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LOS ANGELES CITY COLLEGE | 08-09 CATALOG [REV. 11/08]

social science

 

Chair: Wendel Eckford

(323) 953-4000 ext. 2561 • FH 219

http://www.lacitycollege.edu/academic/departments/socsci/index.html

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 PROGRAMS OFFERED

 

American Cultures

Associate of Arts:

Chicano Studies

Other Courses:

African-American Studies

Asian-American Studies

 

anthropology

Courses Only - No Degree/Certificate

Anthropology

Geography (Cultural)

 

Political Science

Associate of Arts:

Modern Political Studies

 

Social Science

Associate of Arts:

Latin-American Studies

Other Courses:

Economics

History

Sociology

 

 DEGREE PROGRAMS 


 

CHICANO STUDIES

Associate in Arts Degree

Transfer/Career Program

This Associate in Arts degree is designed to provide an opportunity for the student to complete an undergraduate major in Chicano Studies.

 

COURSES                                                                               UNITS

First Semester

Chicano Studies 7............................................................................... 3

Chicano Studies 44............................................................................. 3

Psychology 1*........................................................................................3

Spanish Language Course................................................................ 5

 

Second Semester

Chicano Studies 8............................................................................... 3

Spanish Language Course................................................................ 5

 

Third Semester

Chicano Studies 52............................................................................. 3

Spanish Language Course................................................................5

 

Fourth Semester

General Education requirements

 

Total Units...................................................................................... 35

Suggested Electives: Economics 1; Political Science 1; Sociology 1

*Satisfies Social Science requirement.

 

Students may select "PLAN  A" or “Plan B” general education requirements to graduate.

 

PLAN A: Please consult with a counselor about specific courses needed or see the college catalog "Graduation Requirements" section.  Plan A is designed for transfer to a four-year college or university. However, requirements vary depending upon the individual institution. Please consult with a counselor for the specific requirements of the university you plan to attend.

3-6 Units          English Composition                    

6-9 Units          Communication/Analytical Thinking

3 Units             Natural Sciences                        

3 Units             Humanities                                

9 Units             Social/Behavioral Sciences (including American History & Governments)

3-4 Units          Health/Physical Education          

3-5 Units          Math Competency                    

(Math 115 or higher or passing score on Los Angeles Community College District Math competency exam)

 

PLAN B: Please consult with a counselor about specific courses needed or see the college catalog "Graduation Requirements" section. Plan B is not designed for transfer to a four-year college.

3 Units            English Composition

3 Units            Communication/Analytical Thinking

3 Units            Natural Sciences

3 Units            Humanities

3 Units             Social/Behavioral Sciences (including American History & Governments)

3-4 Units          Health/Physical Education

3-5 Units          Math Competency

 

Latin-American Studies

Associate of Arts Degree

Transfer/Career Program

The following curriculum, designed by the Social Science department, may be used as undergraduate preparation for a major or minor in Latin-American Studies. The program is listed in a four-semester sequence as a matter of convenience to the student.

 

COURSES                                                                               UNITS

First Semester               

Spanish 1..........................................................................................5

History 11..........................................................................................3

English 101......................................................................................3

 

Second Semester

Spanish 2.......................................................................................... 5

History 12.......................................................................................... 3

Political Science 1.......................................................................... 3

 

Third Semester

Spanish 3.......................................................................................... 5

Spanish 10........................................................................................ 3

Political Science 2...........................................................................3

History 1 or 2..................................................................................... 3

History 5............................................................................................. 3

 

Fourth Semester

Spanish 4.......................................................................................... 5

Political Science 7...........................................................................3

History 6.............................................................................................3

 

Total Units...................................................................................... 50

 

Suggested Electives: Anthropology 101; Economics 1; Geography 2; History 11, 12; Music 111; Philosophy 1 or 2; Spanish 8.

 

Students may select "PLAN  A" or “Plan B” general education requirements to graduate.

 

PLAN A:  Please consult with a counselor about specific courses needed or see the college catalog "Graduation Requirements" section.  Plan A is designed for transfer to a four-year college or university. However, requirements vary depending upon the individual institution. Please consult with a counselor for the specific requirements of the university you plan to attend.

3-6 Units          English Composition                    

6-9 Units          Communication/Analytical Thinking

3 Units             ................................................................... Natural Sciences                        

3 Units             ............................................................................. Humanities                                

9 Units             Social/Behavioral Sciences (including American History & Governments)

3-4 Units          Health/Physical Education          

3-5 Units          Math Competency                    

(Math 115 or higher or passing score on Los Angeles Community College District Math competency exam)

 

PLAN B:   Please consult with a counselor about specific courses needed or see the college catalog "Graduation Requirements" section. Plan B is not designed for transfer to a four-year college.

