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Sociology

College of Liberal Arts

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Sociology - SOC Courses

LOWER DIVISION

100. Principles of Sociology (3)

Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in a general education foundation course.
Introduction to the sociological perspective as a tool for understanding society and culture, including the inter-personal, inter-group and global dimensions of social life.

142. Social Trends and Problems (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or current enrollment in ENGL 100 or PSY 130 or equivalent.
General introduction to the study of social trends and problems in American institutions including social inequality crime, health and illness, education, media, environment and war and terrorism. Emphasis is on social problems as products of the socio-historical and global context.
Open to non-majors for General Education credit in Category D.2.B.

161. Introduction to Latin American Studies (3)

Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 100.
An interdisciplinary overview of history, society, and culture in Latin America – Mexico, Central American, the Caribbean, and South America. Examines the political, economic, social, and cultural conditions for conflict, change, and continuity over the last five hundred years.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as HIST 161 and LAS 161. Not open for credit to students with credit in HIST 161 and LAS 161.

250. Elementary Statistics (4)

Prerequisite: Knowledge of mathematical procedures usually covered in elementary high school algebra as demonstrated on a screening examination.
Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics and applications in social and behavioral science research, performance of statistical exercises by interactive computer. Emphasis upon knowledge of which statistical tests to use and how to interpret results.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Discussion 3 hr., Lab 2 hrs.) Not open for credit to students with credit in HDEV 250, C/LA 250, ANTH 202, MATH 108, 180 or PSY 110, 210.

260. Introduction to Data Analysis (3)

Use of computers and statistical programs to analyze data, prepare research documents, and explore Internet resources. Topics include principles of scientific research, data coding, entry, and editing. Prior course work in statistics or demonstrated knowledge of statistical procedures necessary.
Not open for credit to students with credit in SOC 200. Letter grade only (A-F).

UPPER DIVISION

317I. Problems in International Social Conflict (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the G.E. Foundation, one Explorations course, and upper division standing.
Interdisciplinary analysis of social conflict in the world. Topics may include ethnocentrism; nationalism; globalization; trade; aid; economic development; poverty; inequality; the environment; war; ideological, ethnic, gender, and religious conflict; democratization; social movements; new forms of civil society and social solidarity.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as I/ST 317I. Not open for credit to students with credit in I/ST 317I.

318I. Cases in International Social Conflict (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the G.E. Foundation, one Explorations course, and upper division standing.
Interdisciplinary analysis of social conflict in the world. Case studies will focus on globalization; technology; economic development; trade and aid; population growth; immigration; ideological, religious, ethnic and gender conflicts; war and civil unrest; human rights; democratization; global citizenship; environmental sustainability.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as I/ST 318I. Not open for credit to students with credit in I/ST 318I.

320. The Family (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor.
Sociological study of the social forces that shape the family in various cultures. Key theories and research methods used by sociologists to study family dynamics and change will be reviewed.

325. Sociology of Women (3)

A sociological analysis of the social, political and economic status of women. Examines the history of women’s roles and status; gender conflicts and social movements; and societal attitudes towards women in society.
Same course as WGSS 325. Not open for credit to students with credit in W/ST 325 or WGSS 325.

335I. Social Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Examines the origins and development of the self through the socialization process. Emphasis is on the social influence of small groups (family, peers, reference groups and subcultures) and societal organization and institutions on identity, role behavior and attitudes.
Not available to students with credit in PSY 351.

340. The Latino Population in the United States (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Survey of the comparative historical, transnational, cultural and socio-economic experience (including class, gender, immigration and settlement patterns) of the various Latino sub-groups in the United States.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as CHLS 350.

341. Central American and Caribbean Peoples in California (3)

Survey of the socioeconomic conditions and cultural life of the Central American and Spanish-speaking Caribbean communities in California, such as Salvadoran, Guatemalan, Puerto Rican, and Cuban communities. Similarities and differences with the Mexican-American community will be examined.
Same course as CHLS 352. Not open for credit to students with credit in CHLS 352.

342I. Criminology (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.
Study of crime from a sociological perspective and the emerging interdisciplinary approaches to crime. Topics include definitions and measurement of crime, types of crime and crime statistics, and social policy issues involving the criminal justice system and crime prevention.
Not open for credit to students with credit in SOC 441I.

345. Juvenile Delinquency (3)

Study of juvenile delinquency from a sociological perspective. Topics include a historical examination of delinquency, major theories of delinquency, the social context of delinquency, the societal reaction, social policies involving the juvenile justice system and youth related social problems.

346. Race, Gender and Class (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the G.E. Foundation.
Sociological examination of race/ethnicity, gender and class in the U.S. Examines the affect of ideology, social interactions and social institutions on the creation and maintenance of racial, gender and class inequality.

350. International Population Problems (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Overview of the basic demographic variables (fertility, mortality and migration) and methods (vital statistics and census) to the study of international population problems. Examines the historical and current trends and problems in world population composition, growth and movement.

354. Qualitative Methods of Social Research (4)

Prerequisites: SOC 100, 250, and one upper division course in sociology.
Review and critique of principles and essential features of classical and contemporary qualitative studies. Topics include research design, modes of participant observation, sampling and interview techniques, analysis and interpretation of data. Field assignments and individual research projects are required.
(Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.)

355. Quantitative Methods of Social Research (4)

Prerequisites: SOC 100, 250, 260 and one upper division course in sociology.
Review of social research methods with emphasis on research design, including operationalization, measurement, scaling, reliability, validity and sampling; techniques of data collection and analysis. Individual student research projects are required.
(Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

356. Development of Sociological Theory (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100.
Social thought and historical forces leading to the emergence of sociology and an exploration of classical theories into the 1930s including such thinkers as Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Mead and Merton.

357. Modern Sociological Theory (3)

Prerequisites: SOC 100, 356 and one other upper division course in sociology. Recommended: courses in the philosophy of science and research methods.
Critical review of sociological thought from the 1930’s to present. Major schools such as functionalism, interactionism, conflict, exchange, and system theory will be covered in depth and considered in relation to the nature of theory construction.
Not open for credit to students with credit in SOC 456. Letter grade only (A-F).

358I. The Sociology of Migration and Immigration (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements and upper-division standing.
Focuses on historical and contemporary immigration to the United States. Examines causes and consequences of immigration; forces and events that propel migrants to move; patterns of economic adaptation and political incorporation; role of social institutions in immigrant adaptation, and the process by which immigrants become ethnics.
Letter grade only (A-F).

410I. Environmental Sociology (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.
Studies society’s relationships with nature, including both cultural and structural dimensions. Integrates anthropological studies of pre-modern societies, together with cultural geography’s emphasis on the meanings of place and environmental studies’ contributions.
Letter grade only (A-F).

420. Social Stratification (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100.
Examines the sociological approaches and theories of stratification and inequality. Emphasis is on how social class affects opportunity structures, income, social mobility and life chances. Analyzes the causes and consequences of economic, political and social inequality.

423. Child Abuse and Prevention (3)

Examines child abuse as a social problem; its history and causal factors, including social processes and changing family patterns. Emphasis is on social interventions and policy implications, including the role of concerned citizens and child advocates.
Not open for credit to students with credit in SW 423. (Discussion/Seminar)

426. Sociology Sex Behavior (3)

Analyzes the social context of human sexuality, including the effects of socialization, social class, race/ethnicity, as well as occupation and religion on sexual attitudes and behavior.

427. Social Order and Social Change (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100 and upper division status.
Sociological analysis of social order and change from a historical and contemporary perspective. Emphasizes is on the interactions between social movements, politics, economics and culture in explaining the differential patterns of change.

430. Sociology of Globalization (3)

Prerequisites: SOC 100 and upper division standing.
Sociological examination of globalization. Themes include emergence of the global order, ideology and power; democracy; capital and labor mobility; technology; environment; inequality; culture; and the reactions to globalization.
Course may include a service learning component. Letter grade only (A-F).

440. Sociology of Deviance (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100.
Study of deviance from a sociological perspective. Focuses on the role of social institutions that define, shape and maintain definitions and perceptions of deviance. Topics include theories of deviance, including micro-level processes that shape behaviors and attitudes.
(Lecture 3 hours.)

448. Impersonality, Violence and Survival: An Analysis Through Film (3)

Exploration through film of the societal conditions that facilitate impersonality, alienation and ultimately violence in modern society. Examines the struggle of the individual to survive, physically and psychologically in modern society and individual attempts to transcend social barriers.
Not open for credit to students with credit in this subject under SOC 490. (Discussion)

449. Political Sociology (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Contributions of sociology to the study of political institutions and political relations, including analysis of political aspects of social systems, social context of action, social basis of power, citizenship rights, and the effects of globalization on political processes.
Letter grade only (A-F).

462. Medical Sociology (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the G.E. Foundation.
Epidemiological and sociological approaches to health and illness; patterns of physical and mental disease; patient and physician perspectives; causes of stress and coping; health care delivery and utilization; interaction of physician, nurse, therapist, health administrator, social worker, patient, and family.

463. Mental Illness and Society (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 100.
Epidemiological and sociological approaches to mental health and illness; prevalence and incidence of mental disorders; effects of family history, work experience and life-change events; social and legal status of the mental patient; governmental and organizational role in mental illness.

464. Aging and Society (3)

Prerequisites: SOC 100 or 142.
Examines the impact of the aging population upon society and the effects of the socially defined experience of aging upon the individual. Analysis of the relationship between age and such variables as gender, race/ethnicity, class, marital and health status.

466. AIDS and Society (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements. Recommended: BIOL 100 or 200 or MICR 101 or MICR 300I.
Examines behavioral aspects and societal impact of the AIDS epidemic. Covers structural barriers such as poverty, sexism, and racism in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Examines sexual identities, gender, race, culture and class. Emphasizes gender roles and gender power relations.
Letter grade only (A-F).

470. Science and Religion in Biography (3)

Prerequisites: ENGL 100 and consent of instructor.
Comparison of theories, doctrines and methodologies of religions and quasi-religions in contrast to the natural, social and behavioral sciences. Sources of bias in different methods of inquiry (scientific, humanistic and religious) will be examined through classical and contemporary case material.
Letter grade only (A-F).

487H. Honors Special Topics Seminar (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 356 and admission to Sociology Honors Program or consent of the instructor.
Contemporary sociological topic, chosen by instructor. Course covers topic's emergence, growth, relevant studies, debates, conclusions, and remaining questions. Students will investigate one idea using recognized sociological research methods, and present their research projects to each other for feedback and critique.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 12 units, with different topics in different semesters.

488H. Honors Research Seminar (3)

Prerequisites: SOC 355 and admission to the Sociology Honors Program or consent of instructor.
Foundational research processes for the Honors Thesis. Includes literature review, hypothesis formulation and/or guiding ideas, and data collection. Group discussion of readings in social science research strategies, writing techniques, ethics, publication and related issues
Letter grade only (A-F).

489H. Honors Thesis (3)

Prerequisites: SOC 356, 488H and admission to the Sociology Honors Program or consent of instructor.
Continuation of independent student research project begun in SOC 488H, Honors Research. Students meet periodically with their thesis advisor and with other honors students to discuss their work and will present their completed research in a public forum.
Letter grade only (A-F).

490. Special Topics in Sociology (1-3)

Topics of special interest in sociology selected for intensive study. Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics.

492. Special Topics in Interaction and Group Relations (3)

Topics of special interest in Interaction and Group Relations selected for intensive study. Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. (Discussion.) Letter grade only (A-F).

493. Special Topics in Medical Sociology (3)

Topics of special interest in Medical Sociology selected for intensive study. Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. (Discussion.) Letter grade only (A-F).

494. Special Topics in Social Change and Global Issues (3)

Topics of special interest in Social Change and Global Issues selected for intensive study. Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. (Discussion.) Letter grade only (A-F).

495. Internship (1-4)

Prerequisites: SOC 100, 142, 335I, junior or senior standing, consent of instructor.
Supervised field experience in public and private agencies allowing students to relate sociological principles to community situations. Designed to provide career-related work experience in both research and applied fields. 1-4 units depending on field assignment and time required.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. (6-10 hours per week field experience.)

496. Field Practicum (1-3)

Prerequisites: SOC 495.
Continuation of SOC 495. Permits students who continue working at a community agency to conduct special projects for that agency. Includes class meetings to discuss student projects, papers and evaluation activities for the agency. 1-3 units depending on field assignment.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units.

497. Peer Facilitation in Sociology (3)

Prerequisites: A grade of at least a “B” earned in at least one upper division course related to the peer facilitation activity and consent of instructor.
Conducting optional discussion sections, assisting an instructor in class exercises, projects or small group discussions, or tutoring individual students. Peer facilitation activities will be guided by meetings with the supervising faculty member and supplemented by reading and writing assignments.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

499./599. Directed Studies (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Independent study of special topics under the supervision of a faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units. In exceptional cases, may be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with consent of department.

GRADUATE LEVEL

540. Urban Sociology (3)

Prerequisites: SOC 356, 357 or consent of instructor
Course examines the processes involved in shaping urban policies in large metropolitan areas. It does this by identifying the key urban problems of our day, the dominant political alliances that run most cities, and the means by which residents, community-based organizations, and unions can influence in the policy making process.
Letter grade only (A-F).

599./499. Directed Studies (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Independent study under supervision of a faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units. In exceptional cases, to a maximum of 6 units with department consent. Undergraduates completing over 3 units of SOC 499 may not enroll. Letter grade only (A-F).

656. Seminar in Sociological Theory (3)

Prerequisites: SOC 356, 357 or equivalent or consent of instructor
Seminar focuses on major issues, problems, positions and theorists defining and organizing sociological theory historically and today. Course designed to encourage theoretical application, emphasizing current and relevance and applicability of sociological theory.
Letter grade only (A-F).

696. Methods in Applied Social Research (3)

Prerequisites: SOC 250, 260, and 355 or their equivalents or consent of instructor
Addresses the theory and practice of applied social research, exploring quantitative and qualitative research methods. Major themes include research design, data collection, data analysis, interpretation and presentation of results.
Letter grade only (A-F).