Sociology

SOCIO-100 Topics in Sociology

.5-4 Units: 9-72 hours of lecture and/or 27-216 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

This course covers topics in sociology. Topics will be chosen to supplement and serve as additions to current offerings in the area, and will be announced each term in the current schedule of classes.

SOCIO-130 Introduction to Marriage and Family

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: SOCI 130)

This course provides an introduction to the sociological analysis of the family, including historical and recent changes, present nature and the socio-cultural and economic forces shaping these changes.

SOCIO-142 Introduction to Gender

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: SOCI 140)

This course focuses on the sociological analysis of the social construction of masculinity and femininity historically and cross-culturally. It examines the debates on sex and gender. It analyzes the impact of economic and political change on gender expectations and practices. It focuses macro-analyses of how institutions shape gender and microanalyses of how individuals are socialized and how they “do” and practice gender.

SOCIO-220 Introduction to Sociology

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: SOCI 110)

This course presents a broad, introductory overview of society today from various angles of investigation, and examines how morality and personality are shaped by the community, how role-playing and status structures keep society working and predictable, and how institutions such as the family and religion meet important human needs. Also included will be an analysis of the social class system, the exercise of power, role relations, problems of population pressures on the environment, and the search for community. This is an ideal course for the beginning student.

SOCIO-221 Social Problems

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: SOCI 115)

The course presents a broad introductory overview of contemporary social problems. Using a variety of sociological perspectives, students will analyze, critique, and propose solutions to social problems. Topics to be discussed include: the three core sociological theoretical perspectives; sociological methods; social institutions such as government, the economy, the family, health-care systems, and education; social inequality such as racism, poverty, and sexism; unconventional or deviant behavior in the form of crime and delinquency, alcohol and drug abuse, pornography and the sex trade; and global concerns such as violence, war, and terrorism. This course will also examine the impact of social problems on racial and ethnic groups with roots in Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands, Europe, Central America, North America, and South America. Additionally, this course will address conceptual issues relevant to understanding ethnicity, culture, and pluralism and their influences upon the ways that people in the United States of America think about themselves and approach issues and problems that confront their society. Comparative analyses of social problems as they relate to various cultural groups, such as African, European, Asian, and Latino, will be emphasized.

SOCIO-222 Introduction to Research Methods

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: SOCI 120)

Prerequisite: SOCIO-220

This course examines fundamental elements of empirical research and the ways sociologists think critically. It also includes attention to the nature of theory, hypothesis, variables, and ethics of research. Application of qualitative and quantitative analytic tools includes logic and research designs, such as the survey, observation, experiment, secondary data analysis, case study, and comparative historical research.

SOCIO-225 Sociology of African Americans

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course presents a sociological analysis of African American societies in the United States. Topics include political, economic, religious, judicial and familiar organizations of African American communities, the effects of the dominant society on these institutions, and recent African American socio-political movements.

SOCIO-234 Introduction to Statistics in the Social Sciences

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: MATH-120

This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of statistics and probability with an emphasis on collecting, organizing, and analyzing data. Topics include sample design; random numbers; histograms and frequency distributions; measures of central tendency; dispersion and position; normal and standard normal distributions; correlation and regression coefficients; contingency tables; introductory probability; scatter-plots, time lines, and recoding and transforming variables. Applications of statistical software to sociology and/or other social science data will be included.

SOCIO-236 Sociology of Sport

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course covers sociological aspects of the study of sports. Sociological theories and concepts will be used to examine individual and group behavior in sports with an emphasis on social interaction. This course also examines the ways in which sports have impacted various groups in the United States of America. Topics include the sociological imagination; sociological theory; sociological research methods; and the role of sport sociologists.

SOCIO-245 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: SOCI 150)

This course is a study of the ideas, values, norms, ideologies, attitudes, beliefs, and systems that are used to produce and answer questions about race and ethnicity. The course will cover the historical development of the concepts of race and ethnicity as well as investigate and analyze their contemporary usage. This course will also include the comparative analysis of racial and ethnic groups with roots in Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands, Europe, Central America, North America, and South America.

SOCIO-250 Critical Thinking About Social and
Cultural Issues

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

This course presents an introduction to sociological theory, a discussion of cultural problems and issues, and their social implications. This course examines critical reasoning in sociology as a process of questioning, analyzing and evaluating oral and written ideas, concepts, and interpretations of the political, economic and social issues and patterns found in human societies. This process will include an introduction to the principles of logic, the structure of language, the scientific method, and prevailing theoretical models in sociology. Specific writing skills will be developed through a series of increasingly complex analytical essays and through instruction in metaphor, analogy, comparing and contrasting, the nature of evidence, as well as essay structure and expression. The goal is for students to learn how to identify sociological viewpoints, to gather and analyze sociological information, to recognize sociological relationships and patterns, and to see the relevancy of sociological insights and theories as a background for understanding current events and issues.

SOCIO-298 Independent Study

.2-4 Units: 3.6-72 hours of independent study, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: Educational contract of study signed by an instructor, department chair and vice president. Topics must extend beyond regular course offerings.

This course is designed for selected students to pursue independent study in sociology under the direction of an instructor.

SOCIO-300 Field Studies

.1-4 Units: 5.4-72 hours of lecture and/or 10.8-216 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

This course provides the opportunity for students to participate in field experience in various disciplines. In all cases, field classes will be oriented toward direct involvement by the student in some outside activity which should supplement the classroom experience. Petition to repeat for maximum units.

Social Science

Social Science (SOCSC)

SOCSC-100 Topics in Social Science

.5-4 Units: 9-72 hours of lecture and/or 27-216 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

This course covers topics in social science. Topics will be chosen to supplement and serve as additions to current offerings in the area, and will be announced each term in the current schedule of classes.

SOCSC-140 Contemporary Women

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

This course emphasizes investigating and understanding the situation of contemporary women, including discussion of issues as they relate to race, culture, and ethnic diversity. The dynamics and impact of sex role socialization, institutional and political structures on women will be analyzed. Current issues and trends that affect women in today’s society will be introduced and studied.

SOCSC-141 Contemporary Men

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

This course emphasizes investigating and understanding the situation of contemporary men, including discussion of issues as they relate to race, culture, and ethnic diversity. The dynamics of socialization, social institutions, economic systems, and political systems will be analyzed. Current issues and trends that affect men in today’s society will be introduced and studied.

SOCSC-296 Contemporary Issues

1-3 Units: 18-54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

This course presents a multi-disciplinary approach to a contemporary issue or social condition by showing the applicability of relevant social science concepts (e.g. culture, power, wealth, social stratification, ethnicity, and location) and factual information to an increased understanding of the issue identified by faculty, students, or the community. Issues will be restricted to problems of social conditions rather than subject matter areas that provide a definite focus for the application of appreciate concepts. Emphasis will be placed on student initiative and inquiry.

SOCSC-298 Independent Study

.2-4 Units: 3.6-72 hours of independent study, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: Educational contract of study signed by an instructor, department chair and vice president. Topics must extend beyond regular course offerings.

This course is designed for selected students to pursue independent study in social science under the direction of an instructor.