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SOCY
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SOCY100
Introduction to Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
The fundamental concepts and principles of sociology. Includes consideration of culture, patterns of social interaction, norms, values, social institutions, stratification, and social change.
SOCY100H
Introduction to Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
The fundamental concepts and principles of sociology. Includes consideration of culture, patterns of social interaction, norms, values, social institutions, stratification, and social change.
Open to Honor students only.
SOCY105
Introduction to Contemporary Social Problems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
An examination of contemporary social problems through sociological perspectives; ways in which social problems are part of the organization of society; a detailed study of selected social problems including social conflict and social inequality.
SOCY110
The Logic of Social Inquiry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Additional information: Required of all Sociology majors.
Introduction to the logic of social science research; the integration of theory and methods in the development of Sociological knowledge; basic sociological concepts; and departmental research streams.
SOCY200
Human Societies
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
A comparative, historical, interdisciplinary study of human socieities that focuses on the main components of human societies, how they are organized, how they change, and how they come to shape our collective social existence.
SOCY201
(Perm Req)
Introductory Statistics for Sociology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: FSAR
Prerequisite: SOCY100; and (MATH107 or MATH111). Or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Must not have completed STAT400, BMGT231, or ENEE324.
Credit only granted for: BIOM301, BMGT230, CCJS200, ECON230, ECON321, EDMS451, GEOG306, GEOL351, GVPT422, JOUR405, PSYC200 or SOCY201. (These courses do not necessarily meet the same major requirements-check with your advisor to see which of these courses will count for your major).
Elementary descriptive and inferential statistics. Construction and percentaging of bivariate contingency tables; frequency distributions and graphic presentations; measures of central tendency and dispersion; parametric and nonparametric measures of association and correlation; regression; probability; hypothesis testing; the normal, binomial and chi-square distributions; point and interval estimates.
SOCY202
Introduction to Research Methods in Sociology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: SOCY201.
The underlying logic, major strategies, specific techniques and skills of sociological research. Research design, measurement, data collection, sampling, field research experiments, surveys, index and scale construction, data analysis, interpretation and report writing.
SOCY203
Sociological Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY100.
Development of the science of sociology; historical backgrounds; recent theories of society. Required of all sociology majors.
SOCY224
Why are We Still Talking About Race?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Exploration of the major debates and assumptions that construct individual perceptions of what race is and how race matters. Sociological and sub-cultural theories will give students a historical and present day frame with which to view race and ethnic relations in the twenty first century.
SOCY225
Women's Jobs, Men's Jobs: How and Why Do They Differ?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
An exploration of critical issues pertaining gender differences in the workplace. Overview of theories explaining why some people do better than the others in the world of work, and discussions of more specific questions relating to women's and men's job opportunities and experiences.
SOCY227
Introduction to the Study of Deviance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
Credit only granted for: SOCY227 or SOCY327.
Formerly: SOCY327.
An introduction to the sociological study of deviant behavior, covering such topics as mental illness, sexual deviance, and the use of drugs.
SOCY230
Sociological Social Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Theoretical perspectives and their applications. Socialization through the life course, the self-concept, attitudes, emotion, attribution, interpersonal relations, group processes, deviance, and social change.
SOCY242
Sociology of Homelessness
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Examines the causes of and solutions for homelessness in society. How social scientists analyze social issues using ethnographic observation, surveys, official statistics, and other research methods. Discusses how policies have responded to the problem of homelessness, and how to evaluate their effectiveness.
SOCY335
Sociology of Health and Illness
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An exploration of the social model to studying health and illness: how meanings and experiences of health and illness are socially produced. How experiences are shaped by the interaction of external social environments (culture, community) and the internal environment (human body), and by socio-demographic variables (race, class, gender, etc.). Disparities in health and healthcare delivery, medicalization of society, determinants of health, social construction of illness, and the social organization of health care.
SOCY380
(Perm Req)
Honors Independent Reading in Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Formerly: SOCY378.
This course permits sociology honor students to undertake a program or reading on a particular problem in sociology or a subfield therein. The reading will be done under the supervision of a member of the sociology faculty. Required of sociology honor students.
SOCY381
(Perm Req)
Honors Independent Research in Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY380.
Formerly: SOCY388.
This course permits sociology students to define a particular problem in sociology or a subfield therein and to develop a research plan for use as a thesis topic. The work will be done under the supervision of a member of the sociology faculty.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY383
(Perm Req)
Honors Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY381.
Formerly: SOCY389.
Student research under the direction of a member of the sociology faculty, culminating in the presentation and defense of a thesis reporting the research.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Sociology department; and junior standing or higher.
To register, students must have departmental permission form signed by instructor and by Coordinator of Sociology Undergraduate Program.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY398W
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Sociology; Experiential Learning: Maryland, Public Policy, and Beyond
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
SOCY399
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Sociology
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
No more than 6 hours of 399 is allowed for credit.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY405
Scarcity and Modern Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses.
Credit only granted for: SOCY305 or SOCY405.
Formerly: SOCY305.
Resource depletion and the deterioration of the environment. Relationship to lifestyles, individual consumer choices, cultural values, and institutional failures. Projection of the future course of American society on the basis of the analysis of scarcity, theories of social change, current trends, social movements, government actions, and the futurist literature.
