Graduate Curriculum & Courses

Required Curriculum: 35 Hours

SOCY 5151. Proseminar (3)

SOCY 6651. Social Theory (3)

SOCY 6652. Issues in Social Research (3)

GRAD 6100. Basic Statistics & Probability (3)

GRAD 6101. Linear Regression (3)

1 additional methods course (3 - 6)

Additional Electives. (14 - 17) see below

All Course List:

(GRAD course additions are newly added and will be updated to include further detail)

GRAD 6100. Basic Statistics and Probability. (3)

GRAD 6102. Categorical Outcomes. (3)

GRAD 6103. Classificatory Methods and Time Series. (3)

GRAD 6104. Spatial Analysis. (3)

GRAD 6090. Topics. (3)

SOCY 5090. Topics in Sociology. (3) Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Intensive treatment or survey of related topics, depending on student needs and interests. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. (On demand)

SOCY 5111. Social Inequality. (3) Distribution of power, privilege and prestige; correlates and consequences of inequality; national and international comparisons. (On demand)

SOCY 5125. Urban Sociology. (3) Cross cultural analysis of urban development, social structure, ecology, demographic composition, and social problems. (On demand)

SOCY 5130. Sociology of Health and Illness. (3) The cultural and structural influences on the definition of health and illness; models of illness behaviors; health demography and epidemiology; social influences on the delivery of healthcare; ethical issues surrounding health and illness; the development of relevant social policy. (Yearly)

SOCY 5131. Family Policy. (3) Critical analysis of four aspects of family policy; the historical and cultural factors that have resulted in specific policies affecting the family; the specification of contemporary family policy at both the national and state level; the intended and actual application of existing family policy; and the implications and impact of policies as they are interpreted and implemented. (On demand)

SOCY 5135. Sociology of Education. (3) Educational institution; the school class as a social system; the school as a social environment and a complex organization. (Yearly)

SOCY 5150. Older Individual and Society. (3) Review of the theories explaining the formation and functioning of American families with emphasis on the impact of the aging of society. Examination of the current demographic trends and expectations of multigenerational families as well as the future demands and modifications. (Yearly)

SOCY 5151. Pro-seminar: Social Problems and Social Policy. (3) Prerequisite: graduate student in sociology or senior sociology major. Introduction to the discipline of sociology and the UNC Charlotte department; basic skills for graduate school. Graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis. (Fall)

SOCY 5154. Contemporary Social Theory. (3) Elements and process of theory construction; contemporary social theories such as theories of social order and causation, power, class structure and inequality; group process theories; post-modern theories. (On demand)

SOCY 5156. Quantitative Analysis. (4) Prerequisites: SOCY 4155 or permission of instructor. Concepts and procedures of sociological analysis; data processing; measurement theory; and quantitative models of analysis. Three hours of lecture/discussion and completion of weekly laboratory units. (Fall, Spring)

SOCY 5156L. Quantitative Analysis Laboratory. (0) Corequisite: SOCY 5156. Required weekly laboratory session for Quantitative Analysis.

SOCY 5631. Seminar in Family Violence. (3) Prerequisite: senior, graduate student or permission of the instructor. Family violence in the context of a changing society and family system. Principal foci: child abuse, sexual abuse, spouse abuse; other forms of family violence. Investigation of these topics in terms of sociocultural influences and internal dynamics of families. (On demand)

SOCY 5632. Changing American Family. (3) Family theories; family system in relation to other social systems; integration of marital, parental and occupational roles in context of changing socioeconomic influences; traditional versus contemporary family roles; breakdown in stable family functioning. (On demand)

SOCY 6090. Topics in Sociology. (3) Prerequisite: Permission of department. Intensive treatment of a topic or survey of related topics, depending on student needs and interests. may be repeated for credit as topics vary. (On demand)

SOCY 6112. The Sociology of Work. (3) Theoretical and methodological approaches to work; work in a globalized society; work structures; inequalities at work; success at work; gender, race, ethnicity and age differences in the workplace; work-family balance; workplace transformation; historical studies of work; labor markets, employment and unemployment; work rewards; workplace and employment policies. (On demand)

SOCY 6130. Sociology of Aging: Theories and Research. (3) Application of stratification theories and demography are applied to the older population. Issues of race, gender, socio-economic status, age, and geographic distribution are examined to investigate the diversity of the older age group and their access to resources. (On demand)

SOCY 6134. Family Caregiving Across the Lifespan: Theory, Practice, and Policy. (3) Theories explaining the formation and functioning of American families with an emphasis on the impact of the aging of society.  Examines the current demographic trends and expectations of multigenerational families, with a focus on family caregiving.  Addresses family care across the lifespan as a lifelong developmental construct, and examines evidence-based approaches to practice, education, research, and policy.  Students examine a broad spectrum of care situations (from developmental disability to chronic illness, dementia care, and end of life) that necessitate family caregiving throughout the lifespan and discuss responses to these challenges by both caregiving families and caregiving systems. 

