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Sociology Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Sociology Majors

What will I be able to do as a graduate of the sociology program at Alverno?

The Social Science Department has developed a set of learning outcomes that reflect the work students are able to do upon graduation.  They include:

  1. Use sociological perspectives. Effectively use sociological concepts, theories, and frameworks to analyze, explain, and address significant social problems and public issues.

    This means that you think and talk about the social world in terms of core sociological ideas, such as social structure, culture, social institutions, socialization, social change, and stratification.
  1. Conduct social scientific research. Effectively develop and use quantitative and qualitative research to investigate sociological questions and issues.

    This means that you recognize when one research method may be preferred over another, select and review appropriate literature, explain why various decisions were made, design and carry out research, interpret and use data, and adhere to principles of ethical practice.
  1. Interact and communicate effectively in academic and community settings. Apply sociological and communication expertise to express yourself and interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds in a variety of academic and community contexts.

    This means that you tolerate ambiguity, recognize multiple perspectives, respond respectfully to individual, cultural and other differences, and express yourself in ways that reflect an understanding of the context.
  1. Articulate your social philosophy. Articulate your social philosophy and refine it in dialogue with others.

    This means that you use sociological perspectives to consider ethical and moral aspects of social customs and public policies, engage diverse perspectives, and create effective criteria for critically examining your own and others’ positions
  1. Conduct meaningful self assessment. Demonstrate insight into your individual style and accurately judge the quality of your performance in your major using specific criteria in order to continually strengthen your learning and abilities.

    This means that you analyze your performance over time and in a variety of contexts to identify patterns of strengths and weaknesses, create meaningful learning goals, and carry out your plans, all of which reflect a commitment to your continuous improvement.
  1. Develop key career skills and a clear professional career path that is grounded in a values-based vision for your professional life.

    This means that you put forth effort to: a) determine what you want to be and do, according to your values, desires, potential, and the job market's demands; b) identify specific steps you must take to achieve your goal; c) clearly articulate how learning experiences in and outside of the classroom will help you achieve your future professional goals; and d) develop career skills in job searches, networking, applying for positions, and interviewing. 

 

Learning Outcomes for Sociology Minors

What will I be able to do as a graduate of the sociology program at Alverno, as a student minoring in sociology?

The Social Science Department has developed a set of learning outcomes that reflect the work students are able to do upon graduation.  They include:

  1. Use sociological perspectives. Effectively use sociological concepts, theories, and frameworks to analyze, explain, and address significant social problems and public issues.

    This means that you think and talk about the social world in terms of core sociological ideas, such as social structure, culture, social institutions, socialization, social change, and stratification.
  1. Use social scientific research. Effectively use quantitative and qualitative research to investigate sociological questions and issues.

    This means that you select and review appropriate literature, interpret and use data, and adhere to principles of ethical practice.
  1. Interact and communicate effectively in academic and community settings. Apply sociological and communication expertise to express yourself and interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds in a variety of academic and community contexts.

    This means that you tolerate ambiguity, recognize multiple perspectives, respond respectfully to individual, cultural and other differences, and express yourself in ways that reflect an understanding of the context.
  1. Conduct meaningful self assessment. Demonstrate insight into your individual style and accurately judge the quality of your performance in your sociology minor/support using specific criteria in order to continually strengthen your learning and abilities.

    This means that you analyze your performance to identify strengths and weaknesses, create meaningful learning goals, and carry out your plans, all of which reflect a commitment to your continuous improvement.
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