General Course Information for SOC604: Culture and Socialization

Course: SOC604 - Culture and Socialization
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Course Description:

An in-depth examination of the concepts of culture and socialization, this course analyzes the socialization process as the key means through which culture is reproduced. Through a critical engagement with competing theories of socialization, students undertake advanced research projects, oral presentations and written assignments. Lecture and discussion topics include issues of ethnic identity and cultural diversity, socio-economic, gender and racial stratification, media representations, dress, language and religion and schooling and the reproduction of inequality. Issues are explored from a cross-cultural perspective.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Actively analyze the continuous process of socialization in daily life.
  • Examine critically the concept of cultural and the nature of its linkages with the social world.
  • Understand and interpret seemingly structural issues such as gender roles, class position or ethnicity by applying cultural analysis to these issues.
  • Broaden cultural and social horizons so that students can operate effectively in the global economy and international cultural of the twenty-first century.Skills: A. Reasoning: The ability to identify and evaluate assumptions, evidence, inferences, and inductive and deductive forms of reasoning in the arguments of others; the ability to compare and critique arguments. B. Reflection: The ability to apply reasoning skills to identify and question one's own assumptions, opinions, and conclusions. C. Revision: The ability to evaluate and revise one's own opinions and arguments, both oral and written, to accommodate new evidence and reflection, and to work towards more precise and complex formulations of one's thoughts and opinions. D. Research: The ability to determine what evidence might be relevant to an argument; to use available textual, library, on-line, and field resources to research relevant facts and opinions, and to evaluate the validity of such evidence. E. Problem-solving: The ability to apply or adapt learned problem-solving models to new situations. F. Language: sensitivity to the role of language and other forms of representation in determining and limiting points of view; the ability to produce persuasive oral and written arguments reflecting the skills described above.
  • Writing assignments (in-class or take-home).

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures