Course Descriptions

SOC 101G. Introductory Sociology 3 cr.
Introduction to social theory, research, methods of analysis, contemporary issues in historical and cross-cultural contexts. Covers groups, deviance, inequality, family, gender, social change, and collective behavior.

SOC 201G. Contemporary Social Problems 3 cr.
Introduction to the fundamentals of social analysis through the analysis of contemporary American social problems. Emphasis on methods of analysis and cross-national comparisons showing that the social problems studied are common to all societies. Covers racism, violence, poverty, crime, health care, and substance abuse.

SOC 248. Special Topics 1-3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

SOC 258. Current Issues in Marriage and Family 3 cr.
Examination of contemporary American family life, including courtship, marriage, divorce, and child rearing. Branch campuses only.

SOC 262. Issues in Death and Dying 3 cr.
Major personal and social issues related to the process of dying in our culture. Branch campuses only.

SOC 263. Human Sexuality 3 cr.
Introduction to cultural and personal aspects of human intimacy, sexuality and the life cycle, sexual variation, and sexually transmitted diseases. Branch campuses only.

SOC 270. Sociology of the Chicano Community I 3 cr.
Introductory overview of the Chicano/Mexican-American experience in the U.S., with an emphasis on the Southwest. Socioeconomic issues affecting Chicano culture and behavior. Topics include family, la Chicana, mental health, education and language policy, art and literature.

SOC 273. Sex and Gender 3 cr.
Analysis of changes, behaviors, and stereotypes of women and men in contemporary Western societies. Same as W S 273.

SOC 330G. Introduction to Religious Studies 3 cr.
Provides an overview of old and new methods and theories for the study of religion. Exposure to the ways groups of people in diverse cultural systems construct and change their religious traditions to serve practical and meaningful ends. Same as ANTH 330G and HIST 330G.

SOC 335. History of Christianity 3 cr.
Emphasizes perceptions about Jesus, the changing nature and role of the Bible, especially the new testament, interactions of religion and government, issues of faith and culture, and development of modern Christianity. Same as ANTH 335 and HIST 335.

SOC 336G. Sociology of Pop Culture 3 cr.
This course will provide students with a sociological look at creation, distribution, and effects of popular culture that have shaped, preserved, and conveyed distorted images of social class, race, gender and history to unwary consumers.

SOC 342. Sociology of New Mexico 3 cr.
Analysis of New Mexico social structure in comparative-historical perspective; cultures and population groups; inter-group relations; economy and restructuring; politics and power; border region; globalization in New Mexico; current topics. Prerequisite: SOC 101.

SOC 348. Special Topics 3 cr.

Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

SOC 350. Sociological Foundations 3 cr.
Focus is on becoming a sociologist including career opportunities, thinking critically about society, and conducting sociological inquiry. Emphasis is on identifying and using resources available to sociologists, communication skills for sociologists and acquisition of basic analytic techniques. Prerequisites: SOC 101G or consent of instructor.

SOC 351. Sociological Theory 3 cr.
Analysis of the main historical themes underlying contemporary sociological theory. Prerequisites: SOC 101G and SOC 350.

SOC 352. Social Research: Methods 3 cr.
An introduction to research design and data collection strategies commonly employed in the social sciences. Topics include experiments, survey research and various other quantitative and qualitative methods. Prerequisite: C S 110G and SOC 101G and SOC 350.

SOC 353. Sociological Research: Analysis 3 cr.
Elementary data analysis class emphasizing descriptive and inferential statistical techniques commonly employed in the social sciences. Topics range from one variable analysis through regression and correlation analysis of two variables. Prerequisite: SOC 350 and C S 110G.

SOC 357. Gender and Society 3 cr.
Overview of issues related to gender, including how gender is constructed and reproduced in our society. Gender is examined from social psychological and institutional perspectives. Same as WS 357.

SOC 359. Sociology of the Family 3 cr.
Family patterns, dynamics, and processes in North American and other contemporary families. Emphasis on diversity.

SOC 360G. Introduction to Population Studies 3 cr.
Determinants and consequences of changes in fertility, mortality and migration patterns. Introduction to techniques of demographic analysis. Focus on U.S. and world population issues and their relation to social, cultural, and economic systems.

SOC 361G. Social Issues in the Rural Americas 3 cr.
Same as ANTH 361G.

