Sociology Course Catalog

The following is from the 2016-17 course catalog. Not all courses are offered each year.

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Course Title
Course Level
Units
SOCY 1
Introduction to Sociology
Lower Division
5 units
A systematic study of social groups ranging in size from small to social institutions to entire societies. Organized around the themes of social interaction, social inequality, and social change. Fulfills lower-division major requirement. (General Education Code(s): IS.)
SOCY 3A
The Evaluation of Evidence
Lower Division
5 units
Introduces students to major types of date and data analysis used in sociology. Designed to give students a foundation in understanding social science research articles, reports, and media reports used in political and policy debates. Topics include: general principles of research design, measurement, inductive and deductive modes of reasoning, experimental design, field work and ethnographic design, and reading and understanding basic quantitative forms of data and analysis. (Formerly course 103B, The Logic and Methods of Social Inquiry.) Enrollment is restricted to majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined. (General Education Code(s): Q.)
SOCY 3B
Statistical Methods
Lower Division
5 units
Introduces basic quantitative data analysis found in sociological research and policy reports. Topics include: inferential statistics, such as probability distributions, sampling, and testing; and descriptive statistics, such as measures of association, bivariate, and multivariate analysis. (Formerly course 103A.) Enrollment is restricted to majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined. (General Education Code(s): SR, Q.)
SOCY 10
Issues and Problems in American Society
Lower Division
5 units
Exploration of nature, structure, and functionings of American society. Explores the following: social institutions and economic structure; the successes, failures, and intractabilities of institutions; general and distinctive features of American society; specific problems such as race, sex, and other inequalities; urban-rural differences. Fulfills lower-division major requirement. (General Education Code(s): IS.)
SOCY 15
World Society
Lower Division
5 units
Introduction to comparative and historical sociology. Focuses on the global integration of human society. Examines social changes such as industrialization, globalization, colonial rule, and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. Uses social theory (including ideas from Marx, Weber, and Adam Smith) to explore the making of institutions like the nation-state, the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. Fulfills lower-division major requirement. (General Education Code(s): CC, IS, E.)
SOCY 30A
Introduction to Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies
Lower Division
3 units
The first class in a three-quarter sequence that prepares students for designing social justice and sustainability projects using social-enterprise methodologies to transfer information and communications technologies (ICT) to community and non-governmental organizations. Tuesday's class topics include globalization, info-exclusion, social justice, information revolution, global civil-society networks, social entrepreneurship, and organizational assessment. Thursday's technical laboratory teaches students to develop practical ICT skills for working solidarity with community organizations in areas such as web design, graphic design, and digital networking.
SOCY 30B
Designing ICT Projects for Social Enterprise
Lower Division
5 units
Covers designing "doable" ICT-based projects to support the goals of community and NGOs. Topics include: social entrepreneurship/enterprise case studies; step-by-step project design; integrating social and technical solutions; project management. Technical topics include: Internet resources; advanced web/database design; computer networks/maintenance. Prerequisite(s): course 30A. Enrollment limited to 50.
SOCY 30C
Project Implementation and Grant Writing for Social Entrepreneurs
Lower Division
3 units
Covers conversion of ICT project into a fundable grant proposal for social justice, integration of social activism, entrepreneurship and justice, and implementation of project. Topics include: funders, proposal design, field methods, project assessment, innovative ICT applications, action research methods. Prerequisite(s): course 30B. Enrollment limited to 50.
SOCY 42
Student-Directed Seminar
Lower Division
5 units
Seminars on selected topics taught at various times by upper-division students under faculty supervision. (See course 192.) Consult the Schedule of Classes for specific offerings.
SOCY 105A
Classical Social Theory
Upper Division
5 units
This intensive survey course examines the intellectual origins of the sociological tradition, focusing on changing conceptions of social order, social change, and the trends observed in the development of Western civilization in the modern era. Readings are all taken from original texts and include many of the classical works in social theory with special emphasis on the ideas of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, which constitute the core of the discipline. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined.
SOCY 105B
Contemporary Social Theory
Upper Division
5 units
Surveys major theoretical perspectives currently available in the discipline including functionalism, symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, conflict theory, critical theory, neo-Marxism, and feminist theory. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined.
SOCY 111
Family and Society
Upper Division
5 units
Focuses on the interaction between family and society by considering the historical and social influences on family life and by examining how the family unit affects the social world. Readings draw on theory, history, and ethnographic materials. Enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors.
SOCY 114
Sports and Society
Upper Division
5 units
Explores the interconnections between sports and society using sociological theories and methods. Topics include class, race, and gender; mass media and popular culture; political economy; education and socialization; leisure patterns (participants and spectators); globalization and cross-national comparisons.
SOCY 115
Green Governance
Upper Division
5 units
Working collaboratively in group interactive laboratories, students assess the effectiveness of various forms of public and private decision-making in the creation of a sustainable future. Electrical Engineering 80S or the College Eight core course recommended as prerequisites. (Formerly Sustainable Design as Social Change.) Enrollment limited to 60. (General Education Code(s): PE-T.)
SOCY 116
Communication, Media, and Culture
Upper Division
5 units
Examines media institutions, communication technologies, and their related cultural expressions. Focuses on specific ways the media—including media studies and criticism—operates as social and cultural factor. Contemporary theory or equivalent in related fields recommended. (Formerly "Communication and Mass Media.") Prerequisite(s): courses 105A and 105B. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined.
SOCY 118
Popular Music, Social Practices, and Cultural Politics
Upper Division
5 units
Considers the role of popular music as a site of contemporary social practices and cultural politics. Examines the institutional organization and production of popular music, its cultural meanings, and its social uses by different communities and social formations. Also examines popular music as a vehicle through which major cultural and political debates about identity, sexuality, community, and politics are staged and performed. Prerequisite(s): course 105A or 105B. Enrollment restricted to juniors and seniors.
SOCY 119
Sociology of Knowledge
Upper Division
5 units
"If people define things as real, they are real in their consequences," quipped W.I. Thomas. Surveys sociological theories about where and how knowledge comes from, and the politics of knowledge, with reference to contemporary debates surrounding issues, such as climate change, genetics, and inequality. Prerequisite(s): course 105A or 105B, or by permission of the instructor
SOCY 120
Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Sexuality and Cultural Politics
Upper Division
5 units
Focuses on the role feminist discourses play in cultural politics emphasizing sex, sexuality, and sex work as related to gender, race , and class. Examines the relationship between academic and popular feminisms. Interrogates post-feminism, third-wave feminism, and generational differences in feminisms. Formerly Gender, Sexuality, and Cultural Politics.) Prerequisite(s): course 126 recommended. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior sociology, critical race and ethnic studies, feminist studies, global information and enterprise, and Latin America/sociology majors, proposed majors, and minors.
