Course Offerings

Information on the Annual Schedule, Quarterly Schedule, Full Course List, Prerequisites, and Preauthorization can be found below our Course Spotlight. 


SOCI 159 A00 Special Topics - Jerusalem: Communities and Conflict
TuTh 11:00a-12:20p YORK 4080A Prof. Marik Shtern (Sect ID 940816)

The city of Jerusalem attracts enormous attention from all parts of the globe. Holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Jerusalem’s sacred sites command reverence and contestation among billions of believers. As the crucible of the Israel/Palestine conflict it is charged with volatility and tension. The future of Jerusalem is seen as key for peace prospects in the region. Resistance, liberation, eternity, and above all holiness, are words that come to mind when talking about Jerusalem. But there is also a real city of Jerusalem, which does not necessarily conform to its global image, or its geopolitical role. It is a city in which people work, study, engage in politics, live and move around. The diverse religious and national communities of Jerusalem live in this tension between symbolic and real Jerusalem, and they construct their identities in accordance.

Focusing on contemporary Jerusalem, we will explore and understand the city as a live laboratory for urban conflict. A platform of discussion on the way urban communities design their territories, politics and inter-group relations in a state of ongoing competition, fear of violence and exclusive visions. The course will focus on the role of religion, nationality and class in the creation of the city’s urban sociology. We will study not only on the city’s history, geography and sociology, but also broader subjects relating to contemporary Israeli society and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Learning from Jerusalem will enable us to understand urban conflicts in other cities throughout the world, as one of the key characters of contemporary life. 


Annual Schedule

We strive to provide the most up-to-date information on our annual course schedule.  Please note, that it is a tentative list and as such, is subject to change.

Tentative Course List '18-'19

Quarterly Schedule

Our course schedule can be found on the Schedule of Classes

Undergraduate courses are listed under subject code “SOCI – Sociology”; Graduate courses are listed under subject code “SOCG – Soc/Graduate” 

Petition Coursework

How do I petition a course from an outside university?

To petition to apply course work completed from an outside university (summer school, study abroad, etc.) toward your upper division electives in a major or minor in sociology, students must submit a General Petition to the department once the coursework has appeared on their degree audit.

The petition should include: name of the study center or university where course work was completed, department course number and course title, and number and level (upper- or lower-division) of credits granted through UC San Diego Admissions Office. Students should attach a copy of the syllabus and copies of exams or papers, especially if there is any doubt about the difficulty of the course or its sociological content.

Students are strongly advised to retain the syllabi, course papers, examinations, and all other paperwork from courses taken outside of UC San Diego. These materials may be useful after you return to facilitate the admissions officer's decision about credit transfers, as well as departmental approval of courses toward the major/minor requirement. The same materials may help resolve any debates that might arise in the department over possible duplication in course content.

Submission of Petition

Petitions must be submitted online or by speaking with an Advisor

Petitions cannot be submitted through VAC, as the web portal does not allow students to upload any documents.


There are circumstances in which a student will be unable to enroll in courses that they are eligible for.  Examples include:

  • Freshmen with sophomore standing
  • Student who will obtain junior standing at the end of a quarter, but unable to enroll in upper division courses during their enrollment period mid-quarter.

If the class you wish to enroll in has prerequisites or restrictions, submit your preauthorization request via the Preauthorization System.

Full Course List

Our full course list (TBA) includes courses that have yet to be added onto the General Catalog and annotations for cross-listed courses.

Course Prerequisites

While most of our courses don't have prerequisites, here are the few classes that do:

  • SOCI 87: a seminar limited to Freshman
  • SOCI 102: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 103M: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 104: Sociology majors only and SOCI 60
  • SOCI 105: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 106: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 106M: SOCI 178 and SOCI 60
  • SOCI 107: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 108: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 109: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 110: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 192: a seminar for Seniors; must have consent from department
  • SOCI 196A/B: for students accepted into the Sociology Honors Program
  • SOCI 199: application required 

Upper-division standing (90+ units) is required for all upper-division courses.