Loyola University Chicago

Department of Sociology

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Course Catalog

TitleDescriptionOutcome
Sociology 101
Society in a Global Age
This is a foundational course in the social sciences which explores the effect of globalization on everyday life in the United States and elsewhere, using the basic perspectives and methodologies of sociology.  
Sociology 121
Social Problems
This course is an opportunity to examine major issues facing society. In addition to analyzing the roots of social problems, the course addresses social policy concerns and explores solutions. Students will be able to critically examine the impact of a social problem and its possible solutions, to integrate knowledge gleaned from a variety of disciplines, to find and utilize relevant data and research in defining issues and solutions, and to view social problems from macro and micro perspectives as a means of applying workable solutions for the issues facing society.
Sociology 122
Race and Ethnic Relations
This course examines the development of cultural, society, and self-understanding by exploring the social construction of race in the United States. The course explores how social constructions of race affect interpersonal relations, laws, policies, and practices in various racial and ethnic communities. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the conditions which have worsened racial tensions as well as how social movements have been successful at eradicating racially oppressive laws and working towards a just society.
Sociology 123
Mass Media and Popular Culture
This course examines the connections between the media of mass communication and multiple forms of popular art and culture. Topics considered include the social, political and cultural organization of mass communication and its impact on values, expectations, and life styles of contemporary society.   Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the social relationships between mass media and the general population.
Sociology 125
Chicago-Growth of a Metropolis
This course explores the development of Chicago metropolitan region from the 1830's to the present day. Students will explore the urban area not only through texts, but also through fieldwork.  metropolitan region. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the geography, history and people of the Chicago
Sociology 127
Social Analysis and Social Action
This course helps students who participate in the domestic "Alternative Break Immersion" or other service trips to better understand the communities and issues they will encounter. It emphasizes the analysis of "social solutions" to social problems as well as personal reflection and action.  Analyzing and acting on social issues.
Sociology 145
Religion & Society
 
This course examines how religion and society interact. 

 

Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of how individual behavior, organizations, and society as a whole are affected by religious ideas and institutions, and how religion is itself changed by its encounter with changing social circumstances.
Sociology 171
Sociology of Sex & Gender
This course explores the social organization of sex and gender. Students will be able to situate their pre-conceived experiences of the naturalness of gender in a particular historical and cultural context.
Sociology 205
Sociological Thought
This course examines classical and contemporary sociological theories and uses them as frameworks for understanding modern society. Such social theories attempt to explain and understand the world, as well as inspire further research and theory.  The class provides students with theoretical foundations for understanding social organizations as well as the social processes that transform societies.
Sociology 206
Principles of Social Research
The course is an introduction to the basic research methodologies of sociology. A variety of methods used in sociological analysis and data generation will be considered. Students learn how to select and use methodologies appropriate for various research projects.  Students will learn how social science research is conducted. They will be able to critically evaluate existing research and select appropriate techniques to undertake original research.
Sociology 210
Men, Women & Work
This course looks at the nature of work through the lens of gender.  It considers how male and female labor force participation has changed over time.  It examines the ways working families are transformed when women combine employment with domestic responsibilities and child care, or when men¿s jobs no longer provide a family wage.  Students learn how gender has been and remains a fundamental organizational principle in the workplace and the labor force.
Sociology 212
Patterns of Criminal Activity
Students are taught to examine the relevance of criminological theories to patterns of criminal activity, to efforts to control criminals, and to prevent crime. Students learn how to analyze neighborhoods to identify environments of increased crime risk and relative safety.
ciology 215
Law & Society
This course trains students to examine the law as a sociological concept and to look at the relationship between the legal system and society. A critical concern is whether changes in the legal system reflect societal change or do changes in the legal system stimulate change in society.  Students learn to recognize the close linkage between the law and social structure. They also gain experience examining legal texts and decisions.
Sociology 216
The Sociology of Violence
The threat of violence is a significant concern for individuals in many societies. In this course, violence will be studied as a social phenomenon. Topics of particular concern include: family violence, gang violence and terrorism.  Students learn to examine the causes of violence from a sociological perspective. They also learn methods to reduce violence and the harm it causes.
Sociology 222
Poverty & Welfare in America
In this course, students learn to think critically about the character, causes and responses to poverty in American society, using both historical and contemporary evidence.  Students will understand the strengths and limitations of American welfare policy in relation to poverty.
Sociology 225
Sociology of Health Care
This course examines the sociology of health care with particular attention to: social and psychological factors; health care professionals; inter-personal relations in health care; the organization and use of health services; and the relationship between aging and health.  Students will understand the role that social forces play in the health and wellness of individuals, the community and society.
Sociology 226
Science, Technology & Society
This course serves as a broad introduction to the social study and analysis of science and technology in society. It examines how scientific knowledge and technologies are created and constructed and how they influence and are influenced by society. Students will be able to understand how scientific knowledge and technologies are developed in particular historical and cultural contexts and analyze their impact on our daily lives.
Sociology 230
Self & Society
This course examines the relationships between the self as a social product and the larger society in which that self is socialized, develops and expresses itself.  Various theories of selfhood are explored. Students will come to appreciate how selfhood, their own and others, is a product of historical factors as well as social contexts such as class, gender, race and ethnicity.
Sociology 234
City, Suburbs & Beyond
Study of the historical emergence of cities, focusing on the ecological, demographic, and organizational processes involved in the continuing growth and change of metropolitan areas and in the relationship of a metropolitan area to the surrounding region.  Students will understand fundamental facts and theories about the character and development of cities and urban regions.
Sociology 235
Communities
This course examines communities sociologically, both as a concept and as they exist in society. The course covers urban, racial/ethnic, religious, territorial, utopian, ideological and web-based communities, and their strengths and limitations in a rapidly changing global world. Students will identify, describe and analyze communities using sociological concepts and be able to assess the mechanisms by which old and new communities are being formed as well as their consequences for social life.
Sociology 236
Birth, Work, Marriage, Death
This course introduces the study of demography by examining trends of fertility, work, marriage, migration and mortality.   Students will gain an understanding of how the size, composition and dynamics of a population influence the social, economic and political structure of individual nations and the world.
Sociology 240
Families
Contemporary family structures encompass a variety of living arrangements and social relationships. This course considers differences and similarities among the various family types and explores the social, cultural and economic forces structuring family life. Students will develop an expanded understanding of the varieties of family arrangements and the connections between family life and the wider social, political economic environment.
Sociology 245
Religion & Society
This course examines how religion and society interact. Requirement: ANTH 100, PLSC 102, PSYC 100 or SOCL 101 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Economics, Department of Psychology, Department of Political Science, the Department of Sociology, Human Services or the School of Nursing.  Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of how individual behavior, organizations, and society as a whole are affected by religious ideas and institutions, and how religion is itself changed by its encounter with changing social circumstances.
Sociology 247
Sociology of Culture
This course examines the social production, consumption, and use of culture and cultural objects, especially in the fields of literature, art, music, mass media and religion.  Students will learn sociological methods of analyzing culture and cultural objects, and will understand the social organization of cultural production and consumption.
Sociology 250
Inequality in Society
This course examines the manner in which contemporary society is divided by race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and gender, and the impact of social institutions on these divisions. An emphasis will be placed on income/wealth differences, status differences, class conflict and social conflict over time.  Students will acquire a better understanding of social inequality and what can be done to make society more just.
Sociology 252
Global Inequalities
This course examines inequality on a global scale, focusing on the impact of globalization processes on race, class and gender inequalities here and abroad.  Students will analyze how race, class and gender inequalities influence each other across national boundaries, and will recognize global causes and consequences of inequality.
Sociology 255
Deviance & Social Control
This course is a socio-historical look at definitions of deviant behavior and individuals, an examination of techniques of social control, and an analysis of specific forms of deviant behavior such as crime and mental illness.
Students learn to analyze how history, science, and philosophy combine to define the nature of deviant behavior and to identify deviant individuals.
Sociology 258
Confronting Homelessness: Local to Global
Who are homeless people in the United States and beyond? Why are they homeless? What is being done to address the issues of homelessness? This course addresses these questions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. As an "engaged learning" course, students will also learn by assisting at various agencies. The student will be able to discuss framings of the causes of homelessness and evaluate different policy approaches for addressing it while contributing work to a local agency.
Sociology 260
Power in Society
This course focuses on sociological theories and case studies of power, authority, and social change. It explores the ways in which power relations perpetuate social inequality and the ways in which social conflicts and power struggles transforms society. Students learn about the structures of power in economic systems, political systems, and organizations; the cultural and ideological underpinnings of power relationships; and political struggles for social change.
Sociology 261
Social Movements & Social Change
This course examines the dynamics of collective behavior and movements promoting social change.  Students will demonstrate understanding of competing explanations of social movements and social change, and will be able to test various theories by analyzing historical movements for change.
Sociology 265
Globalization & Society
This course examines the nature of contemporary globalization and considers how it influences communities, nations and the world. The course examines the positive and negative consequences of globalization and the global justice movements that have emerged seeking more equality, tolerance and environmental stewardship.  Students learn how economic, political and cultural aspect of globalization impact society in an increasingly interconnected world.
Sociology 272
Environmental Sociology
This course examines the distinctively social aspect of the relationship of people to their environments, both built and natural. Students will recognize the role that both social and physical factors play in the environmental problems facing the world. Students will also develop critical thinking skills needed to evaluate statements and policy proposal to improve environmental quality.
Sociology 275
Sociology of Consumption
This course examines the profound ways society and individuals have been transformed by the abundance of consumer goods and mass media that encourage buying these good. 
Student will gain a deeper understanding of the nature and origins of contemporary consumer society and the ways in which consumerism impacts society and individuals.
Sociology 276
The Sociology and Politics of Food
Explores the impact of globalized economic, political, and social relationships through the prism of food. Considers the cultural and ideological dimensions of food, the structure of food production and consumption, and responses to the global food system. Students wil gain awareness of themselves as consumers of food and food products.
Sociology 280
Topics in Contemporary Society
The course examines selected contemporary sociological issues. Topics addressed represent specialized or newly developing areas of sociological inquiry. Topics will vary from semester to semester.  Students gain insights into contemporary social issues and learn how to use the concepts, theory and methods of sociology to examine them.
Sociology 281
Current Issues in Medical Education
This class is an opportunity to examine selected reform and innovation movements facing health professional education and training. Sophomore standing or above is required. Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing or Above/Instructor Permission   Students will demonstrate critical analysis of selected reforms and innovations in health professional education and training.
Sociology 301
Statistics for Social Research
The course is a comprehensive introduction to statistical analysis in social research. Topics include: univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analysis, computer statistical applications and interpretation of results Students will demonstrate understanding of statistical thinking and data analysis techniques and be able to use them to evaluate existing research and conduct original research.
Sociology 335
Urban Semester Seminar
Students explore how cities work through texts, field trips, and guest speakers, and help find solutions to pressing urban issues. They fulfill civic engagement core value requirement. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.  Students will understand and address inequities in urban communities, and identify avenues of leadership and civic engagement in contemporary cities.
Sociology 365
Social Theory & Social Research
In this capstone course, each student designs and conducts an empirical research project resulting in a senior research paper. Student demonstrate mastery of sociological theory and methods by writing a research paper bringing a full complement of sociological skills to bear on an issue of substantial theoretical and/or practical importance.
Sociology 370
Undergrad Seminar-Spec Topics
Using a seminar format, the course undertakes an in-depth study of selected contemporary sociological issues in depth. Topics addressed represent specialized or newly emerging areas of sociological inquiry and will vary from semester to semester. Students have opportunity to examine contemporary social issues in a seminar environment and learn how to use the concepts, theory and methods of sociology to examine them.
Sociology 380
Internship
Supervised field experience for students working in a selected community organization, government agency, social agency, or business. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor or chair.  Students have opportunity to apply the skills and analysis of sociology to a concrete situation.
Sociology 397
Independent Study Projects
Independent study of a topic delineated by the student in collaboration with an individual faculty member.  Student gains experience and expertise in defining and conducting independent scholarly work.
Sociology 399
Independent Study Projects
Advanced independent research in collaboration with a faculty member on a sociological topic relevant to the student. Limited to senior Sociology majors.  Student gains experience and expertise conducting independent research.

