Sociology

School of Arts, Communication, and Social Sciences

Dean: Cynthia McGregor, Ph.D.

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

Office: 87-109A, (619) 482-6372

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

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 Degree for Transfer (ADT)
Sociology (SB1440) 01901
Social Work and Human Services (SB1440) 01891
Associate in Arts Degree: Transfer Preparation
Sociology 01900
Social Work and Human Services B1890

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

Faculty

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

April Brenner, M.A.
abrenner@swccd.edu

Trent Nguyen, Ph.D.
tnguyen@swccd.edu

Christopher Vito, Ph.D.
cvito@swccd.edu

SOC 101

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

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 106

RACE AND ETHNICITY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

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 equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

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 equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

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 equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

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 equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

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 equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

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 140

SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Explores the social construction of gender through a sociological lens. Examines gender as a varied personal and cultural experience, a system of power, privilege, and oppression, as well as a primary factor of social organization. Engages intersectional, queer, feminist, and antiracist frameworks throughout the course. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID SOCI 140]

SOC 150

MEXICAN AND MEXICAN-AMERICAN CULTURES IN THE UNITED STATES

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Examines the evolution of Mexican/Mexican-American cultural development in the United States. Focuses on the study of the transculturation process between Mexican-American and mainstream cultures. Includes a special emphasis on the intellectual foundations of Chicano cultural aspects, analysis and production of scholar activism, and societal development with implications for the field. [D; CSU; UC] (Same as: MAS 150)

SOC 151

INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Surveys the origins and development of African American culture in the United States from 1619 to the present. Emphasizes the critical analysis of race and racism to examine the historical, social, economic, and political factors that shape the African American experience in arenas such as family, education, religion, and the arts. [D; CSU; UC] (Same as: AFRO 151)

SOC 170

CRITICAL ISSUES IN CHICANA/LATINA STUDIES

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Analyzes the impact of Chicanas in everyday life in a transnational/US-Mexico Borderlands context. Covers the historical contributions of Chicana/Latinas in the U.S., while also examining power/resistance, Chicana feminists and female influence during the Chicano movement, and Chicana/Latina impact on everyday life. [D; CSU; UC] (Same as: MAS 170)

SOC 255

INTRO TO SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: SOC 270, PSYC 270, or MATH 119, or equivalent; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

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; C-ID SOCI 120]

SOC 270

STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: PSYC 271 or SOC 271.

Prerequisite: MATH 115 or MATH 60 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

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; C-ID MATH 110 (with SOC 271)] (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 equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Corequisite: PSYC 270, 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; UC; C-ID MATH 110 (with SOC 270)] (Same as: PSYC 271)

SOC 280

STATISTICAL METHODS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

4 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Prerequisite: MATH 115 or MATH 60 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hour

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes the basic statistical methods and analysis 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. Includes application of technology (SPSS) for statistical analysis of data. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID MATH 110] (Same as: PSYC 280)

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.)