CAL POLY SAN LUIS OBISPO

SOCIAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT'S CATALOG DESCRIPTIONS
1998*1999 CATALOG


ANT - ANTHROPOLOGY:

ANT 201 - Cultural Anthology (3) [GEB D.4.a.]
The study of contemporary human cultures throughout the world. Seeks general human patterns within the diversity of individual cultures. Includes such topics as: family organization and gender roles; adaptation to the environment; systems of economic exchange; political organization and leadership; religious beliefs and values; ethnicity and cultural pluralism; impact of Western culture on the developing world. 3 lectures.

ANT 202 - World Prehistory (4)
Development of the diverse human cultures of both the Old and New Worlds from the earliest times until the dawn of history; cultural growth. 4 lectures.

ANT 203 - Biological Anthropology (4)
Biological aspects of human unity and diversity. Primate and human evolution, including anatomical, physiological and behavioral adaptations. Origin and diversity of modern races. 4 lectures.

ANT 310 - Archaeological Field Methods (4)
Diversity of California Indian cultures; field studies in locating, surveying, and analyzing aboriginal sites; excavation of a site; laboratory techniques for recording, preserving, and reporting of artifacts; relating observations and finds to the natural environment in which the site is located; integrating knowledge of natural and social sciences for the use in archaeology. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: A course in anthropology or consent of instructor.

ANT 311 - Archaeological Laboratory Methods (4)
Principles of archaeological excavation; recording, stratigraphy, dating, field conservation, and interpretation; cultural resources management. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: An anthropology course or consent of instructor.

ANT 360 - Human Cultural Adaptations (3) [GEB D.4.b.]
Evolution of cultures and societies from an ecological perspective, emphasizing the material processes leading to both cultural diversity and similarity. 3 lectures. Prerequisite: Any course in GEB area D.4.a.

ANT 401 - Culture and Health (4)
Global perspective on the relationship between culture and health. Ecological factors influencing health and illness. Origins of disease and impact of diseases on society. Diet and nutrition. Classifications of illnesses causation. Kinds of curers. Relationship of gender and reproduction to illness. Pharmacology. Mental illness. Global health problems. Alternative health care modalities. Health-care needs of U.S. ethnic groups. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

ANT 405 - Indonesia (4)
Cultures and societies of Indonesia with particular emphasis on Bali. Topics include art and ritual, kinship, marriage, gender, politics, economics and colonialism. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: One upper division anthropology course or consent of instructor.

ANT 415 - Native American Cultures (4) USCP
Survey of Native American cultures from earliest times to present, emphasizing regional diversity in traditional lifeways. Origins of New World peoples, domestication, war, social organization, trade and gender roles. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: One upper division anthropology course or consent of instructor.

ANT 420 - Development Anthropology (4)
Application of the basic concepts of anthropology to problems of development. Major theories of change and development. Sociocultural dimensions of economic development. Context of development in the Third World. Roles that anthropologists and other social scientists play in the development process. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: ANT 201 or consent of instructor.

ANT 425 - Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica (4)
Cultures and societies of Mesoamerica prior to 1492. Olmec, Maya. Toltec and Aztec civilizations. Religion, politics, warfare, art, writing, calendrics, ecology and trade. The development and collapse of states. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: One upper division anthropology course or consent of instructor.

ANT 433 - Language and Culture (4)
A global perspective on the social and cultural factors which influence language form and language use. Topics include: language and thought; the origins and development of human language; language learning; language and cultural metaphors; language and political persuasion; language and gender; language and social stratification; dialects; bilingualism and multilingualism; language and ethnic identity. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

ANT 435 - Pacific Islands Cultures (4)
Overview of Pacific Islands cultures. Individual cultures in each of the three major cultural and geographic areas - Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia - will be studied in depth using the case study approach. The impact of Western culture on the Pacific from the early explorations through colonialism, World Wars I and II to independence. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

ANT 444 - Sex, Death and Human Nature (4)
How Darwinian processes of differential reproduction and mortality influence human interests, passions, and behaviors. Theories of inclusive fitness, parental investment and senescence. Sex differences, sexual attraction, life histories, violence and aggression, including rape, homicide and infanticide. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: One upper division anthropology course or consent of instructor.

