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The University of North Carolina at Pembroke 2017-2018 Catalog 
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke 2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions



  • REL 3029. Cultural and Religious History of Korea and Japan (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (HST 3029)
    The course introduces students to the diverse religious traditions of Korea and Japan: Confucianism, Buddhism, Shamanism, Christianity, Shintoism, and various new religions. The course considers these traditions within the context of their culture, in particular the interaction between religion, culture, and society throughout the history of the two countries. The course reviews (1) the major concepts and ideas of each religion; (2) the historical background of the emergence or transmission of each religion; and (3) some facets that religions played out in the cultural and political life of Korea and Japan.

  • REL 3030. Islam (3 credits)

    Providing an introduction to the study of Islamic traditions, the course begins with an overview of early Islamic developments, including topics such as Muhammad, the Quran, and the spread of Islam. The course continues with a study of Islamic thought and practices, contextualizing these topics by focusing on the experiences of Muslims in particular locations around the globe.

  • REL 3150. Judaism (3 credits)

    An examination of the history, literature, and faith of Post‑Exilic Judaism.

  • REL 3160. Biblical Wisdom Literature (3 credits)

    A study of Proverbs, Job, Qoheleth, intertestamental Wisdom literature, and the aphorisms and parables of Jesus.

  • REL 3180. Apocalyptic Literature (3 credits)

    A study of apocalyptic literature of the Old and New Testaments with emphasis on the historical, religious and psychological backgrounds.

  • REL 3190. Modern Religious Thought (3 credits)

    A study of selected trends and figures in modern religious thought.

  • REL 3210. The History of Biblical Worship (3 credits)

    This course is a study of the theory, theology, and practice of worship as it is presented in the various texts of the Bible. The course will key on the development of worship from the time of the patriarchs, through the wide variety of worship in monarchic era Israel and the synagogues and churches of the first century. The origins and meaning of sacrifice, prayer, priesthood, temple, and the concept of the holy will be examined from historical, sociological, and anthropological perspectives.

  • REL 3220. Religion and Science (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (PHI 3220)
    An examination of issues between science and religion and a consideration of a tradition in natural theology used to validate religious claims.

  • REL 3270. History of Western Religious Thought (3 credits)

    An overview of Western religious thought from antiquity through the eighteenth century. The religious dimensions of ancient Greek philosophy, developments in Christian, Jewish, and Islamic theology, as well as reformulations and skeptical responses of the Enlightenment, are covered.

  • REL 3280. Violence and Religion (3 credits)

    This course examines the positive and negative interactions between adherents of differing religions, considering the larger pattern of inter-religious relations and the complex sources of conflicts. The course will focus on specific conflicts as case studies. Specific cases will vary.

  • REL 3290. Life and Letters of Paul (3 credits)

    A study of the life and world of Paul with special consideration of his preparation and mission, his style and subject matter.

  • REL 3360. Life of Jesus (3 credits)

    A study of the life and teachings of Jesus as they are presented in the four gospels with emphasis upon world conditions in his day and the significance of teachings on Jesus+ death and understanding of the resurrection.

  • REL 3370. Prophetic Literature of the Bible (3 credits)

    A review of the call, purpose, and work of the prophet. A study of the writings of Amos, Hosea, Jeremiah, Isaiah, etc.

  • REL 3400. Writing in Philosophy and Religious Studies (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (PHI 3400)
    A Writing-in-the-Disciplines course providing instruction and active learning with respect to writing in philosophy and in religious studies. It addresses discipline-appropriate style, audience, organization, research methods, citation, and editing.

  • REL 3420. Hindu Traditions (3 credits)

    This course focuses on the diverse basic elements associated with Hindu traditions, including sacred texts, philosophical conceptions, gods and goddesses, social relations, and ritualized practices. This course will also consider the ways that Hindus throughout the world practice their Hindu traditions and relate to other religious traditions.

  • REL 3430. Buddhist Traditions (3 credits)

    Following an overview of the historical Buddha, the basic concepts in Buddhism, and the spread of Buddhist traditions throughout Asia, the course examines the major branches of Buddhism, contextualizing this study with a focus on Buddhism in specific locations.

  • REL 3550. Philosophy of Religion (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (PHI 3550)
    An inquiry into the philosophical foundations of religion, the problems connected with belief and knowledge, faith and reason, and the character and meanings of religious commitment.

