Majoring in Sociology

Concentrations in Sociology
Experiential Learning
Job Prospects for Sociology Majors
The Curriculum
The Minor in Sociology
Sociology Courses

Majoring in Sociology

Sociology is the study of social life, social organization, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior.

The curriculum in Sociology is grounded in core courses in research methods and social theory, but emphasizes flexibility by allowing students to design programs that fit their particular needs and objectives. Elective Courses focus on the critical issues and institutions in contemporary society deviance and criminology, inequalities of race, class and gender, work and organizations, health and welfare, the family, and law. Students with more well-defined vocational aspirations may elect to follow more structured programs described in the concentrations.

The Sociology degree is part of a broad liberal arts education. The liberal arts approach focuses on training for citizenship and involvement in society. This is accomplished by a core of courses and experiences designed to:

  • offer broad preparation for social science-based careers
  • equip students with knowledge of the social, economic, political and legal institutions
  • develop skills in oral and written communication, and quantitative reasoning
  • reveal the nature and philosophy of social research
  • stimulate critical thinking, intellectual curiosity and encourage informed public policy decisions

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Concentrations in Sociology

Recognition of the need for more specialized training for undergraduates interested in pursuing careers in specific fields led us to create Concentrations within the Sociology major. Each includes a configuration of courses within the department and related courses in other departments, and culminates with a five-week, full-time Practicum (internship) in an organization in the field during Winter Session. We currently offer four Concentrations: Emergency and Environmental Management, Health and Health Services, Law and Society, and Social Welfare.

Approximately one-half of all Sociology majors elect to pursue a Concentration, and upon graduation, four out of ten students either find employment in the area of their Concentration or pursue graduate work related to it.

The Practicum is a key feature of the program. The Practicum is a four-credit, pass-fail course that meets during Winter Session, but these credits do not count toward the 31 credits required for the major. Faculty directors of the Practicum maintain extensive contacts with organizations in the tri-state area and secure placements related to student interest, match them with mentors, and monitor their progress. In addition, all students  meet weekly for an on-campus seminar to discuss progress and problems.

The range of Practicum opportunities is broad enough to cater to the interest of virtually any student. For example, recent internships included field placements in hospitals and clinics, social service agencies, government, and law firms.

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Experiential Learning

Many forms of experiential learning are a feature of the undergraduate program. This is most evident in the Practicum experiences associated with the Concentrations in sociology, but not limited to this. Students not enrolled in Concentrations may earn credit for Independent Research (SOCI 368), act as undergraduate Teaching Assistants (SOCI 496) or pursue Internships (SOCI 464) under the direction of individual faculty members. Students are encouraged to discuss these opportunities with their advisors, or any other faculty member.

There are also a number of opportunities both within the department and the university to participate in Study Abroad programs. The university offers full semester programs in London, Paris and Madrid as well as a variety of Winter Session courses. The Department also offers the opportunity for study abroad during Winter Session. Recent locations have included London, China, Costa Rica and South Africa. For more information on these opportunities, please visit the Office of International Programs

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Job Prospects for Sociology Majors

Considering the broad training that Sociology majors acquire over the course of their college years they are well-equipped to choose among a wide variety of career options. The following list provides some idea of the range of jobs that are available to Sociology majors.

   * social services: rehabilitation, recreation, social work
   * community work: environmental groups, non-profits, urban planning
   * business: advertising, human resources, consumer research
   * Criminal Justice: corrections, law enforcement, probation and parole
   * higher education: admissions, alumni relations, career placement
   * health: family planning, substance abuse clinics, geriatrics
   * publishing: journalism, research, editing

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The Curriculum

Students transferring into the Sociology major from other programs at UD must have a GPA of 2.0 or better. The major in Sociology requires 31 credits in Sociology* with a grade of C- or better, distributed as follows:

Required Courses (10 credits):
SOCI 201 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 301 Research Methods
SOCI 312 Theories of Society

Electives (21 credits): Seven electives with
A maximum of 3 additional courses at the 200 level.
A minimum of 2 courses at the 400 level.

