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Course Descriptions Sociology (SOC)

SOCIOLOGY (SOC)

Updated for 2014-2015

SOC 100 Survey of General Sociology (3)

Introduction to basic sociological concepts, theories and findings with emphasis on the sociological perspective to gain insight into basic social relationships, social structures and processes. (DS)

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent.

SOC 151 Introduction to Sociology of Food (3)

Introduction to the sociological analysis of food by challenging students to think critically about issues involving food production, food consumption behaviors, and the controversies surrounding food production and the environmental impact of food production practices. Students will also evaluate social justice issues related to food and current social movements that have emerged to address these issues. (Formerly GEOG 197) (DS)

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better.

SOC 214 Introduction to Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

This course examines race and ethnic relations from a global perspective. Social, economic and political problems associated with perception, existence, and accommodation of varying racial and ethnic groups within the wider society are examined. (DS)

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent.

Rec Prep: SOC 100

SOC 218 Introduction to Social Problems (3)

Application of a social perspective to selected problems afflicting modern industrial societies. Emphasis on understanding the nature, causes, and effects of selected social problems. Different research data and theoretical approaches are examined. (DS)

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent.

SOC 231 Introduction to Juvenile 
Delinquency (03)

This course examines the nature, trends, remedies, and explanations for juvenile delinquency. The student is introduced to basic terminology relating to juvenile delinquency and the juvenile justice system. The course focuses on trends in juvenile delinquency in U.S. society, the consequences of juvenile delinquency, basic ideas underlying explanations for juvenile delinquency, current treatment programs that have been proposed as responses to delinquency, and the philosophy and features of the juvenile justice system in Hawai‘i and the nation. (DS)

Prerequisite: At least one Social Science course at 100-level or higher with a grade of C or better.

Rec Prep: SOC 100 or equivalent.

SOC 250 Community Forces in Hawai‘i (3)

This course is designed to acquaint the student with sociological principles and the application of these principles to aid in the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the unique social environment of the State of Hawai‘i. Fundamental concepts of sociology in the area of race relations are presented with emphasis on Hawai‘i’s unique potential “melting pot” social environment and the development of an “unorthodox race doctrine” for Hawai‘i. Sociological aspects of the various cultural contributions by the ethnic groups to Hawai‘i including values, concepts, practices, history, and language are also investigated. (DS)

Rec Prep: ENG 21, ENG 22, or ENG 24 with a grade of C or better or equivalent

SOC 251 Sociology of the Family (3)

This course is a survey of contemporary family life. Variations in relationships and family patterns are examined from a cross-cultural perspective. The course focuses on choices in relationships; current patterns, trends, and changes in these choices and family life. Love, sex roles, sexual attitudes and their relationship within the institution of the family are discussed along with partner selection, dating, marriage, singlehood, divorce, separation or widowhood. Major issues in family life today will be addressed including: career and family conflicts, alternative family forms, family planning and parenthood, spouse and child abuse, et al. (DS)

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent.

SOC 297 Advanced Issues in the Sociology 
of Food (3)

Advanced Issues in the Sociology of Food provides students opportunities to explore and analyze issues involving food production, food consumption behaviors, and the controversies surrounding food production and the environmental impact of food production practices. Students will also evaluate social justice issues related to food and current social movements that have emerged to address these issues. Formerly GEOG 297.

Prerequisites: SOC 151

Rec Prep: ENG 100

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