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SOC 150. Introductory Sociology (3)

Study of human society from the perspective of contemporary social science. Particular emphasis on analysis and understanding of modern society and its salient problems. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences.)

SOC 200. Social Crises of Today (3)

Helps the student understand the bases of some of the major social crises of the present day. Topics include alcoholism, delinquency and street crime, ethnic tensions, gambling, international tensions, organized crime, political corruption and terrorism. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences.)

SOC 202. Sociological Analysis (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 150. Discussion of the logic and procedures of scientific analysis of social phenomena. Practice in conceptualizing and operationalizing social variables, and in formulating testable hypotheses. Examination of the role of quantitative techniques and data reduction in current sociological analysis.

SOC 230. Introduction to Human Sexual Behavior (3)

Prerequisite: ANTH 150, PSY 150 or SOC 150. Introductory overview of human sexual function and sexual behavior. Emphasis on the historical and religious backgrounds of the prevailing attitudes toward sex in our culture, as well as to current sexual practices from the perspective of contemporary social science. Additional topics include sexual values and ethics, love, legal aspects of sexual behavior and eroticism in American culture. (Cross-listed with ANTH 230 and PSY 230.)

SOC 303. The Family (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 150. Family as a social institution on the basis of the data of ethnology, history and contemporary studies. Special attention to contemporary culture patterns.

SOC 304. Sociology of Deviance (3)

Preparatory: CJS 102. Deviant behavior in contemporary American society. Various definitions of deviance and social responses to the phenomenon. Theories of structural conditions and personal motivations contributing to different life styles. Analysis of deviant subcultures and individual case studies.

SOC 305. Culture and Personality (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Preparatory: ANTH 150, PSY 150 or SOC 150. Cross-cultural study of the development of individual personality in the socio-cultural milieu. Special attention is given to child-rearing practices, social personality, social character, mental health and illness, and deviant behavior in several Western and non-Western societies. Not to be taken for credit in addition to ANTH 305. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences.)

SOC 306. Jewish Communal and Family Structure (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Preparatory: SOC 150. Study of Jewish communal and family structure in an international context as a function of religious requirements and social circumstances. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.)

SOC 307. Ethnic Diversity in America (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Preparatory: SOC 150. Description and analysis of contemporary, changing ethnic cultures and lifestyles in American society. Focused analysis of ethnic cultures/lifestyles by social class, family form, sex role and orientation, age-grouping and influences of social movements and popular culture. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.)

SOC 324. Sociology of Sex and Gender (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Preparatory: SOC 150. Analysis of contemporary and historical sex roles in major societal institutions, including economic, political, educational, legal and medical systems, and institutions of marriage and family. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences.)

SOC 325. Sex Roles and Work (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 150. Examination of current research on women in the labor force in U.S. and other industrial societies, including the impact of affirmative action programs, changes in structure and function of industrial labor forces, and projections of future roles of women and men in the labor force.

SOC 333. Chinese Society (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Preparatory: SOC 150. Study of Chinese social order, culture, institutions, values, beliefs and social personality as they occur in traditional and contemporary China. Special attention is given to those social and cultural transformations that have shaped modern Chinese society. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.)

SOC 335. Jewish Identity in the U.S. (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Preparatory: SOC 150. Social-psychological study of a religious and ethnic minority. Comparison with other sub-cultural groups in America. Social institutions and processes involved in Jewish identity. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.)

SOC 340. Sociology of Work (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 150. Analysis of the structural context of work in contemporary society, including preparation for access to different positions within the occupational structure. Study of work settings, including formal and informal characteristics, changes in the structure of work and case histories involving work experiences and occupational subcultures.

SOC 345. Social Psychology (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 150. Study of the group-setting of the individual, theories, concepts, principles and their application. History of the field as an interdisciplinary specialty. Current research and trends.

