SOC 404 A: Sociology In Practice: Community/civic Internship Program

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Meeting Time: 
W 1:30pm - 3:20pm
SAV 155
Jennifer Branstad

Syllabus Description:

Sociology 404: Civic Internship Program

This course has two required components: 1) weekly seminar sessions (Wed. 1:30-3:20pm) and 2)  participation in an off-campus internship. 

The main objective of this course is to gain practice in applying sociological concepts and knowledge to your experience in the wider world. Through weekly internship experience, course readings and class discussions, we will think critically about work and work organizations from a sociological perspective. We will examine how work is organized and how we, as workers, fit within the system(s). Your experiences outside of the classroom will help us understand the material inside the classroom. Sociology 404 is a seminar-style class. This means that the majority of course time will be used to discuss the week’s readings and topics. We will also devote considerable time to talking about your internship experiences in relation to the material. 

Finding and Internship
This course requires participation in an off-campus internships. There are two ways to find internships: self-enrollment and application through the sociology department.
Self-enrollmentStudents with a pre-existing internships are invited to self-enroll in the class. Once enrolled, I will ask for information regarding your internship. If you have any questions on the types of internships that are acceptable, please contact me at Internships can also be found the Career Center's HuskyJobs. Students are expected to intern for a minimum of 24 hours throughout the quarter. 
Application through the department: Students can also apply to be matched with an internship through the Sociology Department. Each year, we pair around a dozen students with internships in local organizations including the Federal Public Defender, King County Municipal Court, Housing and Urban Development, Fair Housing Equal Opportunity, and KCSARC Court Watch. Applications for these positions will open Monday, November 9th and will be announced via the Sociology Undergrad Blog. All applications require a written statement of purpose that will also serve as a writing sample. Please note that these internships require a commitment of between 6-15 hours a week and last for both the winter and spring quarter. Students will earn five credits by enrolling in SOC 404 in the winter quarter and then have the option for enrolling for credits in the spring. Once we have placed students in internships, we will enroll you in SOC 404 for the winter quarter.
Questions? Please contact Jennifer Branstad, the instructor for the course, at or Susanna Hanson, Sociology adviser, at



Catalog Description: 
Combines real-world benefits of internships with critical reflections provided in a seminar. Students intern as local agencies and organizations, and may either come with their own internship or apply for specialized internships through the Sociology Department. Students may receive a maximum of 10 credits from SOC 402, SOC 403, SOC 404, and SOC 494.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2016 - 12:53pm