Course Descriptions

 

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All non-honors sociology courses at SBVC have a departmental advisory: READ 015 or eligibility for READ 100 as determined by the SBVC assessment process.

To meet CSU and UC transfer guidelines, all sociology courses include a criticial think writing component. Faculty incorporate approximately ten pages of writing throughout the semester to assess student understanding of course objectives.

Sociology Honors courses have the following departmental prerequisite: ENGL 101 or
ENGL 101H.

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
This course is an introductory study of the basic concepts, theoretical approaches, and methods of sociology. Included in this examination are the social influences on human behavior, social structure, culture, socialization and the self, group dynamics, social stratification, and global patterns, with an emphasis on social institutions.

SOC 100H Introduction to Sociology Honors (offered in fall)
This course is an introductory study of the basic concepts, theoretical approaches, and methods of sociology. Included in this examination are the social influences on human behavior, social structure, culture, socialization and the self, group dynamics, social stratification, and global patterns, with an emphasis on social institutions. This course is intended for students in the Honors Program, but is open to all students who desire more challenging course work.

SOC 110 Social Problems
This course is an examination of contemporary social problems in the United States with an emphasis on social institutions and other areas such as crime, race, gender, substance abuse, and economic inequality.

SOC 110H Social Problems Honors (offered in spring)
This course is an examination of contemporary social problems in the United States with an emphasis on social institutions and other areas such as crime, race, gender, substance abuse, and economic inequality. This course is intended for students in the Honors Program, but is open to all students who desire more challenging work.

SOC 120 Health and Social Justice
This course is an examination of health and illness in society. There is an emphasis on the social inequalities that stem from unequal living conditions, and social stratification which impact disproportionate health outcomes, health epidemics, and policy development. Organization of the medical system, healthcare access, public health issues, and advocacy related trends and strategies will be studied.

SOC 130 Family Sociology
This course is an examination of the family as a social institution. Topics include historical and contemporary trends, social stratification, intimacy and relationships, and social forces that influence the family.

SOC 135 Introduction to Crime
This course is a sociological examination of crime and deviance in society with a focus on types of deviant and criminal behaviors and patterns in the United States. Topics include sociological theories, definition and measurement of crime, cultural values and norms related to deviance, social inequality, criminal justice system, and the methods used to control crime and deviance.

SOC 141 Race and Ethnic Relations
This course is a sociological examination of racial and ethnic groups. Topics include historical, cultural, political, and economic practices and social institutions that support or challenge racism, and contemporary issues related to racial and ethnic inequalities, and relations in the United States with some focus on global trends.

SOC 145 Sociology of Gender
This course is an examination of the social construction of femininity and masculinity in the United States. Topics include historical, cultural, and societal forces that influence gender expectations and practices with an emphasis on social institutions and some focus on global contemporary trends.

SOC 150 Aging and the Life Course
This course is a sociological examination of aging and the life course with an emphasis on aging as a social process. Topics include demographic trends, historical, cultural, political, and economic forces that influence the experience of aging on individuals, families, communities and society.