Course Specific Research Support for SOC 221: Home

The purpose of this page is to link curriculum requirements, for developmentally-appropriate and discipline-specific research skills, to matching library instruction and information literacy support outcomes

Cross-Listed Course

SOC 221 is cross-listed with EC 221 and PS 221

Globalization and International Relations course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

From the Outcome and Assessment Strategies:

Different techniques may be used for assessment which will be determined by the individual instructor. They may include:

  • Written assignments such as papers, reports, reviews, journals, or other exercises that demonstrate a critical capacity to evaluate information relating to this course
  • Individual or group projects where students identify resources that provide information and utilize these resources to evaluate policies reflecting conflicting beliefs, goals, and strategies.
  • Research projects using standard research techniques, acceptable formats, and specified rating criteria

Bridging competencies to support research and information seeking at this level:

  • Navigate to library web site to search catalog and databases
  • Identify authors or providers of information
  • Identify the container of the information to identify the type of information source
  • Differentiate search engine result sets from the information sources themselves

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for SOC 221

1. Evaluate information sources for authority, currency, reliability, bias, sound reasoning and validity of evidence

2. Identify diction and rhetorical terms used for point of view

3. Use the professional literature of the discipline

4. Locate generated source citations or gather elements for citations


Librarian Instructional Objectives:

1. Use a topic statement to set up an initial search strategy

2. Use library search to locate published background information

3. Refine topic statement to a research question and search for reliable sources

Placement of courses on an Information Literacy Continuum

Courses Instructional Stages Student's Developmental Stage


Connecting to 

1. I know where the library is located and about some of the services provided.



Information Seeking

2. I can identify a topic, and identify useful information sources to read about it.

SOC 204
SOC 205
SOC 206
SOC 211
SOC 213
SOC 215
SOC 219
SOC 228
SOC 234

Literacy Skills

3. I can develop a topic statement, locate and use library sources, and begin  informational research.

SOC 218
SOC 221
SOC 230
SOC 231
SOC 232




Academic or Career/
Technical Related

4. I evaluate the sources I have found for relevancy to my field, and I know who some of the experts are.

Inquiry and Exploration for

5. I can identify pro- and con-positions on a topic. I can identify the perspectives of various experts in a field.

Discipline- or Area
of Study Specific

6. I can support my position on an issue with evidence. I can accurately summarize the scholarly or professional conversation.


Librarian Liaison to the Sociology SAC (Subject Area Committee)

For information about this page:

To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger