Course Descriptions: SOC

Soc111 The Helping Relationship 3 hours

Looks at various types of help from informal settings to professional counseling. Emphasizes self-exploration as related to personal values, feelings and needs. Examines various psychological theories and introduces students to basic helping skills. Explores spiritual aspects of helping such as prayer and spiritual direction.

Soc112 Introduction to Social Welfare 3 hours

Studies how the United States social welfare system responds to various social problems. Covers the history of social welfare, the influences of values on social welfare and social welfare professions such as social work and child care.

Soc120 Transcultural Service Term 1 or 2 hours

Begins with on-campus course work focusing on location-specific history, cultural practices, language introduction and team-building activities. The remainder of the course is spent in a specific cultural location participating in discipline-related service, usually in conjuction with an established organization.

Soc122 Religions of the World 3 hours

Surveys major world religions—their origins, beliefs and contemporary practices. Includes study of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Studies the relationships and interactions between religions and the cultures in which they are practiced. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Soc123 Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture May Term 3 hours

A three-week urban experience sponsored by the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture exploring and learning about Chicago while engaging in a three-day-a-week placement practicum pertinent to the student’s major (any and all majors).

Soc123 Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture Summer Term 9 hours

The Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture’s summer session includes a seminar, internship and city living. Spend four days a week in a professional internship and study the issues of race, class, culture and art in the “Chicago Communities and Cultures Seminar.”

Soc150 Service Learning 1 to 6 hours

Provides guided study and reflection of the social context for participants with Mennonite service agencies. The course will help the student integrate the service experience with basic sociological concepts and theories. Details are worked out in a learning contract with the vice president of Academics or other appointed instructor prior to the beginning of the experience.

Soc202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 hours

Involves study of various past and present cultures throughout the world. Presents basic anthropological concepts such as kinship, economics, art, religion and government. Introduces related subjects of physical anthropology, archaeology and linguistics.

Soc203 Introduction to Sociology 3 hours

Examines group structure and the influences of group life on human behavior. Introduces such concepts as culture, socialization, deviance and the social institutions of religion, politics and education. Sophomores are given enrollment priority.

Soc207 Sociology of Families 3 hours

Explores the concept of family from a sociological research and systems perspective including foundations of marriage and family, intimate relationships, family life and inequalities and challenges in families. Students majoring in social work, sociology, early childhood education, disaster management or psychology as well as other persons interested in the subject matter are encouraged to enroll.

Soc211 Conflict Resolution 1 hour

Explores an extensive method of conflict resolution that can be applied to such settings as the legal system, churches, business, schools, families and disaster scenarios. Students will identify their own conflict style. This course has applications for all students no matter their field of study. Required for disaster management students.

Soc215 Social Diversity 3 hours

Explores social diversity from macro and micro perspectives. Types of diversity analyzed include race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social class, religion, age groups/generations and ableism. Examines the influences of social reality, social structure and social construction as related to social diversity. Makes inquiry in terms of how individuals carry various degrees of privilege or penalty depending on their place in society. Examines diversity in terms of the beauty it provides and the institutional and personal problems that accompany it. Offered alternate years.

Soc220 Social Psychology 3 hours

Same as Psy 220. See course description listed under Psychology.