Undergraduate Courses In Sociology

A Soc 115 Introduction to Sociology (3)

Nature of culture and of human society, personality development, groups and group structure, social institutions, the processes of social change. [SS]

A Soc 115Z Introduction to Sociology (3)

A Soc 115Z is the writing intensive version of A Soc 115; only one may be taken for credit. [SS WI]

A Soc 180 Social Problems (3)

Applies the concepts, methods, and ethics of sociology to the analysis of "social problems." A Soc 180G is the writing intensive version of A Soc 180M; only one may be taken for credit. [SS]

A Soc 180Z Social Problems (3)

A Soc 180G is the writing intensive version of A Soc 180; only one may be taken for credit. [SS WI]

A Soc 200 (formerly A Soc 354) Political Sociology (3)

Analyzes the social bases of political power and the origin, course of development, and duration of social movements; the role of propaganda, communication, and public opinion in political behavior; the structure of political organizations. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 203 Criminology (3)

Introduction to the study of crime, including the development of criminal law, the relationship between crime and social structure, and the individual and social causes of crime. Analyzes the criminal justice system: police, courts, and correctional systems. Cross-listed with R Crj 203. Only one of A Soc 203 and R Crj 203 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 210 Sociology of Culture (3)

The social settings within which culture-literature, painting, theatre, fashion, popular magazines, graffiti, television-are produced and consumed. Special attention is paid to the development of artistic careers, the forces shaping markets for artistic objects and performances, the effects of censorship, and class differences in the consumption of culture. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z. [SS]

A Soc 217 Alternatives to Bureaucratic Organization (3)

Whereas some social theorists focus on the functional aspects of bureaucratic organization, such as efficiency and impartiality, others view the specialization and impersonality of bureaucratic work as incompatible with humanistic values. The intellectual roots of these two traditions and various contemporary versions of them are examined. A Soc 217Z is the writing intensive version of A Soc 217; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 217Z Alternatives to Bureaucratic Organization (3)

A Soc 217Z is the writing intensive version of A Soc 217; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z. [WI]

A Soc 220 (formerly A Soc 223) Introduction to Social Research (3)

Examination of the assumptions and techniques of social research: problems of design, data collection, quantitative and qualitative analysis; review of current research in professional journals; the uses of survey research; application of concepts through individual and class projects. For Sociology majors and intended majors, A Soc 220 is restricted to A-E grading after matriculation at Albany. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 221 Statistics for Sociologists (3)

Introduction to quantitative analysis of sociological data: methods of summarizing and describing univariate distributions including the use of tables and graphs; methods of examining relationships between two or more measures; statistical inference and hypothesis testing. For Sociology majors and intended majors, A Soc 221 is restricted to A-E grading after matriculation at Albany. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z. [MS]

A Soc 235 (formerly A Soc 335) Sociological Theory (3)

Overview of major schools of theory influencing current sociological inquiry. Discussion of selected works of classical and contemporary theorists. The influence of values on theorizing and the issue of value neutrality. An evaluation of the role of theory in the growth of the discipline. For Sociology majors and intended majors, A Soc 235 is restricted to A-E grading after matriculation at Albany. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 250 Sociology of Families (3)

The family as a social institution; types of family organization; the family as a socializing agency and its interrelations with other institutions; the impact of social change on the American family with particular reference to the transition from a rural-agricultural to a predominantly urban-industrial society. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 250Z Sociology of Families (3)

A Soc 250Z is the writing intensive version of A Soc 250. Only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z. [WI]

A Soc 255 Mass Media (3)

The role of newspapers, radio, television and motion pictures in American society. Changes in these media and their functional relationship to education, the economy, the political process and public opinion. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z

A Soc 260 Social Psychology (3)

Survey course covering both theories and topical areas in the field. Both sociological and psychological perspectives are represented, although the former is emphasized. Topical areas include the self, face-to-face interaction, attitudes, communication, interpersonal relationships, small group processes, social structure, and personality. A Soc 260Z is the writing intensive version of A Soc 260; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z, or A Psy 101.

A Soc 260Z Social Psychology (3)

A Soc 260Z is the writing intensive version of A Soc 260; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z, or A Psy 101. [WI]

A Soc 262 (= A WSS 262) Sociology of Gender (3)

The social and cultural construction of gender, focusing on the contemporary U.S., with an examination of the implications for U.S. society and for individual men and women. Only one of A Soc 262M and A Wss 262M may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z; or permission of instructor. [SS]

A Soc 270 Social and Demographic Change (3)

This is an intensive course in the use and understanding of Census and other state and federal data sources for community analysis.  While the concentration is on the use of the Decennial Census and annual American Community Survey, other state and federal agency sources will also be explored.  The objective of the course is to examine sources of economic and demographic data and understand how they can be used to tell the story of our communities.  Through understanding their uses and limitations, you will prepare a comprehensive community profile and analysis of population change.  The class will also introduce basic techniques of demographic analysis as they relate to community analysis.  Experience with MS Excel recommended. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 282 (= A LCS 282) Race & Ethnicity (3)