Related Work (15 credits):
Five courses in related disciplines selected with the advice and approval of the faculty advisor. Courses are usually chosen from areas such as Anthropology, Black American Studies, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Women's Studies or Psychology, but may also come from other disciplines.

* (Students may take additional credits in Sociology beyond the 31 required for the major. However, University rules stipulate that a maximum of 45 credits in Sociology can be used toward the 124 hours required for graduation.)

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Students in Concentrations must meet some additional requirements in addition to SOCI 201, 301, 312.

Emergency and Environmental Management Concentration:

Dr. Tricia Wachtendorf, Advisor

Required 2 courses in addition to 201, 301, 312:

    SOCI 324, SOCI 325, SOCI 470

Practicum: SOCI 426
Recommended electives: SOCI 204, 209, 311, 322, 323, 327, 331, 341,361

Recommended related work: Fifteen additional credits of related work are required and may include the following: ANSC 270, ANTH 101, COMM 245, COMM 256, GEOG 203, GEOG 235, GEOG 236, GEOG 310, GEOG 320, GEOG 449, GEOL 112, POSC 220, POSC 240, POSC 311, POSC 350, POSC 456, or other courses chosen with the approval of the advisor.

Health and Health Services Concentration:

Dr. Barret Michalec, Advisor

Required courses in addition to 201, 301, 312:

    SOCI 311
And one of the following:
    SOCI 313,341,348,349
Practicum SOCI 410

Recommended electives: (12 credit hours): See advisor

Recommended related work: Eleven additional credits of related work are required and will be selected in consultation with the student's advisor. Departments offering courses filling the needs of health concentration students include Anthropology, Black American Studies, Criminal Justice, History, Philosophy, HDFS, Psychology, Biology, Nutrition, and Women's Studies.

Law and Society Concentration:

Dr. Gerald Turkel, Advisor

Required courses in addition to 201, 301, 312:

    SOCI 345
And one of the following:
    SOCI 416, 450

Practicum:SOCI 442

Recommended electives: See advisor

Recommended related work: Twelve credits from the following courses are recommended:
CRJU 320, CRJU 347, CRJU 357, CRJU 425, CRJU 4XX, POSC 402, POSC 404, POSC 405, POSC 406,
PHIL 201, PHIL 446, HIST 301, HIST 309, and a second writing course in any department; a course in oral communication is suggested.

Social Welfare Concentration:


Required courses in addition to 201, 301, 312:

    SOCI 341 and 348*

Practicum: 441

Recommended electives: SOCI 204, 303, 304, 305, 308, 346, 361, 415, 418 or 448

Recommended related work: Eleven additional credits of related work are required and may include the following: POSC 411, PSYC 301, PSYC 325, PSYC 334, ECDE 334, HDFS 235, or other courses chosen with the approval of the advisor.

* (Beginning Fall 2014, SOCI 348 will be officially replaced by SOCI 340. Students who need to complete coursework prior to that time should contact the advisor to arrange alternatives).

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The Minor in Sociology

The department offers a minor in Sociology. The requirements are listed below:

Eighteen (18) credit hours of course work in Sociology, with a grade of C- or above, including a minimum of nine (9) credit hours at the 300 level or above.


Sociology 201: Introduction to Sociology
Sociology 301: Introduction to Sociological Research (or equivalent courses),
Sociology 312: Theories of Society
An equivalent course in another social science discipline, such as:
PSYC 309, ECON 422, ECON 426, MATH 205, POSC 300, POSC 434 OR POSC 435.

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Sociology Courses

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Sociology 201 – Introduction to Sociology   3
An overview of the sociological perspective on the study of society, social organization and social institutions with special emphasis on the social causes and consequences of human behavior. No prerequisite.

Sociology 203 – Individual and Society   3
Analysis of the social formation of the individual. Particular emphasis on socialization and personality development. The contribution of the individual patterns of behavior to the functioning of social systems. No prerequisite.

