Academic Catalog

Sociology (SOC)

Introduction to Race & Ethnicity  3 UNITS  
3.0 hours lecture  
An introduction to the sociological analysis of ethnicity, race, and immigration in the United States. Topics include the history of racialized and minoritized groups in the United States, patterns of interaction between racial and ethnic groups, colonialism, immigration, identity formation, prejudice, discrimination, ethnocentrism, racism, institutional racism, social movements for civil rights, liberation and decolonization, and the intersection of race and ethnicity with other forms of difference. Also listed as ETHN 114. Not open to students with credit in ETHN 114. (C-ID SOCI 150) (CSU/UC) (AA/AS-D, CSU-D,F, IGETC-4,7)
Introductory Sociology  3 UNITS  
3.0 hours lecture  
Introductory study of the major concepts, theoretical approaches, and methods of sociology. Topics include social structure, culture, social control, deviance, social stratification, globalization, ethnic and race relations, gender, sexuality, social institutions, social interaction, socialization and social change. Course objectives include the ability to apply sociological ideas to everyday life. (C-ID SOCI 110) (CSU/UC) (AA/AS-D, CSU-D, IGETC-4)
Marriage, Family and Alternative Lifestyles  3 UNITS  
3.0 hours lecture  
An introduction to the sociological analysis of families, marriages and intimate relationships. Family life and intimate relationships in contemporary American society are examined from the perspectives of different ethnic and racial groups with a focus on the intersectionality of race, class, gender and sexuality. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of the family's relationship to economic structures, political institutions and belief systems in different socio-cultural and historical contexts. Topics include: history of the family, family diversity and inequality, socialization, sexuality, child and intimate partner violence and abuse, courtship, interracial friendships and romantic relationships, singlehood, marriage, communication patterns, parenting, adoption, divorce, remarriage, step-families, widowhood, aging, and the future of the family. (C-ID SOCI 130) (CSU/UC) (AA/AS-D, CSU-D,E, IGETC-4)
Contemporary Social Problems  3 UNITS  
3.0 hours lecture  
Identification and analysis of contemporary social problems including the role of power and ideology in the definition of social problems, their causes and consequences, evaluations of proposed solutions, and methods of intervention. Additional topics will vary. (C-ID SOCI 115) (CSU/UC) (AA/AS-D, CSU-D, IGETC-4)
Social Psychology  3 UNITS  
3.0 hours lecture  
Examination of the individual's perception of and reaction to other people and social influences. Topics such as attitude formation, prejudice and discrimination, helping behavior, aggression, conformity, obedience, cooperation and conflict reduction, and group behavior are explored. Also listed as PSY 138. Not open to students with credit in PSY 138. (C-ID PSY 170) (CSU/UC) (AA/AS-D, CSU-D, IGETC-4)
Sex and Gender Across Cultures  3 UNITS  
3.0 hours lecture  
An introduction to the sociological analysis of sex, gender, and sexual orientation in a variety of socioeconomic and cultural contexts. The course examines the impact sex, gender, and sexual orientation have on the lives of men and women from different cultures in the areas of work, ethnicity, kinship, sexuality, politics, religion, health, arts, sports and communication. Gender and sexual relations in the contemporary USA are examined from the perspectives of different ethnic and racial groups. (C-ID SOCI 140) (CSU/UC) (AA/AS-D, CSU-D, IGETC-4)
Latinx Communities in the United States  3 UNITS  
3.0 hours lecture  
This course is an in-depth sociological examination of Latinx/Hispanic communities in the United States. Topics include family structure, gender roles and sexuality; religion; economics; racialization, racism; intersectionality, social movements; U.S./Mexico border issues and immigration policy; and education. Emphasis is placed on social interactions, politics of identity formation, and social processes impacting the status of U.S. Latinx/Hispanics. This course is intended for sociology majors or any student interested in the social sciences. (CSU/UC) (AA/AS-D, CSU-D, IGETC-4)