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Program / Learning Goals
Gerontology Program Goals
- Describe the physical and mental health changes that accompany aging, both senescent and pathological in origin
- Understand the general patterns of aging in the U.S., including intracultural variations; the major social issues affecting the aged; and how empirical research provides this information
- Discuss the laws, programs, and policies that specifically impinge on the aged population in the U.S. and cross-cultural variations in the structure of services and benefits to older adults.
- Be able to apply gerontological knowledge to an applied setting in which services or advocacy to the aged population is provided.
Justice Studies Program Goals
- Understand basic criminal and social justice concepts and theories.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between criminological and sociological theories, research design, and interpretation, and engage in work developing research literacy.
- Understand and engage in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analytical processes.
- Communicate, in written and oral form, criminological, sociological, and other social justice arguments.
- Develop a sociological perspective on the justice system.
- Demonstrate a scholarly understanding of crime, its causes, and social consequences.
- Become familiar with debates and guidelines about ethical, professional, and moral standards involved in criminal justice activities.
- Become familiar with global and comparative-historical perspectives on justice systems.
- Become familiar with issues of social justice both within and beyond the criminal justice system.
Sociology Program Goals
- Students will understand basic sociological concepts, theories, paradigms in their historical context
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between sociological theory, research design, and interpretation and engage in work developing their research literacy
- Students will understand and engage in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analytical processes
- Students will be able to communicate, in written and oral form, sociological arguments
- Students will be able to exercise their sociological imaginations toward examining our social world as well as its practical uses and applications