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Global Beauty Industry 

This course examines the role beauty plays in creating structural and individual privilege, as well as contributing to discrimination and inequality. The course will take an intersectional approach to beauty where gender, femininity, class, and sexuality are simultaneously implicated in the formation of race, culture, and nation. The course will use case studies of beauty/cultural protests such as the Civil Rights and Black Power racial pride social movement “Black is Beautiful,” and the Indian “Dark is Beautiful” media campaign to analyze challenges to global and Eurocentric beauty ideals and norms. This interdisciplinary course draws insights from Sociology, Gender and Women’s Studies, transnational and postcolonial feminisms, Global media and cultural studies, Black, African American and Ethnic Studies. 

Professor Meeta Rani Jha SOC 390-02 

MWF 1:00 pm to 2:05 pm CRN 20937 


Sociology Department Offerings of Interest for URBS Students

Latin@s, Justice, and Crime 

Latin@s, Justice, and Crime will examine the historical and contemporary role of Mexicans and Salvadorans as subjects and agents of criminal justice in America. The course will closely examine criminal justice responses to Latino youth, particularly gang-involved youth. In addition, the course will also explore the current debates over Latino immigration, and will seek to understand issues of human rights surrounding child labor and the child migration crisis. 

Professor Danny Gascón SOC 390-03 

TR 9:55 am to 11:40 am CRN 20938 


Leadership & Career Development 

Figure out how to get a job! This hands-on seminar will help familiarize students, especially those in the social sciences, with what employers in today’s workforce value and are seeking in college students and recent college graduates, to help them consider how they can deepen your education, personal strengths, and skills to make themselves stronger citizens, leaders, and job candidates. Counts for 2 credits. 

Professor Evelyn Rodriguez SOC 390-05 

R 9:55 am to 11:40 am CRN 21105 


Sociology of Human Rights 

The meaning of Human Rights—and “human dignity”—is not universal. Not all rights struggles are framed as Human Rights. The normative recognition of Human Rights is not uniform across nation-states and societies. Human Rights abuses, impunity and struggles for justice take place all over the world, albeit in different forms. The course will examine case studies on social, cultural and legal practices of Human Rights in specific social contexts, paying special attention to “group rights” and their fight for justice, especially “women’s human rights,” “indigenous human rights,” and “immigrant human rights.” We will also look at Human Rights struggles over collective memory and historical justice. 

Professor Cecília Santos SOC 390-04 

TR 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm CRN 21104 


Spring 2015! Announcing URBS 220: Urban Theory and Research Methods

Professor John Zarobell
MWF 2:15-3:20 p.m. 

This course will draw on diverse writings on urban theory to construct a panorama of philosophical approaches to the city. The primary goal is for students to develop analytical tools to be able to critique various urban forms, experiences, and representations of the city, both globally and around the Bay Area. We will not only read and discuss, but we will explore cities in the region on foot and use digital mapping and other tools to make sense of the city we inhabit and others around the world.  The goal is to show how the work of architects and urban planners generates human environments but also how other forces such as capital and social justice contribute to urban frameworks.

Register Today!

Questions? Contact Shanley Jacobs at or 415-422-5681


Introducing the Major in Urban Studies! Classes begin in Fall 2014.

Students exploring the city

What is a city? What does it mean to be a citizen? How do inhabitants of a city have access to water and electricity? Who creates policies to run cities?


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