SOC 350N • Research Internship
4:00 PM-5:30 PM
This course will provide students with an opportunity to directly observe and analyze an important social issue by serving as unpaid interns for an agency, organization, or business in the Austin area. As interns, students will work under the supervision of someone at their agency/organization/business for a minimum of 160 hours during the semester (approximately 12-13 hours per week). Internships will provide substantive educational experiences that enable students to apply their sociological knowledge in real world settings. Each student is ultimately responsible for securing his or her own internship, although the instructor will be available suggest possibilities and help students make contact with appropriate people. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposed internships with the instructor, as all internships are subject to her approval. Students will work with their agency/organizational/business supervisors to complete a service learning contract outlining the students' duties and responsibilities. All contracts must be approved by the instructor. As part of the internship, students will attend a seminar aimed at helping them use sociological theory and research to analyze their social issue and field experiences. An important objective is cultivating the "sociological imagination." The seminar will also provide a forum in which students can discuss their experiences, including those that are problematic, with their peers and the instructor. Where applicable, representatives from the Austin community will be invited to address the seminar.
Required Texts: Required and optional readings will be made available in a packet and/or on Blackboard. Grading Policy: 5 Journal Assignments 25% Seminar participation 15% Final Paper 40% Presentation of Final Paper 10% Evaluation by Agency Supervisor 10%