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SOCI501 - Professionalism for Sociologists: Ethics, Collaboration, and Career Planning

Course Details

Course Code: SOCI501 Course ID: 5066 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course explores key professional skills for sociologists. Students examine key ethical issues for social science researchers by learning the position of key sociological professional societies on current social issues. Students learn strategies for developing their professional networks. Students will learn how to manage projects, and create and document collaborative agreements with colleagues. Students will learn to create short and long term career plans. Students will build professional profiles through an online portfolio.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1) Develop a personalized framework for incorporating principles of professionalism, ethics and standards of conduct into sociology-based professional practice.

2) Influence vital characteristics of management and leadership in professional organizations that contribute to high-performing organizational culture.

3) Construct approaches to professional communication that model professional etiquette and promote organizational civility.

4) Compile codes and conduct and ethical standards for social sciences research in order to ensure compliance with best practice codes and standards.

5) Combine best practice approaches from project management, time management, organization and leadership strategies, and human resources management to ensure successful results throughout a project's lifecycle.

6) Formulate successful strategies for managing, working and collaborating with others in professional settings to achieve successful outcomes.

7) Design successful strategies for identifying desired employment, networking, goal setting and personal presentation to achieve short- and long-term career aspirations.

8) Devise stress management strategies in order to maintain peak professional performance.

*Note: Successful completion of the sociology graduate program requires a portfolio with artifacts from your courses. Save all of the assignments you submit in class, whether they are marked as an artifact or not, for use in your portfolio at the end of the program. Depending on when you complete SOCI698, your past courses and assignments may no longer be accessible to you.*

All course materials are free and provided in our Library. Link to our eReserve page in the Library and select this course to access your materials.

Book Title:Promoting Research Integrity in a Global Environment e-book available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
Author:Mayer, T. and Steneck, N.
Unit Cost:$52.48
Book Title:Professionalism, Boundaries and the Workplace e-book available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:Malin, N.
Unit Cost:$67.95
Book Title:Understanding Organizational Culture e-book available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Sage
Author:Alvesson, M.
Book Title:Collaborative Grantseeking a Guide to Designing Projects, Leading Partners, and Persuading Sponsors (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Greenwood Publishing Group Lib
Author:Miner, J. Griffith, J. and Miner
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.