SOC 216 - Special Topics in Sociology - WR
This course is designed to address specific topics of interest in sociology. Offerings are more specific and focused than the introductory surveys. Examples of potential offerings could include Sociology of the Body, Sociology of Deviance, or Sociology of Pop Culture. Topics may change from semester to semester based on faculty and student interest. The classes will be primarily lecture and discussion based. Three class hours.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe and explain the social phenomenon within a cultural and structural context.
2. Analyze different theories and perspectives regarding the social phenomenon.
3. Investigate the limits and supports placed on purposeful action by social processes, institutions, and practices.
4. Compare how the phenomenon is socially constructed globally, situationally,and historically.
5. Create typologies from the components of the social phenomenon being studied.
6. Critique faulty mainstream assumptions and hegemonically constructed beliefs about the social phenomenon.
7. Explain how individual understandings of the topic help to create societal reality as well as how institutional definitions of the topic help to influence individual understandings using the sociological imagination.
8. Demonstrate critical thinking skills by synthesizing theoretical, empirical, and analytical understandings of the social phenomenon.
Course Offered Fall and Spring