Sociology (SOC)

SOC 105 Sociological Perspectives (Units: 3)

Major ideas, concepts, and methods in the study of society: social structure, social interaction, culture, social policy and social change.

Course Attributes:

  • D1: Social Sciences

SOC 110 Sexuality in Society (Units: 3)

Introductory exploration of sexuality in its social context. Critical reflection on conventional and individualizing understandings of sexuality. Includes research articles, documentary films, and mainstream television and magazines.
(This course is offered as SXS 110 and SOC 110. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • D1: Social Sciences
  • Social Justice

SOC 200 Changing Cities (Units: 3)

Changing cities in a global world. Multi-disciplinary social science perspectives on city life. Social, cultural, and ethnic diversity. Metropolitan regions. Strategies for creating social justice and environmental sustainability. Experiencing the city.
(This course is offered as USP 200 and SOC 200. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • D1: Social Sciences
  • Social Justice

SOC 245 Social Problems (Units: 4)

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.

Course Attributes:

  • D1: Social Sciences
  • Social Justice

SOC 272 Social Inequality: Poverty, Wealth, and Privilege (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: ENG 114.

Patterns of social stratification and inequality. Class, status, and power dimensions; cultural variations; patterns of class mobility and change.

SOC 275 Sociology by the Bay (Units: 2)

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)

SOC 293 The Measure of Society: Creating and Displaying Social Information (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Completion of quantitative reasoning requirement.

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.

SOC 300GW Sociological Analysis - GWAR (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to upper division Sociology majors; completion of two sociology courses with grades of C or better; completion of GE Areas A and B4 requirements [formerly GE Segment I] with a grade of C- or better.

Sociological analysis, writing, and research. (ABC/NC grading only)

Course Attributes:

  • Graduation Writing Assessment

SOC 330 Comparative Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.: Class, Gender and Nation (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; successful completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4; or consent of the instructor.

Examines dynamics of race and racism by analyzing intersections of class, race, gender, and nationalism, including theoretical perspectives shaping the subfield of comparative race and ethnicity in sociology, theories of racial formation, constructivist theory, ethnic boundaries, assimilation, and ethnocentrism.
(This course is offered as RRS 330 and SOC 330. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities
  • Social Justice

SOC 362 The Social Construction of Deviance and Conformity (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4 requirements.

Social processes of rulemaking, enforcing and breaking; theoretical and methodological problems of conceptualizing and analyzing values, rules, power, social judgments and punishment.

SOC 370 Classical Theories of Society (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; SOC 300GW; completion of GE Areas A and B4.

Fundamental assumptions underlying classical sociological theory. Surveys the works of scholars such as Marx, Durkheim, Weber and other classical thinkers.

SOC 371 Contemporary Theories of Society (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; SOC 300GW; completion of GE Areas A and B4.

Examination of the most salient works in contemporary sociological theory.

SOC 375 Sociology of Drugs and Drug Use in the United States (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to upper-division standing or consent of the instructor.

The social history of drugs and drug use (including prescription, street, alcohol, synthetic, marijuana) in American culture. Examination of social control, social stigma, policies and practices. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

SOC 381 Questionnaire Design (Unit: 1)

Prerequisites: Restricted to upper division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4 requirements [formerly GE Segment I]; SOC 300GW, SOC 370 or SOC 371; or consent of instructor. Students are encouraged to enroll in SOC 392.

Introduction to questionnaire design. Topics include maximizing respondent comprehension; techniques for measuring past behaviors and events; effects of question-wording; response formats, and question sequence on responses; asking for sensitive information; and matching design and analysis. Activity.

SOC 382 Python for Social Scientists (Unit: 1)

Prerequisites: Restricted to upper division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4 requirements [formerly GE Segment I]; SOC 392. Students are encouraged to enroll in SOC 393.

Introduction to Python programming language as a tool to gather social data in electronic form and deliver information to analysis programs (e.g., R, SPSS, QGIS). Activity.

SOC 383 R for Social Scientists (Unit: 1)

Prerequisites: Restricted to upper division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4 requirements [formerly GE Segment I]; SOC 392; or consent of instructor. Students are encouraged to enroll in SOC 393.

Introduction to the R statistical package as used in social science research. Illustration of R use in social science research for statistical analysis, data visualization, and spatial description and analysis. Activity.

SOC 392 Introduction to Research Methods (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to upper-division standing; GE Areas A and B4; SOC 300GW; or consent of the instructor.

Nature of scientific research and research design; relationship of research to sociological theory. Lecture, 3 units; activity, 1 unit.

SOC 393 Quantitative Analysis of Social Data (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4 requirements [formerly GE Segment I]; SOC 392; or consent of instructor.

Techniques of measuring, tabulating, analyzing, and interpreting statistical data. Lecture, 3 units; activity, 1 unit.

SOC 394 Sociological Field Methods (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper division standing or consent of instructor; completion of GE Areas A and B4 requirements [formerly GE Segment I]; SOC 392.

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. Lecture, 3 units; activity, 1 unit.

