Sociology, B.A. Requirements

Department Chairperson:Department Chairperson:
Ann Marie Rocheleau

Office: Martin Institute 237

Phone: 508-565-1982
arocheleau@stonehill.edu

The Sociology major requires the completion of ten courses.

Complete Five Required Courses

Code Course Credits

SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The course is an introduction to the discipline of sociology and an overview of the main theories, basic concepts, and research methods used in the field. Using a social justice lens, the course examines the relationship between individuals and groups and their roles in society, with discussion of topics including culture, social structure and institutions, socialization, social movements and change, social class, race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, family, crime and criminal justice, and global conflicts.

3

SOC 210

Survey of Research Methods for Sociology

Offered: Fall Semester

A survey of quantitative and qualitative research methods employed in sociology. Topics include problem selection and definition, the relationship between theory and practice, literature review, research design, ethical issues, sampling, data collection, analysis, interpretation and representation. Research methods considered include surveys, content analysis, interviewing, ethnography, and multi-method research.

3
CRM 310 - Research Methods for Criminology (WID)

SOC 311

Statistical Analysis in Sociology

Offered: Spring Semester

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistical methods as applied to research in sociology. Topics include measures of central tendency, dispersion, hypothesis testing using parametric and nonparametric tests, contingency table analysis, t-tests, analysis of variance, correlation and regression. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) will be used throughout the course.

3
CRM 311 - Statistical Analysis in Criminology

SOC 305

Sociological Theories

Offered: Fall and Spring Semester

Study of the theories of society from Comte, Durkeim, Marx, Weber, and other classical theorists, as well as several major contemporary theories, including feminism.

3
Typically taken Junior Year

SOC 312

Qualitative Research (WID)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An in-depth exploration of qualitative research practices in sociology. Students will study theoretical and methodological aspects of qualitative research and engage in hands-on projects utilizing the following methods: oral history interview, or in-depth interview, and ethnography.

4

Complete Four Elective Courses

Code Course Credits
Students should choose the other three electives in consultation with their Departmental Advisor.

ANT 105

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course is an introduction to cultural anthropology and is designed as an exploration into the diversity of ways in which human beings perceive and order the social world. Topics covered include kinship, gender, language, ecology, economy, political organization, globalization, religion and worldview from a diverse array of cultural viewpoints. Course readings and films include both classic and contemporary ethnographies.

This course was formerly offered as SOC 228 Cultural Anthropology.

3

ANT 110

Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall Semester

This course examines concepts of marriage and family as social institutions from a cross-cultural perspective. Drawing on both classic and contemporary essays as well as in-depth ethnographic studies of families, we will examine the ways in which intimate relationships are created, understood, and enacted around the globe.

This course was formerly numbered SOC 230 and is the equivalent to ANT 230 - Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective

4

ANT 200

Foundations of Archeology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Archaeology is the study of the human past through the remains of their material culture. Archaeologists study artifacts, sites, settlements, and landscapes to gain an understanding of how humans lived in the distant and recent past. Students will gain an understanding of the principles, methods, and theories of archaeological research, while exploring the history of the field and case studies.

This course was formerly offered as SOC 115 Introduction to Archeology.

3

ANT 230

Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course examines concepts of marriage and family as social institutions from a cross-cultural perspective. Drawing on both classic and contemporary essays as well as in-depth ethnographic studies of families, we will examine the ways in which intimate relationships are created, understood, and enacted around the globe.

This course was formerly SOC 230 Families in Cross-Cultural Perspectives.

3

ANT 233

Language and Culture

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is an overview of linguistic anthropology and sociolinguists, focusing on the relationship between language, culture, and society. Students will explore the nature of human language by studying language in a variety of social contexts with the goal of better understanding how language and culture interact to reflect, maintain, alter, and create the social worlds in which we live.

This course formerly offered as SOC 233 Language and Culture.

3

ANT 304

Museum Studies

Offered: Fall Semester

A survey of museology, this course introduces students to the history of museums and debates about their role in society. Students will visit and read case studies of ethnographic, history, and art museums among others to explore the relationships between exhibits, museum missions, those they represent, and the communities in which they reside.

This course was formerly offered as SOC 304 Introduction to Museum Studies.

