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Sociology Courses

The numbers in parentheses adjacent to the course name are the number of course units earned upon satisfactory completion of the course.

SOCI 101S Introduction to Sociology (1). This course surveys the major theories, research methods and contemporary issues and findings in sociology. Whether exploring gender, crime, the family, religion, race, social class, social movements or other social phenomena, students will discover how and why people behave as they do, and in so doing learn more about themselves and the social world. By analyzing the effects of group relations on people's behavior; how individuals, groups, social institutions, community and culture affect each other; and the impact of social processes on our lives, students will discern the relevance of sociology to their own lives and to fostering social justice. Note: SOCI 101S is a prerequisite to all 300- and 400-level sociology courses.  Offered every fall and spring semester.

SOCI 204 Contemporary Social Problems (1). This course focuses on the nature and the function of problems in modern society and culture. Topics covered include poverty and economic inequality; race, sex and age discrimination; media impact; changes in the family; crime; violence; and alienation from work and friends. The course ends with a look at the human condition, exploring the notion of whether we are creating a world culture. Area 2: Social Issues and Inequality course.

SOCI 215V Population, Society, and Environment (1). Analysis of population trends and phenomena in relation to their social setting and the environment; fertility, mortality, migration as components of population change; problems of population growth. Area 3: Social Change course.

SOCI 247 Social Deviance (1). This course examines human social behavior that society views negatively and labels as “deviant.” It analyzes theories of social deviance and how deviance is related to conventional values, roles and social institutions. Further, it investigates deviance as a social construction and a political phenomenon. Among the topics that may be considered are crime, delinquency, sexual deviation and drug dependency as specific forms of deviance. Area 2: Social Issues and Inequality course.

SOCI 255S Sociology of Families and Intimate Relationships (1). What is a family? How can it both provide support, love and intimacy, and yet provoke conflict, turmoil and violence? How do today's families differ from those of the past? Have hooking up, cohabitation, and gay and lesbian relationships replaced traditional marriages? What consequences do such changes have for individuals and society? We will analyze the social bases of contemporary U.S. families and intimate relationships and their organization and operation as a social institution, a primary group and a set of roles and examine the interrelationships among gender, race/ethnicity, social class and sexuality as central features affecting these phenomena. Area 1: Social Institutions course.

SOCI 263V Community Organizing for Social Change (1). This course is not for the faint-hearted. This course is for students interested in gaining practical, resume-building experience by getting their hands dirty in the passionate field of community organizing. Students will work on a real community campaign to build participatory democracy in Florida. In the process, students will develop experience and skills in volunteer organizing, leadership development, public speaking, media outreach and more. In tandem with their community organizing work in the field, students will come to class to report on their field experiences, share ideas and issues, discuss readings and plan further organizing. Area 3: Social Change course.

SOCI 270S Sport and Society (1). This course familiarizes students with the main concepts, theories, research methods and issues in the field of the sociology of sport; analyzes the social bases of sport, including the role, culture, structure, organization and functioning of sports in contemporary society; examines social controversies in sports; explores issues of race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality and social (in)equality in sports; and relates sport as a social institution to other social institutions. Area 1: Social Institutions course.

SOCI 276S Sociology of Criminal Procedure (1). This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of criminal procedure and the ways in which it is developed by the relevant state and federal case law. Particular focus will center on "search and seizure" and other topics that govern the police and state executive in light of how sociologists view criminal procedure’s reflexive relationship with society. Area 2: Social Issues and Inequality course.

SOCI 285, 385, 485 Independent Study (0.5, 1). Students may take more than one SOCI 285, 385 or 485 course during their career with different titles and contents.

SOCI 290, 390, 490 Topical Seminar (1). A course initiated by student interest, contingent upon the expertise of current departmental faculty. Students may take more than one SOCI 290, 390 or 490 course during their career with different titles and contents.

SOCI 301 Qualitative Research Methods (1). This course provides an introduction to several qualitative research methods, which may include participant observation, network analysis, historical methods, surveys, linguistic methods, cross-cultural comparative research and visual methods. Students will design and implement their own "mini-studies" using these techniques and gain practical experience in qualitative research methods. Offered at least once every two years. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 B/S/or SOCI 101S

 

SOCI 302V Criminology (1). Consideration of the extent and nature of crime in the U.S., including theories of crime causation and the nation's response to crime via the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections). Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor. Area 2: Social Issues and Inequality course.

SOCI 304S Social Inequality (1). Everyone knows inequalities exist, but what is the exact nature and extent of inequalities in the United States and the wider world? What are the social impacts of inequalities? And why do inequalities exist? Are inequalities genetic or socially-created, inevitable or reversible? This course pursues answers to these questions, exploring class, race and gender inequalities locally, nationally, and beyond. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor. Area 2: Social Issues and Inequality course.

SOCI 305S Social Institutions (1). Although social institutions (e.g., education, the media, religion or medicine) are invisible social forces, they profoundly affect our lives, our society, and our world. This course examines the social and cultural forces that shape and are shaped by contemporary U.S. social institutions. It explores macrosociological relations between institutions and society (e.g., how changes in government funding impact schools) and microsociological dynamics within institutions (e.g., the process and consequences of being labeled a "gifted" student). It considers cross-cultural variations, historical foundations and transformations of social institutions and their role in maintaining social stability and social inequality. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor. Area 1: Social Institutions course.

