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Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.
1. Students should understand the discipline of sociology, its basic concepts, and its role in contributing to our understanding of social reality.
- Compare and contrast sociology with other social sciences.
- Define, give examples, show interrelationships, and discuss the relevance of basic sociological concepts.
- Describe and illustrate how sociology contributes to our understanding of social reality.
2. Students should understand the role of major theoretical orientations in sociology.
- Compare and contrast theoretical orientations and their limitations.
- Describe and apply theoretical orientations to at least one area of social reality.
- Describe and illustrate the role of theoretical orientations in building sociological knowledge.
- Explain how theoretical orientations reflect the historical and sociocultural contexts in which they were developed.
3. Students should understand the role of evidence using qualitative and quantitative methods in sociology.
- Critically interpret the results of research.
- Describe ethical issues in research and how to resolve them.
- Design and implement a research study and explain why various choices were made.
- Identify, compare, and contrast basic methodological approaches.
4. Students should understand the utility of sociological knowledge and skills in the social world.
- Apply sociological concepts and principles to institutions, situations and her/his own life.
- Apply the sociological imagination to institutions, situations and her/his own life.
5. Students should understand American and global diversity and inequalities.
- Describe the significance of age and ability.
- Describe the significance of cultural relativity, prejudice, and discrimination across groups and through time.
- Describe the significance of race, ethnicity, and nationality.
- Describe the significance of sex, gender, and gender identity.
- Describe the significance of sexuality, sexual orientation, and sexual identity.
- Describe the significance of social class.
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