Sociology 204 – Urban Communities   3
(May be cross-listed with BAMS 204)
Urbanization, rural-urban social differences and the organization of urban communities. No prerequisite.

Sociology 206 – Women and Work   3
(Multi-cultural) (Cross-listed with WOMS 206)
Covers a variety of topics including women in traditional and non-traditional occupations, gender-based discrimination (wage inequities, sexual harassment, and exclusionary policies), and the contributions of women to the economy and the role of law in shaping conditions for women in the workplace. No prerequisite.

Sociology 209 – Social Problems   3
Topics may include poverty, intergroup conflicts, war, mental illness, aging, adolescence and environmental pollution. No prerequisite.

Sociology 211 – Men, Conflict and Social Change   3
(Cross-listed with WOMS 211)
Examination of male roles and images in society, utilizing an interdisciplinary social science perspective. Topics include the family, work, military, violence and the implications of feminism for men. Issue oriented. No prerequisite.

Sociology 213 – Men and Women in American Society   3
(Multi-cultural) (May be cross-listed with WOMS 213)
This course is designed to provide students with a sociological framework for analyzing sex and gender relations in contemporary American society. Topics include the social construction of gender, patterns of sex-role socialization, gender stratification in the paid work force, gender relations in the family and other social institutions. No prerequisite.

Sociology 215 – Race in Society   3
(May be cross-listed with BAMS 215)
Social definitions of race, how race is incorporated into social institutions and how race structures relationships among diverse groups in society. Includes analysis of rights and privileges denied or extended to groups and how disadvantaged groups work toward racial equality. No prerequisite.

Sociology 220 – Sociology of Popular Culture   3
Study the political economy of production, textual analysis, consumption and celebrity and fandom. Also, examine advertising, the effect of popular culture on violence and misogyny, and the effect of popular culture on identity, expecially that of women and racial and sexual minorities. No prerequisite.

Sociology 266 – Independent Study 1 – 3

Sociology 270 – Families and Development Disabilities   3
(Cross-listed with HDFS 270)
Focuses on people with developmental disabilities in the context of their family and culture from a multidisciplinary perspective. Covers disabilities and their causes; changing needs across the lifespan, gender, cross-cultural and legal issues; and information about prevention/intervention, employment, inclusion, and empowerment. No prerequisite.

Sociology 301 – Introduction to Sociological Research   4
Survey of research methods and data analysis employed in sociology.
Prerequisite: SOCI 201 and completion of the College of Arts and Science math requirement.
Restrictions: Strongly recommended – Sophomore status and 12 social science credits.

Sociology 302 – Social Deviance   3
(May be cross listed with CRJU 302)
Defining deviance, research on deviance and explaining deviance.

Sociology 303 – Juvenile Delinquency   3
(May be cross-listed with CRJU 303)
Delinquency as a form of socially deviant behavior; definition of the extent of limitations of statistics; theories of causation, and the delinquent subculture; prevention and treatment.
Prerequisite: SOCI 201 or SOCI 209.

Sociology 304 – Criminology   3
(May be cross-listed with CRJU 304)
The nature, kinds and causes of crime. Criminal liability, criminal career and organized racketeering.
Prerequisites: SOCI 201 or SOCI 209.

Sociology 305 – Social Class and Inequality   3
Internal differentiation as a basis for inequality and differential life chances of human societies.

Sociology 308 – The Family   3
The study of family life in American society, with a focus on changes in the American family as related to social changes in American society.
Prerequisites: SOCI 201, or SOCI 203 or SOCI 209.

Sociology 311 – Sociology of Health Care   3
(May be cross-listed with CSCC 311)
Professionalization of health occupations, hospitals as social systems, medical education and practice organizations, health care organizations and their interrelationships (Politics of Health), and health service patterns.

Sociology 312 – Theories of Society   3
Covers writings of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber and related current approaches. Focuses on theoretical perspectives concerned with social development, social conflict, solidarity, and inequality.
Prerequisite: SOCI 201.

Sociology 313 – Mental Health and Well-Being   3
This course will explore major concepts and measurements within mental health research, contemporary mental health services and treatments, the role of stigma and the social context of mental illness, as well as practices within positive psychosocial well-being.

Sociology 315 – Childhood and Society  3
Sociological view of childhood and children's lives, including topics such as: historical development and variability of the category of childhood, inequality among children, educational systems, children's experiences with social institutions and childhood peer relations.

Sociology 319 – Sociology of Latin America   3
Survey of sociology of Latin America, with sections on geography, population, urbanization, history, politics, family, religion, economy and education and on race, class and gender relations.

Sociology 322 – Crowds, Cults and Revolutions   3
(May be cross-listed with CRJU 322)
Analysis of forms of behavior in relatively unstructured situations such as crowds, panics, riots and demonstrations; and processes of interaction: susceptibility, contagion, polarization and communication.
Prerequisite: SOCI 201.

Sociology 323 – Sociology of Risk   3
Focuses on how individuals, organizations, and government agencies assess various types of risk and act with respect to those assessments. Topics include: risk perception, risk assessment, risk management under conditions of scientific uncertainty, and public debates about safety.
Prerequisite: SOCI 201.

Sociology 324 – Issues in Emergency Management   3
Overview of the development of emergency management in the United States as a profession. Issues associated with emergency management are also discussed with reference to the disaster research literature.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210

Sociology 325 – Disasters and Society  3
Sociological introduction to the field of disaster studies, including the ways in which societies attempt to prepare for, respond to, and recover from their impacts.
Prerequisite: SOCI 201.

Sociology 327 – Sociology of Organizations   3
Business enterprises, the military, governmental bureaus and other large-scale organizations. Bureaucratic structure, internal systems of status and authority, division of labor, social control, and the individual in the organization.
Prerequisite: SOCI 201.

Sociology 328 – Sociology of Work   3
Exploration of the social organization of work with attention to historical and technological changes. Special attention to workers in different occupations, diversity in the workplace, and balancing work and family.

Sociology 329 – International Migration   3
(Cross listed with POSC 329)
Interdisciplinary introduction to alternative/complementary disciplinary approaches to the study of human movement between states. Offered on a rotational basis by faculty involved in the University of Delaware migration group.

Sociology 330 – Population, Law and Society   3
Interrelationships among population, law and social structure with an emphasis on analyzing strategies of adaptation to change. Introduction to demographic techniques; contemporary issues such as family planning, population policies, migrations, marriage and divorce.

Sociology 331 – World Population: Profiles and Trends   3
Study of the size, composition and distribution of world populations. An examination of the structure and dynamics of selected countries and the specific problems–causes, consequences and possible solutions. Population problems are examined in relations to social organization, environment and technology.

Sociology 336 – The Detective in Film and Fiction   3
(Cross-listed with CRJU 336)
Study of detective fiction and film has applications to a liberal arts approach to crime and justice. Blends literary analysis with the insights of social science research on the work of private and police detectives.
Prerequisite: CRJU 201.

** Sociology 340 – Global Policy and Inequality   3
Explores the relationship between social policy and social inequality in the U.S. and comparable societies. Specific social policy areas include employment, family, health care, education, social security, welfare, and affirmative action policies.

Sociology 341 – Welfare and Society   3
Institutional apparatus created to deal with the welfare problems of an industrial society, development of welfare institutions, their structure and functioning.
Prerequisites: 18 credit hours in sociology, psychology, political science or economics.

Sociology 343 – Comparative Healthcare Systems   3
Interdisciplinary study of the political, social, economic and humanistic issues of healthcare and health policy. Students will develop the capacity to understand the political process and its relationship to the healthcare delivery system.

Sociology 345 – Sociology of Law   3
(May be cross-listed with CRJU 345)
Analysis of law as a social process in both historical and comparative perspective. Focuses on various theories of law and society and relevant empirical research.

** Sociology 348 – Theories of Social Work Practice   3
Methods of social work practice: casework, group work, community organization; sociological and psychological foundations underlying social services.
Prerequisite: SOCI 201.

