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Sociology Course Descriptions

1010 Introductory Sociology (3) An introduction to the study of human societies. The course presents the fundamental concepts and theories that make up the sociological perspective. These serve as tools for the analysis of social inequality, social institutions and social change.

2000 Introduction to Gerontology (3) An introduction to social gerontology and human development in later life; emphasis on important elements of aging, such as socialization, family interaction, retirement, physical and psychological aging, and perceptions of older persons in contemporary society.

2100 Social Problems (3) An analysis of the origins of social problems in American society. Attention is given to the nature, consequences and solutions of selected social problems

2120 Development of Sociological Theory (3) An intellectual history of sociology as an academic discipline surveying outstanding contributions to its body of theory.  The social contexts in which a variety of classical and contemporary theoretical traditions have arisen will be considered.  Stress is placed on understanding and applying different approaches to sociological analysis through detailed textual interpretation of theoretical writings. Prereq: SOC 1010 and Sociology major or permission of instructor.

2130 Basic Statistics (3) An introduction to the fundamental statistical techniques used in the analysis of social data, including descriptive and inferential statistics. The focus is on the production and interpretation of statistical information in the study of social life. Prereq: MATH 1310 or permission of instructor.

2150 Sociology of Families (3) This course provides a description and analysis of contemporary families from a sociological perspective. A life course perspective traces the development of family life, with special attention to change, choice, and diversity. Topics such as family structure, the functions of the family as an institution, family comparisons across culture and time, and difficulties faced by families in contemporary society will also be explored.

2190 The Modern Middle East (3) An interdisciplinary study of the social, religious and historical dimensions of contemporary issues and events which make the Middle East cultural and geographic region a crucible of global tensions. (Cross-listed with HIST-2190, RELI-2190.)

2510 Research Methods (3) A basic introduction to the principles, methods and techniques of empirical social research. The common methods used by sociologists and anthropologists are addressed such as surveys, interviews, and observation. Pre-req: SOC 1010 or permission of instructor.

2800 Major Social Issues (3) The course examines a major social issue with readings and required materials designed for non-majors. The specific topic will vary from semester to semester. Students may take the course more than once. Prereq: SOC 1010 or permission of instructor.

3100 Social Aspects of Sport and Leisure (3) A critical examination of the function and significance of sport within the overall leisure behavior patterns of Western society. Recreational sport, sport spectatorship, and competitive athletics are considered from the dominant theoretical perspectives within sociology. Prereq: Six hours of social science or permission. (Cross-listed with RLS-3100.)

3140 American Society (3) The origins of American behavior patterns and institutions and their influence on values, thinking and social character are stressed. A sociological perspective of contemporary American life styles and social organization is developed from a variety of sources. The influences of contemporary social change and diversity in American society are unifying themes. Prereq: Sophomore or above.

3180 Occupations and Careers (3) Examines changing job market, meaning of work and job satisfaction, career stages from aspirations to retirement, the effects of occupational discrimination and segregation, and the impact of work on family and leisure. Prereq: SOC 1010.

3300 Sociology of Gender (3) This course critically examines the meaning, purpose, and consequences of gender, by using sociological methods and theories to explore the institutions that structure gender relationships and identities, and form the contexts that shape social life in the United States. Particular attention will be given to how social institutions like the state, the economy, family and the mass media shape the definitions of femininity and masculinity, as well as how the gender system intersects with other structures of inequality – race/ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation. Prereq: SOC 1010 and junior standing, or permission of instructor.

3450 Social Psychology (3) Social interaction studied in situations of (1) social influences on individuals, (2) dyads or face-to-face groups, and (3) larger social systems. The concepts, theories, data, research methods, and applications of varied substantive topics are examined. Prereq: SOC 1010 or PSYC 1010 (Cross-listed with PSYC-3450).

3610 Social Organization (3) An overview of organizations using sociological insights to introduce students to the study of organizations with emphasis on selected forms of organizations, organizational structure, members behaviors, organizational environments and social change. Prereq: SOC 1010 and junior standing, or permission of instructor.

3630 Comparative Social Institutions (3) An examination of the interlocking network of institutions in society with particular stress on social institutions not covered in other department of sociology courses, e.g., political, economic, religious institutions, and science as an institution. A comparison among societies with differing institutional arrangements. Prereq: SOC 1010 and ANTH 1050 and sophomore or permission of instructor.

