2021 Fall Term
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PRINCIPLES OF SOCIOLOGY
This course introduces students to the ways in which sociologists use theory and research to study human group behavior and the processes by which people build, maintain, and change their institutional arrangements and relationships with one another. The course will focus on five areas of inquiry: social structure, interaction, and change; inequality and diversity; family and health; crime, criminal justice.
This course examines various theoretical explanations of contemporary social problems such as crime, drug use, poverty, discrimination and environmental pollution. The impact of social problems on different groups in society and the role of social movements, government, and social policy are considered.
INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY STUDIES
This course emphasizes the influence of gender, race/ethnicity, and class on family and marriage in comtemporary U.S. society. It introduces students to theories and research that explain social forces affecting family commitments, and familiarizes them with varying social and cultural patterns of family formation.
RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS
This course examines relationships between racial minorities and the majority group in the United States in their socio-historical contexts. Early histories of relations between minorities and the majority as well as present relations will be addressed. Questions raised include whether American society should attempt to minimize differences between minorities and the majority, and whether to blend or maintain group identities.
THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY: A SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE
This course provides lower level undergraduate students with systematic sociological understanding of the historical and current experiences of African American people.
INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY
An introduction to the field of criminology through examination of theories and patterns of criminal behavior, the operation of the criminal justice system, and the politics of crime control policy.
BASIC SOCIAL STATISTICS
Introduction to basic statistical methods and their utility in sociology including statistical concepts, frequency distribution, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation analysis, OLS regression analysis, and including the logic of hypothesis testing. In addition, introduction to basic operations of SPSS statistical software in social data analysis.
CULTURE, MEDICINE AND HEALTH
Medical anthropologists apply critical concepts and ethnographic methods to understand the lived experience of illness and suffering; differing medical practices; and the various ways modern healthcare impacts societies. This course is an introduction to the field and designed for students in the social sciences, humanities, and biological/health sciences.
SOCIOLOGY OF DISABILITY
Sociology of Disability is an examination of the social construction of disability, including its historical and cross-cultural variations, institutional and organizational contexts, and interactional and emotional dimensions. Particular attention is given to the experience of living with various biomedical conditions and the ways in which the social status of disability is related to other forms of social inequality and difference.
This course examines the economic and political structures that have induced natural environmental degradation throughout the world and highlights the impact of collective social actors mobilizing to influence the process of environmental policy formation in order to address environmental and technological risks.
SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
This course will analyze gender as a process and as a social institution. It will examine how we can experience gender in ways that maintain existing gender relations or in ways that challenge them.
GENDER AND FAMILY IN JAPAN
This course will examine forms of masculinity, femininity, sexuality, and family in contemporary Japan, and their historical development. Students will learn how gender, sexuality, and family are historically and socially constructed, how they are recreated through social interaction, how power inequalities are embedded in gender and family relations, how these inequalities impact individuals (and vice versa).
SOCIOLOGY OF SOCIAL CLASS
This course investigates social stratification: socioeconomic status (SES), the U.S. class structure, and related inequalities. We examine historical and contemporary trends in wealth and income gaps, economic shifts, government policies, and the "American dream" of social mobility, and we consider how SES intersects with other statuses, such as gender and race/ethnicity.
CONTEMPORARY CHINESE SOCIETY
This course is an overview of post-Mao Chinese society. It focuses on the institutional, demographic, cultural, economic, and political transformation in China since 1978. Included are changes in rural and urban social life, mass migration, changing family and gender relations, social and economic inequalities, ethnic and regional diversity, and rising social tensions.
WHITE-COLLAR CRIME: CORPORATE AND GOVERNMENTAL DEVIANCE
This course examines crimes committed by persons of respectability and high social status in the course of their occupation, with a focus on corporate and governmental deviance. Students will learn about historical and comtemporary cases of white-collar crime, sociological explanations of white-collar crime, and the politics of regulatory law and presidential scandals.
SOCIOLOGY OF POLICE AND COURTS
A sociological analysis of the development and behavior of the police, lawyers, prosecutors and judiciary in society and their role in social control.
This course offers an overview of Restorative Justice including a consideration of definitions, cultural roots, theoretical orgins, key principles, models and practices, global conflicts and peaceful resolutions, controversial issues, and future directions. The course also provides a critical assessment of the potential of Restorative Justice as well as its limitations.
SOCIOLOGY OF PUNISHMENT AND CORRECTIONS
The critical analysis of probation, parole, halfway houses, jails and prisons. Their origins in and possible function for the larger society will also be examined. Field trip is required.
ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIETY
An examination of the growth and role of organizations in society with specific attention to American society.
POVERTY, HEALTH, AND CRIME
This course examines poverty and related forms of socioeconomic disadvantage as they impact individuals, families, and communities. Students will develop a sociological understanding of poverty, in order to understand how it may lead to poor health outcomes and criminal offending. Students will additionally investigate how crime and its penal consequences (e.g., incarceration) may generate poverty and negatively affect public health.
This course is an in-depth investigation of criminological theories with an emphasis on sociological criminology. Students will compare-contrast the assumptions, principles and concepts of major theories, examine empirical research relevant to the theories, and consider the policy applications of theoretical perspectives.
METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH
To acquaint the student with research methods in sociology and the social sciences; the foundation of sociology in science; the role of theory in research; construction of the research design; sampling, data gathering techniques, and analysis and interpretation of data.
This course involves a supervised internship in a public or private organization. Through on campus seminars and written assignments on the intern experience, students learn how sociology can be applied to solve social problems. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in degree.
SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY
Variable topics. Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member. Repeatable.
Repeatable, in combination with SOCIOLGY 498R, for a maximum of 6 units in major or minor, and 12 units in degree. Cannot substitute for SOCIOLGY 476 or SOCIOLGY 473 or SOCIOLGY 472. Cannot use S/NC grading.
INDEPENDENT STUDY- UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.