Department of Sociology and Urban Studies

Dr. Joseph McLaughlin, Chairperson

The Department of Sociology and Urban Studies offers a major in Sociology and a major in Urban Studies. Minors are offered in Sociology, Urban Studies, Africana Studies and Anthropology. The Program in Public Policy in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies also offers both Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees.

Requirements for Sociology Major

Degree of Bachelor of Arts

SO-121Introduction to Sociology3
SO-280Sociological Theory3
SO-345Sociology of Intimacy3
SO-384Cultural Anthropology3
SO-448Statistics in the Social Sciences3
SO/UR-450Research Techniques: Social Sciences3
SO/UR-492Urban Internship3
or SO-495 Internship in International Settings
SO-496Senior Seminar in Sociology3
SO-Sociology Electives6
Total Credits30

Special Notes on Core Curriculum Requirements for Sociology Major

1

Sociology majors are encouraged to take MA-105 Elementary Applied Mathematics and MA-106 Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Core Mathematics Requirement.

2

Courses required for the major do NOT count towards the Core Social Science Requirement.

Requirements for an Urban Studies Major

Degree of Bachelor Arts

UR-151The Contemporary City3
UR-370Urban Anthropology3
UR-412Ethnicity and Race in Urban History3
UR/SO-450Research Technology: Social Sciences3
UR-490Urban Field Work3
UR-491Advanced Urban Field Work3
UR-Urban Studies Electives12
Total Credits30

Special Notes on Core Curriculum Requirements for Urban Studies Major

1

Urban Studies majors are encouraged to take MA-105 Elementary Applied Mathematics and MA-106 Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Core Mathematics Requirement.

2

Courses required for the major do NOT count towards the Core Social Science Requirement.

Requirements for a Minor in Urban Studies

UR-151The Contemporary City3
UR-Urban Studies Electives15
Total Credits18

Requirements for a Minor in Sociology

SO-121Introduction to Sociology3
Select one of the following:3
AS-
Africana Studies course
LS-
Latin American and Latino Studies course
WS-
Women’s Studies course
SO-Sociology electives12
Total Credits18

Requirements for a Minor in Urban Studies

UR-151The Contemporary City3
UR/SO-412Ethnicity and Race in Urban History3
UR-Urban Studies electives12
Total Credits18

Requirements for a Minor in Anthropology

SO/BI-313Human Evolution, Ecology and Adaptation 13
SO-370Urban Anthropology3
SO-384Cultural Anthropology3
Select three of the following9
Globalization and Fieldwork Seminar 2
Introduction to Africana Studies
Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies
Latino Popular Culture and the City
Archeology: Greece and Near East
China: Environmental Change and Possibilities
Pre-Columbian Civilizations
The Anthropology of Gender
Intercultural Relations
China: People, Culture and Society
People and Culture of North America: Native Americans
Ethnicity and Race in Urban History
Internship in International Settings
Total Credits18

Special Notes on Requirements for Anthropology Minor

1

 May count towards the Core Natural Science Requirement.

2

 Preferred but not required.

SO Courses

SO-121. Introduction to Sociology. 3 Credits.

An examination of Sociology both as a practicing profession and scientific discipline, with an introduction to research methods, concepts, theories, and findings about the social world. Comparisons are made between Sociology and the other. An exploration of the potential relevance of Sociology to the job market is a part of this course.

SO-125. Introduction to Social Work. 3 Credits.

Provides students with an introduction to the field of social work. Examines the range of opportunities in this career.

SO-130. Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies. 3 Credits.

This course is an introduction to the study of Latin American and Latino communities in the United States. Course topics will include, but are not limited to Lain American history, U.S.-Latin American relations, migration, colonization, historical, and contemporary issues.

SO-134. Introduction to Sustainability. 3 Credits.

Students will broaden their awareness of the beauty and pain of the natural world, including human community. Emphasis will be placed on the "greening" movement.

SO-136. Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Studies. 3 Credits.

This course will offer students an introduction to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered studies. Along with a focus on the history of this topic as a social movement, the course examines the topic from community, social justice and lifestyle perspectives.

SO-137. Introduction to Nonviolence. 3 Credits.

A study of violence and human nature the theory and practice of nonviolence, how conflicts - local and global - can be solved nonviolently and the lives of past and current peacemakers, including Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and many others.

SO-140. Introduction to Women's Studies. 3 Credits.

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to women's studies, including its roots in the feminist and civil rights movements and the construction of gender in culture and society, giving specific attention to forms of gender inequality in the family, workplace, religion, healthcare, and relationships.

SO-145. Astro-Archeology. 3 Credits.

Travel back through time to walk in the footsteps of ancient astronomers, emperors, shamans, priest, and kings as we go in search pf the cosmic secrets of early cultures and investigate important archeological sites around the globe. Explore: the Sun Daggers of Chaco Canyon, the Temple of Heaven and the Starry Vaulted Tomb of Princess Yung T?ai, the Kukulcan?s Serpent of Light and Shadow & the Mayan Cult of Venus. The Inca?s Enclosure of Gold, the Book of the Dead and the Star Clocks of the Ramesside Pharaohs, the mysteries of Stonehenge, the standing stones of Kenya?s Namora-tunga, and much more. Prerequisites: SO-121.

SO-200. Ethnic and Racial Relations. 3 Credits.

The study of interethnic and interracial relations. American and international experiences of immigrant groups, majorities, minorities, dominant cultures, and subcultures. Prerequisites: UR-151 OR SO-121.

SO-203. Latino Popular Culture and the City. 3 Credits.

This course is an attempt to do two things: First, we will explore the origins of common, though sometimes negative, portrayals of Latinos in popular culture. Second, we will explore how Latino artists and activists respond to such portrayals through literature, music, dance, film, theater, visual arts, and sports. We will examine how these issues unfold specifically in the urban context and pay close attention to race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality as factors that unify and divide us in contemporary society. Our observations will include some reading, some film/video, and some campus events.

SO-208. Sociology of Film. 3 Credits.

The impact of films on Society from a Sociological perspective and an analysis of Social structure and Social institutions (economy, race, culture, gender, etc.) through masterpieces of cinema. Prerequisites: SO-121.

SO-210. TV and Society. 3 Credits.

This course examines how the medial shapes society and in-turn how society shapes the media. While initially focusing on television, the class now looks at more recent forms of the communication. Prerequisites: SO-121.

SO-216. Gender, Sexuality and Religion. 3 Credits.

Religion is known to have devoted considerable energy to regulate sexual norms and gender roles. This course seeks to help students to understand the social construction of religion, gender and sexuality. It will analyze and examine how different religions view gender and sexuality and how religion construct, reconstruct, and deconstruct gendernorms and sexuality. Prerequisites: SO-121.

SO-221. Surveillance in the Cybercity. 3 Credits.

Smartphones, debit cards, social networking sites, transportation systems, and public spaces increasingly produce troves of data about everyday life. This data is used by governments, corporations, educational institutions, activist organizations, and everyday people. This course critically analyzes forms of urban surveillance so as to reconsider personal and collective rights to privacy, property, and security within the contemporary cybercity. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-223. Latin America Today: People, Culture and Issues. 3 Credits.

This course provides an overview of the diverse societies of Latin America from a social science perspective. We will explore everyday life and experiences as they relate to culture and diversity, race, ethnicity and gender, politics and the economy, migration and urbanization, social justice and pop culture.

SO-224. Black Hair and Identity in America. 3 Credits.

This course will examine the social, cultural and political significance of black hair in America. It will explore hair's profound impact on identity. Black hair is embedded in notions of race, ethnicity, gender and class. Prerequisites: AS-177 SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-225. Sociology of Consumer Culture. 3 Credits.

This course explores the dynamics of the market economy. What and why do people consume? What are the forces behind this? Prerequisites: SO-121.

SO-227. Sociology of Salsa. 3 Credits.

This course combines dance lessons with a sociological exploration of New York/New Jersey's salsa scene. Students will learn the fundamentals of salsa music and dance, with a focus on rhythm, timing, musicality and basic steps. Lessons are complemented by discussions and origins of the music a it relates to Latin American and Caribbean history and migration to the northeast. Finally, students will investigate the culture of socials, which are dance parties dedicated to learning and practicing the dance. Class meets two hours per week for lessons and requires a minimum of two additional hours per week of fieldwork TBA. Dance shoes or dance sneakers required. Prerequisites: SO-121 UR-151 OR LS-101.

SO-228. Demographic Trends and Urban Change. 3 Credits.

An analysis of the changing populations in urban communities, the course examines both immigration and migration as well as how different areas of the city are constantly evolving. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-230. Experiencing Social Issues I. 3 Credits.

An examination of major Social issues through experiential activities in various criminal justice and Social service settings such as prison, court, an urban police department, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, an inner city health clinic, a nursing home, soup kitchens, an urban renewal project, an urban charter school, etc. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-231. Experiencing Social Issues II. 3 Credits.

An examination of major Social issues through experiential activities in various criminal justice and Social service settings such as prison, court, an urban police department, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, an inner city health clinic, a nursing home, soup kitchens, an urban renewal project, an urban charter school, etc.

SO-232. China: Environmental Change and Possibilities. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the social, political, economic and cultural variable that impact the Chinese environmental deterioration and these consequences for the world at large. Alternative models of environmental conservation are included. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-234. Sociology of Ethnic Cuisine. 3 Credits.

Understanding society and ethnic diversity through an in-depth study of cuisine, focusing on the traditions, rituals, symbolism and meaning of food materials, food preparation and consumption. The course examines the role of food in defining ethnic identity and in deciphering the interaction between tradition and modernity Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-236. Families in Urban Settings. 3 Credits.

An examination of the impact of urban society on families. How urbanization changed the composition and functions of the family will be the central questions explored. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-245. Haitians in America. 3 Credits.

Examines the history and experiences in America, paying special attention to how and why Haitians come to the U.S. It also explores patterns of settlement and mobility as well as interaction with other groups. Prerequisites: AS-175 OR AS-177 OR SO-121.

SO-251. Current Social Problems. 3 Credits.

Examination of controversial public issues using sociological theory and research as the resources change and conflicts in values as the source of new problems. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-253. Social Deviance. 3 Credits.

Explores the concepts of social norms, egocentricity, and ethnocentricity. Examines the relativity of deviance including criminal behavior, human sexuality, drug use, suicide, and other alternative forms of behavior.

SO-254. Sociology of Migration and Immigration. 3 Credits.

Immigration in history patterns of movement immigration and refugees adjustment and resettlement immigration law. The needs of immigratants housing, employment education, medical care. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-255. Personality and Social Interaction. 3 Credits.

Processes of social learning social sources of motivation development of beliefs and attitudes social norms and personality formation group morale and leadership social interaction and the conflict of social roles the individual and social change. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-256. Sociology of Sports. 3 Credits.

This course uses both readings and films to explore the impact of economic and political forces and changing constructions of gender and social values on organized athletics at the professional and amateur levels. Prerequisites: SO-121.

SO-261. Archeology: Greece and the Near East. 3 Credits.

An in-depth introduction into the history and field of archeology of ancient Greece and the Near East Prerequisites: SO-121.

SO-273. Global Feminisms. 3 Credits.

This interdisciplinary course explores global issues and debates regarding significant issues affecting women's lives and opportunities for equality.

SO-275. Pre-Columbian Civilizations. 3 Credits.

This course will examine the cultures, including their rises and falls, of a number of pre-Columbian cultures from archeological and cultural anthropological perspectives. Inca, Myan, Aztec, and Others. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR LS-101.

SO-280. Sociological Theory. 3 Credits.

Classical themes of Sociology and major theoretical achievements from 1815 to the present. Prerequisites: SO-121.

SO-283. The Conspiracy Theory Film. 3 Credits.

The course looks at the themes of conspiracies and paranoia in film and popular culture. Students examine how social and political conflicts through the decades have created fears of large-scale corruption in organizations of power and how these fears were translated to the movie screen. Prerequisites: CM-106 CM-117 CM-120.

SO-295. Cooperative Education. 3 Credits.

SO-300. Wealth, Power and Prestige: Social Stratification. 3 Credits.

Classic Theories and recent research on social inequality and mobility. The linkage of class and behavior education in behavior in education, religion and politics is an essential part of the course. This course utilizes a variety of sociological concepts to examine work as a social institution. In addition to the formal analysis offered, participants in the course will have the opportunity to examine their own role in the world of work. Prerequisites: SO-121.

SO-309. Women in the Changing Urban World. 3 Credits.

Historical and contemporary examination of urban revolution as social basis for changing roles of women. Generation of conflicts and possibilities. Implications for society. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151 OR SO-140.

SO-313. Human Evolution, Ecology and Adaptation. 3 Credits.