SOCY 121
Sociology of Health and Medicine
Upper Division
5 units
Analysis of the current health care "crises" and exploration of the social relationships and formal organizations which constitute the medical institution. Study of the political, economic, and cultural factors which affect the recognition, distribution, and response to illness. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors and minors in biochemistry, biological sciences, critical race and ethnic studies, and sociology, and the Latin American studies/sociology combined majors.
SOCY 122
The Sociology of Law
Upper Division
5 units
Explores the social forces that shape legal outcomes and the ways law, in turn, influences social life. Traces the history and political economy of American law; the relation between law and social change; how this relation is shaped by capitalism and democracy; and how class, race, and gender are expressed in welfare and regulatory law. (Also offered as Legal Studies 122. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment is restricted to majors and minors in legal studies, sociology, Latin American/sociology combined, and global information and social enterprise.
SOCY 123
Law, Crime, and Social Justice
Upper Division
5 units
Blends the latest research in criminology with that from social stratification, inequality, and social welfare policy with the objective of exploring the relationship between levels of general social justice and specific patterns of crime and punishment. The focus is primarily on the U.S. although many other industrialized democracies are compared. An introductory course in sociology is recommended as preparation. (Also offered as Legal Studies 123. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.)
SOCY 124
Visual Sociology
Upper Division
5 units
Learn to critically consume documentary, ethnographic film, photojournalism, and the genre of realism as these methods are increasingly used to describe the social world. Addresses theoretical, methodological, practical, and ethical issues of creating visual media. Optional media lab teaches students how to create visual products as well. (Formerly Visual Ethnography) Prerequisite(s): Enrollment restricted to juniors and seniors.
SOCY 124L
Visual Sociology Media Lab
Upper Division
2 units
Teaches the basics of digital narrative/storytelling, basic use of digital video cameras, digital video editing in iMovie and/or Final Cut Pro, and use of microphones and sound. Students use these skills to aid in creation of their final course project. (Formerly Visual Ethnography Media Lab.) Concurrent enrollment in course 124 is required. Enrollment restricted to juniors and seniors.
SOCY 125
Society and Nature
Upper Division
5 units
A healthy society requires a stable and sustainable relationship between society and nature. Covering past, present, and future, the course covers environmental history of the U.S., the variety and extent of environmental problems today, and explores their likely development in our lifetimes. Enrollment is restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)
SOCY 126
Sex and Sexuality as Social Practice and Representation
Upper Division
5 units
Explores social and cultural aspects of human sexuality and reproduction, including how and why meanings and behaviors are contested. Analyzes sexuality and reproduction as forms of social and political control as well as cultural expression and self-determination. (Formerly Sociology of Sex) Enrollment restricted to junior and senior sociology, critical race and ethnic studies, feminist studies, Latin American/sociology combined, and global information and social enterprise majors, proposed majors, and minors. Enrollment limited to 90.
SOCY 127
Drugs in Society
Upper Division
5 units
Explores the history of the use and abuse of consciousness-altering substances like alcohol and other drugs. Social-psychological theories of addiction are reviewed in tandem with political-economic analyses to identify the social conditions under which the cultural practices involved in drug use come to be defined as public problems. An introductory sociology course is recommended prior to taking this course. (Also offered as Legal Studies 127. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment is restricted to majors and minors in legal studies, sociology, Latin American/sociology combined, and global information and social enterprise.
SOCY 127P
Sociology of Drugs, Botanicals and Pharmaceuticals
Upper Division
5 units
Engages the social, historical, and economic trajectories of the drugs, illicit and licit, botanical and pharmaceutical within U.S. society. Through an examination of case studies, and other texts of encounter, explores how international, state, and local actors mediate as interlocutors between globalized interests, local knowledges, and the molecules we have increasingly come to know, ingest, and incorporate. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior sociology, biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, community studies, Latin American/sociology combined, and global information and social enterprise majors, proposed majors, and minors. Prerequisite(s): course 1 or 10 or 15; or by permission of the instructor.
SOCY 128
Law and Politics in Contemporary Japan and East Asian Societies
Upper Division
5 units
Introduction to contemporary analysis of Japan's race relations, ethnic conflicts, and a government's failure to restore remedial justice for war victims in Japan, Asia, and the U.S. Specific issues include comfort women, national or state narratives on Hiroshima, forced labor during World War II, and Haydon legislation that allows war victims to sue the Japanese government and corporations in California. (Also offered as Legal Studies 126. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in legal studies, sociology, community studies, Latin American/sociology combined, global information and social enterprise, and critical race and ethnic studies. Enrollment limited to 30.
SOCY 128C
Social History of Democracy, Anarchism, and Indigenism
Upper Division
5 units
Provided an overview of socio-political theories and thoughts from Athenian Direct Democracy in 500 BC, to Classical Liberalism, Social Contract, Libertarian Socialism, Anarcho-Syndicalism, Neo-Liberalism, Anarcho-Primitism, and lastly Indigenism in relation to the revival of indigenous knowledge, the"Mother Earth" law, and the restoration of the nature's rights as espoused by many governments in the Third World today. (Also offered as Legal Studies 128C. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): course 1, 10, or 15. Enrollment restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior sociology, critical race and ethnic studies, community studies, legal studies, Latin American/sociology combined, and GISES majors, proposed majors, and minors. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
SOCY 128I
Race and Law
Upper Division
5 units
An introduction to comparative and historical analyses of the relation between race and law in the U.S. Emphasis on examinations of continuous colonial policies and structural mechanisms that help maintain and perpetuate racial inequality in law, criminal justice, and jury trials. (Formerly Race and Justice) (Also offered as Legal Studies 128I. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in legal studies, sociology, community studies, Latin American/sociology combined, global information and social enterprise, and critical race and ethnic studies.