3690 Social Stratification (3) Considers the inequalities of social class, power and status and their relationships to race, ethnicity and gender in order to determine who gets what and why. The consequences of social stratification for life chances, consumption, and social mobility are examined. Prereq: SOC 1010 and junior standing, or permission of instructor.

3700 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies (3) Introduces key themes and critical frameworks in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Studies. This course examines scholarly contributions from a range of academic disciplines and traces some of the ways that LGBT Studies has influenced cultural and social theory more broadly. Topics include LGBTQ histories and social movements; forms of oppression including heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia; resistance to oppression; queer activism; intersecting identities; and representations in literature, art, and popular media. Prereq: SOC 1010 or WGST 2010; or permission of the instructor.

3800 Work and Society (3) Examines work in the societal context. Focuses on major changes in the quality of working life and the labor force, and the power and influence of professions, bureaucracies and unions. Examines the impact of technology, education and government in producing and coping with these changes. Historical and cross-cultural comparisons will be made. Prereq: SOC 1010 and junior standing, or permission of instructor.

3810 Sociology of Education (3) An examination of education from a sociological perspective. Particular attention is given to educational attainment and its consequences for occupation and income; enlarging access to educational opportunities; student subcultures, teacher recruitment; alternatives and changes in education; relationships of sociology and education. Prereq: SOC 1010 and junior standing, or permission of instructor.

3820 Medical Sociology (3) The study of the social patterning of health and illness, including inequalities in health by stratifying elements such as race, class, and gender.  Examines the social definition of health, illness, and the social position of being a sick person in society. Also examines the interaction individuals have with health care providers and the structure of medicine in the U.S. and around the world.  Offers a critical examination on the social institution of medicine. Prereq: SOC 1010 and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

3840 World Population and Social Issues (3) Basic knowledge of demographic methods and U.S. and world population data. Includes census and other data sources; demographic theory and population change; fertility, mortality and migration; age and sex structure; race, ethnicity, income; marital status and family indicators; urbanization; and population policies. Connects population dynamics to world economic development; poverty; refugee and immigration issues; decisions about childbearing; the status of women; intergenerational competition; population pressure on food and environment; and urban and rural life. Prereq: Six hours of social science and sophomore.

3850 Society, Environment, and Resource Conservation (3) This course focuses on the sociological analysis of the impacts of economic activities on the bio-physical environment and the people within it, at the national and international levels. Topics include the foundations of environmental sociology, social change, national and international institutions, monitoring pollution prevention and control, the uses of applied sociological techniques, etc. Prereq: Six hours of social sciences, three of which must be in sociology or permission.

3900 Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S. (3) The course explores historical and contemporary meanings of race and ethnicity and introduces students to the ways sociologists think about “race,” race relations and racism. It views current theoretical issues, and focuses on the recent histories and the current position of several major racial-ethnic populations in the U.S.: African Americans, Latino/a Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and white/European ethnics. Emphasis is on how race/ethnicity has structured groups’ experiences in relation to social institutions like health, education, culture and media, the legal system, and the economy. Prereq: SOC 1010 and junior standing, or permission of instructor.

3950 Sociology of Latin America (3) The course reviews the main social, economic, and political forces that have shaped Latin American societies, and the sociological theories used to understand Latin American development and underdevelopment. Race, ethnicity, gender and class in Latin America, as well as the region's insertion in the global economy are examined. Prereq: Six hours in social sciences, three of which, at least, must be in Sociology, or by permission of the instructor.

4020 Collective Behavior (3) Group and individual processes of ephemeral social action and institution formation are studied. The development of transitory groups and ideologies in new movements and organizations through opinion formation; case and comparative investigations of the origins and growth of collective movements are made and relevant social theories are applied. Prereq: SOC 1010 and junior standing, or permission of instructor (Cross-listed with SOC 8026.)

4100 The Community (3) A basic course in community sociology. Sociological theory and the techniques of empirical research are applied to published studies of communities in the United States and elsewhere. The comparative social scientific method is elaborated as it pertains to data derived from community investigation. Prereq: For SOC 4100; nine hours of sociology including SOC 1010. (Cross-listed with SOC-8106.)

