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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
December 21, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Learning Outcomes

Ideally, by the end of their programs, graduating students should be able to:

1. Display a broad knowledge of the overall discipline of Sociology, and a detailed and specialized understanding of one of the two fields in the program, specifically Internationalization, Migration and Human Rights, and Health, Families and Well-being.
2. Demonstrate a theoretically and empirically sophisticated understanding of how self and society are inter-related.
3. Understand how these processes are linked to the great social movements of the day such as globalization, neoliberalism and biomedicalization.
4. Demonstrate awareness of social justice issues and the processes by which unequal, unjust and morbid social conditions are generated, sustained and reproduced.
5. Understand how such (morbid) conditions may be overcome. Where appropriate, develop skills for reflexive action (praxis) geared towards transformative social justice.
6. Be prepared to be an engaged, knowledgeable and active participant in social citizenship at the local, provincial, national and international level.
7. Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the major theoretical perspectives and debates in the discipline, both in terms of their historical development and their present-day formulations, and display an ability to apply such perspectives in conducting research.
8. Be able to design, carry out, interpret and write the results of a sociological research study using either qualitative or quantitative methods of data collection and analysis.
9. Be familiar with the ethical issues involved in undertaking research including a thorough knowledge of the requirements of the Research Ethics Board at Wilfrid Laurier.
10. Be able to utilize library resources to identify and access relevant primary and secondary sources useful in answering research questions.
11. Be able to identify, distinguish and critically evaluate scholarly arguments, the assumptions behind them, and their constituent theoretical and empirical components.
12. Produce and express coherent and persuasive written arguments (using relevant literature), with attention to academic integrity and a respect for diverse perspectives and disparate ideas.
13.Communicate arguments, analyses, and research findings orally to an academic audience of one’s peers and at a scholarly conference.
14. Engage in critical social inquiry into contemporary social issues in Canada and globally, as well as be able to apply the resulting knowledge to everyday life as an intellectually and ethically responsible citizen.