SOCY410
Social Demography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Types of demographic analysis; demographic data; population characteristics; migration; mortality; fertility; population theories; world population growth; population policy.
SOCY413
Sociology of Aging
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 2 courses in SOCY.
Credit only granted for: SOCY498D or SOCY413.
Formerly: SOCY498D.
The aging of the population is one of the major demographic changes affecting social institutions during the next century. Research demography, sociology, economics, epidemiology, psychology and public health are integrated to develop a broader understanding of the causes and consequences of population aging. A central focus is the diversity of experiences by age, gender, socioeconomic status and health.
SOCY424
Sociology of Race Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Also offered as: AAST424.
Credit only granted for: AAST424 or SOCY424.
Analysis of race-related issues, with a primary focus on American society. The historical emergence, development, and institutionalization of racism; the impact of racism on its victims; and racially based conflict.
SOCY428
Research in Inequality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
SOCY431
Principles of Organizations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Structural and processual characteristics of organizations that make them effective for different purposes and in different environments. Effects of different institutional environments, small group processes, organizational networks, and leadership. Types of organizations studied include formal bureaucracies, professional organizations, and voluntary associations.
SOCY432
Social Movements
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Movements that seek change in the social and political structure of society. Origins, tactics, organization, recruitment, and success. Case studies come from such movements as labor, civil rights, student, feminist, environmental, neighborhood, and gay rights.
SOCY441
Social Stratification and Inequality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
The sociological study of social class, status, and power. Topics include theories of stratification, correlates of social position, functions and dysfunctions of social inequality, status inconsistency, and social mobility.
SOCY445
Sex and Love in Modern Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY201, SOCY202, SOCY203, SOCY230, and SOCY200.
Restriction: Must be in Sociology program; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Sociological theories of sex and gender are used to explore empirical research on women's and men's sexual behavior and attitudes; variation in gendered sexuality by key social characteristics and how gendered sexuality is constructed and controlled; changes in sexuality over time and across relationship types, focusing on changes in sexual desire and behaviors and on the changing meaning of sex and marriage in U.S. society and other countries. Contemporary debates about sexuality will also be examined.
SOCY457
Sociology of Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Social, political, and cultural sources of legal norms and concepts (such as property, privacy, contract, institution, and liability), as well as the role of law in interpersonal and intergroup dispute resolution. Emphasis on civil law.
SOCY490
Experimental Research Practicum
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Additional information: This is the first course in the experimental research practicum 2-course sequence.
Hands-on experience in designing, conducting, and analyzing experimental research. Introduces students to causal inference in social scientific research, focusing on experimental designs. Students will get hands-on research experience running experimental studies in the group processes lab. Students will also work with the professor and graduate students in the department to develop a research idea that can be executed in the spring semester.
SOCY498M
Selected Topics in Sociology; Qualitative Research Methods in Sociology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
SOCY498T
Selected Topics in Sociology; Black Middle Class
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
SOCY602
(Perm Req)
Statistics For Sociological Research II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY601; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: SOCY602 or SURV602.
This course introduces regression analysis using matrix algebra. Topics include bivariate regression, multivariate regression, tests of significance, regression diagnostics, indicator variables, interaction terms, extra sum of squares, and the general linear model. Other topics may be addressed such as logistic regression and path analysis. Statistical programming software may be used.
SOCY611
Introduction to Demographic Methods
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Survey of standard demographic methods for the description and analysis of population size, structure and composition, including techniques for the analysis of fertility, mortality and migration.
SOCY616
Sociology Pro-Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F
Restriction: Must be in Sociology (Doctoral) program.
Credit only granted for: SOCCY699P or SOCY616.
Formerly: SOCY699P.
The proseminar is the guide to Sociology as a profession, and how sociology is practiced here at the University of Maryland. The goal of the course is to help students gain insider knowledge about how to develop sociological knowledge and capabilities, and what it means to practice sociology as a graduate student and beyond. The course will discuss both practical aspects of professional life in general and specific topics of interest.
SOCY620
Development of European and American Sociological Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY203 or SOCY403; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department; or permission of instructor.
Review of the history of sociological thought with major attention to the key figures (from Marx to C. Wright Mills).
For SOCY majors only.
SOCY664
Armed Forces and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Analysis of the relationship between military organization and modern industrial society. Growth and decline of the mass army, the transition from conscription to all-volunteer forces, the social legitimacy of military organization, the military as a form of industrial organization, and problems of civil-military relations in the modern world.
SOCY699
Special Social Problems
Credits: 1 - 16
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY699D
Special Social Problems; Logic of Social Inquiry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to Sociology Graduate Students
SOCY699F
Special Social Problems; Families and Modern Social Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY699G
Special Social Problems; Group Processes
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY699M
(Perm Req)
Special Social Problems; Pro-Seminar for BA/MA Students
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to students in the 5-Year BA/MA Sociology program.
SOCY699V
Special Social Problems; Contexting Sociology
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY709D
Advanced Special Topics in Data Analysis; Categorical Data Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY819
Research Seminar in Social Psychology
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY829
Research Seminar in Sociological Theory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY849
Research Seminar in Demography
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY858
Research Seminar in Gender, Work and Family
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY869
Research Seminar in Military Sociology
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY889
Research Seminar in Social Stratification
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.