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SOC 105 : Sociological Perspectives

Prerequisites: None
Description: Major ideas, concepts, and methods in the study of society: social structure, social interaction, culture, social policy and social change.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 110 : Sexuality in Society

Prerequisites: None
Description: Cross listed with SXS 110. For course description, see SXS 110. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 200 : Changing Cities

Prerequisites: None
Description: Cross listed with USP 200. For course description, see USP 200. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 245 : Social Problems

Prerequisites: None
Description: Identification and analysis of contemporary social problems: the role of power and ideology in defining social problems, their causes and consequences, evaluation of proposed solutions, and methods of intervention.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SOC 272 : Social Inequality: Poverty, Wealth, and Privilege

Prerequisites: ENG 114.
Description: Patterns of social stratification and inequality. Class, status, and power dimensions; cultural variations; patterns of class mobility and change. (Formerly SOC 472.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 275 : Sociology by the Bay

Prerequisites: None.
Description: Speaker series introducing students to sociological research and related work being done in the San Francisco Bay Area or conducted by Bay Area sociologists. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 293 : The Measure of Society: Creating and Displaying Social Information

Prerequisites: Completion of quantitative reasoning requirement.
Description: Introduction to quantitative methods for measuring social qualities, and basic quantitative tools for analysis and display of data. Covers maps, charts, and tables commonly used in sociological research.
Units: 3

SOC 300 GW : Sociological Analysis - GWAR

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I; ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of C- or better; upper division standing; sociology major; and completion of two sociology courses with grades of C or better.
Description: Sociological analysis, writing, and research. ABC/NC grading only.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 330 : Comparative Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.: Class, Gender, and Nation

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with RRS 330 [formerly ETHS 330]. For course description, see RRS 330. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 362 : The Social Construction of Deviance and Conformity

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Social processes of rule making, enforcing, and breaking; theoretical and methodological problems of conceptualizing and analyzing values, rules, power, social judgments, and punishment.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SOC 370 : Classical Theories of Society

Prerequisites: SOC 300GW, completion of GE Segment I, and upper division standing.
Description: Fundamental assumptions underlying classical sociological theory. Surveys the works of scholars such as Marx, Durkheim, Weber and other classical thinkers.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 371 : Contemporary Theories of Society

Prerequisites: SOC 300GW, completion of GE Segment I requirements, and upper division standing.
Description: Examination of the most salient works in contemporary sociological theory.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 392 : Introduction to Research Methods

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent; SOC 300GW; SOC 370 or SOC 371 or consent of instructor.
Description: Nature of scientific research and research design; relationship of research to sociological theory. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory, 1 unit.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 393 : Quantitative Analysis of Social Data

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent, SOC 392, and upper division standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Techniques of measuring, tabulating, analyzing, and interpreting statistical data. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory, 1 unit.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 394 : Sociological Field Methods

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent, SOC 392, and upper division standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Theoretical and practical exploration of sociological methods for studying relationships between day-to-day experiences and broader social structures, ideologies, and inequalities. Field methods include interviewing, participant observation, and content analysis. Special focus on writing, analytical, and presentation skills.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 400 : Variations in Human Sexuality

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with SXS 400/PSY 450. For course description, see SXS 400. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual / Transgender / Queer
  • Segment III Cluster - Multicultural Human Relations
  • Segment III Cluster - Integrating the Social Sciences
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Sexuality
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 410 : Grassroots Organizing for Change in Communities of Color

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with RRS 410 [formerly ETHS 410]. For course description, see RRS 410. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SOC 420 : Indigenous Media and Social Change

Prerequisites: Completion of all GE Segment I requirements and upper division standing.
Description: Examination of contemporary visual culture, particularly commercial culture, for its impact on personal and collective identity. Technical aspects of creating and altering visual media. This course is offered as SOC 420 and ANTH 420. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SOC 424 : Social Movements

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with PLSI 424. For course description, see PLSI 424. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SOC 451 : Criminological Theory

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Social, economic, and political context in which criminological theories (past and present) emerged and how they are reflected in legal practices. This course is offered as SOC 451 and C J 452. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Law, Crime, and Justice
Units: 4

SOC 452 : Juvenile Justice

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Analysis of "delinquency," emergence and administration of juvenile law, and analysis of social organizations for youthful offenders. Classwork, 3 units; fieldwork, 1 unit. This course is offered as SOC 452 and C J 470. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 455 : Punishment and Social Control

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Contemporary and historical methods of punishment and control are examined as reflections of broader trends in society.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Law, Crime, and Justice
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

SOC 457 : Sociology of Law

Prerequisites: completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Examination of legal institutions, developing knowledge and understanding of the social nature of law, the operation of existing institutions and their relation to social conditions and process. (Cross listed with PLSI 457. May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2008

SOC 461 : Ethnic Relations: International Comparisons

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Sociological factors related to ethnic identity, nationalism, and conflict in selected multi-ethnic societies worldwide. Ethnicity in politics, religion, family, education, and work.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SOC 464 : Families and Society

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Family variations in the U.S. and the world: historical antecedents and social influences; changing structure of the family, problems and emerging trends.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Gender and Culture: Identities, Images, Interactions
  • Segment III Cluster - Family Dynamics and Societal Change
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SOC 467 : Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Cultures and Society

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Sociological analysis of the character and development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities and cultures in the context of broader social inequalities and social transformations. Special attention to the historical and social antecedents of the contemporary U.S. Focus on empirical and theoretical work within sociology. This course is offered as SOC 467 and SXS 667. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual / Transgender / Queer
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 468 : Social Aspects of Human Sexuality

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Sexuality as human social behavior. Social, cultural, and ethnic causes and consequences of ways of behaving sexually.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Sexuality
  • Segment III Cluster - Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual / Transgender / Queer
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4

SOC 469 : Gender and Society

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Sex roles in society. Origin, socialization, and demands of conformity. Restrictions and encouragements for breaking with conventional sex roles.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Gender and Culture: Identities, Images, Interactions
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

SOC 471 : Societal Change and Development

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing.
Description: Examination of complexities and concern inherent in the understanding of societal change and development. Most salient theories, problems, and solutions in the field. Emphasis on the relationship between societal and global change.
Units: 4

SOC 476 : Medical Sociology

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Sociology of health and illness; organization of medical care; therapeutic interaction; medico-social problems; innovation in health care.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Health Care Policy and Practices
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

SOC 477 : Environmental Sociology

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Changing organization of human societies and their relations with the natural environment; environmental consequences of modern cultural beliefs and lifestyles. Social consequences of environmental changes.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Preservation of a Livable Environment
Units: 3

SOC 480 : City in a Global Society

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Urban life and settings in U.S. and internationally. Analysis of impact of the global context. Economic, ethnic, gender, cultural, political, and technological changes. This course is offered as SOC 480 and USP 470. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Making Cities Humane
  • Segment III Cluster - Globalization and Citizenship in the Americas
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 481 : Sociology of Brazil

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Broad view of the evolution of Brazilian society, analyses of specific issues that are vital for the understanding of contemporary Brazil, and insights about the relative nature of sociological phenomena through societal comparisons.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 482 : Global Immigration and Immigrants

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Social, cultural, and historical issues associated with international migration. Reasons why people migrate and how migration changes social institutions, local communities, whole countries, and the migrants themselves.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 483 : Global Sociology

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Global processes and their impact on different societies and individuals. Global theory; social problems such as poverty, hunger, racism, sexism, global warming, labor exploitation.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 484 : Population and Social Dynamics

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Population dynamics: social factors related to social and environmental problems of population growth or decline. Human fertility and fertility control, mortality, and migration. Population policy. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory, 1 unit.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

SOC 486 : Sociology of Mental Health

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I, ENG 214 or equivalent, and upper division standing.
Description: Sociological approach to the study of mental health seeking to identify the social conditions that affect psychological well-being, and to describe the processes linking social conditions to psychological effects.
Units: 3

SOC 490 : Sociology of Popular Culture

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Exploration of sociological theories and methods for analyzing historical and contemporary cultural expressions in popular music, art, film, television, and advertising.
Units: 3

SOC 491 : Ancestors or Data?: Culture, Conflict and NAGPRA

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with AIS 490. For course description, see AIS 490. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

SOC 492 : Sociology of Art

Prerequisites: Completion of SEG 1, including ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing.
Description: Sociological perspectives on the social production, distribution, and consumption of art; art as an expression of collective identity; art as signifier of the meanings human beings attribute to the social world; and the relationship between art and social change.
Units: 3

SOC 494 : Sociological Research III: Special Projects

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent, upper division standing, SOC 392, SOC 393 or equivalent. May be taken concurrently with SOC 393.
Description: Supervised experience in carrying out well-defined research projects. Enrollment by petition. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 2-4

SOC 500 : Senior Seminar

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent, upper division standing, SOC 300, SOC 370, and SOC 392, or consent of instructor. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated for a total of 6 units when topics vary. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