4130 Sociology of Deviant Behavior (3) A theoretical analysis of the relation of deviant group behavior and subcultures to community standards of conventional behavior as expressed in law and norms. Prereq: SOC 1010 or permission of instructor (Cross-listed with SOC 8136).

4140 Urban Sociology (3) Examines urban theoretical perspectives, urbanization processes, the diversity of metropolitan communities, urban stratification, metropolitan growth, urban neighborhoods, community power and urban policy and planning. Prereq: For SOC 4140; nine hours of sociology including SOC 1010 or permission of instructor.

4150 American Family Problems (3) This course explores the problems and issues faced by contemporary American families, such as racism and sexism; the challenges of childhood and adolescence; divorce and remarriage; work and family conflict; and family violence. The difficulty of defining both “family” and “problems” is addressed throughout the course. Prereq: SOC 1010 and junior standing, or permission of instructor (Cross-listed with SOC 8156).

SOC 4170 Sociology of Fatherhood (3) This course examines the existing social science research on fatherhood, exploring topics such as the evolution, history, demography, and politics of fatherhood; father involvement and its relationship to both children’s and men’s well-being; the effects of diversity and family structure on fatherhood; and public policy surrounding fatherhood. Prereq: SOC 1010 and junior standing, or permission of instructor (Cross-listed with SOC 8176).

4200 Sociology of the Body (3) This course offers an overview of contemporary sociological theories of the body and uses these theories to explore substantive issues pertaining to the discourses, practices, and politics of the body in modern societies. Prereq: SOC 1010 and junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor.

4250 Latino/a Migration in the World Economy (3) This course covers issues related to: 1) the political-economic and socio-cultural factors that have shaped Latino/a migration streams historically and in today's world economy and, 2) contemporary empirical methodologies and findings related to the causes and multiple socioeconomic costs and benefits of migration streams for immigrants as well as sending and receiving communities. Prereq: Enrollment in the sociology graduate program or permission of the instructor (Cross-listed with SOC 8256).

SOC 4310 SOCIOLOGY OF SEXUALITIES (3) This class focuses on the social construction of sexualities especially heterosexual sexualities, bisexual sexualities, and homosexual sexualities. A primary focus of the class will be LGBT/Queer Studies. The class examines how sexual desires/identities/orientations vary or remain the same in different places and times, and how they interact with other social and cultural phenomenon such as government, family, popular culture, scientific inquiry, and race, gender, and class. Prereq: SOC 1010 and junior standing or permission of instructor (Cross-listed with SOC 8316).

SOC 4350 WORK & FAMILY (3) This course examines the contemporary problems that individuals, families and communities in the U.S. have in integrating work and family/personal life. Prereq: SOC 1010 and junior standing; or permission of instructor; Soc 3510 is strongly recommended (Cross-listed with SOC 8356).

4410 Advanced Qualitative Methods (3) This course familiarizes students with contemporary qualitative methodologies and techniques by which the social sciences explore social and cultural relations in natural settings. Students will conduct individual and/or group field projects. Prereq: SOC 2510 or permission of instructor (Cross-listed with SOC-8416).

4500 Law, Family, and Public Policy (3) This course analyzes law and public policy affecting the family in a variety of areas, which include: family violence; divorce, child custody, and child support; reproductive technology, contraception, and abortion; unmarried couples' and parents' rights; welfare; care and support of the aged; rights of parents to determine education and health care of their children; adoption and foster care, etc. New policy proposals and likely changes in law are considered, as well as the process of policy formation and legal change. The role of the professional in this system, including legal regulation and ethical issues, is considered. Prereq: Junior standing or above and six hours of social sciences or human services or permission.

4550 Social Diversity in Organizations (3) This course focuses on the sociological understanding, analysis and management of social diversity in the workplace. Major issues and attitudes toward racial and ethnic minorities, older workers and workers with disabilities, as well as strategies for implementing diversity in the workplace are examined. Prereq: SOC 1010 or junior standing, or permission of instructor (Cross-listed with SOC-8556).

