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Course Descriptions

SOC 1 - Introduction to Sociology (3)
An introduction to the scientific study of human social behavior, including the foundational theories and the basic elements of social research. Viewing human life as inherently social, the social and environmental forces which influence and are influenced by personal experience, culture, and social arrangements, are examined.

SOC 189 - Sociology of Aging (3)
A cross-cultural exploration of aging as experienced in the United States. Ageism societal attitudes regarding the elderly, and responses to the aging process, both from the individual and social perspective, are examined. Cultural variation and responses to aging and the social, political, and economic implications of a rapidly expanding aging population in the U.S. and in many regions of the world, will be analyzed. Resource and service availability for the elderly--locally, regionally, and nationally--will also be assessed.

SOC 192 - Thanatology (3)
A multi-disciplinary and comparative approach to death and dying. The course focus will consist of historical and literary themes, along with cultural responses which have provided understanding, coping, and meaning for the death and dying process.

SOC 104 - Sociology of the Family (3)
An exploration of the structure, functions, and challenges of the institution of the family from a cross-cultural perspective. The impact of the forces of social, political, religious and economic change on the structure of the family and the multiple dynamics of intergenerational relationships will also be analyzed.

SOC 160 - Diversity in Society (3)
The study of the complexities and intricacies of what is meant by human diversity in a variety of manifestations. The influence, implications and intersections of race/ethnicity, gender religion political affiliation, education, occupation family heritage, sex orientation, regionalism and personal identity communities are examined. Discussion of multiple cultural identity intermarriage and cross-cultural communication is a recurring focus throughout the semester.

SOC 103 - Group Counseling (3)
This course will explore the theories and practices that guide group leaders and group therapy: as an intervention, as a support mechanism, or as a place to develop interpersonal social and interaction skills needed in society. An emphasis on strategies and techniques will allow students to explore group tactics such as grief, anger management, delinquency, and drug abuse as personal, interpersonal and social issues in an experiential mode. Each student will lead or co-lead a practice group in class.

SOC 106 - Introduction to Psychotherapy (3)
An introduction to the practice of psychotherapy for those going into counseling, psychotherapy therapy or life coaching. The class introduces the field while giving some practical ideas and tools that can also be used by teachers therapists, youth counselors and church counselors who will work directly with clients. A comparative survey of the principal theories in use today.

SOC 108 - Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
This course discusses the nature of the counseling relationship with abusers and the importance of studying theories of counseling that apply to substance abuse. It will provide a basic understanding of the terminology, current approaches, and issues involved in working with abusers as therapists, counselors or law enforcement professionals. The motivation and behavior patterns of the drug/alcohol abuser will be examined in a broad social context.

PHI 168 - Bioethics (3)
An examination of biomedical and research ethics and ethical dilemmas involving healthcare. Topics may include informed consent, honesty, patient rights, physician assisted death, reproductive technology, abortion, organ sales xenotransplants, medical experimentation, justice and the allocation of resources, key legal decisions in bioethics, and the allocation of scarce resources.

RST 45/145 - Biomedical Issues in Christian Ethics (3)
This course explores moral discernment in the context of developments in medicine and biotechnology. Topics include clinical ethics, the process of dying, reproductive technologies, genetic engineering, euthanasia, and the environment. Ethical dilemmas are engaged with an emphasis on the Catholic moral and social justice traditions, as applied to individuals, clinical communities, and the larger global community.

PSY 14 - Adult Development (1)
A survey of the major psychological theories and milestones related to adult development. Course topics include developmental stages of adolescence, young adulthood, middle age and the process of advancing age. In combination with a previously completed course in child development this course meets the life span human development requirement of the MSMU Department of Nursing.

PSY 168 - Abnormal Psychology (3)
Explores mental health concepts, principles of psychopathology, and related treatment techniques. Surveys the various forms of abnormal behavior covering their features, potential causes, and most effective treatments. Entails analysis of case studies using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association.

PSY 145 - Social Psychology (3)
Surveys the pervasive and invisible social forces acting upon individuals and the social aspects of human nature. Topics covered include the way we perceive others, the way others affect our perceptions of our selves and our own behavior persuasion, conformity, "mob" behavior, gender and ethnicity issues, attraction and aggression.