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FYE 101 First Year Experience 3 credits
These courses are designed to address the many challenges an incoming student may face: social and academic skills development, the Lincoln tradition, the meaning of liberal arts, attending lectures, recitals, and convocations offered throughout the semester as basis for class discussions, library research/computer literacy, writing, speaking, and critical thinking. This course will be taken in the freshman year and monitored by an Advisory Committee based in the Sociology Department.

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of sociology, including socialization, groups, institutions, and social change.

SOC 201 General Anthropology 3 credits
This course is an introduction to the science of man and his works in the light of the findings of physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics.
Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 202 Social Psych of Group Behavior 3 credits
This course studies the major theoretical and methodological contributions of social psychology. The course will focus on developing the student's ability to choose among those in order to gain practical research experience. Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 203 Intro to Criminal Justice Sys. 3 credits
This course provides a general introduction to criminal justice. The emphasis will be placed on the history of the criminal justice system and the interrelation of the three components of the system: law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. Students will examine crime trends and contemporary crime issues as they relate to American minorities. Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 204 Human Geography 3 credits
This course will define the field of geography, its major subdivisions and basic concepts, and will consider the role of the human species as a major factor. Students will explore the complex nature of the relationship among physical geography, climate, ecology, human biology, and culture. Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 205 Marriage and the Family 3 credits
This course has a special emphasis on the Black family and explores the myths related to the behavior and functioning of the Black family. Students will study the family as a social institution, including the parent child relationship and its influence on child growth and personality development, mate selection, marital adjustment, parenthood, family disorganization, and the investigation of alternative family forms. Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 207 Criminal Law I 3 credits
This course examines the basic concepts, legal and sociological issues in substantive criminal law, the theories underlying criminal law; and the problems of the imposition and execution of punishments. Participants will focuses on a specific problem area such as criminal liability and legal requirements for criminal defenses. Special emphasis is placed on such crimes as murder, manslaughter, burglary, rape, robbery, larceny, theft, assault and battery, and victimless crimes. Prerequisites: SOC 203

SOC 208 Pol. Anthro. African Society 3 credits
This course explores the methods and strategies of crisis management in different societies in contemporary Africa. It begins with the study of pre colonial political institutions such as bands, acephalous societies, and centralized kingdoms. It looks at how colonialism has tried to restructure pre colonial institutions for its own purposes. It concludes with a discussion of the human and environmental cost of modernization. Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 301 Law and Society 3 credits
This course is a study of everyday legal problems in the areas of criminal, consumer, family, housing, and individual rights law. The course will enable students to analyze, evaluate and, in appropriate situations, resolve legal disputes. Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 303 Cultural Anthropology 3 credits
This course provides an introduction to the worldwide ethnographic literature: a study of the whole culture of selected societies through standard monographs.
Prerequisites: SOC 101 SOC 201

SOC 305 Research Methods 3 credits
This course teaches basic research methods in sociology, including survey and case techniques, participant observation, and preparation of research reports.
Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 306 Social Statistics 3 credits
This course emphasizes application, both in terms of statistical projects and analysis of classical sociological contributions. Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 311 The American Community 3 credits
This course is a study of the spatial aspects and social processes of community development and community organization as influenced by historical, ecological, sociological, political and economic factors. Special emphasis will be placed on the current conditions in Black communities. Such areas as housing, health, education, transportation and citizen participation will be examined. Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 314 Criminological Theory 3 credits
This course teaches the characteristics, causes, and correction of crime and delinquency, including discussion of various theories of deviant behavior and social disorganization. Prerequisites: SOC 203

SOC 315 Court & Corrections 3 credits
This course is a study of the American court system at both the state and federal levels. The course examines roles of professional and nonprofessional courtroom actors, pretrial activities, stages of criminal trial, and sentencing. Judicial organizations as well as the history and development of courts will be studied. Prerequisites: SOC 203

SOC 318 Sociological Theory 3 credits
This course is an introduction to the history of sociological theory from the French Revolution to the present, with emphasis on application to contemporary theoretical problems. Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 319 Urban Sociology 3 credits
This course is an introduction to the study of urban society and the urbanization process, with emphasis on the Western world. The characteristics of the city, its ecology, institutions, and problems will be covered. Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 320 Intro to Law Enforcement 3 credits
The course will provide an overview of law enforcement policy, police operations, agencies, and police professionalism and ethics. Prerequisites: SOC 203

SOC 321 Ethnography of West Africa 3 credits
The course deals with the subject of fieldwork defined recently as "a form of enquiry in which one immerses oneself personally in the ongoing social activities of some individual or group for the purposes of research" Wolcott, 1995:12. It also examines the techniques, theories, and concepts relevant to sound cross cultural ethnographic work. It will attempt to study the traditional notions of the specialized area of doing fieldwork such as the "emic" and the "etic" approaches, "participant observation 148,148 interactive and non interactive methods" as well as the various levels of interpretative analysis. Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 322 Forensic Science 3 credits
This course examines scientific aspects of the criminal investigation. The major emphasis is placed upon the collection, analysis, preservation, and processing of physical evidence. Some of the topics to be covered include the crime scene search, fingerprints, blood analysis and DNA identification, firearms, hair, fibers, paint and questioned documents.
Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 323 Criminal Justice Admin 3 credits
This course is an examination of principles of management, organization, and administration as applied to law enforcement personnel. Prerequisites: SOC 101 SOC 203

SOC 345 Criminal Investigation 3 credits
This course is a study of the elements and process of an investigation; a survey of scientific crime detection methods; identification and preservation of evidence and report writing. Topics to be covered include concepts and strategies of private security investigation. Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 346 Community Based Corrections 3 credits
The concept of correction without incarceration; an examination of program alternatives to criminal justice processing, jail detention, and incarceration; programs for juveniles; problems and needs of female offenders and drug and alcohol offenders are dealt with in this course. Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 348 Juvenile Delinquency 3 credits
This course is an examination of the nature and scope of delinquency; the characteristics of the juvenile offender; prevention, control, and treatment programs. Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 349 Introduction to Victimology 3 credits
This course is a study of the victims of street crimes. The focus will be on the victim offender relationship, victim types, and conflicts between victims and the criminal justice system. Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 350 Comparative Law Enforcement 3 credits
This course is a study and comparison of law enforcement systems, practices, and ideologies outside of the United States with an emphasis on strategies of crime control.
Prerequisites: SOC 101 SOC 203 SOC 320

SOC 351 Comparative Criminal Justice 3 credits
This course examines and compares the legal and criminal justice systems of different nations. It focuses on historical, political and social factors, and explains their influence on legal institutions and systems of justice. The course discusses points of divergence between other societies and the United States in perceived causes of crime and differing approaches to rehabilitation and crime prevention. Countries representing Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America are included. Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 352 Criminal Law II 3 credits
This course introduces students to the rules and procedures that govern the pretrial processing of criminal suspects and the conduct of criminal trials. While being primarily focused on principles of American criminal procedure, the course also examines character proceedings in different criminal justice systems worldwide. Discussion includes a number of issues relevant to the constitutional safeguards, as well as the cases reflecting current trends in criminal procedure. Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 353 Criminal Evidence 3 credits
This course provides students the opportunity to develop their understanding of the manner in which legal issues and disputes are resolved by trial. The class focuses on the manner in which the trial system works and the reasoning behind the rules governing its operation, including rules of evidence: the mechanics of the adversary system, relevancy, reliability, and rules of exclusion based on policy considerations other than relevancy and reliability. Topics and activities include such learning tools as videotapes, mock trials, observation of actual court trials, lectures, take home assignments, and exams.
Prerequisites: SOC 101 SOC 203 SOC 352

SOC 354 Anthropology of Religion 3 credits
This course employs the rules of the sociological method to explore religion. It identifies the characteristics of the sacred and its function in explaining the inexplicable. On the one hand, effort is made to distinguish the sacred from the profane and, on the other, magic from religion. It concludes with an exploration of the controversy surrounding the difference between religion and spirituality. Prerequisites: SOC 101

SOC 390 Special Topics 3 credits

SOC 410 Senior Seminar 3 credits
This is a senior seminar devoted to the intensive study of topics in the areas of sociology, anthropology and human services. The topics to be covered will vary from year to year in accordance with the interests and concerns of students currently enrolled. This course is normally taken in students' Senior year. Prerequisites: SOC 101 SOC 305 SOC 306

SOC 495 Independent Study 1-4 credits
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