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SOC 110 Survey of Sociology (5) I&S

Human interaction, social institutions, social stratification, socialization, deviance, social control, social and cultural change. Course content may vary, depending upon instructor. Offered: AWSpS.

Instructor Course Description: Katherine W. Stovel

SOC 111 American Society (5) I&S

Explores the power of social structures using examples drawn primarily from the American culture. The impact of social institutions, the emergence of concrete patterns of social relations which organize and regulate social life and the inequality inherent in most social structures.

SOC 177 The Jewish Community in the United States: Success, Influence, and Prospects (5) I&S Burstein

Examines relationship between American society and its ethnic/religious groups through study of the American Jewish community. Focuses on economic success; challenges to religious traditions; relationships between American and Jewish cultures; and impact of Jewish ideas and organizations on American politics. Offered: jointly with SISJE 177; S.

SOC 195 Study Abroad: Sociology (2-5, max. 10) I&S

Lower-division sociology courses for which there are no direct University of Washington equivalents, taken through a University of Washington study abroad program.

SOC 212 Evolution and Revolution: An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Social Change (5) I&S Chirot, Hirschman

Examines the major aspects of human societies, including political and economic systems, family structure, social stratification, and demographic patters as influenced by environmental conditions, technology, cultural traditions, and legacies of prior history and relationships to other societies. Not open for credit to students who have taken SOC 112

SOC 220 Introduction to Sociological Methods (5) I&S, QSR

Familiarizes students with the logic of analysis in social sciences. Students learn to recognize good research design, understand and interpret main arguments employing different methods, and evaluate whether research findings support stated conclusions.

Instructor Course Description: Samuel J Clark

SOC 222 Sociology of Sport (5) I&S Weis

Introduction to the sociological analysis of sport. Issues discussed include the history, definition, and functions of sport; role of sport in the socialization of children; the relationship between sport and values; athletics within the social organization of education; deviance, crime, and violence in sport; the business and economics of sport.

Instructor Course Description: Sean J Cunningham

SOC 240 Introduction to Social Psychology: Perspectives on Individual Behavior (5) I&S

Major theoretical perspectives on individual behavior in social settings. Social cognition, behaviorism, symbolic interaction, and attitudes. Ways people develop as social beings. Traditional lecture format is not used in this course. Student learning is based on individualized programs of reading and frequent tests of student comprehension. Offered: AWSp.

Instructor Course Description: Christopher J. Lyons

SOC 241 Introduction to Social Psychology: Perspectives on Social Interaction (5) I&S

Major perspectives on social interaction. Social exchange, cooperation and competition, group dynamics, social influence, leadership, altruism and aggression. Situational and personal variables that determine social interaction. Traditional lecture format is not used in this course. Student learning is based on individualized programs of reading and frequent tests of student comprehension. Offered: AWSp.

SOC 246 Sects and Violence: Cults, Religious Innovation, and Social Conflict (5) I&S

Examines controversial religious groups often called cults. Use sociological lenses to examine cults' occasionally catastrophic conflicts with government authorities, established religious organizations, and anti-cult movements.

SOC 247 Contemporary Social Movements (5) I&S Minkoff

Introduction to theory and research on national-level collective mobilizations organized for political change. Emphasis on how political, organizational, and cultural factors shape social movement emergence and development, and individual participation.

SOC 260 African American Family (5) I&S Scott

Explores the structures and functioning of various types of black families. Single-parent families, two-parent families, extended families, and consensual families are explored. Their consequences for male/female relationships are linked and critiqued. Offered: jointly with AFRAM 260.

SOC 261 The African-American Experience Through Literature (5) I&S/VLPA Scott

Instructs students in hermeneutical and sociological methods of analyses. Analyzes selected novels, essays, poems, short stories, and plays with the purpose of understanding the structures and functions of both society and personality. Offered: jointly with AFRAM 261.

SOC 265 Globalization and the Transformation Economy and Society in Asia (5) I&S Hamilton

Examines the rapid and extensive social and economic development throughout Asia since the mid-20th century; the corresponding retail revolution in the American economy; the evolution of characteristic Asian product categories; and the impact of these developments on the social and economic



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