Sociology Summer Courses


    Introduction to Sociology

  • 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. (General Education Code(s): IS.)

    Instructor: Julie Bettie


  • Evaluation of Evidence

  • 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.)(General Education Code(s): Q.) 

    Instructor: Kati Barahona-Lopez


  • Statistical Methods

  • SOCY 3B

    Session 2

    Introduces basic quantitative data analysis found in sociological research and policy reports. Topics include: inferential statistics, such as probability distributions, sampling, and testing; and descriptive statistics, such as measures of association, bivariate, and multivariate analysis. (Formerly course 103A.)  (General Education Code(s): SR.) 

    Instructor: Toni Rouhana


  • Issues and Problems in American Society

  • SOCY 10

    Session 1

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

    Instructor: Megan McDrew


  • World Society

  • SOCY 15

    Session TBA

    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, IS, E.) 


  • Classical Social Theory

  • SOCY 105A

    Session 1

    Prerequisites lifted for all students over summer.

    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. 

    Instructor: Megan Alpine


  • Contemporary Social Theory

  • SOCY 105B

    Session 2

    Prerequisites lifted for all students over summer.

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

    Instructor: Andy Murray


  • Sports and Society

  • SOCY 114

    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. 

    Instructor: Joel Domhoff


  • Sex and Sexuality as Social Practice and Representation

  • SOCY 126

    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. (Formerly Sociology of Sex)

    Instructor: Julie Bettie


  • Race and Law

  • 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.)

    Instructor: Hiroshi Fukurai 


  • Social Inequality

  • SOCY 169

    Session 1

    A survey of theories and systems of social stratification focusing on such phenomena as race, class, power, and prestige. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior sociology and Latin American studies/sociology combined majors. (General Education Code(s): E.)

    Instructor: Megan McNamara


  • Water and Sanitation Justice (online)

  • SOCY 173X

    Session 2

    Online only course. 

    In the global North and South, inequalities in water and sanitation are issues of justice as much as income. One billion people worldwide lack safe water, 2.5 billion lack basic sanitation. Course explores: North-South comparison, water governance, human rights, poverty, climate justice, irrigation, and more. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)

    Instructors: Kirsten Rudestam & Abigail Brown