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Sociology Program

Course Descriptions

SOCI 6300:  Graduate Statistics

Advanced statistical methods with emphasis on higher levels of ANOVA, multiple correlation and regression, factor and path analysis. The course involves the utilization of social science computer programs in the analysis of large-scale survey data.

Prerequisite:  three hours of undergraduate statistics or consent of instructor

SOCI 6301:  Graduate Social Theory

Examination of selected classical and contemporary sociological theories.

Prerequisite:  three hours of undergraduate sociological theory or consent of instructor

SOCI 6302:  Graduate Research Methods

This course will focus on the problems and issues of survey research. Topics such as the formulation of research designs, instrumentation, descriptive and exploratory research, cross-sectional and longitudinal methods and sampling will be covered.

Prerequisite:  SOCI 6300 and 6301 or equivalent

SOCI 6305:  Graduate Qualitative Research Methods

This graduate seminar focuses upon qualitative methods used to collect and analyze social data. The ethics of conducting this kind of research will be examined in-depth. The methods studied will include participant observation, in-depth interviews, historical analysis, focus group and other recently introduced techniques such as sequential interviewing, deconstruction, discourse and conversation analysis and institutional talk.

Prerequisite:  SOCI 6300 and 6301

SOCI 6304:  Graduate Research Analysis

This course is designed to help students incorporate materials from key courses and seminars from the Sociology Master's Program into a research analysis project. This course provides mentoring and technical assistance to include how to select a research topic, formulate a problem statement and orient it to at least one sub-field of sociology, review the background literature, choose a research method, describe the data analytic procedures, discuss results and complete a research analysis paper.

Prerequisite:  SOCI 6300, 6301, 6302, and 6303

SOCI 6305:  Graduate Qualitative Research Methods

This graduate seminar focuses upon qualitative methods used to collect and analyze social data. The ethics of conducting this kind of research will be examined in-depth. The methods studied will include participant observation, in-depth interviews, historical analysis, focus group and other recently introduced techniques such as sequential interviewing, deconstruction, discourse and conversation analysis and institutional talk.

Prerequisite:  SOCI 6300 and 6301

SOCI 6310:  Social Change

This seminar provides graduate students with the opportunity to acquire a background in the dynamic and growing sub-discipline of social change. In addition, this topic allows students to pursue a variety of individual interests within the broader context of studying social change. Also the study of social change allows students to make a direct connection between theory and methods.

SOCI 6315:  Graduate Social Topics

Graduate seminar is developed to investigate analysis and discussion of significant topics in contemporary sociology. Topics include organization, stratification, deviance, demography, social psychology, family, education and urbanization. May be repeated for a maximum of nine hours as topics vary.

SOCI 6325:  Advanced Sociology of Sports

Diverse sociological approaches will be applied to sporting issues. The course will also have a historical component by looking at the development of Olympic sports. We will use biographies of athletes to study social change, change in the level of technology and to see how this change impacted various aspects of sports. Some latest research evidence from scientific and scholarly journals will be presented to look at the trends in contemporary social issues in sports. The issues of drugs, sexism and racism in sports will also be explored.

SOCI 6340:  Health Research and Policy

Health policy is examined from cross-cultural perspective. Emphasis is given to systematic comparisons among various health policy models in different countries, e.g., free for service, socialized medicine, etc. Research methods employed in health-related studies, e.g., epidemiology, are introduced. Grant writing skills for health-related research are emphasized.

SOCI 6354:  The Family and Society

This course will examine the institution of the family from a cross-cultural perspective, concentrating on problems like gender inequality, poverty and discrimination. The focus of the course is to obtain a better understanding of the family in the context of a changing society, especially in the border region.

SOCI 6358:  Economic Sociology

This course provides an overview of sociological approaches to economic phenomena. Particular emphasis is given to the development and growth of the informal economy sector, not only within the United States, but globally. The timely topics of ethnic and immigrant incorporation into the labor market and ethnic entrepreneurial venture are investigated from a framework that considers the influence of labor market networks, social resources, cultural capital and human capital.

SOCI 6361:  Race and Ethnic Relations

Analysis of minority groups, including power relations. An analysis of patterns of majority-minority relations in the United States and around the world and relevant theoretical explanations.

SOCI 6362:  Mexican-American Society

An analysis of history, culture, and structural relations of Mexican American in U.S. society.

SOCI 6363:  Border Studies

An in-depth examination of theoretical and research issues related to the U,S,-Mexico Borderlands and to relationships among the other American republics. Topics will include demographics, culture, structure development and historical issues of the borderlands and the American republics. May be repeated for a maximum of nine hours as topics vary.