In addition to the prerequisites specified below, all 300-level courses have as a prerequisite SOC 100 or a 200-level sociology course, or consent. In addition to the prerequisites specified below, all 400-level courses require SOC 300 or consent. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C (not C-).
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (3) Basic social relationships, social structures, and processes. DS
SOC 214 Introduction to Race and Ethnic Relations (3) Race and ethnic relations in world perspective; social, economic, and political problems associated with perception, existence, and accommodation of these groups within the wider society. (Cross-listed as ES 214) DS
SOC 218 Introduction to Social Problems (3) Theoretical and substantive survey of the nature and causes of social problems; selected types: poverty, inequality, deviance, etc. DS
SOC 231 Introduction to Juvenile Delinquency (3) Forms of juvenile deviance; conditions and processes that result in alienation and deviance of youth. Juvenile corrections as institutionalized societal responses. DS
SOC 251 Introduction to Sociology of the Family (3) Family patterns, mate selection, parent-child interaction, socialization of roles, legal sanctions, trends in organization, functions. DS
SOC 300 Principles of Sociological Inquiry (4) (3 Lec, 2 50-min Lab) Basic methods of sociology for production and analysis of data. Foundations for understanding research and for advanced courses in methods and statistics. DS
SOC 300A Principles of Sociological Inquiry (4) (3 Lec, 2 50-min Lab) Basic methods of sociology for production and analysis of data. Foundations for understanding research and for advanced courses in methods and statistics. Restricted to students in the honors program and required for students taking the honors track in sociology. A-F only. DS
SOC 301 Survey of Urban Sociology (3) Urban processes and social problems, such as poverty, crime, racial segregation, homelessness, housing policy, urbanization, and neighborhood ethnic diversity. How places shape identity and opportunity. Research methods applied to communities, places, and neighborhoods of Hawai‘i. (Cross-listed as PLAN 301) DS
SOC 305 Women and Health (3) Explores current issues in the conceptualization and delivery of health care for women. Pre: 100 or any 200-level SOC course, or WS 151 or WS 202, or POLS 110; or consent. (Cross-listed as WS 305) DS
SOC 311 Survey of Social Inequality and Stratification (3) Introduction to social stratification theory and research; definition and measurement of socioeconomic status; racial, ethnic and gender inequality; differences in lifestyles and life chances; social mobility. DS
SOC 313 Survey of Sociology of Work (3) Work from viewpoint of individuals; meaningfulness versus productivity; how work, economics, and the industrial system affect individual goals. DS
SOC 316 Survey of Social Change (3) Causes, processes, and effects of social change, using single- and multi-cause models in simple and complex industrialized societies. DS
SOC 318 Women and Social Policy (3) Social and economic policies affecting women in families, education, social services, government, health care, the economy; public policy implementation and development; policy impact on women. Pre: 100 or any 200-level SOC course, or WS 151 or any 200- or 300-level WS course; or consent. (Cross-listed as WS 318) DS
SOC 321 Survey of Sociological Theory (3) Major theorists and their influences, from Comte to today. DS
SOC 332 Survey of Sociology Law (3) Law as a political enforcement of the social order; how it is organized and operates; determinants of effectiveness; ways it adapts to and facilitates changing social conditions. DS
SOC 333 Survey of Criminology (3) Concepts used in crime, law enforcement, criminal justice, and corrections. Types of criminal behavior; costs and effects of control. DS
SOC 335 Survey of Drugs and Society (3) Use of mood- and mind-altering drugs in America among adults, youth, and cross-culturally. Illicit drug culture, psychedelics, and perception; social norms and deviant behavior. DS
SOC 336 Deviant Behavior and Social Control (3) Interrelations of deviance, criminology, juvenile delinquency, corrections, social control, sociology of law. Key concepts, theories. DS
SOC 341 Survey of Social Psychology (3) Major principles; social attitudes, theories of conformity and change, person perception and attribution theory, social role, role conflict and role behavior, group structure, and behavior. DS
SOC 352 Survey of Sociology of Education (3) Formal education as one aspect of socialization. Emphasis on American system; business, military, and religious institutions. DS
