Sociology (SOC)

SOC 101 - Principles of Sociology Units: 3

Sociological principles underlying the development of culture, structure and function of society, human groups, institutions, deviance, stratification and social change. Satisfies UNR Social Science core curriculum.

Term Offered: All Semesters

SOC 102 - Contemporary Social Issues Units: 3

This course examines selected problems of contemporary society and provides practice in the application of relevant sociological perspectives and theory. The course has two main objectives: (1) to acquaint the student with critical thinking skills and sociological concepts, theories, methods and knowledge; and (2) to apply these so that we better understand our society.

SOC 110 - Conflict Resolution Units: 3

This course will explore a variety of theories and frameworks for analyzing conflict and the techniques, process models, and third-party roles used to constructively intervene in conflict. The course will be an excellent introduction should students decide to pursue further training or credentialing to be fully trained as mediators or facilitators.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

SOC 120 - Human Violence: Individual to Global-Level Conflict Units: 3

Conflict and the need for peace occur in all human arenas. This course will examine such disparate forms of direct violence as personal assault; domestic violence; school shootings; group and mass violence, including ethno-political conflict, genocide, terrorism, and war. Concepts and strategies of peace, effective conflict resolution skills, and reconciliation and reconstruction following conflict will be addressed. This course will examine the key concepts, themes, theories, and practices involved in the study of direct violence. Students will be introduced to the issues of peace and violence across a wide range of interpersonal, community, national and international contexts. The course will focus on multiple levels of analysis from micro to macro, and multidisciplinary perspectives.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

SOC 130 - Structural Violence Units: 3

This course will focus on the structural aspects of peace, conflict and violence. This refers to a form of violence based on the systematic ways in which social structures or social institutions of society harm people by preventing them from meeting their basic needs. The arrangements are structural because they are embedded in the political and economic organizations of our social world; they are violent because they cause injury to people. Examples include hunger, preventable diseases, and extreme poverty caused by unjust structures of society and by ethnic conflict and oppressive regimes, as well as ecological degradation. Based on an understanding of these threats to human security, we will examine and evaluate various strategies which contribute to peace building and conflict resolution, human rights and self-determination, reconciliation and reconstruction, nonviolence, transformation of a hierarchical social order, and promoting ecological balance.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

SOC 140 - Cultures Of Peace Units: 3

This course will focus on historical examples of peace cultures and on the efforts to establish peace by upholding human rights and the dignity of all persons as ideals, and through resisting the legitimization of violence in education, literature, and the mass media. Philosophies and methods practiced in different societies to build communities of peace will be featured.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

SOC 198 - Special Topics in Sociology Units: 0.5-6

Various short courses and experimental classes covering a variety of subjects. The course will be a variable credit of one-half to six credits depending on the course content and number of hours required. The course may be repeated for up to six credits.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

SOC 201 - Peace and Conflict Units: 3

This introductory course is a survey of the field of Peace and Conflict Studies. The course will examine the problem of violence in human affairs from the micro to the global level. Alternative approaches to understanding and resolving conflict will be explored.

SOC 205 - Ethnic Groups in Contemporary Societies Units: 3

Ethnic relations in the United States and other societies where cultural and `racial` pluralism illustrates problems and processes of social interaction. Same as ANTH 205.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

SOC 210 - Introduction to Statistical Methods Units: 4

Same as PSY 210. Practice with statistical methods especially useful in the presentation and interpretation of psychological, sociological and educational data. Includes elementary computer application.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: PSY 101 or SOC 101; MATH 96 or equivalent or qualifying Accuplacer, ACT/SAT test results.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

SOC 240 - Social Science Research Methods Units: 3

An overview of the methods and analytical techniques used in the research of social phenomena. Emphasis will be on the design and execution of research.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

SOC 261 - Introduction to Social Psychology Units: 3

Nature of the person and interpersonal relationships, their formation and maintenance and their institutional, ideological and societal contexts; empirical examination of beliefs, attitudes, influence. Same as PSY 261.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

SOC 275 - Introduction to Marriage and the Family Units: 3

Sex roles, dating patterns, mate selection, marital interaction; alternative forms of marriage and family life.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

SOC 276 - Aging in Modern American Society Units: 3

The psychological and sociological development and the changes attendant to the process of aging in society; theory and research in the field, implications for social policy and perspectives on death and dying. Same as PSY 276.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall