ERIC Number: ED249167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Teaching War as a Social Problem. A Report on Soc101 at Indiana University. Resource Materials for Teaching.
Grimshaw, Allen D.
One of a series of resources for teaching sociology at the postsecondary level, this volume discusses the background, problems, and course format for an introductory course on war as a social problem. Material is divided into seven sections. Section 1 provides an introduction to the course. Section 2 contains the instructor's personal background and reasons for teaching a course on war. Procedures for preparing a course on this topic are described in section 3. Choice of instructional goals, topics, and course materials is detailed. The following problems encountered in teaching the course are examined in section 4: student enrollment, problems of student expectations and knowledge, teacher problems, and reactions to course materials. Efforts to improve course reading materials are described in section 5. Section 6 examines two contrasting problems in organizing and offering a course on war: the apathy, negativism, and indifference of a number of sociologists on the one hand and the work of anti-war organizations on the other. The final section considers the future of courses dealing with controversial social issues such as war. Attachments include a course syllabus, copies of examinations, questions for a film series which accompanied the course, a course evaluation form, and a letter to Physicians for Social Responsibility. (LP)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Course Content, Course Descriptions, Course Evaluation, Course Objectives, Curriculum Problems, Instructional Materials, Introductory Courses, Postsecondary Education, Social Problems, Sociology, Student Evaluation, Teacher Evaluation, Tests, Undergraduate Study, War, World Problems
ASA Teaching Resources Center, 1722 N St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Sociological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: For related teaching resources, see SO 015 958-968.