Professor Marshall


Applied Sociology

COURSE PREREQUISITE:Introduction to Sociology

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Study necessary tools and methods from successful interventions or solutions to social problems. Emphasizes case studies and hands-on experience to develop familiarity with a variety of applied techniques including program evaluation, needs assessment, social indicators, social impact analysis, policy analysis, and focus group research.

This hands-on introduction uses sociology concepts, skills and tools to actively analyze and engage problems facing a variety of clients and organizations including business, government, religion and other community agencies and groups. Employ sociological perspective and tools to identify, investigate and actively seek solutions to issues of structure, process and social change.

NOTES: This course will teach you some of the basic research skills used in sociology and will help you to learn how to apply them in a variety of ways in non-sociological occupations.

The main goal of applied sociology is to learn how to use sociology in a variety of settings to assist employers and clients in understanding a variety of issues and to help find solustions to social problems. Learning how to use applied sociology will give you a specific set of skills which are valuable to employers and which will allow you to become an important member of any workforce.


Applied Sociology is written in preformance-based language using the revised Bloom's Taxonomy. This taxonomy promotes higher forms of thinking in the educational process. Below, you'll find "TARGET COMPETENCIES," and "LEARNING ACTIVITIES." The TARGET COMPETENCIES have been developed to ensure that you master the materials in this course. As you work through the LEARNING ACTIVITIES, you goal should be to demonstrate competence in each of the TARGET COMPETENCY areas. You can think of target competencies as descriptions, stated in performance terms, of what you are expected to learn; competencies are OUTCOMES of the efforts that you put forth in this course.


At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to meet specific course objectives. Course objectives are often centered on activities and assessments that you'll complete in a course. These activities and assessments will be varied--reading assigned materials and texts, writing assignments, exams, tests and other assigned activites will help you to meet the objectives that are defined for this course. Nothing in this FREE course is graded--you choose how much (or how little) work you want to complete. The course objectives are to:

  1. Expand students' use of sociological theory, techniques and concepts routinely used in various occupations;
  2. Teach the use of skills which can encourage social change;
  3. Promote critical thinking and analysis;
  4. Encourage students to employ a sociological perspective in problem solving on the job.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  1. Solve client-based problems using sociological skills.
  2. Identify how social structures are formed.
  3. Outline a social process.
  4. Define formal and informal groups.
  5. Apply leadership skills.
  6. Identify cross-cultural issues in the workplace.
  7. Identify the impact of social change and social trends.
  8. Articulate the functions of deviance.
  9. Identify the causes of unexpected social events.
  10. Evaluate impact of unexpected social events.
  11. Apply basic elements of demography.


ATTENDANCE: This course is self-paced and not graded; it is NOT for college credit. There is no enrollment required and you may take as much time as you need to complete the course.

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