SOC 353 Survey of Sociology of Aging (3) Aging as a social phenomenon, including social impacts of growing elderly population and emerging social patterns among the elderly. Important theoretical perspectives and cross-national research. DS
SOC 354 Survey of Medical Sociology (3) Social factors in disease and treatment; illness behavior, roles of patients and healers; nature of healing professions; use of medical services; alternative systems of medical organization. DS
SOC 356 Sociology of China (3) Social institutions, family, community, education, stratification, government, economy; impact of modernization and revolution on their contemporary transformation. A-F only. DS
SOC 357 Sociology of Japan (3) Persistence and change in economy, policy, religion, education, family, and other institutions of modern Japan. DS
SOC 358 Sociology of Korea (3) Social institutions, family, education, religion, cultural values, social classes, economic development, social movements, gender relations, North-South relations, and unification issues. A-F only. Pre: 100 or any 200-level SOC course, or consent. DS
SOC 362 Sociology of Gender (3) Effect of sex and gender roles (both traditional and nontraditional) on attitudes and behavior within the family and educational, economic, and governmental systems. Recommended: at least one WS course. Pre: 100 or any 200-level SOC course, WS 151 or any 200- or 300-level WS course; or consent. (Cross-listed as WS 362) DS
SOC 367 Sustainability, Technoscience, and Social Justice (3) Examines politics of sustainability and technoscience with an explicit attention to social justice and power relations in society. A-F only. Pre: 100 or any 200-level SOC course, or WS 151 or any 200- or 300-level WS course, or consent. (Fall only) (Cross-listed as SUST 367 and WS 367) DS
SOC 374 Law, Politics and Society (3) Relationships between law, politics, and society will be explored. Emphasis is placed on several dimensions of legality: legal "indeterminacy" and some of the many things that law does for us and to us; law’s response to violence; the connections between law and social change; access to the law and its sociological dimensions; how/why law fails and what happens when it does. A-F only. Pre: 100 or any 200 level SOC course, or a 100 level or 200 level POLS course, or consent. (Cross-listed as POLS 374) DS
SOC 400 Food, Body, and Women: Analysis of Biopolitics (3) Explores how food, body, and other "matter of life" are imbedded in biopolitics from the feminist perspectives. A-F only. Pre: WS 151 or three credits of upper division WS courses, or consent. (Spring only). (Cross-listed as WS 400) DS
SOC 401 Analysis in Urban Sociology (3) Urbanization in developed and developing countries, the rural-urban continuum, structure and process of metropolitan regions, theories of urban location and growth, housing and urban renewal. DS
SOC 411 Analysis in Social Stratification (3) Approaches to research in social inequality: community studies; historical and cross-cultural analyses of poverty, working class, middle class, power structure, social mobility, etc. DS
SOC 412 Analysis in Population and Society (3) Global and U.S. patterns of population growth; composition and distribution, elementary demographic techniques; development issues and population policy. Pre: 300 or consent. (Cross-listed as GHPS 412) DS
SOC 413 Analysis in Economy and Society (3) Study of the dominant trend of economic change and its impact on society; globalization of economic activities and transformation of industrial society to postindustrial one; corporate restructuring and downsizing and their impact on employment and income distribution; gender relations in workplaces; the impact of globalization on the newly industrializing countries. Pre: 300 or consent. DS
SOC 415 Technology and Society (3) Nature of technology, social forces that affect its adoption; impact on society; innovation. DS
SOC 418 Women and Work (3) Gender and racial division of labor nationally and internationally; racial and gender differentials in wages, training, working conditions and unemployment; historical trends and future directions. Pre: 300, or one 300-level WS or ES course; or consent. (Cross-listed as ES 418 and WS 418) DS
SOC 419 Analysis in Formal Organizations (3) Schools, hospitals, industries, prisons, and government agencies analyzed in terms of self-actualization, alienation, human relations, communication, leadership, organizational conflicts. DS
SOC 431 Analysis in Criminology/Juvenile Delinquency (3) Research in systematic social deviation. Scaling and measurement of delinquents/criminals, official data, gangs, identification and measurement of delinquent/criminal value orientations, etc. DS
SOC 432 Analysis in Corrections (3) Behavioral assumptions of various correctional practices and modes of organization; current "in-community" approaches. DS
