Undergraduate Courses

Course Descriptions
 
SOC 001: Introduction to Sociology [4]
The study of groups, culture, collective behavior, classes and caste, community and ecology, role, status, and personality.
 
SOC 010: Statistics for Sociology [4]
This course will introduce students to the logic and use of statistical techniques in sociological research. By the end of the course, students will have the tools to appreciate and evaluate social research, and a foundation for conducting statistical social research themselves. Prerequisite: MATH 005 or equivalent.
 
SOC 015: Sociological Research Methods [4]
This course provides students with a basic understanding of how to conduct social science research. Topics will include the logic of research design, issues of conceptualization and measurement, the range of data collection methods available to social scientists, and what social scientists do with data once they have collected it.
 
SOC 020: Social Problems [4]
Examines a variety of pressing social problems from a sociological perspective. The course will begin by considering how it is that certain issues come to be defined as problems while others do not. Specific problems will then be examined including social inequality and poverty, crime, and the political system and injustice.
 
SOC 030: Social Inequality [4]
This course is an introduction to the causes, consequences, and extent of social inequality by race, class, and gender in US society.
 
SOC 035: Introduction to Political Sociology [4]
Many of the most pressing issues of our time are addressed via the political system. This course considers the many processes that influence political organization and political outcomes. Topics include power and policy-making, individual voting and civic participation, social movements and revolutions, and the expansion of a global economy and cultural system.
 
SOC 036: Globalization [4]
This course surveys a range of major global social trends over the last few centuries in order to better understand contemporary globalization processes. We will draw on large-scale historical transformations from the past and compare their similarities and differences to current global transitions.
 
SOC 070: Introduction to Crime and Deviance [4]
Examines the process of criminal justice in the US and address major theories of crime and deviance. In addition: how individuals and social groups are processed through the criminal court system; historical changes in correctional philosophy and organizational structure; inmate socialization, and social environment changes in U.S. prisons.
 
SOC 090X: Freshman Seminar [1]
Examination of a topic in sociology. May be repeated for credit.
 
SOC 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research [1-5]
Supervised research. Permission of instructor required. May be repeated for credit.
 
SOC 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study [1-5]
Permission of instructor required. Pass/No Pass grading only. May be repeated for credit.
 
SOC 099: Lower Division Individual Study [1-5]
Permission of instructor required. Pass/No Pass grading only. May be repeated for credit.
 
SOC 100: Sociological Theory [4]
Sociological theory explores many big questions that people have pondered for centuries, including inequality and why it is tolerated, social change and how it occurs, and social order and how it is maintained. This course provides an introduction to sociological theory, examining both classic and contemporary schools of sociological thought. Prerequisite: SOC 001, one other lower division Sociology course.
 
SOC 110: Social Movements, Protest and Collective Action [4]
Introduction to the social scientific study of social protest (meaning all forms of non-routine, or contentious politics) and collective action. Examines organized collective efforts to promote or resist change in society that rely, in some part, on non-institutionalized forms of political action. Prerequisite: SOC 001, POLI 001, or consent of instructor. Letter grade only.
 
SOC 111: Environmental Sociology [4]
Provides an overview of major issues in the field of environmental sociology. The course draws from a number of prominent environmental issues, including: environmental justice/racism, resource conflicts in the global South and the development impacts of climate change, and the dynamics of environmental social movements in local, national and international contexts. Prerequisite: SOC 001, POLI 001, or consent of instructor. Letter
 
SOC 115: Political Sociology [4]
Sociological analysis of types of political organization and action and their relations to elements of social life. Topics include: Social movements, voting, interest group politics, protest behavior, revolutions, human rights, global political diffusion, and other elements of the interaction between the political structure and everyday life. Prerequisite: SOC 001, or POLI 001, or consent of instructor. Letter grade only.
 
SOC 118: Hate Crime [4]
This course examines the causes and consequences of hate crimes, as well as the social contexts within which they occur. Students in this course gain a greater insight into a variety of broader social processes, including the dynamics of political and legal institutions, social change, and social control. Prerequisite: SOC 001, SOC 070, or consent of instructor.
 
SOC 120 Sociology of Culture [4]
Culture includes the ideas, norms, artifacts and symbols of society and their meanings. This course will introduce you to the sociological study of culture as a dimension of social life, examine the theoretical frameworks used to study culture, and consider how culture intersects with aspects of the social structure. Prerequisite: SOC 001, ECON 001, or ANTH 001 or consent of instructor.
 
SOC 130: Social Stratification [4]
Social stratification is the unequal distribution of the goods that members of a society value (e.g., earnings, income, authority, political power, status, prestige). This course provides an in-depth examination of the main classical and modern explanations of the sources, functions, and dynamics of stratification in society. Prerequisite: SOC 001, SOC 030, or consent of instructor. Letter grade only.
 
