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University Catalog

Sociology

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Sociology

Bachelor of Arts

Minor

Sociology

Women's Studies

(For requirements refer to Women's Studies section in catalog)

Certificate

Social Research (Undergraduate)

Social Research (Graduate)

Master of Arts

General Sociology Option

Research Skills Option

Faculty

Undergraduate

Clare Weber, Department Chair

Dexter Edward Bryan, Matt Mutchler, Katy Pinto, Jose Prado, John C. Quicker, Sohaila Shakib, LaTanya Skiffer

Department Office: SBS B-334, (310) 243-3431

Graduate

Kara Dellacioppa, Graduate Program Coordinator

Emeriti Faculty

Faye Arnold, William R. Blischke, Alan Bomser, Jeanne Curran, Robert M. Christie, Harold Charnofsky, F. Donald Laws, Herman J. Loether, Alan Ryave

Program Description

The study of Sociology offers students the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of social processes and structures, so as to be able to live and work in our diverse global society and to apply the tools of social analysis to a broad range of professional, academic and community situations. The methods and knowledge developed by sociologists reflect the complexity of human organization, social life, inequalities and social justice. The newly emerging patterns of social change continue to alter our life, making the effective applications of social analysis more important than ever before in solving problems of inequalities, human organization and justice at a local and global level.

The department of Sociology at CSUDH is committed to its mission of sociology in service to community. The department is composed of a diverse, innovative and stimulating faculty who teach and pursue research in a variety of areas that are important in today's global societies. The sociology faculty offers undergraduate and graduate programs with several emphasis that respond directly to the needs of today's students. We offer a wide range of opportunities to engage in service learning, applied research and community studies and organizing.

Sociology is a civically engaged department and is formally recognized by the CSU for outstanding work with local communities where Sociology students and faculty engage in service learning, internships and community based research.

Undergraduate majors and minors and graduate students may concentrate their studies in a variety of areas including applied research, community studies, criminology and justice studies, the helping professions and social change in global context. Sociology prepares students for careers in social work, law, criminal justice, government, non-profit and community and international organizations, education, gerontology, medicine, community service, urban planning, politics, business, academia, human resources and applied research.       

Undergraduates majoring in sociology may elect to concentrate their studies in any of the areas mentioned above or in an area designed in consultation with faculty to best fit their academic or professional goals.  Students majoring in other disciplines or professional programs may tailor a minor in sociology to complement their major field of study.  A minor in Sociology complements a wide range of majors, including psychology, political science, computer science, liberal studies, human services, public administration and many others.  Graduate students often plan their studies in the context of more specific career and professional goals, or to augment their current professions.

Graduate Studies in Sociology

The department offers an established graduate program leading to the Master of Arts in Sociology.  The program is designed to provide all students with a strong foundation in sociological theory and research methodology.  The graduate program is designed to allow for a substantial degree of student choice. Students may choose a macro- or micro-based program of study and select from several areas for further specialization or experience.  These areas include, but are not restricted to, such concentrations as social research and computer applications; sociology of education; community and clinical sociology; law and society; criminology and deviance; and general sociology.  Students are expected to select a major advisor who can best facilitate their specific interests in the program.  Finally, students may choose one of the following options to complete their program of graduate study: comprehensive exam, thematic project or thesis.  Students with an interest in teaching and administrative applications of the degree are encouraged to complete via examination.  Those with research interests or who may wish to pursue advanced graduate study toward a doctoral degree are encouraged to opt for the thesis or thematic project options.

The Department of Sociology has an established record of success in graduate education.  Many of the department's graduates have found careers in research, teaching and a wide range of other fields. Special emphasis is placed on practical and policy-relevant research participation by graduate students in the Urban Community Research Center.  Students are encouraged to take an active role in the department, the discipline and the wider community. Students may apprentice in one or more of the many advanced forms of social scientific research, including evaluation research, social impact analysis, ethnographic field research, etc. Students who wish to pursue advanced study beyond the M.A. degree may elect to take additional work necessary to acquire the Graduate Certificate in Social Research.

Academic Advisement

Sociology faculty provide advisement for majors, minors and graduate students in sociology, and also provide limited general education advisement for sociology majors. Faculty are available for both daytime and night students. For graduate studies, Dr. Kara Dellacioppa should be contacted. For faculty office hours and general questions, please call the department office at (310) 243-3431.  Students are advised to meet with a faculty advisor early, in order to take the best advantage of opportunities offered by the Department.  They may go to any faculty member for Sociology advising.

