Warren Wilson College Catalog 07-08

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Courses in Sociology (SOC)

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 4cr

An introduction to the basic principles and procedures of sociology. Topics range from the micro-level analysis of everyday life (why we don't bump into each other when we cross the street?) to the macro-level analysis of inequality (will the poor always be with us?). Major topics include culture, socialization, deviance, and stratification.
Triad: Social Science

SOC 199 Independent Study 1 4cr

SOC/WMS 211 The Family 4cr

This course is a comparative study of the family as a social institution and as the most intimate environment of interpersonal relations. The course focuses on social and economic factors causing changes in family patterns and on the roles and relationships of marriage and child-rearing.
Triad: Social Science

SOC 251 Societies in Southeast Asia 4cr

This course is an interdisciplinary introduction course to the countries and societies of Southeast Asia. It explores regional patterns and uniquely local features of the societies. Southeast Asia was for centuries a crossroad between India and China, and then between Europe and the Orient. Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, and Christianity have all gained large followings, and the region's patchwork of cultures reflects an evolving blend of these diverse historical and religious influences and the indigenous ideas and institutions that they encountered. This course provides a sense of the geography and history of the region while exploring some local social, cultural, political, and economic issues.
Triad: Social Science or Language/Global Issues

SOC 261 Societies of Sub-Saharan Africa 4cr

This course explores Africa, south of the Sahara, from the perspective of sociology and cultural anthropology. A substantial overview of Sub-Saharan African politics, social conditions and challenges to development sets the broader context for this course. More focused inquiries on a number of integrated themes - such as community, transformation, and human rights - within specific national contexts provide students with the opportunity to explore particular case studies that illustrate the richness and socio-cultural complexities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Triad: Social Science

SOC 271 Environmental Sociology 4cr

This course focuses on the interrelationship between natural and social environments. Although the course covers a broad range of issues, emphasis will be given to the development of environmental sociology; perspectives in environmental sociology; environment and culture; environmental justice; the interrelationship of ideology, materialism, and the environment; global environmental issues; and environmental activism.
Triad: Social Science

SOC 279 Supervised Internship 1-16cr

The internship is a supervised work experience in an approved setting. One academic credit may be earned for each 40 hours of work in the internship placement.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval, prior to registration, of a written proposal that describes in detail the activities and educational objectives of the intern. Application materials may be obtained from Sociology faculty members or the Social Sciences Department Chair.

SOC 290-298 Special Topics in Sociology 2-4cr

In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of Sociology. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

SOC 299 Independent Study 1-4cr

SOC 317 Social Theory 4cr

This course presents a critical examination of selected classical and contemporary models of the social world from the perspective of both sociology and anthropology. The foundations of social thought, the content of major theories and theory groups, the socio-cultural setting within which they developed, and their broader intellectual relevance will be considered.
Triad: Social Science
Prerequisites: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology and ANT 200 Introduction to Anthropology

SOC 321 Social Problems 4cr

This course is designed to provide students with an integrated framework for exploring the construction of social problems from a variety of theoretical and applied perspectives. By analyzing the interrelated nature of social stratification and deviance, this course offers an in-depth understanding of institutional power structures at the local, national, and global levels. Throughout the course, students will gain critical thinking skills to analyze constructions of social problems in the media through the use of current news content from diverse sources. Students will also develop the ability to apply these skills to the development of viable solutions to global social problems by linking theory to action in a number of social contexts. Prerequisites: SOC 100 or permission of instructor
Triad: Social Science
Prerequisite: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology or permission of instructor.

SOC/WMS 325 Gender, Development and the Environment 4cr

This course will examine the changes in gender relations and the lives of women in developing countries that are due to the development process and their incorporation into global economic and political systems. Special focus is given on the interconnection to gender issues, development and environmental problems in developing countries.
Triad: Social Science or Language/Global Issues

SOC/WMS 366 Feminist Thought 4cr

Feminist thought is not one unified body, but has many influences and debates within it. In this course students will explore the development of feminist thought, examine the key debates among feminists, see how theory is applied to action through particular case studies, and learn how feminism has influenced the course of other social sciences and methodologies.
Triad: Social Science
Prerequisite: WMS 100 Introduction to Women's Studies or permission of instructor. Junior or senior standing.

SOC 390-398 Special Topics in Sociology 2-4cr

In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of Sociology. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

SOC 399 Independent Study 1-4cr

SOC/WMS 402 Sociology/Anthropology Research Craft 4cr

This course will cover research methods specific to both sociology and anthropology through directed readings, lectures, and projects designed to prepare the student for the applied research undertaken in SOC 410. Focus will be on field research, field notes, methods of ethnographic documenting, in-depth interviewing, content analysis, and questionnaire development.
Prerequisite: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology and ANT 200 Introduction to Anthropology.

SOC/WMS 410 Directed Research in Sociology/Anthropology 4cr

Students will present a research proposal and engage in applied research. Students' work could be used in the following ways: by agencies in planning or policy development; in articles published for educational purposes; and for cultural documentation for museums, historical associations, communities and/or ethnic groups.
Triad: College Composition II.
Prerequisites: SOC 402 Sociology/Anthropology Research Craft and approval from the social sciences institutional ethical review board.

SOC 479 Supervised Internship 1-16cr

The internship is a supervised work experience in an approved setting. One academic credit may be earned for each 40 hours of work in the internship placement.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and departmental approval, prior to registration, of a written proposal that describes in detail the activities and educational objectives of the intern. Application materials may be obtained from Sociology faculty members or the Social Sciences Department Chair.

SOC 490-498 Special Topics in Sociology 2-4cr

In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of Sociology. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

SOC 499 Independent Study 1-4cr