This interdisciplinary course focuses on evolutionary adaptations of the human species to nature and ways it has adapted nature to serve its needs. These adaptations and their consequences for changes in human ways of life are central to this course. Prerequisites: BI-184 OR SO-121.

SO-320. Marco Polo and the Silk Road. 3 Credits.

Exploration, through literature, art, film, and music, of Marco Polo?s adventures along the Silk Road as he winds his way through Asia.

SO-324. Sociology of Work. 3 Credits.

This course utilizes a variety of sociological concepts to examine work as a social institution. In addition to the formal analysis offered, participants in the course will have the opportunity to examine their own role in the world of work. Prerequisites: SO-121.

SO-326. The Anthropology of Gender. 3 Credits.

Course is a cross cultural, comparative and historical examination of the different constructions of gender (masculinity and feminism). Includes symbolic meanings of sexual differences and how these meanings influence life cycle ritual, etc... Prerequisites: SO-121 OR SO-384.

SO-333. Black Community and the Law. 3 Credits.

An examination of the role of the American legal process in African American history from 1619 to the present, with concentration on laws and their application during the slavery and post-slavery era, the early and mid 1900's, and in modern rural and urban life. Topics include civil rights, constitutional, property, and criminal law.

SO-337. Sociology of Human Sexuality. 3 Credits.

Biological, psychological and cultural patterning of human sexual behavior; sexual roles and sex scripts, sexual dysfunction; sexual deviance; and Social regulation.

SO-340. Sociology of Religion. 3 Credits.

Marx, Durkheim, and Weber on religion and Society current resurgence of Islam, Catholicism, and Judaism around the world. Religion in the U.S.: cults and traditional churches. Impact of religion on economics, education, and culture. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-345. Sociology of Intimacy. 3 Credits.

This course will explore sexual scripts the social control of marrying negotiating and bargaining marriage roles the dynamics of family interaction conflict and divorce. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-351. Issues in the Latino Community. 3 Credits.

The socio-economic and political origins of the various Hispanic peoples, with analysis of social issues arising from Hispanic involvement in American societal substitutions, i.e. education, politics, family, etc. Prerequisites: SO-121 UR-151 OR LS-101.

SO-352. Minority Group Relations. 3 Credits.

A study of the history, conditions, and contributions of racial minority groups within the United States. Special emphasis on developments involving African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-353. Sociology of the Black Family. 3 Credits.

The black family in historical and contemporary perspectives. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-360. Intercultural Relations. 3 Credits.

An examination of the influence of cultural factors on human thought, emotion and action. Theoretical and methodological issues in intercultural relations are reviewed and observational studies conducted. Prerequisites: SO-121 SO-384.

SO-362. China: People, Culture and Society. 3 Credits.

This course will examine both contemporary China and its history. Included will be an exploration of the many diverse cultures within the society. Prerequisites: SO-121 SO-384.

SO-368. Health and Inequalities: Race, Class and Gender. 3 Credits.

This course critically examines the relationship between health status and social inequalities along the lines of race and ethnicity, social class and gender. We begin with an overview of epidemiology and the idea of studying health from a sociological perspective. We then consider the complex relationship between socio-economic status (class) and health statuses, followed by an examination of specific health issues for major racial/ethnic minorities and gender groups. We will try to understand how low socioeconomic status leads to poor health, how conscious, unconscious, and institutionalized racial/gender bias affects medical care and health outcomes, and address ideas for reducing health disparities among all groups. Prerequisites: SO-121.

SO-369. From Famine to Feast: The Irish in America. 3 Credits.

Fighters, drinkers, storytellers and entertainers as well as to a teachers, maids, and activists, we will measure the Irish through readings, discussions, films, field trips and research projects. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR PO-100 OR UR-151.

SO-370. Urban Anthropology. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the emergence of urban culture in its present form from its neolithic roots. Emphasis on urban life in the New Jersey area, with reference to the peoples and cultures in urban environments world-wide. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-371. Ancient Skywatchers of North America. 3 Credits.

Study of some of the principal North American native cultures and how their lives relates to the land and the cosmos. Includes local field trip and a nine-day trip to Southwestern United States.

SO-375. Contempory China: Culture, Politics and Environment. 3 Credits.

Students will examine the growth of China in the 21st Century. The course will explore the sometimes differing demands of ethnic groups and economic growth and how all effect the environment. Prerequisites: SO-121.

