Undergraduate

  • SOC-113 Introduction to Sociology

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An introduction to the sociological understanding of human interaction, group process and social structures. Students are introduced to basic concepts, theories and methods of sociological investigation. Majors and minors must pass with a grade of C or better.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Social Science

  • SOC-116 Social Justice

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An examination of traditional and contemporary problems associated with major social institutions such as the family, economics, government and education. Social forces related to ethnicity, social class, health and welfare, and urbanization are also included. Alternative remedial measures based on behavioral science theories are discussed. Majors and minors must pass with a grade of C or better.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Social Science

  • SOC-209 Youth in American Society

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The goal of the course is to provide a broad overview of children and youth and their place in American society. Particular attention is paid to (1) the impact of geographical location, social class, gender, race, sexuality, popular culture, mass media, and technology; (2)the intersection of youth cultures and mainstream society; and (3) the contention that some youth cultures are deviant.

  • SOC-211 Corrections and Punishment

    Prerequisites:

    Take SOC-234 or SOC-333;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A sociological exploration of coercive and incapacitative responses to crime. Attention is given to the origins and patterning of segregative controls, the correctional claims of prison systems, alternatives to incarceration and relationships between types of crime, and criminals and varieties of punitive response.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-212 Statistics for Sociology

    Prerequisites:

    SOC 113 or 116; and MATH 128 or higher

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    In this course, students will be introduced to descriptive and basic inferential statistical techniques. The course will provide information on the following topics: Description - measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode) and measures of dispersion (range, standard deviation); logic of statistical inference, including normal curve and sampling distribution; hypothesis testing with one sample and two samples; measures of association between two variables (bivariate analysis), including chi-square, regression, and correlation; and introduction to multivariate regression. Students will utilize SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) software to input and analyze data. The goals of the course are for students to appreciate the need for statistical methods in the broad field of sociology and to gain basic statistical literacy.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Quantitative Reasoning

  • SOC-214 Research Methods in Sociology

    Prerequisites:

    SOC 113 or 116 with C or better & one other SOC course. Cannot be taken concurrently with SOC 310,315,or 333.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    How sociologists decide what to study, how they select a research design, sample and collect data, analyze results, interpret findings, and write up reports. Students are introduced to the techniques most frequently used by sociologists and undertake their own small research project. Required for all Sociology majors.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • SOC-217 Sociology of Urban Life

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An examination of the effects of the city on human life in its broadest as well as its most specific aspects. Greater Boston and similar communities across the nation will be studied as ecological settings, as producers and shapers of change, and as special contexts for understanding sociological ideas. Comparisons will be made among urban places in the U.S. and in other countries.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Social Science,Cultural Diversity Opt A

  • SOC-218 Crime and Law in Indian Country

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    What happens if you commit a crime on an Indian reservation? Who will prosecute you and how will they punish you? This course will explore the roots of tribal legal systems and criminal law, both the Native and American influences. You will gain an understanding of tribal government, legal systems, criminal law, and the role of tradition in contemporary tribal law. The course will also examine the conflict between Native and Non-Native perspectives on several cases: sovereignty, rights to cultural practices, women, freedom of religion, and land.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt A

  • SOC-H218 Honors Crime and Law in Indian Country

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    What happens if you commit a crime on an Indian reservation? Who will prosecute you and how will they punish you? This course will explore the roots of tribal legal systems and criminal law, both the Native and American influences. You will gain an understanding of tribal government, legal systems, criminal law, and the role of tradition in contemporary tribal law. The course will also examine the conflict between Native and Non-Native perspectives on several cases: sovereignty, rights to cultural practices, women, freedom of religion, and land.

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt A

  • SOC-220 Childhood and Adolescence in Contemporary Society

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines the development of children and adolescents from biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives. Major themes and changes associated with each developmental stage are discussed. The course explores practical implications of theory and research (parenting, juvenile justice, etc.), and current topics in child and adolescent development. Class format includes lectures discussion, debates and direct observation of children.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-221 Environment and Society

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The history of the American Environmental Movement and eco-feminism will be examined as well as issues of pollution and depletion. Sustainable technologies and other current progressive programs will be addressed.

  • SOC-222 Women in Struggle on Film

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Women's struggles in arenas from war to labor disputes will be examined through films and writings. Societal, historical and cultural contexts of women's roles in films are discussed drawing on film criticism and sociological analyses.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-223 Families in Contemporary Society

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An exploration of the diversity of contemporary families. Comparisons are made between the cultural myths of the ideal family and the lived realities. Challenges confronting contemporary families and their implications for social policy are examined in such areas as work/family conflicts, gay and lesbian families, welfare, family violence.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Social Science

  • SOC-224 Families in Contemporary Society (Spain)

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Spain has experienced major socio-demographic changes since the mid 1970s. These transformations mainly arise from the new role of women in society and, in particular, women's higher levels of education, work experience, and labor market attachment. The changes in women's labor force participation have occurred in conjunction with a progressive postponement of main family events, such as leaving the parental home, forming a partnership and having children, as well as with a reduction in the family size. Spain is, indeed, characterized as having one of the lowest low fertility levels within Western industrialized countries, a pattern that is exacerbating the ongoing process of population aging. This picture partly reflects the conflicting relationship that currently exists between women's labor force participation and the accommodation of family responsibilities: the so-called work/ family balance. Ongoing differences among countries have been accounted for by different explanatory factors that involve socio-economic, cultural and social policy dimensions. From a comparative perspective, the course is intended to cover recent debates, controversies, and research on family formation and family dilemmas in contemporary Spain.

