Course Catalog - 2015-2016

     

SOCI 101 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

Long Title: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group II
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Introduction to the principal concepts, theories and methods of sociology. Required (normally) for sociology majors and minors.
 

SOCI 301 - SOCIAL INEQUALITY

Long Title: SOCIAL INEQUALITY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group II
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course investigates the causes and consequences of social inequality in the U.S., focusing on inequality by class, race, and gender. We will discuss different measures of inequality, the extent of inequality, as well as classical and modern theories for why it has been increasing since the 1970s. In addition, we will discuss how much inequality is justifiable and which redistributive programs work.
 

SOCI 304 - ENVIRON ISSUES: RICE IN FUTURE

Long Title: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES: RICE INTO THE FUTURE
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Laboratory
Distribution Group: Distribution Group III
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Students use the campus as a laboratory for learning about sustainability through group projects to reduce Rice's environmental impact or resolve environmental issues. Cross-list: ENST 302.
 

SOCI 306 - SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER

Long Title: SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group II
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Relationship between gender and social role. Development of the contemporary sexual division of labor and process of socialization with reference to family, education, media, and occupations. Cross-list: SWGS 324.
 

SOCI 308 - HOUSTON: SOCIOLOGY OF A CITY

Long Title: HOUSTON: THE SOCIOLOGY OF A CITY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group II
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Houston as an exemplar of contemporary urban change. The "golden buckle of the sunbelt"; recovery from the oil boom collapse of the 1980s into a restructional economy and a demographic revolution; the changing politics of education, quality-of-life issues, and interethnic relations, as they interact to shape the urban future. Guest lectures, field trips.
 

SOCI 309 - RACE & ETHNIC RELATIONS

Long Title: RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group II
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Historical and contemporary issues and theories of race and ethnic relations in the United States. The key groups covered will be European Americans, African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Mexican Americans. Group patterns of assimilation and conflict inform a basic tenet that race and ethnicity are organizing features of society.
 

SOCI 310 - URBAN SOCIOLOGY

Long Title: URBAN SOCIOLOGY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group II
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Study of urban development, form, and heterogeneity; and the conditions of life associated with living in cities. Examines the rise of cities, their growth and purposes in the U.S. and internationally. Examines behavioral adaptations required by city life, and considers urban subcultures.
 

SOCI 313 - DEMOGRAPHY

Long Title: DEMOGRAPHY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group II
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Introduction to the study of the dynamics of population change. Includes demographic data sources, components of population change, mortality patterns, family planning, the measurement of migration flows, and population-economic models. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 513. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 313 and SOCI 513.
 

SOCI 314 - SCIENCE AT RISK

Long Title: SCIENCE AT RISK? OUT OF THE LAB AND INTO PUBLIC SPHERE
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Distribution Group: Distribution Group II
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: What happens when science enters the public sphere and when the public sphere enters science? Through the lens of sociology we will examine some of the most controversial issues facing science, including biotechnology, science and religion, US knowledge of science, increasing diversity of the science workforce and corporate funding.
 

SOCI 316 - ENVIRONMENTAL FILM

Long Title: ENVIRONMENTAL FILM
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Explores the ways film represents the environment and environmental issues (food, water, energy, waste, environmental justice, sustainability), and both expresses and shapes environmental values. We will view and analyze a variety of genres, as well as reading supplementary material. Cross-list: ENST 316.
 

SOCI 319 - WORK AND OCCUPATIONS

Long Title: SOCIOLOGY OF WORK AND OCCUPATIONS
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Work is a central part of our lives. We will examine how work is structured in occupations and industries and how it changes over time. We will focus on understanding the lives of workers: work and inequalities between men and women, racial/ethnic inequalities, and relations between work and family.
 

SOCI 321 - CRIMINOLOGY

Long Title: CRIMINOLOGY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group II
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Study of criminal behavior. Includes social construction of crime, elementary forms of crime, empirical patterns of crime, and theories of crime. Field work required.
 

SOCI 325 - SOCIOLOGY OF LAW

Long Title: SOCIOLOGY OF LAW
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course will explore law and legality utilizing a sociological perspective. We place law within its social and political context, and examine how law influences everyday life. We explore sociological theories of law, empirical studies of law, legal institutions, and how social characteristics influence legal outcomes. Fieldwork required.
 

SOCI 327 - SUPERVISED RESEARCH I

Long Title: SUPERVISED RESEARCH I
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Research
Credit Hours: 1 TO 4
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course offers the opportunity to work with a faculty member on that faculty member's existing research project. The course involves intensive pedagogy and mentoring including a pedagorical plan developed in conjunction with the sponsoring faculty member. Instructor Permission Required.
 

SOCI 328 - SUPERVISED RESEARCH II

Long Title: SUPERVISED RESEARCH II
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Research
Credit Hours: 1 TO 4
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course offers the opportunity to work with a faculty member on that faculty member's existing research project. The course involves intensive pedagogy and mentoring including a pedagorical plan developed in conjunction with the sponsoring faculty member. Please contact the Department for a description of the section you are registering for. Instructor Permission Required.
 

