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Spring 2019 Undergraduate Course Schedule

Below is the Spring 2019 course schedule for the B.A. in Communications and B.A. in Sociology programs. If you are looking for graduate program courses, that information is located here.

Communications

COMM 2110 Issues and Practices in Journalism (3)

Study of the problems and techniques of journalism, including audiences and resources. Overview of history and development of print and digital news media. Examination of news sources, interviewing, reporting, writing, and ethics. Frequent exercises in news gathering and writing and preparing copy for publication.

Course #: Cost: Location: Date/Time: Instructor: Email:
32956 $960 UCEN 209 Wednesdays 5-9pm (1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 5/8) & Online (log into Blackboard the first day of the term: 1/22) J. Franco jfranco15@csub.edu

COMM 3008 Technical and Report Writing (3)

Extensive practice in writing clearly and persuasively in technical and specialized forms such as reports of experiments, abstracts, business reports and proposals, letters, memoranda. Prerequisite: ENGL 1109 or the equivalent with a grade of “C-” or better and upper division standing. Satisfies General Education requirement GWAR.

Course #: Cost: Location: Date/Time: Instructor: Email:
32959 $960 UCEN 213 Mondays 5-9pm (1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25, 4/22, 5/6) & Online (log into Blackboard the first day of the term: 1/22) M. Slaughter mslaughter@csub.edu

COMM 3120 Convergence Journalism (3)

Study of contemporary journalism techniques and their influence on the audiences they serve. Exercises in news gathering, multimedia reporting, writing for the web, audio and video production, digital photography, and web publishing.

Course #: Cost: Location: Date/Time: Instructor: Email:
32958 $960 MENH 145 Saturdays 10am-2pm (1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/27, 5/11) & Online (log into Blackboard the first day of the term: 1/22) J. Franco jfranco15@csub.edu

COMM 3210 Public Relations (3)

A study of the theory and practice of public relations with an emphasis on two-way communication, the four-step process of public relations, publics in public relations, and settings for public relations including business, education, labor, government, and other organizations. Explores the roles of public relations professionals in their organizations and the importance of public relations in contemporary organizations. Introduction to the basic tools of the public relations professional including the news release and other forms of public relations communications.

Course #: Cost: Location: Date/Time: Instructor: Email:
32957 $960 UCEN 311 Tuesdays 5-9pm (1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 4/9, 4/23, 5/14) & Online (log into Blackboard the first day of the term: 1/22) M. Naser mnaser@csub.edu

COMM 3230 Case Studies in Public Relations (3)

Detailed investigation of the theory and practice of public relations through study of major public relations cases and the development of a public relations campaign proposal for a client that requires research and planning of a public relations campaign. Examination of opportunities and constraints involved in research, setting objectives, designing and executing programs, and evaluating results. Analysis of cases as models for effective relations with media, internal audiences, community members, government agencies, investors, consumers, and special interest groups.

Course #: Cost: Location: Date/Time: Instructor: Email:
32960 $960 Online 1/22 – 5/22 (log into Blackboard the first day of class) K. Han khan1@csub.edu

COMM 4908 Senior Seminar (3)

An advanced course in analysis and application of communication research methods. Specific topics will vary. Individual student research projects and reports. When possible, students contribute to ongoing faculty research. Students will submit a portfolio demonstrating skills and knowledge gained in the Communications major. Prerequisite: COMM 3000. Satisfies General Education requirement Capstone.

Course #: Cost: Location: Date/Time: Instructor: Email:
32961 $960 UCEN 211 Thursdays 5-9pm (1/31, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9) & Online (log into Blackboard the first day of the term: 1/22) A. Alali aalali@csub.edu

SCI 3329 Water and the West (3)

A sustainable water supply to support the often competing needs of fast-growing populations, agriculture, industry, and the environment is a key long-term issue for California, other states in the arid western United States, and globally. This course reviews basic hydrologic principles, including those governing precipitation patterns and the movement of water through the Earth system. It then explores legal, historic, political, economic, environmental, and social justice issues associated with water resources sustainability. 150 minutes of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Junior status and completion of lower division Area A and B general education requirements. Satisfies general education Sustainability and Justice upper division Area B.

Course #: Cost: Location: Date/Time: Instructor: Email:
32962 $960 Online 1/22 – 5/22 (log into Blackboard the first day of class) D. Baron dbaron@csub.edu

 

Sociology

SOC 3110 Contemporary Sociological Theory (3)

Provides an analysis of the major theoretical perspectives that provide the conceptual basis for sociological research and analysis. Emphasis is on the terminology, assumptions, and implications of the dominant theoretical frameworks in contemporary sociology, such as ethnomethodology, critical theory, contemporary feminism, rational choice, and postmodernism. Prerequisite: SOC 301 or 3100 or equivalent course. A grade of C- or higher is required for graduation. Students who do not achieve the minimum grade will have to retake the course and get a grade of C- or higher to graduate. This course is reserved for students majoring in Sociology.

Course #: Cost: Location: Date/Time: Instructor: Email:
32968 $960 UCEN 207 Wednesdays 5-7pm (1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24) & Online (log into Blackboard the first day of the term: 1/22) A. Kebede akebede@csub.edu

SOC 3208 Junior Diversity and Research Ethics (3)

This seminar focuses on the ethical considerations that must be carefully considered when using diverse and vulnerable populations for research purposes in Sociology. Vulnerable populations include for example children, women, racial/ethnic minorities, economically/socially disadvantaged, institutionalized or incarcerated, severely injured or ill, etc. Integral with the issue of making decisions in using research participants from vulnerable populations are three major principles: (1) respect for persons as autonomous agents capable of self-determination and the implementation of special procedures to protect persons with diminished autonomy; (2) beneficence in doing no harm and maximizing possible benefits and minimizing possible risks for the research participants; and (3) justice in that the burden of research participation is not unduly imposed and that all benefits to which the participant is entitled are not denied. This seminar further emphasizes social and cultural diversity, approaches to researching the other, and covers various research topics that are controversial and that face ethical challenges. Must have Junior Status. Satisfies General Education requirement JYDR.