SOC 348. Juvenile Delinquency (3)

Preparatory: CJS 102. Extent and distribution of delinquency, with emphasis on the local area. Meaning, implications and treatment of delinquency. Individual-level and social environmental theoretical explanations

SOC 350. Population Dynamics (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 150. Analysis of the nature, causes and consequences of major world population trends as they are related to urban studies, medical sociology and ecology. Studies fertility, mortality and migration; sex ratios; race and ethnic composition; marital, educational and occupational status; and census and vital statistics.

SOC 355. Criminology (3)

Preparatory: CJS 102. Nature of crime, causal factors of criminal behavior and group control of the crime problem.

SOC 356. Social Welfare Institutions (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 150. Exploration of social welfare institutions as one of the basic institutions in contemporary society. Examines varied political and social ideologies that contribute to the development of social welfare institutions, programs, and policies.

SOC 357. Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 150. Introduction to social work and social justice practice from an anti-oppressive perspective. Application of critical social work theories and anti-oppressive approaches in social work/social justice from micro through macro practice with emphasis placed on intersecting issues of privilege and oppression. Requires 40 volunteer field hours in approved community organization.

SOC 370. Political Sociology (3)

Lecture-discussion of the social and cultural bases of political ideologies and processes. Study of power and its varying relationships to decision making at community and national levels. Analyses of the roles, structure and interaction of voluntary and political organizations in the political system, including conflict and its resolution. Sociological interpretations of contemporary American political behavior.

SOC 390. Race Relations (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 150. Study of diverse racial and ethnic groups, including Latino, Chicano, Asian, Black and American Indian, with a focus on the contemporary American scene. Status distinctions, migration and settlement patterns, segregation, integration, assimilation, prejudice, discrimination, economic and political factors, social movements, and interaction patterns both within and between these groups and their effects upon American life are studied.

SOC 396A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in Sociology (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 150. Selected topics in sociology, with course content to be determined.

SOC 400. Organizational Theory (3)

Study of contemporary sociological theories of organizational dynamics and behavior. Analysis of the social structural and interactional dynamics of organizational settings. Includes supervised individual or group projects and reports. Available for graduate credit.

SOC 401. Class, Status and Power (3)

Analysis of the distribution of wealth, prestige and power. Study of the causes of poverty, life chances of the poor, lifestyles of the wealthy, upward and downward mobility, and class and group conflict in society. Available for graduate credit.

SOC 410. Urban Sociology (3)

Worldwide processes of urbanization, both historical and contemporary. Theoretical approaches and research and their implications for urban policy and change. Focuses on social structure, social differentiation and lifestyles found within a metropolitan area and in diverse metropolitan areas and their implications. Available for graduate credit.

SOC 411. Sociology of Education (3)

Sociological analysis of education as an institution of socialization, including relevant theories, its structure, the challenges of diversity, the complexities of the urban/suburban school setting and current professional issues. Focuses on how issues of diversity impact the institution at the macro level, as well as the experiences of administrators, teachers, students, families and communities. Available for graduate credit.

SOC 420CSL. Mentoring to Overcome Struggles and Inspire Courage (MOSAIC) (3)

The course will include the sociological examination of the issues facing at-risk youth in their personal relationships and in their school and community environments. In doing so, students explore how sociological concepts and theories apply in “real-world” situations. Furthermore, student mentors are paired with youth in the community who have been identified as at risk of academic failure and/or delinquent behavior. The mentoring relationship will be examined in the classroom and implemented in the field.

SOC 424/L. Statistical Techniques in Social Research and Lab (3/1)

Prerequisite: MATH 140. Recommended Preparatory: SOC 150. Corequisite: SOC 424L. The application and understanding of statistical techniques used in sociological research, related to univariate and multi-variate descriptions, as well as probability and hypothesis testing in statistical inference. Techniques include tabular and graphical presentations, central tendency and dispersion, cross-tabulation analysis, simple and multiple correlation, and regression and hypothesis testing involving means and proportions.  Lab involves problems and assignments using computer application of these techniques.