Preparation

High school students contemplating a major in sociology are encouraged to take the college preparatory courses, including English, mathematics and social sciences.  Courses in computers, logic and life science also are recommended.

 Students planning to transfer from community college should consult with their counselor or advisor to assure that appropriate lower division courses are completed before the transfer.

Career Possibilities

The Sociology Department's programs are designed to prepare students for graduate study in sociology and for professional positions and careers in a variety of fields in federal, state and local agencies as well as for jobs in private business and non- profit institutions and applied research. Studies in sociology provide good preparation for careers in social work, law, probation and criminology as well as community organizing, labor unions and public service jobs. Students completing a master's degree in sociology can teach at a community college and work toward a Ph.D. A degree in sociology also complements technical and administrative programs by broadening students' understanding of social organizations, social inequalities, social structures, global and local processes and human behavior. Contact the department office to for a list of faculty advisors to help you with you career choices and planning.

Student Internships

Student internships are made available in locations related to the subject areas in the Sociology Department including criminology and justice studies, helping professions, social change in global contexts, social inequalities and applied research and community studies and others where faculty research and professional practice provide such opportunities.  Interested students should talk with faculty involved in such areas.

Student Organizations

The department has a chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society, for students who meet honor society requirements.  There is a Sociology Student Club and a Pre-Law Club.

Graduation with Honors

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with honors in Sociology by meeting the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum GPA of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;
  3. Recommendation by the Sociology faculty.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.

General Education Requirements (55-62 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements

Single field major, no minor required.

Major Requirements (39 units)

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

A.  Lower Division Required Courses (7 units):

SOC 101. The Individual in Society (3) or

SOC 102. Understanding Social Relationships in a Global Perspective (3)

SOC 220. Analytical Statistics for Sociology (4)

 

B.  Upper Division Requirements (32 units)

1.  Required Courses (14 units):

SOC 305. Methods of Sociological Research (4)

SOC 311. Global Organizations and Social Processes (3)

SOC 340. Social Psychology: Sociological Perspectives (3)

SOC 355. Modern Sociological Theories (4)

2.  Electives (18 units): Select six additional upper division courses in sociology with the assistance of an advisor.

Basic Areas of Study

The Sociology Department recommends that each student select an area for the major or minor. At least six elective courses should be taken from that chosen area of study (Upon consultation with an advisor a student may elect to substitute another course for one in his/her specialty).

The basic areas of study are as follows:

  • Applied Research
  • Community Studies
  • Criminology and Justice Studies
  • Helping Professions
  • Social Change in Global Contexts
  • Social Inequalities

Applied Research

The applied research area emphasizes practical skills needed to conduct research projects in diverse social settings. Courses cover such topics as statistical analysis, research methods, feminist methods, program evaluation, and ethnographic data analysis. The goal of the area is to provide students with hands-on research experiences from a sociological perspective. Students will gain many of the technical skills needed to conduct community research, program evaluation, and data analysis projects. These skills are increasingly important in non-profit agencies as well as in large university and private research centers.

SOC 220. Analytical Statistics for Sociology

SOC 302. Workshop in Social Research

SOC 303. Qualitative Methods

SOC 304. Computer Applications in the Social Sciences

SOC 305. Methods of Sociological Research

SOC 306. Program Evaluation

SOC 408. Survey Research

SOC 503. Seminar in Ethnographic Analysis in Sociology (at instructor's discretion)

Community Studies

The area of community studies uses multiple methodologies to explore social justice issues in diverse communities. It is designed to provide students with an overview of different approaches to the field. Classes address theories of community, issues in community studies, ethics, and data analysis. Many of the classes include practical fieldwork requirements such as internships, service learning, and research with community partners. This area will prepare students for careers in research, program evaluation, social work, non-profit management, urban planning, and public policy among others.

SOC 302. Workshop in Social Research

SOC 306. Program Evaluation

SOC 326. Sociology of Medicine

SOC 331. Minority Racial and Ethnic Relations

SOC 334. Women in Society

SOC 335. Social Movements

SOC 340. Social Psychology: Sociological Perspective

SOC 341. Seminar in Small Groups

SOC 362. Gangs and Adolescent Subcultures

SOC 363. Sociology of Alcohol and Other Drug Use

SOC 380. Urban Sociology

SOC 381. Field Study in Urban Problems

SOC 383. Black Communities, Class, Status and Power

SOC 384. Resistance, Inequality and Communities

SOC 503. Seminar in Ethnography Analysis in Sociology (at instructor's discretion)

Criminology and Justice Studies

This area of study utilizes a social scientific lens to examine various institutions associated with the criminal justice system. Specifically, this area explores criminological theories regarding the etiology of crime, juvenile delinquency, ganging, and deviant behavior as they relate to policing, courts, corrections, and laws. The courses will delve into issues such as social inequality and power relations between correctional institutions and communities. With an emphasis on social justice, this area will give students the tools to analyze these topics from feminist, global, and critical race theory perspectives, preparing students for graduate school, law school, or government employment.

Additionally, students educated within a social justice framework are prepared to contribute to the justice professions through evaluation, research, ethical practice, and dedicated service.

SOC 331. Minority Racial and Ethnic Relations

SOC 362. Gangs and Adolescent Subcultures

SOC 364. Corrections

SOC 365. Deviant Behavior

SOC 367. Sociology of the Law

SOC 368. Criminology

SOC 369. Juvenile Delinquency

SOC 380. Urban Sociology

SOC 381. Field Studies in Urban Problems

Helping Professions

This area of study looks at the social service resources in the community as they link up with diverse populations in society.  Community agencies provide social services, mental health services and health services as they interface with ethnic communities, the elderly and families from all walks of life.  Understanding the theories of helping and the methods of service delivery become important in assessing the effectiveness of social agencies.  Community fieldwork and hands-on experience at agencies provide the student with opportunities to view the function of these agencies and their purpose in serving communities.

SOC 306. Program Evaluation

SOC 316. Sociology of Adult Life and Aging

SOC 320. The Family

SOC 326. Sociology of Medicine

SOC 328. Social Agencies:  Practice and Power

SOC 363. Sociology of Alcohol and Other Drug Use

SOC 381. Field Studies in Urban Problems

SOC 383. Black Communities:  Class, Status and Power

SOC 384. Communities, Resistance and Change

SOC 386. Sociology of the Helping Professions

Social Change in Global Contexts

This area of study focuses on the relationship between global processes (political, economic, and cultural) and social institutions and communities. Students will develop analytical skills that pertain to the changing social environments on a local, regional, and global level. This area highlights how collective and individual social factors shape and are shaped by the shifting conditions brought about by globalization. The goal of this area is to prepare students for further study in the area of global studies as well as careers in which knowledge of the global dimensions of social life are required. Topics included but are not limited to: the social impact of immigration, the environment, labor issues, race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, human rights, and new forms of citizenship and governance.

SOC 311. Global Organizations and Social Processes

SOC 321. Sociology of Education

SOC 315. Sociology of Work

SOC 326. Sociology of Medicine

SOC 334. Women in Society

SOC 335. Social Movements

SOC 384. Resistance, Inequality and Communities

SOC 387. Theory and Research in Globalization

Social Inequalities

This area of study focuses on forms of racial formation, the social construction of gender and inequality, class and domination and subordination. Students will develop the skills to critically understand the intersections of race, class, gender, sexualities, citizenship and inequalities that shape social lives. Furthermore, students will acquire an understanding of resistance and social movements aimed at addressing inequalities. The study of social inequalities prepares students for a wide range of careers where sensitivity to diversity and advocacy are called for.

SOC 311. Global Organizations and Social Processes

SOC 321. Sociology of Education

SOC 322. Sociology of Medicine

SOC 327. Sociology of Sports

SOC 331. Minority Ethnic Relations

SOC 334. Women in Sociology

SOC 335. Social Movements

SOC 362. Gangs and Adolescent Subcultures

SOC 383. Black Communities

SOC 384. Resistance, Inequalities and Communities

 

Minor in Sociology (15 units)

Five courses selected upon advisement (a maximum of three lower division units may apply toward the minor). The department also provides advisors who pay particular attention to the professional needs of students working in the technical, administrative and business fields. Minor areas may be "tailor-made" to meet the specific educational interests and career needs of students (see previous academic advisement section).

 

Certificate in Social Research - Undergraduate (41 units)

The Undergraduate Certificate in Social Research is designed to qualify recipients to participate fully in all phases of research projects from the initial conceptualization to the final report writing. To qualify for the certificate candidates must demonstrate their competence in conceptualization, research design, sampling design, instrument design, data collection, data analysis and report writing. This program is open to non-sociology majors.

