Learning Goals

1. To foster a sociological imagination

    Understand the reciprocal relationship between the individual and society

    Describe similarities and differences between sociology and other social sciences

2. To gain knowledge of sociological theory and its contributions to knowledge

    Compare and contrast major theoretical orientations

    Apply these theoretical approaches to one area of social reality

    Situate these theories in their proper historical contexts

3. To gain knowledge of the methodological approaches in sociology

    Assess the strengths and weaknesses of different methodological approaches

    Construct and implement a research design utilizing one or more of these approaches

4. To gain knowledge of the core concepts of a sociological perspective

    Identity – how the self is socially constructed

    Culture – how norms, values, and shared meanings emerge and change

    Social structures – how the structure and function of social institutions affect life chances

    Social stratification – how patterned inequalities persist, change, and affect social life

    Power – how dynamics of coercion and constraint take shape

    Social change – how societies change through shifts in resources, power, and protest