    Type:

    Social Science

  • SOC-225 Sociology of Romance

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The meaning of romance and courtship today and its social consequences in marriage, homogamy, stratification and divorce. The historical origins of romanticism and the sources of romance in socialization, books and magazines, television and movies, popular music and peer group membership are also considered.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-226 Religion in Contemporary Society

    Prerequisites:

    This course fulfills the ECR requirement.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An examination of the fundamental purpose and functions of religion in society. Major religious systems in America are analyzed in terms of basic values and structure. The impact of changes in religious organizations upon clergy, laity and society are discussed. This class fulfills the ECR requirement.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • SOC-227 Race in American Society

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Despite the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, race remains one of the most divisive forces in U.S. society. While many of us struggle against racism, racial classification continues to affect where we live, where we work, and how we see ourselves. Racial classification affects our access to health care and our encounters with police officers. Distorted images of racial groups fill television and movie screens. Appeals to racism and fear of foreigners are dominant themes in elections to state and national offices. This course examines the formation and re-formation of racial classifications: how particular groups become racially identified, how these classifications change over time, and how conflicts over race have shaped American society. The meanings of race, as seen from a variety of perspectives, will be a consistent theme throughout the course.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt A

  • SOC-228 Social, Cultural and Global Perspectives

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Enables students to examine, as well as develop an awareness and appreciation of, diversity within today's society. Providing an overview of the major racial, ethnic, and cultural groups in the U.S., the focus is on the ways in which cultural awareness enhances professional helping relationships and improves the operation of human services systems.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt A

  • SOC-229 Social Class and Inequality

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines the difference between the life experience of those who are rich, poor and middle class. Topics include: the elite in Boston, theories of inequality; blue collar neighborhoods, the hard living poor, and ethnic and sexual stratification.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-230 Bad Girls

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This class explores the images of the traditional bad girl in films. The course examines the idea of moving beyond merely the delinquent, many images in film suggest that girls and women who break with the socially condoned role of femininity are somehow bad. Girls and women who have power or challenge authority are often portrayed in films as deviant and therefore bad. Girls and women who are frigid are just as bad as their sexually promiscuous silver-screen opposites. This course further focuses on the impact of these images on real life social roles for girls and women as well as the symbiotic relationship between fact and fiction.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt A

  • SOC-231 Victims of Crime

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    In recent years, public attention to victims of crime has grown enormously. The reasons for this are complex. They include the effects of political organizing by crime victims; increased media attention to crime (often driven by crime stories as entertainment and advertising vehicles); the exploitation of crime victims by the politicians; and long-standing community frustrations with the criminal justice system. This course will examine the rise of public attention to crime, the response of the criminal justice system to victims, and the problems and possibilities regarding new responses to victims of crime. New developments in restorative justice will be presented as an emerging alternative to problems victims have reported with the criminal justice system.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-232 Street Gangs

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course provides an overview of youth gangs and their sociological underpinnings, which are rooted in poverty and racism. Topical areas are discussed in relation to these key factors. Study topics include the history of gangs, theories about gang formation and individual membership, gangs and criminal behavior, socio-cultural importance of gangs, and strategies to control gang behavior. The course will utilize current gang issues in the US generally and in Massachusetts in particular as a basis to better understand the nuances of youth gangs.

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt A

  • SOC-234 Crime and Justice in American Society

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An overview of issues and social variables involved in the pre-arrest and arrest stages followed by a more in-depth analysis of pre-trial, trial, sentencing, and correctional phases. Sociological and criminal justice models are examined and compared with the actual processes and purported functions of criminal justice agencies. Required for all majors in the Crime and Justice Concentration.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • SOC-236 Deviance and Social Control

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Who and what is deviant? How shall the society respond? The course examines a range of deviance theories and associated social policies. A number of case studies will be used to evaluate these theories, such as body piercing, witchcraft, gay and lesbian sexuality, corporate crime, disability, prostitution, violence against women, racism, anti-Semitism, and gangs.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Social Science

  • SOC-238 Cops & Robbers: Crime on Film

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An examination of images of crime and justice portrayed in the American cinema. Special attention is paid to the social and historical forces that have shaped popular representations of good and evil during the modern era.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-239 Men and Violence

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An exploration of the nature of masculinity and its connection to interpersonal and collective violence in American society. The course focuses on the emotional, spiritual, social and cultural roots of the crisis of boyhood and masculinity as a context for and consequence of violence.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt A

  • SOC-242 Law, Health & Human Rights

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will look at the special opportunities and obligations of those in the health and legal professions to protect human rights. There will be an overview of human rights doctrine and key documents. Students will learn to apply human rights principles to particular occupations in the health and legal professions.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-243 Introduction to Health & Human Services

