Sociology (SOC)

Chairman: Michael Donnelly
Professors: Antos Freil, Carol Grove, Vess K'prell, Murray Strauss, Sally Ward

The Sociology Department trains cadets to handle the many member worlds and other cultures beyond the Federation's borders. The faculty encourages investigation and understanding of broad sociological principles applied to specific planetary and regional situations throughout the galaxy.

SOC 101. Introduction to Sociology

Overview of sociology as the scientific study of social and cultural relationships. Social theory, methods and techniques of research, and current research findings on a wide range of social issues. Students study social development on a micro-and macroscale using computer-generated models and current information. Students also take part in studies of social interactions and relationships.

SOC 200. Introduction to Social Psychology

Introduction to the basic concepts and processes of sociological psychology. Examines the way in which each individual and society are inextricably connected, each producing and reproducing the other, wit particular attention to the production and maintenance of social equality and mores.

SOC 370. Interspecies Relations

Study of social relations between sentient species, with a focus on species coexisting, in a multicultural environment, and on Starfleet rules and regulations regarding interspecies contact. Issues include physiological and cultural differences, difficulties in translation of meaning and custom, the creation of shared value structures, and long-term social relations. Students examine first-contact records along with successful and unsuccessful interspecies relations in Federation history and write a term paper based on their research.

SOC 490. Applied Sociology

Each student focuses on a social issue and writes a paper addressing the following topics: (A) The current level of use of sociological knowledge; (B) the advocate, consultant, and researcher roles in applied settings; (C) techniques of applied research; (D) implications of applied sociology, including moral and ethical problems. Students are expected to support their conclusions with research data in a presentation to the department.