Sociology

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Sociology is the study of society and human behavior with emphasis on group dynamics and social structural dynamics.  Sociological training prepares students for a wide variety of careers including: social services, counseling, politics, public administration, marketing, urban and environmental planning, public relations, personnel, and criminal justice. The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Sociology.  The degree provides preparation for students to complete advanced studies in several areas, including sociology, social work, environmental studies, education, public health and urban planning. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements:

(1) Completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education Breadth Requirements.

(B) A minimum of 18 semester units in a major area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.

(2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0

Title 5 section 55063(a) also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major area of emphasis, or a "P" f the course was taken on a 'pass-no-pass' basis. 

Learning Outcome(s):
  1. Employ the sociological imagination to describe how individual life experiences are shaped by social structures and categories (e.g., race, class, gender, sexuality).
  2. Apply sociological analysis to explain human behavior and the relationship between social structures and interactions.
  3. Identify and explain major sociological theories, research methodologies, and key concepts and apply them to understand historical and contemporary social issues (i.e. social inequalities).
  4. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication.
Required Core
Units:  
SOC 1A
Introduction to Sociology (Active)
3
SOC 1B
Introduction to Sociology: Social Problems (Active)
3
MATH 5
Introduction to Statistics (Active)
3
List A
SOC 21
Marriage and the Family (Active)
3
SOC 3
Sociology of Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Identity (Active)
3
List B (Select 1 Course)
SOC 4
Sociology of Gender (Active)
3
SOC 10
Mass Media and Society (Active)
3
General Education Requirements: CSU GE: 39; IGETC: 37
Units: 37-39
Electives needed to reach 60 units
Units: 3
Total: 49-51
SOC 1AIntroduction to Sociology (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. Analysis of the structure and dynamics of human society focusing on basic concepts, theories and methods; the development of culture; the socialization process; group behavior; social inequality, deviance; sexism, racism, and ageism; major social structures and social institutions; human ecology, and global dynamics. Emphasizes contemporary American society. (C-ID: SOCI 110) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2015 to Fall 2020.
SOC 1AIntroduction to Sociology (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Analysis of the structure and dynamics of human society focusing on basic concepts, theories and methods; the development of culture; the socialization process; group behavior; social inequality, deviance; sexism, racism, and ageism; major social structures and social institutions; human ecology, and global dynamics. Emphasizes contemporary American society. (C-ID: SOCI 110) ADVISORY: Completion of English 280 or equivalent skill level recommended. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
SOC 1BIntroduction to Sociology: Social Problems (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course provides an overview of how sociologists understand, identify, and address social problems, including the role of power and ideology in the definition of social problems. Students will be introduced to and critically evaluate various theories to explain and analyze the causes and consequences of social problems, their presence in our lives, and the extent to which they can be defined as social problems. In addition to identifying contemporary social problems, students will explore the root causes of these social problems and search for potential solutions and methods of intervention. Some issues that may be examined are: economic globalization, immigration, poverty, inequalities in educational and employment opportunities, race and gender inequality, and crime and violence in society. (C-ID: SOCI 115) ADVISORY: Sociology 1A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2017.
SOC 3Sociology of Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Identity (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. This course is designed to introduce students to the basic sociological concepts and theories of race, ethnicity and cultural identity in U.S. society. Students will examine race, ethnicity and cultural identity as social constructs that permeate social structures and institutions, and how they change over time and space. Over the semester students will critically analyze the ways which race, ethnicity, class, and gender/sexuality continually shape people's lives and experiences. While the class focuses on U.S. societies, students will also critically compare and contrast race and ethnicity in other societies. (C-ID: SOCI 150) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2018 to Fall 2020.
SOC 3Sociology of Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Identity (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course is designed to introduce students to the basic sociological concepts and theories of race, ethnicity and cultural identity in U.S. society. Students will examine race, ethnicity and cultural identity as social constructs that permeate social structures and institutions, and how they change over time and space. Over the semester students will critically analyze the ways which race, ethnicity, class, and gender/sexuality continually shape people's lives and experiences. While the class focuses on U.S. societies, students will also critically compare and contrast race and ethnicity in other societies. (C-ID: SOCI 150) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2020.
SOC 4Sociology of Gender (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course is designed to introduce students to gender as a basic organizing principle of social life at the macro-analytic institutional level and the micro-analytic individual level. Students will examine how gender, femininity, and masculinity are socially constructed, and how these constructions shape gender, the socialization of gender, how individuals "do" gender, and how these affect self-identity, interpersonal interaction, and inequality in society. Students will critically analyze the interactions of gender with race, class, sexuality, the impact of economic and political change on gender expectations and practices. NOTE: Course formerly Sociology of Women and Men (C-ID: SOCI 140) ADVISORY:ENGL 280 or eligible for ENGL 1A . (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2020.