Course #: Cost: Location: Date/Time: Instructor: Email:
32969 $960 Online 1/22 – 5/22 (log into Blackboard the first day of class) R. Dugan rdugan2@csub.edu

SOC 3360 The Latino Experiences in the United States (3)

An examination of the historical, social, political, economic, and cultural experiences and conditions of Latinos in the United States. The groups studied include the Chicanos, the Puerto Ricans, the Cubans, the Dominicans, and the Central Americans. Their historic modes of incorporation, their continuing migration patterns, their experiences of racialization, their current demographic and socioeconomic condition, and the emerging Latino pan-ethnicity will be analyzed and discussed in the broader context of American nation-stateness, world-system's analysis, and diaspora studies.

Course #: Cost: Location: Date/Time: Instructor: Email:
32970 $960 UCEN 206 Thursdays 5-7pm (1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 5/2) & Online (log into Blackboard the first day of the term: 1/22) A. Sanchez asanchez49@csub.edu

SOC 3520 Older Adults in Society (3)

This course offers a broad introduction to the social dimensions of the aged and the aging process in diverse social settings. The course covers biological, intellectual, sexual, and social effects of aging as well as the role of the aged within the family, community, and institutions for the aged. It compares the aged of various cultures, including those few societies around the world where elderly people have found their Shangri-La. Finally, the course considers the different ways in which the aged prepare for (or ignore) the final life process, dying.

Course #: Cost: Location: Date/Time: Instructor: Email:
32971 $960 Online 1/22 – 5/22 (log into Blackboard the first day of class) D. Rasmussen drasmussen4@csub.edu

SOC 4000 Social Stratification (3)

Analysis of theories and concepts explaining patterns of social stratification. Focus on race, class, sex, age, and power, privilege and prestige in contemporary American society and other nations. The study of mobility, including trends in occupational mobility, is also considered.

Course #: Cost: Location: Date/Time: Instructor: Email:
32972 $960 Online 1/22 – 5/22 (log into Blackboard the first day of class) J. Armentor jarmentor@csub.edu

SOC 4200 Quantitative Analysis (3)

This course will build on the concepts, quantitative skills, and techniques learned in SOC 300/2210. This will include refinement of concepts and a more extensive treatment of exploratory data analysis, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics. Each student will be required to complete a research project. Prerequisite: SOC 300 or 2210 or equivalent course. This course is reserved for students majoring in Sociology. This course builds on the quantitative concepts, skills, and techniques learned in SOC 2208: Introduction to Statistics for Social Research (or equivalent course) and SOC 2210: Introduction to Research Methods. The primary focus of this course is on quantitative research designs and statistical methods that sociologists use to analyze quantitative data. The first part of this course addresses with research design topics in quantitative research, including ethical concerns, data collection techniques, conceptualization, operationalization, and measurement. The second portion of this course introduces students to common statistical methods with an emphasis on multiple regression analysis. Specific topics include the interpretation of model coefficients, evaluation of model fit, model building strategies, dummy variable regression, a nontechnical discussion of statistical assumptions, and potential solutions to problems that arise in regression analysis. Each student will be required to complete a research project. A grade of C- or higher is required for graduation. This course is reserved for students majoring in Sociology.

Course #: Cost: Location: Date/Time: Instructor: Email:
32973 $960 Online 1/22 – 5/22 (log into Blackboard the first day of class) I. Kasselstrand ikasselstrand.@csub.edu

SOC 4988 Senior Seminar in Sociology (4)

Consideration of the nature of the discipline. Integration of material from other courses. The relationship of sociology to other fields of study. Prerequisite: SOC 2210/300, 3100/301, 3110 /302, with a C- or higher, and one of the following: SOC 4200/400, 4210/434, 4230/452, 4240/453, 4250/454. Completion of SOC 2210 and 3100 and 3110 and one of the following: SOC 4200, 4210, 4230, 4240, 4250 with a C- or higher. Reserved for Sociology majors only. You must earn a C-or higher in this course in order to graduate. Students must have either completed all four courses or be enrolled in the second theory and/or methods course when taking Senior Seminar. Satisfies General Education requirement Capstone.

Course #: Cost: Location: Date/Time: Instructor: Email:
32974 $1280 UCEN 310 Tuesdays 5-7pm (1/22, 2/5, 2/19, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 5/7) & Online (log into Blackboard the first day of the term: 1/22) D. Anderson-Facile danderson_facile@csub.edu

SCI 3329 Water and the West (3)

A sustainable water supply to support the often competing needs of fast-growing populations, agriculture, industry, and the environment is a key long-term issue for California, other states in the arid western United States, and globally. This course reviews basic hydrologic principles, including those governing precipitation patterns and the movement of water through the Earth system. It then explores legal, historic, political, economic, environmental, and social justice issues associated with water resources sustainability. 150 minutes of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Junior status and completion of lower division Area A and B general education requirements. Satisfies general education Sustainability and Justice upper division Area B.

Course #: Cost: Location: Date/Time: Instructor: Email:
32962 $960 Online 1/22 – 5/22 (log into Blackboard the first day of class) D. Baron dbaron@csub.edu