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NOTE: Course credit hours are shown in parentheses immediately following the course title.

Soci 6279. Metropolitan Atlanta. (3) (Same as Geog 6768 and Hist 6320.)
Interdisciplinary perspective focusing on social historical and geographic processes which have shaped Atlanta and its environs.

Soci 6312. African American Women in the United States. (3) (Same as AAS 4100.)
Contemporary social issues of black women. Emphasis on the historical roots of current issues and the interrelationships of gender, race, and class.

Soci 6315. Girls. (3) (Same as Anth 6320 and WST 6310)
Who "girls" are and how they are socialized in our society. Girls' experiences with social institutions, growth and development issues, self-esteem and body image, sexuality, culture, and media, third-wave feminism, and girls' movements.

Soci 6366. Law and Society. (3)
Recruitment, training, and practice in the legal professions. Analysis of the legal system as a

Soci 6390. Selected Topics in Sociology. (3)

Soci 7100. The Field of Aging. (3)
Introduction to the central concepts, methods, and professional practices in gerontology; development of basic skills used in theoretical and empirical work; and orientation to the field of aging and this gerontology program.

Soci 7110. Aging Policy and Services. (3)
Overview of aging policy, services, and programs with emphasis on legislation, funding, planning, the aging network, and the long-term care system.

Soci 8000. Proseminar in Sociology. (3)
Introduction to central concepts, methods, and professional practices in sociology; development of basic skills used in theoretical and empirical work; and orientation to the discipline and this department of sociology.

Soci 8010. Intermediate Sociological Statistics. (3)
Prerequisite: Soci 3010 or its equivalent and the consent of the instructor. Parametric and nonparametric statistical topics pertinent to sociological research.

Soci 8020. Research Methodology. (3)
Prerequisite: Soci 8010 or the consent of the instructor. Problem formulation, the logic of research design, scale construction, operational and measurement techniques, and forms of tabular presentation employed in the social survey.

Soci 8030. Sociological Theory I. (3)
Roots of the major theoretical orientations in sociology, with special attention given to the early history of conflict theory, functionalism, and symbolic interactionism.

Soci 8040. Cognitive Sociology. (3)
Perceiving, focusing, classifying, timing, symbolizing, and remembering in a societal context. How thinking can vary cross-nationally and historically. The social construction of racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, and temporal boundaries; social connection between collective memories and national and group identities; and social foundations of knowledge and myth.

Soci 8101. Family Sociology. (3)
Key concepts and processes of family sociology with application to sexuality, partner selection, transition to parenthood, parenting and children, housework and paid work, conflict and violence, divorce and marriage, grandparenting, caregiving, and alternative families.

Soci 8102. Life Course Sociology. (3)
Development of the key concepts and processes of life course theories, with application to issues such as: child development and socialization, adolescence, marriage and parenting, work and occupational careers, retirement, illness and institutionalization, and death and bereavement.

Soci 8110. Social Psychology. (3)
Social influences of others, roles, norms, and social interaction on self, identity, and behaviors.

Soci 8112. Adult Socialization. (3)
Changes, adjustments, and conflicts throughout the adult life cycle, focusing on becoming an adult, education, marriage, parenthood, work, retirement, institutional care, old age, and death.

Soci 8116. Aging and Society. (3)
The study of aging as a social process affecting individuals, societies, and social institutions. Topics include age stereotypes, social roles, socioeconomic status, minority elders, older women, work and retirement, family and community relationships, politics, housing, and health care.

Soci 8118. Aging, Health, and Disability. (3)
Individual experience of physical aging, disease, disability, and death in old age; patterns and social causes of physical and mental illness, mortality, and longevity; illness behavior of older people, including health care utilization, compliance, patient-practitioner interaction, and health promotion behavior.

Soci 8120. Aging and Long-Term Care. (3)
Analysis of the long-term health care system, emphasizing care of the elderly and client, practitioner, and therapeutic issues in institutional and community-based settings.

Soci 8122. Death, Dying, and Loss. (3)
Death and dying, loss, and the cultural processes of grief, mourning, and bereavement.

Soci 8140. Family Studies. (3)
Theoretical orientations and research methods used in the sociological study of families.

Soci 8142. Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective. (3)
Families in different countries, emphasizing the economic, technological, ideological, and political factors that account for cross-societal variation in family groups and institutions.