SOCY 128J
The World Jury on Trial
Upper Division
5 units
Adoption of the jury and its varied forms in different nations provides ideal opportunities to examine differences between systems of popular legal participation. Course considers reasons why the right to jury trial is currently established in Japan or Asian societies, but abandoned or severely curtailed in others. American jury contrasted with other forms of lay participation in the legal process. (Also offered as Legal Studies 128J. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in legal studies, sociology, community studies, Latin American/sociology combined, global information and social enterprise, and critical race and ethnic studies. Enrollment limited to 30.
SOCY 128M
International Law and Global Justice
Upper Division
5 units
Examines war crimes, crimes against humanity, and the evolution and role of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Examines the evolution of the concept of international law, the rationale for its birth and existence, roots of international conflicts and genocides, possible remedies available to victims, mechanisms for the creation and enforcement of international legal order, as well as the role of colonialism, migration, poverty, race/ethnic conflicts, gender, and international corporations in creating and maintaining conflicts and wars. (Also offered as Legal Studies 128M. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in legal studies, sociology, community studies, Latin American/sociology combined, global information and social enterprise, and critical race and ethnic studies. Enrollment limited to 30.
SOCY 129
Popular Culture and Cultural Studies
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the hidden politics of popular pleasure, studying the workings of domination and transgression in popular culture and everyday life. Explores not only media representations but cultural practices as well. Examines both cultural production and consumption. Considers how hegemonic discourses render the politics of resistance invisible. (Formerly Popular Culture.) Prerequisite(s): course 105A or 105B. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior majors and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined.
SOCY 130
Sociology of Food
Upper Division
5 units
Following food from mouth to dirt, explores the politics, economy, and culture of eating, feeding, buying, selling, and growing food. Topics cover both the political economy of the food system as well as how body and nature are contested categories at either "end" of this system. Enrollment restricted to juniors and seniors. Enrollment restricted to sociology majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined majors. Enrollment limited to 60.
SOCY 131
Media, Marketing, and Culture
Upper Division
5 units
Explores relationship between modern forms of cultural production and the economy and society in which they emerge. Course reads, screens, and discusses variety of the cultural texts: from the historical and theoretical to the commercial, popular, and counter-cultural. (Formerly Culture, Economy, and Power.) Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, community studies, and Latin American studies/sociology combined.
SOCY 132
Sociology of Science and Technology
Upper Division
5 units
Reviews social and cultural perspectives on science and technology, including functionalist, Marxist, Kuhnian, social constructionist, ethnographic, interactionist, anthropological, historical, feminist, and cultural studies perspectives. Topics include sociology of knowledge, science as a social problem, lab studies, representations, practice, controversies, and biomedical knowledge and work. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors and minors in sociology, biology, biochemistry, critical race and ethnic studies, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined. Enrollment limited to 20.
SOCY 133
Currents in African American Cultural Politics
Upper Division
5 units
Takes as its subject, the dialogues, debates, conceptions, and strategies of self representation produced by blacks in the U.S. and Atlantic world in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These issues are examined through the insights of feminist theory, cultural studies, media studies, sociology, and African American studies. Enrollment restricted to juniors and seniors. (General Education Code(s): E.)
SOCY 134
Television and the Nation
Upper Division
5 units
The role of American network television in the production of the post-war American national imagination is our focus. Our approach will explore issues of media power, especially television's industrial apparatus, its network structure, its strategies of representation in relationship to the construction of the image of the nation, and the meaning of citizens, consumers, and audiences. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors and minors in sociology, Latin America and Latino studies/sociology combined, global information and social enterprise studies, history, literature, and film and digital media.
SOCY 136
Social Psychology
Upper Division
5 units
Major theories and concepts in sociological study of social psychology. Topics include identity and social interaction, deviance, sociology of emotions, social narratives, and the social construction of reality. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior sociology majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined. Enrollment limited to 218. (General Education Code(s): PE-H.)
SOCY 137
Deviance and Conformity
Upper Division
5 units
Why certain social acts are considered threatening and how individuals or groups become stigmatized. Sociological analysis of the institutions and processes of social control and the experience of becoming deviant and living with a stigmatized identity. Introductory course in sociology recommended. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior sociology majors, minors, and proposed majors, global information and social enterprise studies minors, and Latin American and Latino studies/sociology combined majors and proposed majors. Enrollment limited to 68. (General Education Code(s): PE-H.)
SOCY 139
Field Research Methods
Upper Division
5 units
Research practicum which examines methods and problems of qualitative field research both through examining literature published in this tradition and by carrying out directed field exercises. Students also design and carry out their own research project. Prerequisite(s): course 103B. Enrollment limited to 20.
SOCY 139D
Critical Digital Methods
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces critical digital methods to examine ethical and epistemological concerns with Big Data, archives and digital collections, organizational records, mobile ethnographies, social media, and crowd-sourced data. Students use open-source text mining and data-visualization programs. Prerequisite(s): courses 1, 10, or 15; and 3A. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior sociology, Latin American and Latino studies/sociology, and global information and social enterprise majors, proposed majors, and minors. Enrollment limited to 35.
SOCY 139T
Community-Engaged Research Practicum
Upper Division
5 units
Covers the theories and methods associated with community-based and participatory action research. Students review relevant scholarship then engage in a collective field reserach project in collaboration with a community organization. Themes, collaborations, and research projects vary. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior sociology, Latin American and Latino studies/sociology, and global information and social enterprise majors, proposed majors, and minors. May be repeated for credit.
SOCY 140
Social Psychology of Power
Upper Division
5 units
This course uses historical, sociological, and social psychological materials to introduce students to issues concerning class and power, religion and power, minorities and power, women and power, the rise of the New Right, and the successes and failures of the Left. Prerequisite(s): course 1, 10, or 15 or Psychology 40. Enrollment restricted to juniors and seniors.
SOCY 141
Group Process
Upper Division
5 units
The study of group development and interpersonal behavior based primarily on observation of the class discussion group. Readings are drawn from psychology and fiction as well as from sociology. Offered in alternate academic years. Enrollment restricted to senior sociology majors. Enrollment limited to 18.
SOCY 142
Language and Social Interaction
Upper Division
5 units
Concerns the routine and taken-for-granted activities that make up our interactions with one another, consisting in large part—but not exclusively—of verbal exchanges. Emphasis on the socially situated character of communication, whether intimacy between two people or dominance of a group. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, language studies, linguistics, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined. Enrollment limited to 57.
