Course Descriptions Sociology Furman University

101 Introduction to Sociology
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Introduction to the sociological perspective on human behavior, including an analysis of theory, research methods, culture, society, personality, the socialization process, social institutions and social change. 4 credits.

115 The Sociology of Dance
An examination of dance through a sociological lens. Students will briefly study and practice a variety of forms of dance. Application of core sociological concepts to formal and informal dance styles and analyzation of how cultural practices are shaped by wider social forces will be the focus of the course. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

150 Public Sociology
Training in community based research methods. Students will learn how to collect and analyze data regarding a specific problem facing the local community. They also will assess the needs of community members and analyze them in relation to past and present social trends. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

201 Social Problems
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Analysis of current social problems and social policies: the definitions and causes of problems as well as the efficacy and feasibility of proposed solutions. 4 credits.

211 Introduction to Criminology
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: SOC-101
Introduction to the field of criminology. Topics include the criminological enterprise, measuring criminal behavior; victims and criminals--profiles; theories of crime causation--biological, psychological, and sociological; crime typologies--violent and property. Police, courts and corrections will also be briefly discussed. 4 credits.

212 Law and Society
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or PSC-101
Explores the relationship between law and society from a sociological perspective. Four key areas will be explored: sociological and socio-legal approaches to the study of law, legal institutions, legal actors, and law & social change. Primary emphasis on the interaction between society and law – how social forces influence the nature and content of law and how law influences behavior and beliefs. 4 credits.

213 Deviance and Social Control
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: SOC-101
Examination of the different perspectives on how deviance is defined, factors that contribute to the likelihood of individuals being deviant, and finally, the forces that may prevent deviance. In discussing these three conceptual areas this class will deal with several classic as well as current substantive topics in the study of deviance, such as school shootings, bachelorette parties, gangs, soccer hooligans, Ponzi schemes, drug use in college, teen deviance, bankruptcy, and the Mafia. 4 credits.

215 Cultures of Control
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: SOC-101
State control in contemporary American society, showing how organizational cultures of control come to exist in their present form and what kinds of consequences follow. Exploration of "law in action;" how powerful bureaucratic structures interpret criminal law and apply it to individuals. Fundamental problems encountered in the administration of the American criminal justice system. It analyzes how the system of law and social control works by examining various components--lawyers, police, courts, and corrections. Each component is examined as an organizational structure with its own needs and interests. Also studied is the interaction between the various components of the criminal justice system and larger legal, political, and social communities. 4 credits.

220 Environmental Sociology
Prerequisite: SOC-101
Investigating the relationship between social lift and the environment via the exploration of theoretical foundations and seminal texts, and engagement with the empirial world. Potential case studies will involve food systems and consumption, the impacts of urban and suburban development, an the potential for sustainable development. 4 credits.

221 Population, Economy and Society
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior) and NE (Humans & the Natural Environment)
Prerequisite: ECN-111, SOC-101 or 201
Same as ECN-235. Explores the trends and determinants of vital events such as fertility, mortality, marriage, divorce and migration from sociological and economic perspectives. Presents a brief history of world population change and explores current trends and theories that are used to understand them. Students may not receive credit for both ECN-235 or SOC-221 and SOC-222. 4 credits.

222 Population and Environment
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior) and NE (Humans & the Natural Environment)
Prerequisite: SOC-101
Analysis and review of basic population theory and trends, including a detailed study of the effects of demographic components (fertility, mortality and migration) on contemporary human society and the environment. Students may not receive credit for both ECN-235 or SOC-221 and SOC-222. 4 credits.

223 Urban Community
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: SOC-101
Exploration of the dynamics of urbanization and urbanism, with an emphasis on American cities. The roles of urban places, institutions, and lifestyles are explored in depth. 4 credits.

225 Sociology of Development & Globalization
GER: WC (World Cultures)
Prerequisite: SOC-101
Explores development in the Third World, with a special focus on the continent of Africa. Addresses the question why such a large gap between rich and poor countries exists, why this gap is increasing, and how sociologists and global institutions such as the World Bank have addressed this problem. Issues of the environment, sustainability, the role of women in economic development, the WTO and the push for free trade and social problems in the Third World such as unemployment, poor labor conditions, industrialization, and ethnic conflict will also be addressed. 4 credits.

231 Media, Culture and Society
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: SOC-101
Examination of the relationship between media and society. Covers various aspects of media, including television, radio, movies, popular music, the internet, advertising and public relations. Addresses the issue of how social forces shape media content, especially public and political interests. Also examines how needs of media organizations influence images and ideas presented. Considers ways in which media influences society. 4 credits.

232 Sociology of Contemporary Families
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: SOC-101
Examining historical and current variation in the institution of the family, the construction of the "ideal" family and the impact of this construction for how the family as aninstitution both contributes to social order and perpetuates inequality. Marriage, divorce, child-rearing, work and family policy will be considered. 4 credits.

233 Sociology of Religion
Prerequisite: SOC-101
Analysis of the role of religion, as an institution, in the social world. Focus will be at both the organizational, how religious groups form and grow, and the individual, how religion may influence or impact particular behaviors, levels. Most of the substantive material will center on religion in the United States, although some discussions of other contexts, as a comparison, will be made. This course will not address the philosophical truth or validity of particular religious beliefs. 4 credits.


