Sociology

SOC-107: Service Learning Field Experience I, Credits = 1 - 3
This course is designed to provide students with a social service learning experience. Under supervision, students provide assigned services to an agency, school, health care facility, other non-profit organization or community group in the area. This will be "experiential service learning" which means students have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in social sciences classes to real life situations. This experience may be helpful to students in the selection of a profession/vocation or may be an opportunity to pursue a personal interest. Requires 30 hours of service learning per academic credit. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

SOC-108: Service Learning Field Experience II, Credits = 1 - 3
This course is designed to provide students with a social service learning experience. Under supervision, students provide assigned services to an agency, school, health care facility, other non-profit organization or community group in the area. This will be "experiential service learning" which means students have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in social sciences classes to real life situations. This experience may be helpful to students in the selection of a profession/vocation or may be an opportunity to pursue a personal interest. Requires 30 hours of service learning per academic credit. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Prerequisite: SOC 107 and instructor permission.

SOC-109: Service Learning Field Experience III, Credits = 1 - 3
This course is designed to provide students with a social service learning experience. Under supervision, students provide assigned services to an agency, school, health care facility, other non-profit organization or community group in the area. This will be "experiential service learning" which means students have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in social sciences classes to real life situations. This experience may be helpful to students in the selection of a profession/vocation or may be an opportunity to pursue a personal interest. Requires 30 hours of service learning per academic credit. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Prerequisite: SOC 108 and instructor permission.

SOC-164: Investigating the Dynamics of Socioeconomic Classes, Credits = 2
Explores the relationships that exist between socio-economic classes and helps create awareness on the values, priorities, and resources pertaining to those classes. Recommended: READ 088

SOC-204: Drugs and Society, Credits = 5
An introduction to psychoactive drugs and their use and abuse from a sociological perspective. This course addresses the social, biological and psychological factors associated with therapeutic use, recreational use, and abuse of drugs. This course provides an exploration of the impact of drugs on social institutions, including issues regarding regulation of drug use. Other topics include prevention and treatment. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.

SOC-205: Racial and Ethnic Relations, Credits = 5
Focuses on inter-group race and ethnic relations with a social-historical emphasis. Students explore how race and ethnic identities are developed; theoretical perspectives on assimilation and pluralism; prejudice and discrimination; the creation of subordinate groups; and historical and contemporary issues. Problems and possible solutions of majority-minority relations are examined. Course taken prior to fall 2010 also accepted for diversity requirement.

SOC-206: Aging and Society, Credits = 5
Looks at the effects of the aging population of society, life/health insurance, retirement planning, and resources for the elderly, discussing the individual and group behaviors with respect to health and illness. Examination of medical professionals and their behaviors, with a look at the human behavioral responses to health, illness and the aging process. The distinction between culture and the process of death, dying and bereavement will be analyzed as it relates to the physical, mental and social changes in people as they age. Emphasis on the aging process itself. Course taken prior to fall 2010 also accepted for diversity requirement.

SOC-208: Intimate and Family Relations, Credits = 5
Provides a sociological understanding of the processes involved in family relations, household life and structures, and family problems. Emphasizes historical formations, social influences, and the diversity of families in the United States. Explores myths about family forms and features; the role of gender; divisions of labor within household; historical shifts; family privacy and government interventions; stereotypes; and the effect of social, economic, and political forces on the family. Also addresses the broader issues in the sociology of intimate relations beyond conventional marriages and families. Course taken prior to fall 2010 also accepted for diversity requirement. Recommended: READ 088.

SOC-220: Gender and Society, Credits = 5
Gender is a central feature of social life. Enhances students' recognition of the pervasiveness and complexities of a sex and gender "system," predominately focusing on our own society. Gender is explored on three levels (individual identity, gender roles, and institutional level) to include as a system of social relationships in which gender interacts with, and influences, institutional structures; as what people "do" in social interactions; and as an attribute by individuals for self-identification. Student may not earn credit for both SOC 220 and GWST 220. Course taken prior to fall 2010 also accepted for diversity requirement. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.

SOC-226: Community Leadership, Credits = 6
The Sherwood Trust Community Leadership Program was established by the Ford Institute for Community in 2000, and is funded by the Ford Family Foundation. This structured 60-hour curriculum is offered to citizens in small towns, such as Walla Walla. The objective is to cultivate community leadership skills with individuals from diverse backgrounds, from different economic and social sectors, and of diverse ages. An outcome of this program is for the class to identify a specific community project to be completed by the following winter quarter. This course is available to current participants in the Sherwood Trust Community Leadership Program only. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.

SOC-227: Community Leadership Service Project, Credits = 1
The Sherwood Trust Community Leadership Program was established by the Ford Institute for Community in 2000, and is funded by the Ford Family Foundation. This 30-hours of community service learning component is the outgrowth of SOC 226. The objective is to cultivate community leadership skills with individuals from diverse backgrounds, from different economic and social sectors, and of diverse ages. An outcome of this program is for the class to identify a specific community project to be completed by the following winter quarter. This course is available to current participants in the Sherwood Trust Community Leadership Program only.