SOCI 6279 Metropolitan Atlanta
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as HIST 6320 and Geog 6768.) Interdisciplinary perspective focusing on social, historical, and geographic processes which have shaped the Atlanta region.

SOCI 6315 Girls
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as WGSS 6310.) Feminist analyses of who girls are and how they are socialized in our society. Girls’ experiences with social institutions, growth and development issues, self-esteem and body image, sexuality, culture and media, third-wave feminism, and girls’ movements.

SOCI 6366 Law and Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Recruitment, training, and practice in the legal professions. Analysis of the legal system as a process.

SOCI 7110 Aging Policy and Services
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as GERO 7110.) Overview of aging policy, services, and programs with emphasis on legislation, funding, planning, the aging network, and the long-term care system.

SOCI 8000 Proseminar in Sociology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of Director of Graduate Studies
Description

Introduction to central concepts, methods, and professional practices in sociology; development of basic skills used in theoretical and empirical work; and orientation to the discipline and this department of sociology.

SOCI 8010 Intermediate Sociological Statistics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites SOCI 8020 with grade of B or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Parametric and nonparametric statistical topics pertinent to sociological research.

SOCI 8020 Research Methodology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites SOCI 3020 with grade of B or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Problem formulation, the logic of research design, scale construction, operational and measurement techniques, and forms of tabular presentation employed in the social survey.

SOCI 8030 Sociological Theory I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Roots of the major theoretical orientations in sociology, with special attention given to the early history of conflict theory, functionalism, and symbolic interactionism.

SOCI 8040 Cognitive Sociology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Perceiving, focusing, classifying, timing, symbolizing, and remembering in a societal context. How thinking can vary cross-nationally and historically. The social construction of racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, and temporal boundaries; social connection between collective memories and national and group identities; and social foundations of knowledge and myth.

SOCI 8101 Family Sociology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as WGSS 8101.) Key concepts and processes of family sociology with application to sexuality, partner selection, transition to parenthood, parenting and children, housework and paid work, conflict and violence, divorce and remarriage, grandparenting, caregiving, and alternative families.

SOCI 8102 Life Course Sociology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as GERO 8102.) Development of the key concepts and processes of life course theories, with application to issues such as: child development and socialization, adolescence, marriage and parenting, work and occupational careers, retirement, illness and institutionalization, and death and bereavement.

SOCI 8110 Social Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

How roles, norms, and social interaction influence self, identity, and behaviors. How individuals actively participate in their social worlds; and how self, identity, and role processes change through the life course.

SOCI 8116 Sociology of Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as GERO 8116.) The study of aging as a social process affecting individuals, societies, and social institutions. Topics include age stereotypes, social roles, socioeconomic status, minority elders, older women, work and retirement, family and community relationships, politics, housing, and health care.

SOCI 8118 Aging, Health, and Disability
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as GERO 8118.) Individual experience of physical aging, disease, disability, and death in old age; patterns and social causes of physical and mental illness, mortality, and longevity; illness behavior of older people, including health care utilization, compliance, patient-practitioner interaction, and health promotion behavior.

SOCI 8119 Global Aging and Social Policies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as GERO 8119.) This course examines issues of aging and social policies in global perspective. Topics include global and comparative studies of demographic changes, aging and social inequality, retirement and social security, intergenerational exchange, and health care and elder care.

SOCI 8122 Death, Dying, and Loss
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as GERO 8122.) Death and dying; loss; and the cultural processes of grief, mourning, and bereavement.

SOCI 8124 Diversity and Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as AAS 6042 and GERO 8124.) A broad overview of aging within the framework of race and ethnicity in American society. Major issues include minority aging research methodology; theories of ethnicity and aging; and life-course, “life-chance,” and socialization differences among older adults attributable to race, ethnicity, and/or minority status.

SOCI 8126 Health Disparities
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Health disparities across gender, race-ethnicity, age, and socioeconomic status are systemic within the U.S. society. This course offers a comprehensive understanding of the issues and complexities involved in the emergence and persistence of these health disparities. It explores theories and research from multiple disciplines most prominently sociology, but also including public health, psychology, and biomedical fields.

SOCI 8130 Ties that Bind: Family, Intimacy, and Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as GERO 8130.) This course examines older adults family lives and intimate relationships in social, historical and demographic context. Emphasis is placed on theoretical and methodological understanding in the type, nature, content and meaning of relationships, empirical research, and on identifying influential factors, including, for example, gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and health status. 3.000 Credit hours, Target student Group: GERO Certificate students, Gero MA Students, Soci MA and PHD students.

SOCI 8142 Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Families in different countries, emphasizing the economic, technological, ideological, and political factors that account for cross-societal variation in family groups and institutions.

SOCI 8144 Family Diversity
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Emergence of new family forms; critique of traditional definitions of family; and an examination of the issues facing today’s families as they vary by race/culture/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and employment.

