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Sociology

  • SOCIOL 598  Field Experience Project

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    This course includes site visits and observation time spent in the field at state or social service agencies.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 600  Foundations of Applied Sociology

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    This course is required for all formally accepted first-year students. The purpose of the course is a) to engage students in the field and substance of applied sociology, in order to strengthen their understanding of how theories, concepts, and sociological research are central to social problem-solving, policymaking, and the skills required in a variety of occupational settings; b) to involve students at the beginning of their graduate education in designing their studies to meet their educational, career, and personal objectives; and c) to maximize and facilitate student utilization of the curriculum, faculty, and departmental/university resources.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 601  Complex Organizations

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    The course acquaints students with studies of complex organizations that throw light on decision-making and conflict in the setting of formal organizations. Students will study how policies emerge and how they are translated into action. They study research illuminating the nature and functions of rules, the initiation and consequences of political processes, the role and problems of street-level bureaucrats, and the impact of social, political, and economic conditions on organizational behavior. Theories and concepts are applied to human service organizations, and their distinctive features are discussed.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SOCIOL 605  Applied Sociological Theory

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    This course examines the nature and aims of applied sociological theory. Of special interest is the bearing of pure or basic sociological theory on applied research and problem solving, the differences between pure and applied sociological theory, and the relevance of applied theory for basic sociological theory. Other topics include the theoretical implications of moral and ethical concerns and restrictions in applied social research and employment and the nature of the values and assumptions involved in efforts to devise and implement policy intended to treat social problems.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 606  Social Semiotics and Cultural Analysis

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    This doctoral level sociology seminar is intended to provide participants with an introduction to semiotics and cultural analysis. We will look at modes of expression and expressiveness; explore how culture manifests numerous modes of expressiveness, and how they are also embedded within culture. We will discuss the process through which cultures develop meaningful links in terms of sensibility, understanding, and meaning making. Our discussions will be associated with an in-depth analysis of the role of semiotics in culture and society and in doing so we will analyze the parallel between the function of the sign and the function of the signifying objects.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SOCIOL 607  Contemporary Sociological Theory

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    Social theory is trained reflection on ways of knowing social life. But it is not only this, and it never begins purely as trained reflection. Social theory arises first and foremost from everyday life, from an enormous variety of contexts of conversation, discussion, and interaction between ordinary people. These are the same contexts that lead to the formation of such things as social movements, political parties, trade unions, and organized mass actions such as consumption, strikes, and revolutions. Social theory emerges from these contexts and is only a more reflective expression of the disputes and agendas that dominate ordinary communication about social and political issues. It is itself a social and political issues. It is itself a social product with a multitude of everyday contexts of origination.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 609L  Qualitative Methods and Field Research

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    This course is designed to introduce students to qualitative research methods; its specific focus is on policy research and aging. Students practice the skills needed to observe the world around them by attending to social phenomena, descriptively and analytically. The course functions as both a seminar and a research workshop, and students learn by engaging in a field work project. GERON GR 609L and PPOL-G 609L and SOCIOL 609L are the same course.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 610  Teaching Sociology: Theory & Practice

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    This seminar is designed for graduate students who are interested in teaching careers at the college and university level and/or in the scholarship about teaching and learning. Teaching assistants who are involved in classroom practice are also welcome. The course will address both the theory and practice of teaching with a focus on the kinds of backgrounds, experiences, and learning styles that UMass Boston students bring to the classroom.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 618  Psychiatric Epidemiology and Forensic Services

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    This course provides necessary professional skills and helps students understand forensic evidence and its use in courts. Topics include research in psychiatric epidemiology, sources of violence, recidivism, and risk assessment.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SOCIOL 620  Social Problems

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    An analysis of theories to explain the historical development of social problems. Theories include Marxian and non-Marxian analyses, micro- and macro-theoretical approaches such as functionalism, conflict, interactionism and deviance perspectives. Special attention is given to the application of theories for the understanding of such contemporary social problems such as unemployment and poverty, problems of urban communities, inter-group conflict/relations, individual deviance and others.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SOCIOL 621  Social Psychiatry

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    Sociological analysis of psychiatric theories and practices; examination of the effect of social structure on the construction, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 623  Alcohol,Drugs&Crime

    Description:
    This course focuses on the multi-faceted associations among alcohol, drug use, and crime in America. It distinguishes legal and policy issues from competing paradigms and contrasts criminal justice and public health models. State- of-the-art etiology, epidemiology, prevention, and treatment studies correlating criminality and substance misuse are assessed and evaluated in historical and sociocultural contexts. The course highlights social service systems in relation to current practices and institutionalized definitions of health and illness, crime and criminals.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 630  Applied Social Psychology

    Description:
    This course has been designed to introduce students to sociological theories about interaction and to motivate students to explore how the theories about which they learn can make change in the real world. During the seminar, the class will cover a mixture of contemporary and classical research literature in the attempt to make sense of interactions in everyday social life and to use the ideas and concepts from the literature to address social problems.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 642  Issues in Contemporary Social Policy

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    This course provides special emphasis on contemporary social policy issues. It examines principals of social policy analysis and the impact of social policy decisions on recipients and non-recipients of social services. Special attention is given to research on contemporary problem areas such as immigration, homelessness, public sector health and mental health, social justice issues, and crime and delinquency.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 643  Immigration Policy: Global and North American Perspectives

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    This class offers a global perspective on immigration policy that is weighed toward issues and concerns that have defined the recent history of immigration policy in North America. It includes case studies from Western, Eastern and Southern Europe, Central and South East Asia, Canada, Australia, Africa, and the Caribbean.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 644  Gender, Ethnicity, and Migration

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    Why do people migrate? Do immigrants assimilate into host countries or maintain ties with their home countries? What factors shape the work experiences of (im)migrants? A gendered perspective, critical to the study of these topics, is still poorly integrated into international migration theory. This course will challenge us to keep gender at the center when answering the classic questions of migration studies. Students will be asked to consider how the feminization of migration and a perspective that includes the intersection of gender, ethnicity, class, and nation challenge the theoretical tools used to make sense of migration and its effects.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 645  Sociology of Migration

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    This class offers a sociological perspective on migration by looking at why people migrate and explores the theoretical tools sociologists have developed for understanding migration. The course emphasizes the global context of international migration and examines the institutions that shape migration flows and the experiences of immigrants. These import issues will be examined from both the perspective of the receiving and sending countries.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 650  Meth Of Research I

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    Focuses on methods of collecting information about social beliefs and social process, including the operation of social services and other programs. The course requires students to conduct exercises that will give them first hand experiences in various approaches to data collection and management. Emphasis is given to techniques of survey, field, and experimental research. Students are introduced to the use of computers. (Course offered in the fall only).   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 651  Methods of Research II

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    A continuation of SOCIOL 650, focusing on the interpretation, analysis, and presentation of quantitative data. Course exercises use descriptive statistics, cross-tabulation and regression analysis, as well as related inferential statistics, to analyze social data. Procedures for computer-based statistical analyses are introduced and used throughout the course. No prior experience with computers or knowledge of statistical formulae are required. (Course offered in the spring only.)   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 652  Advanced Quantitative Methods

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    This class provides training in quantitative analyses that moves beyond the more basic techniques covered in the preceding course SOCIOL 651. The course begins with a review of multiple regression before spending the rest of the semester covering specialized regression techniques.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 655  Evaluation Research

    Description:
    An advanced course in the theory and practice of evaluation of public policy and social service programs for social science students and practitioners. Basic knowledge of research methods is assumed, but relevant issues in research design and implementation are reviewed. The course provides general overview of evaluation theory and landmark evaluation studies, as well as analysis of commonly used evaluation models and of practical and political issues involved in design and implementation of evaluations. Design of an evaluation of a social agency program is required.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SOCIOL 660  Fundamentals of Survey Methodology

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    This course introduces students to the principles of survey design that are the basis of standard practices in the field, providing tools to design and implement survey data collection and for evaluating surveys. Topics include: sampling, nonresponse, survey instrument development and evaluation, survey interviewing, post survey data processing, and research ethics.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 661  Designing and Evaluating Survey Questions

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    This course will teach students what is known about how the characteristics of survey questions affect the likely validity of the resulting data. It will also teach them how to evaluate how well questions meet the standards that we set for them. Tee course will introduce students to the underlying science of how to design and evaluate questions and will provide them with experience in actually carrying out question design and evaluation.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 662  Applied Survey Sampling - Design and Analysis

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    This course is designed to teach students the principles of probability sampling for general populations. It will teach them about the various types of sampling methods including simple random, stratified, cluster, and probability proportionate to size. It will help them to understand when certain methods are preferable and how adding complexity to a sample design can affect data analysis. Topics will also include developing survey weights and analyzing data from complex samples.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SOCIOL 663  Survey Experiments

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    This course is designed to introduce students to both the long history of experimental work in a survey research as well as to the rapidly developing research program in population-based survey experiments. The course will briefly review the main components of experimental and survey methods before focusing on the ways in which they are brought together, including split ballot experiments, the randomized response technique, the list experiment/item count technique, and others.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SOCIOL 664  Practicum in Survey Research Techniques

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    This course offers students hands-on experience in planning and conducting a survey, focusing on sampling, questionnaire development, and interviewing techniques. Students will put survey best practices into action in the development of a survey instrument by planning and moderating focus groups. They will evaluate questions by conduction cognitive interviews and completing behavior coding of recorded interviews. Students also participate in a sample listing exercise in the Boston area and conduct face-to-face pretest interviews.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 665  New Techniques in Survey Data Collection

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    This course is designed to introduce students to the newest and most state-of-are methods of survey data collection, an appreciation of their history and development, as well as their rapidly developing research programs. Purposes both methodological (to improve the instrument and forward the state-of-the-art in survey techniques) and substantive (addressing research questions in sociological frameworks) will be addressed.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 667  Sociology of Law

    Description:
    A general analysis of the social origins and consequences of law and legal process; special emphasis on law as a method of conflict resolution and as a social control structure, and on law and social change. Attention also given to law in other societies, including non-literate societies, to the evolution and development of legal structures, and to patterns of due process and criminal law.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 668  The Life Course Paradigm

