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ERIC Number: ED180875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Place of Sociology in the General Education Curriculum of a Career-Oriented College.
Kleinbach, Russell; Allon, Natalie
Goals, course content, and teaching processes for sociology courses for non-sociology majors are outlined. Four general goals for teaching sociology in this context are introducing concepts, methods, and theories of the discipline; providing training in conceptualization and reflection; expanding the student's cultural perspective; and enabling students to effectively control the stability, changes, and content of their lives. Teaching goals include encouraging students to examine personal goals, build self-confidence, and argue multiple sides of an issue. The content of teaching should make students aware of their own ethnocentrism and of the concept of cultural relativity. The content should also vary in format, be geared to social atmospheres in different classes, point out ambiguities and complexities on personal and social levels, and examine similarities and discrepancies between what is (social structure) and what ought to be (cultural values). In the process of teaching, the instructor should give a sense of openness and flexibility; give willing students a chance for extra work; use concrete classroom aids; learn about students; and seek relevance in sociology by focusing on student interests such as appearance, clothing, bureaucracy, and family. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (Boston, MA, August 1979)