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an introduction to the sociological study of race and ethnicity in the United States. Specifically, the course emphasizes understanding the social, demographic, economic, political and historical forces that have resulted in the unique experiences of different groups of Americans. Further, the student will be provided with the opportunity to analyze and discuss the impact of public policy on issues that pertain to various racial and ethnic groups. [DP SS]

A Soc 283 (formerly A Soc 383) Juvenile Delinquency (3)

The purpose of this course is to examine the unique aspects of the juvenile justice system and theoretical explanations of delinquent behavior. The course is divided into three sections: 1) conceptual and methodological issues in the study of delinquency; 2) explanations of delinquent behavior; 3) the control of delinquency. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z. [SS]

A Soc 289 (= A LCS 289) Special Topics in Ethnicity (1-3)

Intensive examination of the culture and lifestyle of a single ethnic group within American society. The specific ethnic group varies from term to term and is indicated by course subtitle: e.g., Ethnicity; Italian Americans. A Lcs 289 and A Soc 289 can be repeated, but the total credits earned may not exceed 6 credits under different subtitles. Departmental permission required for more than 6 credits. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 299 Special Topics in Sociology (3)

Investigation of a special topic in Sociology. The topic varies from semester to semester, and is indicated by the course subtitle. Course may be repeated once if topics differ. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 325 (formerly A Soc 457) Sociology of Science (3)

Characteristics of scientific belief systems: social background of the development of science; the social organization of scientific activity; the impact of science on society. A Soc 325Z is the writing intensive version of A Soc 325; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 325Z (formerly A Soc 457) Sociology of Science (3)

A Soc 325Z is the writing intensive version of A Soc 325; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s) A Soc 115 or 115Z. [WI]

A Soc 326 Sociology of Race, Gender, and Class (3)

Examination of contemporary social constructions of race, gender, and class (primarily) in the United States. Analysis of race, gender, and class as interlocking systems that stratify society. Discussion of key institutions that construct race, gender, and class - especially the media, education, and the political economy. Focus on: both oppressed and privileged positions in the social hierarchies; how we learn about our own and others' race/ethnicity, gender and social class; how being a member of a particular social category (e.g., a woman or a man; a white person or a person of color; rich, poor, or middle class) affects perspectives and opportunities. Prerequisite(s) A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 340 Social Control (3)

The factors involved in the maintenance of the social order and the making of group decisions. The nature of custom, ideology, leadership, public opinion and other types of control. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 341 Social Inequality (3)

Diverse forms of inequality in human society; causes and consequences of inequality; sociological approaches to the study of inequality. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 342 Organizations in Society (3)

Analysis of the structure and processes of different types of organizations (e.g., banks, schools, government agencies, computer firms); intra- and inter-organizational relationships; organizations and their environments; organizational effectiveness. A Soc 342Z is a writing intensive version of A Soc 342; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 342Z Organizations in Society (3)

A Soc 342Z is a writing intensive version of A Soc 342; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z. [WI]

A Soc 344 (= A Wss 344) Sociology of Women in the Political Economy (3)

The different economic roles women play. The socio-historical determinants of these roles and their implications for the individual and society. A Soc 344Z & A Wss 344Z are the writing intensive versions of A Soc 344 and A Wss 344; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z, or permission of instructor.

A Soc 344Z (= A Wss 344 Z) Sociology of Women in the Political Economy (3)

A Soc 344Z & A Wss 344Z are the writing intensive versions of A Soc 344 and A Wss 344; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z, or permission of instructor. [WI]

A Soc 345 Industrial and Economic Organization (3)

Examination of the relationship between market developments and patterns of industrial organization. The emergence of capitalist market systems and implications for the organization of work. The relationship between markets and production systems in developed industrial economies. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 350 Social Movements (3)

Mobilization of social, ethnic, national and gender groups is the focal concern. Both macro and micro approaches will be employed. Motivations, resources, ideologies, patterns, and outcomes will be discussed. Major theoretical models will be presented and evaluated. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 351 (formerly A Soc 444) Social Conflict (3)

Sources and effects of social conflict; stages in the conflict process; strategies of conflicting parties; social control over conflict situations. A Soc 351Z is the writing intensive version of A Soc 351; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 351Z (formerly A Soc 444) Social Conflict (3)

Soc 351Z is the writing intensive version of Soc 351; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z. [WI]

A Soc 357 Sociology of Work (3)

Nature and outcome of work for the individual and the society; considerations of gender, age, race, and ethnicity as they interact with employment and unemployment and career patterns; relationships between work and family; the potential for changing work, and the role of power in the workplace. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 359 Medical Sociology (3)

Comprehensive introduction to sociological factors in disease etiology and illness behavior and to the sociology of the organization of medical practice and the health professions. A Soc 359G is the writing intensive version of A Soc 359M; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 359Z Medical Sociology (3)

A Soc 359G is the writing intensive version of A Soc 359M; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z. [SS WI]

A Soc 360 Processes of Socialization (3)

Exploration of socialization processes with similarities and differences in occurrence in various social institutions; aspects of socialization in the life cycle of the individual. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z; A Soc 260 or 260Z or equivalent.

