Sociology | BCTC


What is sociology?

The related disciplines of sociology and anthropology seek to understand the nature of human societies; the communities, organizations, and institutions that comprise these; the systems of cultural meanings that form and inform them; and the interplay between individuals' lives and the societies in which they reside. In the global society of today, moreover, such understanding increasingly requires recognition and study of the interactions among societies and especially the political, economic, and cultural elements of power-often embodied in structures of class, gender, ethnicity, and race-that operate not only locally and nationally but at the global level as well.

As a social science, sociology is one of many disciplines bound by a quest for global understanding. In all of our courses, we seek to open windows to the world. Students learn about other cultures and other ways of seeing the world, the environment and human s impact upon it, philosophies aimed at improving the human condition, and the intricacies of group behavior.

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(859) 246-6327

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Course Descriptions

Introduction to the concepts and methods of sociology. Investigation of socialization, group processes, social institutions and social change. Student may not receive credit for both this course and GEN 102.

Explores the fundamental sociological and social psychological processes underlying human interaction. Focuses on the dynamics of symbolic exchange, the social context and processes shaping it, and examines its effects on the formation and maintenance of social and personality systems.

An introductory course involving an examination of selected social problems of the day. Topics may include family, poverty, education, crime, race, housing, population, health care, industrial development, and power.

Prerequisite: SOC 101 or equivalent social science background.

Examines social organization and process in modern communities, both rural and urban; social techniques of community improvement.
Nature of societal rules, rule enforcers and rule breakers. Social issues and research in crime, delinquency, drug addiction, alcoholism, mental illness, pornography, sexuality and other forms of deviance. Emphasis on theoretical explanations and social consequences.

Analysis of the nature, development, and persistence of inequality in various societies. Diverse dimensions of inequality are viewed as the basis for a number of specific social problems in Western and non- Western societies. Social origins of inequality are emphasized. Policy implications are addressed.

Prerequisite: Three hours of sociology or equivalent social science background.

Examines the interplay between media, culture, and society.

The interrelationship among population variables (size, composition, change), social systems, and environmental conditions will be explored from an issue of problems approach. The tools of populations studies will be introduced and used to examine how population influences society and mankind s use of the environment.

Prerequisite: Three hours of sociology or equivalent social science background.

An introductory study of a selected topic in sociology. Topics may include, but are not limited to, industrial sociology, sociology of aging, sex roles, criminology, stratification and urban sociology. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits under different subtitle.

Prerequisite: Three hours of introductory level sociology or consent of instructor.

Length of Program

You can earn an associate’s degree in two years if you maintain full-time status. This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.