4620 Sociology of Formal Organizations (3) Examines organizational theory and research. Analyzes organizational problems such as goals and effectiveness; authority, leadership and control; professionals in organizations; communications; clients; organizational change, and organizations and their environments. Comparative analysis of many types of organizations such as business, industry, schools, prisons, and hospitals with special attention given to human-service organizations. Prereq: SOC 1010 and junior standing, or permission of instructor (Cross-listed with SOC-8626).

4700 Women's Health and Issues of Diversity (3) This course provides a critical understanding of the inter-relationship between socio-ucltural, economic, and political factors and women's physical and mental health. The aim is to provide an overview of the experience with the health care system. Emphasis will be on critically examining recent scholarship from a sociological, behavioral, health policy perspective. Prereq: Junior standing. (Cross-listed with HED-4700, HED-8706, SOC-8706.)

4750 Social Change and Globalization (3) A historical and comparative review of theories, models, and political ideologies of social change. Topics include the globalization model of social change and the role that governments, transnational corporations, multilateral agencies, and local groups and organizations play today in creating and responding to social change. Prereq: For SOC 4750, SOC 1010 and junior or higher. (Cross-listed with SOC-8756.)

4800 Contemporary Topics in Sociology (3) This course reviews research and writing in an area which is of current interest in the field of sociology. The specific topic(s) to be covered will be announced at the time the course is being offered. Since the topic will vary, students may elect to take this course more than once. Prereq: Permission of instructor (Cross-listed with SOC-8806).

4820 Team Research Seminar (3) Students participate in a semester long class research project. Students will be involved in all stages of research: problem formulation, literature review, research design, measurement construction, data collection, data analysis, report writing and presentation of findings. The project's focus will vary, but it may often involve issues confronting Omaha, a particular organization or a specific group of people. Prereq: Junior and SOC 2510 and permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with SOC-8826.)

4830 Sociology of Mental Illness (3) The sociological perspective on mental illness is contrasted with other perspectives. The course covers the conceptualization of mental illness, epidemiology and etiology, the role of the family, careers of mental illness, the mental hospital, the patient-therapist relationship; mental health professionals, community health and legal issues. Prereq: SOC 1010 and six hours of social sciences (Cross-listed with SOC-8836).

4850 Sociology of Religion (3) Analysis of religious behaviors from a sociological and social-psychological perspective, and utilizing both theoretical and empirical materials. The class is designed as an introductory approach to the sociology of religion, and the first in a two-step sequence, undergraduate and graduate. Prereq: For SOC 4850, SOC 1010 or permission of instructor (Cross-listed with SOC 8856).

4900 Senior Thesis (3) This is a research course designed for sociology majors who are in their senior year.  Each student will develop an original thesis project in this course.  This course meets the UNO general education requirement for a third, upper division writing course.  Students will produce an original thesis based upon material of special interest to them over the course of their major field of study.  Prereq: SOC 1010, 2120, 2130, 3510, and six (6) additional hours of upper division sociology or anthropology courses.  Sociology majors and senior standing.


Anthropology Course Descriptions

1050 Introduction to Anthropology (3) Anthropology is the humanistic and scientific study of humans, past and present. This course will present an overview of the four sub disciplines of anthropology: sociocultural, archaeology, biological, and linguistics.

2000 Ethnography (1-4) This is a self-paced course in which the student views films and reads books and articles regarding a specific culture. Each culture will be a one (1) credit hour module. The intent is to acquaint the student in some depth with other cultures in the world. Prereq: One course in the social sciences and the instructor's permission.

2990 Guided Reading (1-6) The course is designed to allow the student enrolled in an anthropology course to pursue a specialized interest or topic in greater depth than is or was possible for the other course as a whole. Prereq: Concurrent enrollment in an anthropology course or enrollment in an anthropology course in the immediately preceding semester and permission of instructor.

3210 Cultures of African People (3) An introduction to cultures and societies of Africa. Analysis of kinship systems; political, economic and religious institutions; social change. Emphasis on the dynamics of social organization of African people. Prereq: Sophomore or above with one three-hour introductory social science course, or permission of instructor (Cross-listed with BLST 3980).

3220 Peoples and Cultures of Native North America (3) A survey of the native peoples and cultures of North America, past and present. Topics covered include: economics, religion, social organization, kinship, political organization, material culture, gender and culture change through time. Prereq: Sophomore or above with one three-hour introductory social science course, or permission of instructor.