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of the fundamental values, organization and methods of practice of the major health and human services delivery systems. Problems associated with resource allocation and client base needs in the context of economic and political priorities are discussed. Alternative role models for professional workers in public and private settings are also evaluated.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-244 Social Work With Families

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will provide an in-depth analysis of family dynamics as well as some beginning skills in counseling families. Using a systems approach, students will learn about family roles, sibling constellations and different types of families. The importance of ethnicity and culture in shaping family values and organization will be emphasized. Students will be encouraged to study their own families of origin so they might better understand how families change.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-253 Sociology of Health and Illness

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course provides students with an introduction to how social norms, structures, and practices shape experiences of illness and health. Among the topics that will be covered are: health and the environment, the reasons some groups of people are less healthy than others, living with chronic illness and disabilities, and public debates surrounding issues such as performance enhancing drugs and sports, Attention Deficit Disorder and the HPV vaccine. Required for all students in the health, Medicine and the Body Concentration.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-254 U.S. Health Care Landscapes

    Prerequisites:

    This course fulfills the ECR requirement.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    In this course, students will learn about how the U.S. health care system works. We will study the politics and economics of the health care system and discuss the key health care policy issues of this decade. Using the theoretical perspectives provided by sociology, we will look at issues of power, hierarchy, race, and gender vis-a-vis the health care system. Reading for this course centers on first person narratives by people working in the health care system. This course fulfills the ECR requirement.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • SOC-256 Sociology of Aging

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Consideration of the physiological, psychological and social factors associated with the aging process. Contemporary American values toward the elderly are compared and contrasted with historical and cross-cultural studies. Current opportunities and techniques enabling the elderly to enrich and expand their societal roles are explored.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-264 Social Media and Society

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An examination of the ways in which social structures and processes influence and are affected by modern ideas, needs and social practice techniques in technologically advanced societies is considered in conjunction with changes in the way in which we understand the world, the nature of work and leisure, the processing of information and the character of social institutions. Normally offered alternate years. Fulfills the Social Science Option. Fulfills the Sociology Department's Social Policy requirement.

    Type:

    Social Science

  • SOC-273 Women in Contemporary Society

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A critical analysis of theory and research related to the socialization, roles and social participation of women in contemporary society.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-275 Women and Crime

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines the complex relationships between women and crime today. This focus will include women as criminal offenders; women as victims of crime; and women as both offenders and victims. Course materials draw from recent feminist scholarship on these issues in the social sciences. Topics include the causes of women's crime women, drugs, and crime; child abuse and trauma; prostitution and sex trafficking; race, gender and victimization; and feminist social movements against violence. Crimes of violence against women are a central focus in the course.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt A

  • SOC-276 Sex and Society

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An examination of human sexuality as experience and institution. Sexuality is considered in relationship to power, love, religion, family, race, gender, sexual orientation, violence and courtship.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-283 Soc of Work & Occupations

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A discussion of the world of modern work that includes the origins of contemporary industry and job characteristics, the current industrial and occupational picture, and the future of human labor. Attention is given to conditions of work, problems of alienation, occupational and role changes, and worker control of work life.

  • SOC-285 Terrorism and Counterterrorism

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to give students an overview of Terrorism and its impact on American society. It will examine various aspects of terrorism for a local, national and international perspective. It will examine the consequences of terrorism focusing on social responses and public policy issues.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-286 Women and Work

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An exploration of the relationship between gender roles, work environments, and careers in American society. The problems and prospects faced by women in the world of work are considered with special attention to power and sexism in the workplace, domestic vs. organizational work, role conflicts for working women, and the relationship between changing images of women and changing patterns of female employment. Policy requirement.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt A

  • SOC-301 Sociology of Law

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Law and legal systems are examined in contemporary society. Emphasis is placed on the manner in which legal structures and processes interact with other social arrangements and are transformed over time.

  • SOC-303 How Pocahontas Lives: the Health of Native American Women and Girls

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Native American women and girls experience many threats to their well-being: polluted environments, violence, and the continuation of colonial practices mean that their lives are at risk. Dominant political, economic, and cultural norms do little to protect them. Yet Native American women and girls can and do assert their right to well-being as they choose to define it, achieving health and self-determination. This class will examine the indigenous women and girls of the United States, to consider the continued impact of colonialism on women's health and the role of self determination in creating opportunities for the improvement of Native American women's health.

  • SOC-304 Hot, Polluted, and Hungry

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    In this course we will explore our natural environment and human interaction with it. We will study how the environment is impacting human life, exposure to environmental harms, and our foods which we may forget come from the earth. We will study the hidden ways that humans shape and are shaped by the environment. We will have an exciting and challenging time together trying to make sense of the ways our natural environment and our lives are evolving.

  • SOC-305 Mad, Bad, Sad: Illness and Incarceration In Contemporary US

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Incarcerated and criminalized Americans suffer from extraordinarily high rates of physical and mental illnesses ranging from Hepatitis C, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS to bipolar disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, and schizophrenia. This course explores connections between illness and involvement with the correctional system from the perspective of the individual offender as well as in terms of broader American cultural and political patterns.

