Fall 2020  |  SOC 4966W Section 001: Capstone Experience: Seminar (13786)

Class Component:
3 Credits (4 Credits max.)
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Community Engaged Learning
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/08/2020 - 12/16/2020
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
Off Campus
Enrollment Status:
Closed (70 of 65 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. This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?hartm021+SOC4966W+Fall2020
Class Description:
This course is designed to provide you with an opportunity to reflect on what you have learned as a sociology major and to think ahead about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of the sociological enterprise can be used and applied in your lives and careers outside of the University. It is, in short, a capstone course. The focus is on how sociological knowledge, research, and thought help to promote critical thinking, effective communication, an appreciation of diversity and ambiguity, and social responsibility in public life. Specific topics include: the status of social scientific research and writing in politics and public policy implementation; the ways in which sociological thinking and research inform movements for social change; the presence (or absence) of sociological research and thought in popular culture and the mainstream American media; the day-to-day work of professional sociologists in the academy; the professions and careers where sociological methods and insights are most useful and prominent; and the utility and value of situating ones life and work in sociological perspective. This will all be situated in the context of the role of ideas, information, intellectuals, and experts in the complex, contemporary global world. Indeed, the larger intellectual goals of the course are to encourage you to think critically about your place in society and history, to reflect on the role of knowledge in the contemporary world, and to understand what skills and understandings you will take with you from your study of sociology to your future careers and lives beyond the academy.
50% Reports/Papers
25% Reflection Papers
25% Class Participation
Class Format:
25% Lecture
10% Discussion
25% Small Group Activities
15% Guest Speakers
25% Service Learning
25-50 Pages Reading Per Week
15-20 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Paper(s)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
11 November 2016

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