SOCI 8150 Sexual and Intimate Violence
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Societal causes, power dynamics, and policy implications of rape and sexual violence, battery, psychological/emotional abuse, child abuse and neglect, and elder abuse.

SOCI 8152 Birth and Parenthood
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Pregnancy, birth, and parenting; fatherhood and motherhood in a social and historical context.

SOCI 8154 Children and Childhood
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of children and childhood as socially constructed categories and life course stages. Emphasis on changing ideas and practices concerning the care, control, and significance of children. Covers the gender socialization of children as well as the effects of class and race on the quality of children’s lives in family, educational, work, and other social settings.

SOCI 8156 Sexuality and Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Social construction of sexuality, examining the ways human groups attach meaning to emotions, desires, and relationships. Sexuality across the life course, including dating, varieties of sexual relationships, birth control and procreative technologies, sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS, and sex and law.

SOCI 8160 Sociological Domestic Field School
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GPA of 3.4 or higher and interview with instructor
Description

This course examines current social issues that are of interest to the political leaders, policymakers, and/or community stakeholders in the City of Atlanta, the metropolitan region, and/or the State of Georgia. Students will gain practical experience in collecting social science data using one or more of the major sociological research methodologies and/or serving the local community working with various non-profit organizations and government agencies. This course is designed primarily for sociology graduate students, but other social science students are welcome.

SOCI 8201 Social Inequality
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Theories, research methods, data sources, and empirical work in social stratification, power relations, class and status systems, and the changing structure of the economy and labor force. Examination of inequality based on gender, race/ethnicity, class, or age, and mobility among classes.

SOCI 8208 Work and Occupations
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Social relationships in such areas as recruitment, statifications, training, career patterns, client-colleague relations, mobility, social control, and job satisfaction.

SOCI 8212 Race and Ethnic Relations
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Theory and research on racial and ethnic identities, communities, and conflicts; racism, discrimination, and related forms of inequality; racial/ethnic attitudes; assimilation, pluralism, and immigration.

SOCI 8214 Immigration
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Study of the social forces that cause international migration and application of sociological perspectives to analyze conditions of immigrant life and the impact immigration has on different societies. Emphasizes social and cultural adaptations in communities affected by immigration, immigrants’ participation in the labor force and economy, and public attitudes and government policies affecting entry and settlement processes in the U.S. and other societies.

SOCI 8216 Gender and Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as WGSS 8216.) Social construction of gender, gender-based stratification, and power dynamics.

SOCI 8218 Political Sociology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Sociological theories and methods to analyze power within social systems and the relations between state and society.

SOCI 8220 Social Movements
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The causes, processes, and outcomes of social movements; including protest and other activities directed toward social change.

SOCI 8222 Deviance and Social Control
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Theory and research regarding behavior which violates well- established social norms; social factors which engender such behavior and social reactions to such behavior; examples of typical interests would be sexually deviant behavior, certain types of mental illness, alcoholism, and suicide.

SOCI 8224 Criminology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Issues in criminological theory and research, encompassing law and social control, the structure and process of the criminal justice system, epidemiology of crime, history of criminological thought, and criminal careers and behavior systems.

SOCI 8226 Urban Sociology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Urbanism from a sociological point of view. Focuses on three basic areas: theoretical concepts and perspectives on urban social organization; current sociological perspectives on the city; and contemporary application of these perspectives.

SOCI 8228 Contemporary Urban Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Recent developments in urban sociological research and theory.

SOCI 8232 Poverty and Wealth
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Critical issues in the generation and maintenance of economic inequalities, both domestically and globally. Emphasis on the role of socioeconomic forces in the production of poverty and wealth as well as individual and group attitudes and behaviors.

SOCI 8234 Race-Ethnicity and Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course focuses on social and behavioral aspects of health as they relate to race and ethnicity in the United States. Specifically, the course is designed to provide students with an overview of risk and protective factors related to health and health disparities across race-ethnic groups.

SOCI 8235 HIV/AIDS
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

AIDS has had an incredible impact on the world. In a time when infectious diseases have supposedly been conquered, a new virus, one with incredible stigma and other negative connotations attached, comes along and baffles the biomedical community. Further it has profoundly affected societal systems as diverse as sexual practices and the FDA drug approval process. Over twenty five years after AIDS was first announced we still do not have a handle on this epidemic. This course explores the social dimensions of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and globally. We examine the social forces that impact and determine the course and experience of the epidemic as we also explore the impact the epidemic has had on communities and cultures worldwide. The course surveys 1) the social construction of the disease and its controversies; 2) the cultural aspects of AIDS; 3) the impact upon and response from particularly affected communities and social groups; 4) economic causes and consequences of AIDS; and 5) the politics of governmental, non-governmental and grassroots responses to the disease. There is no prerequisite for this course.