3260 World Cultures and Peoples (Area Ethnography) (3) An introduction to the ethnography of a to-be-specified area of the world. The intent is to examine the cultures and societies of that part of the world, how they are interrelated with their neighbors and how they change. The specific area will be announced each time the course is offered. Prereq: Sophomore with one three-hour introductory course in a social science or permission of instructor.

3910 Introduction to Physical Anthropology (3) An introduction to physical anthropology through an examination of theories and techniques used to investigate human origins; the relationship between humans and their physical environment; human variation, growth and development; and the evolution of human diseases. Prereq: ANTH 1050 or permission of the instructor.

3920 Essentials of Archaeology (3)  This course introduces students to the essentials of scientific archaeology. Topics addressed include the history of archaeology, site survey, mapping, testing, excavation, laboratory methods, analysis, and documentation. Considerable emphasis will be given to field and laboratory methods as well as basic approaches to artifact description and analysis. Prereq: ANTH 1050 or permission of instructor

4200 Urban Anthropology (3) The course is intended to examine the city from an anthropological point of view. Included will be an overview of its history and the processes by which cities are formed and grow as well as the internal structure and processes within the city. The course is intended to be comparative geographically and temporally. Topics covered will include urbanization and cities in both the so-called "third-world countries" as well as in the developed, industrialized ones. Graduate students will be required to do a substantive term paper on a topic mutually acceptable to both the instructor and the student. In addition to the written work, the student will also be required to make a presentation in class of the research done and the major findings. Prereq: For ANTH 4200, junior or senior with a minimum of six hours of social science courses or permission of instructor. For ANTH 8206, permission of instructor.

4210 Cultural Anthropology (3) Art, economics, family, kinship, politics, religion, subsistence, technology, war and world view approached as parts of an integrated whole, a way of life in human society. Illustrations will be drawn from a number of societies, anthropological theories and methods of study. Prereq: Junior or senior with a minimum of six hours of social science or permission of instructor (Cross-listed with ANTH-8216).

4220 North American Archaeology (3) Utilizing the archaeological record, this course explores more than 20,000 years of Native American culture and lifeways in North America, from Paleo-Indian big game hunters to complex, agricultural societies. Within this broad context, a range of archaeological concepts, methods and theoretical perspectives central to American archaeology will be presented. Prereq: For ANTH 4220; ANTH 1050 or 4210. For ANTH 8226, permission of the instructor.

4230 Ethnomedicines of the Americas (3) An anthropological approach to the study of the cultural systems of specific American ethnomedicines (traditional medicines) of North, Central and South America. For each ethnomedicine the historical context, philosophy, practice, therapeutics, and utilization will be examined to understand how and why each ethnomedicine has survived despite tremendous extermination pressure. Prereq: ANTH 1050.

4260 Topics in Ethnology (3) The comparative study of cultures in a particular behavior realm. Each semester the course is offered, one topic will be selected from substantive topics in ethnology, such as: Applied Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Economic Anthropology, Political Anthropology, Psychological Anthropology (culture & personality), Comparative Analysis of Kinship, or the Anthropology of Religion. Since the topic will vary, students may elect to take this course more than once. Prereq: Junior or senior with six hours in any of the social sciences or permission of instructor.

4520 Psycholinguistics (3) A discussion of the literature concerned with how such psychological variables as perception, learning, memory and development relate to the linguistic variables of sentence structure, meaning and speech sounds. Prereq: Senior or graduate or permission of instructor. Recommended: ANTH 1050.

4900 Anthropological Research (1-6) Supervised experience in anthropological research. The student either (1) joins an ongoing research project undertaken by a member of the faculty and gains experience and competence in anthropological research, or (2) the student has a research project that is suitable for academic credit and that the student wishes to undertake under the aegis of a faculty member. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Since course is individualized and changing, the course number may be repeated in a student\'s program without implying duplication. The total credits in anthropological research not to exceed six hours.

4920 Seminar in Anthropological Problems (3) The seminar will cover a specific topic which will be announced each time the course is offered. The students will work with the instructor on projects designed to increase the student's depth of knowledge in specific areas. Prereq: Permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with ANTH-8926)