SOC 400 Variations in Human Sexuality (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; successful completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4; or consent of the instructor.

Variations in sexuality: sexual identity, relationships, behavior, and fantasy; identification of personal and social problems associated with varied sexual lifestyles.
(This course is offered as SXS 400, PSY 450, and SOC 400. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Social Justice

SOC 410 Grassroots Organizing for Change in Communities of Color (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to upper-division standing; successful completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4; or consent of the instructor.

An advanced examination of grassroots social change movements in communities of color in the U.S. How they are organized and why they succeed and fail. Combines social change theory, history, and practical contemporary approaches to grassroots social justice work. [CSL may be available]
(This course is offered as RRS 410 and SOC 410. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities
  • Social Justice

SOC 420 Indigenous Media and Social Change (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4 requirements.

Examination of contemporary visual culture, particularly commercial culture, for its impact on personal and collective identity. Technical aspects of creating and altering visual media. Lecture, 2 units; activity, 2 units.
(This course is offered as SOC 420 and ANTH 420. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

SOC 424 Social Movements (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Examine social movements, mobilization, and collective action in comparative perspective. Analysis of movement origins, tactics, methods, and outcomes, as well as contexts in which movements may use violent and nonviolent repertoires. [CSL may be available]
(This course is offered as PLSI 424, SOC 424, and I R 424. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

SOC 451 Criminological Theory (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4.

The 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.)

SOC 452 Juvenile Justice (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to upper-division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4.

Analysis of "delinquency," emergence and administration of juvenile law, and analysis of social organizations for youthful offenders. [CSL may be available]
(This course is offered as SOC 452 and C J 470. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

SOC 455 Punishment and Social Control (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4.

Contemporary and historical methods of punishment and control are examined as reflections of broader trends in society.

SOC 457 Sociology of Law (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4.

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.

SOC 461 Ethnic Relations: International Comparisons (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4 requirements [formerly GE Segment I].

Sociological factors related to ethnic identity, nationalism, and conflict in selected multi-ethnic societies worldwide. Ethnicity in politics, religion, family, education, and work.

SOC 464 Families and Society (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; successful completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4; or consent of the instructor.

Family variations in the U.S. and the world: historical antecedents and social influences; changing structure of the family, problems and emerging trends.

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences

SOC 467 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Cultures and Society (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4.

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.)

SOC 468 Social Aspects of Human Sexuality (Units: 4)

Prerequisite: Restricted to students with upper-division standing or consent of the instructor.

Sexuality as human social behavior. Social, cultural and ethnic causes and consequences of ways of behaving sexually.

SOC 469 Gender and Society (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; successful completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4; or consent of the instructor.

Sex roles in society. Origin, socialization, and demands of conformity. Restrictions and encouragements for breaking with conventional sex roles.

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences

SOC 471 Societal Change and Development (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4.

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.

SOC 476 Medical Sociology (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4.

Sociology of health and illness; organization of medical care; therapeutic interaction; medico-social problems; innovation in health care.

SOC 477 Environmental Sociology (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; successful completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4; or consent of the instructor.

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.

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Global Perspectives

SOC 480 City in a Global Society (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4.

Urban life and settings in the U.S. and internationally. Analysis of the 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.)

SOC 481 Sociology of Brazil (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; ENG 214 or equivalent.

A 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.

SOC 482 Global Immigration and Immigrants (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4.

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.

SOC 483 Global Sociology (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; successful completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4; or consent of the instructor.

Global processes and their impact on different societies and individuals. Global theory; social problems such as poverty, hunger, racism, sexism, global warming, labor exploitation.

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Global Perspectives

SOC 484 Population and Social Dynamics (Units: 4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4.

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. Lecture, 3 units; activity, 1 unit.

SOC 485 Political Sociology (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4; or consent of the instructor.

Examination of the social dimensions of power, particularly those embedded in institutions of the state. Exploring relations between state and society, social movements, political organization and civic participation, political culture, voting behavior and citizenship. (This course is offered as SOC 485 and PLSI 485. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

SOC 486 Sociology of Mental Health (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4.

The 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.

SOC 487 Mexican Migrations: A Social History (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Examination of the historical and contemporary social and legal effects of immigration flows and deportations by focusing on the development of the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. immigration policies, gendered migrations, and U.S. definitions of belonging as well as exclusion in relation to Mexican immigration communities.
(This course is offered as SOC 487 and LTNS 487. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • Global Perspectives

SOC 490 Sociology of Popular Culture (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Exploration of sociological theories and methods for analyzing historical and contemporary cultural expressions in popular music, art, film, television, and advertising.

SOC 491 Ancestors or Data? Culture, Conflict, and NAGPRA (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to students with upper-division standing or consent of the instructor.

Political struggles surroundings the creation and implementation of the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Analysis of the law, impact of recent court decisions, and specific focus on cultural conflicts related to the concept of knowledge.
(This course is offered as AIS 490, ANTH 490 and SOC 491. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

SOC 492 Sociology of Art (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4; ENG 214 or equivalent.

Sociological perspectives on the social production, distribution and consumption of art; art as an expression of collective identity; art as a signifier of the meanings human beings attribute to the social world; and the relationship between art and social change.

SOC 494 Sociological Research III: Special Projects (Units: 2-4)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4; SOC 392 and SOC 393 (may be taken concurrently) or equivalents.

Supervised experience in carrying out well-defined research projects. Enrollment by petition. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.

SOC 500 Senior Seminar (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4; SOC 300GW; SOC 370 or SOC 371; SOC 392; or consent of the instructor.

Topics to be specified in Class Schedule. May be repeated for a total of 6 units when topics vary. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)

SOC 501 Internship: Applied Sociology (Units: 2)

Prerequisites: Restricted to senior standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4; SOC 370 or SOC 371, and SOC 392; concurrent enrollment in SOC 502. Contact the instructor the semester before registration.

Fieldwork in approved public or private organization or agency. Supervised by organization staff and a faculty coordinator. (CR/NC grading only) [CSL may be available]

SOC 502 Internship Seminar: Applied Sociology (Unit: 1)

Prerequisites: Restricted to senior standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4 requirements; SOC 370 or SOC 371, and SOC 392; concurrent enrollment in SOC 501. Contact instructor for consent the semester before registration.

Analysis of an internship experience. (Plus-minus letter grade only) [CSL may be available]

SOC 503 Research Internship Seminar (Unit: 1)

Prerequisites: Restricted to upper division Sociology majors and minors; completion of GE Areas A and B4 requirements [formerly GE Segment I]; SOC 300GW, SOC 370 or SOC 371, SOC 392; concurrent enrollment in SOC 504; or consent of instructor.

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)

SOC 504 Research Internship Experience (Units: 2)

Prerequisites: Restricted to upper division Sociology majors and minors; completion of GE Areas A and B4 requirements [formerly GE Segment I]; SOC 300GW, SOC 370 or SOC 371, SOC 392; concurrent enrollment in SOC 503; or consent of instructor.

Sociological research experience, discussion of methods, membership in research communities, and dissemination of findings to relevant audiences and constituencies. (CR/NC grading only)

SOC 510 Analysis of the Felon in Society (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to upper division Sociology and Criminal Justice majors; completion of GE Areas A and B4 requirements; or consent of instructor

Examination of the process of Re-entry (post-incarceration) from the perspective of individuals who have lived it. Classwork, 1 unit; activities, 2 units.
(This course is offered as SOC 510 and C J 510. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

SOC 552 Comparative Employment Relations (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Introduction to the concept of the employment relationship, the main "models" and their key actors; diversity at work to international labor rights and how they are approached and practiced in different countries.
(This course is offered as LABR 552 and SOC 552. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

SOC 553 Labor Standards and Corporate Social Responsibility (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to upper-division standing.

Introduction to an overview of recent academic debates on Corporate Social Responsibility, International Labor Standards and "decent work." Codes of conduct, monitoring, and certification/labeling/transparency.
(This course is offered as LABR 553 and SOC 553. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

SOC 554 Themes in Comparative Employment Relations (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to upper-division standing.

Introduction to the main "models" that have been used in comparative analysis of national systems of employment relations; the Anglo-Saxon, Japanese, and European social models; discussion of the appropriateness of these models in understanding transforming economies.
(This course is offered as LABR 554 and SOC 554. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

SOC 555 Labor Rights in the Global Economy (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to upper-division standing or consent of the instructor.

Key themes concerning labor rights in the global economy; focus on core labor rights identified by the UN: freedom of association, freedom from child labor; freedom from coerced labor, and freedom from discrimination.
(This course is offered as LABR 555 and SOC 555. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

SOC 580 Educational Equity (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to upper-division standing; successful completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4; or consent of the instructor.

Is education the great equalizer? Educational equity and policy issues including institutional racism, school finance, recruitment and retention of under-represented students, and language. [CSL may be available]
(This course is offered as LTNS 580, SOC 580, and RRS 580. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities
  • Social Justice

SOC 640 Sociology of the Latino Experience (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to students with upper-division standing or consent of the instructor.

A comprehensive introduction to sociological perspectives on the Latino/Latina experience in the United States. Historical and structural in approach.
(This course is offered as LTNS 640 and SOC 640. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

SOC 645 Sociology of Latin America (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4.

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.

SOC 685 Projects in the Teaching of Sociology (Units: 1-4)

Prerequisites:Restricted to students with upper-division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4; a minimum grade of B+ in course (or equivalent) student will be assisting in; a cumulative GPA of 3.0; consent of the instructor.

Instructional aides have the opportunity to increase knowledge of course topics and understanding of the processes of teaching and learning. Aides assist students with 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.)

SOC 699 Independent Study (Units: 1-4)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; completion of GE Areas A and B4 requirements [formerly GE Segment I]; consent of instructor, major adviser, and department chair.

Supervised study of a particular problem selected by the student. May be repeated for a total of 4 units.

SOC 899 Independent Study (Units: 1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the graduate major adviser, the supervising faculty member, and the department chair. Enrollment by petition.

Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the faculty.