While rural sociologists have demonstrated their commitment to sharing ideas about teaching approaches and methods, they have given less systematic attention to the content of introductory rural sociology and its connections to the field’s mission of improving rural well-being. The purpose of this note is to make a case for developing model learning outcomes for introductory rural sociology and to present an organizing framework and sample outcomes for initiating discussion. First, a rationale for using learning outcomes as the means of sharing professional expectations is presented. Next, the methods used to arrive at a proposed organizational framework are described. It is based on themes about the significance of rural/urban context in social life and is sufficiently flexible to accommodate two common curricular roles of introductory courses. Finally, sample learning outcomes are presented for each theme and ideas for utilizing them are discussed.

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