A.  The following required courses may be applied to the major in Sociology (29 units):

SOC 220. Analytical Statistics for Sociology (4)

SOC 303. Qualitative Methods (3)

SOC 304. Computer Applications in the Social Sciences (3) or

SOC 307. Micro Computer Data Base Applications in Social Science (3)

SOC 305. Methods of Sociological Research (4)

SOC 355. Modern Sociological Theories (4)

SOC 381. Field Studies in Urban Problems (3) or

SOC 306. Program Evaluation (3)

SOC 401. Inferential Statistics for Sociology (4)

SOC 402. Multivariate Analysis in Sociology (4)

NOTE: Appropriate courses from other disciplines may be substituted with the assistance of an advisor.)

 

B.  The following course must be taken in the Urban Community Research Center (12 units):

SOC 302.  Workshop in Social Research (3,3,3,3)

Master of Arts in Sociology

Admissions Requirements and Procedures

To be considered for admission to the Sociology Graduate Program, applicants must complete the appropriate forms and pay the established fees through the Office of Admissions. Successful applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and a grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) of upper division undergraduate course work (excluding units earned in extension studies). The applicant should have two letters of recommendation forwarded to the program coordinator. Applicants not possessing the above qualifications may apply directly to the Sociology Graduate Committee for special consideration.

Only those applicants who show promise of success and fitness will be admitted to the graduate program, and only those who continue to demonstrate a satisfactory level of scholastic competence and fitness shall be eligible to continue in the program.

Requirements for Classified Standing

To become classified in the Sociology Graduate Program, a student must demonstrate a background in social science theory and methods. This usually entails a theory and a methods course taken at the undergraduate level. Students in need of this exposure will be required to take appropriate undergraduate theory and/or methods course(s) in order to be classified. Students eligible for classification should contact the graduate coordinator.

Requirement for Advancement to Candidacy

Candidacy status denotes the successful completion of a major portion of the graduate academic program.

To be advanced to candidacy students must have completed the following:

1.  Meet graduate writing assessment requirement;

2.  The following core courses with a minimum grade of "B"
in each course:

SOC 505. Seminar in Sociological Research (3)

SOC 506. Laboratory in Sociological Research (1)

SOC 511. Seminar in Social Organization (3) or

SOC 550. Seminar in Interaction Processes (3)

SOC 555. Seminar in Sociological Theory (3);

3.  Completion of two additional graduate seminars in sociology with a minimum grade point average of 3.0;

4.  Approval of the student's eligibility for the comprehensive exam by the graduate coordinator; or

5.  Approval of a thesis or thematic project proposal by a committee consisting of at least two members of the full-time faculty of the sociology department. Proposals are submitted in writing and the title is registered with the department.

Degree Requirements

General Sociology Option (30 units)

1.  Required Core Courses (10 units):

SOC 505. Seminar in Sociological Research (3)

SOC 506. Laboratory in Sociological Research (1)

SOC 555. Seminar in Sociological Theory (3)

SOC 511. Seminar in Social Organization (3) or

SOC 550. Seminar in Interaction Processes (3)

2.  Classified students are required to take SOC 505, Seminar in Sociological Research, and SOC 555, Seminar in Sociological Theory, during their first year in the program.

3.  20 additional units from sociology course offerings (a maximum of nine units may be taken from 300 or 400 level courses and only with the consent of the graduate coordinator).

4.  Completion of the comprehensive exam, thesis or thematic project.

5.  Of the 20 units taken under "3", at least three should be graduate seminars, those students selecting the thesis or the project may include five units of SOC 599. Those students selecting the comprehensive examination option must include two units of SOC 599.

6.  An overall grade point average of 3.0 or better with no grade lower than a "B" in the core courses.

Research Skills Option (30 units)

1.  Prerequisites:

     The following courses are prerequisites and must be completed before classified standing in the program will be granted.

SOC 304. Computer Applications in the Social Sciences (3) or

SOC 307. Micro Computer Data Base Applications in Social Science (3)

SOC 402. Multivariate Analysis in Sociology (4)

NOTE: This option will also satisfy requirements for the Graduate Research Certificate.

2.  Core Courses (10 units):

SOC 505. Seminar in Sociological Research (3)

SOC 506. Laboratory in Sociological Research (1)

SOC 555. Seminar in Sociological Theory (3)      

SOC 511. Seminar in Social Organizations (3) or

SOC 550. Seminar in Interaction Processes (3)

3.  Required Courses (20 units):

SOC 503. Seminar in Ethnographic Analysis in Sociology (3)

SOC 502. Graduate Workshop in Research and Theory (3) or

SOC 302. Workshop in Social Research (3)

SOC 598. Directed Research (2, 3)

NOTE: A total of 12 units of SOC 502 and SOC 302 must be taken and at least 9 units must be in SOC 502.)

