Learning Goal 1
Students understand the discipline of sociology and its role in contributing to our understanding of social reality.
- Describe how sociology is similar or different from other social sciences and give examples of these differences.
- Articulate the contribution of sociology to a liberal arts understanding of social reality.
- Apply principles, concepts, and the sociological imagination to at least one area of social reality.
Learning Goal 2
Students understand the role of theory in sociology.
- Define theory and describe its role in building sociological knowledge.
- Compare and contrast basic theoretical knowledge.
- Demonstrate the historical/cultural context in which theories were developed.
- Apply basic theories or theoretical approaches in at least one area of social reality.
Learning Goal 3
Students understand the role of evidence and qualitative and quantitative methods.
- Identify basic methodological approaches and describe the general role of methods in building sociological knowledge.
- Compare and contrast the basic methodological approaches for gathering data.
- Design a research study in an area of choice and explain why various decisions were made.
- Critically assess a published research report and explain how the study could have been improved.
Learning Goal 4
Students demonstrate information literacy in sociology.
- Use technical skills in retrieving information from the Internet.
- Use computers appropriately for data analysis.
- Write in appropriate social science style for accurately conveying data findings.
- Identify and apply the principles of ethical sociological practice.
Learning Goal 5
Students demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of: culture, social change, socialization, stratification, social structure, institutions, and differentiation by race/ethnicity, gender, age, and class.
- Define and explain the relevance of each concept.
Learning Goal 6
Students can articulate an understanding of how culture and social structure operate.
- Describe the inter-linkage of institutions and their effects on individuals.
- Explain how social change factors affect social structures and individuals.
- Describe how culture and social structure vary across time and place and with what effect.
- Identify examples of specific social policy implications using reasoning about social structural effects.
Learning Goal 7
Students can articulate the reciprocal relationship between individuals and society.
- Explain how the self develops sociologically.
- Explain how society and structural factors influence individual behavior and development of the self.
- Explain how social interaction and the self influences society and social structure.
- Compare and contrast the sociological approach to the self with psychology and economic approaches.
Learning Goal 8
Students can articulate one specialty area within sociology in depth.
- Summarize basic questions and issues in the area.
- Compare and contrast basic theoretical orientations and middle range theories in the area.
- Summarize current research in the area.
- Develop specific policy implications of research and theory in the area.
Learning Goal 9
Students can articulate the internal diversity of the United States and its place in the international context.
- Describe variations by race, class, gender and age.
- Make appropriate generalizations across groups.
Learning Goal 10
Students demonstrate critical thinking.
- Demonstrate skills in recall, analysis and application, and synthesis and evaluation.
- Identify underlying assumptions in theoretical orientations or arguments.
- Identify underlying assumptions in particular methodological approaches to an issue.
- Show how patterns of thought and knowledge are directly influenced by political and economic social structures.
- Present opposing viewpoints and alternative hypotheses.
- Engage in teamwork where many different points of view are presented.
- Articulate the utility of the sociological perspective as one of several perspectives on social reality.