2017-2018

Sociology (SOC)

Courses

SOC 250SL. Community Engagement and Service Learning. 3 Credit Hours.

This course prepares students for service learning by introducing them to key tools for community engagement, including skills and strategies for working with community partners and critical reflection for deeper understanding and personal growth. Framed within the perspective of sociology, the course includes a service learning field experience and complements any area of University study. Service learning courses at Bryant require significant out- of- class community service done in partnership with community agencies.
Session Cycle: Fall, Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2018SOC 250SLA3145MWF10:00am - 10:50am(S. Enos)

SOC 251. Principles of Sociology. 3 Credit Hours.

Students survey and appraise the basic concepts, including theory and method, social processes and structure, culture, groups, socialization, inequality and social institutions.
Session Cycle: Fall, Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Fall 2017SOC 251A1153TTh11:00am - 12:15pm(G. Carter)
Fall 2017SOC 251AE1154M6:30pm - 9:10pm(G. Carter)
Fall 2017SOC 251B1155MWF12:00pm - 12:50pm(D. Ciliberto)
Fall 2017SOC 251C1156MWF10:00am - 10:50am(D. Ciliberto)
Fall 2017SOC 251D1157TTh3:30pm - 4:45pmTBD
Fall 2017SOC 251E1158TTh9:30am - 10:45amTBD
Fall 2017SOC 251F1159MWF11:00am - 11:50amTBD
Fall 2017SOC 251G1160MWF8:00am - 8:50amTBD
Spring 2018SOC 251A3147TTh11:00am - 12:15pm(G. Carter)
Spring 2018SOC 251AE3148M6:30pm - 9:10pm(G. Carter)
Spring 2018SOC 251B3149TTh12:30pm - 1:45pmTBD
Spring 2018SOC 251C3150MWF10:00am - 10:50amTBD
Spring 2018SOC 251D3152MWF1:00pm - 1:50pm(D. Ciliberto)
Spring 2018SOC 251E3151MWF12:00pm - 12:50pm(D. Ciliberto)
Spring 2018SOC 251F3146MWF9:00am - 9:50amTBD

SOC 253. Honors Sociology. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a more advanced introduction to sociology, allowing students to explore social theory, research methods, social structure, culture, groups, socialization, social interaction, inequality, and social institutions more deeply than in the standard introductory course.
Prerequisites: Honors Program
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2018SOC 253HN3153TTh9:30am - 10:45am(G. Carter)

SOC 351. Social Problems Social Solutions. 3 Credit Hours.

An exploration of major contemporary social problems, examining the key explanations for them. These explanations are used to assess the likely success of current and proposed social solutions. Key problems studied include inequalities linked to race, ethnicity, gender, immigration status, education, age, and criminal justice—as well as overpopulation and environmental degradation. U.S. problems and their possible solutions are illuminated with crossnational comparisons. This course is available with a service learning option (SOC 351SL).
Prerequisites: SOC 250SL or SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Alternate Years.

Fall 2017SOC 351A1161MWF11:00am - 11:50am(G. Carter)

SOC 351SL. Social Problems Social Solutions Service Learning Option. 3 Credit Hours.

An exploration of major contemporary social problems, examining the key explanations for them. These explanations are used to assess the likely success of current and proposed social solutions. Key problems studied include inequalities linked to race, ethnicity, gender, immigration status, education, age, and criminal justice—as well as overpopulation and environmental degradation. U.S. problems and their possible solutions are illuminated with crossnational comparisons.
Prerequisites: SOC 250SL or SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Alternate Years.

Fall 2017SOC 351SLA1162MWF11:00am - 11:50am(G. Carter)

SOC 352. Sociology of Gender, Illness, and Health. 3 Credit Hours.

Focusing on the role that gender plays in the opportunity for health and the likelihood of illness, this course explores the causes and consequences of different health outcomes for women and men and the myths and stereotypes about each group. For example, many believe that women have higher rates of mental illness than men but what, if any, is the evidence for this view? The course is U.S. based but it will cover some cross-cultural comparisons of gender, health and illness. This course is available with an integrated service learning option (SOC 352SL).
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253 and SOC 250SL for service learning option
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

SOC 352SL. Integrated Sociology and Service Learning: Gender, Illness and Health. 3 Credit Hours.

