The Department of Sociology examines patterns and dynamics of social relations, while paying special attention to issues of social justice…

The Department of Sociology covers many major dimensions of sociology and over time has developed academic expertise and excellence in the following domains: race, ethnicity, gender, class; health, aging, medical sociology; Asia, Pacific and Hawaiʻi in regional and global contexts; crime, law, and social control; and nationalism, globalization, and sustainability.

Varied Dates

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (ONLINE)
June 8 – August 14

Sociology can be understood as the study of human groups or society, and it is also a perspective about how society is shaped. The goal of this course is to allow students to learn sociological concepts and use them to think critically, utilize the sociological imagination, and make sense of the world and our place in it. (3 credits) DS

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (ONLINE)
June 8 – August 14

Sociology is the study of social arrangements and processes at the individual, group, institutional, and structural levels. This course provides an introduction to sociological concepts and theories, basic social research methods, and contemporary issues in sociology. We discuss topics such as gender and sexuality, class, racism and ethnic discrimination, deviance and crime, health, and social movements. (3 credits) DS

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (ONLINE)
June 15 – July 24)

This is an introductory course to sociology. We will develop a sociological understanding of the social world through learning the basic concepts and analytical tool-kits of sociology. We explore a variety of topics, including socialization, inequality, race, class, gender, social movements, economy and organization etc. (3 credits) DS

SOC 218 Introduction to Social Problems (ONLINE)
June 8 – August 14

This course will primarily focus on how individuals become socialized into everyday norms and activities from the microlevel (personal) to the macrolevel (structures, institutions, “society”). Relatedly, we will discuss how concepts like “race,” “gender/sex,” sexual orientation, age, and social class stand in as a basis of inequality that underpin social problems in the U.S. and abroad. (3 credits) DS

SOC 300 Principles of Sociological Inquiry (ONLINE)
June 8 – August 14

Quincy A.
This course lays a foundation for empirical research in the social sciences and imparts the necessary skills for advancement to successful 400-level coursework. The emphasis is on learning how to think as opposed to what to think thereby allowing students to develop their own informed opinions. Students participate in weekly online discussions, quick quizzes, practicums, and complete a multi-stage research project. (4 credits) DS, ETH, WI

SOC 311 Survey of Social Inequality and Stratification (ONLINE)
June 8 – August 14

This class will introduce you to the sociology of social inequality and stratification through exposure to classical and contemporary theories of inequality and stratification, particularly in areas structured along lines of race, class and gender, data on the extent of social inequality and stratification in the U.S. and in the world, and discussions of some consequences of social inequality and stratification. (3 credits) DS, WI

SOC 332 Survey of Sociology of Law (ONLINE)
June 8 – August 14

This course will provide an in-depth look into how the law serves as a political enforcement of the social order. In this course, we will explore how the law is organized and how it operates. Further we will examine where the determinants are actually effective, and whether the law actually adapts to and facilitates changing social conditions. (3 credits) DS, WI

Sociology 335 Drugs and Society (ONLINE)
June 8 – August 14

This course will examine the use of mood and mind altering drugs in America among adults, youth, and cross-culturally and provide an overview of drug use in modern society in relation to addiction, substance abuse, violent crime and narco-terrorism. Drug reduction and drug prevention strategies of police intervention techniques, search and seizure, drug treatment programs, and drug resistance skills training will be presented. (3 credits) DS, WI

SOC 341 Survey of Social Psychology (ONLINE)
June 8 – August 14

This course will cover key concepts in the field of Social Psychology, the study of how people—their beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes—are influenced by their social surroundings. Social Psychologists work hard at answering questions like, “How are our self-concepts and identities created?” And, “what social forces push us to conform to norms or obey laws and leaders?” (3 credits) DS, WI

SOC 353 Survey of Sociology of Aging (ONLINE)
June 8 – August 14

Matthew Oʻ
This course examines ikigai as a key principle of aging and explores the often controversial issues that surround end of life care. This course takes an inclusive orientation to family and aging. Information about the process of aging and how it affects us, our families and our communities is a core element of this course. (3 credits) DS, ETH, WI

SOC 354 Survey of Medical Sociology (ONLINE)
June 8 – August 14

This course provides an overview of the sociology of health, illness, and health care. The course aims to help you to critically examine health and illness from a sociological perspective by understating the role of social factors in determining the health of individuals, groups, and the larger society. (3 credits) DS, HAP, WI

SOC 432 Analysis in Corrections: Understanding Mass Incarceration (ONLINE)
June 8 – August 14

Mass incarceration is one of the most pressing policy issues facing the United States, and Hawaiʻi is no exception. This course explains what mass incarceration is and what consequences it has, not only for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people but for their families, neighbors, and other voters. It also evaluates the major explanations for what caused (and sustains) mass incarceration and the predictions for what might happen next. (3 credits) DS

SOC 459 Popular Culture (ONLINE)
June 8 – August 14

Who creates and controls popular culture forms and what purpose does it serve – for both the producers and “we the consumers?” Have you ever wondered how social media platforms like Instagram or YouTube impact people’s lives? In this course, you can find out first-hand by asking people in our local community to talk story! Through applied field labs, we find out how pop culture is experienced and understood by regular people around us and then discuss our findings with the class. (3 credits) DS, ETH, WI

SOC 475 Analysis in Survey Research (ONLINE)
June 8 – August 14

Quincy A.
As an introduction to social science survey research methods, our emphasis will be on the design, implementation, and interpretation of survey research based on standard practices in the field. Statistical concepts and techniques in sample design, execution, and estimation will also be presented along with models of behavior describing errors/problems in survey question responses. (3 credits) DS, ETH, OC

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Updated 02/25/20