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SOC P510 Seminar on Organizations and the Individual, Cr. 3.
SOC P514 Health and Healthcare Issues, Cr. 3.
SOC P517 Social Stratification and Social Practice, Cr. 3.
SOC P540 Principles of Sociological Theory and Practice, Cr. 3.
SOC P550 Statistical Techniques for Sociological Practice I, Cr. 3.
SOC P560 Topics in Sociological Practice, Cr. 3. (V.T.)
SOC P562 Topics in Policy Analysis, Cr. 3. (V.T.)
SOC P570 Applied Research Methods, Cr. 3.
SOC P571 Clinical Methods in Sociological Practice, Cr. 3.
SOC P578 Mediation and Conflict Resolution Strategies, Cr. 3.
SOC P650 Statistical Techniques for Sociological Practice II, Cr. 3.
SOC P670 Advanced Applied Research Methods, Cr. 3.
SOC P695 Independent Research in Sociological Practice, Cr.1–3.(V.T.)
SOC P696 Independent Clinical Analysis Intervention, Cr. 1-3. (V.T.)
SOC P698 Practicum in Sociological Practice, Cr. 3.
SOC S516 Seminar in Sociology of Family, Cr. 3.
SOC S517 Social Stratification - Advanced Study, Cr. 3.
SOC S518 Seminar in Sociology of Religion, Cr. 3.
SOC S521 Seminar in Deviant Behavior, Cr. 3–9.
SOC S528 Research in Criminology, Cr. 3–6.
SOC S540 Sociological Theory, Cr. 3.
SOC S560 Topics in Sociology, Cr. 3. (V.T.)
SOC S570 Sociology of Education, Cr. 3.
SOC S574 Medical Sociology, Cr. 3.
SOC S575 Social Gerontology, Cr. 3.

SOC P510 Seminar on Organizations and the Individual, Cr. 3.

Focuses on the interplay between social structural factors and individual actions. Examines basic principles of social organizations as well as variations in types of organizational arrangements. Explores impact of organizational structures on individual behavior and attributes, and the implications of various behavioral strategies adopted by individuals functioning within organizations.

SOC P514 Health and Healthcare Issues, Cr. 3.

P: graduate standing. An investigation of health and the healthcare system in the United States with focus on issues, problems, and alternatives for policy reform.

SOC P517 Social Stratification and Social Practice, Cr. 3.

This course examines social stratification as both an area of scientific inquiry and sociological practice. Course content covers the historical and cross-cultural variations in social stratification, systems of inequality, and the social policies associated with addressing inequality.

SOC P540 Principles of Sociological Theory and Practice, Cr. 3.

P: undergraduate course in social theory. This course will introduce graduate students to the theoretically informed practice of sociology. Students will develop the ability to use social theory in the analysis of society and social life.

SOC P550 Statistical Techniques for Sociological Practice I, Cr. 3.

P: one basic undergraduate statistics course. Course focuses on how to use statistical analysis to answer common questions in the practice of sociology, as well as on what statistical techniques are useful to answer sociological practice questions, how to apply them and interpret their results. Specific methods to be covered include documentary, ethnographic, survey, experimental design, secondary data analysis, social indicators, focused literature reviews, and library research techniques.

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SOC P560 Topics in Sociological Practice, Cr. 3. (V.T.)

This is a graduate seminar in selected topic areas in sociology, exploring the nature of sociological practice within each area (e.g., policy issues and/or intervention strategies as applied to health).

SOC P562 Topics in Policy Analysis, Cr. 3. (V.T.)

P: graduate standing. Graduate seminar in selected topic areas in sociology, focusing on the analysis of social policy with each area.

SOC P570 Applied Research Methods, Cr. 3.

P: undergraduate course in sociological research methods. Course covers the methodological tools and practical knowledge needed to conduct applied social research. Students will be exposed to a variety of methods and will learn how to choose the most appropriate method for specific research problems and settings, and understand advantages and disadvantages for each.

SOC P571 Clinical Methods in Sociological Practice, Cr. 3.