  • REL 4010. Biblical Narrative (3 credits)

    A study of the poetics, genres, and messages of narrative literature in the Old Testament and the New Testament: the Pentateuch, the former Prophets, the Apocrypha, and the Gospels.

  • REL 4070. Origins of Judaism and Christianity (3 credits)

    This seminar examines the work of scholars engaged in redescribing the beginnings of ancient Israel, of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It focuses on the critical difference between “beginnings” as a historical category and “origins” as a mythic category, and the implications of this difference for understanding the foundation narratives of Western religious traditions.

  • REL 4150. Amerindian Oral Traditions (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (AIS 4150)
    An examination of selected American Indian oral narrative traditions emphasizing a religio-literary assessment of mythical, anecdotal, and historical stories.

  • REL 4170. Sociology of Religion (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (SOC 4170)
    Religious institutions and relationships in modern society. PREREQ: Consent of instructor.

  • REL 4230. Jerusalem In Time, Space, and Imagination (3 credits)

    Following a chronological order, this course explores the origins, character and ongoing shifts in symbolic meaning of one of the most ancient and continuously settled cities on earth, Jerusalem. Students will acquire basic knowledge of the major periods in this long history as well as of the communities and traditions that have called it their home.

  • REL 4270. Sects, “Cults,” and New Religions (3)

    An overview of the new religions that have originated in North America and the world in the last two centuries. The class will study the origins, history, beliefs, and practices of these different religious groups, as well as well as their impact on the world today.

  • REL 4350. Greek and Roman Religion (3 credits)

    An introduction to the religious thought and practices of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Topics include ritual, worship, and sacrifice; beliefs about the underworld and afterlife; the ancient mystery cults; philosophical challenges to religion; the religious context of the origins of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism; Religion and state politics/ethnicity.

  • REL 4410. Theories and Methods in Religion (3 credits)

    This course examines various methods of studying religions and the historical development of the academic study of religions. Both the critical evaluation and application of various theories and methods are central in this course. Students are expected to apply particular methods to develop a significant research paper.

  • REL 4500. Advanced Studies in Eastern Philosophies and Religions (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (PHI 4500)
    In-depth analysis of Eastern (Asian) philosophies/religions/ways of life, based on the reading of primary Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist texts. Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, and Shinto also receive coverage. Comparison of Eastern and Western understandings of the nature of religion, philosophy, ultimate reality, and the human condition and destiny is included.

  • REL 4990. Independent Study (1-3 credits)

    A student who wishes to enroll in REL 4990, Independent Study, must: (1.) be classified as a senior, (2.) have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in the major area of study, (3). Request independent study in the major area, and (4.) submit a Request for Approval of Independent Study in triplicate to the Office for Academic Affairs. The form can be obtained from the Department Chair responsible for the student’s major area of study. It must be approved by the professor supervising the student in independent study; the Department Chair; the Registrar; and the Office for Academic Affairs. The student may elect to work for one, two, or three semester hours of credit. Upon completion of the independent study, the student must prepare a written report of the study in triplicate. If the supervising professor feels it is appropriate, the report will be catalogued and permanently housed in the Library.

Special Topics in Religion

  • RELS 4xxx. Special Studies in Religion (3 credits)

    A study of selected religious problems, themes, issues or topics to be selected each term the course is presented. The objectives of the course can be satisfied by means of Directed Research. Possible topics are: Religion and Human Life, Myth, Symbol and Metaphor, Religion and Art, Hermeneutics, Contemporary Issues in Religion, Religious Dimensions in Education, and Counseling. This course may be repeated for credit up to and including 9 hours as long as there is no duplication of subject matter. PREREQ: Consent of instructor.

Substance Abuse

  • SAB 2700. Medical Terminology (2 credits)

    Crosslisted: (SWK 2700)
    Students are introduced to the most frequently used medical terms and abbreviations. Intended primarily for students in social and behavioral science curricula who seek careers in medical organizations.

  • SAB 2830. Interviewing Skills (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (CRJ 2830)
    This course teaches practical skills and the theories behind them for interviewing and recording of interviews in legally and emotionally sensitive areas, such as knowledge about criminal conduct and victimization, child, domestic and substance abuse. Systems theory is applied to the selection of techniques to be used in different interviewing circumstances, recognizing such critical status distinctions as victim, witness, or suspect. The course employs lecture, discussion, readings, interviewing assignments, simulations, role-playing, audio-visual taping, and documentation exercises.

