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Sociology

  • NameTitleLocationEmailPhone
    Joseph SmileyDean, Social & Behavioral SciTSSmiley.Joseph@spcollege.edu(727) 712-5851
    David LiebertChair, Social & Behavioral SciTSliebert.david@spcollege.edu712-5776
    Anja NormanChair, Social & Behavioral SciCLNorman.Anja@spcollege.edu(727) 791-2671
    Roberto LoureiroChair, Social & Behavioral SciSPLoureiro.Roberto@spcollege.edu(727) 341-3556
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  • Sociology provides an opportunity for students to understand the world around us to enhance our life experiences. It is the lens through which we examine social structures—groups, organizations, communities, social categories or institutions that are identified by factors such as class, sex, age, race, finances, religion and education—and how they affect our attitudes, actions and decisions.

  • Sociology courses can help satisfy the general education requirements for an Associate in Arts transfer degree. You can find the requirements for about 250 university majors and track your progress toward completion through the A.A. transfer evaluation tool on Florida Virtual Campus.

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  • SYG 2000   Introductory Sociologycredits: 3

    This course is the study of human groups, their structure and function, social and cultural patterns and social processes. It will emphasize the fundamental concepts and principles of sociology including the development of sociology, major theories, culture, socialization, social interaction and social structure, groups and organizations, stratification, race and ethnic inequalities, sex and gender, deviance and social control, population, urbanization, collective behaviors and social institutions.

    Prerequisite: (REA 0017 and ENC 0025) Or EAP 1695 or appropriate score on the SPC placement test.

    SYG 2010   Social Problemscredits: 3

    This course is an analysis of major social problems in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the causes of social problems, approaches to the analysis of problems, and the interrelationship of problems. Course topics include: crime, mental illness, poverty and inequality, family and marital problems, population and the environment. This course partially satisfies the writing requirements outlined in the General Education Requirements. Study Abroad opportunities may apply to this course (http://www.spcollege.edu/studyabroad/).

    Prerequisite: (ENC 0025 and REA 0017) Or EAP 1695 or appropriate score on the SPC placement test.

    SYG 2221   Woman and Societycredits: 3

    This course is an historical and contemporary examination of the changing political, social, economic, legal, and sexual roles of women in society. This course partially satisfies the writing requirements outlined in the General Education Requirements.

    Prerequisite: (ENC 0025 and REA 0017) Or EAP 1695 or appropriate score on the SPC placement test

    SYG 2324   Principles of Substance Abusecredits: 3

    This course is an overview of substance abuse. Topics examined include: historical perspectives; identification, intervention and outcome of abusers and their families; treatment techniques; prevention, intervention and rehabilitation resources; types of therapeutic and support groups; and the pharmacology of commonly abused substances. The course is recommended for those persons who would like to gain knowledge about substance abuse and its effect in today's society.

    Prerequisite: (ENC 0025 or ENC 0056) And (REA 0017 or REA 0056) Or EAP 1695 or satisfactory score on the SPC placement test.

    SYG 2430   Marriage and Familycredits: 3

    This course deals with the following topics: human sexuality, pair relationships, love, communication, the dynamics of marital interaction, and alternative life styles. This course partially satisfies the writing requirements outlined in the General Education Requirements.

    Prerequisite: ENC 0025 and REA 0017 or EAP 1695 or appropriate score on the SPC placement test.

    SYG 2949   Co-op Work Experiencecredits: 1-3

    This course is designed to provide students with major-related, supervised, evaluated practical training work experiences which may be paid or voluntary. Students are graded on the basis of documented learning acquired through hands-on experiences in an actual work setting. Variable credits are available, one to three per course. The student must fulfill the requirement of 60 on-the-job hours for each credit earned in addition to written assignments. Co-op courses may be repeated but total credits shall not exceed twelve.

    Prerequisite: Permission of the Program

    SYP 2460   Effects of Disasters on Societycredits: 3

    This course focuses on human behavior and the stages of human response during and after a natural or man-made disaster; for example, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, chemical spills, nuclear power plant accidents, riots, etc.

  • A liberal arts education with courses in sociology can serve as the foundational knowledge needed for advanced degrees and professions in a variety of fields including communications, humanities, social sciences, social services and business.