SOC 426. Social Legislation and Social Policy (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Study of the historical, social, and political aspects related to the development of social policies. Learn how to apply a practitioner policy analysis perspective to pertinent social welfare policies, including TANF, managed mental healthcare, Social Security, substance abuse policies, and child welfare policies. Regular written assignments required.

SOC 430. Theory I – Classical Sociological Theory (4)

Prerequisite: SOC 150. Discussion and analysis of classical sociological theories and theorists.

SOC 433. Sociology of Globalization (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 150. This course examines the sociological study of globalization with a focus on theories and debates about the economic, geopolitical, and cultural processes that have led to increased global connectivity. Topics to be addressed include: the shift from a developmental to global economy, culture and globalization, migration and family structures, global identity formations, development and remittances, and transnational social movements. Available for graduate credit.

SOC 434. The Sociology of Law (3)

Preparatory: CJS 102. Introduction to the sociological study of law and the legal system, with emphasis on social analysis of criminal law and the courts. Specifically, the course addresses social perspectives on the origins of law and law-making, the application and enforcement of law, and the administration of justice through the legal process. Critical thinking and writing skills are emphasized in the course through the use of legal case study, essay examinations and a final research paper dedicated to the application of legal sociology to current crime issues. Available for graduate credit.

SOC 440. Sociology of Aging (3)

Analysis of aging in its social and social-psychological aspects throughout the lifespan. Emphasis on particular social problems of the elderly, including retirement, widowhood, suicide, housing, income maintenance, attitudes toward death and dying and more. Available for graduate credit.

SOC 450. Medical Sociology (3)

Survey of sociological theory and research techniques related to mortality, illness and medical treatment. Emphasis on the epidemiological aspects of these phenomena in various groups, hospitals, community health settings and more. Available for graduate credit.

SOC 452. Sociology of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities (3)

Prerequisites: Junior standing. Analysis of cross-cultural and historical treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. Survey of sociological research on these communities, including an examination of theory and practice. Analysis of homophobia and other attitudes toward these communities. Available for graduate credit.

SOC 454. Policing Society (3)

Preparatory: CJS 102. Exposure to research and literature related to the study of policing. Explores the history of policing; selection, training and socialization of the police; police culture; female and minority officers; community policing; police deviance and ethics; police discretion; private policing; and hazards of policing. Looks at “classic” studies in addition to the most up-to-date research on policing. Approaches the study of policing from a sociological viewpoint, using sociological theory to address topics of policing. Available for graduate credit.

SOC 456. Proseminar in Sexual Disorders (3)

Prerequisites: HSCI 441, PSY 453 or SOC 451, or graduate standing; Instructor consent. Intensive study of sexual dysfunction, including etiology, models of treatment, effects of aging and drug use on sexual attitudes and behavior, disorders of sexual desire and ethical issues in sex therapy. Specifically designed for students planning careers in clinical or community psychology or counseling. Available for graduate credit. (Cross-listed with PSY 456.)

SOC 459. Child Welfare (3)

Trends in the movement toward establishing the rights of the child to protection and care. Emphasis on the child and the law, compulsory education, school social work, child labor legislation, institutional and foster care for the healthy and the sick child, and adoption legislation. Available for graduate credit.

SOC 461. Sociology of Immigration (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 150. This course provides a sociological understanding of contemporary migration both globally and with a particular focus on the U.S. Understanding the immigration process from a sociological perspective offers insight into why individuals and groups move, how they are received and incorporated into the host society, how migration is sustained over time, and the implications for the native-born and for those who stay behind. Available for graduate credit.

SOC 467. Sociology of Religion (3)

Sociological theories of religious behavior from Max Weber to the present. Comparative study of the relationships between the role, ritual and belief systems of religious institutions and their social contexts. Available for graduate credit.

SOC 468. Theory II – Contemporary Sociological Theory (4)

Prerequisite: SOC 150. Discussion and analysis of contemporary sociological theories and theorists.

