Course Listing for Sociology

201  Violence as a Health Problem in the United States  (2 - 4 units)   §   Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): H. Pinderhughes       Prerequisite(s): None

Activities: Lecture, Laboratory

Course explores scope and etiology of violence in the United States. Discussion includes the links between different types of violence, examination of competing theoretical approaches to explain the courses of violence and different policy approaches to resolve and prevent violence.(SOC BEH SC)

202  Future of Health and Health Care  (2 units)   §   Spring

Instructor(s): A. Gardner       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

Course provides an overview of the Futures field, including key history, theory and practice. Course content will review tools that futurists use to envision the future(s). Students will engage in weekly discussions of the readings, with an emphasis on visions of the future, and apply futures concepts to develop alternative scenarios.(SOC BEH SC)

204  Global and Local Health Disparities and Inequalities  (3 units)   §   Spring

Instructor(s): S. Dworkin, H. Pinderhughes       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

An interdisciplinary course to examine the confluence of factors (including the impact of social, economic, and political systems, culture, war, and race, class, gender, and sexuality inequity) that create and sustain the conditions leading to disparities in health status and health care both domestically and globally. There is special emphasis on the ways in which structural violence shape the experience of life, death, health, and hardship for individuals around the world.(SOC BEH SC)

206  Corporate Influences on Health & Health Care  (2 - 3 units)   §   Fall

Instructor(s): R. Malone       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Lecture, Field Work

Course examines the positive and negative contributions of corporate entities to health, health care and health policy within the US and globally, focusing on developing critical thinking and policy analysis skills related to system-level structural-economic factors that influence health. Includes content from research and theoretical literature related to corporate personhood, rights, responsibilities and accountability and its application to health policy and ethics discourse.(SOC BEH SC)

207  Sociology of Health & Medicine  (2 - 4 units)   §   Fall

Instructor(s): J. Shim       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: Doctoral students in any field; other students with instructor approval only.       Activities: Seminar, Laboratory

Course introduces the student to classical perspectives in medical sociology and development of a critical perspective in the field to serve as a foundation for independent and advanced study in medical sociology.(SOC BEH SC)

208  Social Psychol of Hlth & Illness  (2 - 4 units)   §   Winter

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: Doctoral students in any field; other students with instructor approval only.       Activities: Seminar, Project

Course examines the relationship of social class, ethnic identification, group membership, family structure, occupation, and lifestyle to health and illness, and therapeutic interaction of lay persons and health professionals.(SOC BEH SC)

210  Proseminar in Health Policy  (1 units)   §   Fall, Winter

Instructor(s): N. Wolfe

Activities: Seminar

Seminar to extend knowledge of the varied scope of health policy research and analysis. The focus will be on specific policy research, analysis and implementation strategies.(SOC BEH SC)

211  Information Systems, Organizational Change & Health Policy  (2 - 3 units)   §   Spring

Instructor(s): R. Miller       Prerequisite(s): S262 or S225, or Biomedical Informatics 200 or consent of instructor.

Activities: Seminar

The course examines medical records (EMRs) in health care organizations, focusing on: EMR capabilities, use, costs and benefits; factors affecting costs and benefits; theories of innovation diffusion; the relationship between IT and organizational changes; EMR health policy options.(SOC BEH SC)

212A  Sociological Theory: Classical  (5 units)   §   Fall

Instructor(s): C. Bliss       Prerequisite(s): Doctoral students only.

Activities: Lecture, Laboratory

Course examines and evaluates classical and recent contributions to sociological theory. The main objective is the generation of a critical capacity with respect to received theory in both its formal and substantive varieties.(SOC BEH SC)

212B  Sociological Theory: Contemporary  (5 units)   §   Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): S. Dworkin       Prerequisite(s): S212A and must be a doctoral student.

Activities: Lecture

Course examines and evaluates contemporary contributions to sociological theory. The main objective is the generation of a critical capacity with respect to received theory in both its formal and substantive varieties.(SOC BEH SC)

212C  Sociological Theory: Symbolic Interactionism  (5 units)   §   Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): C. Bliss       Prerequisite(s): S212AB or permission of instructor.

