2024 Sociology Summer Courses


    Introduction to Sociology (5 credits)

  • SOCY 1 [In Person]

    Session 1

    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: Robin Gabriel


  • The Evaluation of Evidence (5 credits)

  • SOCY 3A [In Person]

    Session 2

    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. Enrollment is restricted to majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined.

    Proposed Instructor: Juan Pedroza


  • Issues and Problems in American Society (5 credits)

  • SOCY 10 [In Person]

    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: Betania Santos


  • World Society (5 credits)

  • SOCY 15 [In Person]

    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: CC
    Proposed Instructor: Aida Mukharesh


  • Classical Social Theory (5 credits)

  • SOCY 105A [In Person]

    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. 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.

    Proposed Instructor: Kyle Galindez


  • Contemporary Social Theory (5 credits)

  • SOCY 105B [In Person]

    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): 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.

    Proposed Instructor: William Guerrero


  • Sports and Society

  • SOCY 114 [In Person]*

    Session 1 

    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

    *Pending CCI Approval


  • Introduction to Sound Studies (5 credits)

  • SOCY 115 [Online]

    Session 1

    Explores the interdisciplinary field of Sound Studies. Surveys the work of social scientists, media scholars, philosophers and others to better understand the role of sound in society. Lectures are presented in an audio-only format with a variety of listening activities and supplemental videos. By the end of the course, students will have a working understanding of the field of Sound Studies and a completed final project of their own design. Prerequisite(s): SOCY 1 or SOCY 10 or SOCY 15. Enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors.

    General Education Code: PE-T
    Proposed Instructor: Joseph Klett


  • Sex and Sexuality as Social Practice and Representation (5 credits)

  • SOCY 126 [Online]

    Session 2

    Explores social and cultural aspects of human sexuality and reproduction, including how and why meanings and behaviors are contested. Analyzes sexuality and reproduction as forms of social and political control as well as cultural expression and self-determination. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior sociology, critical race and ethnic studies, feminist studies, Latin American/sociology combined, and global information and social enterprise majors, proposed majors, and minors.

    Proposed Instructor: Julie Bettie


  • Sociology of Drugs, Botanicals and Pharmaceuticals (5 credits)

  • SOCY 127P [Online]*

    Session 2

    Engages the social, historical, and economic trajectories of the drugs, illicit and licit, botanical and pharmaceutical within U.S. society. Through an examination of case studies, and other texts of encounter, explores how international, state, and local actors mediate as interlocutors between globalized interests, local knowledges, and the molecules we have increasingly come to know, ingest, and incorporate.  Prerequisite(s): SOCY 1 or SOCY 10 or SOCY 15 or CRES 10; or by permission of the instructor. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior sociology, biology, biotechnology, biochemistry and molecular biology, community studies, critical race and ethnic studies, Latin American/sociology combined, and global information and social enterprise majors, proposed majors, and minors.

    Proposed Instructor: James Doucet-Battle

    *Pending CCI Approval


  • Social Psychology (5 credits)

  • SOCY 136 [Online]

    Session 1

    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 and Latin American studies/sociology majors and proposed majors, and sociology and global information and social enterprise minors.

    General Education Code: PE-H
    Proposed Instructor: Megan NcNamara


  • Introduction to Population Health (5 credits)

  • SOCY 146 [Online]*

    Session 2

    Why do people live longer today than they did 50 years ago? What drives differences in health between neighborhoods or nations? This course introduces students to questions and concepts central to the study of population health—an interdisciplinary field based in demography, sociology, and epidemiology. It examines the policy implications and limitations of research on population health. Students practice evaluating evidence, translating big-picture concepts into measurable variables, and working with data. Student learning is evaluated through class discussion forums, quizzes, data interpretation assignments, and a take-home final exam. Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

    General Education Code: SI
    Proposed Instructor: Alicia Riley

     


  • Sociology Global Internship (10 units)

  • SOCY 193I [In Person]

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