Sociology Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes
  1. The sociological imagination.
    ​Students will be able to:
    • describe how Sociology is distinct from other social sciences.
    • apply the sociological imagination to social phenomena
  2. The role of sociological theory.
    ​Students will be able to:
    • describe the role of theory in building sociological knowledge.
    • compare and contrast the different theoretical perspectives.
    • apply these theories to social conditions.
  3. The nature of evidence in sociology.
    ​Students will be able to:
    • identify the basic methodological approaches in building sociological knowledge.
    • compare and contrast various research methodologies.
    • design and complete a written research project.
    • critically assess published research.
  4. Data analysis.
    ​Students will be able to:
    • understand the role of data analysis in building sociological knowledge and testing theory.
    • use computer software for statistical analysis.
    • understand appropriate statistical techniques.
    • draw valid conclusions from the data analysis.
  5. How cultural and social structures operate.
    ​Students will be able to:
    • describe different social institutions and their various influences on the individual.
    • explain how the aforementioned institutions are interrelated.
    • evaluate them using sociological theory.
  6. The diversity of human societies.
    ​Students will be able to:
    • describe the significance of variation by race, class, gender, religion and age.
    • explain patterns and variations using sociological theory.
    •  justify policy recommendations to address social inequalities.
  7. Communicate sociology effectively.
    ​Students will be able to:
    • produce well written papers that clearly express sociological knowledge.
    • clearly express sociological knowledge in verbal presentations.
    • demonstrate critical thinking.