ANT 450 - Area Studies (4)
Comparative analysis of cultural diversity and uniformity within a selected region (e.g., Latin America, Subsaharan Africa). Class Schedule will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 12 units. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: ANT 201 or consent of instructor.

ANT 470 - Selected Advanced Topics (1-4)
Directed group study of selected topics for advanced students. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Class Schedule will list topics selected. Total credit limited to 8 units. 1 to 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


GEOG - GEOGRAPHY:

GEOG 150 - Introduction to Cultural Geography (3) [GEB D.4.a.]
Introduction to the diversity, interrelationships, and spatial features of global cultures. Survey of the field with emphasis on characteristics and/or patterns of population, race, ethnicity, language, religion, government, and economic activity. 3 lectures.

GEOG 250 - Physical Geography (4)
Addresses the origins and patterns of the earth's diverse assemblage of climates, landforms, biota and soils. A major focus on relationships between human cultures and these earthly environments. 4 lectures.

GEOG 305 - Political Geography (4)
Spatial influences on man's political behavior. Geopolitics, boundaries, significance of resources on power politics, internal spatial structure of the nation-state, relationships between nation-states. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

GEOG 308 - Global Geography (3) [GEB D.4.b.]
Survey of principal elements of global geography; multicultural assessment of interrelationships and/or patterns of human activities and biophysical environments, especially in relation to international linkages and trends. Focus on selected regional examples from the developed and developing worlds. 3 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

GEOG 310 - Urban Geography (4)
Presentation of geographic concepts, principles, and generalizations related to urban functions, forms, distribution, and growth. Location, areal extent, and interaction among the various urban functions. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

GEOG 315 - Geography of Resource Utilization (4)
A multicultural, world view of the interconnections of the following resource systems: food, energy, water and nonfuel minerals. A pervading theme is the sustainability of these systems. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

GEOG 325 - Climate and Humanity (4)
Geographic perspective on the interrelationships between climate and human cultures. Effect's of people on climate and the influence of climate and weather upon human activities and behavior. Focus on global human conditions which are responsible for the alteration of climate and in turn are vulnerable to climate change. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

GEOG 333 - Human Impact on the Earth (4)
Global assessment of the impact of humans on the earth's vegetation, animals, soil, water and atmosphere. Emphasis on problems stemming from the interactions of human attitudes, technologies, and population with natural resources. 4 lectures..

GEOG 340 - Geography of California
Physical environment of California; patterns of settlement and historic development; current problems. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

GEOG 350 - Geography of the United States (4)
The population (including origin, ethnicity, migrations, and distributions), land utilization, and economic development viewed against the background of the physical environment. Topically and regionally organized. Pervading themes include landscape develoption and alteration, regional cultural distinctiveness, and current problems. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

GEOG 360 - Geography of Europe (4)
The population, land utilization, and economic development viewed against the background of the physical environment. Topically and regionally organized. Pervading themes include landscape evolution and alteration, regional cultural distinctiveness, and current problems. Emphasis on Western Europe. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

GEOG 370 - Geography of Mexico and Central America (4)
Detailed study of Mexico and Central America; patterns of settlement and development, economic issues and resource utilization; physical environment. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

GEOG 401 - Area Geography (4)
Directed study of geographic characteristics of a selected world area. Class Schedule will list topic descriptive of the particular world area to be studied. Total credit limited to 12 units. 4 lectures. Prerequisite Junior standing.

GEOG 470 - Selected Advanced Topics (1-4)
Directed group study of selected topics for advanced students. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Class Schedule will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 12 units. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


SOC - SOCIOLOGY:

SOC 105 - Introduction to Sociology (3) [GEB D.4.a.]
The groups and societies humans build and how these affect our behavior. Special attention is given to the analysis of how factors such as gender, race or ethnicity, income, and occupation interact with the five basic social institutions of society: family, economy, government, religion and education. 3 lectures.

