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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Course Descriptions

SOC F302 • Intro To The Study Of Society

86740 • Haghshenas, Hossein
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am CLA 0.102
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Course Description

This course will closely examine how social forces in society shape our behavior and penetrate our being. After all, we are all the product of our society and vice versa. Our identities, hopes, fears, grievances and satisfactions derive from the patterns of socialization orchestrated within human groups. In this class, students will be introduced to the basic concept of sociological imagination and principles of sociological reasoning. Many societal issues will be examined through the practice of classical theories and sociological perspectives. As we journey through the course, students will become more familiar with the nature of sociology, social construction of reality, micro and macro sociological analysis, and concepts such as culture, socialization, social structures, self and society, stratification, gender inequality, love, marriage, and divorce. Finally, the course will explore the sociology of health, medicine, and the mind-body connection.

Grading Policy

Research paper 24% 

Three exams 60%

Class project and participation 8%

Quiz 8%


James M. Henslin, Sociology: A Down to Earth Approach (eighth or ninth edition), 2008Reading packet available at Paradigm (407 W. 24th St.)

SOC F317L • Intro To Social Statistics

86755 • Powers, Daniel A.
Meets MTWTHF 100pm-230pm CLA 0.118
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This is an introductory course in statistics for undergraduate majors in sociology.  The basics of descriptive and inferential statistics and quantitative reasoning will be covered.  Descriptive statistics involves organizing and summarizing important characteristics of the data.  Statistical inference involves making informed guesses about the unknown characteristics of a population based on the known characteristics of a sample. Students are expected to know how to carryout elementary mathematical operations.

Required Text:

R. Johnson and P. Kuby (2012) STAT, 2e. Cengage Learning ISBN-10: 0538733500  ISBN-13: 978-0-538-73841-5  (available from

Course Requirement:

Exams: There will be 3 in-class examinations graded on a 100 point scale.  Roughly 75% to 90% of the points on the examinations are accounted for by problems requiring the student to work toward a solution, with the remainder accounted for by true and false or multiple choice questions.  Examinations will be based entirely on topics covered in lectures. In-class examinations are non-cumulative; they cover only the material since the previous exam. Students must take all exams to pass the course. Make up exams will be given only in the case of documented emergencies or illness.

Problems: There will be 5 problem sets worth a total of 200 points. Problem sets include material from the book as well as handout problems. Problem sets must be received in class no later than the dates indicated. No credit will be given for assignments turned in late.

In-Class Assessments: There will be approximately 20 in-class exercises carried out at various points during the course to assess understanding of current topics. These will count 100 points towards the total grade.


SOC F325L • Soc Of Criminal Justice

86775 • Kelly, William R
Meets MTWTHF 1130am-100pm CLA 1.106
(also listed as URB F354)
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Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to the American criminal justice system, its policies and procedures. The primary focus will be on the roles and functions of the police, the courts and corrections, with a special emphasis on how well or not so well the system operates. We will also spend some time on recent innovations in criminal justice policy.

The class periods will be devoted to lectures, guest speakers, and videos. The lecture material will sometimes correspond very closely with the material in the text and sometimes it will supplement the assigned readings. I encourage class discussions and questions and hope that the material will be sufficiently interesting and controversial to motivate class participation.

Grading Policy

There will be four exams - three during the session and a comprehensive final. The exams will be multiple choice/true false. The three exams during the session will count 20% toward the final grade and will consist of 50 questions. The final exam, which is comprehensive, is worth 40% and will consist of 100 questions. The exams will cover all of the material - assigned readings, lectures, guest speakers and videos.

I do not grade on the basis of need and I do not negotiate grades. If you "need" a particular grade, you can figure out what it will take to obtain that grade. There is no extra credit and it is not possible to change the exam dates.