3 Units             ............................................................. English Composition

3 Units             ..................................... Communication/Analytical Thinking

3 Units             ................................................................... Natural Sciences

3 Units             ............................................................................. Humanities

3 Units             Social/Behavioral Sciences (including American History & Governments)

3-4 Units          Health/Physical Education

3-5 Units          Math Competency

 

 

Modern Political Studies

Associate in Arts Degree

Transfer/Career Program

The following curriculum designed by the Social Science Department may be used as undergraduate preparation for a major or minor in Modern Political Studies.

 

COURSES                                                                               UNITS

History 11.......................................................................................... 3

Political Science 1.......................................................................... 3

Sociology 1 or 11..............................................................................3

Political Science 2...........................................................................3

Economics 1 or 2.............................................................................3

Political Science 7...........................................................................3

 

Students are advised to choose additional courses from those listed above in order to fulfill the Social and Behavioral Sciences section,  (Area D) of the Plan A General Education described below.

 

NOTE: In addition to the major courses in “Social/Behavioral Sciences,” you must complete 9 additional units in “Social/Behavioral Sciences” to satisfy Plan A requirements. 

 

Students may select "PLAN  A" or “Plan B” general education requirements to graduate.

 

PLAN A: Please consult with a counselor about specific courses needed or see the college catalog "Graduation Requirements" section.  Plan A is designed for transfer to a four-year college or university. However, requirements vary depending upon the individual institution. Please consult with a counselor for the specific requirements of the university you plan to attend.

3-6 Units          English Composition                    

6-9 Units          Communication/Analytical Thinking

3 Units            Natural Sciences                         

3 Units             Humanities                                

9 Units             Social/Behavioral Sciences (including American History & Governments)

3-4 Units          Health/Physical Education          

3-5 Units          Math Competency                     

(Math 115 or higher or passing score on Los Angeles Community College District Math competency exam)

 

PLAN B: Please consult with a counselor about specific courses needed or see the college catalog "Graduation Requirements" section. Plan B is not designed for transfer to a four-year college.

3 Units             English Composition

3 Units            Communication/Analytical Thinking

3 Units             Natural Sciences

3 Units             Humanities

3 Units             Social/Behavioral Sciences (including American History & Governments)

3-4 Units          Health/Physical Education

3-5 Units          Math Competency
 

 

 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 


NOTE: Not every class is offered each semester. Refer to the current class schedule for current class offerings.

PREREQUISITES: Specified prerequisites must be completed with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

 

AMERICAN CULTURES

 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES 2

The African-American

In Contemporary Urban Society

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Credit allowed for only one of Social Science 12 and African-American Studies 2.

This survey course is designed to examine the urbanization of Black Americans with an emphasis on contemporary problems.  During the process of this experience the student will identify areas of concern, define the impact that these problems have had upon Black Americans, and articulate proposed solutions to assist black Americans in coping with the reality that they are Black in an America dominated by Whites.

 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES 4

The African-American

in the History of the United States I

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Meets the Associate in Arts degree requirements in U.S. History, U.S. Constitution, and California State and Local Government. A survey of U.S. history from the early Colonial Era through the Civil War with special emphasis on the contribution of the African-American. This course provides a background in the political and social development of the United States for students majoring in the Social Sciences.

Transfer Limit UC. Maximum credit one course from African-American Studies 4, Chicano Studies 7, and History 11.

 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES 5

The African-American

in the History of the United States II

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Meets the Associate in Arts degree requirements in U.S. History, U.S. Constitution, and California State and Local Government.

A survey of U.S. History from the end of the Civil War to the present, with special emphasis on the African-American in the social, economic, and political development of American Civilization. Included is a survey of the United States Constitution.

Transfer Limit UC. Maximum credit one course from African Am Studies 5, Chicano Studies 8, and History 12 or 13.

 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES 7

African-Americans and the Political System

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

This course surveys the relationship of minority groups to American politics with emphasis on the African-American in the political system. This course gives an in depth study of the distribution of political power.

 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES 20

African-American Literature I

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

This is a survey of literature by African-American writers. It is designed to cover all types of literature (slave narratives, poetry, novels, etc.) to encourage students to develop a positive attitude towards reading and an understanding of the progression of culture in America as interpreted by African-American writers.

         

AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES 21

African-American Literature II

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

This course will examine the short story, essay, drama and literary criticism, by African-American authors, as art forms through structure, use of language and dramatization.

 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES 60

African-American Music

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

A study of African-American Music and their influences on folk spirituals, gospels, concert music, opera, ballet, blues and jazz underscoring styles, characteristics, origin and contributions by African-American Artists.  Credit allowed Credit allowed for only one of African America 60 and Music 135.

General survey of African-American music, from the slave song to present day jazz, including a comprehensive investigation of the minstrel, post minstrel, spiritual, gospel song, blues, and a comprehensive investigation of the protest and irony in the Black folk song.

 

ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES 1

The Asian in America

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Survey of the Asian American in American society, including the Asian cultural heritage and the social, political, economic, and cultural development of the Asian American communities in the American setting from an Asian American perspective.

 

ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES 6

Introduction to Asian Music

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

(Same as Music 133)

Course consists of a survey of Music of Asian countries and cultures from the earliest period to the present and its influence on Western Culture.  Audio and visual materials and demonstrations of musical instruments will be presented.  Credit allowed for only one of Asian-American studies 6 and Music 133.

 

CHICANO STUDIES 7

The Mexican American in the

History of the United States I

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Meets the Associate in Arts degree requirements in U.S. History, U.S. Constitution, and California State and Local Government.

Credit allowed for only one of Mexican American Studies 7 or African-American Studies 4 or History 11.

A survey of U.S. History from the early Pre-Colonial Era through the Civil War with special emphasis on the contribution of the Mexican American. Included is a survey of the United States Constitution. UC limit: One course from Chicano Studies 7, African-American Studies 4, History 11.

 

CHICANO STUDIES 8

The Mexican American in the

History of the United States II

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Meets the Associate in Arts degree requirements in U.S. History, U.S. Constitution, and California State and Local Government.

Credit allowed for only one of Mexican American Studies 8 or African-American Studies 5 or History 12 or 13.

A survey of the U.S. History from the end of the Civil War to the present time, with special emphasis on the Mexican American in the social, economic and political development of American civilization.

UC limit: One course from Chicano Studies 8, African-American Studies 5, History 12, 13.

 

CHICANO STUDIES 44

Mexican Civilization

3 UNITS (UC:CSU)

A survey of Pre-Colombian Indians of Mexico; Spanish conquest and domination; and Mexico during colonial era, the revolution for independence against Spain.  The revolution of 1910 and contemporary Mexico.

       

CHICANO STUDIES 52

Mexican Art - Modern

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Advisory:  English 21 or equivalent.

A survey of the pictorial arts of Mexico prior to and during the 20th Century. Studies the broad range of the arts including the evolution of a Mexican-American art and iconography.

 

 

ANTHROPOLOGY/CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY

 

ANTHROPOLOGY 101

Human Biological Evolution

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This course examines evolutionary theory, human genetics, classification, and introduction to primates, the hominid fossil record, classification, and modern human variation.  Students will be able to underline the historical path to natural selection, describe the five factors of the evolutionary process, identify biological characteristics of primates, discuss features of primate behavior, diagram the origin of mankind through comparing skulls from the hominid fossil record, and interpret modern human variation.

 

ANTHROPOLOGY 102

Human Ways of Life: Cultural Anthropology

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This course establishes the four-field approach to anthropology while covering both anthropological theory and method.  Conversations will adopt a holistic perspective to human culture and establish cultural relativism.  The objectives of this course are (1) to employ a relative perspective in the appreciation of the world’s cultural diversity, and (2) to apply case studies to describe this variation.  The student examines communication, learning, subsistence, economics, family, kinship, gender, ethnicity, politics, stratification, globalization, religion, expressive art, and cultural changes as these all affect our lives, through assigned readings from the text, lectures, discussions and ethnographic investigations, this course will equip you the student with a better understanding of cultural life ways, both past and present, in this time of globalization.

 

ANTHROPOLOGY 103

Archaeology: Reconstructing the Human Pas

3 UNITS - (UC [pending]:CSU)

 

This course is an exploration of the theories and methods of contemporaryarchaeology and offers a narrative on prehistory. Students will interpretthe peopling of the planet, culture change, and the rise of civilization usingthe archaeological record. Students will construct a theory-rich researchdesign that reflects current trends in contemporary archaeology.

 

ANTHROPOLOGY 111

Laboratory in Human Biological Evolution

2 UNITS – (UC [pending]:CSU)

This course introduces laboratory methods used to examine evolutionary theory, human genetics, classification, an introduction to primates, the hominid fossil record, and modern human variation.  Students will use practical research modules to identify biological characteristics of primate using principles of classification, discuss features of primate locomotion, diagram the origin of mankind by employing the comparative morphology of skulls from the hominid fossil record, and use forensic techniques to interpret modern human variation. Students must complete Anthropology 101 or be currently enrolled.

 

GEOGRAPHY 2

Cultural Elements of Geography

3 Units – (UC:CSU)

Advisory:  English 28/31 or equivalent.

This course is an introductory examination of the Earth’s human environment.  Emphasis is on the description, analysis, and explanation of human population distributions; human cultural trait distribution; patterns of rural land-use and settlement; patterns of agriculture and industry; and world urban development.

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE 1

The Government of the United States

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Meets Associate in Arts degree requirements in U. S. History. U.S. Constitution, California State and local government.

A study of the U.S. Constitution and the major principles, institutions and policies of the American Federal system.

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE 2

Modern World Governments

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Advisory:  English 28/31 or equivalent.

Modern World Governments is a comparative study of the constitutional institutions and political problems of selected governments abroad.

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE 7

Contemporary World Affairs

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Advisory: Political Science 1 or equivalent.

A study of selected issues in contemporary world affairs from the perspective of the U.S. Class topics include a review of the formulation of American foreign policy; the Vietnam War and its’ lessons; the nuclear; and the role of diplomacy and negotiations in resolving various international problems.

 

 

SOCIAL SCIENCE

 

ECONOMICS 1

Principles of Economics I

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

A course in microeconomics introducing the principles and methods of economic analysis, economic institutions, and issues of economic policy. Emphasis is placed upon production and the allocation of economic resources, and distribution of income through the private enterprise price system.

 

ECONOMICS 2

Principles of Economics II

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

A course in macroeconomics emphasizing aggregative economic analysis, including money and banking, national income determination, business fluctuations, and other topics relevant to macroeconomic analysis.            

 

HISTORY 1

Introduction to Western Civilization I

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

A study of the main cultural, economic and political trends and events from the rise of civilization in the Near East to the eve of the French Revolution.

 

HISTORY 2

Introduction to Western Civilization II

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

A continuation of History I focusing on the period from the French Revolution to the present.

 

HISTORY 5

History of the Americas I

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Covers pre-Columbian civilizations, the discovery and eventual European conquest, exploration, and colonization of the New World and the pre-independence movements. It will detail the cultural characteristics of the people of the Caribbean, the Aztecs, Maya, Inca and Brazilian civilizations, the early, middle, and mature colonial periods, the enlightenment and U.S. and French independence movements. U.S. political institutions will also be covered.

 

HISTORY 6

History of the Americas II

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This course will cover the Independence, national and modern periods of Latin American history (1800-present) in general, and specifically, the Enlightenment era of Europe, and the U.S. and French Revolutions. It will detail the socio-political and economic processes of the new nations. The 19th century conflicts with the U.S. and will focus on the national building era. It will culminate with the modern era, 20th century and Reform or Revolution of the area.     

 

HISTORY 8

History of the American West

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This course will trace the development of the American West from the 1600’s (Spanish exploration) through the 20th century.  Emphasis will be placed on the multi-cultural settlement of the region.  Students will complete assignments via the internet including panel discussions, and web searches.  

 

HISTORY 11

Political and Social History of the United States I

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Meets the Associate of Arts degree requirements in U.S. History, U.S. Constitution, and California State and Local Government.

A survey of the political, social and constitutional history of the United States from the colonial settlements through the Civil War.

UC limit: Credit allowed for only one of African-American Studies 4 or History 11 or Chicano Studies 7.

 

HISTORY 12

Political and Social History of the United States II

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Meets the Associate of Arts degree requirements in U.S. History, U.S. Constitution, and California State and Local Government.

A survey of the political and social history of the United States from the Reconstruction to the 20th Century, including the U.S. Constitution, California State and Local Government.

UC limit: Credit allowed for only one of History 12, 13 or African-American Studies 5, or Chicano Studies 8.

 

HISTORY 13

The United States in the Twentieth Century

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Meets the Associate of Arts degree requirements in U.S. History, U.S. Constitution, and California State and Local Government.

A survey of the major foreign and domestic policies of the United States in the twentieth century.

 

SOCIOLOGY 1

Introduction to Sociology

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

An introductory course acquaints students with the major principles of sociology as they are applied to contemporary social problems.

 

SOCIOLOGY 2

American Social Problems

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This course involves the identification and analysis of contemporary social problems.  It is concerned with problems in human relationships and social institutions. Among the contemporary social problems studied in the course are  racism, sexism, crime, poverty, and family disorganization.

 

SOCIOLOGY 11

Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the United States

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

This course analyzes the nature, causes and consequences of prejudice and discrimination. Strategies for reducing prejudice and discrimination will also be examined.

 

SOCIOLOGY 12

Marriage and Family Life

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Theory and Research dealing with the family as a social institution.  Its structure and functions, including historical changes, emerging various patterns, and the influence of contemporary society on the family.

 

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