Design and conduct of original research using sociological research methods to meet Carolina Core Integrative course requirement for the BA and the BS.
The Carolina Core Learning Outcomes met by this course are:
(1) requirements listed by "foundational" courses, and a focus on the application of social science methodologies to draw conclusions within the discipline of Sociology. (Note: the foundational requirements include defining problems appropriate to Sociology, which will be met by students defining a research problem centered on Sociological topics such as social inequality, sociology of the family, sociology of education); identifying theories, concepts and methodological approaches used by Sociologists, which will be a central section of the proposed course; and this further includes the key theoretical concepts, and methodological approaches used to study the topic.
(2) ciritical thinking about the comparisons of social differences and diversity of human experiences. Any Sociology research implicitly invokes comparison of populations and diversity of the human experience.
The above two outcomes will be met by all students in this course. Hence, the requirement of meeting Student Achievements (1) and (2) will be met by all students.
(3) Depending on the research projects proposed by the students, they may meet achievement #3 of the Integrative Core, is the students make regional/geographical comparisons.
This proposed course change replaces SOCY 303 (Sociological Research Methods) as the Integrative Carolina Core course for the Sociology major (both the BA and BS). After offering SOCY 303 for several years it is clear that (1) majors need to have taken a larger number of topical courses in Sociology in order to excel in an integrative research course, and (2) it is unrealistic to teach research methods for the first time and also expect students to be able to use them to conduct original research in the same semester.
I include here email comments from Dan Freedman and John Hsieh in support of approval for ANTH 366, SOCY 303 and SOCY 561 (sorry for redundancy).
I believe all three syllabi meet the GSS criteria. Dan.
ANTH 366: It is a good addition. I support this proposal.
SOCY 303: Approve.
SOCY 561: More appropriate than SOCY 303. I support the proposal.
I support the proposal for SOCY 561.
GSS Committe Reviewer
GSS Committee Reviewer
Please note that this is a Carolina Core Integrative course and not Foundational
Rationale for change in course number make a lot of sense.
Your proposal is being returned for the following reason(s):
The next Curricula and Courses Committee meeting will be held on Monday November 13 at noon in the Thomas Cooper Library, room 412. Although your attendance is not required, if you would like additional clarification on the issues outlined above, you are welcome to attend.
If the above concerns are addressed, and the proposal reaches the Curricula and Courses Committee by Nov 20, 2017 noon, it will be approved and included in those courses being recommended to the Faculty Senate for consideration at the upcoming December Faculty Senate meeting. Should it be approved at that meeting, it would be included in the Fall 2018 Bulletin. If it does not reach the committee by the stated deadline, the next Curricula and Courses review cycle will begin in January.
Please contact me if you have questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Faculty Senate Committee on Curricula and Courses
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We are moving your proposal forward to the Faculty Senate. It is recommended someone from the department attend the next Faculty Senate meeting in case there are questions from the floor regarding your proposal.
We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
John Gerdes, Chair