  • SAB 3770. Drug Use and Abuse (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (HLTH 3770)
    A study of the types and functions of pharmaceutical treatments. Drug addiction is analyzed as a social, psychological, and biological process. PREREQ: SOC 1020  or permission of instructor.

  • SAB 4550. Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Addiction (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (SWK 4550)
    Substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation involving individual clients, families, and groups is addressed. Modalities of treatment, treatment planning, case management, and managed care in addictions are also addressed.

  • SAB 4610. Addiction and Women (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (SOC 4610)
    An analysis of women’s experiences of addiction, the societal response to female addiction, and the treatment resources and services that are needed to prevent and treat female addiction. Topics covered include the centrality of relationships in women’s lives, sexual abuse and addiction, addiction and traditional gender roles, and parenting issues for substance abusing women.

Science Education

  • SCE 3000. Early Experiences for Prospective Science Teachers (1 credit)

    An introduction to the teaching of science for prospective secondary science teachers. A minimum of 16 clock hours of directed classroom observations and planned participation in actual classroom settings and 8 clock hours of seminar class instruction in the teaching area.

  • SCE 3010. Early Laboratory Experiences for Prospective Science Teachers (2 credits)

    An introduction to the role of the laboratory in science teaching including research on laboratory use in K-12 schools, safety and liability issues, inquiry-based activities, and the planning and evaluation of laboratory lessons. A minimum of 16 clock hours of directed field experiences in actual classroom settings and 16 clock hours of seminar class instruction. PREREQ: SCE 3000  and at least 16 semester hours of science credits.

  • SCE 3500. The Teaching of Science in the Middle Grades (6‑9) (3 credits)

    Purposes, methods, materials, and evaluation procedures in the life and physical sciences; preparation of teaching plans and materials appropriate for teaching science in the middle grades. PREREQ: SCE 3000 .

  • SCE 4000. Teaching Science in the Secondary School (3 credits)

    Purpose, methods, materials, and evaluation procedures in the life and physical sciences; preparation of teaching plans and materials. PREREQ: SCE 3000 , SCE 3010 .

  • SCE 4490. Internship in Science in Middle/Secondary Schools (9 credits)

    Provides continuous full-time teaching experiences in an off-campus public school setting. Pass/Fail grading. PREREQ: SCE 4000 .

  • SCE 4750. Professional Seminar in Middle/Secondary Science (3 credits)

    A seminar designed to parallel the full semester student teaching experience (SCE 4490). Emphasis will be placed on the appropriate application of methods of teaching and assessment in a clinical setting. Topics will include the proper use of instructional materials, classroom management, participation in the reflective teaching process, professionalism, and required Teacher Education assessments. PREREQ: Admission to Professional Semester.

  • SCE 5000. Teaching Science in Grades 6-12 (3 credits)

    Purposes, methods, materials, and evaluation procedures in the life and physical sciences; preparation of teaching plans and materials appropriate for teaching science in the 6-12 classroom. Limited to MAT students only. PREREQ: Formal admission to the MAT program; EDN 5500 .

  • SCE 5600. Foundations of Science Education (3 credits)

    Historical, philosophical, sociological, political, and economic factors affecting science education in the schools of the United States will be analyzed. The goals of science education in the United States from the early nineteenth century to the present along with the implications of various learning theories and models for curriculum development will be examined. Current trends, issues, and problems in science education will also be evaluated.

  • SCE 5700. Improving 9-12 Science Classroom Instruction (3 credits)

    This course will focus on the application of major principles of education and psychology for the improvement of science teaching in the secondary school science classroom. This will include clarification of goals and objectives of science teaching, instructional strategies, assessment, elements of a desirable classroom climate, and a critical analysis of research relevant to the teaching of all science disciplines.

  • SCE 5800. Contemporary Issues in Science Education (3 credits)

    Students will continue in-depth studies into problems and emerging issues related to standards-based science education instruction and programs building upon the knowledge, skills, and dispositions addressed in both SCE 5600 -Foundations of Science Education and SCE 5700 -Improving 9-12 Science Classroom Instruction. In this culminating course, students will finalize their field-based experiences and/or leadership project and present the results at a professional meeting. PREREQ: SCE 5600  and SCE 5700 .

  • SCE 5810. Internship in 9-12 Science Education (3 credits)

    Ten week, full-time internship experiences in an off-campus public school setting appropriate for 9-12 Science licensure. PREREQ: Approval of the Science Education Program Director.

