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Sociology

Course Descriptions

SOC 101: Sociology 3-0-3
Sociology is a scientific study of society and the interaction between society and its human environment. Emphasis is on an explanation of the importance of values and norms and their significance in the development of attitudes and resulting social behavior. Course includes such concepts as social organization and culture, socialization, institutions, and collective behavior. (FA, SP, SU)

SOC 101H: General Sociology (Honors) 3-0-3
Sociology is a scientific study of society and the interaction between society and its human environment. Emphasis is on an explanation of the importance of values and norms and their significance in the development of attitudes and resulting social behavior. Course includes such concepts as social organization and culture, socialization, institutions, and collective behavior. Honors sections of General Sociology stress critical thinking and analytical writing.

SOC 102: Rural Sociology 3-0-3
Introduction to basic concepts and principles of sociology that focuses on structure and function of rural societies. Topics include sociological theory, the relationship between rural and urban cultures, rural poverty, gender roles in rural societies, demographic patterns and trends in rural communities, environmental sociology, and emerging controversies and conflicts in rural areas. Students cannot receive credit for both SOC101 and SOC102.

SOC 105: Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare 3-0-3
Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare provides a study of the social work and human service professions. The historical perspectives, ethics, values, and the social needs and functioning of vulnerable and oppressed populations will be explored. The course will examine community resources and service delivery systems to address the social needs utilizing the field's generalist perspective. (FA, SP, SU)

SOC 150: Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems 3-0-3
This course examines the philosophical and historical background of law enforcement, adjudication, and corrections. Focus is on the organization, purpose, and functions of police agencies; the courts; confinement facilities on the local, state, and federal levels; and their respective roles in the administration of justice in the United States. (FA)

SOC 160: Introduction to Juvenile Justice Systems 3-0-3
SOC 160 examines the history and philosophy of the juvenile justice system in America, including the organization, functioning, and jurisdiction of juvenile justice agencies. The Missouri Juvenile code, its application and procedures, are examined in this course. (FA)

SOC 170: Introduction to Corrections, Probation, and Parole 3-0-3
This course is a study of the correctional process from law enforcement through the administration of justice, probation, parole, prisons and correctional institutions. Students examine the history, philosophy, and law of corrections in the United States. (SP)

SOC 205: Social Problems 3-0-3
This course identifies prevalent social problems facing American Society. Some social problems are widely recognized such as health issues, poverty, and crime. Many other social problems exist, but have yet to be generally acknowledged, although they adversely affect a large segment of society. (FA)

SOC 210: Victimology 3-0-3
This course will provide the student with a historical view of victimology and the victimization process within the American Culture. It will also review the role of victimology in today's criminal justice, social, and political systems while examining both the consequences of victimization and the various solutions to such problems. Examples of topics include sexual assault, child abuse/neglect, homicide, domestic violence, and elder abuse (SP).

SOC 211: Sociology of the Family 3-0-3
This course focuses on the social relationship referred to as the family. Included are those aspects of the social environment that have an effect on the family and include courtship, dating, and child-rearing (FA)

SOC 215: Social Deviance 3-0-3
This course utilizes the sociological perspective to clarify the meaning and relativity of deviance and social control. Focus is on public opinion and the media's coverage of and contributions to the definition of deviance as well as the systematic sanctioning of deviants. Specific areas to be addressed include (but are not limited to) the judicial system, substance use/abuse, sexual and gender identity, and theories and methods of deviance. (SP)