Good health is a foundation for healthy communities, but good health is in scarce supply. In this course, students will explore the conceptual aspects of good health as a scarce societal resource, will learn about the ways in which health and illness are experienced in sub-groups in our population, and, through community service learning experience, and understand the health and illness issues that actual groups of people cope with in their daily lives. Service learning courses at Bryant require significant out of class community service done in partnership with community agencies. Students receiving credit for SOC 352 cannot receive credit for this course.
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Alternate Years.

SOC 354. Globalization and Childhood. 3 Credit Hours.

Globalization and Childhood examines the impacts of globalization on children and childhood across the globe. Issues include children as producers and consumers, as soldiers and victims of violence, and other topics. This course is also available with an integrated service-learning option (SOC 354SL).
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 250SL
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Alternate Years.

SOC 354SL. Globalization and Childhood. 3 Credit Hours.

Globalization and Childhood examines the impacts of globalization on children and childhood across the globe. Issues include children as producers and consumers, as soldiers and victims of violence, and others. All students work on community-based projects as part of their academic assignments. Service Learning courses at Bryant require significant out of class community services done in partnership with community agencies.
Prerequisites: SOC 250SL or permission from the instructor
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Alternate Years.

SOC 356. Sociology of Family. 3 Credit Hours.

The central goal of this course is to lead students to a deeper understanding of the ways in which American families are changing. Through an examination of the family in sociological, historical and cross-cultural perspective, students will gain insight into both the diversity of family forms and the ways in which the family is tied into the larger structure of society.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2018SOC 356FE3154W6:30pm - 9:10pmTBD

SOC 357. Self and Society. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to the rich literature of sociological explorations into social psychology. It reviews a broad range of theoretical approaches, focusing particularly upon symbolic interactionist theory. Through readings, case studies and practical applications, students explore the intricacies of the social world to uncover a deeper understanding of human social behavior and themselves as social beings.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253 or PSY 260 and Sophomore standing
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Alternate Years.

SOC 359. The Sociological Imagination What We See When We Watch T.V.. 3 Credit Hours.

This course uses the Sociological Imagination as the lens through which to analyze of the content of television. We will apply "The sociological imagination" (C. Wright Mills famous concept) to episodes of "The Wire", an HBO series that ran for five years. We will examine the lives of the characters and "urban space" as chronicled in "The Wire" including the work, neighborhoods, the city, morality, sexuality, politics, "childhood," gender and gender expression, race and social justice. We will also consider the relationship between social structures, culture, structure and agency. This course is cross-listed with COM 359.
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Fall 2017SOC 359A1085TTh9:30am - 10:45am(J. McDonnell)

SOC 360. Sociology of Sport. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an overview of the discipline of sociology of sport. The course focuses on the global aspects of sport, with an emphasis on the relationship between sport and race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and national identity. It provides students with the theories, concepts and perspectives that allow them to better understand the relationships between sport, society and culture. This course is available with integrated service learning option (SOC 360SL).
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253 and SOC 250SL for service learning option
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Fall 2017SOC 360A1436TTh11:00am - 12:15pm(J. McDonnell)
Winter 2018SOC 360A2003MTWThFS8:30am - 11:30am(J. McDonnell)

SOC 360SL. Sociology of Sport - Service Learning Option. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an overview of the discipline of the sociology of sport. Students will focus on the global aspects of sport, with an emphasis on the relationship between sport and race, class, gender, sexual orientation and national identity. This course also helps students develop theories, concepts and perspectives to understand the general relationship between the institution of sport, society and culture.
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

SOC 362. Sociology of Innovation and Creativity. 3 Credit Hours.

This course takes a sociological perspective on creativity and innovation exploring the sociological context of each. Combining readings and lectures, class activities and a community-based project, students will learn about the social context of creativity and innovation and also understand more deeply their own creative processes and strengthen these through projects and portfolio building.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 250SL or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Alternate Years.