Special Topics in Science Education

  • SCES 5xxx. Special Topics in Science Education (1-4 credits)

    The course content will vary from offering to offering, but it will be designed to encompass a variety of concepts and pedagogy within the area of science education. It will meet the special needs of individuals within the master’s program at UNCP, as well as students seeking credit in special offerings such as short courses, seminars, and special, intense summer experiences.

Special Education

  • SED 2800. Sign Language I (3 credits)

    Students will learn to fingerspell, to use manual communications from vocabulary development up through the sentence level (500 words), and to describe categories of hearing loss.

  • SED 2810. Sign Language II (3 credits)

    Students will develop a larger vocabulary (1000 words) and greater facility with manual communications through the paragraph level. PREREQ: SED 2800 .

  • SED 2820. Sign Language III (3 credits)

    The student will continue to develop vocabulary and fluency in manual communications through the conversational level (1200+ words) in addition to cultural implications and ethics associated with using sign language. The student will be evaluated on fluency, speed, and accuracy. PREREQ: SED 2810 .

  • SED 3040. Working with Families of Diverse Students with Disabilities (3 credits)

    This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to examine the critical importance of using culturally responsive practices when working with families of diverse students with disabilities. Focus on values and beliefs regarding disabilities, culture, ethnicity, and language will be discussed. This course will emphasize the need to meet the academic and social‐emotional needs of diverse students with disabilities by working with their families.

  • SED 3050. Introduction to Gifted Education (3 credits)

    An introduction to the education of gifted students, emphasizing historical foundations of gifted education; definitions; federal, state, and local laws and guidelines; characteristics; theories of intelligence; methods of identification; and options for service delivery. PREREQ: Valid teaching license and plan of study on file in Licensure Office.

  • SED 3110. Assistive Technology for Students with Special Needs (3 credits)

    This course of study is designed to give teacher candidates the knowledge and skills to determine the appropriate current research-validated instructional technologies for learners with disabilities. Topics including selection, modification, and classroom use of technology to accommodate the physical, sensory, communicative, learning, and social limitations associated with disabilities. Students will receive hands-on experience with utilizing various assistive technology devices. Field experience is required. PREREQ: SED 3310 , SED 3320 .

  • SED 3310. Introduction to the Exceptional Child (3 credits)

    This course is designed to provide an introduction to the foundations of special education: the concept, purposes and responsibilities, laws and policies, principles and practices for meeting the educational needs of children with disabilities. The course provides a study of the needs, characteristics, and categories of exceptional children, as well as the important role parents and families play in the educational planning and decision-making process. Three hours of Field Experience is required.

  • SED 3320. Special Education Law, Policies, and Procedures (3 credits)

    This course is designed to give teacher candidates a thorough understanding of the North Carolina Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities and the federal laws covering special education. Through this knowledge the teacher candidate will understand the policies, process and procedures for providing special education services. Field experience required.

  • SED 3330. Teaching Students Who Need Adaptive or Functional Curricula (3 credits)

    This course is designed to give teacher candidates a broad working knowledge of the definitions, characteristics, causes, assessment, and services for students who require either an adaptive or functional curriculum. Characteristics will be addressed in relation to why and how specialized instruction can meet the learning and developmental needs of these individuals, specifically in areas of instructional and assistive learning. Field experience required. PREREQ: SED 3310 , SED 3320 .

  • SED 3340. Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3 credits)

    This course is designed to give teacher candidates a broad working knowledge of research-validated cognitive and meta-cognitive learning strategies for use with students with mild to moderate disabilities. PREREQ: SED 3310 , SED 3320 .

  • SED 3350. Assessment of Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3 credits)

    This course is designed to give teacher candidates a variety of assessment strategies and sources to determine students’ prior knowledge, skills, interests and learning styles. As a result, teacher candidates will be able to use regular, frequent, valid, and reliable outcome measures to evaluate and respond to the progress of individual students toward annual goals. PREREQ: SED 3310 , SED 3320 .

  • SED 3500. Teaching Students with Academic Gifts (3 credits)

    An applied course in the education of students with academic gifts. Emphasis is placed upon the psychological aspects of and methods for teaching students with academic gifts and talents.