SOC 500 : Adolescence: Social Inequality and Self

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent, upper division standing, SOC 300, SOC 370 or 371, and SOC 392.
Description: Explores young people's development of self while negotiating, maintaining, and challenging social inequalities. Takes specifically social constructionist approach and explores adolescence as site of social inequalities and change. Special effort to study words, images, and analyses offered by young people. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 500 : Class, Ethnicity, and Gender: Sociology at the Crossroads

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent, upper division standing, SOC 300, SOC 370 or 371, and SOC 392.
Description: Advanced students engage in both global and domestic sociological analyses of the intersections of class, ethnicity, and gender; and test them out by conducting senior-level research projects. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SOC 500 : Money, Image, Culture: Social Identity in Mass Market Capitalism

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements, including ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing; SOC 300, SOC 370, SOC 371, and SOC 392.
Description: Examination of why consumer culture seems to be so meaningful for us; examination of monetary culture, market images, and consumption to appreciate how contemporary capitalism sells products. Focus on understanding how living in such an environment affects us and how we form our identities.
Units: 3

SOC 500 : Social Change

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent, upper division standing, SOC 300, SOC 370 or 371, and SOC 392.
Description: Functions and components of social change; work of selected sociologists dealing with patterns of social change. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 500 : Sociology of Knowledge

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent, upper division standing, SOC 300, SOC 370 or 371, SOC 392, or consent of instructor.
Description: Sociological perspectives on the relationship between knowledge and social circumstances: traditional foundations of the field; contemporary debates including questions of multiculturalism, gender related issues, competing environmental epistemologies. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

SOC 501 : Internship: Applied Sociology

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent, SOC 370 or 371, SOC 392, and senior standing. Contact instructor the semester prior to enrollment. Must be taken concurrently with SOC 502.
Description: Fieldwork in approved public or private organization or agency. Supervision by organization staff and faculty coordinator. (CR/NC grading only.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 502 : Internship Seminar: Applied Sociology

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent, SOC 370 or 371, SOC 392, and senior standing. Contact instructor for consent the semester prior to enrollment. Must be taken concurrently with SOC 501.
Description: Analysis of internship experience. (Plus-minus letter grade only.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 503 : Research Internship Seminar

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; sociology major/minor; completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214; SOC 300, either SOC 370 or SOC 371, and SOC 392, or consent of instructor. Must be concurrently enrolled in SOC 504.
Description: Reflection on sociological research practice, membership in research communities, dissemination of findings to relevant audiences and constituencies, and methodological concerns. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SOC 504 : Research Internship Experience

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; sociology major/minor; completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214; SOC 300, either SOC 370 or SOC 371, and SOC 392, or consent of instructor. Must be concurrently enrolled in SOC 503.
Description: Sociological research experience, discussion of methods, membership in research communities, and dissemination of findings to relevant audiences and constituencies. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SOC 552 : Comparative Employment Relations

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Cross-listed with LABR 552. For course description, see LABR 552. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SOC 553 : Labor Standards and Corporate Social Responsibility

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with LABR 553. For course description, see LABR 553. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 554 : Themes in Comparative Employment Relations

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Cross-listed with LABR 554. For course description, see LABR 554. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3

SOC 555 : Labor Rights in the Global Economy

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with LABR 555. For course description, see LABR 555. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 580 : Educational Equity

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with LTNS 580 [formerly RAZA 580] and RRS 580 [formerly ETHS 580]. For course description, see LTNS 580. (May not be repeated under an alternate prefix.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SOC 640 : Sociology of the Latino Experience

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with LTNS 640 [formerly RAZA 640]. For course description, see LTNS 640. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SOC 645 : Identities, Inequalities and Struggles in Latin America

Prerequisites: Completion of Segment 1, including ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing.
Description: Theoretical and empirical exploration of the social structures and processes of identities, inequalities, and struggles associated with class, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, and sexuality in contemporary Latin American societies.
Units: 3

SOC 685 : Projects in the Teaching of Sociology

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent, upper division standing, consent of instructor, minimum grade of B+ in course (or equivalent) student will be assisting in, and cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Description: Instructional aides have opportunity to increase knowledge of course topic and understanding of processes of teaching and learning. Aides provide assistance to students in class activities such as writing assignments, research projects, preparation for examinations, general study habits. (Students may earn a maximum of 4 units toward the baccalaureate degree for any course(s) numbered 685 regardless of discipline.)
Units: 1-4

SOC 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent, upper division standing, consent of instructor, major adviser, and department chair.
Description: Supervised study of a particular problem selected by the student.
Units: 1-4

SOC 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Permission of the graduate major adviser, the supervising faculty member, and the department chair.
Description: Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the faculty. Enrollment by petition.
Units: 1-3
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