SOCI 329 - MULTIRACIAL AMERICA

Long Title: MULTIRACIAL AMERICA
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Multiracial America examines the phenomenon of race mixing (e.g. interracial interaction, multiracial identity) from a sociological perspective. The course covers the legal, political, and cultural contexts of interracial interaction and how these impact current understanding of what it means to be "mixed race." Recommended Prerequisite(s): SOCI 101
 

SOCI 333 - SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION

Long Title: SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group II
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Study of religious beliefs, symbols, actions, organizations, roles, and various interrelationships between religion and society. Includes new religious movements, secularization, and fundamentalism. Field work required.
 

SOCI 334 - SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY

Long Title: SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group II
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course will teach students the important influences and consequences of American family life. We will consider issues such as sex and sexualities, marriage and cohabitation, divorce, family structure, same-sex marriage, domestic violence, and household labor. We will also examine the role of social institutions and social inequality in shaping family norms and constraints on family behaviors. Cross-list: SWGS 325.
 

SOCI 338 - SOCIAL PROBLEMS

Long Title: SOCIAL PROBLEMS
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course describes and analyzes social problems from national and international perspectives, and identifies how these problems affect, and are affected by, our institutions and culture. This course also explores the diverse contributions sociology has made to the understanding of complex social issues.
 

SOCI 340 - SOCIOLOGY OF IMMIGRATION

Long Title: SOCIOLOGY OF IMMIGRATION
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Sociology of Immigration traces the migration process from initiation through its long-term consequences using theories of initiation (e.g. economic and sociological models) and adaptation (e.g. segmented assimilation, new assimilation theory). It also explores the effects of immigration policies.
 

SOCI 341 - QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

Long Title: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course examines qualitative methodological approaches for conducting social science research. Particularly, students will examine how qualitative methods allow social scientists to analyze the symbolic, religious, gendered, socio-economic, policies and historical forces and contexts that underlie and motivate beliefs, ideologies, practices and social change. Cross-list: ASIA 385, Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 541. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 341 and SOCI 541.
 

SOCI 342 - SOCIOLOGY OF GLOBALIZATION

Long Title: SOCIOLOGY OF GLOBALIZATION
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course explores how the process of global integration transforms human life with specific emphasis on: the global economy and economic development; transnational political organizations; culture an identity; the effect of globalization on social stratification, including gender/race/ethnic inequalities; transnational migration; environmental change; and transnational social movements.
 

SOCI 343 - RACE, SOCIETY & POPULATION CHG

Long Title: RACE, SOCIETY AND POPULATION CHANGE
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: The U.S. population is more diverse than ever before - how did that happen? This course looks at how race and ethnicity patterns demographic processes. This course explores demographic techniques and collection of racial data. Topics include: Roots of racial diversity, collecting racial data, immigration and population growth, and population polices. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 543. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 343 and SOCI 543.
 

SOCI 345 - MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY

Long Title: MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group II
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course will explore the relationship between social factors and health, illness, and mortality, with a heavy emphasis on experiences of illness, the doctor-patient relationship, and the socialization of medical students and new doctors. Social determinants of health, cultural determinants of health, and the ethics surrounding conception, birth, and death will also be discussed.
 

SOCI 348 - ORGANIZATIONAL SOCIOLOGY

Long Title: ORGANIZATIONAL SOCIOLOGY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: From congregations to corporations to colleges, organizations surround us. While the prominence of organizations in our daily lives is an indicator of their success, we know that organizations can be impersonal, unresponsive and even corrupt. This course will visit social scientists' best attempts to figure out what makes organizations tick.
 

SOCI 349 - DEVIANCE & POPULAR CULTURE

Long Title: DEVIANCE JUSTICE AND POPULAR CULTURE
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This class will critically explore cultural imaginaries of deviance, crime, law and justice. How are these portrayed (historically and contemporarily) in popular culture, including television, film, social media outlets, newspapers and magazines, novels, and 'art.' Well also interrogate has these images and portrayals interact with perceptions, personhood (identity), and policy.-
 

SOCI 350 - URBAN TRANSPORTATION

Long Title: URBAN TRANSPORTATION
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group II
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Moving people and goods within cities is the stuff of legendary challenge and the life blood of urban areas. In this course we study the transportation systems used in European and US cities, examine advantages and disadvantages of different systems, and consider whether major transformations in urban transportation are on the horizon.
 

SOCI 358 - CRIME, PUNISHMENT AND SOCIETY

Long Title: CRIME, PUNISHMENT AND SOCIETY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: A multi-faceted exploration of crime. We explore how crime is socially defined, perceived and portrayed. Next we analyze empirical patterns and theories of crime. Lastly, we examine societal responses, focusing on policing and punishment. Material will encompass both classical/foundational and contemporary scholarship, and a mix of empirical and theoretical work.
 