  • SED 4030. Collaboration in School and Community for School Professionals (3 credits)

    This course of study is designed to give teacher candidates a thorough understanding of policies, process and procedures for planning for successful collaboration among teachers of students with disabilities within inclusive settings as well as among the special educator and paraprofessionals and other professionals. Focus will be given to collaboration with community partners. Field Experience is required. PREREQ: Admission to Teacher Education, SED 3310 , SED 3320 , SED 3350 .

  • SED 4060. Differentiating Instruction for the Gifted (3 credits)

    This course focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to instruction and integrative methods for designing learning experiences for gifted learners. Emphasis is placed on ways to use assessment data to extend basic differentiation of curriculum elements (i.e., content, process, product, and learning environment). PREREQ: SED 3050 . Introduction to Gifted Education, is recommended.

  • SED 4250. Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities (3 credits)

    This course of study is designed to give teacher candidates a thorough understanding of policies, process and procedures for planning for transitioning for preschool, school, and postsecondary/ adult students. Field experience required. PREREQ: Admission to Teacher Education Program, SED 3310 , SED 3320 , SED 3350 .

  • SED 4310. Discipline and Classroom Management (3 credits)

    This course is designed to give teacher candidates the knowledge and skills to teach students the appropriate behaviors to promote academic and social development. Teacher candidates will learn small group and individualized behavior management strategies for students with behavior problems. Field experience required. PREREQ: Admission to Teacher Education Program, SED 3310 , SED 3320 , SED 3350 .

  • SED 4320. Classroom Considerations and the IEP for Special Education Students (3 credits)

    This course of study is designed to give teacher candidates a thorough understanding of the IEP development and implementation. Field experience required. PREREQ: Admission to Teacher Education Program, SED 3310 , SED 3320 , SED 3350 .

  • SED 4330. Diagnosing and Remediating Mathematics Problems (3 credits)

    This course of study is designed for teacher candidates to have the knowledge and skills to use systematic, explicit, multi-sensory methods to diagnose and remediate mathematics skills. Candidates will also learn how to understand and provide the essential components of math instruction. Field experience required. PREREQ: Admission to Teacher Education, SED 3310 , SED 3320 , SED 3350 .

  • SED 4340. Diagnosing and Remediating Reading and Writing Problems (3 credits)

    This course is a continuation of RDG 3200 in the exploration of the use of reading, writing, spelling assessments to determine classroom intervention and instructional strategies for an advanced reader. It is designed to give teacher candidates the knowledge and skills to use systematic, explicit, multi-sensory methods to teach communication skills, reading, and written expression. It provides foundational information about stages of reading, spelling, and writing acquisition, factors that impact literacy success or failure, and the nature of literacy difficulties. This information serves as a context for learning about the implementation, administration, and interpretation of formal and informal classroom assessments for the purposes of screening, diagnosing, monitoring progress, and evaluating instruction. Field experience required. PREREQ: Special Education Majors: Admission to Teacher Education Program, SED 3310, SED 3320, SED 3350, and RDG 3200

  • SED 4360. Seminar in Special Education (3 credits)

    The seminar is specifically designed to coincide with the teacher candidate internship experience. Through the seminar, teacher candidates are supported with the appropriate resources to compliment their teaching experience in off-campus public school settings. Emphasis is placed on the purpose, organization and administration of schools and school systems as well as the role of the special education teacher. The teacher candidate is given continual opportunities to reflect on the application of the total instructional process in special education to determine effective teaching practices. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis. The course may be repeated. PREREQ: Completion of all General Education and Special Education courses, minimum 2.5 QPA.

  • SED 4830. Methods and Models of Gifted Education (3 credits)

    This course focuses on methods and models of instruction for high-ability learners. Special emphasis is placed on effective instructional methods for gifted students, including problem-based learning, project-based learning, independent/self-directed learning, Socratic seminar, critical thinking, and creative problem solving. PREREQ: SED 3050 , Introduction to Gifted Education, is recommended.

  • SED 4840. Trends and Issues in Gifted Education/Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students (3 credits)

    This course examines the unique social and emotional needs of children and youth who are gifted, including those from special populations. This course focuses on program design/program evaluation, identification of underserved populations, identification of underachieving gifted learners, and identification of resources for gifted education. PREREQ: SED 3050 , Introduction to Gifted Education, is recommended.