SOC 476. Social Movements (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 150. This course is an overview of the core sociological concepts and perspectives in the social movement literature. This course will examine the factors that lead people to participate in social movements and how social movement participation shapes people’s lives. The course will explore theoretical perspectives developed in the study of social movements and apply them to concrete examples of both historical and contemporary movements. Topics will include: the emergence and diffusion of social movements, social movement tactics, the effectiveness of movements in changing both policy and cultural norms, as well as reactions to social movements, such as countermobilization and repression. Available for graduate credit.

SOC 481. Counseling, Interviewing and Intervention (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 345. Experiential training and practice in the skills, methods and techniques of counseling, and the helping interview and intervention in work, group, organizational and community settings by means of in-class role playing, simulation and case studies.

SOC 482SOC. Practicum in Work and Society (3)

Supervised field experience in counseling and guidance activities, paraprofessional work settings. Community field placements consistent with student career needs. Class size limited to 15 students. An Academic Internship course. (Letter Grade only)

SOC 484. Progressive Community Organizing (3)

The course examines the history of community organizing in the United States; explores the different theories and approaches to effective grassroots organizing; and emphasizes the organizing skills necessary to empower people so they can improve their communities. The course intends to translate social work values into community level practice, with a focus on self-determination and empowerment in community organizing and advocacy through the study of barriers to organizing, including the power imbalances in society. There will be special attention given to organizing and advocacy with economically disadvantaged and historically disempowered communities. Available for graduate credit.

SOC 486SOC. Social Science Career Internship (3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing in a social or behavioral science major; Appropriate methods course as specified by the department; Instructor consent. Social and behavioral science principles will be applied to the workplace. Students complete learning contracts and submit written reports related to their internships. At least 9 hours per week of supervised fieldwork is required. See section on Academic Internships. (Cross-listed with AFRS 486SOC, GEOG 486SOC, POLS 486SOC and PSY 486SOC.)

SOC 490S/F. Supervised Field Seminar and Fieldwork (1/2)

Prerequisites: SOC 357, GPA of 2.5 in upper division major courses and permission of instructor. Corequisites: SOC 490F and SOC 490S are taken concurrently. Pre-enrollment by specific date during the preceding semester is required. This course provides an opportunity for students to apply social work theories to practice, to advocate for social justice, and to gain experience in an agency setting. The student is provided the opportunity to develop anti-oppressive practice skills needed for working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in a selected social service agency with field and faculty supervision. Student-interns will complete 120 hours field placement. (Credit/No Credit only)

SOC 492. Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3)

Prerequisites: SOC 345, SOC 356, SOC 357. This course presents students with a range of theories that seek to understand human behavior across the lifespan. It integrates biological, psychological, structural, environmental, political, global, and socio-cultural perspectives. This course also explores the relationship between the person and the environment including families, groups, organizations, communities, and institutions.

SOC 493. Diversity and Social Justice (3)

Prerequisites: SOC 356 and SOC 357, or instructor consent. This course explores diversity, privilege and oppression on individual, social/cultural and institutional levels, based on the intersections of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, (dis)ability status, and social class. Students will examine their own identities, social group memberships and social roles along lines of power, privilege, marginalization, and representation. An anti-oppression theoretical framework will provide knowledge of how to build alliances and develop effective strategies for addressing social injustice.

SOC 496A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in Sociology (1-4)

Special Seminar in selected topics in sociology, with course content to be determined.

SOC 497/L. Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods and Lab (3/1)

Prerequisite: SOC 424/L. Corequisite: SOC 497L. Application of the scientific method to social phenomena, including both quantitative and qualitative methods of collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data, as well as considerations about research design, the role of theory, and ethics. Methods covered may include survey research, experimental research, secondary data analysis, content analysis, focus groups, qualitative interviews, fieldwork, ethnography, and historical comparative research.

Lab: Exercises related to both qualitative and quantitative research design and data analysis.

