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Sociology Catalog

 

SOCIOL 1
Introduction to Sociology
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course introduces the systematic study of society and human social interaction. Emphasis is placed on both macro and micro sociological theory and methods of sociological inquiry, as well as cultural development, the process of socialization, social structure, social stratification—particularly in the areas of social class, race and ethnicity, and gender—and social change. Students are highly encouraged to complete Sociology 1 prior to enrolling in other sociology courses. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
SOCIOL 2
Social Problems
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course involves a sociological analysis of contemporary social problems on the local, national, and international level. Critical inquiry and analysis is conducted into issues such as global inequality, environmental destruction, urban deterioration, economic and political power distribution, poverty, racism, sexism, and problems of work, family, education, drugs, and crime. Theoretical perspectives of sociology and current sociological research are explored. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
SOCIOL 4
Sociological Analysis
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course introduces students to the fundamental principles and methods of sociological research design and implementation. Students examine the key varieties of evidence—including qualitative and quantitative data, data-gathering and sampling methods, logic of comparison, and causal reasoning. The work of several scholars is evaluated and students create their own research design related to a sociological issue. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
SOCIOL 12
Sociology of the Family
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course is an examination of the family as a social institution.  Emphasis will be placed on relationships between the family and other social institutions from American and cross-cultural perspectives.  Theories of family development in society as well as pertinent research will be studied. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
SOCIOL 30
African Americans in Contemporary Society
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course involves a sociological examination of the social, cultural, political, and economic conditions experienced by African Americans in the United States.  Current and past institutional practices relating to inequality, segregation, cultural pluralism, and assimilation are analyzed.  Social movements within African American communities as well as intra- and intergroup relations are also considered. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
SOCIOL 31
Latinas/os in Contemporary Society
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course introduces students to the characteristics and issues facing the large pan-ethnic Latina/o population in the United States. Attention will be given to the social, cultural, economic and political factors impacting the various Latino groups, as well as how those factors contribute both to differentiate and build coalition with other groups in American society. While the experiences of the diverse Latina/o groups will be examined, particular emphasis is placed on the experiences of Mexican Americans. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
SOCIOL 32
Asian Americans in Contemporary Society
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course introduces students to the social conditions and issues facing Asian/Pacific Americans.  Using a sociological perspective, the pan-ethnic identity of Asian/Pacific Americans will be critically examined.  Attention will be given to the social, cultural, economic and political factors impacting the various Asian/Pacific groups, as well as how those factors impact both intra- and intergroup relations. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
SOCIOL 33
Sociology of Sex and Gender
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course addresses the distinction between biological sex and the social construction of gender. Issues of gender inequality in societal institutions and social structures will be the focus of critical analyses of the consequences of the sex/gender system in the United States. Understanding the impact of the matrix of domination (based on race, ethnicity, and class) on gender is a central issue. A global perspective, which examines and compares the place of gender in nations of the North with those of the South, is also emphasized. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
SOCIOL 34
Ethnic Relations in American Society
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course satisfies Santa Monica College’s American cultures requirement.

This course involves the critical examination of patterns, practices, and relations among racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Particular attention will be given to problems of ongoing discrimination, prejudice, assimilation and cultural pluralism, and power differences between groups. Interconnections between race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and other systems of inequality will be emphasized. Social movements organized within and among racial and ethnic groups that address institutional inequalities in this society will be analyzed.

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences