeastern United States.
Prerequisite: ECO 102 or permission of instructor.  Cr 3.

ECO 333 Economics and Happiness
Presents the limited relationship between economic well-being and happiness. Students will learn differing assessments and determinants of happiness as presented by economists, psychologists, and neuroscientists. In addition, they will examine the influence of ethics, altruism, and cooperation on well-being and will conclude by examining policy implications.
Prerequisite: ECO 101 or ECO 102 or permission of instructor.  Cr 3.

ECO 335 The Political Economy of Food
This course examines the inter-relatedness of production, distribution, and consumption of food in a global economy. Topics include the role of government policies in the U.S. and India, the impact of multinational agro-corporations on traditional methods of food production, and the subsequent impact on income and entitlements to food.
Prerequisites: Any 100-level ECO course and College Writing or permission of instructor.  Cr 3

ECO 340 History of Economic Thought
A survey of the development of modern economic theories, focusing in particular on Smith, Ricardo and Malthus, Marx, the marginalists, and Keynes. Consideration is also given to contemporary debates which exemplify historical controversies among theories.
Prerequisites: ECO 101, ECO 102.  Cr 3.

ECO 350 Comparative Economic Systems
The structures and operating principles of the major contemporary economic systems are examined and compared.
Prerequisite: ECO 100 or ECO 101.  Cr 3.

ECO 370 International Economics
Analysis of international markets and exchange theory, functioning of prices in the international economy, international finance, tariffs, quotas, and other instruments of international economic policy.
Prerequisites: ECO 101, ECO 102.  Cr 3.

ECO 380 Public Finance and Fiscal Policy
Public expenditure theory, principles of taxation, the federal budget and alternative budget policies, federal tax policy, fiscal policy for stabilization, federal debt.
Prerequisites: ECO 101, ECO 102.  Cr 3.

ECO 381 State and Local Public Finance
Development of the federal system, fiscal performance, intergovernmental fiscal relations, state and local revenue systems, budgetary practices, state and local debt.
Prerequisites: ECO 101, ECO 102.  Cr 3.

ECO 399 Special Topics in Economics
Prerequisite(s): Depends on topic.  Cr 3.

ECO 450 Readings in Economics
A series of readings and discussions of important books and articles of a socio-economic and politico-economic nature.
Prerequisite: None.  Cr 3.

ECO 490 Independent Readings and Research in Economics
Independent study and research of various student-selected areas of economics.
Prerequisites: ECO 101 or ECO 102 or permission of a faculty sponsor, junior or senior-level standing, a completed Independent Study Approval Form and sponsorship by an economics faculty member.
May be taken more than once.  Cr 1–6.

Sociology Course Descriptions (back to top)

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
The fundamental concepts, principles, and methods of sociology; analyzes the influence of social and cultural factors upon human behavior; evaluates effect of group processes, social classes, stratification, and basic institutions on contemporary society. Offered each semester. Cr 3.

SOC 150 Social Networks and the Value of Diversity
Examines social networks and the causes, qualities, and consequences of those ties connecting us together.  Students will be introduced to the major sociological theories of social networks and social capital.  Issues of difference and diversity will be investigated in relation to social networks.  Students will learn how status differences shape our access to resources, our mobilization of soical capital, and future status attainment. Cr 3.

SOC 210 Critical Thinking about Social Issues
Designed to follow Introduction to Sociology, this course further develops students' skills of critical analysis through the application of sociological principles to current social issues. The course uses popular media as well as sociological materials. Examples of issues which may be examined are: poverty, health care, homelessness, aging, drugs, violence, bureaucracy, white collar crime, and changing gender roles. Prerequisite: Successful completion of SOC 100 with a grade of C or better or permission of the instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 300 Sociological Theory
Critical evaluation of selected classical models of the social world. Includes consideration of the foundations of sociological thought, the content of major classical theories and theory groups, and the socio-cultural settings within which they developed. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 301 Qualitative Research Methods
This course provides an overview of the process of social research utilizing qualitative methods. Topics include the logic and principles of the research process, as well as specific techniques in qualitative research (e.g., writing field notes, conducting interviews, analyzing qualitative data). A fieldwork/lab component allows students to apply research skills in settings outside the classroom. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with a grade of C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 4.

SOC 307 Quantitative Research Methods
This course provides an overview of the social scientific research process, utilizing quantitative methods. Students generate research questions and testable hypotheses and analyze a variety of secondary data sources. Specific statistical topics include: measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, t-testing, analysis of variance, cross-tabulation, measures of association, linear regression, and multiple regression. The course includes a computer lab component. Prerequisites: SOC 210 with a grade of C or better and completion of mathematics proficiency, or permission of instructor. Cr 4.

