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SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology • 5 Cr.

What makes you, you? Are you free to choose your own destiny, or does society determine your path? Explore how our different identities impact our everyday lived experiences and develop useful ways to think about the world around you. Themes include power dynamics, culture, identities, deviance, stereotyping, and/or the social construction of knowledge.

SOC 105 Blacks in America • 5 Cr.

What does it mean to be Black in America? Explore the social and cul tural background of Blacks in America through the lens of sociology, and analyze the ways in which social institutions have been transformed by these contributions. Through research and writing, themes include music and popular culture, activism, politics, and/or social change.

SOC 122 Activism & Social Change • 5 Cr.

Can one person make a difference? What does making a difference look like? Using literature, film, music, and news media to look at past and present social movements, examine what makes us engage in acts of political protest, and critically analyze why some resistance efforts are successful and others are not.

SOC 150 The Social Lives of Children and Youth • 5 Cr.

What are the challenges of being a young person in American society, and how do young people negotiate those challenges? Investigate the experiences of youth, and learn to apply sociological thinking to everyday life. Themes include youth subcultures, identity development, friendships and dating, and social problems of youth like drug use and eating disorders.

SOC 194 Special Topics in Sociology • V1-10 Cr.

Covers supplementary or unusual classes related to the field. Topics are announced in the class schedule.

SOC 195 Special Topics in Sociology • V1-10 Cr.

Covers supplementary or unusual classes related to the field. Topics are announced in the class schedule.

SOC 196 Special Topics in Sociology • V1-10 Cr.

Covers supplementary or unusual classes related to the field. Topics are announced in the class schedule.

SOC 197 Special Topics in Sociology • V1-10 Cr.

Covers supplementary or unusual classes related to the field. Topics are announced in the class schedule.

SOC 198 Seminar in Sociology • V1-10 Cr.

Includes seminars, workshops, etc., for which college credit is offered.

SOC 199 Individual Studies in Sociology • V1-10 Cr.

Covers directed readings, special projects, and independent study by an individual student. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

SOC& 201 Social Problems • 5 Cr.

Do you know a social problem when you see one? Are you a part of the solution or part of the problem? Investigate contemporary social issues such as homelessness, violence and war, racism, education in America, and/or the criminal justice system and learn how individuals and groups can combat major problems facing us today.

SOC 210 Popular Culture • 5 Cr.

What makes popular culture "popular" and who decides for us? Wrestle with the notion of whether popular culture defines society, or if society defines popular culture; by studying television, music, film, and more. Themes include audience reception, network societies, and popular culture on a global scale.

SOC 215 Television, Culture and Society • 5 Cr.

How do we watch TV in the 21st century? Do we need a TV to watch TV? Study how television affects knowledge building, ways of thinking, and core elements of our social lives. Themes include television culture, how to understand news media, and the social history of television.

SOC 222 Sports in Society • 5 Cr.

Are sports an avenue for personal empowerment or a path to exploitation? What do sports mean in American society? Study the ways in which sports are embedded in social systems such as the economy, government, and education. Themes include race, class and gender issues, crime and violence in sport, and the economic impact of sport.

SOC 230 Education in the 21st Century • 5 Cr.

What role do education and schools play in society? How do schools both reinforce and challenge prevailing social practices? Untangle such complex issues as gender differences in education, racial and ethnic segregation, and affirmative action, and learn more about current political controversies about schools.

SOC 240 Identity, Self and Social Interaction • 5 Cr.

How do we become who we are? How are our Selves shaped in a busy, ever-changing world? In this introduction to social psychology from a sociological perspective, topics focus on identity development and the Self in all social institutions including family, social networks, and cultural environments. Students who completed either PSYC 240 or SOC 240 before Summer Quarter 2013 may not take this class for credit.

SOC 246 Religion and Our Social World • 5 Cr.

What is religion? What power does religion have in our social world? What?s the difference between spirituality and religion? Explore the sociological phenomenon of religion and religious life. Themes include various beliefs and practices, cults, popular culture, death and dying, the political and economic impacts of religion, and/or social change.

SOC 248 Public Health Around the Globe • 5 Cr.

What is Public Health, and how does it differ from Health Care? Investigate the role of the American Public Health system and how it impacts different groups across racial, class, and gender lines. Themes may include the social history of Public Health, needle exchange programs, and germ panic in America.

SOC 249 Disability in Society • 5 Cr.

What is 'disability?' What does it mean to be a person living with a disability? Explore how history and culture shape the experiences of people with disabilities. Topics include eugenics, popular representations like the 'freak show,' the Disability Rights Movement, and the relationship of disability, gender, race, and class.

SOC 250 Growing Up and Older in America • 5 Cr.

What does it mean to be young, middle-aged, or elderly in American society? Examine coming-of-age and transitions in life from a sociological perspective. Themes may include rites of passage, age discrimination, work and retirement, sexuality and relationships, health, illness, and caregiving.

SOC 252 Work and the Culture of Employment • 5 Cr.

Got a job? Need a job? Don?t want a job? What does it mean to be a worker? Understand the complexities of workers, poverty, and social reform. See yourself as a worker, and understand what that may mean. Topics may include Unions, the class system in America, and the idea of a "good job."

SOC 253 Men & Masculinities • 5 Cr.

What does it mean to be a ?real man? in contemporary society? What are the challenges of living up to the ideals of manhood? How are women impacted by men?s lives? Investigate the meanings of ?masculinity? and explore themes such as athletics and sports, male body image, pornography, alcohol use, fatherhood, military, and male bonding.

SOC 254 Gender in the Social World • 5 Cr.

Are you born a "man" or "woman," or does society make us "men" and "women?" Examine the ways in which gender organizes social life and shapes the distribution of power in society. Themes may include media stereotyping, gender roles, sex segregation in the workforce, sexual politics, and the experiences of women and men in families.

SOC 255 Dating, Relationships, and Families • 5 Cr.

How have courtship and dating changed? What does it mean to be a ?family?? Is ?the family? falling apart? Explore changes in the culture and structure of families, and analyze how families play a central role in American life. Themes include single parenting, new family structures, cohabitation, marriage and divorce, and/or courtship and dating.

SOC 256 Sex and Sexualities • 5 Cr.

Do men and women think differently about sex? Does pornography impact how we have sex? Is prostitution harmful to society? Investigate contemporary sexual behaviors from a sociological perspective and examine how culture impacts sexual practices and identities. Themes may include the sex industry, the sexual self, attitudes about the body, and/or sex in popular culture.

SOC 258 Sociology of the Body • 5 Cr.

Examine how cultures think about the body. Explore how society shapes bodies and how humans "perform" individual and group identities through bodies and bodily manipulation. Themes may include tattooing and body piercing, beauty standards and plastic surgery, transgenderism, race/ethnicity, and disability.

SOC 260 Death and Dying • 5 Cr.

What happens to your physical body when you die? Who decides what happens? Critically examine the social history and the business of death and dying in America as it has changed over time. Topics may include death in popular culture, the business of death, and the employment that death provides.

SOC 262 Sociology of Race & Ethnicity • 5 Cr.

Examine the complexities of race and ethnicity in America. Themes include current events, representations in popular culture, the development of a racial self, and/or the interaction of race and social class.

SOC 264 Intersections of Inequality and Identity • 5 Cr.

How is one kind of inequality connected to another? Can we understand race without also understanding gender? Can someone simultaneously be both advantaged and disadvantaged in society? Explore how social experiences are impacted by multiple forms of inequality. Themes may include poverty, socialization, domestic violence, media representations, stereotypes, prisons, AIDS/HIV, and/or drug addiction.

SOC 265 City Life and Culture • 5 Cr.

What?s the difference between The City and The Country? What do Suburbs have to do with The City? How are cities imagined? Investigate the structures and activities of city life with themes like urban development, decay, renewal, art and architecture, wealth and poverty, growth of the suburbs and/or overall transformation of the City.

SOC 268 You Are What You Eat: Food in Society • 5 Cr.

From where does your food come? Why and when do you eat what you do? Critically analyze the social history of food production and consumption in America over time. Themes include the changing rhythms of food development, understanding diet and nutrition from a cultural perspective, and food in pop culture.

SOC 270 Deviance in Society • 5 Cr.

What is deviance and how is it created? How is it maintained? How has it changed over time? What does it have to do with power? Explore deviance as an ever-changing idea in society. Understand the impact social values have on the development of deviance. Themes may include religion, family, sexuality, crime, and/or popular culture.

SOC 275 Technology in Everyday Life • 5 Cr.

What is the role technology plays in society and in your life? Dig deeply into the social realm of technology. Investigate how identities are created, re-created, and challenged through mediated technologies. Topics may include network societies, hyper-realities, the digital divide, and the global and social histories of technology.

SOC 278 Global Sociology • 5 Cr.

How are people around the world deeply intertwined in a complex web of relationships? Explore a variety of political, cultural, and social changes that are transforming our world. Investigate globalization and its consequences. Using literature, art, film and popular culture, examine how countries are increasingly interconnected by flows of information, money, and people.

SOC 294 Special Topics in Sociology • V1-10 Cr.

Covers supplementary or unusual classes related to the field. Topics are announced in the class schedule.

SOC 295 Special Topics in Sociology • V1-10 Cr.

Covers supplementary or unusual classes related to the field. Topics are announced in the class schedule.

SOC 296 Special Topics in Sociology • V1-10 Cr.

Covers supplementary or unusual classes related to the field. Topics are announced in the class schedule.

SOC 297 Special Topics in Sociology • V1-10 Cr.

Covers supplementary or unusual classes related to the field. Topics are announced in the class schedule.

SOC 298 Seminar in Sociology • V1-10 Cr.

Includes seminars, workshops, etc., for which college credit is offered.

SOC 299 Individual Studies in Sociology • V1-10 Cr.

Covers directed readings, special projects, and independent study by an individual student. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.