Activities: Lecture

Course consists of readings and discussions on interactionist theory in sociology, with emphasis on the origins and development of the Chicago School of Sociology, as well as an examination of the link between philosophy of pragmatism and interactionism.(SOC BEH SC)

219  Social Policy in Aging  (2 - 3 units)   §   Spring

Instructor(s): B. Hollister, P. Fox       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Lecture, Laboratory, Project

Course will expose students to a range of conceptual perspectives from the social & policy sciences on the subject of aging and social policy, including theories of aging, retirement policy, ideologies of approaches to aging policies, income security policies, health care and long-term care policies, disability issues, and aging and diversity, as well as future issues related to social policy in aging. The course focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on aging in the United States.(SOC BEH SC)

221  Qualifying Examination  (1 - 8 units)   §   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Completion of preliminary examinations.

Activities: Laboratory

Course will offer preparation for the specialty area qualifying examination.(SOC BEH SC)

223  Perspectives on Public Policy  (3 units)   §   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): H. Pinderhughes       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor

Activities: Lecture, Laboratory

Course offers systematic overview of health policy in American government, its scope, dynamics, and conceptual and practical dilemmas. Students will become acquainted with major issues involved in formulating, financing, implementing, and assessing patterns of decision (i.e., policy) established by government.(SOC BEH SC)

225  Organizational Analysis of US Healthcare  (4 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): S. Chapman       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

Develops capacity to understand and conduct systematic research on health care orgs. Covers theoretical perspectives on organizations: contingency theory, resource dependency, organizational ecology, inst. theory, networks, strategic management, economic perspectives. Perspectives are considered in the context of studies of organizations including: hospitals, HMO's, mental health agencies, nursing homes, biotech firms, and academic health centers.(SOC BEH SC)

227  Advanced Organizational Analysis of U.S. Healthcare  (1 - 2 units)   §   Spring

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of UCSF S225 or similar introduction to organizational analysis of healthcare.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Laboratory, Project

This seminar allows those who have completed an introductory course in organizational analysis to extend their capacity to conduct theory-based research in healthcare settings. The seminar considers recent applications of theoretical perspectives such as institutional theory and participants develop an analytical framework for a research project of their choice using: a generic model, the weekly reading, and class discussion.(SOC BEH SC)

233  Sociology of Aging  (2 - 3 units)   §   Spring

Instructor(s): B. Hollister, P. Fox       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Lecture, Project

Course examines the sociology of aging including a review of theoretical perspectives, current and historical trends in aging, factors related to the aging process, effects of aging on individuals and families, and formal and informal service systems for an aging population.(SOC BEH SC)

235  Tobacco Control Policy Issues  (1 - 3 units)   §   Fall

Instructor(s): E. Smith

Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Project

Course focuses on issues and evolution of tobacco control policies in the U.S. and internationally. Lectures and readings in the history of tobacco control will prepare students to engage in weekly discussions and case studies of particular tobacco control policies.(SOC BEH SC)

236  Race/Class Factors in Hlth Care Delivery  (3 units)   §   Fall

Instructor(s): J. Shim       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor

Activities: Lecture, Laboratory

Course examines racial and class membership impact on access to health care services, variations in the quality of those services, and how professional and subprofessional roles in the health care system are organized along racial and class lines.(SOC BEH SC)

238  Feminist Theory  (2 - 4 units)   §   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): S. Dworkin       Prerequisite(s): Some background in social theory

Activities: Lecture, Field Work

Course provides in-depth overview and examination of 20th-century feminist theories from sociology, anthropology, and interdisciplinary perspectives. Emphasis is on current contributions and debates, with attention to relations between feminist theories and issues for research in women's health and healing.(SOC BEH SC)

245  Gender, Race & Coloniality & ST&MS  (3 units)   §   Spring

Instructor(s): A. Clarke

Activities: Seminar

Course is a study of historical and contemporary issues in the social construction of biological and medical sciences, epistemological problems, and feminist perspectives. Focus is on impact of gender on scientific work and includes scientific constructions of gender and women's careers in science.(SOC BEH SC)

246  Communications & Policy Leadership  (3 units)   §   Winter

Instructor(s): S. Chapman       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Lecture, Project

Course focuses on developing students' skills in various types of policy-relevant communications and leadership across different policy and public health venues.(SOC BEH SC)

248  Group Independent Study  (1 - 4 units)   §   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Activities: Seminar

Groups of two or more students select special problems to investigate on a collaborative basis. These studies may be conducted through readings, the collection or analysis of empirical data, or the development of conceptual analysis or of methodologies.(SOC BEH SC)

249  Individual Independent Study  (1 - 8 units)   §   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Activities: Project

Students select special problems to investigate on an individual or collaborative basis. These studies may be conducted through readings, the collection or analysis of empirical data, or the development of conceptual analysis or of methodologies.(SOC BEH SC)

260  Policy and Politics of Health  (2 - 5 units)   §   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): H. Pinderhughes

Activities: Lecture, Field Work

Course examines health care policy and politics in terms of historical and contemporary issues related to access, quality, and cost. Organizational, financing, and labor market issues are included, along with strategies for social change.(SOC BEH SC)

272  Dissertation Writing Seminar  (1 - 3 units)   §   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): S. Kaufman

Activities: Seminar, Laboratory

Course addresses logic of research design and execution for students. Clarification of research question, delineation of work plan, and orientation to relevant theoretical literature or empirical data available.(SOC BEH SC)

282  Sociology of Science/Technology  (2 - 4 units)   §   Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): J. Shim

Activities: Seminar, Laboratory

Offered in alternate years. Course examines early functionalist and Marxist theories, Kuhns work, social constructionist, ethnomethodolical, interactionist, neo-functionalist, critical, and neo-Marxist perspectives. Focuses on laboratory, controversy, technological, and representational studies and organization and funding. Links history and philosophy.(SOC BEH SC)

284  Health Care Economics  (4 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): W. Max

Activities: Seminar, Project

Course examines basic economic theory as applied to the health care sector. This will include the structure of health care service and labor markets and the analysis of critical economic and cost issues relevant to public policy.(SOC BEH SC)

285A  Qualitative Methods I  (5 units)   §   Fall

Instructor(s): J. Shim, R. Rehm       Prerequisite(s): Second-year doctoral students.

Activities: Seminar, Field Work

Course reviews many of the types of qualitative research methods, emphasizing assumptions, approaches. Focus on design, entree, ethics, data-gathering techniques (interviewing, observing), data recording and management. Introduction to data analysis.(SOC BEH SC)

285B  Qualitative Methods II  (5 units)   §   Winter

Instructor(s): J. Shim, R. Rehm       Prerequisite(s): N285A/S285A and second-year doctoral students.

Activities: Seminar, Field Work

Course compares and contrasts modes of qualitative analysis. Examines issues in establishing plausibility, credibility, adequacy. Intensive data analysis and examination of the problems of presentation of findings with focus on questions of authority and preparation of text.(SOC BEH SC)

286  Gender, Sex, & Health  (2 - 4 units)   §   Spring

Instructor(s): S. Dworkin

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture

Analyzes how and why sex, gender, and their intersection matter for a broad array of health issues and health outcomes. Pays close attention to additional intersections with race, class, and sexualities. Examines health interventions such as violence and HIV/AIDS prevention that address sex and gender whether such interventions are community-oriented, media driven, policy-related, or specific to historical or contemporary social movements.(SOC BEH SC)

289A  Advanced Quantitative Research Methods I  (4 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): Z. Zimmer, J. Mullan       Prerequisite(s): N209 and N212 or equivalent, B187

Restrictions: Doctoral students only.       Activities: Lecture

Course addresses theoretical basis of advanced quantitative methods. Fundamental issues of causality and design issues pertinent to causality are addressed using randomized clinical trials and models for experimental designs. Methods of sampling and issues in data collection and measurement are explored.(SOC BEH SC)

289B  Advanced Quantitative Research Methods II  (5 units)   §   Winter

Instructor(s): Z. Zimmer, J. Mullan       Prerequisite(s): S289A and Doctoral students only.

Activities: Lecture

The second course in a two-quarter series provides a pratical understanding of the statistical procedures including logistic regression, repeated measures, survival analysis, latent variables and structural equation modeling, and cost effectiveness analysis. Attention is given to how and when to use each, how to diagnose and adjust to violations of the functional form and other assumptions of these procedures, and how to interpret computer output.(SOC BEH SC)

299  Dissertation  (0 units)   §   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Advancement to candidacy and permission of the graduate adviser.

For graduate students engaged in writing the dissertation for the PhD degree.(SOC BEH SC)

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