SOC 315 Self and Society
This course explores the social construction of self as the result of both face-to-face and societal-level social processes such as language acquisition, identity development, and the effects of culture and social structure on individual and collective conceptions of selfhood. Readings and discussions focus on the relative contributions of individual self-determination and societal constraints on selfhood. Specific topics include childhood identity development, social stigma and societal definitions of normality, social structure and self-esteem, and cross-cultural differences in the concept of selfhood. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 316 Sociology of Gender
This course examines gender as a social, cultural, and historical construction which occurs within and reinforces sex/gender stratification. With particular attention paid to education, the family, and work, we will explore sex/gender stratification–its sources and dynamics; historical and contemporary forms; and implications for human lives, history, and society. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 318 Childhood and Society
This advanced course examines the social construction of childhood. Topics include but are not limited to socio-historical study of the evolution of childhood, the child in art and literature, socialization and gender as process, structured inequality and children's life chances, cross-cultural comparisons of childhood, and U.S. family policies for the welfare of children. An applied component allows students to integrate theory and observations of the day to day life of children. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 323 Sociology of Death and Dying
This course focuses on some of the central issues in the sociology of death and dying: the social construction of grief and loss, the experience and meaning of death and dying in the late modern world, the politics of meaning making in the face of collective trauma, and the relation of pain and death and their representation to the making and unmaking of social order. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 327 Social Movements
This course is divided into two sections: social movement theory and social movement cases. First, students will explore the three dominant theoretical approaches covering the micro, meso, and macro context of social movements. These include framing and interpretive processes, mobilizing structures, and political opportunities. The "classic" U.S. social movement of the 1960s (civil rights, women's liberation, anti-war, and free speech) and 1970s-80s (environmental and peace) will be utilized as historical cases to comprehend social movement theory. The second section of the course will address contemporary movements including (but not limited to) labor, anti-globalization, local alternatives, and the new peace movements. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 330 Sociology of the Family
A sociological approach to the study of the family, including the structure of social relationships, the modern American family as a social institution, the cultural background of the family, and the impact of social change. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 331 School and Society
This course examines the social organization of schooling and its social and political context in contemporary American society. Topics include the emergence of public education, role of state and community in shaping its nature, problems of access and equality, the organizational nature of schools, teaching as a profession, and alternatives to public education. Attention is given to public debates concerning the conditions, limits, and possibilities of schooling. Comparisons with educational systems of other countries are included when appropriate. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 333 Medical Sociology
Analysis of socio-cultural influences on health and illness, with an emphasis on health, illness, and sickness as social identities. Particular attention is given to the organization of health-related occupations and health services in cross-cultural perspective, and to the ethical and policy-related issues raised by different models of organization. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 334 Sociology of Religion
Review and critique of classical and contemporary sociological interpretations of religion, with emphasis on the changing character of religious expression in the twentieth century. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 343 Social Psychology
This course provides an overview of sociological theory and research in social psychology on the central topics of social perception, social communication, and social interaction. The course focuses on the impact of sociological factors such as gender, race, and class on face-to-face behavior and on how face-to-face interaction contributes to the creation and maintenance of social structure. Specific topics include social psychological methods; causes and consequences of stereotyping; gender, power, and conversation; status structures in small groups; distributive justice; and social dilemmas. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 348 Sociology of Work
This course surveys three strands of the literature: the nature of work under capitalism, the consequences emerging from such labor, and alternatives to capitalist relations in production. Specific topics include work in the global economy, Fordism and flexible capitalism, the division of labor, labor markets, control in the workplace, corporate dominance, jobs and the class structure, alienation, and workplace democracy. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 352 Demography
Fertility, mortality, and migration as they affect every aspect of life whether political, economic, or social and the reciprocal impact of these on the population variables. Specific applications include: the relationship of population growth and aging, population growth and the status of women, population growth and urbanization, food and population policy, population growth and economic development, population characteristics and life changes, population characteristics in marketing, crime and the age structure, fertility changes and the labor market, and the impact of immigration. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 355 Politics and Society
This course will focus on power relationships in U.S. society, with some cross-national comparisons. Specific topics to be covered include the nature and distribution of power among social groups and organizations, theories of the state, social class and political participation, policy formation, and the interactions between democracy as a political system and capitalism as an economic system. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 357 Organizations, Individuals, and Society
This course examines the nature of modern organizations and their impact on individuals and society. Several theoretical perspectives on organization will be examined to gain an understanding of organizational life and organizations' role in modern society. In addition, we will consider dilemmas faced by individuals interacting with organizations as functionaries (for example, workers, government employees, teachers, police) and as clients. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 358 Sociology of Women's Work
This course will introduce students to theoretical and empirical literature on women's work in the paid labor force, on their unpaid labor in the home, and on the relationship between these two kinds of "women's work." The course emphasizes the diversity of women's work and the interconnections among race, ethnicity, class, and gender through a detailed examination of professional women, blue-collar women, and "pink-collar" employees. Additional topics include occupational segregation, earnings differentials, poverty, law and public policy, and labor militancy. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 359 Leisure and Consumption under Global Capitalism
This course will use sociological concepts, paradigms, and research methods to engage students in a critical examination of leisure and consumption preferences and practices among the working, middle, and upper classes in the developed nations, especially the United States. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 363 Food, Culture, and Society
This course views food production, processing, distribution, and consumption as social and cultural phenomena. The course develops a sociological framework for understanding and connecting the diverse food stories in the headlines: GMOs, obesity, agricultural subsidies, food safety, organics. Students will also gain a better understanding of their own food choices and opportunities for changing our food system. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 365 Sociology of the Body
This course examines the body as a text marked by, and rendered meaningful through, social categories of race, gender, class, sexuality, disability, and disease. This writing- and reading-intensive course discusses both social constructionist and biological determinist perspectives on embodied difference. Prerequisites: SOC 210 with C or better and one or more of SOC 300, SOC 316, WST 380, WST 390. Cr 3.