SOC 106 - Social Problems (4)
Order versus conflict theories of social problems; the role of values in the study of these problems; methods of study; proposed solutions including political approaches. Three types of problems investigated: social conflict, structural problems, and deviant behavior. 4 lectures.

SOC 301 - Social Work and Social Welfare Institutions (4)
Introduction to the field of social welfare. Development of social work and social welfare services; major issues in social service policy. Scope and diversity of specific programs in the social services. Analysis of current programs and the recipients of welfare services. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

SOC 305 - Sociology of Social Movements (4)
Analysis of the causes and impact of social movements, with a focus on the contemporary world. Included are events ranging from riots, lynchings and panics to political, religious and racial social movements. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

SOC 306 - Sociology of the Family (4)
Description and analysis of family relationships; role of family in society, effects of society on family economy, structure and change. Other topics include courtship, marriage, parenting, divorce and alternative family forms. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

SOC 309 - The World System and Its Problems (3) [GEB D.4.b.]
Analysis of the historical background, structure, and dynamics of the world system; examines such issues as the origins of Third World poverty, the changes in the word's dominant economic powers, and possible strategies for the economic development of the Third World. 3 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

SOC 310 - Self, Organizations and Society (4)
Analysis of the interactions relating to the development of self. Examination of the reciprocal interactions between biology, personal environment, and society. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

SOC 311 - Sociology of Gender (4)
Description and analysis of the impact of gender definition on men and women in society. Special attention is given to the learning process; the creation and perpetuation of gender stereotypes and the way these affect individual life chances and social structure, explored in the areas of work, education, family and abusive relationships. Focus on media presentation of gender and effects of ethnicity and class. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

SOC 313 - Urban Sociology (4)
Description of the context of urban development; analysis of various forces generating urbanization. Investigation of urban models and spational relationships; urban processes; and problems. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

SOC 315 - Race and Ethnic Relations (3) [GEB D.4.b.]
Diverse structures of unequal relationships among racial and ethnic groups in several countries including the U.S. Theories about sources of economic and social discrimination and colonialism. Focusing on the concept of ethnicity. Evaluation of methods to restructure race and ethnic relations. International case histories. 3 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

SOC 316 - American Ethnic Minorities (4) [USCP]
Exploration of the issues and problems facing the four major ethnic minorities in American society: Native Americans, Afro-Americans, Hispanics and Asian Americans. Dynamics of intergroup relations focusing on the concepts of ethnocentrisism, stereotyping, pluralism and assimilation. Sources and manifestations of economic and social discrimination patterns and how they affect the individual's life course. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

SOC 323 - Social Stratification (4)
Social class and the distribution of income, wealth, status and power in society, with emphasis on contemporary United States; social mobility; race, gender, and ethnic inequalities; and solutions to poverty. A comparative perspective also taken with a focus on Japan and Europe. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

SOC 326 - Sociology of Aging (3)
Age as a social phenomenon. Roles of the elderly in industrial societies. Changes in social structures and people as the shift occurs from middle to older age. Sociological theories about aging. Implications of an aging population. Public policies and aging. 3 lectures. Prerequisite: One course in sociology or consent of instructor.

SOC 330 - Social Change (4)
Interpretation of major social trends, movements and changes in the U.S. of the 20th Century; the causation, patterns and direction of these changes in continuum with the present; theories of change; and the special impact of technology upon social events. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

SOC 350 - Social Organization of Modern Japan (4)
Social and cultural features of modern Japan. Japanese group processes. Investigation of contemporary Japanese institutions: family, education, mass media, industry, politics, including an overview of popular culture. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

SOC 351 - Women in East Asia (4)
Traditional roles and status of women in Chinese, Japanese and Korean societies. Changes due to industrialization, the impact of Western ideas and their implications for today's women. 4 seminars. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

SOC 355 - Social Data Collection and Analysis (4)
The basics of how to do social research. Includes topics on data collection techniques such as surveys, experiments, participant observation, content analysis and the use of existing data. Also includes topics on univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analysis and the use of SPSS for data analysis. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Prerequisite: STAT 221, CSC 110, and two sociology courses.

