Social Problems (SOC 120)
Tuesday and Thursday 12:40PM – 2:05PM
Room: Centennial 1404
Tuesday and Thursday 2:15PM – 3:40PM
Room: Centennial 3104
This course is an overview of the sociological study of delinquency, with special emphasis on competing theoretical perspectives. In the process of learning about theoretical perspectives aimed at explaining delinquency, this course will pay special attention to gender delinquency, gangs, current events regarding delinquency and the U.S. juvenile justice system. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or ANT 101.
Tuesday 6:00PM – 8:45PM
Room: Wimberly 340
This senior capstone course is designed to use your sociological skills to complete an original qualitative research project that demonstrates your competency in the discipline. The purposes of this course is twofold: One, develop the major techniques sociologists and social scientists use in qualitative data collection and analysis. This will engage the student/scholar with training on field methods in sociological research, and in particular “fieldwork,” with emphasis on such qualitative methods as participant-observation, intensive interview, content analysis, and oral history, among others. Two, establish a forum to direct student work and creative energies towards social, environmental, and political issues in the public sphere. This approach allows the student/scholar to discover “communities,” create channels of communication, find ways of continual engagement and project development, and bring knowledge beyond the immediate workings of the community and into the realm of culture. The place of these kinds of techniques in social research, as well as the issues raised by them, will be considered. This course will also address the links among theory, data, and methods to provide you with a critical appreciation for the qualitative tradition in social sciences. Students/scholars will conduct individual research projects using one or more of the methods discussed to not only become acquainted with various techniques and issues, but also to conduct field research that is descriptively interesting, theoretically illuminating, and potentially publishable. The course will follow a seminar format emphasizing reading, group discussion, in- and out-of class exercises, oral presentations, original research and writing. This class is essential for anyone who wants to advance as a student/scholar.