SOCI 363 - AFRICAN AMER-JEWISH RELATIONS

Long Title: AFRICAN AMERICAN-JEWISH RELATIONS: RACE, RELIGION, POLITICS, AND POPULAR CULTURE
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course examines African American-Jewish relations in the United States from colonial times to the present day. Through readings, music, images, and films, we will explore constructions of racial identity, arenas of religious and cultural interaction, and the politics and politics that have shaped African American-Jewish relations in urban neighborhoods.
 

SOCI 364 - MUSLIMS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY

Long Title: MUSLIMS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course unearths the history of Muslims in America from the 15th century to present-day. Students will have the opportunity to explore the experiences of African, Middle Eastern, European, South Asian, Hispanic, and black/white Muslims. In studying these communities, students will question what it means to be Muslim in America.
 

SOCI 365 - POLITICS OF REPRESENTATION

Long Title: POLITICS OF REPRESENTATION: HOW WE UNDERSTAND "WAR" AND "THE RACIAL OTHER"
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Does media show how things really are? This class explores the politics of representation, particularly in times of social mayhem, revolution, and war. Although we will focus primarily on cultural and political representations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this class will also put this dispute in comparison with other global events. Cross-list: ANTH 365.
 

SOCI 366 - ART AND ACTIVISM

Long Title: ART AND ACTIVISM: CRITICAL STUDY OF HOPE IN TIMES OF CRISIS
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course explores art and social change in times of mass displacement, racial oppression and war. It surveys the efforts involved in achieving justice and the possible implications of remaining historically mute and hopeless. The class will host contemporary activists and artists concerned with radical visions of hope in Houston.
 

SOCI 367 - ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY

Long Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group II
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course focuses on the foundations of environmental sociology and takes a social and historical approach to examine how humans affect the environment and the environment affects humans. Topics include: agricultural sustainability, resource extraction and climate changes; environmental racism/sexism; globalization and development; population, and consumption, and environmental movements. Cross-list: ENST 367.
 

SOCI 371 - POVERTY, JUSTICE, CAPABILITIES

Long Title: POVERTY, JUSTICE, AND HUMAN CAPABILITIES
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course provides an overview of the study of poverty, justice, and human capabilities. The course considers theory and economic policy oriented towards improving human well-being in the US, Asia, Africa, and other regions. Readings address not just material deprivations but also gender, racial and ethnic disparities, health status, education, human rights, and political freedoms. To be considered for the course, please email pjhc@rice.edu to complete a brief questionnaire. Preference is given to those that have declared the PJHC minor. Formerly HUMA/SOCI 280. Instructor Permission Required.Cross-list: HUMA 371. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 371 and HUMA 280/SOCI 280.
 

SOCI 372 - HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Long Title: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN GLOBAL AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Prerequisite(s): HUMA 280 OR SOCI 280 OR HUMA 371 OR SOCI 371
Description: This course explores poverty and gender in local and global communities. Readings consider human deprivations and well-being in the context of social norms, gender relations, and governmental structures. Also examined are policies meant to improve human capabilities, including both the overall effects of such policies and their differential consequences for children, women, and men. Cross-list: ASIA 329, SWGS 322.
 

SOCI 376 - ART AND ACTIVISM

Long Title: ART AND ACTIVISM: CRITICAL STUDY OF HOPE IN TIMES OF CRISIS
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course explores art and social change in times of mass displacement, racial oppression, and war. It surveys the efforts involved in achieving justice and the possible implications of remaining historically mute and hopeless. The class will host contemporary activists and artists concerned with radical visions of hope in Houston. Cross-list: ANTH 376.
 

SOCI 379 - RACE, NATION AND DIASPORA

Long Title: CONTESTED GEOGRAPHIES
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Examines local and globally mediated formations of ethnic and racial identities. Explores the history of racial categories and focuses on the ways transnational communities are altered through contact with "homelands." Particular attention is given to "Arab-Jewish," "Palestinian," "Black," and "Latino" diasporic communities in Israel/Palestine and the USA.
 

SOCI 380 - SOCIAL THEORY

Long Title: SOCIAL THEORY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group II
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course engages and analyzes the foundational texts of social theory from its classical roots to its contemporary branches. Students will explore theoretical approaches that inform current sociological research and during the course will examine social phenomena of particular interest to them from the perspective of two major theorists.
 

SOCI 381 - RESEARCH METHODS

Long Title: RESEARCH METHODS
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: An introduction to the methods sociologists use to study human societies and their members. Hypothesis formulation and research design; qualitative studies through observation and interviews; historical and comparative approaches; sample surveys and the statistical analysis of quantitative data, political and ethical issues in social research.
 

SOCI 382 - SOCIAL STATISTICS

Long Title: SOCIAL STATISTICS
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Emphasizes the practical uses of statistics to answer the types of questions sociologists ask. We learn sample description, sampling and probability, sampling theory, and how to make inferences from samples to populations. We study and apply common univariate, bivariate, and multivariate statistics. Because most statistical analysis is done with the aid of computers, we also learn how to use a common statistical package.
 

