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Sociology Department - UC San Diego

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Department of Sociology - UC San Diego


What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of society: its composition, organization, culture, and development. It combines scientific methods with humanistic perspectives, integrating the findings of economics, political science, psychology, and history.


The Sociology Major at UCSD

This department has developed an innovative curriculum, building on the strengths of our faculty and the breadth of their knowledge. Many courses are taught examining the historical development of societies in diverse regions across the globe: East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe, and Africa. This international focus allows us to consider the grand social transformations, which are underway on a global scale. A number of courses consider the cultural dimensions of social life, such as religion, popular culture, and film. A strong feature of our curriculum is the study of science and technology. Other courses taught include topics such as education, gender, health and illness, race and ethnic relations, nationalism, and protest movements. The subject matter of sociology courses is quite diverse, yet interrelated by the concern across a number of different fields in the character of inequalities in society and the varying processes of modernization.


The Department

At UCSD, the Department of Sociology may have the most extensive and comprehensive program of comparative and historical sociology in the country. The international emphasis is expressed in the faculty's teaching commitment to the Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies, the Science Studies Program, as well as Eleanor Roosevelt College, which is oriented around international studies. In addition, the department has strong, nationally recognized programs in the sociology of culture and in science studies. The sociology of inequality (on the basis of class, gender, and race) is also a central research and teaching field for many faculty members. Students may also wish to participate in research projects or the honors program offered by the department.


Spring 2009


SOCB 126: The Social Organization of Education

Professor Amy Binder

Lecture: Tu/Th 3:30pm-4:50pm CSB 2

Section Tu 2:30pm - 3:20pm

Section Th 2:30pm - 3:20pm

The social organization of education in the U.S. and other societies; the functions of education for individuals and society; the structure of schools; educational decision making; educational testing; socialization and education; formal and informal education; cultural transmission. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.


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