Sociology

SOCY 110. Introduction to Sociology. (3)
Three hours lecture. Introduces basic concepts and methods of sociology. It presents significant research and theory in areas such as culture, social structure, socialization, deviance, social stratification and social institutions.
Explanation:
In many sections of introduction to sociology, there is a chapter or a module that covers environment, sustainability, and/or population growth.  This varies by instructor and textbook.
SOCY 110. Introduction to Sociology Honors (Spring 2009, Dr. Corroto)
The Architecture of Sociology:  An interdisciplinary approach.€
Explanation: The course applies an interdisciplinary approach to understanding Sociology through an examination of the built environment.  Students will see how power relations are negotiated through the design of housing, strip plazas, and office parks and how great buildings may serve to unify a society.  Architecture and design are the media through which sociology is introduced.  The course includes environmental topics such as €œgreen concepts and sustainability.
SOCY 210. Social Problems. (3)
Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: SOCY 110.
An analysis of problems such as crime and delinquency, overpopulation, social inequality
and poverty and minority oppression is the focus of this course.
Explanation: Course covers issues related to environment and sustainability including population growth, globalization, and environmental justice.  Amount of coverage and topics vary by instructor.

SOCY 301. Culture Change and Globalization
Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: ANTH 121. Examination of anthropological theories on processes of culture change, including globalization and the changes it brings to societies around the world.
Explanation: While this class covers all types of culture change, a substantial amount of the class covers culture change situations that clearly demonstrate the delicate balance between humans and their environments. This includes the ways in past and present that human cultures produce environmental change, and the ways that environmental change can produce culture change.  Students research the 21st century impacts of natural disasters, logging and deforestation, damming, and various forms of mining on cultures around the world, as well as other current-event topics that demonstrate the changing relationships between humans and the environment in an era of rapid globalization.
SOCY 341. Sociology of Health and Medicine. (3)
Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: SOCY 110. Covers the health professional-patient relationship, relationships between health professionals, the nature of care in different health facilities, social and environmental causes of illness, death and dying, and the general quality of health care and delivery in American society.
Explanation: Course includes environmental topics such as toxic waste, environmental justice, and environmental racism.
 

SOCY 370. Environmental Sociology. (3)
Three hours lecture. Prerequisites: SOCY 110 and junior or senior standing. Examines sociological issues relating to individuals, society and the natural environment. It focuses on a range of environmental problems utilizing an historical and comparative  approach in assessing societal changes and their impact on nature as well as attitudinal differences toward the environment from multicultural perspectives.
Explanation: This class covers all aspects of environmental sociology including, but not limited to, environmental attitudes and behaviors, social impacts of climate change, energy and society, population, sustainability, resource management, and environmentalism.  100% of the course is devoted to environmental and/or sustainability issues.

SOCY 411. Appalachian Cultures
Three hours lecture. Prerequisites: ANTH 121 or APST 200 or SOCY 110 or permission of the instructor. Contemporary Appalachian culture; anthropological explanations of regional culture explored; causes and repercussions of culture change in Appalachia examined.
Explanation: A section of the course syllabus focuses on cultural attachment to land.  This includes readings and discussion of environmental issues such as mountaintop removal coal mining, coal-fired power plants, and electricity grid power lines.  Class projects often focus on these issues, and have created student-faculty research teams whose findings have been used in expert testimony in State Corporation Commission hearings. Up to half of the readings and about 26% of class time is devoted to these topics.

SOCY 433. Rural Sociology. (3)
Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: SOCY 110. The study of rural society including its organization, rural people and their activities. The focus is on historical background, recent developments and significant current and future trends.
Explanation: Given the intimate relationship among rural areas, rural economy, and land use, about 50% of this course directly relates to environmental issues including agriculture, resource extraction, population, and sustainability.
SOCY 441. Global Inequalities. (3)
Three hours lecture. Prerequisites: SOCY 110, SOCY 250 or junior/senior standing with permission of instructor. Focuses on the social, economic, and political factors that shape unequal life chances between and within nations. Theories of development, the role of developed nations, evidence of various types of inequalities, and possible ways to address the global inequalities“ including specific projects that have been successful will be examined. The role of international treaties, of various international and multinational commissions, and of non-governmental agencies will be given particular attention. This course may be used to meet requirements for the minor in Women’s Studies.
Explanation:  Course includes chapter on environment and sustainability in the context of globalization.

 

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