This course provides a broad introduction to the field of sociology with an emphasis on the fundamental concepts of sociological study. Sociological perspectives will be emphasized to allow for critical analysis of research and theories pertaining to culture, society, the social construction of self, social control, social change, inequalities in society and social institutions.
A contemporary survey of some of American society's major social problems. Included in the study are problems involving crime, population, family life, social class, minority groups, urban life, and mass communications. A sociological frame of reference will be used in considering the origins of, the development of, and attempts to control social problems. This is a continuation of SSS 120 Principles of Sociology, but may be taken separately.
This course is an introduction to marriage and family life with an emphasis on family structure and interpersonal relationships in a rapidly changing world. Sociological perspectives and theories will be used to critically analyze family organization, composition, values, diversity and current trends in family living.