  • SOC-306 Population and Society

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An introduction to demography or the study of population and its size, structure, and the ways it changes over time. Demographers study love, death and adventures, or the different patterns of fertility, mortality, and migration across the globe. The social causes and consequences of high mortality and fertility in sub-Saharan Africa, rapid fertility decline in China, and low fertility and mortality in western Europe are examined. Demographic approaches to social problems like world famine, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS pandemic, and social security system budget deficits are also considered.

  • SOC-308 Sociology of Education

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Education is key in a democracy in which students need to develop themselves into knowledgeable people, with a strong sense of self, able to think critically with a developed ability to question others and to feel and act as empowered, active citizens. This is a tall order given the varieties of pressures on schools these days. But it is extremely important for these skills to be developed. With the shift in the economy, schools are going to be the critical factor in enabling students to compete in a globalized workplace and world.

  • SOC-312 Sex Offenders

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course presents an overview of the policy issues related to sex offenders. Focusing on the current scholastic research on sex offenders, students will discuss myths about sexual offenders as well as the consequences of myths on policy. The course will additionally cover the history of sex offender policies and moral panics, explanations, treatment and prevention of sex offending and victimization.

  • SOC-315 Sociological Theory

    Prerequisites:

    SOC 113 or 116 with a grade of C or better and one other SOC course; CANNOT be taken concurrently with SOC 214;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An examination and comparison of the origin, development and structure of the major theoretical approaches in contemporary sociology. Contributions of different branches of sociology to theory are explored with special attention to the relevance of sociological explanations for society and the social process. Students must have taken SOC 113 or SOC 116 and passed with a C or better and one other course from the sociology department. Normally offered every semester.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-321 Identity, Self and Society

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course explores the emergence of the self as an intersection of biography, history and social structure. Emphasis is on modern , Western societies. Conceptually, we will take a life course approach which emphasizes processes of psychosocial, moral, intellectual, and spiritual development for contemporary men and women. This course is designed in part as a workshop where students will develop the skills and insights essential for conducting life history research and biographical studies that are sociological in focus.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-322 Tough Guise

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Representations of masculinity in contemporary societies are examined in terms of their social sources and consequences. Images and scripts for doing masculinity are explored through case studies of film, television, sports, advertising, comic books, video games, music and other media that define what it means to be a man.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt A

  • SOC-325 Popular Culture in America

    Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite: SOC 113 or SOC 116.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An investigation of the images of life provided by mass communications, the educational system and official culture. Topics include: the growth of the youth culture since the 1950s; images of working people; women, minorities and advertising; changing ideas of success; consciousness-raising and contra-cultures.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-326 Protest and Social Change

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An exploration of recent and contemporary protest movements. Cases studied may include Civil Rights women's movement, environmental, militia, and new right, gay and lesbian, labor, etc. Movement issues such as goals, tactics, use of violence, use of media cultural politics, social control and repression will be considered. Under what conditions do protest movements succeed or fail in bringing desired social change?

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt A,BSBA SOCIAL CHANGE

  • SOC-327 Special Topics: General Sociology

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A course with special interest topics in sociology which changes depending on the professor.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-329 Sociology of Globalization

    Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite: SOC 113 or SOC 116.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Globalization is shrinking the world. How and why did this happen? This course will explore global change and the global processes which effect key social institutions: culture, the economy and politics. Students will study the processes of globalization and its impact on our lives and people around the globe.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B

  • SOC-333 Sociology of Crime

    Prerequisites:

    Take SOC-113 or SOC-116 with a minimum grade of C; Take one additional SOC course. Cannot be taken concurrently with SOC-214;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The question Why is there crime? lies at the heart of this course. This class will address what we mean by crime, who gets to define what crime is, how crime can be explained and how it can be reduced. Making sense of crime is essential if we are to respond effectively to victims and offenders. This course offers an in-depth examination of the many different theories of crime. These include biological, psychological, and sociological theories of victimization and offending. The course will study these theories in the context of many different kinds of criminal offending. By the end of the course, students will have a deep understanding of where these theories came from; what their strengths and weaknesses are; whether they are supported by research findings; and what implications these theories have for stopping crime.

  • SOC-334 Sociology of Policing

    Prerequisites:

    SOC 333 or SOC 234

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An investigation of the emergence, organization, and structure of police systems. The course focuses on the conditions surrounding the relationship between the police and policed in different historical, cultural, political, and economic contexts.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-336 Probation and Parole

    Prerequisites:

    SOC-234 or SOC-333;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Correctional theories are reviewed along with the historical development of probation and parole. Current research and analytical perspectives reflecting on administrative problems, innovative policies and the internal philosophical inconsistencies of these systems are examined.

  • SOC-337 Juvenile Justice and the Law

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Considers the problems surrounding the legal definition and handling of juveniles who confront the law as offenders, clients and victims. Attention is devoted to the study of the special legal categories and procedures established for juveniles, the problems facing professionals providing juvenile services and the most significant directions of legal and social change affecting youth in our society. Normally offered every year. Fulfills the Sociology Department's Social Policy requirement.