SOC 395 - Sociology of Complex Organizations (4)
Bureaucracies and informal organizations from a sociological perspective. Organizational networks within and between organizations, relationship between organizations and their environment, and organizational socialization and career patterns, and gender and race or ethnic differences in organizational patterns. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

SOC 402 - Crime and Delinquency (4)
Criminal behavior and juvenile delinquency of the individual and group; special categories including the drug addict, sociopath, sex offender, organized crime, violent youth gang, and white-collar criminal; theories of causation; institutional and other approaches to rehabilitation of criminals and delinquents. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

SOC 412 - Criminal Justice (4)
Approaches to the control and rehabilitation of adult and juvenile offenders; philosophy of treatment strategies; history and analysis of probation, imprisonment, parole and preventative programs. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: SOC 402.

SOC 413 - Methods of Social Work (4)
Skills, values and knowledge emphasized in social work. The generic perspective. Methods in social case work, group work, community organization, and social action. Alternative models. Settings of social work practice. Discussion of case material and professional literature. Case work management. Traditional and innovative therapy techniques. 4 seminars. Prerequisite: SOC 301 or consent of instructor.

SOC 421 - Social Theory (4)
Concepts and theories in sociology, anthropology and geography. Development and history of social sciences. Paradigms and sociology of knowledge. Modern and classical perspectives. Importance of theories for understanding of present social arrangements and problems. 4 lecturers. Prerequisite: Two sociology courses or consent of instructor.

SOC 431 - Population Problems (4)
Description and analysis of basic population processes of fertility, mortality and migration. Emphasis on understanding significance of today's growth rates for the future, especially in relationship t resources and standards of living. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: SOC 105 or consent of instructor.

SOC 470 - Selected Advanced Topics in Sociology (1-4)
Directed group study of selected topics for advanced students. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Class Schedule will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 8 units. 1 to 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


SOCS - SOCIAL SCIENCES

SOCS 200 - Special Problems for Undergraduates (1-4)
Individual investigation, research, studies, or surveys of selected problems. Total credit limited to 3 units, with a maximum of 2 units per quarter. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

SOCS 400 - Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates (1-4)
Individual investigation, research, studies, or surveys of selected problems. Total credit limited to 6 units, with a maximum of 3 units per quarter. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

SOCS 440 - Internship (4-8)
Supervised training, research, and work in public and private organizations. Total credit limited to 18 units. Prerequisite: Senior standing and/or consent of instructor.

SOCS 461, 462 - Senior Project (2) (2)
Selection and completion of a project under faculty supervision. Projects typical of problems which graduate must solve in their fields of employment. Project results are presented in a formal report. Minimum 120 hours total time. Prerequisite: Senior standing and/or consent of instructor.

SOCS 485 - Cooperative Education Experience (6) [CR/NC]
Part-time work experience in business, industry, government, and other areas of student career interest. Positions are paid and usually require relocation and registration in course for two consecutive quarters. Formal report and evaluation by work supervisor required. Total credit limited to 16 units. Credit/No Credit grading only. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and consent of instructor.

SOCS 487 - Cooperative Education Experience (6)
Part-time work experience in business, industry, government, and other areas of student career interest. Positions are paid and usually require relocation and registration in course for two consecutive quarters. Formal report and evaluation by work supervisor required. Total credit limited to 16 units. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and consent of instructor.

SOCS 495 - Cooperative Education Experience (12) [CR/NC]
Full-time work experience in business, industry, government, and other areas of student career interest. Positions are paid and usually require relocation and registration in course for two consecutive quarters. Formal report and evaluation by work supervisor required. Total credit limited to 16 units. Credit/No Credit grading only. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and consent of instructor.

SOCS 497 - Cooperative Education Experience (12)
Full-time work experience in business, industry, government, and other areas of student career interest. Positions are paid and usually require relocation and registration in course for two consecutive quarters. Formal report and evaluation by work supervisor required. Total credit limited to 16 units. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and consent of instructor.


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