Course Descriptions

SOC 1110    Introduction to Sociology     Credits  3         Goal Areas  05,07     Course Outline 1110

This course is a study of social and cultural aspects of human behavior. Topics include society and culture, roles and norms, groups and organizations, deviance, inequality, social and cultural change, and research methods.

SOC 1130    Social Problems/Deviance     Credits  3         Goal Areas  07,09     Course Outline 1130

This course examines issues and concerns in the modern world such as population, global warming, the environment, natural resources, terrorism, poverty, racism, sexism, mental illness, drug abuse, crime, sexual assault, prostitution and suicide. Social policies designed to deal with those issues are also considered. Prerequisite: Soc 1110

SOC 1210    Introduction to Social Work     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     Course Outline 1210

This course reviews the field of social work, with a generalist practice focus emphasizing interventions at the individual, environmental and societal level. Topics include the development of social work, human diversity, social problems, social work values, roles, skills and settings. Note: This course is a service learning class that combines classroom instruction and service in the community, giving students the opportunity to practice academic, real-world, work, life and interpersonal skills. Students are required to have their own transportation. Service learning opportunities range in scope from 10-40 hours of service in the community which in some cases may be an additional time commitment to completion of the course.

SOC 1710    Introduction to Criminal Justice     Credits  3         Goal Areas  05     Course Outline 1710

This course covers the history, organization, and function of the criminal justice system in the United States. Topics include foundations of crime and justice, victimization, crime statistics and the extent of crime, police issues, court systems, corrections, and future trends. Note: Sociology 1110 recommended prior to taking this course.

SOC 1720    Police and Community     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     Course Outline 1720

This course addresses the affective-oriented aspects of contemporary law enforcement. Topics include crime prevention, police community relations, ethical decision-making, cultural diversity, bias-motivated crimes, domestic abuse, problem solving, volunteerism, and interpersonal communications. Note: SOC 1110, Introduction to Sociology, recommended before taking this class.

SOC 1730    Juvenile Justice     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     Course Outline 1730

This course analyzes the juvenile justice system and its historical and philosophical development, including theories of social causes and effects of delinquency. Students will learn strategies for working with juveniles and for preventing and investigating delinquency. The course provides a working knowledge of Minnesota statutes pertaining to juveniles through the study of case law, report writing, skills exercises, and simulation.

SOC 1750    Families in Crisis     Credits  3         Goal Areas  05     Course Outline 1750

This course analyzes the dimensions and dynamics of family dysfunctions. Topics may include, domestic abuse, child abuse and protection, vulnerable adults, peace officer response to crime victims, Americans with Disabilities Act as it relates to peace officers, mental health, poverty, homelessness, and the substance abuse as related to family issues. Prerequisite: Soc 1110

SOC 1990    Sociology Special Topics     Credits  1-4         Goal Areas  n/a     Course Outline 1990

This course will provide flexibility in offering an in-depth review of topics of immediate importance and topical interest. These topics will go beyond the introductory courses in examining specific aspects of the subject matter.

SOC 2110    Principles of Social Psychology     Credits  3         Goal Areas  05,07     Course Outline 2110

This course analyzes how individual's thoughts, feelings and actions are influenced by others. Topics include perception, attraction, altruism, aggression, attitudes, leadership, conformity and obedience, persuasion and propaganda and the self-concept. Prerequisite: Soc 1110

SOC 2210    Social Inequality     Credits  3         Goal Areas  05,07     Course Outline 2210

This course considers the social history, current conditions, and future prospects of minority groups in the United States. Topics include racism, sexism, prejudice, discrimination, affirmative action, and other related issues and social policies. Prerequisite: Soc 1110

SOC 2220    Police and Human Behavior     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     Course Outline 2220

Police and Human Behavior provides a practical overview of the interaction between police and the communities they serve. Topic areas include victimization, stalking, predatory offenders, drugs, hate/bias motivated crimes, domestic abuse, people with disabilities, hostages, suicide, crisis management, police officer mental health, Patriot Act, RICO, gangs, and other topics.

SOC 2730    Introduction to Corrections     Credits  3         Goal Areas  05     Course Outline 2730

This course examines corrections as a major component of the criminal justice system in the United States. Topics may include programs, practices and critical issues. Prerequisite: Soc 1710 or Consent of Instructor

SOC 2740    Criminal Behavior     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     Course Outline 2740

This course introduces students to crime and criminal behavior from a sociological perspective. Topics include: major sociological theories of criminal behavior, research on crime and social control issues, victimization, violent and property crime, white-collar, political, public order and organized crime. Prerequisite: Soc 1110