SO-384. Cultural Anthropology. 3 Credits.

An analysis of the development of anthropology as an offshoot from Sociology an examination of the differences in the methodology of anthropology and Sociology in the study of a variety of cultures. Prerequisites: SO-121 PL-100 OR PL-101 OR TH-110 OR TH-120.

SO-385. People and Culture of North America: Native Americans. 3 Credits.

An examination of the diversity of North American tribes from their migration from Asia to the present. Included are comparisons between tribes, government policies and recent revival of many groups Prerequisites: SO-121 SO-284.

SO-389. Latina Research in Action. 3 Credits.

Students will learn about the theoretical underpinnings of participatory action research and will engage in existing or new participatory projects in education with Latina communities.

SO-399. Tutorial. 1 Credit.

SO-410. Managing Cross-Cultural Training Skills. 3 Credits.

Analysis of cross-cultural training techniques developed to improve relations between people of different cultures. Resources employed are actual techniques currently used by the U.S. State Department, international corporations and international educational organizations. Prerequisites: SO-121.

SO-412. Ethnicity and Race in Urban History. 3 Credits.

Includes the African and European immigrant experiences in America, the effects of slavery and urbanization, and the formation of class consciousness. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-448. Statistics in the Social Sciences. 3 Credits.

Descriptive and inferential statistics including measures of central tendency and variability, linear correlation, and hypothesis testing. Prerequisites: SO-121 SO-380.

SO-450. Research Techniques: Social Sciences. 3 Credits.

Paradigms, theory and research the nature of causation research design conceptualization and measurement operationalization indexes, scales and typologies sampling types of Social research: experiments, surveys, field research, unobtrusive research, and evaluation research. Emphasis on active learning through exercises, report writing and student projects. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151 SO-280.

SO-451. Sociology Issues: Public Policy. 3 Credits.

SO-454. Black Films. 3 Credits.

A survey of 20th century film making by and about African-Americans. Prerequisites: CM-115 CM-116 CM-117 CM-119 CM-120 OR HP-122.

SO-465. Vietnam and the U.S.. 3 Credits.

A multidimensional view of the Vietnam era. U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia as a backdrop for an examination of changes in America from the late 1950s to the mid 1970s. Impact of Vietnam on civil rights, youth culture, the women's movement. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-470. Medical Sociology. 3 Credits.

The definition and distribution of disease and sickness the organization and delivery -of health care the conflicts and politics of health. Prerequisites: SO-121 UR-151.

SO-472. Sociology of the Professions. 3 Credits.

History of the professions: the medieval guilds the nineteenth century and the development of applied science. Professions as communities peer evaluation and professional ethics. Prerequisites: SO-121.

SO-479. Science, Technology and Society. 3 Credits.

An interdisciplinary values course that examines from the perspectives of natural science, philosophy and political science, how technology evolves in society, the impact of technology on our lives, and the critical decisions that technology requires.

SO-489. Globalization and Fieldwork Seminar. 3 Credits.

Short term study/travel course in which students conduct first hand investigations on the effects of globalization in relevant settings. Specific area and topics determined at the beginning of the Academic Year. Locations change every term. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151 OR PO-100.

SO-492. Urban Internship. 3 Credits.

Advanced levels of field work emphasizing synthesis of social theories with work experience. Seminars held and an evaluation paper required. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-493. Advanced Urban Internship. 3 Credits.

Advanced levels of field work emphasizing synthesis of social theories with work experience. Seminars held and an evaluation paper required. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-495. Internship in International Settings. 3 Credits.

Planned and supervised off-campus working experiences overseas or with international organizations integrated with independent academic study under the tutelage of the Director of International and intercultural Studies. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

SO-496. Senior Seminar in Sociology. 3 Credits.

This capstone course ties together the various components in the Sociology Major as well as prepares graduates for the next level. Students will develop a synthesis production. Should be taken last term senior year. Prerequisites: SO-121 SO-280 SO-345 SO-384.

SO-498. Special Projects in Sociology I. 3 Credits.

Tutorial courses and reading courses in special areas of sociology. May be taken for one or two terms.

SO-499. Special Projects in Sociology II. 3 Credits.

Tutorial courses and reading courses in special areas of sociology. May be taken for one or two terms.

UR Courses

UR-125. Introduction to Social Work. 3 Credits.