3

ANT 315

Latin American People and Cultures

Offered: Spring Semester

This course involves an in-depth exploration of Latin American and Caribbean culture, both historically and today. We will be investigating the interdependence between economically developed and lesser developed parts of the Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions of the world. Students will be presented with an anthropological perspective on a range of issues related to the region, using primary cultural documents and ethnographic works to more deeply understand specific Latin American populations.

3

ANT 316

People & Cultures of Russia & East Europe

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Students will explore the culture of contemporary Russia and East Europe from an anthropological perspective using ethnographic research to explore how the socialist past continues to shape contemporary society in the region.

This course was formerly offered as SOC 316 People & Cultures of Russia & East Europe.

3

ANT 328

Illness and Society

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

An introduction to Medical Anthropology, this course involves an exploration of the social factors that influence the distribution and treatment of illness in society. The class will also include a critical examination of the U.S. health care system and the evolution of the doctor-patient relationship in our society. Students will be presented with cross-cultural views on a variety of health problems through scholarly articles and ethnographies.

3

ANT 329

Anthropology of Violence

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

War, political and economic oppression, sectarian strife, poverty and disease are pervasive in the world today, ravaging the lives of ever-growing numbers of people. Using a cross-cultural approach, we will explore the impact of violence on society, its cultural legacies, and examples of building peace.

This course was formerly offered as SOC 329 Anthropology of Violence.

3

ANT 334

Anthropology of the Holocaust

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

In recent decades social scientists have increasingly turned their attention to the Holocaust. The goal of this class is to examine these studies to better understand the events, their causes, and their legacies from a range of perspectives: victims, perpetrators, witnesses, and rescuers.

3

CRM 204

Sociology of the Prison

Offered: Spring Semester

This course examines the basic structure of American prisons-their purposes and their effects. Focal issues include: the history and rationale for imprisonment; the world of the prisoner and the correctional officer; and rehabilitation. Students will examine the development of prison policy and its implementation with regards to current criminological theory and research. Current public opinion will be discussed throughout the course.

3

CRM 224

Juvenile Delinquency

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An examination of juvenile delinquency in American society. Topics included are the historical background and "invention" of delinquency, cross-cultural definitions of delinquency, theories of delinquency, social class differences, and the juvenile court system. The course critically examines the social, health, and mental health services which have been utilized by this society in attempts to prevent or "treat" delinquent behavior.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

CRM 273

Criminal Mind, Mental Illness and Criminality

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

The course examines crime and mental illness, including social-psychological theories of crime; co-occurring psychological disorders; problem-solving courts (drug treatment, mental health, and re-entry) comprising the emerging field of "therapeutic jurisprudence"; and mentally ill offenders in prison and community settings. Sociological issues of gender, class and race will be discussed wherever relevant.

3

CRM 304

Victims of Crime

Offered: Fall Semester

Involves the study of crime victims and their experiences with the Criminal Justice System. Will focus on the dynamics of intimate partner violence and its history as a social problem. A substantial portion of the course will focus on the mechanics of the courtroom as they relate to crime victims.

3

CRM 353

Ethics, Values, and Diversity in Criminal Justice

Offered: Fall Semester

It has been said that criminal justice is an infant discipline compared to most. Perhaps, according to the author of ethics in criminal justice, Sam Souryal, this explains why we tend to be more concerned about crime rather than justice, and process rather than philosophy. This course will examine the roles of ethics, value and diversity in all areas of our criminal justice system today. We will explore the major issues involved in establishing, implementing, and maintaining the highest standards of excellence, values and ethical behavior for professionals in our field. We will identify the major challenges the system is facing as it deals with an increasingly diverse society, exploring such issues as profiling, hate crimes, women in criminal justice, etc. We will identify the elements involved in making ethical decisions as provided by some of the earlier philosophers e.g. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, etc. Leading to the principle of "Summum Bonum." We will utilize this process in reasoning through numerous ethical scenarios we face daily in our criminal justice system. Finally, we will discuss the importance of leadership during these critical times, building the ideal environment, understanding diversity and temperament, and managing the various power bases that left unchecked may negatively impact our goals relative to ethic, values and diversity.