SOCI 394 - HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Long Title: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN GLOBAL AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Prerequisite(s): HUMA 371 OR SOCI 371
Description: This course explores poverty and gender in local and global communities. Readings consider human deprivations and well-being in the context of social norms, gender relations, and governmental structures. Also examined are policies meant to improve human capabilities, including both the overall effects of such policies and their differential consequences for children, women and men. Cross-list: SWGS 394.
 

SOCI 401 - RELIGION SEMINAR

Long Title: RELIGION SEMINAR
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: A course that explores the theories, tools, concepts, and major debates that are central to the sociology of religion. Specific attention is devoted to religious practices, communities, and identities as well as how the sociology of religion relates to other sub-fields within the broader discipline. Instructor Permission Required.Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 501. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 401 and SOCI 501.
 

SOCI 402 - RACE AND FAMILY SEMINAR

Long Title: RACE AND FAMILY SEMINAR
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: What features of family life are marked by race? This course examines the question and gauges whether differences are a matter of culture or do they reflect issues of structure (or access to opportunities) and what are the implications for race/ethnic inequality? Topics include racial socialization and ethnic identity. Instructor Permission Required.Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 502. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 402 and SOCI 502.
 

SOCI 403 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

Long Title: INDEPENDENT STUDY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Independent Study
Credit Hours: 1 TO 6
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Directed reading and written papers on subjects not regularly offered; advanced study of subjects on which courses are offered. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.
 

SOCI 404 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

Long Title: INDEPENDENT STUDY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Independent Study
Credit Hours: 1 TO 4
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Directed readings and essay writing on special subjects. Includes advanced study in subjects from other courses, if desired. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.
 

SOCI 405 - ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH

Long Title: ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Research
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Beginning with the theoretical frameworks for ethnographic and other qualitative research methods, the course will cover ethics, entry, observation, field notes, interviewing, data analysis, and writing reports. It will offer a hands-on approach combining lectures, research through lectures, readings, and fieldwork. Field projects can be conducted in group, classroom, campus, or community settings. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 505. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 405 and SOCI 505.
 

SOCI 406 - BASIC DEMOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES

Long Title: BASIC DEMOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: The course provides a survey of basic demographic methods for assessing population change, fertility, mortality, and (im)migration and characteristics such with age, gender, race/ethnicity, household/family composition, marital status, economic, employment, and educational. Emphasis placed on the use of the methods in a variety of demographic and other settings. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 506. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 406 and SOCI 506.
 

SOCI 407 - GENDER SEMINAR

Long Title: GENDER SEMINAR
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: An overview of the construction and reproduction of gender as a social category. Course will compare various conceptualizations of gender and discuss structural-, interactional-, and individual-level processes that reproduce gender inequality. Will also explore interactions of gender with other axes of social difference, such as sexuality, race/ethnicity and social class. Instructor Permission Required.Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 607. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 407 and SOCI 607.
 

SOCI 408 - ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH II

Long Title: ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH II
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Research
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Prerequisite(s): SOCI 405
Description: Continuation of theoretical frameworks for ethnograpic and other qualitative research methods including ethics, entry, observation, field notes, interviewing, data analysis and writing reports. Field projects can be conducted in group, classroom, campus or community settings. Instructor Permission Required.
 

SOCI 412 - UG SEMINAR RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE

Long Title: PERSPECTIVES ON RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE IN AN INTOLERANT AGE
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 1
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: How do we understand religious pluralism in the midst of religious traditions that seem inherently at odds? Is religion more likely to bring peace or conflict? Through readings form the humanities and the social sciences and short lectures, this weekly undergraduate seminar will address these issues and more. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 512. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 412 and SOCI 512.
 

SOCI 415 - THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

Long Title: THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Examines the environmental movement in the U.S. and globally. After a historical overview, we will use a social movement perspective to examine mobilization, organizations and tactics, ideologies and identities, as well as exploring aspects of contemporary environmentalism (e.g. green building and slow flood, wildlife management/biodiversity, sustainable development, environmental justice). Cross-list: ENST 415.
 

SOCI 422 - SOCIAL AUTOPSIES

Long Title: SOCIAL AUTOPSIES: HOW SOCIETY KILLS US
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course explores mortality, and how long we live, as a social process. Though we often reflect on the biological, physiological, and genetic conditions that play parts in the length of our lives, we will explore evidence suggesting that social conditions shape mortality prospects for all of us.
 

SOCI 423 - SOCIOLOGY OF FOOD

Long Title: SOCIOLOGY OF FOOD
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course examines the production, distribution, and consumption of food as a medium to understand the relations between large social processes and the practices of everyday life. Topics include: food policy; commodification of food; food security and hunger; food, health and the body; cultural food practices; and alternative food systems. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 523. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 423 and SOCI 523.
 

SOCI 424 - RACE AND ETHNICITY SEMINAR

Long Title: RACE AND ETHNICITY SEMINAR
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Overview of the sociological study of race and ethnic relations; identifying the major contributions made to the sociological study of race and the ethnicity; and the major areas in need of new thinking and research . Focus on theoretical formulations, historical understandings, and causes and consequences of race and technical relations globally Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 524. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 424 and SOCI 524.
 

