Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana
Department of Sociology

Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive, P.O. Box 32B
New Orleans, LA 70125
504-520-7400 (ph) 504-520-7952 (fax)

Amy Bellone Hite, PhD
Associate Professor and Head

SOCIOLOGY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

SOCI 1010. Introduction to Sociology. This course offers students the opportunity to develop their sociological imaginations through studying the patterns and regularities of social behavior, the structure and organization of society, social institutions, socialization, and social change. (3, Essential Core, Expansive Core)

SOCI 1011. Global Social Change. This course offers students the opportunity to develop a sociological understanding of what it means to live in a global society. Theories about global social and economic interconnections, including sociological theories of globalization, are used to examine how social structures, social institutions, and social change are experienced differently throughout the world. Special emphasis is placed on inequalities engendered by globalization and global social change, including unequal power relationships among social groups, social classes, and regions throughout the world. (3, Essential Core, Expansive Core)

SOCI 1015. Popular Culture and Society. This course examines the intersection of popular culture, society, and the individual. It provides students with the opportunity to gain a base, introductory sociological understanding of the role of popular culture in local settings, youth subcultures, American society, consumer culture, and the burgeoning globalization of popular culture, most notably through the rapid growth of technology and its enormous social impact. (3, Essential Core)

SOCI 2010. Social Problems. This course examines societal and cultural conflicts and dilemmas through the use of the principles of sociology, most especially critical analysis. Topics generally include poverty and inequality, health and health care, issues confronting families, and social problems associated with government and economic change. The course emphasizes formulating plausible, compassionate, and just solutions to social problems. Prerequisite: Any 1000 level sociology course. (3, Expansive Core)

SOCI 2020. Introduction to Criminology. This course examines the nature, location, and impact of crime in the United States by exploring a broad range of issues related to criminology. Topics focused on within the course include the historical foundations of crime, the theoretical underpinnings of criminality, how we measure criminal acts, the development of criminal careers, the various typologies of offenders and victims and a critical analysis of public policies concerning crime control in society. Prerequisite: Any 1000 level sociology course. (3)

SOCI 2040 (WMST 2040). Sociology of Gender. This introduction to the sociological study of gender addresses the social processes of learning gender identities, the role of gender identities in shaping society, and the relationship between gender and power. Topics include theoretical approaches to the study of gender, gender dynamics in various social institutions, and the intersection of gender with other social identities such as class, race, ethnicity, and sexuality. In addition, the course explores the variation in gender identities across social groups, time, place, and sexual identity. Prerequisite: Any 1000 level sociology course or WMST 1030 and instructor’s permission. (3)

SOCI 2042. Deviance. This survey course explores the establishment and maintenance of deviant categories, the motivations behind deviant behavior, formal and informal means of identifying deviants, the effect of institutionalization upon the deviant, and how deviants attempt to avoid a label society places upon them. Prerequisite: Any 1000 level sociology course. (3, Expansive Core)

SOCI 2050. Sociology of the Family. This course is a detailed examination of the structure, process, and functioning of the family; it also identifies crises facing the family. Included are a study of cross-cultural variations in family relationships, marriage patterns and processes and family functions. Prerequisite: Any 1000 level sociology course. (3, Expansive Core)

SOCI 2060 (AADS 2060). Race and Ethnic Relations. This course is concerned with examining issues, problems, and research findings on race, ethnic, and minority group relations. Emphasis is on U.S. Black-White relations, American ethnic groups, religious conflict, and racial and ethnic group contacts in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Prerequisite: Any 1000 level sociology course. (3, Expansive Core)

SOCI 2500. Reading and Writing for Sociology. This course prepares students for upper level sociology courses by offering practice in active reading skills and instruction in the procedures and conventions for research and writing in the discipline of sociology. Topics include reading for deep learning, finding and evaluating secondary resources, and writing various types of sociological papers such as essays for tests, critical reviews, reaction papers, and literature reviews. Prerequisite: SOCI 1010. (2)

SOCI 2530. Introduction to Research Methods. This course provides students with an introduction to fundamental concepts and skills involved in evaluating and conducting social science research, as well as ethical issues surrounding social research. Students will gain basic insight into research methods through the process of conducting small research projects and developing a research proposal. Students will learn about the following methodologies: basic statistical manipulation of secondary data, survey methods, ethnographic observation, life history, focus group research, and evaluation research. Course is offered in conjunction with one credit Statistical Software lab course. Prerequisites: SOCI 2500, MATH 1020 (STAT 2010); Corequisite: SOCI 2530L. (3)

SOCI 2530L. Statistical Software Lab. Students apply statistical analysis employing statistical software. Students manipulate data to answer sociological questions. Students learn to create a data set and to use existing data sets, to execute a range of statistical operations using SPSS, to recode data, to create various graphical representations of data, to select cases and create subsamples, and to test hypotheses. Students will work with both existing public datasets as well as create their own smaller dataset. Prerequisite: MATH 1020 (STAT 2010). (1)

SOCI 3010. Sociology of Education. The course addresses the processes and patterns in educational systems. Its focus is on identifying, analyzing, and solving community educational problems. Prerequisite: SOCI 1010. (3)