4.  Serve as project director (or co-director) of a selected Urban Community Research Center sponsored project for the minimum of one term and the submission of an approved written report of the project.

5.  A grade point average of 3.0 or better in graduate study.

Master's Requirement

In addition to the major requirements, students must meet all university requirements for the master's degree. Students should consult the section of the catalog entitled "Graduate Degrees and Postbaccalaureate Studies."

Outdated Coursework

Students usually complete the program within two or three years. However, some students do not maintain continuous attendance and, hence, take considerably longer. Students must complete the entire program within seven years. Courses taken in the eighth year are subject to a validation process. According to California State University policy, courses taken more than eight years before the student graduates must be repeated. Consult the general regulations regarding "outdated coursework" elsewhere in the catalog.

 

Certificate in Social Research - Graduate (32 units)

The Graduate Certificate in Social Research is designed to qualify recipients to supervise researchers in all phases of research projects from the initial conceptualization to the final report writing. To obtain the certificate, candidates must demonstrate their competence to teach and supervise researchers in conceptualization, research design, sampling design, data collection, data analysis and report writing. Note: The student in the certificate program must meet the admission requirements for the Sociology Master's Degree Program and must maintain a 3.0 ("B") average.

A.  The following required courses may be applied to the master of arts degree in Sociology (20 units):

SOC 304. Computer Applications in the Social Sciences (3) or

SOC 307. Micro Computer Data Base Applications in Social Science (3)

SOC 402. Multivariate Analysis in Sociology (4)

SOC 503. Seminar in Ethnographic Analysis in Sociology (3)

SOC 505. Seminar in Sociological Research (3)

SOC 506. Laboratory in Sociological Research (1)

SOC 555. Seminar in Sociological Theory (3)

SOC 598. Directed Research (3)

NOTE: Appropriate courses from other disciplines may be substituted with consent of advisor.

 

B.  The following courses must be taken in the Urban Community Research Center (12 units):

SOC 302. Workshop in Social Research (3) or

SOC 502. Graduate Workshop in Research and Theory (3)

NOTE: A total of 12 units must be taken from B, including at least 9 units of SOC 502.

 

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

Lower Division

SOC 101         The Individual in Society (3).

An introduction to the study of self, socialization, and social interaction. Interpersonal relations and the structure of social roles; deviance and normality in everyday life.

SOC 102         Understanding Social Relationships in a Global Context (3).

Dynamics of the basic units of society, such as marriage and family groups, associations, and bureaucracy. Study of work, class and mobility, conflict and cooperation, crime, delinquency and social control.

SOC 220         Analytical Statistics for Sociology (4).

Prerequisite: Algebra I is recommended.

Statistical techniques for the description and analysis of sociological data. Tabular, graphic, and parametric analytical procedures. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

Upper Division

SOC 302         Workshop in Social Research (3).

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor is required; SOC 220, SOC 305, SOC 355 are recommended.

Workshop in research methods and theory applied to actual research projects culminating in public reports. Repeatable course. Six hours of workshop per week.

SOC 303         Qualitative Methods (3).

Use and application of unstructured, structured, and participant observation methods to sociological phenomena. Unobtrusive and non-reactive procedures of research.

SOC 304         Computer Applications in the Social Sciences (3).

Prerequisite: SOC 220 or its equivalent is recommended.

Applications of computers in the Social Sciences; data processing, modeling, simulation, data base management, bibliographic searches. On-line and batch applications. One hour of lecture and four hours of activity per week.

SOC 305         Methods of Sociological Research (4).

Prerequisite: SOC 220.

Examination of methods employed in the investigation of sociological phenomena. Consideration of the research process as a whole, including quantitative and qualitative techniques. Includes supplemental workshop. Three hours of lecture and two hours of activity per week.

SOC 306         Program Evaluation (3).

Emphasis on the role of program evaluation in decision making, improvement, and accountability. Students will become involved in evaluation activities.

SOC 307         Micro Computer Data Base Applications in Social Science (3).

Exploration of individualized data base systems for social science. Creation and management of data base files, both user generated and commercial software. Emphasis on the usefulness of the microcomputer in storing, accessing and analyzing social science data, report generation and accessing mainframe archives. One hour of lecture and four hours of activity per week.

SOC 311         Global Organizations and Social Process (3).

Examination of processes of globalization and contemporary social systems in a global context.  This includes corporations, education, the family, the global economy, the military, religion and social movement organizations.  Attention given to patriarchy, post-colonialism, race and ethnicity.

