SOCI - Sociology

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • A study abroad course that explores Russian society and culture through readings, discussions, presentations, field trips to sites in Moscow and Perm, a home stay, a participant observation study with accompanying paper, and a project at an orphanage (or other site where project-based learning can be done).

  • Sociology is the scientific study of society and social groups. This introductory course discusses the research methods, basic concepts, theories and perspectives used by sociologists. Among the topics covered are culture, socialization, social structure, deviance, social stratification, diversity, globalization, minority groups, gender, and selected social institutions.

  • The purpose of the course is to acquaint the student with a broad spectrum of social problems within the contemporary United States. The factors causing social and cultural problems will be emphasized. Each student will be required to use sociological principles to analyze one selected problem.

  • This course provides a cross-cultural and global perspective on society's two vital institutions: Marriage and the Family. Comparative analysis is used throughout the course to enhance student appreciation of the intercultural variability and similarity in these institutions.

  • The course is a survey of historical and contemporary majority group-minority group relations in the United States. Using a sociological perspective, it focuses on the impact of ethnicity, race and gender on the distribution of power, opportunity and privilege. The emphasis is on the social construction of systems of difference. The course requires either a student research paper or a student presentation.

  • This course provides an introduction to the study of human aging. Emphasis is placed on social gerontology, though research from both bio-gerontology and psycho-gerontology is discussed. The focus is primarily on aging in the United States, through some cross-cultural data is presented.

  • The course provides an introduction to the sociological study of crime and criminal behavior. Emphasis is given to the variable definitions of crime with respect to time and place, the causes and theories of crime, topologies of criminal behavior, and crime prevention strategies. An overview of the criminal justice system (law enforcement, the court process, and correction) is presented.

  • This course allows students who have successfully completed a previous course in Sociology to continue study in that subject. A student may contract for one to four credit hours. Directed study may be contracted by a student only with the approval of the directing instructor and the department chairperson.

  • A student may contract for one to six credit hours of independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study. The student will submit a plan acceptable to the instructor and to the department chair. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the process of the study.

  • With an emphasis on human service agencies, this upper-level course focuses on the how's and why's of doing research. The variety of research techniques used by social scientists and human services practitioners will be discussed. Ethical ways to build knowledge and to conduct program evaluation will be examined. Students will gain practical experience in doing research by designing and conducting their own agency-focused research project. SPSS will be the data analysis package utilized.

  • This course is a survey of the growth of science and technology and their impact upon society as a whole with primary emphasis upon the United States. Major concentration is on the period since the mid-nineteenth century emphasizing the intellectual climate leading to and resulting from scientific and technological changes and the influence of these developments upon industry, government, education, agriculture, ecology and other areas.