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Course Descriptions

SOC 300
Introductory Sociology
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D0; IGETC Area 4J
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a study of human behavior in society, including social groups, culture, personality, social stratification, social change, collective behavior and social institutions. (C-ID SOCI 110)
SOC 301
Social Problems
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D0; IGETC Area 4J
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a survey of social problems in American society. It will examine their causes and evaluate proposed solutions. A special emphasis will be placed on local issues. (C-ID SOCI 115)
SOC 305
Critical Thinking in the Social Sciences
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 300 or the equivalent
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area A3; CSU Area D
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course examines the definitional and contextual nature of social issues. It develops a "critical thinking" approach which integrates interdisciplinary principles and incorporates a comparative framework utilizing literary criticism, logic, argumentation, and persuasion to analyze and compare the content and validity of social problems. This course specifically explores how the media and scientific community collect, interpret, and report social data. Combining critical thinking techniques with the sociological perspective will help students to question the "taken-for-granted" assumptions that surround social phenomena and influence human behavior.
SOC 310
Marriage and the Family
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b); CSU Area D7; CSU Area E1; IGETC Area 4G
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course will examine the social, psychological, cross-cultural, political, historical and economic factors relating to the changing family, marriage, remarriage and significant relationships. The intersection of race, ethnicity, class, age, gender, and sexuality will be explored. (C-ID SOCI 130)
SOC 321
Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area D3; IGETC Area 4J
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a social profile of major American minority groups. It examines the problems of minority assimilation into an "open" society and culture. (C-ID SOCI 150)
SOC 341
Sex and Gender in the U.S.
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D4; IGETC Area 4D
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides a study of the changing roles of women and men in the US. Theories of women's and men's gender role socialization, gender related inequalities, health and body issues, and a current examination of the women's and men's movements will be explored. (C-ID SOCI 140)
SOC 495
Independent Studies in Sociology
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
SOC 499
Experimental Offering in Sociology
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB