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Sociology

SOCL 100 (C) Introduction to Sociology (3 hours) Mail, Web
Introduction to the basic concepts of society and culture, group behavior, population, class, minorities, community, social institutions and social changes. 18 lessons, 1 exam

SOCL 220 (C) Marriage and Family (3 hours) Mail, Web
Prerequisite: SOCL 100 or consent of the instructor.
Analysis of the family institution, its structure and function and the dynamics of the social change in family interaction and organization. 16 lessons, 1 exam

SOCL 300 Using Statistics in Sociology (3 hours) Web
Prerequisite: MATH 109 or 116 or equivalent.
Techniques of statistical description and elementary statistical inference as applied to social data. 10 modules and 2 exams

SOCL 302 Strategies of Social Research (3 hours) Web
Survey design and analysis, scaling techniques, methods of analyzing data with emphasis on hypothesis-testing, statistical inference and test of relationship. 14 lessons, 3 exams

SOCL 304 Sociological Theory (3 hours) Web
Prerequisite: 6 hours of sociology
Study of the leading developments of schools of sociological theory from Durkheim to the present. 14 lessons, 4 exams, 3 papers

SOCL 309 Social Deviance (3 hours) Mail, Web
Prerequisite: SOCL 100
Nature of societal rules, rule enforcers, and rule breakers. Social issues and research in crime, delinquency, drug addiction, homosexuality, alcoholism, mental illness, pornography, sexuality, and other forms of deviance. Emphasis on theoretical explanations and social consequences. 15 lessons and 1 exam

SOCL 322 Religion in Society (3 hours) Mail
Prerequisite: 6 hours of sociology or consent of instructor.
Study of the various forms and content of religious organizations and movements and the behavioral and attitudinal concomitants or religious affirmation. 13 lessons, 1 exam

SOCL 324 Sociology of Sport (3 hours) Mail, Web
Prerequisite: SOCL 100 or consent of instructor.
An examination of the sociological perspective of sport as an institution. Particular emphasis is placed on the impact of sport on the individual, small groups, other institutions, and society. 16 lessons, 1 exam

SOCL 330 Criminology (3 hours) Mail, Web
Prerequisite: SOCL 100 or consent of the instructor.
Study of the personal, structural, and ideological bases of law-violating behavior in American society. 14 lessons, 2 exams

SOCL 332 Juvenile Delinquency (3 hours) Mail, Web
Prerequisite: SOCL 100 or consent of instructor.
An examination of the socio-legal aspects of delinquency, including a critical analysis of trends and contemporary treatment modes. 14 lessons, 1 exam

SOCL 342 Aging in Society (3 hours) Mail, E-mail
Prerequisite: SOCL 100 or consent of instructor.
An analysis of the elderly and their position in society. Attention is directed to aging as it relates to various social institutions and to the social aspects of aging in contemporary American society. 17 lessons, 1 exam

SOCL 352 Technology, Work, and Society (3 hours) Mail, E-mail
Prerequisite: SOCL 100 or consent of the instructor.
Analysis of technology's impact on work systems, relationships between work and society, and management-worker interaction in varied industrial settings. 16 lessons, 1 exam INSTRUCTOR NOTE: New course focus upon social aspects/implications of technology. Human values, global issues including global warming, and living greener are stressed.

SOCL 362 Race, Class, and Gender (3 hours) Web
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor
The five primary institutions (family, religion, economy, education, government) as they affect and are affected by race, class and gender in America. Explores interrelationships among those institutions and between various racial and other groups. 18 lessons, 1 exam

SOCL 375 Diversity in American Society (E) (3 hours) Mail, E-mail
Prerequisite: SOCL 100 or consent of instructor.
Sociological analyses of ways societal institutions create and shape intergroup diversity. Focuses on the elements of social organization and their relationships to diversity. 16 lessons, 1 exam INSTRUCTOR NOTE: Content revised to stress the components of increased diversity in the U.S. Topics include equal opportunity trends, benefits of diversity, and how each of us can actively contribute to greater tolerance and appreciation of others.

SOCL 438 Victimology (3 hours) Web
Survey of major theories and research in victimology. Topics include violent victimization, sexual assault, child abuse, and response of criminal justice system to victims. 15 lessons, 1 exam

SOCL 450 Occupations and Professions (3 hours) Mail, E-mail
Prerequisite: SOCL 100 or consent of the instructor.
Analysis of the meaning of trends in occupational activities and careers through investigation of various occupations and professions. 16 lessons, 1 exam INSTRUCTOR NOTE: Course content and lessons now focus more upon how employment contributes to personal gains, better family life, equality of opportunity, and other social issues. Practical career information also is included.

SOCL 513 Quantitative Research Methods (3 hours) Web
Prerequisite: 6 hours of sociology or consent of instructor. Covers concept definition, model building, and research design appropriate to problem and data. Includes a review of representative research studies to acquaint the sociology major with advanced social research methodology, techniques, and procedures. 12 lessons, 1 paper, 1 exam
MUST BE ADMITTED TO WKU GRADUATE STUDIES PROGRAM TO ENROLL IN THIS COURSE.

SOCL 514 Advanced Social Statistics (3 hours) Web
Prerequisite: Basic statistics at the undergraduate level or consent of instructor. Deals with forms of statistical analysis commonly applied to sociological research data. Includes multiple and partial correlation and regression, one- and two-way analysis of variance, path and nonlinear function analysis, interaction effects, and introduction to factor analysis. 14 Modules
MUST BE ADMITTED TO WKU GRADUATE STUDIES PROGRAM TO ENROLL IN THIS COURSE.

SOCL 596 Applied Research Project (3 hours) Web
Students will work with an advisor/mentor to develop an applied research project that incorporates information learned in the Master of Arts in Criminology Curriculum. MA Capstone Project MUST BE ADMITTED TO WKU GRADUATE STUDIES PROGRAM TO ENROLL IN THIS COURSE.

 Last Modified 7/22/13