Courses & Schedules

An exploration of sociological perspectives on human reproduction. Topics may include gendered constructions of reproduction, the social implications of reproductive technologies, historical and contemporary perspectives on normal pregnancy, childbirth and infant feeding, and the politics of reproductive justice. Open to Sociology and WGS majors/minors only. Crosslisted with WGS 440.

Examination of social policy issues (poverty, health, employment, and family) and the social, political, and economic contexts that influence the content and processes of policy development and implementation. Social policies will be explored at micro-, meso-, and macro- (national, and international) levels.

Examines childhood and adolescence in various historical and social contexts. Explores children’s agency, how institutions socialize and control youth and social problems confronting young people. Critically evaluates strategies for conducting research about, with and by youth. Prerequisites: Open to Sociology and ECS majors/minors only.

A structural analysis of the origins, development and applications of power. A comparative historical analysis of the institutions of power leading to contemporary systems of private capital, the trans-national capitalist class, and police/military states. Included also is a review of community mobilizations by people successfully challenging structures of power. Prerequisites: Open to Sociology majors/minors and ESGP majors only.

A consideration of the problems created by pressures to punish and control criminals, the politics of control strategies. The use and misuse of probation and parole, the concept of correction, and alternatives to incarceration. Cross-listed as CCJS 450.

A survey of issues concerning the structure of education in contemporary society, such as the social organization of the classroom, grading practices, political influences on schools, the contribution of education to the maintenance of capitalist society, teacher unionization, and student rights. Prerequisites: Open to Sociology and ECS majors/minors and Education minors.

Focus on the experience of health and illness as well as the social organization of health care. Analyses of the illness experience, patient-practitioner relationships, social support, negotiation of care, health disparities and medical dominance over definitions of illness. Examination of medical, non-medical, and community-based interventions as aspects of care.

A survey of issues concerning racial and gender inequality, with an emphasis on contemporary society and a specific social institution, such as work, education, law, and medicine. Critical race, intersectional, and feminist theories will be engaged. Grade only. Satisfies GE UD D (Social Sciences). Prerequisites: Completion of GE Golden Four (A1, A2, A3, B4) with a C- or better (A1 can be taken concurrently), completion of lower division GE D coursework and at least 45 units.

An introduction to the profession of social work and its practice. Uses service learning to explore social issues, such as poverty, access to education, mental health, and welfare reform and the ways that government, social service agencies, volunteer associations, and social workers respond. Meets Sociological Experience requirement for majors.
Examines contemporary social welfare and services. Discussion of welfare market (government, private sector, nonprofit) and economic market institutions and social services. Overview of social services issues impacting families as well as persons who are unemployed, disabled, sick, or poor. Recommended for students considering social work, counseling, or human services.