Bulletin--Social Science Discipline


College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
(See Social Science--Interdisciplinary Studies in the Academic Programs section for information on degrees)

Undergraduate Courses

104 International Relations: An Introduction (3) [GE]

For course description, see I R 104.

105 Individual, Society, and Culture: Their Interaction in America (3) [GE]

How do individuals develop and groups interact in our culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse society? What can we learn from psychology, anthropology, and sociology, from ethnic studies, history, and linguistics? Where does my life and ethnic/racial experience fit in?

106 Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy: Introduction to Political Economy (3) [GE]

Develops political-economic approaches to describe, analyze and evaluate questions each society must solve; governance, production, allocation, distribution, freedom, and equity. Capitalist and pre-capitalist institutions, evolution and emergence of present-day institutions. Market and non-market organization; interactions between economic and political systems. (Also offered as PLSI 106.)

200 Development of American Institutions, Values, and Ideals (3) [GE,US]

Development of the American democracy from an interdisciplinary perspective. Emphasizes European and colonial origins, U.S. Constitution, Civil War, industrialization, populism, the Great Depression, and the World Wars. Satisfies the U.S. history requirement. (See U.S. History and Government Requirement.)

201 Governance in Urban–Industrial America (3) [US,CA]

Interdisciplinary social science analysis of the processes by which public decisions are made and enforced in a rapidly urbanizing and industrializing society, with special reference to California. Emphasizes constitutional principles, legal practices, economic institutions, and socio-cultural changes. Satisfies the U.S. government and the California state and local government requirement. (See U.S. History and Government Requirement which includes California State and Local Government Requirement.)

204 Current International Events (3)

For course description, see I R 204. (Also offered as GEOG 204.)

300 Social Sciences Core I (3) [GE]

The development of the scientific approach to understanding human behavior and experience. The similarities and differences between the premises, concepts, models, research techniques, and subject matter coverage of the specialized social science disciplines with emphasis on history, anthropology, psychology, and sociology.

301 Social Sciences Core II (3) [GE]

Prerequisite: S S 300. The similarities and differences between the premises, concepts, models, and research techniques and subject matter coverage of the specialized social science disciplines with emphasis on economics, political science, and geography. The problems and premises of the scientific study of humankind both disciplinary and interdisciplinary.

316 Career Development Skills (3)

Preparation and implementation of individual career plans consistent with each student's values and abilities. Development of problem solving, critical thinking, interpersonal communications and other transferable career skills. Job market analysis. Practice in interviewing, resume writing, and other job-seeking skills.

343 Women and Work (3) [GE]

Examines from an interdisciplinary perspective the position and roles of women in the productive activities of society-paid and unpaid. Focus on patterns of household and work place employment, discrimination in pay and working conditions, relevant laws, and various explanations for the evolution and present state of these patterns. (Also offered as ANTH and LABR 343.)

345 Women and the Law (3) [GE]

A critical interdisciplinary examination of our legal system's treatment of women's rights and responsibilities in the areas of property law, criminal law, family law, constitutional law, employment, education, and control of reproduction.

350 Homosexuality as a Social Issue (3)

Examines both male and female homosexuality and the homosexual rights movement from a pan-disciplinary perspective: historical, legal, political, religious, economic, medico-psychological, and sociological. Opportunities for research and community projects at option of students.

360 The Individual in Modern Society (3)

Concepts, theories, and data of the social sciences and related areas of knowledge concerned with understanding the status, problems, and possibilities of the individual in modern society.

393 Contemporary Asia (3)

Examination of social, political, and cultural structures and processes; ideologies and leadership; modernization and development; conflict and cooperation; selected aspects of regional and international interactions of China, Japan, Korea, and the states of South and Southeast Asia. (Also offered as GEOG 574 and HIST/I R 393.)

410 Perspectives on American Culture (3) [GE]

For course description, see AMST 300.

421 Homophobia and Coming Out (3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent. Identifies the sources, forms, and history of homophobia and the diverse processes and consequences of coming out as these relate to gender, ethnicity, religion, age, socio-economic background, and physical ability. (Also offered as HMSX 421.)

423 Affirmative Action (3)

Analysis of affirmative action programs as means of resolving problems of discrimination in employment and educational opportunities for women and minority group members. How does affirmative action work? What are the legal background and legal issues involved? Have the programs been effective? Do they create new problems? (Also offered as LABR 423.)

429 The Sixties (3)

For course description, see HIST 429.

451 Communication and the Social Process (4) [GE]

For course description, see SPCH 302.

469 American Childhoods: Past and Present (3) [GE]

For course description, see HIST 469.

501 Latin American: The National Period (3)

Prerequisite: HIST 214 or equivalent; upper division standing or consent of instructor. For course description, see HIST 501. (Also offered as ANTH/LARA 501.)