  • SOC-338 White Collar Crime

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An examination of the relationship between crime, business activity, and technology with special attention to the crimes of the powerful and the changing relationship between economic development and criminal activity.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-339 Sociology of Violence

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A description of violence in the United States. This course emphasizes the historical development and utilization of violence from a sociological perspective. Social, political, and personal violence will be examined and an attempt will be made to develop some theoretical orientations that may be used to both explain and prevent violence.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-340 Licit/Lethal: America's Drug Problem

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Most Americans think of prohibited substances such as marijuana, cocaine or heroin when they hear the word drug. This course will provide an in-depth examination of legal drug use in American society. A broad conceptual framework will be presented that illustrates how history, politics, society and economics all have played a key role in defining certain substances as permissible in America. Fulfills the Sociology Department Social Policy and Globalization requirements.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • SOC-341 International Drug Control Policy

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Relying on a simplistic demand or supply explanation of why Americans use/abuse drugs obscures the reality of America's drug problem, is ineffective as a guide to public policy and has unforeseen, often negative consequences. Drug use is a complex and multi-faceted issue. There are no easy answers. To comprehend the complexity of America's drug problem one needs an understanding of the geography, history, religion, law, economics and international politics of the Middle and Far East, Eastern Europe, Africa, Mexico, and Central and South America. This class will provide this basic understanding without losing sight that the problem we seek to remedy is our own.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B

  • SOC-342 Law, Health & Human Rights

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will look at the special opportunities and obligations of those in the health and legal professions to protect human rights. There will be an overview of human rights doctrine and key documents. Students will learn to apply human rights principles to particular occupations in the health and legal professions.

  • SOC-343 Child Welfare Services

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of the historical development and current composition of services for children, including income maintenance, daycare, foster and institutional care and the adoption process.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-344 Community Organization

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A study of the different types and functions of communities. Through identifying community needs, resources, and structure, students learn effective ways to organize for change.

  • SOC-345 Get a Job: Welfare and Welfare Reform

    Prerequisites:

    SOC 113 or SOC 116

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    In 1996, Congress passed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act (PRWORA), which requires states to reduce welfare caseloads by requiring recipients to work and limiting the number of years a family can receive benefits. This course will explore the history of welfare in the United States and the various efforts to reform it. Students will examine social, economic, and political forces that have driven recent reforms as well as exploring the interaction between race, gender, and poverty as they relate to welfare dependency and reform.

  • SOC-347 Immigration Law and Policy

    Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite: SOC 113 or SOC 116 OR Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines U.S. Immigration legislation and policies, focusing on how and why various immigration laws and policies have been established and implemented throughout history. We will address the intersection between immigration policy and race, ethnicity, nationality and socioeconomic status, as well as explore the effects that immigration laws have had on various immigrant groups and society in general.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt A

  • SOC-354 Death and Dying

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An examination of changing definitions of life and death, social factors affecting causes and rates of death, care of the dying and their families, institutionalization, the funeral industry, suicide, crisis intervention, and the impact of technology on the dying process.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-355 Women and Health

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An exploration of topics that relate particularly to women as providers and consumers in the health care system. The course will consider historical and current information on issues of reproduction, technology, health and illness.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-357 Global Health and Healing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An examination of how different cultures understand health and illness. Healing approaches from Asia, Africa and the Americas will be explored.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B

  • SOC-374 Diversity Among Women

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An exploration of the diverse experiences of womanhood as shaped by race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, age and physical ability. The course examines the commonalities women share and considers what women's differences suggest about an agenda for change. Issues such as workplace equality, family, policy, violence against women, sexuality are studied. How do diverse women, along with men allies, build alliances and work together for social transformation? Cultural Diversity A

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt A

  • SOC-379 Anthropological Perspectives in Spain

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The recent changes in both Spain and Portugal are only the latest in a series of important transformations which these two countries have undergone over the past fifty years or so. In that time, they have both gone from being predominantly rural societies where the majority of the population live and work on the land to becoming industrial societies not unlike those of northern Europe and North America. Yet the underlying cultural heterogeneity of the peoples of the Iberian Peninsula has meant that different regions have often had very distinct actions to the various pressures toward political, economic, and social change. This seminar will examine the ethnographic diversity of the Iberian Peninsula in its regional manifestations, using a specifically anthropological approach in order to better comprehend present-day Spain and Portugal. Offered on Madrid Campus only. 1 term - 4 credits

  • SOC-H379 Honors Anthropological Perspectives in Spain

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The recent changes in both Spain and Portugal are only the latest in a series of important transformations which these two countries have undergone over the past fifty years or so. In that time, they have both gone from being predominantly rural societies where the majority of the population live and work on the land to becoming industrial societies not unlike those of northern Europe and North America. Yet the underlying cultural heterogeneity of the peoples of the Iberian Peninsula has meant that different regions have often had very distinct actions to the various pressures toward political, economic, and social change. This seminar will examine the ethnographic diversity of the Iberian Peninsula in its regional manifestations, using a specifically anthropological approach in order to better comprehend present-day Spain and Portugal. Offered on Madrid Campus only. 1 term - 4 credits

  • SOC-380 Special Topics in Sociology: Peer Tutoring

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's consent; ECR

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Specialized topics based on peer tutoring research and development. Content, prerequisites and hours to be announced.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • SOC-390 The Prison Experience, Literature and Film

