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Gerontology Program Goals
- Describe the interdependent processes of physical, psychological, and social aging
- Be familiar with the biological, psychological and sociological theories of aging
- Describe attitudes toward and beliefs about old age
- Analyze attitudes towards aging expressed in literary and artistic depictions of aging
- Know about the current condition of the older population, including cross-cultural and intra-cultural variations on aging
- Be aware of the history of treatment of aging populations
- Discuss the programs and policies that specifically impinge on that population
- Understand the ethical complexities which surround issues with respect to aging
- Understand appropriate methodological and analytic means for investigations of aging and old age
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