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Following the campus guidelines for Coronavirus all UC Davis classes, lectures, seminars, labs and discussion sections will move to virtual instruction and remain virtual through the end of spring quarter 2020, including final exams. Given this, the department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions. To contact staff members of the department via e-mail or phone, please go to our administrative staff contact page. 

Featured Courses

Featured courses in the department of Sociology
SOC 152: Juvenile Delinquency Spring 2020

SOC 152: Juvenile Delinquency Spring 2020

This course will increase your knowledge about sociological theories of, and research on, juvenile delinquency.

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SOC 185Y - Social Policy Spring 2020

SOC 185Y - Social Policy Spring 2020

This upper-division course examines the welfare state –government social policies that affect the welfare of individuals, families and groups. Such policies include workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, old-age insurance, public assistance to people who are disabled or poor, health insurance, sickness and maternity leave, family and child allowances, child care, labor market policy, tax policy and macroeconomic policy. The course is conducted in hybrid format, composed of in-person and online sessions.

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SOC 295 - Graduate Course Total Institutions Spring 2020

SOC 295 - Graduate Course Total Institutions Spring 2020

This course explores Goffman's concept of the total institution: a walled-off facility housing inmates en masse, who as a result undergo abrupt, patterned changes in identity. We will interrogate this concept in light of real-life examples: prisons, mental hospitals and military barracks, with the bulk of the course focusing on life in prison. We conclude the course with a voluntary field trip to a state prison, where we walk the yard, tour cells, and meet with inmates.

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