SOCY 6135. Social Context of Schooling. (3) The political economy of schooling; race, class, and gender effects on educational processes and outcomes; the school as a complex organization; the sociology of school reform movements. (Alternate years)

SOCY 6136. Qualitative Research Methods. (3) Collection and analysis of qualitative data including use of grounded theory and a variety of qualitative techniques, consideration of ethical issues and the use of data. (On demand)

SOCY 6137. The Political Economy and School Reform. (3) Prerequisite: SOCY 4135, graduate status, or permission of instructor. Relationship between the business community’s vision for school reform and the school restructuring movement locally andnationally, including social and political processes associated with corporate involvement in defining the problem with schools and shaping solutions, the intersection of education and the economy, and the relationship between schooling and social inequality. (On demand)

SOCY 6138. Social Organization of Healthcare. (3) Focuses on the structures and operations of healthcare institutions and providers. The topics covered include the socio-historical development of the existing healthcare system, healthcare occupations and professions, professional power and autonomy, professional socialization, inter-professional and provider-patient relations, healthcare organizations and the delivery of services, and how social change affects the healthcare sector. (On demand)

SOCY 6614. Self and Society. (3) Examination of theoretical constructs and substantive concerns relevant to the socialization process; comparison of symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, phenomenology; emphasis on social construction of reality in various “social worlds” (deviant, work, family). (Alternate years)

SOCY 6615. Dilemmas in Organizations. (3) Examines organizational theory and research focused on organizational behavior, inter-organizational relations, relations with external stakeholders and organizational culture. Case study analysis, group problem solving and the study of concrete organizational dilemmas. (On demand)

SOCY 6616. Stratification and Inequality. (3) Examination of theories of stratification and the causes, processes and social consequences of economic and political inequality; assumptions behind, mechanisms for, and consequences of government and private sector strategies to address problems associated with inequality. (Alternate years)

SOCY 6617. Data Utilization. (3) Methodological and statistical strategies for applied sociological research within organizational settings; selecting the best strategies consistent with budgetary, manpower and organizational constraints; interpreting and communicating research results in ways understandable to and useful for organizational decision-makers. (Alternate years)

SOCY 6630. Investigating Health and Health Services. (3) Prerequisites: SOCY 4130, or graduate standing, or permission of instructor. Useful to those seeking research careers, to administrators in healthcare, and to primary care providers. How to conduct and evaluate research in healthcare settings, emphasizing both quantitative and qualitative methodologies as well as the utilization of secondary data. (Alternate years)

SOCY 6635. The Social Context of Mental Health. (3) Cross-listed as SOWK 6635, PSYC 8636, and PPOL 8636. Prerequisite: Admission to graduate program or permission of instructor. This course draws upon contributions from the field of psychiatry, psychology, social work, and anthropology. The focus is on mental health and illness it is social context, with an emphasis on the relationship between social structure and mental health/disorder. We will examine the social factors which shape psychiatric diagnosis, the effects of sociodemographic variables on mental health, and the role of social support and stress for different groups. The course also examines the organization, delivery, and evaluation of mental health services, and mental healthcare policy. (Every other year)

SOCY 6640. Evaluation Research for Applied Sociology. (3) Prerequisites: SOCY 6652 and introductory statistics. Evaluation research from an applied sociological perspective, including incorporation of social theory, substantive social science knowledge, and research techniques into the evaluation of a variety of programs, interventions, and policies. (On demand)

SOCY 6651. Social Theory. (3) Analysis of contemporary social theories, with emphasis on their implications for planned change. (Fall)

SOCY 6652. Issues in Social Research. (3) Examination of epistemology of social research; assumptions and methods of specific research strategies; ethical and policy issues of applied and academic research. (Spring)

SOCY 6653. Advanced Quantitative Analysis. (3) Prerequisites: six hours in Introductory Statistics and/or Research Methods. Contemporary techniques of data analysis, management and processing applied to specific topics; measurement models, data reduction strategies, and multivariate procedures. (Fall)

SOCY 6895. Tutorial in Sociology. (1-4) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Directed reading and/or research; development of expertise in substantive area. May be repeated for credit. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SOCY 6897. Research Practicum. (1-6) Prerequisite: SOCY 6651 and 6652. Preparation of research paper based upon research completed within a community organization or agency. The student will develop a consultant-client relationship with the agency or organization and conduct a research/evaluation project on behalf of the agency or organization (such as a needs assessment, program evaluation, social impact assessment or policy analysis. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SOCY 6996. Thesis. (1-6) Prerequisites: completion of all other coursework and admission to candidacy by Graduate Committee. Applied, academic, or theoretical research project, defended before graduate faculty. May be repeated for credit up to six hours. (Fall, Spring, Summer)