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We seek to foster in students and understanding of the range and complexity of human societies and social structures, and the methods that have been used to study human society. We also seek to inspire a value for diversity, and to prepare students for successful transfer.

The program offers both an AA and a certificate of Completion in Sociology with an Emphasis in Gerontology. These program sprepare students to work with the growing numbers of older adults in the population. This degree and certificate have not seen much student demand recently, however, and the program is placing these award s on inactive status i the near future.

The program also offers introductory, lower-division courses in sociology for general education and transfer purposes, ranging from Principles of Sociology to Marriage an Family Problems. All these courses are transferable to CSU and UC, and meet GE breadth requirements for the associate degree and transfer.

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Full Time Faculty 

Mona Abdoun
Phone: (510) 723-7528
Office: 401E

Christina Mendoza
Phone: (510) 723-2628
Email: cmendoza@chabotcollege.edu
Office: 401R

Adjunct Faculty


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Course Descriptions

Sociology 1 
Principles of Sociology
3 Units

Designed to illuminate the way students see their social world. Uses a sociological perspective: scientific study of human interaction and society, with emphasis on impact of groups on social behavior. Includes the systematic examination of culture, socialization, social organization, social class, race gender, deviance, social change and empirical methodology. These content areas are woven throughout the fabric of the course, particularly as they affect the lives of a least three of the following groups: African Americans, Latino Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans and/or women.
May be offered in Distance Education Format.

3 hours. Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU/GE: DO; D; IGETC: Area 4; AA/AS; (CAN Soc 2).

Sociology 2 
Social Problems
3 Units

Introduction to social problems common to modern industrial society, and the role of principal institutions in social organization and social disorganization. Includes crime, juvenile delinquency, divorce, drug addiction, alcoholism, aging, mental health and population as well as other areas. Focus on modern American society.

Strongly recommended:
Psychology 1 or 50, or Anthropology 3. May be offered in Distance Education Format.

3 hours. Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU/GE: DO; IGETC: Area 4; AA/AS; (CAN Soc 4).


Sociology 3 
American Cultural and Racial Minorities
3 Units

Analysis of racial and ethnic relations in the United States. Includes race, ethnicity, prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping, as well as theories and patterns of intergroup relations. Focus on contemporary American minorities; African Americans, Chicano/Latinos, Asian Americans, and Native Americans.

Strongly recommended:
Sociology 1, Anthropology 3, or Psychology 1 or 50, or . May be offered in Distance Education Format.

3 hours. Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU/GE: D3; IGETC: Area 4; AA/AS.


Sociology 4
Marriage and Family Relations
3 Units

Sociological perspective of the family including mate selection, marital roles, marital adjustment, sexual adjustment, reproduction, child rearing, marital dissolution, and problems associated with the family in modern industrial society. Emphasis on methodology of family investigation.
May be offered in Distance Education Format.

3 hours. Transfer:

Sociology 8
Human Sexuality
3 Units

Physiological and psychosocial aspects of sexual health in our contemporary society. Understanding the interrelationship of attitude and behavior as it relates to sexual well-being and sexual integrity. May not receive credit if Health 8 or Psychology 8 has been completed.

3 hours. Transfer:
Sociology 10
Introduction to Asian American Studies
3 Units

An examination of the experiences and perspectives os Asian Americans from Mid-1800s to the present. Major topics will include family, political involvement, assimilation, education and employment. Provides a comparative context for understanding the panethnic movement. May be offered in Distant Education format.

3 hours. Transfer:
Sociology 11
Femininity and Masculinity
3 Units

Biological, psychological, sociological, and anthropological overview of the assignment of behaviors to males and females. Identification of physiological and cultural influences on gender identity with emphasis on the historical sex  role definition an socialization process in American culture, constraints of those definitions, and issues related to possible future changes.

3 hours. Transfer:
CSU, UC; CSU/GE: D4; IGETC: Area 4; AA/AS.
Sociology 30
Social Gerontology
3 Units

Introduction to the study of aging, the social world, and social networks of European-American, African-American, Hispanic-American and Asian American elders. Focus on heterogeneity within specific groups of minority elders, as well as difference in the aging experience for members of these designated subcultures. Emphasis on sociological theory as it applies to the independent elder.

3 hours. Transfer:
CSU, UC; CSU/GE: D0, E; IGETC: Area 4; AA/AS.
Sociology 31
Dependency in Old Age
3 Units

Study of the aged and the disabled from a multidisciplinary perspective, but focusing upon the social factors and stress that impact upon the dependent person in U.S. society. It includes an determination of the loss of physical and intellectual function, disease, institutionalization and the looking glass self. The goal is to make these frequently invisible populations not only visible but also better understood.

3 hours. Transfer:
Sociology 32
Social Policy, Programs and Services for Elders
3 Units

Examination of the programmatic and policy issues in social gerontology including an overview of public and private agencies which provide service to the elderly. View of legislation and service delivery with analysis of historical trends in societal attitudes towards providing services to older adults. Also includes policy, service and program needs of the minority elderly, specifically African American, Asian American, Hispanic American and Native American elders. Requires that student work a s a volunteer for a minimum of 12 hours during the semester in an older adult social program, e.g. senior center, etc.

3 hours. Transfer:
Sociology 63
Social Worker Designee Training
2 Units

Responsibilities of the person designated as social worker in skilled and intermediate care facilities serving a predominantly elder population. Focus on identifying and meeting the medically-related social and emotional needs of the frail elderly, chronically ill, cognitively impaired and sub-acute resident that places them within the context of past history, current status, and future goals. Designed to provide theory and skills needed to satisfy State regulations as outlined in Title 22.

2 hours. Transfer:


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