http://www.uwplatt.edu/sociology

Contact: Claudine Pied
Office: 141 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608.342.6028
E-mail: piedc@uwplatt.edu

About the Sociology Program and Minor

Sociology is the study of society and its component parts, groups, cultures, norms, roles, and their institutional and organizational relationships. Sociology is a discipline in the social sciences and part of the liberal arts approach to education. The UW-Platteville Department of Social Sciences offers a minor in sociology that requires a minimum of 24 credits, including no fewer than 12 credits at the 3000 level or above.

Students often minor in sociology if their majors are criminal justice or psychology. Both of these disciplines lead to employment in the criminal justice system, or the social welfare system.

Students of sociology learn important skills in reading, writing, analysis, and logic. Students learn to do research and to interpret social, economic, political, cultural, and technical change in a variety of contexts.

SOCIOLGY 1000X Sociology Elective - Ethnic Studies 1-8 Credits

Sociology elective used for equating transfer courses.
Components: Class
GE: Ethnic Studies
Typically Offered:

SOCIOLGY 1030 Principles of Sociology 3 Credits

An introduction to the study of society. This course examines concepts such as group interaction, social interaction, culture, norms, values, status, role, and deviance, and explores how these relate to organizations, institutions, stratification, and social behavior.
Components: Discussion, Class
GE: Social Sciences
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

SOCIOLGY 1130 Introduction to Anthropology 3 Credits

Brief survey of the four sub-disciplines of anthropology: archaeology, linguistics, cultural anthropology and physical anthropology. Using an evolutionary framework, basic concept and theories of anthropology will be introduced.
Components: Class
GE: International Education, Social Sciences
Typically Offered: Fall

SOCIOLGY 2130 Cultural Anthropology 3 Credits

General introduction to the methods, theories, concepts and subject matter of cultural anthropology. The nature of culture, the social system, cultural change, cultural evolution, and culture as a symbol system will be considered.
Components: Class
GE: International Education, Social Sciences
Typically Offered: Spring

SOCIOLGY 2230 Gender and Society 3 Credits

This course applies social scientific theories of gender to an investigation of women¿s and men¿s roles in society. In so doing, it is particularly concerned with understanding existing gender inequalities. Rather than approaching gender, sex, and sexuality as fixed, innate characteristics, students examine how media, education, family, and other social institutions and interactions continually shape and define these social categories.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: WOMGENDR 2230
GE: Gender Studies, Social Sciences
Typically Offered: Occasional

SOCIOLGY 2330 Contemporary Social Problems 3 Credits

An overview of the causes, consequences and potential solutions of modern social issues and problems such as majority-minority relations, gender roles, deviance, population, resources, crime, war and peace, unemployment and economic disruption; and consideration of the place of social planning.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Typically Offered: Occasional

SOCIOLGY 2420 Marriage and Family 3 Credits

Dating, courtship, engagement, sexual expression, marriage adjustment and childrearing in American society as related to success and failure in marriage.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

SOCIOLGY 3110 Social Organizations 3 Credits

The organizations through which society sustains and perpetuates itself and its members; examination will range from the small group to the bureaucratic structure.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SOCIOLGY 1030
Typically Offered: Occasional

SOCIOLGY 3130 Social Change 3 Credits

A broad overview of social and cultural change. Major theories of social change are presented; selected specific changes occurring in our society and in other cultures are examined.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SOCIOLGY 1030
Typically Offered: Occasional

SOCIOLGY 3230 Social Inequalities 3 Credits

The course investigates the causes and consequences of social stratification based on race, gender, social class, and nationality. Students gain a better understanding of how inequality is produced through prejudice, discrimination, conflict, and social institutions such as the family, neighborhoods, educational system, labor markets, and criminal justice system.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ETHNSTDY 3230
GE: Ethnic Studies, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SOCIOLGY 1030
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

SOCIOLGY 3260 Life and Culture in the United States 3 Credits

This course explores the social institutions that make up the United States (government, family, religion, education, healthcare, economy) and the everyday experiences of living within these systems. Students explore what it means to be American, the diversity of US cultures, and the problems and particularities of life in the US, including aging, substance abuse, the decline in the family farm, poverty, political conflict, and the obsession with the automobile. Course readings draw heavily from ethnographies, which combine social theory and the stories of everyday life.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: Sophomore Standing
Typically Offered: Spring

SOCIOLGY 3330 Crime and Delinquency 3 Credits

A survey of the fields of criminology and juvenile delinquency. The course presents a sociological analysis of criminal and delinquent behavior, examines theory and empirical research on the topic, surveys the historical development of the present systems of dealing with criminals and delinquents, and considers current issues regarding crime and delinquency.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SOCIOLGY 1030
Typically Offered: Occasional

SOCIOLGY 3440 Social Research 3 Credits

A survey of techniques of sociological research, including research design, data collection and data analysis, stress on alternative types of research procedures and their relative strengths and weaknesses.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: POLISCI 3440
GE: Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SOCIOLGY 1030 or POLISCI 1130
Typically Offered: Spring

SOCIOLGY 3530 Rural Sociology 3 Credits

An introduction to the nature and consequences of change in contemporary rural society. Current conditions are placed in a historical context and future directions for agriculture and rural communities are considered. Special attention is paid to socio-economic and environmental impacts resulting from changes in agricultural technology, government policy, population shifts, and changes in the scale of food production. Differing visions regarding the future shape of rural America and the international food system will be considered.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Typically Offered: Fall

SOCIOLGY 3630 Sociology of the Family 3 Credits

The family as a social system with emphasis on culture, group processes, and institutions interacting with the nuclear family and alternate types of family.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SOCIOLGY 1030
Typically Offered: Fall

SOCIOLGY 3930 Topics in Sociology 1-3 Credits

Designed to present to students specialized topics in the field of sociology. For example, the sociology of medicine, and the sociology of aging. Sociology and the future as shown through science fiction and other futuristic writings, and studies of utopias might be presented depending upon interests of students.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Occasional

SOCIOLGY 4660 Cooperative Field Experience 1-8 Credits

Enhancement of the educational experience through placement of a student with a cooperating agency, business, industry or institution. The nature of the assignment, type of experience, number of credits and evaluation procedure will be stipulated in a statement of agreement (learning contract) between the student and department.
Components: Field Studies
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

SOCIOLGY 4730 Individual Study 1-3 Credits

Independent study supervised by a staff member; primarily for sociology minors.
Components: Independent Study
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

Faculty and lecturers

Additional information about the Faculty and Lecturers below may be found in the Faculty and Academic Staff section of this catalog.

Douillet, Catherine M.

Pied, Claudine