Courses

SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology

An introduction to the field of sociolog y with an emphasis on the study of socia l groups and how they influence human be havior and society. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 L. Destro T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM
Fall 2014 M. Berntson M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM
Fall 2014 M. Mehrotra M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM
Fall 2014 S. Anderson M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM
Spring 2014 M. Mehrotra M/W/F 8:30AM-9:30AM
Spring 2014 S. Dimitrova T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM
Spring 2014 L. Destro T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM
Spring 2014 L. Destro T/Th 8:30AM-10:00AM
Fall 2015 M. Mehrotra M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM
Fall 2015 M. Mehrotra M/W/F 8:30AM-9:30AM
Fall 2015 S. Anderson M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM
Summer Term 1, 2015 D. Sarabia 8:30AM-10:40AM
Spring 2015 D. Sarabia M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM
Spring 2015 K. Hoffman T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM
Spring 2015 L. Destro T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM
Spring 2016 D. Sarabia M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM
Spring 2016 L. Destro T/Th 8:30AM-10:00AM
Spring 2016 M. Mehrotra M/W/F 8:30AM-9:30AM

SOCI 201 Social Inequality

This course will introduce students to the basic concepts, theoretical frameworks, and research methods employed in a sociological approach to the study of social inequality. We will explore the many facets and forms of social inequality as well as think about how social inequalities are perpetuated by political, economic, cultural, and other social and structural forces. This course places special emphasis on the development of students' cirtical thinking skills and ability to apply core concepts and theoretical frameworks to understand contemporary forms of social inequality in both local and global contexts.(1) 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI-101 or INQ-260SO

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2015 M. Mehrotra M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM
Spring 2016 M. Mehrotra M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM

SOCI 221 Wealth and Poverty

An analysis of economic inequality and the related unequal distribution of power and prestige in the United States, and in and between other societies. Topics include systems of stratification such as class, estate, and caste; social classes; individual and social outcomes of economic stratification; poverty in the United States; global poverty. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI 101 or INQ-260SO

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 M. Mehrotra M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM
Spring 2015 M. Mehrotra M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM

SOCI 223 Ethics and Medicine

An examination of ethical issues in medi cine and the moral principles that might be employed to resolve ethical dilemmas . Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI-101 or INQ-260SO or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 S. Anderson M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM
Fall 2015 J. Peterson M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM
Spring 2015 S. Anderson M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM
Spring 2016 S. Anderson M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM

SOCI 226 Intimate/Marital/Fam/Relatship

An analysis of intimate, marital, and f amily interaction patterns in contempora ry American society, with a focus on the social institutions and structures that shape them. Topics include courtship an d dating, cohabitation, selection of lon g-term partners and issues related to ma rital and parent-child relationships. Mu ltiple family structures such as nuclear families, egalitarian marriages, gay an d lesbian relationships, single parentin g, and stepfamilies are examined. Lectur e: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI-101 or INQ-260SO or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 K. Hoffman T/Th 8:30AM-10:00AM
Spring 2015 K. Hoffman T/Th 8:30AM-10:00AM
Spring 2016 K. Hoffman T/Th 8:30AM-10:00AM

SOCI 229 Sociology of Sex and Gender

An introduction to a critical approach to examining the social construction of sex, gender, and sexuality. Topics of study include classical and current perspectives on sex, gender, and sexuality; significant emphasis on the social construction of gender inequality; and the role of social institutions such as family, work, the economy, and media in shaping multiple experiences of gender and gender relations in society. Attention is also given to heterosexism and other systems of inequality dealing with sexuality. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI-101 or INQ-260SO or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 S. Anderson M/W 2:20PM-3:50PM
Fall 2015 S. Anderson T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM
Spring 2015 S. Anderson T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM

SOCI 236 Popular Culture

An analysis of popular culture as a ref lection of society, a factor in socializ ation, and an economic institution. Topi cs include popular music, television and films, comics and cartoons, and sports and games. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI-101 or INQ-260SO or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 M. Dunn T/Th 2:50PM-4:20PM

