Preview of Courses

The following are courses that have been offered or are usually offered by the Department of Sociology. For a comprehensive list of courses, please refer to the current Schedule of Classes or Course Catalog

SOC 287. Workshop in Urban Studies
The workshop uses Los Angeles as a setting for studying urban spatial and social organization, with special attention to the design and use of public space. It examines the economic, demographic, and cultural linkages of this region and locates it in terms of current global economic, social, and cultural transformations. Professor permission required. January.

INTD 221. Globalization and the Environment
Who ought to control the earth’s resources? What ought to be the goal of resource use? What is at stake in competing visions of our global future? This course examines the science and the social science behind these questions and their varied answers, with particular attention paid to the environmental and social consequences of water use and food production in a global economy. Topics to be covered include the Green Revolution, biodiversity, genetic engineering, health, hydroelectric power, water privatization, subsistence farming, international trade, and immigration.

SOC 348. Food and Food Systems
This course approaches food—something Americans often take for granted—as a complex social system. We will investigate the social relationships and modes of organization that constitute the economic, political, environmental and social contexts for the development, production, distribution, promotion and consumption of food in contemporary society. Thus the course engages topics such as genetically modified food, the politics of food regulation, industrial agriculture, alternative agriculture and /or sustainable development.

SOC 355. Migration and Immigrant Communities
Social, economic, and political analyses of migrants and immigrant communities. Will study motives and experiences of migrants, effects on migrant sending and migrant receiving countries, assimilation, transnationalism, and multiculturalism.