Sociology 349 – Aging and Society   3
(May be cross-listed with HDFS 349)
Historical, social and cultural context influence everything from the meaning of growing old, the rate of development and the rate of age-related decline, to the meaning and significance of death and dying. Introduces students to the nature and study of human aging.

Sociology 350 – Social Inequality and Film   3
Using a sociological framework for understanding inequality, we read about and look at films to explore core sociological themes, including the depictions and representations of race, gender, sexuality and social class issues. Course examines the ideologies presented in films, the contexts that create them, and how such views contrast with social realities.
Prerequisite: SOCI 201.

Sociology 356 – Social Inequality, Crime and Justice   3
Using a sociological framework for understanding equality, major films are used to explore the depictions and representations of race, gender, sexuality and social class issues. Examines the ideologies presented in films, the contexts that create them and how they contrast with social realities.
Prerequisite: SOCI 201.

Sociology 360 – Sociology of Religion   3
(May be cross-listed with JWST 360)
Sociological analysis of religious practices and beliefs that are practiced in the comtemporary United States, including changes in religious affiliation and the effect of religion on social change, political behavior, gender roles, sexuality, racial inequality, and cultural membership.

Sociology 361 – Racial Inequality   3
(Multi-cultural) (May be cross-listed with BAMS 361)
A detailed examination of racial inequality, including the social construction of race, the nature of oppression and advantage, government policies and resistance strategies. There will be attention to the status of men and women and social class diversity within racial-ethnic communities
Prerequisite: SOCI 201.

Sociology 366 – Independent Study 1 – 3

Sociology 368 – Independent Research 1 – 6
Independent Research under the supervision of a faculty member. Requirements include preparation of a research report consistent with the professional literature in the field. Student and faculty member will file a learning contract describing the research and a report with the department chair.
Restrictions: Requires the permission of Instructor.

Sociology 369 – Alcohol, Drugs and Crime   3
(Cross-listed with CRJU 369)
Examines the relationship between alcohol, drugs, and crime. Including societal response to offenders who commit alcohol/drug related offenses and offenders who engage in crime over drug markets.
Prerequisites: CRJU 110 or SOCI 201.

Sociology 373 – Psychosocial Elements of Hip-Hop in the Black Community   3
(Cross-listed with BAMS 373)
Critical look at evolution of Hip-Hop music and culture in the Black community. Focuses on how "street" elements of the Black community organized a socio-political and economic movement through their music.

Sociology 399 – Practicum: Teaching Sociology   3 PF
Practical experience in undergraduate education is gained by serving as a discussion leader in a course taught by a regular member of the faculty.
Restrictions: Requires permission of Instructor.
Not for major credit.

Sociology 407 – Sociology of Sex and Gender  3
(May be cross-listed with WOMS 407)
Seminar on sex and gender relations from a sociological perspective. Course surveys current research on gender stratification in the paid work force, the feminization of poverty, gender relations in the family, sexual violence, and feminism as a social movement. Special attention is given to current theoretical debates on the origins and persistence of sexual inequality and the intersection of gender with race and class in patterns of social stratification.
Prerequisites: SOCI 201, SOCI 213 or WOMS 201.
Restrictions: The course is restricted to junior and senior sociology and women’s study majors.

Sociology 408 – Domestic Violence Policy and Prevention   3
(Cross-listed with WOMS 408)
Reflects the current state of policy and practice among policy makers and practitioners in the field of domestic violence including legal issues, policy development, primary prevention, and models of best practice. Addresses the role of federal and state law. May include economic justice, mental health and trauma, and alternative models.
Prerequisites: Any 200-level Women's Studies course.

Sociology 410 – Health Services Practicum & Seminar   4 PF
Field experience and related seminar. Placement in health service settings where student works for about 160 hours under supervision of health service administrators. Students meet in a weekly seminar with coordinator.
Restrictions: Requires permission of Instructor.