SOCI 425 - POPULATION HEALTH SEMINAR

Long Title: POPULATION HEALTH SEMINAR
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Course is a graduate level overview of population health, including the social determinates of morbidity and mortality, fertility and birth outcomes, health disparities, and contextual determinants of health. Course will cover major theoretical perspectives in the field, including fundamental cause theory, life course theory, and theories of stress and resilience. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 525. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 425 and SOCI 525.
 

SOCI 426 - CONTEMPORARY THEORY

Long Title: CONTEMPORARY THEORY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course builds foundational understanding of the diverse theoretical traditions of the last half-century that underlie much of the work currently being undertaken in sociology. Theories include: symbolic interactionism, critical theory, structuralism, power and social control, neo-institutionalism, feminist theory, and cultural theory. Evaluation based on papers, memos and seminar participation. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 526. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 426 and SOCI 526.
 

SOCI 436 - HOUSTON AREA SURVEY

Long Title: RESEARCH SEMINAR: THE HOUSTON AREA SURVEY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Research
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Continuation of the series of annual surveys on how Houston residents are reacting to the ongoing economic and demographic changes. Includes sampling procedures, questionnaire construction, interviewing, data analysis, and the logic and skills of survey research. Culminates in a research report that develops empirical hypotheses and tests their validity with the survey findings. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 536. Recommended Pre-requisite(s): SOCI 381 & SOCI 382. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 436 and SOCI 536.
 

SOCI 437 - SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION

Long Title: SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Analyzing educational inequality in the U.S. using concepts of educational equality and inequality and analysis of the factors that shape schooling outcomes. Addressing the role of students, families, neighborhoods, schools, school organizations and teachers. Special topics: education of immigrants, school segregation, accountability, higher education and the future of educational inequality. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 537. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 437 and SOCI 337/SOCI 537.
 

SOCI 451 - IMMIGRATION

Long Title: IMMIGRATION IN A GLOBAL WORLD
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course compare 20th century immigration to the US (and other countries) with more recent migratory flows. Topics will be related to the transnational identities of immigrants, ethnic discrimination, and the impact of immigrants on civic and religious institutions. A central part of the course is a semester-long research project. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 551. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 451 and SOCI 551.
 

SOCI 465 - GENDER AND HEALTH

Long Title: GENDER AND HEALTH
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This seminar explores the relationship between gender and health (longevity, physical illness and functioning, mental health, and health behavior). Specific topics include masculinity, disease expression, medical research, health care use, stress and social relationships, and intersectionality (race/ethnicity and sexuality) as they relate shaping health outcomes among men and women. Instructor Permission Required.Cross-list: SWGS 465, Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 665. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 465 and SOCI 665.
 

SOCI 469 - COMMUNITY BRIDGES TRAINING

Long Title: COMMUNITY BRIDGES TRAINING
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 1
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course is the precursor for the spring course, SOCI 470, Inequality and Urban Life. Only students accepted into the Community Bridges Program may enroll in this course, where we do preparatory readings, trainings and workshops for the spring community internships. Instructor Permission Required.
 

SOCI 470 - INEQUALITY AND URBAN LIFE

Long Title: INEQUALITY AND URBAN LIFE
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Research
Credit Hours: 4
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course combines classroom study with seven hours of fieldwork per week, working on projects with a local organization. We study how urban areas generate wealth and poverty, the experience of inequality, and issues of community development. Enrollment is by permission only. Instructor Permission Required.
 

SOCI 483 - DATA ANALYSIS

Long Title: DATA ANALYSIS
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This graduate course introduces students to multivariate regression methods. It assumes previous coursework in elementary statistics and the use of STATA. We will cover regression analysis for continuous dependent variables and move in to intermediate and some advance analysis for categorical dependent variables, commonly referred to as generalized linear models.
 

SOCI 485 - RACIAL IDENTITIES

Long Title: IDENTITIES IN A DIVERSE WORLD
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: How have shifts in ethnic and race diversity affected the way we answer the question, "who am I?" "Identities in a Diverse World" is a seminar dedicated to answering this core question by exploring the new frontiers of understanding race and ethnicity. Topics include: Racial Passing, Transracial adoption, Whiteness, and Immigration. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 585. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 485 and SOCI 585.
 

SOCI 492 - DIRECTED HONORS RESEARCH

Long Title: DIRECTED HONORS RESEARCH
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Research
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Sociological research under faculty supervision. Includes first-semester review of relevant literature and the preparation of an outline for planned research, followed by second-semester research and the writing of an honors thesis. Open only to students in sociology honors program. Instructor Permission Required.
 

SOCI 493 - DIRECTED HONORS RESEARCH

Long Title: DIRECTED HONORS RESEARCH
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Research
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Sociological research under faculty supervision. Includes first-semester review of relevant literature and preparation of outline for planned research, followed by second-semester research and the writing of an honors thesis. Open only to students in sociology honors program. Instructor Permission Required.
 

SOCI 500 - SUMMER RESEARCH

Long Title: SUMMER RESEARCH
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Research
Credit Hours: 1 TO 15
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: Sociological research for graduate students in sociology. Repeatable for Credit.
 