A Soc 362 Sociology of Sexualities (3)

This course reviews the core of the sociology of sexuality from a sociohistorical perspective. Among the topics to be discussed are the theoretical approaches to sexuality, the making of sexual identities, the relationship between sexuality and social institutions, and sexual politics and ethics. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 369 (formerly A Soc 469) Special Topics in Social Psychology (3)

Basic exploration of a specific area in social psychology, with primary emphasis on exposure to relevant theoretical and research literature. Topic varies from semester to semester and is indicated by course subtitle. Course may be repeated for up to 9 credits if topic differs. Departmental permission required for more than 9 credits. Prerequisite(s): 6 credits in sociology and permission of instructor.

A Soc 370 Social Demography (3)

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an in-depth introduction to the field of demography and population studies. Specifically, the course emphasizes the impact of population processes and events on human societies. Sociology, along with other social science disciplines, will be employed to facilitate the understanding of how social and demographic factors interact to create problems throughout the world.

A Soc 371 (= A Eco 341 & 341Z) Urban Economics (3)

Only one of A Soc 371 and A Eco 341 & 341Z may be taken for credit.

A Soc 373 Community and Urban Sociology (3)

Approaches to the study of community and urban form and process. The city as a coercive product and as a social artifact. The impact of urbanization and other changes on the physical and social structure of communities. The impact of the urban setting upon social institutions, city, metropolis, and megalopolis, the future of cities. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 375 U.S. Urban Neighborhood Diversity (3)

Examines racial and ethnic diversity in neighborhoods in contemporary urban America. Explores various definitions of neighborhood and measures used to examine neighborhood segregation. It discusses the importance of one's neighborhood in structuring other aspects of life, including friendships, schools, crime and health. Attitudes toward integration will be linked to neighborhood change and metropolitan wide patterns of residential segregation. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z. [DP]

A Soc 380 (formerly A Soc 480) Sociology of Deviant Behavior (3)

Explores various aspects of deviance: causes of deviant behavior, sources and nature of reactions to deviants, impact of social reaction on deviants, relationships between deviance and social structure. Theories of deviance and selected areas of deviant behavior are discussed. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 384 Sociology of Aging (3)

A broad introduction to aging as a social phenomenon and its implications for both individuals and societies. Specific topics include: historical, cross-cultural, and racial/ethnic differences in the social meanings and consequences of aging, conceptual issues and empirical patterns related to work and retirement, family, residential location, and death and dying; and program and policy issues associated with aging, including retirement and health care policy. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 385 (formerly A Soc 451) Sociology of Law (3)

The course will examine theoretical and conceptual issues of law and the operation of the criminal justice system. The course is designed to be analytical rather than descriptive. It emphasizes theoretical and research work that has been done on the law and the criminal justice system. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 389 Special Topics in Sociology of Culture (3)

Examination of a specialized topic in the area of sociology of culture. Topic varies each term, but might include sociology of the arts, literature, leisure, religion, or in areas such as Eastern European, Chinese, or Latin American culture. Course may be repeated up to 12 credits if topics differ. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z

A Soc 399 Special Topics in Sociology (3)

Intensive investigation of a specialized topic in Sociology. The topic varies from semester to semester and is indicated by the course subtitle. The course may be repeated once if topics differ. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.

A Soc 410Z Selected Topics Seminar in the Sociology of Culture (3)

An intensive examination of a specialized topic in the area of the sociology of culture, including significant exposure to primary literature and critical class discussion. Possible topics include functions of art in society, the mass media, art, and religion. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z; 220, 221, and 235; or permission of instructor. [WI]

A Soc 420Z Selected Topics Seminar in Research Methods (3)

An intensive examination of a specialized topic in sociological research. Topics include survey analysis and reporting, qualitative methods, multivariate analysis, experimental design. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z; 220, 221, and 235; or permission of instructor. [WI]

A Soc 430Z Selected Topics Seminar in Sociological Theory (3)

An intensive examination of a specialized topic in the area of sociological theory, including significant exposure to primary literature and critical class discussion. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z; 220, 221, and 235; or permission of instructor. [WI]

A Soc 440Z Selected Topics Seminar in Stratification: Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Class (3)