SOC 315         Sociology of Work (3).

Sociological analysis of work in industrial society. Examination of the labor force, industrial organization, occupational roles, and careers. Consideration of impact of technological change.

SOC 316         Sociology of Adult Life and Aging (3).

Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 102 is required.

The developmental processes occurring throughout the life-cycle with special focus on problems and issues surrounding middle and old age. Utilization of demographic, cross-cultural, family, community, and societal studies to explore the social dimensions of aging.

SOC 320         The Family (3).

Study of the social processes and structural patterns affecting contemporary family life in American society.

SOC 321         Sociology of Education (3).

Examination of the organization and functions of educational institutions, comparison of American educational systems with educational systems in industrial and developing nations. Special attention given to the impact of schools on the life choices of culturally diverse groups.

SOC 322         Social Environment of Education (3).

An integrative study of socialization factors of the young child from various backgrounds and patterns of relationships between the teacher, parent, and community figures in culturally diverse situations.

SOC 326         Sociology of Medicine (3).

Social and cultural aspects of health, health behavior, and health organizations. Research on the distribution of disease in society, organization of health professions, social change, health care, stress and disease. Examination of social and cultural factors affecting utilization and structure of health services.

SOC 327         Sociology of Sports (3).

In this course, sports is examined as a social institution.  This course provides an analysis of the organization and social functions of sport, popular sports media and history.  It examines how sports challenges and reproduces cultural ideas about masculinity, femininity, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, social class, work, fun, achievement, competition, violence and aggression.

SOC 328         Social Agencies: Practice and Power (3).

Study of the sources of power and the practical function of social agencies evaluated in their social context and for their impact upon the individual.

SOC 331         Minority Racial and Ethnic Relations (3).

Investigation of current American racial and ethnic problems in world-wide and historical perspective.

SOC 334         Women in Society (3).

Analysis of the changing role of women in different historical and cultural settings. Emphasis on the conflict women face from the value and belief systems of their cultures, those of their broader society and their social identity as women. The course will draw on material from diverse cultures, including both industrialized and developing countries.

SOC 335         Social Movements (3).

A study of major social movements with varying specific emphasis on topical problems or relevant issues from semester to semester. For example, a specific semester may be devoted to Social Movements: Black Awareness; or Social Movements: Utopias. Repeatable course.

SOC 340         Social Psychology: Sociological Perspective (3).

The reciprocal influence that individuals and groups exert on one another from a sociological perspective. Focus on language and other symbolic processes, role taking and role playing, and the importance of the self-concept in interpersonal behavior.

SOC 341         Seminar in Small Groups (3).

Study and discussion of social interaction in small groups. Historical and theoretical background, research findings, leadership, and the small group as a social system. Classroom exercises in group dynamics. Three hours of seminar per week.

 

SOC 355         Modern Sociological Theories (4).

Analysis of contemporary sociological theories with attention to historical origins. Relationship of theory to research and theory construction. Includes supplemental theory building workshop. Three hours of lecture and two hours of activity per week.

 

SOC 362         Gangs and Adolescent Subcultures (3).

Examines gang phenomena nationally and regionally. Focus on organizational, behavioral, etiological, and preventive factors associated with development and perpetuation. Street, motorcycle, prison, ethnic and other subcultural formations are examined.

SOC 363         Sociology of Alcohol and Other Drug Use (3).

Introduction to drugs and alcohol as a contemporary social problem. Sociological analysis of drug use and abuse. Course includes systematic review of policy implications and therapeutic applications of sociology of drug use, especially chemical dependency and alcoholism.

SOC 364         Corrections (3).

Analysis of various sociological aspects of correctional operations: correctional settings, institutional life, types of correctional programs, rehabilitation, recidivism, alternatives to prisons, probation and prevention, the adjudicative process, and theoretical and empirical considerations of correctional systems.

SOC 365         Deviant Behavior (3).

Consideration of deviant behavior. Study of the forms and processes of deviance, and the distribution of its occurrence. A systematic analysis of particular kinds of violations of normative rules as related to general processes of interaction in everyday social activities.

SOC 367         Sociology of Law (3).

The social context within which legal systems function, the effectiveness of law as a mechanism of social control, the relationship between law and social change, and the social basis for the administration of justice and punishment.

SOC 368         Criminology (3).

Theories of the genesis of crime: patterns of criminal behavior; nature of criminal organizations; analysis of relationship of crime to the social structure; criminal statistics and crime rates: police and the criminal justice system.

