Sociology Courses

SOC A101, Introduction to Sociology, 3 CR
Course Attributes: UAA GER Social Sciences Requirement.
Special Note: Offered Fall and Spring Semesters.
Introduction to science of humans as social animals, emphasizing social processes which give rise to and shape
human’s language, experiences, perception, meaning, and behavior.  Multiple frameworks used in understanding
and predicting human behavior.
Sample Syllabi by Dr. Edwards (face to face class), Dr. Kilic (asynchronous online class)

SOC A110, Introduction to Gerontology, 3 CR
Course Attributes: UAA GER Social Sciences Requirement.
A multidisciplinary course that provides an introduction to gerontology. Covers many aspects of aging including those
associated with biology, physiology, medical care, psychology, culture, sociology, and social policies.

SOC A201, Social Problems and Solutions, 3 CR
Course Attributes: UAA GER Social Sciences Requirement.
Survey of contemporary social problems. Focuses on the causes and consequences of social problems and examines
processes through which social problems are identified, prioritized, and addressed.
Sample syllabus by Dr. Pfeiffer

SOC A202, Social Institutions, 3 CR
Course Attributes: UAA GER Social Sciences Requirement.
Applies sociological perspectives, theories, and methodologies to the study of social institutions, including
family, education, economy, government, and religion, to examine the ways in which social institutions shape
the social organization of society.

SOC A251, Crime and Delinquency, 3 CR
Prerequisites: JUST A110 or SOC A101.
Cross-listed with: JUST A251.
Course Attributes: UAA GER Social Sciences Requirement.
Theoretical perspectives on the causes, consequences, and control of crime and delinquency. Survey of
the major theoretical perspectives in the study of crime and delinquency with special attention to the
application of empirical research methods to important theoretical issues.

SOC A280, Contemporary Issues, 3 CR
Prerequisites: SOC A101.
Special Note: May be repeated twice for credit with a change in subtitle.
Analysis of contemporary social issues from a variety of sociological perspectives.

SOC A294A, Introduction to Community Organizing, 1 CR

SOC A307, Demography, 3 CR
Prerequisites: SOC A101.
Special Note: Offered Fall Semesters.
Analysis of world populations: growth and decline patterns, migratory trends and ecology; worldwide
implications to current population growth; critical review of major theoretical contributions, with
introduction to demographic methods.

SOC A308, Sociology of Law, 3 CR
Prerequisites: SOC A101.
Class Standing Restriction: Must be Junior.
Theoretical perspectives on law and social institutions with an introduction to relevant empirical research.
Sample Syllabus by Dr. Riley.

SOC A309, Urban Sociology, 3 CR
Prerequisites: SOC A101.
Special Note: Offered Spring Semesters.
Examines the social, cultural, demographic, and institutional components of metropolitan growth,
suburbanization, and urban inequality. Designed to provide a multilevel perspective by addressing both
macro- and micro-level phenomena ranging from large-scale urban development to small-scale urban
ways of life.

SOC A310, Sociology of Aging, 3 CR
Prerequisites: SOC A101 or SOC A110.
Registration Restrictions: SOC A110 for Gerontology Minors.
A comparative analysis of the social status and role of the aging in various societies with emphasis on
problems of aging in contemporary U.S.
Sample syllabus by Dr. Jache

SOC A343, Sociology of Deviant Behavior, 3 CR
Prerequisites: SOC A101.
A study of the social etiology of deviant behavior, both criminal and non-criminal with an emphasis
on the nature of group interaction, and an examination of the institutions involved.

SOC A347, Sociology of Religion, 3 CR
Prerequisites: SOC A101.
Special Note: Offered Fall Semesters.
The study of the historical development and functional significance of religion, values, and forms of
institutions, groups,  reform movements, and their influence on social organization.

SOC A351, Political Sociology, 3 CR
Prerequisites: [ENGL A211 or ENGL A212 or ENGL A213 or ENGL A214] and [PS A102 or SOC A101].
Cross-listed with: PS A351.
Course Attributes: UAA GER Social Sciences Requirement.
Introduction to the social aspects of politics and the nature and distribution of power in society.
Examination of the dynamic relationship of the political process and the institutions of society.

SOC A352, Women and Social Action, 3 CR
Prerequisites: SOC A101.
Registration Restrictions: WS A200 recommended.
Demonstrates how sociological and feminist theory and research can be applied to solving social
issues in communities. Also demonstrates how women working together can empower themselves,
their families, and their communities.

SOC A361, Social Science Research Methods, 3 CR
Prerequisites: SOC A101 or PS A102.
Cross-listed with: PS A361.
Special Note: Offered Fall and Spring Semesters.
Provides a firm grounding in rigorous and ethical social science research. Examines various social
science research methods, including surveys, experiments, content analyses, interviews and focus
groups, and explores methodological challenges, such as hypothesis testing, measurement issues
and sampling strategies.