SOC 4Sociology of Women and Men (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. This course is designed to introduce students to gender as a basic organizing principle of social life at the macro-analytic institutional level and the micro-analytic individual level. Students will examine how gender, femininity, and masculinity are socially constructed, and how these constructions shape gender, the socialization of gender, how individuals "do" gender, and how these affect self-identity, interpersonal interaction, and inequality in society. Students will critically analyze the interactions of gender with race, class, sexuality, the impact of economic and political change on gender expectations and practices. (C-ID: SOCI 140) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2017 to Spring 2020.
SOC 9Global Social Change (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. This course examines the social, economic and political forces that have led to a process known as "globalization." It explores how the global integration of societies, economics, and cultures fundamentally transforms human life with specific emphasis on: the global economy and economic development; transnational political organizations; culture and identity; the effect of globalization on social stratification, including gender/race/ethnic inequalities; transnational migration; environmental change; and transnational social movements. Also listed as POLS 9. PREREQUISITE: English 250 ADVISORY: English 1A (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
SOC 9Global Social Change (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. This course examines the social, economic and political forces that have led to a process known as "globalization." It explores how the global integration of societies, economics, and cultures fundamentally transforms human life with specific emphasis on: the global economy and economic development; transnational political organizations; culture and identity; the effect of globalization on social stratification, including gender/race/ethnic inequalities; transnational migration; environmental change; and transnational social movements. Also listed as POLS 9. PREREQUISITE: English 250 ADVISORY: English 1A (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2012 to Fall 2020.
SOC 10Mass Media and Society (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course helps students understand the 20th century revolution in mass media by focusing on the history, economics and social impact of the newspaper, book publishing, magazine, film, television, public relations, advertising and music industries. Students will study audience, propaganda and mass communication theory; and discuss new technology, ethnic media in the United States, ethical issues and attempts to regulate or control the media. Honors students will complete more in-depth analysis of media issues, and will finish a media-related research project. This course is also listed as JOUR 10. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Summer 2020.
SOC 10Mass Media and Society (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. This course helps us understand the 20th century revolution in mass media by focusing on the history, economics and social impact of the newspaper, book publishing, magazine, film, television, public relations, advertising and music industries. We will study audience, propaganda and mass communication theory; we will discuss new technology, ethnic media in the U.S., ethical issues and attempts to regulate or control the media. Honors students will complete more in-depth analysis of media issues, and will finish a media-related research project. This course is also listed as JOUR 10. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. ADVISORY: English 250, English 260 (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2016 to Summer 2020.
SOC 21Marriage and the Family (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. Overview of the sociological study of the family as a social institution. Examines historical and contemporary family patterns, theoretical perspectives regarding family roles and formation, and the effect of the economy, public policy, and other social institutions on families. Emphasis placed on gender, sexuality, social class, and racial/ethnic diversity in American families. (C-ID: SOCI 130) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2017 to Fall 2020.
SOC 21Marriage and the Family (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Overview of the sociological study of the family as a social institution. Examines historical and contemporary family patterns, theoretical perspectives regarding family roles and formation, and the effect of the economy, public policy, and other social institutions on families. Emphasis placed on gender, sexuality, social class, and racial/ethnic diversity in American families. (C-ID: SOCI 130) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
SOC 22Field Work and Service (0.5-1.0)Active
1.5-3.0 TBA. Supervised field work within the college and with local agencies. Students serve in useful group activities in leadership roles prescribed for them by faculty or community agencies. A maximum of six units may be completed. This is a pass/no pass course. REQUIRED: Learning contracts must be filled out and signed by the student and the supervising instructor. (Pass/No Pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.
SOC 23Independent Study (1.0-2.0)Active
3.0-6.0 TBA. Designed to afford selected students specialized opportunities for exploring areas at the independent study level. The courses may involve extensive library work, research in the community, or special projects. May be repeated until six units of credit are accrued. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. REQUIRED: The study outline prepared by the student and the instructor must be filed with the department and the dean. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.
SOC 25Sociology of Crime and Deviance (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Sociological analysis of crime and deviance, criminal and deviant behavior, and the criminal justice system. Explores the history and social construction of crime and criminality and examines the definition of crime and its violations as well as the laws and methods used to control criminal behavior. Discuss measurement of crime and basic theoretical explanations of criminal behavior. Advisory: Completion of ENGL 280 or equivalent. C-ID (SOCI 160). (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.