3

CRM 355

Global Crime

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2016, 2018

This course provides a foundation for understanding causation, victimization, and control problems of various forms of transnational and international crimes. To understand the context for these crimes the course begins with an introduction to globalization and its effects on society, people, and crime. The second part of the course examines the nature and manifestations of various forms of global crimes ranging from genocide to human trafficking, organized crime, and corporate deviance.

3

CRM 405

Seminar: Crimes of the Powerful

Offered: Offered Periodically

This course critically examines the various dimensions of crimes of the powerful, in contrast to a focus on crimes of the powerless. Grounded in critical and realist criminology, the class studies various forms of state and state-corporate crimes, including genocide, war crimes, police crime, environmental crime and crimes of globalization. The course prepares students to understand causation, victimization, and control problems of this often hidden but extremely harmful form of deviance. In addition, the class explores these crimes through the foundation of human rights and the international criminal justice system.

3

CRM 409

Seminar: Deviance and Control

Offered: Offered Periodically

Examines the concept of deviance in society and its implications for the study of contemporary behavior. The first half of the semester focuses on the competing perspectives on deviant behavior and implications. The second half examines how individual and organizational deviance is defined, reacted to, and managed.

3

CRM 410

Seminar: Juvenile Justice

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This course examines promising strategies, primarily in the private sector, for handling juvenile offenders. Students directly observe programs and work with program managers to develop plans to expand community-based and private-sector support. Presentation, advocacy, and networking skills are emphasized.

3

CRM 411

Seminar: Police and Society

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Police discretion and values. Affirmative action, hiring, training, police organization, police and the community. Research and evaluation in criminology.

3

CRM 412

Seminar: Punishment and Public Policy

Offered: Fall Semester

Seminar will focus on the development of punishment policy, judicial discretion, and the sanctioning process. It will trace the history of punishment in the US; compare our policies with those of other countries; and examine the impact of punitive society. Students will study death penalty policy, considering its morality, implementation, and impact.

3

CRM 430

Seminar: Race, Class and Gender in the Criminal Justice System

Offered: Offered Periodically

A comparative examination of women and minorities in the criminal justice system. Topics include: women and minority offenders; women and minority victims; women and minorities at different stages of the criminal justice process (police, courts, and corrections); women and minorities employed within the system; and societal attitudes toward women and minorities involved in the system.

3

CRM 432

Seminar: At-Risk Families and Youth

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This course examines characteristics of the growing numbers of families and youths on the "fault line" of present-day society in the United States. Causes and solutions that have been proposed to understand, control, and redress problems of at-risk families and youths are discussed. Topics include social stratification, victimization, crime prevention, innovative school programs, and other social intervention programs.

Equivalent to CRM 111 - At-Risk Families and Youths (First-Year Seminar). May not take both. CRM 111 may not count as an advanced seminar in Criminology.

3

CRM 440

Seminar: White Collar Crime

Offered: Fall Semester

The course focuses on crimes committed by persons of respectability and high social status as opposed to traditional “street crimes” normally spotlighted in criminal justice courses. Such crimes include: restraint of trade, misrepresentation in advertising, infringement of patents and copyrights, unfair labor practices, financial fraud, and violations of trust. The extent, societal costs, and enforcement practices of such crimes are evaluated. Implications for prevention and for the punishment of offenders are presented for class discussion. The case method is used as the basis of class structure.

3

POL 337

Public Administration

Offered: Spring Semester

Administration of public affairs; how public policy is put into effect by government bureaucracies; theories of government organizations; the political setting of bureaucracies; problems of budgeting and personnel; efficient and humane conduct of public business.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

SOC 202

Sociology of Globalization

Offered: Fall Semester

Globalization is shrinking the world. How and why did this happen? This course will explore global change and the global processes which effect political, economic, and cultural realms. Important topics include: globalization and the state, global politics, the global economy and inequality, and globalization's homogenizing and diversifying effects.

Course may be applied to the Anthropology, Asian Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies minors.

3

SOC 205

Sociology of Marriage and Family

Offered: Fall Semester

This course examines families today and in the past with a view to understanding the changes that have taken place in gender roles, sexuality and reproduction, courtship, co-habitation and marriage, parenthood and child-rearing. We will look at the institution of the family within a political, social and economic framework. We will also examine some of the challenges facing families today; poverty, teen pregnancy, adoption and foster care, surrogacy, child abuse and neglect and domestic violence.

Course may be applied to the American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies programs.

3

SOC 211

Sociology of Religion

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

Discussion of basic theories and methods used by sociologists to understand religious phenomena. Consideration of the special problems of religious groups in various cultural settings.

3

SOC 212

A Great Society?

Offered: Spring Semester

This class explores society's social and political debate over what role society should have in social welfare, examines the principles of President Johnson's Great Society, and seeks an understanding of those forces that create and perpetuate social class problems. Issues include: poverty, child abuse, and mental illness.

3

SOC 216

Native Americans in the 21st Century

Offered: Spring Semester

This course analyzes the interactions between Native Americans and non-Natives. It looks critically at meanings of tribal sovereignty and the changing dynamics of international relations. Federal and state policies related to land, constitutional governments, crime and law enforcement, tribal recognition, sacred cultural artifacts, and economic development are assessed.

3

SOC 218

Images and Power: Popular Culture

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This course examines American popular culture as a site of cultural politics and explores representations of race, gender, sexuality and "success" that permeate our cultural space. Through a critical interrogation of a variety of pop culture forms, students will consider how norms and values are challenged, resisted, transformed and created through pop culture.

3

SOC 220

Political Sociology

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This class is a sociological review and analysis of political structure and power. The course will critically analyze: state structures, political parties, power, legitimacy, civil society, and the welfare state.

3

SOC 222

Environmental Sociology

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

What does it mean to adopt a constructionist approach to "nature" and the environment? By looking at local, national, and global issues, this course will consider the social structural and cultural sources of environmental degradation, the emergence of environmental movements, and the intersection of justice and environmental issues.

3

SOC 223

Use and Abuse of Alcohol

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

The use and abuse of alcohol in different cultures and ethnic groups is examined. Analysis of symptoms, causes, new legislation and treatment modalities concerning alcohol abuse. Special emphasis on the disease concept of alcohol and modern drinking habits.

3

SOC 227

Human Services

Offered: Spring Semester

Introduction to human service organization and methods. Methods, such as individual, group, and family counseling, community organization, social planning, and human service research, are considered. Organization of services into programs to address problems of child abuse, the elderly, mental illness, alcoholism, drug abuse, and crime, among others.

3

SOC 232

Social Problems

Offered: Fall Semester

Examination of the history of social thought around three themes: (1) crises of the world, (2) conflict between groups within a society and conflict between societies, and (3) social control mechanisms ranging from global military intervention to the subtle manipulation of opinion within a society.

3

SOC 234

Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This course is an introduction to the study of race and ethnicity in America. Beginning with the social construction of race we explore how the categorization of individuals and groups has changed and continue to create and limit opportunities and rights. Drawing from critical race theory and research from scholars and activists across disciplines this course also looks at the intersectionality of race and ethnicity with other categories of difference.

3

SOC 236

Sociology of Urban Space

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This course examines sociological theories and approaches to understanding urban, suburban, and exurban spaces. Case studies will consider how social class, culture, politics, industrialization, immigration, economics, and geography contribute to social identities of cities.

3

SOC 237

Sociology of Gender

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Course will distinguish between sex and gender and critically examine how social historical meanings about femininity and masculinity are socially constructed, reinforced, and challenged. Considers how gender differences and gender inequality play out in a variety of institutions including education, the economy, the family, politics, religion, the media and medicine. Critical perspectives, including feminist and multi-cultural approaches, will be employed.

3

SOC 250

Sociology of Autism

Offered: Spring Semester

This course will review and critically analyze sociological theories and research that help us to understand the growing incidence and prevalence of autism in the United States. Issues such as relationships with parents, siblings and peers will be considered, as well as those with teachers and other professionals who work with children, adolescents and adults who are diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. The course will include opportunities for community-based learning and/or research on aspects of autism.

3

SOC 290

Drug Abuse and Addiction

Offered: Fall Semester

The course will start with an examination of the prevalence of drug abuse and the types of drugs used in our society. However, most of the course will focus on the current opioid epidemic, including the use of heroin. We will compare the current opioid epidemic with prior heroin epidemics in terms of both use and reaction by criminal justice and health professionals. Special attention will be given to legislation regarding illicit drugs and prevention/intervention strategies. An historical review of Americans' attitudes and practices regarding illicit drugs will be included.