Provides students with an introduction to the field of social work. Examines the range of opportunities in this career.

UR-126. Introduction to Public Policy and Social Action. 3 Credits.

This course is an introduction to the public policy and will answer the following questions: What is public poicy? Who makes public policy? What impact does public policy have on our lives? The course examines the relationship between public policy and social action.

UR-134. Introduction to Sustainability. 3 Credits.

Students will broaden their awareness of the beauty and pain of the natural world, including human community. Emphasis will be placed on the "greening" movement.

UR-137. Introduction to Nonviolence. 3 Credits.

A study of violence and human nature the theory and practice of nonviolence, how conflicts - local and global - can be solved nonviolently and the lives of past and current peacemakers, including Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and many others.

UR-151. The Contemporary City. 3 Credits.

Basic Urban Studies Course. Historical development of urbanization and industrialization in America. Problems of urban development, including housing, environment, crime, race, ethnicity, and class.

UR-152. Methods of Urban Communication. 3 Credits.

A workshop in communication skills especially geared to the needs of social service and public sector workers.

UR-201. Contemporary Social Ideas. 3 Credits.

Social ecology: the study of human as well as natural ecosystems in their interrelationships an examination of the problems of pollution, food and hunger, nuclear power, alternative technologies such as wind and solar, and the environmental crisis. Prerequisites: UR-151.

UR-202. Urban Music: Jazz to Hip-Hop. 3 Credits.

This course studies the history of urban music from jazz to rock and roll up to today's urban sounds. The course will concentrate both on the music and its socioeconomic impact on the urban landscape. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-219. Exploring Urban Experience Through Film. 3 Credits.

This course uses masterpieces of cinema to explore the city and urban culture. Topics will include the economy, race, culture, gender, immigration, gentrification and crime. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-220. Urban Architecture and Design. 3 Credits.

Using the city as a labaratory, the class will investigate the various shapes that form, and have formed, the urban environment. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-221. Surveillance in the Cybercity. 3 Credits.

Smartphones, debit cards, social networking sites, transportation systems, and public spaces increasingly produce troves of data about everyday life. This data is used by governments, corporations, educational institutions, activist organizations, and everyday people. This course critically analyzes forms of urban surveillance so as to reconsider personal and collective rights to privacy, property, and security within the contemporary cybercity. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-223. Latin America Today: People, Culture and Issues. 3 Credits.

This course provides an overview of the diverse societies of Latin America from a social science perspective. We will explore everyday life and experiences as they relate to culture and diversity, race, ethnicity and gender, politics and the economy, migration and urbanization, social justice and pop culture. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-224. Black Hair and Identity in America. 3 Credits.

This course will examine the social, cultural and political significance of black hair in America. It will explore hair's profound impact on identity. Black hair is embedded in notions of race, ethnicity, gender and class. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-228. Demographic Trends and Urban Change. 3 Credits.

An analysis of the changing populations in urban communities, the course examines both immigration and migration as well as how different areas of the city are constantly evolving. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-235. Harlem Renaissance. 3 Credits.

This course examines the period beginning in the 1920's known as the Harlem Renaissance. It was a time when black and white Americans alike discovered the vibrancy and uniqueness of black art, music, and literature. The class will also examine the importance of external forces, both positive and negative. Prerequisites: UR-151 OR SO-121.

UR-236. Families in Urban Settings. 3 Credits.

An examination of the impact of urban society on families. How urbanization changed the composition and functions of the family will be the central questions explored. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-237. Urban Economic Problems. 3 Credits.

UR-273. Global Feminisms. 3 Credits.

This interdisciplinary course explores global issues and debates regarding significant issues affecting women's lives and opportunities for equality. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-300. Wealth, Power and Prestige: Social Stratification. 3 Credits.

Classic Theories and recent research on social inequality and mobility. The linkage of class and behavior education in behavior in education, religion and politics is an essential part of the course. This course utilizes a variety of sociological concepts to examine work as a social institution. In addition to the formal analysis offered, participants in the course will have the opportunity to examine their own role in the world of work. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-305. Global Cities, Theory and Practice. 3 Credits.

Globalization trends have increasingly influenced the way cities operate. Taking lived experiences, subjugated voices, and spaces of resistance in the NY/NJ/Jersey City area as focal points, this urban studies course examines political, social and cultural productions and practices of competing interests that seek to claim a right to the global city. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-307. Roots of Urban Politics. 3 Credits.