 This is a foundational course in the social sciences which explores the effect of globalization on everyday life in the United States and elsewhere, using the basic perspectives and methodologies of sociology.

 COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
INSTRUCTOR
DAYS
START TIME
END TIME
101-001 Society in a Global Age Maas Weigert, Kathleen MWF 08:15AM 09:05AM
101-002 Society in a Global Age Begicevic, Alma MWF 09:20AM 10:10AM
101-003 Society in a Global Age Everitt, Judson TTh 08:30AM 09:45AM
101-004 Society in a Global Age Williams, Matthew TTh 10:00AM 11:15AM
101-005 Society in a Global Age Everitt, Judson TTh 11:30AM 12:45PM
101-006 Society in a Global Age Langman, Lauren TTh 01:00PM 02:15PM
101-007 Society in a Global Age Williams, Matthew TTh 02:30PM 03:45PM
101-008 Society in a Global Age Wedam, Elfriede MWF 10:25AM 11:15AM
101-009 Society in a Global Age Martel Cohen, Elise MWF 11:30AM 12:20PM
101-010 Society in a Global Age Martel Cohen, Elise MWF 01:40PM 02:30PM
101-011 Society in a Global Age Wedam, Elfriede MWF 02:45PM 03:35PM

This is a foundational course in the social sciences which explores the effect of globalization on everyday life in the United States and elsewhere, using the basic perspectives and methodologies of sociology.