SOCI 501 - GRADUATE RELIGION SEMINAR

Long Title: GRADUATE RELIGION SEMINAR
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: A graduate level course that explores the theories, tools, concepts, and major debates that are central to the sociology of religion. Specific attention is devoted to religions practices, communities, and identities as well as how the sociology of religion relates to other sub-fields with the broader discipline. Instructor Permission Required.Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 401. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 501 and SOCI 401.
 

SOCI 502 - RACE AND FAMILY SEMINAR

Long Title: RACE AND FAMILY SEMINAR
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: What features of family life are marked by race? This course examines the question and gauges whether differences are a matter of culture or do they reflect issues of structure (or access to opportunities) and what are the implications for race/ethnic inequality? Topics include racial socialization and ethnic identity. Instructor Permission Required.Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 402. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 502 and SOCI 402.
 

SOCI 503 - TEACHING SOCIOLOGY

Long Title: TEACHING SOCIOLOGY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 1
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: This course will examine different approaches to teaching sociology at the university level, including core curriculum, a syllabus, and different forms of presenting material and evaluating students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Sociology department faculty will discuss their particular approaches to teaching sociology. Instructor Permission Required.
 

SOCI 505 - ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH

Long Title: ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Research
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Beginning with the theoretical frameworks for ethnographic and other qualitative research methods, the course will cover ethics, entry, observation, field notes, interviewing, data analysis, and writing reports. It will offer a hands-on approach combining lectures, research through lectures, readings, and fieldwork. Field projects can be conducted in group, classroom, campus, or community settings. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 405. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 505 and SOCI 405.
 

SOCI 506 - BASIC DEMOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES

Long Title: BASIC DEMOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: The course provides a survey of basic demographic methods for assessing population change, fertility, mortality, and (im)migration and characteristics such with age, gender, race/ethnicity, household/family composition, marital status, economic, employment, and educational. Emphasis placed on the use of the methods in a variety of demographic and other settings. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 406. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 506 and SOCI 406.
 

SOCI 510 - RELIGION AND SOCIETY

Long Title: RELIGION AND SOCIETY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: This seminar focuses on the ways in which religion is impacted by society, how society is shaped by religion, and the functions, uses, and meanings of religion in the modern world. We rely on the sociological perspective for understanding religion. Field work required.
 

SOCI 511 - COMMUNITY & URBAN SOCIOLOGY

Long Title: COMMUNITY AND URBAN SOCIOLOGY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: Study of urban development, form, and heterogeneity; and the conditions of life associated with living in cities, their growth and purposes globally and locally.
 

SOCI 512 - GR SEMINAR RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE

Long Title: PERSPECTIVES ON RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE IN AN INTOLERANT AGE
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 1
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: How do we understand religious pluralism in the midst of religious traditions that seem inherently at odds? Is religion more likely to bring peace or conflict? Through readings form the humanities and the social sciences and short lectures, this weekly undergraduate seminar will address these issues and more. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 412. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 512 and SOCI 412.
 

SOCI 513 - DEMOGRAPHY

Long Title: DEMOGRAPHY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Study of the dynamics of population change. Includes demographic data sources, components of population change, mortality patterns, family planning, the measurement of migration flows, and population-economic models. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 313. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 513 and SOCI 313.
 

SOCI 523 - SOCIOLOGY OF FOOD

Long Title: SOCIOLOGY OF FOOD
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course examines the production, distribution, and consumption of food as a medium to understand the relations between large social processes and the practices of everyday life. Topics include: food policy; commodification of food; food security and hunger; food, health and the body; cultural food practices; and alternative food systems. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 423. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 523 and SOCI 423.
 

SOCI 524 - RACE AND ETHNICITY SEMINAR

Long Title: RACE AND ETHNICITY SEMINAR
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Overview of the sociological study of race and ethnic relations; identifying the major contributions made to the sociological study of race and the ethnicity; and the major areas in need of new thinking and research . Focus on theoretical formulations, historical understandings, and causes and consequences of race and technical relations globally Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 424. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 524 and SOCI 424.
 

SOCI 525 - POPULATION HEALTH SEMINAR

Long Title: POPULATION HEALTH SEMINAR
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Course is a graduate level overview of population health, including the social determinates of morbidity and mortality, fertility and birth outcomes, health disparities, and contextual determinants of health. Course will cover major theoretical perspectives in the field, including fundamental cause theory, life course theory, and theories of stress and resilience. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 425. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 525 and SOCI 425.
 

SOCI 526 - CONTEMPORARY THEORY

Long Title: CONTEMPORARY THEORY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course builds foundational understanding of the diverse theoretical traditions of the last half-century that underlie much of the work currently being undertaken in sociology. Theories include: symbolic interactionism, critical theory, structuralism, power and social control, neo-institutionalism, feminist theory, and cultural theory. Evaluation based on papers, memos and seminar participation. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 426. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 526 and SOCI 426.
 