Soci 8144. Family Diversity. (3)
Emergence of new family forms; critique of traditional definitions of family; and examination of issues facing today's families as they vary by race/culture/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and employment.

Soci 8150. Sexual and Intimate Violence. (3)
Societal causes, power dynamics, and policy implications of rape and sexual violence, battery, psychological/emotional abuse, child abuse and neglect, and elder abuse.

Soci 8152. Birth and Parenthood. (3)
Pregnancy, birth, and parenting; fatherhood and motherhood in a social and historical context.

Soci 8154. Children and Childhood. (3)
Analysis of children and childhood as socially constructed categories and life course stages. Emphasis on changing ideas and practices concerning the care, control, and significance of children. Covers the gender socialization of children as well as the effects of class and race on the quality of children's lives in family, educational, work, and other social settings.

Soci 8156. Sexuality and Society. (3)
Social construction of sexuality, examines the ways human groups attach meaning to emotions, desires, and relationships. Sexuality across the life course, including dating, varieties of sexual relationships, birth control and procreative technologies, sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS, and sex and law.

Soci 8201. Social Inequality. (3)
Prerequisite: Soci 8000 or its equivalent and the consent of the instructor.
Theories, research methods, data sources, and empirical work in social stratification, power relations, class and status systems, and the changing structure of the economy and labor force. Examination of inequality based on gender, race/ethnicity, class, or age, and mobility among classes.

Soci 8202. Social Conflict. (3)
Theories, research methods, and empirical work on the nature and processes of social, political, economic, and cultural conflicts. Frame of reference encompasses interpersonal (dyads and small groups), formal organizations, social movements, national, and international levels.

Soci 8208. Work and Occupations. (3)
Social relationships in such areas as recruitment, stratification, training, career patterns, clientcolleague relations, mobility, social control, job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and work commitment.

Soci 8210. Industrial Sociology. (3)
Systematic study of the organizational forms of industrial production in relation to global economy, society, community, and the individual.

Soci 8212. Race and Ethnic Relations. (3)
Theory and research on racial and ethnic identities, communities, and conflicts; racism, discrimination, and related forms of inequality; racial/ethnic attitudes; assimilation, pluralism, and immigration.

Soci 8214. Immigration. (3)
Study of the social forces that cause international migration and application of sociological perspectives to analyze conditions of immigrant life and the impact immigration has on different societies. Emphasizes social and cultural adaptations in communities affected by immigration, immigrants' participation in the labor force and economy, and public attitudes and government policies affecting entry and settlement processes in the U.S. and other societies.

Soci 8216. Gender and Society. (3)
Social construction of gender, gender based stratification, and power dynamics.

Soci 8218. Political Sociology. (3)
Sociological theories and methods to analyze the phenomenon of power within social systems and the relations between state and society.

Soci 8220. Social Movements. (3)
The causes, processes, and outcomes of social movements; including protest and other activities directed toward social change.

Soci 8222. Deviance and Social Control. (3)
Theory and research regarding behavior which violates well-established social norms; social factors which engender such behavior and social reactions to such behavior; examples of typical interests would be sexually deviant behavior, certain types of mental illness, alcoholism, and suicide.

Soci 8224. Criminology. (3)
Issues in criminological theory and research, encompassing law and social control, the structure and process of the criminal justice system, epidemiology of crime, history of criminological thought, and criminal careers and behavior systems.

Soci 8226. Urban Sociology. (3)
Urbanism from a sociological point of view. Focuses on three basic areas: theoretical concepts and perspectives on urban social organization; current sociological perspectives on the city; and contemporary application of these perspectives.

Soci 8228. Contemporary Urban Research. (3)
Recent developments in urban sociological research and theory.

Soci 8230. Medical Sociology. (3)
Health and illness beliefs and behavior; social epidemiology; sociology of nursing, medicine, and other health professions; the social organization and financing of health care; health policy issues.

Soci 8232. Poverty and Wealth. (3)
Critical issues in the generation and maintenance of economic inequalities, both domestically and globally. Emphasis on the role of socioeconomic forces in the production of poverty and wealth as well as individual and group attitudes and behaviors.

Soci 8340. Population Dynamics. (3)
Social factors influencing fertility, mortality, and migration in the U.S. and other countries and how these demographic processes influence social organizations; the impact of global and regional population changes on the environment and population policies; basic techniques for constructing demographic rates and measures.