SOC 131: Urban Inequality [4]
The goal of this course is to examine a small selection of the work on urban poverty in the United States in a seminar setting. We examine in depth theories behind the evolution of the urban poor, as well as the impact of poverty upon individuals.
Prerequisite: SOC 001 or POLI 001, or consent of instructor. Letter grade only.
 
SOC 132: Sociology of Education [4]
Focuses on how social forces (such as politics, economics, demographics and institutional context) create variation in school practices, and how variation in school practices affects individual student achievement and behavior. Students also become familiar with presenting, interpreting, and discussing public education data. Prerequisite: SOC 001, SOC 030, or consent of instructor. Letter grade only.
 
SOC 134: Sports and Society [4]
Sports are often dismissed as unimportant to society’s working. However, some of society’s most important moments, racial integration (Jackie Robinson), gender equality (Title IX), and recognition of new nations (Olympics) have been through sports. We examine the dynamics sports play in society, focusing on issues of race, gender and nationality. Prerequisite: SOC 001, ANTH 001, or POLI 001. Letter grade only.
 
Soc 140 Organizational Behavior [4]
This course examines the evolution of the modern organization, focusing on approaches to strategy and organizational environments. We read social scientific analyses and case studies to trace the history of bureaucratic organizations, and study social science perspectives that emphasize the variation of current organizational forms. Prerequisite: SOC 001, ECON 001, POLI 001. Letter grade only.
 
SOC 150: Self and Society [4]
Focuses on the major theoretical perspectives, and their assumptions and problems, in interpersonal processes and social psychology from a sociological point of view. Examines techniques of investigation and methodological issues as well as focus on the dominant perspectives. Prerequisite: SOC 001, or PSY 001, Letter grade only.
 
SOC 155: Sociology of the Family [4]
Introduction to basic sociological theories, concepts and issues regarding marriage and the family in a larger societal context. Investigates the diversity that marriages and families have in society, and examine how theoretical paradigms influence the way sociology perceives and studies marriages and families. Prerequisite: SOC 001.
 
SOC 160: Gender and Society [4]
The role gender plays in structuring social lives. We begin by discussing sociological theories of gender, gender socialization/parenting, gender identity and intersections of gender and sexuality. We then examine gender on an institutional and systemic level-focusing on how organizations, such as work, education, the law, and politics are gendered. Prerequisite: SOC 001, or Consent of Instructor, Letter grade only.
 
SOC 161: Sociology of Sexuality [4]
Since its inception in the 1960s, the sociological study of sexuality has developed along two lines, one focusing on the social construction of sexuality and the other on sexual behavior and demographic trends. Although we cover both perspectives in the class, our primary focus is on work within the social constructionist tradition. Prerequisite: SOC 001, SOC 030, or Consent of Instructor, Letter grade only.
 
Soc 170: Qualitative Research Methods [4]
This course introduces techniques of, and approaches to, qualitative research. We will explore research design issues including developing research questions, selecting methods, and the ethics of research. We will then examine the collection, analysis, and presentation of qualitative data. Prerequisite: SOC 001, ANTH 001, POLI 001. Letter grade only.
 
SOC 175: Topics in Advanced Sociological Research [4]
This course provides students with advanced training in the process of sociological research. During the semester students will develop the skills and background knowledge needed to plan and organizae sound research projects of their own, and critique others' research. Prerequisite: SOC 001 and a B or above in SOC 015.
 
SOC 180: Advanced Issues in Race and Ethnicity [4]
Examines in depth the main classical and modern explanations of the issues surrounding Race and Ethnicity. Issues include Power; processes that create/maintain inequality, biological vs. social constructions of race, race and ethnicity in the age of conquest, race and ethnicity in modern society. Prerequisite: SOC 001, POLI 001 or ANTH 001. Letter grade only.
 
SOC 181: Chicanos in US Society [4]
This course aims to achieve an understanding of the processes and experiences currently facing the Chicano population in the Unted States using a variety of theoretical approaches and paradigms. We will examine not just social scientific approaches, but how the use of Chicano culture, through forms such as poetry, novels, film and art, provide a lens to the Chicano experience. Prerequisite: SOC 001 or ANTH 001 or POLI 001 or LIT 60.
 
SOC 185: Topics in Sociology [4]
Intensive treatment of a special topic or problem in sociology. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. Prerequisite: SOC 001. May be repeated for credit three times with different topics. Prerequisite: SOC 001
 
SOC 192: Internship in Sociology [1-4]
 
SOC 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research [1-5]
Supervised research. Permission of instructor required. May be repeated for credit.
 
SOC 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study [1-5]
Permission of instructor required. Pass/No Pass grading only. May be repeated for credit.
 
SOC 199: Upper Division Individual Study [1-5]
Permission of instructor required. Pass/No Pass grading only. May be repeated for credit
 
Sociology Department Chair
Paul Almeida, Professor
 
Sociology Graduate Chair
Zulema Valdez, Associate Professor
 
Sociology Undergraduate Chair
Irenee Beattie, Associate Professor
 
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