An examination of the historic development of political forms and organizational structures in cities including machine, reform, ethnic, and class politics. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-308. Analysis of Urban Social Class. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the processes leading to formation of socio-economic classes in the urban context, including the role of income, wealth, occupation, education, ethnicity, and race. Prerequisites: UR-151 OR SO-121.

UR-309. Women in the Changing Urban World. 3 Credits.

Historical and contemporary examination of urban revolution as social basis for changing roles of women. Generation of conflicts and possibilities. Implications for society. Prerequisites: UR-151 OR SO-121.

UR-310. American Utopias. 3 Credits.

The Utopian ideal from ancient times to the present, emphasizing the urban strand study of urban communities, past and present, workplace ownership, land trusts, co-ops, and garden cities. Prerequisites: UR-151 OR SO-121.

UR-311. Strategies for Urban Change. 3 Credits.

Focuses on two levels of strategies directed at social and economic change in American cities: government strategies and strategies employed by urban groups seeking change. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-312. Media and Urban Environment. 3 Credits.

Effect of mass media on the urban environment. Emphasis on television, film, radio, and journalism. Impact of new electronic media including computers. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-313. Business and the City. 3 Credits.

A review of the relationship between urban development and growth and American business, with particular attention to the historic and present day impact of business involvement in cities. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-315. Computers for Public Policy. 3 Credits.

Course designed to give public sector workers computer literacy with special emphasis on word processing, spreadsheet analysis, computer graphics, etc. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-320. Urban Legal Issues. 3 Credits.

Study of housing, crime, welfare, education, etc., as issues pertinent to modern urban living the role of the legal system in designing, directing and maintaining the present conditions of these urban services and institutions. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-324. Poverty and Inequality. 3 Credits.

Description and anaylsis of the causes, characteristics and consequences of poverty. Links between poverty and inequality. Measurement of the different dimensions of poverty and inequality. Comparative analysis of poverty and inequality across countries. Poverty reduction policies and strategies. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-325. Violence and Social Change. 3 Credits.

This course will examine the role that violence and social change has played in human affairs over the past century. It will look at this process as a meditation on struggling humanity, through a series of case studies and theories of social change, focused primarily on the United States. It will include a critical look at human prospects in the twenty-first century. Prerequisites: UR-151 OR SO-121.

UR-326. Community Organization. 3 Credits.

This course examines community organizing in terms of what it is, its impact and the obstacles to change. The course focused on how to bring groups together for collective change. Prerequisites: UR-151 OR SO-121.

UR-327. Environmental Politics and Policies. 3 Credits.

This course explores the shifting political forces that determine environmental policies. Included is an examination of pressures, interest groups, and the media. Prerequisites: EV-100.

UR-328. Social Work in Urban Systems. 3 Credits.

Focuses on the major social welfare systems in America and the field of social work as the profession charged with implementing social welfare today. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-330. Urban Neighborhoods. 3 Credits.

An examination of the ecology of neighborhoods: the neighborhood as a social and political unit urban planning and the neighborhood movement community organization. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-331. Issues and Forces That Shape Urban Areas. 3 Credits.

An historical examination of the economic, social, and demographic forces which have shaped American cities, with emphasis on older, industrial cities. Prerequisites: UR-151.

UR-332. Contemporary Urban Cultures. 3 Credits.

A study of the subcultures of the city, utilizing techniques of urban anthropology. The economic and political orientations of black, Hispanic, white ethnic, and youth cultures. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-333. Black Community and the Law. 3 Credits.

An examination of the role of the American legal process in African American history from 1619 to the present, with concentration on laws and their application during the slavery and post-slavery era, the early and mid 1900's, and in modern rural and urban life. Topics include civil rights, constitutional, property, and criminal law. Prerequisites: SO-121, AS-177 OR UR-151.

UR-334. Foodscapes: Urban Encounters. 3 Credits.

This course seeks to question the ?ordinary? places of food in urban environments and global society. How we mark the spaces of food production, consumption, gastronomy, and disposal in urban settings are the control questions of the class. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-351. Issues in the Latino Community. 3 Credits.

The Socio-economic and political origins of the various Hispanic peoples, with analysis of Social issue arising from Hispanic involvement in American Societal institutions, i.e. education, politics, family, etc. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151 AND LS-101.