This course introduces the student to the range of methods and practices used in the field of clinical sociology, which focuses on the non-research roles of sociologists. Methods included in this course can be employed in work settings as consultants or staff.

SOC P578 Mediation and Conflict Resolution Strategies, Cr. 3.

Explores the nature of conflict in human social relations and strategies for conflict resolution. Students will learn and practice techniques for proactively and constructively dealing with interpersonal and intergroup conflict. Successful completion of course will enable student to be a certified community mediator in a variety of disputes.

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SOC P650: Statistical Techniques for Sociological Practice II, Cr. 3.

P: graduate standing and P550 or equivalent. Designed to be a continuation of the study of statistics as they are used by practitioners of social science. Explores intricacies of statistical procedures most likely to be needed by practitioners including factor analysis and index construction, measures of association, and simple and multiple regression.

SOC P670: Advanced Applied Research Methods, Cr. 3.

P: graduate standing and P570. Designed to provide greater depth of knowledge for topics discussed in P570 such as focus groups, case studies, survey research, needs assessment, and outcome evaluations.

SOC P695 Independent Research in Sociological Practice, Cr. 1–3. (V.T.)

P: permission of instructor and completion of P540, P550, and P570. Provides the student an opportunity to engage in independent research under the guidance of a faculty member. The student works with a faculty member in developing and carrying out a research plan. Course requirements are negotiated between the student and the supervising faculty member.

SOC P696: Independent Clinical Analysis Intervention, Cr. 1–3. (V.T.)

P: graduate standing. Provides the opportunity to do independent work in the area of clinical sociology on a selected problem/issue under the direction of a faculty advisor.

SOC P698 Practicum in Sociological Practice, Cr. 3.

P: permission of the program director. Capstone class for the master’s degree in sociological practice. Guides the student through the process of working with client organizations or agencies as a practicing sociologist. The course is a semester internship as a practicing sociologist; students register for two consecutive semesters.

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SOC S516 Seminar in Sociology of Family, Cr. 3.

Review of the field with research emphasis; critical evaluation of current thought and policy; projects.

SOC S517: Social Stratification - Advanced Study, Cr. 3.

Nature of social stratification; comparison of caste, estate class, and open-class systems; theories of stratification; characteristics of local and national stratification systems; comparative analysis of stratification systems in various parts of the world; social circulation; changes in stratification structure.

SOC S518 Seminar in Sociology of Religion, Cr. 3.

Review of the field, drawing chiefly on sociological sources but giving consideration to anthropological, psychological, and historical materials. Stress on origins, religious movements, and interrelationships between collective religious behavior and social organization.

SOC S521 Seminar in Deviant Behavior, Cr. 3–9.

Readings and research on selected topics in deviance.

SOC S528 Research in Criminology, Cr. 3–6.

Each student selects a problem in regard to delinquency or crime on which he/she works for one or two semesters; class discussions on theories of criminal behavior.

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SOC S540 Sociological Theory, Cr. 3.

A rigorous examination of a representative set of theoretical products, which will lead to an understanding of the basic structure and meaning of each and the creation of theory.

SOC S560 Topics in Sociology, Cr. 3. (V.T.)

Selected topics in social organization and social psychology, including, but not limited to, the sociologies of work, sex roles, education, mental illness, science, sociolinguistics, socialization, deviance, sexual patterns and variations, and small group processes.

SOC S570: Sociology of Education, Cr. 3.

Analysis of the primary and secondary schools as social organizations. Includes interrelations among community power structure, social stratification, and the school; the roles of superintendent, principal, and teacher in community and school; the classroom as a social system; student culture; and teaching as a profession.

SOC S574 Medical Sociology, Cr. 3.

The social organization of medical care. Considers patterns of morbidity and mortality, social epidemiology of disease, social effects of disease, cost and use of medical services, modes of medical practice, hospital organization, and programs for medical care.

SOC S575 Social Gerontology, Cr. 3.

An examination of the basic points of view and review of the accumulated body of knowledge specific to gerontology. Consideration of problems of population change, housing, social adjustment, retirement, mobility, family living arrangements and finances of older persons in the United States. Comparison with other countries.

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