SOC 433 Analysis in Law and Social Change (3) Interrelationships between legal orders and other social institutions; use of "law" to change major status relationships, e.g., boss-worker, woman-man, child-adult. DS
SOC 435 Women and Crime (3) Women’s relations with the criminal justice system; types of women’s offenses; responses to women’s crime; women as victims; women as workers in the criminal justice system. Recommended: at least one WS course. Pre: 300, or WS 151 or any 200- or 300-level WS course; or consent. ((Cross-listed as WS 435) DS
SOC 441 Social Structure and the Individual (3) Effects of social institutions on individuals. Role of socioeconomic status, cultural background, family structure, peer group, schools, and occupational roles in socialization. DS
SOC 445 Analysis in Gender Violence (3) Historical and structural theories of gender-based violence, including domestic and sexual abuse, prostitution, trafficking, cross-cultural perspectives, social policy and practices. Junior standing or graduate standing only. Pre: 300 or consent. (Once a year) DS
SOC 446 Gender Violence Over the Lifecycle (3) Examines the problem of violence, particularly sexual violence, over the life cycle. Offers gendered perspective in activities aimed at prevention and treatment of violence, and cross cultural perspectives. Pre: 300, WS 151 or any 200- or 300-level WS course; or consent. (Cross-listed as WS 446) DS
SOC 451 Analysis in Marriage and the Family (3) Theory and methods of studying social interaction in marriage and the family; examination of marriage, mating, love, and choice. Empirical research emphasizing Hawai‘i. DS
SOC 452 Marriage and Family: A Feminist Perspective (3) Sex-role socialization, motherhood, work-family conflicts. Alternative family structures in U.S. and other countries. Recommended: at least one WS course. Pre: 300, or WS 151 or any 200- or 300-level WS course; or consent. (Cross-listed as WS 452) DS
SOC 453 Analysis in Sociology of Aging (3) Social and research issues significant to delivery of long-term care services to the elderly; cost, quality, availability of services, evaluation of programs, role of family, formal and informal care services. DS
SOC 454 Analysis in Medical Sociology (3) Application of sociological theories and concepts to medical social situations and behavior; problems of obtaining data for research. DS
SOC 455 Sociology of Religion (3) Seminar in research on sociological aspects of religious sectarianism; attention to Hawai‘i. Pre: 300 or consent. (Cross-listed as REL 452) DS
SOC 456 Racism and Ethnicity in Hawai‘i (3) The historical and contemporary social processes involved in inter-ethnic relations in Hawai‘i. Pre: 300 or one ES 300 level course, or consent. (Cross-listed as ES 456) DS
SOC 457 Sociology of the Arts (3) Relation of art to society; role of artist, audience, critic, patron, museum; Western and other societies; attitudes toward new styles. DS
SOC 458 Analysis in Sports and Society (3) Critical perspectives on sports and society. Topics include power and inequality; mobility, status, and economics; youth development; globalization; gender; and violence in sports and the wider society. Pre: 300 and 321. (Spring only) DS
SOC 459 Popular Culture (3) Popular culture as manifested in film, sports, TV, comics, magazines, etc.; relation to sociological theories and studies. DS
SOC 475 Analysis in Survey Research (3) Survey research design and analysis, including theory selection instrument construction, sampling techniques, data collection, computerized data analysis, and writing up research reports of the findings. DS
SOC 476 Social Statistics (3) Common statistical procedures emphasizing univariate and bivariate description; some attention to multivariate techniques and statistical inference, within context of research procedures. Pre: 300 or consent. Co-requisite: 476L. DS
SOC 476L Social Statistics Laboratory (1) Required lab for computer applications for analysis of sociological data. CR/NC only. Co-requisite: 476.
SOC 478 Analysis in Field Research Methods (3) Techniques for collecting and analyzing qualitative data. Participant observation; small groups in natural settings; community studies. Grounded theory; theories of everyday life; reality construction. DS
SOC 491 Discussion Group Leader–Freshman Seminar (6) Students lead a freshman seminar section of sociology and meet weekly with instructor for substantive background. DS
SOC 492 Politics of Multiculturalism (3) The development of ethnic relations and political approaches to multiculturalism in two multiethnic nations: Canada and the U.S. A-F only. Pre: 300 or one 300 level ES course, or consent. (Cross-listed as ES 492) DS
SOC 495 Topics in Sociology (3) Topics course that explore current issues and try new ideas. Repeatable two times. Pre: 300 or consent.
