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Katie Corcoran
SOC 494
Seattle Campus


Exploration of selected sociological concepts or problems through advanced practical experience in research, internships, or other applications. Topics vary.

Class description


Are you interested in applying what you've learned in Sociology courses to what is happening in the 'real world', in helping local organizations with important sociological problems or in developing skills that can help you get a job in the future or get into graduate school? Then this is a great course for you.

This practicum is designed to combine experiential learning in the workplace with critical reflection about practical and theoretical issues of work and organizations. As part of this practicum, each student will participate in an internship in a local agency or organization for a minimum of 3 hours/week. Students can come in with an internship they have found on their own, or with internships they have secured by application to the Sociology Department's Internship Program. For more information on the next round of application deadlines, go to:

In addition to the internship, the class meets on Wednesdays for 2 hours, where we will have an interactive learning experience, with group activities and class discussions focusing on how the readings for the course connect with students' internship experiences.

Student learning goals

Connect their sociology coursework to the real world

Use and develop critical thinking and writing skills

Network in a professional and intellectual community

Learn about how organizations functions

General method of instruction

This is NOT a lecture-based course. Classtime will consist of active discussion and group activities. If you aren't interested in participating in class discussion, this isn't the course for you. The goal of our classtime will be to learn about how organizations work by connecting the course readings to students' internship experiences.

Recommended preparation

You need an internship to take this course. You will NOT be given an internship, although you may apply for internships through the Sociology Department's Internship Program. For more information on application deadlines see the following website:

Class assignments and grading

There are no exams, instead the focus will be on developing critical and analytical thinking skills through writing and a longer final research paper incorporating internship experiences.

Grades are assigned based on the successful completion of internship hours, class participation (including but not limited to participating in discussion, activities, and short quizzes), short weekly assignments, and a final research paper.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Katie Corcoran
Date: 02/23/2012