Sociology 412 – Research Practicum   4 PF
Field experience and related seminar. Placement in research, planning and service agencies where students work for approximately 160 hours under professionally trained supervisors. Student meet in a weekly seminar with coordinator.
Prerequisite: SOCI 301.
Restriction: Requires permission of Instructor.

Sociology 415 – Race, Class and Gender   3
(May be cross-listed with BAMS 415 and/or WOMS 415)
Analysis of current American social issues that show interrelationship of race, class, and gender. Readings from sociology, Afro-American studies, feminist studies, history and literature.

Sociology 416 – Social Thought and Contemporary Society   3
Seminar focuses on ways in which social thought defines and analyzes contemporary society. Explores how alternative theories and methods serve to create knowledge and contemporary concerns with everyday life, democracy, equality, social structure and power.
Prerequisite: SOCI 312.

Sociology 417 – Sex Crimes and Punishments   3
(Cross-listed with CRJU 417 and WOMS 417)
Discuss controversial topics surrounding sex crimes and punishments to develop students' abilities to think critically about connections between three areas; how we as a society respond to crime through our criminal justice systems; what we believe about crime and punishment; and what empirical research tells us.

Sociology 418 – Race, Gender and Poverty   3
(May be cross-listed with BAMS 418 and/or WOMS 418)
An examination of contemporary American poverty with attention to race and gender as fundamental dimensions of inequality that put groups at risk for poverty. Social policy, employment and non-profit organizations are examined to look at their role in addressing poverty.
Prerequisite: SOCI 201.

Sociology 420 – Race and Sexuality   3
(May be cross-listed with BAMS 420 and SGST 410)
Examine sexuality as a structure of power and identity. Study how race is sexualized and sexuality is racialized. Explore the impact of binary thinking (white/non-white, straight/gay) on social relationships. The perspective of racial minorities, particularly African-Americans, is emphasized. Review research on culture, history and policy.
Prerequisite: SOCI 201.

Sociology 422 – Fads and Fashions   3
Examination of the dynamics of short-term enthusiasms. Emphasis will be on fads and fashions in education, science, medicine, and other institutions, rather than on fashions in clothing.

Sociology 426 – Emergency & Environmental Management Practicum & Seminar   4
(Discovery Learning Experience)
Internship in an organization or agency responsible for emergency or environmental management. With approval of the area coordinator, student is assigned to an organization to become familiar with issues, policies and practices pertaining to disasters. Student under direct supervision of agency personnel while in the placement position. In addition to the internship, students are expected to meet weekly in a seminar with the area coordinator and other students to discuss issues and experiences.
Prerequisites: SOCI 324 or SOCI 325; and SOCI 470.
Restrictions: Requires permission of Instructor.

Sociology 428 – Corporate Crime   3
(May be cross-listed with CRJU 428)
Nature and causes of deviant behaviors and crimes of large organizations. How organizations act, are accused of deviance and defend themselves in cases such as price-fixing, sale of unsafe drugs and illegal spying.

Sociology 430 – Comparative Sociology   3 – 6
(Multi-cultural) (May be cross-listed with JWST 430)
Exposes sociological similarities and differences between the United States and a selected country on a number of critical sociological topics. Topics include ethnic and religious diversity, culture, demographic structure, social institutions, social stratification and urbanization.
Restrictions: Requires permission of Instructor. Only 3 credits from this course may apply toward departmental requirement of six 400 level credits. Offered only in the study aboard program and subject to acceptance by the Office of International Programs.

Sociology 441 – Social Welfare Practicum and Seminar   4 PF
Field experience and related seminar. Placement in social service agencies and where students work for approximately 160 hours under professionally trained supervisors; students meet in a weekly seminar with coordinator.
Prerequisite: SOCI 341.
Restrictions: Requires permission of Instructor.

Sociology 442 – Law and Society Practicum and Seminar   4 PF
Field experience and related seminar. Placement in court, law firm or other law-related institution where students work for approximately 160 hours under professionally trained supervisors; weekly seminars with program coordinator.
Prerequisite: SOCI 345.
Restrictions: Requires permission of Instructor.

