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Sociology

Overview: 

The Sociology degree program aims to integrate course objectives and assignments with learning outcomes that demonstrate critical thinking skills and understandings of sociological theory, social inequality, social institutions, social psychology, and empirical research methods. 

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

1. Knowledge of the discipline of sociology

Outcome: By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the major theories, areas of study, definitions of major concepts, and a broad understanding of methods of research in the field of sociology. Students will also demonstrate knowledge about how to apply a critical lens to day-to-day life and current events.

Relevant Courses: SOC 101 and 300

 

2. Knowledge of social inequality

Outcome: By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of social inequalities and the historical context for inequality in contemporary societies based on class, gender, race, and/or sexual orientation. Students will also demonstrate knowledge about how to critically evaluate arguments about and solutions to inequality and diversity in society.

Relevant Courses: SOC 260, 304, 324, 325, 362, 397A, 401, 427, 448, 450, 459, 467

 

3. Knowledge of social institutions

Outcome: By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the key social institutions in sociology (the family, education, religion, work/economy, and law/political institutions), their established sets of norms, and their interconnections with other institutions.

Relevant Courses: SOC 280, 315, 321, 322, 326, 345, 455

 

4. Knowledge of how groups and other individuals influence individuals’ thoughts, feelings, and behavior

Outcome: By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the theories and evidence about social influences on individuals’ and of how to measure thoughts, feelings, and behavior in social research.

Relevant Courses: SOC 222, 232, 333, 436

 

5. Knowledge of the social management of deviant and criminal behavior

Outcome: By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the nature, extent, management, causes, control, consequences, and prevention of deviant and criminal behavior in contemporary society. Students will also demonstrate knowledge about how to critically evaluate arguments about deviance, criminality, and strategies of legal control.

Relevant Courses: SOC 341, 342, 345, 447

 

6. Knowledge of how to think critically about social issues in contemporary society

Outcome: By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills, complex reasoning, and written communication skills.

Relevant Courses: SOC 101, 222, 232, 260, 280, 300, 302, 303, 304, 316, 347, 365, 307, 313, 314, 315, 317, 321, 322, 324, 325, 3256, 330, 333, 341, 342, 345, 357, 362, 384, 397A, 414, 419, 422, 425, 427, 430, 432, 436, 447, 448, 450, 455, 459, 463, 467, .

 

7. Knowledge of research methods and primary research evidence

Outcome: By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of research methods, techniques of social research, and primary research evidence, including the interpretation of basic statistics and/or direct research evidence from scientific journals.

Relevant Courses: SOC 374, 375, 471, 472, 473, 476, 481, and 482.

Assessment Activities: 

All instructors will link at least one course learning objective to at least one learning outcome 

All instructors will link specific learning outcomes to specific assignments.

a.       All courses should connect at least one assignment to at least one learning outcome.

b.      Once a learning outcome has been identified, it should appear (verbatim) in the course syllabus.

c.       Grades for specific assignments linked to specific learning outcomes will indicate learning effectiveness.

d.      At least 50% of students should score 80% or higher on a specific assignment to indicate effective teaching for a specific learning outcome.

When final course grades have been completed, all instructors will send de-identified assignment grades to the DUS for reports. Each instructor will send one Excel file for each semester of teaching. Each column of grades should clearly indicate the course (number and title) and specific learning outcome.

Assessment Findings: 

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Change in Response to Findings: 

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Updated date: Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:44