SOC 498AEE. The Sociological Experience (2)

Prerequisite: Instructor consent. This course enhances what is taught in the Sociology Major by extending student learning beyond the classroom. It provides students with opportunities to use newly acquired academic skills and knowledge in real-life situations in their own communities. Students will participate in research, internship or service-learning projects under the direction of the instructor. The experience culminates in a written report that demonstrates the student’s ability to apply sociological perspectives and research techniques. (Credit/No Credit only)

SOC 499A-C. Independent Study (1-3)

No course description.

SOC 524. Dynamics of Sex and Gender in Society (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 324 or approved alternatives. Macro-sociocultural analysis of social trends and influences on the characteristics and dynamics of sex/gender roles in the context of major societal institutions. Micro-sociocultural analysis of sex/gender roles in patterns of interaction.

SOC 545. Seminar in Social Psychology (3)

Advanced investigation of the dynamics of social interaction. Interdisciplinary research.

SOC 572. Social Policy Research and Evaluation (3)

Study and evaluation of various areas of social policy, including welfare, criminal justice, health services and planning urban administration.

SOC 585A-Z. Selected Topics in Sociology (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of core requirements in undergraduate program or equivalent; 12 units of 400- or 500-level courses in Sociology. Special seminars in selected topics in sociology.

SOC 601. Classical Sociological Theory (3)

Critical examination of significant theoretical formulations and trends in classical sociology.

SOC 640. Seminar in Applied Sociology (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 364/L or equivalent. Corequisite: SOC 698. Recommended Corequisite or Preparatory: SOC 570, SOC 591G. Study of the use of sociological theory and methodology in applied research design. Graduate Projects are conducted in areas described in the M.A. degree option in Applied Sociology.

SOC 670. Contemporary Sociological Theory (3)

Critical examination of significant theoretical formulations and trends in contemporary sociology.

SOC 680. Advanced Quantitative Methods (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 364. Selected topics from new and developing fields of quantitative sociological analysis.

SOC 685. Qualitative Research Methods (3)

The study of research methods sociologists use to gather, analyze and interpret qualitative data. Emphasis is placed on philosophical assumptions, interpretive frameworks and diverse approaches to qualitative inquiry such as interviews, content analysis, participant observation, ethnography and historical-comparative research. Topics covered include research ethics, positionality, reflexivity and validity.

SOC 690. Quantitative Research Methods (3)

The advanced study of research methods sociologists use to gather, analyze and interpret quantitative data. Topics covered include survey construction, experimental design and secondary data analysis. Emphasis is placed on descriptive and inferential statistical analyses.

SOC 691A-G. Advanced Social Research Techniques (3)

Development of graduate research projects providing training in specific research techniques.

SOC 691A Observational Techniques
SOC 691B Survey Techniques
SOC 691C Historical and Comparative Techniques
SOC 691D Documentary Techniques
SOC 691E Lab and Small Group Techniques
SOC 691F Macro-Quantitative Techniques
SOC 691G Applied Research Techniques

SOC 695C. Graduate Proseminar in Sociology (2)

Prerequisites: Admission to M.A. program in sociology. An introductory course designed for beginning graduate students. Fundamentals of the program, skills and knowledge needed for graduate level work, advanced library research skills, academic writing, professional socialization, and career and educational options with the master’s in sociology are addressed.

SOC 696A. Directed Graduate Research (3)

This course is designed to prepare students for the culminating experience in the master’s degree program in sociology. Students pursuing the thesis option are required to write and defend a thesis proposal and secure IRB approval (if required). Students pursing the comprehensive exam option are required to do an extensive review of the research in a subfield of sociology and write several papers in the areas of sociological theory and research methods.

SOC 697. Directed Comprehensive Studies (4)

Prerequisites: SOC 601, SOC 670, SOC 685, SOC 690. Limited to students preparing to take the comprehensive examination for the M.A. degree in Sociology. (Credit/No Credit only)

SOC 698. Thesis (4)

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status; Instructor consent. Limited to students completing a thesis project for the M.A. degree in Sociology. (Credit/No Credit only)

SOC 699A-F. Independent Study (1-6)

No course description.