SOCI 237 Deviant Behavior

An examination of the concept of devian ce and the various sociological perspect ives on deviant behavior. Sociological, biological, and psychological theories o f causation are used to study behaviors such as drug addiction and alcoholism, d eviant sexual behavior, and mental illne ss. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI-101 or INQ-260SO or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 D. Brogan M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM
Spring 2016 D. Brogan M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM

SOCI 238 Juvenile Delinquency

An analysis of the nature and types of juvenile offenses, sociological theories of delinquency and causation, and an ex amination of the juvenile justice system . Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI-101 or INQ-260SO or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 D. Brogan M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM
Spring 2014 D. Brogan M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM
Fall 2015 D. Brogan M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM
Spring 2015 D. Brogan M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM
Spring 2016 D. Brogan M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM

SOCI 251 Research Methods

An examination of the research techniqu es used by sociologists. Attention is gi ven to research design, survey research, sampling, field research, experimental research, and the ethics of research. Un derstanding the basics of research and m astery of research skills are both empha sized. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI-101 and one 200-level sociology course, or ENVI-250

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 S. Anderson M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM
Spring 2014 L. Destro M/W/F 8:30AM-9:30AM
Spring 2015 L. Destro T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM

SOCI 252 Data Analysis

An examination of the basic skills invo lved in the descriptive and inferential analysis of social research data, including an introduction to analysis using computer software. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI-251 or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 L. Destro T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM
Spring 2014 M. Berntson M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM
Spring 2015 M. Berntson M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM

SOCI 277 IL: Underst Poverty/Service

1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Pre-requisites vary for each IL section. Consult http://roanoke.edu/Academics/Intensive_Learning.htm for details.

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
IL 2014 K. Hoffman M/T/W/Th/F 10:00AM-2:30PM

SOCI 277 IL: Politics in Art

1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Pre-requisites vary for each IL section. Consult http://roanoke.edu/Academics/Intensive_Learning.htm SOCI-101

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
IL 2014 M. Berntson M/T/W/Th/F 9:00AM-4:00PM

SOCI 277 IL: SOCI Goes to Bollywood

1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Pre-requisites vary for each IL section. Consult http://roanoke.edu/Academics/Intensive_Learning.htm SOCI-101

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
IL 2014 M. Mehrotra M/T/W/Th/F 9:00AM-5:00PM

SOCI 277 All Poverty Is Not Equal

1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Pre-requisites vary for each IL section. Consult http://roanoke.edu/Academics/Intensive_Learning.htm for details.

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
IL 2015 L. Destro M/T/W/Th/F 9:00AM-2:00PM

SOCI 277 Towards a Green Society

1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Pre-requisites vary for each IL section. Consult http://roanoke.edu/Academics/Intensive_Learning.htm for details.

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
IL 2015 D. Sarabia M/T/W/Th/F 9:00AM-4:00PM

SOCI 320 Education and Society

An exploration of social issues related to education in the United States from a sociological perspective focusing in the social context of educational settings, key social-structural forces, and how social inequality affects opportunities and experiences in schools. Specific topics include interaction patterns among teachers and students, academic cheating, harassment and violence, and the influence of family, community, cultural and politics on schools. (1) 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI-101; one SOCI course

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 K. Hoffman T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM
Spring 2016 K. Hoffman T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM

SOCI 323 Health, Illness, and Healing

An analysis of the social context of he alth, illness, and healing including the influence of the social environment on disease and illness patterns, interactio n among health care providers and patien ts, and types of health care systems. Sp ecial focus is given to social inequalit ies in the American health care system. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments One 200-level SOCI course or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 C. Morris M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM
Fall 2014 C. Morris
Fall 2015 C. Morris M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM

SOCI 326 Comparative Corrections

An exploration of philosophies, rationales, and models of adult corrections. Historical and existing correctional systems in select countries, e.g., the U.S., Canada, England, France, Japan, Mexico, Sweden, and the former U.S.S.R. will be examined. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments CJUS-211 or POLI-211 or 200-level SOCI course or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 D. Brogan M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM
Fall 2015 D. Brogan M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM
Summer Term 1, 2015 D. Brogan

SOCI 327 Religion and Culture

An examination of the relationship betwe en religion and society. Topics include definitions and theories of religion; an alysis of historical and contemporary re ligious groups; the influence of religio n on attitudes and behaviors; and the ro le of religion in social change. Lecture : 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments One 200-level SOCI course or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 M. Dunn M/W 2:20PM-3:50PM

SOCI 329 Global Perspectives on Family

Family is often defined as a cultural universal; that is, it is an institution found in almost all societies, yet the forms it takes, its impact on the individual and society, and its relationships with other social institutions vary. This course takes comparative and transnational approaches to understand the diversity in family patterns and practices and how these are gendered around the world. (1) 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments One 200-level SOCI course or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 M. Mehrotra M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM
Spring 2016 M. Mehrotra M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM

SOCI 334 Criminology

An analysis of the social causes of cri me and criminal behavior with a focus on drug, property, white collar and violen t crime. Theoretical explanations of cri minal behavior and a critique of selecte d aspects of the American criminal justi ce system are discussed. Programs for cr ime prevention and rehabilitation are ex amined. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments One 200-level SOCI course or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 K. Hoffman T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM
Spring 2014 K. Hoffman T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM
Spring 2014 K. Hoffman
Fall 2015 K. Hoffman T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM
Spring 2015 K. Hoffman T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM
Spring 2016 K. Hoffman T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM

SOCI 335 Global Population Problems

An analysis of population structure and dynamics as influenced by cultural, pol itical, economic, and environmental fact ors. This course focuses attention to th e social determinants of population prob lems, while exploring their consequences and policy implications for individuals , their societies, and the world. Lectur e: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments One 200-level SOCI course or ENVI-250 or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2015 D. Sarabia M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM

SOCI 337 Environmental Sociology

An examination of the interrelationship s between societies and their environmen ts, and an analysis of sociological aspe cts of environmental problems. This cour se will focus on the population and orga nizational aspects of environmental prob lems as well as elements of social chang e involved with environmental social act ion. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments One 200-level SOCI course, or ENVI-250 or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 D. Sarabia M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM
Fall 2015 D. Sarabia M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM

SOCI 338 Women's Lives: Global Perspect

In this course, we will examine similarities as well as divergences in the experiences of various groups of women, especially in countries that are part of the developing world. The course will begin with an analysis of the notion of global sisterhood and it's criticisms. We will then move on to specific issues such as work, family and household, representations in media, and violence. We will end the semester with an evaluation of the possibilities of and opportunities for transnational movements for gender equality. (1) 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI-101 and one 200-level SOCI course or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 M. Mehrotra M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM
Spring 2015 M. Mehrotra M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM

SOCI 350 Social Theory

An examination of enduring influences of social theorists notably Durkheim, Marx, and Weber on the development of sociological knowledge and practice. (1) 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI-201.

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2015 M. Dunn T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM
Spring 2016 S. Anderson M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM

SOCI 351 Qualitative Methods & Analysis

This course will address the social scientific research process including an examination of research ethics, theory, and research design. Methods addressed include and are not limited to field methods (e.g. ethnography and participant observation), intensive interviewing, focus groups, and unobtrusive research methods. (1) 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI-201 or ANTH-101 or ENVI-250

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2015 L. Destro T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM
Spring 2016 L. Destro T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM

SOCI 352 Quantitative Method & Analysis

This course will address the social scientific research process including an examination of research design, sampling and data analysis. Methods addressed include but are not limited to survey research and secondary data analysis. This course includes an introduction to descriptive and inferential analysis of data, including analysis using statistical computer software programs. (1) 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI-201 or ENVI-250

