The World through ESPN Films
This course will analyze the social world through the lens of the ESPN documentary series 30 for 30. It will use the films as a foundation, in connection with key readings, to address significant current social problems and concerns. It will cover a wide range of topics, such as drug cartels, higher education, gender equity, and the economic impact of sports. Students will connect key theories from the social sciences to the issues presented in the films.
Sociology of Harry Potter
The first segment will center on using the world of Harry Potter as a lens to illustrate and examine sociological theories, concepts, and issues, such as race, class, gender, and religion. The second segment will then investigate whether and how the Harry Potter series, as a social phenomenon, has impacted some of these issues in the real world. [Having read (a majority of) the HP book series is expected before taking this course.]
Applied Sports Analytics
An examination that will focus on developing and evaluating statistical tools for analyzing various aspects of sports. Will investigate the increasing use of and concurrent resistance to analytics in sports. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.
Explore the limits of human potential by investigating what makes people great. The course will focus first on studying the characteristics and traits of greatness by studying notable historical and cultural leaders in a variety of domains. Next, it will seek to understand how we can apply those lessons to our lives to become extraordinary. Students will have the freedom to direct their pursuits towards greatness in several different domains including academic, leadership, business, athletic, and health. May Experience ONLY.
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to the sociological perspective on human behavior, including an analysis of theory, research methods, culture, society, personality, the socialization process, social institutions and social change.
Deviance and Social Control
Examination of the different perspectives on how deviance is defined, factors that contribute to the likelihood of individuals being deviant, and finally, the forces that may prevent deviance. In discussing these three conceptual areas this class will deal with several classic as well as current substantive topics in the study of deviance, such as school shootings, bachelorette parties, gangs, soccer hooligans, Ponzi schemes, drug use in college, teen deviance, bankruptcy, and the Mafia.
Sociology of Religion
Analysis of the role of religion, as an institution, in the social world. Focus will be at both the organizational, how religious groups form and grow, and the individual, how religion may influence or impact particular behaviors, levels. Most of the substantive material will center on religion in the United States, although some discussions of other contexts, as a comparison, will be made. This course will not address the philosophical truth or validity of particular religious beliefs.
Methods of Social Research
Introduction to the basic techniques of social research including both quantitative and qualitative methods. Focus will be on strategies for conducting effective and valid research, as well as evaluating and critiquing social research. Team-based research projects are developed which are then completed in SOC-303
Quantitative Research Seminar
Continuing introduction to basic techniques of statistics including descriptive and inferential statistics with an emphasis on the application and critical consumption of statistics. Completion of quantitative research project begun in SOC 302.
Advanced reading, research and discussion course for covering a specific topic in Sociology. Topics vary by professor and could include such topics as Organized Deviance: Terrorists, the Mafia and Genocidal States or Environmental Sociology. This course requires an independent or collaborative research project. May be repeated for credit based on change of topic.