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Department of Sociology

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Spring 2013 Undergraduate Sociology Courses

TitleDescriptionOutcome
Sociology 101
Society in a Global Age
This is a foundational course in the social sciences which explores the effect of globalization on everyday life in the United States and elsewhere, using the basic perspectives and methodologies of sociology.  
Sociology 121
Social Problems
This course is an opportunity to examine major issues facing society. In addition to analyzing the roots of social problems, the course addresses social policy concerns and explores solutions. Students will be able to critically examine the impact of a social problem and its possible solutions, to integrate knowledge gleaned from a variety of disciplines, to find and utilize relevant data and research in defining issues and solutions, and to view social problems from macro and micro perspectives as a means of applying workable solutions for the issues facing society.
Sociology 122
Race and Ethnic Relations
This course examines the development of cultural, society, and self-understanding by exploring the social construction of race in the United States. The course explores how social constructions of race affect interpersonal relations, laws, policies, and practices in various racial and ethnic communities. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the conditions which have worsened racial tensions as well as how social movements have been successful at eradicating racially oppressive laws and working towards a just society.
Sociology 123
Mass Media and Popular Culture
This course examines the connections between the media of mass communication and multiple forms of popular art and culture. Topics considered include the social, political and cultural organization of mass communication and its impact on values, expectations, and life styles of contemporary society.   Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the social relationships between mass media and the general population.
Sociology 125
Chicago-Growth of a Metropolis
This course explores the development of Chicago metropolitan region from the 1830's to the present day. Students will explore the urban area not only through texts, but also through fieldwork.  metropolitan region. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the geography, history and people of the Chicago
Sociology 126
Science, Technology & Society
This course serves as a broad introduction to the social study and analysis of science and technology in society. It examines how scientific knowledge and technologies are created and constructed and how they influence and are influenced by society.  Students will be able to understand how scientific knowledge and technologies are developed in particular historical and cultural contexts and analyze their impact on our daily lives.
Sociology 127
Social Analysis and Social Action
This course helps students who participate in the domestic "Alternative Break Immersion" or other service trips to better understand the communities and issues they will encounter. It emphasizes the analysis of "social solutions" to social problems as well as personal reflection and action.  Analyzing and acting on social issues.
Sociology 205
Sociological Thought
This course examines classical and contemporary sociological theories and uses them as frameworks for understanding modern society. Such social theories attempt to explain and understand the world, as well as inspire further research and theory.  The class provides students with theoretical foundations for understanding social organizations as well as the social processes that transform societies.
Sociology 206
Principles of Social Research
The course is an introduction to the basic research methodologies of sociology. A variety of methods used in sociological analysis and data generation will be considered. Students learn how to select and use methodologies appropriate for various research projects.  Students will learn how social science research is conducted. They will be able to critically evaluate existing research and select appropriate techniques to undertake original research.
Sociology 215
Law & Society
This course trains students to examine the law as a sociological concept and to look at the relationship between the legal system and society. A critical concern is whether changes in the legal system reflect societal change or do changes in the legal system stimulate change in society.  Students learn to recognize the close linkage between the law and social structure. They also gain experience examining legal texts and decisions.
Sociology 216
The Sociology of Violence
The threat of violence is a significant concern for individuals in many societies. In this course, violence will be studied as a social phenomenon. Topics of particular concern include: family violence, gang violence and terrorism.  Students learn to examine the causes of violence from a sociological perspective. They also learn methods to reduce violence and the harm it causes.
Sociology 225
Sociology of Health Care
This course examines the sociology of health care with particular attention to: social and psychological factors; health care professionals; inter-personal relations in health care; the organization and use of health services; and the relationship between aging and health.  Students will understand the role that social forces play in the health and wellness of individuals, the community and society.
Sociology 234
City, Suburbs & Beyond
Study of the historical emergence of cities, focusing on the ecological, demographic, and organizational processes involved in the continuing growth and change of metropolitan areas and in the relationship of a metropolitan area to the surrounding region.  Students will understand fundamental facts and theories about the character and development of cities and urban regions.
Sociology 240
Families
Contemporary family structures encompass a variety of living arrangements and social relationships. This course considers differences and similarities among the various family types and explores the social, cultural and economic forces structuring family life. Students will develop an expanded understanding of the varieties of family arrangements and the connections between family life and the wider social, political economic environment.