SOC A362, Application of Statistics to the Social Sciences, 4 CR
Contact Hours:  3 + 2
Prerequisites: [PSY A260 or STAT A252 or STAT A253] and [PSY A261 or SOC A361].
Crosslisted with: PSY A453.
Special Note: Offered Spring Semesters.
Demonstrates application of statistics to various types of studies in the social sciences.
Students analyze social science journal articles that utilize statistics.
Sample Syllabus by Dr. Edwards

SOC A363, Social Stratification, 3 CR
Prerequisites: SOC A101.
Overview of social inequality across multiple dimensions such as wealth, power, prestige, race,
sex, and class. Describes changing stratification patterns and investigates the causes and
consequences of inequality.
Sample Syllabus by Dr. Edwards

SOC A370, Medical Sociology, 3 CR
Prerequisites: SOC A101.
Cross-listed with: HS A370.
Special Note: Offered Alternate Fall Semesters.
Provides a historical and contemporary overview of selected social, political, and economic
factors that influence the provision of health care in America. Focuses on the relationship
between health care and race, sex, social stratification, and geographical location. Brief
international comparisons with alternative for-profit and not-for-profit national health care systems.

SOC A380, Sociology of Globalization, 3 CR
Prerequisites:[ SOC A101 (Introduction to Sociology) or ANTH A101 (Introduction to Anthropology)
or ANTH A202 (Cultural Anthropology) or INTL A101 (Local Places/Global Regions)], with a
minimum grade of C.
Special Note: Offered Fall Semesters.
Understanding the processes and consequences of globalization through an interdisciplinary
framework

SOC A394B, Sociology of the North, 1 CR
The intention in this course is to use the sociological imagination to examine social issues across the
circumpolar north.
Sample syllabus by Dr. Edwards

SOC A402, Social Theory, 3 CR
Prerequisites: SOC A101.
Class Standing Restriction: Must be Junior or Senior.
Registration Restrictions: Junior or senior standing. Historical and contemporary approaches
to  social theory; analysis of conceptual frameworks applied to the study of society and social
interaction.

SOC A404, Environmental Sociology, 3 CR
Prerequisites: SOC A101.
Special Note: Offered Alternate Spring Semesters.
A critical analysis of the interactions between society and the environment from an ecological
perspective, focusing on processes of industrial and economic growth, natural resource
development,  community change and social impact assessment, environmental values and
environmental movement,  land use planning and resource management decision making, and
comparative perspectives on human relation to and use of the natural environment.
Sample Syllabus by Dr. Edwards

SOC A405, Social Change, 3 CR
Prerequisites: SOC A101.
Explores principal theoretical perspectives, sources, processes, patterns, and consequences of
social  change in society. Emphasizes the nature of social change and its effect on the well-being
of people and their environment.

SOC A407, Power in the Workplace: The Sociology of Formal Organizations, 3 CR
Prerequisites: SOC A101 with minimum grade of C or SOC A102 with minimum grade of C or
SOC A201 withminimum grade of C or SOC A202 with minimum grade of C.
Registration Restrictions: Prior completion of 6 credit required Social Science GER.
Examines formal organizations as social structures created for the purposes of acquiring,
distributing, manipulating, maintaining, expanding and legitimizing power. Explores the theory,
language and methodology of organizational studies. Considers organizational interrelationships
among purposes, structures, functions, members and stakeholders. Historical framework and
contemporary models of organizational theory and behavior are analyzed.

SOC A408, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 3 CR
Prerequisites: SOC A101.
Special Note: Offered Spring Semesters.
Examines and identifies processes through which inequality is created, maintained and justified in
racial/ethnic terms. Works towards understanding how social forces shape inter-group relations,
how history shapes our  understanding  of race/ethnicity, how our perceived race/ethnicity shapes
our personal biography and how to combat racism at the personal as well as institutional level.
Sample Syllabus by Dr. Kilic

SOC A487, Sociology Practicum, 3 CR
Contact Hours:  1 + 6
Registration Restrictions: Faculty permission.
Special Note: May be repeated once for credit.
Student participates in field research project and/or community action/agency program that
applies sociological training toward the amelioration of specific social problems. Student will
attend a seminar, class, or individual meeting with the faculty member on a weekly basis and
complete six hours in the field on an approved project or program. All students will be expected
to participate in the design of the practicum, and to complete a term paper or progress report.
Sample syllabus by Dr. Kilic

SOC A488, Capstone Seminar, 3 CR
Prerequisites: SOC A361 and SOC A402.
Registration Restrictions: Completion of GER Tier 1 (basic college-level skills) courses and
senior standing.
Course Attributes: UAA GER Integrative Capstone.
Overview of the discipline emphasizing synthesis of theory and research, critical reflection
and evaluation,  and recent developments in sociology with social action.  Particular emphasis
will be given to the integration of sociology with other social sciences.

SOC A490, Special Topics in Sociology, 1-4 CR
Prerequisites: SOC A101.
Class Standing Restriction: Must be Junior or Senior.
Registration Restrictions: Junior or senior standing
Special Note: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits with a change of subtitle.
An intensive and detailed study of a topic in contemporary sociology in a seminar format.
Sample syllabus for Special Topics: Sociology of Globalization by Dr. Kilic