Grades for the course are determined in the following manner.90 to 100 A80 to 89 B70 to 79 C60 to 69 D< 60 F

Regarding rounding of grades, in my book, 88.7 is not 90, 79.1 is not 80 and 57.7 is not 60. If your final grade is .5 or higher, I will round up to the next whole percent. If you are taking the course pass/fail, a pass is 60 or above.


James Inciardi, Criminal Justice,9th edition

SOC S302 • Intro To The Study Of Society

86880 • Keith, Robyn
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am CLA 1.106
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This course will introduce you to what it means to think about the world like a sociologist. The main goal of this course is to instill you with a “sociological imagination”, which allows us to understand how larger social processes influence and are influenced by individual lives. Perhaps the coolest part of sociology is its capability to address all facets of social life: from how people get a job, to what we see depicted in film; from who we befriend and marry, to how the global economy functions. Accordingly, we will cover many different topics in a concentrated period of time. The course format will feature lectures, discussions, and other in-class activities. By the end of this course, students will be able to summarize, compare, and critique the predominant theories and paradigms of sociology, applying them to current social issues and patterns of everyday life.

SOC S340C • Globalization

86890 • Green, Penny A
Meets MTWTHF 1130am-100pm CLA 1.106
(also listed as EUS S346)
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 This course provides a broad overview of the interrelated processes of economic, political, and cultural globalization.  Under the heading of economic globalization, we’ll look at multinational corporations, international financial and trade institutions (i.e., the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization), and how they facilitate globalization.  We’ll also consider their impact on global inequality.  Moving toward the political, we’ll examine important global problems (e.g., human trafficking, human rights violations, global warming, water privatization), as well as strategies for addressing them.  We’ll pay particular attention to need for cooperation between nation states, intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and grassroots social movements.  Addressing the cultural side of globalization, we’ll  consider how economic and political changes impact national cultures, as well as how these external influences are “localized” when filtered through diverse cultural lenses.  Throughout the course, we’ll pay particular attention to the United States’ role in the global arena, given its status an important economic, political, and cultural force.  Class format will be a mixture of lecture and discussion, with a healthy sprinkling of videos and DVDs.

Required Readings:

Stiglitz, Joseph E. (2003) Globalization and Its Discontents. Norton.   (paperback) (tentative)

Smith, Jackie (2008) Social Movements for Global Democracy. Johns Hopkins (paperback) Hopper, Paul (2007) Understanding Cultural Globalization. Polity (paperback)

A packet of readings to be purchased from Austin Text Books at 2116 Guadalupe (i.e., the Drag)

Additional readings will be posted on Blackboard.

Attendance Policy:

You’re allowed three (3) non-penalized absences during the session.  If you miss more than three classes, regardless of the reason for the absences, your semester grade will be reduced by one full percentage point for each absence beyond the three allowed.  This policy exempts absences for religious holidays, assuming advance, written notification is given. 

Grading Policy (depending upon class enrollment):


three exams:                      80%                 OR                    three 3-4 page papers:       70%         

pop quizzes:                      20%                                           class participation:             15%                                                                                              pop quizzes:                      15% 

SOC S354K • Sociology Of Health & Illness

86897 • Garcia, Marc
Meets MTWTHF 1130am-100pm CLA 1.104
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This course uses lectures, documentaries, and class discussions, as well as reflections of your own and others’ health and illness and representations of health and illness in the media, to understand health and illness in the US and abroad. This course will critically examine the distribution of mortality and morbidity, how health and illness are defined and socially constructed, the experiences of illness, training and hierarchies of health care workers, interactions between health care providers and patients, alternative medicine, ethical issues in health care, and health care financing. The course will have a strong focus on social inequality in each of these topics. The majority of the course will focus on health and illness in the United States but will include discussions of health and illness in other countries and regions.


 The Sociology of Health, Healing, and Illness, 6th Edition by Gregory L. Weiss and Lynne E. Lonnquist

PDFs of readings on Blackboard

Grading Policy:

 Two exams  70% 

 Quizzes  20% 

 Writing assignment  10%

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