SOCI 528 - GIS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE RES

Long Title: GIS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course will focus on integrating spatial concepts into social science research using GIS software. Topics include: data acquisition, structure and management; principles of exploratory data analysis and cartographic visualization; and exploratory spatial data analysis (spatial auto correlation).
 

SOCI 536 - HOUSTON AREA SURVEY

Long Title: RESEARCH SEMINAR: THE HOUSTON AREA SURVEY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Research
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Continuation of the series of annual surveys on how Houston residents are reacting to the ongoing economic and demographic changes. Includes sampling procedures, questionnaire construction, interviewing, data analysis, and the logic and skills of survey research. Culminates in a research report that develops empirical hypotheses and tests their validity with the survey findings. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 436. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 536 and SOCI 436.
 

SOCI 537 - SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION

Long Title: SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: Analyzing educational inequality in the U.S. using concepts of educational equality and inequality and analysis of the factors that shape schooling outcomes. Addressing the role of students, families, neighborhoods, schools, school organizations and teachers. Special topics: education of immigrants, school segregation, accountability, higher education and the future of educational inequality. Instructor Permission Required.Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 437. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 537 and SOCI 337/SOCI 437.
 

SOCI 541 - QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

Long Title: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course examines qualitative methodological approaches for conducting social science research. Particularly, students will examine how qualitative methods allow social scientists to analyze the symbolic, religious, gendered, socio-economic, policies and historical forces and contexts that underlie and motivate beliefs, ideologies, practices and social change. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 341. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 541 and SOCI 341.
 

SOCI 543 - RACE, SOCIETY & POPULATION CHG

Long Title: RACE, SOCIETY AND POPULATION CHANGE
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: The U.S. population is more diverse than ever before - how did that happen? This course looks at how race and ethnicity patterns demographic processes. This course explores demographic techniques and collection of racial data. Topics include: Roots of racial diversity, collecting racial data, immigration and population growth, and population polices. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 343. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 543 and SOCI 343.
 

SOCI 551 - IMMIGRATION

Long Title: IMMIGRATION IN A GLOBAL AGE
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course compare 20th century immigration to the US (and other countries) with more recent migratory flows. Topics will be related to the transnational identities of immigrants, ethnic discrimination, and the impact of immigrants on civic and religious institutions. A central part of the course is a semester-long research project. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 451. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 551 and SOCI 451.
 

SOCI 580 - CLASSICAL THEORY

Long Title: CLASSICAL THEORY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: This course engages and analyzes the foundational texts of social theory from its classical roots to its contemporary branches. Students will explore theoretical approaches that inform current sociological research and during the course will examine social phenomena of particular interest to them from the perspective of two major theorists. Instructor Permission Required.
 

SOCI 581 - QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

Long Title: QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: Designed as a graduate level overview of quantitative research methods, with a focus on survey construction and design. The class moves through the stops of the research design process, and discusses mixed-methods and meta-analysis research. Class also includes a strong focus on writing, critique, peer review, and the publishing process. Instructor Permission Required.
 

SOCI 582 - QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS I

Long Title: QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS I
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: An introduction to statistics and data analysis for graduate students in sociology. Topics include descriptive statistics, visual representation of data, univariate and bivariate tests, as well as an introduction to multiple regression. Techniques for visualizing data will be discussed throughout. Familiarity with the statistical package Stata is assumed. Instructor Permission Required.
 

SOCI 583 - QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS II

Long Title: QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS II
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: This course introduces students to multiple regression methods - a set of models that relate an outcome (also referred to as response or dependent) variable to a set of explanatory or independent variables. Students should have a previous coursework on descriptive statistics, bivariate regression, as well as familiarity with Stata. Instructor Permission Required.
 

SOCI 584 - QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS III

Long Title: QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS III
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory
Credit Hours: 1 TO 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Prerequisite(s): SOCI 582 AND SOCI 583
Description: The course will give an overview of several advanced statistical techniques commonly used in Sociology.
 

SOCI 585 - RACIAL IDENTITIES

Long Title: IDENTITIES IN A DIVERSE WORLD
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: How have shifts in ethnic and race diversity affected the way we answer the question, "who am I?" "Identities in a Diverse World" is a seminar dedicated to answering this core question by exploring the new frontiers of understanding race and ethnicity. Topics include: Racial Passing, Transracial adoption, Whiteness, and Immigration. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 485. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 585 and SOCI 485.
 

SOCI 596 - STATISTICAL PROGRAMMING

Long Title: STATISTICAL PROGRAMMING
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory
Credit Hours: 1
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: This course will provide a thorough introduction to the statistical software package Stata. The emphasis will be on important skills for quantitative research that are not typically covered in statistics classes. Topics will include: data management, creating graphs, presentation of results, workflow, and documenting one's work. Instructor Permission Required.
 