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2015 L. Destro T/Th 8:30AM-10:00AM
Spring 2016 M. Berntson M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM

SOCI 353 Social Theory

An examination of the ideas and importan t contributions of major sociological th eorists to the discipline of sociology. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI-252 or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 M. Dunn T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM
Spring 2014 S. Anderson T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM
Spring 2015 S. Anderson M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM

SOCI 361 Sel Top: Sociology of Autism

An examination of special topics in soc iology, with topics selected on the basi s of faculty and student interest. Lectu re: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments One 200-level SOCI course or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2016 S. Anderson T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM

SOCI 365 The Information Society

An examination of theory, research, and debate concerning the nature of and cha nge in information in contemporary socie ty. Topics covered will include traditio nal and critical theory, information the ory, theories of mass communication and mass society, innovation and diffusion a s well as postindustrial and post modern perspectives. Media ethics, privacy con troversies, and policy implications are also considered. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI-101

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 M. Dunn T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM
Spring 2015 M. Dunn T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM

SOCI 375 Field Research & Org Analysis

This experiential learning course is designed to provide students with field research and work experience in a community setting such as a social service agency, correctional facility, hospital or health-related organization, market research firm, or some other community setting relevant to the application of sociological concepts and theoretical perspectives. Students learn about the structure, responsibilities, and routines of the organization as well as the work performed by the staff and the needs of the clients or consumers served by the organization. Research and reflection assignments are required and the seminar format provides the opportunitity to process observations and collaborate with other students in analyzing and applying sociological concepts to practice. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Written proposal approved by the department.

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2016 D. Brogan M 3:30PM-5:00PM

SOCI 406 Independent Study & Research

A supervised research project or extensi ve literature review. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOC-353 and written proposal approved by the department

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 M. Dunn
Summer Term 1, 2014 M. Mehrotra
Summer Term 3, 2014 M. Mehrotra
Spring 2014 S. Anderson
Spring 2014 L. Destro
Spring 2014 K. Hoffman
Fall 2015 K. Hoffman
Spring 2015 D. Sarabia

SOCI 416 Community Internship

Practical experience in a social servic e agency, correctional facility, health institution, business, or other communit y setting in which sociology is applied. May not be used to fulfill the 300-leve l or above requirement for the major or minor. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Written proposal approved by the department

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 D. Brogan
Fall 2014 K. Hoffman
Fall 2014 M. Mehrotra
Fall 2014 C. Morris
Spring 2014 D. Brogan
Spring 2014 S. Anderson
Fall 2015 D. Brogan
Fall 2015 K. Hoffman
Fall 2015 M. Mehrotra
Spring 2015 D. Brogan

SOCI 454 Seminar

A capstone course for the sociology majo r that includes an in-depth review and a nalysis of major themes within sociology . 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI-353 and senior status

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 K. Hoffman T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM
Summer Term 1, 2014 M. Berntson
Spring 2014 M. Dunn T/Th 2:50PM-4:20PM
Fall 2015 K. Hoffman T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM
Spring 2015 M. Dunn T/Th 2:50PM-4:20PM
Spring 2016 M. Berntson M/W/F 1:10AM-2:10AM

SOCI 495 Honors Project

A program of independent study culminat ing in a paper, artistic creation, or pe rformance. 1/2 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments See catalog

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 S. Anderson

SOCI 496 Honors Project

A program of independent study culminat ing in a paper, artistic creation, or pe rformance. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments See catalog

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Summer Term 3, 2014 L. Destro
Spring 2014 C. Morris
Spring 2015 L. Destro
Spring 2015 M. Mehrotra
Spring 2015 S. Anderson
Spring 2015 S. Anderson

SOCI 497 Honors Project

A program of independent study culminat ing in a paper, artistic creation, or pe rformance. 1/2 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments See catalog

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 S. Anderson
Spring 2015 S. Anderson