SOC 496 Topics in Sociology: Student Projects (V) Students create their own study group and solicit an advisor from faculty. Consult department for assistance. DS
SOC 499 Directed Reading or Research (V) Repeatable unlimited times. Pre: 300 and consent of instructor.
SOC 500 Master’s Plan B/C Studies (1) Enrollment for degree completion. Pre: master’s Plan B or C candidate and consent.
SOC 605 Statistics for Regression Analysis (3) Dealing with the multiple linear regression and logistic regression models, focusing on modeling, i.e., specification of the explanatory variables to answer different research questions. Emphasis on applications using statistical package programs. SOC 605L is required.
SOC 605L Regression Analysis Laboratory (1) Lab for computer analysis skills is required for students taking 605. CR/NC only. Co-requisite: 605.
SOC 606 Research Methods and Design (3) Emphasis on theory selection, theory construction, and choice of research strategies.
SOC 607 Seminar in Methods of Content Analysis (3) Content analysis combines quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze text systematically. Covers sampling and case selection; manual and computer-assisted methods of coding and analyzing textual data; writing reports using content analysis data. Repeatable one time. (Once a year)
SOC 608 Survey Research Design and Analysis (3) Survey study designs, survey sampling, questionnaire construction, interviewing, pre-tests, pilot studies, logic of measurement and association, table construction, and elaboration models. Pre: consent. (Cross-listed as EDEA 608 and EDEP 602)
SOC 609 Seminar Qualitative Research (3) Advanced seminar on conducting fieldwork in natural social settings with emphasis on qualitative techniques, political and ethical considerations, data management and assessment, interpretation and reflexive writing. Repeatable one time.
SOC 611 Classical Sociological Theory (3) Seminar offers a critical overview of major perspectives and representative works in sociological theory from 19th-century to the 1960s, including intellectual contexts and historical development. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing. (Fall only)
SOC 612 Contemporary Sociological Theory (3) Seminar offers a critical overview of major perspectives and representative works in sociology theory from the 1960s to the present, including intellectual contexts and historical development. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing. (Spring only)
SOC 613 Organizational Analysis (3) Theoretical approaches to organizations; organizational structure and process; organizational pathologies and effectiveness; the organization and its environment.
SOC 615 Medical Sociology (3) Covers the major paradigms in medical sociology for analyzing social epidemiology, the political economy of health systems, health service organizations, health and wellness behaviors illness perception and help-seeking, doctor-patient interaction, and adaptations to illness. Pre: graduate standing or consent.
SOC 616 Seminar in Stress and Health (3) Analysis of current theory and empirical research on relationship of stress and health; sociological, psychological, and community psychiatry models and current issues.
SOC 617 Sociology of Mental Health and Illness (3) Examines sociological research and theories about mental health and illness. A key question in medical sociology will be addressed: What is the relationship between society and mental health? Repeatable one time.
SOC 620 Seminar in Social Stratification (3) Classical theories of social class, contemporary developments; crucial research issues, appropriate methodologies. Repeatable one time only. Pre: classified graduate standing or consent.
SOC 625 Feminist Criminology (3) Key themes in feminist criminology are explored including focus on masculinities and crime, race and intersectionality, global criminology, and the ways in which the criminal justice system controls women and girls. A-F only. (Cross-listed as WS 625)
SOC 631 Seminar in Criminology (3) Major current theories, history of their development, elaborations of typologies, implications for treatment modalities.
SOC 632 Criminal Justice System (3) Examination of the criminal justice system; the exercise of discretion and limits placed upon it. Pre: consent.
SOC 638 American Punishment (3) Examines the history of American criminal punishment, from the birth of the penitentiary to the rise of the prison-industrial complex. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing. (Cross-listed as AMST 638)
SOC 651 Introduction to Human Population (3) Comparative analysis of quantitative and qualitative aspects of population; factors affecting size, distribution, and composition; impact of population size and composition on society.
SOC 659 Methods of Demographic Analysis (3) Statistical evaluation and analysis of population data; data sources; population growth; composition; standardization of rates; mortality and the life table; nuptiality and fertility; distribution, migration, urbanization; projections and stable population theory. (Cross-listed as GHPS 659 and PH 659)
SOC 660 Teaching Seminar (3) Examines research on teaching, learning, and ethics, as well as practical skills for teaching at the university level. Syllabi and teaching philosophies are developed, which are useful for the academic job market. Graduate standing only.
