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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.

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.

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.

207  Sociology of Health & Medicine  (5 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): C. Bliss       Prerequisite(s): None.

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

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.

208  Constructionist & Interactionist Persp. on Health & Illness  (5 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): C. Bliss       Prerequisite(s): None.

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

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

Instructor(s): G. Intinarelli

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.

212A  Sociological Theory: Classical  (5 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): H. Pinderhughes       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.

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

Instructor(s): J. Shim       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.

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.

214  Global Health and Aging  (2 - 3 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): Z. Zimmer       Prerequisite(s): none

Restrictions: none       Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Project

Drawing upon demographic and relevant social science literature, this course examines global variations in population aging, implications of population aging for societies, and varying ways in which history, culture and epidemiological realties impact on the aging experience. Seminar discussions, lectures and reading material will be of interest to those wanting to gain a better understanding of global health and consequences of an aging world for the well-being of populations.

215  Dissertation Proposal Seminar  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

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

Restrictions: Sociology students who are finishing/finished with their coursework and are in the process of writing their dissertation proposals       Activities: Seminar

This course provides a positive and interactive forum where students writing their dissertation proposals can meet to discuss their proposals, their progress, and any challenges they may experience along the way. Meetings are student centered and focus on skills helpful in completing the dissertation proposal in a timely manner.

219  Social Policy in Aging  (2 - 3 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): B. Hollister       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.

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.

223  Perspectives on Public Policy  (3 units)   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.

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.

233  Sociology of Aging  (2 - 3 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): B. Hollister       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.

235  Tobacco Control Policy Issues  (1 - 3 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): S. Bialous, P. Mcdaniel

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.

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

Instructor(s): H. Pinderhughes       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.

237  Proposal Preparation Seminar  (1 units)   Winter

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

Restrictions: This course is for Sociology students who are currently in their first year, and who will be pursuing the S285 qualitative methods course in their second year       Activities: Seminar

This course provides a positive and reflexive forum where students pursuing the S285 qualitative methods course can meet to discuss their proposals, progress and challenges. Meetings are student-centered and focus on skills helpful in developing a successful pilot project proposal and preparing for the qualitative research ethics course. This seminar will facilitate a supportive and informative environment for student-to-student discussion.

238  Feminist Theory  (2 - 4 units)   Winter

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.

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

Instructor(s): C. Bliss

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.

246  Communications & Policy Leadership  (3 units)   Fall

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.

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.

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

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.

254  Social Science Dimensions of HIV/AIDS  (3 - 4 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): S. Dworkin       Prerequisite(s): none

Restrictions: none       Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Project

This course draws upon social science and public health frameworks to understand empirical research that is focused on HIV/AIDS. The course includes (a) epidemiological trends; (b) prevention, treatment and care programs and policies both domestically and globally, and (c) the ideologies and inequalities that drive the epidemic and responses to it.

260  Policy and Politics of Health  (5 units)   Spring

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

Restrictions: none       Activities: Seminar, Independent Study, Project

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.

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

Instructor(s): J. Shim

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.

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

Instructor(s): C. Bliss

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.

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.

285A  Qualitative Methods I  (5 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): C. Bliss       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: 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. 2-part course, concluding with 285B.

285B  Qualitative Methods II  (5 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): J. Shim, R. Rehm       Prerequisite(s): S285A

Restrictions: 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. 2-part course, beginning with SOCIOLOGY 285A.

286  Gender, Sex, & Health  (2 - 4 units)   Winter, 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.

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

Instructor(s): U. Muench       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.

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

Instructor(s): U. Muench       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.

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.