Social Justice Courses

Social Justice Studies

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID SJST 110

This course is an inter-disciplinary study of race, class, gender, and ethnicity, in the United States. In this course, students have the opportunity to examine social justice movements, particularly in relation to ethnic and racial groups in the United States to provide a basis for a better understanding of the socio-economic, cultural, and political conditions among key social groups. Additional course themes include labor movement, environmental justice, colonialism/imperialism, social activism, and feminist ideology.

Women, Gender, and Queer Studies

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID SJST 120

This course introduces students to the study of women and gender, from an intersectional perspective. The course provides an overview of the “waves” of women’s rights movements in U.S. history and debates about women’s roles in society. With this grounding in a variety of feminist discourses, students have the opportunity to explore contemporary women’s rights issues in both local and global contexts. Topics include: the social construction of gender, race, class, sexualities, and disabilities in different cultures; women’s sexualities and gender identities; health and reproductive issues; family structures; violence against women; the economics of women’s labor, paid and unpaid; education, political activism and social justice. All genders are equally welcome in this course. Pass/No Pass Option

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course introduces students to the study of women’s creative work in literature, the visual arts, and the performing arts, and feminist art. The course presents an overview of new theories and methods of scholarship, including the use of gender, race, culture, and class as lenses of analysis. Students have opportunities to examine how this new scholarship is changing appraisals of women’s contributions to the arts. Pass/No Pass Option

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID SJST 130

This course introduces concepts and research in the fields of Gender and Queer Studies. Students have the opportunity to conceptualize gender and sexuality as fluid and using an intersectional, social justice-focused approach to identity, study gender and queer theory, and examine cultural norms and social expectations about behavior associated with various sex and gender categories from a variety of societies and historical periods. The course presents cross-cultural and historical perspectives on a continuum of sex and gender identities and sexualities, with a focus on LGBTQ+ identities and their social construction over time. Students analyze legal and social issues in contexts of sex, gender, sexuality, and other intersectional identity categories such as race, ethnicity, class, ability, age, nation of origin, and documentation, language, and housing status. Pass/No Pass Option

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course introduces women’s contributions to cultures around the world from prehistory to 1500 CE. Drawing on primary sources, the course illuminates the lives and work of women writers, artists, philosophers, and political leaders from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and the Americas. Focusing on women’s work in the humanities—literature, philosophy, visual arts and performing arts—the course highlights societies and eras in which women’s agency, autonomy, and creative accomplishments were particularly strong. Students have the opportunity to analyze cultural factors that supported or inhibited this creativity, including ideas about gender embedded in religions, mythologies, social philosophies, and political institutions. Pass/No Pass Option

Sociology

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID SOCI 150

This sociology course analyzes race and ethnicity by addressing global dynamics, cross-cultural comparisons, and U.S. minorities. The course focuses on social interactional patterns and social structures, including economic, political, educational, religious, and other social institutions – that support or challenge racism, stratification, and inequality across the U.S. and globally. The course assesses efforts to promote racial harmony and solutions to address racial/ethnic inequality. Pass/No Pass Option

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID SOCI 140

The course pursues sociological analyses of the social construction of masculinity and femininity cross-culturally. It examines the debates on gender. It analyzes the impact of social, economic, and political changes on gender expectations and practices. It focuses macro-analyses of how institutions shape gender and micro-analyses of how individuals are socialized and how they “do” and practice gender. Pass/No Pass Option

Last Updated 6/30/20