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Sociology

Sociology

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Courses

SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in SOC 101H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course offers a thorough study of human society and social phenomena. It is guided by sociology's basic principle that people's lives are affected not only by individual characteristics but also by their place in the social world. The course emphasizes the systematic connections among human relationships, social institutions, and social organizations, which allow students to evaluate themselves, and the world around them, more analytically and critically. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for SOC 101 or SOC 101H. C-ID SOCI-110.

SOC 101H: Introduction to Sociology (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in SOC 101.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall or Spring

This course offers a thorough study of human society and social phenomena. It is guided by sociology's basic principle that people's lives are affected not only by individual characteristics, but also by their place in the social world. The course emphasizes the systematic connections among human relationships, social institutions, and social organizations, which allow students to evaluate themselves, and the world around them, more analytically and critically. As an honors course, it provides an enhanced experience for motivated students through exigent course work and readings, enriched and in-depth analysis of social issues, and application of higher-level critical thinking skills through the process of conducting research in the field of sociology . UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for SOC 101 or SOC 101H. C-ID SOCI-110.

SOC 102: Contemporary Social Problems

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course analyzes social problems in a diverse society. It emphasizes economic, racial, and gender inequality, crime, poverty, the family, education, health care, and other issues pertaining to society's major social issues. Students evaluate the causes, consequences, and solutions to the problems of our society. C-ID SOCI-115.

SOC 103: Social Psychology

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in PSYC 103.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Social psychology examines the influence that society, contexts, groups, and others have on individuals. This course emphasizes the sociological and psychological factors in socialization, self-concept, interpersonal relationships, and group dynamics. The course pays special attention to social cognition, attitudes, social influence, language, and cross-cultural differences in social psychology. C-ID PSY-170.

SOC 105: Introduction to Justice Studies

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course introduces the interdisciplinary field of justice studies as a lens to examine social justice movements. Critical race theories and social conflict theories are examined to provide a basis for a better understanding of the socio-economic, cultural and political conditions that create and maintain inequalities which affect marginalized, disadvantaged, and oppressed social groups in the United States. It explores these social, economic, political, and criminal justice issues by means of sociological, philosophical, and legal perspectives and methodologies. Students critically assess the obstacles and opportunities central to the pursuit of justice in the United States and abroad. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for ADM 100/ADM 100H or SOC 105. C-ID SOCI-160.

SOC 120: Introduction to Women's Studies

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall

This course introduces students to women's studies through sociological theories, concepts, and sociological research. The course examines the status and roles of women in social institutions, social organizations, and social classes. It compares and contrasts similarities and differences in women's experiences based on race and ethnic groups, different cultures, and subcultures - with particular considerations of culturally specific notions of femininities. It is guided by sociology's emphases on cultural relativism, diversity, and the effects of inequality. Topics include institutional discrimination, gender socialization, sexuality, varied cultural influences, feminism, and regional, national, and global perspectives on women's rights. C-ID SJS-120.

SOC 125: Introduction to Statistics in Sociology

Units: 4
Prerequisites: MATH 28, MATH 30, or eligibility determined by the English placement process.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in SOC 104 or SOC 104H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 4 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course covers the application of statistical methods to interpret, analyze, and describe quantitative sociological data. Topics include descriptive and inferential statistics; probability topics, populations and samples, the normal distribution, the central limit theorem; confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; comparing two means; F distribution and ANOVA; correlation and linear regression; and chi-square. Students use statistical software (SPSS) to analyze data and report results using American Sociological Association (ASA) style. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for BTEC 180/BTEC 180H, BUS 204/BUS 204H, MATH 103, PSYC 104/SOC 104, PSYC 104H/SOC 104H, or SOC 125. C-ID SOCI-125.

SOC 130: Introduction to Gender Studies

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall or Spring

This course examines gender construction and gender inequities in contemporary society using both a foundation of relevant theories and concepts from sociology and an interdisciplinary lens, including historical, anthropological, economic, political, queer, feminist, and cultural studies perspectives. The course also addresses the development of contemporary gender topics, applications of theory, and discussions related to men's studies, queer studies, and the LGBTQIA community. C-ID SOCI-140.