Soci 8342. Qualitative Methods in Sociology. (3)
Prerequisite: Soci 8020 or the consent of the instructor.
Methodological strategies in sociological research involving participant observation, in-depth interviewing, and the use of public and private documents. Special attention given to the analysis of text data (in contrast to numerical data) and the writing of text-based dissertations, articles, and books.

Soci 8346. Sociology of Drugs. (3)
Major areas of sociological concern in drug abuse and addiction including legislation, epidemiology, etiology, treatment and rehabilitation and research and evaluation; examples of types of drugs covered would be narcotics, marijuana, psychedelics, sedatives and tranquilizers, and alcohol.

Soci 8360. Sociology of Religion. (3)
Social dimensions of religion, the relationship between religion and society, sociological theories of religion, religious organization and behavior, religion and social change, secularization and the future of religion.

Soci 8380. Sociology of Education. (3)
Sociological approach to the study of education as an institution in urban settings.

Soci 8900*. Special Topics in Sociology. (3)
Soci 8910*. Gerontology Internship. (1-6)
Prerequisite: The consent of the instructor. Supervised practical training in an aging-related agency, organization, or program.

Soci 8920. Applied Project in Gerontology. (3)
Prerequisite: The consent of the instructor. Supervised project requiring application of gerontological knowledge to an aging issue or problem.

Soci 8930. Gerontology Colloquium. (3)
Final multidisciplinary seminar for gerontology certificate students; focus is on integration of disciplinary perspectives and demonstration of conceptual and technical skills through completion of a final project and paper.

Soci 8970. Directed Reading. (1-3)
Prerequisite: The consent of the instructor.

Soci 8980. Sociology Internship. (1-6)
Applied sociological work in a program, agency or organization.

Soci 8990. Research Practicum. (3-9)
Prerequisite: The consent of the Graduate Director. Apprenticeship in research for Graduate Assistants under faculty supervision.

Soci 8991. Teaching Practicum. (3-9)
Prerequisite: The consent of the Graduate Director. Apprenticeship in teaching for Graduate Assistants under faculty supervision.

Soci 8998. Thesis Proposal. (1-9)

Soci 8999. Thesis Research. (1-9)
Soci 9000. Teaching Sociology. (3)
Prerequisite: Joint M.A./Ph.D. program students who have completed all of the requirements for their M.A. degree and Ph.D.-Only program students who have a master's degree in sociology may register for the course. Ph.D.-Only program students whose master's degree is in another field may register for the course after having completed 18 hours of graduate sociology course work at Georgia State. M.A.-Only program students will not be permitted to register for the course unless they successfully petition the Teaching Committee. The consent of the instructor. Preparation for the Sociology classroom, including pedagogical issues and practice.

Soci 9001. Teaching Internship. (3)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Soci 9000 and the consent of the instructor. Students teach their own undergraduate Sociology class under the direction of their instructor. Students appointed as GTA IIIs must first successfully complete Soci 9000 and 9001.

Soci 9002. Writing for Publication. (3)
Prerequisite: Joint M.A./Ph.D.program students who have completed all of the requirements for their M.A. degree and Ph.D.-Only program students who have a master's degree in sociology may register for the course. Ph.D.-Only program students whose master's degree is in another field may register for the course after having completed 18 hours of graduate sociology course work at Georgia State. M.A.-Only program students will not be permitted to register for the course unless they successfully petition the Teaching Committee. The consent of the instructor. Instruction in applied writing techniques for publication in sociological journals.

Soci 9010. Multivariate Sociological Data Analysis. (4)
Prerequisite: Soci 8010 or its equivalent. Applied data analysis techniques for sociologists including regression analysis, path analysis, logistic regression analysis, and factor analysis.

Soci 9020. Advanced Research Methodology. (3)
Prerequisite: Soci 8020 and Soci 9010 or the consent of the instructor. Intensive examination of design, sampling, and measurement problems in social research.

Soci 9030. Sociological Theory II. (3)
Prerequisite: Soci 8030 or its equivalent. Recent developments in sociological theory, with special attention given to significant extensions of, and challenges to, the theories covered in Sociological Theory I.

Soci 9970. Readings for Qualifying Examination. (3-9)
Prerequisite: The consent of the Graduate Director. Intensive reading on specific topics in preparation for the qualifying examinations under faculty

Soci 9998. Dissertation Proposal. (1-9)

Soci 9999. Dissertation Research. (1-9)

* May be taken more than once if topics are different