SOC 366. Race in America. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines major issues in race relations from the perspective of both black and white Americans from the onset of slavery to the present. The course examines the origins and functioning of American slavery, with consideration to the Atlantic slave trade and the role of U.S. slavery within the context of New World slavery; the relationship between European immigrants and African-Americans in terms of the formation of whiteness and the historical meaning of white skin privilege; abolitionism and antislavery; the development and functioning of Jim Crow segregation; 2nd Reconstruction; the civil rights movement; and the significance of race during the post-civil rights era. This course is cross-listed with HIS 366, Race in America.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Fall 2017SOC 366A1099TTh2:00pm - 3:15pm(A. Joseph)

SOC 370. Crime and Justice. 3 Credit Hours.

This course applies sociological theory and research to the study of crime and social control. Students engage in policy debates and research projects focused on the philosophy, design and operations of the criminal justice systems in education, immigration, drug control, and other areas. This course is available with the integrated service learning option SOC 370SL.
Prerequisites: SOC 250SL or SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2018SOC 370A3155MWF11:00am - 11:50am(S. Enos)

SOC 370SL. Crime and Justice Service Learning Option. 3 Credit Hours.

This course applies sociological theory and research to the study of crime and social control. Students engage in policy debates and research projects focused on the philosophy, design and operations of the criminal justice systems in education, immigration, drug control, and other areas. Service learning courses at Bryant require significant out of class community service done in partnership with community agencies. Students receiving credit for SOC 370 cannot receive credit for this course.
Prerequisites: SOC 250SL or SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2018SOC 370SLA3156MWF11:00am - 11:50am(S. Enos)

SOC 391. Sociology Internship. 3 Credit Hours.

Students engage in individually supervised work-study arrangements and learn to apply social science theory and principles in their work environment. Students must work at least ten hours per week on the job, meet periodically with a supervising faculty member, research literature related to the field of the internship, and prepare a substantive report on their internship experience and the studies involved.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253,Junior/Senior standing; approval of a supervising faculty member and department chair.

SOC 399SL. Service Learning Leadership Internship Field Study. 3 Credit Hours.

Students engage in individually supervised service learning arrangements in collaboration with a community partner. They must work at least twelve hours per week on the job, review literature related to the field of the internship, engage in regular and ongoing reflective activities, and produce a body of work that is of value to the community partner or site. This course is limited to juniors and seniors and requires the approval of a supervising faculty member and the department chair. Service learning courses at Bryant require significant out of class community service done in partnership with community agencies.
Prerequisites: SOC 250SL and Junior standing.

SOC 400. Research Methods in Sociology. 3 Credit Hours.

In this course students learn the systematic strategies commonly used to gather, analyze, and interpret social science data via survey research. Students use SPSS statistical analysis software to learn the art, logic, and science of data analysis and interpretation--including establishing causality with observational data.
Prerequisites: ECO 214, GLOB 241, POLS 241, GLOB 290, POLS 290, PSY 260, PSY 263, SOC 251, or SOC 253 and MATH 201 or 200 level or higher course in statistics
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

SOC 451. Population and Society. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines the determinants and consequences of population processes and structures. Students explore the relevance of population to several social policy issues, including economic development, gender equality, immigration, civil discord, poverty, social security, health care, and the environment. The course uses illustrations from the United States and a variety of developed and developing countries.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Alternate Years.

SOC 452. Sociology of Work. 3 Credit Hours.

The sociology of work is an exploration of the meaning of work in our lives and in our culture. The course is organized in a seminar format in which students read and discuss a series of important books in the field. In addition to guiding students toward developing their own sociological insight, the course will challenge some of their basic assumptions about the social organization of work and about the relationship between the economic and the non-economic spheres of our lives. This course is available with an integrated service learning option (SOC 452SL).
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253 and SOC 250SL for service learning option
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

SOC 452SL. Sociology of Work Service Learning Option. 3 Credit Hours.

The sociology of work is an exploration of the structure and meaning of work in our lives and in our culture. The course is presented in a seminar format in which students read and discuss a series of topical books in the field. In addition to guiding students toward developing their own sociological insight, the course will challenge basic assumptions about the social organization of work and about the relationship between the economic and the non-economic spheres of our lives. This sociological exploration of work will be organized around a service learning practicum designed each semester in collaboration with a community partner. Service learning courses at Bryant require significant out of class community service done in partnership with community agencies. Students receiving credit for SOC 452 cannot receive credit for this course.
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

SOC 453. Race and Ethnicity. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines and uses theories to understand the treatment and life chances of racial and ethnic subpopulations, with an emphasis on U.S. society. Students explore the many ways stereotypes, prejudice, racism, and privilege become part of our everyday interaction and reinforce institutional discrimination.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

SOC 454. Social Theory: The Study of Isms and Phobias. 3 Credit Hours.