SOC 140: Introduction to LGBT Studies

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall or Spring

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to concepts, theories, and research findings through a sociological perspective in the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) issues with particular attention to the operation of social institutions. Topics include politics, policy and governance of LGBT issues, social movements and resistance, biological and environmental impacts on identity, equity, equality and inclusion, privilege and disadvantage, queer activism; diverse experiences of sexuality; and representations in literature, art, and popular culture. The class emphasizes ways in which sexual identities intersect with and shape other categories of identity, including class, race and ethnicity, and social class. C-ID SJS-130.

SOC 145: Psychology/Sociology of the Family

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in PSYC 145.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course examines the family as a social institution and applies sociological and psychological theories and concepts to couples, intimate relationships, marriage, and families. These theories and concepts provide frameworks for examining love, sexuality, and commitment and for identifying problems and adjustments for couples and family relationships. The course also studies changing models of the family, historical perspectives, cross-cultural comparisons, and the influences of changes in contemporary society affecting family life. Topics include partner selection, becoming parents, communication, family and work, family crises, divorce, aging, and issues linked to social class and living in a diverse society. C-ID SOCI-130.

SOC 205: Introduction to Research Methods in Sociology

Units: 3
Prerequisites: SOC 101 or SOC 101H; and PSYC 104, PSYC 104H, or SOC 125; and ENGL 100 or ENGL 100H.
Enrollment Limitation: Concurrent enrollment in PSYC 104, PSYC 104H, or SOC 125 for students with MATH 103 credit.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring

This course introduces the fundamental methods of research and how sociologists use them to examine, investigate, and think critically on topics related to the discipline. It emphasizes an appreciation of the scientific method, the development of research skills, knowledge of research ethics, and the evaluation of scientific research. Students conduct library research, design and implement research projects using appropriate methodologies and controls, analyze and interpret data using a statistical computer program, and write research reports using APA format. Students with MATH 103 may take PSYC 104 or SOC 125 concurrently with this course. C-ID SOCI-120.

SOC 207: Race and Ethnic Relations

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in ETHN 207.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall or Spring

This course provides a systematic examination of how race and ethnic relations are affected by the concepts of power, prejudice, ethnocentrism, and racism. It connects historical oppression to current racial and ethnic dynamics in the U.S. The course also studies the institutions and other factors involved in establishing, sustaining, and changing systems of racial and ethnic inequality and how they are connected to class, gender, sexuality, citizenship status, and other intersections. C-ID SOCI-150, SJS-110.

SOC 230: Introduction to Chicana/o Studies

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in CCS 230.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course is an introductory survey of the field of Chicano studies and the socio-historical and contemporary factors that influence contemporary Chicana/o and Chicanx/Latinx cultures including their pre-Hispanic roots in the Americas. The cross-disciplinary approach examines applicable methods and theories from sciences and humanities to analyze the lived experiences of Chicanos/as and Chicanxs/Latinxs. This course is designed for those wishing to gain general knowledge of the Chicana/o and Chicanx/Latinx experience.

SOC 232: Critical Issues in Chicana and Latina Studies

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in CCS 232.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall or Spring

This course examines critical themes in Chicana and Latina feminist scholarship and the lived experiences of Chicana and other Latina women in American society. It applies an interdisciplinary approach to examine power within and resistance to the family, religion, education, economics, culture, social conditions, health, and other areas.

SOC 240: Introduction to Black Studies

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in BLST 240.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring

This course introduces students to the social and academic origins of Africans in America and around the world. By employing a sociological approach, students gain a broader and deeper understanding of the Black experience. This course is intended for students who want to acquire fundamental knowledge related to areas of study within the Black Studies discipline, various cultures of Africa, and the African Diaspora.

SOC 250: Introduction to Pacific Studies

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring

This course introduces students to the geography, histories, cultures, and societies of the Pacific Islands (Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Australia). Topics include traditional and contemporary religious practices, languages, arts, and athletics in the Pacific. The course emphasizes Pacific Islander perspectives and experiences as it examines the effects of colonization, resistance and rights movements, and current challenges to the health and well-being of Pacific Island communities.

SOC 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

SOC 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

Occupational Cooperative Work Experience Education is intended for students employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

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