Sociology 444 – Approaches to Qualitative Inquiry   3
Explores such approaches to research as conducting interviews, observing social behavior, content analysis of such material items as films, newspapers, and historical documents, and conducting focus groups. Given opportunity to choose project and conduct research using these qualitative methods.

Sociology 449 – Sociology of Art and Culture   3
(May be cross-listed with MCST 449)
Sociological considerations of art have a long history. Begins with classical statements in sociology of culture, assessing their continued relevance by looking at some contemporary applications/interpretations. Part two focuses on selected current issues in the sociology of art and culture.
Prerequisites: SOCI 201, SOCI 312 or permission of Instructor.

Sociology 450 – Politics and Society   3
Analysis of political organization and action, including evaluation of major approaches. Case studies of political structures and behavior.
Prerequisite: SOCI 201.

Sociology 452 – Drugs and the Criminal Justice System   3
(Multi-cultural) (Cross-listed with CRJU 452)
Covers both drug and criminal justice issues, focusing on the drugs-crime nexus and the criminal justice system response. Examines issues of race, gender, victimization, international policy, and new policy responses including drug treatment, harm reduction, and restorative justice. Class is held at a local correctional facility, and half the students are inmates.
Permission of Instructor is required.

Sociology 455 – Youth Street Outreach   3
(Multi-cultural) (Cross-listed with CRJU 452) (Discovery Learning Experience)
Implements an outreach program to youth in a low income, urbanized community in Wilmington. Students trained and monitored as outreach workers by their professor and by community volunteers. Outreach workers trained to approach youth hanging out on the street, engage them (through conversation and recreational activities), identify their needs, and direct them to resources. Students keep journal to record their observations and feelings. The goal of the class is to increase social capital among youth by encouraging and facilitating your participation in community educational, recreational, and social support services/activities.

Sociology 464 – Internship 1 – 4 PF
Provides students an opportunity to apply sociological theory and research while working in an agency or other organizational setting under supervision of department faculty. Must complete an internship agreement and secure approval from faculty member to sponsor internship.
Not for major credit.

Sociology 466 – Independent Study 1 – 3

Sociology 467 010 – Fads and Fashions   3
This course is not about fads in boots, width of ties, or beer-can hats, but is a serious examination of the very important thrusts in key social institutions in society over time. Throughout the core social institutions such as education, healthcare, medicine, technology, family, criminal justice, science, and business, we find many phenomena that have short-lived publicity or social value, but their repeated presence over time reveals much about the social institutions and the society we live in. Using classic and contemporary sociological theory to examine these phenomena, we will develop a coherent sociological approach to explain how fads and fashions in our key social institutions come and go over time, rise and fall in popularity over time, and though their form may change some, how they are similar in function and follow cyclical patterns that we can observe.

Sociology 470 – Environmental Sociology   3
A substantive and theoretical introduction to the major issues in environmental sociology; the emergence and development of the environmental movement; the development of environmental issues; and how environmental issues are related to structural, contextual and perceptual factors.
Prerequisites: SOCI 201 and SOCI 312.
Restrictions: Requires upper division status any major.

Sociology 471 – Disasters, Vulnerability and Development   3
(Multi-cultural) (Discovery Learning Experience)
Introduces students to social vulnerability analysis of disaster. Students examine how social, geographical and cultural factors as well as patterns of development put people differentially at risk to disasters. Emphasizes the intersection of gender, race, class, age and ability. Disasters in the U.S. are compared and contrasted to international disasters. Students will explore how vulnerable social groups are affected by and cope with hazardous conditions and events, as well as study the capacities of these groups to increase resiliency. Readings draw from disaster studies, feminist studies and development studies.

Sociology 496 – Practicum in Teaching 1 – 3 PF
Practical exposure to undergraduate education gained by assisting a member of the faculty in carefully supervised experiences such as discussion leader, crafting questions, consulting with students. Students may not be involved in grading of student work or the assignment of grades. May be repeated for up to three credit hours.
Restriction: Requires permission of Instructor.
Not for major credit.

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