Course Descriptions & Course Outlines


Listed below are the course descriptions for the selected subject.
By clicking on the Search Current Course Schedule icon (opens in new window), you can search the current course schedule to see if a course you are interested in is being offered this semester.

Browse by Subject: Search the Course Catalog:


Sociology

SOC 1102 -- Relationships, Marriage and the Family,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 5 and 7)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College level reading; college level writing

This course presents the social and cultural forces that have implications for the formation and maintenance of social relationships with special attention to marriage and family forms and functioning. Additionally, the course will compare social/cultural patterns and implications for individuals, groups, and society. The course includes (but is not limiited to) a focus on social aspects of relationship formation (mate selection), familial roles, parental roles, sexuality, gender and the life cycle.


SOC 1104 -- Human Sexuality in Society,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 5 and 7)

Explores social and cultural processes that organize and control human sexual behavior. The course includes the following--Cultural patterns in sexual behavior, changes in sexual behavior in history, the organization and dissemination of sexual knowledge, and investigation of human sexuality. The ways that social and political organization of a social system shapes sexual knowledge and behavior.


SOC 1111 -- General Sociology,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goals 2 and 5)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading and writing

This course is an introduction to the scientific study of human behavior in groups and the social forces that shape society and to the social construction of reality. Special attention is given to the application of sociological ideas and analysis. Topics include, but are not limited to, methods of research, major sociological theory, culture, socialization, group dynamics and interaction, deviance and crime; social stratification; race, ethnicity, and gender; the family; social institutions; population and environment; and social change.


SOC 1145 -- Gender in Society,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Cross-listed as WOST 1145)

(Meets MnTC Goal 5 and 7)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: SOC 1111 recommended, but not required. College-level reading and writing.

An introduction to the sociological study of gender. Sociological perspectives, research, and current issues related to gender in society are presented. Topics may include gender as it relates to media, family, work, politics, power and inequality, education, religion, socioeconomic forces, race/ethnicity, sexuality, social movements, and social change.


SOC 1189 -- Topics:,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course has been developed as a potential permanent course. The course must follow all the same policies and procedures related to curriculum outlined by the college. It does not duplicate existing course offerings. Refer to course notes for specific course description.


SOC 2207 -- Sociology of Power,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 5 and 7)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading and writing

This course is a survey of social inequalities and power differentials in society and examines social, cultural, and social psychological aspects related to the sociology of power. Among the topics covered are how race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality, religion, and/or other social statuses are related to social stratification, minority/majority relations, and other sociological patterns. Students are required to go beyond academic and classroom content by way of observation and interactions in various social settings.


SOC 2221 -- Social Problems,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 2 and 9)

Prerequisite: SOC 1111 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading and writing

This course presents an overview of contemporary social problems and addresses how sociological perspectives and social science research can contribute to a better understanding of the existence, continuation, and alleviation of social problems. Students will learn how social problems are defined, develop tools to effectively analyze current and past social problems, and learn how social institutions influence social problems. Specific topics may include social inequalities, social institutions, ethical responsibility, and critical examination of alternatives to resolve or alleviate social problems.


SOC 2260 -- Social Psychology,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 2 and 5)

(Cross-listed as PSYC 2260)

Prerequisite: PSYC 1110 or SOC 1111 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor

Social Psychology concerns itself with the nature of human behavior. It focuses on the point of interaction between the individual and society and groups. The basic questions studied are how the individual shapes societies and groups and how societies and groups affect the individual's behavior. The course will include basic concepts, assumptions, methods, findings and applications.


SOC 2261 -- Introduction to Crime and Criminology,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 5 and 9)

Prerequisites: SOC 1111 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading and writing

Overview and analysis of crime and its relationship to societal institutions such as the criminal justice system. Major topics may include but are not limited to measures of crime (crime data), the consequences of criminal law, theories of criminal motivation, theories of crime control, evaluation of crime control policy, and victimology. Special topics may include traditional street crime, white-collar crime, juvenile crime, police conduct, and the relationship between the criminal justice system and other societal institutions.


SOC 2262 -- Juvenile Delinquency and Justice,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 5 and 9)

Prerequisites: SOC 1111 with a grade of C or better

Overview and analysis of theories of delinquency and the Juvenile Justice System. Special emphasis will be on addressing the prevalence, motivations, and types of juvenile crime, as well as the current delinquency-control policies aimed at deterring it.


SOC 2299 -- Independent Study,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Independent Study allows a student to earn credit while participating in a supervised learning experience in a community-based or work setting. Students must have successfully completed two courses in the discipline in which they want to undertake independent study. Forms are available in the Educational Services Office. All arrangements must be made prior to registration for the semester in which the project is scheduled and must be approved by the appropriate Dean of Educational Services. In addition, a project outline must be approved by the instructor who will supervise the student's work.


PEOPLE TO CONTACT

Counseling & Advising
763-433-1230