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Master Degree Program Course Description

Masters Degree Program Course Descriptions

SOC 501 Organization Theory and Behavior
This course provides a historical survey of the major approaches to the study of organizations and their environments. Major attention is given to the developing image of the organization and--by extension-the understanding of the nature, causes, and consequences of policy.

SOC 510 Pro-seminar
This course is designed to provide beginning graduate student with an introduction to critical aspects of academic and professional careers in the social sciences, particularly sociology and criminal justice.

SOC 532 Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement
We study the administration of law enforcement agencies, emphasizing the process, role, organization, and management of policing organizations. Specifically, we will pay particular attention to its history, innovations, the rationale for change, and impediments to policy and program implementation.

SOC 540 Race, Gender, Class and Criminal Justice
This course examines how race, gender and social class influence how people are treated by the criminal justice system as perpetrators, victims and practitioners. No prerequisite.

SOC 551 Constructing Social Problems
This course provides an overview of the constructionist approach to social problems. This class examines how problems are "interpretively constructed" as discussed and debated by various individuals and groups.

SOC 554 Environmental Impact of the City
This course examines the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability in cities around the world. Also examined are policies and opportunities to address the challenges of sustainability from both developed and developing countries.

SOC 560 Research Methodology
This course offers general knowledge and basic skills of conducting scientific research. The course focuses on several major research techniques, such as survey, experimental, evaluation, qualitative, and unobtrusive methods.

SOC 561 Death Investigation
This course exposes the various forensic disciplines involved in a medico-legal death investigation and teaches the tools and techniques necessary to perform a thorough, competent medico-legal death investigation. The course is designed to teach the 29 national guidelines as set forth in the National Institutes of Justice 199 publication, Death Investigation: A Guide for the Scene Investigator.

SOC 564 Social Demography
The course will provide an introduction to the field of demography and population analysis. Students are introduced to the basic components of population change and general historical and contemporary demographic theory.

SOC 565 Introduction to GIS
This class introduces concepts, science and theory of GIS with hands-on experiences. After successful completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate fundamental techniques of geospatial analysis and mapping. Students may only apply credits towards their graduation requirements from one of the following courses: IAS-517, BIOL-517, or SOC-565.

SOC 566 Intermediate GIS
This course covers intermediate and advanced topics in GIS including remote sensing for GIS, geospatial statistics and GIS in biogeography. Prerequisites: one of the courses EAS-417, BIOL-417, or SOC-465.

SOC 567 Spatial Demography
This course covers intermediate and advanced topics in Spatial Statistics. Topics to be covered include: Spatial Autocorrelation, Spatial Regression, Geographically Weighted Regression, and Gravity Models. Pre-requisites ( IAS-517 or BIOL-517 or SOC-565) or other introductory GIS courses.

SOC 575 Qualitative Research
The course will focus on developing a research design, collecting and analyzing data, interpreting and presenting the results, and publishing the research results. Grounded Theory Method for data collection and analysis will a major framework of research design.

SOC 580 Survey Design and Sampling
This course offers basic knowledge and skills of survey methods including various techniques for data collection and analysis. During the course, students will learn basic proposal development, instrument preparation, data collection and analysis, and presentation of the results, through hands-on practice.

SOC 585 Program Evaluation and Needs Assessment
The primary goal of this course is to familiarize students with program evaluation and research in the health field. The course will focus on different types of program evaluation, including formative research, process evaluation and outcome/impact evaluation as well as needs assessment will also be covered. Students will learn how to design a program evaluation and how to analyze and report outcomes.

SOC 589 Reading Statistics in Research
This course provides background in statistical techniques for judging the legitimacy of an author's claims based upon statistical results. It focuses on understanding what a given technique accomplishes statistically, the types of conclusions that can be reached using a technique and how the results are reported in research articles and dissertations.

SOC 601 Quantitative I: Applied Inferential Statistics
The goal of this course is to provide computer analysis skills. The course covers descriptive and inferential statistics and bi-variate and multivariate techniques of statistical analysis. The course focuses on data management and data analyses using the IBM/PC and SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) Structured learning experiences guided by the professor and teaching assistant are emphasized.

SOC 610 Regression Analysis and Non-linear Models
This course offers advanced knowledge and skills of multiple regression analysis, logistic regression, log-linear and logit models so that students will be able to apply various techniques for data analysis. Students are encouraged to use their own data for course assignments.

SOC 620 Nonparametric Statistical Analysis
A wide variety of nonparametric tests will be considered during the course. Emphasis will be placed on discriminating among the various nonparametric tests suitable for a given situation.

 

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