SOCI 3020. Political Sociology. This course focuses on the nature of power, sources of authority, functions of the state, types of political systems, political culture, political socialization, community power structure studies, the nature of individual participation in the political system, political development and change, and political violence. Prerequisite: Any 1000 level sociology course. (3)

SOCI 3025 (AADS 3025). African American Urban Life. This interdisciplinary course examines African Americans as agents in shaping the urban experience in the United States. The central focus of the course will be the development of cultural, social, religious, economic, educational and political institutions. Examples will be drawn from among communities such as Harlem, NY, the Central Avenue district of Los Angeles, Chicago’s south side, and the Auburn Avenue district of Atlanta, as well as others. Prerequisites: AADS 2000, and any 1000 level sociology course. (3)

SOCI 3030. Sociological Theory. This course, formulated in sociohistorical context, addresses the major theoretical paradigms within, and the major contributors to, the development of sociological theory. Prerequisite: SOCI 1010. (3)

SOCI 3035. Sociology of Mental Health. This course considers issues ranging from serious mental disorders to subjective indicators of quality of life. The focus is on research and theory pertaining to social processes and mental health functioning. Prerequisite: SOCI 1010. (3)

SOCI 3040. Population and Society. This course addresses the principles of population analysis in a global context, most especially as they assess rates of birth, death, and migration. Additional topics include issues of differential health, education, occupation, life expectancy, and life span. Prerequisite: Any 1000 level sociology course. (3)

SOCI 3060. Sociology of Aging. This course is a survey of problems of aging and mortality, with a special emphasis on sociological perspectives within gerontology. Prerequisite: SOCI 1010. (3)

SOCI 3070. Medical Sociology. This course provides a sociological perspective on issues in health care and health care delivery for students preparing for any health care profession. Prerequisite: SOCI 1010. (3, Expansive Core)

SOCI 3100. Social Policy. This course is an analysis of social policy developments in the United States, and how said relate to international perceptions of the U.S. Contemporary and futuristic social policies are also examined. Prerequisite: Any 1000 level sociology course. (3)

SOCI 4020. Urban Sociology. Urban sociology is the study of the origin and growth of cities, including the following topics: patterns of social organization and lifestyles in urban areas, metropolitan structure, suburbanization, and major metropolitan problems, including housing, finance, education, and "white flight.” The U.S. urban experience is emphasized. Additional focus is placed on worldwide comparative urban situations. Prerequisites: Any 1000 level sociology course, and junior or senior standing, or instructor’s permission. (3)

SOCI 4025. Health Disparities. The purpose of this course is to examine the interrelationships of social factors influencing health disparities across social groups. Theory, research, and policy will be used to explore topics related to community health and health disparities among populations. Prerequisite: SOCI 3070, or instructor’s permission. (3)

SOCI 4080. Race, Class and Gender Inequality. This course is about social inequality. It addresses the causes and effects of crystallized, historical, institutional, procedural, systemic, unequal distribution of desirable but scarce values among ranked population groupings (social strata), with major attention given to this social phenomenon within urban industrial society. Prerequisites: Any 1000 level sociology course or WMST 1020, and junior or senior standing or instructor’s permission. (3)

SOCI 4081, 4082, 4083. Guided Readings in Sociology. This category of courses is open only to majors; non-majors must receive the approval of the departmental chairperson. Course content is dependent upon faculty discretion. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, permission of instructor, and permission of departmental chairperson. (1, 2, 3)

SOCI 4700. Seminar in Health, Medicine & Society. This course is a capstone course for those students pursuing a B.A. in Sociology who are in the Health, Medicine and Society Concentration. The course will work to synthesize their knowledge from a wide variety of subject matters in which they have taken courses, all of which have revolved around behavioral and social aspects of health, illness, disease, and medicine. These include health disparities, mental health, aging, chronic illness, and the health care system, among others. Prerequisites: Completion of all requirements of Health, Medicine & Society Concentration except SOCI 4025, SOCI 4950 and SOCI 4903, with at least a C. (3)

SOCI 4810. Special Topics in Sociology: Seminar offering an in-depth, research-intensive exploration of a narrow field of sociological inquiry. Topics vary by semester according to faculty and student interest. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours in sociology and completion of a research methods course in sociology or a related discipline. (3)

SOCI 4901, 4902, 4903. Independent Study. For advanced majors only. Students conduct an independent research project with the guidance of an instructor. Students will plan and conduct an original research project, culminating in a scholarly paper or presentation. Students should make plans to enroll in this course at least one semester prior to enrollment, including arranging supervision by an instructor with expertise in the student’s area of interest. Prerequisites: SOCI 2530, SOCI 2530L and SOCI 3030, as well as permission of instructor and departmental chairperson. (1, 2, 3)

SOCI 4950. Internship. This course involves the placement of a student in the field at a non-profit agency, governmental office, etc., under the dual supervision of an on-sight evaluator and an assigned faculty member. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, permission of instructor, and permission of departmental chairperson. (3)

SOCI 4999. Senior Comprehensives. (0)