SOCI 1 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

Introductory study of basic concepts, theoretical approaches, and key methods of sociology. Topics include analysis of social structures, socialization and the self, culture and diversity, group dynamics, devi- ance and social control, social stratification, and global social change. Also offered online.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area D0, E; IGETC, Area 4J; MPC, Area D

SOCI 2 CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL PROBLEMS

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course offers an identification and analysis of contemporary social problems including 1) the role of power and ideology in the definition of social problems; 2) their causes and consequences; 3) evaluations of proposed solutions; and (4) methods of intervention. Also offered online.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area D0; IGETC, Area 4J; MPC, Area D

SOCI 3 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course considers individual human behavior in relation to the social environment. The power of the situation, other individuals, and the social group are examined. Emphasized topics include aggres- sion, prejudice and stereotypes, interpersonal attraction, attitudes and attitude change, conformity, group phenomena, gender roles, cultural norms, person perception, and social cognition. Also offered as Psychology 3; credit may be earned only once.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area D9, D0; IGETC, Area 4I; MPC, Area D

SOCI 11 MASS MEDIA AND POPULAR CULTURE

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course covers the development and social effects of mass media during the 20th century, especially in the United States. It also covers popular culture forms, youth culture, and mass media’s role in shap- ing entertainment, fashion, film, leisure, music, sports, television, the internet, and social media. It examines how mass media and popular cultures reflect and reproduce race, class, gender, and sexual identi- ties and structures. It also considers social struggles over censorship, freedom of expression, decency, and democracy. Instruction employs contemporary theories and methods from sociology, American stud- ies, cultural studies, ethnic studies, and feminist studies.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, D0; IGETC, Area 4J; MPC, Area D

SOCI 12 INTRODUCTION TO GENDER AND SEXUALITY

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course applies sociological theory and method to the study of gender and sexuality in cross-cultural perspective. It includes histori- cal and contemporary analysis of masculinities and femininities and their relationship to social institutions, such as the family, schools, the military, religion, mass media, and popular culture. It examines the impact of economic and political change on sexuality, and gender expectations and practices. The approach uses macro-level analysis of institutional effects on gender construction and sexuality, and micro- level analysis of socialization and “doing gender.” It considers how the intersecting axis of race, class, gender, and sexuality shape individual and group experience.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area D4; IGETC, Area 4D; MPC, Area D

SOCI 13 INTRODUCTION TO RACE AND ETHNICITY

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course is an introduction to the sociological analysis of race, ethnicity, and racism. Examines the cultural, political, and economic practices and institutions that support or challenge racism, racial and ethnic inequalities, as well as patterns of interaction between various racial and ethnic groups.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area D0, D3; IGETC, Area 4J; MPC, Area D, F

SOCI 14 SOCIOLOGY OF LATINOS AND LATINAS

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

Through sociological perspectives, this course examines the con- temporary experiences of different Latino/Latina groups in the U.S., focusing on regional, national, and global processes. It examines how Latino/Latina groups have been incorporated into, and have contributed to the development of, the economic, political, social, and cultural systems in the United States. The course also emphasizes the interconnections among social processes, group interaction, and individual identity formation. It addresses how overlapping social categories such as national origin, race, class, gender, age, and sexuality shape the lives of Latinos and Latinas. Also offered as Ethnic Studies 14; credit may be earned only once.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area D0; IGETC, Area 4J; MPC, Area D

SOCI 15 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

In this course, students examine fundamental elements of empirical research and the ways sociologists think critically. The course includes attention to the nature of theory, hypotheses, variables, and ethics of research. It also covers application of qualitative and quantitative analytic tools including logic and research design, such as survey, observational, experimental, case study, content analysis, and com- parative historical research.

  • Prerequisites: SOCI 1
  • Advisories: MATH 16; eligibility for ENGL 1A Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: MPC, Area A2, D

SOCI 16 GLOBAL AND URBAN STUDIES

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course examines contemporary social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental change related to urbanization and rapid population growth in global urban contexts. It focuses on the emergence and repercussions of a global economy, the globalization of culture, transnational migrations, technological and environmental changes, and global social movements. It also considers urban, rural, and suburban development, as well as debates over globalization and the sometimes violent political, ethnic, and religious responses to what is perceived as cultural and economic homogenization on a global scale. The service-learning component requires student involvement in local community development efforts.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

SOCI 17 INTRODUCTION TO CRIME AND DEVIANCE

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course is an introduction to the sociological analysis of crime/ criminalization, deviance, and the development of modern criminal justice systems. It explores the history and social construction of crime and deviance and examines the definition of crime and its violations as well as the laws and methods used to reduce criminal behavior. It also compares measures of crime and basic theoretical explanations of criminal behavior, alongside competing theories of justice.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area D0; IGETC, Area 4J

SOCI 22 ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course is a comparative analysis of how Asian Pacific American communities have adjusted to the American democratic systems over the past century. Their access to legal rights as refugees, alien residents, nationals, and citizens at the federal, state, and local levels is examined. The course also explores their varied expectations, suc- cesses, patterns of assimilation or accommodation, and resistance within the context of federal constitution and varied legal institutions by diverse Asian Pacific American ethnic communities. Also offered as Ethnic Studies 22; credit may be earned only once.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A Credit transferable: CSU
  • General Ed. Credit: MPC, Area D

SOCI 40 INTRODUCTION TO MARRIAGES AND FAMILIES

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

Sociological analysis of the family, including historical and recent changes, present nature, and the socio-cultural and economic forces shaping these changes. Topics include dating and courtship, sex and sexuality, race and the family, wealth and poverty, and public policy that affects families today.  Looks also at mass media portrayals of families in television and the movies.  Divorce, remarriage, fights over same-sex marriage, debates about birth control...  lots to investigate.  Also offered online.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 111 and 112 or ENSL 110 and 155
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area D0, E; IGETC, Area 4J; MPC, Area D