  • SED 4960. Internship for Special Education Teacher Candidates (9 credits)

    The teacher candidate internship provides a full-time full-semester teaching experience in off-campus special education classes in public school settings. The candidate’s elementary or secondary placement is dependent upon the candidate’s concentration and the internship will be closely monitored by a clinical teacher and university supervisor. PREREQ: Admission to the Professional Semester. COREQ: SED 4360 .

  • SED 5120. Advanced Study of Exceptionality in Children (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (EDN 5120)
    An introduction to and an analysis of the principles, problems, characteristics, and psychological aspects of children who have mental retardation; learning disabilities; visual impairments; hearing handicaps; communication disorders; behavior disorders multiple, severe, and physical handicaps; as well as talents and gifts. Contemporary issues in special education as they relate to the inservice educator are explored. Field experience required.


  • SOC 1020. Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

    An introduction to scientific study of human society and social behavior.

  • SOC 1050. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (AIS 105)
    A survey of the various processes and conditions involved in cultural growth and change, including the relation between technology, religion, art, literature, language, and personality development. Emphasis is placed on human ecology and contacts between cultures.

  • SOC 2090. Social Problems in Modern Society (3 credits)

    Social costs of organized social life. Problems in families, work groups, local communities, and modern nations. Sociology of mental disorders, suicide, drug abuse, alcoholism, etc. Poverty and violence.

  • SOC 2200. Computers and Society (3 credits)

    An introduction to the impact of computers on modern society and computer applications in the social sciences.

  • SOC 2400. Criminology (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (CRJ 2400)
    Historical and contemporary theories of criminal behavior are examined, with emphasis on rehabilitation logic and the application of the scientific method to the explanation of crime.

  • SOC 2650. Popular Culture (3 credits)

    An introduction to popular culture in both national and international contexts, with a further focus on two broad areas of study: popular culture as contested “texts” in TV, film, popular music, advertising, cyber-culture, etc., and as lived in youth sub-cultures, shopping, fan clubs, etc. Critical concepts employed include ideology, representation, identity, articulation, and hegemony.

  • SOC 2800. Health and Society (3 credits)

    An introduction to medical sociology and the sociological analysis of health and illness. Topics covered include how persons respond to illness, health care selection, social factors in therapy, and the social consequences of illness.

  • SOC 2800. Health and Society (3 credits)

    See listing under Medical Sociology Concentration, below.

  • SOC 3000. Sociological Writing/Rhetoric (3 credits)

    Students will learn to develop sociological rhetoric and to write, edit, and revise various types of sociological papers including book reviews, literature reviews, and research papers. This course emphasizes writing concisely from evidence rather than opinion. Students also learn how to do blind reviews and use sociological citation standards. PREREQ: ENG 1050 , ENG 1060 .

  • SOC 3010. Community Health Organizations & Services (3 credits)

    This course explores and analyzes, from a local, national, and international perspective, current major community health issues, the programs and services available for preventing and controlling these problems and the various agencies and organizations which deal with the problems and issues.

  • SOC 3030. The Family (3 credits)

    Structure and functions of kin groups in societies. Types of families. Cooperation and conflict. The family in relation to other social institutions. Mate selection, courtship, and family relationships. Stability and change.

  • SOC 3060. Sociological Theory (3 credits)

    This course provides students with a foundation in classical and contemporary sociological theory. Students learn to use theory to critically analyze the social world. This course prepares students for upper-level courses. PREREQ: SOC 1020 , SOC 3000 .

  • SOC 3120. Sports in Contemporary Society (3 credits)

    A study of sports from a socio-cultural perspective, including the relationship of sports to other social institutions, stratification within sports, and changing conceptions of leisure and sports. The popular literature on sports will be examined.

  • SOC 3130. The Community (3 credits)

    This course grounds the student in the multiple meanings of community: community as a territorial unit; community as a psycho-social unit; and community as a cultural unit. In addition, case studies will be used to illustrate how different types of “community” are created and maintained and how structural changes in the society affect community. PREREQ: SOC 1020  or SOC 2090 .

  • SOC 3140. Collective Behavior and Social Movements (3 credits)

    Provides a theoretical background and some analytical tools for understanding the nature and scope and cultural and historical roots of social movements world-wide and examines the growing linkages among local, national and global movements. Collective behavior movements covered include those of peasants, indigenous peoples, women and others to achieve greater local autonomy, environmental and gender justice.

  • SOC 3160. Development and Globalization (3 credits)

    Globalization is a collection of processes by which people around the world are interconnected in economic, political, cultural and environmental linkages. This course examines these processes via sociological theories of modernization and dependency, focusing on a commodity chains framework and world systems theory, consumption and homogeneity patterns.

