Fall 2019  |  SOC 4966W Section 001: Capstone Experience: Seminar (17117)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Community Engaged Learning
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/03/2019 - 12/11/2019
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 317
Enrollment Status:
Open (52 of 54 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is designed to: a) provide students with an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned as a sociology major; b) use that knowledge to write a sociological analyses - often based on community service learning; and c) think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of the sociological enterprise can be used and applied outside of the University. Through this course sociology majors will emphasize the relationship between a sociological perspective and critical thinking, effective communication, and meaningful civic engagement. This class is the final step in the sociology undergraduate major. prereq: 1001, 3701, 3801, 3811, 12 cr upper div sociology, dept consent
Class Notes:
Must obtain permission number from Department office to register. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?schurman+SOC4966W+Fall2019
Class Description:
This course serves as a capstone to your studies in sociology. It is designed to provide you with an opportunity to reflect on what you have learned as a sociology major; to think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of sociology can be used and applied in your lives and careers outside of the University, and to use that knowledge to complete a senior project. The particular focus of this section of the course will be on the "world of work." While the main practical goal of the course is to guide you through the process of doing a senior project (a graduation requirement for all Sociology majors), the central intellectual goal of the course will be to learn about changes in the US economy over the last half century and their implications for the labor market; the new culture of capitalism; different organizational cultures; "life on the job;" and more. All senior projects will need to address some aspect of the sociology of work and will involve both research and your own personal experience/s as a worker, be it through your job, an internship, or service learning. Classes will include a combination of lectures, guest speakers, films, active learning exercises, writing exercises, and engaged discussions of the required readings.
35% Reports/Papers
15% Special Projects
15% Written Homework
15% Reflection Papers
20% Class Participation Other Grading Information: I require regular, 2 paragraph written commentaries on the readings, which will constitute 15% of your grade. The 'special project' will involve research into the occupation that most attracts you and will be part of your course paper/project
Exam Format:
Class Format:
15% Lecture
10% Film/Video
25% Discussion
15% Small Group Activities
10% Guest Speakers
5% Web Based
20% Service Learning Attendance and active participation in this class are mandatory and crucial.
50-80 Pages Reading Per Week
15-20 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Paper(s)
1 Special Project(s)
Other Workload: Readings will be a core part of this course, as will be research on occupations that interest you.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
11 November 2016

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