SOC 201


Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM DATE: September 11, 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Sociology and Anthropology Chair, Peggy Walsh; 358-2503; mwalsh@keene.edu PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Chair, Peggy Walsh, 358-2503, mwalsh@keene.eduu TITLE SUMMARY: SOC 201: Introduction To Sociology Major PROPOSED ACTION: Underline proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: PLEASE SEE PAGE 2 FOR PREREQUISITE CHANGES. EXISTING (OLD) DATA: None. PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE TITLE: SOC 201: Introduction to Sociology Major (short title “Intro to Soc Major”) PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduces basic concepts, theories, and methods of sociology. Develops a sociological perspective on social issues, problems and events. Provides an overview of major subfields in sociology. Also prepares students for the major and a career in sociology and related professions. Fall, Spring. NOTE: The following courses will require Soc 201 as a pre-requisite, REPLACING SOC 101. -Soc 270 -Soc 275 -Soc 277 -Soc 290 -Soc 301 -Soc 305 -Soc 320 -Soc 325 -Soc 326 -Soc 327 -Soc 340 -Soc 345 -Soc 350 -Soc 361 -Soc 380 -Soc 390 -Soc 490 LEARNING OUTCOMES: • Students will develop their own working definition of sociology that helps them understand its public role and professional aspects • Students will read and review examples of sociological writing (e.g., journal articles, books, and reports) • Students will identify the skills necessary for their professional development • Students will develop a portfolio of their academic work towards completion of the major RATIONALE: Several years ago our department created a new course entitled “Soc 203: Sociology Proseminar”, which was intended to be a course that would introduce students majoring in sociology to the field and prepare them for upper-level courses as well as their future careers. Proseminar was originally 1 credit, but during the 4-credit transition, we decided to make it 2 credits. In the process of adapting the Integrative Studies Program, the Sociology faculty debated the future role of our department in the ISP, and whether we would convert our “Soc 101: Introductory Sociology” course into a perspectives course, or whether some other plan made more sense. In preparing our 4-credit model, we ultimately decided to leave Soc 101 and Soc 203 in place, while converting two of our courses, Soc 225 Social Problems and Soc 260 Popular Culture into IS Perspectives courses. After some experience with the ISP in place, we concluded that our department needed one additional course to meet the IS-Perspectives requirement, so we have proposed a new course “IS-Soc 125: Sociology Now”. That course will introduce students from across the campus to the field of sociology, with a focus on current events. Sociology Now will not, however, serve as an introductory course for students planning to major in sociology. Rather, we want to create the new course Soc 201: Introduction to Sociology Major, which will serve the combined purposes of our old Sociology 101 and Sociology 203, in a single 4-credit course. Previously students majoring in sociology would have had to take both 101 and 203, for a total of six credits. The creation of Sociology 201 allows our department to achieve several objectives: 1) having a course that introduces students majoring in sociology to the field and prepares them for future careers, 2) reducing the number of requirements for the major degree from 38 to 36, which is what it was under the 3- credit model, and 3) having a separate course, IS-Soc 125, that serves the ISP specifically, rather than having a single course that serves both general education and students planning a major. We feel that this new model best serves the needs of our majors and students taking the ISP requirements. RESOURCES: The course will be taught by any of our full-time, tenure track faculty. No new staffing needs are required. What additional library resources will be required? Has the library been consulted to determine the adequacy of library holdings or to estimate the cost to improve these sufficiently? None. ADVISORY OPINIONS: None Updated 14 May 2004.


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SOC 201