  • SOC 3170. Social Gerontology (3 credits)

    Aging as psychological, biological, and social phenomena. Review of current and emerging topics and major gerontological theories on aging and the life course.

  • SOC 3180. Community Development (3 credits)

    This course examines sociological perspectives on contemporary theory and practice in community development. Attention will be given to development theory as well as applied sociological investigation into creating community social change. Problems and opportunities that arise from social and demographic change and the dynamics of local economies in a global context will be examined. Portfolio requirement includes an agency assessment.

  • SOC 3210. Social Inequalities (3 credits)

    This course examines contemporary and historical theories on inequality, the ways in which it develops and how it is sustained in society, using both local and global approaches. Inequalities involving class, race, gender, age and sexual orientation are examined, and ways to create social change to reduce social inequalities will be considered.

  • SOC 3240. Sociology of Poverty (3 credits)

    This course examines sociological perspectives on the causes and extent of poverty in the United States. Attention will be given to social theory, social policy, lived-experiences and the impact of poverty on communities. An emphasis on the extent and nature of poverty in North Carolina is provided. Portfolio requirement includes a demographic county profile.

  • SOC 3400. Life Course Criminology (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (CRJ 3400)
    Taking a sociological perspective on criminal correlation, etiology and criminogenesis, this course examines criminal behavior across the life course, considering such issues as juvenile delinquency, “aging out” of crime, persistent career criminality, and such social variables as class, employment, race, sex roles, ethnicity, religion and ideology on crime. PREREQ: SOC 2400 .

  • SOC 3520. Human Trafficking and Slavery (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (CRJ 3520)
    This course addresses a worldwide crime phenomenon and social problem that involves men, women, and children ensnared in an unthinkable life of slavery, torture, and early death. The following topics are covered in-depth: the rise and costs of human trafficking; the financial side of human trafficking; the trafficking markets in Asia, Eurasia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the United States. PREREQ: CRJ 2000  or SOC 1020 .

  • SOC 3540. Gender and Society (3 credits)

    Examines gender in social life focusing on the social construction of both masculinity and femininity. Covers theoretical explanations of gender differentiation, with an emphasis on socialization, stratification, family, work, education, politics and social change.

  • SOC 3600. Social Statistics (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (CRJ 3600, SWK 3600)
    An introduction to statistical analysis. Focus is on the process of determining the appropriate statistical techniques, the uses of those techniques, and on the process of the proper interpretation of statistical results. PREREQ: MAT 1050  or MAT 1070  or permission of the instructor.

  • SOC 3610. Social Research (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (CRJ 3610)
    An overview of research methodology in the social sciences. The course will include survey and experimental designs, and sampling and scaling techniques. Both quantitative and qualitative techniques of analysis will be presented. PREREQ: SOC 1020  or SOC 2400 /CRJ 2400 , SOC 2250/CRJ 2350.

  • SOC 3670. Social Deviance (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (CRJ 3670)
    Theories of deviant behavior are examined, with selected examples of deviance reviewed in detail. PREREQ: SOC 2400 .

  • SOC 3680. Law and Society (3 credits)

    Crosslisted: (CRJ 3680)
    An introduction to the development of law and legal systems, the social organization of law, and the functions and roles of law in society, applying cross-cultural and anthropological perspectives. The relationship of values, economy and culture of a society to the laws it adopts.

  • SOC 3690. Sociology of Mental Disorders (3 credits)

    Social Factors in the definition, incidence, etiology, and treatment of mental disorders are examined. Topics include the social role of the mental patient, societal views toward and responses to mental disorders and the development of mental health policy.

  • SOC 3730. Health Promotion and Wellness (3 credits)

    A study of community problems and opportunities for health care and the social factors that mold health habits. Project development and implementation required.

  • SOC 3750. Death and Dying (3 credits)

    Stages of personal adjustment to death. Dying as a social process. Therapy with the chronically and terminally ill. Social, economic, and psychological aspects of the funeral. The hospice is discussed.

  • SOC 3780. Sociology of Drug Use (3 credits)

    A sociological analysis of historical and contemporary drug use. Topics include demographic, occupational, social and health correlates of drug use, drugs and the economy, societal and legal responses to drug use, drugs and crime, therapeutic and educational responses to drug use and drug policy initiatives.


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