This course is an introduction to the study of society and the interaction of individuals within society. It is a prerequisite for all other courses in sociology. Topics studies include basic sociological theory and concepts, socialization, cultures, institutions, patterns of social structure, and social change. Some emphasis is placed on cultural relativity in modern society and the implications of cultural differences for business.
This course examines current models used to describe alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence, other drug abuse and dependence, and substance/process abuse in general. Assessment, treatment, addictive behaviors, and outcomes will be examined. The course is helpful to health care students, to any business student who expects to supervise others, and to anyone expected to function within a group. The course will also give each student the opportunity to gain insight into an issue of personal choice.
The course presents an analysis of major social issues. Statistical data and their interpretation are analyzed to explain and illustrate the concepts of social disorganization, value conflicts, and personal deviation. Those issues to be investigated include problems related to urbanization, marriage and the family, civil liberties, discrimination, mass communication, quality of environment and social policy.
This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and perspectives of culture. It surveys the dynamics of cultural evolution and its significance to civilization. Special attention will be directed towards the geographical basis of culture, the origins of civilization, the structure of civilization and culture - economic, political, familial, and religious structures and factors that lead to the demise of civilization.
This course examines work-related processes, social structures, and role behavior associated with blue-collar, white-collar, executive, and professional levels of employment. Among the topics considered are socialization in work roles; occupational professional ideologies; the interrelationship of work, status, and life-style; and adjustment to life cycle changes as they affect work and career. Particular attention will be focused on changing work patterns and values in the late twentieth century.