Sociology 245
Religion & Society
This course examines how religion and society interact. Requirement: ANTH 100, PLSC 102, PSYC 100 or SOCL 101 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Economics, Department of Psychology, Department of Political Science, the Department of Sociology, Human Services or the School of Nursing.  Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of how individual behavior, organizations, and society as a whole are affected by religious ideas and institutions, and how religion is itself changed by its encounter with changing social circumstances.
Sociology 247
Sociology of Culture
This course examines the social production, consumption, and use of culture and cultural objects, especially in the fields of literature, art, music, mass media and religion.  Students will learn sociological methods of analyzing culture and cultural objects, and will understand the social organization of cultural production and consumption.
Sociology 250
Inequality in Society
This course examines the manner in which contemporary society is divided by race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and gender, and the impact of social institutions on these divisions. An emphasis will be placed on income/wealth differences, status differences, class conflict and social conflict over time.  Students will acquire a better understanding of social inequality and what can be done to make society more just.
Sociology 252
Global Inequalities
This course examines inequality on a global scale, focusing on the impact of globalization processes on race, class and gender inequalities here and abroad.  Students will analyze how race, class and gender inequalities influence each other across national boundaries, and will recognize global causes and consequences of inequality.
Sociology 261
Social Movements & Social Change
This course examines the dynamics of collective behavior and movements promoting social change.  Students will demonstrate understanding of competing explanations of social movements and social change, and will be able to test various theories by analyzing historical movements for change.
Sociology 265
Globalization & Society
This course examines the nature of contemporary globalization and considers how it influences communities, nations and the world. The course examines the positive and negative consequences of globalization and the global justice movements that have emerged seeking more equality, tolerance and environmental stewardship.  Students learn how economic, political and cultural aspect of globalization impact society in an increasingly interconnected world.
Sociology 271
Sociology of Sex and Gender
This course explores the social organization of sex and gender. Requirement:ANTH 100, PLSC 102, PSYC 100 or SOCL 101 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Economics, Department of Psychology, Department of Political Science, the Department of Sociology, Human Services or the School of Nursing.  Students will be able to situate their pre-conceived experiences of the naturalness of gender in a particular historical and cultural context.
Sociology 272
Environmental Sociology
This course examines the distinctively social aspect of the relationship of people to their environments, both built and natural. Students will recognize the role that both social and physical factors play in the environmental problems facing the world. Students will also develop critical thinking skills needed to evaluate statements and policy proposal to improve environmental quality.
Sociology 280
Topics in Contemporary Society
The course examines selected contemporary sociological issues. Topics addressed represent specialized or newly developing areas of sociological inquiry. Topics will vary from semester to semester.  Students gain insights into contemporary social issues and learn how to use the concepts, theory and methods of sociology to examine them.
Sociology 281
Current Issues in Medical Education
This class is an opportunity to examine selected reform and innovation movements facing health professional education and training. Sophomore standing or above is required. Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing or Above/Instructor Permission   Students will demonstrate critical analysis of selected reforms and innovations in health professional education and training.
Sociology 335
Urban Semester Seminar
Students explore how cities work through texts, field trips, and guest speakers, and help find solutions to pressing urban issues. They fulfill civic engagement core value requirement. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.  Students will understand and address inequities in urban communities, and identify avenues of leadership and civic engagement in contemporary cities.
Sociology 370
Undergrad Seminar-Spec Topics
Using a seminar format, the course undertakes an in-depth study of selected contemporary sociological issues in depth. Topics addressed represent specialized or newly emerging areas of sociological inquiry and will vary from semester to semester. Students have opportunity to examine contemporary social issues in a seminar environment and learn how to use the concepts, theory and methods of sociology to examine them.
Sociology 380
Internship
Supervised field experience for students working in a selected community organization, government agency, social agency, or business. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor or chair.  Students have opportunity to apply the skills and analysis of sociology to a concrete situation.
Sociology 397
Independent Study Projects
Independent study of a topic delineated by the student in collaboration with an individual faculty member.  Student gains experience and expertise in defining and conducting independent scholarly work.
Sociology 399
Independent Study Projects
Advanced independent research in collaboration with a faculty member on a sociological topic relevant to the student. Limited to senior Sociology majors.  Student gains experience and expertise conducting independent research.

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Department of Sociology
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