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An examination of prison writings, films, and the actual experience of prison life from literary and sociological perspectives. Students will have an opportunity to examine their own perspectives of the prison as a symbol and shadow in American Society and compare these impressions with the actual experience of inmates, correctional officers and others who have lived in the prison nation.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-406 The Immigrant Experience

    Prerequisites:

    Take SOC 113 or SOC 116 and one 200 level or above SOC course.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The United States of America: A land of immigrants; The Great Melting Pot. This country has indeed attracted immigrants from all over the world. However, not all have been welcomed or treated equally. This course will investigate the reasons various immigrant groups (past and present) have come to the United States. We will also examine their experiences and the impact race, ethnicity, gender, class and social structures have had on them. During Spring Break the class will visit Ellis Island and the Tenement Museum in New York and the Lowell National Historical Park in Lowell. The class will also visit various sites in Boston throughout the semester.

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt A,Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • SOC-433 Senior Seminar

    Prerequisites:

    SOC 113 or 116(with a grade of C or better)and SOC-214; Seniors Only; Required for all Crime and Justice Concentration Majors.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course explores contemporary topics in crime and justice, interrelating empirical and theoretical analyses. Topical areas vary by semester and by instructor. Students engage in a substantial research project to demonstrate mastery. Required for all students in the Crime and Justice Concentration.

  • SOC-443 Seminar in Health, Medicine, & the Body

    Prerequisites:

    Senior standing required for all Health and Human Services majors

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An overview of the historical development and current concerns in the health and human services. Students select an area of interest and develop individualized study plans. The purpose of this course is to summarize and refine accumulated knowledge in this area. Students will demonstrate knowledge by engaging in a significant research project.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-453 Seminar in Sociology

    Prerequisites:

    SOC 113 or SOC 116 with a minimum grade of a C; SOC 214; SOC 310, SOC 315, or SOC 333; Seniors only.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will explore topics in sociology, requiring students to synthesize their learning in sociology to analyze research and develop their own study plans. The purpose of this course is to summarize and refine accumulated knowledge in sociology. Students will demonstrate knowledge by engaging in a significant research project.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SOC-483 Professional Practicum I

    Prerequisites:

    To be eligible for the course, students must be a Sociology major; have one full day free each week; must have junior status at the time of application; must be in good academic standing; and must be in good standing with the Sociology Department. Applications for the Professional Practicum I must be approved by the Instructor. Normally offered every Fall and Spring. This course fulfills the ECR requirement.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Students are provided with the opportunity to apply academic learning in a supervised internship consistent with their personal career goals or academic interest. The course covers such topics as career exploration and development, resume and cover letter writing, job fairs, and networking, and graduate school applications. In addition to the course assignments, students are required to complete a minimum full day internship each per week during the entire semester.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • SOC-484 Professional Practicum II

    Prerequisites:

    To be eligible for the course, students must be a Sociology major; have successfully completed Professional Practicum I; have one full day free each week; must be in academic good standing; and must be in good standing with the Sociology Department. Applications for the Professional Practicum II must be approved the Instructor. Normally offered every Fall and Spring. This course fulfills the ECR requirement.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Students are provided an opportunity to intensify or extend their internship experience. The course covers such topics as mock interviewing, informational interviewing, and job fairs.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • SOC-510 Independent Study

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Members of the department hold special meetings with students and direct them in investigating topics of interest in sociology. Arrangements for independent study must be approved by the supervising instructor and the Department Chairperson.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Graduate

  • CJ-657 Perspectives on Drug Policy

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This seminar will explore the challenge of creating effective community responses to the problems of substance abuse, with a special focus on substance abuse in urban poverty areas. Readings will be drawn from the literature of history, psychology, urban ethnography, public health and law. The course will first place drug policy decisions in an historical and empirical framework. After considering special topics related to this framework - racial issues in anti-drug law enforcement, the challenges of creating partnerships among public sector agencies and the community, emerging concepts of addiction, the social demographics of drug use in diverse community contexts - this course will focus on the process of local strategy development, implementation and success measurement. Finally, the course will consider the issues raised in the integration of local and national strategies.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • CJ-681 Crime and Communities

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Program. This course will examine the relationship among crime, criminal justice and the community as well as the impact of crime on local neighborhoods and community institutions. The role of the community in the criminal justice system and processes of social control are also examined. Topics covered include: local measurement of crime statistics; community policing; prevention and early intervention strategies; community corrections and intermediate sanctions. Strategies for empowering local communities to address the quality of life in the urban environment are also explored.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • CJ-683 Policing in America

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A sociological examination of contemporary police systems. Attention will be devoted to controversial topics in American policing and will involve comparative analyses with policing in other societies. The major focus of the course is around the relationship of the police and the public. Some examples of topics areas are: policing multicultural populations; managing police discretion; ethnic and gender relations among police personnel; and the rights of defendants.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • CJ-685 Seminar in Corrections

    Prerequisites:

