Graduate Curriculum & Courses

Required Curriculum

Number of hours total: 35 Hours

Name of Course Course Code # of Credits
ProseminarSOCY 51513
Social TheorySOCY 55613
Issues in Social ResearchSOCY 55623
Basic Statistics & ProbabilityGRAD 61003
Linear RegressionGRAD 61013
1 Additional Methods course3-6
Additional Electives (see below)14-17

All Course List

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

Name of Course Course Code# of Credits Additional Information
Basic StatisticsGRAD 61003
Categorical OutcomesGRAD 61023
Classificatory Methods and Time SeriesGRAD 61033
Spatial AnalysisGRAD 61043
TopicsGRAD 60903
Topics in SociologySOCY 50903Prerequisite: Permission from 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)
Social InequalitySOCY 51113Distribution of power, privilege and prestige; correlates and consequences of inequality; national and international comparisons. (On demand)
Urban SociologySOCY 51253Cross cultural analysis of urban development, social structure, ecology, demographic composition and social problems. (On demand)
Sociology of Health and IllnessSOCY 51303The Cultural analysis of urban development, social structure, ecology, demographic composition, and social problems. (Yearly)
Family PolicySOCY 51313Critical 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)
Sociology of EducationSOCY 51353Educational institution; the school class as a social system; the school as a social enviorment and a complex organization. (Yearly)
Older Individual and SocietySOCY 51503Review of the theories explaining the formation and functioning of American families with emphasis on the impact of the aging society. Examination of the current demopgraphic trends and expectations of multigenerational families as well as the future demands and modifications. (Yearly)
Pro-seminar: Social Problems and Social PolicaySOCY 51513Prerequisite: graduate student in sociology of 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)
Quantitative AnalysisSOCY 51564Prequisite: SOCY 4155 or permission of instructor. Concepts and procedures of sociological analysis; data processing; measurement theory; and quantitative moels of analysis. Three hours of lecture/discussion and completion of weekly labratory unites. (Fall/Spring)
Quantitative AnalsysisSOCY 5156LRequired weekly laboratory for Quantitative Analysis.
Seminar in Family ViolenceSOCY 56313Prequisite: senior, graduate student, or permission of the instructor. Family violence in the context of 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 sociolocultural influences and internal dynamics of families. (On demand)
Changing American FamilySOCY 56323Family theories; family system in relation to other social systems; integration of marital, parental and occupational roles in contect of changing socioeconomic influences; traditional versus contemporary family roles; breakdown in stable family functioning. (On demand)
Topics in SociologySOCY 60903Prerequisite: Permission of department. Intensive treatment of a topic or survey of related topics, depending on student needs and interests. May be repeated for credt as topics vary. (On demand)
The Sociology of WorkSOCY 61123Theoretical and methodoligcal approaches to work; work in 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)
Sociology of Aging: Theories and ResearchSOCY 61303Application of stratification theories and demography are applied to the older population. Issues of race, gender, socio-economic status, age, geographic distribution are examined to investigate the diversity of the older age group and their access to resources. (On demand)
Family Caregiving Across the Lifespan: Theory, Practice, and PolicySOCY 61343Theories explaining the formation and functioning of American families with an emphasis on the impact of aging of socety. Examines the current demographic trends and expectations of multigenerational families, with a focus on family carefiving. 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 a 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 caregivinging sytems.
Social Context of SchoolingSOCY 61353The political economy of schooling; race, class, and gender effects on educational processes and outcomes; the school as complex organization; the sociology of school reform movements. (Alternate years)
Qualitative Research MethodsSOCY 61363Collection 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)
The Political Economy and School ReformSOCY 61373Prerequisite: 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)
Social Organization of HealthcareSOCY 61383Focuses 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)
Self and SocietySOCY 66143Examination 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)
Dilemmas in OrganizationsSOCY 66153Examines 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)
Stratification and InequalitySOCY 66163Examination 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)
Data UtilizationSOCY 66173Methodological and statistrical 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)
Investigating Health and Health ServicesSOCY 66303Prerequisites: 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)
The Social Context of Mental HealthSOCY 66353Cross-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)
Evaluation Research for Applied SociologySOCY 66403Prerequisites: 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)
Social TheorySOCY 66513Analysis of contemporary social theories, with emphasis on their implications for planned change. (Fall)
Issues in Social ResearchSOCY 66523Examination of epistemology of social research; assumptions and methods of specific research strategies; ethical and policy issues of applied and academic research. (Spring)
Advanced Quantitative AnalysisSOCY 66533Prerequisites: 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)
Tutorial in SociologySOCY 68951-4Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Directed reading and/or research; development of expertise in substantive area. May be repeated for credit. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Research PracticumSOCY 68971-6 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
ThesisSOCY 69961-6Prerequisites: 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)