SOC 362. Urban Society in a Global World: Problems, Prospects, and Promises 3 cr.
Identification and analysis of the causes and consequences of social issues in urban environments including poverty, crime, terrorism, urban social policy, suburban flight, disinvestment, and de-industrialization. Special emphasis on global forces affecting global urban environments around the world.

SOC 365. Environmental Sociology 3 cr.
Societal responses to environmental problems including social adjustments to natural and technological hazards, socio-cultural aspects of technological risk and impact assessment, and emergence of environmental social movements.

SOC 371. Race and Ethnic Relations 3 cr.

Dynamics of racial prejudice and patterns of racial and ethnic interaction in the United States.

SOC 373. Aging and Society 3 cr.
Myths and realities of growing older, including theories and research on roles and image, retirement, health, social activism, quality of life, and death and dying. Same as HL S 373.

SOC 374G. Comparative Family Systems 3 cr.
A comparative analysis of family forms and characteristics in various societies. An examination of the diversity of family practices among ethnic and class groups in the United States. Same as WS 374G.

SOC 375. Social Inequality 3 cr.
Analysis of the social distinctions arising from sex, age, occupation, and ethnicity. Emphasis on indicators of social class and patterns of social mobility.

SOC 376G. Social Change 3 cr.
Explanations of autonomous and directed social change as occurring at the individual, organizational, societal, and international levels. Case studies from around the world.

SOC 381. Individual and Society 3 cr.
Ways people influence each other and the mutual interaction of the individual and society. Topics include attitudes, attitude change, conformity, liking and friendship patterns.

SOC 390. Sociology of Childhood 3 cr.
This course examines theories, methods, and empirical research in several areas of the sociology of childhood. Major themes are: (1) how social structure constrains children’s lives, (2) how children negotiate, share, and create culture, and (3) how children’s experiences vary within and across societies.

SOC 391. Crime and Society 3 cr.
Analysis of crime at the interpersonal, organizational, and social structure levels in society. Exploration of contemporary images of crime in mass media. Examination of connections between race, class, gender, and crime in U.S. society.

SOC 392. Juvenile Delinquency 3 cr.
Nature, extent, and causes of juvenile delinquency; juvenile justice; modern methods of treatment; programs of prevention.

SOC 393. Youth and Society 3 cr.
Comparative historical analysis of social, economic and cultural forces affecting young people. Emphasis on organizational and institutional effects on the well being of children and young adults.

SOC 394G. Sports and Society: A Global Perspective 3 cr.
A critical examination of sports in a global context, emphasizing the social and cultural factors that shape the world of sports and the consequences of sports for societies. Course examines issues of social inequality, violence, media and corporate influence, religion and sports, and the student-athlete experience.

SOC 395. Sociology of Media and Violence 3 cr.
This course will provide a framework for understanding how violence is represented and consumed with emphasis on understanding the impact on children and adolescents.

SOC 399. New Mexico Law 3 cr.
Same as GOVT 399, C J 399, HIST 399, and JOUR 399.

SOC 401. Introduction to Sociological Practice 3 cr.
Sociological approaches to research design, implementation and dissemination. Prerequisite: senior standing or consent of instructor. Restricted to majors.

SOC 430. Social Movement Theory 3 cr.
Overview of key theories in past and present social movement research. Includes a focus on rational or spontaneous choice theories, resource mobilization, and new social movement theories. Theoretical perspectives focus on analyses of case studies including women s movement, civil rights, and environmental movements.

SOC 448. Special Topics 3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

SOC 449. Directed Readings 1-3 cr.
Individual readings or research for either majors or non-majors. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

SOC 449 H. Directed Readings Honors 1-3 cr.
Same as SOC 449. Additional work to be arranged. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

SOC 450. Qualitative Research Methods 3 cr.
This course will provide an in-depth examination of qualitative research methods, including participant observation techniques, interviewing, and content analysis. Prerequisites: SOC 352, COMM 305, GOVT 300, C J 300, PSY 310, PSY 355 or consent of instructor.

SOC 451. Advanced Quantitative Techniques 3 cr.
Advanced methods of sociological analysis are examined in detail.

SOC 452. Advanced Social Theory 3 cr.
Analysis of classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives within the discipline. Prerequisite: SOC 351.

SOC 453. Advanced Research Methods 3 cr.
Exploration of research methods, issues, and practical applications. Builds upon foundation provided by SOC 352 or other junior-level social research courses. Prerequisites: one of the following: SOC 352, COMM 305, GOVT 300, CJ 300, PSY 310, PSY 355 or consent of instructor.

