Sociology (SOCI)

SOCI 5300  Seminar in Crim and Dev Behavr  3 SCH  (3)  

The sociological analysis of criminal and deviant behaviors with a focus on the causes, consequences and social control of crime and deviance.

SOCI 5301  Sem in Sociological Theory  3 SCH  (3)  

Analysis of generalizations derived by sociology concerning how human beings live and interact.

SOCI 5302  Sem in Social Organization  3 SCH  (3)  

The dynamics and structure of social organization with emphasis on large-scale systems. Critical evaluation of current research and contemporary theories of social organization.

SOCI 5303  Advanced Research Methods  3 SCH  (3)  

General research methods and techniques. Behavioral science research design and related statistical analysis techniques. Prerequisite: SOCI 3381 and SOCI 4382 or PSYC 3387 or their equivalent.

SOCI 5304  Seminr in Juvenile Delinquency  3 SCH  (3-3)  

Sociological analysis of juvenile delinquency with a focus on the social causes and consequences of delinquent behavior, and the social control of delinquency in the context of the juvenile justice system.

SOCI 5305  Graduate Research Project  3 SCH  (3)  

Designed for project option students and requires completion of research project. Prerequisite: departmental approval. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours.

SOCI 5306  Thesis  3 SCH  (3)  

Designed for thesis option students. The course requires completion of thesis research. Prerequisite: departmental approval. May be repeated for maximum of 6 semester hours.

SOCI 5308  Studies in Contemp Soc Probs  3 SCH  (3)  

Current theoretical and methodological problems encountered in advanced research in major areas of sociology. May be repeated for credit when topics differ.

SOCI 5309  Selected Topics in Sociol  3 SCH  (0)  

Literature and research in areas of sociology not otherwise treated in depth in available courses. May be repeated for credit with change in topic. Prerequisite: courses appropriate to the selected topic.

SOCI 5310  Data Analysis in Soci Research  3 SCH  (3)  

An intermediate level statistics course on linear modeling, with an emphasis on statistical data analysis; data management, data manipulation and introduction to linear modeling (ANOVA and classical linear regression). Prerequisite: SOCI 3381 or its equivalent. (Credit may not be obtained in both SOCI 5310 and PSYC 5310.)

SOCI 5320  The Study of Culture  3 SCH  (3)  

Introduction to the concept of culture and its impact on our lives. Focus on methods of study and analysis, including the principal approaches to documenting and interpreting culture in both primitive and modern societies. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

SOCI 5321  Social Demography  3 SCH  (3)  

A study of population age and sex structure; population processes such as fertility, mortality and migration and their measurements; and interactions between the human population and its larger social and cultural environment.

SOCI 5322  Seminar in Soc Stratification  3 SCH  (3)  

Survey of literature on stratification and social inequalities, with an emphasis on sociological theories of stratification in class, gender and race.

SOCI 5326  Seminar in Social Movements  3 SCH  (3)  

Critical analysis of the concepts of social movements and social change in terms of their essestial components; the course specifies important types of social movements, collective behavior, and group studies.

SOCI 5328  Seminar in Urban Sociology  3 SCH  (3)  

Literature on urban sociology, with an emphasis on sociological theories of urban culture in topic areas of urban life, metropolitan development, and globalization.

SOCI 5332  Sociology of Minorities  3 SCH  (3)  

Literature on social minorities and social inequalities, with an emphasis on sociological theories of race and ethnicity including topics in the areas of class, gender, and age.

SOCI 5336  Multicultural Education  3 SCH  (3)  

Literature on multiculturalism, belief systems and social inequalities, with an emphasis on sociological theories of diversity from classical sociology. Analyzes multicultural education from micro and macro sociological perspectives.

SOCI 5340  Sociology of the Family  3 SCH  (3)  

SOCI 5341  Gerontology  3 SCH  (3)  

Course addresses the state, national and international factors currently affecting the aged population. Areas emphasized are income and economic change, housing, institutional care, health, nutrition, family relationships, new and proposed laws and programs, retirement programs and preretirement planning.

SOCI 5342  Death and Dying  3 SCH  (3)  

Study of the dying process and human's cultural attitudes and actions that are related to death, cross-cultural views, attitudes, value systems and beliefs concerning appropriateness of death, demographics of death, definitions of death, grief process, rituals and their role, medical and legal perspectives.

SOCI 5343  Working With Aged  3 SCH  (3)  

Course emphasis is on working with the aged client, especially within a family context, and the services targeted for this segment of the population. The Older Americans Act and other legislation affecting older persons will be reviewed.

SOCI 5344  Issues in Aging  3 SCH  (3)  

A variable topics course that will focus upon a current issue confronting older persons and their families, with emphasis on the basic and applied research. Possible issues include caregiving, housing issues, retirement adjustment and widowhood adjustment. Prerequisite: SOCI 5341 or equivalent.

SOCI 5345  Minority Aging  3 SCH  (3)  

SOCI 5346  Sociology of Hispanic Aged  3 SCH  (3)  

Analysis of the aging experience and quality of life for older Hispanic Americans with attention give to gender and social class issues. Prerequisite: SOCI 5341 or comparable course with approval of instructor.

SOCI 5350  Sociology of Murder  3 SCH  (3)  

Addresses the study of murder as a form of deviant social behavior. Content covers the definition, frequency, types and societal reaction to homicide. The social-psychological factors related to typical, mass, serial and professional murders will be presented.

SOCI 5352  Studies in Corrections  3 SCH  (3)  

Advanced treatment of the philosophies, theories, social-historical context, facilities and problems associated with contemporary corrections in America.

SOCI 6301  Sociology of the Mex Amer  3 SCH  (3)  

Perspectives of the culturally different child. Emphasis of sociocultural awareness and diagnostic and prescriptive strategies. Taught in English.

SOCI 6302  Community Development  3 SCH  (3)  

Ethical perspectives on community development; processes by which groups within a community work together to fulfill community needs through interinstitutional cooperation; establishing cross-institutional linkages; public and private resources for community development; structures and processes of interinstitutional cooperation; examples of existing and needed structures and processes in the South Texas region.

SOCI 6303  Regional Analysis  3 SCH  (3)