COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: SOCIOLOGY

SOC 111: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY.  An introduction to the basic principles and concepts of sociology and examination of the elements of social structure and social behavior.  Focus is placed on the fundamental structure of American society and the basic changes occurring in recent years, with tentative projections into the future.  This course is a prerequisite for all required courses in the Sociology major.  Offered each semester.  CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SOC 112: INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY.  A study of the origin development, and functioning of culture; an examination of the variations of social structure and social behavior in various societies around the world; an analysis of the relationship between culture and personality. CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SOC 201: THE SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY.  A study of the family; and an examination of courtship, love, marriage, husband‑wife and parent‑child relationships and family disorganization.  CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SOC 221:  SOCIAL PROBLEMS.  A survey of social problems which are of current concern to American Society, with attention given to major contributing factors, potential solutions, and research needs.  Prerequisite:  SOC 111.  CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SOC 231: JUVENILE DELINQUENCY. Surveys types, rates, and trends in juvenile offenses in the United States and selected other nations.  Explores a wide range of theories explaining juvenile delinquency.  Examine past, present, and emerging procedures for reducing antisocial behavior and administering juvenile justice and rehabilitation programs.  CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SOC 301:  THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ADULTHOOD AND OLD AGE.  Focuses on the processes underlying aging.  Psychiatric, psychological, and economic perspectives will be discussed as will the effects of aging on family and other social relations.  Lecture seminars, and experience in homes for the aged, three hours per week.  Co-requisite:  PSY 111 or SOC 111.    CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SOC 305:  SOCIOLOGY OF MEDICINE.  The relationship of sociological variables such as race, class and income to the quality of health services and to the prevalence of disease is examined.  Additional topics include the organization and financing of medical care in the United States and cultural factors in the definition of illness.  CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS

SOC 320: TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY.  Seminars and independent studies in various subfields within sociology and anthropology, with emphasis on areas not represented in regular offerings in the department. Individual study projects will be encouraged.  Topics include: A. Independent Study B. Research Seminar in Sociology C. Selected Topics in Sociology; e.g., Black Institutions, Population and Environment, Sociology of Deviant Behavior; or Social Movements. This course may be taken more than once as different topics are treated each time. Prerequisite: SOC 111. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SOC 321: SOCIOLOGY OF AGING A study of the biological process of aging, the response of society to the aged, special problems common to the elderly, and the effects of industrialization on the roles and attitudes of this stage category. Special emphasis on the Black elderly. Co- requisites SOC 301, 306, 316 CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS

SOC 322: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY.  Consideration is given to major theoretical approaches to the behavior of the individual as he/she influences and is influenced by others in a social environment.  The course includes concepts borrowed from Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology.  Additional attention is focused on the historical development of social psychology to current experimental social psychology.  Prerequisite:  SOC 111 or PSY 111.  CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SOC 335: INTERNSHIP IN SOCIOLOGY.  A guided field experience in community based organization with focus placed upon the application of basic sociological concepts and principles through research and service planning.  A research paper on a well-defined topic utilizing social research methods is required.  Prerequisites:  SOC 111, SSD 215 and 216. CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SOC 341:  SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY.  A survey of sociological theories of contemporary relevance.  Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Dubois, Park, and others considered against the background of the intellectual and social currents of their time; contributions of these thinkers to modern social theory are evaluated.  Prerequisite:  SOC 111, two other courses in the Department, and junior standing, or permission of the instructor.  Offered once per year.  CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SOC 380: METHODS IN SOCIAL RESEARCH.  Consideration will be given to the nature, methods, principles, and techniques of scientific social research.  The application of statistical techniques, (both descriptive and inferential) to various kinds of research problems and methodologies will be delineated.  Students will be expected to conduct a group/individual sociological research project as well as be familiar with the use of computers in research.  Prerequisite: SSD 215.  Co-requisite: SOC 341.  CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SOC 411:  SOCIOLOGY OF RACISM. The impact of racism upon Blacks and other minorities and their responses to their particular situations.  Prerequisite:  SOC 111 or PSY 111.   CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SOC 412:  RACE, ETHNICITY AND AGING.  A multi-disciplinary advanced seminar designed for intensive reading and discussion of current research in the unique problems of the minority elderly, especially Blacks.  Co-requisite:  SOC 301, 306, 316, 321, 333.  CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SOC 422: URBAN SOCIOLOGY.  The rise of urban civilization and its effects on the community; the structure, growth, and types of communities; ecological and social organization; trends in present‑day communities.  Prerequisite: SOC 111.  CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SOC 443: SENIOR SEMINAR I.  The course is designed as a follow-up to Soc.380–Methods in Social Research. The course objective is to enable senior sociology majors to analyze topics related to social issues using sociological perspective and develop an empirical (primary or secondary data) research proposal for later execution in Senior Seminar II. The exit requirement for the course is an oral presentation on and a written copy of the completed proposal, development of a survey instrument, and completing the IRB requirements to conduct the study.  This course is offered during the fall semester of the senior year. Pre – requisite: SSD 215 & SOC 380. CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SOC 444:  SENIOR SEMINAR II.  This course is designed as a follow-up to Senior Seminar I. The course objective is to provide senior Sociology Majors an opportunity to execute the research proposal developed in Senior Seminar I.  Students will collect the data, analyze the data using SPSS and complete the paper in fulfillment of the College’s Senior Paper requirement. The exit requirement for the course is an oral presentation (senior paper defense) on and a written copy of the completed paper following the Department’s guideline. The written copy is to be submitted by the date published on the College’s Writing Commission and which will be made known to students at the beginning of the course. Students are also required to take the comprehensive exam for Sociology. This course is offered during the spring semester. CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: SOCIAL WORK