This seminar is first and foremost a study of classical and contemporary social theory. It also examines the ways in which a variety of these theories, both classical and contemporary, view and explain social inequalities. More specifically, we will use theories, theorists, and concepts from theories to help us better understand "isms and phobias" including racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, homophobia, transphobia, ethnocentrism and xenophobia.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Fall 2017SOC 454A1164TTh12:30pm - 1:45pm(J. McDonnell)

SOC 455. Urban Sociology. 3 Credit Hours.

Because most of us have urban or suburban backgrounds, and because of the huge cities all over the globe, we assume that most of the world’s population have urban experiences. This has not the case- at least until now. The world of the future will be urban. It is important that we understand how and why cities come into being, and how urbanism affects people’s lives and behavior. Students will use urban theory to analyze the relationship between larger social forces and individual experiences in selected substantive areas of urban sociology.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Summer 2018SOC 455SE4104TTh6:30pm - 9:10pm(D. Ciliberto)

SOC 460SL. Applied Seminar in Social Entrepreneurship. 3 Credit Hours.

Social entrepreneurs create innovated solutions to the world's most vexing problems. This course provides students background knowledge in the emerging field and hands on experience in social entrepreneurship.
Prerequisites: SOC 250SL or SOC 251 or SOC 253 and Sophomore standing
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2018SOC 460SLA3157MWF1:00pm - 1:50pm(S. Enos)

SOC 491. Sociology Capstone I. 3 Credit Hours.

Designed for student majoring in Sociology and Social Research, this senior-level capstone seminar asks students to explore, either as an individual directed-study or as part of a weekly seminar, some aspect of an important social issue as it relates to the operation of a social institution: marriage and family; religion; work; politics; urbanization; or sports.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253 and Junior standing
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2018SOC 491A3714MWF12:00pm - 12:50pm(R. Washburn)

SOC 491SL. Sociology and Service Learning Capstone I. 3 Credit Hours.

This capstone course requires that students apply social theory and concepts to help them understand a community experience and then use the community experience to help make the theory and concepts come alive. Furthermore, students will conduct community based research that will benefit the community service partner, utilizing and understanding the specific research methods that will allow the most exacting study of the community. It requires an engaged and intense community based service experience. Service learning courses at Bryant require significant out of class community service done in partnership with community agencies.
Prerequisites: SOC 250SL and SOC 251 or SOC 253 and Junior standing
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2018SOC 491SLA3715MWF12:00pm - 12:50pm(R. Washburn)

SOC 492. Sociology Capstone II. 3 Credit Hours.

This course may follow SOC 491--offering the student a chance to tackle a large, in-depth study by providing a second semester to research their topic of interest.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253 and SOC 491 and Junior standing
Session Cycle: Varies
Yearly Cycle: Alternate Years.

SOC 497. Directed Study in Sociology. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is an opportunity for students to do independent, in-depth study or research for academic credit. The student works on an individual basis under the direction of a member of the sociology faculty. The main requirement of the course is the development of a substantial paper or project.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253.

SOC 499SL. Service Learning Leadership Practicum. 3 Credit Hours.

Available to advanced service learning students, this course helps to develop the practical skills necessary for assuming leadership in communities and small groups. Acting as Community Assistants and service learning mentors, students work with a community partner and lead protegee students in reflection and analysis activities. The student works on an individual basis under the direction of a member of the sociology faculty. Service learning courses at Bryant require significant out of class community service done in partnership with community agencies.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253 and SOC 250SL and SOC 491SL and Junior standing
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

SOC ST300. Special Topics in Sociology From Womb to Tomb A Sociological Perspective on Sexuality. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines how sexuality is defined throughout the life cycle. This course will use a sociological perspective to examine the cultural, political and legal aspects of human sexuality. Recent studies on human sexuality have highlighted that sexual aspects are of major importance in building up personal identity, social interaction and the social evolution of individuals.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.