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