An intensive examination of a specialized topic relating to stratification or inequality among social groups defined by categories of race, ethnicity, gender, or class. Topics will vary from term to term. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z; 220, 221, and 235; or permission of instructor. [WI]

A Soc 441Z Selected Topics Seminar in Comparative Sociology (3)

An intensive examination of a specialized topic in the area of sociological theory, including significant exposure to primary literature, and critical class discussion. Topics include: comparative peasant societies, the origins of capitalism, comparative world religions, revolutions and social movements. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z; 220, 221, and 235; or permission of instructor. [WI]

A Soc 449Z Selected Topics Seminar in Work and Organizations (3)

An intensive examination of a specialized topic in work and organizations (such as family, comparative organizations, industrial automation). Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z; 220, 221, and 235; or permission of instructor. [WI]

A Soc 450Z Selected Topics Seminar in Political Sociology (3)

An intensive examination of a specialized topic in the area of political sociology, including significant exposure to primary literature and critical class discussion. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z; 220, 221, and 235; or permission of instructor. [WI]

A Soc 460Z Selected Topics Seminar in Social Psychology (3)

An intensive examination of a specialized topic in the area of social psychology, including analysis of relevant literature and critical class discussion. Topic varies from semester to semester as is indicated by course subtitle. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z; 220, 221, and 235; or permission of instructor. [WI]

A Soc 470 Selected Topics Seminar in the Sociology of Families (3)

A specialized course in the sociology of the family. Topics might include: work and family, aging families, gender and families, cross-cultural studies in the family. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z; 220, 221, and 235; or permission of instructor. [OD WI]

A Soc 473Z Selected Topics Seminar in Community and Urban Sociology (3)

A specialized course in community and urban sociology. Topics might include segregation, the under class, American neighborhoods, suburbanization, evolution of cities, the third world urbanization, and urban policy. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115M or 115G; 220, 221, and 235, or permission of instructor. [WI]

A Soc 475Z Selected Topics Seminar in Demography (3)

A specialized course in demography. Topics might include: fertility, mortality, migration, population policy, family demography, historical demography. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z; 220, 221, and 235, or permission of instructor. [WI]

A Soc 481Z Selected Topics Seminar in Crime and Deviance (3)

An intensive examination of how to use data on deviance and crime in evaluating social theories and policies about deviance and crime, including significant exposure to primary literature and critical class discussion. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z; 220, 221, and 235, or permission of instructor. [WI]

A Soc 484Z Selected Topics Seminar in the Sociology of Aging (3)

A specialized course in sociology of aging. Topics might include: aging families, cross-cultural and sub-cultural differences, work and retirement, intergenerational relationships, death and dying, and social policy issues. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z; 220, 221, and 235, or permission of instructor. [WI]

A Soc 485Z Selected Topics Seminar in Health and Medicine (3)

An intensive examination of a specialized topic in the area of health and medicine, including significant exposure to primary literature and critical class discussion. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z; 220, 221, and 235, or permission of instructor. [WI]

A Soc 488Z Research Proposal Seminar (3)

This writing intensive seminar is intended for students who wish to acquire experience in sociological research, are considering writing an honors thesis in sociology (A Soc 498), or may be interested in graduate studies in sociology. Topics covered include the choice of a research question, theoretical issues, review of literature, research design, collection and analysis of data, and presentation of results. A research proposal is written under the supervision of a member of the department of sociology. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z; 220, 221, and 235; and an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher.

A Soc 490A and B Internship in Sociology (3, 3)

Individually designed internships for students who wish to acquire experience in a field or area of sociology that interests them. Student-instructor conferences are arranged at regular intervals. May be taken only once for credit. Open to senior sociology majors only, with permission of instructor. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z, 220, 221, 235, one sociology course directly related to the internship and an overall GPA of 3.0. S/U graded.

A Soc 495Z Special Topics Seminar in Sociology (3)

Intensive examination of a specialized topic in sociology. The special topic varies from semester to semester and is indicated by course subtitle. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z; 220, 221, and 235, or permission of instructor. [WI]

A Soc 497A and B Independent Study in Sociology (1-3)

Independent reading or research on a selected experimental, theoretical, or applied problem under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated once for credit . Prerequisite(s) for sociology majors: A Soc 115 or 115Z, 12 additional credits in sociology, and junior or senior class standing: Prerequisite(s) for non-sociology majors: senior class standing and two courses in sociology. All students must have a contractual agreement with a departmental instructor to supervise project.

A Soc 498 Senior Honors Thesis (3)

Honors Thesis written under the supervision of a member of the sociology department. The student presents proposals and periodic progress reports. The thesis is presented to the adviser and Honors Committee in the final semester of the senior year. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 488Z (Research Proposal).

A Soc 499 Special Topics in Sociology (3)

Intensive examination of a specialized topic in Sociology. The topic varies from semester to semester and is indicated by course subtitle. Course may be repeated once if topics differ. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.