Student Learning Outcomes/Exit Standards for the Department of Sociology

Sociology 101:

  1. Students will be able to identify the methodological techniques used within the discipline of Sociology to understand social phenomena.
  2. Students will be able to analyze the complex interplay between society and the individuals' lives.
  3. Students will be able to compare and contrast the approaches taken by the three major sociological perspectives (i.e., functionalism, conflict theory, and interactionism) in their explanation of various social phenomena, including social problems.

Sociology 102:

  1. Students will be able to identify the methods used to meet civic and social obligation in society.
  2. Students will be able to identify crises inherent in the American economy and its social institutions.
  3. Students will be able to compare and contrast the approaches taken by the three major sociological perspectives (i.e., functionalism, conflict theory, and interactionism) in their explanation of various social problems.
  4. Students will be able to assess theories and trends in history as they relate to social change.

Sociology 104:

  1. Students will be able to describe the socialization process in which men and women acquire social roles and statuses.
  2. Students will be able to evaluate biological, psychological, anthropological, and sociological explanations of sex and gender.
  3. Students will be able to compare and contrast the roles of both sexes in various social institutions of the past and the present.
  4. Students will be able to obtain knowledge and awareness about the structure of sex-based inequality in a changing world.

Sociology 105:

  1. Students will be able to assess fallacious sterotypes concerning the aging process and the aged as a group.
  2. Students will be able to describe and assess special talents and needs of this group.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate positive attitudes towards the aged in general and their own aging in particular.
  4. Students will be able to define subjects for further study in this field.
  5. Students will be able to provide leadership for advocacy programs to help the social institution adapt themselves to the needs of the aged.

Sociology 131:

  1. Students will be able to list 5 reasons why men and women might choose to live single and 5 reasons that men and women give for choosing marriage.
  2. Students will be able to compare and contrast cross-cultural and cross-societal marriages.
  3. Students will be able to describe and assess changing marital and family roles from a historical perspective.
  4. Students will be able to identify family and dynamic interactions according to current family theorists.
  5. Students will be able to describe 3 different child rearing techniques.
  6. Students will be able to identify and assess California laws relating to marriage, dissolution, annulment and adoption.
  7. Students will be able to describe 3 alternative types of families.

Sociology 140:

  1. Students will be able to identify basic human needs and individuals whose needs are not being met.
  2. Students will be able to explain how groups such as the homeless, those with HIV or AIDS, mental illness, etc., become stigmatized by society.
  3. Students will be able to assess theories and trends in history as they relate to human services.
  4. Students will be able to define the various theoretical perspectives and the conflicts they may have with one another (e.g. human service, humanistic, behavioral, etc.).
  5. Students will be able to describe methods and theories of meeting civic and social obligations in society.
Last updated: 2/12/2009 4:14:30 PM