Sociology Mission and SLOs

BA in Sociology and Anthropology

Mission

The Sociology Program at Kean University has several related goals that are aligned with the University Mission. As a major program within a highly diverse university, the Sociology faculty is devoted to instilling in its students the sociological imagination as a way of understanding the relationship between their personal lives and the history of their world. As such, we are devoted to academic rigor, critical thought, teaching excellence and ethical scholarship.

As a department, we seek to inspire in our students a commitment to democracy and firm principles of egalitarianism that will prepare them for graduate work and positions in research, teaching, public service, business, and anywhere else where they may serve as agents of social change. We aim to develop in our students an awareness of the effects of social structures and social forces on human lives, organizations and groups. We further emphasize the importance of respecting diversity and promoting social justice in a pluralistic society. In summary, we are committed to helping our students become critically active and informed members of their communities, their societies and their world.


BA in Sociology and Anthropology Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

SLO1: Demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts and theories within the sociological perspective through a rigorous analysis of society and social behavior.

SLO2: Critically analyze the effects of social structures and social forces on human lives, organizations and groups.

SLO3: Effectively comprehend and ethically use quantitative and qualitative methodologies to gain a better understanding of the social world.

SLO4: Identify the importance of diversity, democracy, egalitarianism and social justice in a pluralistic society and articulate the implications for social policy and action in efforts to bring about social change.

SLO5: Articulate, analyze and describe the relationship between their personal lives, the history of their world, and contemporary social arrangements in local, national and global contexts.

KU Student Outcomes (KU): Kean University graduates should be able to:

1. Think critically, creatively and globally;

2. Adapt to changing social, economic, and technological environments;

3. Serve as active and contributing members of their communities; and

4. Advance their knowledge in the traditional disciplines (GE) and enhance their skills in professional areas

**General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Knowledge (GE-K): Students will demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and content by:

(K1) applying the scientific method to comprehend natural concepts and processes;

(K2) evaluating major theories and concepts in social sciences;

(K3) relating historical references to literature; and

(K4) evaluating major theories and concepts in the fine arts.


Skills (GE-S): Students will demonstrate the skills necessary to:

(S1) write to communicate and clarify learning;

(S2) communicate effectively through speech;

(S3) solve problems using quantitative reasoning;

(S4) think critically about concepts in multiple disciplines; and

(S5) show information literacy


Values (GE-V): Students will demonstrate personal, social and ethical responsibility as a part of lifelong learning through:

(V1) personal responsibility;

(V2) ethical & social responsibility;

(V3) active in social & civic engagement;

(V4) respect for diverse culture; and

(V5) lifelong learning

Master of Arts in Sociology and Social Justice

Mission

The Kean University Master of Arts degree in Sociology and Social Justice prepares students to address inequalities based on identity categories such as race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ability. The Program is the first and only of its kind in the State of New Jersey and the region.

Social Justice as a discipline is the study of how social advantages, disadvantages, and personal outcomes, are distributed, and how the relationship between social identity and inequality, and the practice of reducing the gap among them, at local, national, and global levels. The M.A. Program in Sociology and Social Justice emphasizes the interplay between theoretical and applied approaches in sociology, and provides students with an integrated culminating practicum and master’s thesis experience. Successful graduates from our Program will complete a total of 36 credits (including the practicum and master’s thesis supervision). Our ideal student should have the passion to pursue justice, the ability to argue for those who cannot, the knowledge to understand public issues, the courage to challenge oppression, and the humanity to bring people together for a noble cause.


Master of Arts in Sociology and Social Justice Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

SLO1: Demonstrate how social Justice as a discipline may be considered as the study of how social advantages, disadvantages, and personal outcomes, are distributed, and how the relationship between social identity and inequality, and the practice of reducing the gap among them, at local, national, and global levels.

SLO2: Identify and discuss how to inspire a commitment to democracy, with firm principles of egalitarianism and equity and be ready for a career in research, teaching, public service, business and other positions to serve as agents of social change.

SLO 3: Demonstrate the importance of Critical Pedagogy; Critical Social Theory; and Critical Thinking.

SLO4: Discuss and argue for the passion to pursue justice, the ability to stand for those who cannot, the knowledge to understand public issues, the courage to challenge oppression, and the humanity to bring people together for a noble cause.

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