    3 credits

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will examine the major issues in the adult correctional system. Traditional incarceration as well as pretrial and post-conviction alternatives will be explored. Covered topics may include: prison and jail overcrowding; issues in classification; mental health and incarceration; substance abuse treatment within the prison setting; prison security and disturbances; vocational and educational programming within prisons; ethics and corrections.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • CJ-686 Seminar in Juvenile Justice

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course examines the array of issues concerned with the administration and operation of the juvenile justice system. The historical, philosophical, and legal foundations of the juvenile justice system will be examined along with the legal and philosophical changes within the system in contemporary period. Special attention will be given to the Massachusetts model of juvenile corrections and treatment.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • CJ-687 Justice & the Community Courts

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course examines, from the perspective of a working judge, the administration of justice in the community courts. Topics include the role of the judge; relationships between prosecutors, defense lawyers, and the courts; the relationship between the courts and the police; the pros and cons of plea bargaining' the goals of sentencing; and the clash between victim's rights and defendant's rights. Difficult kinds of cases will be addressed, such as cases of domestic violence, child sexual abuse, and crime relating to substance abuse. Questions concerning judicial accountability and the role of judges in the community will also be raised.

  • CJ-688 Restorative Justice

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Restorative justice is a philosophical framework which poses an alternative to our current way of thinking about crime and justice. Through restorative justice, all the stakeholders to crime - victims, offenders, families, the wider community and the state - are active in response to crime. This course examines both the theoretical foundation of restorative justice rooted in a variety of legal and religious traditions; and the array of practices associated with restorative justice from around the world. Restorative justice philosophy and practice has impacted all areas of the criminal justice system including policing, probation, courts and the correctional programming for juvenile and adult offenders. Students will be afforded a hands-on experience through role-playing, guest speakers and field trips in the application of restorative values to contemporary justice system. Students will examine the meaning of justice in their own experiences, and be challenged to envision a community-based restorative response to crime and violence.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • CJ-691 Intimate Violence & Sexual Assault

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This seminar focuses on two interrelated types of violence, battering and sexual assault. Both of these crimes have been the subject of intense political organizing, cultural controversy, and criminal justice reform over the past 25 years. Together these issues currently account for a significant portion of the work of the police and courts. The research literature on these topics has increased dramatically in recent years. There are now many studies of women victimized by batterings and rape, and of men who commit these crimes. There is a growing body of research on institutional responses to such violence, particularly criminal justice responses. There is new literature on the racial and class dimensions of this violence, on trauma and recovery, and on battering in lesbian and gay relationships. This course examines these crimes from psychological, sociological, and criminal justice perspectives.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • CJ-692 Criminal Justice Policy

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will focus on the policy implications of various sociological theories of crime and punishment. Focus will be on the analysis of various alternative policies within the criminal justice system both within the U.S. and in Europe. Attention will be given to the politics of crime control and to the role of the media, citizen groups and other interest groups in shaping criminal justice policy.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • CJ-694 Critical Victimology

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In recent years, public attention to victims of crime has grown enormously. The reasons for this are complex. They include the effects of political organizing by crime victims; increased media attention to crime (often driven by crime stories as entertainment and advertising vehicles); the exploitation of crime victims by politicians; and long-standing community frustrations with the criminal legal system. This course will examine the rise of public attention to crime, the variety of social movements addressing victims of crime, the response of the criminal justice system to victims, and the problems and possibilities regarding new developments concerning crime victims. The course takes the perspective of a critical victimology in that the course materials question official definitions of crime, popular definitions of victims and offenders, and traditional beliefs about justice. Rather than seeing victims and offenders as entirely separate categories, a number of the books address individuals who are both victims and offenders. New developments in restorative justice will be presented as an emerging alternative to current problems that victims have reported with the criminal legal system.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • CJ-695 Special Topics

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Thematic investigations of problems and topics in criminal justice. Special topics include but are not limited to the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault; children and crime; crime; justice and popular culture; restorative justice; community policing; drugs and the law, drug policy, crime mapping, counterterrorism policy, female offenders and criminalistics.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • CJ-698 Community-Based Responses to Violence Against Women

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    There are many different ways that communities have responded to violence against women. Both in the United States and around the world, the most common methods have involved either punishment for offenders, efforts to create safety for victims, or attempts to reform offenders. A new set of antiviolence approaches are being developed that go beyond the goals of punishment, safety, and reform. These new approaches, which I have loosely grouped together as community-based responses," seek to mobilizing specific communities against violence; organize women across communities of color; and challenge the theories, practices, and politics of existing antiviolence efforts. These new approaches are the focus of this course.