234 Medical Sociology

GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: SOC-101 and permission of instructor
Introduction to the sociological study of medicine and the applications of sociology in medicine, emphasizing the sociocultural aspects of health and illness. Requires extensive field work at a Greenville hospital. Entry is by application only. To complete this application, click here. Course must be enrolled with PHL-302 and IDS-301. 4 credits.

235 Sociology of Education
Prerequisite: SOC-101
Examination of the social aspects of education and schooling: the interaction between home, society and educational institutions; the ways that social inequities are reproduced through schools; and the ways that identities are formed through education. 4 credits.

241 Social Class in America
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: SOC-101
Analysis of social stratification, status and social class in the United States. Relationship of social class to social intimacy, style of life, values, mobility and the socialization process. Structure and function of power systems. 4 credits.

242 Sociology of Gender and Sexuality
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: SOC-101
Analysis of the role of gender in society. Exploration of the ways gender differences are culturally reproduced transforming male and female biology into masculinity and femininity. Historical and cross-cultural examples are examined as well as a discussion of the nature or nurture debate. Consideration of the influences of the family, media and language are included. Additional attention is paid to the role of gender in the social institutions (e.g., education, work, health care). 4 credits.

243 Race and Ethnic Relations
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: SOC-101
An exploration of racial, ethnic and religious minorities in United States and around the world. Topic covered include "race" and social identities; stigmatization and prejudice; inter-group cooperation, collusion and competition. 4 credits.

251 Social Movements and Collective Behavior
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human behavior)
Prerequisite: SOC-101
Broad examination of social movements, considering movement emergence, movements' influence on social institutions, and movement success and failure. Special emphasis on framing, counter-framing collective identities, and internal dynamics of solidarity and division. A wide variety of case studies will be highlighted, ranging from the civil rights movement to transnational anti-systemic movements today. 4 credits.

260 Global Health Inequities
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human behavior) and WC (World Cultures)
Prerequisite: SOC-101
Examination of structural factors (e.g. poverty, post- colonialism) that lead to the unequal distribution of health across the world. Investigation of morbidity, mortality, epidemics; cultural factor shaping ideas about illness and healing; varying health care delivery systems, NGOs, etc. 4 credits.

261 Self and Society
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human behavior)
Prerequisite: SOC-101
Examination of the self at the intersection of the individual and society with particular attention to the interdependent nature of micro-level interactions and macro-level structures and institutions. Exploration of how sociologists understand the relationship between the self and society, surveying the fields of symbolic interactionism, social structure and personality, ethnomethodology, role theory, social exchange theory, phenomenology, social constructionism, and the life course. 4 credits.

262 Social Determinants of Health
Examination of the role of social factors (social class, race, ethnicity, inequality) in shaping health outcomes. Fundamental or root causes of disease as well as the structure vs. agency debate are explored. The impact of social policies on health is also examined.​

301 Sociological Theory
Prerequisite: SOC-101
Philosophical and historical influences on classical sociological theory. This course introduces and critically analyzes the sociological theories of Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Mead, as well as more recent theoretical work following these classic traditions. 4 credits.

302 Methods of Social Research
Prerequisite: SOC-101
Introduction to the basic techniques of social research including both quantitative and qualitative methods. Focus will be on strategies for conducting effective and valid research, as well as evaluating and critiquing social research. Team-based research projects are developed which are then completed in SOC-303. 4 credits.

303 Quantitative Research Seminar
Prerequisite: SOC-302
Continuing introduction to basic techniques of statistics including descriptive and inferential statistics with an emphasis on the application and critical consumption of statistics. Completion of quantitative research project begun in SOC-302. 4 credits.

470 Qualitative Research Seminar
Prerequisite: SOC-101, SOC-302, and at least one more sociology course numbered 200 or greater
Advanced reading, research and discussion course for majors covering a specific topic in sociology. Topics vary by instructor and term and could include such topics as Sociology of Emotions, Masculinities or Ethnography of Everyday Life. Special emphasis on qualitative methodology. This course requires an independent or collaborative research project. May be repeated for credit based on change of topic. 4 credits.

471 Advanced Qualitative Methods
Prerequisite: SOC-470
Advanced training in qualitative methods such as participant-observation and in-depth interviews. Students will learn how to design and conduct an independent research project in order to make a substantive or theoretical contribution to previous academic literature. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

475 Sociology Seminar
Prerequisite: SOC-101 and at least one more course numbered 200 or greater in sociology
Advanced reading, research and discussion course for covering a specific topic in Sociology. Topics vary by instructor and could include such topics as Organized Deviance, Environmental Sociology, Marginal in the US or Youth and Adolescence. This course requires an independent or collaborative research project. May be repeated for credit based on change of topic. 4 credits.

501 Independent Study
Prerequisite: instructor permission
Prospectus for study must be presented to instructor and approved in the term preceding registration for the course. Variable credit.

503 Individualized Internship
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or 102, at least one sociology course numbered 200 or greater and a GPA of 2.80 or greater in the major
Practical experience in a variety of local social service agencies. Interns complete at least 120 hours of on-site activities relating to their internship objectives, participate in scheduled seminar meetings, workshops, and field research exercises, and meet regularly with the internship director and agency supervisor. Course cannot be enrolled with a pass-no pass grading option. Variable credit.​​

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