SOCI 307V Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration (1). This junior seminar focuses on Stetson's Human Diversity value by examining the role of race, ethnicity and immigration in U.S. society and cultures. It analyzes the social construction of race and ethnicity; race, ethnicity, nationality and immigrant status as systems of identity, interpersonal and social relations and social structure; beliefs, images, practices and other social forces (e.g., historical and institutional) that create, maintain and change race and ethnicity, patterns of racial/ethnic relations, stratifying practices and social inequality; ideology, prejudice, stereotypes and individual and institutional discrimination; and strategies for creating a just society. Area 2: Social Issues and Inequality course. Junior Seminar.

SOCI 309 Collective Behavior and Social Movements (1). Examination of spontaneous, unstructured and transient patterns of social action, such as mass hysteria, fads, rumors, crowds, riots and revolutions. Special attention given to the nature of human communication in mass society (public opinion, propaganda, and rumor). Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor. Area 3: Social Change course.

SOCI 312V Gender and Society (1). "Suck it up; be a man!" "Act like a lady!" What do these phrases mean? How do we "do" gender? This course explores the social construction and dynamics of gender; the conditions and events that shape women's and men's identities, interactions and lives; and their consequences for individuals and society. It analyzes how the social world is structured and operates as a gendered phenomenon and the role of culture and social movements in reinforcing or challenging existing social arrangements. The intersection of gender, race/ethnicity, social class and sexuality are highlighted as fundamental features influencing experiences and outcomes, particularly social inequality. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor. Area 2: Social Issues and Inequality course.

SOCI 337V Sociology of Developing Societies (1). Analysis of social change, social movements, stratification, economic dependency, and political conflict in developing countries, with special emphasis on Latin America, Africa and the African Diaspora. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor. Area 3: Social Change course.

SOCI 338V Examining a Pandemic: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Tuberculosis (1) This course focuses on Stetson's Social Justice Value. This course analyzes one of the most deadly infectious diseases, globally, historically and currently, from sociological, public health and anthropological perspectives. The course examines the social experience of tuberculosis (TB) illness before the discovery of effective antibiotics, interrogates the factors contributing to resurgent TB, and evaluates the challenges to designing and implementing effective TB control programs in an era of global pandemics. Junior Seminar.

SOCI 355 Sociology of the City (1). Consideration of the origin and growth of cities and the metropolitan community; nature of social relations in metropolitan areas; spatial organization of the urban community; community problems. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor. Area 2: Social Issues and Inequality course.

SOCI 363V-JS Community-Based Research (1). This junior seminar course focuses on the uses of social science theory, methodology, and data for policy, program, planning and evaluation applications in the community. It is designed to facilitate faculty, student and community collaboration to plan and conduct research to address social, environmental and/or justice issues identified by the community. Students learn to apply the theories and methods they have mastered in the classroom to real problems in the community, and communities gain access to the rich research resources of the University. The result is a powerful learning experience for students and faculty, as well as a valuable research product for communities. Area 2: Social Issues and Inequality course.

SOCI 370S Work, Occupations, and Professions (1). Work occupies a dominant role in our lives: it defines and identifies us, dictates how we spend our time and significantly impacts the quality of our lives and our places in society. With changes in the global economy, many Americans experience less job security and struggle to balance the demands of work and family. This course analyzes the social organization and meaning of work and trends in occupational and industrial structures and the labor market in contemporary U.S. society. It explores the relationships among gender, race/ethnicity and social class and work and the causes and consequences of globalization on work. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor. Area 1: Social Institutions course.

SOCI 372 Social and Cultural Change (1). Study of the nature, causation and consequences of social and cultural change in diverse social settings; processes of change, including adoption and diffusion of innovation, social movements, and instigated, directed change; visions of desirable futures. Focuses on the U.S., but also examines the structure and dynamics of global interdependence as they relate to processes of social and cultural change in the U.S. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor. Area 3: Social Change course.

SOCI 375 Medicine and Health in Society (1) This course examines how social structure influences the occurrence of illness and why some social groups suffer more sickness and diseases than others, the experiences of illness, different models/understandings/definitions of illness and how people decide when they are sick, how they respond and cope with the symptoms of various diseases, and how they make decisions about when and from whom to seek help, and finally, the profession of medicine, types of health care providers, and medical technologies and bioethics. Students will learn to appreciate the extent to which medicine and health are social constructs. Prerequisite: SOCI 101S or permission of instructor. Area 1: Social Institutions course.

SOCI 379 Sociology of Law (1). This course examines law as a social phenomenon by defining law as a dependent variable. As they explore the relationship between law and people, social conditions, and ideas, students engage in a systematic analysis of exactly what variation the sociology of law needs to explain, identify significant social factors that account for this variation, and then explore a number of theoretical formulations about the relationship between the two. In the end, students understand better how to make sense out of heretofore scattered empirical findings, how to more accurately predict legal variation, and how to identify new avenues of possible research. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor. Area 1: Social Institutions course.