SOC 369         Juvenile Delinquency (3).

Social context, definition, implications, and causes of juvenile delinquency as a social phenomenon; analysis of factors associated with delinquent behavior. Problems of adjustment of delinquents and factors in treatment and in post-treatment adjustment.

SOC 370         A Sociological Approach to the Law: Moot Court (3).

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of EPT and ELM requirement; POL 304 and THE 120 are recommended.

Training course of the Stanley Mosk Moot Court Competition. Case study of a selected problem and its progress through the legal system. Emphasis on difference between social and legal solutions. Students argue case before attorneys and judges. Repeatable course for up to three times. Two hours of lecture and two hours of activity per week.

SOC 380         Urban Sociology (3).

This class examines the general courses, processes, and consequences of urban development. Interdisciplinary perspectives and research methodologies for studying urban settings will be reviewed.

SOC 381         Field Studies in Urban Problems (3).

Field experiences in the urban setting, with special emphasis upon investigation and understanding of the human and social dimensions of urban problems. Two hours of lecture and two hours of activity per week.

SOC 383         Black Communities: Class, Status and Power (3).

An analysis of the structure of the Black community: class, economic and political power, the role of leadership, and the conditions for social development.

SOC 384         Resistance, Inequality and Communities (3).

Study and project of community change. Analysis of the global context of local community organizing, including economic restructuring, environmental justice, immigration and the role of the state. Theories of community engagement and multi-cultural alliances, with an emphasis on women's roles.

SOC 386         Sociology of the Helping Professions (3).

Analysis of the importance of social and environmental factors within the helping context. Particular emphasis on variety of settings for helping, and on issues of social ethics and cultural sensitivities.

SOC 387         Theory and Research in Globalization (3).

Prerequisite: SOC 301

This course provides students with an understanding of the basic theories and concepts related to the economic, social, political, and cultural processes of "globalization."  Students will work on a research project on a global issue.

SOC 395         Special Topics in Sociology (3).

Intensive sociological analysis of a topic of special interest to both the faculty member and students. Repeatable course.

SOC 401         Inferential Statistics for Sociology (4).

Prerequisites: SOC 220 or its equivalent is required; algebra is recommended.

Inferential statistical techniques as tools for analysis of sociological data. The logic of statistical inference. Parameter estimation and hypothesis testing. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

SOC 402         Multivariate Analysis in Sociology (4).

Prerequisites: SOC 220 or its equivalent is required; SOC 401 is recommended.

Consideration of the integral involvement of statistics in research, with special emphasis on multivariate techniques. Criteria for selection of appropriate techniques. Three hours of lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

SOC 408         Survey Research (3).

Recommended Prerequisite: SOC 220.

Emphasis on the skills of survey research in decision making, improvement, and data collection. Students will become involved in survey research activities.

SOC 494         Independent Study (1-3).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

A reading program of selected topics conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. Repeatable course.

SOC 496         Sociology Internship (3-6).

Provides students with supervised pre-professional experience in a community agency, social justice or human rights organization.  This internship introduces students to employment possibilities and social change work while they receive valuable field experience and build community contacts.  Repeatable up to 9 units.

Graduate

Graduate standing or consent of the graduate program coordinator is prerequisite to enrollment in graduate (500 level) courses.

 

SOC 502         Graduate Workshop in Research and Theory (3).

Practicum in theory and research culminating in preparation of a public report. Entire experience is based on professional research projects in the Social Systems Research Center. Student is expected to assume some supervisory responsibility. Repeatable course. Six hours of workshop per week.

SOC 503         Seminar in Ethnographic Analysis in Sociology (3).

Ethnographic fieldwork and analysis in Sociology. Theories and techniques of field observations and methods of analysis of observational data, including field notes, documents, and audio-visual records. Concentration on methods of doing sociology so as to extrapolate principles of social behavior from observation of on-going activities in organized settings. Three hours of seminar per week.

SOC 505         Seminar in Sociological Research (3).

Prerequisites: SOC 305 or equivalent are required; SOC 401 or SOC 402, SOC 403 and SOC 407 are recommended; concurrent enrollment in SOC 506 required for Sociology graduate students, recommended for all others.

Advanced study of sociological research techniques and strategies. Consideration of research design and analysis as they relate to theory testing. Three hours of seminar per week.

SOC 506         Laboratory in Sociological Research (1).

Co-requisites: SOC 505 is required for Sociology graduate students and recommended for all others.

