West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Sociology Courses

Soc 001: Introduction to Sociology (3 units)

This course is an introduction to the field of sociology as a scientific discipline; emphases on global studies, cross-cultural analysis, and American cultural diversity in terms of cultural heritage & national origin, race/color/ethnicity, social class, gender/sexuality/women’s studies, family structure, age, ability, religion, language, and sensitivity to all other forms of social and cultural diversity (and related “isms”); examination of human societies from various sociological perspectives; analysis of the relationship between personality development and the sociocultural environment; the comparative presentation of social institutions and possible influences on behavior.
CSU/UC Transferrable
Pass/No Pass Option
On-campus, online, hybrid

Soc 002: Social Problems (3 units)

This course is an introduction to the sociological perspective in dealing with contemporary social problems. Drug addiction, poverty, violence, mental illness, environment, aging, and other areas of societal concerns are examined. Available community resources to help deal with and arrive at solutions to these problems will be explored.
CSU/UC Transferrable
Pass/No Pass Option
On-campus, online, hybrid

Soc 003:  Social Psychology: A Sociological Perspective (3 units)

Social psychology examines how individuals can resist and enact social influence in immediate social situations. It examines how social groups and individuals influence one another, and how the self is socially constructed via human social interaction.
CSU/UC Transferrable*
*This course does not fulfill the major requirements for the Psychology AA degree.
*Check with four-year schools for Psychology transferability.
Pass/No Pass Option
On-campus, online, hybrid

Soc 020: American Race Relations (3 units)

This is a survey course studying the experiences, problems and the contemporary way of life of the minority people in the U.S. This course focuses on racial conflicts and inter-group tensions from a minority perspective. It is designed to create a  context through which better race harmony may be achieved.
CSU/UC Transferrable
Pass/No Pass Option
On-campus

Soc 040: Marriage and Family (3 units)

This course gives students the opportunity to study marriage in contemporary American society. Problems of mate choice and courtship and dating practices; adjustment to marriage; some aspects of parenthood and child training, and investigation of some possible problem areas of marriage are explored.
CSU transferrable/ UC transferrable (proposed)
Pass/No Pass Option
On-campus

Soc 045: Sociology of Human Sexuality (3 units)
This course examines the sexual attitudes and behavior in our society; research findings concerning the range of normality of human sexual functioning; sexual myths, some origins, who believes them and why. The course will include discussions relating to the institutionalization of sex in American society; the symbolic nature of sexual expression; teaching children regarding sexuality; the complexities of sexual orientation; and the impact of sexually transmitted diseases upon society. CSU/UC Transferrable
Pass/No Pass Option
On-campus 

 

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