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Student Goals and Learning Outcomes

Student Goals and Learning Outcomes

As a department, we strive for excellence. As part of that effort, we have developed and refined our student goals and learning outcomes. We propose that, by their senior year, all of our students can accomplish the following goals:

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, class and gender, 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:

  • Abilitiy 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.