SWK 115:  INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK.  This course will help students to understand social welfare and social work.  It focuses on the why, the what, the who, the when, the where, and in a beginning way, the how of social work.  The course is for students who want to increase their general understanding about social welfare and social work and those who have a professional interest in social work.  Co-requisite:  SOC 111.  CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SWK 211: SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY.  This course will introduce the student to the broad concept of social welfare policy.  A critical framework will be developed for analyzing the process of social welfare policy formulation and program implementation.  Attention will also be given to the social welfare policies in the history of American society with focus placed on those policies that are significant in the lives of black people and poor people and the development of their communities in the United States.  SWK 115, SOC 111.  CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SWK 215: HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT.  The course is designed to examine human growth and development, human behavior, and the social environment.  In addition, this course focuses on social systems in which people live (families, groups, organizations, institutions, and communities), the interaction among systems, and the ways in which systems promote or hinder optimum health and well-being.  Prerequisite: SWK 115 and SWK 211.  CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SWK 220:  COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION.  This course will expose the student to basic concepts in the theory and practice of community organization as a methodology for bringing about effective community‑based social action.  Certain basic social concepts and theories will be explored to provide students with a framework for understanding the need of community organization as a method resolving social problems in American Society.  Some attention will also be given to the importance of community organization as a tool for bringing about social change in Mississippi’s Black Communities.  On occasion local community organizers will be invited to speak to the class, and if possible, students will be provided with opportunities to observe the community organizational process at work.  Prerequisite: SOC 111 and/or SWK 115. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SWK 315:  SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE.  This course is designed to help students learn and apply fundamental knowledge and principles to social work practices which are guided by the social work code of ethics. Emphasis is placed on ensuring the student's ability to understand, evaluate, and assess practical decisions as well as demonstrate effectiveness in social work recording.  This course focuses on ensuring that students develop a sound fundamental knowledge base that is integrated into practical decisions.  Prerequisites: SWK 115 and SWK 211.  CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SWK 325:  SOCIAL CASEWORK.  This course will focus on direct service to individuals, families, and groups studying the prevention and alleviation of problems.  The course will also examine techniques to use when working with individuals, families and groups.  Prerequisites:  SWK 115, 315.  CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SWK 326:  SOCIAL GROUP WORK.  The course is designed to help students develop knowledge and skills in group work techniques.  The course will also examine theories of group formation and group work techniques.  Prerequisites:  SWK 115, 315.  CREDIT:  THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SWK 333:  INTERNSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK.  An educationally directed practice experience in selected community agencies with a pre‑screened and trained site supervisor.  Focus is placed on the application of social work practice skills learned in the classroom through interaction with clients and professional social workers.  Prerequisites:  SWK 115, 211 and 315.  CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

Course Description: Disaster and Coastal Studies

DCS 201 Introduction to Natural and Manmade Disaster: This course is designed to introduce the events that may have profound effect to derail normal living conditions of huge segment of the population and the recovery will not happen automatically. The course will provide overview of different types of natural and manmade disasters. Which will include hurricanes, cyclone, floods, drought, landslides, climate change, ozone depletion, sea level rise, oil spills, industrial wastes, water pollution, deforestation, air pollution and forest fires etc. The course will also provide an overview of the after effects of disasters at state, national and global perspectives. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

DCS 211 Public Health Issues in Disaster Preparedness: Examines the associate threats and potential public health consequences of disaster. Have an understanding the role of public health services in addressing different types of disasters. Develop knowledge about the different component of public health infrastructure. Students will develop an understanding the role of each of the components to address health issues of the effected population. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

DCS 301 Political and Legal Issues in Disaster Preparedness: The course will present concepts and basic descriptive information about the political system within the context of disaster policy.  This will include an overview of the executive and legislative political issues and Federal Emergency Management Agency’s.  Students will also examine legal requirements, responsibilities, and laws pertaining to emergency management.  Students will develop an understanding of the procedures and requirements in emergency management including identification of hazards and response capabilities, both governmental and private sector. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

DCS 311 PSYCHOLOGICAL DIMENSIONS OF DISASTER: This course introduces students to understanding challenges imposed on people by natural disasters grounded in psychological theories. Examines geographical, social, and cultural factors and conditions that put people at risk before, during, and after disasters. In particular, the course will focus on factors that intensify the stress levels of victims of disasters. Drawing on current theory and research, case studies, class activities, and life experiences, students will explore how vulnerable groups are affected by and cope with debilitating conditions and events, and strategies for family and community-based mitigation. Students also learn the bases of management systems and emergency operations centers. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

DSC 314 Economic Aspects of Disaster: This course uses economic theory to explain how disasters-natural and/or manmade can affect the logical regional and national economics. It provides a thorough examination of the economic aspects of disasters by reviewing the existing theoretical concepts, empirical evidence, analytical tools and policies. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

DCS 320 Emergency Preparedness, Response and Planning: Introduces students to the field of Disaster Preparedness. Students will be exposed to the terminology, policy, planning and management issues that arise in preparing for and responding to disaster. Help students to understand the role of human organizations in providing assistance to people and communities affected by disasters in the immediate aftermath and for the long-term recovery. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

DCS 400 Internship: An educationally- directed practice experience in disaster management agencies with trained site supervisor. Focus will be placed upon the application of the theoretical knowledge in real-life situation. Prerequisite: must complete all the DCIS requirements. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.