Courses & Schedules

Examination of aging throughout adulthood. Analysis of theories of aging, their foundations in social science theory, and their policy implications. Exploration of the meanings and consequences of increasing longevity for society and the individual, with emphasis on the social psychological implications for women, minorities, and those who are poor. Prerequisites: Open to Sociology majors/minors and HD majors only.

Introduces relationships between self and society, including the formation and change of attitudes and values, interaction and interpersonal dynamics, and the cultural influences on them. Topics include symbolic interactionism, personal and social identities, motivation, prejudice, and the consequences of ethnicity, class, and gender. Grade only. Satisfies GE UD D (Social Sciences). Prerequisites: Completion of GE Golden Four (A1, A2, A3, B4) with a C- or better, completion of lower division GE D coursework and at least 45 units.

This course provides an overview and history of the relationship between society and the environment, including such issues as climate change, human health, biodiversity, resource extraction, and industrial pollution. It investigates their causes, impacts, and politics at local, national, and global scales.

This course approaches anthropogenic climate change as a social problem. It addresses the social, political, economic and cultural factors that shape drivers, impacts, and responses to global climate change. Rather than studying global warming as an environmental problem or one caused by humanity as a whole, this course focuses on the systems of stratification and inequality that give some humans power over others to shape planetary systems. It emphasizes the study of power dynamics that produce climate change, the unequal impacts of climate change on communities, and various existing or possible responses societies adopt in the face of unprecedented environmental risk. The course explores processes of environmental change, but also asks what it means to be human in a dynamic, ecological system. Prerequisites: Open to Sociology majors/minors and ESGP majors only.

This course will conduct an analysis of structural censorship in the United States and the importance of a free press for the maintenance of democratic institutions in society. Students will become familiar with independent/alternative news sources and prepare summaries of news stories for public release.

Examination of the relation of cultural values to practices, attitudes, and views about death. Application of sociological and social psychological theories to topics on death and dying, such as death conceptions, terminal care, suicide, war, and grief. Emphasis on the social psychology of dying, caregiving, grieving, and being suicidal.

This course examines the social, economic, political, and cultural dimensions of the long-term global changes since World War II that have created globally connected societies. Topics in this course investigate the mechanisms that make globalization possible, explore alternative challenges, and analyze the environmental, political, and personal implications of globalization in everyday life. Prerequisites: Open to Sociology majors/minors and Global Studies majors.

A service-learning course emphasizing development of sociological research for popular press publication. Students learn interviewing techniques; review sources of public information; use freedom of information laws; write and investigate social justice news stories using sociological research methods; and prepare reports for popular press publication. Meets Sociological Experience requirement for majors.
Analyzes drug use, misuse, and abuse in society using sociological theories. Explores drug policies and control of drug use, current sociological drug research, and how the media shapes drug perceptions. Highlights various legal and illegal drugs and their societal consequences. Cross-listed as CCJS 350.

Analyzes family as a social institution. Examines the interconnections between families and other institutions, with a focus on family change. Considers how families are affected by structures of race/ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality. Examines and challenges ideologies about families. Prerequisites: Open to Sociology and ECS majors/minors.