Sociology

Sociology


Changes effective Fall Term 2015

Armenia McClure Nichter
 

The Sociology Program at Rollins College consists of a rigorous curriculum designed to promote sociological literacy and engaged citizenship; to enhance students' awareness and understanding of twenty-first century social problems, including the enduring presence of class, race, and gender inequalities; and to cultivate among students the theoretical and methodological skills to investigate the connections between individuals and society, and the possibilities for social change.

Students interested in the major/minor should consider beginning with any 100-level course or SOC 201.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Ten (10) courses are required, at least six (6) of which must be taken at Rollins. All core courses must also be taken at the College.

CORE COURSES

Take all of the following.
  • SOC 201 The Sociological Perspective
  • SOC 301 Methodology (fall of junior year)
  • SOC 302 Sociological Theory (spring of junior year)
  • SOC 418 Senior Seminar

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Six (6) courses in sociology, at least three (3) of which must be at the 300- or 400-level

Students interested in graduate school in Sociology are encouraged to take a Statistics class (chosen in consultation with the departmental advisor) to satisfy their Mathematical (M) competency.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

The Sociology Minor consists of six (6) courses, four (4) of which must be taken at Rollins College.

CORE COURSES

Take all of the following.

  • SOC 201 The Sociological Perspective (recommended prior to junior year)
  • SOC 301 Methodology (fall of junior/senior year, SOC 101 as pre-requisite)
  • SOC 302 Sociological Theory (spring of junior year)

 ELECTIVES

Three (3) additional Sociology courses, at least one (1) of which must be at the 300- or 400-level.

Course of Study


SOC 108 Self and Society
: Introduces theories and research findings on socialization, identity formation, and presentation and actualization of self. Explores question of identity in contemporary American society and in everyday life. Suitable for nonmajors.

SOC 111 Social Problems: Follows traditional areas of social problem analysis (poverty, sexism, racism, and crime) as they evolve and transform society as a whole. Suitable for nonmajors.

SOC 112 The Family: Examines how political, economic, and social changes affect marriage and family. Highlights comparative family structure, divorce, abortion, homosexuality, and changing sex roles in light of larger social changes. Suitable for nonmajors.

SOC 201 The Sociological Perspective: Covers scope, methods, and general principles of the discipline. Focuses on group behavior, race relations, inequality, social institutions, and social change. Suitable for nonmajors.

SOC 301 Methodology: Focuses on collecting, analyzing, and interpreting social data. Addresses research strategies and their ethical implications. Prerequisite: SOC 201 or permission of instructor.

SOC 302 Sociological Theory: Examines concerns of early founders in light of contemporary trends within field. Addresses values in sociological inquiry, problem of applying general scientific model to sociology, and biases of researchers. Prerequisite: sociology major or consent. Prerequsite: SOC 201 or permission of instructor.

SOC 311 Topics in Sociology: Analyzes such contemporary topics as emerging social movements, global society, and the female heroic. Varies from year to year. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: One SOC course or permission of instructor.

SOC 315 Sociology of Childhood: Examines childhood as both a social construct and lived experience. Addresses the various cultural and structural factors that shape conceptions of childhood, the structure of childhood in contemporary society, children's "social worlds," and children's perceptions and experiences of everyday life. Prerequisite: one SOC course or permission of instructor.

SOC 323 Sociology of Culture: Includes various theories of culture. Emphasizes field research and observation of phenomena such as fads, fashions, and media themes and characters. Prerequisite: one SOC course or permission of instructor.

SOC 325 Political Sociology: Reviews recent developments in American politics: structure of power in society, political significance of large corporations, relationship between business and government, and nature of American democracy. Prerequisite: one SOC course or permission of instructor.

SOC 345 Sociology of Gender: Examines gender in American society, with an emphasis on the construction of femininity and masculinity in the context of major social institutions. Reviews various approaches to the study of gender that include elements of symbolic interactionism, constructionism, post-modernism, conflict theory, and feminist theory. Specific institutional contexts of the construction and management of gender, including science, schools, family, the economy, and sport, also considered. Prerequisite: one SOC course or permission of instructor.

SOC 346 Sexualities: Understanding sexual matters requires considering how sexuality is modeled, molded, and manipulated. We will consider historical, legal, and cultural contexts of sexuality; highlighting themes of social construction and social control. Prerequisite: Any prior SOC course or consent.

SOC 350 Class Inequality: Focuses on socioeconomic inequality with emphasis on the contemporary United states, sociological theories to explain inequality, and the mechanisms and consequences of social class inequality in social instutions. Prerequisite: one SOC course or permission of instructor.

SOC 355 Race and Ethnic Relations: Explores colonization and immigration, assimilation and pluralism, prejudice and discrimination, and inequality and conflict past and present. Prerequisite: one SOC course or permission of instructor.

SOC 356 The State of Black America: Examines political, economic, social and cultural standing of African Americans (both historical and contemporary), relationships between blacks and whites, and internal differentiation of black population. Prerequisite: one SOC course or permission of instructor.

SOC 360 Poverty and Social Welfare: Focuses on changing composition of poverty population, war on poverty, public and academic debates, present-day American welfare system, and relationship between poverty, welfare, and inequality. Prerequisite: one SOC course or permission of instructor.

SOC 367 Economy and Society: Analyzes American economic institutions, particularly the modern corporation, and the modern state. Relates shifting patterns of production and consumption to structural changes in late industrial capitalism. Measures impact of multinational corporations on community, environment, workers, and U.S. foreign policy. Prerequisite: one SOC course or permission of instructor.

SOC 371 Deviant Behavior: Investigates deviant behavior as the inverse of power: The more power a particular class of people possesses, the less likely they will be defined as deviant. Challenges students to redefine "deviance" and examine "normal" workings of U.S. institutions. Prerequisite: one SOC course or permission of instructor.

SOC 418 Senior Seminar: Develops common grounding in a specific subject to serve as a framework for individual projects. Requires oral reports. Prerequisites: SOC 301 and SOC 302 and senior standing.