UR-352. Minority Relations. 3 Credits.

The course focuses on how minority groups relate to each other as well as those above and below them in cultural stratification. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-353. Black Family. 3 Credits.

A look at the historical, political, social, and economic forces that shape the contemporary Black family. Prerequisites: AS-177 OR UR-151.

UR-370. Urban Anthropology. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the emergence of urban culture in its present form from its neolithic roots. Emphasis on urban life in the New Jersey area, with reference to the peoples and cultures in urban environments world-wide. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-399. Tutorial. 3 Credits.

UR-409. Young People, Planning and the City. 3 Credits.

In this course we will examine an array of social, cultural, environmental, political and economic issues that shape urban communities and impact children/young peoples's lives. We will develop a community-focused research project to investigate and devise creative solutions with the goal that addresses the needs of Jersey City's children and young people. Prerequisites: UR-151 OR SO-121.

UR-410. Managing Cross-Cultural Training Skills. 3 Credits.

Analysis of cross-cultural training techniques developed to improve relations between people of different cultures. Resources employed are actual techniques currently used by the U.S. State Department, international corporations and international educational organizations. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-412. Ethnicity and Race in Urban History. 3 Credits.

Includes the African and European immigrant experiences in America, the effects of slavery and urbanization, and the formation of class consciousness. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-428. The Literature, Culture and Social Issues: West Africa. 3 Credits.

A study of seminal texts representing the Malinke, Igbo, Chanaian, Wolog, Bambara, and Senegalese peoples of West Africa. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-450. Research Technology: Social Sciences. 3 Credits.

Paradigms, theory and research the nature of causation research design conceptualization and measurement operationalization indexes, scales and typologies sampling types of Social research: experiments, surveys, field research, unobtrusive research, and evaluation research. Emphasis on active learning through exercises, report writing and student projects. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151 AND SO-280.

UR-451. Social Issues in Public Policy I. 3 Credits.

An historical examination of social forces and responses, particularly at the grassroots level, which have contributed to our present institutional arrangements. Particular emphasis is given to the effect of social forces on public policy. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-452. Social Issues in Public Policy II. 3 Credits.

An investigation of public policy issues affecting constituencies in need of social services, such as older citizens, the homeless and those inadequately housed, and those in need of medical care. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-460. The U.S. Civil Rights Movement. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the origins, processes, and outcomes of the twentieth century black American Civil Rights struggle. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-465. Vietnam and the U.S.. 3 Credits.

A multidimensional view of the Vietnam era. U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia as a backdrop for an examination of changes in America from the late 1950s to the mid 1970s. Impact of Vietnam on civil rights, youth culture, the women's movement. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-489. Globalization and Field Work Seminar. 3 Credits.

UR-490. Urban Field Work. 3 Credits.

Introductory level of field work emphasizing synthesis of social theories with work experience. Seminars held and an evaluation paper required. Prerequisites: UR-151 OR SO-121.

UR-491. Advanced Urban Field Work. 3 Credits.

Advanced level of field work emphasizing synthesis of social theories with work experience. Seminars held and an evaluation paper required. Prerequisites: UR-151 OR SO-121.

UR-492. Urban Internship. 3 Credits.

Advanced levels of field work emphasizing synthesis of social theories with work experience. Seminars held and an evaluation paper required. Prerequisites: UR-151 OR SO-121.

UR-493. Advanced Urban Internship. 3 Credits.

Advanced levels of field work emphasizing synthesis of social theories with work experience. Seminars held and an evaluation paper required. Prerequisites: UR-151 OR SO-121.

UR-494. Senior Seminar in Sociology and Urban Studies. 3 Credits.

This capstone course ties together the various components in the Sociology/Urban Studies major as well as prepares graduates for the next level. Restricted to Juniors and Seniors in the Public Policy Program. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

UR-496. Theology and Urban Problems. 3 Credits.

A theological view of the Christian tradition on various contemporary urban problems such as poverty, injustice, racism, sexism, housing, unemployment; a study of some actual and possible responses to these problems.

UR-498. Special Topics. 3 Credits.

UR-499. Theological and Contemporary Public Issues. 3 Credits.

Deals with the theological implications of various contemporary environmental and ecological issues: nuclear energy, pollution, nutrition, world hunger, genetics.