Inquiry in the Social Sciences
Course designator within the area of Inquiry: Ways of Knowing
Inquiry in the Social Sciences teaches students how social sciences apply empirical principles and methods to understand human beings as social agents in cultural, group, and individual contexts.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students, regardless of major, who successfully complete a [SSCI] course should be able to:
- Recognize the difference between quantitative and qualitative evidence for use in social scientific research, including when each is appropriate to support claims (critical thinking).
- Evaluate, at an appropriate level, evidence-based claims and conclusions that are rooted in social scientific research methods (information literacy).
- Communicate social scientific information or findings in written forms appropriate to the discipline (written communication).
- Understand fundamental knowledge and concepts in social science as appropriate to the discipline (breadth of learning).
Revised outcomes approved Spring 2022.
Learning Outcomes Grid
Whether submitting a course for the first time or resubmitting an updated course as part of the UCORE committee’s periodic re-review, faculty should submit a completed SSCI Learning Outcomes Grid embedded in the course syllabus in order to demonstrate clearly the relationship among WSU/UCORE learning goals, UCORE category designation learning outcomes, course learning outcomes, assignments, and assessment of student learning. Consult the sample ROOT syllabus with embedded learning outcomes grid as a model.