SOCY 143
Conversation Analysis
Upper Division
5 units
A working seminar, involving the analysis of actual conversations. Covers fundamental ethical, conceptual, and methodological issues that arise in the collection of conversational data, as well as the skills and techniques of conversation analysis. Given our operating assumption, that talk is a primary means of constructing social identities, there is a heavy thematic emphasis on gender, status, and power in conversation. Prerequisite(s): course 142 or by permission of instructor. Enrollment restricted to juniors and seniors. Enrollment limited to 20.
SOCY 144
Sociology of Women
Upper Division
5 units
Analysis of the social significance and social production of gender. Some consideration of how sex differences have developed. Major emphasis on the impact of gender as a categorical imperative in the present social context. In this context, the course is also about sexual segregation, sexual inequality, and the dynamics of interpersonal power. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, feminist studies, global information and enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined,
SOCY 145
Sociology of Masculinities
Upper Division
5 units
Examines conflicting views on the development and state of modern masculinity as adaptation, transitional phase, or pathology. Did men lose the "gender war"? Do boys need rescuing? What are common and divergent social experiences of men within race, class, gender, culture, era? An introductory sociology course recommended. (Formerly Sociology of Men.) Enrollment restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, psychology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined majors.
SOCY 146
Sociology of Violence, War, and Peace
Upper Division
5 units
Explores key issues, theories, and topics in the study of violence, war, and peace. Addresses aspects of aggression, personal violence, political violence, and war. In addition, various strategies for the prevention of violence and war are examined.
SOCY 149
Sex and Gender
Upper Division
5 units
Modern analyses of sexuality and gender show personal life closely linked to large-scale social structures: power relations, economic processes, structures of emotion. Explores these links, examining questions of bodily difference, femininity and masculinity, structures of inequality, the state in sexual politics, and the global re-making of gender in modern history. Recommended as background: any lower-division sociology course. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined majors.
SOCY 150
Sociology of Death and Dying
Upper Division
5 units
Explores contemporary, historical, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives on the social psychology of death and dying. Cultural norms and institutional contexts are studied, along with the individual experience, and the ways in which our perspectives on death and dying influence our experiences of life and living. Enrollment restricted to juniors and seniors.
SOCY 152
Body and Society
Upper Division
5 units
Critically examines the place of the human body in contemporary society. Focuses on the social and cultural construction of bodies, including how they are gendered, racialized, sexualized, politicized, represented, colonized, contained, controlled, and inscribed. Discusses relationship between embodiment, lived experiences, and social action. Focuses on body politics in Western society and culture, especially the United States. Prerequisite(s): course 105A or course 105B. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors and minors in sociology, global information and enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined. Enrollment limited to 50.
SOCY 153
Sociology of Emotions
Upper Division
5 units
Examines sociological approaches to the understanding of emotions and the application of these approaches to work, learning, interpersonal relationships, health and illness, sports, and other aspects of everyday life. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined majors.
SOCY 154
Cross-National and Cross-Cultural Research
Upper Division
5 units
Examines a variety of theoretical, methodological, and substantive approaches to cross-national and cross-cultural research. Focuses on the importance and variety of cross-national and cross-cultural studies. Prerequisite(s): course 103B. Enrollment limited to 20.
SOCY 155
Political Consciousness
Upper Division
5 units
Explores the relationship between consciousness, ideology, and political behaviors from voting to rebellion. Special attention is given to the lived experience and the identity interests that complicate the nexus of class position and political ideology. An introductory sociology course is recommended as preparation.
SOCY 156
U.S. Latina/o Identities: Centers and Margins
Upper Division
5 units
Explores historical and contemporary constructions of Latina/o identities and experiences in U.S. Particular emphasis placed on transcultural social contexts, racial formations, and intersections with other identities including sexuality and gender. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and enterprise, Latin American studies, and Latin American studies/sociology combined. Enrollment limited to 50. (General Education Code(s): ER, E.)
SOCY 157
Sexualities and Society
Upper Division
5 units
Explores controversies in the sociology of sexuality. Focuses on tensions and disagreements that characterize debates over sex and society, and attempts to identify political and theoretical issues at stake in these debates. Enrollment restricted to sophomore, junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, feminist studies, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined. Enrollment limited to 30.
SOCY 158
Politics of Sex Work and Erotic Labor
Upper Division
5 units
Examines sex work in an historical and cultural context, considering how it has changed over time. Considers the relationship of pornography, exotic dance, and selling sex on the Internet to racialization, queer politics, globalization, and tourism. Employs theories and methods of cultural studies in rethinking historical debates on sex work. Prerequisite(s): courses 120 and 126. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, feminist studies, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined.
SOCY 159
Latinos and Population Change
Upper Division
5 units
Examines key theories of demographics change (fertility, mortality, and migration) in important policy issues, such as the aging of America, racial categorization, and immigration. Explores political and economic factors that have led to the changing face of the U.S. over the last century and key legislative changes that have changed the experience of immigrants. Students use primary demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau and learn basic tools for demographic data access and presentation. (Formerly Latin American and Latino Studies 163.) (Also offered as Latin American&Latino Studies 159. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): course 100A or Sociology 103A or Sociology 105A, or by permission of instructor. Enrollment restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (General Education Code(s): PE-H, E.)
SOCY 160
Project Homeless Connect: The Integration of Theory and Practice
Upper Division
5 units
Discusses concepts of social research, development, and culture as they relate to homelessness at both the local and global level. Themes include: the existence of power and resistance in society and the mechanism for social reproduction and change Enrollment by interview only. Enrollment restricted to juniors and seniors. Enrollment limited to 20.
SOCY 161
Animals and Society
Upper Division
5 units
Non-human animals make up an important part of human society. We look at them as food and clothing, as symbols in our language and schools, in entertainment and recreation, in science and medicine, and they have a huge impact on our economy. Some non-human animals we define as family members, and others, as things to be bought and sold. This course explores the complex role of non-human animals in human societies, examining how we, as humans, socially construct animals. Enrollment by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 20.
SOCY 162
Dutch Society
Upper Division
5 units
Reviews Dutch history from its religious wars, Golden Age colonial conquests, and state formation through the Nazi occupation, 1960s revolts, and the assassinations after 2000. Focuses on the rise of the Netherlands' famed culture of tolerance and its fall in the face of Islamic immigration. Enrollment limited to 30. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
SOCY 163
Global Corporations and National States
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the nature and development of the capitalist world system since 1945. Emphasis is on the power of multinational corporations as managers of the world system and the response of states: role of multilateral agencies such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations. Prerequisite(s): course 15. Enrollment is restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined.
SOCY 164
Capitalism and Its Critics
Upper Division
5 units
Through comparative analysis of texts by several social theorists, explores the rise and consequences of capitalism. How has capitalism affected how humans understand and act in the world? How do oppressions along the lines of race, gender, sexuality, and nations intersect with capitalism? Is resistance desirable and/or possible? Enrollment restricted to junior and senior sociology, global information and enterprise, and combined Latin American and Latin Studies/sociology majors, proposed majors, and minors, or by instructor permission. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
SOCY 164T
Marx and Marxist Theory
Upper Division
5 units
Along with studying Marx's anatomy of capitalist society, this course also explores the work of Marxist theorists from the early 20th century through the contemporary moment. (Formerly Social Theory and the Marxian Tradition.) Prerequisite(s): course 105A or consent of instructor.
SOCY 165
World Systems Perspective
Upper Division
5 units
Seminar on the intellectual origins and contemporary exponents of the world-systems perspective in the social sciences: Marx, Braudel, Polanyi, Arrighi, Wallerstein. Prerequisite(s): courses 105A and 105B or permission of instructor.
SOCY 166
Economics for Non-Economists
Upper Division
5 units
Fosters economic literacy among students who are not economics majors but are interested in the political and social ramifications of economic change. Emphasizes economic institutions and policy and is taught by case-study method, which requires active student participation. Enrollment restricted to juniors and seniors. Enrollment limited to 40.
SOCY 167
Development and Underdevelopment
Upper Division
5 units
Examines contemporary debates about development in the Third World: alternative meanings of development, recent work on the impact of colonial rule, how some economies have industrialized, ideas about agrarian change, and recent research on paths out of poverty. Students work in pairs to examine a development in one country since World War II. Prerequisite(s): course 15, or by permission of the instructor. Enrollment restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, anthropology, politics, global economics, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined majors.
SOCY 168
Social Justice
Upper Division
5 units
What is social justice? People answer this question differently, depending upon their sociological perspective. Using a combination of political philosophy and sociological studies, explores five perspectives on social justice within the Western sociological tradition: utilitarianism, Marxism, liberal egalitarianism, communitarianism, and pluralism. Students pick a topic and learn to articulate different visions of socially just change based on these perspectives. Prerequisite(s): course 105A. Enrollment limited to 60.
SOCY 169
Social Inequality
Upper Division
5 units
A survey of theories and systems of social stratification focusing on such phenomena as race, class, power, and prestige. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior sociology and Latin American studies/sociology combined majors. Enrollment limited to 48. (General Education Code(s): E.)
SOCY 170
Ethnic and Status Groups
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the enduring and changing status of ethnic and other visible minority groups in the United States, e.g., Latinos, Asian Americans, African Americans, and immigrants, with comparative materials drawn from other societies. An introductory course in ethnicity and race is recommended as preparation. Enrollment restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined. Enrollment limited to 50. Satisfies American History and Institutions Requirement. (General Education Code(s): E.)
SOCY 171
Exploring Global Inequality
Upper Division
5 units
Seminar focusing on readings of key texts and recent research papers on several dimensions of global inequality (material, health, gender, cultural, migration) to find innovative ways of understanding the connections among different dimensions of inequality and of visualizing inequality in digital media. Students prepare visual presentations on contemporary social inequalities suitable for an online (for example, http://ucatlas.ucsc.edu/) or print atlas. Enrollment restricted to seniors. Enrollment limited to 30.
SOCY 172
Sociology of Social Movements
Upper Division
5 units
Through readings on social movements that span the 20th century, course examines the causes of popular mobilizations, their potential for rapid social change, and the theories developed to understand and explain their role in modern social life. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined majors. Enrollment limited to 40. (General Education Code(s): PE-H.)
SOCY 173
Water
Upper Division
5 units
Analyzes access to clean water, both in the American West and global South. Reviews water quality, pivotal role of water in settlement and society, history and contemporary inequalities, water supplies, international conflict over water, climate change, and human use of water. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior sociology majors, and proposed majors, and minors in sociology, environmental studies, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined. Enrollment limited to 60. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)
SOCY 173X
Water and Sanitation Justice
Upper Division
5 units
In the global North and South, inequalities in water and sanitation are issues of justice as much as income. One billion people worldwide lack safe water, 2.5 billion lack basic sanitation. Course explores: North-South comparison, water governance, human rights, poverty, climate justice, irrigation, and more. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)
SOCY 174
Twenty-First-Century African American Social Structure
Upper Division
5 units
A sociological overview of African American society in the 21st century. The changing patterns of social/cultural organization, class structure, and modes of political action are analyzed. This analysis is located within the framework of migration, urbanization, and social struggle among black Americans. Prerequisite(s): course 10 or 20. (General Education Code(s): E.)
SOCY 176
Women and Work
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the history of women and work; women's current conditions of work and political, economic, and social factors affecting these conditions; means by which women may shape working conditions including contributing leadership, developing policies, building unity, and creating alliances. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, feminist studies, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined.
SOCY 176A
Work and Inequality
Upper Division
5 units
Addresses how work is organized and shapes life changes. Covers: the history of paid work; the impact of technology; race/class/gender at work; professional and service work; work and family; collective responses to work; and challenges of work in a globalizing economy. (Formerly Work and Society.) Enrollment restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, community studies, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined majors.
SOCY 177
Urban Sociology
Upper Division
5 units
Historical and contemporary examination of urban life including community, race, geography, urban and suburban cultures and lifestyles, stratification, housing, crime, economic and environmental issues, demographic changes, and global urbanization. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined. Enrollment limited to 60.
SOCY 177A
Latinos/as and the American Global City
Upper Division
5 units
Examines roles of emerging Latino/a majorities in urban centers across the U.S. Explores the "Latinization" of U.S. cities and various factors affecting the life chances of Latinos/as including, but not limited to, immigration, segregation, social movements, and other forms of political participation. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, Latin American and latino studies, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined. Enrollment limited to 40.
SOCY 177E
Eco-Metropolis: Research Seminar in Urban and Environmental Studies
Upper Division
5 units
Explores the intersection of cities and the environment through the emerging field of urban environmental studies. Focuses on varied and often contested efforts at "urban sustainability" in recent history. Draws on literatures in environmental history, environmental and urban sociology, geography, political ecology, and cultural studies. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, community studies, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined.
SOCY 177G
Global Cities
Upper Division
5 units
Explores how "global cities" have facilitated increasing integration of the diverse cultures and economies of the world. Using historical, sociological, and comparative methods, analyzes how these spaces both enable and constrain transnational flows of capital, labor, information, and culture. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, community studies, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined.
SOCY 178
Sociology of Social Problems
Upper Division
5 units
Views "problems" in society not as given but as social constructs. Examines the ways in which conditions in society become identified and defined as problems and consequences that follow from such a process. Prerequisite(s): courses 105A and 105B. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined.
SOCY 179
Nature, Poverty, and Progress: Dilemmas of Development and Environment
Upper Division
5 units
Concerns about environmental change, including global warming, threats to the ozone layer, and industrial pollution, raise questions about Third World development. Simple views of the relation between society and nature, such as blaming population growth, industrialization, or poor people, seem to preclude higher living standards. Uses debates and case studies to explore more subtle and optimistic views of social-natural relations. Restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in environmental studies, sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined majors. Course 15 recommended.
SOCY 179L
Nature, Poverty, and Progress Laboratory
Upper Division
5 units
For enrollees in course 179, this optional lab provides opportunity to research ideas and produce a rough business plan for green enterprise of choice. Examples include compostable packaging, gray water systems, sustainable manufacturing, solar-powered submarines, green consulting, and other enterprises. Concurrent enrollment in course 179 required. Enrollment limited to 20.
SOCY 180
Social Movements of the 1960s
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the roots, development, and political outcomes of black civil rights organizations during the Sixties. Explores social and structural forces, mobilization of black communities, strategies and tactics used, nature of the relationships between various civil rights organizations, unity and disunity among organizations, leadership gains, and impact on race relations in the U.S. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined majors. Enrollment limited to 45.
SOCY 184
Hunger and Famine
Upper Division
5 units
Why do famines happen? Why are some hungry and some over-fed? Recent advances in the understanding of food crises and chronic undernutrition are the focus of this course. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined.
SOCY 185
Environmental Inequality
Upper Division
5 units
Modern society not only assaults nature, it does so in ways that reproduce existing social inequalities. Reviews three types of contemporary environmental inequality (environmental racism, displacement, and privilege), and the processes the produced them focusing on industrialization, urbanization, and the rise of capitalism in Europe and the United States. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise,environmental studies, and Latin American studies/sociology combined. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)
SOCY 186
Field Research Methods
Upper Division
5 units
Introduction to field research methods that consider theory, methodological challenges, and epistemology in conducting research. Explains the research process, including designing research questions, interview instruments, concepts maps, and methods of data collection, and data analysis. (Meets the methods requirement in Latin America and Latino studies.) (Also offered as Latin American&Latino Studies 186. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): course 100, and 100A or 100W. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior Latin American and Latino studies majors, minors, and combined majors and Sociology majors.
SOCY 187
Feminist Theory
Upper Division
5 units
Examination of shifts in 20th- and 21st-century feminist theory and epistemology. Considers various deconstructive challenges to second wave feminism based on the politics of race, ethnicity, nation, sexuality, and class. Focus changes regularly. Prerequisite(s): course 105B, and either course 144 or 149 or Feminist Studies 1 or 100. Enrollment limited to 35.
SOCY 188A
Social Change in the Global Economy
Upper Division
5 units
Explores local dimensions of globalization, focusing on experiencing more global divisions of labor in both industrialized and developing countries. Themes include: economic integration and dislocation; new forms of governance; globalizing consumption and culture; gender; and popular resistance. Prerequisite(s): course 15. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined majors. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
SOCY 196A
Capstone: The Sociologist as Public Intellectual
Upper Division
5 units
Students hear a selected group of faculty discuss their current research and how that research furthers public understanding and discussion of some vital contemporary social issue. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior sociology majors.
SOCY 196B
Capstone: The Sociologist as Public Intellectual
Upper Division
5 units
Students hear a selected group of faculty discuss their current research and how that research furthers public understanding and discussion of some vital contemporary social issue. This version of the capstone is only available to students who have consulted with the department and were determined to need the alternate Disciplinary Communications (DC) requirement. Students must consult with the department to determine if they cannot satisfy the DC requirement through the regular pathways, course 103B or courses 105A and 105B. Prerequisite(s): Consultation with department undergraduate adviser. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior sociology majors.
SOCY 201
The Making of Classical Theory
Graduate
5 units
Examines the establishment of "theory" in the discipline of sociology. Introduces students to close readings and analysis of a core selection of social theory. Problematizes the construction, maintenance, and reproduction of a theoretical canon in sociology. Enrollment restricted to graduate students in sociology and by permission number. Enrollment limited to 20.
SOCY 202
Contemporary Sociological Theory
Graduate
5 units
Intensive survey of major tendencies in modern social thought, including functionalism, symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, critical theory, structuralism, phenomenology, neo-Marxism, and feminist theory. Enrollment restricted to graduate students in sociology and by permission number.
SOCY 203
Sociological Methods
Graduate
5 units
Approaches methods as a series of conscious and strategic choices for doing various kinds of research. Introduces students to the epistemological questions of method in social sciences; to key issues in "technique," particularly control, reliability, and validity; and to good examples of social research. Enrollment restricted to graduate students in sociology and by permission number.
SOCY 204
Methods of Quantitative Analysis
Graduate
5 units
Students are provided with intuitive explanation of fundamental concepts in statistics and learn how to use statistics to answer sociological questions. Experience and guidance in using computers to efficiently analyze data are provided. Enrollment restricted to graduate students in sociology and by permission number. Enrollment limited to 20.
SOCY 205
Field Research Methods
Graduate
5 units
Gives students first-hand experience doing fieldwork with an emphasis on participant observation and some interviewing. Students submit weekly field notes and a final project analysis. At seminar meetings, field experiences and relevant literature are examined. Enrollment restricted to graduate students in sociology and by permission number. Enrollment limited to 10. Offered in alternate academic years.
SOCY 206
Comparative Historical Methods
Graduate
5 units
Overview of research strategies and methods used in historical and social sciences. Students read works exemplifying a variety of analytical approaches. Written assignments cultivate critical skills, weighing of tradeoffs inherent in all methodological choices, and elaboration of hypothetical research designs. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 20.
SOCY 208
Writing Practicum
Graduate
5 units
Writing intensive course designed to facilitate the completion of the master's thesis, orals field statement, or the dissertation in sociology. The seminar is convened by a faculty member in conjunction with students and their adviser or appropriate committee chair. Students are expected to produce and present drafts of work completed in the seminar. Enrollment restricted to sociology graduate students and by permission number. Enrollment limited to 12.
SOCY 209
The Analysis of Cultural Forms
Graduate
5 units
Examines material and symbolic forms such as media products, cultural artifacts, language, nonverbal communication and social practices using discourse, textual, content, interpretive, and conversation analyses as well as ethnography and different channels of communication. Theoretically, relies on cultural studies, communication studies, cultural sociology, film studies, and ethnomethodology. Enrollment restricted to sociology graduate students.
SOCY 220
Global Transformation: Macrosociological Perspectives
Graduate
5 units
Classical concepts and contemporary approaches in macrosociology, the study of large-scale, long term social change. Readings drawn primarily from the Marxian and Weberian traditions (new institutionalism, varieties of neo-Marxism, environmental history, state centrism) as they focus on agrarian and industrial structures and commodity chains; household, village, and neighborhood organization; social movements and revolutions; culture, ideology, and consciousness; policy analysis; comparative urban, national, and civilizational development. Enrollment restricted to graduate students in sociology. Enrollment limited to 15.
SOCY 222
Political Sociology
Graduate
5 units
A survey of major works and themes in the relationship of politics and society, with primary emphasis on the compatibilities and contradictions of pluralist, elite, and class perspectives on the state. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
SOCY 223
Sociology of the Environment
Graduate
5 units
Advanced treatment of the dominant ideas of nature and the environment in the West and their relationship to the development of Western capitalism. Leading Western theories of environmental crisis and their relation with ideologies of environmentalism and environmental movements. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 20. May be repeated for credit.
SOCY 224
Globalization: Theories and Social Movements
Graduate
5 units
Examines the structures, processes, and movements associated with globalization processes. Reviews political economy theories, cultural theories systems, state industrial policies, and popular responses to globalization. Also assesses contribution of resistance movements informed by class, ethno-nationalism, religion, or gender. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 25. Offered in alternate academic years. May be repeated for credit.
SOCY 225
Political Economy for Sociologists
Graduate
5 units
Examines rudiments of historical materialism in light of advances in cultural and ecological Marxism. Basic categories of Marxist political economy. Thematic focus on the "first" and "second" contradictions of capitalism in world economy today. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
SOCY 227
Learning from Environmental Historians
Graduate
5 units
Looks at several major themes in the sociology of the environment and asks how the works of environmental history address those themes. Includes reflections on how history as a method interrogates social questions. Possible themes include: sustainability; social justice; universalism vs. particularity; city and country; and social movements. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 8.
SOCY 229
Work and Labor Markets in the New Economy
Graduate
5 units
Focuses on the interaction of work restructuring and existing race/class/gender inequalities. Themes include: the labor process and theories of consent; labor market segmentation; job and occupational segregation; information technologies, flexible work, and post-industrialism; flexible employment relations; and low-wage service and labor markets. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
SOCY 230
Theory and Method in the Sociology of Marx
Graduate
5 units
Examines theoretical and methodological implications of Marxist theory for empirical social research. Analyzes how historians and social scientists apply Marxist method in explaining society, social change, globalization, culture, and late capitalism. Goal is to assist students to employ Marxist theory and method creatively in their research projects. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 12.
SOCY 240
Inequality and Identity
Graduate
5 units
Explores recent theoretical and empirical studies of race, class, gender, and sexuality with an emphasis on the production of identities and their relationship to processes and structures of power in a postcolonial context. Enrollment restricted to graduate students in sociology.
SOCY 241
Cross-National and Cross-Cultural Research
Graduate
5 units
Seminar examining theoretical and methodological issues in doing cross-national and cross-cultural research. In addition to a consideration of different research paradigms and approaches, representative works from each comparative tradition are examined. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
SOCY 242
Feminist Research Seminar
Graduate
5 units
Provides scholarly support to students doing feminist research. Examines issues concerning conceptualization of feminism and feminist research. Explores relation of feminist research to intersections of gender, class, and race; to the self; to power; and to transformative social praxis. Students present and are given assistance with their work, as well as listen to, read, and assist with the work of others. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 10.
SOCY 244
Race and Ethnicity
Graduate
5 units
A critical survey of the theoretical issues of persistence and change, public policy, and recent empirical studies in the field of race and ethnic relations. Readings introduce comparative race relations and a historical background of major theoretical paradigms in the field which purport to explain race and ethnic relations in general and race relations in America specifically. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15. Offered in alternate academic years.
SOCY 245
Feminist Theory
Graduate
5 units
Examination of shifts in 20th- and 21st-century feminist theory and epistemology. Explores the decentering of universalist feminist theories and asks what constitutes feminist theory after gender has been decentered. Considers various deconstructive challenges to second-wave feminist theory based on the politics of race, ethnicity, nation, sexuality, and class. Focus changes regularly. Enrollment restricted to sociology graduate students. Enrollment limited to 12.
SOCY 246
Class, Culture, and Movement
Graduate
5 units
Analyzes impact of ethnicity, gender, and religion on the class situation of laboring people in a globalized economy by intensive reading and critique of classic studies, explaining how social movements reflect combinations of social relations and cultural practices. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
SOCY 247
Race and Class
Graduate
5 units
Introduces the student to the recent literature on race and class. Covers several different theoretical perspectives including internal colonialism, labor market segmentation theories, racial formation, and neo-gramscian cultural analyses. In addition to study of theory, also compares theoretical perspectives to the historical experience of minority groups, in particular, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians. Enrollment restricted to sociology graduate students.
SOCY 249
Feminisms and Cultural Politics
Graduate
5 units
Focuses on the role feminist discourses play in contemporary cultural politics with the main focus on the politics of sex, sexuality, and sex work. Begins with considerations of (mis)representations of feminisms in popular cultures; considers the relationship between academic and popular feminisms; and interrogates the meaning of terms post-feminism and third-wave feminism. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
SOCY 250
Course Design and Grant-Writing Seminar
Graduate
5 units
A professional training seminar devoted to the philosophical, conceptual, and practical issues of course design, pedagogy, and grant writing. Topics covered: institutional contexts; curriculum (including syllabi, course content, assignments, evaluation); pedagogy; teaching as work/labor process; grant writing; budgets. Enrollment restricted to sociology graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
SOCY 252
Symbolic Interactionism and Sociology of Emotions
Graduate
5 units
Examines classic and contemporary theories and concepts that play a major role in sociological studies of identity, symbolic and social interaction, and the sociology of emotions. Examines how cultural forms, rules, and rituals define, structure, and mediate emotions and how identities are situated within social institutions. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 10.
SOCY 253
Race, Crime, and Justice
Graduate
5 units
An introduction to comparative and historical analyses of relations between race and the criminal justice system. Specific topics include defining race/ethnicity, sentencing disparities, jury nullification, jury selection and decisions, prosecutorial misconduct, government's charging and investigative discretions, and other racially biased law enforcement practices and criminal court processes. Also covers a number of highly publicized trials that involved unmistakable elements of race and racism such as Chin, King, Simpson, and Unabomber cases. Students are also exposed to World Wide Web (Internet) to learn how to do research in the field of criminal justice. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
SOCY 255
Engaging Cultural Studies
Graduate
5 units
Examines feminist and ethnic studies production, appropriation, and transformation of cultural studies theories and methodologies. Considers the utility of various theoretical apparatuses and methodological strategies employed in the interdisciplinary site that combines feminist, ethnic, and cultural studies. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
SOCY 256
Urban Sociology
Graduate
5 units
Introduction to core writings and key theoretical pardigms in urban sociology. Examines the history and contemporary conditions of cities in the U.S. and the urban experience. Urbanization, suburbanization, community, social inequality, urban politics, relationship between the built environment and human behavior. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
SOCY 257
Colonialism, International Law, and Global Justice
Graduate
5 units
Examines colonialism, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and legal remedies, and the role of the International Criminal Court (ICC); traces the history of colonial expansionism, starting from the Roman Empire to the present American imperial dominance in global politics. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
SOCY 258
Global Lay Justice Systems and Direct Democracy
Graduate
5 units
Introduces historical analysis of lay justice participation. Examines global exploration of the use of lay judge institutions in citizen's movements and the assumption that juries are a derivative institution of democratic ideals. Focuses on corporate media creation of anti-jury sentiment. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 10.
SOCY 259
Space and the Politics of Difference
Graduate
5 units
Brings together the fields of sociology and geography to explore the complex and multiple ways of thinking together space and social difference. Course texts examine the co-constitution of space with bodies, subjectivities, and social formations. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 12.
SOCY 260
Culture, Knowledge, Power
Graduate
5 units
An introduction to theoretical approaches and exemplary studies of culture, knowledge, and power which critically interrogate the relationship between cultural formations and the production, circulation, and meaning of knowledges, materials, artifacts, and symbolic forms. Explores the concrete ways that power is organized and operates through different forms and sites, how it interpolates with other forms of power, and examines knowledges and culture as specific forms of power and sites of political struggle. Enrollment restricted to sociology graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.
SOCY 261
Sociology of Knowledge
Graduate
5 units
Explores three main issues: the social determination of knowledge, including natural science; the character of intellectual labor and intellectuals as a social group; the role of organized knowledge and "knowledge industries" in contemporary social change. Texts examined include class-based theories (Lukacs, Mannheim, Gramsci), feminist standpoint analysis (Smith, Harding, etc.), and theories of postmodern culture (Lyotard, Harvey, etc.). Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 20.
SOCY 262
Cultural Practice and Everyday Life
Graduate
5 units
Examines contemporary debates about the role of mass produced expressive symbols in modern industrial societies, and the circumstances of cultural production for its impact on the creation, organization, and use of cultural artifacts. Concern with the use and experience of popular symbols for the ways that their use involves the creation of meanings and the role of such meanings in the social organization of society. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 10.
SOCY 263
Cultural Politics of Difference
Graduate
5 units
Considers the cultural turn and the turn to difference in understanding relations of power and struggles over representation in studies of race, media, and culture. Examines national identity, difference, subjectivity, and authenticity, especially as they bear on quests to create new identifications, alignments, and efforts to protect existing identities. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 10.
SOCY 264
Science, Technology, and Medicine
Graduate
5 units
Explores social and cultural perspectives on science, technology, and medicine. Analyzes theoretical approaches that open up "black boxes" of scientific and biomedical knowledge, including the politics of bodies, objects, and health/illness. Links are made to medical sociology. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
SOCY 268A
Science and Justice: Experiments in Collaboration
Graduate
5 units
Considers the practical and epistemological necessity of collaborative research in the development of new sciences and technologies that are attentive to questions of ethics and justice. Enrollment by permission of instructor. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. (Also offered as Biomolecular Engineering 268A and Feminist Studies 268A and Anthropology 267A. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment limited to 15.
SOCY 268B
Science and Justice Research Seminar
Graduate
5 units
Provides in-depth instruction in conducting collaborative interdisciplinary research. Students produce a final research project that explores how this training might generate research that is more responsive to the links between questions of knowledge and questions of justice. Prerequisite(s): Sociology 268A, Biomolecular Engineering 268A, Feminist Studies 268A, or Anthropology 267A. Enrollment by permission of instructor. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. (Also offered as Feminist Studies 268B and Biomolecular Engineering 268B and Anthropology 267B. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment limited to 15.
SOCY 282
Social Policy Research
Graduate
5 units
Policy research. Covers a variety of theoretical perspectives found in policy studies. Surveys various methodological approaches used in policy research. Theories and methods linked to research agendas on the various phases of the policy life cycle. Students are required to design a research proposal. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 10. Offered in alternate academic years.
SOCY 290
Advanced Topics in Sociological Analysis
Graduate
5 units
The topics to be analyzed each year vary with the instructor but focus upon a specific research area. Enrollment restricted to graduate students by consent of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.
SOCY 293
Going on the Job Market
Graduate
5 units
A seminar devoted to the practical problems of securing a job as a professional sociologist. Topics covered: researching colleges, universities, and public and private organizations that employ sociologists; designing a curriculum vitae; writing an application letter; preparing a "job talk;" handling questions during the interview process; the etiquette of visiting (and its aftermath); finding out about them; and the terms of employment: what is negotiable and what is not. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
SOCY 294
Writing for Social Scientists
Graduate
5 units
Seminar on the genres of social science writing, and the problems of starting and finishing a publishable thesis, book, or article. For advanced graduate students working on the composition of their dissertations and journal articles. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 10.