Laboratory exercises in the application of research techniques, including formulation of the research problem, case selection, instrument design, observation, data reduction and processing, analysis, and interpretation. Three hours of laboratory per week.

SOC 511         Seminar in Social Organizations (3).

An examination of the basic forms of social organization in historical and comparative perspective. The basic social scientific conceptions of social organization will be compared and contrasted in terms of methodological and policy implications. Three hours of seminar per week.

SOC 518         Seminar in Marriage and the Family (3).

A sociological examination of contemporary social issues and changes affecting marriage and family life in American society. Normative and alternative family and marital life styles will be explored. Three hours of seminar per week.

SOC 529         Seminar in Social Gerontology (3).

A detailed sociological discussion and presentation of theoretical and methodological issues and problems in the field of social gerontology. Fieldwork will be conducted. Three hours of seminar per week.

SOC 550         Seminar in Interaction Processes (3).

Experience in both the theoretical and practical study of microsociology. Stress on the small group, with specific concern for problems such as communication, leadership, decision-making, gamesmanship, equilibrium, and change. Relevant research literature reviewed, and laboratory experiments in interaction processes conducted. Three hours of seminar per week.

SOC 555         Seminar in Sociological Theory (3).

Prerequisite: SOC 355.

A detailed examination of classical and contemporary sociological theory. Three hours of seminar per week.

SOC 560         Seminar in the Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations (3).

A systematic inquiry into the experience of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States . Analysis of the sociological literature on interethnic relations, ethnic stratification and inequality. Implications for social policy. Three hours of seminar per week.

SOC 561         Seminar in Aging: Minorities and Special Groups (3).

Analysis of the situation of the elderly within selected population groups including the black aged, Mexican-American aged, the aging woman, the rural and urban poor aged. Community resource persons will be invited to participate. Three hours of seminar per week.

SOC 563         Seminar in the Sociology of Alcohol and Other Drug Use (3).

Social scientific approach to chemical substance use, misuse and dependency. Analysis of contemporary and historical definitions of alcohol and drug use. Origin, maintenance and transformation of patterns of drug use. Social responses to abuse and politics of use and abuse. Three hours of seminar per week.

SOC 568         Seminar in Criminology (3).

Analysis of specific issues in criminology. Issues that may be considered include the following: causative theories, major types of crime, formal crime control agencies, and prevention and control. Three hours of seminar per week.

SOC 569         Seminar in Juvenile Delinquency (3).

Investigation of the causes, nature and consequences of Juvenile Delinquency from a sociological perspective. Reading and discussion of theoretical studies and empirical research. Three hours of seminar per week.

SOC 595         Special Topics in Sociology (3).

A course designed to consider sociological analysis of a variety of special interest topics. The repeatable nature of the course makes it possible for students to work with more than one instructor on a topic of particular interest to the student. Course may be repeated once for a total of 6 units. Three hours of seminar per week.

SOC 596         Practicum in Teaching Sociology (3).

Prerequisite: Classified graduate standing.

Supervised experience in teaching Sociology. Techniques and skills appropriate to instruction at the college level. Instructional and valuative experiences under supervision of sociology faculty. Repeatable for credit for a maximum of six units.

SOC 597         Directed Reading (1-3).

Independent reading under direction of supervising faculty member in Sociology. Repeatable course.                     

SOC 598         Directed Research (1-3).

Independent research under direction of supervising faculty member in Sociology. Repeatable course.

SOC 599         Graduate Capstone in Sociology (1-5).

Prerequisites: SOC 505, SOC 555, SOC 511 or SOC 550 and Advancement to Candidacy in Sociology Graduate Program is required.

Supervised thesis, special project, or comprehensive examination in sociology. Repeatable course.

SOC 600         Graduate Continuation Course (0).

Graduate students who have completed their coursework but not their thesis, project, or comprehensive examination, or who have other requirements remaining for the completion of their degree, may maintain continuous attendance by enrolling in this course. Signature of graduate program coordinator required.

Infrequently Offered Courses

The following courses are scheduled only on a "demand" basis. Students should consult the department office for information about the next scheduled offering.

SOC 309         Writing Skills in Sociology (3).

Introduction to basic research and presentational skills of sociology and social and behavioral sciences. Skills development in research and writing, using library and other data sources, organizing projects, writing reports. One hour of lecture and four hours of activity per week.

SOC 325         Sociology of Religion (3).

Study of religion from sociological perspective: how religions are enacted and expressed as social and cultural events; the relation of religion to social structures; emphasis of the awareness of religion as an aspect of complex multiethnic society.

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