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Student Goals and Learning Outcomes

Goal: Understanding central concepts from classical and contemporary critical sociological theory.

Student Outcome:

  • Define theory and describe its role in contributing to sociological knowledge.
  • Describe the historical and cultural contexts in which specific theories where developed.
  • Apply theories or theoretical approaches to at least one area of social life.

Goal: Understand multiple dimensions of inequality in societies, including race, gender, class and sexuality, and how they intersect with individuals' lives.

Student Outcome:

  • Understand the historical origins of oppression in the U.S.A.
  • Understand contemporary struggles in South Africa.
  • Understand how injustices manifest themselves in key social institutions.
  • Understand inequalities as a result of colonial legacies, nationalisms, race, gender, and sexuality, among others.
  • Ability to map linkages between structures of power, especially from the viewpoint of marginalized groups.

Goal: Attain facility in critical thinking and writing, especially through the intertwined lenses of race, gender, class, sexuality and nation.

Student Outcome:

  • Ability to write analytically about social issues.
  • Ability to construct a 15-20 page research paper on a substantive topic.
  • Make an argument based on evidence.
  • Understand to what extent the transnational approach relates to your personal life.
  • View society for alternative or critical perspectives.

Goal: Possess the skills necessary to thoughtfully engage with social research and carry out basic research tasks.

Student Outcome:

  • Design and execute small research projects collecting, analyzing and interpreting qualitative data.
  • Design and execute analyses of quantitative data and present findings in written form.
  • Specify quantitative hypotheses for testing.
  • Interpret univariate and bivariate quantitative results.
  • Use SPSS to analyze quantitative data.
  • Demonstrate literature review skills.