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Sociology

SOCL 100 Introductory Sociology(3.0 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
Meets General Education Requirement: C Social and Behavioral Sciences

SOCL 220 Marriage and Family(3.0 hours) Mail, Web
Prerequisite: SOCL 100 or consent of instructor
Analysis of the family institution, its structure and function and the dynamics of social change in family interaction and organization.16 lessons, 1 exam
Meets General Education Requirement: C Social and Behavioral Sciences

SOCL 231 Introduction to Criminal Justice(3.o hours) Web
Survey of criminal justice systems, including police, courts, and corrections.4 modules, 4 exams

SOCL 232 Introduction to Law Enforcement(3.0 hours) Web
An introduction to policing4 modules, 4 papers, 4 exams

SOCL 240 Contemporary Social Problems(3.0 hours) Web
Prerequisite: SOCL 100 or consent of instructor
Survey of social disorganization and public descensus in contemporary societies. Emphasis is placed on social change, conflicts in cultural values and the impact of technology. Field trips required in some sections.12 modules, 3 exams

SOCL 300 Using Statistics in Sociology(3.0 hours) Web
Prerequisite: Math 109 or Math 116 or equivalent
Techniques of statistical description and elementary statistical inference as applied to social data.10 modules, 2 exams (midterm after module 4)

SOCL 302 Strategies of Social Research(3.0 hours) Web
Prerequisite: SOCL 300 or other introductory statistics course
Survey design and analysis, scaling techniques, methods of analyzing data with emphasis on hypothesis-testing, statistical inference and tests of relationship.15 lessons, 4 projects, 4 exams (only final exam is proctored)

SOCL 304 Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Society(3.0 hours) Web
Prerequisite: Six hours of SOCL
Study of the leading developments of schools of sociological theory from Durkheim to the present.14 lessons, 3 papers, 4 exams

SOCL 309 Social Deviance(3.0 hours) Mail
Examines how social groups define certain behaviors, beliefs, and conditions as normative violations and the resulting stigmatization and sanctioning of norm violators. Topics include conceptual and theoretical issues, physical deviance, sexuality, and alcohol/drug use.15 lessons, 1 exam

SOCL 309 Social Deviance(3.0 hours) Web
Examines how social groups define certain behaviors, beliefs, and conditions as normative violations and the resulting stigmatization and sanctioning of norm violators. Topics include conceptual and theoretical issues, physical deviance, sexuality, and alcohol/drug use.0 lessons, 4 exams

SOCL 322 Religion in Society(3.0 hours) Mail
Prerequisite: Six 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 of religious affirmation.13 lessons, 1 exam

SOCL 324 Sociology of Sport(3.0 hours) 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 324 Sociology of Sport(3.0 hours) Mail
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(3.0 hours) Mail, Web
Prerequisite: SOCL 100 or consent of instructor
Study of the personal, structural and ideological bases of law-violating behavior in American society.14 lessons, 2 exams (midterm after lesson 7)

SOCL 332 Juvenile Delinquency(3.0 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. Field trips required.14 lessons, 2 exams

SOCL 342 Aging in Society(3.0 hours) Web
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.13 lessons, 3 exams

SOCL 352 Technology, Work, and Society(3.0 hours) Mail, Email
Prerequisite: SOCL 100 or consent of instructor
Analysis of technology16 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 360 The Community in Rural and Urban Settings(3.0 hours) Web
Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology
Study of the structure and function of community life and the process of balancing community needs and resources.12 modules, 3 papers, 1 application activity, 3 exams

SOCL 362 Social Institutions: Race, Class, and Gender(3.0 hours) Web
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor
The five primary institutions (family, religion, economy, education and 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
Meets General Education Requirement: E World Cultures and American Cultural Diversity

SOCL 375 Diversity in American Society(3.0 hours) 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.15 lessons, 1 exam
Meets General Education Requirement: E World Cultures and American Cultural Diversity

SOCL 380 Penology(3.0 hours) Web
Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in criminology or juvenile delinquency
Survey of theories and forms of punishment, community-based corrections and prisons. Field trips to prisons required.5 modules containing 5 assignments and 1 paper, 4 exams (all proctored)

SOCL 438 Victimology(3.0 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.11 lessons, 2 exams (Midterm and Final)

SOCL 450 Occupations and Professions(3.0 hours) Mail, Email
Prerequisite: SOCL 100 or consent of instructor
Analysis of the meaning of trends in occupational activities and careers through investigation of various occupations and professions.15 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 Methods of Social Research(3.0 hours) Web
Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in the MA in Criminology program and Six 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 take home exam
Must be admitted to WKU graduate studies program to enroll in the course.

SOCL 514 Advanced Social Statistics(3.0 hours) Web
Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in the MA in Criminology program and have taken basic statistics at the undergraduate level or consent of instructor
Deals with multivariate forms of statistical analyses commonly applied to quantitative 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, No proctored exams
Must be admitted to WKU graduate studies program to enroll in the course.

SOCL 596 Applied Research Project(3.0 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, No proctored exams
Must be admitted to WKU graduate studies program to enroll in the course.

 Last Modified 7/22/13