SOC 370 Sociology of the Environment
Sociology of the Environment is the study of the complex relations between the social world and the natural environment. The sociologist is particularly interested in the role played by popular culture, economic systems, urbanization, rationalization, globalization, race, and gender relations (environmental justice) in the creation and continuation of various environmental problems. Thus the course refers to efforts to understand and illuminate the societal dynamics in terms of social practices citizens engage in as they go about their lives. Cumulatively these social practices produce particular consumption and use patterns that have significantly altered the natural world. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 371 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Considers the factors that produce and maintain structured social inequality based on minority status, and the social consequences of such inequality. Includes analysis of selected minorities both in the U.S. and cross-culturally. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 374 Mental Health and Mental Illness
An examination of theories of the "causes" of "madness" and the treatment of the mentally ill. Particular attention on the influence of culture on the definition of illnesses, the relationship between social factors and illness, and the social context of treatment. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 380 Topics in Sociology
Specially developed occasional courses exploring a variety of theoretical and substantive areas within the field. Offered as resources permit. These courses may be counted as electives toward completion of the major. Prerequisite: SOC 210 with C or better or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 390 Individualized Instruction I
Independent reading and/or research for juniors and seniors. Apply to Department chair. Prerequisite: 15 hours in sociology. Cr var.

SOC 391 Individualized Instruction II
Continuation of independent reading and/or research for juniors and seniors. Apply to Department chair. Prerequisite: SOC 390. Cr var.

SOC 392 Poverty: Policy and Perspectives
This course will analyze the causes of and responses to poverty in the United States. Relying on multidisciplinary literature, this course examines measures and theories of poverty; public, political, and policy debates; and the role of government in income distribution/redistribution. Particular attention will focus on issues of power, wealth, gender, and race as well as education, health, housing, and place as factors inextricably linked to poverty. Prerequisites: SOC 210 with a C or better, SOC 301 and SOC 307 recommended, or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 393 Women, Welfare, and the State
The course explores the gender bias of social welfare policy in the U.S., revealing a welfare state whose adherence to central elements such as the Protestant work ethic, "family values," and a laissez-faire economy excludes over half the population. From both historical and theoretical perspectives, the course examines the development of the American welfare state, compares it to Western and Eastern European states, and assesses its impact on women's lives. Prerequisites: SOC 210 with a grade of C or better and junior/senior standing, or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

SOC 395 Internship
The course is designed to provide work/action experience and insight into professional roles in a variety of community agencies and organizations. The primary objective of the internship is the application of the perspectives, substantive knowledge, and methods of social science to a particular organizational setting. Thus, the internship can be understood as a participant observation experience within the context of social science research. It is primarily designed as a field experience/reflection opportunity for upper-level social science majors with substantive background/coursework in the area of internship placement. In addition to field placement, students are expected to meet for a series of internship seminars, for which readings and reports will be required. Contact Departmental internship coordinator for details. Cr 4 to 6.

SOC 450 Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship
In working closely with faculty, undergraduate teaching assistants will gain insight into course materials and into all aspects of college teaching. This experience will be especially valuable for students who plan to do graduate work in sociology and for students exploring a career in teaching. Teaching assistants also provide an additional resource for assistance, advice, and modeling. Undergraduate teaching assistants generally assist faculty in course preparation and delivery including locating and reviewing materials for course use; assisting with the design of course schedule, exercises, assignments, and class presentations; lecturing and supervision of student groups; and providing feedback to students on their work. In addition, teaching assistants hold regular office hours. Enrollment in SOC 450 will depend on Departmental needs and course offerings. Selection is made by the faculty. Students should contact the Department chair for details. Prerequisite: SOC majors by permission only. Cr 3.

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