Course Catalog

You will create your curriculum from a combination of courses offered by Community Studies and Program Affiliates (faculty from other departments).  These will satisfy the core and topical requirements.
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Course #
Course Title
Course Level
Units
CMMU 10
Introduction to Community Activism
Lower Division
5 units
Surveys different strategies of community activism including charity, volunteering, labor and community organizing, and recently emerging global activism with goal of demonstrating how certain strategies challenge existing social relations and arrangements while others typically (and often by design) reproduce them.
CMMU 30
Numbers and Social Justice
Lower Division
5 units
Relates simple lessons of quantitative thinking to topical materials that are accessible and relevant to working for justice and social change. Students learn practical techniques to distinguish credible statistical evidence from misleading statistical claims. (Formerly Numbers for Social Justice.) Enrollment limited to 50. (General Education Code(s): SR.)
CMMU 101
Communities, Social Movements, and the Third Sector
Upper Division
5 units
Engages with crosscutting ideas and concepts central to the major including constructions of community in social-change efforts and the institutionalization of social movements in third-sector organizations. Deepens students' understanding of the opportunities and obstacles embedded in various avenues of social action. Enrollment is restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior community studies majors and proposed majors.
CMMU 102
Preparation for Field Studies
Upper Division
5 units
A practicum to prepare students for field study. Course must be successfully completed prior to the six-month field study. Prerequisite(s): course 10; course 101; satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; submission of the signed Goals and Objectives form; and completion of the declaration of major process. Enrollment restricted to community studies majors.
CMMU 103
Field Study Practicum
Upper Division
2 units
A practicum in social change work in which the students works for a social change organization on a part-time basis. Concurrent enrollment in course 102 required.
CMMU 132
American Cities and Social Change
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the historical development of and contemporary conditions within U.S. cities by focusing on social and economic restructurings of cities, cultural and political transformations, and spatial reorganizations of the urban landscape. Goal is understanding the changing nature of urban experience.
CMMU 133
Making California: Landscapes, People, Politics, Economy
Upper Division
5 units
Examines key moments in the development of California to provide understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing California today. Particular focus is given to abiding tensions around wealth and poverty, opportunity and exclusion, and progressive and conservative politics.
CMMU 134
No Place Like Home
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the class and race dynamics of the housing market and public policy, asking what kinds of housing get built, where it gets built, and for whom it is (or is not) built--and, crucially, why. Questions how homelessness became normalized in contemporary society. Enrollment limited to 30.
CMMU 141
Political Economy of Inequality
Upper Division
5 units
Examines how markets operate within the political economy of contemporary capitalism to generate myriad and often chronic forms of economic and social inequality in the United States. Explores different approaches to addressing inequality within the multi-faceted economic justice movement. (Formerly Economic Justice.) Enrollment is restricted to community studies majors and proposed majors during First Pass enrollment.
CMMU 143
Wal-Mart Nation
Upper Division
5 units
Examines origins and growth of Wal-Mart stores as powerful guides to understanding dynamics of contemporary global political economy and, relatedly, the changing fortunes of global social classes.
CMMU 145
Global Capitalism: a History of the Present
Upper Division
5 units
Provides an overview of the history of capitalism in order to understand current crises within the global political economy. Gives particular attention to the origin, character, and consequences of neoliberalism. (Formerly Globalization and Its Discontents.)
CMMU 149
Political Economy of Food and Agriculture
Upper Division
5 units
Examines key concepts in agrarian political economy; the historical development of the world food system; and a selection of contemporary issues related to food production, consumption, distribution, and regulation. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)
CMMU 151
Sex, Race, and Globalization
Upper Division
5 units
Examines globalization by attending to shaping forces of sexuality, gender, and race. Foregrounds Third World feminist theories, social movements. Topics include sexual and racial dynamics of "free trade" and labor fragmentation; global sex trades; HIV/AIDS politics in the South and North; transnational LGBT/queer politics.
CMMU 156
Politics of Food and Health
Upper Division
5 units
Critically examines contemporary debates about market and policy approaches to improve nutrition and dietary health and to address issues, such as food insecurity, obesity, and malnutrition. (Formerly Politics of Obesity.) (General Education Code(s): PE-H.)
CMMU 157
Ageism and Activism
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces students to gerontology, the study of aging. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, critically examines the theories, stereotypes, and realities of worldwide demographic transition and considers the many interesting implications for organizing social and personal life.
CMMU 160
Public Health
Upper Division
5 units
Examination of community activism to address health issues: examples are drawn from a range of concerns, e.g., environmental racism, prison conditions, feminist health matters, the AIDS epidemic, violence, and alcoholism. Special attention is given to the social frameworks of health and to the utilization of social and political strategies for improving community well-being. Enrollment is restricted to community studies majors and proposed majors during First Pass enrollment. Enrollment limited to 60.
CMMU 161
Gender Health and Justice
Upper Division
5 units
Critically examines concrete aspects of health in U.S. social and political contexts, emphasizing how gendered interpretations and practices construct and affect health equity and the practices of health care. (Formerly Women's Health Activism.)
CMMU 162
Community Gardens and Social Change
Upper Division
5 units
Examines history, theory, and practice of community gardening, emphasizing contemporary garden projects using the transformative power of direct contact with nature to effect social change. Aims include understanding the nonprofit sector's response to social problems with novel programs and practices.
CMMU 163
Health Care Inequalities
Upper Division
5 units
Examines system and non-system that is American health care with special attention to inequalities in access, financing, and quality of care. Covers concepts such as equality, fairness, and need as well as community organizing and community building for health. Enrollment is restricted to community studies majors and proposed majors during First Pass enrollment.
CMMU 164
Health Justice in Conflict
Upper Division
5 units
Explores three case studies to address critical themes of healthcare inequalities in the context of conflict: the legal battle of Ecuadorians against Texaco/Chevron; the struggle of "comfort women" during World War II; and chemical saturation in Iraq.
CMMU 186
Food and Agriculture Social Movements
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the primary ways in which activists are attempting to resist, provide alternatives to, and/or transform aspects of the food system using social and environmental justice frameworks to evaluate such activism. Topics explored include organic farming, food charity, fair trade, relocalization, and farmworker organizing. Enrollment by permission of instructor. (Formerly Agriculture, Food, and Social Justice.)
CMMU 194
Analysis of Field Materials
Upper Division
5 units
A seminar for students who have completed a full-time field study. Devoted to the systematic analysis of field materials, integrating appropriate concepts and relevant literature, as well as utilizing the experience of other students. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements, course 198. Enrollment restricted to community studies majors.