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Sociology is a great course to take at San Diego State. Because it is becoming increasingly more and more popular, sociology classes are growing. There is a large variety of upper division courses, almost everything you could possibly think of. Here are just 5 of the several sociology upper division courses you can take at SDSU.

#1 Sociology 539 

SOC 539 is a course in the Sociology of Education. The prerequisite for this course is Sociology 101. This course will deal with the social organization of education in the United States and other societies. You will go over the  structure and functions of educational institutions, formal and informal education, and class, ethnic, and other social factors affecting the educational process. Also, the implications of educational decision making and testing.

 

#2 Sociology 310

SOC 310 is a course about Love, Jealousy, and Envy: The Sociology of Emotions. The prerequisite is Sociology 101. This course will give you a sociological understanding of human emotions developed through consideration of history of sex and love, social psychology of jealousy, and political implications of envy. Understanding and management of emotions analyzed in context of community and society.

#3 Sociology 320

SOC 320 is a course in Sex and Gender in Contemporary Society. Prerequisites in this course include Sociology 101 and completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.B., Social and Behavioral Sciences required for nonmajors. This course discussed ways femininity and masculinity are constructed through social arrangements associated with interpersonal relations, family, education, occupations, and economic and political systems. Also it explains how gender relations are portrayed in mass media and how they are accomplished in community life.

#4 Sociology 335

SOC 335 is a course in Mass Communication and Popular Culture. Prerequisites include Sociology 101 and completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.B., Social and Behavioral Sciences required for nonmajors. This class teaches about the development of popular culture as influenced by the growth of mass media of communication, including popular music, television, film, newspapers, and advertising. The power, functions, and effects of the mass media in society and in social change.

#5 Sociology 355

SOC 355 is a course in Minority Group Relations. Prerequisites for this course include Sociology 101 and completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.B., Social and Behavioral Sciences required for nonmajors. This is a course about the historical and comparative analysis of race and ethnic relations. You will discuss the origins and maintenance of ethnic stratification systems, discrimination and prejudice, the adaptation of minority communities, role of social movements and government policies in promoting civil rights and social change.

In conclusion, sociology at San Diego State is very popular. These upper division courses will not only force you to think outside the box, but they will allow you to gain a deep understanding of yourself and the world around you. It is recommended to take at least one of these courses throughout your college years, just in order to gain an understanding of our society and become more knowledgeable.


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Josy Lopez


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