SOC 455. Advanced Social Research: Evaluation 3 cr.
Logic, design and ethics of evaluations including theory driven and multi level models. Emphasis on individual, group and community level needs assessment, process and activities assessment and outcomes assessment including social impact assessment. Data collection techniques will include survey questionnaire construction, interviewing, focus groups and case studies. Measures of efficiency and effectiveness will be examined. Prerequisite: Research Methods Course.

SOC 457. Gender, Science, and Technology 3 cr.
How gender, science and technology are interrelated social constructions. Science and technology are examined as social institutions. Explanations for different rates of participation based on race, class and gender are explored. Same as: WS 467.

SOC 459. Advanced Issues in Sex and Gender 3 cr.
Comprehensive examination of current gender identity and gender stratification issues. Same as W S 459.

SOC 460. Sociology of Religion 3 cr.
Examination of religion in its social context to understand the intricate relations of religion, culture and U.S. society. Recommended preparatory courses: SOC 101G, SOC 273, SOC 376, ANTH 125G.

SOC 461. Population Trends and Analysis 3 cr.
Overview of past, present, and future population phenomena and introduction to techniques of demographic analysis.

SOC 465G. Environmental Sociology 3 cr.
Advanced examination of societal responses to environmental problems including social adjustments to natural and technological hazards, sociocultural aspects of technological risk and impact assessment, and emergence of environmental social movements.

SOC 470. Sociology of Latinos/as in the United States 3 cr.

In-depth examination and comparative analysis of political and economic issues affecting Latino/a culture and behavior. Includes the Chicano/a and larger Latino/a movements, the border, immigration, language policies, education, religion, labor, and Latina women s issues. Recommended preparatory courses: SOC 101G, SOC 270, SOC 371, or HIST 367.

SOC 471. Advanced Race and Ethnic Relations 3 cr.
In-depth analysis of the dynamics of prejudice, discrimination, and patterns of intergroup interaction in the U.S.

SOC 472. Sociology of Medical Ethics 3 cr.
Focus on ethics as applied in health care from a sociological perspective. Includes cultural issues and the decision making process, with individual and social implications. Same as SOC 572.

SOC 474. Sociology of Organizations 3 cr.
Sociological models of formal organizations relevant to business, education, government, healthcare, military, and religion. Focus on internal organizational structure and dynamics plus the reciprocal relationship between organizations and their operating environment.

SOC 475. Advanced Social Stratification 3 cr.
Theories of stratification and current methods of stratification research. Focus on differences by ethnicity, race, class, and gender.

SOC 477. Sociology of Education 3 cr.

Socio-political and economic factors that shape the structure and opera-tion of educational institutions in modern complex societies. Socio-historical development of the school as a microcosm of society, with examples from American and other school systems.

SOC 478. Sociology of Development and the World System 3 cr.
A sociological approach to development and global system. Theories of development and underdevelopment; world poverty/inequality; Latin America, Africa, and Asia in comparative perspectives; transnational borders/U.S.-Mexico border; current topics. Same as GOVT 477.

SOC 479. Sociology Perspectives on the U.S.-Mexico Border 3 cr.
Theoretical perspectives and current research on the U.S.-Mexico border region, including topics such as migration, identity, health, gender, and environment.

SOC 480. Diversity in Alternative Families 3 cr.
Cross-cultural examination of diversity among and within families: analysis of family diversity includes consideration of the theoretical frameworks, ideological commitments, personal experiences, and methodological approaches to examine family life.

SOC 481. Social Deviance 3 cr.
Theoretical approaches to the study of social deviance with emphasis on critical theories. Exploration of forms of deviance in society. Examination of social construction of deviance within mass media and systems of social control.

SOC 482. Advanced Individual and Society 3 cr.
Examines reciprocal relationship between individual and society. Topics include socialization, social influence and persuasion, group structure and performance, altruism, aggression, interpersonal attraction, group cohesion and conformity, and inter-group conflict.

SOC 489. Globalization 3 cr.

Analysis of the globalization process. Covers theories of globalization, the global economy, political globalization, global culture, transnational social movements, transnational migration and world labor market, global cities, and local-global linkages. Same as GOVT 469.

SOC 491. Criminological Theory 3 cr.
Schools of thought, contrasting approaches, and contemporary efforts in theory construction relevant to adult and juvenile offenders.

SOC 496. Internship 1-6 cr.
Supervised participation in an appropriate community setting. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Same as SOC 596.