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NOTE: SOC 101 or SOC 102 is prerequisite to all other sociology courses.

101 Introductory Sociology. (3) An introduction to sociological facts and analysis of group-making processes and products. F, S.

102 Social Problems. (3) Analysis of social structures and processes relating to public issues in contemporary society. F, S.

201 Sociological Analysis. (3) This course will provide an introduction to the principles of sociology as well as emphasize written and oral communication skills. Students will be asked to exercise and develop their "sociological imagination" through a series of oral and written assignments. F, S.

298 Careers and Professional Development in Gerontology. (1) This course introduces students to areas of specialization in gerontology and career opportunities within the discipline and related disciplines. This course explores the variety of resources available on the Internet and in the University Career Resources Services office in order to assist students to find jobs or enter graduate schools after graduation. Offered as needed.

301 Gender and Society. (3) This course examines gender in terms of men’s and women’s identities and normative behaviors that occur in gendered institutions within an inequitable, patriarchal social structure that allots power and privilege to men over women, across all classes and races. Offered as needed.

305 Sociology of the Family. (3) Sociological perspectives related to various aspects of family behaviors, roles and values. Offered as needed.

306 Religious Cults and Violence. (3) (Prereq: SOC 101 or SOC 102) An introduction to sociological perspectives related to various aspects of new religious movements or cults. Students will use sociological theories and perspectives to examine religious cults' use of violence and violent reactions toward cults by government authorities, other religious organizations, and anti-cult movements. S, even years.

307 Sociology of Religion. (3) Sociological perspectives related to various aspects of religious behavior. Includes references to non-Western religions. Offered as needed.

308 Community Development and Social Change. (3) This course provides a sociological analysis of community and explores community development models and the history of community development practices. Students learn hands-on skills that will prepare them for work in community–based organizations and institutions. This course includes a required community service learning component with a local community organization. Offered as needed.

309 Social Inequality. (3) The course provides a social scientific overview of how individual experiences in social reality are unequal given the stratified nature of the world. Historical trends in inequalities and contemporary hierarchical social arrangements are examined. A focus of the course is how different forms of inequality are maintained and replicated via individual behaviors and the operation of different socio-cultural institutions. Also analyzed are the efforts to challenge unjust inequalities within communities, and nation-states world-wide. Offered as needed.

310 Social Demography. (3) (Writing Intensive) (Prereq: SOC 101, SOC 201, and Core Curriculum Math requirement) Analysis of the theories, methods, issues, and data related to the characteristics and dynamics of population. Offered as needed.

311 Sociology of Poverty. (3) A sociological analysis of who the poor are with a specific emphasis on rural America. Offered as needed.

313 Social Welfare and Social Work. (3) Analysis of the theory and process of social services. Emphasis is placed on understanding major social service programs in the United States, their histories, trends, and public policy related to them. Students study specific social welfare programs such as income maintenance programs, social security, nutrition programs and others. The occupation of social work is addressed along with major debates regarding providers and consumers of services. Offered as needed.

320 Individual and Society. (3) (Prereq: SOC 101 or PSYC 101) Selected theoretical orientations, methodological procedures and illustrative substantive data pertaining to the relations between the individual and society. Offered as needed.

330 Sociological Theory. (3) Theoretical perspectives on society and social behavior. F, S.

331 Methods in the Social Sciences. (3) (Writing Intensive) (Coreq: SOC 331L) (Prereq: SOC 101 or SOC 102; PSYC 225 or its equivalent) Introduction to the methods and problems involved in designing and conducting research in sociology and related fields. F, S.

331L Methods in the Social Sciences Laboratory. (1) (Coreq: SOC 331) Exercises and assignments to supplement the material presented in Sociology 331. F, S.

340 The Sociology of Drugs & Drug Control Policy. (3) (Prereq: SOC 101 or SOC 102) A sociological examination of drug use, misuse and abuse within the historical context of social policies in the United States. A global perspective will also be considered. F, odd years.

341 Organized Crime. (3) (Prereq: SOC 101 or SOC 102) This seminar is organized as a survey of organized crime worldwide. While this course will focus on organized crime in the United States, we will also examine organized crime and organized crime groups around the world. Integral to this large scope is a focus on the historical development of the ideas surrounding organized crime. Additionally, in this course we will examine some of the strategies used to combat often unique forms of criminality. S, odd years.

350 Juvenile Delinquency. (3) The causes and consequences of juvenile delinquency and the study of the juvenile justice system. Offered as needed.

351 Deviant Behavior. (3) (Prereq: SOC 101 or SOC 102) The causes and consequences of deviant behavior in society, including such topics as mental illness, privileged deviance, drugs and alcohol, personal violence, and body modification.

352 Comparative Policing. (3) (Prereq: SOC 101 or SOC 102) Comparative study of policing organizations in the U.S. and selected foreign countries from a social science perspective. Formal/informal policing; role/functions; legal bases; accountability /restraints; community relations; use of force; and illegal practices will be covered. We will examine how the political systems of different countries influence the way governments police their own citizens. S, odd years.

353 Sociology of Crime. (3) Social factors in the development, identification, and treatment of criminals. Offered as needed.