3

SOC 295

Topics in Sociology

Offered: Spring Semester

Examines a topic of current interest in the public sphere, such as urban homelessness, from a sociological perspective. The content and format of the course will be tailored to the topic area. Seminars in Sociology

Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ.

3

SOC 328

Community Organizing: People, Power & Change

Offered: Spring Semester

Covers theoretical frameworks and practical skills necessary to identify, recruit, and develop leadership, build community around that leadership, and build power from that community. The reflective practice of the course is structured around work in an organizing project (e.g. youth, community, electoral, union, or issue) designed to achieve a real outcome by semester's end.

Corequisite(s): SOC 101 (may be taken concurrently).

3

SOC 340

Sociology of Childhood and Child Welfare

Offered: Offered Periodically

Students will learn about childhood as a phase of social life actively constructed through socialization processes in the context of structural inequalities of age, race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality. The course covers the various aspects of childhood including peer culture as well as issues related to child welfare including poverty, children's health, child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption.

3

SOC 405

Seminar on Public Sociologies

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

Public sociology-sociological research that emerges from dialogues with publics-is both one of the oldest and newest topics within the discipline. This course will examine how sociologists can connect with publics, explore methodologies and concepts, study global public sociologies, and identify ways to promote public sociology.

3

SOC 407

Seminar: Social Movements

Offered: Fall Semester

Social movements allow the voice of the powerless to be heard. This course will analyze the evolution of social movements. It will examine barriers to success and conditions that support movements. By looking at historical and contemporary movements, students will be able to understand important concepts in the study of social revolution.

3

SOC 413

Seminar: Sociology of Education

Offered: Spring Semester

This course examines the contributions of sociological theories and research to our understanding go the structure and function of educational systems in contemporary society. Current educational policies, programs and reforms will be reviewed and critically analyzed. Research will include neighborhood and community level data as well as state, national and international comparisons.

3

SOC 415

Seminar: American Inequality

Offered: Spring Semester

This seminar is designed to build on knowledge gained from previous courses and learning opportunities. The focus is to read critically and understand how race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, nationality and other forms of difference are reflected in our social relationships and institutions. Exploring this topic from multiple perspectives we will study the victims, the perpetrators and the activists seeking to challenge both individual and institutional inequality and social injustice.

3

SOC 416

Seminar: Love, Intimacy and Human Sexuality

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Students will apply a socio-historical approach to examine how sexual meanings are derived and sexual activity/desire is organized. Treating homosexuality and heterosexuality as social categories, the course will look at how categories are structured, and will 'denaturalize' these categories and analyze the different institutional settings in which sexuality is constructed.

3

SOC 421

Seminar: Oppression

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This seminar takes a critical look at the rights of the individual within the family, community, state and nation. Beginning with The Universal Declaration of Human Rights we investigate the violation of human rights globally and in America. Texts include examples of the denial of human rights...to victims of sex trafficking, to those who suffer from mental illness, to children and youth at risk, to immigrants seeking shelter, safety and opportunities in America.

3

SOC 425

Seminar: Critical Issues in Contemporary Society

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Systematic analysis of major contemporary social problems with focus on their sources, patterns, consequences, and current efforts at intervention and amelioration.

3

SOC 475

Internship in Applied Sociology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Gain experience and or research skills in a social service agency or institution.

Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

3

SOC 490

Directed Study

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Supervised reading and research directed by Department member. Permission of faculty member directing project and Department Chairperson.

3

SOC 496

Independent Research

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity for a student to conduct research in a specialized area of sociology under the direction of a faculty member.

3

Complete a Capstone in Sociology

May be completed in the 2nd semester of Junior year, the summer between Junior and Senior Year, or Senior Year.

Code Course Credits

SOC 470

Capstone Internship in Sociology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The Capstone course for the major, the Internship provides an academic experience in which the third- or fourth-year student (only) contributes to the ongoing organizational process while learning to apply sociological theories to observations of structure, function, and process in a social service agency or institution. Students must complete 8 hours/week on site for a minimum of 112 hours (14-week average).

Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship. Capstone course may not be taken twice.

4
SOC 496 - Independent Research