SOCI 391V Examining a Pandemic (1). This course focuses on Stetson's Social Justice Value. This junior seminar course analyzes tuberculosis (TB), one of the most deadly infectious diseases, globally, historically, and currently, from sociological, public health, and anthropological perspectives. Topics include the social construction and social experience of illness, and social and structural factors contributing to TB's resurgence in poor and marginalized groups. Area 2: Social Issues and Inequality and Area 3: Social Change.

SOCI 395 Teaching Apprenticeship (0.5). Pass/Fail only. A teaching apprenticeship provides an opportunity for a student with an especially strong interest and ability in sociology to achieve a deeper understanding of a given subject area by working directly with a department faculty member in the design and implementation of a course. The apprenticeship is arranged by mutual agreement between the faculty member and the student. Such an experience is especially beneficial for students who are considering university teaching as a profession. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated once within the department. 

SOCI 396 Research Apprenticeship (0.5 or 1) A student serves as an apprentice to a faculty mentor on a project that directly supports that faculty member's research agenda. Permission of instructor. Pass/Fail or letter-graded; 0.5 or 1.0 units; limited to 1.0 total units to count toward the Sociology major or minor.

SOCI 397 Internship in Sociology (0.5, 1). Opportunity to explore a substantive area of sociology in an applied setting; setting, structure, requirements and outcomes are negotiated with the individual instructor guiding the internship. Prerequisite: major or minor status and permission of instructor. Students may take more than one SOCI 397 course during their career with different titles and contents.

SOCI 494 Sociology Colloquium. 0.0 Units (0.0). Designed to introduce Sociology and Social Science majors and Sociology minors to contemporary issues in Sociology. Structured as a weekly seminar, participants will have opportunities to discuss current events, graduate programs, jobs/careers, personal development and professional socialization. Required for Sociology/Social Science majors (must take one time during the sophomore or junior year) and Sociology minors (must take once; recommended during junior year). Prerequisite: SOCI 101S or ANTH 101B.

SOCI 495 Sociological Theories (1). Sociological theory enables students to think more deeply about the social world, from work and religion to sex and love to prisons, politics and global capitalism. This course explores these and other subjects through the ideas of major classical and contemporary sociological theorists, including Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, Max Weber, Michel Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu, Anthony Giddens, Jurgen Habermas and more. Theory traditions covered include conflict theory, structural-functionalist theory, rational choice theory, symbolic interactionism, and theories of modernity and postmodernity. Offered every fall semester; should be taken in the junior year. Prerequisites: 3 Course Units in sociology. Co-requisite: SOCI 496. Prerequisite to SOCI 497, SOCI 498Q, and SOCI 499.

SOCI 496 Social Research Methods (1). Study of the processes of social inquiry and an introduction to research methods for the social sciences, with particular attention to the design and execution of quantitative and qualitative social research, including the nature, goals and logic of social research and the structure and processes of inquiry. Topics include problem formulation; causation; the role of theory in social research; conceptualization, operationalization, and measurement; reliability and validity; sampling; quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection; coding; introduction to data analysis; and ethical and political issues of social research. Offered every fall semester; should be taken in the junior year. Prerequisites: 3 Course Units in Sociology. Co-requisite: SOCI 495. Prerequisite to SOCI 497, SOCI 498Q, and SOCI 499.

SOCI 497 Methods and Styles of Social Science Communication (1). This writing course emphasizes various types of social science documents (such as book and journal reviews, abstracts, annotated bibliographies and the required proposal for the research thesis); communicating with lay audiences; and delivering professional presentations of scholarly work. A major component of the course is preparation of the research proposal that serves as the basis for the senior research project in SOCI 499. Students orally present their proposals for departmental approval. Offered every spring semester; should be taken in the junior year. Prerequisites: SOCI 495 and SOCI 496. Co-requisite: SOCI 498Q. Prerequisite to SOCI 499. (This course is open to other social science majors and minors, with permission of the instructor.)

SOCI 498Q Tools for Quantitative Analysis (1). Introduction to applied statistical concepts, with emphasis on the use of bivariate and multivariate statistical procedures for the analysis of data from sample surveys. Offered every spring semester; should be taken in the junior year. Prerequisites: SOCI 495 and SOCI 496. Co-requisite: SOCI 497. Prerequisite to SOCI 499. (This course is open to other social science majors and minors, with permission of the instructor.)

SOCI 499 Senior Project (1). Research course in which students execute the research project they proposed in SOCI 497 and present the findings of their studies in an oral presentation and in a final report which contains an abstract; a problem statement and research objectives or hypotheses; identification of the main concepts and variables, including their definition, operationalization, and measurement; a review of the pertinent theoretical and empirical literature; a description of the study design and execution; findings and their interpretation; summary, conclusions, implications and suggestions for further research; a bibliography; and a copy of the research instrument. Offered every fall semester; should be taken in the senior year. Prerequisites: SOCI 495, SOCI 496, SOCI 497, and SOCI 498.