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Learning Outcomes in Sociology

  • Students will demonstrate familiarity with essential sociological concepts: socialization, stratification, social structure, culture, ideology, institutions, differentiation by race/ethnicity, gender and age, and deviance.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply the sociological imagination to contemporary social issues.
  • Students will develop an understanding of how sociological analysis could inform policy.
  • Students will value inquiry of social inequality, focusing on the association of race, class, and gender with social inequality
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic descriptive statistics, multivariate analysis, probability issues, inferential statistics, and use of statistical computer software.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding the benefits and limitations of different data collection strategies.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the basic theoretical positions and concepts of Marx, Durkheim and Weber.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of one or more contemporary debates in sociological theory.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to critically assess published sociological research.
  • Students will demonstrate an indepth understanding of at least one area of sociology.
  • Students will successfully identify a research question and appropriate methods for answering that question. They will write a research report and/or term papers that address this research question.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to write effectively.
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