Sociology

Sociology is the study of human social behavior, the groups to which humans belong, and the interactions that occur within those groups. At Oxford, the aim is to help students recognize the relationship between their own experience and the broader social forces that shape the world. 

Sociology 101

Introduction To Sociology

(HSL)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Introduction to the scientific study of human group behavior. Emphasis on definition of analytical concepts and tools for the exploration of significant data in social organizations, culture, institutions, and social change.

Sociology 214

Class/Status/Power

(HSC)

Fall. Credit, four hours. With an emphasis on industrialized democracies, this course explores sociological explanations of how and why patterns of social inequality occur and some of the consequences they produce. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Students should first have a basic understanding of sociology before taking this course.

Sociology 215N

Social Problems

(HSC)

Interim. Off-campus course. On-demand by a minimum of twelve students. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or permission of instructor. This seminar includes outside readings and discussions once a week for eight weeks during the fall semester. During January, 10 intensive sessions are held in Atlanta, with observations in prisons, courts, hospitals, and social service agencies.

Sociology 230

Sociological Aspects of Health and Illness

(HSC)

Spring, TBA. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or permission of instructor. The sociological factors affecting health and the organization of health care. The medical care services and professionals as social institutions, social history of health, environmental sources of disease, mental health, and effects of technology on health care.

Sociology 231R

Social Change in Developing Societies

Off-campus course. Spring. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. The sociological factors affecting social change in developing societies. Includes a focus on globalization, modernization, and aspects of non-Western health care.

Sociology 235

Deviant Behavior

(HSC)

Spring. Credit, Four hours. This course examines various areas of norm violations and rule-breaking behaviors. Students will learn how norms vary across time, culture, and society by looking at how norms are socially constructed. Prerequisites: SOC 101. Student should first have a basic understanding of sociology before taking this higher-level course.

Sociology 240

Sociology of Food

(HSC)

Fall. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: SOC 101, students should first have a basic understanding of sociology before taking this course. This course takes a sociological look at food, with a focus on sustainability. Students will study political economy, food security, and culture as it relates to food production and consumption

Sociology 245

Individual and Society

(HSC)

Spring, TBA. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or Psychology 100. The relation of the individual to society; measurement, change, and development of social attitudes; interpersonal relationships; group dynamics; and social problems.

Sociology 248

Sociology of Sustainability

(HSC)

Spring. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. Early in the conceptualization of sustainability there were environmental, economic, and social elements—including elements of spirituality. This class looks at the various dimensions of sustainability through a sociological lens.

Sociology 255

Global Political Economy and Sustainability

(HSC)

Spring. Credit, four hours. Basic concepts in sociological political economy and sustainability with an emphasis on historical context in Western industrialized countries. Prerequisite: By consent of instructor only.

Sociology 348

Old People in Society

(HSC)

Fall, TBA. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or one 100-level psychology course. Study of the aged population and the aging process from psychological and sociological perspectives. Includes current gerontological theories, selected problems of old people, and applications of social-psychological theories to adjustment of the aged.

Sociology 389R

Special Topics in Sociology

TBA. Credit, four hours. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 and permission of both instructor and chair of the History and Social Sciences Division. Seminar in selected topics of sociology. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Sociology 397R

Directed Study

TBA. Variable credit. Prerequisites: Sociology 101, two other sociology courses, and permission of instructor. Independent reading and research under the direction of a faculty member. This course does not satisfy distribution requirements in history and social sciences.