Course Specific Research Support for SOC 231: 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

Sociology of Healthy Aging course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

From the Outcome and Assessment Strategies:

"Oral and/or written reports which describe and analyze (a) formal community programs for aging adults, (b) systems for friends, organizations, and family providing informal support, and (c) methods which coordinate the systems of support."

From the Course Content:

  • An historical review of health care services for the elderly demographics describing the aging of society with specific relevance for the study of health and aging.
  • Identifiable trends affecting the planning of appropriate responses to the emerging health needs of an aging society

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

  • Select a topic after using background information to understand the context(s) for the topic
  • Navigate to the PCC library website, use the library search, and locate the library databases
  • Develop a search strategy, identifying terms which reflect point of view
  • Identify indicators of the type of source and the producer of the source

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for SOC 231

1. Locate and use demographic studies of aging populations to research health related policy questions 

2. Identify sources for professional, or peer-reviewed studies for public policy related to health and aging

3. Locate generated source citations or gather elements for citations in APA format

Librarian Instructional Objectives:

1.  Locate demographic data and government regulations through advanced web search techniques

2. Identify relevant journals and peer-reviewed articles in library databases and with advanced web search techniques

3. Use library database (and library search) citation generators, other citation and bibliography tools

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)

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To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger