Courses & Schedules

A course in Science & Technology Studies emphasizing social forces characterizing science/technology and their impacts on the world. Topics may include the Scientific Revolution; political, economic, and cultural factors that shape science/technology (including medicine); relations between expertise and society; and social processes that characterize scientific practices.

This course explores how goods, commodities, and market logic have saturated all forms of contemporary social life. Analysis of the theoretical ideas and historical factors that shape and influence modern consumerism are also considered. Explores how the dynamics of globalization and issues of identity politics influence consumer consumption. Prerequisites: Open to Sociology majors/minors and ESGP majors only.

Examines the role culture plays in consensus formation, in domination, in resistance, and as a social force creating meaning in our lives. Culture refers to shared beliefs, values and norms, personal and political identities, ideologies, and the things we consume daily.
Subject will vary by semester, but course has a required service learning component and concentrates on topics related to aspects of community based research and/or action research. Repeatable with different topics. Grade only.
Exploration of basic social problems. Resource persons from other disciplines may participate. Themes and topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.
Examination of everyday interaction in natural settings. Emphasis will be placed on ethnographic approaches to the understanding of social encounters, situations, identities, and human relationships. Particular attention will be given to the work of Erving Goffman.

Identifies social sources of emotions and behavior defined as illness. Examines various theories and constructs of mental health and illness through the lens of culture, religion, and medicine. Analyzes mental health and institutions through the lens of social psychology and social policy.

Examines cities and metropolitan areas, including the social consequences of processes of urbanization and urbanism. Emphasis on the social structural, cultural, and social psychological characteristics of urban life; spatial, economic and political trends; and possible solutions to inequalities and planning challenges. Prerequisites: Open to Sociology majors/minors and ESGP majors only.

Study of world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism), religious beliefs, behaviors, rules for belonging and American sects and denominations. Theories of religious development, values, change, and effects on society addressed. Satisfies GE UD C (Arts and Humanities). Prerequisites: Completion of GE Golden Four (A1, A2, A3, B4) with a C- or better, completion of lower division GE C coursework, and at least 45 units.

A critical application of major sociological concepts, such as race, gender, class, and sexuality to popular and independent film. Includes discussion of how films affect the framing of social issues and societal and cultural norms. Prerequisites: Open to Sociology majors/minors and Film Studies minors only.