510 Socio-Cultural Change: An Interdisciplinary Analysis (3) [GE]

A synthesis of concepts, methods, and data from several disciplines is applied to the claim that tendencies toward change are universal but variable features of socio-cultural milieu. The public value of scientific inquiry into persistence and change is discussed.

520 Modernization and Third World Countries (3) [GE]

Prerequisite: upper division standing. Problems and processes of bringing Western technology and market-based industrialization to non-Western Third World countries. An interdisciplinary analysis of the economic, political, psycho-social, and cultural dimension of the modernization process. Alternative strategies-socialism, capitalism, community participation, etc. (Also offered as I R and PLSI 520.)

540 The Rich and the Poor Nations (4) [GE]

For description, see I R 540.

544 Women in the World (4)

Analysis of women's roles in political, social, and economic development of selected nations and in international relations, effect of global movement for women's rights. Case studies of female leaders and their impact on world affairs. (Also offered as I R 544.)

550 Social Change in Modern Latin America (3) [GE]

For course description, see HIST 550.

555 Contemporary Asia (3) [GE]

For course description, see HIST 393. (Also offered as I R 393/GEOG 574.)

560 Energy in Global Perspective (3)

Short-run and long-run implications of the rise and fall of the Age of Petroleum. International and interdisciplinary comparisons of energy policies and programs. (Also offered as I R 560.)

600 Seminar in Method and Interdisciplinary Analysis (3)

Prerequisite: senior standing. An experience in using the methods and frames of reference from several social sciences for the purpose of defining, investigating and understanding a single topic or problem. Specific topics chosen for study will vary. Open only to social science (interdisciplinary studies) majors.

601 Certification of Subject Matter Competence—Social Science (1)

Prerequisites: undergraduate degree or second semester senior standing. Assesses student's subject matter competence in the social sciences in terms of knowledge and ability to communicate via oral and written modalities. CR/NC grading only.

610 Social Science and Social Policy (3)

Topic to be specified in the Class Schedule. Defining and analyzing selected contemporary socio-political-economic problems within a scientific framework. Emphasis on the formulation of public policy alternatives and the value choices involved. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

650 Curriculum and Instruction in Social Science (3)

Prerequisite: senior standing or consent of instructor. Analysis of current social science/history curriculum at the secondary school level. Systemic study of established and experimental methods of instruction; selection and preparation of teaching materials; coordination of social studies with other subject areas. Classwork, two units; activity, one unit.

680 Field Course in Social Science (1-6)

Topic and units to be specified in Class Schedule. Selected activities and studies, such as participation in community programs and study tours both here and abroad, which draw upon the broader areas of social science. May be repeated three times for credit on instructor approval.

697 Senior Project Seminar (1)

Prerequisites: S S 600 and senior standing. Corequisite: S S 698. Seminar meetings of students taking S S 698. Designed to facilitate completion of senior project in social science.

698 Senior Project in Social Science (2)

Prerequisites: S S 600 and senior standing. Corequisite: S S 697. Each student selects and develops an individual project subject to approval of the instructor. Projects may take a variety of forms, but each must demonstrate an interdisciplinary analysis of the particular topic.

699 Special Study (1-3)

Prerequisites: written consent of instructor, major adviser, and department chair. Supervised study of a particular problem selected by the student.

Graduate Courses

710 Interdisciplinarity in the Social Sciences (3)

Seminar for students as they begin their M.A. in Social Science. Focus on sharing alternative interdisciplinary orientations, study strategies, topical interests and research designs and methods. Facilitate team projects.

720 Seminar in Modernization (3)

Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. An advanced study and critique of existing descriptions and explanations of the world-wide processes of industrialization and Westernization. Utilizes the interdisciplinary perspective with illustrative focus shifting from one area to another; e.g., Latin America and South Asia. May be repeated three times for credit when topics vary.

736 Third World Modernization (3)

Prerequisite: graduate standing. An interdisciplinary analysis of the major dilemmas of the modernization situation in the third world; i.e., Asia, Africa, and Latin America including market vs. planning, rural vs. urban, basic needs vs. the environment, self-sufficiency vs. foreign reliance, equal vs. unequal distribution, etc. (Also listed as I R 736.)

800 Seminar in Interdisciplinary Applications (3)

Prerequisites: S S 710 and filing of thesis topic form. Seminar in evaluation of interdisciplinary research designs proposed by participants and consideration of epistemological and practical problems posed by cross- and trans-disciplinary theory and research.

897 Individual Research (3)

Prerequisite: S S 710. An exercise in empirical inquiry designed and executed by the individual student under direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for a total of six units. Enrollment requires consent of graduate adviser, faculty supervisor, and department chair.

898 Master's Thesis (3)

Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy for the master's degree and consent of candidate's committee chair. An intensive, written study of a topic or problem in interdisciplinary social science. The student develops the project, organizes the study, and orally defends the findings. Graduate Approved Program and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration.

899 Special Study (3)

Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the faculty. Open only to graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition containing consent of graduate adviser, supervising faculty member, and department chair.

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