SOC 670 Sociology of Sustainability (3) Analyses of sustainability, environmental, and technoscience issues from sociological perspectives. Graduate students only. (Fall only) (Cross-listed as SUST 670)
SOC 699 Directed Reading/Research (V) Repeatable unlimited times.
SOC 700 Thesis Research (V) Research for master’s thesis. Repeatable unlimited times.
SOC 701 Seminar in Evaluation Research (3) Research design, data collection, field problems and analysis in the evaluation of social programs. Examples from criminal justice, corrections, drug treatment, mental health, and public health.
SOC 705 Advanced Statistics (3) Dealing with advanced statistical methods beyond multiple linear regression, such as logit, event history analysis, and multi-level analysis. Emphasis is on applications of the techniques to social science research. Repeatable one time only.
SOC 706 Cultural Analysis (3) Contemporary issues in cultural sociology, covering key theoretical perspectives, analytic methods and substantive areas for empirical research. A-F only.
SOC 711 Seminar in Sociology of Knowledge (3) Sociological theory applied to bases of knowledge in everyday life, professional communities, and the sciences. Research and theory-building activities of sociologists; ethnomethodology; construction of social structure, culture, and consciousness. Repeatable one time only.
SOC 715 Seminar in Current Issues in Sociology (3) Substantive areas that are of current interest and the focus of research, but not addressed in other courses. Repeatable two times.
SOC 716 Advanced Medical Sociology (3) Application of theoretical paradigms and methodologies to the examination of selected research topics in the field of medical sociology. Repeatable one time. Pre: 615 or consent.
SOC 718 Seminar in Aging, Culture, and Health (3) Overview of the major theories, perspectives, and empirical findings relating to aging in various cultural contexts. SOC, PSY, NURS, SW, PH majors only. Pre: 606 (with a minimum grade of B) or consent.
SOC 719 Comparative Family and Gender (3) Discusses the major perspectives on family and gender relations and examines related empirical research. Emphasis is on the cross-cultural comparisons across the U.S. and Asia in the context of globalizing economies and cultures. A-F only. (Alt. years) (Cross-listed as GHPS 719)
SOC 720 Comparative Study of East Asia (3) Comparative analysis of social organization, social processes, and change of both capitalist and communist countries of East Asia, with each other and other areas of the world. Repeatable one time. Pre: 611 or consent.
SOC 721 Social Change–Pacific Islands (3) Analysis of social change; transformation from subsistence societies to commodified, wage-labor societies with participation in world economy.
SOC 722 Modern Japanese Society (3) Social and behavioral studies of Japanese values, social organization, and personality development. Problems of value conflict, political protest, world role, tradition, and social change. Repeatable one time only.
SOC 723 Seminar in Modern Chinese Society (3) Developmental policies, social change, and impact on modern Chinese social institutions. Includes China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. May include social and demographic change, population, social stratification, gender, and family problems. Repeatable one time.
SOC 725 (Alpha) Seminar in Race and Ethnicity (3) An examination of how ideas of "race" and "ethnicity" are constructed, and how this reflects and shapes social structures and relationships: (B) anti-racism studies; (C) ethnic identity and nationalism: cooperation and conflict; (D) race, place, and inequality. Repeatable up to two times in different alphas. Graduate students only. (Alt. years)
SOC 730 Conflict Analysis/Resolution (3) Seminar on the analysis of conflict resolution. Faculty from law, planning, political science and guest practitioners will present multidisciplinary analysis and intervention strategies on contemporary conflicts. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing or consent.
SOC 741 Seminar in Social Structure and the Individual (3) Intensive study and individual research projects in a selected topic. Theoretical and methodological issues in relating social and individual levels of analysis. Recommended: 612.
SOC 750 Seminar in Social Movements (3) Study of sociology of social movements, plus independent student research. Repeatable one time.
SOC 751 Development in Asia (3) Theories and available research methods examined for applicability to developing areas; specific examples from Asia. A-F only. Repeatable one time. Pre: graduate standing or consent.
SOC 753 Urban Sociology (3) Demographic trends in urban growth: nature and dimensions of urbanization and urbanism; ancient, American, and Third World cities; ecological theories of urban growth; lifestyles.
SOC 800 Dissertation Research (V) Research for doctoral dissertation. Repeatable unlimited times.
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