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SOC-101

Introduction to Sociology

Credit(s): 3

This introductory course presents the fundamental principles affecting human social systems. The concepts of traditional as well as contemporary theorists will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the forces governing groups and the conditions that transform social life. This course fulfills a social science requirement for the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week

SOC-102

Social Problems

Credit(s): 3

This course applies sociological concepts and methods of analysis to current social problems in the United States. Topics of study include issues such as racism, social inequality, crime and environmental degradation. This course is recommended for students entering the fields of sociology, counseling, social work and justice studies. SOC-102 fulfills a social science requirement for the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week

SOC-103

Cultural Diversity

Credit(s): 3

This course is designed to increase the awareness and appreciation of diversity within the contemporary U.S. population. It will examine historical and contemporary experiences from perspectives of both women and men of diverse races, ethnicities, social class, religions, sexual orientation, ages, and abilities. Students will explore their particular inherited and constructed traditions, identify communities and significant life experiences while learning from the varied experiences and perspectives of those who are different. Students will become more aware of the nature of personal, institutional, and societal inequalities and the processes leading to a more equitable society. Students will be encouraged to develop a critical consciousness and to explore ways of empowering to help eliminate ideologies of unequal treatment. This course will develop an extended and collaborative dialogue about past, present, and future U.S. democratic aspirations and foster a respect for people's life experiences while teaching skills needed to function in today's diverse and increasingly interconnected global society. This course fulfills a social science requirement for the A.A. and A.S. degrees or the cultural diversity requirement for the A.A. degree. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: College level reading and writing

SOC-155

Drug Abuse: Fact, Fiction, & the Future

Credit(s): 3

This course is designed to provide information about drugs, their effects, and the laws and social implications relative to them. Students will learn about the causes of drug abuse, treatment modalities, community resources, alternatives, and problem solving skills. Lecture: 3 hours per week

SOC-220

Marriage and Family

Credit(s): 3

Sociology 220 is designed to help students understand more about marriage and family life processes. Students will examine values, needs, and responsibilities as they relate to intimacy, the selection of partners, cohabitation and marriage, family planning choices, parenting, family economics, and interpersonal communication. Students will also address the issues of family violence, divorce, and the restructuring of new families. This course will be helpful to those who wish to have more knowledge about relationship, marriage, and family issues or those who are entering such fields as counseling and social work. This course fulfills a social science requirement for the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: College level reading and writing skills

SOC-251

Race and Ethnic Relations

Credit(s): 3

This course explores the influence of race and ethnic membership in structuring social interaction and behavior amongst people in the United States. Although the primary focus is in the ethnic experience in the U.S., comparative models will also be explored to provide a framework for the American situation. A major element of the course will be an investigation of the five major ethnic groups: Native Americans, Hispanics (Latinos), African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and white Americans; with a special emphasis on the condition of Native Americans. Principal topics will include historical aspects of race and ethnicity, theoretical viewpoints, causes of ethnic conflict, racism and prejudice, psychopathology and ethnicity, focal topics (e.g. affirmative action, "reverse" discrimination, bilingual education, immigration issues) and future trends and directions. This course will be helpful for individuals seeking to work in professions or environments where they will be in contact with members of diverse ethnic and racial groups. This course fulfills a social science requirement for the A.A. and A.S. degrees or the cultural diversity requirement for the A.A. degree. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: PSYC-101

SOC-283

Death and Dying

Credit(s): 3

This course introduces the concepts, attitudes and social dynamics of death and dying, including various cultural perspectives. Topics include demographics, who dies and why, suicide, treatment of the dying and dead, religious and legal perspectives, stages of dying, caregiving, grief, and bereavement. Lecture: 3 hours per week

SOC-297A

Sociology of Globalization

Credit(s): 3

This course introduces the complexity of globalization as an increasingly rapid process shaping our world. The economic, political and cultural aspects of globalization are reviewed as the central themes of the course. The course defines globalization through a historical lens as a method to examine the current inter-related globalized world. The relationship between globalization and the environment, gender, migration, labor, major economic institutions and current social movements are explored to connect this global phenomenon to everyday life. Recommended: SOC-101 or SOC-102 and college level reading and writing