Courses

SOCIOLOGY COURSES

Courses are designated as SOCI in the class schedule.

101 Introduction to Sociology (3)

Basic concepts of sociology: includes social interaction, culture, personality, social processes, population, social class, the community, social institutions and socio-cultural change. One or more sections offered online.

133 Introduction to Gerontology (3)

Prerequisite: completion of General Education (G.E.) Category D.1. Multidisciplinary overview of characteristics, strengths and problems of older persons; diversity in aging process involving gender, race, ethnicity, subculture; services to older adults; gerontology as an academic discipline and a field of practice. One or more sections offered online. (Same as GERO 133)

201 Social Media and Social Interaction (3)

Self, identities, culture, communities, inequalities, and social interaction as experienced through social media and technology. Students will use sociological perspectives to evaluate the benefits and hazards of social media for themselves and society.

300 Social Work (3)

Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category D.1. History, philosophy, values of social work profession, fields of practice (casework, group work, macro practice); theories of human behavior in social environments. Social work as career objective and qualifications necessary. Recommended for students considering careers in human services, social work, social policy development. One or more sections offered online.

302 Social Research Methods (3)

Prerequisite:  SOCI 101. Qualitative and quantitative perspectives on social research. Purpose and components of qualitative and quantitative research design, including the role of theory in research, sampling, reflexivity, the practice of mixed methods of data collection, analysis and writing results. One or more sections offered online.

303 Statistics for the Social Sciences (3)

Prerequisites: completion of G.E. Categories B.4 and D.1. Techniques for the elementary statistical analysis of social data. Description and inferential measures include tests, chi-square, analysis of variance, contingency table analysis and linear regression. One or more sections offered online.

304 The Black Family (3)

(Same as AFAM 304)

305 Social Work Practice (3)

Prerequisites: SOCI 101 or equivalent. Theories, methods, principles, ethics, fields of social work practice. Generalist model; micro (individual), mezzo (group), macro (organization, community, advocacy, case management) levels of intervention. Recommended for students considering careers in human services, counseling, social work or social policy development. Methods and theories underlying social work practice.

306 Applying Sociology in the Community (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101, 302. Combines community service with an analysis of select community issues. At least 40 hours of community service required, applying theories and methods to field site. Findings and analysis discussed in weekly meetings. One or more sections offered online.

307 Sociology for Career Success (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Examines key sociological theories and concepts to situate work in the context of historical, hierarchical power relations that reproduce dominance. Uses sociology to help navigate job markets, career opportunities, and improve mobility in post-industrial world of work.

308 Writing for Sociology Students (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Composition, sources of information and sociological writing for different audiences. Satisfies the classroom portion of the upper-division writing requirement for sociology majors. Instructional fee. One or more sections offered online.

325 The American Drug Scene (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Uses sociological theory and research to understand drug use in the U.S. Topics include drug subcultures, moral panics, drug policies and their social consequences, and trends in drug use.

341 Social Interaction (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Social and socio-psychological dimensions of group behavior and the socialization of the individual. Social interaction and its impact on the individual and personality formation. One or more sections offered online.

345 Sociology of Communication (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Social processes involved in communicating with symbols-verbal, visual and "body-language" in interpersonal settings and the mass media.

348 Collective Behavior (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Characteristics of crowds, mobs, publics. Social movements and revolutions, their relation to social unrest and their role in developing and changing social organization.

350 Social Relationships and Emotions (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Social relationships, emphasizing emotional bonds as the primary integrating force, including interactions between emotions and relationships.

351 Sociology of Families (3)

Prerequisites: SOCI 101 and completion of G.E. Category D.1. Family as a social institution. Historical and cross-cultural perspectives; social change affecting marriage and the family; analysis of American courtship and marriage patterns; the psycho-dynamics of family life. One or more sections offered online.

352 The Sociology of Education (3)

Prerequisites: SOCI 101 and completion of G.E. Category D.1. Education as a social institution and agent of socialization. Dynamic interplay with economic, political, religious, family institutions and community. Gender, race and class inequality in education. Cross-national perspectives on education and related social problems and social policy. One or more sections offered online.

353 Sociology of Children and Youth (3)

Prerequisites: SOCI 101 and completion of G.E. Category D.1. Historical, cross-national and contemporary views of children, adolescents and youth up to age 25; life course perspectives;inequalities of childhood, adolescence and early adulthood; childhood socialization; social problems of children and youth; recommendations for social policy.

354 Gender, Sex and Society (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Gender as a social and institutional construct, including analyses of identity, sexuality, media, family, work, economy, the state and global relations. One or more sections offered online.

355 Women in Contemporary Societies (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Micro and macro analyses of women's roles and experiences in contemporary societies. Topics may include gender socialization, institutional inequalities, women's work, violence against women, resistance to inequality, women's health and sexuality.

356 Social Inequality (3)

Prerequisites: SOCI 101 and completion of G.E. Category D.1. Development, patterns, structures and consequences of social inequality, with emphasis on social class, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality in the U.S. Dynamics of resistance and social change. One or more sections offered online.

357 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Development and current conditions of minority/majority relations through study of social, political and economic causes and consequences of prejudice and discrimination. Evolutionary and revolutionary movements for change. One or more sections offered online.

360 Sociology of Death and Dying (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Dying as a social process; functions of bereavement behavior; the grief process; fear of death and dying; death-related rituals, demographic aspects of mortality; American death acceptance-denial controversy. One or more sections offered online.

361 Population and the Environment (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Population composition, growth and movement. Social factors affecting birth rates, death rates and migration. Environmental and resource base implications of population growth, urbanization and migration. Role of the economy, poverty, gender and development on population dynamics.

365 Law and Society (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Relationship between a society and its laws using sociological theory and major concepts. Analysis of court process, legal professions and related social institutions.

366 Deviant Behavior (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Social construction, nature and patterns of deviance. Topics include theories of deviance, research on deviance, types of deviance, constructing deviance, deviant identity, relations among deviants, deviant acts, and deviant careers.

371 Sociology of City Life (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Ecology, patterns of growth, institutional inequalities, social problems, cultures and organized resistances of urban communities in global contexts. One or more sections offered online.

380 The Social Life of Food (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of G.E. category D.1. "Food" has a social reality, created out of institutions and global systems. Investigate this reality through food's production, distribution and consumption within a globalized and commoditized modern world. Inequalities and social struggle, including food justice movements.

381 Sociology of Sexualities (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Sociological aspects of sexualities, socio-historical and comparative perspectives; relationships of sexual constructs to life cycle, gender, race, class, nation and power. One or more sections offered online.

385 Family Violence (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Contemporary issues of family violence: victims, perpetrators and societal responses. Causes, intervention and prevention of all types of abuse – child, sibling, spouse, parent and elder – through the examination of theories, research findings and practical field application.

408 Sexual Abuse in American Society (3)

Prerequisites: SOCI 101, 466. Sociological examination of sexual abuse in contemporary society, specifically patterns of forcible rape and child sexual victimization. Theories and research findings regarding causes, consequences and other dynamics of sexual victimization, including responses of social groups to such victimization.

410 Theories of Social Behavior (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or junior or senior standing. Main schools of sociological thought, both European and American. Systems of theory, methodology of theorists, cultural change and social institutions. One or more sections offered online.

411 Criminology (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Extent, causes and control of criminal behavior. Criminal law, causal factors and theories, correctional institutions, probation and parole and preventive efforts.

413 Juvenile Delinquency (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Juvenile delinquency as a social problem. Sociological study of the causes of delinquent behavior and programs of control, treatment and prevention.

415 Mass Incarceration and Punishment (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101, 411 or 413. Current problems and programs in probation, parole and correctional institutions. For students planning careers in corrections.

433 Aging and Social Services (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or junior or senior standing. Sociological analysis of social problems of aging with special emphasis on strategies of intervention and barriers to service utilization. Critical examination of community service delivery systems. Review career opportunities and qualifications required. (Same as GERO 433)

443 Sociology of Aging (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Population age structure; theories of aging; aging in family, economic, political, religious, educational, leisure/esthetic institutions, aging and ethnicity, social policy and the future of aging. One or more sections offered online. (Same as GERO 443)

455 Sociology of Health and Illness (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Comprehensive sociological perspective for interpreting medicine and medical behavior. Multifaceted approach to disease processes as they affect the individual and others in his environment, health practice and petitioners, health institutions, and the cost and service of health services.

456 Immigrant Orange County (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of G.E. category D.1. Migration through the lens of Orange County. Requires research project including data collection (surveys or interviews or focus groups), data analysis and report writing. (SOCI 456 and GEOG 456 are the same course.)

457 Whiteness, a Racial Formation (3)

Prerequisite: completion of SOCI 101 or AFAM 101/ASAM 101/CHIC 101/WGST 101. Formation and transformation of racial categories, emphasizing the historical, political and social forces shaping definitions of whiteness in the U.S. How racial categories are inhabited, challenged and changed. (SOCI 457 and ETHN 457 are the same course).

458 Sociology of Religious Behavior (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Religious behavior examined by social science theories. Religious rituals/beliefs to cope with anxiety and powerlessness before natural forces and social structures and processes. Religion's contributions to individual identity, societal order and change. One or sections offered online. (Same as CPRL 458)

463 Political Sociology (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Theoretical perspectives; nature of power and authority; social structure and political institutions; elites and decision making; social influences on political behavior; political movements.

466 Deviant Behavior (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Social construction, nature and patterns of deviance. Topics include theories of deviance, research on deviance, types of deviance, constructing deviance, deviant identity, relations among deviants, deviant acts and deviant careers.

467 Sociology of Sport (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Nature, position, functions and growing importance of sports in contemporary industrial society. Particular emphasis given to relationships between structure, variety and extent of sports activity and other institutional sectors in society.

470 Sociology of Money (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or graduate standing. Sociological perspectives on history, nature, functioning and impact of economic perspectives and phenomena. Topics include money, markets, prices and value, commodification, the state, networks and inequality.

473 Formal Organizations (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or equivalent. Sociological analysis of formal organizations (industrial, governmental, welfare, military, medical, educational, correctional, etc.) as systems of social interaction. Topics include blueprinted vs. informal organization, structure, authority, decision-making, role conflicts, communication and morals.

485 Research Applications (3)

Prerequisites: completion of SOCI 101 and SOCI 302, and minimum 3.0 GPA in the major. Design and implement an individual research project that integrates accumulated training from previous courses in a single in-depth exploration of a topic of interest.

495 Sociological Internship (3)

Prerequisites: completion of 12 upper-division units of Sociology and minimum 3.0 GPA in the major. Supervised field experience permitting application of relevant sociological material in practical settings. Requires 120 hours in the field. One or more sections offered online.

499 Independent Study (1-3)

Prerequisites: completion of 12 units of Sociology and minimum 3.0 GPA. Individual research project, either library or field. Student must enroll with an instructor whose recognized interests are in the area of the planned independent study. Conferences with the instructor as necessary and the work culminated in one or more papers. May be repeated for credit.

501T Seminar: Topics in Societal Structure and Process (3)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Analysis of a specialization within the study of society such as: socialization and personality; deviance; social change; institutional structure and process. May be repeated for credit.

502A The Research Process (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Requires the completion of a research project, including such elements as theory construction, hypotheses formation, sampling, survey construction, data collection and data analysis. Meets the University Graduate Writing Requirement. Instructional fee.

502B The Research Process (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 502A. Problems of social research. Causal inferences, value bias and measurement, construction of scales. Instructional fee.

581 Advanced Theories of Social Behavior (3)

Prerequisite: SOCI 301 or equivalent. Basic elements and key problems in constructing and evaluating sociological theories.

585 The Practice of Sociology (3)

Prerequisite: graduate standing in sociology. Nexus between theory and methods in current sociological research. Uses applied skills to critically analyze specified studies in sociology. Meets the University Graduate Writing Requirement.

596 Teaching Symposium (3)

Prerequisite: consent of adviser. Placement with mentor for training to each college-level sociology classes. Pedagogy, course design and assessment.

597 Project (3)

Prerequisites: classified standing in the M.A. in Sociology program and proposal approved by supervising faculty member and the Sociology Department Graduate Studies committee. Under the direction of a faculty member, a topic that integrates learning in the program with an applied area of student's interest will be selected, and a major project on the topic will be developed and submitted.

598 Thesis (3)

Prerequisites: acceptance as a candidate for the Master of Arts in Sociology, and approval of topic. Individual research under supervision, reported in a thesis and defended successfully in an oral examination conducted by a faculty committee.

599 Independent Graduate Research (3)

Prerequisites: consent of graduate adviser and instructor. Individual research on a library or empirical project, with conferences with instructor as necessary, culminating in one or more papers. May be repeated for credit.