SOCI 600 - GRADUATE INDEPENDENT STUDY

Long Title: GRADUATE INDEPENDENT STUDY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Independent Study
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: SECTION ONE: This course focuses on the sociology of global cities, especially on their comparative study. It examines their rise and development as central nodes in the world system, the means to their centrality and the threats to maintaining their status. A required end product of the course will be a publishable research paper using a comparative analysis of global cities. SECTION TWO: This course explores the relationship between social factors and health, illness, and mortality, with a heavy emphasis on equalitative experiences of illness, the doctor-patient relationship, and the socialization of medical students and new doctors. SECTION THREE: This course examines the causes and consequences of societal stratification in different institutional spheres. Students will be expected to examine key theoretical perspectives as well as understand and critique different methodological approaches to the study of social stratification. SECTION FOUR: Designed to familiarize students with the historical and contemporary theoretical explanations of the formation of, identification with, and implications of racial and ethnic categories in the United States and globally. Additionally, this course will cover empirical studies that investigate the perpetuation of racial and ethnic inequality in comparative, international perspective. SECTION FIVE: This course focuses on the mechanisms that lead to and/or perpetuate marginalization of social groups (e.g. racial, socioeconomic, religious, etc…) in urban areas. In particular, this course examines policies (i.e. public housing, cash welfare, corporation tax breaks, zoning laws) that increase or decrease the generational marginalization of groups. SECTION SIX: This course will delve extensively into criminology. The course will cover four broad areas: 1) how crime is imagined and portrayed, 2) empirical patterns of crime, 3) theories of crime causation and victimization, and 4) societal responses to crime, encompassing studies of social control, policing, the legal system, and punishment. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.
 

SOCI 601 - CLASSICAL THEORY II

Long Title: CLASSICAL THEORY II
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: The student will go beyond the basic graduate level theory course, doing advanced readings in theories, related to a substantive area in which the student concentrates.
 

SOCI 602 - QUANTITATIVE METHODS

Long Title: QUANTITATIVE METHODS
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: The student will do advanced work in an area of statistical interest with a faculty member who specializes in the techniques.
 

SOCI 603 - URBAN SOCIOLOGY

Long Title: DIRECTED READING IN URBAN SOCIOLOGY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Independent Study
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: This reading course covers foundational readings in the area of urban sociology. Instructor Permission Required.
 

SOCI 604 - GENERALIZED LINEAR MODELS

Long Title: MAXIMUM LIKELIHOOD ESTIMATION FOR GENERALIZED LINEAR MODELS
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: Explores useful statistical models beyond standard linear regression. Topics covered are logit and probit models for both binary and ordinal dependent variables, even count models, models for heteroskedastic regressions, and more. Maximum likelihood unifies these models by providing a single, coherent approach to estimation and about how data are generated. Instructor Permission Required.
 

SOCI 605 - NON-THESIS GRADUATE RESEARCH

Long Title: NON-THESIS GRADUATE RESEARCH
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Research
Credit Hours: 1 TO 9
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: Individual research not for thesis credit. Repeatable for Credit.
 

SOCI 606 - THESIS RESEARCH

Long Title: THESIS RESEARCH
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Research
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s):
Sociology
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description:  Repeatable for Credit.
 

SOCI 607 - GENDER SEMINAR

Long Title: GENDER SEMINAR
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: An overview of the construction and reproduction of gender as a social category. Course will compare various conceptualizations of gender and discuss structural-, interactional-, and individual-level processes that reproduce gender inequality. Will also explore interactions of gender with other axes of social difference, such as sexuality, race/ethnicity and social class. Instructor Permission Required.Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 407. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 607 and SOCI 407/SOCI 504.
 

SOCI 609 - GRADUATE INDEPENDENT STUDY

Long Title: GRADUATE INDEPENDENT STUDY
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Independent Study
Credit Hours: 1 TO 9
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: Sociological independent study under faculty supervision. Only open to graduate students. Repeatable for Credit.
 

SOCI 610 - PROFESSIONALIZATION WORKSHOP

Long Title: PROFESSIONALIZATION WORKSHOP
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 1
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: This professionalization workshop is designed to introduce graduate students to professionalization topics such as: giving a conference presentation, writing a fellowship or grant proposal, and the reviewing process of journals. Repeatable for Credit.
 

SOCI 611 - CRAFTING A DISSERTATION

Long Title: CRAFTING A DISSERTATION
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This course will enable students to receive instructor and peer feedback on dissertation proposals and dissertation chapters. Topics covered will include how to write a dissertation, start to finish. Students must have successfully completed at least one comp exam by August 31st to be eligible. Instructor Permission Required.
 

SOCI 665 - GENDER AND HEALTH

Long Title: GENDER AND HEALTH
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: This seminar explores the relationship between gender and health (longevity, physical illness and functioning, mental health, and health behavior). Specific topics include masculinity, disease expression, medical research, health care use, stress and social relationships, and intersectionality (race/ethnicity and sexuality) as they relate shaping health outcomes among men and women. There are additional requirements for Graduate students. Instructor Permission Required.Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: SOCI 465. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOCI 665 and SOCI 465.
 

SOCI 700 - DISSERTATION RESEARCH

Long Title: DISSERTATION RESEARCH
Department: Sociology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Research
Credit Hours: 1 TO 15
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s):
Sociology
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
Description: Dissertation research credit. Repeatable for Credit.