This course is an opportunity to examine major issues facing society. In addition to analyzing the roots of social problems, the course addresses social policy concerns and explores solutions.

This course examines the development of cultural, society, and self-understanding by exploring the social construction of race in the United States. The course explores how social constructions of race affect interpersonal relations, laws, policies, and practices in various racial and ethnic communities.

This course examines the connections between the media of mass communication and multiple forms of popular art and culture. Topics considered include the social, political and cultural organization of mass communication and its impact on values, expectations, and life styles of contemporary society.

This course explores the development of Chicago metropolitan region from the 1830's to the present day. Students will explore the urban area not only through texts, but also through fieldwork.  metropolitan region.

This course helps students who participate in the domestic "Alternative Break Immersion" or other service trips to better understand the communities and issues they will encounter. It emphasizes the analysis of "social solutions" to social problems as well as personal reflection and action.

This course examines how religion and society interact.

This course explores the social organization of sex and gender.

This course examines classical and contemporary sociological theories and uses them as frameworks for understanding modern society. Such social theories attempt to explain and understand the world, as well as inspire further research and theory.

The course is an introduction to the basic research methodologies of sociology. A variety of methods used in sociological analysis and data generation will be considered. Students learn how to select and use methodologies appropriate for various research projects.

This course looks at the nature of work through the lens of gender.  It considers how male and female labor force participation has changed over time.  It examines the ways working families are transformed when women combine employment with domestic responsibilities and child care, or when men¿s jobs no longer provide a family wage.

Students are taught to examine the relevance of criminological theories to patterns of criminal activity, to efforts to control criminals, and to prevent crime.

This course trains students to examine the law as a sociological concept and to look at the relationship between the legal system and society. A critical concern is whether changes in the legal system reflect societal change or do changes in the legal system stimulate change in society.

The threat of violence is a significant concern for individuals in many societies. In this course, violence will be studied as a social phenomenon. Topics of particular concern include: family violence, gang violence and terrorism.

In this course, students learn to think critically about the character, causes and responses to poverty in American society, using both historical and contemporary evidence.

This course examines the sociology of health care with particular attention to: social and psychological factors; health care professionals; inter-personal relations in health care; the organization and use of health services; and the relationship between aging and health.

This course serves as a broad introduction to the social study and analysis of science and technology in society. It examines how scientific knowledge and technologies are created and constructed and how they influence and are influenced by society.

This course examines the relationships between the self as a social product and the larger society in which that self is socialized, develops and expresses itself.  Various theories of selfhood are explored.

Study of the historical emergence of cities, focusing on the ecological, demographic, and organizational processes involved in the continuing growth and change of metropolitan areas and in the relationship of a metropolitan area to the surrounding region.

This course examines communities sociologically, both as a concept and as they exist in society. The course covers urban, racial/ethnic, religious, territorial, utopian, ideological and web-based communities, and their strengths and limitations in a rapidly changing global world.

This course introduces the study of demography by examining trends of fertility, work, marriage, migration and mortality. 

Contemporary family structures encompass a variety of living arrangements and social relationships. This course considers differences and similarities among the various family types and explores the social, cultural and economic forces structuring family life.

This course examines how religion and society interact. Requirement: ANTH 100, PLSC 102, PSYC 100 or SOCL 101 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Economics, Department of Psychology, Department of Political Science, the Department of Sociology, Human Services or the School of Nursing.

This course examines the social production, consumption, and use of culture and cultural objects, especially in the fields of literature, art, music, mass media and religion.

This course examines the manner in which contemporary society is divided by race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and gender, and the impact of social institutions on these divisions. An emphasis will be placed on income/wealth differences, status differences, class conflict and social conflict over time.

This course examines inequality on a global scale, focusing on the impact of globalization processes on race, class and gender inequalities here and abroad

This course is a socio-historical look at definitions of deviant behavior and individuals, an examination of techniques of social control, and an analysis of specific forms of deviant behavior such as crime and mental illness.

Who are homeless people in the United States and beyond? Why are they homeless? What is being done to address the issues of homelessness? This course addresses these questions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. As an "engaged learning" course, students will also learn by assisting at various agencies.

This course focuses on sociological theories and case studies of power, authority, and social change. It explores the ways in which power relations perpetuate social inequality and the ways in which social conflicts and power struggles transforms society.

This course examines the dynamics of collective behavior and movements promoting social change.

This course examines the nature of contemporary globalization and considers how it influences communities, nations and the world. The course examines the positive and negative consequences of globalization and the global justice movements that have emerged seeking more equality, tolerance and environmental stewardship.