355 Race and Ethnicity. (3) (=ANTH 355) A socio-historical, theoretical, and empirical analysis of race and ethnicity, with primary emphasis on U.S. relations and trends. Cultural, political, and economic relationships on the basis of race/ethnicity are examined. Issues of prejudice, discrimination, and racism are explored as well as strategies for individual and collective action that promote equality and social justice for all races/ethnicities. Offered as needed.

360 Sociology of Medicine and Health. (3) (Prereq: SOC 101 or permission of the instructor) The course acquaints students with a sociological analysis of health, illness, and the care system. Examples of topics covered include sociological variables in relationship to patterns of illness, models of illness behavior, analysis of the contemporary care system including reimbursement patterns, and socio-economic and political critiques of contemporary issues in medicine and health. Offered as needed.

380 Collective Action and Social Movements. (3) (Prereq: SOC 101 or SOC 102) Using a sociological frame of analysis, this course explores distinctions between collective action and social movements, conditions that facilitate their development, and their impact on social, cultural, and political policies. A wide variety of social movements in American society are examined, including the Progressive era reform movements, the labor movement, the women’s movement, the environmental movement, the gay rights movement, the civil rights and other racial/ethnic movements. Offered as needed.

399 Independent Study. (1-6) (Prereq: Written contract between the student and the instructor, approved by the Chair of the Psychology and Sociology Department)

400 Sociology of Small Groups. (3) (Prereq: Nine hours of Sociology or permission of the instructor) Conceptual, analytical, empirical and substantive issues in the sociological study of small groups. Topics include: theoretical models of small group structures, functions, and processes; methods of small group research; power, leadership, conflict, conformity and decision-making in small groups. Offered as needed.\

450 Victimology. (3) (Prereq: SOC 101 or permission of the instructor) Examination of sociological theories, research, and methodologies in the study of victims and analysis of the growth and institutionalization of victim advocacy. Offered as needed.

454 Sociology of Death and Dying. (3) This course focuses on the social construction of dying and death in our society as well as the ways societal expectations, values, and norms influence practices and beliefs about death. Offered as needed.

455 Sociology of Aging. (3) Analysis of aging as a problem of socialization and the status of older people in society, their roles in the community, demographic aspects of aging, and the impact of aging upon social institutions. Offered as needed.

457 Aging and Social Policy. (3) (Prereq: SOC 101, PSYC 101, or permission of the instructor) The development of public policy related to aging. Basic policy concepts, models, and methodology along with specific issues of the elderly. Offered as needed.

460 Sociology of Mental Health. (3) Social factors in the development, identification and treatment of mental illness. Offered as needed.

465 Sociology of AIDS. (3) (Prereq: Junior standing or permission of the instructor) A seminar for advanced undergraduates, this course involves student research on HIV/AIDS transmission, incidence, prevalence, and prevention worldwide and analyzes HIV/AIDS within the framework of social stratification, social movements, social deviance, social control, and international development. Offered as needed.

470 Sociology of the South. (3) (Prereq: Junior standing or permission of the instructor) SOC 470 focuses on social, cultural, historical, economic, racial and demographic dimension of the American South. Class members will conduct research and study how the South is distinct and the ways the South influences and shares the broader American society. Offered as needed.

480 Environmental Sociology. (3) (Prereq: SOC 101 or SOC 102 and Junior standing, or permission of the instructor) The course examines key issues in the relationship between society and the natural environment. The primary focus is on social structural and cultural factors behind environmental and resource problems. Attention, however, is also given to social consequences of environmental degradation (e.g., social and economic disruption) and to social responses to environmental and resource problems (e.g., change in culture/attitudes about environmental issues, the environmental movement, community mobilization against threats). Offered as needed.

495 Gerontology Internship. (3) (=PSYC 495) (Prereq: PSYC 423 and three additional Gerontology Program courses) The internship provides experience working with both well and frail older persons and requires a minimum of 104 hours with an approved agency. The internship is supervised by the program director and an on-site professional with a specialized terminal degree and/or significant demonstrated experience. Contracts outlining practicum requirements must be written and approved by the host agency, the director of the gerontology program, and the chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology. Offered as needed.

497 Senior Thesis. (3) (Prereq: Senior standing, SOC 330 and SOC 331) Each student plans and executes an original research project under a sociologist’s supervision. Offered as needed.

498 Topics in Sociology. (3) Reading and research on selected subjects in sociology. Open only to Juniors and Seniors with the permission of the instructor. Offered as needed.

499 Internship. (1-6) (Writing Intensive) (Prereq: The internship requires 90 or more hours of collegiate credit with a GPA of 2.5 or better; formal application with a resume, and a contract among the Internship agency, the student, and the department. The application process must be completed by the last day of classes of the semester prior to the internship.) Interns work a minimum of 100 hours in a human services, governmental, research, or criminal justice agency and write a paper analyzing their work experiences. Offered as needed.







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Brittain Hall 231

Department Chair
Bob Jenkot
Associate Professor of Sociology
rjenkot@coastal.edu ‌

Administrative Specialist
Amy Haggard

Mailing Address
Department of Sociology
Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC  29528-6054

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