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    This course is designed to provide an in-depth examination of the life course paradigm including its theoretical underpinnings and empirical applications. The life course paradigm brings attention to 3 key themes: the importance of studying development across all stages of the life courses childhood, adolescence, and adulthood; the intersection of human lives and social structure; and the importance of socio-historical contextual influences on life course trajectories.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 670  Population Dynamics in a Changing World

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    Many of the important political and social discussion going on in this country an worldwide revolve around issues related to population size, structure or composition. This graduate level course will begin by putting population into historical perspective and introducing the tools necessary to describe a population's size, structure, growth. As students learn these demographic tools and concepts, we will use them to describe on-going issues and more recent developments that are influenced by population size, structure, or composition.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 671  Sexuality, Gender, & Society

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    This graduate level course explores how sexuality and gender are perceived, defined, and experienced in the context of society. This course will also investigate how sexuality and gender influence our lives, are reflected in social norms, attitudes and beliefs, through public and private policies and practices, and social institutions. Through this course, students will learn the various theories sociologists have developed to explain sex and gender arrangements and to apply these theories appropriately to contemporary social issues as well as how to design, conduct, and analyze a research project or proposal related to the sociology of gender and sexuality.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 681  Health Care Policy

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    This course focuses on recent changes in health care policy and in the organization of medicine, with special attention to the impact of these changes on the delivery, distribution, and quality of health services. Additional emphasis is given to the history of medicine; the political economy of health care; inequality in utilization of and access to health services; rising costs and cost containment programs; attempts at regulation; and government health programs and private health service organizations.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 682  Sociology of Health and Illness

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    This course highlights the role of the social sciences in dealing with problems of health care practice, focusing on research contributions to health maintenance, prevention, treatment, and quality of care. Topics include the nature and goals of client-practitioner relationships, health education, behavioral and psychosomatic medicine, and the linkages between social problems and medical problems.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SOCIOL 690  Classic and Contemporary Views of the Nature of Crime

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    This course examines the social nature of crime. It explores a variety of theoretical perspectives, including anomie/strain theory, social disorganization theory, social control theory, social learning theories, opportunity theory, deterrence theory, and conflict theory. The various theories are examined through an extensive review of recent empirical studies. Special attention is given to methodological problems in specifying theories for empirical study. Discussion topics also include the adaptability of these theories to social policy and their varying political and social acceptability during particular historical periods.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 691  Contemporary Issues in Responding to Crime

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    This seminar focuses on responses to crime. As individual citizens and as a community, we respond to crime in a variety of ways. The issues covered in this course may therefore include anything from informal responses-such as fear of crime, the reporting of crime to the police, and the organizing of neighborhood watch groups and crime stopper programs-to formal responses, which include police decisions to arrest or handle informally, bail decisions, issues of sentencing, the use of imprisonment, community corrections, parole and probation, and the death penalty. The course emphasizes the social nature of responses to crime and generally focuses on one or a few of these topics each semester   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 692  Communities and Crime

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    This class focuses on the nature of the social structures and group dynamics that shape neighborhood context, which in turn influence other social processes, like crime and responses to crime. Other foci include the intellectual development of the study of crime and communities, inequality, and contemporary issues in community development and change.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 694  Master's Research Seminar

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    This course guides students in their design and completion of the master's paper. It operates as an intellectual workshop where throughout the semester students share with the group the process as well as the results of their research. Special attention is given to the formation of research questions, research methodology, and writing appropriate literature reviews.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 696  Independent Study

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    In-depth study of a particular topic according to the student's interests. Independent study projects are expected to make an important contribution to a student's training in applied sociology. All projects are under the supervision of a faculty advisor, who is responsible for guiding and evaluating the student's work. An application and detailed proposal must be submitted to the graduate program director not later than two weeks before the end of the semester previous to that in which SOCIOL 696 is to be taken.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 697  Special Topics in Applied Sociology

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    An advanced seminar on selected topics in applied sociology. The course content and credit vary according to topic. Details on special topics courses will be announced during the advance registration period.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 698  Field Work

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    Intensive field work and/or internship in a public or private research or practice setting jointly supervised by faculty and agency-based staff. Placements made according to student interest and internship availability.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 699  Thesis Research in Applied Sociology

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    Supervised thesis research open to students who elect the thesis option. The research is conducted under the supervision of a faculty committee consisting of a primary faculty advisor and two additional faculty members, who are responsible for advising the student in preparing and carrying out the thesis project and for evaluating and judging its acceptability.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 894  Dissertation Seminar

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    This seminar is designed for sociology graduate students who are formulating their research question and preparing their proposal for their dissertation. The seminar is to assist students in developing dissertation proposals having the strongest feasible theoretical frameworks and research designs, thus leading to dissertations that make important contributions to understanding social processes. Students read insightful, critical works of social theory and social methodology, engage in critical examination of their own and other participants' dissertation plans, and secure frequent feedback from the course instructor through both in-class discussion and short writing assignments.   More Info

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  • SOCIOL 897  Special Topics

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    Various topics in Sociology.   More Info

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