  • CJ-701 Seminar in Crime & Justice

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Studies. A sociological investigation of the relationship between crime and justice in contemporary American society. The possibilities and limits of traditional approaches to crime control are examined in the context of our search for harmony, justice and social change. Problems in evaluating the techniques, goals, and effectiveness of criminal justice agencies and organizations are considered as well as models for rethinking the scope and nature of our responses to crime.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • CJ-702 Research Methods

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Studies. This course provides students with the fundamental tools for evaluating, designing and implementing basic and applied empirical research in criminal justice. The association between theories and research methods used in the study of criminal justice is explored through a variety of related data sources. Topics covered include: the principles of research design; issues in measurement; modes of observation; basic methods of data analysis; and ethical concerns. Students will obtain hands-on experience in project design through the development of their own research proposal.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • CJ-704 Legal Issues in Criminal Justice System

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course examines two subjects throughout the semester: substantive criminal law (e.g. what is money laundering, the insanity defense, conspiracy?); and criminal procedure: 4th Amendment (search and seizure), 5th Amendment (due process, self-incrimination, double jeopardy, etc.), 6th Amendment (right to a lawyer, public trial, etc..), 8th Amendment (cruel and unusual punishment), 14th Amendment (due process, equal protection of law), 1st Amendment (interaction of criminal law with free expression and with religious rights), and 2nd Amendment (firearms). Unlike other similar undergraduate and graduate courses, this one emphasizes principles and case summaries, de-emphasizes actual cases and case names, and does not entail teaching how to brief (summarize) cases.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • CJ-708 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice Profession

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course examines the ethics of criminal justice professionals' use of deceptive interrogation, undercover operations, confidential informants, excessive force, and fabricated evidence; the ethics of prosecutors, prisons, and whistle-blowing; and administrative approaches, such as ethics training, to ethical problems, such as corruption. Students will learn the major schools of ethical thought, including utilitarianism, ethical formalism, and the ethics of care, so that they can assess situations systematically. The course relies on real-life ethical problems from news outlets and government reports.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • CJ-709 Quantitative Analysis

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Studies. This course introduces students to the foundations of statistical analysis. Topics include: measures of central tendency; dispersion; probability; sampling distributions; hypothesis testing; correlations; and regression. Using SPSS software, students will be required to apply statistical concepts to existing data resulting in a completed research project.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • CJ-730 Bad Girls

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This class explores the images of the traditional bad girl in films. The course examines the idea of moving beyond merely the delinquent, many images in film suggest that girls and women who break with the socially condoned role of femininity are somehow bad. Girls and women who have power or challenge authority are often portrayed in films as deviant and therefore bad. Girls and women who are frigid are just as bad as their sexually promiscuous silver-screen opposites. This course further focuses on the impact of these images on real life social roles for girls and women as well as the symbiotic relationship between fact and fiction.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • CJ-731 What Works for Youth

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This semester provides an overview of the best practices in positive youth development and juvenile programming for delinquency prevention; intervention and treatment. This seminar will explore the cutting edge of programming for youth in a wide range of community-based and institutional settings including schools, social services, and juvenile corrections.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • CJ-734 Youth Gangs

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course provides an overview of youth gangs and their sociological underpinnings, which are rooted in poverty and racism. Theories of gang formation and individual gang membership will be examined closely. Study topics include the history of gangs, gangs and criminal behavior, socio-cultural importance of gangs, and strategies to control gang behavior as well as community responses more generally. The course will utilize current gang issues in the US generally and in Massachusetts in particular as a basis to better understand the nuances of youth gangs.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • CJ-783 Practicum in Crime & Justice Studies I

    Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite: Permission of the director must be obtained prior to arranging a practicum. 3 credits

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This practicum is designed for the working professional graduate student who does not anticipate a career change but intends to seek advancement in their profession. The purpose of this practicum is to allow the student (1) to integrate what they learned in the classroom with their professional career, (2) to anticipate future opportunities in their profession, and (3) to develop a formal network of well-established colleagues. Students register for one semester and must meet with the practicum advisor in the semester prior to the practicum. Library research, interviewing, and a presentation will be required. Prerequisite: Permission of the director must be obtained prior to arranging a practicum.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • CJ-784 Practicum in Crime & Justice Studies II

    Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite: Permission of the director must be obtained prior to arranging a practicum. 3 credits

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This practicum is designed for the working professional graduate student who does not anticipate a career change but intends to seek advancement in their profession. The purpose of this practicum is to allow the student (1) to integrate what they learned in the classroom with their professional career, (2) to anticipate future opportunities in their profession, and (3) to develop a formal network of well-established colleagues. Students register for one semester and must meet with the practicum advisor in the semester prior to the practicum. Library research, interviewing, and a presentation will be required.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • CJ-786 Internship in Crime & Justice Studies I

    Prerequisites:

    Permission of the director must be obtained prior to arranging an internship. 3 credits.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Placements are designed for the student who has no previous experience in a criminal justice agency or for the professional who wants to make a career change. The primary objective is to provide the student with the opportunity to experience the day-to-day functioning of a criminal justice agency. The student may register for one or two semesters and must meet with the internship advisor in the semester prior to the placement. A minimum commitment of working one day per week per semester (total minimum of 110 hours per semester) is required.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • CJ-787 Internship in Crime & Justice Studies II

    Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite: Permission of the director must be obtained prior to arranging a practicum. 3 credits

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Placements are designed for the student who has no previous experience in criminal justice or for the professional who wants to make a career change. The primary objective is to provide the student with the opportunity to experience the day-to-day functioning of a criminal justice agency. The student may register for one or two semesters and must meet with the internship advisor in the semester prior to the placement. A minimum commitment of working one day per week per semester (total minimum of 110 hours per semester) is required.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • CJ-910 Independent Study

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students pursue an in-depth research project under the direction of a qualified member of the graduate faculty.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring