Sociology Discipline

 

UNIT MISSION/GOAL(S)

 

 1. The sociology curriculum (with support from anthropology courses) is designed to acquaint students with the concerns, theories, and methods of the science that deals with social groups, culture, and interpersonal relations of human beings.

 

2. In addition to gaining familiarity with--and competency in--sociology as a science, students are expected to understand how human values relate broadly to the theories, methods, and data of the field.

 

3. The courses are designed to meet the GER and other needs of liberal arts students, as well as sociology majors and students preparing for graduate schools.

 

Unit Mission/goal(s) and the Institutional Mission Relation

 

 The Morris campus has, among its mission goals,

 

1. providing a quality liberal arts education

 

2. education students to appraise values

 

3. and a General Education Requirement including proficiency in writing, a knowledge of different cultures (E3), social institutions (E4), and non-Western societies.

 

Concerning #1, sociology (and anthropology) requires students to know basic data, theoretical perspectives, and methods for interpreting and evaluation the concerns, theories, and methods of the field; the development of analytical skills is central to our mission. As to item #2, our program repeatedly explores the values of our own and other societies or cultures, the social consequences of these values, and the degree to which declared values are actually enacted or, in fact, evaded. Simultaneously, we teach students to examine how values influence the alternative theoretical perspectives in sociology and anthropology, as well as how studentsŐ personal values affect their reception to the data and perspectives of our discipline(s). As to item #3, with every course incorporating materials on social institutions, and/or different cultures and non-Western cultures, these central concerns of the general education program are integral to the sociology and anthropology disciplines as well as to a liberal arts education. We place considerable emphasis on writing in all of our courses, including (to a lesser degree, generally) the largest ones.

 

 

STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES, EXPECTED OUTCOMES, ASSESSMENT METHODS & TOOLS, TIMELINE

 

Learning Objective 1

Awareness of the range of knowledge (data, theories, and methods) in sociology (and anthropology) discipline(s).

 

Expected Outcome 1

Successful completion of the major, which is designed to include several courses in specific subject areas of sociology (and anthropology), at least one course each on methodology and theory, and an individual project which serves as a capstone experience in requiring each student to utilize and evaluate the theories and methodologies appropriate to analyzing a particular social or cultural problem.

 

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 1

Evaluations procedures in each course, and the capstone Independent project.

 

Timeline for the Outcome 1

Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress

Anticipated Date for the First Results: In Progress

 

Learning Objective 2

Prepare interested students for graduate school in sociology, anthropology, and other areas such as public administration, social services, law enforcement, etc.

 

Expected Outcome 2

Admission to and successful functioning in and completion of graduate programs.

 

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 2

Admission to and success in graduate programs; prior to that, evaluation of student's performance, as in #1.

 

Timeline for the Outcome 2

Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress

Anticipated Date for the First Results: In Progress

 

Learning Objective 3

Competence in utilizing sociological and/or anthropological theories and methods in analyzing specific problems.

 

Expected Outcome 3

Independent project and successful integration of graduates in rapidly changing and diverse society.

 

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 3

Evaluation of performance in individual courses (through examination, papers, discussion in class, individual discussions), and evaluation of ongoing progress in independent project and or completed project.

 

Timeline for the Outcome 3

Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress

Anticipated Date for the First Results: In Progress

 

Learning Objective 4

An understanding of the relationship between values and ethics of sociological and anthropological knowledge.

 

Expected Outcome 4

Ability to make informed, careful, and reasoned decisions in complex human situations.

 

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 4

Successful completion of each course in the program, including research methods, which incorporates a unit on ethics, with a focus in the use of human subjects in research.

 

Timeline for the Outcome 4

Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress

Anticipated Date for the First Results: In Progress

 



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