Sociology Ph.D. Learning Outcomes

PLO 1. Core Knowledge

  • Knowledge of major theoretical traditions in the discipline
  • Knowledge of intellectual currents and debates important to the history and development of sociology
  • Knowledge of at least two substantive areas in the discipline

PLO 2. Research Methods and Analysis

  • Know how to frame an empirical research question guided by theory
  • Be familiar with the range of methods used by sociologists, including ethnography, surveys, comparative/historical analysis, experimental research, network analysis, demographic methods, etc.
  • Examine the strengths and limitations of different research methods
  • Carry out methodological sound research
  • Understand and follow research ethics

PLO 3. Pedagogy

  • Draw on a range of pedagogical techniques and approaches
  • Address common classroom challenges
  • Design lessons and assignments
  • Lead discussions
  • Respond to diverse student learning needs
  • Effectively assess student work
  • Mentor students

PLO 4. Scholarly Communication

  • Produce writing appropriate for a scholarly publication
  • Structure an argument and support it with evidence
  • Review and cogently summarize relevant literatures
  • Effectively present research

PLO 5. Professionalism

  • Contribute to the profession, department, and university
  • Publish scholarly work
  • Develop profession networks
  • Present scholarly work publicly
  • Carry out research responsibly
  • Participate in professional meeting
  • Edit and evaluate others’ work
  • Adhere to tenets of academic integrity, including those specified in the ASA Code of Ethics
  • Understand and adhere to appropriate norms of academic collegiality

PLO 6. Independent Research

  • Develop at least two areas of research specialization
  • Develop own research in accordance with the standards in the field
  • Produce scholarship that will be suitable for publication in profession avenues

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