2020 Sociology Summer Courses


    Introduction to Sociology (5 credits)

  • SOCY 1

    Session 2

    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.

    Proposed Instructor - Kyle Galindez

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  • Evaluation of Evidence (5 credits)

  • SOCY 3A

    Session 1

    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.

    All students - restrictions lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor - Saugher Nojan

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  • Issues and Problems in American Society (5 credits)

  • SOCY 10

    Session 2

    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. 

    Proposed Instructor - James Doucet-Battle

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  • World Society (5 credits)

  • SOCY 15

    Session 1

    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.) 

    Proposed Instructor - Shunnan Chiang

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  • Classical Social Theory (5 credits)

  • SOCY 105A

    Session 1
    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.

    If this class is a prerequisite for a Session 2 course you want to take, email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code anytime after you enroll.

    Proposed Instructor - Bernard Zaleha

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  • Contemporary Social Theory (5 credits)

  • SOCY 105B

    Session 2

    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): course 105A and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

    Prerequisite(s): SOCY 105A and 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.

    If you need to take the prerequisite in Session 1, enroll in that course first, then email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll in this course.

    Proposed Instructor - Bernard Zaleha

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  • Sports and Society (5 credits)

  • SOCY 114

    Session 2

    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. 

    Proposed Instructor - Joel Domhoff

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  • Nature and Society (5 credits)

  • SOCY 125

    Session 2

    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.) 

    All students - restrictions lifted in summer, email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.

    Proposed Instructor - Luz Cordoba

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  • Race and Law (5 credits)

  • SOCY 128I

    Session 1

    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. (General Education Code(s): ER.) 

    All students - restrictions lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor - Hiroshi Fukurai

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  • Social Psychology (online) (5 credits)

  • SOCY 136

    Session 1

    Online only course. 

    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 is restricted to junior and senior sociology majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined. (General Education Code(s): PE-H.)

    All students - restrictions lifted in summer.

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    Proposed Instructor - Megan McNamara

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  • Sociology of Death and Dying (5 credits)

  • SOCY 150

    Session 2

    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 sophomores, juniors and seniors. 

    All students - restrictions lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor - Megan McDrew

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  • Water and Sanitation Justice (online) (5 credits)

  • SOCY 173X

    Session 2

    Online only course.

    This course will explore the many manifestations of water and sanitation justice and injustice on interlocking scales (i.e. local, national, transnational) while illustrating analytical ideas connecting to a range of social processes including claims for human rights, deprivation and exclusion, urbanization and infrastructure development, and privatization of land and water. We will look at various case studies in high-income and low-income countries and use key technical and social concepts to examine rights, equity, and justice with respect to water and sanitation. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.) 

    This course will be hosted online in Canvas at canvas.ucsc.edu. It will be available the Friday before class starts. Be sure to check your UCSC email for specific instructions!

    Proposed Instructors: Kristen Rudestam & Abby Brown

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