SOCI 8236 Race, Class, and Gender
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines the ways race, gender, and class are socially constructed concepts that are best understood as intersecting factors rather than mutually exclusive categories. Building on the work of pioneers in this field, this class considers how intersections of race, gender, and class shape social institutions like the workplace, family, school, and labor market, as well as the interactions that occur within these structures.

SOCI 8238 Critical Race Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Critical race theories analyze how race and racism are foundational social structures that shape the lived experience of people. This course will survey some of the major ideas and themes that define contemporary critical race theory and explore new directions in the field, especially colorblind racism and postcolonial studies.

SOCI 8340 Population Dynamics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Social factors influencing fertility, mortality, and migration in the U.S. and other countries and how these demographic processes influence social organizations; the impact of global and regional population changes on the environment and population policies; and basic techniques for constructing demographic rates and measures.

SOCI 8342 Qualitative Methods in Sociology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites SOCI 8020 with grade of B or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Methodological strategies in sociological research involving participant observation, in-depth interviewing, and the use of public and private documents. Special attention given to the analysis of text data (in contrast to numerical data) and the writing of text-based dissertations, articles, and books.

SOCI 8346 Sociology of Drugs
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Major areas of sociological concern in drug abuse and addiction including legislation, epidemiology, etiology, treatment and rehabilitation and research and evaluation; examples of types of drugs covered would be narcotics, marijuana, psychedelics, sedatives and tranquilizers, and alcohol.

SOCI 8360 Sociology of Religion
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Social dimensions of religion, the relationship between religion and society, sociological theories of religion, religious organizations and behavior, religion and social change, secularization, and the future of religion.

SOCI 8380 Sociology of Education
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Sociological approach to the study of education as an institution in urban settings.

SOCI 8900 Special Topics in Sociology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

May be taken more than once if topics are different.

SOCI 8970 Directed Reading
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Description

Directed readings in special areas.

SOCI 8980 Sociology Internship
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Description

(A maximum of three credit hours may be applied toward the degree program required hours.) Apprenticeship in research or teaching under faculty supervision.

SOCI 8990 Research Practicum
Credit Hours 1.0 - 18.0
Prerequisites consent of graduate director
Description

Apprenticeship in research for GRAs and GLAs under faculty supervision.

SOCI 8991 Teaching Practicum
Credit Hours 1.0 - 18.0
Prerequisites consent of Director of Instruction
Description

Apprenticeship in teaching for GTAs under faculty supervision.

SOCI 8998 Thesis Proposal
Credit Hours 1.0 - 18.0
Description
SOCI 8999 Thesis Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 18.0
Description
SOCI 9000 Teaching Sociology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites (1) Membership and good standing in Sociology graduate program
Description

This seminar focuses on pedagogical issues and techniques of teaching sociology at the college and university levels. (2) For Doctoral-level students, a Masters degree in sociology or 18 credit hours in graduate Sociology coursework. (3) For Masters-level students, completion of MA-level Sociology coursework. (4) Permission of instructor.

SOCI 9001 Teaching Internship
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites SOCI 9000 with grade of B or higher
Description

Faculty supervision and guidance for graduate students teaching an undergraduate course. For doctoral students interested in college-level teaching.

SOCI 9002 Writing for Publication
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites SOCI 8000, SOCI 8010, SOCI 8020, SOCI 8030, SOCI 8998, and SOCI 8999, or equivalents, and consent of instructor
Description

This seminar provides instruction in applied writing techniques for publication in sociological journals.

SOCI 9010 Multivariate Sociological Data Analysis
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites SOCI 8010 with grade of B or higher
Description

Three lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Applied data analysis techniques for sociologists including regression analysis, path analysis, logistic regression analysis, and factor analysis.

SOCI 9020 Advanced Research Methodology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites SOCI 8020 with grade of B or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Intensive examination of design, sampling, and measurement problems in social research.

SOCI 9030 Sociological Theory II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites SOCI 8030 with grade of B or higher, or its equivalent
Description

Recent developments in sociological theory, with special attention given to significant extensions of, and challenges to, the theories covered in Sociological Theory I.

SOCI 9050 Special Topics in Social Research Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites SOCI 9030 with grade of B or higher
Description

Special topics in advanced sociological research methods.

SOCI 9230 Sociology of Health & Illness
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Health and illness beliefs and behavior; social epidemiology; sociology of nursing, medicine and other health professions; the social organization and financing of health care; and health policy issues.

SOCI 9970 Readings for Qualifying Examinations
Credit Hours 1.0 - 18.0
Prerequisites consent of Graduate Director
Description

Intensive reading on specific topics in preparation for the qualifying examinations under faculty supervision.

SOCI 9998 Dissertation Proposal
Credit Hours 1.0 - 18.0
Description
SOCI 9999 Dissertation Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 18.0
Description