Sociology

School of Arts, Communication, and Social Sciences

Dean: William Kinney, M.A.(Acting)

Department Chair: Christopher Hayashi, M.A., Ed.D.

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

Office: 702B, (619) 482-6372

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/C4E3PnKsdU92

General Description

Sociology is the study of groups people build, the structure of human groups, and changes in their organization over time. As a social science, the department is the scientific study of human interaction both at the micro and macro level of society. Any topic related to how or why people treat each other in the ways they do is a legitimate study in sociology. Social work is related to sociology as it is concerned with improving the quality of life for individuals or groups. Both departments analyze human behavior in regard to serious social issues and circumstances such as racism, poverty, crime, psychology, health, politics, law, economics, and class inequality. Social work attempts to remedy the most basic needs.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the sociology or social work major. A few of these require an associate degree, most require a bachelor’s degree, and some require a graduate-level degree: sociology-industrial sociologist, urban planner, high school or college instructor, criminologist, public opinion analyst, employment counselor, social worker, adoptions worker, social planner, child and family counselor, corrections counselor, and child protective counselor.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate in Arts Degree: Transfer Preparation
Sociology 01900
Sociology (SB1440) 01901
Social Work 01890

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary for you to achieve your academic goal.

Faculty

Elizabeth Ballesteros, M.A.
eballesteros@swccd.edu

Norris Nagao, Ed.M.
nnagao@swccd.edu

Christopher Vito, M.A.
cvito@swccd.edu

SOC 101

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Examines the central concepts and perspectives of sociology. Includes the basics of sociological theory, socialization, culture, groups and organizations, the mass media, deviance and social control, social stratification, racial and ethnic inequality, family, religion, education, government, the economy, the environment, population, health, social movements, and social change. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID SOCI 110]

SOC 105

MASCULINITY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the different ways in which masculinity is socially constructed. Emphasizes a critical examination of masculinity intersecting with gender, culture, nationality, socioeconomic class, physicality, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and age. Analyzes the socialization of manhood and masculinity in cross-cultural and transnational perspectives. [D; CSU; UC]

SOC 106

RACE AND ETHNICITY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the sociological study of race and ethnicity in a global context. Compares theoretical perspectives in examining patterns of interaction among racial and ethnic groups. Analyzes identity and the processes of sociocultural boundary construction and deconstruction. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID SOCI 150]

SOC 107

SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces an analysis of religion as a dynamic and transnational social phenomenon. Distinguishes the respective subcultures of religious diversity and their prophetic revelations. Contrasts religiosity and its influence on class, ethnic, gender, political, racial, and social locations of identity. [D; CSU; UC]

SOC 110

CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL PROBLEMS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: SOC 101 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Examines contemporary social problems, with emphasis on overarching causes and consequences. Includes topics such as crime, poverty, inequality, government, politics, the family, education, the environment, and warfare. Evaluates the role of power structures and dominant ideology in the construction of these social problems as well as possible interventions and solutions. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID SOCI 115]

SOC 115

FILIPINO-AMERICAN CULTURE

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes the roots of Filipino-American culture and its role in American society today. Focuses on the social, political, and economic ideologies, issues, influences, and challenges that affect Filipino-American society. Includes a study of family life, social behavior, language, education, and religion. [D; CSU; UC] (Same as: ASIA 115)

SOC 116

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Examines human behavior and personality development in a social context. Includes an investigation of topics such as, social cognition, self identity, social perception, attitudes, conformity, stereotypes, group dynamics, aggression, and altruism. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PSY 170] (Same as: PSYC 116)

SOC 135

SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Examines the changing definition and construct of the family in America with an emphasis on the social, economic, and political influences affecting the images, ideals, and realities of this most central social institution. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID SOCI 130]

SOC 150

MEXICAN AND MEXICAN-AMERICAN CULTURES IN THE UNITED STATES

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Examines the evolution of Mexican and Mexican-American cultural development in the United States. Focuses on the study of the transculturation process between the Mexican-American and mainstream American cultures. Includes a special emphasis on the intellectual foundations of Chicano culture. [D; CSU; UC] (Same as: MAS 150)

SOC 151

INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the origins and development of African-American culture in the United States between 1619 and the present. Emphasizes the critical analysis of the historical and sociological aspects of the African-American experience in the arenas of family, education, religion, and the arts. [D; CSU; UC] (Same as: AFRO 151)

SOC 255

INTRO TO SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: SOC/PSYC 270 or MATH 119 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: SOC 101 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Examines fundamental elements of empirical research and the ways in which sociologists gather, evaluate and critique data. Includes attention to the nature of theory, hypotheses,variables, research design, qualitative and quantitative data collection methods, and the ethics of research. Incorporates computer applications such as SPSS to facilitate statistical analysis.[D; CSU; UC]

SOC 270

STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: PSYC 271 or SOC 271.

Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or SOC 101 or equivalent; MATH 115 or MATH 60 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Mathematics Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes the basic statistical methods and analyses commonly used in social science research. Addresses descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, statistical inference, correlation, linear regression, ANOVA, chi-square tests, t-tests, and application of technology for statistical analysis of data from disciplines including business, social sciences, psychology, life science, health science, and education. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID SOCI 125] (Formerly: SOC 201; Same as: PSYC 270)

SOC 271

DATA ANALYSIS IN PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: PSYC 270 or SOC 270 or MATH 119 (may be taken previously).

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Uses SPSS statistical software and the computer as a tool and for calculating statistics and analyzing data in Psychology and Sociology. Emphasis is placed on data entry, graphing, hypothesis testing, and statistical analyses. This course is intended for psychology and other behavioral science majors and anyone interested in using statistical analysis software for research purposes. [D; CSU] (Same as: PSYC 271)

SOC 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of sociology of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU; **UC] (**UC Limitation: credit for variable topics courses is given only after a review of the scope and content of the courses by the enrolling UC campus.)