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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 495
Course Title: Integrative Seminar
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Culminating experience for the major. A capstone course to apply prior learning to probing major areas of research in sociology.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Senior standing, SOCI 111 or SOCI 112, SOCI 324, and either SOCI 325 or SOCI 327.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic Perspective
By Berger, Peter L. (Anchor Books)
Taking it Big: Developing Sociological Consciousness in Postmodern Times
By Dandaneau, Steven P. (Pine Forge Press)
Sociology and Its Publics: The Forms and Fates of Disciplinary Organization
By Halliday, Terence C. and Morris Janowitz (The University of Chicago Press)
The Sociological Imagination
By Mills, C. Wright (Pine Forge Press)
Careers in Sociology
By Stephens, W. Richard (Allyn and Bacon Press)
A Critique of Contemporary American Sociology
By Vaughan, Ted R., Gideon Sjoberg, and Larry T. Reynolds (General Hall, Inc.)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate the ability to formulate, propose, and defend a compelling sociological research proposal.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to ask a central sociological research question and explain its significance within the field of sociology.
  3. Evaluate and apply competing sociological concepts and theories to the analysis of fundamental sociological problems.
  4. Explain the main research methodologies in sociology and select and describe those appropriate for the proposed research project.
  5. Describe the current state of sociology as an academic discipline.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Weekly seminars involving oral presentations on selected problems in sociology
  • Brief reports on selected problems in major areas of sociology
  • Debates in class on oral or written presentations.
  • Students will be expected to develop a research proposal that includes formulating a hypothesis, selecting an appropriate theoretical perspective, and selecting the appropriate research methodologies for investigating their research question.
Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 10

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Aurelien Mauxion Date: March 20, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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